Recently, Mindset Media held its 9th Excellence Achievers Award in Lagos where the Convener, Godday Odidi and the awardees spoke on crucial national issues. CYRIACUS NNAJI reports.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of GabrioVoice Magazine and Chief Executive Officer, Mindset Media, Godday Odidi, has said that Achievers Excellence Award pays attention to Humanitarian and Philanthropic activities because the people in Nigeria need help.
Odidi made this disclosure at the 9th Edition of Mindset Media Achievers Excellence Award which was held at Santiago Hotel, Amuwo-Odofin Lagos recently.
As the organizer of the award, Odidi said “You can see the level of hardship in Nigeria now, we need help, we have so many fake philanthropists now, we have ritual philanthropists, but I am concentrating on humanitarian, because if not support, Mindset Media will not be where it is. People are hungry, people need money. We want to tell people that you can give, people have this money but they don’t know how to give; this platform is to tell them please give, help humanity, let humanity grow, and that is why, I focus on humanitarian.’
Odidi disclosed that he was happy as he got support from so many quarters in this year’s event “This year award people really supported me, people wanted to support, people from the US, people were begging to collect this award; you see this year’s award is different, by our tenth anniversary next year, I am praying it should be at Golden Tulip or Eko Hotel. I see this platform as a platform that will help humanity,” he said.
Categories of the 2019 Achievers Excellence awards include Humanitarian/Philanthropic Drive; Sports Development, Value Innovators; Health Solution Providers; Entrepreneurial Leadership; Inspiring Motivational Speaker, Environmental/Green Angle, among other categories.
Among those who were honoured were Echebiri Ikechukwu, a businessman with passion for community Development; John Okorie, a young hospitality entrepreneur; Segun Okunloye, an agricultural Food Producer cum serial supplier with creativity; Gono Zakari, a Civil Servant cum Committed Rotarian with Humanitarian Legacies in Africa; Michael Ujiro, a young creative Transporter cum Real Estate Expert with vision.
The occasion was chaired by High Chief Michael Orobosa Ubogu, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Micura Services Limited, a man popular for his acclaimed humanitarian and philanthropic interests.
Rotarian Goni Zackari, a Senior Electronic Data Processing Officer at Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ((NIMASA) one of the awardees said “The honour was bestowed on me because of the tremendous effort I have put to serve humanity, I take this award as the best award I have received in my life. When you give to community the community gives back to you. In life, anything you do, do not wait, you should continue doing what you are doing, one day you will be discovered. For those looking up to me for mentorship, I say life is not easy, we should not give up hope, they must plan, plan efficiently, intelligently and diligently.”
Sir Jerry Aliche Wanodi, CEO, Porsche Oil Group of Companies, he has been able to lift a million people from abject poverty and obscurity. Wanodi said his inspiration comes from God, giving back to life, society, and those around him, ‘that is what makes you a success.’
Talking about society and Government, he said “We can’t leave everything to the government; they are also human as you and I. It is about capacity, mentality and orientation, what you don’t have you can’t give. The mistake we make in this part of the world is we leave everything for government to do. They are human; even some of the special advisers need advice themselves.”
Speaking on right environment for businesses to thrive he said “Nigeria does not have the right environment. There is no power, but all over the world power is the first thing, even in the Bible, God said let there be light, it is only here we have it the other way round. So there has to be power first, when there is power there will be less people on the street; creativity, ideas will explode, you can’t function without power.”
On his advice to the upcoming ones, he said “We are in a very hostile environment, so they have to take their destiny by their hands, it will never get better, the leaders have lost ideas and there is nothing we can do. So you need to wake up, you know what you need, so go for it, you fell, you rise, you keep rising, till you are stable. Nobody is going to create a ladder for you, so you need to create your own ladder, you climb, you hold onto it, and make sure the ladder doesn’t fall, that is the environment we find ourselves,” Wanodi stated.
Michael Ujiro, the most innovative transport entrepreneur of the year, said his advice for the organizer is to keep up what he is doing, he is doing a very fantastic job, keep up encouraging entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and I advise him not to relent, and these awards are not just for the sake of awards, they are awards for encouragement.