Lagos — Titans/Builders
As part of the events for the 15th THISDAY Awards Ceremony, THISDAY Board of Editors announced the names of 15 eminent Nigerians as winners of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. They will join the 50 distinguished Nigerians earlier nominated for different categories for the awards at a ceremony on February 21, 2010. Below are their profiles.
A true trailblazer, Awe is Nigeria's first female professor of History. When she joined the Department of History of the University of Ibadan in 1967, she was one of the youngest lecturers on the African continent. Awe has authored many books on history and women issues.
Emecheta is one of Nigeria's most popular writers of all time. She has over 20 novels, short stories and plays to her credit. And in spite of the fact that some of these works are more than 30 years old, they remain relevant even today.
Ezeife's contributions to the development of virile democratic culture are underscored by his bias for radical and intellectual politics. He was the first civilian governor of Anambra State under the umbrella of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Aliyu Muhammad Gusau
A principal actor in the Nigerian political scene since the 1980s, Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (rtd) was President Olusegun Obasanjo's National Security Adviser (NSA) between 1999 and 2006. He was the director of military intelligence under the Buhari and Babangida governments.
Harriman is an alumnus of the prestigious Government College Ibadan and Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He is today acclaimed as a foremost estate management practitioner in Nigeria. Most of the petrol stations in the country owned by National Oil were built by Hope Harriman & Co. The Nigerian Stock Exchange building was also built by his organisation which coordinated the activities of architects and engineers.
Jibril made a loud political statement in 1993 when she decided to contest in the presidential race, thus becoming the first woman to do so in Nigeria. Though she is very visible in politics, her contributions to social and community development across the nation are legendary.
The Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland received top-of-the range education in some of the best universities in the world. He has headed some of the biggest and brightest companies in the country. He served as the President of the Stock Exchange between 1987 and 1991.
Former governor of old Plateau State, Lar remains an important figure in Nigerian politics. He was the founding chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His relevance is due mainly to his measured and mature influence on the rather violent and treacherous political landscape.
Lukman, the incumbent Petroleum Resources Minister, is one of the most experienced public servants in the President Yar'Adua administration. He was also Petroleum and Foreign minister during the General Ibrahim Babangida regime. Lukman was at a time OPEC Secretary-General.
O B Lulu-Briggs
Lulu-Briggs, a Kalabari traditional chief and Chairman/Chief Executive, Moni Pulo, an indigenous oil company, is a man of few words whose philanthropy speaks louder than his numerous achievements. He sits atop a multi-billion naira company, which has contributed immensely to the nation's economy.
Mabogunje was chairman of the Development Policy Centre in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was Professor of Geography, Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences, and Director of the Planning Studies Programme, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His field of research interest is urban and regional development, with increasing attention on issues of sustainability.
The Aloko of Iloko Ijesa, Olashore has distinguished himself as a banking guru, a management and financial consultant and a famous entrepreneur whose impact is also felt in the education sector. He has, to his credit, a flourishing private school, Oladele Olashore International School in his home town, Iloko-Ijesa.
An astute journalist and politician, Osoba rose through the ranks to become editor and managing director of the Daily Times and Sketch and Nigerian Herald newspapers. Osoba's move into politics saw him being elected as a second civilian governor of Ogun State on the platform of SDP in 1991. He contested for the same position in 1999 and won.
Otedola started his career in journalism in Nigerian and the UK. He was elected governor of Lagos State from 1992 to 1993 on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC). He is also a successful writer and consultant with roles on the board of successful business concerns in addition to his philanthropy.
A retired general, Wushishi distinguished himself in various positions in the military and held various command and staff appointments culminating in his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff between 1981 and 1983. He was until recently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of UAC of Nigeria Plc.