Businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu on Tuesday proposed mentorship to a student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) through LinkedIn.
Emmanuel Nduka, 20, had three months ago written a captivating bio on LinkedIn.
He said he was an introvert who becomes bold when opportunities come. The chemical engineering student who is currently in his third year said he “landed some gigs and roles” in less than a year after joining LinkedIn.
“From a publishing company requesting to publish my articles and write-up so far in Chemical Engineering, to becoming one of the LinkedIn page managers of my department, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, FUTO,” he said, adding that he was open to more opportunities and mentoring.
Apparently a fan of Elumelu, Nduka tagged the boardroom guru to a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.
He wrote, “I posted this and different people were asking, Where is your bag? Where is your red sock? Yes! I don’t have any of those things and it denotes the following.
“My role model has successfully secured the bag but I am still in the process of securing mine and it’s going to be quite a long journey.
“Furthermore, I believe the red socks are connected to his brand, perhaps, as the chairman of the Heirs Holdings, United Bank For Africa (UBA) and Founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
“I am neither a founder nor do I have any company but anyways, right from childhood, I have always loved red and still do now. So it will still be incorporated into my brand.
“So you see, as much as I am in support of the legacy of Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N, the pioneer of Africapitalisim, I can’t be exactly like him.”
Nduka added that he would on the long run have his own legacy.
Impressed with the FUTO undergraduate, Elumelu responded, “Lol! This is really nice, Emmanuel, you’re on the right track. Do you want to be a part of my upcoming mentorship session?”