Despite the daunting challenges of doing business in the aviation sector the Air Peace Chairman, Mr. Allen Onyema has won the Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
This is just as the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba praised Air Peace for fighting its way to the top spot as the biggest airline in West and Central Africa.
Osoba made the commendation on Sunday during the 2018 Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership, held in Lagos
Osoba, who was the chairman event, said “Those who are being honoured today (Sunday) are eminently qualified.”
He described Onyema as an exceptional entrepreneur who had transformed the airline business with the establishment of Air Peace,
In his optimism, he said that the carrier would make Nigeria proud with its soon-to-start long-haul flights to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.
“They earned the awards, Onyema has shown his quality. In spite of the difficulties of doing business in the aviation sector, Air Peace has become one of the biggest airlines in Africa. I fly Air Peace most of the time,” he said
Commenting on the award, Onyema said his Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership was a challenge for him to sustain his passion for investing in pro-development projects and campaigning for nationalism without ethnic bias.
He described Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in whose honour the prize was instituted as a highly detribalised Nigerian leader, saying the nationalistic ideals of the late first Nigerian president should guide the nation in its quest for peace and unity.
Organisers of the awards, the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) explained why the Air Peace boss was honoured with award.
“As a testament to his industry and hard work, Onyema has in record time of four years built Air Peace Limited into the biggest airline fleet in West and Central Africa. Air Peace has distinguished itself in the aviation industry, providing jobs for thousands of Nigerians and foreigners,” the Prof. Jubril Aminu-led Advisory Board of PPRAC said.