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Lagos State Man Of The Year: Dr. Awode Gets Honour



Lagos State did not just become the third-largest economy in Africa all by itself, it took the collective effort of business-minded people; the likes of Dr Aderemi Emmanuel Awode to put the building blocks, sweat wherewithal and sheer dedication in their little corners to conspicuously put Lagos State on Africa and the world economic market.


It is therefore in recognition of this that history was made on Sunday 14th November 2021 when the humble entrepreneur who sits atop a strictly conceived and birthed, proudly made in Lagos conglomerate, Special Apostle Aderemi Emmanuel Awode, was conferred with the prestigious honour of Lagos State Man Of The Year Award, (LASMAYA) 2021.


The organisers of the awards, CENTRE FOR POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND POLITICAL STUDIES (CEPODEPS) had shortlisted a number of credible men and women contributing to the growth of Lagos State from various fields and sectors of the state in a transparent public participation vote in announcing Dr Aderemi Awode as the people’s choice for the honour having polled over 6,000 votes.


The 10th Edition of the event, which will go down in the annals of Lagos State and indeed Nigeria, truly has the trappings of A-listers in the manufacturing, business and banking world. Dr Aderemi Ifaolopin Aderemi, the Chief Organiser, in his speech, reeled out the good virtues of Dr Remi Awode.


With the recipient’s antecedents, it was of no surprise that top royal fathers from Lagos State brought their weight to bear as a testimony to the laudable achievement of Dr Awode, for whom it is not a big deal, but in actual fact a second nature to positively affect his host community in bringing succour to them in whatever capacity it is needed.

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These royal guests all pulled the stops to felicitate with the amiable man of honour. Legal luminaries, academicians from both government and private citadels of higher learning, businessmen and women, all did the needful by turning up in force and solidarity under the Blue-Roof of LTV-8 Agidingbi, Lagos to celebrate the unassuming, self-made billionaire in paint manufacturing and other allied products.


Being chosen as the Lagos State Man of The Year 2021 is not an honour in the likes of others being given out, it is unique and in a class of its own, because it is an honour earned as a reward for service sincerely and judiciously rendered to society, humanity and for posterity.


The Conferment ceremony was witnessed by Rector, The Polytechnic, Ibadan Prof. Adekunle Adebiyi Kazeem, Oba David Olukayode from Ikorodu, Dr Barrister Laide Osinjo, Sp. Apostle Adegoke, Mrs Sesan Rufai, Mr&Mrs Solomon Nwachukwu, Prophet Tolani, Prophet Alugbo, Sp. Apostle Ogundele, G.A. Agboola, Dean of Post Graduate School, KST Eniola from JABU, Mr Dapo Adeniyi-Registrar, Mogaji Solabello Adewole, Oladipupo Coker to mention a few.


The beautiful citation was read by famous Obafemi Greg.





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UBA Group Dominates the 2021 Banker Awards, Wins ‘African Bank of the Year’




Breaks the Banker Magazine Record as it wins Best Bank in Nigeria and 12 of Its Subsidiaries Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc yet again, reaffirms its leadership position across Africa, as the bank has been globally recognised as the African Bank of the year 2021 by the Banker Magazine, a leading global finance news publication published by the Financial Times of London.


UBA’s solid financial performance, its excellent service delivery to customers and its continuous role of facilitating rapid economic growth across the African continent were some of the reasons that led to the bank being named best bank in 12 of its African subsidiaries and in Nigeria. UBA Nigeria Plc, UBA Benin, UBA Burkina Faso, UBA Cameroon, UBA Chad, UBA Congo Brazzaville, UBA Cote D’Ivoire, UBA Gabon, UBA Guinea, UBA Liberia, UBA Senegal, UBA Sierra Leone and UBA Zambia all came out top as the best banks in their respective countries.


This will not be a first for UBA. In 2020, six of its subsidiaries in Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia were winners of the Best Bank award. This year, the UBA Group is breaking a record with its exceptional wins as African Bank of the Year and Bank of the year in 13 countries. The total 14 awards makes it the first time ever in the history of the almost 100 years of The banker, that any banking group will be clinching as many as 14 wins in a single year.

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At the Virtual award ceremony which was held on December 1st 2021, the Middle East and Africa Editor for The Banker, John Everington, explained at the event that a rigorous and highly analytical process is made annually to reach the decision for each Bank of the Year award and the institution’s reputation for independence, authority and integrity is thoroughly applied to each submission.


“While several African banks impressed the judges this year, there was no doubt as to the worthiest recipient of the Bank of the Year for Africa – UBA Group – a clear winner across a wide range of criteria. UBA has performed impressively across its footprint with a strong financial performance across most of its markets,” Everington said.


UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed delight over the recognition from The Banker stated “Like I always say, at UBA, we must be doing something right. Winning 14 total awards in13 subsidiaries and the Bank of the Year on the African continent is a big achievement.’


Continuing, Uzoka said, “The recognitions come as a reassurance that we are on track in consolidating our leadership position in Africa, as we continue to create superior value for all our stakeholders. We have our millions of customers across the globe and our many thousands of staff to thank for this. They are the very reason why we keep winning’


Since1926, the Bank of the Year awards has been celebrating the best of global banking and is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. The 2021 edition highlights those institutions that have outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Banker Magazine is a publication of the Financial Times – a leading global finance news publication which has been in existence since 1888. The Banker magazine is the definitive reference in international banking for high level decision makers.


United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries.


With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services

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Crisis Rocks Ghana Parliament As Members Clash Over 2022 budget




The 2022 budget of Ghana suffered another set back as the House could not reach concerts on its passage.


The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta had presented the budget for the House to deliberate upon and possibly approve it for passage to the president to work with. But the House is in disagreement.


The Majority members had earlier hoped in easy passage but, they were shocked to witness a tie in the House. The ruling Party, New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has 137 members in the House, same to the main opposition party, The New Democratic Congress(NDC)


The Speaker who could have added one to the ruling NPP lacks the constitutional right, as the Constitution denies him voting right as the presiding officer.


The case will then be taken to the Supreme Court for intervention. The issue has been a major challenge threatening the smooth democracy in the country. The decision to go to Supreme Court is expected to be taken before or by Friday sitting.


By Moses Owopade,

Accra, Ghana.

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