French President, Emmanuel Macron, has conferred his country’s highest national honour on the Chairman of Globacom, Mike Adenuga.
Macron bestowed the award on Adenuga at the inauguration of the new Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Explaining why the French government decided to confer the honour on Adenuga, Macron described him as “a true role model for Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of the African and French economy.
Macron applauded Adenuga on his promotion of the French language and culture in Nigeria, and also commended Bella Disu, Adenuga’s daughter who conceived, coordinated and executed the Alliance Française project in Nigeria.
The French president, who is on a visit to Nigeria, said Nigeria has what it needs to surmount all challenges it may be facing now.
The audience at the event included Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, Prof. Wole Soyinka, government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
Adenuga becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award of Commander of the Legion of Honour.
At present, Adenuga holds the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), Nigeria’s highest honour for a civilian who is not in government and Ghana’s highest civil award, the Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG).