Meet Kekwaaru Ngozi Mary, who returned a misplaced $70,000 to a customer in Lagos

A staff of Eko Hotel and Suites, Kekwaaru Ngozi Mary, has returned misplaced $70,000 to a customer in Lagos.

The PUNCH reports that Ngozi Mary has been celebrated on social media for having returned $70,000 (over ₦55 million) to a customer in a Lagos hotel. In a remarkable display of honesty and integrity, she returned the money that was left behind by a guest.


Nigerian music superstar, David Adeleke, known as Davido has reacted to a post that revealed the action of an Eko Hotel and Suites worker, Kekwaaru Ngozi Mary, who returned a misplaced $70,000 to a customer in Lagos.

The Afrobeat superstar tweeted via his Twitter handle on Sunday thus, “Find her for me … I donate $10k”.

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How the Incident Occurred?

The incident occurred when the guest, who pleaded anonymously,  left behind a bag containing the substantial sum in one of the hotel’s suites. 

The employee quickly informed the hotel administration after finding the bag.

The General Manager of the hotel immediately started the process of returning the money to its rightful owner in accordance with the establishment’s principle of integrity and transparency. The money was fully returned to the guest after being contacted, much to their relief and appreciation.

The Eko Hotel and Suites’ general manager, Danny Kioupouroglou, stated that “this incident is a testimonial to the honesty and integrity of our workers.

“At the Eko Hotel and Suites, we take great pride in our dedication to moral behavior and top-notch client care. This incident serves as proof that we think our employees are our greatest asset.

The guest expressed his profound gratitude to the hotel staff and management, praising their swift action and integrity.

Peter Obi calls for national honour on Ngozi Mary

Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has reacted to the return of $70,000 by Ngozi Mary, a staff of Eko Hotel in Lagos, misplaced by one of its customers.

Obi is of the view that Mary deserves a national honour and recognition.

In a message posted on his verified Twitter account on Saturday, the former governor of Anambra State said that Mary’s decision to return the money to its rightful owner in the face of adversity and widespread moral degeneration was uplifting and comforting.

Instead of honoring those who have had a negative impact on the country, according to Obi, it is her preferences that merit a national prize.

He wrote, “It is heartwarming and reassuring that despite the hardship in the country and the prevailing moral decadence in society, a staff of Eko Hotel and Suites, Kekwaaru Ngozi Mary, was reported to have returned a misplaced sum of $70,000 to a customer of the hotel in Lagos.

“When will Nigeria start celebrating the likes of Miss Ngozi Mary for her honesty and integrity, Teacher Akeem Badru, for winning the 2023 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Award, and many others like them?

“These are the people who deserve to be given national honours and awards and recognition, instead of celebrating those who have impacted our nation negatively. In the New Nigeria that we desire, these are the kind of people that will be celebrated. A New Nigeria is possible.”

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