Seven (7) Nigerians have been honored as recipients of the Nigerian British Awards 2018.
Abiola Obileye (Founder of Datasoft Consulting)
Abiola Obileye is a graduate of Ogun State University, Nigeria where she obtained a BA in English Literature. She also holds an MSc in Information Systems Development from London School of Economics & Political Science. She is a certified Oracle professional and a member of the British Computer Society. She specialises in the implementation of robust IT infrastructure for business continuity and disaster recovery.
Abiola has a dynamic career that has spanned more than 20 years. She has consulted for top companies such as Henderson Global Investors, Accenture, Ofcom, Hewlett Packard, Monitise Inc, UK Home Office, British Telecom, amongst others.
She set up Datasoft Consulting where she serves as an executive director to provide IT consulting and training services within the private and public sectors. She also runs Synergize Datasoft Technologies with her strategic team, a company based in Nigeria that provides tailored IT solutions for business transformations and re-engineering to corporate organisations of all sizes and within diverse industries.
Dapo Sulu (CEO, Kaidy Engineering and Environmental Services Ltd)
Engineer Oladapo Sulu is an experienced chartered civil engineer, project manager and environmental manager and possess over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the civil engineering profession.
Engr. Dapo Sulu holds the following qualifications:
- BEng (Honours) Civil Engineering 1983 – Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
- Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resources Engineering1992 – Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
- MSc Geomaterials 1995 – Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
- Postgraduate Certificate of Engineering Management 2001 – University of Bristol
He also possesses chartered membership of several UK and Nigerian engineering institutions and is also a fully qualified construction manager and possess extensive health and safety qualifications, possession of which is a basic requirement for continued employment in the highly regulated UK construction industry.
He recently set up an engineering consultancy practice with offices in London and Lagos, which acts as a base for operations in Nigeria. In addition to work within the engineering field, the organisation provides housing solutions for those who live abroad and wish to relocate back home.
Dr. Jennifer Obaseki (CEO, Obaseki & Co Ltd)
Dr. Jennifer Obaseki – Business Woman & Award-Winning Lawyer studied BA Law with Economics and been practicing as a solicitor for over 16 yrs. She is the Director of LegalPaal LLP and Obaseki & Co Ltd, which is an international multi award-winning Law firm. Jennifer Obaseki manages teams specialising in Immigration, Private client, Civil-litigation, Negligence, Family, Crime, Property and Commercial law. Due to the high demand for her expertise, she runs offices and legal clinics Over the United Kingdom and is the training principle and mentor within her group of companies. OBASEKI SOLICITORS is a multi-award winning practice with service accreditation for excellence in family property law and have reported successful Supreme Court cases on Immigration and Human Rights.
She was most recently honoured with a doctorate degree in Law for her humanitarian activities.
PATRICK & STELLA IDEH (CEO, Bantuway)
As a leading figure in the Nigerian community in London, Patrick Ideh has had a distinguished and notable career in the United Kingdom (UK). Having left the country of his birth in 1981, the majority of Patrick’s life has been spent in the UK, forging a life for him and his family during a period of much change in Britain.
With early roles in both banking and marketing, in 1996 Patrick and his wife established a meat processing and butchery business entitled Bantuway, which, over the last 20 years has gone on to become a leading retail operation expressly benefiting the African and African-Caribbean community in London and the UK.
Since opening their first retail outlet in Canning Town, (in East London) they have gone on to double their retail space, build a meat processing factory and gained an EC-rating for Food Processing in the UK, (the only African-owned food processing plant to do so,) and opened a bulk volume distribution facility.
The latest opening of this trade facility in 2012 was the culmination of consistent growth and Patrick’s determination to ensure that their community builds on the equal opportunities offered by the growth of the black community in Britain.
Over the twenty years that they have been in business, both Patrick and Stella have contributed to the community in many ways and this has been recognised by both the establishment in the UK and the community – both in the UK and overseas.
Rev. Nims Obunge (CEO, Peace Alliance)
Rev. Nims is Pastor of Freedoms Ark, CEO of The Peace Alliance and is married with two children. He serves as a faith and community leader with passions for justice, peace, equality and social cohesion. His church recently completed a Mental Health First Aid course. The Peace Alliance is a charity that works in partnership with the police, government agencies, the corporate sector, and faith and voluntary organisations.
He has been awarded the High Sheriff of Greater London Award, the Justice Awards, the Metropolitan Police Volunteer Award. Nims was awarded an MBE (Member of British Empire) by Her Majesty, The Queen. He was later appointed as HM’s Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London, a role he holds dear to his heart.
Nims is an EA council member and Chairs the Jesus House Board.
PROFESSOR REUBEN OLUWAKINMILEHIN IRUKERA OBARO, MBBS, DMRD, FMCR, FRCR, SFNLI. (Co-coordinator / MACT-BRIDGE THE GAP) – Honored with Life Achiever Award
Alumni of Government Secondary School, Kano, King’s College Lagos and Ahmad Bello University Nigeria.
Post Graduate training in some of the most prestigious hospitals in United Kingdom in Radiology and obtained a Fellowship to Sub specialise in Interventional Radiology in Toronto and attaining the privilege of being the first full trained black Radiologist in that field in the UK.
Consultant Radiologist and subsequently Head of Department, King George Hospital, London. Took Sabbatical leave to set up Radiology Department in a teaching Hospital in Nigeria and currently a Visiting Professor of Radiology in another Teaching Hospital. Director of a Private Healthcare provider outfit in the UK for over 30 years.
Instigated the founding of MANSAG and becoming its President to galvanise Nigeria doctors in the UK into a potent force for advocacy and welfare of Nigerians. Co-founded the BAME section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Foundation member and co-founder of Nigerian Leadership Initiative.
Secretary, Healthcare Subcommittee, NIDO at inception and subsequently, Chairman NIDOE, UK-SOUTH.
Served on several committees promoting Nigerian interest over the years including serving as the Secretary, Sight Savers International (Nigeria Fund Raising Committee) under Dr.Kolade and Sir Burton that raised $1.8 million over two years to reinforce Sight Savers International work in Northern Nigeria.
Co-coordinator of MACT-BRIDGE THE GAP, a UK registered family charity dedicated to bridging the gap in Medicine Agriculture Culture Technology between Nigeria and the West through medical missions, supply of free medical equipment, scholarships, etc. and orphanages and prison support in Nigeria.
Gratefully married with two children and two and three-quarter grandchildren.