SACAEM honours two Obas, 16 Nigerian farmers with AgriBusiness Excellence Recognition Awards at FUNAAB

…Inducts them as African Food Survival Ambassadors(AFSA)

By Charles Segun Adegbite

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L-R: FUNAAB Senior Lecturer Dr Oyekunle, SACAEM Founder Mr George Oladele Awoleri and Chairman of Award Planning Committee, Dr David Akinsola.

Two Yoruba monarchs and sixteen distinguished Nigerian farmers were honoured on Thursday with AgriBusiness Excellence Recognition Awards and conferred as African Food Survival Ambassadors(AFSA) by an NGO, Save-an-African Child Agricultural Education Mission (SACAEM)

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Alh. Abiodun Murtala Tijani receiving his award from a FUNNAB Senior lecturer, Dr Oyekunle

The monarchs, Onimeko of Imeko, HRM Oba Benjamin Oyediran Alabi Olanite, Akanku IV, and the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Ketuland, HRM, Oba Joel Ademola Alaye, both from Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State, were conferred with the award for their immense contributions to the development of agriculture in Nigeria.

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Mr Bubayaro receiving the award from Dr Oyekunle on behalf of the awardee, Alh. Shehu Usman Jibril.

The award ceremony, organised in collaboration with the Golden Spear Organizations, was held inside Prof. Mamood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State.

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Pharm. Odunlami Okeowo being presented the plaque for his award by one of the organisers.

During the investiture, the chairman of the organising committee, Dr David Olumuyiwa Akinsola and the Chief organiser/CEO of SACAEM, Mr Oladele Awoleri, said the awards were given in recognition of the successful efforts these men and women towards food survival in Africa.

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Mr Olusegun Olaleye being presented the plaque for his award by Dr Akinsola.

While the Onimeko of Imeko was conferred as AFSA for donating 1000 hectares of land towards building Golden Crown Agricultural Entrepreneur University at Imeko, along Imeko-Iwoye Road, the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu was inducted as AFSA for his previous career in Agriculture and contributions to the production of cotton in Nigeria.

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A chartered accountant, Chief (Mrs) Okusanya receiving her AER Award after her investiture as AFSA.
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Alh. Abiodun M. Tijani displaying his AER Award plaque with his wife inside Prof Mamood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, FUNAAB,shortly after his investiture as AFSA .

The distinguished Nigerian farmers and agribusiness men and women who bagged the Agribusiness Excellence Recognition Awards and were inducted as AFSA were: Engr. Samuel Adisa Adeyinka, Pharm. Odunlami Olumayowa Okeowo, Engr. Ademola Odusami Shote, Chief Modupe I. Okusanya, Mr Olusegun Olaleye, Mr Bello Abdullah Afolabi, and a reverend Olori Elizabeth Alaba Ajayi.

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Mr Adebayo Mustapha Adeogun being presented the plaque by Dr Akinsola

The other awardees were: Alhaji Abiodun Muritala Tijani, Chief Abdulazzez Ismail Adedayo, Alhaji Shehu Usman Jibril, Chief Ganiyat Adeoye Kushimo, Mr Yunus Ojolowo, Mr Adebayo Mustapha Adeogun, Mr Adetola Temitope Saheed,

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The 2019 AER Awardees & the AFSA inductees in a group photograph.

Prominent among the awardees was a retired director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr David Olumuyiwa Akinsola. Likewise, the Founder of the first private agricultural high school in Nigeria and chief organiser of the event , Mr Awoleri was also inducted; both for their immense contributions to food production in Nigeria.

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Mr Saheed Temitope ODETOLA receiving his award from Mrs. Wealth Temi Ojediran.

The event which started by 9am with the conclusion of the Agric Quiz competition, had a lot of side attractions like parade excise carried out by students of the first private paramilitary secondary school in Nigeria, Solomon Iluyomade Academy (SIA), Sagamu, Ogun State. And an agricultural playlet was also acted by the students of Golden Crown Agricultural High School, Awa Ijebu inside the lecture theatre.

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The Mayegun of Imeko, Akogun Taiwo L. Akanni, receiving the Award on behalf of the Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite, from Dr Akinsola.

The students were thereafter given different prizes for their good performances. The undergraduates of the FUNAAB, who filled the aesthetic lecture theater to the brim, also made the gathering a memorable one, as they cheered the secondary students and the awardees up.

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Mr. Bello Abdullah Afolabi receiving his award from a FUNAAB Senior Lecturer, Dr Oyekunle, after his induction as AFSA.

The chairman of the organising committee, in his welcome address, noted that this type of awards would spur the recipients to keep contributing more to the agricultural development of Nigeria and food security in Africa.

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Chief Mrs Shote displaying the award plaque after receiving it on behalf of her husband, Engr. Ademola Shote.
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Another distinguished recipient of the 2019 AER Award and an AFSA inductee.
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Students of Blessed Assurance College, Ifo, Ogun State, receiving their Award from Dr Akinsola, for getting 1St Position in the Agric Quiz competition.
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Alh. Bubayaro (with the award plaque), Mr Awoleri, Dr Akinsola, Alh Gambo Ali and others.
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L-R: Alh. Mukhtar Gambo Ali (the C.E.O. Pivotal Dynamic International Resources Ltd), with Alh. Muhammad Yakubu Bubayaro, shortly after receiving the AER award on behalf of Alh Shehu Usman Jubril. 
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The Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, HRM Oba Joel Ademola Alaye at the event.
L-R: Alh. Muhammad Bubayaro, Dr Akinsola and Alh. Muktar Gambo Ali.
Alh Bello Abdullah Afolabi receiving his award from a FUNAAB senior lecturer, Dr Oyekunle.
SACAEM Founder and Chief Organiser of the AER Award, Mr George Oladele Awoleri standing for the reading of his citation .
SACAEM Founder and Chief Organiser of the AER Award, Mr Awoleri with his award plaque.
Mr Awoleri, his wife, and students of Golden Crown Agricultural High School, Awa Ijebu, Ogun State.
Mr Awoleri and his wife, after receiving the award and his investiture.
L-R: Dr Oyekunle, Mr Awoleri, his wife, Dr Akinsola, his wife, and Pastor Segun Ogunaike, after the award and investiture.
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L-R: Dr Oyekunle, students of Blessed Assurance College (with their award plaque), Dr Akinsola, his wife and other organising committee member.
R-L: Alh. Gambo Ali, Dr Akinsola, Alh. Bubayaro (with the award plaque) and others.
Mr Awoleri and member of the award organising committee.
L-R: Pastor Ogunaike, students of Blessed Assurance College (displaying their award plaque), their teacher(middle) and Mr Awoleri.
Mr and Mrs Awoleri (middle) his son, and his students of Golden Crown Agricultural High School, Awa Ijebu and their teachers.
Mr Awoleri, his wife, Dr Akinsola, his wife, and other members of the AER Award organising Committee.
L-R: Dr Oyekunle, students of Blessed Assurance College with their award plaque, Dr Akinsola, his wife, organising committee member and Mr Awoleri.
Master of the Ceremony, Pastor Segun Ogunaike, and his assistant, Mrs Adesuwa Ejhoyokar, while anchoring the program.
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Students of Solomon Iluyomade Academy (SIA) entertaining the guests with their skillful marching parade during the ceremony.
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Leader of the students parade team, speaking with the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, HRM Oba Alaye, during the parade.

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