Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Lagos has announced Chidozie Ibekwe as the winner of the 2016 edition of the 7Up Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship.
An electrical engineer, Ibekwe, who works in Lagos with a consulting firm, had his early education at King’s College Lagos and University of Lagos before proceeding on scholarship to the University of Mississippi, United States of America to continue his studies.
He becomes the sixth recipient of the 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship since its inception in 2010.
Managing Director of Seven Up Bottling Company Plc, Sunil Sawhney, said “the mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. As part of the many CSR initiatives of Seven-Up Company Plc, the 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship was launched in 2010 to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the company.
“Every year through the scholarship, a Nigerian resident in the country gets the opportunity of a top quality education from this prestigious school at no cost and with no bond to the company. The objective being that in the future they become leaders in different sectors of the Nigerian economy driving growth and development for a better society for all. I would like to congratulate Chidozie as the 6th recipient of the scholarship.”
General Manager Human Resources of the company, Yinka Adesina, said the 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship is in tandem with the CSR policy of the organisation which is aimed at empowering people and creating a better society.
He added that the company’s CSR initiatives are diversified touching areas such as community development, education, health, sports, arts and entertainment.
Some of the company’s initiative include partnerships with Pan Atlantic University on Infrastructural build, support for LEAP Africa to train young Nigerians on leadership, among others.
Partnering with the Society for Performing Arts (SPAN) since inception, support for culture and tourism through sponsorship of the Calabar carnival, Copa Lagos, One Lagos Fiesta amongst many others as well as contribution to the landscaping of parks and other public places.