During the presentation of the award

By Nseobong Okon-Ekong

Nigeria’s top talent and event management company, Temple Management Company (TMC), has been recognised by the League of African Development Students (LEADS) for its “pioneering human capacity management for Africa development.”

Temple Music is home to singer 9ice – the ‘Gongo Aso’ and ‘Living things’ crooner; veteran Disc jockey, DJ Jimmy JATT; MTN Project Fame winner, Jeff Akoh; Big Brother Naija 2017’s runner up Bisola Aiyeola; Chris Akinyemi; award-winning producer, Tee-Y Mix; Producer Aaron; Mr Labz; and one of the hottest producers around; Adey.

The company was presented with the Leads Outstanding Performance for Corporate Mandate Delivery by a delegation of the pan-African student body led by Mr. Morgan Gabriel, its Head of Advocacy accompanied by other executives of the organisation.

Similarly, Mr. Idris Olorunnimbe, Group Chief Executive, was presented with a leadership award as ‘Africa’s Patriotic Personality of The Year.’ With the conferment of the award, Olorunnimbe joins men and women of erudition who have received this awards in past including former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Kolade; Comptroller, Ghana Revenue Authority, Geroge Blankson; Vice Chairman, MTN Nigeria, Colonel Sani Bello; and Group CEO, Cellulant Corporation, Kenya, Ken Njoroge, among others.
LEADS which was founded in 1985 has operated as the umbrella body for all “democratic student unions and is now present in 10 countries of Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Burundi and Egypt.

While recognising talent as “the new frontier of economic development and human empowerment,” the organisation rallied the rest of Africa to fully optimise on the lofty pioneering efforts of Olorunnimbe and his team. Speaking further, Morgan Gabriel said: “We wish to use this medium to call on all government of states of Africa and indeed all peoples of Africa to optimize the use of Idris Olorunnime’s immense corporate social responsibility erudition and experience in much more capacities.”

Olorunnimbe described it as recognition not only for him as an individual but for the entire Temple Management Company team.

He said: “I’m lucky to receive this award in my capacity as the leader of the team. I will take the credit on behalf of the team and discredit which is far and in-between as the case may be. We will continue to push hard at what we do with our heart and soul.”

“Out of the 1.3 billion people in Africa, the majority do not have access to consumption products by our talents. When you see Khaligraph in Nairobi, MDH in Abidjan and Jeff Akoh in Nigeria, it is important their music is bought and streamed that is the only way to continue what they’re doing. It is important to note that the African dream for our talents will remain a pipe dream until they get their due and remuneration.”