The Chairman Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has been honoured with the Per Second News 2017 ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ Award in recognition of his charitable service that has improved the lives of people of Africa.
This award recognises an individual with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support to individuals, organisations and charities in Africa, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take on philanthropic leadership roles on local, national and international level.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Femi Soneye, publisher of Per Second News, said Elumelu over the years demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities that stood out using his talents, treasures and time in a very strategic way.
“Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of leaders like those we have honoured today. Never has such leadership been more important,” Soneye said, at the ceremony attended by top executive in the political, financial and media sectors.
He maintained that the works of philanthropist play a critical role in effecting real systemic change in the society as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to numerous social, environmental degradation, including from climate change.
“I am positively overwhelmed by this award and I dedicate it to the beneficiaries of the foundation who are changing lives across Africa, an elated Elumelu said while receiving the award.