It was indeed an exciting time for Nigerian professionals and business owners at the House of Commons as the Pre Economic Summit Cocktail Reception foreshadows what is to come in the coming days.
In attendance was Lord Chidgy (hosts), co-Chairman of the All Africa Parliamentary Group who played host to a high profile group of Nigerian entrepreneurs and professionals led by Mr Afolabi Andu, President of the Nigerian-British Business Forum.
The event, a pre-Nigerian-British Economic Summit Cocktail Reception, commenced with Lord Chidgey’s welcome address, followed by Mr. Afolabi Andu’s insightful speech. Other speakers at the event included Hon Chi Onwurah MP, Hon Mcguiness MP, Engr Dapo Sulu, Ms Abiola Obileye and Dr Jennifer Obaseki.
Dr Christopher Kolade, CON, has officially accepted the invitation from the Nigerian- British Business Forum to be the Patron of the Forum. His role as Patron becomes official from Tuesday the 25th of April 2017.
Dr Christopher Kolade, Nigerian Elder Statesman was the former Pro-Chancellor and ex-Chairman of the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University. He was also Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2002 to 2007. A veteran broadcaster and colonial era education officer, he has been at different points of his career, Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Executive and Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria Plc.
Dr. Kolade has served in many national and international bodies, having been President of the Nigerian Institute of Management (1985-88), the Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (1988-93), the International Institute for Communications (1973-75) and of the World Association for Christian Communication (1975-82). He received the medal of the Order of St. Augustine from the Archbishop of Canterbury (1981), and is also a Lay Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Guildford. He also holds a national honour as the Commander of the Niger.
The Acting Nigerian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Simon Ogar hosted a delegation of the Nigerian-British Business Forum at the Nigerian High Commission in London on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017. The delegation was led by the President of the Forum Mr Afolabi Andu and supported by the following members of the governing council which included Sir Frederick James, Vice Chair-Advisory Council, Cllr Adedamola Aminu, Chairperson Inter-government & Community , Engr(Mrs) Toyin Odusina, Chairperson Town planning & Regeneration, Engr(Mrs) Funke Ayoola, Chairperson, Innovation & Technology, Mr Christian, Chairperson, Business Development, Mr William Oyewole, Chairperson Export Promotions, Ms Jennifer Obaseki, Chairperson Legal Resources, Mr Alfred Soroh, Chairperson Arts & Culture and Mr Femi Okutubo, Chairperson Media & Brands. The session which was held at the embassy’s main conference room presented and opportunity for both the Acting High Commissioner and the NBBF delegation hold very useful and productive discussions for over two hours. The session was concluded with a firm agreement to collaborate on numerous fronts.
In its determination and commitment to young Nigerian Entrepreneurs based in the United Kingdom, the Nigerian-British Business Forum held a major inaugural business workshop titled the Mind of the Entrepreneur on Friday 17th of March 2017 at the world renowned and prestigious Imperial College. The focus of the workshop was to give the delegates in attendance an insight into what is expected to operate within the mind of an entrepreneur. The lineup of speakers was equally impressive with internationally acclaimed Nigerian-born speakers, speaking straight from the heart through the session.
The event was kicked off with Mr Afolabi Andu, Founder and President of the Nigerian-British Business Forum giving a highly inspiring opening remarks, this was followed by Dr Sola Fola-Alade an internationally acclaimed speaker who spoke on leading by example, whilst Mrs Morenike Ajayi CEO, Career Nuggets increased the tempo with her identifying potential speech this was enhanced on by Mrs Henrietta Abrahams, CEO of Reach Consult who touched on a very vital topic, ‘making a commitment’. The evening’s presentation was rounded up by Mr Fela Durotoye, CEO “the Fela Durotoye Company” who spoke quite powerfully on ‘You have what it takes’. The questions and answers session presented an opportunity for the young entrepreneurs to ask vital questions on grey areas and points of concern. All questions were robustly dealt with by the panel of speakers.
The compere of the event, Mr Ademola Adesina, Chairperson of NBBF Youth Entrepreneur Committee added colour to the event with his light humour and professionalism
The event showed a clear need for a platform with the committed desire to support the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs.