Shobanjo, others congratulate MARKETING EDGE’s publisher on Media Icon Award

Following his recent well deserved conferment of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Media Icon Award, Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, the doyen of Nigerian advertising and Chairman of Troyka Holdings, has congratulated John Ajayi, publisher of MARKETING EDGE, on the national achievement.

It is noteworthy to state that other industry leaders such as Femi Odugbemi, Founder/Executive Producer of Zuri24 Media; Chido Nwakama, Chief Executive Officer of Blueflower Limited; Charles Chijide, MD/CEO, Charella Nigeria Ltd; Dozie Mbanefo, Managing Director, New Crystal Communications Limited; Bedwell Okere, MD/CEO, Luzo Digital Network & Media Ltd,  and several others have sent in their congratulations to Mr. Ajayi as well.

Expressing his good wishes in a message, Dr. Shobanjo,  the marketing communication industry legend applauded Mr. Ajayi, a veteran, pioneer brand journalist and publisher, for creating a distinction between MARKETING EDGE and competition.

“Congratulations John, on your well deserved NUJ recognition of Media Icons in Nigeria award. To be recognised as an icon is no mean fit. As I have told you severally, you have done incredibly well focusing and reporting on Marketing and Marketing communications in Nigeria and globally over the years, with your renowned platform MARKETING EDGE.

“In the process, I think it is fair to say that you created a distinction between yourself and competition. I salute you and wish you continued successes. With very warm regards, Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, OON,” Dr. Shobanjo said.

Responding to the best wishes of the statesman, elated Mr. Ajayi said: “I am indeed greatly humbled and further honoured. Getting this commendation from a pacesetter and industry pathfinder/statesman like you further confirms the fact that NUJ, the national body of all registered Journalists in Nigeria, did not make a mistake.

“To be candid sir, we copied some of your major attributes on hard work, resilience and determination. We are still copying and praying to God to give us the kind of wisdom, knowledge and capacity with competence that He has blessed you with. You remain a role model, mentor and reference point to generations of younger Nigerians.”

“You may not know, the industry in Nigeria today cannot be what it is if not for the giant strides of great icons like you .You are a trustee of posterity and will forever be honoured and referenced. One of the great things and immortal words of wisdom I learnt from you which has stuck to my heart is that, ‘Being a number one and market leader is not a birthright, hence a leader must forever remain paranoid’.

“I preach this homily to my team weekly, and that is the reason we are still able to impact the IMC sector. I thank you always for all you mean to all of us, and may our Good Lord continue to keep you safe and sound to enjoy your old age,” the MARKETING EDGE publisher added.

It would be recalled that the NUJ honoured Mr. Ajayi, publisher and CEO of MARKETING EDGE, Nigeria’s foremost marketing and brand-centric magazine, as one of the nation’s media icons. He was bestowed with the prestigious award alongside other veteran journalists and media owners at the maiden edition of the Annual Milestone Recognition of Media Icons in Nigeria, during a high octane event, which had Aremo Olusegun Osoba, seasoned journalist and former governor of Ogun State as the chairman, and held at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The award ceremony was attended by the ‘who is who’ in the media industry.


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