The chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Toiletries Company (NTC), Fomba Trawally, has been honored with the 2018 top African International award at the 9th edition of the Africa Economy Builders, based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Mr. Trawally, widely considered one of the outstanding entrepreneurs of Liberia, was honored in recognition of his immense contribution to Liberia’s economic growth.
According to organizers of the award scheme, Trawally has, and is still promoting and advancing the economic empowerment of Liberians through job creation at his company, and ensuring the well being of his people in the process, hence the award.
The organizers, said it is time to call for free borders, as this will encourage entrepreneurs like Trawally do more business across the sub-region. This, the release, said will enhance the integration and improvement of livelihood in the region.
Receiving the award, Trawally thanked the organizers for recognizing his effort and the role his facility, the National Toiletries Company, is playing in changing the lives of many Liberians. This, he said, will go a long way to embolden him work harder.
During the business forum, the NTC CEO told the gathering that anyone can become successful in any venture once such person is determined to do so.
Sharing his experience during the event of transforming a meager resource into a multimillion-dollar investment, Mr. Trawally indicated that when he returned from Gambia where he sought refuge during the 14 years civil war with US$200, he was able to turn it to multi-million dollars company.
Mr. Trawally told the organizer of the program that he started selling some products from his company outside Liberia to countries like the United States of America, Guinea and Ivory Coast, among others.
According to him, the success of his business in Liberia was based on commitment, dedication and hard work along with his family. He said through commitment he was able to transform his business into multi-purpose business that is now manufacturing all kinds of toiletries.
He told the group that from US$200 as a Liberian returnee with the help of God, today he is a successful entrepreneur, challenging the audience that they, too, can become successful entrepreneurs. “If I can be a successful entrepreneur you too can be, just be focused and determined on what you are doing. You can achieve your objective,” said Trawally.
He also vowed to use the award to encourage other young entrepreneurs to engage into ventures that will improve their business.
Meanwhile, the Africa Economy Builders is a platform to recognize and celebrate the success of seasoned entrepreneurs, executives, companies, and international investors, African diaspora talents, who contribute significantly to the economic growth of Africa.
Established in 2006 by Michel Russel Lohoré, an Ivorian Journalist, as The Builders of Ivorian Economy Awards, the event’s name changed after the success of its first two editions.
Since the third edition, it has become Africa Economy Builders Awards. The event includes a Forum and a Glittering Gala Dinner Awards. Over the years, prominent business people, personalities and vibrant talents have been honored.