Business News of Monday, 28 May 2012
Source: Daily Graphic
Ernst & Young is to host the 2012 Entrepreneurship award The award, which was introduced to West African countries last year and adjudged a huge success by both participants and industry watchers in Nigeria and Ghana, is a yearly event designed to recognise and honour entrepreneurs who through ingenuity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful businesses. To further expand the scope of the programme, entrepreneurs in Liberia and Sierra Leone will be participating in this year’s edition.
The winner of the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (West Africa Edition) - Master category Mr Aigboje Aig -Imoukhuede, of Access Bank will represent West Africa at the prestigious World Entrepreneur of the Year Award taking place in Monte Carlo in a few weeks time.
According to Ernst & Young Regional Managing Partner for West Africa, Mr Henry Egbiki, the Entrepreneur of the Year award programme was brought to the region to motivate and encourage entrepreneurs in West Africa to maximise their potential.
Ferdinand Gunn, Managing Partner for Ghana believes the Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the evidences of the giant strides entrepreneurs, business leaders are making in this part of Africa – Mr Gunn remarks: “Africa’s progress has been phenomenon as the continent has remained the most attractive for investment in recent times”.
“Entrepreneurs change the world. They dare to dream that life could be different. They have the courage and passion to make their dreams a reality – to build something of lasting value that benefits us all. These special people have created many of the world’s most dynamic and successful companies. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award celebrates their remarkable achievements. That’s why it’s the world’s most prestigious business accolade – it recognises the most exceptional among a unique group of people. Ernst & Young has brought this award to the West African region, driven by the need to motivate and celebrate entrepreneurs within the region to support them to meet and interact with their counterparts across the Globe. The 2011 edition of the award covered only Nigeria and Ghana, we are working towards including Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 2012 programme,” she explained.
Speaking on this year’s edition, Mrs Bunmi Akinde, a Senior Partner in Ernst & Young Advisory Services, Nigeria office and the Entrepreneur of Year leader for West Africa, described the initiative as a ‘welcome development’ in the region, noting that the inclusion of Liberia and Sierra Leone in its second year is a proof that the programme is making vivid progress.
Sharing further insights into the programme, Bunmi disclosed that the awards come in four categories, namely: Master, Emerging, Life Time Achievement and Social.
The winner for the Master category for 2012 will join his counterparts from over 50 countries around the world to compete for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monte Carlo come 2013.