Group photograph of UK based Nigerian professionals with Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola in Agbada outfit.
The Nigeria High
Commissioner to UK, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola on Sunday, 27th June, 2021 hosted a group of accomplished professionals based in Britain, the majority of whom are British Nigerians in his official residence, Abuja House, London.
The group consisting of influential individuals who have all been recognised by the annual Power List (Britain’s most influential People of African and Caribbean heritage) were encouraged by Ambassador Isola to strengthen their cultural ties to Nigeria and partner with the Nigeria High Commission in the UK to bridge the economic and industrial gap between both countries.
According to Ambassador Isola, “Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and we have to pull together to develop our country. Our challenges are surmountable hence the need to come together and work for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
“I hereby challenge the Power List members and other British Nigerians to chart the way forward. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he said.
Yemi Edun, the CEO of Daniel Ford International, a property search & acquisition firm based in London and an attendee at the event, while speaking said, “This event is timely”.
“Some of Nigeria’s best brains are living in the UK so it’s important that we exchange ideas. The Ambassador reminded us that we are all Ambassadors of Nigeria in our chosen professions”, Edun said.
Alongside representatives from the Nigeria High Commission, other notable attendees included; Sir Kenneth Olisa Lord Lieutenant of Greater London; Claire Ighodaro CBE Independent Non-Exec Director; Elebe Okobi Public Policy Director at Facebook Africa Middle-East & Turkey; Richard Iferenta Partner & Vice-Chair at KPMG.
Others include, Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE Founder and CEO, MicroMax Consulting; Dr Joy Odili Consultant Plastic Surgeon; Dr Emeka Okaro Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist; Segun Osuntokun, Managing Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Femi Oguns Agent, Founder and CEO of Identity Theatre School; Tunde Olanrewaju Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Tara Lajumoke MD, FT Strategies; Yvonne Ike Managing Director and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa region (Ex-RSA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Tevin Tobun Founder and CEO, GV Group (Gate Ventures).
Also in attendance are, Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE Founder, Chineke! Foundation; Richard Iferenta Partner, Vice Chair, KPMG; The Right Honourable Lord Victor Adebowale Charity and Social Care Leader Tunde Bankojo OBE Founder, Making the Leap and the Social Mobility Awards; Eva Omoaghomi LVO Director of Community Engagement (UK,Commonwealth and International) to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall; Yvonne Eno Founding Director, head of Events – Powerful Media Ltd. Dr Allswell Eno MBBS (Lond.) MRCP (UK) MRCGP FMGEMS Senior Partner, Trinity Medical Centre.