Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI) has been recognized and honoured with the “Most Dedicated Rural Community Development Initiative in Nigeria” by the MEA Business Awards in the United Kingdom. Organized by MEA Markets magazine, the awards which is in its fifth edition is no doubt in recognition of DDI’s demonstrated commitment to the deployment of grassroots-led, bottom-top approaches in building a society that provides equitable opportunity for self-actualization through economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood initiatives.

Announcing the awards categories after a rigorous multi-stage winners selection methodology that includes research, shortlisting, nominees’ evaluation, determination of winners and announcement, the awards coordinator Katherine Benton congratulated the winners, and highlighted the significance of the 2020 edition considering that it was a pandemic year. “While it has been a difficult 12 months, all of those recognized have managed to succeed in a time where success has an almost unachievable goal,” she noted, adding that all participants were judged purely on merit, ensuring that only the most deserving were acknowledged.

After receiving an international recognition award as the Most Outstanding Community Development and Youth Empowerment Organization of the Year 2019 at the Pan African International Recognition Award and Annual Discourse (PAIR AWARDS) in Ghana, this award has once again demonstrated DDI’s leading role in facilitating the growth and strengthening of grassroots businesses as well as fostering development-focused initiatives.

The MEA Business Awards are organised by MEA Markets magazine, a quarterly publication published by the UK based publisher – AI Global Media – and dedicated to researching and publicising the major moves and events as they happen across the entire Middle East and Africa region. The awards honour and celebrate the diverse talents and contributions across the Middle East and Africa.