Awardees

Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Onikepo Akande CON
DISTINGUISHED ROLE MODEL AND LEADER IN AFRICA
Chief Dr Mrs. Nike Akande CON attended Queen’s school, Ede from 1958-1962 for her secondary education, Chief Dr. Nike Akande later attended the University of North London from 1965-1968 where she studied Accountancy. She did her postgraduate programme at the prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She also attended a management development course at Oxford University, United Kingdom, and an Advance Management Course, at International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and Insead Business School at Abu Dhabi, UAE.

She was the first Nigerian Woman to be appointed Minister of Industry.

  • She was a twotime Minister of Industry of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • She is a Harvard Trained Professional and an Investment Expert.
  • Chairman of NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (New Partnership for Africa’s Development).
  • Past President of The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
  • Director of PZ Cussons Foundation. 2008 to Date.
  • Director of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. 2008 to 2017.
  • Chairman, Oyo State Education Trust Fund. 2017 to 2019.
  • Group Chairman, Emerging Africa Capital Limited. Sept. 2018 to Date.
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Pearl Awards Nigeria. Sept. 2018 to Date.
  • Trustee of President Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL). 2016 to Date.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State. READ MORE

Mr. John Obayuwana - Chairman/CEO of Polo Luxury Group
NIGERIA ICONIC LUXURY BRAND
Mr Obayuwana is a Nigerian businessman and a patron of the arts. He is known as one of the pioneers of the luxury industry in Africa and has played a significant role in defining and setting the standards for African luxury. With every enterprise Polo ventures into, Mr Obayuwana continues to bolster his legacy in the luxury industry. Mr Obayuwana is also the Chairman of Cat Construction Group.

Polo Luxury is the leading luxury goods firm in Nigeria, retailing some of the most preeminent luxury brands in the world. The company has become a reference point in West Africa as a purveyor of high-end Swiss watches, writing instruments and accessories.

Polo is the authorised retailer for brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Chopard, Piaget, Breguet, Omega, and Montblanc, among others.

The company was founded in 1987 by John Obayuwana, a well-known business visionary and leading philanthropist in Nigeria. READ MORE

IYALODE ALABA LAWSON MFR
A BUSINESS GENERAL
IYALODE ALABA OLUWASEUN LAWSON was born on the 18th January 1951 to Papa and Mrs. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku in Abeokuta. Her father was the late Pa Jiboku (aka Jiboku Tannatanna) of the defunct Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) and her mother was the daughter of Aderupoko Coker fame of Itesi, Abeokuta.

She started her teaching career in 1969 and later left for St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Training College at Prince’s Gate England in 1973 for further studies where she obtained a 1st Class Diploma in Education with distinction.  The first African student to be so rated at the institution.  A testimonial issued and signed by the co-principals in 1975 attests to this.  It reads and I quote:

“MRS LAWSON was outstanding in her ability to master her academic studies.  She worked with enthusiasm and intelligence. Therefore, we are sure Mrs. Lawson will make good use of these gifts for the benefits of the Children and Young people in Nigeria.  We shall miss her in the College, but we look forward with confidence to hearing about the work she will accomplish”. READ MORE

Chief Mrs. Folashade Risikat Adunni Adeshoye - MD/CEO of renowned luxury jewelry retailer, Jewellery Affair, a division of Farmit Ventures Nig. Ltd.
NIGERIAN'S QUEEN OF RETAIL LUXURY
Chief Mrs. Folashade Risikat Adunni Adeshoye is the MD/CEO of renowned luxury jewelry retailer, Jewellery Affair, a division of Farmit Ventures Nig. Ltd. A native of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Mrs. Adesoye began her early life attending St Saviours Primary School Ijebu Ode and Ijebu Igbo Girls Grammar School. 

On completing her secondary education, she worked at CFAO Moloney in Obalende Lagos & LAHAM Executive Services, a security outlet in Surulere, Lagos. She later continued her professional studies in Catering & Hotel Management where she received a Certificate from City & Guilds. On acquiring her certificate, Mrs. Adeshoye ventured into the business world in 1985, selling fashion merchandise. She subsequently founded her renowned luxury jewelry business in 2000 and has been spearheading this alongside very successfully real estate ventures ever since. She is a dedicated Philanthropist, serving as the Chairperson of Focus On Disability – an organization working to provide support to physically handicapped children. READ MORE