The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), the largest body of professionals of management education and the apex regulatory body of the profession in the country has awarded its highest honor of fellowship to Dr. Azubike Okoro, the founder/pioneer publisher and Editor-in-chief of Aro News. A letter signed by the Registrar/Chief Executive, Tony Fadaka, FNIM, and dated May 18, 2017 noted that it was with great pleasure that he, on behalf of the President and Chairman of Council, Emeritus Professor Munzali Jibril, FNIM, OFR, conveyed the approval of the Council of his elevation to the distinguished grade of fellow. The Registrar further noted that the unique grade is conferred on members who have contributed to the development of the institute, management profession and the civil society at large. As a fellow, Mazi Azubike Okoro shall become more actively involved in all the programmes of the institute through the Academy of Corporate Management where his core competence and specialization shall be fully utilized. The fellowship conferment took place on Thursday August 24, 2017 at the City Hall, Lagos and it was graced by many professional colleagues, relations, friends and well-wishers, including distinguished umu-aro residing in Lagos.
Dr. Azubike Okoro currently holds fellowship and membership of many professional associations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) USA and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), USA. He holds degrees in Sociology & Anthropology, Human Resource Management and Business Administration and is currently the Director & Chief Learning Officer, NDIC Academy, the capacity development arm of the bank regulatory agency, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation where he has worked for over two decades. Dr Okoro has extensive exposure in capacity development, including trainings at the Booths School of Business, Chicago, World Bank, Washington DC, RIPA, UK, ROSS School of Business and Ashridge Business School, UK. Ikemba Aro has varied work experiences which span over two decades and his published works include: Exploring the Role of Job Satisfaction in Managing Banking Distress in Nigeria: A Quantitative, Causal-comparative Study; Fraud And Job Satisfaction Amongst Nigerian Bank Managers, Investigating the Effect of Gender on Banking Distress: Perspectives from the Nigerian Banking Industry and Perspectives on Aro History & Civilization, Vols. 1, 2 & 3. He enjoys reading & writing, travels and listening to music. He told our correspondent at the sidelines of the event that the honor shall motivate him to work harder in the interest of the community, both immediate and the larger Nigerian state. According to him, there is no better legacy than service to humanity.