The year 2020 was such a challenging period globally. It was the year that the whole world was brought to its knees, by the coronavirus pandemic. The human race is still struggling to come to terms with all that the pandemic brought upon the earth, at the moment.
So, as we moved into 2021, reasons for celebrations have been far-fetched. However, despite the challenges occasioned by the pandemic, there are standout individuals, people who still impacted humanity and their society greatly during the calendar year. In our quest to appreciate the efforts of these individuals, and thereby encouraging more to do like them; that we did a shortlist of the following five people (from a long list of other qualified names).
The essence of this Honour is basically to celebrate the winners for what they have done and to further spread the message of encouragement to others to support humanity by making great impacts. CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s winners.
HRH OSCAR YAO DOE
International businessman, multimillionaire and incurable philanthropist, HRH Oscar Yao Doe is a Ghanaian with a Nigerian heart. The founder of one of Africa’s leading conglomerates had made philanthropy his passion for over 2 decades. He has touched thousands of lives in his motherland, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, (his second home) through tuition-free education, scholarships, and huge financial supports. He is also one of the biggest supporter of the creative industry. He is President & Executive Chairman of Doscar Group Holdings, Eurotour Gh & Eurotour Logistics Prime Properties Ghana, Eurostar Global Limousine Group, Trans Asia Pacific Africa Network, Black on Black Limousine Nigeria, Doscar Foundation Organisation. Throughout 2020, as the covid-19 pandemic hit the world hard, HRH Doe, through his foundation, made huge financial and materials to several health and security organisations in Ghana and Nigeria. He also supported the livelihoods of hundreds of households and individuals, with regular financial donations. A royalty in his homeland, and holder of chieftaincy titles in Nigeria, HRH Doe is not a regular Philanthropist.
ALHAJI KABIR AJIBOLA GBEMISOLA
Alhaji Kabiru Jibola Gbemisola is the Chairman of the Fatgbems Group and CEO of one of the leading companies in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He is a business executive with distinction. His experience in Oil and Gas marketing, distribution, transportation and logistics operations, which had spanned almost two decades, has greatly rubbed off positively on the company, seeing it recording astronomical growths since he took over control from his late dad (Alhaji Fatai Gbemisola) in 2013. At just 45, Gbemisola has proved himself to be one of the most-brilliant business managers in the history of corporate Nigeria. Following a well-executed rebranding of Fatgbems, the company has witnessed an evolution of innovations and growth; that has today made it a group of companies with thriving interests in other sectors, including real estate, agriculture, storage and haulage. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Fatgbems Group remains one of the best-run organisations in Nigeria in 2020, retaining its large workforce, and also giving support to many via its corporate social responsibilities efforts.
ADERONKE OLUWATOYIN ADEWOLE
Jaderon AsoOke, has become a leading brand answering to the fashion needs of the high and mighty in and outside Nigeria. ADERONKE
He is the creative mind behind this thriving brand. Still under 40, she has become a big role model to young females with the achievements she has recorded as an enterprenuer. Having carved out a unique niche for herself by creating bespoke designs with traditional Yoruba Aso Oke fabrics, which have
now made her the official stylist of many 1st-Class traditional rulers, A-class citizens and more, Aderonke has recorded a major feat in modern fashion business and is etching her name in gold already in that sector.
HON. ROTIMI EMMANUEL OLOWO
Hon. Rotimi Emmanuel Olowo is one of the most experienced legislators in Nigeria. He is serving a fourth-term currently at the Lagos State House of Assembly where he has been representing Somolu Constituency 1 since 2007 and had chaired several committees like Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, Works and Infrastructure and, Budget, Local Government Administration and currently finance. His political feat of the past 14 years didn’t just come by chance, he earned it. He is a grassroots politician per excellence, (loved by many) and his achievements for his constituents made them keep returning him to the house. He shares an enviable symbiotic relationship with his constituency. Hon. Olowo is a rare type of Nigerian politician and he is a shining example of what leader-followers relationship should be like in this part of the world.
CHIEF MRS MUTIAT OLAYINKA LADOJA
Former First Lady of Oyo state, Chief Mrs Mutiat Olayinka Ladoja inaugurated the Idera De Foundation (IDEF) while her husband (Senator Rashidi Ladoja) was in office between 2003 and 2007. And more than 13 years after, she is funding and running what used to be her pet project then, but has now become a big philanthropic and humanitarian organization set up to satisfy the yearnings of the less privileged. To confirm that the blood of compassion truly flows in her veins, Mrs Ladoja, now 65, has not relented in efforts towards alleviating the challenges faced by the less-privileged in and outside her state. Today, the Idera De Foundation is still as vibrant as it was, despite the fact that the founder has been out of public office for long, the foundation still offers vocational trainings, scholarship schemes, welfare and healthcare support to vulnerable groups, rehabilitation of beggars on the street as well as mentorship for people living with disabilities.