Short of signing on as the airline of the MTN_AIT Awards, Dana Air will from tomorrow startÂ airlifting awardees and guests for the awards scheduled for Sunday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
The advance party for the awards, including stage designers, lighting crew and directors will start arriving Abuja from tomorrow to start preparing for the awards and Dana air is the airline of choice.
An official of the airline volunteered that due to the over sixÂ flights that Dana has daily to and from Abuja, Dana air is favourably disposed to ferry guests and awardees to Abuja in their convenient time and day, â€œthe smartest wayâ€
â€œ Our manifest also reflects journalists who will want to leave early for Abuja in order not to miss anythingâ€ a Dana official said.
On arriving Abuja the guests will be transported in air conditioned buses to their Hilton Hotel abode.
â€œFrom today, a welcome desk will be set up at the Lagos and Abuja airports to cater for our guestsâ€ it was revealed.
Meanwhile event marketing company Neo Media has taken delivery of the award plaques.
The plaques, 21 in number, specially crafted and glazed in acrylic medium, was flown in from the US Tuesday morning aboard Delta Airlines.
â€œThey are beautiful to behold. They have to be, because this is an award of a lifetime. We went for the best, something unique that cannot be reproducedâ€
While displaying the awards, the event managers made reference to the detached gold plated base and the mode of engraving the names of winners.
â€œWhat we have here are â€˜skeletonsâ€™ if you will allow us to use that term. At about four pm on Sunday the voting will end and we will await the certified true copy of the winnersÂ that will enable us engrave their names, minutes before the award properâ€
Apart from the exquisite craftsmanship and the beauty of the plaques, those that will emerge winners will have the singular honour of beeing pioneer winners.
Meanwhile â€œmysteryâ€ surrounds the execution of the awards as the organizers are keeping a lot of things under wrap.
â€œJust as it will be impossible to know the winners in advance, that is how we are keeping Nigerians guessing on who the masters of ceremony are. We are even tempted to tell Nigerians to vote and win prizes on who they think the high brow MC will be.
â€œone of the best MCs if not the best in the land, will be in charge of proceedings to reflect the high quality of the awards,â€ the organizers said.