VFD Group’s Nonso Okpala is Anambra’s Most Inspirational Man of the Year

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At the recent Anambra Man of the Year Awards 2021, Nonso Okpala of VFD Group Plc won the Most Inspirational Man of the Year award, writes Vanessa Obioha

Nonso Okpala, Group Managing Director of VFD Group Plc, recently received the prestigious ‘Rising Star/Inspiring Man of the Year’ award at the recent Anambra Man of the Year Awards held at the glitzy Stanel Dome in Awka, Utah. Anambra State.

The second annual awards ceremony was held on Thursday, January 6, 2021 and is the brainchild of a coalition of several organizations including Akulueuno Foundation, Eminent Media, Stand up for Women Society, Tour Nigeria communications, Alex Reports and the 100 Achievers Team, all chaired by Major General Anthony Emeka Ajemba (Rtd).

Nonso Okpala has been recognized for the many community projects he has led for the development of the people of Anambra.

Among these initiatives is the Chude and Ego Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming low-income communities through access to world-class education and quality health care. Their mission is to empower people to overcome economic and social barriers, channel their productivity, and thrive both individually and collectively.

“Anambra is extremely lucky,” Nonso Okpala said during her acceptance speech. “One thing is certain: where there are more opportunities, there will undoubtedly be more victories.” One of the gaps we are trying to address is the disparity and unequal access to opportunity experienced by Ndi Anambra, which inspired the creation of the Chude and Ego Foundation. Our hope is that a good education will transform the minds of these young people and that the results will be seen in due course across Nigeria and beyond.

Nonso recently hosted a glitzy gala dinner at Boardroom Apartments in Lekki, Lagos, to raise funds for the Foundation and its flagship project, Osnon Academy, a tuition-free co-boarding international secondary school in Uga, Anambra.

Nigerian superstars Phyno, Timi Dakolo, Waje and DJ Spinall performed at the festive fundraiser which raised N200 million.

The funds will be used to build Osnon Academy, the first of several planned school building projects. It should be noted that the land on which the school will be built has been acquired beforehand.

Nonso Okpala, in a fundraising statement, said, “While education is meant to be a basic right for all, so many children in Nigeria and Africa will never receive it; while this is tragic for families, it is particularly catastrophic for the country and the continent, given the amount of lost talent and potential economic losses. These individuals, given the right opportunities, can serve as a catalyst for a new African renaissance. The Chude and Ego Foundation’s mission is to provide these opportunities.

Valentine Ozigbo, a Nigerian business tycoon and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Anambra’s 2021 gubernatorial election, was named Anambra Man of the Year.

Chief Chika Okafor of the Chicason Group was also named Co-Man of the Year for his business and professional prowess, as was Adaora Umeoji-Nwokoye, Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, who was named Anambra Woman of the Year. .

While accepting the award, Ozigbo delivered an inspirational speech emphasizing the critical role of capable leadership in realizing the enormous potential of Anambra State.

“As a people, we are endowed with an abundance of talents, abilities and abilities. There is no area of ​​life in which we do not have our successful and excellent brothers and sisters, be it business, entertainment, sports, science, industry, technology, government , media, academics or the arts. This is true for every continent on the planet.

Anambra is one of the most enterprising states in Nigeria. Despite the fact that Anambra is often dubbed the “home of Nigeria’s most billionaires”, the state has thousands of out-of-school children and inaccessible health care for women and children.

Nonso Okpala is Chairman and Managing Director of VFD Tech Group and VFD Group Plc. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Heirs Holdings and has extensive experience in the Nigerian financial services sector, having worked for reputable companies such as KPMG, BGL and United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA). Moreover, Mr. Okpala is passionate about art, which inspired him to found his start-up, ARTSPLIT.

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