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Dangote, Akin Oyebode, Kelechi Amadi Obi Auctioned Off 600,000 At EIE Light A Candle Dinner

Enough is Enough Nigeria held their fundraising event for the RSVP and Office of the Citizen program on Sunday, April 15 2018 at the Harbor Point, Victoria Island Lagos.

Hosted by Lala Akindoju and Richard Osuji, the evening saluted the organization’s growth and success for promoting good governance and public accountability in Nigeria.  2Baba, Timi Dakolo,Tamilore Ashika, Victoria Itodo,  who were also some of Nigeria’s best and brightest celebrities present at the fundraiser were honoured for their supportive role, dedication and cooperation in their service to EiE as well as the general public.

Members of civil society in attendance were the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, Gbenga Sesan and Founder of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr. Abiola Akiyode Afolabi amongst other special guests.

Entrepreneurs and professionals bidded to spend time with business mogul, Aliko Dangote, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, 2Baba, Banky W, Oby Ezekwesili, Tunde Bakare, Lanre Olusola, Leke Alder, The Adeyemis, Ibukun Awosika, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Jumoke Adenowo, Aisha Oyebode, Mai Atafo for as high as 600,000 naira.

Funds raised at The ‘Light A Candle’ dinner will be donated to EiE’s RSVP and office of the citizen programmes to help increase voters education and awareness campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Ayo Adebanjo to reveal all in new autobiography, ‘Telling It As It Is

Elder statesman and one of Nigeria’s leading voices, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, is set to unveil his thought-provoking autobiography titled ‘Telling It As It Is’.

The 24-chapter book which will be launched at a symposium on Tuesday, 3 April, 2018 at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos is the expression of Chief Adebanjo’s inner thoughts, experiences and the aspirations and challenges of the ‘Awoist’ philosophy.

It represents the 90th birthday celebration of the political activist and close associate of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The symposium will also feature a panel session with the former chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega; the chief executive officer of RED, Adebola Williams, and group company secretary, Bank of Industry, Saadat Aliyu.

In a statement, Chief Ayo Adebanjo explains that the book reflects stories that have been told in response to pressures and requests by contemporaries, friends, and younger Nigerians – a narrative about growing up in a world of struggles, determination, perseverance and persistence.

“I have had the grace and privilege of experiences from the past 89 years and those years have taught me lessons worth sharing. These years have taught me significant lessons; chief of which are loyalty to a leader and commitment to a cause. And for me, loyalty is not blind, even though it has been total and undiluted. The book is about a life of travails and triumphs; an admixture of failures and successes –  so no embellishments, no cover-ups, no exaggerations and superlatives, and no concoctions,” he said.

The author also explained that the book traverses several phases in the evolution and development of Nigeria, the political infrastructure in a nation struggling to establish itself, and the roles of several individuals and leaders who have been part of the country’s historic evolution.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of Nigeria’s great nationalists, has been actively involved in politics since 1951 with the formation of the Action Group Youth Wing. He has dedicated his life to fighting for a better Nigeria, establishment of true federalism, and national restructuring.

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About Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 89, is a renowned lawyer and politician. He was born in Ijebu Ogbu Oke in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State on April 10, 1928. His parents were Chief Joel Adedairo Adebanjo and Salawatu Anomo Adebanjo. He started his education at Saint Saviours Primary School, Elegbaata in Lagos, between 1934 and 1935. From there, proceeded to Holy Trinity School, Ebute Ero in 1937. He was there till 1941 when he proceeded to Cathedral School in Lagos till 1943.

 

He worked in the Ministry of Health in Lagos briefly before his appointment was terminated. He also worked briefly in Ikorodu trading company under the employment of late Chief S.E Gbadamosi. From there he joined the Nigerian Tribune as a journalist under the late Olabisi Onabanjo. It was there that he was recruited into the Action Group as pioneer organizing secretary. He held the position from 1947 to 1953 when I proceeded to the United Kingdom to read Law.

 

He entered the Council of Legal Education and was called to the Bar in Lincocin City in 1961. He then joined Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s chambers as a practicing lawyer until the crisis of the Action Group in 1966

 

He then went to Ghana on exile from 1966 to 1967. Thereafter, he was released by the General Yakubu Gowon government. He then joined Chief Awolowo again to form the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). After which, he went into full legal practice. He was in the UPN mobilization group as a professional. He was made to stay in Borno State for a whole year to campaign for the party. His candidate then was Paul Bassey, who is still alive. They were together in the 2014 National Conference because he belongs to minority in the North.

                                                                                    -Ayotunde Ayanda

Hurray!!! TECH-U Ibadan Matriculates Pioneer Students

The Technical University, Ibadan Matriculates Pioneer Students
The Technical University, Ibadan will, on Friday, 9thMarch, 2018, matriculate
her pioneer set of students. The ceremony, slated to hold in the Technical
University, Ibadan, Library Hall, Km 15, Ibadan-Lagos, Expressway.
A press statement signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. A.A Oladeji to
announce the University’s maiden matriculation, noted that the matriculation
ceremony will be followed by the inauguration of the Governing Council and
installation of the University’s pioneer Chancellor, Chief Tunde J. Afolabi, MFR.
Chief Afolabi, a Geologist, is a major player in the oil industry, having worked
with TEXACO Inc, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and Mobil USA INC. Dallas,
Texas, USA before returning home to establish Amni International Petroleum
Development Company Limited, Lagos.
Among several honours for his achievements, the pioneer Chancellor of The
Technical University, Ibadan is a Fellow of the Nigerian Mining and
Geosciences Society; Fellow, Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists,
a recipient of the ECOWAS Distinguished Corporate Achievers Award and an
active member of the Nigerian Association of Indigenous Exploration and
Production Companies.
The statement advised that all the guests to the ceremony should be seated
by 8.30 am, before the arrival of the Vice-Chancellor’s procession.
The matriculation, which is expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of
life, will also feature student performances, including a performance by the
new Tech-U Band.
The Technical University, an initiative of the Oyo State Government, is
committed to e=cient and responsible use of Science, Technology and
Engineering for innovations targeted at solving societal problems.
As part of the ceremonies, the statement added that there will be a Pre-
Matriculation Lecture, which will hold at 3.00 pm on Thursday 8
th
March,
2018 at The Technical University Library Hall.
The Lecture, titled “Symbols, Symbolisms and The University Culture”, will be
delivered by a renowned Professor of International Relations, Professor W.
Alade Fawole.

Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup: Okowa applauds Zenith, promises bus for next winner

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has heaped praises on Zenith Bank, the sponsors of the state’s Principals’ Cup football competition for secondary schools after a successful completion of the second edition.
Marvel International School, Ughelli, emerged champions after defeating St. Paul’s College, Ozoro 6-5 on penalties in the final. Full time ended 1-1.
The governor said the support from Zenith Bank had been immense as he also announced that next year’s winner would win a school bus as star prize.
He also announced the start of Headmasters Cup, with the winner also getting a school bus.
“The future still holds a lot for students of Delta state,” he said.
“I must thank our sponsor Zenith Bank for what they have been doing because this is the second edition, we are very proud of Zenith Bank.
“I hope they will continue to help the state and hope by next year, the schools that qualified for the final will be camped together for some days before the game, so that they will be able to display more football prowess.
“Last year I said we need to go back to the grassroots and catch them young, so we are going to be having the Headmasters’ Cup next which had already received approval.
“Apart from the sum of N200,000 that will be giving to the best performers like the Most Valuable Player, Best Goalkeeper, Highest Goal Scorer, by the year 2019, the school that will win the final will go home with a bus and also the winner of the Headmasters’ Cup.”
Meanwhile, the MD/CEO of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, who was ably represented by the Zonal Head, Asaba of the bank, Lucky Ighade, has assured of the bank’s commitment to the completion.
The MD gave kudos to the finalists as he described all of them as winners having gone from the preliminary stage to the final

TOPE AGBEYO TO SPEAK, RECEIVE AWARDS AT COMMONWEALTH AFRICA SUMMIT IN LONDON

Renowned entrepreneur and committed philanthropist, Dr. Babatope Agbeyo, Chairman, Cornfield Group will share the table with notable world leaders and achievers at the 5th Commonwealth Africa Summit taking place in London between 12th and 14th, March, 2018.

Dr. Agbeyo has been invited by the organizers of the Commonwealth Africa Summit to speak on the topic: Africa for Africans; A New Era of Africa Philanthropic Giving and Its Impact on the Continent. He will also be receiving an award for his outstanding contribution to entrepreneur in West Africa, nay Africa.

“We are delighted to inform you that you have been nominated for the Commonwealth Africa Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Enterprise (West Africa, Individual Category). This award is given in recognition of exemplary contribution to enterprise development and commitment to philanthropy on the continent.” the letter stated.

Dr. Agbeyo will deliver the opening keynote address with renowned global leaders like Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair, Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), John Dramani Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Mrs Amina J. Mohammed (U.N. Deputy Secretary General), and Baroness Shreela Flather (Co-Chair Commonwealth Africa Initiative) among others.

Other keynote speakers at the event includes, Senator Bukola Saraki (Senate President of Nigeria), Mrs Folorunsho Alakija (Vice Chairman, Famfa Oil) E-Ashish Thakkar (Founder of Mara Group) respectively.

The event kick-starts with an exclusive invites only wreath laying ceremony and Welcome reception at House of Lords in honour of the UN Decade for People of African Descent on Monday, 12th March.

Now in its fifth year, The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from across the Commonwealth, Africa and allied nations to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other issues relevant to Africa. The Summit will be attended by Senior Government and Business Leaders from across Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth including CEOS, COOs, Ministers, Governors, Civil Society representatives, High Commissioners, Mayors and other stakeholders.

COVENANT UNIVERSITY WINS MAIDEN CFA INSITUTE RESEARCH COMPETITION

Covenant University has emerged the first-place winner in Nigeria’s stage of the global CFA Institute Research competition at the finals held in Lagos on Saturday.
Covenant University beat University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, which emerged second and third place winner, respectively in the competition sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc. Eight universities took part in the maiden edition.
Covenant University will consequently represent Nigeria at the Regional CFA competition in Dublin, Ireland, on April 4 and April 5.
The CFA Institute Research Challenge is the world’s most prestigious investment research competition among university students globally, aimed at promoting best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts.
The competition promotes ethics and best practices in investment research through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in equity analysis and presentation. The overall objective of the CFA Institute Research Challenge is to provide university students with valuable real-world exposure to the practice of finance to complement the theoretical framework of the university education.
Apart from the finalists, other universities that took part in the competition are Ahmadu Bello University, Babcock University, Obafemi Awolowo University, Lagos Business School and University of Abuja.
Speaking at the final stage of the competition, Mr. Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank, said the bank had always anchored its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards empowerment, development, building skills, talent and capabilities among the youths.
He said that the bank aligned with CFA Research Challenge’s overall objective of providing a platform for university students to put into practice their theoretical knowledge.
He said: “It is a way of encouraging the professionals to inculcate the spirit of professionalism and ethics right from very early stage.
“We believe that something will be required so that we can deepen the pool of talents we have that will take care of corporate organisations tomorrow.
“I find the Institute Research Challenge axiom: “promoting best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts’’ quite intriguing.
“It is clearly highlights succinctly what and who we are here for; the next generation of financial analysts,’’ he said.
Ovia, who was represented by Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, the Deputy Managing Director of the bank, commended the eight universities that made it to the last stage of the competition.
He stated, “You have proven to be fearless by coming together in your various universities to put together pioneering teams for a tasking competition as the CFA Institute Research Challenge.
“There are so many of your colleagues out there that wouldn’t want the extra burden or work, but you all opted to take this on,” he said.
On his part, Banji Fehintola, the President, CFA Society Nigeria, said the society was approved in 2012 as the 137th Society of CFA Institute.
Fehintola said that the society was one of five societies in Africa registered in Nigeria as an incorporated Trustee in Feb. 2013.
He said that the purpose of the research challenge among the university undergraduates of different universities was to introduce students to the practical side of investment analysis.
Fehintola said the society currently had about 230 members.
Participating teams were required to conduct a detailed investment research on a subject company and will be presenting their research reports to a high-level panel of investment.
Covenant University will now join 35 other national champions at the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Competition in Dublin, Ireland in April 2018 to compete for a slot in the four-team global final that will hold in Seoul, South Korea in the same month.

Street Journal Publisher, Wole Arisekola In Happy Mood

Businessman and the publisher of online publication, Street Journal Magazine, Bowale Wole Arisekola is in a gay mood.

Wole who doubles as the Chairman of the Association of Online Media Practitioners is telling all those who care to listen a good news, his first child, Segilola had just graduated from the City University, London where she studied Law.

The proud father could not contain himself with the joy as he took friends and family members to witness the graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom where a  dinner later held at a high brow city restaurant.

 

 

written by -Ayanda Ayotunde