By Eric Elezuo

Wife of the Chief Razaq Akanni Okoya, Chairman of Eleganza Group, Chief (Mrs) Folashade Okoya, has added another feather to her cap of honours with the reception of the Inspiring Executive Woman of the Year award conferred on her by the Alumni Global Network of the University of Ibadan at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido, Chief Razaq Okoya, Mrs Sade Okoya, others in cheerful mood

The award, which was in commemoration of the institutions 70th year anniversary, recognised Mrs. Okoya’s  positive impacts on educational development, youth empowerment as well as her strides for good governance on socio-economic development and innovation per excellence.

Chief and Chief (Mrs) Razaq Okoya

Flanked by her husband, Chief Okoya and her four lovely children, beautiful and radiantly clad Shade was all smiles as the honours were bestowed on her by the university authorities in full view of the Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi among other notable dignitaries.

Chief (Mrs.) Okoya is the Deputy Managing Director of Eleganza Group of Companies.

Mrs. Okoya being robed

The UI Alumni Global Network was conceived to assist the University of Ibadan to achieve the founder’s objectives and maintain the level of academic excellence consonant with the great premier university. It is more importantly, a platform through which every alumnus across the world can collectively make positive impacts to the institution.

The awardee, family and well wishers

The Network is saddled with the responsibility of encouraging research, improving technology and infrastructural development of the university through Cancer research, computerization of some academic departments, provision of solar energy to generate electricity and water supply on campus, refurbishment of the departments, hall of residences among others.

Sade with her children

The University of Ibadan was established in 1948. It is the very first University in Nigeria, and is credited for producing veritable members of the public, who have held and still hold high profile positions in the country and across the world today.

Stepping out in glory

The event was also a gathering of the notable politicians, gurus in international diplomacy and many more. Some of them include the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido, Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, MD/CEO of First Bank, Mr. Adesola Adedutan, former Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington, Nigeria Ambassador to United Kingdom, Amb. George Oguntade, Nigeria Ambassdor to the Vatican, George Umo; Deputy Ambassador to Germany, Mobolaji Ogundero; Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau Jibrin among others.

Photo credit: Coucou Fotoz Int.

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