Forbes celebrates Nigerian governors for outstanding leadership

By Felicia Nwosu

In landmark recognition of exceptional leadership, Forbes has honored three Nigerian governors, including Plateau State’s Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, Bayelsa State’s Senator Diri Douye, and Osun State’s Senator Ademola Adeleke, celebrating them for their outstanding governance and people-centered leadership. The special award recognition points to their transformative governance and unwavering dedication to their people.

These distinguished leaders have been hailed as rare achievers and game-changers, known for prioritizing the well-being of their states and impacting lives through diverse developmental goals.

Through their visionary leadership and impactful initiatives, these governors and leaders have left an indelible mark on their communities, setting a precedent for transformative governance and sustainable development in Nigeria and beyond.

The Forbes Best of Africa Award Ceremony, held at the Intercontinental Hotel Lisbon, Portugal, recently, highlighted these governors’ outstanding achievements in governance. Organized by the Foreign Investment Network (FIN), in partnership with Forbes (Emerging Markets, USA), the event underscored their significant contributions to advancing socio-economic development in Nigeria.

Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang of Plateau State has been commended for his visionary leadership and holistic approach to state development. His administration’s initiatives in infrastructure, healthcare, and education have set a new standard for effective governance in the region, placing the needs of the people at the forefront.

Senator Diri Douye of Bayelsa State, now serving his second term, continues to champion inclusive policies that promote sustainable development and empower communities. His commitment to transparency and accountability has earned him widespread acclaim, positioning Bayelsa as a model for good governance.

Senator Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, in his first term, has emerged as a dynamic leader focused on grassroots empowerment and economic revitalization. His innovative strategies in agriculture, education, and healthcare have garnered praise for their transformative impact on local livelihoods.

These governors exemplify a people-centric approach, going beyond political ambitions to effect tangible change and improve quality of life for their constituents. Their dedication to service and proactive governance has not only earned international recognition but also inspired hope and progress across their states.

The Forbes ceremony also recognized other influential figures whose contributions have shaped various sectors in Nigeria and beyond. Among them were Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Sven Thieme, Executive Chairman of Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group; and Mr. Clement Buari, Director of Strategy Management at the Central Bank of Nigeria. These leaders were celebrated for their pivotal roles in driving economic growth, innovation, and diplomacy.

The event attracted distinguished speakers and investors, including Max Garza III, Chief Blockchain Officer at Faction AI, who expressed interest in advancing technology and infrastructure projects in Africa. Attendees included prominent figures in renewable energy, finance, and international development, underscoring the event’s role in fostering partnerships and advancing Africa’s socio-economic agenda.

Notable guests included Miguel Henriques, MD of GoNeutral; Chinnan Maclean-Dikwal, Vice Chairman of the African Energy Council; Solomon Mwamba, CEO of Majestic Coin; Joschua Saphir, Global Ambassador of Mirozon Foundation; Linda Pereira, Senior Partner and Chairperson of Advantage Consultants Group; and Debo Ogunlami, President of Faction AI. Their presence highlighted the event’s significance as a platform for collaboration and investment in Africa’s future.

Photo caption: L- R: President, Forbes Emerging Market, Mark Furlong; Director, Strategy Management Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Clement Oluranti Buari; Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri; Plateau State Governor, Bar. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang; Ambassador Alex Kefas , Director and Head of European Affairs and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Portugal Representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar; and the Executive Chairman & MD: O&L Leisure (Pty) Ltd, Sven Thieme, at the Forbes Best of Africa Award Ceremony held during the Foreign Investment Network (FIN) Annual International Business Round Table at the Intercontinental Hotel Lisbon, Portugal.


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