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The Industry Summit 3: Convergence of titans

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The Industry Summit, berthed in 2020 to thoroughly dissect innate issues affecting the industry sector of the nation’s economy.

Ever since then, The Industry Summit has been a one-stop avenue for captains of big corporate entities and giant industry players to feast on matters that will either make or mar the fulcrum of the money-spinning sector of the African largest economy.

In its third edition, The Industry Summit has been previously known for its nights of engaging discourses, however this year’s edition comes with a lot of firsts.

Drifting away from its known tradition of merging a lecture with a buffet dinner in a one super-packed event, the 2022 edition of the crowd-pulling summit has been delineated to be a one big gathering of titans wearing two viable wings – morning and night event.

While the lecture takes place in the morning, the awards and dinner come up in the night of the same day.

Billed to have three sitting governors in attendance, The Industry Summit 3 promised to be a chartbuster, the replica of what you hardly find anywhere else.

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the executive governor of Lagos State, who is the chief host and recipient of Governor of The Year – Economy award. He is so honoured for his relentless efforts at creating life-changing jobs for the ever-industrious people of the upwardly mobile state. Needless to say that Lagos apart from being the fastest growing economy on African continent, it is the commercial hub of Nigeria.

His counterpart from Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, would be awarded the Governor of The Year – Infrastructure. The garland falls on the proactive governor for his historic exploits in changing the sleepy state of Akwa Ibom to a sprawling one through his highly dedicated development driven infrastructural footprints.

Needless to say, that Udom’s dedication to infrastructure has changed and moved the state to the stature of a beautiful bride before all local and foreign investors. Today, Akwa Ibom State has become a destination for both intending and established investors.

The energetic and workaholic governor of Borno State, Mr. Babagana Zulum, who amid daunting instability occasioned by the untoward actions of the Boko Haram insurgents, has been churning out mindboggling infrastructures to deliberately place the state on not only the national scene but also obviously given the crisis-ridden state a new impressive narratives on the international scenes.

And, Zulum, for his rare and exemplary performance, The Industry Summit 3 will be crowning his unexpected achievements with the award of the Overall Best Governor of The Year. Just beat that!

Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, the doyen of the Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) industry in Sub-Sahara Africa has been pegged down to be recognised as a Lifetime Awardee. Often seen as the guru of advertising, Shobanjo has received many awards in the past including Doctor of Letters (D.Litt Honoris Causa) by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Advertising Man of All Time by The Sun Newspapers and Most Influential Personality in Advertising in Africa by Africa Development Magazine, Ghana.

The compelling event, fully focused on the financial industry, has the time-honoured theme of “Financial Inclusion, Digital Payment And The Challenges Of Banking The Unbanked”, the theme deliberately so designed to provoke conversation around large chunk of unbanked population particularly in the rural area in Nigeria.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, will be the keynote speaker.

The CBN Governor is also slated to bag an award as the Regulatory Officer of The Year, a decision arrived at based on his administrative ingenuity at driving the Federal Government’s cashless policy, especially the introduction of e-Naira.

Do not forget that the first edition of The Industry Summit held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, themed “The Power Of Advertising” had Mr Lanre Adisa, Chief Executive Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications, as the keynote speaker.

The second edition, held at the same- venue, was themed “Addressing The Balance Question In The Management Of Corporate Social Investment Portfolio During Crisis”, had Dr Onyekachi Onubogu, Chief Executive Officer, Frutta Juice & Services as keynote speaker. Dr Onyekachi was ably supported by discussants drawn from sustainability industry, public relations, corporate sector, public sector and advertising.

For the first time, The Industry Summit will have six First Ladies not just in attendance but also as awardees, and that is very historic – a colourful addition to the annual epic gathering of industry players.

Dr. Martha Emmanuel Udom, the wife of the governor of Akwa Ibom State, will grace The Industry Summit 3, and will be specifically honoured for her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youth Orientation Path Initiative (FEYReP). Through the intervention project, Dr Martha has been able to help the less-privileged in many communities, she has also initiated series of empowerment programmes for women in the state.

Hadjia Lami Ahmadu Fintiri, wife of the governor of Adamawa State, will also be recognized for her efforts at bringing better life to women and youths in the state through her pet project tagged Fresh Air Pro-life Empowerment Foundation (FAPEF).

Barrister Chioma Uzodinma, the wife of Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, will be part of the programme, and she has been penciled down to be recognized for her pet project, Good Hope Flourish Foundation (GHFF). Barr Chioma has been particularly noted for resuscitating vulnerable widows and their wards.

Mrs. Rashida Bello, wife of the Kogi State governor, will out of the love for The Industry Summit depart her Lugard House, Lokoja, comfort zone to partake in the summit. Mrs Rashida Bello founded Kogi Women and Youth Advancement Foundation (KOWYAF) with the vision to empower women and youth, encourage the active poor to grow their micro-business. She is also held in high esteem for her health intervention to reduce mother/child mortality rate by renovating and equipping Primary and Secondary Healthcare Centres in the state.

Hadjia Hafsat Abdulaki Ganduje, wife of the Kano State governor, an Associate Professor, has been so concerned about the lives of the downtrodden in Kano State. She has committed her time and energy to uplifting the women and youth in the state known for its centrality in Northern politics and economy.

Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Lagos State governor, arguably the first Medical Doctor to be Lagos First Lady, has been outspoken in her support for women, girls, boy-child and people with terminal health challenge since her husband became the governor the state. Dr Ibijoke at a point inaugurated three mobile chest x-ray vans for tuberculosis screening, and has also chaperoned free surgical intervention programme for residents of the state.  She also launched an endowment fund to defray the cost of pediatric surgeries for needy babies at Ayinke House of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The Industry Summit 3, promised to be a gathering of captains of industry has six lifetime awardees among whom are Mr. Enyi Odigbo, CASERS Group; Mr. Dozie Mbanefo, New Crystal; Dr. Phil Osagie, JSP; Mr. Kunle Onime, MPC; Dr. Onyekachi Onubogu and Mr. Emeka Okeke.

While the Advertising Man of the Year will go to Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo of APCON, Media Man of the Year will be given to Mr. Rotimi Bankole of SBI Stagwell. Richard Abiodun Oshinibosi of Abelinis will go home with the Experiential Man of the Year award, the PR Man of the Year will be Mr. Odion Aleobua, the Marketing Man of the Year will be Mr. Emmanuel Oriakhi of Nigerian Breweries.

Mrs. Simisola Hughes-Obisesan of Insight Redefini will grab Creative Director of the Year, the Corporate Communication Spokesman of the Year will go to Tega Ogra of BUA Group, the Media Manager (Corporate) of the Year will go to Olanrewaju Nasir Ramon of UBA, and veteran journalist, Akin Adewakun of Tribune will go home with the Brand Journalist of the Year award.

Mrs. Nneka Onyeali Ikpe, CEO/MD of Fidelity Bank will be awarded Banker of the Year, Fintech Practitioner of the Year will go to Olugbenga Agboola of Flutterwave, Telecomm Man of the Year award is cornered by Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN; Mr. Segun Ogunleye of 7Up Bottling Company will take the award of Brand Manager of the Year.

Award for the Hotelier of the Year will go to Karl Hala, General Manager, Lagos Continental Hotel; Sustainability ICON- Corporate award will be taken by the duo of Temitope Oguntokun of ABInBev and Bolanle Victor-Laniyan of Access Bank.

While Ad Agency of the Year award will go to X3M Ideas, Modion Communication will be awarded the PR Agency of the Year, the award for the Brand Activation Agency of the Year will be taken by Oracle Experience, Media Agency of the Year award is up for grab by SBI Media.

Award of Bank of the Year – Sustainability will go to Stanbic IBTC Bank, UBA will be awarded the Bank of the Year – Media Mgt, Best in Marketing – FMCG award goes to Heineken, Best in PR award goes to Wema Bank/Davido, Best in Innovation – FMCG award is for SevenUp Bottling Company and Best in Sustainability – FMCG award will be given to Dangote Cement.

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