Victor Adoji:  On a rescue mission for Kogi East

Adebayo Obajemu

Nigeria politics has been viewed as a self -serving, narcissistic platform by a set of egotists who have no interest in the people they claim to represent, and on behalf of who they hold power in trust.

This perception of power and politics by the people is well grounded in the reality of their experiences in the hands of politicians right from independence. One of the outcome of this is apathy on the part of the people.

In Kogi State, the people have not been lucky with their representatives at different levels, and this is evident in the backwater status of the state. All this is about to change with the hallowed entry into Kogi East Senatorial race on the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The banker-economist turned politician is not a run of the mill political adventurer like many who have gone into politics, but a calm, calculated strategist, whose sole goal for venturing is to rescue his people from the shackles of bad representation, poverty,  distance from governance and  poor educational opportunities.

He is not new into giving back to society, even before his attempt to govern the state in 2019; he had been in philanthropic activities of empowering the people of Kogi East.
His going into politics was a response to the persistent calls of his people to serve them in formal capacity as their representative in the hallowed chamber of the Senate.

Francis Bacon, the British renaissance philosopher once said that some are born great, while others attained or achieved greatness, even as some have greatness thrust on them.. For Adoji, it is a combination of being born great and working hard to attain greatness.

As the former Kogi State governorship and Kogi East Senatorial District aspirants during the last 2019 general elections steps into race for the Senate, there has been resounding series of welcome receptions for him as he moves from one community to the other to acquaint  the people with his vision and programmes if elected.

He is coming into politics with intimidating credentials that will make a difference. As he says in LinkedIn:

“I am a learner and an educator, who is favourably disposed to applying tested models and trying new things, not-minding the possibility of failing at them. I am encouraged by a fanatical commitment to the bigger picture, supported by a handsome knowledge of the “trauma of transition”.

“I was Group Head, Brand Marketing/Corporate Communication at Zenith Bank (Nigeria’s biggest and Africa’s fifth largest Bank) overseeing departmentally-related operations in countries including Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom and representative offices in China and the UAE).
“I functioned as a diplomatic liaison interrelating with diverse stakeholders including Board of Directors, C-level management and community leads, dexterously building excellent local and international networks while engendering partnerships and developing productive alliances.

“I am also a researcher, who contributes to praxis in financial development, poverty/inequality issues, ‘intrapreneurship’, middle management influencing, economics, cognitive load management and corporate entrepreneurship.

“To this end, I apply hands-on experience in analytics, assessment of contexts, designing and implementing interventions using design-thinking protocols.

“I leverage ambidexterity and agile-at-scale skills to avail and evolve creativity from prognosis through ideation to prototyping to evolve and drive strategy, cohesion, process ownership and shared identity.

“As a board member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN) and a faculty member of the Institute of Chartered Credit Administrators of Nigeria (ICA), I have undertaken a number of sector-specific and baseline studies across a range of metrics in a number of fields.

Victor Alewo Adoji, simply known as DVAA by friends and well-wishers, is a rare gem and a household name across a garland of interests and places.

He has made great contribution to the development of  the Igala Kingdom (Kogi State) in several areas especially around education, empowerment, health care delivery and physical development.

Even before his attainment of fame as a public figure, his humanitarian service started as a pro bono auxiliary teacher at CSCC, Anyigba for a long period of time.

A  cursory visit to the Ministry of Mercy orphanage in Otutulu, any of the doctors at Diagnostics and Reference Hospital Anyigba, the Ogugu Ofante Catholic Community, the bursary department of KSU or any members of Project Igala Education Committee will surely give laudable testimony of what he has done.

Adoji  has influenced a number of people into a number of private firms and public parastatals through his contacts.

He singlehandedly built the main mosque and UEC Church in his village (Okula-Aloma). Added to this, he built a modern classroom block in the only primary school in Okula and in conjunction with other elites in the village established the secondary school in the village.

For over 12 years, he has been responsible for paying the salaries of all the teachers in his village. He is in the process of building an estate in the village under a 20-year mortgage scheme for people of his village based in states around the country to own houses in the village.

He has sunk several boreholes in several villages and places including the Open University in Idah, the catholic orphanage in Anyigba and for the people of Ogene-Igah his maternal home.

The Zenith Bank branches in Anyigba and Ankpa and the cash office in Idah are all to his credit. This is aside from the numerous people whose employment he influenced and never mentions for professional and strategic reasons.

As a unionist, economist, banker, professional in politics, educator, resource person and others, he has been exposed to and responsible for an array of tropical and broad-spectrum developments in several areas.

Recently, in partnership with the Kamar Football Academy and Igala-Bassa Nations Cup, he sponsored the establishment of the Igala United Football Club with about 40 players and the entire coaching crew on his payroll.

His partnership with the cashew farmers association of Nigeria, Kogi East chapter, is another evolving gold-mine that is set to particularly impact the economy of the eastern part of Kogi State and by extension, Kogi state and the country at large.

He has been focused on the empowerment and capacity building of young Igala people to embark on further studies, particularly in Kogi East and Kogi State at large. Because he hates to have his humanitarian services mentioned in public, he used individuals and organizations to assist several less privileged people to pay school fees, hospital bills and provision of shelters in times of need.

Adoji was born on May 29, 1971, to the family of late (Elder) Bernard Angulu Adoji and Deaconess Rebecca Adoji, of Okula-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria.

He cut his educational teeth first at St. Paul’s Primary School (now, Mohammed Bankano Primary School), Sokoto and Federal Government College Sokoto, respectively.

He has a  Diploma in Project Management from the International Business Management Institute, and a  degree in Economics from the University of Jos.

He has four MBAs with specializations in Corporate Strategy, Leadership and sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics as well as five graduate (Masters) degrees in Economics, Public Administration and International Affairs, Sociology, Managerial Psychology and Social Welfare.

Adoji also has several non-credit certifications including, Special Executive Masters in Project and Strategic Management (PSM) and Special Executive Masters in International Business Law (IBL) both from the London Metropolitan Business school. Added to these are certifications in Risk Management, Economics/International Business and Change Management all from IBMI, Berlin.

He  holds a Master-class certification in Business Management and leadership from the London Graduate School (LGS), and also studied and trained with several reputable local and international, professional and academic institutions including the Pan African University of Nigeria, University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, Wharton University, Yale University, University of Virginia, Oxford University, Harvard University, the World Bank, the IMF and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

He received his  first doctoral degree (PhD) from the University of Panama, focusing on credit management, while his second doctoral degree in Business Administration (DBA), focused on leadership, corporate governance and people management, from Leeds Beckett University, UK.
He has a post-doctoral degree; a DBA (Honoris Causa) in Project Management from the Commonwealth University in conjunction with the London Graduate School, UK.

He holds several professional memberships and fellowships, including Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and a British International Certified Credit Fellowship (ICCF), among many others.

Adoji started out  with Paterson Cussons (Nig) Plc as a superintendent from where he stepped up  to becoming the deputy editor, the business section of the northern-based Concern Magazine.

He joined Zenith Bank Plc in 2000 and left meritoriously  in 2018 as the head of corporate communication .

He ran for the Senate in 2019 but did not secure  the nomination of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), but  ran on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC). Within four months (October – January) he had visited over 700 villages in Igala land and all the 98 wards in the eastern flank of Kogi State.

He secured a commendable  31,171 votes, for a greenhorn in politics, it was an affirmation of his acceptance by his people.

Immediately after the ‘loss’, he and his  supporters visited the people across all the nine local governments to say thank you for their votes. As the 2023 is just a few weeks away, the people of Kogi East Senatorial have vowed to get him elected as their representative in the Senate


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