Eight Nigerians acclaimed to have “broken the glass ceiling” in the United Kingdom have been honoured by the Nigerian-British Business Forum at a high profile event in London.
The awards highlight the outstanding performances of some Nigerians in the diaspora who break the odds to excel in foreign lands.
Records show that approximately 114,000 Nigerians reside in the UK as of July this year.
According to NAN, the awardees include Ibironke Adeagbo, the founder and CEO of IA-Foundation, the international group campaigning for the rights of Nigerian children to education.
Adeagbo is also a chartered accountant in Nigeria and UK as well as Nigeria’s special envoy on health and safety.
The eight awardees were recognised for making significant contributions in various fields of endeavours in both the UK and Nigeria.
At a ceremony presided over by Sarafa Isola, Nigeria’s high commissioner to the UK, the awardees were praised for making impacts in their professions and for “putting Nigeria on the global map of excellence”.
The event themed ‘Nigerian Achievers Awards’ featured an exhibition and the launch of an 80-page “Ambassadors’ Compendium’’ showcasing some Nigerians who have made a difference in the UK over the years.
Speaking at the event, Isola expressed his excitement about the contributions of Nigerians in the UK.
He cited the exemplary achievements of the Nigeria-British Forum which he said had been at the forefront of promoting businesses between Nigeria and the UK.
Isola assured that the Nigerian government would continue to collaborate with its UK counterpart to promote the business interests of both nations, dating back to hundreds of years before the British colonised Nigeria.
Other recipients of the awards are Olutoyin Akande-Ajala, a Consultant Geriatrician; Funmi Adewara, founder and CEO of MobilHealth International; and Mike Abiola, publisher of the African Voice Newspapers.
Also in the honour’s list are Bimbo Babarinde, COO of Nigerian Schools Foundation, UK; Alistair Soyode, founder of Ben TV; Femi Okutubo, publisher of Trumpet Media Group; and Peter Ozue, a consultant histopathologist.
A posthumous ‘Life Achievers Award’ was also given to Talabi Braithwaite, who was represented by his children.
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