SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF AFRICAN PHILANTHROPISTS (SADAP-Africa). ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE
The Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists (also known as SADAP-Africa), is a not-for-profit organization established in Nigeria in 2016 with the hope of expanding to other African countries in the nearest future. Our core objective is to promote philanthropy and philanthropic activities in Africa.
Our chairman, Mr. Yakubu Mohammed, is a highly respected and frontline Nigerian journalist, writer, and public relations consultant and an administrator with over 28 years’ experience in the Nigerian media industry. SADAP Africa is a platform that is built to identify outstanding African philanthropists and charity organizations to recognize and honour them for their good gestures, good values and positive contributions to the development of humanity in Africa as a way of encouraging them to do more and to inspire others to do same or even more.
The platform also aims to bring African philanthropists together for better collaboration and greater success, to help African philanthropists to become more structured and strategic in their giving and to seek strategies to make their giving more impactful—be it on an individual or corporate body. The platform will enable the philanthropists to learn from one another’s work and to share insights for the purpose of strengthening individual and collective efforts to transform Africa.
Background Information About the Concept of Philanthropy Definition
According to Wikipedia, Philanthropy is “the voluntary giving of time, assistance, or money for the public good”. The term is derived from the Latin word, ‘philanthropia’, meaning “love of man”.
In modern days, philanthropy is associated with the disbursement of time, talent, and financial aid by individuals for a wide variety of charitable causes. Some scholars have argued that ‘philanthropy is distinct from the concept of charity, which originated as part of the Judeo-Christian tradition which denotes “unselfish direct assistance”. All the great religions of the world today, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, recognize and encourage a duty to aid the less fortunate in the society.
Historical Origin of Philanthropy
The philanthropic impulse, according scholars, “is as old as recorded history”. In many ancient societies including those of Greece and Rome, the breakup of self-supporting kinship groups caused by urbanization, led to the institution of state-sanctioned measures to aid the infirm (not strong), the poor, and the disadvantaged. During the Middle Ages in Europe, an elaborate network of almshouses, hospitals, and orphanages were supported by donations from the rich and by church collections.
One of the earliest and best-known philanthropists was the Scottish-born American industrialist and founder of the iron and steel industry in the United States, Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919), who devoted the latter part of his life to giving away most of the huge fortune he had earned in the steel industry to charity. According to Carnegie, wealthy people should take it as a responsibility to use the fortunes they have earned to provide greater opportunity for all and to increase the knowledge of humankind and of the universe.
In his Essay, “The Gospel of Wealth,” first published in the North American Review in June 1899, Carnegie said to himself, “Beyond this never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes”, referring to his earnings of $50,000 a year at that time. Following this principles Carnegie was said to have given over $300 million back to the society through philanthropic gestures during his lifetime. There were also other important philanthropic foundations established in the 20th century by Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller, among others.
In recent times, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, Mac Arthur and a host of others also established foundations with the aim of bringing succor to the less privileged peoples around the world.
The Philanthropic Impulse in Africa.
In 2012, the world’s renowned philanthropists of our time, Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet, founded “The Giving Pledge” in an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will. Since the establishment of the Giving Pledge in 2012, a good number of African wealthy individuals and families have been proactive in the pledge to give certain percentages of their wealth to support the poor.
The Impact of Philanthropy in the African Society.
Recent research indicates that despite the development challenges facing Africa, social change is taking place across the continent through philanthropic actions. In the last few years, philanthropic action has contributed not only to making Africa better, but has also enabled innovation and change that we may never have witnessed on the continent.
In January 2016 for instance, it was reported that African entrepreneurs and philanthropists, give away an estimated US$7 billion every year for charitable purposes. However, despite this achievement, Africa is still lagging behind in all human development indices among the continents of the world. The gap between the elite and the ordinary citizens, the rich and poor, and between the haves and the have-nots, is still dangerously wide. African nations cannot rise to the challenges of the 21st century without a healthy, educated and empowered citizens. The human development challenge facing Africa is still enormous. Therefore, the need for more people to be involved in philanthropic actions to bridge the human development gap cannot be overemphasized. It is against this background that SADAP Africa was established to create a robust system that will push for greater transparency, traceability and accountability in what we do not to ensure that African philanthropists are giving adequate recognition and the that they deserve to encourage them to do more.
We believe that Philanthropy is in the best position to take the bold step to drive the transformational change for children and for the economies of African nations to strive. Philanthropy has the potential to bring the private and public sectors together to pool the needed resources to bring the needed transformation: and to achieve this, we need to partner together to streamline the giving processes, to know who give what, to whom and for what purpose.
SADAP Africa will advocate for and promote philanthropic programmes that are targeted towards poverty and crime reduction, women and youth empowerment, economic and social development, environmental safety and crisis prevention throughout Africa in collaboration with the philanthropists themselves. The organization will also work with other philanthropists from outside Africa to help achieve their goal of reaching out to the needy in Africa.
To use philanthropy as a platform to drive the desired transformational change for the economies of African nations, for the wellbeing of women and children, and our teeming unemployed youths.
To build a long term working relationships with the African philanthropists and to serve as mediators between the philanthropists and the people in need.
SADAP Africa is positioned to become one of the leading advocates of philanthropy and philanthropic actions in Africa. The organization is projecting a new approach to philanthropy- a Philanthropy that is based on its core value- voluntary giving of time, assistance, or money for the public good. We also want to ensure that Philanthropy is as beneficial to the donor as to the recipient – one that gives the donor more pride than anything else he has done. And to achieve this, the target audience, the people in need, must be made to have access to the opportunity created by the philanthropists.
SADAP Africa is ready to collaborate with individual philanthropist in their various areas of focus to help achieve the desired result.
Our Core values
We believe in transparency, traceability and accountability and we integrate honesty, integrity and business ethics into all aspects of our transactions.
To promote and expand African philanthropy to the global top and to develop a synergy and operational relationship between the philanthropists and the people in need. To increase awareness on the activities of the philanthropists and increase accessibility of the philanthropic opportunities for the needy.
Organization’s Information and Contact Details
Founding Members of Board of Trustees
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
MR. YAKUBU MOHAMMED-BOARD CHAIRMAN
Yakubu Mohammed is a frontline Nigerian journalist, writer, editor, media and public relations consultant and an administrator. He maintained a regular column in National Concord Newspaper and continued in the same vein at Newswatch Magazine for 28 years. He co-edited Nigeria’s Business and Trade Fair Journal with Ray Ekpu and has also contributed to various publications including Newswatch Best, Jogging in the Jungle: The Newswatch Story, Ojukwu and Moving in Circles, published by May Five Media Ltd.
Born in Dekina, Kogi State of Nigeria on April 4, 1950, Yakubu Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication of the University of Lagos, Lagos State, graduating in 1975 with second class honours upper division. He obtained his post-graduate diploma in Management and Public Administration from Glasgow College of Technology, Scotland in 1979. He was, at various times, associate editor, managing editor and acting editor of New Nigeria Newspapers between 1976 and December 1980 when he left for National Concord as deputy editor. He became the editor of National Concord in 1982 and resigned in 1984 to co-found Newswatch, where he served in various editorial and administrative capacities.
Apart from the media, Yakubu Mohammed has had varied experiences in politics and public service. He was a gubernatorial aspirant in Kogi State in 2015, and in public service he served as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, (2005-2007) and currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria. He is presently an executive director with MayFive Media, a foremost book publishing and media relations company he co-founded with his long-time friends and business associates; Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Soji Akinrinade upon their retirement from Newswatch in 2011.
Mr. Yakubu Mohammed is a Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation, member of the International Press Institute (IPI), Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) and Commonwealth Press Union (CPU).
He has travelled extensively to more than 25 countries covering virtually all continents in the world, and has had the opportunity to study first-hand, the socio-political and economic development programmes as well as philanthropic activities in the respective countries. His admiration for African philanthropists made him to instantly accept to be the chairman of the board of trustees of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists when the founder, Comrade Musa Otigba, sold the idea to him. He is expected to bring his vast experience to bear in the running of the organization.
HON. ISMAIL INAH HUSSAIN- MEMBER, BOT.
Hon. Ismail Inah Hussain was born on 3rd January 1960 in Ajaka, Kogi state of Nigeria. After obtaining his Senior Secondary School Certificate from St. Peter’s College Idah, Kogi State in 1979, Ismail Inah Hussain proceeded to Kogi State Polytechnic where he bagged the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration between 1985 and 1989. He went further to obtain his Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Business Administration from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Public Personnel Management from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2005.
Hon. Hussain is a man of diverse honors with excellent and outstanding portfolio who has held various positions and served in the Nigerian public service in different capacities.
He was Principal Catering Officer with the Federal Ministry of Education between 1994 and 2003, Director General, Koki State Liaison Office, Abuja, 2003-2004 and Director General (DG) Protocol, Government House, Lokoja, Kogi State, 2004-2007. He was elected member, Kogi State House of Assembly in 2007 and became the Deputy Speaker of the assembly from 2008-2011. He was elected Member, Federal House of Representative, representing Idah/Ofu/Ibaji/Igalmela-Odolu federal constituency at the National Assembly from 2011-2015.
As a member of Kogi State House Assembly, Hon. Hussain served as the chairman finance and appropriation committee and member, works and housing committee, public petition and human rights committee as well as women affairs committee. And in the House of Representative, he was Deputy Chairman, Disaster and Emergency Management Committee, and as member of committees on defense, agriculture, federal roads management agency (FERMA), rural development, constituency outreach and FCT area councils. After leaving the House of Reps in 2015, Hon. Hussain founded the Inah Capital Investment Company, an investment management and car hiring services company with its headquarters in Abuja where is currently the chairman/CEO.
Hon Hussain’s interest on the need to recognize and celebrate African philanthropists actually began during his time as deputy chairman of Nigeria’s House of Representative Committee on Emergency Management, where he was privileged to see the details of philanthropic actions in Africa by Africans. This was why, when the founder of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists, Comrade Musa Otigba, came to sell the idea to Hon. Hussain, he did only support the idea but also instantly accepted to be a member of the board trustees of the organization.
For his service to humanity, Hon. Hussain has received several honours and awards among which are the chieftaincy titles as “Agenyi Etemahi of Igalamela with the salutation-Kolooo, and as the Obakolujo of Obajana, Kogi State. He was conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration by the University of Applied Science and Management, Port-Novo, Republic of Benin on the 5 th of December, 2009. Chief honorable Hussain Ismail is a Muslim and he is married with children. PROF. MUHAMMED BELLO YUNUSA
Prof. M. B. Yunusa was born to the family of Alhaji Isah and Hajia Rukayat Yunusa in Dekina, Dekina local government area of Kogi State on 16 January 1965. He attained the height of the academia starting from native authority primary school (1962-1969) to government secondary school (1970-1974) from where he proceeded to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975.
Prof. Yunusa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning, PhD in Geography and Proficiency Certificate in Computer Applications.
He rose through the ranks from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to the current rank of Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria since 2004.
Prof. Yunusa is a trained and seasoned educator and researcher, with vast academic and professional networks within and outside Nigeria. He is an author of several book chapters and journal articles on issues of urban and regional planning, and development and livelihoods. He is the author of “Understanding the Almajiri”.
As an academic, Prof Yunusa, has research links with different organizations among which are the Nordic Africa Institute, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, Africa Studies Center in Leiden, Council for Development of Social Research in Africa in Dakar, the International Forum for Rural Transport Development in London and the Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
He was a laureate at the CODESRIA Governance Institute in Dakar and has been a Director of Child and Youth Studies Institute of the CODESRIA.
Within the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof M. B. Yunusa has served as the Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, member of both Post Graduate School Board and Senate of the University; Assistant and Deputy Dean as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design. He was later appointed as the Managing Director of the Ahmadu Bello University Consultancy Services Ltd. All these were in addition to his primary academic responsibility of teaching, research and publication.
Because of his love for humanitarian service, Prof. Yunusa accepted to serve on the board of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists where he is expected to bring his long years of public service experience to bear towards the success of the organization.
The Late Dr. ADINOYI ONUKABA OJO
Dr. Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo, was until his tragic and untimely death on Sunday 5th March, 2017 a member of the board of trustees of SADAP Africa. The late veteran journalist was killed by gunmen at a village near Akure the Ondo State capital while on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries to attend the inauguration of Obasanjo Presidential Library.
Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba is a seasoned journalist, playwright and publisher of high repute who has published so many books and journals including: “In the Eye of Time”- a biography of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. “Atiku Abubakar”- a biography of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. “Born to Run” – a biography of Late Dele Giwa, co-authored by him and Dele Olojede. Some of his plays include, Her Majesty’s Visit, A Resting Place, Tower of Burden, The Virginity Flee, The Lone Ranger, Bargain Hunting, and Soommalliyya. His play, “The Killing Swamp” was one of the three finalists for the 2010 NLNG Literature Award. Rest in peace
Born on March 9, 1960 in Oboroke-Ihima, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State to the family of Mallam Shuaibu Onukaba and Hajia Aisha Onukaba. Onukaba obtained his first degree in 1982 in Theatre Arts from University of Ibadan. After completing his national service at Radio Nigeria, Ikoyi –Lagos in 1982/83, he joined The Guardian newspaper as one of its pioneer reporters in 1983. He rose to the position of News Editor before travelling out in 1989 for graduate studies. He bagged a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University, New York, USA and worked as a Research Officer at the African Leadership Forum, New York. Onukaba also served as the Information officer, Division of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) between 1994 and 1995. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996 from New York University.
Dr. Onukaba became Adjunct Professor of Mass Communication at the School of New Resources. College of New Rochelle, New York in 1997. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked as Press Officer, Department of Public Information, United Nations (New York). In June 1998, he was sent to Iraq as an Information Officer, United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator. Upon his return to Nigeria in 1999 to participate in the present democratic dispensation, his sterling qualities and ability to succeed caught the attention of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who appointed him as Special Assistant on Media Relations.
Onukaba got to the peak of his journalistic career in August 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the then ailing Daily Times of Nigeria Plc. He worked tirelessly to reposition the Daily Times and made it attractive to investors. The company was privatized in 2004. Onukaba returned to the presidency as Senior Special Assistant to the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar on Public Communications between July 2003 and April 2005. In December 2005, the Okun Youth Solidarity Forum (OYSF) led by Hon. Adeniyi Sunday Bello, honoured him with the “Pillar of Youth Award” in recognition of his services to the State. Earlier in 2001, the then Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi State honoured him as one of the distinguished citizens of the state. Onukaba has received numerous other awards for his decency, integrity, creativity and kindness. May his soul rest in peace.
DR LOUIS NONYE OBODO
Born on 22 April 1970 in Oguta local government area of Imo State of Nigeria, Dr. Louis Nonye Obodo is an active and intelligent personality. He is a Doctor of Optometry who graduated from Abia State University, Nigeria in 1996. He also bagged a Diploma Certificate in Renewable Energy from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate in 2007. He was the president, national association of Optometry Students, Abia State University Chapter from 1993-1995.
Dr. Obodo began his civil service career as a medical officer II with the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State of Nigeria from February 1999 where he worked until March, 2002 when he ventured into politics and private practice. He became the Managing Director of Nuns Resources Ltd, a Renewable Energy company providing Solar, Wind and Biomass Electricity to private and public institutions and homes since 2008 till date. He is also the Chairman and Medical Director of Nuns Medical & Eye Centre Ltd since 2009.
Dr. Louis Obodo was Transition Committee Chairman of Oguta Local Government Council from February-August 2014, and from February-June, 2015.
His intellectual works and medical research includes:
Dr. Obodo is married with children and he is a member of the board of trustees of SAAP.
YUSUF SHABANYAN SANKEY
Mr. Yusuf Shabanyan Sankey is a professional insurance broker trained by the Malaysian Insurance Institute. He retired as Managing Director/CEO of Northlink Insurance Brokers Plc, a subsidiary of Unity Bank PLC.
He was on 22 January 164 born in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduana State of Nigeria. He attended the famous Barewa College, Zaria, between 1975-1980 after which he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained Advanced Diploma in Public Administration. He also holds Diploma in Production Management and Purchasing and Supply respectively from Kaduna Polytechnic.
Yusuf Sankey is also a guru in marketing. He received an award of excellence at International Standard Insurance where he started his insurance career in 1982 as a Trainee Officer. Afterwards, he worked with Industrial and General Insurance Co. Ltd as an Executive Assistant Branch Manager in Kaduna office between 1998 and 2000.
He was the Regional Director (North) of Guardian Trust Insurance Ltd. (Now Insurance KBL), 2000-2006, where he bagged the overall “Best Staff” prize for his outstanding performance. He has attended various training and works both locally and internationally among which are: Oil and Gas training on captives in Toronto, Canada; Executive Professional Development training in Melbourne and Sidney, Australia and CEO Strategic training in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mention few.
As MD/CEO of Northlink Insurance Brokers Plc, Yusuf Sankey was able with his management team to turn around the company within a period of five years to the biggest brokerage company in northern Nigeria. He is currently the Executive Vice Chairman, Whitesands Insurance Brokers Ltd and Ahara Oil & Gas Ltd. He also chairs the boards of Shansey International Ltd, Brangel Nigeria Ltd. And Brangel Hotels & Resorts Ltd, Kaduna.
SILAS EZEORA EZEUGWU
Mr. Silas Ezeora Ezeugwu is a seasoned Nigerian journalist, production editor and book/script editor with the Leadership Newspapers Ltd.
Born on 19 March 1979, Silas Ezeugwu attended the Central School Orba, Enugu State (1981-1986) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where be bagged a BA Hons degree in English (2nd Class Upper) between 1995-1999.
After a stint with Community Secondary School, Asokoro, Abuja as a Senior English Language Teacher, Silas began his journalism career with Daily Trust Newspapers as a Senior Proof Reader in 2006. In 2008, he joined the Sheworld Magazine as a Senior Staff Writer until 2011 he joined the Leadership Newspapers.
He became the Deputy Editor in Leadership in 2013, Managing Editor, Standards (2015-2016) and currently the General Editor.
Silas Ezeugwu has a penchant for philanthropy. He has been following the philanthropic activities of African leaders for years and has been an advocate for improved and sustainable philanthropy in Africa. No wonder he sees the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropy as a better platform to actualize his dream.
FAITH ELEOJO SAMSON
Miss Faith Eleojo Samson was born on 11th November, 1990 to a humble family of Mr. and Mrs. Samson Shaibu from Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State.
After receiving her Senior Secondary Certificate from Benviato Secondary School, Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the year 2000, Faith Samson proceeded to Kogi State University, Ayingba, from where she obtained the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Philosophy respectively between 2011 and 2016. She also bagged a Diploma Certificate in Catering Services from Perfect Touch Catering School, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Mammy Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna, Kaduna State in 2011.
Young miss Faith Samson has a career objective to work in a challenging environment that demands all her skills and efforts that will enable her to develop herself and contribute her quota to the development of humanity, her country Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. The philanthropic gesture in Faith was discovered during her early days in the University. Even as a student then, Faith will combine studies with petty businesses like rendering catering services for small events, and whatever proceeds she realized from there, Faith will give it to her fellow students who she sees having difficulties in paying their school fees or having no food to eat.
As a dynamic young lady with an unflinching passion for charity, Faith Samson accepted to be a founding member of the board of trustees of Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists, an organization she saw as a better platform to realize her dream of doing the work that gives her joy- the service of humanity. COMRADE MUSA ALI OTIGBA-PRESIDENT/FOUNDER
Comrade M. A. Otigba is a young Nigerian author, businessman and politician. His first book, “101 Reasons Why APC Should Form the Next National Government”, was published in 2014 shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed and before the 2015 general elections in the country. And like the 16th century French Seer, Michael de Nostrademe, otherwise known as Nostradamus, (the man who saw tomorrow), Comrade Otigba’s prophesy of APC forming the next national government came to pass as the APC defeated the ruling party and incumbent president for the first time in a presidential election in Nigeria.
He published his second book titled “365 Days of Political Change In Nigeria”, in June 2016, to commemorate the one year administration of the Buhari/Osinbajo-led APC government.
Born on 28 December, 1979, Comrade Musa Otigba, hails from Ofu local government area, Kogi State of Nigeria. He attended St. Peter’s College, Idah and Federal Government College, Ugwolawo respectively between 1991 and 1997.
After obtaining a Diploma in Public Administration and a Proficiency Diploma Certificate in Computer Operations, Comrade Musa Otigba is currently at the University of Abuja where he is studying for his Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
As a selfless and diligent personality with exceptional skills, Comrade Otigba has worked with various organizations within Nigeria. He was the Administrative Secretary/Special Assistant to the Chairman/CEO of the Oil Resources Development Company (TORDCO) Nig. Ltd. Trans Amadi, Port- Harcourt, Rivers State from 1998-2008, Administrative Secretary/Special Assistant to MD/CEO, Sally-Mac International Company Ltd. Port-Harcourt, (2008-2009), and Operations Manager, Timatech Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt, from 2009 -2011 when he became the President, Youth Mission & Initiative for Africa Development (YOMAD), an organization he co-founded to work with the various stakeholders in the health sector to reduce the alarming child and maternal mortality rates in Nigeria at that time. He is also the current president, Igala Youth Organization for Social & Economic Development (IYOSED), an organization dedicated to continued advocacy for the development of Igala land and people. He is also the chairman and chief executive officer, Musrand Farms & Agro-Products Limited, Musrand Consults Nig. Ltd. and Musrand Cleanse & Clean Nigeria Limited among others.
Comrade Otigba has always expressed his strong desire to give his time, energy and resources to help others. This burning passion for philanthropy and the need to promote philanthropic activities in Africa by Africans, led him to the dream of founding an organization that will be dedicated to identifying and celebrating outstanding philanthropists on the continent and that was what gave birth to the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists (SADAP) Africa in the year 2016. He is currently the President/Founder of the organization.
Category Eight: Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance Companies Awards -To recognize Top 10 organizations that do Corporate Social Responsibility the right way in Africa through a sustained act of Giving Back to Society Each Year. The awards represent a vote of confidence on the companies in their efforts to help improve lives in Africa.
The companies include:
The six universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other international bodies as well as their longstanding contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria and their out-standing performance within each of the six geopolitical zones in the country, especially in the area of engineering and technical education and the grooming of notable engineering luminaries who have contributed to national development. Disbursement of funds for this project from NLNG commenced in 2014 and completed in 2016.
On 21st November 2015, Ahmadu Bello University successfully commissioned their Multi-User Laboratory, becoming the first of 6 (six) of the USP projects to go live. The University of Ibadan and University of Port Harcourt respectively commissioned the NLNG/UI Engineering Complex and the NLNG Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Engineering on the 21st of March 2016 and on the 1st of April 2016. On July 8, 2016, University of Ilorin opened its NLNG Engineering Research Centre while NLNG/University of Nigeria, Nsukka Engineering Laboratory was commissioned on November 29, 2016. The University of Maiduguri project is expected to follow before the end of 2016.
In recognition of the impact of the NLNG’s USP in the Nigeria society, The NLNG bagged the 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Excellence Award by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award is given to companies which CSR projects impacts society without direct benefit to the company.
Apart from the USP, NLNG, through the Community Relations and Development Department, provides support to its host communities. Speciﬁcally, NLNG supports the improvement of infrastructure, health and educational facilities and encourages local enterprise, facilitating know-how and building capacity in the sustainable use of resources in its host communities. The company introduced a new strategy called ‘Community Driven Development Strategy. This is a strategic approach by NLNG and its Joint Industry Companies (JIC) partners to move from the extant practice of company driven community development to community driven development and sustainability. With this strategy, the community generates their development needs, work out its implementation - secure partnerships where necessary, generate funds and physically oversee their own development projects. The community will own and manage key community development initiatives whilst the JIC partners only contribute funds for developmental activities to the community. In addition to this, engagement specialists are assigned to speciﬁc settlements as Engagement Ofﬁcers to build and maintain positive relationships with the communities.
The NLNG Scholarship Schemes through the Nigeria LNG Education Campaigns are another aspect of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts that support human capital development, encourages high performance and growing a pool of high potential graduates and professionals with competitive advantage. NLNG has a four-tier annual scholarships which include: NLNG Post Primary Scholarship scheme aims at supporting high performing basic six pupils in the company’s host communities and the oil-producing states of Nigeria to access post primary education uninterruptedly, the NLNG Undergraduate Scholarship component, started for host communities in 1998 and later opened up to the rest of Nigeria in 2003, has benefited a total of 2,833 undergraduates from various universities in Nigeria with a spending of over N600 million. The value of the scholarship has been reviewed upward from N100, 000 to N300, 000 per awardee for an academic year and it runs throughout the duration of the student’s course. The NLNG Overseas Post-Graduate Scholarship scheme launched in October 2012 and managed by the British Council with about 50 beneficiaries gone to the United Kingdom for their studies. The scholarship is valued at between $60,000 and $69,000, depending on the course, and is tenable for programmes in top academic institutions in the UK. Courses covered by this scheme include Environmental Studies, Engineering, Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Technology, Geology, Banking, Law and Medicine. And the NLNG Cadet Scholarship which targets young school leavers from NLNG host communities who are interested in careers in the maritime industry. The scholarship covers tuition for the National Diploma programme at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. NLNG has sponsored over 49 persons from its host communities for this programme as at December, 2013.NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%), and Eni International (N.A,) N. V. S. A. R. L (10.4%).
Every year, Shell Companies in Nigeria undertake various social investment projects, focusing on community and enterprise development, education and health. Much of this is done in partnership with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). In 2014 alone, Shell-operated ventures contributed $202 million to the NDDC as required by law. Some $112 million was directly invested by the SPDC JV and SNEPCo in social investment projects. Collectively, this makes Nigeria the largest concentration of social investment spending in the Shell Group, according to a statement by the company.
Shell petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) came into Nigeria as the pioneer and leader of petroleum exploration Industry in 1937. Then it was known as Royal Dutch/Shell group of Companies and the British Petroleum (BP) on an equal basis until a time when the name fully metamorphosed to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). Since then, Shell has consistently intervened in series of community development and enhancement projects. Prominent among them is the Shell SPDC University Scholarship Award Scheme for Undergraduate Nigerians. The Scholarship Scheme offers first year students in all Nigerian universities the opportunity to study with an annual grant from the SPDC Joint Venture for the full duration of their course. Launched in 1960, this post-secondary scheme is open to all Nigerians studying degree programmes in Nigerian universities. The programme aims to promote academic excellence and improve skills-base among young Nigerians. The scholarship is offered in two categories – the National Merit Award (NM) and the Areas of Operation Merit Award (OM).
There is also the SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States. The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from these Niger Delta states to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry. Over 60 students have won the opportunity to study at top rated universities in the UK on an all-expenses paid scholarship since the introduction of this programme.
The NNPC/Chevron National University Scholarship Awards for Undergraduate Nigerians stands out as one of the best and most consistent in the country. The scholarship which is in collaboration with its Joint Venture partner, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), offers a number of University Scholarship Awards to suitably qualified Nigerian students. The Scholarship Awards targets qualified Nigerian students in their second year of study. What make it unique is that applicants for the NNPC/CNL JV scholarship are ineligible to apply for any other scholarship program sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, its JV Partners, or any of its affiliates, including the Agbami scholarship program sometimes published simultaneously with the NNPC/CNL JV scholarship program.
In its 2015 corporate responsibility report highlights, Chevron claims it has “for more than 135 years, proudly developed the energy that people and businesses depend on — helping to spur economic growth and improve the quality of life for communities worldwide”.
Chevron Nigeria has been able to create a positive working environment or the its employees through a sustained Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2010, Chevron Nigeria established the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) and its Nigeria-based implementing partner, PIND, with a $50 million endowment to help to help reduce poverty and conflict, increase income and equitable economic growth. In 2014, Chevron committed an additional $40 million to the project through 2019.An independent report by the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) in 2016, shows that the Chevron’s NDPI and PIND “are achieving systematic, long-term change in the Niger Delta and bringing international attention and resources to the region”.
Speaking at an event to hand over the top award to the Managing Director and Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, Mr. Nolan O’Neal, CEO of SERAs, Ken Egbas, commended the company for its ethical integrity and adherence to the highest operational standards. He explained that the company received the Best Overall Company of The Year award for making the most significant contributions to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria in 2015, through its extensive CSR projects in the areas of education, health, economic empowerment and local capacity development. This is the first time in the history of the SERAs that an Oil and Gas company is receiving the Best Overall Company of the Year award”.
Exxonmobil says has invested $280 M on community development. According to Yemie Adeoye, in an effort to improve the living conditions of people in its host communities, Exxonmobil affiliate companies in Nigeria invested about $280 million over the last decade on strategic and sustainable community investments in healthcare, education and capacity building initiatives to help support the government’s objectives of diversifying Nigeria’ economic base even as it urges sound government policies for the growth of the oil and gas sector”. The Chairman, Managing Director of the Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Mark Ward dropped this hint while deliver a paper titled “Maximising the positive impact of oil activities in other economic sectors” at the Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) 2010 conference in Abuja.
In addition to its support to educational development and human capacity building, Mobil Producing Nigeria, operator of NNPC/MPN Joint Venture, also awards annual scholarships to qualified students in Nigerian Universities through the ExxonMobil Nigeria undergraduate scholarship programme, and the Exonmobil apprentice programme for young Nigerians. The awards will be made to qualified and suitable students from every state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking at the presentation, the Coscharis Group General Manager, Marketing, Mr. Abiona Babarinde said that” each year, both Coscharis Motors and Ford Motors do seek to extend love and commitment to their communities through a project tagged ‘Ford for the orphans’. “It is in this vein that we are reaching out to celebrate these lovely and wonderful youngsters via this platform.”
Coscharis Group also donates 10 Ford Rangers To Lagos Government to enhance security in the state. Receiving the vehicles which were lined up in front of the governor’s office, the Managing Director, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worry, commended the Coscharis Group President, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, for fulfilling the pledge of 10 vehicles he made at a recent town hall forum where security issues in Lagos were discussed.
In Ghana, West Africa, Nestlé Plc won the coveted Ghana CSR Awards for Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiatives at a ceremony held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra, on the 8th May 2014.
The Company commits to create value along the entire value chain, for both its shareholders as well as for the communities they engage with, employees, suppliers and society. This they say ‘is different to philanthropy or Public Relations ethics”. It is a business model for engaging a sustainable future and for ensuring profitability for business and sustainable growth for society.
Nestlé Ghana was also awarded for its Nestlé Healthy Kids programme, Nestlé Cocoa Plan and the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement project. The Healthy Kids is a global programme aimed to promoting nutrition education, good nutritional practices, healthy lifestyles and physical activity amongst school children. It has been running in Ghana since 2011, while the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement project trains farmers in Northern Ghana on techniques to improve the quality and quantity of the grains and cereals they produce. The Awards are endorsed by the AGI, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Integrity PR and many local and international media organizations across the West African sub-region.
By the end of 2013, Nestlé was actively working with more than 280 partners in 68 countries, and reached more than 6.9 million children last year alone. The company aims to further expand the initiative to reach more countries with the activation of the IAAF Kids Athletics programme.
Toyota Motor also has operations and distribution networks throughout Africa. In Kenya, Toyota has been supporting the Mater Heart Run since the last 5 years. The Run organized by Mater Hospital is meant to raise funds towards providing heart surgery to needy children from all over Kenya. The funds are used directly in surgery as well as in the screening and education campaigns on Rheumatic Heart Disease in different counties.
In Nigeria, Toyota regularly organize what it calls the Nigerian Kids Dream About Toyota Cars Challenge Age mates. Multiple Talented Nigerian kids who took part in the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art contest challenged Toyota Motor Corporation to translate their drawing to reality by producing their dream car of the future. About 1,122 kids from the ages of eight to fifteen took part in the contest held in three geographical locations in the country, including Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. Winners from the three centres were hosted at Toyota Corporate Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos, during which they gave presentation of their drawings and explained the concept of the drawings.
According to Toyota Nigeria Ltd, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan to develop the innate artistic talent in children and to cultivate an enduring relationship with them. Toyota distributors and dealers alike globally have keyed into this initiative because of its acceptance and impact on children’s psyche worldwide.
The Nine winners that emerged at the contest were invited to the award of prize and certificate ceremony at Toyota Nigeria corporate headquarters, Lagos. The winner’s parents, teachers and well-wishers were entertained with winners going home with Laptops, other corporate gifts and a certificate. Toyota South Africa has also committed to a number of environmental projects, including support of the International Coastal Cleanup which tackles the problem of litter on KwaZulu-Natal and Cape beaches and inland waterways.
BMW says it has committed and engaged corporate citizen and supports more than 100 individual Corporate Social Investment projects across the South Africa. “These projects are rooted in 3 key areas: HIV and AIDS, Local Community Development and Education (in Maths, Science and Technology and the Environment”).
Each year, BMW invests millions of Rands into empowering groups in need through upliftment and partnership programmes. From its world class manufacturing facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria to its leather upholstery plant in Ga-Rrankua, BMW continues to dedicate significant time and resources towards its contribution of building a brighter future in South Africa. BMW South Africa does not adopt a cheque book approach. Instead it contributes to sustainable development, working with employees, their families, the local community and society at large to improve the quality of life resulting in meaningful and sustainable upliftment of communities. By giving communities, the tools required to promote long-term, sustainable development, the company is ensuring that this investment is felt for decades to come.
BMW’s Excellence Project for Mathematics, Science and Technology encourages young learners to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, while reducing the knowledge gap that exists within these critical focus areas. As one of the company’s longest standing sustainable development projects, BMW gives students the support they need to pursue their dreams by deploying mobile laboratories, known as BMW Centres of Excellence, to participating schools. Robust educator empowerment assists teachers in the understanding and delivery of their subject matter. The culture is impacted positively when learners complete their high school education with exemption into tertiary institutions to pursue Maths and Science as undergraduates in electrical, mechanical, civil engineering, sound engineering, geology and actuarial based disciplines. The programme has already produced graduates in these fields.
In addition, BMW South Africa currently makes bursaries available to learners pursuing studies in the fields of engineering, ICT and commerce at various tertiary institutions in South Africa and in other African countries. In South Africa, most of the students are eligible for a place in BMW South Africa’s 24-month Graduate Trainee Programme and many of these candidates are taken into full-time employment.
As captures by PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, FCMB strategically intervenes in various areas of human endeavour, especially in its focal CSR areas of poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability anchored on its mantra of, ‘’Teach a man to fish’’. All these gestures are in line with FCMB’s time-tested value as a helpful bank committed to creating opportunities that would further enhance the well-being of individuals, customers, groups and the entire society.
“Though several corporate organisations engage in CSR projects, the nature of the projects FCMB identifies for execution and the impact they make on the overall well-being of humanity and the society, stands the bank out from others” PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN said. Speaking in the same vein on FCMB’s CSR drive, the group head, Corporate Affairs of the bank, Mr. Diran Olojo, said that; ‘’the bank is aware of the challenges faced by people and the society. Hence, our choice of bringing hopes and smiles to individuals, communities and the country at large.
Specifically, in 2016, the bank extended its support to internally displaced women in Maiduguri, Bornu State by providing training and financial support to 100 of them to start any small-scale business of their choice. The financial institution also organized skill acquisition and other capacity building programmes for the beneficiaries. FCMB’s intervention in economic empowerment is further seen in its partnership with Wecyclers, an award-winning company involved in recycling, on a waste-to-wealth franchise scheme. Through this collaboration, the Bank is helping to tackle the challenges of waste management by deploying an innovative recycling project aimed at job and wealth creation, while promoting health and sanitation. To further deepen the project, FCMB has put in place a monthly reward scheme for top recyclers. The first batch of winners emerged in May this year and have been presented with their prizes. The Bank has instituted a capacity building programme for youths, tagged “Empowered for the Future”. The initiative, which is in partnership with Youth Empowerment Foundation, focuses on peer-to-peer economic empowerment and reproductive health education for in- and out-of-school adolescents. It commenced with 50 youths who were trained on various aspects of human development.
FCMB has also been carrying out programmes which involves eye screening tests, full ophthalmic medical examination, eye surgeries and provision of free medication, eye glasses and counselling for those suffering from cataract, an eye defect that could lead to blindness if not promptly treated. Over 1 million people across Nigeria have so far benefited from this project since the Bank took up the sponsorship eight years ago.
The poverty alleviation activities of FCMB have also been extended to the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB). The Bank recently donated 15 Braille machines (comparable to a typewriter) to the Vocational Training Centre (VCT) located at Oshodi, Lagos State. The gesture is aimed at effectively supporting the efforts of the FNSB towards enhancing the standard of teaching, as well as learning of the blind, who are students of the VCT.
The key focus areas of Mercedes-Benz group’s CSR projects are re-assessed annually to ensure that projects supported address real needs within society. As at today according to the company, the focus areas are: Education and HIV/AIDS. In addition, the employees of the group amplify the passion for community upliftment by initiating projects that further support the CSI project beneficiaries. Employee volunteerism is gaining momentum in the group.
In education development, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) says it believe that, as a nation, South Africans need to put the correct building blocks in place to increase the economically active sector of the population. Education it noted, plays a pivotal role in creating this enabling environment, and receives focus as part of a sustainable and integrated approach to youth and whole school development. The company focuses on education in all areas – from pre-school to tertiary and adult basic education. In addition, skills development in the technical fields of engineering and technology is essential to the future viability of the automotive industry, and so it receives support from the company, with the aim of building a pipeline of young people with relevant practical skills to join the sector.
MBSA was one of the first companies in South Africa to implement a comprehensive HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme in the year 2000. MBSA realised at an early stage the heavy toll that the disease could take on its most precious resource – its employees – if left unchecked. The company followed the framework set by its German mother company, Daimler AG, to prioritise HIV/AIDS by instituting policies and procedures to protect infected employees from discrimination and stigmatisation. The Sange Child and Youth Care Centre, a sanctuary for the homeless children of Mdantsane founded by MBSA, is South Africa’s second largest township, and its surrounding areas. The centre was founded in 2010 and aims to provide developmental welfare services to children in need of care and protection, as well as those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, the centre focusses on family preservation programmes, and providing social relief.
CATEGORY SEVEN: AFRICA’S BEACON OF HOPE AWARDS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION- TO RECOGNIZE TOP-TEN AFRICANS WHO GIVE THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES TOWARDS BUILDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, POVERTY REDUCTION AND SOCIETY TRANSFORMING INITIATIVES IN AFRICA.
They Awardees are:
After selling his company, Thawte, an online security firm, for about $575 million in 2002, he gave away more than $25 million for development and distribution of free-open source software through his Ubuntu Foundation. He also launched the Shuttleworth Foundation to help fund aspiring and active change makers in the society and donated $20 million through the Shuttleworth Foundation to assist creative and purpose driving individuals in South Africa actualize their dreams.
The foundation’s most recent published annual report indicates that in 2013, it granted $4 million which was distributed to recipients (called “fellows”) in the United States, the Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The average funding amount per fellow was $362,053. The areas of focus for most program applicants were education, technology, social development, entrepreneurship, and healthcare.
Following his retirement from UBA in 2010, Elumelu founded Heirs Holdings, which invests in the financial services, energy, real estate and hospitality, agribusiness and healthcare sectors. In 2011, Heirs Holdings acquired a controlling interest in the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), a publicly quoted conglomerate that has business interests in the agribusiness, energy, and hospitality sectors. Elumelu was subsequently appointed chairman of the corporation.
In 2010, Chief Tony Elumelu established the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organisation dedicated to the promotion of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship, and enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector across Africa. The Tony Elumelu Foundation, deploys its resources to generate solutions to challenges that inhibit the growth of the African private sector. Through its commitment to catalytic philanthropy, the Foundation seeks to achieve its mission by enhancing the capacity of African businesses, supporting and driving policies that promote competitiveness, deploying financial capital through impact investments, and educating public and private sector actors through rigorous research.
There is also the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme which gives startup enterprise toolkit. The start-ups will be assigned a TEF mentor who will dedicate time and share their business experiences, listen to their mentee’s goals and expectations and provide guidance and support throughout the programme. They will keep the startups on track to complete their business plans and to help them build a business with a solid foundation.
Tony Elumelu Foundation hosts an annual entrepreneurship Forum to showcase the African startups to a global audience of entrepreneurs, incubators, businesses, corporations, government, investors, academia and foundations. It will be a time of engagement, networking, learning and inspiration for start-ups as they conclude their TEF tenure, and a chance to hear from world renowned executives, scholars and entrepreneurs.
Eric Kinoti has appeared in Forbes 40 Under 40 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs twice, and was also named in Forbes 30 Under 30 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs In 2014. In the same year, he received the SOMA Awards-2014 Most Influential SME Personality.
Eric Kinoti immersed himself into entrepreneurism completely in 2007. W a capital of just KSh 20,000 (about $200), he started buying milk from Kinoo and Kiambu and supplying the city hotels both in Nairobi and Mombasa. After a saving of Ksh 60,000 (US$600), he borrowed almost KSh 2 million (US$20,000) from a Shylock in 2009, to set up Shade Systems where he ended up paying back the money with a million shillings (US$10,000) as the interest. He claims that was the worst decision he has ever made.
Today, Kinoti sits atop five powerful companies in Kenya and has been on Kenya's government delegation to several international economic meetings. Apart from Shade systems (EA) ltd,Eric Kinoti is also a founder and director of Alma Tents Ltd, Bag Base Kenya Ltd and SafiSana Home Services Ltd. Having gone through hard times and a lot of challenges, Kinoti's now has the desire to motivate and mentor young entrepreneurs and start-ups to break through. He has been organizing workshops for young entrepreneurs across Africa named Entrepreneurs' Boot Camp with speakers from all parts of Africa.
The renowned businessman who hails from the eastern part of Nigeria, donated 1 billion naira ($6.4 million) to flood relief efforts at the launching of the presidential committee in 2012.
Prince Arthur Eze also doled out the sum of $1m to support the on-going crackdown on criminals in Anambra State. Making the donation in his palatial home of Ukpo in Dunukofia Kingdom of Anambra State, Prince Eze explained that the gesture was intended to encourage Governor Obiano’s efforts to make Anambra State a habitable and business-friendly environment for all. He also pledged the sum of one billion naira to support the state government’s agricultural programme to engage more youths. The famous philanthropist has also at different fora, donated large amounts towards the development of higher education and other society transforming initiatives.
Ashish Thakkar was born in the United Kingdom, but he moved to East Africa as a teenager before founding Mara Group at the age of 15. Mara Group is a Pan-African multi-sector business services company. It operates in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, real estate & agriculture industries and is now active in 24 countries and employs more than 11,000 people. Mara Group is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Thakkar is a member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, and was featured on Fortune Magazine's list of the top "40 Under 40" in 2013. He was awarded the Base Leadership Award at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards event. and Esquire Magazine names Ashish Thakkar Middle East Man of the Year in 2016. In 2015, Thakkar was appointed Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.
Thakkar began his business by importing computer parts including keyboards, mouses, and desktops from weekly trips to Dubai. After he had received a $5,000 loan to start his company, he opened the small IT business in a shopping mall across the street from his father's shop in Kampala. Over the next ten years, Thakkar expanded Mara Group into manufacturing, real estate, agriculture and IT services. Thakkar later relocated the company headquarters to Dubai, but kept business in Africa.
Awadh’s father, Saleh Sherman, was a taxi driver, and Awadh would from time to time help out his father with his work. This led to Awadh's love for cars. At an early age, he set up a bicycle repair shop in Tudor, which later became Swaleh Nguru Garage, repairing and selling second hand vehicles. He later, invested heavily into real estate, construction and ranching. At one point, he owned a third of Mombasa Island, mainly the town of Majengo. He later subdivided the land into sub-plots and sold them.
Awadh is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kilindini Warehouses and AGRO Processors, which are some of the major corporations in his conglomerate. He owns one of the largest sisal plantations in Kenya at Taru, making him the main sisal producer and exporter. He also owns several large real estates in Kenya.
Abudu started off her career in the UK as a recruitment consultant in 1987. She went on to work for the Starform Group, managing the Corporate Credit Management Exhibition from 1990 to 1992. In 1993 she joined Arthur Andersen for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil) to head their Human Resources and Training unit. She left in 2000 to establish a privately owned specialist human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (popularly known as VLA). While running VLA, Abudu developed an executive training centre at the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lagos]
Abudu is the Executive Producer & host of a TV talk show, ‘Moments with Mo’ which is the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional television. She is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation, a human investment arm of Inspire Africa Ltd. It is registered as a non-profit organisation focused on raising funds to implement society-transforming initiatives. In January 2009, the Inspire Africa Foundation alongside Moments with Mo, the Lagos State Government and UNICEF held a telethon and a charity benefit concert with the theme "Rock with a Conscience". Donations from the concert have gone towards the protection of street children.
The Foundation has opened a charity store branded "The Designers Outlet for Charity", which opened on 5 December 2009 in Lagos. The foundation is also developing a children's shelter called "The Harbour".
In recognition of her work in diverse fields especially the media, and her service to humanity, she has been honoured with many laurels. These include recognition by Forbes Media as the first African woman to launch a Pan-Africa TV channel; and Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk in New York, among others.
Jack is also the chairman of Belema oil Producing Limited and J+G Global Gas & Oilfield Ltd, the companies which directly funds the Jack Rich -Tein Study Foundation scholarships.
The foundation’s efforts primarily focus on supporting programs and projects that promote the education of students from indigent families and offer scholarships from secondary schools to universities to any student (s) that meets the selection criteria. The scholarship programme sponsors Nigerian students to study both in Nigeria and in foreign universities.
His foundation also give help to people in need, give financial support to widows and the physically challenged to enable them empower themselves and transform their society.
Sharon is the daughter of the billionaire, Alec Wapnick, who started the property management company- City Property in 1968, Sharon Wapnick inherited her wealth from her father. She is one of the largest individual shareholders in Octodec Investments and Premium Properties, both property loan stock companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Her company, Octodec, owns Killarney Mall, with children and a teacher from the Thembelenkosini Care Givers in Senaoane in Soweto. Shoppers generously donated new and used stationery in bins located around the mall. These donations went to the Thembelenkosini Care Givers in Senaoane, Soweto.
Thembelenkosini is a registered non-profit organisation and their mission is to physically, emotionally, creatively and intellectually enhance the lives of children in the community of Senaoane. Many of these children are orphaned and, to them, Thembelenkosini is not just a care facility, they rely on them for food, love and education to get through the school year.
In a bid to merge all his business activities, Igho Sanomi founded the Taleveras Group in 2004, a Nigerian energy trading company with a vision and drive to become "a leading Global Energy & Service Company." The company has offices in London, Geneva, Cape Town, Dubai, Ivory Coast, Abuja and Lagos. According to Forbes, Igho Sanomi's Taleveras "trades over 100 million barrels of crude oil as well as several million tons of gasoline, LPG and jet fuel.
Igho Sanomi exercises his philanthropic gesture through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation (DSF), a charity organisation founded in 2011 by him and his siblings to commemorate the life of their late father, Dickens Sanomi. He is the Foundation's Board of Trustees' Chairman. The DSF is funded by Taleveras Group and the Midel Group, currently limits its activities to Nigeria.
In October 2012, under its Project Rescue 10,000 Flood victims, "The Dickens Sanomi Foundation gave out a comprehensive funding package worth over N100 million to flood victims in Delta and Bayelsa State, as part of its intervention programme to mitigate the effects of the devastating flood on the people. Igho Sanomi has been reported to have, through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, pledged a "substantial grant" to Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research in UK "to help fund vital prostate cancer research;" a gesture which earned him (Sanomi) the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for Philanthropy.