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8 Nigerians bag UK awards for `breaking glass ceilings’



8 Nigerians bag UK awards for `breaking glass ceilings’

By Ruth Oketunde

Eight outstanding Nigerians in the UK who have “broken the glass ceiling” were honored by the Nigerian-British Business Forum at a high profile event in London.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the awards highlight the exceptional performance of some Nigerians in the diaspora, which shatter the chances of excelling abroad.

Records show that around 114,000 Nigerians resided in the UK as of July this year.

The winners include Ms. Ibironke Adeagbo, Founder and CEO of IA-Foundation, the international group that campaigns for the rights of Nigerian children to education.

Adeagbo is also a renowned accountant in Nigeria and UK as well as Nigeria’s Special Envoy for Health and Safety.

The eight laureates were recognized for their significant contributions in various fields of endeavor in the UK and Nigeria.

In a ceremony chaired by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Amb. Sarafa Isola, in London this weekend, the winners were praised for making an impact in their professions and for placing Nigeria on the global map of excellence.

The event titled “Nigerian Achievers Awards” also featured exposure and the launch of an 80-page “Compendium of Ambassadors”, showcasing Nigerians who have made a difference in the UK over the years.

Speaking at the event, Isola expressed his enthusiasm for the contributions Nigerians have made to the UK, citing the exemplary achievements of the Nigeria-British Forum, which he said had been at the forefront of promoting business between Nigeria and UK.

Isola assured that the Nigerian government would continue to work with its British counterpart to promote the trade interests of the two nations, going back hundreds of years before the British later colonized Nigeria.

Nigeria was a former colonial production of Great Britain and the last was to merge the first in 1914 to give birth to the most populous nation in Africa.

The other award recipients are: Dr Olutoyin Akande-Ajala, consultant geriatrician; Dr Funmi Adewara, Founder and CEO of MobilHealth International and Mr. Mike Abiola, Editor of African Voice Newspapers.

Also on the honor list are Mr. Bimbo Babarinde, Director of Operations of the Nigerian Schools Foundation, United Kingdom; Mr. Alistair Soyode, founder of Ben TV, Mr. Femi Okutubo, editor of Trumpet Media Group and Dr. Peter Ozue, consultant histopathologist.

A posthumous Life Achievers Award was also presented to Mr. Talabi Braithwaite, who was represented by his children.

The Nigerian Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Suleiman Sani, and other senior officials from the High Commission were also present at the event.

Source: NAN

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