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Sujimoto receives Royal Recognition & Award of Excellence from the Ooni of Ife

“The diligent man will stand before kings and not ordinary men”.

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For the first time in history, the Ooni of Ife-Ojaja II pioneered a forum that identified the vital few champions in different sectors.

Present were prominent leaders, amongst whom were the United Arab Emirate Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq; and the Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare; who presented an award of excellence to Sijibomi Ogundele, Funke Adesiyan, Eyitope Kola Oyeneyin, Seyi Awolowo and many other young Nigerian Entrepreneurs, at the Royal African Young Leadership Forum, held in the prestigious Oduduwa hall of the great Obafemi Awolowo University, where the dazzling greatness of the students of Ife was on full display.

His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and the MD/CEO of Sujimoto, Sijibomi Ogundele.

His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II; UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq; Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; MD/CEO, Sujimoto Group, Sijibomi Ogundele; and other awardees at the Royal African Young Leadership Forum.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq; Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare; MD/CEO, Sujimoto Group, Sijibomi Ogundele; and other Awardees.

UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq; Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; MD/CEO, Sujimoto Group, Sijibomi Ogundele.

Seyi Awolowo receiving an award from the Minister of Youth and Sport; and the UAE Ambassador.

Adedemeji Lateef receiving his award from the Minister of Youth and Sport; and the UAE Ambassador.

MC Lively receiving his award from the Minister of Youth and Sport; and the Vice-Chancellor of OAU.

Ajebo receiving his Award.

Jerry Mallo, CEO bennie Agro Fabrication Engineer, receiving his award.

Yomi Casual receiving posing with his award.

Hon. (Bar.) Chima Obieze: Chairman, House Committee on Works, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development, Enugu State House of Assembly receiving his award.

Dr. Ibidapo Fashina his award

It was a great honour to have received this call to duty and recognition from the most distinguish frontline traditional ruler in Africa – His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. This award of excellence is a continuous reminder that he who works hard will stand before Kings because I strongly believe that there is no nobility in poverty and it doesn’t matter whether you are from Ikorodu or Ikoyi, immediately you substitute recklessness for diligence, your true potential becomes a reality”.

MD/CEO of Sujimoto Group, addressing the Press.

Sujimoto on a tour of the Palace of the Ooni of Ife.

Portrait of the Oonis of Ife starting from the 1st to the 51st.

The Ooni of Ife giving a speech at the event

This, to me, is not just an award. This is a symbol of responsibility-to uphold the Omoluabi spirit — the spirit of integrity, the spirit of perseverance, and the spirit of nobility.

Sujimoto on a tour of the Palace of the Ooni of Ife

As I sat in a room filled with more than 1000 students and over 99 awardees from fashion,
entertainment, technology, manufacturing, business, and other industries, I realized that the Nigerian youth have not even utilized up to 10% of her potential, our true asset is not in crude oil but in the potential of young vibrant people of our nation. The future of Nigeria is dependent on the opportunities we give our youth. The Ooni has set a precedent for us all to follow. I am happy for the opportunity to be part of a block-chain of young Entrepreneurs, making a difference. I left the events of the weekend humbled and overzealous to do more; inspired to be an agent of change in my industry.
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2 Comments

  1. by_stander

    January 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    The Queen of England has been doing this for years without bias, and at the very least it’s motivation for the next generation.

    Our own rent-seeking elders (specifically Lawyers & Accountants) natural disposition is to try to deem the light of young people in this country. My theory of why that is, is that, since you can not pin-point a merit of them being in their position, everything becomes a threat.

    Let there be research committees for nominees, let the people know why the awardees are outstanding for an award and make sure there are consequences for frauds.

    If you are only handing out awards to your friends and people you know, your award likely won’t mean much outside your circle of friends.

    The Ooni of Ife has started something that can be really amazing for the people of Nigeria.

  2. Iwobi Ikechukwu

    January 27, 2020 at 2:12 am

    Well said sir

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