Indomie Noodles founder and Managing Director of the Tolaram Group, Haresh Aswani and Zinox founder, Leo Stan Ekeh have implored young Nigerian professionals to believe in themselves if they are to attain success in the vast opportunities that adorn the Nigerian environment. They were speaking to more than 100 young Nigerian professionals and entrepreneurs at the August edition of the monthly Role Model Forum of the Centre for Values in Leadership CVL, in Victoria Island Lagos.

Haresh Aswani who presented a road map of how his group grew from modest begins to annual revenues in excess of $ 700 million  last year said the key to the group’s success was in respect for the dignity of people, trust, developing their people and values of transparency. On his part Mr. Ekeh emphasized hard work, fear of God and tenacity of purpose in his rise to the dominant position in Nigeria’s information and communications technology industry.

Their presentations at the monthly sessions which follow a tradition of such earlier CVL RMF speakers like Dr Christopher Kolade, Coca-Cola Nigeria Managing Director Kelvin Balogun, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and others who have shown in one presentation after the other that values underpin leadership effectiveness.

Speaking at the forum Mr Leo Stan Ekeh described challenges as stepping stones for greatness. He shared his experience of building the brand -Zinox; the many battles he fought and how he overcame daunting challenges in his life. He called on the participants and Nigerian youths in general to be very positive and steadfast in all their legitimate desires because in every dark cloud there is a silver lining.

Mr Benedict Okhumale, Programme Manager of CVL, in his opening remarks advised the participants to take the issue of punctuality very seriously stating that the Centre for Values in Leadership is resolved to take the lead in exterminating African time in the country.

The CVL Role Model forum for young professionals is an interactive monthly mentoring activity, in which an individual who has achieved remarkable success in his/her field of endeavour shares his/her life experience that the participants can relate to. The Role Model shares how he overcame challenges while upholding the right values and ethics. It is open to all young professionals in Nigeria.

CVL (Centre for Values in Leadership) is a social enterprise founded by Prof Pat Utomi with a mandate to make young – values driven leaders that will transform our society.

Benedict Okhumale



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