Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022

Abia Reporters




I have once written that it’s perilously easy to find a leadership brand and stick to it, without considering how you can improve and expand your skills. But even the best leaders can learn a thing or two about how to inspire their subjects. Good leaders are trailblazers making a path for others to follow. Great leaders however, inspire their people to reach higher, dream bigger, and achieve greater. Perhaps, most importantly is your ability to provide inspiration to your subjects. If you inspire them to reach for the stars, they just might bring you back the moon. Smart leaders know what they don’t know.

Elder Dr. E. O. Adaelu MFR, ESQ. is a Fellow of Institute of Management Account (FICM), Fellow, Chattered Secretaries and Administration (FCSA), Master of Business Administration MBA (Unilag), Ph.D in Business Management, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Chemlap Nigeria Limited. He lectured for many years in various Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools in the Eastern States of Nigeria from 1970 till 1979 when he retired voluntarily from school system.

In November 1983, he established the first resin industry east of the Niger which he manages as Chief Executive Officer. His pragmatic leadership styles, relentless dedication to duty, wealth of experience and prudent management of resources have contributed to the growth of this company.

A fellow of the Polymer Institute of Nigeria, Dr. E. O. Adaelu has distinguished himself as a charismatic leader and has won various merit awards as a captain of industry from Nigeria Institute of Management, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Paint Manufacturers Association, to mention but a few.

Also, Dr. Adaelu was elected as the executive chairman of Homed Charm Paints Nigeria Limited in 1985 and has remained the executive chairman of the company since then, till date. He was also elected as the president of Aba Chamber of Commerce Industries and Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) in 2008 & 2009. More so, he’s a director of the Peacock Paints Limited Etinan, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Elder E. O. Adaelu is an Elder Statesman. He represented Abia State at the National Conference in Abuja. He’s a Stakeholder of Ukwa Ngwa Nationality. He was installed as the Chairman, Movement for Aba State Creation and the President of the National State Creation Committee during the Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan led Federal Government.

Through Elder, I have learnt that in leadership, humbleness is paramount, for if learning is an imperative part of leadership, then it follows humility as an essential attribute as well. After all, you can’t learn new things if you cannot admit you’re a work in progress. Be open to recognizing your own faults so you can grow as both a leader and a human being. Your subjects (the common powerful people) are your greatest resource, listen to their feedback and encourage their dreams. You never know where your next great idea will come from, so empower everyone up and down the corporate ladder to contribute and innovate.

Elder Emmanuel Adaelu has paid his dues. His immense contributions to the development of Abia State and the Ukwa La Ngwa clan are well acknowledged and shall never be taken for granted. I make bold to call him a man of first, a living archive.

Elder Adaelu is the father of Hon. Engr. Solomon Sloddy Adaelu, member representing the good people of Obingwa, Osisioma and Ugwunagbo Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives — a legislator par excellence.

May our good Lord continue to protect and guide him for us, Amen. Happy birthday, Sir.

Cheers from E. V. Onyembi

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