December 20, 2019 / 07:37PM / By Olufemi Awoyemi
/ Header Image Credit: Ecographics
Being the personal note sent to the board, management and staff
of Proshare and associated entities at 08:07AM today by the founder of Proshare
Nigeria Limited, Olufemi Awoyemi, FCA, FCTI, FIoD; on the occasion of the 13th
anniversary of the company after he was reminded of same via a question by a
staff. We are publishing same in part fulfilment of our reason for being -
everything is evidence...
Dear Partners & Colleagues,
In thirteen (13) years of
running Proshare, I have learnt to answer the question "What is the
use of waking up so early to gather data, analyze and publish same by evening
only to do that again without a business model?"
My answer today offers clarity:
There is no point really to it,
except for the fact that I needed to find work and use my life lessons to do
some good, and maybe we may learn a little about the broken bridges between
markets and investors, use our limited knowledge to challenge the system to
work better for all, use our own service to show that corporate governance is
hard but beneficial in the long run, and help put economic, financial and
business data (from audio visual to print) in a central place for the
benefit of all.
It is possible that our work
helps to democratize financial information and promote financial intelligence
including new products and players. It is also possible we may help the
educational sector by making the platform an aide memoire and outlet for
thoughts that lead to change.
Outside that, we dare to dream
and build a sustainable story we can tell our kids of an enlightened response
at the start of the information age in our dear country - we were there daily
to help lay the foundation.
It is a hard pitch to make to
most but it is no more difficult than the story of life itself...of highs and
lows, of a challenge and struggle, of conflicts and contradictions, of morals
and personal failings, of moving beyond survival into purpose, of resilience
and of imagination - it is a story of the infinite possibilities of the human
mind, not of bottom lines and status symbols.
We gave birth to a child that
shows great promise at 13; and we must now help it prepare for adulthood
- learning to take ownership and responsibility, for 'one does not start
learning the art of climbing a tree on top of it'.
We understand that the business
model virtually writes itself as we forge on, oblivious of our natural
handicaps with capital, resources and profits - for embedding the company at
the core of society's interactions premised on credible, reliable and timely
interventions; is all about enlightened self-interest.
The convergence that will open
up the ecosystem are falling into place all across sectors in the country for
the trained eyes; and we will be there to take that story forward.
Tomorrow will take care of
itself and we should not fear the worst, if we use our today to serve others -
help them achieve clarity, find that information they seek and need, engage
those who violate the market trust, and help those who make rules know what
progress looks like.
That is why we wake up early
full of energy and go to bed, empty and wishing we could do more; knowing
tomorrow is going to be a better day for others, like those who came before us
did; this is our own stand!
This journey is only for a
particular kind and no matter where you are in the ladder of life, it will
reveal a lot about you, much more about what you value - both as a provider and
On this journey, the
co-travelers and partners are the most prized possessions one could ask for;
and at each moment of the cycle of growth; progress was possible because your
values came forth, steadied the resolve and used it to help us gain momentum.
This significance of attaining
the age of thirteen (13) years is embedded in its natural laws of adaptability
to change - it signposts an upheaval so that a new ground can be broken.
The new journey starts with
doing away with the old and relaying a new ground - from a new office
environment to how we work, attitude, tools, technology and engagements across
It is not merely a
transformation but a reformation that reestablishes a different mindset for a
different marketplace - data analytics, digital engagements (media, products
and customer interface), new Proshare website, new levels of management &
governance, new territories and partners and new conversations with the market.
You have seen aspects of this -
but by the 2nd week of January 2020, it will be clearly understood.
Happy Anniversary, and thank
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