by Stanley Azuakola
It’s not everyday that Hollywood celebrates a Nigerian, but on 28th September 2012, the National Academy of Best Selling Authors in Hollywood celebrated Nigerian entrepreneur and maritime lawyer; Mfon Ekpo.
Ekpo, who is also a consultant and founder of Premier Pioneers Network, was recognised and honoured with the Golden Quill by the Academy.
The Best Sellers summit and awards gala took place on the 28th of September 2012 at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, where the first ever Oscars were held.
Ekpo’s honour came in recognition of her best selling book,” The Only Business Book You Will Ever Need” which she co – authored with New York times best seller Robert Allen of the Multiple streams of income fame, America’s foremost management expert Brian Tracy, NFL super agent Leigh Steinberg whose career was the inspiration for the ‘Show me the money ‘ character played by Tom Cruise in the Academy award winning movie “Jerry Maguire”, and a host of other renowned world experts.
The book, which was released on the 8th of March 2012, reached best-seller status in three Amazon.com categories on the first day of release – reaching as high as #2 in the Direct Marketing category as well as entrepreneurship and Business Management categories.
Mfon, the founder of Premier Pioneers Network, a platform where professionals from various walks of life come together to teach on areas they are passionate and knowledgeable about, wrote in the new book about “The ‘Voltron’ Formula: Dynamics of Building an Outstanding Team.”
Her contribution in the book also won the Editor’s Choice Award 2012, an award that recognises outstanding contributions in collaborative books.
Mfon Ekpo whose mantra for life and business is “discover, develop, and deploy“also juggles multiple roles as a strategy consultant, professional negotiator and mediator, writer, speaker, singer and songwriter. She has trained people in the art of negotiation, writing, public speaking, ideas generation and implementation since 2006.
Her first book, “Pushing to the front “which she co-authored with Brian Tracy and other thought leaders was also a best seller. Mfon also serves on the board of several companies and is currently the Director of Strategy and Head of H.R at Red Media, the parent company of YNaija, a founding partner of the John Maxwell Team and a Member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She trains young people on humanitarian issues as a school speaker for the British Red Cross and enjoys expounding life lessons to readers on her blog, The School Called Life.
Other recipients of the award from the National Academy of Bestselling Authors include Michael Gerber, Best selling author of the book ‘E-myth’, Brian Tracy, Best selling Author of multiple books including ‘Goals’, Jack Canfield, multiple best selling author famously known for his book, ‘Chicken Soup of the soul’. More about Mfon Ekpo can be seen on www.mfonekpo.com.