Nigerian Businessman Belo-Osagie Honored By the Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Club and the African Leadership Academy
High Point, NC – (May 22, 2012) Ranked by Forbes magazine as one of Africa’s richest individuals, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, chairman of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (Etisalat Nigeria), recently added two more achievements to his remarkable resume. Citing him as “a key player in the Nigerian economy,” the Africa Business Club of Harvard Business School presented Belo-Osagie with its Leadership Excellence Award for his contributions to Africa’s development. And, a school he helped found named a wing after him and his wife, lawyer Myma Belo-Osagie.
Nigerian-born Bela-Osagie has made his mark in that nation’s energy, financial and telecommunications sectors. The son of a gynecologist—Nigeria’s first—and a nurse, Belo-Osagie was educated across three continents. He is a product of elite Kings College, a government-run boys school in Lagos dating back to 1909. He came to Harvard Business School with an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and a law degree from Cambridge University. He credits these institutions with cultivating his high standards, intellectual vigor, concern for those less fortunate, and respect for diversity.