Being place on a pedestal as this is one we appreciate and do not take for granted. Winning this award is in line with the philosophy which we established Sujimoto on. We founded it on the principles of Diligence, Integrity, Quality and Customer Addiction. We had no rich Uncle or a wealthy Aunty to bankroll us. All we had was our dream and a passion to redefine luxury living in Nigeria.
Whether by mere coincidence or design, we were placed at the bottom of the pyramid. We drew inspiration from the quote “they tried to buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds” and like an Iroko tree, we broke through the ground and grew, not forgetting to observe the Covid-19 social distancing rule even in the competition by giving a margin of over 3,000 points!
When we saw the big brands, we didn’t believe we could push so hard and claim the top position but the words of our MD/CEO, Sijibomi Ogundele echoed in our ears, “to be second is to be last” and we were able to “Usain Bolting” other nominees.
This would not have been possible without the help of our followers, business partners, clients, friends, and well-wishers both home and abroad, who voted relentlessly.
LinkedIn, being a platform that reconnects good friendship, helped in carrying the nomination story to a friend of our MD/CEO in Australia, whom he has not seen in the last 7 years. Not only did he vote, he also went the extra mile to rally others to do likewise. Amongst the numerous people who voted was an ex-girlfriend from France.
This award is a reminder that there’s no nobility in mediocrity and that once you apply diligence and hard work to everything you do, winning becomes inevitable.
We use this medium to thank our fellow nominees, who we see as our Corporate mentors, for all the amazing work they are doing and how they are setting the pace in their various industries.
We see the massive support we enjoyed from all and sundry as a rare privilege and we say a BIG ‘thank you’ to those who went all out to support us. Truly, the diligent man will stand with Kings and not mere men.
Romain Grosjean shares update from hospital after horror Formula 1 crash
Romain Grosjean, 34, has shared multiple updates from the hospital after he miraculously survived a horror crash that broke his car in half and saw it go up in flames while he was still in it.
The Haas-Ferrari driver said from the hospital that he is “loving life” after suffering only burns in Sunday’s horror Formula One crash.
His car crashed into a barrier early on during the Bahrain Grand Prix and his vehicle subsequently exploded into a fireball.
Viewers were stunned to see the French-Swiss veteran walk away from the wreckage seemingly injury free after race stewards quickly intervened with a fire extinguisher.
It was later revealed that Grosjean would need to stay in hospital overnight to be treated for burns on his hands.
With large bandages visible in his latest update on Instagram, the driver wrote: “Thank you so much for all your messages. Loving life.”
In an initial post, he said: “Hello everyone, I just wanted to say I am OK – well, sort of OK.
“Thank you very much for all the messages. I wasn’t for the halo some years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing that we’ve brought to Formula 1.
“Without it I wouldn’t be able to speak with you today.”
Missing 3-year-old girl found safe and reunited with her mother in Rivers
A 3-year-old girl has been found safe and reunited with her mother after she went missing for six hours in Diobu area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The Commander of Diobu Vigilante group, Godstime Ihunwo, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, November 29, said that the child went missing due to the ”carelessness” of her mother.
“Thanks b 2 God almighty as me & my boys in conjunction with 3 God-fearing & kind hearted men, whom out of their efforts made our job easier in rescuing one Miss Chinaza Ikpe, a 3 years old girl child that went missing 6 hours ago, at about 1pm 2day 29/11/2020, just bcs of d carelessness of her mother Mrs Chinasa. d Child has been handed over 2 d mother by me COMR. GODSTIME W. IHUNWO, d C.S.O./Commander Diobu Vigilante, RUMUELECHI COMMUNITY M/3 UNIT” he said.
Niger workers to resume suspended strike action on Tuesday
Workers in Niger state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have disclosed that they will be resuming their suspended indefinite strike action over the decision of the State Government to pay the November salaries of civil servants on a percentage basis.
Leaders of the organized labour in the state said the strike will resume on Tuesday, 1st December 2020 should the government fails to address their grievances.
The NLC disclosed this in a letter addressed to Governor Dani Bello through the Niger Head of Service and signed by NLC Chairman, Comrade Yakubu Garba and TUC Chairman, Comrade Tanimu Yunusa.
“We write on behalf of the State Executive Council (SEC) of Niger State Organised Labour to convey to your esteemed office the harmonized position of the affiliate unions as follows:
“That Niger State Government should refund the slashed June 2020 2020 salaries to desirable civil servants latest Tuesday, 1st December.
“That the discussion on payment of outstanding October 2020 salaries of local government workers must be conclusive on or before Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
“That the proposal by Niger State Government to pay November 2020 salaries of LGAs and state workers on a percentage basis is unacceptable and vehemently rejected.
“That failure of the government to address issues 1, 2 and 3 above, the Organized Labour will be left with no other option than to resume the earlier suspended indefinite strike action effective midnight of
Tuesday, December 1, 2020.”