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Winning! Chiedozie Ibekwe emerges Winner of The 2016 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship

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Winner, 7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship 2016, Chiedozie Ibekwe

Chiedozie Ibekwe has emerged the winner of the 2016 edition of the 7Up Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship.

Ibekwe, an electrical engineer, is the 6th recipient of the prestigious award, and an alumnus of King’s College Lagos, University of Lagos, and the University of Mississippi, USA, respectively.

He joins past winners such as  Misan Rewane (2011), Olujimi Williams (2012), Mayowa Kuyoro (2013), Shola Olaniyan (2014), and Bankole Rasheed Makanju (2015), who have benefited from the initiative since its inception in 2010.

BM, 7UP Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye, Head of Marketing 7UP Bottling Company, Mr. Norden Thurston, MD, 7UP Bottling Company, Mr. Sunil Sawhney, Winner 7up HBS Scholarship 2016 Chiedozie Ibekwe and General Manager

L-R: BM, 7UP Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye, Head of Marketing 7UP Bottling Company, Norden Thurston, MD, 7UP Bottling Company,  Sunil Sawhney, Winner 7up HBS Scholarship 2016 Chiedozie Ibekwe and General Manager, Yinka Adesina

Managing Director of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Sunil Sawhney said

“The mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. As part of the many CSR initiatives of Seven-Up Company Plc, the 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship was launched in 2010 to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the company. Every year through the scholarship, a Nigerian resident in the country gets the opportunity of a top quality education from this prestigious school at no cost and with no bond to the company.The objective being that in the future they become leaders in different sectors of the Nigerian economy driving growth and development for a better society for all. I would like to congratulate Chidozie as the 6th recipient of the scholarship”.

Explaining further, General Manager Human Capital, Seven Up Bottling Company Plc, Yinka Adesina said the 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship is in tandem with the CSR Policy of the organisation, which is aimed at empowering people and creating a better society. Adesina further mentioned that Seven Up Bottling Company’s CSR initiatives are diversified touching areas such as community development, education, health, sports, arts and entertainment.

L-R - Head of Marketing Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Norden Thurston, Managing Director, Seven Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Sunil Sawhney, Winner 7up HBS Scholarship 2016 Chiedozie Ibekwe and General Manager Hu

L-R – Head of Marketing Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc,  Norden Thurston, Managing Director, Seven Up Bottling Company Plc, Sunil Sawhney, Winner 7up HBS Scholarship 2016 Chiedozie Ibekwe and General Manager , Yinka Adesina

Specifically, he listed some of the projects to include the Pepsi Football Academy, provision of social amenities such as boreholes to host communities, provision of books and laboratory equipment to secondary schools, award of scholarships to indigent students to post-primary and tertiary institutions and support for cancer and cholera awareness programmes.

Other initiatives include partnerships with Pan Atlantic University on Infrastructural build, support for LEAP Africa to train young Nigerians on leadership, Partnering with the Society for Performing Arts (SPAN), support for culture and tourism through sponsorship of the Calabar carnival, Copa Lagos, One Lagos Fiesta amongst many others as well as contribution to the landscaping of parks and other public places.

Chiedozie Ibekwe, the 2016 7Up HBS Scholar thanked Seven-Up Bottling Company for this unbelievable opportunity and stated that he is committed to fulfilling the vision of the scholarship to making a difference in Nigeria.

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13 Comments

  1. Diuto

    August 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Kudos to my nephew
    We are proud of you

  2. Tchidi Jollyman

    August 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Is there any possibility for a graduate from a Nigerian University who is not from a wealthy home to win this scholarship? What qualifies one to win the scholarship? This scholarship has always been won by rich kids whose parents can afford Harvard, so whats the big deal? Congrats to him sha.

    • Anon

      August 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      A couple of the past winners graduated from Nigerian Universities and there was no mention of their families being wealthy anywhere.

    • Professor X

      August 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      I think the wealth is implied since he is an alumnus of Univ of Mississipi in the USA. What percentage of Nigerian households can afford a US college degree for their child?

      That being said, he is obviously bright and hardworking young man to have won this award

    • Bade

      September 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you @Anon.
      The last 2 winners were Bankole Makanju and Sola Olaniyan-Bright who both went to university here in Nigeria.

      The fact that you are even asking here in the comment section of Bellanaija ‘what qualifies one to win the scholarship?’ shows that your case is just special.

    • Diuto

      August 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Tchidi believe you me he aint from a wealthy home. Has it occurred to you that he may have schooled with a scholarship?

      He’s very hot though

  3. Baby gurl

    August 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Big congrats to him. I know it’s a coincidence however it’s just weird that most winners of this 7up Harvard scholarship are engineers. I’ve been following the award and last year’s winner is an engineer from Unilag. Another guy from the year before that too. Now this guy. Especially as it’s “business” school. Well, good for them and goodluck in their respective careers.

    • Mannie

      August 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      I don’t think it’s weird; in fact, it makes a lot of sense. Engineers, unlike courses in the natural sciences, are taught to look at the world from a practical perspective (be it mechanical, civil,structural etc). Also, unlike the social sciences, they are also taught to approach the world from an objective perspective. With these two characteristics (amongst others), engineers can have businesses and run them successfully.

  4. Zarah A

    August 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    He is fine

  5. Gerrard59

    August 19, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Firstly, anyone can go study abroad without coming from a rich background. Scholarships abound, get information.

    Secondly, sciences enable rational and objective thinking which is why most consulting firms ditto investment banking have them in their employ. Congratulations to the young man.

  6. Obi

    August 19, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Engineers make good finance analysts. Im tempted to say they are even better than we normal finance people but i dont want to rustle anybody’s feelings. Nice initiative by 7up all the same. Congratulations.

  7. jwezee

    August 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Awwww congrats Dozie.

  8. Tosin

    August 20, 2016 at 12:39 am

    S-weeet!

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