Vanguard awards

May 1, 2024

Igbinedion accepts Vanguard’s lifetime achievement award

From left, Vanguard correspondent in Edo State, Mr Alemma Aliu; Deputy Editor, Mr Adekunle Adekoya; Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Vanguard Group Advert Manager, Mr Adebowale Ojo, when Vanguard presented Lifetime Achievement Award letter to Chief Igbinedion at his Benin residence, State.

From left, Vanguard correspondent in Edo State, Mr Alemma Aliu; Deputy Editor, Mr Adekunle Adekoya; Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Vanguard Group Advert Manager, Mr Adebowale Ojo, when Vanguard presented Lifetime Achievement Award letter to Chief Igbinedion at his Benin residence, State.

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY – THE Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion on Tuesday accepted his nomination by Vanguard Media Limited to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He accepted the award when he was presented with an official letter by a delegation from Vanguard led by the Deputy Editor of the Newspaper, Adekunle Adekoya and Group Advert Manager, Adebowale Ojo.

Igbinedion said he had followed the trajectory of the newspaper from its inception till date.”I am indeed grateful for deeming it fit in 2024 to honour me with the lifetime achievement award, I wholly accept the offer.”

Earlier, Adekoya said the Vanguard group has monitored the trajectory of Chief Igbinedion in his numerous endeavours and how he pioneered investment in many areas.

He said “We have seen in Vanguard that there are not so many people like you, there are so many areas that you have invested in which you are a trailblazer. You opened the roads for indigenous investors in the aviation industry, you are a trailblazer in the investment in tertiary education with the founding of the famous Igbinedion University, apart from that you pioneered investment in other various areas; in the media with the Independent Television and Radio, you are in banking, we remember very well the days of Crown Merchant Bank and several others.

“You are a man of culture and an upholder of traditional values of the Benin kingdom so it is not surprising that you are the Esama of the Great Benin Kingdom in all of that that Vanguard thought it wise to honour you in your lifetime and put your achievement in the record so that generations unborn will read of your achievements, see videos, and then continue to be encouraged that if I live my life the way Esama has lived, the sky will not be the limit but a stepping stone.”