Event : General Meeting
Venue: Eastpointe, Michigan
Event : General Meeting
Venue: Eastpointe, Michigan
Event: Afenifere Renewal Group USA Chapter 2015 Conference
Date: October 16 &17, 2015
Date: Oct 16, 2015
Arrival of speakers, and delegates
Registration & Check in.
Venue Detroit Marriot Hotel
Address 27033 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Mi.
Date: Oct 16, 2015
Meet & Greet with delegates and speakers
Venue: Kola Restaurant, Farmington, Mi
Date: Oct 17, 2015
Theme: Southwest Nigeria Beyond 2015:Securing a better future for Yorubaland
Venue: Cobo Center Detroit (1 Washington Blvd,Detroit, Michigan 48226)
Keynote Address: Olawale Oshun
Date: Oct 17, 2015
Venue Detroit Marriot Hote
Hon.Olawale Oshun (National Chairman, ARG)
Senator Babafemi Ojudu
Senator Babafemi Ojudu is widely acclaimed as one of the most eminent journalists and political leaders of Nigeria in this generation. His love, respect and loyalty to the people constitute the bedrock of his highly distinguished journalistic career and his service as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senator Ojudu received his university education at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria, where he obtained his B.A. degree in 1984. Even as a university student, he demonstrated his love for journalism, becoming editor of a main campus newspaper and one of the founders of another, and its editor. After graduating, he served on the editorial team of some of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines, and as editor or managing editor of some of them. He also led teams that founded some of the most notable newspapers and magazines in recent Nigerian history.
These were years when military dictatorships were establishing the reign of lawlessness, crookedness, impunity and corruption over the life of Nigeria. Ojudu immediately stood out as one of a crop of brave young journalists who dared to speak for the conscience and dignity of their country against the rapacity of the military dictators. Such bravery earned him repeated arrests, as well as various lengths of detention without charge or trial. And his unwavering stolidity elevated him to the stature of a leading citizen, and a prominent contributor to the building of Nigeria.
Ojudu was elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2011. Again, in an elected Nigerian Federal Government (both executive and legislative) in which the predominant ethos was manipulation of processes in the service of graft and self-enrichment, Senator Ojudu stood out, often alone, to speak for duty to the people of Nigeria and in defence of democracy and accountability in the governance of Nigeria.
Back home in his Senatorial District, Senator Ojudu demonstrated his loyalty and duty to his people by sponsoring various programs of empowerment and community development – including a mobile health screening service for senior citizens, a farming enterprise for youths, a cooperative storage program for women traders of certain perishable commodities, and an annual award for a literary competition among students.
We in ARG USA are delighted to have Senator Ojudu as the guest of honor for the 2015 conference
Professor Adeniran Adeboye
Adeniran Adeboye was born in Gbongan, a nodal point in the state of Osun. He attended the African Church Schools in Gbongan (1951-56), Government College, Ibadan (1958-63), the University of Ibadan (1963-67), and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD (1970-74). He was a Ford Foundation Research Fellow at the Test Development and Research Office of the West African Examinations Council (1967-68), Lecturer at King’s College, Lagos (1968-69) later a Statistician at the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (1968-69). During the same two years 1967-69, Adeboye taught Mathematics at the University of Lagos. Adeboye came to the US in September 1969 as a Teacher Ambassador to Baltimore, teaching mathematics at the Northwestern High School in the City during the day, and Yoruba to some interested students after the school day. He joined the mathematics faculty of Howard University in 1974 and now serves as the Chairman of the Department.
Adeniran Adeboye grew up in a political family where his father was the Baba Egbe of the NCNC in Gbongan from 1951 until his passing. The relief that Awolowo’s FPE brought to that family in January 1955 had the immediate effect of making Adeniran Adeboye an Action Group child of an NCNC household. Fortunately, that did not create much problem for him in the family, even as he grew up to participate in electioneering campaigns. It should not surprise anybody that that background informed Adeboye’s readiness for student politics at UI. He was elected in 1963 as the very first First Member for New Hall (later named Azikiwe Hall) in the Student Representative Council. He was also a member of the campus wing of the Action Group Youth Organization. Adeboye currently serves as Chairman of the Oodua Foundation, a think tank that is devoted to, among other things, the harmonization of the Yoruba leadership.
Adeniran Adeboye’s primary areas of mathematical research are in Differential Geometry and Algebraic Topology. He however also has Number Theory as a favorite hobby, especially the area of unresolved Diophantine Equations. His ambition includes firmly establishing the Mathematics, Science, Technology and Engineering Research Institutes MaSTERI at home, under the auspices of BUDO ATONA, a homeward bound organization of which he is currently the Chairman.
Adeniran Adeboye is married to Barbara Neverdon (since 1971) and they are the parents of 3 adult children, Adeniran Akanbi, Ilesanmi Ishola, and Tolani Arike. Barbara has been a pillar of support for everything that Adeniran does.
Omoyele Sowore (Publisher, Sahara Reporters)
Mr. Dipo Famakinwa (Director General, Developmental Agenda For Western Nigeria)
Dipo is an entrepreneur and development technocrat.
Currently, Director General of DAWN Commission, the coordinating and programme management institution set up by the States of Western Nigeria, comprising Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States, to promote and pursue the Southwest regional integration agenda, as encapsulated in the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Strategy Roadmap.
As DG, Dipo’s role is to provide strategic insight and leadership towards delivering on the vision and mission of the Southwest development agenda.
Dipo has had more than twenty four (24) years of extensive and high-profile professional experience serving various sectors within the Nigerian and multinational markets. He had led successful missions in the provision of management services to clients in financial services, aviation, retail, oil & gas, among others, and had also managed diverse talents and teams across functional areas.
Among others, Dipo worked at senior levels at Landover Aviation Company Limited (Business Manager) and Vigeo Oil and Gas Limited (Group Head/Regional Manager, Niger Delta). In 2006, Dipo founded Famedge Travel & Logistics Services Limited, a management services company providing air travel and logistics support to middle market and high-end clients, and later, from 2008, worked as Head Consultant/CEO of Bluehall Advisory Services, a leading-edge firm of consultants in management, capacity building and strategy consulting.
In the last few years, Dipo has been very active in shaping the development policy environment in Nigeria and has consulted for governments and public institutions across the country.
Dipo directed the activities of the technical work group that put together the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Strategy Document, and on the back of that, led and coordinated the processes that culminated in the setting up of DAWN Commission.
Dipo is a member of the Oyo State Social and Economic Management Team (OSSEMAT), was on the Osun State Public Service Reform Committee, and also led the consulting team that developed the Ekiti State Service Compact and Citizens’ Charter. Dipo was also involved with the KPMG/Bluehall team that conducted the Strategic Health-Check Review on all the companies under Odua Investment Company Limited.
A certified quality auditor, Dipo is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University, the Lagos Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Widely travelled, Dipo is married with children.
Mrs.Bamidele Ademola-Olateju is the Convener – Circle of Hands. She is a serial entrepreneur and a spirited modern essayist actively involved in public intellection. She had her graduate studies in Business Administration and later Computer Information Systems. She worked in software development, software engineering, project management and quality management in two top Fortune 500 companies before establishing herself as a farmer. Her interests are in civic leadership, civic engagement, youth development and advocacy. Her latest venture is Enterxect.com (Naija Matchmakers), a bold new initiative in helping Nigerians the world over find love. Bamidele is a member of Premium Times Editorial Board and maintains a weekly column on Politics and Socioeconomic issues every Tuesday.
Mr. Omoyele Sowore
Mr. Ayo Turton
Ayo Turton was born in Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria. He attended St. Lawrence’s High School, Ilesha and from there proceeded to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He graduated with LL.B Honors degree in 1989, then to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990.
Ayo Turton did his Youth Service serving as the Legal Adviser and Corp Liaison Officer for Akwanga Local Government Plateau State now Nassarrawa State.
After Youth Service he went back to Lagos and had a brief in-house Counsel practice with a medium size company in Lagos. He resigned later to start a private practice o f his own in partnership with another colleague and friend. He left the practice to join the defunct Societe Generale Bank, Lagos from where he resigned in 1997 and migrated to United States. He got admitted to the practice of law in the United States as well.
Since his arrival in the United States, Ayo has been involved with many high profile cases in the field of corporate practice working with some of the best and biggest law firms in the United States and outside of it regarding several multi-billion dollars cases often in supervisory capacities, in the areas of Health Effect and Commercial Matters litigation.
His focus right now is in the areas Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions. He is currently working as an off-shore Consultant with Stewarts Law LLP and Signature Litigation LLP both based in London regarding a Securities issue based litigation involving one of the biggest banks in the world based in Europe. He is also the Managing Partner for Mich-Esther Solicitors, a law firm with its head office in Victoria Island, Lagos and a branch located in Oluyole, Ibadan.
He is a resilient social activist and public opinion leader on many Nigerian interests’ listservs and social media fori. As a tool of his social activities, he took interest in the advocacy of Constitutional Law where he is well grounded. Many of his several several works have been published in almost all the major newspapers in Nigeria and popular e-media fori. Some of them have been cited in Wikipedia of recent.
He is the immediate past Legal Counsel to the Egbe Omo Yoruba USA and Canada, and currently the Legal Counsel and a Trustee of Odua Foundation. He is a vociferous advocate of real federalism as a tool for a better Nigeria.
Ayo is married to Abimbola; they are blessed with two children, a boy and a girl.
Professor Pius Adesanmi
PIUS ADESANMI obtained a First Class Honours degree in French Studies from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, a masters degree in French Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Adesanmi has since pursued a career as a scholar of Francophone and Anglophone African and Black Diasporic literatures, politics, and cultures. He is a Professor of English and African Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. A widely cited commentator on African affairs, he has lectured widely in Universities in Africa, Europe, and North America. One of Nigeria’s contemporary leading public intellectuals and celebrated columnists, among his numerous lecture and keynote credits, Adesanmi has addressed audiences on African issues on such prestigious platforms as the Stanford Forum for African Studies, the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation’s annual lecture series, the International Leadership Platform of the university of Johannesburg, the African Unity for Renaissance series of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, the Africa Institute of South Africa lecture series, and the Academy of Science of South Africa lecture series. In 2013 – 2014, he was a Carnegie Diaspora Visiting Professor of African Studies, University of Ghana. In 2013, he was part of the Diaspora Consultation series of the African Union Agenda 2063. He is the internationally-acclaimed winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing (2010) in the non-fiction category with his book, You’re not a Country, Africa. His new book, Naija No Dey Carry Last, a collection of satirical essays on Nigerian politics and cultures was published in recently in September 2015 to critical acclaim