Dr Hamilton was the first black man in South Carolina to head a major agency by becoming the first commissioner for the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission as well as one of the first black to serve on a Southern Governor`s staff.
Speaking at the award giving ceremony which was held at Golden Tulip Essential Hotel, Lagos International Airport Road, Lagos, the President of Certified Board of Administrators of Nigeria, Prof. Gbolahan Dairo said that the organization was marveled by Dr Hamilton`s resume.
According to him, they saw the profile of Dr Hamilton on the internet and was inspired by what he has done and still doing in the area of human development and as a minister of God and decided to honour him.
He said that the Certified Board of Administrators was set up 25 years ago to help in the eradication of corruption. According to him, corruption is in the only reason, why Nigerians are working like elephants but eating like ants. He said if corruption could be eradicated in Nigeria, the country has the potential to become one of the biggest economy in the world.
Speaking while receiving the award, Dr Hamilton said that he was delighted to be honored in Nigeria. According to him, though an American citizen, he has always considered Nigeria his ancestral home.
'I am extremely honored because I have said to people in United States that my ancestors come from Nigeria, among those 3 million Nigerians that were taken from here into slavery in South Carolina, Virginia North Carolina. There were my relatives, my people, my ancestors, so i am extremely honored to be connected to Nigeria in this way. We have an international Bible college here in Edo state Benin City, we are proud and glad to be able to educate and train Christians and believers in leadership in the body of Christ. So am excited. I feel this is an extreme honor to take back to the United States. This kind of honor connects me even much more to the soul of Nigeria.
On what the award would do for him,he said”I am motivated because of the thought that the Nigeria family, organization here were thinking of to honor me, a person from America, so I feel that it would connect me closer to the grassroots, people here in Nigeria and whatever I can do in the future, spiritually, financially, whatever connections I can do over there for the residence of Nigeria.