As she marks another birthday, Managing Director (MD) of Eleganza Industrial City, Shade Okoya has advised Nigerian youths to prepare themselves to benefit from emerging opportunities by being well grounded educationally. In a recent interview, Okoya, who turned 44 on Sunday, April 25 urged the young people of Nigeria to always be alive to their responsibilities as they prepare themselves to take up leadership positions.
Speaking further, she noted that she has done a lot, in terms of restructuring, leadership, organizing, growth and saving costs at the new Eleganza Industrial City, which is being positioned as the number one manufacturing organization in the whole of Africa.
“Since I assumed office as Managing Director (MD) of Eleganza Industrial City, I have repositioned the company in a positive environment. The company had suffered major lapses in the past. However, the company has come aboard in a more bigger, and structured environment a Eleganza Industrial City Limited and with new vision, mission and culture and with direction moving towards being the NO1. Producer of all household items. Today I am proud to say that Eleganza is much bigger, stronger and with high quality products,” she said.
She added that the new Eleganza Industrial City is a massive project on 35 hectares of land. “It is called an ‘Industrial City’ For the production of all kinds of household items and more. My chairman, my husband is so passionate about the project and Allah has been so kind and good to him in terms of giving him the strength and health for achieving his dreams and goals in the new Eleganza Extension site,” she added.
Among her many titles are the Bewaji of Lagos, Otun Aare lyalaje of Ajiranland, Yeye Oge of Epe Land, Ajisewa of Oke Ona Egba as well as the Patron of Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN). She has interest in many areas of business. Other than standing as the Managing Director of Eleganza Fashion Products Limited, she also oversees the Eleganza Cruise & Travels Limited, and is also a member Board of the Directors of Eleganza ‘Group and RAO investment Property Company Limited.
A mother of four, Shade Okoya has been conferred with numerous awards among which are Style Personality of the Year by the Glams ‘n’ Essence, African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiative (A.F.P.L.I) community matters of peace (2010), Eminace Role Model Award, Doctor of Science DSC (Honorary Causa) in Business Management and Corporate
leadership by the senate of European American University, Most Valuable Business Executive of the Year by the board of trustees and Advisory Council of International, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Merit Award 2015 by Intern Center for Comparative Leadership for African Blacks in Diaspora Newline Communication.