The newly elected president of the Nigeria-Britain Association, Abimbola Okoya has said that the singular act of electing her as the new president of the association will open doors for the next generation of inclusive leadership.
Okoya said in her presidential acceptance speech that the desirable act will engender progressive leadership, fosters recognition, acceptance of diversity, and inclusivity which are the foundations of sustainable friendships and harmony among nations.
“This act would cement our name in the sands of time as an Association formed of true friendship solely interested in building friendships that last while making a positive difference to the Economic, Social and Governance pillars of our society and uniting two great nations, Nigeria and Britain”, she said.
She stressed that she would work towards the vision of being the prime promoter of activities that drive mutual benefit between Nigerian, British, and Commonwealth citizens and the global community at large.
“I will encourage inclusion in our programs and activities to ensure no one is left behind, and also ensure promotion of arts and culture and the facilitation of investments in charitable activities.
Okoya assured that she would play an active role in advancing the objectives of N-BA while building on the achievements of my predecessor.
“I recognize that there is still more to be done and one of my greatest challenges would be to build, maintain the membership and financial base that is needed for the Association’s sustainability.
She thanked and congratulated the outgoing President, Shola Tinubu for his exemplary leadership and vision of a progressive N-BA, adding that the election was a testimony to the legacy his tenure leaves for generations that come behind me, yet unborn.
Okoya is a World Bank Certified Development Facilitator with over 15 years of development, marketing management, and communications experience to her personal brand.
She presently serves as the Area Head, Corporate Affairs for BAT in West and Central Africa.
She is the author of several publications including Corporate Responsibility: Philanthropy vs. Sustainable Development, among others.
Okoya bagged a BBA in Business Administration from American InterContinental University-London, MA in Marketing Management from the University of Westminster-London, M.Sc in Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility from Birmingham Business School- Birmingham and is presently working on her Ph.D. in Energy and Sustainable Development.
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