Garlands for US envoy, IP rights specialist Aponmade, others

Aponmade (right) receiving the award
For impacting positively on their immediate communities and the world at large, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington and a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Akeem O. Aponmade, have been conferred with awards of excellence by the alumni association of the International Visitors’ Leadership Programme (IVLP).
The IVLP is the United States’professional exchange organisation, a forum for participants  to connect, engage and impact the society through various developmental initiatives.
The US Ambassador, Stuart Symington, after receiving his award
The award ceremony was held on November 16, 2017 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
Aponmade received the association’s award for Excellence in Alumni Development, Volunteering and Intellectual Property Rights Protection.
Also honoured by the association were former Minister of Defence, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN; a former coordinator of the alumni, Mr. Olanrewaju Osho; and Dr. Abubakar Bala.

In his opening speech, Mr. Symington urged every Nigerian to always see him/herself as the person who can help to make the country better. He said he looked forward to members of the association continuing to make a difference in the world, one person at a time. 

In his acceptance remarks, Aponmade said that he was inspired in his love for service by his late parents’ predilection for empathy and his secondary school motto which is ‘Act well your part’. He said if many Nigerians would adopt that motto and act well their respective parts in whatever capacity they find themselves, Nigeria would be on the march towards greatness. 

The Alumni Association Nigeria is the umbrella platform for Nigerians who participated in the United States International Leadership Programme. 
The global programme which was launched in 1940, helps to strengthen USA engagement with countries around the world and to cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short term visits to the United States. 
It has produced more than 200,000 alumni including more than 300 current or former Presidents and Prime Ministers of various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. 

Aponmade ‘s thematic focus was on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights. On return to the country, he founded a civil society organization which has established IP Club in some secondary schools in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states with the aim of helping the youths to discover, develop and exploit their talents as a means to creating wealth and eradicating poverty in our society.

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