Nigerian business mogul bags ambassadorial award in America
A notable philanthropist and Chairman, Kazeem Royal Properties Limited, Kazeem Eletu-Odibo, has bagged an ambassadorial award as the “Most Outstanding Philanthropist in Nigeria” by the United States-Nigeria Legislative & Executive Leadership Forum for his community achievement in human development capacity and philanthropy.
Eletu-Odibo also bagged a United Nations (UN) ambassadorial title from the Covenant International University and Seminary with a conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degree (Doctor Of Philosophy).
While appreciating both recognitions, he said: “Today, reminds me again of my growing up. You probably would have seen in my profile that I was born into a royal family but it was unknown to me for many years. Hence, I had to do all kinds of menial jobs just to survive. I was only two years old when my father passed on and my mother took me to a suburb called Ajegunle, in Lagos.
“However, as a child I had a strange belief that one day I would be wealthy but I couldn’t tell how. I couldn’t steal or cheat anyone for a living. I was just like every Nigerian child born into what I presumed was poverty and I wanted to have a great future.
“I attended a press conference in Lagos in respect of this meeting and I stated without mincing words that I am very much aware that people and or organisations receive awards because of their affluence but my case is different. I didn’t pay for this. Instead, I believe that it was because of my little contributions that have been recognized.
“I have travelled thousands of kilometres, flew over several mountains, oceans, rivers, lands and cultures to a country many people wish to visit, truly God’s own country. I am indeed honoured by this kind gesture and I would like to accept this award as I trust it would further motivate me to do even much more.
“In conclusion, I want to dedicate this award to two categories of people. First to my lovely mother who raised me up single-handedly. And two, I dedicate this to every Nigerian child who has a dream that someday Nigeria, Africa will be a better place and the world at large. I want to say also to my Creator, thank you indeed and I want to draw as always some inspiration from the national slogan of the United States of America: In God, We Trust. In God, I trust. I will keep impacting many more lives positively as I journey through life. So, help me God,” Eletu-Odibo said.
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