Charles Ajunwa writes that the entrepreneurial and managerial acumen of the Chairman of United Bank for Africa and Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, draw in recognitions from around the globe

The Chairman of the United Bank for Africa UBA, Heirs Holdings and Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, is one of probably the most sought-after bankers and marketers, who thru tenacity, resilience and philanthropy has endured to thrive the place others concern to tread. Elumelu’s trade fashion is profitable him recognize and recognitions from notable organisations and leaders around the globe.

Army’s Recognition Award

Charity, they are saying, starts at house. At the simply concluded 2022 Chief of Army Staff Conference in Sokoto, Elumelu gained a Recognition Award from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Award from the Army was once in popularity of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s financial empowerment for other halves of infantrymen who misplaced their lives combating to stay Nigeria secure and safe.

Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Economic Empowerment for widows of the Armed Forces of Nigeria provides widows of slain infantrymen trade coaching and seed capital of $2,000 every to start their entrepreneurial adventure and cater for their households.

Commenting at the award, Elumelu who is understood to be all the time passionately disposed to serving to the less-privileged, expressed profound gratitude to women and men of the Army who frequently possibility their lives day-to-day to shield the territorial integrity of Nigeria. Also, he thanked President Buhari, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Defence Staff for taking into consideration him worthy of the award.

Elumelu was once recognised along Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, Col. Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, and Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, a former Chief of Army Staff. All those folks had made a sterling have an effect on at the Nigerian Army in several techniques.

Excellence Award from ECOWAS

Elumelu was once honoured lately with the 2022 ECOWAS Prize of Excellence Award for Deserving Citizens of the Community through the President of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), Dr. Omar Alieu Touray. According to Touray, the award was once in popularity of Elumelu’s contribution to selling regional integration, peace and socio-economic construction throughout Africa thru his paintings at Heirs Holding Group and the have an effect on of his philanthropy during the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

An elated Elumelu, described the glory executed him thus: “This award is a recognition of our contribution to promoting regional integration, peace and socio-economic development across Africa, through our work at Heirs Holdings Group and the impact of our philanthropy, the Tony Elumelu Foundation.”

CFR National Honour

On October 11, 2022, Elumelu gained the National honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic.

Elumelu, who is understood for quick however concise speeches reacted this manner: “I am humbled and honoured to have received Nigeria’s second highest national honour – Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) – conferred by H.E. President @MBuhari, today at the International Conference Centre Abuja.”

TIME 100 Impact Award

Africa’s main investor and philanthropist, Elumelu, in March was once honoured with the TIME 100 Impact Award, a popularity for his observe document of trade turnaround and price advent, and financial empowerment of younger Africans.

Elumelu was once one of the 4 Africans named through TIME mag within the 2020 TIME 100, the once a year checklist of the 100 maximum influential folks on the planet.

At the well-attended rite which happened on the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Elumelu when he fixed the rostrum to just accept the coveted award spoke with a way of urgency.

The skilled economist delighted his target market made up of celebrities, politicians and outstanding trade leaders. He introduced that “The world is in need of people like us- more than ever before,” including, “In the 21st Century, there’s so much poverty, sickness, and bitterness in the world. Our calling should be one that has to prioritise humanity.”

Apart from stressing that Africa, and the arena, wanted funding and alternatives greater than ever, Elumelu referred to as for pulling in combination assets to take on the hydra-headed issues of poverty and unemployment.

Past Awards and Honours

Elumelu has garnered many nationwide and global awards.

In 2003, the Federal Government of Nigeria granted Elumelu the identify of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), a countrywide honour. Also in 2006, he gained the African Business Leader of The Year Award conferred through the United Kingdom-based mag, Africa Investor. In 2009, the Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua requested him to serve at the Presidential Committee at the Global Financial Crisis.

Elumelu in 2012, gained Nigeria’s prestigious award of Commander of the Order of the Niger, (CON) for his carrier in selling non-public undertaking.

At the fifth version of the once a year Economic Forum of the Ivorian National Council of Employers, CGECI Academy, (CGECI) in Abidjan in April 2016, he was once awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also, in 2016, he was once awarded the Daily Times, Nigerian Man of the Year. The similar 12 months, Elumelu gained the Daily Times Man of the Year award, he gained the Inaugural Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Entrepreneurship Award in 2017, Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the French President Macron ‘Tech for Good’ world coalition award in 2018.

Also in 2018, Elumelu gained the Person of the Year Award from the Vanguard Newspapers, Nigeria. In 2019, he gained the National Productivity Order of Merit, the Jeune Afrique ‘100 Most Influential Africans, and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa),


Elumelu is the Chairman of main African monetary services and products crew, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), with presence in 20 African nations, and workplaces in Paris, London, and New York. He is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings Ltd, an African propriety funding corporate, with pursuits in energy, oil and gasoline, monetary services and products, hospitality, actual property and healthcare

The Delta State-born internationally-acclaimed businessman sits on a lot of public and social sector forums, together with the worldwide advisory board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), USAID’s Private Capital Group Partners Forum (PCG), and is Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Global Food Security Working Group.

He serves at the global forums of the Washington DC-based suppose tank the Wilson Centre and a member of the Global Advisory Council, Harvard Kennedy School’s Centre for Public Leadership, Harvard University, Global Advisory Council, UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited (GenU), an initiative of the United Nations refocused early life schedule, Member, Global Shapers Foundation, World Economic Forum and Member, World Economic Forum Community of Chairmen.

Elumelu is understood for his vital contribution to entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a brand new technology of African marketers, catalysing financial expansion, using poverty eradication and making sure process advent throughout all 54 African nations.