The Medilag fundraiser
I got into the Banquet Hall at the Medilag Alumni Association of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, High Table/Fund Raising Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The event was at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki -Epe Expressway, Victoria Island.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) had just finished his speech with a call to individuals and corporate bodies to join the government in funding quality education for Nigerians. He also applauded the Medilag Alumni for giving back to their alma mater.
The Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Prof. F.E.A. Lesi said the College had explored many great innovations and that funding was needed for capital projects and maintenance of facilities. He said the event also served as an avenue for former students of the College to reunite and discuss how to move the College forward.
One of the people I saw at the event was the indefatigable Professor Lovett Lawson and his wife, Funke. Prof Lawson is of course well known to us in Abuja being the Chairman of Zankli Hospital. There is only one Professor Lawson and he was his usual jovial and amiable self.
He asked me jokingly, ‘Dr Ogungbo, is that your daughter or your wife? I was not sure whether that was a compliment to me or to my wife! I mean she is young and beautiful, but does that mean I am old and fatigued?
Let us not digress!
Anyway, the party was great, and the atmosphere was simply stupendous. So many had heard the clarion call to save Medilag and responded. Awards were given to many individuals who had stood by Medilag and others doing astounding humanitarian and philanthropic works all over the country.
Among the recipients were His Royal Majesty Oba Adesesan Oguntayo, The Ajalorun of Ijebu Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Frederick Enitiolorunda Obateru Akinruntan, CON – Olugbo of Ugboland; His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor, Lagos State; Chief Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu – CEO, Premier Lotto; Mrs. Winifred Akpani, founder & CEO, Northwest Petroleum & Gas Company Ltd.; Mrs. Angela Olufunmilayo Emuwa (Nee Aboderin) Chairman, Punch Nigeria Ltd.; Mr. Herbert Wigwe, MD/CEO, Access Bank Plc; Mr. Peter Amangbo, MD/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc; The Chapel of the Healing Cross, LUTH/CMUL, Idi-Araba; Dr. A.B.C. Ojiako, Chairman, Seplat Petroleum and Development Company Plc; Sir Olu Okeowo, Chairman, Gibraltar Construction; Mr. Ladipupo Balogun, GMD/CEO, FCMB.
It is worthy to note that several respondents to the fundraising event donated generously towards this noble course of moving the college forward. Of course, many year groups have participated in development programs over the years. My set of 1986 recently refurbished the kitchens and bathrooms in one block at the college.
Anyway, to matters at hand. The fundraiser began in earnest with many pledges and donations for a worthy cause. The highlight of the night was the donation of one hundred Million Naira (N100M) to the Alumni Association.
I was not happy.
I was not happy that someone donated such a huge sum of money, more than I had wanted to donate. Automatically, I stood up and announced a higher donation. ‘I am donating one hundred and one Million Naira (N101M)’, I said.
The ovation was loud.
That’s when my wife kicked me. She said, ‘Darling, turn over and lie on your side. You’re snoring too loudly’.
Anyway, in case you do want to donate to help the alumni association, please kindly contact Mr. Olakunle Babatunde on 08028350986.
Picture credits: MEDILAG