For years, the Nigerian National Legacy Awards (NNLA) through her initiative, the Nigerian National Legacy Prize For Business Excellence, has recognized innovation and excellence amongst highflyers in the Nigerian business world. Today, the platform remains the most revered merit award in the country.

The awards evolved to recognise major trends, achievements and technologies, with categories revised annually to sustain relevance to the dynamics of Nigeria’s industrial growth. The 2022 Nigerian National Legacy Prize for Business Excellences focuses on a select few who have demonstrated excellence in their various fields. Here is a peep into the profiles of some of the 2022 recipients.

Chief Allen Onyema
Chairman, Peace Airline Limited

Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, a Nigerian lawyer and entrepreneur was born 1964. Currently CEO of Air Peace airlines he founded 2013, milk hearted Onyema got through primary schools in Warri and Benin.

He proceeded to St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Azia, Urhobo College, Effurun, and Government College, Ughelli and subsequently graduated in law at the University of Ibadan in 1987 and was called to Bar 1989 after his time at the Nigerian Law School.

Mr Mitchell Elegbe
Founder/CEO, Interswitch Limited

Mitchell Elegbe is Founder, Managing Director, and CEO, Interswitch Group. Interswitch is an integrated payment processing company rooted in Africa. Mitchell Elegbe graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Benin, Edo state.

Dr. Mrs Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs
Executive Chairman, Moni Pulo Ltd

Seinye Lulu Briggs Chairs the Board of MoniPulo Limited. A dynamic, visionary player in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry, Seinye, born 21st september 1958, started her professional life in the financial sector as a pioneer staff, Computer Services Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

She later joined Oceanic Bank Plc, rising to become Head of Administration. She is an astute, versatile entrepreneur.

Mr Jerry Uwangue
CEO, J&G Engineering & Construction Services Ltd

J&G Engineering and Construction Services Limited over which Jerry Uwangue is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer is one of Nigeria’s fastest growing and most dynamic player in the Oil and Gas sector with operations cutting across engineering, construction, procurement, maintenance, marine services, personnel outsourcing and project management.

With a business drive that innovatively challenges the norm in his glittering career in the energy sector, Uwangue entrepreneurial sagacity materialised the vision of J&G Engineering and Construction Services in 2009.

Mr Robert Ogirri
MD, Ladgroup Limited

Robert Ogirri, seasoned strategist, management consultant, and expert business transformer has over 25 years experience working in the FMCG and Agribusiness Sector.
He had a robust career in Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Kraft Foods, Mondelez International and Nosak Farm Produce Limited prior to joing Ladgroup Limited.

He holds a BSc and MSc from the prestigious University of Benin and MBA from both Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and Lagos Business School . He is a project Management Professional with a wealth of experience leading major transformational projects.

Chief (Dr.) Alexander Chika Okafor (OON, KSC), Chairman Chicason Group of Companies

Alexander Chika Okafor (OON) is Chairman and Founder, Chicason Group of Companies. A native of Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State, Chief (Sir) Okafor started business as a local trading house in 1980 and graduated in later years into a conglomerate.

Today, the Chicason Group, comprising thirteen vibrant companies, is a high profile, technology driven, customer oriented conglomerate, conceived to be among the best indigenous groups in Nigeria and Africa, in terms of product quality and service delivery.

Alh Abdulsamad Rabiu
Chairman, BUA Group

Abdulsamad Rabiu, Nigerian billionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist was born in Kano 1960 to a wealth family. He became Founder, Chief Executive Officer of BUA, a Nigerian conglomerate birthed 1988 with interests in agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics, and port operations. Abdulsamad Rabiu is also Chairman, Nigerian Bank of Industry.

Mrs Tela Fela Durotoye
Founder, House of Tara International

Tara Fela-Durotoye, a Nigerian top beauty entrepreneur is Founder/ CEO of prestigious make-up brand, House of Tara International. Tara Fela-Durotoye is one of the pioneers of bridal makeup and has risen to r-espected height in the makeup industry. She is a role model to most makeup artists and mentors, young business owners, across Africa through many platforms.

Miss Linda Ikeji
CEO, Linda Ikeji Bloggs

Linda Ikeji was born September 1980 into a family of 9 from Nkwerre, Imo State, Nigeria. A second daughter among six girls and a boy, Linda started writing as tender as 10, leading her to pursue a degree in mass communication from the University of Lagos. She is one of the pioneer bloggers in Nigeria. Beyond being a pioneer blogger, Linda Ikeji is currently the richest blogger in Nigeria and top ten richest in the continent .

Mr Joel Igbeka 
MD/CEO, Lobosway Global Resources Ltd

Joel Igbeka is the MD/CEO, Lobosway Global Resources Limited, a wholly indigenous company duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria since 2008. They are into Civil and Electrical and Security Perimeter works services, chain supply and industrial spare parts, materials and equipment supply, Lease and Hire, Consultants, suppliers, etc.

Lobosway Global Resources Limited boasts of vast material and human resource base of highly technical and managerial depth which it deploys in undertaking engineering, consultancy and supplies services to all sectors (public and private) of the economy.

Mr Emmanuel Harrison,
MD Fairway Offshore Ltd

Emmanuel Harrison is Managing Ditector, Fairway Offshore Limited, a vessel management company incorporated in Nigeria to provide first class maritime operations support primarily to companies involved in offshore exploration and production of oil and gas.

Established by some of the industry’s most experienced professionals, the company’s distinctive asset lies in her client base. Fairway Offshore has gained indepth experience in offshore market and management of the vessels within the West African sub region. This has enabled the company in creating innovative solutions that provide cost effective means of meeting clients needs.

Mr Eric Ejike
Executive Chairman, Pyrich Group Nigeria Limited

Eric Ejike Chairs Pyrich Group Nigeria Limited, an indigenous software development and professional information and communication technology (ICT) consultancy that helps large, medium-sized organizations and startups to design, develop and evolve custom software tailor made to meet their specific computerization needs.

They help businesses unveil and satisfy demand for digital transformation by providing engineering and consulting services that foster competitiveness and innovation

Mr Adebola Odu- Onikosi
MD, EnvironQuest Limited

Adebola is an entrepreneur focused on engineering and environmental management industries in West Africa. His over 25 years experience has forged leadership to empower staff to grow to their best and operate semi-autonomously based on trust relationships – impacting business success. His extensive background in project management and consulting has proven critical in leading EnvironQuest and Habrams Energy Services.

His experience has spans across projects, processes, operations, and leadership development, mostly in the context of major projects. Adebola holds an M.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering and has completed programs in entrepreneurship and general management

Chief Peter Esiovo, Chairman, Evomec Global Services Limited.

Peter Esiovo is Serial Entrepreneur and notable philanthropist who hails from Ethiope East Local Government of Delta State . He played significant role during the outbreak of Covid -19 as he made extreme humanitarian donations to several communities . He is the Chairman of Evomec Global Services Limited an astute provider of premium Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning services to the Energy, Oil & Gas industries.

Over the years Evomec under the leadership of Esiovo, the firm prides self as frontline provider of best, fit for purpose professionals to deliver excellent and cost effective solutions to their clients. They use the best available resources combined with stringent supervision that assures safety without compromising on quality.

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