British Council honours outstanding alumni
The British Council has honoured outstanding Nigerian alumni who have studied at various universities in United Kingdom in its continued recognition of achievements in impacting societies and economies around the world.
The British Council alumni awards in partnership with UK higher education institutions is intended to recognise outstanding success in entrepreneurism, professional achievement, and social impact by people who have studied at British teritory schools within the last 15 years.
Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.
The British Council in Nigeria recognised 14 finalists who were selected as finalists through an extremely competitive process.
Speaking at the ceremony in Lagos, Country Director, British Council Nigeria, Connie Price, said the award honours the success of individuals whose achievements in Nigeria have been, in some measure, influenced by their experience of studying at a UK university.
“We celebrate with them and congratulate them not only on their impressive professional successes but in their capacity as ‘ambassadors’ for UK higher education”, she said.
One of the recipient, a strategist at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Paul Oluikpe, said the recognition is symbolic and encourages every alumnus to push frontiers and boundaries to innovate the society, adding that it also is a development that acknowledge the contributions of alumni in Nigeria through the knowledge acquired in the United Kingdom.
Another recipient, All Progressive Congress (APC) Spokesman and former minister of youth and sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the recognition serves as an inspiration to others to understand the value of university education as service to the society.
Abdullahi said: “I will like to see a situation when we would also learn to celebrate ourselves more at institutional level. What the UK system in Nigeria is doing is to demonstrate how their education is impacting on societies, it is important to see that and take a cue from it and also begin to celebrate our people more and also begin to ask questions about the capacity of our own institutions to produce graduates that can add impact on society and begin to take the development of our education serious.”