The Titan Of The Banking Sector
It is not very often one of Africa’s most powerful men mounts the stage to speak of another. Jim Ovia, the Chairman and Founder of Zenith Bank did this honour to Nduka Obaigbena, the Chairman of THISDAY Media Group and ARISE News Channel. He praised Obaigbena for being the driving force of the Media and a first amongst equals. Having been there from the onset, Ovia has watched the paper go from strength to strength. He remarked on the hard work of both organizations, THISDAY Newspapers and Arise TV. He even jokingly enquired which was the more popular of the two which ilicited some laughter from the audience as chants of ‘THISDAY’ and ‘ARISE’ hit the air! Being a successful businessman and owner of one of Nigeria’s biggest banks, Ovia went on to acknowledge the sweat behind the success of any venture and congratulated the staff of both organizations for their effort and dedication in keeping them alive and thriving. A well respected veteran of business, Jim spoke about the need for constant dedication and foresight in strengthening and growth of any business. He also acknowledged how powerful the Fashion industry has become in Nigeria courtesy of THISDAY Style and ARISE TV. He thanked Naomi Campbell and other highly respected dignitaries in the audience for gracing the event with their presence even when they knew the Chairman, Nduka Obaigbena was indisposed. He went on to reiterate that they all were there because of the utmost respect they have for the man himself, and they were glad to show their support because he would have done the same for them had the roles been reversed. In his parting shot, Jim wished everyone a propsperous New Year and advised all to do their utmost best in whatever endeavors or ventures they partake in. He re-emphasized the benefit of hard-work and dogged determination to succeed in life. With these two qualities, everyone was guaranteed a chance to become successful.