This year’s Auto Awards will hold at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday, December 1.
The Nigeria Auto Journalists Association is hosting the event (NAJA).
On that date, the eventual winners in each of the categories are likely to be announced.
Expectations are high, as a number of well-known vehicle brands, automotive firms, and notable figures from Nigeria’s automotive industry will be in attendance at this year’s Auto Awards ceremony.
Special guests of the day include Jelani Aliyu, director-general of the National Automotive Design & Development Council (NADDC), and Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Micheal Ade.Ojo, chairman/founder of Elizade Group and brain behind Toyota Nigeria Limited, expected to be honoured as the ‘Pillar Of Nigeria’ Auto Industry’. This will be for his contributions to the country’s automotive industry in the past 50 years (FRSC).
Jet Systems was named in the Electric bus promoter of the year category, while OMAA was named in the Gas-powered vehicle promoter of the year category, among other new entrants for this year’s most prestigious honors.
Both buses are appropriate for both business and non-commercial use.
The two brands arrive at a time when Nigeria is emphasizing and encouraging prospective car purchasers to switch from fossil fuel to electric and gas, respectively.
Mikano International Limited’s Geely Coolray is also in the running.
Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Creta, and Kia Rio will compete for Car-of-the-Year (COTY), according to the event’s organizers, led by chairman of the award committee, Theodore Opara.
PAN has been nominated for the most resilient auto firm of the year, while the Suzuki brand, which is sold by CFAO, is listed in the strongest comeback brand category.
Because of its significant contribution to the growth of the local auto industry and other auxiliary allied automotive component producers, Nigeria’s indigenous automaker, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, has been named auto manufacturer of the year (local content).
Mike Ochonma, Chairman of the Nigerian Auto Journalists Association, said all of the vehicles nominated in the various categories exhibit great value and design.