IoD Nigeria holds its Annual Directors Dinner and Awards Night


The Institute of Directors Nigeria held the 2020 edition of its Annual Directors’ Dinner and Awards to round off its 2020 activities. The hybrid event which took place on Sunday, December 20, 2020 under strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines, was held virtually and at the Grand Banquet Hall of the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.


The event attracted  the cream of the business society, icons of industries, top level policy makers in public and private sectors, directors & business leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Media Houses. The Annual Directors Dinner is an exclusive high-profile event held by the Institute to officially round up its activities for the year and it attracts a cross section of notable Business Leaders and Captains of Industry in both the Public and Private Sectors.


Attendance at this event has always been of high and of good quality. The Guest Speaker at the event was Arc. (Mrs.) Olajumoke Adenowo, Principal Partner, AD Consulting, while some of the distinguished personalities who were honoured with the fellowship award of the Institute included: His Excellency, Prince Adedapo Abiodun, M.IoD, Executive Governor of Ogun State; Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group; Dr. Abiodun Olusina Shobanjo, frpa, Chairman of Troyka Holdings; and  Mr. Mustapha Biodun Jaji. Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Leisure Limited; while UBA Plc was honoured with the corporate governance award.


The President & Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute, Chief Chris O. Okunowo, F.IoD, in his welcome address at the event, noted that, “as the year gradually winds down, Directors and Business Leaders need to reflect on the opportunities and most especially the challenges of the outgoing year and share thoughts for better business and economic environment the coming year.


He added that, “2020 has been a challenging year for businesses and our country as a whole, particularly on account of the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak, but we have exhibited our resilience as a nation despite the lingering challenges.”

He observed that the times we are in provide an opportunity for Nigeria as nation to critically analyse and re-think the business environment and adopt policy options and measures that can create a better business environment and expressed confidence that IoD Nigeria would engage more with all stakeholders in the organised private sector in 2021 in order to help provide the direction that will lead to the achievement of more public-private sector engagement on policy directions.