Businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia Friday received the prestigious East Africa Book of Records Award at Kabira Country Club in Kampala. The regional awards recognizes excelling and exemplary leaders in East Africa.
The businessman whose investment interests range from insurance, real estate, entertainment, hotels, resorts, education and agriculture was voted the winner of this year’s East Africa Book of Records winner.
His experience in business leadership has inspired many people in the East African region and beyond and for that matter the profilers of the East African Book of Records saw it fit to bestow him that honour.
The East African Book of Records said Dr. Ruparelia joins a number of other personalities including Presidents Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, who have received similar awards before.
Dr. Ruparelia has risen from a youthful Ugandan exiled in London driving taxi to one of the richest Africans. Hi businesses employee close to 10,000 people directly and indirectly. He is an inspiration to many aspiring entrepreneurs on the African continent.
In his acceptance speech, the business thanked the government for an enabling business environment before throwing in a word of inspiration to the guests who attended the event.
“Have a strong foundation. You build on the foundation. No need to aim too high where you can’t reach. Aim where you can reach and then aim for the next level, then next level and eventually the sky is the limit,” he told guests.