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Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by 2mercy: 11:59am On May 29, 2020
Nwunelis become first couple to deliver the keynote at Harvard Business School class day

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli and Mezuo Nwuneli have become the first couple to deliver the keynote address on Harvard Business School (HBS) class day.

The couple took the baton from Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP and former Mayor of New York, who delivered the class day speech for 2019.

Mezuo Nwuneli is the managing partner, Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Ltd., which manages FAFIN, a private equity fund that manages over $65.9 million, and invests in mid-sized agribusinesses in Nigeria.

Ndidi Nwuneli is the managing partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., and the founder of LEAP Africa.

Speaking to the students virtually from Lagos, the couple shared personal stories on how they met at Harvard University and how they have gone on to build successful businesses and non-profit — despite the odds.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z_9YAvarH0


Mezuo shared a personal story on how he was shot in 2007 and almost lost his life. He said he feared he may never walk independently again, but through the crisis, he learnt immense lessons, which he shared with the class of 2020.

Ndidi told the graduates about how unsettling it was to leave LEAP Africa to begin again in Senegal, where she neither spoke the language nor had a job. In the midst of the crisis, she reconnected with agriculture and birth Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd.

MEZUO: SUCCESS EARLY IN LIFE CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE

Mezuo called on the graduates to use their “talent, time and treasure” to improve the lives of others. He advised the class to define their values early in life and stick to it.

“Define your values and stick to them. Your success early in life can be destructive if you have not clearly defined your values, rooted in integrity and humility,” Mezuo said.

“Character definitely has a currency; if people can count on you because they trust you, they would invest in you, support you, and call on you to serve as a trusted adviser and board member.

“Remain humble as you change lives and freely share the credit with others. This not only builds trust but enable a broader group of people to have ownership in your vision and eventually to lead the movement themself — freeing you up to take on the next challenge”.


NDIDI: DISASTERS SIFT OUT THE BRAVE

Ndidi told the class of 2020 how resilient, resourceful, and brave they are, calling on them to strengthen their relationships with family and friends while building a dedicated support network.

Citing an Igbo proverb, Ndidi said disasters help sift out the brave and resilient.

“HBS Class of 2020, no one would ever forget this year — not just because of the pandemic, but because of how humanity and members of the class of 2020 of the Harvard Business School were able to rise up to this challenge,” Ndidi said.

“An Igbo proverb states, ‘Mbelede ka eji ama Dike,’ which translates: ‘Disasters help to sift out the resilient, the resourceful, and the brave.’”

Mezuo and Ndidi met at the Harvard African Student Conference in 1993, while both were college students at different institutions, but returned to Harvard for their MBAs years later.

The couple co-founded AACE Foods, a food manufacturing company which sources from over 10,000 farmers and produces a range of packaged food products for local and international markets.

Ndidi has 25 years of experience in international development, and serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa Canada, and the African Philanthropy Forum.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mezuo has worked for 25 years in corporate finance, investment banking, and private equity. He was selected as an Archbishop Tutu Fellow and is an Eisenhower Fellow.

He is on the board of directors of a range of companies in Nigeria, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Claire Wagner (MD/MBA 2020) also made history as the student speaker for the class day celebration; she is the first Class Day speaker with a joint degree from the medical school, and the first Class Day speaker to become a mother while at HBS.

https://www.thecable.ng/nwunelis-become-first-couple-to-deliver-the-keynote-at-harvard-business-school-class-day

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by lastempero: 12:03pm On May 29, 2020
Ndeoma!!!, humility humility, i wonder why people cant be humble self.

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Righteousness89(m): 12:17pm On May 29, 2020
Awesome!

NIGERIA AMAKA!!

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by samincredible44(m): 12:23pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by samuel19222(m): 12:28pm On May 29, 2020
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on theground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. Nomatter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.



Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are stillpriceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by ...WHO WE ARE.

You are special - don't ever forget it."

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by ainas247: 12:28pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by IJOBA2: 12:28pm On May 29, 2020
CHAI WE NEED A STANDBY AMBULANCE HERE sad

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by TheFacelessMan: 12:28pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Millennialaku(m): 12:29pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by ODJ123(m): 12:29pm On May 29, 2020
grin grin cool..
Mr man, stop asking a lady if she has a boyfriend, if you love her, then join the queue... The winner will be annoinced in church.���



undecidedcongrats to them....

meanwhile check ma sig

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by laosy(m): 12:29pm On May 29, 2020
You are doing us well. Media and influencer won't see this to spread now, but if na the one involving crime, Dem go start to dey paint us bad.
We get industrious people for this country, just bad leadership!

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Bojack(m): 12:29pm On May 29, 2020
Igbo Amaka

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by TheFacelessMan: 12:29pm On May 29, 2020
tongue

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Nobody: 12:30pm On May 29, 2020
That's good.

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Blacknote: 12:30pm On May 29, 2020
Waiting for the amaka crew.

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by masterP042(m): 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
Igbos are all rounders, whether money o, beauty, intelligence, benevolence, determination and perserverance.
Igbos in diaspora, please keep repping us well.
Igbo bu Igbo, mma mmanu o. Anyi n'ile ga-adi k'echi, maka na echi adi agwu agwu. iseee

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by carterguccy(m): 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by KINGJAJA888(m): 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Dpharisee: 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
Those people Amaka, I don't want to cause heart attack for anyone grin grin grin

From doing great individually to doing it as couples internationally cheesy

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Nobody: 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
What do that mean
Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by carterguccy(m): 12:31pm On May 29, 2020
IJOBA2:
CHAI WE NEED A STANDBY AMBULANCE HERE sad

Who faint

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Champneys: 12:32pm On May 29, 2020
BRAVO!
Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by LLobiorah: 12:32pm On May 29, 2020
Brain, beauty and mma nwoke. Ezigbote money.

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by Wickedfact: 12:32pm On May 29, 2020
Igbo Amaka
Igbos excel everywhere apart from Igboland.

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by sunkieisland(m): 12:32pm On May 29, 2020
Nigerians are a brilliant people.

Na Kwaruption just finish us a nation

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Re: Ndidi & Mezuo Nwuneli First Couple To Deliver Keynote At Harvard Business School by IJOBA2: 12:33pm On May 29, 2020
carterguccy:


Ur papa faint
IM ACTUALLY DEMANDING FOR AN URGENT AMBULANCE BECAUSE OF YOUR TYPE

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