Lagos Governor extols Zenith Bank Chairman on professionalism

David Adekunle, Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (3rd right); Chairman, Zenith Bank/Author of the Book, Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia (2nd right) and Chairman of the Occasion, Dr. Christopher Kolade (2nd left) during the book launch: Africa Rise and Shine by Jim Ovia, at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has highlighted the contributions of the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia to the accountancy and banking professions.

Mr Ambode called on the leading entrepreneurs in Africa to take time to expose the younger generations to their inspiring story with the view to showing them how to become successful business owners.

The Governor, who spoke at the public presentation of “Africa Arise and Shine”, a book written by Jim Ovia, said it was important for successful entrepreneurs like the author, to tell the story of how they were able to navigate the business climate.

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This, he said, will also inspire others who look forward to be like them.

According to Ambode, “Everyone will be inspired to read this kind of book and I highly recommend it.

 “It is always very good when people who have been successful in their careers or profession decide to say something about how they really toiled to get to where they are.

 “People think success comes easy, without knowing that the successful ones actually toiled to become what they are and this kind of book inspires young ones to become more resourceful and then more inspiring.” The Governor specifically commended the author for taking out time to write the book.

Ambode, who is a former Accountant General in the State said: “Obviously, the truth is, there is no person that has actually gone through the profession of accountancy that would not have had something to do with Jim Ovia.

“If you are a professional banker, a professional accountant and you have actually lived your life in Lagos, you will know the brand called Zenith Bank and one way or the other, it would have actually permeated your story.”

The book, launched at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, is essentially about the story of how Zenith Bank commenced operation in the 80s with N20 million and now worth $16 billion.

Other dignitaries who graced the event include Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governors Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ibrahim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti Governor-elect), Godwin Emefiele (CBN Governor), National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole; APC Chieftain, Chief Segun Osoba; elder statesmen, Christopher Kolade, Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Akintola Williams; captains of industry including Tony Elumelu, Folorunso Alakija, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I, among others.

Sammie Idika