NGO names visionary award after Nigerian politician

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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A global non-governmental organisation, Hive Africa has renamed its annual Visionary Award in honour of a Nigerian politician and business mobile, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni.

With its headquarters in San Francisco, USA, the initiative, which has for the past six years been referred to as the ‘Hive Africa Visionary Award’ would now be known as the ‘Abayomi Mumuni Hive Africa Visionary Award’.

Mumuni who is the author of ‘Global Terrorism and its Effect on Humanity’ and ‘Demand by Terror’ was the Lagos state gubernatorial flagbearer of the defunct CPC in 2011, a political party founded by President Muhammadu Buhari, and now a prominent chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Entrepreneurship development

The Chief Executive Officer of Hive Africa, Ms Grace Osula noted in her report, that the decision was in recognition of Mumuni’s unalloyed and unflinching support in entrenching entrepreneurship development in Africa and his continued guidance in aiding the mission and goals of Hive Africa.

According to the letter, “Hive Africa has made giant strides with your wisdom and personal touch; your exemplary life of service to humanity and endearing leadership remains a beacon for all African youth.

“In view of this, the Hive Africa Visionary Award; dedicated to honoring outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship and youth leadership development in Africa, would henceforth be known as the ‘Abayomi Mumuni Hive Africa Visionary Award’.

“It is our vision, that as Hive Africa continues to grow, this award would become the touchstone for entrepreneurship and youth leadership development excellence in Africa”, it read.

The award ceremony which will come up between 13th and 16th of May 2020 at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana, will reward outstanding achievers in entrepreneurship and youth leadership development in Africa.

Reacting to the development, Ambassador Mumuni thanked Hive Africa for deeming him worthy of the honour, noting that though he doesn’t fancy awards for many reasons, it was difficult for him to reject this given that the organisers are well-intentioned.

“I am very elated that Hive Africa has been observing some of my contributions to the society, especially in the area of entrepreneurship development in Africa, for some time which culminated in this honour of renaming its annual Visionary Award after me. I want to use this avenue to register my sincere appreciation to the organizers.

“I usually turn down the idea of award, specifically in this clime where people are only after the awardee’s money. But I can see the sincerity and genuineness of intention in this. And out of thousands of people in business, politics, careers, academics and other endeavours across the world, they find me worthy of honour. Indeed, I am grateful”, Mumuni said.

Hive promotes transformative global leadership, personal development, global systems thinking amongst others.

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