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Apostle Remi Awode: The Man That Changed The Old Perspective Of Paints Manufacturing In Nigeria

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Emmanuel Aderemi Awode’s sporadic rise to stardom in the paints manufacturing sector did not come on a platter of gold. His achievements so far in life also do not come like a bed of roses. For Remi Awode, it was a rough and tough journey before achieving greatness in life. At a point in time, he was personally distributing his manufactured paints to customers in all strategic markets in Lagos and beyond. Awode was a very hardworking, highly focused and committed fellow whose effective working technique worked for both his personal success and those of others that worked with him.

Today, his company, Chemstar Chemicals Plc is an envy of many of its contemporaries and the company has been able to remain afloat for many years till date. The multiple award winner, Awode is a devoted Christian of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church and he is a very prayerful and committed son of God.

Awode is a big time player in the Nigerian and global paint industry and he remains one of professional entrepreneur who has made a mark in his life. Commencing his work career in 1989, young Awode as a Chemical Analyst with Bato Chemical Laboratories in Lagos before leaving in 1991 to team up with International Paints for West Africa (IPWA) as a Paints Chemist and that was where his passion for paints manufacturing evolved. The focused-driven Remi left the services of IPWA to register Chemstar Paints Industries Nigeria Limited where he started rolling out quality paints with the brand name as Finecoat Paints. He is the founding Managing Director of the company and he has been holding forth for years delivering perfectly to the admiration of all.

Born in 1963, Remi Awode to the family of Dr. Dickson Adekunle Awode and Mrs. Delphine Modupeola Awode. He is a very proactive Nigerian who values hard work and resilience in duties. He is also a philanthropist and a core one for that matter. His educational background spans Ereko Methodist School Lagos, Government College Ikorodu, the Polytechnic Ibadan to study chemistry, a subject he has so much passion for and bagged an HND in it. Mr. Remi Awode has also set-up businesses in Republic of South Africa and Ghana. His long chain of companies under Chemstar Group includes: Chemstar Paints Ind. (NIG.)LTD (Makers of FINECOAT & SHIELD Paint Products), C-PIN INVESTMENTS LIMITED; C-PIN INDUSTRIES (Plastic Packaging Company), C-pin Chemicals, Silverstone Properties, A & T Logistics Limited, Mantra Foods Ltd. Today, Chemstar Group has engaged more than 1,000 people both within and outside the shores of Nigeria.

Awode’s company has embarked on several Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and has also made great contributions to the growth of the body of Christ. Out of all the numerous CSR activities embarked upon by Mr. Remi Awode, the most outstanding is the construction fully equipped Fifty Million Naira (N50 million) Chemistry Laboratory for the Chemistry Department, The Polytechnic Ibadan in 2007. The Laboratory was named after Dr. J. A. Adejumobi (the then Rector of the Polytechnic)and was commissioned by the then Executive Governor of Oyo State, Otunba [Dr.] Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala on Friday December 7, 2007 during the 24th Convocation of the institution to the delight of all and sundry. In the Christendom, Mr. Awode led the construction of the 5,000 capacity Ultra-Modern Church edifice for the Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Divine Blessing Cathedral. To the glory of God, the multi-million naira project was commissioned on the 14th of January, 2017.

In addition to all these uncommon benevolence, Awode in the year 2014, through his Remi Awode Foundation (RAF) successfully built the Vicarage for the Spiritual Father and Chairman of the Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Worldwide, popularly known as Ayo Ni O. The Vicarage is at the Galilee Land, OrileIgbon. To date, RAF has empowered over 500 people in different business ventures. RAF has also given University Scholarships to over 70 Nigerian students, schooling both abroad and in Nigeria. RAF has successfully sponsored more than 30 Christians from different denominations to the Holy Land in Israel. This alone has added a great value to their spiritual growth. In the year 2016, RAF donated blocks of classrooms to Divine Blessing Bible College and Seminary, a move that has positioned the Bible College among the best Bible Colleges in its environs.

To the glory of God, the business that started operating from a one-room, one shop apartment has blossomed to a very massive entity. On May 1st, 2010, Chemstar Paints Ind. (Nig.) Ltd, manufacturers of Finecoat & Shield Paints commissioned her ultra-modern Corporate Headquarters at Km. 32 Caaso Bus Stop, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Alagbado Lagos State. The Company also marked her 15th year Anniversary on May 23rd, 2010. With all these magnificent achievements and records, MR. REMI AWODE is hereby presented with the award MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR by the organizers of Top Society Man of the Year Award.

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