PRTimes Africa FANTASTIC 5 [Q1] (Exceptional Africans who are Excelling in their Professional Fields)

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Every quarter, PR-Times Africa identifies and rewards exceptional Africans who are excelling in their various fields as a means of telling them “Thank You for Making the African Continent Proud”. With the first quarter ended and the second quarter very much on its way, here are our FANTASTIC 5.

  • Owen Omogiafo

Owen Omogiafo is a graduate of Socialogy & Anthropology from University of Benin and a postgraduate M.Sc. in Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School, Spain. She is an experienced executive and change manager, HR professional, broker, development strategist and now, the President/CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria. Prior to this, she was the MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc, which owns Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar, Director, Corporate Services at Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. Before joining Transcorp in July 2018, Owen was the Chief Operating Officer at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Director of Resources at Heirs Holding Limited, HR advisor at UBA and a consultant at Accenture.

Owen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK, a certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, USA, a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria and a member of the Board of Avon Healthcare Limited, where she sits on the Board Finance, Investment & Risk Committee and Board Audit & Governance Committee, member of Board of Trustees of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC). Owen is the recipient of 2019 Top 100 Female CEOs in Africa by Reset Global People and as one of Nigeria’s Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa.. In 2018, she was recognised by The Guardian as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspirational women and has also been named in the YNaija! Power List for Corporate Nigeria, Business Day (Nigeria) Women’s Hub etc.. When she was appointed to the role in March 2020, she was the youngest CEO on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and also the youngest and first female to occupy the position at Transcorp and Owen have mentored hundreds of women and is mother three beautiful children.

  •  Mustapha Njie

Mustapha Njie is a carpenter, season classroom teacher, businessman and the founder and CEO of TAF Africa Global, a real estate development company with presence in 8 African countries. Founded in 1990, the company is one of Africa’s few internationally recognized real estate companies, with activities extending to high-end estate agency, mortgage-lending, and housing sector public-private partnership. In 1998, Mustapha won the European Council for Global Business Award for Excellence. He was named Gambian Businessman of the Year on three occasions: 1993, 2004 and 2006. He was also recognized as Gambian Man of the Year in 2006. He was the recipient of the 2017 CNBC/AABLA award for Entrepreneur of the Year (West Africa). Mustapha often speaks at international business events. He has been on panels at Annual Africa Business Conference at Havard Business School, Africa CEO Forum and the Wharton Business School amongst several others. He have been training young minds through TAF Institute and assisting vulnerable by through TAF Foundation.

  • Drew Uyi

Drew Uyi is a licensed Football Agent, Marketing and Sports Management Expert, Brand Strategist & PR Guru. Born Ogbomoide Uyighosa Omonuwa in Birmingham UK, had brief primary education in Benin City, Edo State, before leaving Nigeria and concluding his High School in Switzerland and Germany. He studied Sports and Events Management from London Metropolitan University and also holds a post-certification in Marketing from the London University of the Art.

He has managed and worked with some big names in Sports, African Music and Entertainment industry in the likes of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, AY Comedian, One Africa Music Festival and many premiership players. He is fondly called Dr Drew by his admirers because of his ‘Spin Doctor’ skills.

  • Amb. Nelson Ocheger

Amb. Nelson Ocheger is a career diplomat and the Uganda High Commissioner based in Nigeria and responsible for West Africa’s diplomatic affairs of Uganda. He have background in Communication and also an MBA from East and Southern African Management Institute, Arusha, Tanzania. Began his diplomatic career in 2010 when President Yoweri Museveni appointed him as the deputy ambassador posted to Moscow, Russia. Amb. Ocheger is the brain behind somany economic development projects between ECOWAS and Nigeria specifically and Uganda and East Africa atlarge. He pioneer the establishment and initiation of Uganda-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Uganda-Nigeria Investment Forum. Amb. Nelson is happily married with children.

  • Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu CON

Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu CON (born 4 August 1960 in Kano, Nigeria, is a Nigerian billionaire businessman, philanthropist and alumni of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. His late father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, was one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. At the age of 24 he started overseeing family business. He is also the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate concentrating on manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture and producing a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of the Nigerian Bank of Industry (BOI). On July 7, 2020, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad’s wealth at $3.2 billion, putting him 716th in the global billionaire’s club.

We will like to use this medium to appreciate these fantastic Africans for being exceptional in their field hence putting Africa in the spot light.

Can you guess the individuals that will emerge as our Fantastic 5 for Q2? Follow us on social media @prtimesafrica to find out.

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