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Tony Elumelu – A close up

Why Tony Elumelu Enjoys Good Reads

A top notch economist, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist’s passion is unveiled by Mike Cerutti Osagie, author and reputation consultant.

According to a close aide, here is Tony Elumelu’s itinerary:

  • Wakes up early as 4/5 a.m ~ not fan of deep sleep.
  • Prays first before touching his phone or speaking to anybody.
  • Tries to get his family (All his kids if they at home to pray with him) habit his parents taught him and his siblings.
  • Checks his emails and SMSs. He hardly calls but gets his staff to reply all relevant messages.
  • Picks a book or unfinished newspaper and spends about an hour reading.
  • Goes over his day’s schedule with his wife and best friend, Dr Awele Elumelu
  • If time permits, he does a little exercise and then goes off to work or jets out of the country for some projects work.

Elumelu does not waste a single hour of his mornings. He is neither a fan of television nor heavy breakfast.

He is an avid reader who once confessed that voracious reading is the solution to making a difference.


Knowledge increases confidence, and confidence is a key factor for excellence.

Hear Elumelu, “As a big fan of Execution, one of our core values here at Heirs Holdings, my absolutely top three favorite books are:

  1. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan (Crown Publishing Group, 2002; non-fiction)
  2. Leading Change – John P. Kotter (Harvard Business Publishing, 1996; non-fiction)
  3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t – Jim C. Collins (HarperCollins Publishers UK, 2001; non-fiction)

This is Elumelu for you…one of Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs who, in spite of his busy schedules, often finds enough time to read.

Mike Osagie can be contacted via: or SMS ONLY PLEASE 234 7042631895


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