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I cannot end without saying a few words about Nigeria’s High
Commissioner to Australia, Ambassador Ayo Olukanni. Suave,
personable, unassuming, approachable and quite the intellectual
(he’s also a poet and a writer) he flew down from Canberra to be
with Nigerian delegates and attend the conference (he’s not a lawyer
but holds two post-graduate degrees in the field of International
Law and Diplomacy). In spite of the fact that he’s not based in
Sydney he was able to host Nigerian participants and attend to their
welfare throughout his stay.
One had imagined that right after Lagos State Governor, Babatunde
Fashola, SAN departed Sydney that would have been the end of it, but
no, he stayed on and attended many of the sessions, mixing very
freely and interacting with his country’s citizens.
Ambassador Olukanni is a career diplomat and I must say, judging by
his conduct there’s a lot to be said for a higher ratio for career
as opposed to political appointments when appointing our
representatives to foreign governments.
I had the privilege of having a few discussions with him and his
passion for Nigeria was unmistakable.
He made us all proud as Nigerians abroad. What a breath of fresh air!
By Funke Aboyade,
This Day Newspaper, front page, April 23,
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So much diatribe!
Over an issue that has no tribe.
There must a way out of this jinx, If we agree to eliminate the
Egotism dressed in intellectual mink.
Me, I think we can build an empire
Without stoking any ire
Only if we can inspire Read more
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