Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., the Chairman of Globacom has been conferred France’s highest national honour of Commander of the Legion of Honour by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
President Macron bestowed the prestigious award on Dr. Adenuga at the new Alliance Francaise Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos.
President Macron said Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. is “a true role model for Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of African and French economy.
Dr. Adenuga thus becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award of Commander of the Legion of honour in the history of France; a promotion from his previous honour as Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of honour awarded to him in 2017.
According to the French Embassy, it takes 13 years to be promoted from Chevalier to Commander, but this higher order for Adenuga has happened in 8 months.
President Macron applauded Dr. Adenuga on his promotion of the French language and culture in Nigeria, and also commended Bella Disu, Dr. Mike Adenuga’s daughter who conceived, coordinated and executed the Alliance Française project.
The French Ambassador, Denys Gauer, congratulated Dr. Adenuga stating:
“His outstanding entrepreneurship and business ingenuity has today created so many jobs for Nigerians and, more importantly, value for the country.
I am very happy that your contribution to the development of the French-Nigerian relations and your appreciation of the French culture are in this manner recognized and honoured.”
Mr. Denys Gauer noted that Dr. Adenuga has developed strong business relationship with France through Alcatel in telecoms and Total in petroleum.
Dr. Mike Adenuga also holds the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), Nigeria’s highest honour for a civilian who is not in government in the country as well as Ghana’s highest civil award, the Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG).