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Tuesday 13 May 2014

Chief Keith Richards Turbanned Gunuwan Daura

Author and outgoing Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Chief Keith Richards added to his haul of traditional Nigerian chieftaincy titles when he was turbaned, the Gunuwan Daura by Mai Martaba Sarkin Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar (CON) in Daura, North Central Nigeria on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

The new title is the about the fifth in Chief Keith Richards Hall of Nigerian traditional titles having been conferred with the Aare Baaladun of Isolo Kingdom by the Osolo of Isolo Kingdom, Lagos State. He was also installed Ike Oha 1 of Okpu Omoubu Community, Abia State; and Eze Di Oroma 1 of Enugu State. He is also a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) among other titular honours.

The Gunuwan Daura title comes as another feather to his cap and in recognition of his work for communities he has impacted lives with his philanthropic gestures.

The turbanning ceremony which took place inside the palace of Mai Martaba Sarkin Daura in Daura, Katsina State was attended by scores of top government functionaries including representatives of the Governor of Katsina State,Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema, industry bigwigs, diplomatic core and top echelons of the Nigerian and expatriate business communities.

Keith who first came into Nigeria in 1982 and has since then shown great interest and commitment to the development of the country, which he has since regarded as ‘his home’. Chief A recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Chief Keith Richards was born on October 11, 1953 in the United Kingdom (UK). He was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States of America but his career spans more than 30 years of involvement in developing markets for multinational companies, especially in Africa.

He has at different times held various leadership positions in Nigeria as managing director and corporate executive board member at top ranking companies such as John Holt Plc, International Equitable Association, Guinness Nigeria Plc and presently Promasidor Nigeria Limited. His views are highly respected in the different boardrooms and associations across diverse sectors in Nigeria.

His impact as a business executive and commitment to community development is unrivalled. His genuine involvement and hard work on diverse community projects has gained him recognition as one of the most respected Nigerian chief executives.

A rare gem in the Nigerian expatriate community, Chief Keith Richards is a sees himself as an “Outsider” who is a thorough “Insider” on Nigerian affairs. Everywhere he goes across the country he not only fully absorbed and integrated himself into the community, he makes himself as an integral part of his host community. He never sees himself as a stranger in Nigeria nor ever acted as one.

Chief Keith Richards has served and still serves on boards of several industry groups including the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Advisory Panel of BusinessDay Newspaper (where he has been a columnist), Development Board of Pan Atlantic University/ Lagos Business School and Advisory Board of Global Business School Network (GSBN) among others. He is also a fellow of Lagos State Polytechnic.

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