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NAJA to honour Ade-Ojo, opens nominations for car-of-the-year

By Benjamin Alade
22 October 2021   |   2:42 am
The Nigerian Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) has announced the date for the 2021 edition of the NAJA awards.

Michael Ade-Ojo. PHOTO: ovationinternational

The Nigerian Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) has announced the date for the 2021 edition of the NAJA awards.

The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the Nigerian automotive industry in the outgoing year.

In a statement by the Chairman, 2021 NAJA awards planning committee, Theodore Opara, the 2021 edition is slated for December 1, 2021, in Lagos.

He said the committee has drawn out all the categories in the awards and is presently compiling nominations in the various categories.

“Industry experts are expected to decide the nominees based on a scoring system that will test vehicles’ strength, weaknesses and popularity against other contenders in the same category,” he said.

Opara added that members of the committee would pay close attention to worldwide competition trends and seek advice from industry experts in arriving at nominations and decoding eventual winners.

He said: “In this year’s edition, there will also be a special honour for Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Ltd and some other industry giants for their immense contributions to the development of Nigeria’s auto industry.”

He also said like previous editions, the highpoint of the 2021 awards ceremony would be the car-of-the-year category.

“Other segments of awards are luxury car of the year, heavy-duty truck of the year, auto plant of the year, CEO of the year, the auto personality of the year, CSR Company of the year, pick-up of the year, showroom of the year and others,” he added.

In his remarks, Chairman, NAJA, Mike Ochonma, said the 2021 edition would provide an avenue to recognise corporate stakeholder organisations and other automotive products and ancillary products such as tyre brands and individuals that had made exceptional contributions to the country’s auto industry within the year.

According to him, NAJA uses its members’ combined influence to inform the automotive public of new products, market developments, and technology and road safety.

“We are committed to remaining a valued, professional body for the motor content creators of today and the future of mobility multi-media tomorrow,” he stated.