In a bid to host the 2014 Nigeria Entrepreneurs Awards, to celebrate Nigerian entrepreneurs who embody a spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and enterprise, Emagez Solutions a top notch event company located in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, specialized in organizing top notch corporate events that seeks to map transformations, enable ongoing dialogue, and support the search for solutions to pressing national issues, has kicked off active preparation to host the awards which is billed to hold on 5th December 2014 at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Awards will recognize entrepreneurs from multiple industries across the nation comprising Individuals and organizations that have created jobs, empowered the youths, contributed to the National GDP and rendered services towards the growth of the economy in 2014.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday October 7th, the director of programs, Emagez Solutions, Mr Ogaga Alex Akakabota buttressed that all is set for the hosting of the awards and that the award initiative is targeted at celebrating the country’s most innovative business leaders. Speaking further, he explains that the award is not just the simple handing out of some metals or plaques over bottles of drinks or dinner plates, but it’s a medium where the best entrepreneurial works and milestone achievement will be showcased and to inspire brands and agencies to do greater works in national interest.
In his words “recent research carried out shows that there is a strong relationship between awards and overall organizational or individual performance, and here at the Nigeria Entrepreneur Awards, our focus is to provide a platform where entrepreneurs are acknowledged for their achievements and recognized as the elite of their industry, thereby earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, service, contributions and achievements recognized on a prominent and far-reaching scale”
Speaking further Mr. Ogaga explains that the awards will recognize business leaders from multiple industries across the 20 awards categories. “It is more than just numbers. Based on a balanced scorecard, awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, risk and personal commitment to their businesses and communities”.
He also stated that the event will feature prominent key note speakers on the topic “SME INNOVATIVENESS AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH; ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD FOR NIGERIA”.
in a bid to proffer implementable solutions to the challenges facing entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.
In response to questions from the press as to how winners emerged, Mr. Joshua Uwabor, Head Corporate communications; Emagez Solutions buttressed that the Nigeria Entrepreneur Award passed through a three phase scrutiny process which includes short listing of nominees through a public call for nomination, assessment and scoring by a panel of expert judges and opinion leaders from various sectors of the economy including stakeholders, civil society and the media; and finally the judging and selection of winners which comprised a judging panel of about 20 business professionals and consultants.
Mr Uwabor Joshua also hinted that with over 1600 nominations received, due to the high standard of the award, less than 10 per cent of all entries will be receiving an award, owing to the fact that the judging process follows a fixed standard based on set of criterion.
Speaking further, Mr. Joshua stated that “the award recipients will be drawn from entrepreneurs in areas of Agriculture, Automobile, Aviation, Banking, Clothing and textile, Construction, Delivery/logistics, Education, Energy, Environment and waste, Forestry and paper, Healthcare and pharmaceuticals, ICT- information and communication technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media, Mining and metals, Oil and gas, Public sector entity, Sports, Telecommunications, Tourism and leisure, Transportation, Utilities, as well as those who have contributed to the advancement of entrepreneurship development in Nigeria”.
Amongst other things, the Director of Programs, Mr. Ogaga Akakabota stated that the program will provide the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This in turn, will establish a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organizational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.
No doubt the Nigeria Entrepreneur Award promises to be the biggest gathering of entrepreneurs in the history of awards and recognition in Nigeria. Recipients will have the opportunity of rubbing minds with counterparts from other parts of the country as well as create a platform for networking. The event will also serve as a medium to build individual and company’s brand awareness through exposure to entrepreneurs, sponsors, judges and guests, many of whom may be seeking customers, alliances, M&A or other growth opportunities.