Mrs Omobola Johnson on Ibukun Awosika
I met Bili abut twelve years ago when she was suggested by my sister Yewande Zaccheaus to be a trustee of the then to be established board of Women in Management and Business. This relationship grew very quickly from two women sitting on the Board of an NGO to a true friendship. In fact it is quite difficult to call Bili my friend - she is so intertwined in our (my sister's and I) lives that she can only best be described as a sister.
I am a confirmed 'corporate person' and I am constantly amazed at Bili's ability to think up a business idea and move it from idea to concept to successful business in the shortest possible time. That is the mark of a true enterpreneur. Given the speed with which she acts and moves, it may look like Bili, hasn't spent enough time thinking through her next step, but one thing I have come to realise over the years is that Bili is a great thinker and a true visionary. She gets an idea at a conference, an event or it is simply 'dropped in her heart by God", she spends a lot of time thinking about it - those endless trans-atlantic flights - prays and then acts. Despite her many successes and the confidence that success has brought her, Bili always asks for advise from people that she trusts and will always want to talk through things. She doesn't think she has all the answers and is always willing and ready to listen.
Up until the recent past I sat on the Board of Sokoa Chair Centre and I am also an early investor in the business. I saw first hand that Bili's faith and trust in God is carried directly into her business without the 'religion' that seems to be so prevalent in our world today. An extremely shrewd business woman, cares about turnover, profit, competitors and all that but will put her integrity and God above all of these things even if it means a temporary setback. But with Bili, you can be sure that the setback is very temporary indeed.
Bili's willingness to share of her experience, her time, her ideas and herself is legendary. Her Business His Way TV program, the Ignite initiative with the Lagos State government, the After Graduate Development Centre and her myriad of mentees to name a few - spending her time and her resources to ensure that each of these is a success. It really is no wonder that she has won so many awards and accolades and she is being celebrated as well she should be on her 50th brithday.
Bili's willingness to share of her experience, her time, her ideas and herself is legendary. Her Business His Way TV program, the Ignite initiative with the Lagos State government, the After Graduate Development Centre and her myriad of mentees to name a few
Its very difficult to advise someone who has accomplished so much in such a short space of time - as she says she is on an "assignment' and she really is just living out that assignment. There is much to be done in this country and I have no doubt in my mind that Bili will be a major contributor to the sucess of Nigeria as a country. She has done a lot but I know that she will do even more - this 50th celebration is but a milestone and a stepping stone to greater success and greater glory with her God round about her all the way.
Mrs Omobola Johnson
Honourable Minister for Communication Technology
Federal Republic of Nigeria