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LAGOS TO LONDON BOOK LAUNCH – BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSION IKOYI

Author, Lola Aworanti-Ekugo

The physical launch of the fictional novel, ‘Lagos to London’ by Lola Aworanti-Ekugo took place on Tuesday the 30th of November 2021.

‘Lagos to London’ book tells a story of the reality in Nigeria today where most people are leaving the country in a bid to seek greener pastures. The novel takes readers on a journey of two Nigerians, Remi Coker and Nnamdi Okonkwo from different backgrounds. They leave the shores of Nigeria full of hope to further their education abroad. Remi, who is from the prestigious Coker family is expected to return home after her law degree to run the family law firm, while Nnamdi, frustrated by the federal university, strikes plans to escape Nigeria and never to return. The story follows their journey of newfound freedom, the realities of life in the United Kingdom, and the dilemma of whether to remain or return to Nigeria.

The event was an absolute success and was graced with the presence of dignitaries and important guests such as the Chief Host, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones; the Keynote Speaker, Architect Tonye Patrick Cole mni; Lead Pastor of the Elevation Church, Pastor Godman Akinlabi with his beautiful wife, Pastor Mrs. Bolarinwa Akinlabi, Pastor Kola Fayemi, Lead Pastor of TEC Ikoyi; Sir Olutoyin Okeowo and his wife, Lady Adejoke Okeowo; Deputy Managing Director of First Bank Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, Managing Director, Ecobank, Mr. Patrick Akunwutan and a representative of the Honourable Minister of State- Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu S. Ogah, to mention a few.

Also present were students from Chalcedony School with their principal, Mr. Odeniyi Odewale.

The launch, anchored by MC SACO, began with art exhibitions from various artists namely, Oyelade Oyewole, Kareem Oyeneye, and Merenini Williams, who through their artworks, gave their interpretations of ‘Lagos to London’, and promoted the relationship between both cultures, and a beautiful saxophone performance by Fikun Saxofix.

The opening remark was given by Ben Llewellyn-Jones, the British Deputy High Commissioner, and Chief Host of the event. He expressed his love for the book and the story it tells. He said, “Lagos to London touches on relevant discussions, speaks to the cultural exchange and how the relationship between the two countries can grow.”  He went ahead to encourage people to buy the book.

The author, Lola Aworanti-Ekugo, then stepped forward to give a short remark about the background of the book and expressed gratitude for the support and participation of everyone present. She noted that Lagos to London was inspired by her story of leaving Nigeria during her teenage years. In her words, “While it was beautiful to leave the country, it can also be difficult, and many people lose their way. This is a book that inspires you to follow your dreams and find your own path whether it be in Nigeria or abroad”.  Lola hopes that her novel will impact lives and help people discover themselves. She hopes that one day it will be incorporated into the school curriculum given its emphasis on shaping and empowering young minds.

The Keynote Speaker, Architect Tonye Patrick Cole mni co-founder, and former group executive director, Sahara Group went ahead to praise Lola’s artistry, acknowledging that he could easily relate to almost all the characters in the book. He expressed, “The writing was truly delightful, the tension from Remi was poignant and real. The book tells a story of each of us.”

Afterward, excerpts from the book were read by Africa, Development Finance & Corporate Government Expert, Mrs. Cecelia Akintomide.

Following this was a short book review session anchored by Oreoluwa Lesi. The book reviewers include Lanre Fatimilehin, President Oxford & Cambridge Club of Nigeria; Chiamaka Obuekwe, Travel & Entrepreneur/CEO Social prefect tours; Chioma Nwachukwu, Student of Chalcedony School; and Richard Ajayi, Founder, House of Dairy. For Richard, “This book encourages young people to be tenacious.” According to Chiamaka, “This book is phenomenal.” Chioma said, “It’s hands down one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read.” Lanre reiterates a major theme in the book. He says, “The book is about choices.”

Sir Olutoyin Okeowo did not hesitate to praise the author’s artistry. He commended her for a job well done.

The book was officially launched at 7:10 pm, after which Mr. Chibuzor Duru, the representative of the Honourable Minister of State- Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu S. Ogah, gave the goodwill message and noted that some copies of the book will be shared to people.

Giving the vote of thanks, the mother of the author, Chief Mrs. Oyenike Aworanti, described Lola as multi-talented and narrated her journey into becoming a published author as a great achievement.

The book was virtually launched on the 30th of October 2021 by the Chief Launcher, Fola Oyeyinka, Partner, Blackrose Group, and Former Presidential Advisor, who described the novel as “a well-written book with potential for great impact”.

Proud partners and sponsors included Sweet Sensation Nigeria, BellaNaija, The YD Company, Globuf International Consults, and Lake Investment Partners.

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LAGOS TO LONDON VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH: YOU ARE INVITED!

The launch of the fictional novel, “Lagos to London” is set to hold this October. The book authored by Lola Aworanti-Ekugo is her first-ever book project launch and the official release will take place virtually on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021 by 11 AM (GMT) via Zoom. To commemorate the ceremony, there will be a panel session of four (4) speakers, one is which is Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder Piggyvest. The session will be moderated by TV & Radio Presenter and Producer, Esther Alade and they get to share various opinions about immigration, especially the high spur rates in recent times.

‘Lagos to London’ novel takes us on a journey of two Nigerians, Remi Coker and Nnamdi Okonkwo, who are from different backgrounds. They leave the shores of Nigeria full of hope to further their education abroad. Remi, who is from the prestigious Coker family is expected to return home after her law degree to run the family law firm, while Nnamdi, frustrated by the federal university strikes plans to escape Nigeria, never to return.

The story follows their journey of newfound freedom, self-discovery, hope, unexpected turns, lessons, and the realities of life in the United Kingdom.

Register to attend here.

To pre-order the novel, please click here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lola Aworanti-Ekugo is a Digital and Innovation specialist with over 14 years of experience in the industry. She started her career as a software engineer at Investec Asset Management, London where she was responsible for the development of digital solutions in the asset management portfolio. Since then, she has worked in various capacities across different roles in the financial services industry in Europe and Africa at companies including Dresdner Klienwort, Commerzbank, and BNP Paribas. She is currently the Head of Digital and Innovation at Union Bank Nigeria where she is responsible for defining and implementing its Digital & Innovation strategy and roadmap with a focus on identifying new digital product/service/fintech opportunities, optimizing the customer experience across channels, and improving operational efficiency using technology. Lola received her MBA from Imperial College Business School, London.

She also holds a BSC in Business Information systems (First Class Honours) from Middlesex University, London with a scholarship for outstanding academic performance. She has founded two start-ups, including Transthat.com, a peer-to-peer logistics platform and serves on the Tech Committee of WimBiz, the Digital Transformation Committee of JA Nigeria and She Leads Africa as a mentor. She is also one of the 30 women profiled by Fintech Africa as one of the exceptional women playing leading roles in their various companies and shaping the Fintech sector in Nigeria.

In addition, Lola is deeply committed to empowering youths and tackling unemployment by addressing the growing skills gap in Africa’s technology industry and bridging the gender diversity gap through social empowerment initiatives. Lola has a passion for travel and writing. Her fiction novel titled “Lagos to London” which is the first in the series was inspired by her background of starting off in Nigeria then moving to London to study and balance the dream of the UK and the realities of life abroad. She believes that the novel is extremely relevant now with the current trend of young Nigerians leaving the country in search of a better life (Project Japa) and will play an important role during this time and in the future.

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Meet the speakers – Borderless Trade Book Launch!

Meet the Speakers
Borderless Trade Book Launch

We are delighted to announce the speakers at the Borderless Trade book launch which will take place on Friday, September 4, 2020. The book, “Borderless Trade” by Olori Boye-Ajayi is a Step by Step Guide to Exporting Your Product”. This guide that has been tailored to small businesses which may not have the resources or the capacity to approach exporting in the same way a larger business might. The book is packed with resources that can help entrepreneurs seize the opportunities associated with exporting out of Africa, as well as how to go about it and provide opportunities that will encourage growth.

This book is the ultimate guide for the average entrepreneur looking to be more, as Olori through her firsthand experience in the world of exporting, takes the reader through the simple steps required to start exporting. The book goes through the A-Z of exporting about anything out of Africa.

Babatunde Faleke (Deputy Director, Corporate Services, Nigerian Export Promotion Council) will give the the keynote speech, Kola Awe (CEO XPT Logistics and Chairman, NACCIMMA Export group) will speak on the the export industry, while Chinwe Egwim (Economist, Corporate Executive and author) will briefly discuss the topic Borderless Trade: The Economist’s perspective.

Due to the Covid-19 crowd restriction, we are unable to have a lot of people physically attend the book launch. However, we will ensure you do not miss any part of this amazing event, as you can attend virtually and learn all about exporting from Olori Boye-Ajayi and the line up of speakers that will be in attendance. To join the book launch virtually, click the link below;
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You are Invited to the Virtual Launch of The Borderless Trade Book By Olori Boye-Ajayi

On behalf of Olori Boye-Ajayi (Author), we invite you to attend the virtual launch of the First Edition of the Borderless Trade Book on the 4th of September 2020 at 10 am. The book is packed with resources that can help entrepreneurs seize the opportunities associated with exporting out of Africa, as well as how to go about it and provide opportunities that will encourage growth.

Over the past few years, the global economy has taken different turns, often times a downward spiral and other times a rebound especially right now. These uncertainties have left a lot of entrepreneurs burdened with the next steps to take business-wise.

A lot of African entrepreneurs are looking to expand beyond Africa but are often stuck as they do not know where to begin or what exactly to do when it comes to export. There are so many demands to be catered to beyond the shores of Africa, and ‘Borderless Trade’ by Olori Boye-Ajayi, answers all the questions about exporting. 

This book is the ultimate guide for the average entrepreneur looking to be more, as Olori through her firsthand experience in the world of exporting, takes the reader through the simple steps required to start exporting. The book goes through the A-Z of exporting about anything out of Africa.

We look forward to hosting you virtually on the 4th of September.

RSVP HERE

Olori Boye- Ajayi (Author)

Borderless Trade Synopsis:

The big question for a lot of people is, WHAT NEXT? This question is predicated on the assumption that there is something to look forward to as though we’re not already in that “what next” phase. For the African entrepreneur looking to expand in an economy riddled with so much uncertainty, a new type of introspection is essential, one that sees beyond borders. Africa, with its population of over 1.2 billion people within its 55 member states is able to sustain its businesses through international trade, however, “Export” seems like such a far-fetched option for entrepreneurs as questions like “How do I start?”, “What do I do?” and “Where are my customers?” inundate their minds. These questions have prevented entrepreneurs from expanding beyond their home countries to cater to the demands that exist beyond. Enter TheBorderless Trade book by Olori Boye-Ajayi. This book is the ultimate export guide to the entrepreneur eager to be more.

Through her first-hand experience in the world of exporting, Olori Boye-Ajayi takes the readers through simple steps needed to start an arm of exporting anything showing that exporting today is easier than it was 20 years ago and is way more than seaports and containers; technology has closed the gap between businesses and their customers, both near and far.

The premise of this book is that everybody can export, even you.

Order here:

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