The 2nd Annual Lecture will be delivered by a Former Head of State, His Excellency, Chief (Gen.) Dr Yakubu Gowon, GCFR, and Chaired by His Excellency, Chief (Dr.) Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, CFR
LECTURE TITLE: STRENGTHENING NATIONAL INTEGRATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
VENUE: THE BANQUET HALL, ROYAL COURT OF IFE, OONI’S PALACE, ILE-IFE
The main event holds on Saturday 22nd March, 2014 at the Palace of the Ooni of Ife by 11.00a.m. It is expected to be attended by more than five hundred (500+) dignitaries which includes traditional rulers, diplomats, top government functionaries, private sector chief executives and academia across the country and beyond.
DISTINGUISHED SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR
H.E. SENATOR DAVID MARK, GCON, SENATE PRESIDENT, FRN.
SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR
CHIEF ERNEST A. O. SHONEKAN, GCFR, CBE, FORMER HEAD OF STATE, FRN
H.E. JEFFREY J. HAWKINS, UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL
H.E. (DR.) ANDREW POCOCK, BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO NIGERIA
H.E. BOLA AHMED TINUBU, FORMER GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE
H.E. OGBENI RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, STATE OF OSUN
GUESTS OF HONOUR
H.E. KAYODE FAYEMI, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, EKITI STATE
H.E. DR OLUSEGUN MIMIKO, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, ONDO STATE
H.E. SENATOR ABIOLA AJIMOBI, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, OYO STATE
H.E. BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE
H.E. SENATOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, OGUN STATE
PROF. BAMITALE OMOLE, VICE CHANCELOR, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE
DISTINGUISHED ROYAL GUESTS
HIS EMINENCE, ALH. (DR) MUHAMMAD SA’AD ABUBAKAR, CFR, SULTAN OF SOKOTO
HRM. ALAYELUWA OBA (DR) MICHEAL ADEDOTUN AREMU GBADEBO, CFR, ALAKE OF EGBALAND
HIS MAJESTY, NNAEMEKA ALFRED UGOCHUKWU ACHEBE, CFR, MNI
This year’s lecture will be preceded by a 1-day Seminar for Traditional Rulers in Osun State. The seminar is aimed at charting new course for traditional institutions in the 21st century Nigeria. At the end of the seminar, the participating traditional rulers would have been equipped with basic knowledge and skills that would enable them reposition themselves for independent, self sufficient, non-partisan but all embracing and appreciable participation in modern governance.
The Seminar will be held on 21st March, 2014 at the Conference Centre and Guest Houses of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife under the distinguished Chief Host, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sjuwade Olubuse II, the Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa.
DURING THE MAIN EVENT, DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD WILL BE GIVEN TO EMINENT NIGERIANS
All are being done in recognition of the unique and invaluable contributions of this living legend, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife to the advancement of the course of Yoruba people worldwide in particular, Nigerian state and the black race in general.
The Oba Okunade Sijuwade Annual Leadership Lectures and Awards Series was institutionalized by IFE Business School on 3rd November, 2012, in recognition of the unique and invaluable contributions of His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa, Oba (Dr.) Okunade Sijuwade CFR, Olubuse II, Ooni of Ife to the advancement of the course of Yoruba people worldwide in particular, Nigerian state and the black race in general, as Arole Oduduwa has become an enigma in global political circle and has carved a niche for himself not only as a worthy global Yoruba leader but also as an international statesman and foremost universal monarch.
The Oba Okunade Sijuwade Annual Leadership Lecture provides an excellent forum for leaders, traditional rulers and custodians of culture, senior executives in the public and private sectors, influential leaders and policy makers to address pertinent leadership issues in Nigeria and Africa in general to share their insights. The annual lectures serve as key instrument to constructively contribute to nation building and national development. The lectures are to provide roadmap for the nation which at present is groping for direction and fresh vistas, and generate ideas that propel national political and economic development of the country.
This annual event also features the presentation of Distinguished Leadership Awards which is intended to recognise excellence in leadership and good governance. The award is given to outstanding and exceptional Nigerians who have displayed high integrity and noble character in their various individual contributions to the socio-economic development of the nation either as private entrepreneurs or public officials. The awardees are selected through a meticulous process by a panel of eminent Nigerians of impeccable characters.