Thursday, 29 September 2016

JAMES EFOSA OF EFOSKI RECORD INTERNATIONAL PAYS HOMAGE TO KING SUNNY ADE @ 70............WANTS YOUTHS TO EMULATE KING OF WORLD BEATS

Exactly a week after the king of world beat, King Sunny Ade celebrated his historic 70 th birthday, fast rising record label owner, Prince James Efosa


have come out to pour further encomium on the juju music legend

In a chat with Cerumedia  soft read unit, the CEO of Efoski records stated " king Ade is hero of our time youths must learn from
" He is focused, very professional, does not joke with his rehearsals, he is humble to all and fears God like nuts, no winder he is looking young by day, I always tell my acts to emulate the king
of world beat and on behalf of all my team, we wish him joy and longer life of bright light " the Efoski boss stated

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

T

CLASSY FRANCOPHONE NIGHT SET TO HIT NIGERIA ON OCTOBER 1ST NIGHT


With Less Than 48 Hrs To The Much Anticipated 2nd Edition Of The Francophone Nite Out , The Organisers Have Assured That It Will Be an unprecedented nite of class.


 'Yes r n b is good,Naija disco great,but we talking French style here,where couples will dance to different genres of World Music including Zouk and Rhumba that gets couples 



dancing Old age Blues which is quite extinct in Anglophone Night clubs. All plans are in top gear to give Lagos a Night to remember at the Lekki Coliseum,come 1st October 2016 says CEO,Effrakata Entertainment ,Jimi Sadare

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ARSENAL NEW FOUND FORM EXCITES AFRICA'S RICHEST MAN, AND FUTURE GUNNERS OWNER, ALIKO DANGOTE



“Alhaji Aliko Dangote is a deep thinker who knows how, when and exactly where to invest his hard earned money, to be in the billionaire club as Africans number one for years now is not a joke, he must be globally revered”-Best Selling African wordsmith, and a Dangote aficionado,-Mike Cerutt Osagie

 A very close and competent source close to Africans richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote last night postulated to CERUMEDIA parent company, www.worldindustryleaders.blogspot.com that the Dangote Group President is in very happy mood now over the sudden winning and ruthless form of his favorite team Arsenal
Only last week, THE GUNNERS
shock book makers by trashing Chelsea 3-0 and completed in the week with another 2-0 CHAMPIONS league victory, making their fans worldwide go gaga and wonder, is this the year of victory after the feat of the “INVISIBLE “led by PATRICK Vera
Dangote’s new happy mood over Gunners new form is coming few days after astute tycoon spoke of his dream to buy the club over. The Africa’s richest man, confessed his desire to buy London-based Arsenal soccer team within four years.
Dangote, a Nigerian worth $10.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index announced his intention to buy the club last year. He said he needs to wait for his business prospects to improve and his investments in gas pipelines and an oil refinery to play out before making the acquisition.
“There’s no doubt” I ‘ ’ll buy Arsenal and “it’s not a problem” of money, Dangote said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York LAST week.. “Maybe three to four years. The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out the way first and start having tailwinds.
Then I’ll focus on this.”
Bottom of Form
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
Dangote, an Arsenal fan, has lost $4.5 billion this year, the third most of anyone globally, due mainly to the depreciation of Nigeria’s currency, the billionaires index shows. The bulk of his wealth is tied up in Lagos-based Dangote Cement Plc, whose stock is down 19 percent in the past two years. An acquisition would make him the first sub-Saharan African owner of a team in England’s Premier League.
“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,” he said. “It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both.”
While Arsenal has won 13 top flight league titles in England, making it one of the country’s most successful sides, its last was in 2004.
TO Dangote, we say dream on, for dreamers are winners
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Hope Rises For Thousands Of Widows As Asiwaju's Wife, Senator Oluremi Brings Soccour

The former first lady of Lagos state and now a serving Senator  in the present regime, Chief Mrs Oluremi Tinubu seems to be living actively by the advice of late mother Theresa who once said " If you cannot feed 100, feed just one"

But this week, Senator  Tinubu did not just fed and brought hope to 100 but multitude as widows from all parts of the state of excellence
 received financial assistance from a senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu.



Across the 13 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the district, 50 widows were selected from each council for the gesture.
Each of them received N25,000.
This is not the first time Mrs Tinubu will touch lives, it is now part of her and her close aide attested to itit
“Even if she is sleeping, she always thinks of what to do to assist fellow mankind especially the less-priviledged. We are not surprised with this gesture. She is a kind-hearted person and cheerful giver,”  Says, Alhaja Ashabi Bamgbola 

Indeed Mrs Tinubu must not only be commended but emulated for her selfless giving and drive to touch lives or the poor. The orphans and widows in the landland

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TOUCH OF FRENCH COMES TO TOWN AT THE SECOND EDITION OF FRANCOPHONE NIGHT IN LEKKI COLISEUM, LAGOS



There is a very popular saying that in France, “French is the language that turns dirt into romance” In essence the French have unique lifestyle, hence this Second Edition of the Monthly Francophone Club Night Activation Series

 A Production of Effrakata Entertainment, Division of Sapphire Investment Limited, expected to Usher in the 56th Independence of Nigeria on the 1st of October will be nothing but total frankly French-like night SPEAKING to CERUMEDIA impresario unit last night, Effrakata CEO, Monsieur Jimi Sadare hinted us of goodies that await discerning A list guest on board that night


“There will be many attractions he said:
• it is expected that guest will  be  dressed with a touch of green or white to celebrate Nigeria at 56.
• .The live Band members will be attired in beautiful colored African prints in Nigeria's National colors.

• .The Guinean Community in Nigeria, whom are attending the event, will also be celebrating their Nation's Indepenhdence on the 2nd of October so it is expected to be an explosive night of Fun. Already the Cozy Ambiance OF the La Vida Bella lounge of The Lekki Coliseum is set for the francophone 0ctober 1st night


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ONCE DESCRIBED AS "SERIAL LOSER" CHIEF TOM IKIMI NOW PREDICTS LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR PASTOR IYAMU OF PDP




BY MIKE CERUTTI OSAGIE


EDITOR IN CHIEF/ Group LEADER,
CERUTTI MEDIA AND BOOKS INC
E: youngchief@yahoo.com
+234 7042631895(SMS PLS)



Once described as serial loser by Governor Adams Oshiomole, former Abacha right hand man, Chief Tom Ikimi  is boasting that this election belongs to his new party PDP, saying  they brought Oshiomhole seven and a half years ago, and we are now determined that Oshiomhole should give

The FORMER Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, predicted a landslide victory for the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu that will so shock the APC that the party will not contest the outcome.

In a revert to our POLITICAL PLATFORM UNIT,, Ikimi said today’s election is an election the whole world is watching  and with a guarantee of heavy  security for all and sundry the  voters will be better assured that they can go out and exercise their franchise.

“There is nothing to fear. The security is good everywhere. The leadership of our party is equal to the task, and we shall win this election resoundingly. The margin of winning will be such that APC will not be able to contest the victory. We are now at the threshold of the history. “We brought Oshiomhole seven and a half years ago, and we are now determined that Oshiomhole should give way for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as successor.”

THE MAN OSAGIE IZE IYAMU: A PROLIFIC PROFILE




Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is an astute politician. He was born 21th june 1962 into the upper middle-class family of Late Chief Robert Osayande Ize-Iyamu, the highly respected Benin chief with the highly reverend title of Esogban of Benin Kingdom and Mrs. Magdalene N. Ize-Iyamu (nee Obasohan). In 1973, Pastor
Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu completed his primary education at Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School, Benin City; he had made a landmark obtaining the best result in the common entrance in the then Midwestern region. He then went ahead to confirm his stellar status in Edo College in 1979 where he once again obtained the best result in the art class in West Africa Certificate Examination
(WAEC). Buoyed by his high-profile academic performances, young Osagie’s desire was to follow the footsteps of his elder brother who traveled abroad for further studies. However, due to Osagie’s proximity to the flurry of communal politicking, done by his father, he developed keen interest in it. Pastor Osagie chose to study Political Science, and was admitted into the prestigious University of Benin, Benin City in 1980. But that was not to be. Inadvertently
obeying the dictate of fate, he changed his course of study to Law the following academic session, and soon became one of the pioneering students in the faculty. He graduated with top honour in 1985/1986; he immediately proceeded to the Nigeria Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar afterward in 1987. In 1995 Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu met God through a harrowing experience
when he had an almost fatal accident that changed the course of his life forever. Unconscious for nine hours, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu suffered dislocated hips and fractured toes. God himself being the ultimate physician healed him at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi. Surprised by his miraculous deliverance on his dislocated hips returned to their original positions and overwhelmed by
the divine favour and words of his wife to use this privilege to give his life to the service of God, his creator, Pastor Osagie joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), where he grew in knowledge and wisdom about God and church administration. As family members, friends and foes watched in amazement at his transformed life. Pastor Osagie within a short time was made
a minister in the church. In 1998, he was made Pastor of the Upper Room Parish of the Church, located at Adesuwa Road, G.R.A., Benin City. He threw himself into the service and with encouragement and prayerful support of his wife, as well as the commitment of his fellow ministers; he was able to raise the hitherto small parish (branch) to the biggest RCCG church in Edo State. He was later appointed the Area pastor of the GRA 1 Area church overseeing three parishes

with headquarters at the Upper Room parish, and became an inspiration to thousands of youth in Edo State. His work and passion later gave birth to a magnificent edifice that drew the attention of the highly reverend Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who was personally in Benin City to dedicate the church. Today, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the District Pastor, Overseeing Zonal, Area and parishes of the RCCG in Edo State. Besides, he is in charge of the provincial
regional headquarter parish in Benin City. These great strides however, did not only manifest in his faith but also in his political life. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu sowed a seed of his political activism long ago during his university days as a vibrant member of the Student Union Congress and being highly instrumental to the election of several presidents and Executive members of the Student Union. That experience proved vital as he became one of the operational planks that saw to the election of Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, as the then Chairman of Oredo Local Government Council, Benin City, in 1983, under the zero party
system. After his sojourn into private legal practice and business, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff, Government House, Edo State, under the administration of Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, Executive Governor of Edo State- an evidence of the virtues of loyalty and trust. As the Chief of Staff, from 1999-2003, he elevated the office to the enviable status of a melting pot of consultation, strategy and confidence building. With his leading by the Holy
Spirit, he became the man to trust and do business with, the rallying point of energies and ideas. He engineered the smooth and peaceful relationship that the state enjoyed with pensioners and labour leaders, then in Edo State. As a testament to his sterling performance as a Chief of Staff, he was elevated to the
Secretary to the State Government (SSG). A position of immense trust and critical nexus and strategic catalyst in the government of the state, where he proved to be reliable, dependable, trust worthy and a positive generational ambassador committed to the well-being of Edos. He showcased his sagacity in management and entrepreneurial spirit when he set up the magnificent I.O
Farms Training Institute- a model farm settlement at Ugbor-Amagba
communities, Benin City, Edo State. The institute has churned out hundreds of young agriculturist. The Training Institute has the triple objective of agricultural training, skill acquisitions and youth empowerment as veritable mechanism to reduce youth restiveness, organized crime and unemployment. He has continued
to contribute to the political development of the state and was awarded with the politician of the decade in Edo State. He is a politician that does not discriminate, highly de-trabalised, open to positive ideas, motivator of positive agenda for government, a respecter of elders and social values, a nexus of hope
for Christians in Government and a crusader of fairness and social justice. Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s bold foot works in partisan politics and public office in Edo State has been phenomenal in scope, dept and intensity. With the resultant effect of re-designing the political landscape. He is the calm and deep-thinking political architect whose courageous designs have re-engineered the hope of
Edo people for good governance and freedom from democratic tyranny. No wonder that, today, Osagie Ize-Iyamu is widely respected, acknowledged, and referred to as the “Leader” by both the elderly and the young for his uncommon courage, wisdom, integrity and commitment.
He was the National Vice Chairman, South-South Zone of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
He was the Director General of Oshiomhole’s 2nd term Campaign Organisation.
He was also the Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation
He was recently honoured by the Benson Idahosa University with an honorary
doctorate degree in Public Administration.
He is happily married to Pastor (Dr) Idia Ize-Iyamu, a Consultant Orthodontist
with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and an Associate Professor in the
University of Benin. They are blessed with four children.

EDO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION FINAL COUNTDOWN: CAN OBASEKI BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS WORDS ON 1OO NEW MILLIONAIRES IN EDO?




“As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do.”
― Georgette Heyer, Venetia


CAN OBASEKI BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS WORDS ON 1OO NEW MILLIONAIRES IN EDO 2016?

ASKS MIKE CERUTTI OSAGIE

EDITOR IN CHIEF/ Group LEADER,
CERUTTI MEDIA AND BOOKS INC
E: youngchief@yahoo.com
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This quote is one quote that must be placed on wall of EDO GOVERNMENT HOUSE If APC wins because not long ago, the  candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the today’s  governorship election in Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, promised that if voted into power, his administration will produce more than 100 millionaires in the state in four years.
Obaseki stated this, while speaking with the Grassroots Youth Initiative (GYI) in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, urging the people to use their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to actualize “the peoples-oriented plans already laid down by APC.”

He said successes recorded by the APC in the last eight years in Edo State were glaring, calling on electorate not vote for different political party.
“We are almost through with rebuilding of schools and we will finish them,” he said.
“But why are we doing schools? It is to correct all the mistakes that the PDP made in their years of governance that children didn’t want to go to school. Now, we have done it and we would get more teachers to teach the pupils and students.
“We are launching our programme on agriculture called ‘the anchor programme’. Edo has been selected for seven products, oil palm, rubber, cassava, maize, livestock, poultry and fishery. Government is going to support you all to excel.”

He said that he wished to be governor where people would not struggle to buy car, promising that his administration would produce 100 millionaires after four years.
On his part, the GYI President, Mr Osarobo Idahosa, said that they were ready to deliver votes for Obaseki , adding: “We are here to officially endorse you because we find you credible among other candidates.”


So with such promises, Obaseki must know that A PROMISE MADE AND NOT FULFILED REDUCES A MANS GENTITILTY

Good luck Edo new millionaires


THE MAN OBASEKI: FULL PROFILE


MR Godwin Obaseki was born in Benin City, the Edo State Capital to the famous and illustrious Obaseki family. He had his early education at St. Matthews Anglican Primary School, Benin City from where he proceeded to Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, also in Benin City for his secondary education. Thereafter, he attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained a BA in Classics. He took his search for quality education to the United States of America and attended the Columbia University and Pace University in New York obtaining an MBA in Finance and International Business. Illustrious career Obaseki Obaseki Armed with good education, the young Obaseki, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme did not have problems carving out a successful career in the finance industry. Obaseki, who was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2001, began his career over 30 years ago and has established track records in Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Trading and the Public Sector both internationally and in Nigeria. He started out in 1983 with Capital Trust Brokers Limited, Lagos as a stockbroker where he excelled and subsequently worked with International Merchant Bank (an affiliate of First Chicago Bank). In 1988 he joined AVC Funds Limited, Lagos where he served as a Project Manager and led the core team that set up two of the new generation banks, which eventually reshaped the face of the banking industry in Nigeria. Between 1993 and 1995 he worked in New York as principal of Equatorial Finance Coy, a Financial Advisory firm with a focus on Africa and providing Structured Trade Finance for African related transactions through credit, financial advisory and risk insurance. Obaseki founded Afrinvest West Africa Limited (formerly Securities Transactions & Trust Company Limited (SecTrust)) in 1995 as the pioneer Managing Director. The firm has since grown to become a leading Investment Banking and Investment Management firm in Nigeria. In 1995 SecTrust was appointed the correspondent stockbroker for Nigeria by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). And in 1996, SecTrust
established the first derivative product, the Nigerian International Debt Fund (NIDF) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which allowed Nigerians invest local savings in US Dollar instrument. This fund has outperformed projections on returns. SecTrust pioneered and was local adviser on the first global offering by a Nigerian bank through the issuance of Global Depositary Shares (GDS) to raise UD$50 million from the international Capital market. Afrinvest has acted as advisers on some of the largest and most significant transactions in the Nigerian capital market since 2005. Afrinvest is one of the most trusted advisory firms in the domestic corporate finance market, pioneering major innovations and providing leadership in the Nigerian Securities market. The Firm has advised on numerous landmark transactions including the first Eurobond Issue by a Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate (outside South Africa); the first ever simultaneous merger and tender offer transaction in Sub-Saharan Africa and the largest ever listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Afrinvest has been ranked as a major Investment Research firm, which is at the forefront of playing instrumental roles in the introduction of new financing products such as Eurobonds and Global Depository Receipts to Nigerian Companies. Mr. Obaseki is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm, which won the Best Asset Management Firm in Nigeria (2014) Award by the Wealth & Finance International Magazine Finance Awards. Economic engineer of Edo State In his native land, Obaseki served as the Chairman of the Economic and Strategy Team (EST) of Edo State until recently when he reigned to vie for the governorship of the state. He held the position of the EST chairman for over seven years starting from March 17, 2009. His key achievements as chairman of the economic team include: *Documentation of State Economic Development framework through Sectors’ Strategic Planning which is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis; *Introduction and enculturation of retreats as a platform to ensure all parties engagement not only in planning and executing state development initiatives but also in monitoring and evaluation of outcomes; *N25 Billion Infrastructure Development Bond from the Nigerian Capital Market in 2010; *$225 Million Concessionary rates Development Loan from the World Bank with the 1st Tranche of $75 Million already accessed.
*Successfully hosted Sector based Economic Summits and Policy Dialogue Series including the Power Round Table in 2010, 2011 Education Round Table and 2012 Agribusiness Round Table. These summits have translated in measurable and desired outcomes including: Azura-Edo IPP project with over $1 billion in FDI currently under development in Ihovbor, Uhunwode LGA; Education Reforms, which have translated to significant improvement in educational infrastructure and student performance in WAEC and other examinations. Following the 2012 Agribusiness Summit, the state has attracted investment in the Rubber Sub-sector for the development of the single largest Rubber Plantation project in Nigeria in Sokponba in Orhiomwon LGA under a privately developed and financed initiative. A framework for Local Economic Empowerment through out-growers schemes is being finalised to attract funding into the development of key crops for which Edo State has natural endowment including Oil Palm, Rubber, Cassava, Cocoa, Rice and other grains. *Apart from the EST, Obaseki was in a number of other committees that constituted the live-wire of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole Adminstration. He was Chairman, member of the Tax Assessment Review Committee for Edo State Internal Revenue Service (TARC); Chairman, Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); Chairman, Committee on the Implementation of the Law Establishing the Edo State University of Science and Technology, Uzaire; and Secretary, Committee on Contributory Pension Scheme. Others are: Member, Edo SEEFOR/DPO Steering Committee; Member, Committee on the Report of the Audit of the Credentials of Teaching Staff in Public Schools in Edo State; and Land Use Charge Committee; and Chairman, State Steering Committee on the European Union Assisted Niger-Delta Support programme (NDSP) Component 3 (Development of Edo State Water & Sanitation Policy and Law. Service at national level At the natioanl level, Mr. Obaseki served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System; the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act. He served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council between 2006 and 2009. Vast experience He also serves on the board of some companies such as Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Seric Impianti International Limited. He was the founding secretary of a New York based US Africa Chamber of Commerce in 1992, which promoted US organisations doing business in Africa. He was a Director in Junior Achievement of Nigeria – the local affiliate of the worldwide Not for Profit organisation which trains students to appreciate market economy values. He also participates actively and serves as Trustee, in the Dr. Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family owned NGO
-PROFILE REPORT ,COURTESY VANGUARD


MR Godwin Obaseki was born in Benin City, the Edo State Capital to the famous and illustrious Obaseki family. He had his early education at St. Matthews Anglican Primary School, Benin City from where he proceeded to Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, also in Benin City for his secondary education. Thereafter, he attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained a BA in Classics. He took his search for quality education to the United States of America and attended the Columbia University and Pace University in New York obtaining an MBA in Finance and International Business. Illustrious career Obaseki Obaseki Armed with good education, the young Obaseki, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme did not have problems carving out a successful career in the finance industry. Obaseki, who was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2001, began his career over 30 years ago and has established track records in Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Trading and the Public Sector both internationally and in Nigeria. He started out in 1983 with Capital Trust Brokers Limited, Lagos as a stockbroker where he excelled and subsequently worked with International Merchant Bank (an affiliate of First Chicago Bank). In 1988 he joined AVC Funds Limited, Lagos where he served as a Project Manager and led the core team that set up two of the new generation banks, which eventually reshaped the face of the banking industry in Nigeria. Between 1993 and 1995 he worked in New York as principal of Equatorial Finance Coy, a Financial Advisory firm with a focus on Africa and providing Structured Trade Finance for African related transactions through credit, financial advisory and risk insurance. Obaseki founded Afrinvest West Africa Limited (formerly Securities Transactions & Trust Company Limited (SecTrust)) in 1995 as the pioneer Managing Director. The firm has since grown to become a leading Investment Banking and Investment Management firm in Nigeria. In 1995 SecTrust was appointed the correspondent stockbroker for Nigeria by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). And in 1996, SecTrust established the first derivative product, the Nigerian International Debt Fund (NIDF) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which allowed Nigerians invest local savings in US Dollar instrument. This fund has outperformed projections on returns. SecTrust pioneered and was local adviser on the first global offering by a Nigerian bank through the issuance of Global Depositary Shares (GDS) to raise UD$50 million from the international Capital market. Afrinvest has acted as advisers on some of the largest and most significant transactions in the Nigerian capital market since 2005. Afrinvest is one of the most trusted advisory firms in the domestic corporate finance market, pioneering major innovations and providing leadership in the Nigerian Securities market. The Firm has advised on numerous landmark transactions including the first Eurobond Issue by a Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate (outside South Africa); the first ever simultaneous merger and tender offer transaction in Sub-Saharan Africa and the largest ever listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Afrinvest has been ranked as a major Investment Research firm, which is at the forefront of playing instrumental roles in the introduction of new financing products such as Eurobonds and Global Depository Receipts to Nigerian Companies. Mr. Obaseki is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm, which won the Best Asset Management Firm in Nigeria (2014) Award by the Wealth & Finance International Magazine Finance Awards. Economic engineer of Edo State In his native land, Obaseki served as the Chairman of the Economic and Strategy Team (EST) of Edo State until recently when he reigned to vie for the governorship of the state. He held the position of the EST chairman for over seven years starting from March 17, 2009. His key achievements as chairman of the economic team include: *Documentation of State Economic Development framework through Sectors’ Strategic Planning which is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis; *Introduction and enculturation of retreats as a platform to ensure all parties engagement not only in planning and executing state development initiatives but also in monitoring and evaluation of outcomes; *N25 Billion Infrastructure Development Bond from the Nigerian Capital Market in 2010; *$225 Million Concessionary rates Development Loan from the World Bank with the 1st Tranche of $75 Million already accessed. *Successfully hosted Sector based Economic Summits and Policy Dialogue Series including the Power Round Table in 2010, 2011 Education Round Table and 2012 Agribusiness Round Table. These summits have translated in measurable and desired outcomes including: Azura-Edo IPP project with over $1 billion in FDI currently under development in Ihovbor, Uhunwode LGA; Education Reforms, which have translated to significant improvement in educational infrastructure and student performance in WAEC and other examinations. Following the 2012 Agribusiness Summit, the state has attracted investment in the Rubber Sub-sector for the development of the single largest Rubber Plantation project in Nigeria in Sokponba in Orhiomwon LGA under a privately developed and financed initiative. A framework for Local Economic Empowerment through out-growers schemes is being finalised to attract funding into the development of key crops for which Edo State has natural endowment including Oil Palm, Rubber, Cassava, Cocoa, Rice and other grains. *Apart from the EST, Obaseki was in a number of other committees that constituted the live-wire of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole Adminstration. He was Chairman, member of the Tax Assessment Review Committee for Edo State Internal Revenue Service (TARC); Chairman, Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); Chairman, Committee on the Implementation of the Law Establishing the Edo State University of Science and Technology, Uzaire; and Secretary, Committee on Contributory Pension Scheme. Others are: Member, Edo SEEFOR/DPO Steering Committee; Member, Committee on the Report of the Audit of the Credentials of Teaching Staff in Public Schools in Edo State; and Land Use Charge Committee; and Chairman, State Steering Committee on the European Union Assisted Niger-Delta Support programme (NDSP) Component 3 (Development of Edo State Water & Sanitation Policy and Law. Service at national level At the natioanl level, Mr. Obaseki served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System; the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act. He served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council between 2006 and 2009. Vast experience He also serves on the board of some companies such as Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Seric Impianti International Limited. He was the founding secretary of a New York based US Africa Chamber of Commerce in 1992, which promoted US organisations doing business in Africa. He was a Director in Junior Achievement of Nigeria – the local affiliate of the worldwide Not for Profit organisation which trains students to appreciate market economy values. He also participates actively and serves as Trustee, in the Dr. Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family owned NGO, which is involved in providing free educational and health services to the less privileged.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/09/man-godwin-obaseki/

MR Godwin Obaseki was born in Benin City, the Edo State Capital to the famous and illustrious Obaseki family. He had his early education at St. Matthews Anglican Primary School, Benin City from where he proceeded to Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, also in Benin City for his secondary education. Thereafter, he attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained a BA in Classics. He took his search for quality education to the United States of America and attended the Columbia University and Pace University in New York obtaining an MBA in Finance and International Business. Illustrious career Obaseki Obaseki Armed with good education, the young Obaseki, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme did not have problems carving out a successful career in the finance industry. Obaseki, who was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2001, began his career over 30 years ago and has established track records in Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Trading and the Public Sector both internationally and in Nigeria. He started out in 1983 with Capital Trust Brokers Limited, Lagos as a stockbroker where he excelled and subsequently worked with International Merchant Bank (an affiliate of First Chicago Bank). In 1988 he joined AVC Funds Limited, Lagos where he served as a Project Manager and led the core team that set up two of the new generation banks, which eventually reshaped the face of the banking industry in Nigeria. Between 1993 and 1995 he worked in New York as principal of Equatorial Finance Coy, a Financial Advisory firm with a focus on Africa and providing Structured Trade Finance for African related transactions through credit, financial advisory and risk insurance. Obaseki founded Afrinvest West Africa Limited (formerly Securities Transactions & Trust Company Limited (SecTrust)) in 1995 as the pioneer Managing Director. The firm has since grown to become a leading Investment Banking and Investment Management firm in Nigeria. In 1995 SecTrust was appointed the correspondent stockbroker for Nigeria by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). And in 1996, SecTrust established the first derivative product, the Nigerian International Debt Fund (NIDF) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which allowed Nigerians invest local savings in US Dollar instrument. This fund has outperformed projections on returns. SecTrust pioneered and was local adviser on the first global offering by a Nigerian bank through the issuance of Global Depositary Shares (GDS) to raise UD$50 million from the international Capital market. Afrinvest has acted as advisers on some of the largest and most significant transactions in the Nigerian capital market since 2005. Afrinvest is one of the most trusted advisory firms in the domestic corporate finance market, pioneering major innovations and providing leadership in the Nigerian Securities market. The Firm has advised on numerous landmark transactions including the first Eurobond Issue by a Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate (outside South Africa); the first ever simultaneous merger and tender offer transaction in Sub-Saharan Africa and the largest ever listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Afrinvest has been ranked as a major Investment Research firm, which is at the forefront of playing instrumental roles in the introduction of new financing products such as Eurobonds and Global Depository Receipts to Nigerian Companies. Mr. Obaseki is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm, which won the Best Asset Management Firm in Nigeria (2014) Award by the Wealth & Finance International Magazine Finance Awards. Economic engineer of Edo State In his native land, Obaseki served as the Chairman of the Economic and Strategy Team (EST) of Edo State until recently when he reigned to vie for the governorship of the state. He held the position of the EST chairman for over seven years starting from March 17, 2009. His key achievements as chairman of the economic team include: *Documentation of State Economic Development framework through Sectors’ Strategic Planning which is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis; *Introduction and enculturation of retreats as a platform to ensure all parties engagement not only in planning and executing state development initiatives but also in monitoring and evaluation of outcomes; *N25 Billion Infrastructure Development Bond from the Nigerian Capital Market in 2010; *$225 Million Concessionary rates Development Loan from the World Bank with the 1st Tranche of $75 Million already accessed. *Successfully hosted Sector based Economic Summits and Policy Dialogue Series including the Power Round Table in 2010, 2011 Education Round Table and 2012 Agribusiness Round Table. These summits have translated in measurable and desired outcomes including: Azura-Edo IPP project with over $1 billion in FDI currently under development in Ihovbor, Uhunwode LGA; Education Reforms, which have translated to significant improvement in educational infrastructure and student performance in WAEC and other examinations. Following the 2012 Agribusiness Summit, the state has attracted investment in the Rubber Sub-sector for the development of the single largest Rubber Plantation project in Nigeria in Sokponba in Orhiomwon LGA under a privately developed and financed initiative. A framework for Local Economic Empowerment through out-growers schemes is being finalised to attract funding into the development of key crops for which Edo State has natural endowment including Oil Palm, Rubber, Cassava, Cocoa, Rice and other grains. *Apart from the EST, Obaseki was in a number of other committees that constituted the live-wire of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole Adminstration. He was Chairman, member of the Tax Assessment Review Committee for Edo State Internal Revenue Service (TARC); Chairman, Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); Chairman, Committee on the Implementation of the Law Establishing the Edo State University of Science and Technology, Uzaire; and Secretary, Committee on Contributory Pension Scheme. Others are: Member, Edo SEEFOR/DPO Steering Committee; Member, Committee on the Report of the Audit of the Credentials of Teaching Staff in Public Schools in Edo State; and Land Use Charge Committee; and Chairman, State Steering Committee on the European Union Assisted Niger-Delta Support programme (NDSP) Component 3 (Development of Edo State Water & Sanitation Policy and Law. Service at national level At the natioanl level, Mr. Obaseki served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System; the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act. He served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council between 2006 and 2009. Vast experience He also serves on the board of some companies such as Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Seric Impianti International Limited. He was the founding secretary of a New York based US Africa Chamber of Commerce in 1992, which promoted US organisations doing business in Africa. He was a Director in Junior Achievement of Nigeria – the local affiliate of the worldwide Not for Profit organisation which trains students to appreciate market economy values. He also participates actively and serves as Trustee, in the Dr. Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family owned NGO, which is involved in providing free educational and health services to the less privileged.

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