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Nigerians celebrate, Augustus Agboola, Poland World War II hero, demands his immortalization

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Nigerians living in Poland, on Monday, gathered to celebrate the heroic exploit of August Agboola Brown during the invasion of Warsaw by the Adolf Hitler-controlled Nazi German soldiers between 1939-1944. August Agboola Brown, according to history, was the only African descent and a Nigerian who fought on the side of the Resistance Army of Poland with the codename “Ali” during the World War II to put the German soldiers in check. About 200,000 Polish were said to have perished in this brutal uprising.

The event said to have been sponsored by Afro Euro Investment and International Afryka Shop Warszawa, Poland among others had in attendance Nigeria Ambassador to Poland, His Excellency, Christian Ugwu, Dr Tade Omotosho, NIDO Poland President, Prince Adekunle Adebayo Ayoola, Mrs Patience Okiyi and Dr Emmanuel Kalejaiye from Nigeria Embassy in Poland.

Others are Mr. Krzysztof Kopytko of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sub-Saharan African Division, Mrs. Iwona Woicka-Zuławska (Director of Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Lucyna Żbikowska as well as Izabela Janiszewska among other Nigerians resident in Poland.

Leading Nigerians to join Poland to mark the 78 years anniversary of the World War II in Warsaw on Monday, Dr. Lateef Erinfolami from the Nigerian Professionals in Diaspora Organization, Poland (NPIDOP) and the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the programme said that the event was an opportunity to salute the sacrifice and bravery of Mr. Agboola Augustus Brown while also paying tribute to all the heroes and victims of the Warsaw uprising.

Thanking the Polish government for allowing the construction of a cenotaph for the late war veteran as well as commemoration of his heroic feats every first day of August when Warsaw Uprising anniversary is marked, Dr Erinfolami said the government of Poland should further immortalise Agboola by naming streets around Poland in his name and establishing a Science and Art Foundation
for young Africans in his remembrance.

Dr Erinfolami said “we the Nigerian diasporan in Poland appreciate all the people and Historians who brought to us the life and history of Agboola Brown and his heroic contribution to the Warsaw uprising.

“We thank the “Freedom and Peace Foundation” and the City of Warsaw under the presidency of Mr. Rafal
Trzaskowski for the recognition of Mr. Agboola which has made our commemoration possible today.

“In the name of all African association and African residents in Warsaw and Poland in general we say your fight is our fight, your Hero is our Hero just as we enjoy the comfort and welcoming friendship of the polish people.

“Today, as we commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of Mr. Agboola Augustus Brown, we pay tribute, by bending our heads, to all the heroes of Warsaw Uprising, both the anonymous ones and those remembered in historical documents, we pay tribute to the memories of the heroes and victims of World War II and the victims of Nazi genocide.

“Additionally, we recognize the multitude of African men and women who are making their mark daily to promote the good image of their mother nation and the adopted Land of Poland. We recognize you for your sacrifices and dedication”.

Mr. Agboola was said to have been born in Lagos, today Nigeria on 22nd July 1895 to Father Mr. Wallie and Mother Jozefina daughter of John who is believed to be of Polish origin.

However, much is said not to be known of Agboola’s Polish lineage as it still couldn’t be proved and this is even said to be contrary to how he was referred to in the press after his marriage as an authentic black man marrying an authentic white woman. It is generally safe to say Agboola was an authentic African man from today Nigeria.

Agboola after his secondary education was said to have joined his grandparents on the farm but later opted for adventure to the new world on a merchant ship as a Sailor.

In England, he was said to have joined a touring Jazz group, playing around Europe from where he later landed in Poland in 1922.

From several publications and archival records; Mr. Brown lived at Złota Street in Warsaw. He was a professional Jazzman and worked in clubs. His first album was recorded in 1928 which was historic as he was possibly the first African musician to have achieve this in Europe at that time.

Agboola reportedly got married in Krakow to a Polish woman in person of Ms Zofia Pykówna, they had two sons – Ryszard (Richard) in 1928 and Aleksandra (Alexandra) in 1929. His friends and neighbors were said to have remembered him as a very intelligent, courteous person, and a polyglot (he spoke six languages).

Unfortunately, in 1939 Poland became the first victim of Nazi declaration of War on Europe. Warsaw was occupied, Agboola was said to have volunteered to use his knowledge and insight within the city as an asset in the ranks of the resistance Polish Home Army, the biggest partisan force in World War II.

Since every resistance soldier is referred by his/her Alias, Agboola Brown chose the nickname “ALI” and he daringly toiled, defending the city of Warsaw alongside the brave men and women of the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa) notwithstanding the ruthless Nazi German occupation force until its final hour.

As confirmed in several archival documents, where one can read:
“Home Army -1st District “Radwan ” – Sub-District “Sławbor” – Battalion “Iwo”. His immediate commander was Corporal Aleksander Marcińczyk code-name “Łabędź” [- Swan]. (the end of ąuote)

Among the memories, one can also find the testimony of Jan Radecki code-name
“Czarny”, who confirms that he saw “Ali” “at the command post at 74 Marszałkowska Street,
and fought together with him, shoulder to shoulder, in August 1944 “. (the end of quote)

The end of struggle came, when Hitler ordered the annihilation of Warsaw, killing over 200 000 people with total destruction of Warsaw infrastructures and buildings. Fortunately, Agboola survived the war.

Although, there is said to be little reliable information on his life after the war. It was reported that he worked in the Department of Culture and Art of the City of Warsaw around 1949.

It was also learnt that he played an episodic role in 1953 Polish propaganda movie “Żołnierz Wolności”
(„Soldier of Victory”) about the life of communist general Karol “Walter” Świerczewski.

Agboola later emigrated to United Kingdom in 1958. There he lived anonymously for almost two decades and passed away 8th September 1976.

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CIPM appoints a new Registrar/Chief Executive, Oluwatoyin Naiwo

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A former Director, Strategy, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) Oluwatoyin Naiwo has been appointed as Registrar and Chief Executive of the Institute.

According to the Institute, Naiwo’s appointment takes effect from Monday, September 12, 2022.

Her appointment was announced in a statement by the CIPM President, Olusegun Mojeed.

‘Ms Naiwo is no newcomer to the CIPM having served as Director, Strategy, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations, with the responsibility of driving the Institute’s strategy development and execution process, spearheading the Institute’s role in advocating a legislative agenda on Human Capital matters with the Nigerian government, building and maintaining relationships with governmental (Federal and State) and non-governmental institutional stakeholders both within Nigeria and internationally to extend CIPM’s reach and influence,’ the CIPM President said in a statement.

Aside her previous role in CIPM, Naiwo has a grasp of comprehensive and strategic understanding of business and technical issues and Human Resource Management. Her diverse experience in Human Resource Management spans over a twenty-eight (28) years period across industries and sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Elaborating further on Naiwo’s leadership experience across board and what her appointment means for the Institute, the CIPM President said: ‘Ms. Naiwo has extensive leadership experience across industries and sectors and has demonstrated her ability to build successful organisations and businesses. We are confident that the Registrar and the new team will be a force in developing and driving CIPM forward in line with our vision to be the Institute of choice for People Management’

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BREAKING: LASG IMPOUNDS 40 TRAILERS UNDER FLYOVER BRIDGES AT COSTAIN TO IGANMU IN LAGOS

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The Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today impounded 40 illegally parked trailers, trucks and tankers under flyover bridges at Costain to Iganmu area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba disclosed that the enforcement operations which was led by the Director of Operations (Headquarters) Mr. Peter Gbedemeje was carried out immediately after the expiration of a ‘7-day Removal Order” served on them.

Mr Oreagba disclosed further that the level of voluntary compliance was encouraging as majority had removed their heavy duty vehicles before the commencement of the enforcement operations.

“We are very happy with the level of voluntary compliance by owner/drivers of these illegally parked trucks including other illegal workshops such as Iron benders, mechanics, food/ Fruits vendors”.

These 40 impounded trailers were contravened around Ijora, Costain, Breweries and Ajegunle Park by Ijora Mobil Road area of Iganmu, Lagos

The Head of Operations, Mr Peter Gbedemeje stated that the cleanup exercise would be continuous and be extended to other parts of the State in order checkmate criminal activities across the State.

He however confirmed that owners/drivers of these impounded 40 trailers would be charged to court accordingly.

 

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LASTMA ARRAIGNS 146 TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATORS/OFFENDERS BEFORE MOBILE COURT

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has arraigned owners/drivers of 146 vehicles arrested across the State for various traffic offenses in August, 2022.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba disclosed this over the weekend, adding that the alleged offenders are being prosecuted before the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Mobile Court).

According to him, “77 offenders are being prosecuted for One-Way Driving, 5 for Willful Obstruction, 5 for Illegal Parking, 2 for Unpainted Commercial Vehicle, 5 for Wrongful Overtaking, 4 for Driving on Walkways/Kerbs, 6 for BRT Obstructions, 10 for Reckless & Dangerous Driving, 4 for Picking/Dropping Passengers at Undesignated Bus Stops and 5 for Disobeying Traffic Control Officers among others”.

Also, as part of our feedbacks mechanism “we attended and resolved various complaints from motorists via our ‘complaints lines and social media handles
08174722227 08100565860
Instagram (ekolastma)
Twitter (@followlastma)
Facebook (ekolastma)
YouTube (LASTMATV)
SoundCloud (@lastmaRadio)”

“It is disheartening that despite the state government’s vigorous public enlightenment and advocacy campaign via various media outlets, including online sensitization, on the dangers inherent in disobeying traffic rules and regulations, some recalcitrant drivers are still endangering the safety of other road users on Lagos Roads”, Oreagba stated.

The General Manager also revealed that all those arraigned by the Agency before the Lagos Mobile Court were found ‘Guilty’ as charged after strong pictorial and video evidence tendered by LASTMA’s prosecution team.

While urging all road users including commercial bus drivers to always drive with caution, particularly during these “Ember Months”, Oreagba disclosed that LASTMA will continue to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement team to apprehend Traffic Law violators.

Also speaking, the Director, Legal Department of LASTMA, Mr. Akerele Kehinde Oseni maintained that the prosecution of the arrested owners/drivers of the 146 vehicles for various traffic violations will serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrants road users.

Akerele, however, informed that the 146 impounded vehicles were later released to their respective owners after the verifications of receipts of their fine payment with other relevant documents.

 

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