Cosmas Maduka joins Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Class of 2020
Cosmas Maduka, president and chief executive of Coscharis group, has been officially inducted into the “Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year” Hall of Fame (EYWEHOF) along with 46 other exceptional global entrepreneurs from 41 countries across the globe. His induction was sequel to his emergence as the winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 award for the West Africa region.
The global event, originally scheduled to hold in Carlo, Monaco, held as the first-ever live virtual EY award ceremony in partnership with CNBC due to the travel restrictions occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic across the world.
The award is not only designed to celebrate and honour the contributions and achievements of successful entrepreneurs, but also serves to inspire today’s successful entrepreneurs, so they can share their incredible entrepreneurial stories, so stated Ashish Bakhshi, Leader at EY (West Africa).
While Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw from India emerged the global stage award winner, Dr Maduka was acclaimed to have made the top list of the highest ranked award winners in EY’s People’s Choice with viewers reaching 1.7 million across 124 countries and still growing as at the award day.
According to Stasia Mitchell, Entrepreneurship Leader at EY (Global Growth Markets), “this was the first time we asked the people to vote on the award winner who most inspired them. The voting was meant to be a fun, engaging way to get to know the class of 2020 better”.
He stated further it was no surprise that Maduka and the Coscharis brand stood out so clearly. “This continues to show how inspiring you and your story are to so many around the world and it says a lot about how valuable your mission is. I can’t wait to meet you in person”.
An obviously elated Cosmas Maduka, says, “I have utmost respect for all the finalists from different countries because each of us has a unique story to tell that resonates with the audience.
It must have been a very difficult journey for the judges to arrive at their decision and we have to respect it because they have their criteria set.
“At the end of the day, if I had a choice, I would have given the global award to Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw still like the judges did. It is really not easy to contend among men and she must have done something much better than the rest of us that stood her out in the mind of the judges. I therefore congratulate her and all the finalists this year.”
Coscharis group is one of the leading business conglomerates in Nigeria with diverse interests in automobile, ICT, logistics, agriculture, beverages and medical equipment among others.
The group as employer of labour presently has presence across the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria and outside including Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Gabon with its corporate group head office located in Lagos.