The Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA) hosted the 2019 edition of its annual social event, President’s Dinner on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the New Harbour Point, Victoria Island.
The 25th edition of the LBSAA President’s Dinner celebrated all alumni of the School through its 27 years of existence and provided them with an opportunity to engage in quality networking in a convivial atmosphere.
In what will be remembered as one of the biggest highlights of the event, foremost entrepreneur and alumna of Lagos Business School’s flagship programme, the Chief Executive Programme (CEP), Mrs Ibukun Awosika was named Distinguished Alumni 2019. Accepting her award, Mrs Awosika thanked LBS and its Alumni Association for the honour and acknowledged the roles the School is playing in shaping role models for Nigeria’s future.
“Lagos Business School whet my appetite and increased my desire and thirst for knowledge. From the programmes and courses I have taken at the School to my decision to take on more programmes at IESE Business School, I remain forever proud of the legacy of LBS. There are many of us alumni doing amazing things here in Nigeria, and across the world, I urge us to continue, and I hope that this award challenges us to do more”, Mrs Awosika added.
The event also honoured the best classes from each programme offered at LBS. The Full-Time MBA 10, Executive MBA 12, and Modular Executive MBA 2 were named best classes in the MBA category. In the Executive Education category, the Senior Management Programme (SMP 64), Management Acceleration Programme (MAP 3 and 4), Agribusiness Management Programme (AgMP 5), Advanced Management Programme (AMP 22), Owner-Manager Programme (OMP 16) and Chief Executive Programme (CEP 19) were most outstanding.
However, the overall winner of the LBSAA Best Class Awards was AMP 22 who scored 90 points and marked history to become the only class to walk home with the Award for six consecutive years. AMP 26 and 25 took the second and third positions respectively.
As the event was African-themed, a Zulu dance troupe presented an exhilarating cultural dance presentation and the popular Nigerian music band, the Shuga band provided excellent renditions of some of the best Nigerian music from the 1960s to the 2000s. A 10-minute performance by top Nigerian comedian, Kenny Blaq had guests rolling in laughter and excitement, setting the tone for the rest of the night which was characterised by non-stop dancing at the afterparty.
The President’s Dinner, which was sponsored by top organisations including First Bank, Custodian and Allied Insurance, SO&U, Dreamworks and BusinessDay, saw guests winning business and economy class tickets to Dubai in the raffle draw session.
The event closed with a speech by the Alumni Relations Director, Henry Andoh who thanked the LBS Dean, Professor Enase Okonedo, the Association President, Dr Clare Omatseye and Vice President, Frank Aigbogun for their contributions to the success of the night. He also encouraged alumni to continue the meaningful engagements that set them apart in the country and beyond.
The event also honoured the best classes from each programme offered at LBS.