In an unusual style and manner, Nigeria began the year 2013 on a very high note by making huge success in the field of sports as the Super Eagles of Nigeria took Africa by storm clinching the continents’ biggest football trophy against every expectations.
Just as the Super Eagles, led by Coach Stephen Keshi, continued to prove the greatness of Nigeria in the football arena and going ahead to qualify the country for another World Cup, so many other Nigerians are contributing their own quota in their own various and little ways to the development of the country in several fields of human endeavour but below are the list of the 20 Most Outstanding Nigerians in 2013 as declared by our panel of judges.
The giant stride of the Nigerian Railway corporation under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Sijuwade is more than remarkable. The railway sector of Nigeria has been considered dead but the new management of the Corporation has done more than imaginable to revamping the sector to the consternation and admiration of Nigerians.
Forbes magazine recently announced Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture as the Forbes Africa Man of the Year. A great feat confirming the progress the nation is making in the field of Agriculture and other related issues.
As a nation, we cannot but have our challenges and one of the greatest headaches of Nigerians both home and abroad has been the Boko Haram menace but after a very long battle and strategies the Nigeria military has shown more than enough wit and brawn in curtailing the nefarious activities of these miscreants. There is no gainsaying the fact that the military, deviating from the wholly military tactics, had employed more civil action in curbing the menace of this group thus the reason why the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika stands out as a colossus in bringing the activities of Boko Haram sect to its minimal level.
Our successes in the field of sports cannot be attributed to the athletes alone but also kudos must be given to the administrators namely the Minister of Sports, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi and the Director General of the National sports commission, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, whose appointment has brought a lot of sanity and dedication to the sporting industry with commitment from the leadership.
The trio of Adeyemi Adesokan, Dr. Ola Orekunrin and Tolulope Sangosanya are also making the country proud as their names were conspicuous on the 20 finalists in the JCI 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the world program (JCI TOYP). The competition is a global program of JCI (Junior Chamber International), a global network of young active citizens with over 200,000 members in more than 100 national organizations of JCI.
The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Musa Rabiu Kwakwanso was outstanding in 2013 in the administration of his state as he declared Free education from Primary to tertiary institutions for indigenes of his state, having it also on record as the most education friendly governor in the last few years.
Victor Moses the Liverpool FC player displayed what patriotism is when he laid aside every form of bitterness to feature for the country at the Africa Cup of Nations having lost his parents to the bloody hands of insensitive religious killers few years back.
The contribution of each individual on the list is of positive importance to Nigeria as a nation and that is the reason we will continue to celebrate them. They are our heroes.
20 MOST OUTSTANDING NIGERIANS IN 2013
Dr Akinwumi Adesina – Minister of Agriculture
Engr. Jide Adeniji – DG Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA
Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi – Minister of Sports and Youth Development
Stephen Keshi – Coach Super Eagles
Seyi Sijuwade – MD Nigeria Railway Corporation
Gbenga Elegbeleye – DG National Sports Commission.
Femi Adesina – Nigerian Guild of Editors
Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika – Chief of Army Staff
Victor Moses – Super Eagles/Liverpool FC
Sunday Mba – Super Eagles
Adeyemi Adesokan – Co-Founder, Pathogenica International
Mrs Sally Mbanefo – Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation
Dr. Ola Orekunrin – Flying Doctors Nigeria
Primate Ademisokun Turton – President, Unification of C&S, Ondo State
Tolulope Sangosanya – Founder, LOTS of Charity Foundation
Alhaji Musa Rabiu Kwakwanso – Governor Kano State
Blessing Okagbare – Athlete
Nkiruka Uwakwe – Athlete
Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim Mini – MD/CEO Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC
Panshak Henry Zamani – Ice Prince
They all keep the flag flying…!
Biography and Profile of Haggai Gutap
Haggai GUTAP is a two time graduate of Economics and he holds a Bachelor of Science & Masters Degrees in Economics respectively both from University of Jos. Presently, he is a Phd. student of Development Economics at the Nigeria Defense Academy Kaduna.
Haggai is a Certified Business Development Service Provider; Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) & Certified Microfinance Technical Service Provider by the CBN & NDIC. He is a Member, Chartered institute of Stock Brokers and Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria. He is presently the Managing Partner/Chief Executive of Fingertips Enterprise Development Partners International Limited.
Over the years, he has gathered practical experience in using Cutting Edge Training methodologies for efficient service delivery.
He is presently on the team of Certified Consultants for the past four years anchoring the Microfinance Certification Programme a Central Bank of Nigeria & Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) sponsored Programme.
He has facilitated Trainings and researches at different fora. Among others are: training for World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Fund for Agricultural Development sponsored projects under the FADAMA 2 &3 projects and Rural Finance Building Programme in Nigeria (RUFIN) & German International Corporation (GIZ) respectively.
His areas of core competencies include; Training, Macro Economics Analysis, Microfinance Development packages, Quantitative Analysis, Research, Investments & Portfolio Analysis, Business Development, Retirement Planning and other Pension related matters. He is an astute professional who is a member of different professional bodies in Nigeria which include the following; Institute of Chartered Economists in Nigeria (ICEN), Chartered Institute of Stock Brockers of Nigeria (CIS), Certified Microfinance Training Service Provider and has both foreign and Local training exposures; Microfinance Banking and Development at the Manila University Philipinnes and German International Corporation (GIZ), Business Development, Customer Service Excellence and the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme, Budget and Budgeting.
He is presently the Director General, Plateau State Microfinance, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (PLASMEDA)
Profile of Chuka Umunna,his career and work.
Chuka Umunna was born 17th of October, 1978 to a Nigerian Father and English-Irish Mother, he was educated at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, south London, at the voluntary aided Christ Church C of E Primary School (Cotherstone Road) in the Brixton Hill area of Streatham,and at the independent secondary school St. Dunstan’s College in Catford in south-east London. He obtained a 2:1 degree in English and French Law from the University of Manchester and then studied at the University of Burgundy in Dijon in France, and Nottingham Law School in Nottingham.
Education, equality, and community and youth engagement.
He trained at Herbert Smith the large “Magic Circle” City law firm: about his decision to join the firm he said “I wanted to join Herbert Smith because they were a big international firm, very much at the heart of the City, business and finance. Having entered thinking I wanted to be a hotshot corporate lawyer, I ended up wanting to become an employment lawyer because employment relates to people and their relationships. In 2006, he moved to the central London law firm, Rochman Landau, where he mainly acted for individuals and small and medium sized companies. As an employment lawyer, Umunna often spoke in the media on employment issues.
He is “Labour through and through” and says the Tories aren’t serious about equality, “despite what Cameron tries to say with his spin and presentation” and says the BSS is a very positive development, long overdue. But he warns that although Labour has traditionally represented Blacks: “We are in danger of falling behind on that if we don’t increase representation in the future. It’s not just about representation, it’s also about increasing out communities’ general participation in the political process. That’s something we must work on.”
Influence and motivation
At 27 Chuka Umunna has been in main street politics, Influenced by his father who is a died when he was 13. Chuka recalls moment with his father saying “It had a huge influence on my life. I had to grow up very, very quickly.” He added: “Politically my father had a big influence on me. He spoke out against the corruption in Nigeria, for better governance and got involved in politics in Anambra state. He narrowly missed out on winning the governorship of that state shortly before he died in a car crash. He lost because he refused to bribe anyone and was standing on an anti-corruption ticket.
Also motivating were his experiences while growing – In my youth I also often visited my father’s native Nigeria and came face to face with the extreme poverty one sees in Africa in the heart wrenching appeal videos produced by the likes of Oxfam and Comic Relief every year. I simply could not understand why some had so much, whilst others had so little. From there sprung a desire to do something about it and the other challenges we face.
he is presently a School Governor of Sunnyhill Primary School and sits on the Board of Sunnyhill Children’s Centre, both in Streatham Wells. He lives on Streatham High Road.
In addition, he sits on the Board of Generation Next, a not for profit social enterprise which provides activities for young people in London, and has been involved charitable youth work in Lambeth too.
He is a patron of Latimer Creative Media, a social enterprise which trains young people in digital media and a supporter of Cassandra Learning Centre, a charity raising awareness and working to stop domestic violence.
Prior to becoming Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Streatham, Chuka was Vice Chair of Streatham Labour Party from 2004 to 2008 and had held a variety of positions throughout the local party.
In the May 2010 general election, Chuka was elected to represent Streatham having received 20,037 votes, with the number of votes received by Labour rising from 18,950 in the previous general election in 2005. Turnout in Streatham increased by 11.5 percentage points at 62.8% compared with 51.3% in 2005.
He is a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions and sits on the Management Committee of progressive pressure group, Compass.
Since becoming an MP, he has been elected on to the Treasury select committee and become Ed Miliband’s parliamentary private secretary.
In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing the Rt Hon John Denham MP who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.
In this role, Mr Umunna leads the Opposition Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, leading for the opposition on a wide range of issues including business, enterprise, science and universities.
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Honourable Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo
President, Customary Court of Appeal, Ondo State
A chip off the old block
Hon. Justice Folashade Oluwatoyin Aguda-Taiwo was born in Ibadan on the 10th of April, 1954 to the family of the Late Eminent Jurist Hon. Justice Timothy Akinola Aguda and Late Chief (Mrs.)Grace Modupeore Aguda (a former Chief Matron of the University College Hospital, Ibadan).
Folashade attended St. Luke’s Demonstration School, Oke-Ado Ibadan between 1957 as aNursery School girl until 1965 when she completed her Primary School education. She attended St. Theresa’sCollege Oke-Ado, Ibadan between 1965 and 1970 where she sat for and passed the West African School Certificate Examinations. She laer proceeded to Olivet Baptist High School, Olivets Heights Oyo where she completed her Higher School Certificate Examinations in Englsh Literature, Geography, Economics and General Paper in December 1972. She was a Church Usher and Chapel Prefect while in Oyo.
Thereafter she worked briefly as a Clerical Officer at the Establishment Division of the Registry of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) between January and September 1973efore her admission to study Law in the same University between September, 1973 and June 1976. During the unversity holidays, Folashade worked in the Law Firmof Chief R.O. A. Akinjide (SAN) wh was a friend of her late dad.while in the unversity she was a chorister of the Anglican Church.
After graduating from Ife, Folashade attended the Ngeria Law schol, LagosCampus beteenseptember 1976 and June 1977 and was alled to the Nigeria Bar on the 2nd of July, 1977. For her NYSC she served at he Departmen of Pulic Prosecutions of the Ministry of Justice, ijebu-Ode, Ogun State as a Legal Officer.
After the successful completion of the NYSC progame,Folashade proceeded to the prestigiousUnversity of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) for her LL.M programme which she sat for and passed the following subjects in 1983, Company Law, Law of Insurance, Comparative Constitutional Law of the Commonwealth Countries and Comparative African.
After retuning back to Nigeria,she worked briefly as an Assistant Registrar in the Establishment Division of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State between 1983 and 1985. From there she joined the Nigeria Law School as Lecturer Grade 2 in May, 1985. Folashade worked her way up the academic ladder at the Law school until she became a Senior Lecturer in March 1991. She left the academic line in September 1992 to join the then booming Banking Industry where she was appointed as the Group Legal Adviser and Company Secretary to some subsidiary companies under the then Kapital Merchant Bank between 1992 and 1994.
With the collapse of the Merchant Banks then Shade joined her father’s (who was then a retired Judge) Legal Firm as an Associate of Akinola Aguda & Co between 1994 and 2001. While with her father she gathered tremendous experience in brief writing and did lots of research work with him. With encouragement from her father to go back to the teaching profession she was reabsorbed into the academic field of the Nigeria Law School in February 2001 as Deputy Director (Academics) and Head of Department of Legal Drafting and Conveyancing. She was at the same time made the Head of the Academic Unit of the Lagos Branch of the Nigeria Law School. She was in this position until she was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Ondo State on the 19th of July, 2002.
While on the Bench Hon. Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo worked at various Judicial Divisions of the High Court until her recent appointment as the First President of the Customary Court of Appeal Ondo State on the 14th of February, 2013.
During the judicial career of Her Lordship she attended several Local and International Conferences which include The International Association of Women Judge’s Conference in Sydney, Australia in April, 2006 and a similar conference held in South Korea in 2010. My Lord also attended the World Jurist Conference held in the Czech Republic in Prague in 2011 of which she is a member. She was between 2008 and 2010 the Assistant Secretary of the National Association of Women Judges. She is also a Member of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Management Group (NCMG).
Hon. Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo is an extemely hardworking, highly disciplined, dedicated and an incorruptible judge. She possesses the attribtes of honesty, frankness, courage, wisdom and integrity which were imbibed in her by her parents.
My Lord is of the Christian faith of the Anglican Communion and an active Member of the YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) as well as a Memer of the Christian Friendly Society o St. Thomas’s Anglican Church in Akure. She was also a Member o the Church Parochial Council between 2010 and 2011.
Hon. Justice Aguda-Taiwo is arried to Dr. Adetunji Taiwo a Consultant Surgeon and the union is blessed with 4 lovely children and two grandsons. She is lucky to have Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi as a son-in-law. She is also a motherto so many other children who adore her. She loves socializing and enjoys reading, singing and gardening.
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