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The second edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year awards, took place last weekend in Lagos at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. Instituted a year ago, the award is aimed at celebrating exceptional achievers in Nigeria and drawing attention to the importance of service. Three great Nigerians were honoured for their VWHUOLQJFRQWULEXWLRQVLQWKHLUGLIIHUHQWĂ&#x20AC;HOGVRI Endeavour. Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (CON), governor of Delta State, emerged Personality of the year. He was honoured for his effort in creating a Delta beyond oil, an effort that is already making all the difference and serving as model to help draw attention away from oil. Chief (Dr.) Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuwu, Chairman, Innoson Group of companies is Vanguard Most Innovative Industrialist of the year 2013. Born without the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, from a modest beginning selling spare parts, he has grown KLVFRPSDQ\WREHFRPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQGLJHQRXVYHKLFOH manufacturing plant in Nigeria. Alhaji Aliko Dangote, MFR, GCON is the third recipient. He is Vanguard Africa Personality of the Year $OKDML'DQJRWH¡VEULOOLDQFHLQEXVLQHVVQRGRXEW earns him the status as the richest man in Africa.



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All three gentlemen were honoured amongst pomp and pageantry. In this special edition of Allure, we capture the moment for you in pictures and also got two of the recipients, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chief Innocent Chukwuma to speak on the awards and more. $QGRKLW¡V0RWKHUV'D\:H congratulate and celebrate all mothers from those driving posh cars around the city of Lagos to those walking barefooted WRWKHIDUPLQ0RVRJDUDQG2UX:H celebrate you and the uncommon IHDWRIEHLQJDPRWKHU Our contributor, Odun Ogunbiyi pays tribute to mothers on her column, Escape pg 14. +DYHDJUHDW6XQGD\

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Emmanuel Uduaghan (CON) Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Vanguard Personality of the Year, 2013 has through unusual insight steered the administration in Delta away from dependence on a mono product, opened the state to multiple streams of income that would in the near future secure the state from the shocks inherent in oil revenue. The power of vision in Dr. 8GXDJKDQ¡VZHOODSSODXGHGYLVLRQRI Delta Beyond Oil has not distracted the administration from sustaining a social safety net that is evident in free KHDOWKVHUYLFHVIRUXQGHUĂ&#x20AC;YHVDQ educational policy that motivates excellence and a landscape that has promoted peace and security. Uduaghan has also brought about a transformed education infrastructure DQGWKHUHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQRIWKH transportation model that has made Delta State the leading destination for conferencing and made Asaba, the state capital, the leading shooting location for Nollywood. The focus of the Uduaghan DGPLQLVWUDWLRQLVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJVWURQJ

Chief Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) Alhaji Aliko Dangote (MFR, GCON) Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Vanguard African Personality of the Year, has shown an uncommon courage in projecting diligence as an essential factor in entrepreneurship. Dangote who started business as a trader has today transformed into one of the ZRUOG¡VOHDGLQJLQGXVWULDOLVWVSRLQWLQJ him out as a man who is able to keep trend with his local environment.

Chief Innocent Chukwuma, 9DQJXDUG¡V0RVW,QQRYDWLYH Industrialist, 2013 is a sterling example of how grit and guts can overcome the greatest impediments. 7KHPRVWHORTXHQWWHVWLPRQ\RI0U &KXNZXPD¡VHQWUHSUHQHXUVKLSZDV how he drove Tokunbo motorcycles out of the Nigerian market through his locally made brand of motorcycles. Chukwuma has through his ,QQRVRQ9HKLFOHV0DQXIDFWXULQJ,90 SURGXFHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWUXO\PDGHLQ Nigerian vehicles.

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he 2nd Annual Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards 2013, took place last Weekend in Lagos. The Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, came alive as important dignitaries thronged the New Grand Ball Room to witness for a second time, the reward of excellence. In a welcome address, General Manager, Vanguard Media Limited, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, said the Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards, was initiated to recognize and award exceptional achievers in the society. He added that the awards will not only draw attention to the importance of service but will provide opportunity for such individuals to be celebrated.

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Personalities who were awarded for their excellent performances included, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of Delta State who received the award as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2013, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Group got the African Personality of the Year 2013, while Chief Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Group was hounourd as the Most Innovative Industrialist of the Year 2013. The event witnessed by a mix of political, business elite and Nollywood stars, was chaired by Chief Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State, while special guest of hornour was Dr. Namadi Sambo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria,

represented by Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Minister of National Planning. Delivering his address through Ambassador Yuguda, the Vice President said we are here to celebrate Nigeria, Nigerians and our own products. “We are celebrating Nigerians as individuals because you have all excelled in your own capacities, and the three of you are products of our environment.” He further stated that “We are not surprised that you are getting this recognition from a reputable newspaper like Vanguard Newspapers. We are honouring you and other recipients because we created the HQYLURQPHQWIRU\RXWRÁRXULVKµ Responding on behalf of other recipients, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, thanked Vanguard


DR EMMANUEL UDUAGHAN, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE AND HIS WIFE ROLI RECEIVING VANGUARD PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM AMBASSADOR BASHIR YUGUDA, REPRESENTING THE VICE PRESIDENT

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ards Newspapers for the honour and dedicated his award to ENGR AHMED MONSUR, ENGR JOSEPH MAKOJO, AREMO OLUSEGUN OSOBA, HAJIA FATIMOH DANGOTE, AND HAJIA HALIMO DANTOGE the people of Delta state. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This award is not for me alone, it is for the are all used in Delta state.â&#x20AC;? 1LJHULD¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHVWPXVLFLDQVDQGFRPHGLDQV whole of Delta State. The whole state is being many of them natives of Niger Delta who had The Governor encouraged other honored todayâ&#x20AC;?. While congratulating his come to support one of their own. entrepreneurs in the country to invest in fellow recipients, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you that The Vanguard Personality of the Year projects that will create jobs for the people. 'HOWDVWDWHLVXVLQJVRPHRI,QQRVRQ¡VEXVHV awards, an initiative of Vanguard Media )URPWKHÂś6XJDU%DQG¡:DMH2PDZXPL The second person, Dangote believes in hard Timaya, KCEE, Alibaba to I GO DYE, Limited, recognizes the credible actions of work and as I speak today, every house that hardworking individuals, who have made the event was laced with glitz, glamour is being built in Delta State, the sugar that is indelible marks of excellence in our society. and electrifying performances by some of being consumed and other Dangote products March 30, 2014 /

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Emmanuel Uduag Chukwuma: Visi income for the economy of our state. So this award is in recognition of our aspirations and our vision of attaining a Delta beyond oil.

We are creating a Delta beyond oil

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r Emmanuel Uduaghan is passionate about creating a Delta beyond Oil. He speaks about the structures being put in place in Delta state in other to achieve this. How do you feel about this award? I am very happy about this but there are a lot of FKDOOHQJHVEHFDXVHLW¡VDOODERXWFUHDWLQJRXU economy and not just depending on oil. In those days, we used to have a lot of companies, a ORWRIWUDGLQJĂ&#x20AC;UPVWKDWZHUHDURXQG1RZHYerybody depends entirely on oil. What we are doing now is to look at other areas of generating

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What exact structures are you putting in place for a Delta beyond oil? We are looking at areas of agriculture because that was how I grew up. I grew up as a farmer, a village boy. I used to go to the farm before going to school and after school, I would return to the farm again. Sometimes, we ZHQWĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ%XWQRZWKH soil is destroyed, the water is polluted, the air is polluted and agriculture is no longer there. So we want to encourage people to go back to agriculture. The other area we are looking at is in the area of tourism. Delta is a home for hospitality. In fact, the youths all over the country are known for creative works. Many of them are artists. The comedians you see, the musicians you see, most of them are either from Delta or grew up in Delta. So that is an area we are looking atthe human resource area. We have to encourage our talents. $UHWKHUHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWKLQJV\RXGRWRKDUQHVV them? You know our commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard Mofe Damijo popularly called RMD, he has been undertaking talent hunt in the area of music. At the moment, we now have some musicians who are a product of that competition. In the area of comedy, one of the comedians who performed today also came out of that process. In the area of acting, a lot of actors have EHHQLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDQGWKH\DUHDOUHDG\PDNLQJ waves. Delta State has ethnic and security challenges. How are you coping with these problems? The ethnic challenges in the state, really is as a result of suspicion. So, what I have tried to do is to give to every ethnic group what is due to them. And when you go that way, you reduce the ethnic tension. That is what we have been doing. Many of these youths have seen oil money. Do you think they would be willing to go back to agriculture?

Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, is our Personality of the Year 2013 while Chief Innocent Chukwuma (OFR), Chairman, Innoson group of companies emerged Vanguard Most Innovative Industrialist of the year 2013. Co incidentally, each of them in separate interviews describes himself as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;village boyâ&#x20AC;? but both have proven that the circumstances of their birth was not strong enough to pose a limitation to their quest for a better life. Both men have recorded uncommon feats in their different capacities. Dr Uduaghanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive to establish an economy not dependent on oil what is now known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delta beyond Oilâ&#x20AC;? is fast becoming a model to copy. Encouraging the Again that is a big challenge that is why in some of our programmes, we have what we call, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the mental change programmeâ&#x20AC;?. It is all about re oriHQWDWLRQWROHWWKHPNQRZLW¡VQRWDOODERXWJRLQJ to bust pipelines or kidnapping and all the criminal activities that they use to make money. The richest people in the world today are not people who work in the oil companies. They are people who own or work in big farms. So we are trying to do a re- orientation for them. We have situations where those who have been part of the amnesty are threatening to go back to take up arms. How are you coping with this kind of issue as governor of the state? The amnesty programme gave them training and we believe the training will establish them. We are hoping that in the next few years, a lot of them would have been engaged. Where do you go from here after this award? To do more work I guess.


aghan & Innocent ionary Achievers By - Jemi Ekunkunbor

youths to take up agriculture again reminds him of his early years growing up with his grandmother in her rural village in Mosogar. Going to the farm and fishing was the main stay then not oil he recalls. Born in Oru in Anambra State, the last of six children, Chief Chukwuma grew from being a spare parts seller to pioneering the first indigenous vehicle manufacturing plant in Nigeria. Last weekend in Lagos, both men along with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Vanguard Africa Personality of the Year 2013, were honoured at a colourful ceremony at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. Dr Uduaghan and |Chief Chukwuma spoke briefly to Allure after receiving the awards. is is a typical grass to grace story. As a village boy, his upbringing lacked the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. As a performer, he is not given to too many words. He allows his work speak for him. Simplicity and humility envelop his entire being and belies his status as a billionaire businessman. His Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing ,90 FRPSDQ\UROOHGRXWLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW truly made in Nigeria vehicle in 2011.

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How do you feel about this award? I feel very happy that my little effort to the industry is being recognized not just by Vanguard but by the entire country. I am very happy. When you started did you imagine you will JHWWRWKLVSRLQWZKHUH\RX¡GVWDUWZLQQLQJ

awards? Honestly, when I started, I never knew I would get to WKLVVWDJHZKHUH1LJHULD will get to recognize what I am doing. I am so happy about the development I GRQ¡WNQRZKRZWRVD\LW I am short of words. The recognition is a great thing for me. How did it all start at Nnewi? I started my business like other people. Like most Igbo men, I stated by trading in spare parts. I started as a small business man dealing on spare parts at 1QHZL$WWKDWWLPHSHRSOH were bringing only second KDQGPRWRUF\FOHVWR1LJHria, and I felt there should be a way to reduce the price of the new ones, so that people will be interested to buy new ones, rather than second hand motorF\FOHV,GLGQ¡WNQRZ,ZLOO get to this stage. Where were you buying from at that time :HZHUHEX\LQJIURP/HYHQWLV%XW,DFWXDOly started off selling motor cycle parts. From there I moved on to selling car spare parts and much later, car production. Share with us about Innoson cars As you already know, we have started proGXFWLRQRI,QQRVRQFDUV0\Ă&#x20AC;UVWVHWRIFDUV will start coming out in April. It is being test-run now. What kind of cars should Nigerians expect? We have three types of cars under the Innoson brand. We started by producing buses. From buses, we produced pickups-SUVs. 1RZZHDUHSURGXFLQJFDUV What is the distribution like? Our cars are doing well. In fact, some African countries are using our busses now. If you watched television recently when there was crisis in Chad Republic, it was my pick up veKLFOHEUDQGWKDWWKH1LJHULDQ$UP\XVHGIRUWKH operations. In Ghana and Sierra Leone, my vehicles are all over the places. We are hoping it will go round Africa in the near future.

I never knew a village boy would come this far

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Tell us about your growing up what was it like? ,JUHZXSLQWKHYLOODJHLQ1QHZL*URZLQJXS was normal I grew up like every young boy in the village then. I have four brothers and two sisters. We grew all grew up together. What was family life like? We are very close. From growing up in the village, you have become a successful city business man. How has life been? I am still a village man. I like the village a lot. That is why all my businesses are over there LQ1QHZL

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I always meet clients who say they are ready and available. Some of them even go as far as telling me that they went off dating for sometime and believe they are ready to date again and when I assess them IRUVRPHWLPH\RXPD\DVPXFKDV,GRĂ&#x20AC;QGVRPHWR be OBSTINATE or DIRTY or too SELF CENTRED to accommodate someone else in their world or STINGY because they claim they have been hurt before or LACK COMMON ETHICAL CONDUCTS etc. And yet they say they are ready. It only makes me wonder why they never made themselves SUITABLE, instead of focusing on being AVAILABLE. So much work to do I say. 4. WHAT KIND OF MAN/WOMAN ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? You always hear â&#x20AC;&#x153;wo Jerome, the most important thing for me is that the person is GOD FEARINGâ&#x20AC;? it GRHVQ¡WPDWWHUZKDWWULEHRUZKDWWKHSHUVRQLVGRLQJ or what the person looks like, I just want somebody that God has in store for meâ&#x20AC;?. Well it is not God that wants to marry the Person, you are the one! When People say JUST GOD FEARING, I ALWAYS know that IT IS A LIE, because most of the time the people who ask for â&#x20AC;&#x153;God fearing onlyâ&#x20AC;?, are not God fearing themselves. They always have the appearance of Godliness, but their life style denies the power WKHUHRI,IDQGZKHQ\RX3UREHIXUWKHU\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QG PRVWRIWKHPWREH9$,1$7+($57,QWURGXFHSHRSOH WRWKHPDQGWKH\DUHWKHRQHVWKDWĂ&#x20AC;QGIDXOWVWKH PRVWORRNLQJIRULQRWKHUVZKDWWKH\VKRXOGKDYHĂ&#x20AC;UVW established in their own lives. I OFTEN COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT FINDING A PARTNER AND GETTING MARRIED IS NOT DIFFICULT, PEOPLE ARE! When we are ready to become not just available, EXWDOVRVXLWDEOHZLWK*RG¡VIDYRXUGRRUVRI758( ROMANCE will be opened to and for us, and it will last. Counseling inquiries on Marriage, Relationships, Career and Matchmaking >> @jeromeistalking on Twitter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likeâ&#x20AC;? Jerome Yaovi Onipede on Facebook. Whatsapp 6281'PLQG%)(

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:KDWKDSSHQVLQWKH FDVHRIDQHPHUJHQF\" â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Planning for the rainy day 4. The next thing to do would be to open a savings account. Please note that banks do not have dedicated accounts for emergency funds. You would have to VHDUFKIRUDEDQNWKDWRĚ&#x2020;HUVWKHKLJKHVWLQWHUHVWUDWHRQDVDYLQJVDFFRXQW Another point to remember is that the objective for an emergency fund is not to create wealth but instead to preserve wealth, therefore you would have to look for a low risk, investment option.

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OTUNBA SUBOMI MICHEAL BALOGUN THE CELEBRANT HIS WIFE OLORI ABIMBOLA BOLOGUN

OTUNBA SUBOMI MICHEAL BALOGUN THE CELEBRANT HIS WIFE OLORI ABIMBOLA BOLOGUN WITH THE GRAND CHILDREN CUTTING HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE

FCMB FOUNDER, OTUNBA SUBOMI BALOGUN MARKS 80TH BIRTHDAY

4. The next thing to do would be to open a savings account. Please note that banks do not have dedicated accounts for emergency By - Oscar Ochiogu funds. You would have to search IRUDEDQNWKDWR̆HUVWKHKLJKHVW interest rate on a savings account. Billionaire businessmanAnother and founder, First City point to remember is that Monument Bank, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun, theMichael objective for an emergency turned 80 recently, and fund to celebrate, hiscreate friendswealth and family is not to but gathered for the grand party thrown in his honour. instead to preserve wealth, The event began withtherefore a church service at Cathedral you would have to look for aCommunion), low risk, investment option. Church of Christ (Anglican Marina, Lagos,

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MR JIMI OLUKOY AND PROF I.F ADEWALE

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