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Dr. Steve Olusegun Ogidan, fma, FIMC, FNIM, MNIPR

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Leader in Microfinance and Agriculture Development

PROFILE OF DR. STEVE OLUSEGUN OGIDAN,

Dr Steve Olusegun OGIDAN is an employer of labour, a self-motivated and hard-working strategy expert and development planner, with experience in agriculture, rural development and microfinance, as well as human resources development. A goal-directed, results-oriented individual with a strong and varied background and education in poverty management, capacity building, HR Solutions, Micro-insurance, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Strategy for organizational development. 

Dr Ogidan has a BA Education Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, Masters Degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria and PhD in Business Development from the Trinity College and University, Spain. He was also trained at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, Vaikuth Mehta National Institute, Pune, India and the NEGEV Institute of Strategies in Beer Sheva, Israel.

He is presently the National Coordinating Consultant to NIRSAL Plc Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Offices nationwide to the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), which is an innovative mechanism, targeted at de-risking lending to the agricultural sector. It is designed to provide the singular transformational and one bullet solution to break the seeming jinx in Nigeria’s agricultural lending and development and also Team Leader on the IFAD/VCDP Strengthening Farmers Organisation Project in Ogun State.

Dr Ogidan is an able and effective team leader, an efficient and effective strategic planner, researcher, excellent trainer and communicator at all levels within and outside organizations with good problem solving and analytical skills. Specific interests include business development, strategy formulation, HR Solutions, training and participatory research. Proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives, strategic planning, change management and process re-engineering and analytical skills. He is very fluent with information technology.

He was the Team Leader for unprecedented three terms for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd FGN/IFAD-RUFIN Supervision Missions for Nigeria between 2010 and 2013. He was a consultant to the UNDP and the Central Bank of Nigeria on Microfinance Development Strategy. He was part of the team that designed the Microfinance Certification Programme for Nigeria. He was also a Strategy Consultant to the Supreme Court of Nigeria 2011-2014 and the UNDP Nigeria and Africa Regional Office on Facility for Inclusive Market and many others.

Dr Ogidan is an accredited OPTMA Trainer, Trainer by Centre for Management Development, Nigeria and the Institute of Management Consultants, Nigeria. He is an accredited trainer by the International Labour Organization ILO/ITC to deliver its programme on Making Microfinance Work, MMW in Africa.  He is also an accredited Trainer of the Women’s World Banking WWB to deliver Microfinance Management Development Trainings of the Centre for Microfinance Leadership (CML). He is also accredited by PrOpCom (Promoting Pro-poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets) a DFID initiative, as a training consultant and service provider. He is a capacity building Consultant to International Fertilizer Development Centre, IFDC, USA and worked on Rice, Sorghum, Maize, Ginger, Groundnut and Soybean in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina States of Nigeria; project sponsored by Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (SAADA), funded by the Directorate of General International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands; He is also currently a consultant with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) ENABLE programme assisting in building Business Membership Organizations (BMO’s) capacity for advocacy. He is a member of the ITC/ILO International Team developing Training Curriculum and Manuals on Access to Finance for African Workers and Trade Unions in Africa 2010- 2012.

In partnership with Making Cents International, Dr Ogidan is certified to deliver the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services, YFSanother product to deepen the outreach of Microfinance in developing world. Implementing Sound Practices in Youth-Inclusive Financial Services provides microfinance practitioners and youth enterprise and livelihoods practitioners’ critical overview of today’s relevance of financial services to youth in the developing world and how to design and implement interventions to expand youth-inclusive financial services. He served as a Strategy Consultant to the Central Bank of Liberia and facilitated the transformation of Microfinance Unit of the CBL to Inclusive Finance Department, project sponsored by the UNCDF.

Dr Ogidan has also completed the European Union Project as a Master Trainer on the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform (WSSSR) programme aims at providing support to institutional and policy reform and demonstrating innovative approaches to service delivery, including implementation of water supply and sanitation projects co-financed with the government. Dr Ogidan was recruited by PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria and handled the Training and HR components of the project implemented by PricewaterhouseCoopers in a Consortium of 3 firms namely:  ITAD Limited, UK – Consortium Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria, Mott MacDonald, UK

He was also the BDS/Grant Management Specialist on the World Bank Rice Value Chain Project in Kaduna in 2008-2010: a World Bank/FGN Programme under the leadership of Dr Rama Rao Vellanki. He is currently the Kaduna State Coordinator of the World Bank State-Level Private Sector Policy And Institutional-Mapping (SPPIM) project. Dr Ogidan was a consultant to UNDP Nigeria on Microfinance as part of the National Experts on Microfinance Baseline Survey Team and the Development of New Microfinance Development Strategy, NMDS for Nigeria. He was a Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the GTZ on Microfinance Curriculum Development and Training. He is an accredited CBN Microfinance Training Service Provider (MTSP) training Microfinance Bankers in Northern Nigeria.

A Commonwealth Scholar at the National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune, India (1994), a MASHAV (Government of Israel) Scholar at the NEGEV Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), Beer Sheva, Israel (2006) and a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the School of Applied Microfinance, Kenya, 2008. He is also member of the Institute of Management Consultants IMC. Dr Ogidan is a Faculty Member in the School of Applied Microfinance, Mombasa, Kenya and The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University, (Lagos Business School) and a Strategy Development Expert for EDS in Cuttington University, Monrovia, Liberia.

His passion for agriculture and microfinance led him to make  incursions into several African countries as he led the team on the establishment of Togo Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, International Consultant and Strategy Expert to the Central Bank of Liberia on Inclusive Finance, 2012. He was the Team Leader Rest of Africa Engagement, NIRSAL Plc to Togo, Rwanda, Sudan and Morocco

He is also the lead consultant facilitating the establishment of a nation-wide microfinance bank midwife by NIRSAL Plc – NIRSAL Microfinance Bank which recently commenced operations across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

Dr Ogidan who is the MD/CEO of Successory Nigeria Ltd, Beresh Consulting and Chairman, Global Knowledge Group also chairs the Board of Directors of a Microfinance Bank while providing management assistance to a number of Microfinance Banks and Businesses across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia, South Africa and the Royal Kingdom of Morocco. He is also a Fellow of the Microfinance Association of the United Kingdom. He is married with children.

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HRH Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan I), IV Alase of Ase-Akoko

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History was made on the 18th of May, 2021, when Ase-Akoko community in Akoko North-West Local Government Area in Ondo State of Nigeria produced a successor to the throne of Alase of Ase-Akoko in the person of Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, in a keenly contested election.

Aderemi Ogidan became the fourth Alase of Ase-Akoko after the kingmakers “Afobaje” voted four against one in his favour, defeating two other interested candidates at Community Primary School, Ase-Akoko, Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State.

The election which was conducted by the local government officials, witnessed and captured by the media and observers from the state government, was a crowd pulling event.

True to his name “Aderemilekun” meaning “Crown Ogidan Aderemi Ilesanmi is no doubt an enigmatic, influential and easy going personality, committed to the course of development of the community. In 2002, he voluntarily relinquished his job in Lagos to answer the call of duty in his community he so loved.

According to him, “How can the Kabiyesi sent to Ikaram for a writer before he can write ordinary letter?

For his education, he attended Moslem Primary School, Ikaram-Akoko and was later admitted to Otolomi High School, also in Ikaram-Akoko. When Otolomi High School was closed down due to state government policy then, he joined Community Comprehensive High School, Ikaram-Akoko and finally wrote his West African Examination at Akunnu Comprehensive High School, Akunnu-Akoko where he bagged his West African School Certificate (WASC).

In his quest for academic excellence, he attended the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) at Akungba-Akoko to obtain a Diploma in Business Administration.

Before becoming the king elect, Aderemi has his hands in so many things including politics. His desirous for the development of his community brought about the construction of the road from ikaram to Ae through his unparallel activities I  the political scene.  He has been a pillar of note to many indigenes.

HRH, Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi, (Ogidan 1), is a man of policy, principle and integrity. He’s loved and cherished by his people.the His coronation ceremony will immediately take place after receiving the Staff of Office from the Stae Government.

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G-Brain, A Fast Rising Star

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G-Brain, born Abiodun Bamisile, a fast rising music star. Was born in 1988 from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State, He attended his primary at Benin and secondary school at Community Comprehensive High School. . Ikaram-Akoko.

He proceeded to University of Benin (UNIBEN). Where he studied International Studies at Diploma level,

A Lagos based hip-hop artiste. His first hot “Obente” was a crowd pulling hit followed by many others,

He took his music to international scene. When he travelled to Ghana for an international musical and festival event. Where he was the toast of the fans,

He later travelled to Canada for shows and was invited for another show in the United states of America (USA)by his teeming fans,

G-Brain is planning big for year 2021, According to him. He intends to tour thirteen (13) states before the year runs out. With what he knows how to do best – Music,

G-Brain is a proud husband to his charming and elegant wife-Tolani. With valued and well cherished children,

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CAJ Holds Maiden Conference in October

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A Pan African Journalists Organisation registered in Nigeria (RC:153753), Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) will hold its first annual conference in Nigeria in October this year.

According to the Acting President of CAJ who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Adeboboye “The three-day conference with the theme – Africa and Security Challenges; The Role of Journalists in Finding Lasting Solutions will serve as an interface between stakeholders in the Africa’s development project, security gurus and information gatekeepers with the aim to map a path of progress for the continent”

The conference will hold in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, starting from October 6 and ends in October 8.

The conference will feature investiture of patrons, conferment of awards and film shows about CAJ and its objectives. The film shows will project Africa richness and versatility in culture, tourism and languages.

“Considering the various challenges of African countries recently, particularly in the areas of fake news and security with their adverse consequences in the genuine African leadership roadmap to the continent’s growth and development, CAJ believes that telling the true and positive Africa narratives and opportunities abound in the continent. Hence its resolve for the 2021 conference to bridge the gap between the information gateway and leadership in the continent,”  said Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali, President, Asian Journalists Association, AJA and Vice President, CAJ North Africa. Dali an award winning journalist is an Egyptian poet, Editor-in-Chief, The Silk Road Literature Series, Chairman, CAJ Conference 2021 and also a Keynote Speaker at the conference.

Other speakers at the conference include; Retired Brigadier-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman (MNI), Hon. Gospel Kazako and Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

Usman is the Consultant Director, Corporate Affairs and Information at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mahangi Communication Services and Mahangi Farms. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of African Leadership Magazine and member of the Board of Trustees of Security Watch Africa Initiative. 

Hon. Gospel Kazako is a foremost journalist and Malawian entrepreneur who founded the Zodiak Broadcasting Station; a national broadcasting station in Malawi. Kazako is also a poet and current serving Minister of Information, Malawi. While Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu is a senior Somali international journalist and unionist, formerly with BBC and Reuters. Moalimuu is the current Spokesperson of Federal Government of Somalia and Senior Media Adviser to the Prime Minister.

According to CAJ Acting Vice President, West Africa, Joseph Adika who is the CEO of Jubilee Broadcasting Network, Ghana, CAJ African Leadership Award 2021 will recognise outstanding performance and leadership qualities of the recipients in a bid to encourage dedication to service to humanity and fine governance in Africa.

The African great men nominated for CAJ Leadership Award are; His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Hon. Thandi Modise, Speaker, South Africa National Assembly and Chief Justice of Malawi, Hon. Justice Andrew Nyirenda.

According to CAJ Secretary General, Moise Manoel, “Some members of CAJ will also be recognised for their various contributions to the organisation”

The CAJ Conference Planning Committee are; Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Dali (Egypt), Chairman, Moise Manoel (Paris), Secretary – General, Joseph Adika(Ghana), Member, Admire Mackenzie Kudita (Zimbabwe), Member, Ajong M. Laurean (USA), Member, Blessing Kenache (Malawi), Member.

Ashraf Aboul Yazid dali

Others are; Habibat Mobolaji Salami, CAJ Vice President Diaspora (USA), Member, Emmanuella Maikem Manzie (Cameroon), Olusiji Balogun (Nigeria), Ibrahim Olayiwola (Nigeria), Edache Ochola (Nigeria), Abimbola Owoseni (Germany), Amina Anebi (Nigeria), Amina Mussa (United Kingdom) and Ngozi Amadi (Nigeria)

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