Nigerian Chevening Alumni Association Elect New Executives
The Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, CAAN, has elected new executives to run its affairs for the next two years. The team is led by John Momoh, an ace broadcaster and Chairman of Channels Media Group, as the new President of the Association.
The Chevening Alumni Association is made up of individuals who have benefited from the Chevening Scholarship, a UK scholarship scheme funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Other members of the new Executive Committee are Ms. Hadiza S. Sa’eed, Vice President, Kester Osahenye, General Secretary, Femi Adedipe, Assistant General Secretary, Dan Akpovwa, Publicity Secretary, Ms. Amina Ado, Financial Secretary, Ms. Folasade Doherty, Legal Adviser and Dr. Abiodun Adeniyi as Chief whip.
John Momoh, an award winning broadcaster of international repute, is the founder and Chairman of Channels Media Group. Both Mr. Momoh and his Channels TV have won many awards for professional distinction. Channels TV was named as the Nigerian Television Station of the Year for over ten years. Mr. Momoh is also the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON, and in 2005, he was decorated as the Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, by the President of Nigeria. He was awarded the Chevening Fellowship in 1990 and studied at the Thompson Foundation in Cardiff, Wales. He has been a pillar of the Association for very many years.
Ms. Hadiza S. Sa’eed is the Vice President. She is a lawyer that has been very active in Judiciary Reform and currently is the Deputy Director and Head of Judges Performance and Evaluation/Legal at the National Judicial Council. She studied Law at the University of Jos where she also earned an LL.M in Environmental Law and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002. She was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2013 to study for a Masters in International Law, Security and Terrorism at the University of Nottingham. She graduated with a Distinction.
Kester Osahenye is the new General Secretary. He is the Senior Manager, Trade Communications with MTN, the leading telecommunications company. Kester is a Mass Communication graduate and has a Master’s degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Ibadan. He was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management Strategy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He holds an Honorary PhD from the University of Belize in Central America. He is presently a Doctorate student at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He is also an award winning poet.
Mr. Femi Adedipe is the new Assistant Secretary. He is a Multi-skilled professional in the areas of Strategy, Technology and Data Science. He was the Head of Technology and Data Management at SURE-P Maternal and Child Health, a 400 million US Dollar special intervention programme established by the Nigerian Government to combat Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate. He was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Strategy and Innovation at the University of Southampton. He graduated with a Distinction. Adedipe is the Founder of the International Center for Enterprise, Strategy and Innovation, a policy think tank.
Ms. Amina Ado Kurawa is the new Financial Secretary. Amina, a finance expert, is a Chartered Accountant and Chairperson of the Sana’a da Ilmi Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public schools, training and mentoring youthe on entrepreneurship. Prior to Sana’a, Amina worked for over two decades in banking (Citi Bank, Nigeria, and Access Bank) and Oil & Gas (Total E & P). Amina has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, an MBA from Bayero University, Kano, an MSc in Finance from Lancaster University, UK, an MSc in Strategic Planning from Herriot Watt University and an MA in Development studies from University of Sussex. In the last 6 years, Amina has been a member of the Risk Committee on the Board of Total E & P Closed Pension Fund Nigeria Limited, providing technical expertise in risk and Investment management to the Multi-Billion Naira Pension Fund.
Dan Akpovwa is the new Publicity Secretary. Dan has had a distinguished career as a Journalist and Public Relations Expert, and has earned in the process, a very deserved reputation as one of the best in his chosen profession. He is the Founder, Publisher and Editor In Chief of The Abuja Inquirer, the leading weekly Newspaper in Abuja. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from University Of Uyo, and in September 1999, was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship Award to study for a Master’s Degree in International Journalism at the University Of Westminster in London. Dan graduated with a merit.
Ms. Folasade Doherty is the new Legal Adviser. She is a thoroughbred professional Lawyer, accredited Mediator and founding partner of THE LAW FIRM. Before that, she was the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for SGS Inspection Services. She studied law at the University of Lagos. Ms. Doherty was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2002, where she studied International Business Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Dr. Abiodun Adeniyi is the New Chief whip. He is a very cerebral Academic and the Head of Department of Mass Communication at Baze University, Abuja. Dr. Abiodun was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (First Degree) and earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Leeds, England. He is a Visiting Professor of Communication and Multi-Media Design at the American University of Nigeria, Yola. After a brief teaching stint at Leeds University, he returned to Nigeria as a World Bank Consultant working on a Multi-Million Dollar Media and Communications project at the Bureau of Public Procurement. The project lapsed nearly five years after it started, before birthing in the Ivory Tower. He started his working career as a reporter with The Guardian newspapers in Lagos, from where he was awarded the Chevening Scholarship. Dr. Adeniyi is very cerebral and conversational.
The new Members of the Executive committee are expected to be sworn in later this week.