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Excitement as Adebutu Kessington, ‘Baba Ijebu’ receives Euro Knowledge Award in London



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Foremost communications consultancy outfit, Euro Knowledge, has honoured Nigeria’s foremost philanthropist, business mogul and billionaire, Sir Adebukunola Kesington Adebutu, popularly known as ‘Baba Ijebu’, with its prestigious  Euro Knowledge Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence 2022 during its Euro Knowledge Leadership Philanthropy Forum at the House of Lords in London on Saturday.

Kessington and other awardees were recognised at the event for providing excellent leadership in their respective fields, as well as for their exemplary contributions to the society.

Conferring the prestigious award on Adebutu Kessington, Euro Knowledge stated that Baba Ijebu is an iconic business man who has made tremendous impact on thousands of individuals, saying that his philanthropic gestures are second to none. Euro Knowledge, an international strategic communications group , is a trusted advisor to many of the world’s leading businesses, governments and financial institutions. The award ceremony was attended by captains of industries, policymakers, and business magnates, among others drawn across the globe. Euro Knowledge also disclosed in a statement signed by its  President, Dr Alex Itkin and made available on Sunday that the awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary leaders who have made significant contributions and emerged as role models in their specific fields.

Speaking on the uniqueness of Euro Knowledge awards, the Chairman of Foreign Investment Network (FIN)  Olayinka Fayomi said Euro knowledge was founded upon the following pillars: Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Visionary Leadership, promote and celebrate individuals and organisations that intentionally propagate these three virtues of life.

Other awardees were also honoured during the event. They are as follows:
1. Mr. Nic Careem, founder -The Blue Sky Network  UK.
2. Lord John Bird, British social entrepreneur and life peer. Co-founder of The Big Issue  UK.
3. Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of Londonsince 2016 ; and founder of RationalFX and Xendpay UK.
4. Lord Rami Ranger, British businessman, and the founder of Sun Mark UK.
5. Dean Russell MP, the‌ Conservative P‌arty MP, and founder of Epifny Consulting UK.
6. May Peace Prevail on Earth International from Japan.
7. MR. MOBIN RAFIQ, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club (CEC) UK
8.Dr. Funmi Adewara, Physician, Digital Health/Telemedicine Enthusiast, and Founder/CEO of pioneer integrated telemedicine startup in the UK & Nigeria
9.KRISTIN ENGVIG, founder and CEO of WIN & WINConference Geneva
10.PARESH RUGHANI, UK based multi award winning international motivational speaker
11.Pumela Salela, Country Head for the United Kingdom (UK) under Brand South Africa
12.Kanya King MBE, internationally renowned entrepreneur, CEO, founder, and visionary, of the MOBO Awards. UK
14.Mr. Ade Adetosoye OBE CBE, Bromley Council’s Chief Executive and one of the 100 most influential business leaders in the United Kingdom
15.Dr Oksana Pyzik  Fundraiser , Academic and Educationist – Ukrainian.

The ceremony began with a tour of the House of Lords, and later a forum on trade, investment, and governance.
The event also featured a networking reception that ushered the participants to lunch with entertainment during the presentation of the awards. Kessington was born on October 24, 1935 in  Iperu, Ikenne Local Gov, Ogun State to the family of Late Alhaji Karimu Folarin Adebutu aka “Owo-Iya” and late Alhaja Seliat Olasimbo Adebutu of Iperu Remo. He  enrolled at the Wesley Primary School, Iperu Remo and later at Ijero Baptist School, Apapa Road, Ebute-Metta, Lagos where he obtained his First School leaving Certificate in 1950. In 1955, he progressed with secondary schooling at Baptist Academy, Lagos and rounded that up at Remo Secondary School (RSS) Sagamu Remo, Ogun State. Sir Adebutu thereafter attended several leadership and management development courses, seminars, and programmes both in Nigeria and abroad. All these prepared him for proficient management and leadership roles which have characterized his life till date. He cut his working experience teeth early with Cable and Wireless Limited, (which later metamorphosed into NITEL) in 1956. He later joined Claffin Chemicals Ltd as a Salesman and rose to the position of The Regional Sales Manager for Lagos and the old Midwestern State, having displayed uncommon integrity, hard work and sincerity of purpose which earned him both respect and recognition that early in life. The Odole of Ife’s urge to positively impact people’s lives and provide support to the teeming unemployed Nigerian Youths influenced him to establish with his friend-Chief Solomon Adebayo Bankole Ayoku, a company known as Face-To-Face Million Dollar Pools Ltd in 1969. Sir Adebutu is happily married and blessed with well-educated children some of whom have taken after their father and doing exceptionally well in different fields of business and human endeavors. Besides being known as a Philanthropist of very great repute, Sir Adebutu had also carved a niche for himself as a Business Icon and an outstanding Human and Material Resources Manager. Popularly called ‘‘Baba Ijebu’’, his Lotto business venture has brought hope to the hopeless and great succour to the needy in the society.

Today, Kesington’s business instinct has made him to diversify into other investments notable amongst which are: Property Management, Agriculture and Entertainment with groundbreaking successes in all.
It is also instructive to note that his managerial skills can be visibly perceived in his highly efficient workforce and outstanding organisational Structure. Kesington’s philanthropic gestures make him tower head and shoulders. His kind-heart stands him out as a man of rare humanitarian personage.

His love for humanity made him to establish the Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) in 2005 as a corporate special purpose vehicle, for the prosecution of his philanthropic activities.
Through KAAF Sir Adebutu has provided assistance to a large number of individuals from all walks of life irrespective of their ethnicity or party affiliations.




‘Obtain customers’ consent before sharing their data’ – CBN directs banks, fintechs




The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has instructed deposit money banks (DMBs) and financial technology companies (Fintechs) to obtain the consent of their customers before sharing their data with a third party.

The directive is contained in the apex bank’s “Operational Guidelines For Open Banking In Nigeria” released for May 2022.

Open banking requires that banks share their customers’ data with other competing financial institutions for the purpose of marketing and deployment of digital banking products and services.

In the guidelines, the CBN instructed “bank customers’ consent be obtained in the same form the agreement was presented and a copy of the consent of the customer shall be made available to the customer and preserved by the participants.”

The apex bank indicated that participants in open banking shall adhere strictly to security standards when accessing and storing data, and shall be subject to minimum privacy, operational, risk management and customer experience standards.

The CBN added that henceforth, the consent of the customer shall be re-validated annually, stating that where the Application Programming Interface Consumer (AC) had not used the service for 180 days, the participant shall ensure that the connection is configured to terminate upon expiration of the consent.

According to the guidelines, appropriate customer authentication methods such as multi-factor authentication shall be established to reduce the chance of identity theft or fraud.

It also directed that customers shall always have control over their data and be able to access, manage or withdraw their consent at any point in time. It also states that participants shall develop and agree on a consent management mechanism which includes a clear set of policies and procedures.

The CBN recognised the existence of an ecosystem for Application Programming Interface (API) in the banking and payments system.

It said it was also aware of various efforts in the industry to develop acceptable standards among stakeholders.

The apex bank in collaboration with industry stakeholders developed the guidelines in line with the provisions of the regulatory framework.

“The Regulatory Framework for Open Banking in Nigeria established principles for data sharing across the banking and payments system to promote innovations and broaden the range of financial products and services available to bank customers,” the CBN said.

”As a result, open banking recognises the ownership and control of data by customers of financial and non-financial services, and their right to grant authorisation to service providers for the purpose of accessing innovative financial products and services. This is anticipated to drive competition and improve accessibility to banking and payments services,” it added.




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Delegates will listen to all Presidential aspirants to make decision, says Niger Gov.  



Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has assured that the delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state will give listening ears to all the Presidential aspirants of the party seeking for their vote.

Governor Sani Bello gave the assurance when he accompanied the Vice President and one of the APC presidential aspirants, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to visit the Emir of Minna, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Faruq Bahago for royal blessing.

The Governor noted that listening to all the aspirants would help the delegates in taking decision on who to vote for.

While presenting the presidential aspirant to the Emir,  Governor Sani Bello commended the Vice President for his contributions to nation-building, promising that a level playing ground will be given to aspirants.

Prof.  Osinbajo told the Emir that he was in Minna to interact with the delegates as they were important to actualizing  his presidential ambition. He however, explained  that he found it very important that visiting the Emir as well, to receive royal blessings.

According to him, he want to persuade the delegates to vote for him considering his over seven years of exposure and experiences in the present administration thereby giving him an advantage to serve the country.

He assured that he will make good use of  his experiences and deploy technology to resolve the insecurity bedeviling the nation as well as improve the economy.

The Emir of Minna, HRH, Alhaji( Dr.) Bahago, acknowledged the loyalty of the number two citizen in the country, as well was his commitment as well as patriotism to the growth and development of the country.

He however cautioned politicians to remember that power comes from God, hence they should commit everything to Him, urging them to join hands together to ensure a peaceful and successful elections in 2023.

Director General of Yemi Osinbajo Campaign Team, Senator Kabiru Gaya appreciated the warm reception given to them as he assured that Prof. Osinbajo will not let the people down when voted into power.


Revealed! Details Of South-West APC Leaders Meeting With Presidential Aspirants

MORE revelations have emerged about Friday’s meeting held by South-West leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with aspirants from the zone, whose main objective, was on how to avert a crisis that will create a fractured party as it prepares for primary on May 30 and 31, Sunday Tribune has reliably gathered…Oyo South: APC senatorial chairman expresses support for primary

Oyo South: APC senatorial chairman expresses support for primary




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