Emmanuel Macron, President of France has decorated Nigeria billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga with the highest national honour of his country.
The Globacom chairman, therefore, becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award of Commander of the Legion of Honour in France.
Macron while explaining why the French government decided to confer the country’s highest honour on Adenuga described him as “a true role model for Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of the African and French economy.
He commended Adenuga on his promotion of the French language and culture in Nigeria also applauded Bella Disu, Adenuga’s daughter who conceived, coordinated and executed the Alliance Française project.
The French president, who is on a visit to Nigeria, said Nigeria has the potentials to overcome all challenges it may be facing at present.
This, he said, is the “incomparable spirit of entrepreneur, tenacity, and ability to think out of the box”.
Macron conferred the award on Adenuga at the inauguration of the new Alliance Francaise at Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Wole Soyinka, members of the diplomatic corps, government officials were parts of the audience at the event.
Recall that Adenuga presently holds Nigeria’s highest honour for a civilian who is not in government, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), and as well as Ghana’s highest civil award, the Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG).