Mr. Segun Abdulsalam is the managing director of Bulfol Ventures Service, the Nigerian partners of the maiden Leadership Award for Excellence (LAE) in South Africa. He speaks to BODE GBADEBO on the essence of the award, among others.
As the Nigerian Partner of Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA) on Leadership Award for Excellence (LAE), what are the criteria in choosing the awardees?
As the Nigerian Partner of Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA), the criteria we adopted in choosing awardees were, but not limited to: they must be Nigerians. The nominees must have played a lead role in development in the category for which they are respectively nominated. He or she must have shown outstanding efforts in the area of advocacy in the said category. A nominee must have shown partnership and commitment with other leaders on development issues in the identified field for award. Respective award nominees must have maintained perseverance in the face of adversity to positively impact development, and must have demonstrated passionate disposition in completing development projects, be it abandoned or fresh ones in their domain of governance.
But a lot of people are not aware of this award (LAE), is this the first time that the academy in South Africa will be honouring Nigerians?
This is the first time the Leadership Academy South Africa will be honouring deserving Nigerians. We as the Nigerian Partners, with a credible Award Board responsible for the call for nominations, evaluation of nominees and the recommendation of award recipients to Research members and LASA in South Africa, found the recipients worthy of the Awards in various categories for this maiden edition organised for Nigerians only.
The award ceremony is slated for next week, how many of the Nigerian Awardees will personally attend the event in South Africa?
All the awardees have indicated interest in personally attending the event taking place in Pretoria, South Africa. We are in contact with the governor-awardees particularly Zamafara, Ogun, Abia, Plateau, Kogi, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Kebbi governors.
Does your firm also organise similar Awards in Nigeria?
We are also looking at developments here at home – at the community, provincial and the state levels. Leadership is all encompassing. A failure of Leadership at one level of governance would definitely impact negatively at leadership at all levels. So,discussions are ongoing with LASA. We would come out with something before the end of the year after the forthcoming maiden South African event.
What would you say is the significance of this Award in South Africa to the Nigerian Awardees given the avalanche of awards in their kitties already at home?
This award ceremony is unique in many ways. Apart from motivating the awardees to up the ante in various areas of governance in their respective states, their areas of weaknesses should not be ignored. Nigerians, and indeed Africans are watching and following them in their approach to leadership and governance. This award is all the more unique in the sense that it is the legacy of Dr. John Calvin Maxwell, who is the Patron of the Leadership Academy South Africa (LASA). A leadership development guru, who speaks annually to Fortune 500 Companies, international government leaders, and organisations such as the United States Military Academy and a host of others on how to bring out the leadership traits in them. It is our belief that everything rises and falls on leadership.
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