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Globacom Chairman, Adenuga, Receives City People “Man of the Year” Award

Globacom Chairman, Adenuga, Receives City People “Man of the Year” Award

Chairman of the Mike Adenuga Group, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr.

Africa’s accomplished business entrepreneur and Chairman of the Mike Adenuga Group, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., has been conferred with the City People Man of the Year award for the year 2015, for his philanthropic gestures in Nigeria and beyond.

The leading society magazine, while presenting the award to the Executive Director, Globacom Group, Mrs. Bella Disu, who received it on behalf of the Chairman at the Mike Adenuga Towers on Victoria Island, said Adenuga won the award ahead of other prominent Nigerians.

Notable Nigerians such as former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the last general elections, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, who conducted successful elections in 2015, former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote who established Dangote Cement in other African countries had earlier been nominated for the same award.

The organizers explained that the award was conferred on Dr. Adenuga because of his “silent philanthropic gestures across Nigeria” and his leadership role in the business sector in Africa.

While citing the award, City People underscored that Dr. Adenuga had remained steadfast in giving to various charitable causes over the years, describing him as a “self-effacing philanthropist.”

“Last year alone, unknown to many, Dr. Mike Adenuga touched the lives of very many people from the Arts to Music, Politics and Business and even ordinary Nigerians,” the citation disclosed. It added that Dr. Adenuga had over the last 20 years made silent donations to about 5,000 elderly senior citizens as allowances on a monthly basis. And at the end of the year, he picked another 1,000 Nigerians across the country to endow and empower economically. “But as a rule, he does not talk about it. And those around him are expected to keep mum,” City People noted.

“Through his businesses in the telecommunications, aviation, real estate oil, gas and other sectors, he is helping to set the pace and contributing to the growth of African economies, providing direct employment to thousands of Nigerians and people from the international community, as well as millions of others in indirect employment,” the citation stated.

Dr Adenuga was described by the organizers as worthy of emulation for every potential African business person; acknowledging him as “a quintessential businessman” and glowing example of the irrepressible spirit of the African entrepreneur, passionate, committed, resilient and extremely hardworking.


Acclaimed as one of the wealthiest men on earth, Dr. Adenuga’s business empire spans across oil and gas, telecoms, aviation, banking and real estate, about the largest in Africa. In pursuit of its pan-African vision, his telecoms company, Globacom, which has operations in several African countries, in May 2015, made a $600 million bid for Ivorian mobile telecom operator, Comium Cote d’Ivoire, which has been grappling with debt and cash flow challenges.

Dr. Adenuga remains humble, down to earth and modest, despite his towering achievements.
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