Then Group Chairman, Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Dr. Segun Aina (OFR), at the weekend bagged Most Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Ibadan (UI) Alumni Association Worldwide.
The award was in recognition of Aina’s invaluable contribution to the growth of Nigeria’s banking sector and human capital development in the country.
The Group Managing Director, Odua Investment Company Limited, Mr Adewale Raji, received the award on behalf of Aina.
Aina, who was very elated over the award, said: “The award is a challenge to do more. I am indeed proud of my alma mater and the positive impact it made on my life journey. The University of Ibadan is the pre-eminent university in Nigeria in terms of existence and accomplishments.”
Aina is a global professional banking leader, internationally rated fintech ecosystem enabler and thought leader, transformation expert, chartered arbitrator, respected futurist and a philanthropist.
Twelve people were awarded at the occasion including Professor Babagana Zulum, the Executive Governor of Borno State, who received the University of Ibadan Alumnus of the year award.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq received a posthumous award on behalf of his late father.
The immediate past president, University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Dr Kemi Anthony Emina, had in his speech said the event was to celebrate excellence.
Dignitaries that graced the event include the Executive Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola; former Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shetima; former Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole; Senator Ali Ndume; Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan and Abubakar Kyari.
Others include the acting Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan; Prof. Babatunde Ekanola; Borno State Commissioner for Agriculture, Bukar Talba and Special Adviser to Governor on Protocol, Alhaji Ahmed Sanda.