‘’By three methods we may learn: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” That thought or submission is credited to Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC. Confucius’s principles of wisdom align Chinese tradition and belief. ‘’He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration and respect for elders by their children and of couples for one another, recommending family as a basis for ideal government. ‘’He espoused the well-known principle called ‘’The Golden Rule’’ — “Do not do unto others what you do not want to be done to you.” Wisdom is strength; a sort of endowment. It is possible to understudy endowed people of knowledge. It is a virtue that could be gained and developed. Those who have wisdom turn out to be achievers because they apply the correct principles through reflections. Those who have succeeded in life usually apply wisdom to excel.
It is very tragic that no nation of the world is immune to conflicts and disorderly conducts. Various forms of manifestations of violence and conflicts, including political clashes, ethno-communal and religious disturbances, genocide, and other forms of manifestations of crises and conflicts have not only arisen but have become pronounced all over the world. Sadly, hunger, insecurity, and unemployment are major sources of threats to peace and development. An estimated 1.2 billion people in the world live in abject poverty. The gap between the rich and the poor countries continues to widen. How could the affluent help and how do we influence philanthropists to spend their wealth in a manner that would assist the needy?
SHOPRITE EXITS NIGERIA – NIGERIANS, BUSINESS ACUMEN & INVENTIVENESS HELPING OURSELVES: I think what we need to do now is to help ourselves. Nigerians at home should give preference to locally made products. Others in the Diaspora should go for Nigerian products and services banks where available. Go for Nigerian products; import Nigerian products from where you reside abroad for use overseas. Please eat in Nigerian restaurants that are becoming available in all parts of the world as a result of the industry and commitment to the pursuit of whichever goals we want to attain. It is in youths that the process of societal renewal is embedded. It is important for the nation to address the problems confronting youths, particularly unemployment, creation of an enabling environment for youth development, and the eradication of some social vices in which youths are involved..
It is in youths that the process of societal renewal is embedded. It is important for the nation to address the problems confronting youths, particularly unemployment, creation of an enabling environment for youth development, and the eradication of some social vices in which youths are involved. There must be attitudinal changes, propelled by good policies and programmes, designed and implemented to promote national development.
His Royal Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, King of Dubai states that: ‘’We are building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children, and a new model of development. In ‘’1999, many people questioned our idea to establish Dubai Internet City in the desert. ‘’Two years ago, Amazon acquired the multi-billion dirham Souq.com and today, Uber acquired Careem for Dh11 billion. These giant companies flourished from the “desert” of Dubai.
Talk about competence and ingenuity. Nigerians are ever prepared to take huge risks and ride on storms. Nigerians have the business acumen to succeed where many others fail. There is nothing to suggest that Nigerians cannot replicate the Dubai experience in Nigeria. There is nothing stopping us. President Muhammadu Buhari, in a speech read by then Minister Kayode Fayemi at the commissioning of one of Aliko Dangote’s cement plants in the Congo stated that ‘’’Dangote is championing Africa’s economic renaissance’’ and ‘’It is only home-grown practical solutions that can address the innumerable issues plaguing Africa today; and one of such challenges that Africa has been grappling with for decades is the infrastructure deficit.’’
I felt a sense of satisfaction as I viewed Channels Television’s news broadcast of the commissioning of the US$300 million Aliko Dangote’s Congo cement plant. A few thoughts leaped: First, is Nigeria’s potential, market and huge human and material resources, as well as the legacies of resilience, irrepressible commitment to the pursuit of chosen goals by the ordinary Nigerian, and ability to navigate difficult terrains of life. It wasn’t really the fact that the new plant cost $300m with the capacity to create about 1,000 jobs that fascinated me. What thrilled me the fact that Nigerians appear to be a special breed of strong-minded adventurous people, who in the near future could conquer the world. This is possible if we all – Nigerians – conduct our affairs properly. As of then, Dangote Cement had presence and projects in 15 other African countries, with capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of cement per annum and anticipated expansion to produce an additional 11.1 million tonnes per annum.
NIGERIAN WHO OWNS 5 AIRPORTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM There are other Nigerians who have excelled in the corporate world like Dangote, but are very quiet. Adebayo Ogunlesi, 67 years old is a Nigerian-born lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston, United States before his promotion to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman. In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport. In 2009, GIP acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. His company – GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport, which was bought in 2012. and Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, which was bought in February 2018.
WORTH: The estimated Net Worth of Adebayo O. Ogunlesi is at least $14 Million dollars as of May 2020. Mr. Ogunlesi owns over 5,889 units of The Goldman Sachs stock worth over $13,433,415 and over the last 11 years he sold GS stock worth over $0. In addition, he makes $600,257 as Lead Independent Director at The Goldman Sachs. So young Nigerians,
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