Dr Dakuku Peterside has congratulated Tony Elumelu who is currently among the first 100 recognized icons in the world.
Dakuku, former Director General of NIMASA said in a statement made available to the Telegraph that Elemulu who broke grounds in banking deserved the exceptional honour of Times International because of what he has achieved with the Tony Elumelu Foundation which turning young Africans into entrepreneurs.
Quoting Napoleon Hill who said, “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed”, Dakuku remarked, “There are no truer words than these about the life and times of Tony Elumelu who, without question, has journeyed through some of the greatest challenges in life and reached his destination so remarkably as if it was so easy. ‘


The former gubernatorial candidate of the APC further acknowledged the giant strides recorded by the banking guru.
“Tony is perhaps the biggest success story in the Nigerian banking industry having taken the then nascent Standard Trust Bank to challenge the biggest names in the industry, culminating to an audacious merger with the United Bank for Africa (UBA).
“This merger saw Elumelu to the top echelons of corporate banking in Nigeria and Africa. The footprints he left in Nigeria’s banking sector is yet to be matched.
“His recognition by the much-revered Time International Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World is a fitting testimony and badge of honour for a man who has devoted his time, resources, being and comfort towards raising hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurs across the African continent.”
According to the Opobo-born technocrat, “It is inarguable that there has never been any initiative, policy or action across the continent that has challenged African entrepreneurs the way and manner the Tony Elumelu Foundation has touched lives, with reverberating effects that will endure for generations.
“With interests that cut across power generation, healthcare, hospitality, and banking, Tony Elumelu continues to represent fresh frontiers, full of opportunities but available to only those who dare to chart a new course and brace the odds to succeed.

‘Being a Leadership Development Professional and a Turnaround Manager myself, I appreciate the enormous work Tony Elumelu has done in raising a new generation of entrepreneurs across Africa.
“This recognition will undoubtedly bolster his determination to alter the course of emerging Africa’s generations for the better and place them on a pedestal of prosperity, service to humanity, and above all, provide leadership for the continent.”
“He is championing a new Africa that will take a prideful position in the comity of continents”, Dakuku added.