Adeyemi Ikuforiji debuts as TODAY NEWS AFRICA columnist

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The former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, is debuting as a columnist for TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Africa’s leading newspaper in the United States headquartered in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Ikuforiji’s column on leadership in Africa would appear every Monday. The column would be known as AFRICA LEADERSHIP WITH IKUFORIJI.

  
Adeyemi Ikuforiji on the way to school (the Nigerian Law School) in Bwari, Abuja in 2019

The columnist’s experience straddles several spheres, including the legislature, the banking industry, and the academia.

“We are glad to have Mr. Ikuforiji share his vast experience with our readers across the continent of Africa and the world,” said Mr. Simon Ateba, founder and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington, District of Columbia.

The columnist’s achievements and experiences straddle several spheres, including the legislature, the banking industry, and the academia.

Rt. Honorable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji, an accomplished technocrat and a consummate political leader, is the longest serving speaker ever produced in Nigeria’s democratic history.

He was Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly for ten years between 2005 and 2015.

In the corridors of power in Nigeria, Ikuforiji is described as a political powerhouse renowned for his intellectual sagacity, dedication to public service, and extraordinary administrative, diplomatic, leadership, and political skills.

A financial expert with many years of extensive banking experience, Ikuforiji is also an astute and widely travelled scholar with a Doctorate in Business Administration obtained in July 2019 from Liverpool Business School (LJMU) in the United Kingdom.

He is also an alumnus of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge University Judge Business School, and the University of Lagos.

Apart from his vast experience in the United States, Western Europe and across Africa, Ikuforiji had studied at the Babeș Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca and Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania, Eastern Europe.

In November 2019, Ikuforiji was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji is a brilliant mobilizer of people and resources, a pragmatic planner, tenacious canvasser, and a brilliant political strategist.

Under his leadership, the Lagos State House of Assembly became Nigeria’s legislative watchdog, the bastion of the electorate, and the standard for legislative excellence in Nigeria and West Africa.

However, many people do not know that before delving into politics in early 2000s, he was well known as a cybernetics and computer networking technocrat with proven track record in networking technology and administration.

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