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Meet The Judges Of The IB PLC Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

The panel of judges for the third edition of the International Breweries Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme has been revealed. Each of them brings their unique qualifications, expertise, and perspective to the table.

The judges play a vital role in the program as they will appraise the business proposals submitted by the shortlisted candidates who attend the one-week business training at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Business School, Awka. The proposals will be judged based on their strength and sustainability.

Here’s a brief peek at our judges:

Prof. Benjamin Chuka OsisiomaChairman, Panel of Judges

BenjaminProf. Osisioma is a Professor of Accountancy at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and a professional accountant with the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a fellow of several professional associations and holds a PhD in Finance (1989).

He has headed many professional and academic bodies in Nigeria, including being the Director General, Nigerian College of Accountancy from 1997-2001.

Prof. Osisioma has been honoured with several awards for his Integrity, Academic Excellence and Outstanding Leadership. He was selected “Man of the Year” by the American Biographical Institute in 2001, and listed in the Directory of Outstanding 2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Osisioma has served as a Member of the Governing Council, Head of Department, and Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences. He is the Pioneer Director of the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Mr. Tonye Ibisiki:

TonyeMr. Ibisiki is a professional lawyer and an expert in civil and commercial law.

He started his career as an associate in the commercial law firm of GEORGE ETOMI & PARTNERS in Lagos and later moved to the Port Harcourt office. From there, he moved on to serve as the Legal Adviser and Personnel Manager of Horicon.

Mr. Ibisiki is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, where he serves as the Port Harcourt Branch Representative on the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Bar Association.

Currently, Mr. Ibisiki is the Managing Solicitor of the Law firm of TONYE IBISIKI & ASSOCIATES.


Mr. Hule Aondokator:

HuleHule is an entrepreneur with vast experience in human capital management, and a change agent for effective business development. He was honoured by President Goodluck Jonathan for his business writing skills during the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!) 2012 business writing competition.  He is a prolific facilitator in executive trainings and business development

Hule obtained a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering in 2010 and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (CEM) from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria in 2013 having emerged among top 50 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises that were sponsored by Diamond bank Plc under the Building Entrepreneurs Today 3 (BET3) programme.

He is the CEO of WeClean Express Laundry.


Williams Adadu OGENYI:

WilliamsWilliams brings to the panel his over 15 years of experience in Administration & Consulting. He is the Group General Manager of Apt Group Inc. in Abuja, Nigeria. He is an expert in developing templates for business units and writing business development reports.

Mr. Williams holds a Master’s degree in International Economics & Finance from Rivers State University of Science & Technology, in Port Harcourt, an MBA in HR & General Management from the University of Calabar, Calabar and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Economics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.




Ngozika B. Okoye fca

NgoziNgozika is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is a 1983 Accountancy graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Banking & Finance) from the University of Lagos.

Her working career traversed three industries viz- Maritime (Nigerian Ports Authority), Oil/Oil service(Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation & Intels) and Banking (International Merchant Bank) before her expedition into the public service in Anambra State as the Honourable Commissioner of Finance in 2012.

She is the Principal Partner of Treasure House Consult, a financial consultancy firm based in Awka with office in Port Harcourt.


Oranu Chris Chidume:



Chidume, reputed for his entrepreneurial capabilities, is the founder of Krisoral Group of Companies. The group has interests in agro-allied, drinks, and chemical sectors amongst others.

Chidume holds an MBA from Metropolitan School of Business & Management, UK. He is also a member, Governing Board of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra state.

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International Breweries Launches the Third Edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

Onitsha: 13, August, 2018: International Breweries PLC is proud to announce the commencement of the 3rd edition of its Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme, a Corporate Social Investment initiative aimed at empowering and inspiring budding entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

This year, the foundation is expanding to include more states; young entrepreneurs from Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states can now apply for a chance to participate in the programme.

Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna – Board Member, Hero’s Foundation Board of Trustees_ Mr. Chuma Umunna, Corporate Affairs Manager, International Breweries Plc.

Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna – Board Member, Hero’s Foundation Board of Trustees_ Mr. Chuma Umunna, Corporate Affairs Manager, International Breweries Plc

The Company Secretary / General Counsel of International Breweries Plc, Mr. Muyiwa Ayojimi who addressed journalists during the media launch of the 2018 edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme in Onitsha said, “We launched the programme in 2016 to touch lives and inspire young people especially in the face of economic challenges in the country. Despite the fact that our economy is slowly pulling out of a recession the International Breweries Hero’s Foundation has been able to keep to its promise of making this programme an annual event.”

“We initially kicked off the programme with youths residing in the core south-eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states; in 2017, we expanded our horizon to include Benue, Delta, and Edo states. I am proud to announce that this year we will be expanding further to include Rivers state to the list of participating states.”

Mr. Muyiwa Ayojimi further explained that applications for the 2018 edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme are open to youths between 18 and 35 years residing and doing business in the participating states. He said “Successful applicants will undergo a one-week intensive business training session with experts from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Business School after which they will be required to develop and submit their business proposals. A team of judges will sift through the proposals based on their strength and sustainability. The final winners will be announced and given start-up/expansion fund at an award ceremony which will take place later in the year.”

Since the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme commenced in 2016, 64 enterprising entrepreneurs in participating states have been empowered with the sum of N132 million, business training, and mentorship to turn their big ideas into sustainable businesses.

Interested applicants should visit the Foundation’s website, www.herokickstartnigeria.org to fill out the form and upload their business proposals or pick up hard copies from designated centers across the states for a chance to participate.