On Saturday, August 25, members of the London School of Economics Alumni Association of Nigeria (LAAN) gathered at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos to celebrate with and send forth London School of Economics offer holders at a well-attended pre-departure/destination event.
The London School of Economics and Political Science, founded in 1895 is today one of the most renowned social science universities in the world. Among other things, the LSE has a cosmopolitan student body with over 9,400 full-time students from 145 countries and about two thirds of the students coming from outside the UK. The school has a highly international student body with over 100 languages spoken on LSE’s campus with an influential network of over 100,000 contactable alumni in over 190 countries with over 70 active alumni groups, LAAN being one of them.
“Going to #LSE is a huge investment, leverage on it as a school of research, build yourselves, connect, create and make your stay in London worthwhile.” @GuardianNigeria reports on the #DestinationLSE event that took place in Lagos last weekend: https://t.co/icUVuq83uD pic.twitter.com/o3DF12SnYv
— LSE Alumni (@LSEalumni) August 28, 2018
In all, quite a number of past or present world leaders and personalities have studied, taught or spoken at the LSE, including African leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Hillda Limann, John Atta Mills, Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki, Nelson Mandela, Dmitry Medvedev, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, David Cameron, the Dalai Lama, Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, Shamsuddeen Usman and Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. At least 16 Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature have been either LSE staff or alumni. The first being George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, with others like Professor Christopher Pissarides, professor of economics and holder of the Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics, and Nobel Prize winner for Economics in 2010.
Presently, LAAN, being the only recognised alumni Country Group in Nigeria among the four in Africa, commenced activities in earnest in 2005, after attracting quality, prominent resource persons at their event like Mr. Pascal G. Dozie (Chair of the event and Chairman/CEO of Diamond Bank Ltd), Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman (Guest Speaker and Deputy Governor, CBN), Mr. Atedo N. A. Peterside (Discussant and CEO, Investment Banking & Trust Company Ltd), Dr. Bright Okogu (Discussant and Adviser to the Federal Minister of Finance), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN (Discussant and Principal Partner, Olisa Agbakoba and Associates) and Mr. Ubadigbo Okonkwo (Convener and Executive Director, Bank of Industry Ltd).
Presently, the officers of the LAAN Executive Committee include Mr. Ubadigbo Okonkwo (President), Mr. Mohammed Goni Alkali (1st Vice-President), Dr. Abiodun Layonu SAN (2d Vice-President), Mr. Femi Agunbiade (General Secretary), Mr. Ubong Awah (Treasurer), Mr. Stanley Agwuh (Membership Secretary) and Mr. Jeff Fischer (Social Secretary). Members of the Board of Trustees include Dr. Pascal G. Dozie, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, Senator Onyeabo Obi, Chief Bayo Ojo, Mr. Ubadigbo Okonkwo, Mr Atedo Peterside and Dr. Shamsuddeen.
The welcome address, given by Dr Layonu SAN, Principal of Layonu &Co /Former Osun State APC Gubernatorial Aspirant, was an opportunity to intimate the new entrants of the benefits of mentorship.
Other lectures followed with Stanley Agwuh, Membership Secretary and MD\CEO at Employee Energy explaining that the tuition for LSE is an investment. He advised the offer holders to represent themselves properly, keeping in mind that they are not simply students but representatives of Nigeria and the continent of Africa. He shared that it was also an opportunity to meet potential leaders from other parts of the world.
Jane Ivhurie, founder at Techno VAS Consult Services Limited who spoke on Studying at LSE/Living in London, shared with them her experience of what life at LSE is like. She explained that it is a dynamic environment responsive to contemporary issues and practices. She listed a number of activities the offer holders could participate in while highlighting the difference in the educational systems compared with Nigeria.
In the Chairperson’s closing remarks, offer holders were reminded that studying at LSE was more than simply acquiring a degree, but a real life experience that they could apply significantly that would impact their lives and careers positively.