On Saturday the 6th of April, the association of Nigerian academics in the UK (ANAUK) held an event in recognition of Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s contribution to education and empowerment.
The event, which took place at the Monarch Suite of the London Hilton Metropole, was well attended by members of the political class from Nigeria as well as the UK.
ANAUK was established in 2008 with the aim of promoting shared ideals in the development and advancement of education in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the President of the organisation, Councillor Adedamola Aminu (Deputy Mayor of Lambeth Council) stated, ‘We all know that the foundation of every great nation is the education of its youths. With this in mind, ANAUK seeks to support the effort of the Federal, State and Local Government in Nigeria in finding solutions to some of the many problems mitigating access to efficient and effective delivery of quality education.’
Senator Oluremi Tinubu was first lady of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. During this time, she launched the New Era Foundation; a non-profit organisation, dedicated to youth development, girl child education, women empowerment and inspiring young persons to excellence.
She’s also responsible for various other initiatives in the state including the annual Spelling Bee competition and the junior chef competition amongst others.
In an inspiring speech, one of the beneficiaries of the senator’s initiatives, Alexander Ezenagu, who is now a post-graduate student at Oxford University, thanked Senator Oluremi Tinubu for her contribution to his education and for her support in all of his academic pursuit.
Accepting the award, Senator Oluremi Tinubu said she was humbled by the kind gesture of the members of ANAUK to celebrate her contribution to education.
The senator who observed that development in other nations of the world was advancing rapidly, cited that Nigeria as a nation was still grappling with gross poverty, unemployment, insecurity and corruption.
‘Objective concerns about Nigeria’s current situation goes far beyond the issue of political, ethnic, religious or other affiliations, she said’.
‘Problems left unresolved today can become a time bomb, even for future generations, she added’.
She also stated that members of ANAUK and other Nigerians in the Diaspora are in a vantage position to realise the nature of challenges needed to be overcome for Nigeria to catch up with best practices and examples of true development across the world.
Here are some highlights from the event below