It was a night of reunion, celebration and fun for staff, students, alumni members and other invited guests at the annual SMC Dinner and Awards Night which took place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja. Mr. Kola Oyeyemi, General Manager, Business Development, Marketing and Strategy, MTN was the guest speaker at the event and he spoke on the theme: “Media and Marketing: Pathway to Business Growth”. Other highlights of the event were: inauguration of new executives for the school’s alumni association, presentation of awards, comedy and music.
In spite of the economic meltdown, companies continued to look for talent at the 13th MBA Career Fair held at Lagos Business School which held on the 24th of February. As MBA students prepare to graduate in March, the fair was organised to give them the opportunity to interact with interested companies as well as seek internship positions – for the first year students.
The participating companies and students were welcomed by the Dean of LBS, Dr Enase Okonedo and the MBA Director, Dr Uchenna Uzo. Both members of the LBS Management Board took turns to thank and assure the participating companies that they had made the right decision to hire talent for high performance.
The keynote address, given by Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director, Accenture, was hinged on the relevance of innovation and he emphasised in his detailed address that innovation was a necessary ingredient for survival and success in today’s challenging business environment.
Interestingly, there were a number of LBS alumni who participated in the fair as recruiters and representatives of their organisations. When asked how it felt to be back, Ayomide Akindolie (MBA 8) a senior consultant said “It’s very nostalgic, my first job and the reason I have this job was thanks to the career fair I participated in as an MBA student”. Her response to how much knowledge gained at LBS has helped her in her career so far, she said “Extremely! I still have my binders and I refer to them once in a while. I remember referring to a case study, I went to dig it out. I read it and some of the recommendations based on the analysis we did then was still relevant many years later. This happened last year and I graduated in 2011. I gained so much: Time management, speed reading, even being punctual. I get feedback from people that I’m always on time and that’s because the attitude I imbibed at LBS.
Over time, some companies have valued the MBA recruits from LBS and have participated repeatedly in the MBA Career Fairs. Notable amongst these are Total Nigeria, Oando Plc, Lexcel Group, Lafarge, GTBank, BASF, General Electric, Nesle, Unilever, Friesland Campina, Schneider Electric, Airtel, Sterling Bank, Nielson, FBN Quest and Cummins. Companies participating for the first time this year include The Boston Consulting Group, Dalberg and Arla (Dano).
The CEO of Diamond Bank, Mr. Uzoma Dozie held an interactive session with the Undergraduate students of Pan-Atlantic University on the 20th of January 2016. During the session, shared the story of the evolution of diamond bank from a mainly corporate bank to a retail focused bank. At the request of the students, he also shared his personal experience rising through the ranks in the banking industry and the factors he considered important for establishing a successful career.
His visit was the latest edition of the CEO Forum, a platform via which the University puts it’s students face to face with captains of industry for valuable experience sharing.
Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) on 10th June 2015, received a number of donations from Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon towards the development of a Museum of Nigerian Art. Prince Yemisi Shyllon, who is widely regarded to own one of the most important collections of modern African Art, has donated 1,000 of the best artworks in his collection as well as two hundred photographs depicting Nigeria’s people and cultures to the University.
Speaking at a ceremony to formalise the donation, Prince Yemisi Shyllon explained that the collection includes traditional art, modern paintings and scuptures and photographs of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. The modern paintings include works by such notable artists as Aina Onabolu, Ben Enwonwu, Yussuf Grillo, El Anatsui, Simon Okeke, Uche Okeke, Okaybulu, Akinola Lashekan and Bruce Onabrakpeya, among many others. The contemporary paintings include works by Disoye Tantua, Segun Aiyesan, Kelani Abass etc. Sculptural pieces produced by Adeola Balogun, Ben Enwonwu, Oladapo Afolayan, Isiaka Osunde, Okpu Eze etc. The photographs of Nigeria’s cultural festivals are predominantly produced by Ariyo Oguntimehin.