News from Nigeria
Inaugural Alumni Reunion and Networking Event
Colleagues from the International Office at Queen Mary attended the inaugural reunion for alumni living and working in Nigeria on Saturday 16 May 2009 in Lagos.
A diverse group of alumni attended this reunion including a senior couple who both graduated from Queen Mary in the late 50s; Patricia Oyetola graduated with a History degree in 1957 and Nathan acquired a BSc Engineering degree in 1959. Other seniors included Professor Chioma Kanu Ogomo (Laws 1976; LLM 1977) who met Susan Nettle, Head of Alumni Relations, and other colleagues from the School of Law during her visit to the UK during the spring of 2009.
Bunmi Oniwude née Iyela, Queen Mary’s Business Development Manager for Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, noted that a high proportion of Queen Mary alumni from Nigeria hold senior positions within the top end economic sectors in Nigeria including finance, oil, telecoms, legal and asset management.
Orhue Evbuomwan (Mechanical Engineering, 2002) was elected as the first Chairman of the Queen Mary Alumni Network in Nigeria.Other guests included: Chief Clement Akin Babatola (LLM 1977), Franklin A Ogbemi (Engineering, 1958), Professor Chioma Kanu Agomo (Law 1976; LLM, 1977), Adebisi Oyegbola (Human Resource Management , 2008), Abiodun Akerele (Economics, 1991), Rume Augoye (International Management, 2008), Orhue Evbuomwan (Mechanical Engineering , 2002), Nnanyelugo Ezejiofor (LLM ,2006), Sanni Abiodun (Economics, 1989), Ify Ibekwe (Computing & Information Systems, 2008), Nsikan Samuel Nkordeh (Wireless Networks, 2006), Chidiebere Opurum (LLM, 2007), Tebor Gbegbaje-Das (LLM, 2007), Cynthia Olumese (LLM, 2007), Onuoha Modestus (Finance & Economics, 2008), Temisan Imomoh (Aerospace Engineering), Barr Nkem Ekwere (LLM, 2003), Osaro Eghobamien (SAN) (Law ,1988), Toyin Ogunmiloro History, 1988)
Professor Chioma Agomo (née Offonry)
Law, 1976; LLM 1977
Professor of Law and Dean of Faculty
University of Lagos , Nigeria
What do you do and what are your responsibilities and challenges?
I am presently Dean of the Faculty of Law. I am now in the last year of my second and final term. I oversee four departments, each headed by full professors one of whom is a former Vice Chancellor. My faculty is the number one law faculty in Nigeria . The first challenge is to maintain that position. Beyond that I strive to provide the right environment to promote teaching, research and learning, comparable to institutions outside Nigeria . Initiating and fostering exchanges with reputable institutions abroad is another challenge. The last but not the least is the establishment of vibrant partnership with the alumni of the Faculty. The first step took place during my first term.
Professor Chioma Agomo's visit to Queen Mary, April 2009