When Finecoat Paint Boss, Remi Awode Received Honoris Causa At JABU
On Friday, January 17, the Joseph Ayo Babalola University honoured Awode alongside Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives (In Absentia); Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State (in absentia); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, and others.
It was indeed an impressive gathering as people from all walks of life thronged the institution’s campus in Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State for the glorious event.
Any attempt at introducing the noble business czar, is bound to leave the person behind the microphone or pen with a very challenging task of omitting some of his credentials as there are just so many groundbreaking achievements, honours, awards and accolades that dot every available space on his meritorious honours’ mantelpiece.
For anyone not to suffer the above mentioned daunting challenge, it is best to simply say Awode, who is also the Chairman/CEO of Chemstar Group, makers of the widely accepted Finecoat and Shield brands of high quality paint products, is a man whose heart is filled with passion for humanity.
While some people receive honour and commendation posthumously, for the success and achievement that trailed their paths, the Chancellor of JABU rolled out the red carpet to honour some of these living and very active selected Nigerian achievers during the 10th Convocation ceremony.
Among those presented by the private university to be one of its ambassadors is the philanthropist of repute, Awode.
The reading of Awode’s citation definitely left many people motivated to match his achievement, if not surpass his accomplishment. But the least being to meet him half way because such was the intimidating resume that warranted an unforced standing ovation for the business man par excellence.
Awode left no one in doubt that the institution made no error in identifying with his success and why he needs to transmit that same success for the good and steady growth of the citadel of higher learning.
To say that Awode was the envy of his co-awardees, staff and students of the institution is to put it mildly, yet, he had no airs about himself, as he humbly stood on the podium soaking in the acknowledgment shown to him.
After the long standing ovation, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Kola Sonaike robed and decorated the amiable pace setter and philanthropist with Business Administration Honourary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the Institution.