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One year after demise, Oando CEO, Wale Tinubu remembers Ngozi Okonkwo

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Oil tycoon and the Group Chief Executive Officer, Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, could no longer hold his emotions today as he remembers his close ally Ngozi Janice Okonkwo, former Chief Legal Officer of Oando Plc, who bid this sinful world farewell after a long battle with deadly cancer on the 4th of June 2020 at age 45. The generous businessman had often described the deceased as a wonderful soul who was ready for every goal-oriented endeavor remembered a year after her demise by sharing his tribute on social media. Tinubu took to his verified social media page where he shared his tribute saying; “It’s been a year since we lost one of the most wonderful souls I have been opportune to meet in my professional capacity. An epitome of intellect, excellence, audacity, stealth, persistence infused with an incurable dose of optimism. Oando has missed you dearly.”

 

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After her shocking demise on the 4th of June 2020, the highly cerebral lawyer was finally laid to rest, on Saturday, 11th of July 2020 at a private cemetery in Ikoyi, Lagos. Sources averred that she had recovered and resumed her duty post before suffering a relapse during the heat of the deadly COVID-19 lockdown and was unable to travel abroad to see her doctors for proper treatment. After series of efforts by medical personnel in Nigeria to save her; she was visited by the dreaded grim reaper.

Before joining Oando, the deceased had worked as Junior Counsel with F.O. Akinrele & Co., and also with KPMG Professional Services (previously known as Arthur Andersen) as Manager in the Tax, Regulatory and People Services Unit and Head of Indirect Tax Services. She obtained LLB (Hons) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1997 and BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1999.

She was a member of the Nigerian bar Association; an honorary fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies, Austria; an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria. Ngozi was survived by her husband, Chukwunenye Okonkwo, and their four children.

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Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi Fulfils Long Time Ambition

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It was American entrepreneur, animator and filmmaker; Walter Elias Disney who said; “All our dreams can come through if we have the courage to pursue them” this quote aptly captures the courage and tenacity Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi used in pursuing his dreams and aspirations in life. As a member of the House of Representatives during the third republic, his tenure in the house was truncated and short-lived by the seizure of power by the Military junta of General Sanni Abacha.

 

After so much criticism of the military government under Abacha, Senator Afikuyomi went on exile. After the death of General Sanni Abacha, the Sociology graduate from the University of Lagos returned back into the country and contested for the Lagos Central Senatorial district seat under the Alliance for Democracy and won and later represented Lagos West in 2003-2007.

During his stay as a senator, his dream was to return back to school to study law his childhood dream profession. But due to the heavy travel itinerary and tight schedule, the former commissioner for Tourism, Lagos State was unable to actualize that dream as he pegged it to a later date. After procrastinating, he decided to take the bull by the horn and returned back to school to study the legal profession. His sweat and sleepless night of study have finally paid off for him as he had finally achieved his age-long dream before turning age 60 in December 2021.

Sources averred that; at his call to bar ceremony which was held at the Eagles Square, Abuja, the senator was in the company of his friends, family and political associate who came to celebrate with him. He was seen with a smile of fulfillment on his face. After the induction and call to bar ceremony, the deep pocket senator converged his close friends and associate to a private celebration soiree held at Charterhouse in Maitama, Abuja where he feted everyone present to the very best of meal and assorted drinks as he displayed his dance dexterity on the dance floor in an elated mood. “His close friends are currently making plans for his 60th birthday in December. He is planning to celebrate it in a big way just to thank God for bringing him this far in life.” A close source added.

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Former Firstlady Turai Yar’adua’s Low-profile Birthday

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In her prime as the first lady of Nigeria, Turai Yar’Adua was not a pushover. In fact, she was highly influential and loved by all sundry within the villa. During her husband’s tenure as the president of the country, the country witnessed massive growth in all ramifications as he touched all critical aspects of governance and economy before his shocking demise in 2010. The former Katsina first lady was an advocate against gender-based violence, cancer, drug abuse among other social vices. She also has a soft spot for special children as she tailored her pet project to projects to match her ideals for humanity.

After the death and burial of her husband in 2010, she exited the villa and recoiled back into her cocoon. For years, she was off the social radar as she stayed off social events. Her multi-billion naira pet project located in the heart of Airport road Abuja on 7.3 hectares of land to curb the deadly cancer ailment; funded by the private and public partnership; the International Cancer center was also left to rot away without continuity. After several outcries from people who saw the level of wastage, the edifice was later allocated for agricultural purposes.

On the 26th of July, the graduate of Language from the Ahmadu Bello University celebrated her 64th birthday as encomium poured from all sundry who saluted her doggedness by standing firmly with her husband while he was sick. Many commended her for not falling for the pressure and huge intimidation from people in government who wanted to bully her while her husband was away receiving treatment. Instead of throwing a big birthday soiree in celebration mood, in her usual lowkey lifestyle manner, she opted to say prayers to her creator for making her see yet another year on earth as she was celebrated by her children and grandchildren at her residence. The birthday girl was seen wearing a smiling face looking much younger than her age. She cracked jokes and played with her grandchildren as they all had a family time out.

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IVF Specialist Dr. Babatunde Okewale bags Rotary Int’l honour

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In the history of modern fertility medicine in Nigeria, renowned gynecologist and fertility expert, Dr. Babatunde Okewale, is highly respected. His constant strive to unravel the hidden mystery and myth behind IVF has crested his name in Gold as one of the finest fertility practitioners making a mark with different success stories and testimony of his wizardry from his long list of clienteles.

Despite devoting almost three decades life and career in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the actualization of the dreams of motherhood for hundreds of women, the celebrated medical practitioner believes putting smiles on the face of women using his God-given cerebral prowess in medicine is something that gives him fulfillment.

 As the Chief Medical Director at St. Ives Hospital Group, Okewale has democratized the reproductive health sector pursued the subject of fruitfulness without relenting and promoted his knowledge as something of an art and a guarantee. Under his watch, Okewale singlehandedly, built up the St Ives Medical Group, established in 1996, to its current status as the trendsetter in the areas of women and children health, especially In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).

In the course of his practice and interests in fertility matters, Okewale has been instrumental in the safe delivery of over 2000 babies via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) including that of 20 October 2018 history-making delivering of the oldest mum in Africa —Mrs. Ajibola Otubusin. The 67-year-old Mrs. Otubusin had undergone the IVF procedure at one of the St Ives IVF & Fertility centers. She was later successfully delivered of a bouncing baby boy at the age of 67 breaking all kinds of medical records in the process.

After shattering all these feats, getting wide accolades and recognition by various bodies and associations on the 11th of July, Okewale was honoured by Rotary International with an award of recognition for his significant accomplishments in the area of child and maternal healthcare which, according to the international service club, fits perfectly into one of its ideals and objectives.

 In addition to the award, the suave gynecologist was also decorated as an Honorary Rotarian at the recent investiture of a renowned accountant, Adegbenga Badejo as 54th President of The Rotary Club of Ikeja held at the Lagos Sheraton.

Epiphanies aren’t common, but Okewale has created more of them around his interest in the area of women’s health education and healthcare in general. This has further fueled his interest in the media as a vehicle to educate women about their health and lifestyle in general. This culminated in his floating of WFM 91.7 the first radio station for women and the family in Nigeria, perhaps, Africa where is the Chairman

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