Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf (Alhaji Mumini Alao (right) receiving the award from David Olanrewaju):
The Group Managing Director, Complete Communications Limited, owners of Complete Sports and Completesportsnigeria.com, Alhaji Mumini Alao, has been awarded with the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year by Text Philia Media and Communications Limited, publishers of Our Moment Newspaper.
The award presentation was held at Complete Communications Limited's head office in Okota, Isolo, Lagos, on Monday.
Presenting the award to Alao was Editor of Our Moment Newspaper, David Olanrewaju.
Commenting on the award, Olanrewaju described Alao as a shining light in sports journalism.
"I have been following Mr Alao for the past 28 years and he has inspired a lot of people," Olanrewaju said. "I have learnt a lot of things from him. If somebody can be in a company for as long as 28 years, that means that person is invaluable. We honour people who have excelled in various fields and we honour Mr Alao today because he has contributed a lot to the development of sport in Africa as a whole.
"I remember when Mr Alao used to travel around the world to give us exclusive interviews about Nigerian footballers and I think that is commendable. So to us, we believe he has done so much. He has been consistently consistent, fantastic in his writings.
Olanrewaju added: "We should not wait until someone dies before he or she is honoured because that is the practice here in Africa. People wait until someone dies before they honour them which is a very bad practice. So in our own little way, we have tagged him our 2016 Sports Personality of the Year.
"Like I said, he has inspired us and I pray God continues to guide him and also lift him higher."
Alao said was grateful to Our Moment Newspaper for honouring him with the award.
"I want to thank Text Philia Media and Communications Limited, publishers of Our Moment Newspaper for finding me worthy of this award," he said.
"I feel very honoured about all what you have said about me, how you have been following my writings, following our publications. I want to thank you very much and I graciously accept this award on behalf of myself, my family and Complete Communications Limited.
"Also I want to wish Our Moment Newspaper all the best, and hopefully in 10 years time you will invite us to come and celebrate your anniversary."