Chief (Mrs.) Marlies Allan
Chief (Mrs.) Marlies Allan (Nee-Ordia) ,graduated with an honours Law Degree in 1972 from University of Lagos
1973 – Called to the Nigerian Bar
1989 – Appointed a Notary Public of Nigeria in
1974 – Obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (D.M.S.) from Teeside University U.K.
1983 – Queen Mary College, University of London – “Commercial Legal Transactions”
1985 – Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London” Legal Drafting”
Have been invited to speak and present papers all over the world at international Law conferences in various fields of Law, but especially Intellectual Property Law, including the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K.
Managing Partner of Allan & Ogunkeye, a law firm, based in Lagos and with offices also in Abuja
Membership/Offices Held: International Federation of Women Lawyer (F.I.D.A.)
(Awards Received from F.I.D.A.)
Member NBA – Nigerian Bar Association.
International Bar Association – IBA
Institute of Trade Mark Agents (UK) – I.T.M.A.
Nigerian Maritime Law Association
A.I.P.P.I International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property –
President of The Nigerian Branch of A.I.P.P.I., and on the Executive Committee of the International body, with its Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
International Trade Mark association I.N.T.A with headquarters in New York.
Trustee, Co-Founder and Board member of Atlantic Hall School, Chaired the Board of the school for six years. Chairman of the Discipinary, Epe and Project Committees at various times.
On the board of Directors Nigerian Airways: 1990 – 1993
Director of Sulzer Nigeria Limited a subsidiary of Sulzer A.G. Switzerland.
Appointed Lawyer of Confidence to the Embassy of Switzerland in December 1990-2004.
Board Member of Nigerian Legal Practitioners Aid fund 1990 (Nominated by Attoney General of the Federation)
Nigerian Conversation Foundation
“Muson” The Musical Society of Nigeria – Mmeber of Admin and Finance Committee, 2004 – 2012.
President Internal Women’s Society (IWS) 2006/2007
Served as Secretary on the Church Council of Our Saviours Church. Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos (1982-1986)
Member IoD, Institute of Directors, Nigeria
June 2004 – December 2015, appointed Honorary Consul of Switzerland, by the Government of Switzerland.
February 2006, Appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Nigeria.
2014 Elected to the International Board of OB-PS ( Olave Baden –Powell Society)
2015 Appointed Lawyer of Confidence to the Hon Consulate of Switzerland, in Nigeria.
Taiwo Ibitola Taiwo
Chief (Mrs) Taiwo Ibitola Taiwo was educated at Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay, Wales; Headington School, Oxford; University of Lagos, (1969/71); University of Toulouse France, (1971-72); University of Lagos (1972-73); Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, Switzerland (1974-75).
QUALIFICATIONS: B.A. (HONS.) French/History from University of Lagos. – 1973
1975 – 1979 – Manager, Maryland Hotel Ltd. A fully owned subsidiary of Shonny Investment & Properties Co. Ltd., a family-owned company of the Shonibare Family.
Responsibilities: Expanding the Maryland Guest House into the 50 Bedroom Maryland Hotel with a 100 Table French Restaurant – “La Parisenne Restaurant” and a very successful Night Club – “The Beachcomber”.
1977 – 1980 – Served on the Board of 2 companies in which Shonny
Investment & Co. Ltd. Owned majority shares:
- Mobile Films West Africa – A Rural Advertising Company
- West African Associates – a trading concern with foreign partners selling Sporting Goods & Accessories.
1979 – 1985 – Appointed Director of Operations of Shonny Investment & Properties Co. Ltd., and given the responsibility of arranging the Financing of the Elephant House project, a 17 – Storey Development on Broad Street, Lagos.
Had direct responsibility for coordinating the Finance & Financing of the project, as well as the pay back of the bridge & debenture loans. In addition, coordinated the team of project advisers, consultants & contractors up to the successful completion of the project.
1985 – Date – Appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shonny Investment & Properties Co. Ltd., Responsible for overall day-to-day running of the company and its various investment and subsidiaries.
1987-1991 – Foundation Chairman & one of the initial 5 Trustees of Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council, who founded the highly acclaimed Atlantic Hall – A co-educational secondary school. As foundation chairman, was responsible for conceptualizing and ensuring the successful take off of the School in January, 1990.
Remained Chairman of the Board during the pioneering years of the school. Stepping down from this role in 1991. During her tenure, a solid foundation was laid for the school; which has undoubtedly contributed immensely to the considerable reputation enjoyed by the school today.
She remains active as a member of the Governing Board. She is also one of the 10 Trustees – the legal owners of the school.
OTHER BOARD APPOINTMENTS
1991 – 2008 – Director, First Finance & Trust Limited
1994 – 2010 – Director, Institute of Financial Planning
1997 – 2008 – Director, First Stock Brokers
1997 – To date – Founder, Chairman of Limge-Lagos Millennium Group on the Environment widely acknowledged to have been responsible for the turnaround of Lagos Island – a not for profit, pressure group of business leaders, stakeholders and concerned citizens of Lagos, working to arrest the deterioration of infrastructure of Lagos; improve the environment.
Chief (Mrs) Taiwo is valued by both private and public institutions and has been invited to serve on various government committees over the years. More recently, she served on the Lagos State Government Committee on Inventory and Audit of all High Rise Buildings in Lagos Island and is currently a member of the newly constituted committee on the Central Business District.
2002 – To date – In August 2002 following the death of her beloved 24 year old daughter in a car accident she founded The Aart of Life Foundation an acronym of the name Abioye Aronke Taiwo (inspired by the life of Abioye Aronke Taiwo). The foundation is established to promote and advance the virtues of love, compassion, charity, beauty and kindness amongst all Nigerians and amongst the youth of Nigeria.
Since inception, it has gained considerable reputation both nationally and internationally for its ground breaking, pioneering work in bereavement and trauma counseling (the first ever in Nigeria) and Youth Development (through it’s Against All Odds series)
Organized a symposium in Developing a framework in grief and trauma counseling in Nigeria (The Nairobi Experience) in attendance was the Vice President of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN; GCON).
2003-2004 Evolved a five step approach to grief counseling and conducted theoretical and practical training for 30 grief counseling volunteers that have been sponsored by the foundation for the training. The aart of life foundation has subsequently trained and certified well over 300 grief and trauma counselors, who are offering grief and trauma counselors all over Nigeria.
CIVIC AWARDS & HONOURS
Traditional Title of Otun Iyalode Conferred by the Oloru of Ijebu Oru on 12th March, 1997.
She is a recipient of several national and international awards including: The Business Women’s Network of Global Entrepreneur of the year 2000 awarded in Washington DC.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS: Reading, Writing, Meeting People.
She is married with children
BIRTHDAY: 16th February
Ms.Olufunmilola Ibiwunmi Aboderin
Ms.Olufunmilola Ibiwunmi Aboderin attended Queens College, Lagos(1961-1965)
School of St. Clare, Penzance, Cornwall, UK (1966-1968);
Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland (1968-1972).
She graduated with a B. Sc. (Econs & Accounting).
She is a founding member, a Trustee and past Chairman of Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council.
She has served in various capacities on the Board of Atlantic Hall.
She is the current Treasurer and Chairperson Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Board.
Ms.Aboderin was Vice Chairman / Chief Executive of Paper Sack Nigeria Limited and Akinloye Aboderin Ltd.
She is also a Director of NAAFCO(Scientific Supplies) Limited;
Punch Group of Newspapers; and currently the Vice-Chairman of Montgomery Security Vaults Limited.
A member of the Institute of Management, she is also a Member and a former Treasurer of the
Paper and Paper Board Manufacturers and Converters Association (PPMCA).
She was a Member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Employers Consultative Association.
MRS. ENIOLA FADAYOMI
Mrs. Eniola Fadayomi is a founding Trustee and past Chairman of Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council. She serves on the Board of Governors and Trustees and various committees of the school.
She attended St. Brandon’s School, England and had her A Levels at The International School, Ibadan, from where she proceeded to the University of Lagos for her LL.B (Hons) in Law.
She is a practicing Lawyer and currently Chairman of Africa Prudential Registrars Plc and sits on various boards.
Mrs. Fadayomi was the Attorney-General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State. She later served as the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State (1986-1990); and Chairman Afribank Plc (1990-1997).
Mrs. Fadayomi is a former President of Institute of Directors Nigeria and Currently Chairman, Institute of Directors (IoD) Centre for Corporate Governance.
She is a member of NEPAD Board Business organization, various philanthropical Women and Professional Associations and a University of Lagos Gold Award winner.
CHIEF (MRS.) MORENIKEJI OKUNOWO
Chief Mrs. Morenikeji Okunowo was born in Lagos.
She was educated at St. Louis Grammar School, Mokola in Ibadan and thereafter was at the University of Lagos, College of Education, Akoka Lagos (1967-1970; the Lycee Francaise en Guinea Conakry (1968-1969) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she graduated in 1973 with a degree in Communication Arts.
Chief (Mrs.) Okunowo started her long career in the media and entertainment industry in 1967 when she joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as an External Broadcaster. In the 1970s, she worked in a number of Media and Advertising Companies including Ogilvy Benson & Mather (OBM), PolyGram Records Limited and CBS Nigeria Ltd. In 1990, she moved to the Sony Music Entertainment (Nigeria) Limited which later became Master Sound International Ltd. where she is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, the Company has won many awards for excellence and outstanding performance
With this background and rich experience, she is now a Media and Entertainment Consultant to many local and international organisations. She has championed the war against piracy/bootlegging of musical and literary works in Nigeria, becoming the Chairman of the National Anti-Piracy Task Force which championed the review of the Nigeria Copyright Law.
As a seasoned media and entertainment Consultant, Chief (Mrs.) Okunowo has held many national and international appointments, including the following:
- Pioneer Chairman of Nigerian Association of Recording Industries (NARI)
- Co-founder and pioneer Chairperson of the Performing Mechanical Rights Society of Nigeria (PMRS)
- Former member of the Board of Governors, Nigeria Copyright Commission
- Former Chairman, International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) Nigerian Chapter
- Member, Advisory Board of the Collecting Society of Nigeria, COSON
- Former Chairman, Ogun State Tourism Board
- Member, Lagos State Council for The Perogative of Mercy (Prison Reforms).
A very keen sportswoman and very sociable, she represented the University of Lagos at the West African Universities Games in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Dakar, Senegal, while also being crowned ‘Miss Unilag’ and Rag Queen during her time at the University. She is equally a devout Christian with a strong passion for music, entertainment and the children. All these have influenced Chief (Mrs.) Okunowo in the various passion projects which she has embarked upon, including being the Initiator and Principal promoter of the Academy of Performing Arts; the Founder of ‘’Songs of Praise’’, a TV programme aimed at the promotion, encouragement as well as bringing back the glory and efficiency of Hymns and Chants as a form of worship, praise and prayer and Founder, the Busy Bee Society of the African Church, Bethel, Lagos and which has now become a widely recognized national Society.
In recognition of her contributions to humanity and the development of Egbaland, the Alake of Egbaland honoured Chief (Mrs.) Okunowo with the Chieftaincy title of Otun Iyalaje of Egbaland, her community efforts were also recognized and honoured with the highest female chieftaincy title of Erelu of Kemta of Abeokuta, her hometown.
Chief (Mrs.) Morenikeji Okunowo, an ardent believer in her country Nigeria, is happily married to Chief Chris Olufunlola Okunowo and is a devoted mother and grandmother. She is a devout Christian with a passion for children.
Birthday: 5th January.
CHIEF (MS.) ABIMBOLA OLUFUNMILAYO BODE-THOMAS
CHIEF (MS.) ABIMBOLA OLUFUNMILAYO BODE-THOMAS
Chief (Ms.) Abimbola Olufunmilayo Bode-Thomas attended Anglican Girls Primary School, Lagos (1952-1955), Milton Mount College, Sussex, England (1955-57), Bradbourne College, Kent, England (1957-1960), St. Brandon’s School, Somerset, England (1960-63), Oxford College of Technology, Oxford, England – G.C.E. ‘A’ Level (1963-1965), Bedford College, University of London where she graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Sociology.
She worked with the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation from 1968 to 1969 and was a Senior Research Executive with Research Bureau Nigeria Limited (1968-1969) – (UAC Company). Chief (Ms.) A. O. Bode-Thomas was the President of the Nigerian Chapter of the African Travel Association.
She accompanied her former husband to Chad Republic (United Nations Chad Basin Commission) and while there was exposed to International Public Relations in various areas from 1974 to 1977. She was the Managing Director, Menu International Limited; Worked as a Cocoa Merchant (1988-1989). In 1990 she joined Eko Hotel as Public Relations Manager, later Sales Manager and rose to become the first Nigerian to be the Assistant General Manager of an International Hotel.
Chief (Ms.) A. O. Bode-Thomas loves music, all forms of reading, tennis and films.
She is married with three children.
Birthday: 17th November.
Chief (Mrs) Olabisi Towry-Coker
Chief (Mrs) Olabisi Towry-Coker
Chief (Mrs) Olabisi Towry-Coker attended the International School, Ibadan (1963-68). St. Helen and St. Katherine’s School, Abingdon, England (1968-70) and The London School of Economics.
She graduated with a B.Sc in Economics from LSE in 1974 and specialized in Analytical and Descriptive Economics.
Mrs. O. Towry-Coker was the first Female merchant banker in Nigeria. She worked with Chase Merchant Bank Nig. Ltd. (Credit & Marketing Department).
A Director of several companies including Union Securities Ltd and AFN Brokers Ltd
She is a member of the Board and Management Committee and a Trustee of the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation.
Birthday: 17th August.
Lady Gbeminiyi Modupe-Ore Smith
Lady Gbeminiyi Modupe-Ore Smith was born into the prestigious Aboderin family of Ibadan, Oyo State. She attended her Primary and Secondary Education in Nigeria in the 60’s while her tertiary education was obtained in London in the 70’s, an alumni of the renowned Froebel Institute of the London University, United Kingdom.
She has been a renowned educator since 1974; a co-founder of the Atlantic Hall Educational Trust and the founder of “The Childville Schools”.
Lady Gbeminiyi has served on numerous educational as well as corporate boards.
She has reviewed and presented many papers in her specialised area of “Early Childhood Education”
A great philanthropist, Lady Gbeminiyi is the founder of: i) The Childville Foundation for the less privileged and culturally deprived children . ii) The Child of Faith Foundation for the education of the children of the Clergy.
She is a member of many associations including the Olave Baden-Powell (OB-PS),
an International society for the funding of the Girl Guide association throughout the world. She is currently the Nigerian ambassador of the society.
A recipient of many awards. She is married and blessed with children and grandchildren.
Dr. (Mrs.) K. O. Dina
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