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Osagie Alfred: Indefatigable Achiever

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When diligence, focus, commitment to duty, painstaking attitude and goal getting is put on a scale, only those who are determined to succeed, those who have burnt the bridges of ineptitude will willingly step forward. They are the bourgeoises in the land of never-say-never. They are men like Osagie Alfred, the ebullient and indefatigable Senior Partner at West Norwood Realty, a professional services firm established to be the most preferred ethical and enterprising real estate firm in its chosen markets. The man, whose indefatigable achievements, is a toast of many, had also spent quality time at Northcourt Valuers, a real estate valuation services company underpinned by a strong real estate research, advisory and transaction structuring component. His movements in the professional fields are characterised by greatness.

Without mincing words, Osagie Alfred is a typical example of the I came, I saw and I conquered stock, having taking by storm the business of real estate and valuation to a level and height never imagined. And of course, he is still conquering. He has practically become a reference point in the business he found himself in today, and many other endeavours, his quick discerning acumen has laid hold of.

A native of Ovia South West of Edo State, Osagie was born in Lagos to Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Abosede Alfred on April 18 many years ago. He grew up on Lagos Island where he also kick started his early education at Ireti Primary School, Ikoyi. In 2004, after his secondary school education, he proceeded to Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, where he obtained a Higher Diploma i Estate Management.

Still pursuing his dreams, he enrolled in the prestigious University of Lagos, and graduated with Bachelors degree in Estate Management before attending the University College of Estate Management (UCEM), Reading, United Kingdom, where he is expecting to obtain an M.Sc on graduation. Osagie’s love for education truly paid off as he has remained a force to reckon in the field of estate, where he devoted his time to.

A distinguished religious person, who has absolute reverence for God, Osagie serves as a choir master and Sunday School superintendent in his local church, in addition to mentoring teenagers and young adults in every area of life as part of his huge social corporate programme. Those who knows him have confessed variously that he is an unrepentant giver, and hardly allows anyone he comes across to go empty handed.

Shortly after graduation from school, Osagie kicked off his professional career, berthing at ZS Associates where he functioned as Assistant Surveyor between 2004 and 2005. Having shown the mettle he is made of, exceling in functions such as conducting lettings and sales inspections; and, negotiating rent and sale values, in addition to preparing and administering management routine correspondences as well as taking inventory for fittings of various properties during pre-occupation exercises among others. he was lifted to the Assistant Head, Valuation and Investment at John Zedomi & Associates where he did periodic valuation of assets belonging to oil servicing companies and manufacturing companies for insurance and mortgage purposes and valued assets belonging to Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Abuja in excess of many other job descriptions. He left the desk in 2008, having spent three years on the job.

In April 2008, Osagie relocated to the academia, and was employed as Ad-hoc Teaching Assistant at the Department of Estate Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. He tutored students on
Feasibility and Viability Studies (ESM 507, and ESM 508) and Investment Analysis (ESM 705) and Introduction to Property Valuation (ESM 201) before leaving in February 2009.

He actually returned to the estate industry in September 2009, and became Head, Property Investment Research and Valuation at John Zedomi & Associates, and was saddled among others with the responsibility of reviewing contract documents concerning properties being transacted, and conducting property audit and portfolio analysis on residential properties. He was in that position till November 2011, when he was elevated to the office of Head, Property Marketing and Advisory, By February 2012, he climbed yet another ladder as he was grabbed by Propertygate Development & Investment Plc. as the Real Estate Advisor, completing in January 2013, and leaving the company much better than he met it.

As all round professional, Osagie’s next port of career call was Mama Cass Restaurants Limited, Nigeria, where he became the Corporate Facilities & Project Manager with the wholesome responsibility of coordinating new constructions, refurbishment, maintenance and repair services including electrical systems, machines and equipment, HVAC systems, alarm systems, CCTV systems, intercom, gas systems, stand-by power generating sets, water treatment, motor vehicles and other services for the corporate offices, two production plants, 12 cafeterias, Bake Off shops and several outdoor canteens and parties nation-wide. He was more of a superman, coordinating his functions effortlessly.

In October 2013, Osagie relocated to the banking sector, and was at the Asset & Leasing Management of
Stanbic IBTC Holding Company, a position he held till August 2015. While at the bank, he was responsible for over 250 commercial leases comprising bank locations, locations occupied by subsidiaries of the bank, car park leases and ATM locations. In addition, he supervised purchase transactions for bank owned locations; disposal of surplus real estate assets, service charge liaison services at multi-tenanted commercial properties; investment properties owned by the bank and the pension subsidiary, and many more.

He proceeded to be the Director, Real Estate Services at Northcourt Limited, Nigeria , immediately after leaving Stanbic IBTC Bank creating and supervising real estate management & valuation divisions of the company, and overseeing the branch operations in two major locations of Abuja and Port Harcourt.

By sheer dint of hard work, he was moved to become Director, Valuation, Asset Management & Advisory
in January 2020 bore the company’s burden of Valuation (investment value, market value& forced sale condition) for a financial institution and Advisory service on asset disposal options for a financial institution among others. His performance took him up within a space of four months to much higher position, and so in June 2020, he moved to Senior Partner (Consultant) position of West Norwood Realty, where he meticulously oversee the development of strategic business operations and sales strategy, consulting on real estate services and the facilities management of a large residential estate in Lagos as well as establishing a sustainable strategy for a real estate services subsidiary firm.

A solid believer in ethics, expertise and excellence, Osagie has created his own, living in fullness and drawing with him a long list of adherents and disciples who have splendid stories to tell. He is not one to be bamboozled into subjection, as he relishes the fact that ‘a good reason cannot make an unethical decision ethical’.

Apart from his graduate degree in Estate Management, Osagie also holds the Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential with International Facility Management Association (IFMA) USA, a member of the Certified Institute of Auctioneers of Nigeria and a Member of the African Real Estate Society.

Other professional Certifications, Affiliations, Trainings and accreditations attached to his growing profile include
Accredited Mediator – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS – UK, Coach and Assessor – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS mediation training, and Registered Surveyor & Valuer with the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria [ESVARBON]

He is also a Chartered Commercial Surveyor, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS – UK, Associate Member, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers [NIESV], Facility Management Professional (FMP) – International Facility Management Association, Accredited Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ACRETM Mediator, Health, Safety and Environment 1, 2 & 3 Certifications and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), UK – Level 2 Award Professional Development (Formal & Informal) and a host of others. He is also proficient in Financial Modelling & Advanced Excel and has excellent numeric and analytical skills.

He is highly creative, a quick learner, and possess a good interpersonal and communication skills, which has seen him conquer his field of endeavours. This is not forgetting that self-motivated and also a good team player with Integrity and proven strength of character.

Osagie is not done, his catalogue of achievements notwithstanding as he constantly in the business of exploring new knowledge, coaching, mentoring, solving problems and and above networking perfectly.

He is happily married to his heartthrob, and together, they are blessed with a wonderful family.

Sir, for your knack for success and the ability to hold your own and be the best you can be, you are our Boss of the Week. Congratulations!

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Abigail Marshal Katung: First African Lord Mayor of Leeds

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As Nigerians are busy proving their administrative and political mettle in many places across the globe, Nigerian-British politician, Mrs Abigail Marshall Katung, has emerged as the first African Lord Mayor of Leeds, in the United Kingdom, and has been officially sworn in at a council meeting.

Abigail Marshall Katung takes over the role from Al Garthwaite to become the city’s 130th Lord Mayor, and the first person of African descent to hold the position.

She is the wife of Senator Sunday Marshall Katung, representing Kaduna South Senatorial District.

“Since arriving in Leeds in 2000, the city quickly became my cherished second home,” Mrs Marshall Katung said.

She is an athletics coach, and recently became the Governor of Leeds City College in January 2024.

Her new position as the lord mayor of Leeds has made her the first elected councilor from Africa to hold the council position.

Mrs Katung has also become the second black person after Eileen Taylor and the 130th of all.

Speaking about the historic feat, Mrs Katung said her new position has become a glittering case of contribution for foreign students in the UK celebrated on the African continent.

“It was not just the city where I lived, studied and worked, it’s where I chose to raise my children and become a public servant,” she said.

“My appointment as lord mayor has been widely celebrated in the city’s African community and is a shining example of the enormous contribution international students make to UK society.

“As lord mayor of Leeds, I am committed to working tirelessly to ensure voices are heard from all areas of the city and every triumph is recognised and celebrated.”

MRS. KATUNG AS PRESENTED BY WIKIPEDIA:

Abigail Wok Marshall Katung  was born on  December 7, 1975, and is a Nigerian-British politician and wife of the senator representing the Kaduna South senatorial district, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Sunday Marshall Katung. She was born and bred in Nigeria, but moved to the UK to study in the University of Leeds and as of January 2024 is a governor at the Leeds City College. In May 2024 she took up the position of Lord Mayor of Leeds, becoming the first elected councillor from Africa to hold the council position, the second black person after Eileen Taylor and the 130th of all.

“In 2008, she founded the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) in memory of David Oluwale, a Nigerian migrant to the UK who arrived Leeds in 1949, but got drowned in River Aire in 1969 with two British police officers held responsible for his death. In November 1971, the prosecution of those police officers made it the first and only time any prosecution for the death of a black person would be successfully carried out against state officials. She is also a co-chair of DOMA.

“In May 2019 following the Leeds City Council elections, Katung won in the polls to emerge the Little London and Woodhouse Ward representative.

“As of 2020, she was a lead member for the BAME and a BAME staff network member champion in Leeds.

“In 2022, she co-chaired Leeds City Council’s official ‘Food Champion’ alongside the CEO of FareShare Yorkshire, Gareth Batty MBE FRSA. She was also present as a special guest at the Jordan Sinnott Memorial Award at St. Mary’s, Meston.

“After serving an initial term, she contested again and won the Little London and Woodhouse election in May 2023.

“In January 2024, she was elected as the next Lord Mayor of Leeds under the Labour and Co-operative Party, succeeding Al Garthwaite. Her election is for the 2024/2025 term. Katung is the first elected African in the council of Leeds.

“Katung is married to Nigerian lawyer and lawmaker, Sunday Marshall Katung. As of 2023, the couple have two 19 year-old twin sons whom, according to her, she chose to bring up in Leeds.

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Accomplished Entrepreneur, Taiwo Afolabi, Revels at 62

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A trained as a lawyer. An accomplished entrepreneur. A distinguished industrialist with a Midas touch. A philanthropist of note with thousands of hangers-on, who are proud to call him their mentor. He is Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi, the ebullient Chief Executive Officer at SIFAX Group, a conglomerate with its hands in various pies including Maritime, Aviation, Haulage, Hospitality, Financial Services and Oil and Gas. He is also the brain behind the jaw dropping new Marriot Hotel, located in Lagos. He is celebrating 62 years of impact, God’s goodness and attention to humanity.

Born on April 29, 1962, as the first child of a set of twins in Ondo State to Chief and Chief (Mrs.) Samson Afolabi, Afolabi is a native of Idokunusi Ijebu in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria.

A distinguished 2010 Member of the Order of the Niger MON awardee, the prolific business magnate started his education at the Ansar Ud Deen Primary School, Ondo State, before proceeding to the Baptist Grammar School, Ibadan where he obtained his West African Examination Council certificate. His quest to be the best he can be lured him further, and he berthed at the prestigious University of Lagos to study Law. He graduated with a LLB certificate in Law. He became a certified lawyer after a strenuous one year stint at the Nigerian Law School. He was called to the Nigerian Bar by the Body of Benchers on November 4, 2009., and thereafter, obtained a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the same university.

Pruned, prepared and perfected for the outside world, Afolabi in 1981 launched into professional endeavours, kick starting his career with a shipping company, Nigerian Express Agencies Limited. As a young man hungry for success, Afolabi gave his all, distinguishing himself in every assignment, and earning the respect of all and sundry, thereby rising to become the Head of Operations.

Having seen all there was to see there, and consumed with the zeal to find a newer entrepreneurial world, he stepped out again, like Ulysses, in 1988  to create his own world, and there founded the SIFAX Group; a mustard seed that has grown to become a gigantic oak tree sheltering Maritime, Aviation, Haulage, Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality concerns.

With SIFAX, Afolabi has proved to be a wonder blessed with the Midas touch as from a humble beginning, with little or nothing, he has transformed the originally freight forwarding agency with only a single base in Lagos, Nigeria, to a super mart, which currently operates across the world boasting of iconic presence in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Some of its locations include the United States of America, United Kingdom, Ghana, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Morocco, Spain and Djibouti.

With over three decades of experience in entrepreneurial networking, having kick started his career story at the age of 28, Afolabi has successfully turned around the SIFAX empire, deriving subsidiaries out of a dint of hard work. Some of them are but not limited to Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited, a concessionaire and operator of the Terminal C, Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa Lagos and SIFAX Off Dock Limited, a bonded terminal operator.

Others include SIFAX Stevedoring Limited; SIFAX Oil and Gas Limited; SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited; SIFAX Logistics & Marine Services Limited; Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited, an aviation ground handling company and SIFAX Shipping Limited. In glorious addition is the Marriot Hotel, a five star all inclusive home away from home. His invaluable knowledge of the economy, ability to take entrepreneurial risks, knack for newer grounds, focus on the job and desire to affect humanity have in no small measure ensured that all his subsidiaries have emerged and remained the most sought after brands in the business world.

He has further beefed up his skills in the maritime and general business world by attending several maritime and aviation-related trainings both locally and internationally on port operations, aviation ground handling operations and management.

When Afolabi is not unleashing the prowess his business acumen in the boardrooms, he is jovially serving the public. As many that know or have come across him agree that he has built a reputation as a public-spirited individual, possess a philanthropic gesture and is generally a jolly good fellow. He is said to have given hope and support to many public causes including education, which sits uppermost in his heart. He is known to run speedily to rescue whenever matters refer to education and academics. He is also public speaker and facilitator at various industry conferences and mentoring programmes. Some of the many interventions he has achieved in the education sector as part of his social corporate responsibility are donation of a 1,000 capacity lecture theatre at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus to the medical students association of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He also sponsors The Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference (TAAM Conference), organized in his honor by students of the University of Lagos.

Dr. Afolabi’s larger than life existence was made more manifest at the opening of his new Marriot Hotel where the who is who in the Nigerian economic world, entertainment, sports, politics and many more, gathered to give him solidarity.

A seasoned maritime consultant and Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Financial Management, the Institute of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria, Afolabi has used SIFAX and its subsidiaries to positively affect the Nigerian economy as well as generate both direct and indirect employment for teeming Nigerians who are eligible.

For his very many altruistic endeavours, Afolabi has been recognised and awarded in many quarters. Consequently, he has been conferred with diverse honorary doctorate degrees from four universities, including Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Cornerstone University and Theological Seminary, Jerusalem, Israel and USA, European-American University, Dominica and Commonwealth University, Belize.

He has also received other individual awards from diverse organizations, running into tens including the 2014 Business Person of the Year which was conferred on him Sun Newspapers, a leading Nigerian media company and he is also the Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Djibouti in Nigeria.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria; Ikoyi Club 1938; IBB Golf Club, Abuja; the Building Committee of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, amongst many others.

Afolabi, who is celebrated for his “wealth of experience, organisational prudence and business ingenuity” is a sports enthusiast, addicted to watching and playing football.

A proud and accommodating family man, he is married to his beautiful wife, Folashade, and they are blessed with wonderful children, among whom is a popular recording artist, L.A.X.

For you incredible support growth and development of world economy, and the survival of humanity, you are our Boss of the Week.

Happy birthday sir!

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Prisca Ndu: Celebrating the Amazon of Enterprise at 50

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In just five decades, a woman that can easily be described as valour, has conquered the entrepreneurial stage, drawing accolades of great tidings, victory and transparent effect on humanity. She is known by many appellations, sobriquet and appendages including flower girl, corporate juggernaut, go-getter, among many others. She is Dr. Priscilla Ndu, known and addressed simply as Prisca by friends, associates, colleagues and family members.

Prisca has proved herself an amazon, a stressless survivor in a world full of challenges, where only the fittest are given the opportunity to thrive and hold their heads high. Her features are a combination of positive curiosity, focus, determination, an eye for details, painstaking and never-say-never attitude.

A former Executive Director at the Resolution and Restructuring Company Limited (a subsidiary of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON), among many other high profile portfolios she had represented at the establishment, Prisca has exhibited distinct characters that have accelerated her excellence irrespective of challenges. She has given nothing to chance to ensure that even in the world assumed to belong to men, she has remained quite visible, and has demonstrated a level of steadfastness and commitment typical of the managerial and entrepreneurial investments she consciously injected into her career and self.

From the early days as a research analyst to becoming a Laboratory analyst at Global Environmental Consultants, Warri and Nigerian Eagle Floor Mills, Ibadan, she has remained diminutive and indefatigable. Today, she is a renowned technocrat and an icon, having traversed and the conquered the competitive waters of banking, advertising, aviation, logistics and more.

Born on April 28, 1974, to a medical and religious practitioner-father, Dr Marcus O. Ndu, who doubles as a humanitarian; and a caterer and businesswoman-mother, Mrs. Veronica Ndu, Prisca came as the fourth child of a family of seven, comprising five beautiful ladies and two handsome gentlemen. It is imperative to note that her brothers were born after her, and this in no small measure affected her tomboyish outlook to life while growing up.

It is also imperative not to undermine the fact she was brought up under strict tutelage, instruction and discipline of the Christianity doctrine, which is the hallmark of her family’s faith.

 

Highly privileged, Prisca relishes the euphoria of dual origin, having been born in Lagos and being a native of Arochukwu L.G.A, in Abia State, where both her father and mother come from.

“My father was a native of Arochukwu L.G.A of Abia State, same for my mum, who was also a native of Abia State (by her maternal lineage), while her father was a Brazilian National, from Sao Paolo, Brazil, both late now,” she informed.

A very gifted and brilliant child, Prisca completed secondary education at the tender age of 14, having spent only five years in Kindergarten, Nursery and Primary Schools, skipping primaries 2 and 4, in the bargain.

She said: “I had a flawless Junior Secondary School result of Seven A’s and was awarded the Elite scholarship from my community, a feat I repeated in my Senior School Certificate of Education, with Seven As, and an A1 in my favorite subject, Physics.” This is a clear attestation to her great academic prowess right from day one, and an indication of the great woman she was destined to be.

 

Dr Ndu, over the years, has acquired an intimidating resume, which is a product of her desire to continuously garner knowledge. This quest, without mincing words, took her through some of the best institutions of learning in the world, where her skills and world view were sharpened.

After her secondary education, Prisca attended the foremost University of Ibadan, where she studied Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine. She was to proceed afterwards to the Lagos Business School for an Executive MBA honours.

And like a typical tigress hungry for academic and professional honours, Prisca has attended several management programmes, in schools within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Some of such schools are IESE in Barcelona; INSEAD Business School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate; National University of Singapore Business School, Singapore; IMD, Switzerland, Antai College of Business and Management, Shanghai and Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She maintains a healthy Alumni relationship with all these institutions of high academic and professional studies.

 

An egghead of monumental quality, she sits on and atop Boards of several companies including as Executive Chairman and Infrastructural Development, Stratevium Technology Services Limited, and as Vice Chairman, Energy Company Limited. Stratevium is an Information Technology and Education solutions provider, with focus on gamified learning for Junior and Senior Secondary pupils (GIDI Mobile EDU Program) and specific content development for both private and public sector organizations, like Central Bank of Nigeria (capacity development training for beneficiaries of the CBN’s creative industry fund), Pharmaceutical Industry capacity training for beneficiaries of the CBN Intervention Fund, Content and Capacity Development for Bank’s Credit customers (Keystone Bank and Access Bank) etc., and creating products for telecommunication companies like GLO, MTN; to guarantee customer loyalty and brand visibility.

Her presence in the banking world looms large, as she traversed the terrain and rose to become Head, Public Projects at the Bank PHB where she was charged with managing and ensuring adequate financial support for major contractors to the three tiers of government, providing them financial services and working closely with State Treasury Offices and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

She is until 2023 the Treasurer of Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria, HBSAN, but still to date the Treasurer and Board member of the Harvard University Alumni Association of Nigeria. In addition, she is the current President of the Lagos Business School Singapore Club, “Social Minister” of the Lagos Business School, Shanghai Club and also the past “Social Minister” of the Lagos Business School EMBA 11 Class.

Prisca is highly active; a metaphor for workaholism.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration, ICA, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a certified Management Consultant professional, a lifetime Member of the Institute of Directors, IOD, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria, CIBN.

She is not just in active service, she has garnered a lot of laurels to show for her eye to details attitude, painstaking attribute to delegated descriptions and much more.

Consequently, she has won the “Subarctic Survival Situation Exercise” conducted at the Harvard Business School, beating 135 participants drawn from 47 countries across the globe. She made history as the first African to win the honours, projecting the much advertised Nigerian can-do-spirit.

 

In recognition of her sacrifices for the betterment of humanity, the United Nations named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent, Globally. The award was also in recognition of body’s celebration of people of African Descent below the age of 40 (by January 2015), doing exceptional things to develop Africa.

Much as the ebullient doctor is surrounded with human oriented achievements, she is looking far ahead into the future for mega discoveries to wow human race. She has confided in as many that has paid heed that her plans for the future is hinged on building a world conglomerate, with activities in at least five major sectors of the economy, employing at least 1,000 people across all its subsidiaries, and having intimidating presence in at least five G8 countries.

Not a woman who stumbles on chances, Prisca has a distinct plan to retire to academic world at 65 (exactly 15 years from now), to disseminate all she learnt over the years with a view to impart mankind; the Lagos Business School, where she had been invited severally to participate as an associate lecturer and guest speaker, appears a sure bet as her launching pad. These opportunities, according to her, has shaped who she is today, and sees herself playing a major role in Nigeria’s infrastructure space, as she still looks forward to roles in the public sector. She does not in any way takes them for granted.

A typical Jack of all trades, Prisca has her hand in almost every pie she comes across. These include Aviation, Oil and Gas Services, Advertising, Banking and Financial Services industries, both in the Private and Public sectors.

 

While at the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), where she performed the role of Head Partnerships in AMCON, she singlehandedly put together the Asset Management Partners initiative in 2016, involving over 6,000 accounts, with balances below N100m, which was outsourced to these AMPs, engaged and trained to act in AMCON’s stead, in recovering bad loans and also turning the businesses around where possible.

This was extended in 2017 to cover accounts with balances between N100 million and N1 billion. Given that AMCON is not in perpetuity, it is the hope of the corporation that these AMPs will continue to offer the services AMCON currently does and support the banks in the area of debt restructuring and recovery. Today all of AMCON’s operations is structured around this initiative she put together, even though she is no longer in its employment, but her legacy lives on. She is known to have recorded her most achievements while on this beat.

When you talk about women or entrepreneurs that don’t take no for answer, Dr. Ndu is it. She is a very independent, foresighted, goal-oriented, focused and reputed to never fear any challenge. Above all, she is very adventurous and daring, and that contributed in her ability to discover and open new vistas as well as explore new horizons.

Her towering status over the entrepreneurship world notwithstanding, Prisca is a wonderful family woman, tending with zeal, humanity, gusto and panache to the emotional and physical needs of her home. As a lover of the academia, she has not spared any expense to give her adorable son, Charly, who forms an integral part of her pastime, the best of education. Charly, who wishes to be an Astronaut, has been pursuing a career in Aerospace Engineering, at the EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.

Addressed variously as Ph.D, DBA, DLM, FIoD, FICA, FIMC, CMC, CCFE, Dr. Ndu sees herself as a social impact advocate and a multi-sector entrepreneur, who has led turn-key economic and social development projects both at Federal and state levels in Nigeria.

Dr Ndu’s social corporate responsibility is as large as her personality. She is actively involved in charity work, empowering the youths and advancing the lot of the nation through the Rock Foundation, powered by the House on the Rock Church, Gemstone Management Development Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria, where she is an active Board member.

A boardroom guru, she also sits on the Board of other companies, including Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria, as Financial Secretary and Treasurer, Skywise Group as Board Member and Mshel Homes Limited, Abuja, also as a member of its vibrant Board.

 

At the HBSAN, she is helping to champion the mentorship programme of the association, providing mentorship, guidance and career counseling to members of the Harvard University Alumni body in Nigeria.

“This is a role I also play with the Lagos Business School Alumni Association mentorship program, and a host of others. My passion for social service is seen in the various Board roles I occupy both paid and unpaid,” she concluded.

In her continuous quest to aquirre knowledge, she has recently attended the Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI), top 50 African CEOs Leadership Roundtable, where she was elected as Vice Chairman of its Governing Council and the Vice Chairman of the Governing Council of the African CEOs Leadership Roundtable, organized by the Guardians of the Nation International, GOTNI Leadership Institute.

She is also an active member of the NESG Finance Committee. She is also a founding board member of the Black History and Lifestyle awards, where she supports the founder and visionary leader, Eziada, Chief, Mrs. Folashade Balogun. BHLA is an initiative set up to recognize Africans globally, doing great things in the continent and abroad, and the next event comes up in Los Angeles, USA, in June 2024.

Prisca is a symbol of that all round and complete woman, whose stock in trade is the best, the best and the best.

Indeed, at 50, Prisca has so much to celebrate, including without equivocation, the exceeding mercies of God.

Congratulations ma!

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