Edo State-born business mogul, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, was on Friday, September 11, 2020, conferred with “Forbes Best Of Africa 2020, Outstanding Leader in Africa 2020 Award” by Forbes America.
The ceremony was held virtually, however, the presentation of the certificate took place at Wells Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja and witnessed by Okunbo’s friends and well-wishers.
Speaking during the event which was organized in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network (FIN), the Chairman of FIN, H.E. Mrs. Olayinka Fayomi, said Okunbo is an illustrious son of Edo, who has done not only his state proud but also Nigeria in general, adding that the honour was bestowed on Capt. Hosa for connecting Africa with the world.
“Am here to present the certificate from Forbes America. I always like to distinguish Forbes America from Forbes Africa, we are so pleased on behalf of Forbes to present to you Capt. Dr. Idahosa Wells Okunbo JP.
“Indeed you are more than deserving of this award and am sure all of you who have watched the event today can the testify from numerous testimonies from various persons across the globe that our decision to honour him is worth it.
“We are proud to associate with you. I am really happy about the success that you have made. You are am an illustrious son of Edo State. You have made not only your state proud but you have actually made Nigeria proud.
“Am so happy that Mr. President himself acknowledges this award. I am pleased, congratulations,” she said.
Receiving the award, Okunbo said:
“I am indeed very delighted to have this award from this very revered institution.
“As I said earlier, I only accept awards that truly award. I dedicated this award to the less privileged in our society, to the needy, and the jobless youths. It is my pleasure, privilege, and am humbled. ”
Notes From Well-Wishers to Captain Okunbo
A former Executive Director in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr Rabiu Sulaiman, said the award is well deserved, noting that he had associated with Capt. Okunbo for over 15 years during which he worked closely with him as a supervisor of one of his contracts when he was a director in NNPC in charge of engineering and technical services.
He said: “I think it is also another honour to him for such a highly reputable organization to identify him and accord him this award. For me, it’s an encouragement to continue to do more and the sky will be the limit. I want to say that the award is well deserved.”
Chief Dr. Leemon Ikpea, Group Chairman/CEO Lee Engineering Group and Allied Companies Ltd, said as a friend and admirer of Capt. Okunbo, he is happy and proud of the award bestowed on him by Forbes.
“The world is taking note of what he is doing concerning serving humanity. So I am not surprised at all, I have known captain almost 30years and am so proud of him,” he said.
Similarly, the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, congratulated Capt. Okunbo and other recipients of the award as well as the host for organising the event.
A former Minister for Trade and Industry in Nigeria, Mrs. Onikepo Akande, in her remark, said the recipients deserved the awards and charged them to do more. She also congratulated the host for putting the event together.
“The Financial Investment Network (FIN) has been in the vanguard of developing Nigeria’s economy through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” She urged.
Other recipients of the Forbes Africa awardees 2020 include, the MD, First Bank, Kazeem Adeduntan, Chairman, Innovate Pay 1, Dr. Ahmadu Mahmood, and Badria Al Mulla.