The Olabisi Onabanjo University Alumni (UK & Ireland) Chapter Gives Back in style
Dateline Saturday 23rd February 2019. The Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane, Romford in Essex hosted the maiden edition of the Olabisi Onabanjo University UK Alumni Association’s Gala Nite & Black Tie event. A flagship initiative of the Association’s current executive council aimed at raising funds for the direct benefit of the students in the university.
With the event tickets planned for 250 guests sold out within 2 weeks, the event quickly became the talk of the town. On the back of this the planning committee left no stone unturned, went straight to work and set the stage for what turned out as an event rated AAA* grade by the 250 guests seated on the night.
The guest list was a cross section of ex-students – their partners, friends & families, as well as representatives of the honoured Founding Fathers of the Institution in the persons of Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo, Foundation Visitor: the Executive Governor of Ogun State between 1979 – 1983, Chief Hon. Moses Adekoyejo Majekodumi, CFR, CMG, LLD, FRCPL, FMCDG the Foundation Chancellor of the university. Other Awardees are Prof. Akin Mabogunje and Prof. Olubi Sodipo who are respectively the Foundation Pro and Vice Chancellors of the university.
The event kicked off with a red carpet reception, with photo shoots, drinks and small bites. And with guests seated, the President of the Alumni chapter Mr Segun Sokoya opened the floor with an excellent welcome note, pointing out as stated below the 2 key principles driving the chapter:
- To create and build a vibrant, viable and sustainable Alumni platform in the UK..
- To coordinate and periodically deliver rewarding and enviable “Give Back” projects to support the University and encourage/motivate undergraduates.
The President in his address also stated that this year, the chapter aimed at a minimum fund raising of £5000 to deliver its agreed and approved projects summarised below:
Project 1: Donating a Laboratory Equipment to the Anatomy Department of the University,
Project 2: A phased ten-year Endowment Prize fund for the Best Graduating Student in either a Subject, Department or Faculty to be presented yearly; commencing with the 2019 Convocation Ceremony, and
Project 3: A cash award to 7 indigent students in the Faculties of Management Sciences.
And on the night with the guests totally blown away by the quality of planning, the ambience & conviviality of the occassion, a total sum of £6000 was raised, about 8% above the target of £5000. This is reported sufficient to fund the chapter’s projects listed for 2019.
The President then presented to the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and the Registrar both in attendance a placard cheque for £6000 on behalf of the management and students of the Institution.
As an ex-Osuite myself, it was indeed a scene of candour, prestige and pride as I got to rub shoulders with other ex-students who are making a huge difference in their community, home and abroad.
Amongst these colleagues are Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Lecturers to mention a few. Also very remarkable is the attention to details on every aspect of the event; from the decor, the music, the MCs, the catering and general welfare. A fantastic evening it was by any standard and I look forward to its next edition.
The night was rounded up with a dance session with DJ Omo Whyte one of the best in the UK dishing out new and old school tunes to the delight of the guests.
Congratulations to all members of the UK and Ireland Alumni Chapter and below are the executive members of the chapter who pulled this over.
Guests willing to get copies of their photos on the red carpet, can contact, the Alumni’s Gen. Secretary, Deji Oduye on XPERT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LTD, Ahmed.email@example.com, +44 7817 861291..
Olusegun Olufunmiloye, Ex- Suite