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Parallex Bank M.D Olufemi Bakre Bags New Traditional title

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Olufemi Nojeemdeen Bakre is no greenhorn when it comes to the issues of finance, accounting and corporate governance. He has dedicated all his life to the banking profession sitting atop several managerial positions in the banking industry with record-breaking achievements to his credit. If you wake the Oluomo of Ago-iwoye from his sleep and ask him any question about Risk Management, Customer Service, Banking, Credit Analysis, and Financial Analysis, you would be marveled at his spontaneous answer. He is vast when it comes to the issues of finance which gave birth to his astronomic rise in the profession ever since his foray into the banking profession since his one-year mandatory NYSC service in 1987, serving at the defunct Continental Merchant Bank.

His resume is quite an intimidating one; after his long working spell at the First City Monument Bank FCMB, where he left as the executive director of institutional banking after a decade of meritorious service before joining Parallex Bank as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer last year. Apart from his popularity in the banking business, he was thrown into limelight when his son, Tobi Bakre headlined a popular reality tv show.

On the 14th of July, the smooth-talking high cerebral banker added another feather to his cap as he and his wife Yeye Olufunke Bakre were bestowed with a traditional title as the Otunba Bobaselu and Yeye Bobaselu of Awa kingdom, Ijebu Ogun State by the Limeri of Awa-Ijebu, Oba Abib Awobajo. At his installation ceremony, he gathered those who matter most in all sectors to celebrate with him on the new title as he spared no cost to make sure all invited guests are feted to the very best of mouth-watery menu and drinks. Fuji Musician Adewale Ayuba was on the bandstand to serenade guests with his musical rendition.

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Herbert Wigwe, Emefiele honoured with Juris Law Award for outstanding contributions in finance sector

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The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry. Wigwe was presented the Juris Law Award by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

 

Also honoured with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Juris Law Award is presented in honour of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting economic growth in Nigeria through deepening institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.

 

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honoured to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue to create shared value for all our stakeholders, striking a balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”

 

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus. The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centres,  acquisition of medical equipment, supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.

 

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.

 

Also in attendance of the workshop were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF); Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho; the Former Chief Justice of Nigeria and former Chairman, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other high-ranking judicial officers and the legal community.

 

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Iyalaje Toyin Kolade Promotes Yoruba And African Culture

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Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade is a woman with a large heart. She has in the cause of her service to humanity helped to alleviate the poverty levels of Nigerians. First, as a successful businesswoman who toiled so hard to be where she is today, Princess Kolade remembered vividly the lowest ebb she was before being blessed immensely by the Almighty God to be at the highest pedestal of the Nigerian business sector. She is into the general importation of goods that involve household materials, electronics, super-quality furnitures which are very potent to the livelihood of Nigerians through her company, Fislolak Global Ventures.

Recently installed as the Iyalaje Oodua by His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II Ooni, Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade has greatly proven her mettle in the delivery of humanitarianism and this is because during the Covid-19 challenge of 2019 to 2020, she was physically there for the people, giving them free palliatives worth millions of naira.

This hardworking and sultry woman has also played a huge role in promoting both the Nigerian and African culture through her involvement in the internationalization of the country’s culture. Iyalaje Oodua is also involved in the world-class celebration of the AJE FESTIVAL and the OLOJO FESTIVAL in Ile-Ife not leaving out all the cultural festivals that are in Ijesha Land. She is highly recognized and honoured by both the Ooni of Ife and the Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland whom she respect as her fathers.

Iyalaje Oodua, Princess Toyin Kolade is immensely blessed with lovely children who are all doing well in their individual careers because her husband Prince Kayode Kolade is a top Custom Officer whose roles and contributions to the curbing of border crimes are intact.
For those who are very close to Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje of Oodua Worldwide, she is a very nice and caring mother to all who come across her and she is a dedicated Nigerian to the core.

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Meet Abiodun Odukoya, The Cosmopolitan Fashion Designer Making Waves

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Top fashion entrepreneur and boss of AB Rollings Clothiers, Abiodun Odukoya, is a man full of pragmatic ideas and beautiful dreams. At the dawn of his career as a fashion designer, one of his dreams is to rule the world of fashion and also inspire budding clothiers. By Providence,  the high-flying man is can be said to be living his dream, as he has spread his tentacles far and beyond.  

Popularly known as “Father” is a Fashion Entrepreneur, even though some affectionately dub him a fashion designer cum aficionado. His interest in fashion is legendary and he has pursued this with zealot commitment for over two decades. He first opened A.B. One Stores on Adelabu Street, in Surulere, Lagos many years ago to cater for the needs of impressionable upwardly mobile young men and women in Lagos at the time.
His entrepreneurial spirit has also been evident in diverse fields. For example, he founded the first local community newspaper, “Surulere Chronicle”, Lagos. He was a pioneer agent at the advent of GSM in Nigeria and he has retained interest in security doors and vaults.

It was gathered that it was fanfare! Maybe more like funfair when Obi Cubana, the acclaimed King of the finer things of life stopped by at the A.B. Rollings Clothiers store, on Edgware Road, in London, to buy some exclusive clothes and ordered for some personalized bespoke outfits.

The quiet but fashion-savvy designer was on hand to personally attend to Chief Obi’s high-end needs.
As the fashion entrepreneur bid Obi Cubana farewell at his London stores, he could not but appreciate that Obi Cubana, one of Africa’s finest sought out and found AB Rollings in London.
It is noteworthy that Obi Cubana has a Nigerian as his personal clothier/designer which invariably means he patronizes local content although in faraway London.
AB Rolling Clothiers also have on the clientele base noteworthy Nigerians especially entertainers and businessmen who like their attires customized.

It was gathered that the Ogun State in all his dealings, comes across as a perfectionist.  Also, in the eyes of many, he is a restless soul, who is always in quest of knowledge to make him stand out in his chosen profession. It was disclosed that he recently opened his new fashion shops in Paris, known as home of fashion as well as well as Istanbul in  Turkey.

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