Who is Ernest Shonekan and all you need to know about the late Former Nigerian Leader can be accessed here.
Chief Ernest Shonekan, a former Nigerian leader and head of the Interim National Government that succeeded the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida died on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Shonekan, who was reported to have died on Tuesday, January 11, at a hospital in Lagos, was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26, 1993, and November 17, 1993, when he was removed in a palace coup led by the then Minister of Defence, General Sani Abacha, 3 months into his administration.
Before his appointment as the head of the Interim National Government, Shonekan, who was an industrial guru and Chief Executive Officer of the UAC Conglomerate, was the head of the transitional council and head of government under the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Who Is Chief Ernest Shonekan
Shonekan was a British-trained lawyer, industrialist, and former Chairman/Managing Director of the United African Company of Nigeria (UAC) Plc before he was appointed as Interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1993.
He was born on May 9, 1936, in Lagos into the family of an Abeokuta-born civil servant. He was educated at CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College.
He received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar. He later attended Harvard Business School.
Shonekan joined the UAC in 1964. He rose through the ranks in the company and was promoted to an assistant legal adviser. He later became a deputy Legal adviser and joined the board of directors at the age of 40.
He was made chairman and managing director in 1980 and went on to cultivate a wide array of international business and political connections.
On January 2, 1993, Shonekan assumed office as head of the transitional council and head of government under General Babangida. The transitional council was designed to be the final phase leading to a scheduled handover to an elected democratic leader of the Third Nigerian Republic.
Babangida later resigned from office in August 1993, following the annulment of the 12 June presidential election. He had signed a decree establishing the Interim National Government led by Shonekan who was subsequently sworn-in as Head of State.
Three months into his administration, Shonekan was overthrown in a palace coup by Abacha in November that year.
In 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.
Ernest Shonekan Age
Ernest Shonekan is 85 years old.
Ernest Shonekan Early Life
Shonekan attended C.M.S grammar school and Igbobi College both in Lagos. He also attended and received a law degree from the University of London after which he was called to bar.
Ernest Shonekan Career
After being called to bar, Shonekan worked as the chief executive of United African Company PLC (UAC). He was a seasoned and proven businessman with a wide network. Because of his proven abilities and political neutrality, then president Ibrahim Babangida liked him and made him a prospective leader for his council of civilians-run government, a government which was in the midst of economic turmoil and later came to a political crisis. He was Head of the Transitional Council of Babangida ‘s government in 1993.
On January 2nd, 1993, Shonekan assumed office as the head of government affairs under the leadership of the military president Babangida. At the time, the transitional council was designed to be the final phase leading to a scheduled hand over to an elected democratic leader.
On August 26th, 1993, Shonekan was appointed the interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida. Shonekan assumed office to meet the Nation gradually moving towards meeting a stalemate. He made attempts to have the Nations debt cancelled but after the annulment of June 12 election most of the western powers imposed economic sanctions on Nigeria. He tried to set things straight but he loosely controlled the military.
Shonekan only stayed in office for a transitional period of three months before his administration was toppled by General Sani Abacha who forcefully brought Nigeria back to military control on November 17th, 1993.
K1, Ludare, Mr Solek, Others To Serenade Guests At Sinatra Anniversary
Leading mainland hospitality and entertainment outfit, Sinatra’s Place is set to celebrate its second year as a brand and based on feelers all over social media, leading entertainers like Mayegun of Yorubaland, K1 De Ultimate; songsters Ludare and Mr Solek have been confirmed as those who would create the feel-good atmosphere Sinatra patrons are accustomed.
As a Yuletide bonus, the celebratory season, which has started this December, will see crowd favourite, SB Live serenading on Sinatra stage on Monday, December 27. Thursday, December 30 will feature Ludare in an extraordinary show, while on Sunday, January 2 will see a full comedy and music concert by Mazi and Friends.
The celebratory season will culminate in an explosive fiesta come January 6, 2022, when K1 will man the Sinatra stage to the delight of fun lovers.
Noted for its serene atmosphere, great food and excellent entertainment options, qualities that patrons have stated keep them coming back, Sinatra’s Place has maintained an enviable momentum, hence their two-year success story the outfit is celebrating.
In December 2019, when the Visioneer behind the outfit officially opened the doors of Sinatra, which is located in the upscale Ladipo Oluwole Street off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, it served as a breath of fresh air for fun lovers in the vicinity.
Looking back on the journey so far, MD, Sinatra revealed that continuous innovations is one of the secrets to their success. “Others have not been as fortunate in this market, but we are extremely humbled to not only still be here but to be adding new attractions to start our third year of growth,” he stated.
Among other things, Sinatra’s latest addition to the group, the Club House will commence operations in the Valentine season of 2022.
In the meantime, the Black Hut VVIP lounge area for private parties have enjoyed renewed patronage this Yuletide, alongside the dedicated game room with several indoor games like PS5, monopoly, ‘ayo’, chess and others.
Like an all-around entertainment hub, Sinatra’s Place hosts events like the Wednesday Old Skool Night; and Friday and Sunday Live Band sessions.
“We listened to customer feedback on what is missing from the area, what we needed to do to improve their experience once inside our doors, and we took a little time last year to remodel the layout of the venue. We are always looking for ways to improve the Sinatra experience,” he added.
Expected at the epoch-making events are the movers and shakers of Lagos night scene and its environs, rockers, and ballers among other notable fun-seekers.
Iyalaje Oodua Promises Support For GREE Conditioner In Nigeria
Consumate business mogul, Iyalaje Oodua, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade on Friday the 10th of December paid a courtesy visit to GREE Conditioner, a fast-growing air conditioning production company, where she was received by the company’s CEO, Diana Chen.
Iyalaje’s visit was to familiarize and also synergize with the brand on penetrating and taking over the saturated Nigerian market with its newest technological innovation.
In her remark, Iyalaje Oodua commended GREE Conditioner for maintaining strong and durable quality in its product which gives the company an edge over its teeming competitors. She further implores the CEO to ensure the company maintains high quality not compromising on its standard.
It could be recalled that Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade has earlier reaffirmed that her core role is to support both growing and already established businesses while creating wealth and prosperity within the land. This has spurred her recent visit to outlook business praying for divine guidance and profitability in business. Widely known as the custodian and emissary of Aje deity, Iyalaje Oodua promised Diana Chen that Nigeria will embrace the innovative brand as she is ready to throw her weight behind GREE Conditioning to successfully thrive in the country.
According to 6Wresearch, Nigeria’s Air Conditioner market has been projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.70% between 2016 and 2022, as the centralized air conditioner market is estimated to grow at a healthy growth rate owing to increasing construction activities in the commercial sector, with Lagos being the market hub. So it is to this end that GREE Conditioning has so much to benefit from the Nigerian market with Iyalaje Oodua ready to support the brand in her capacity.
Gree Conditioning is a sister company to GAC Motors and Lontor products (electric lamp, electric fan, etc) which are widely circulated in Nigeria. On the courtesy visit with Iyalaje Oodua was His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Olusegun Aderemi JP, the Atayero of Aramoko Kingdom, Ekiti State.
Detty’ December In Osun State As Sujimoto Boss, Buries Father
The young and quintessential Luxury Real Estate Mogul and CEO of Sujimoto Construction Limited, Sijibomi Ogundele, is one whose enchanting personality and audacious influence cannot be overlooked.
As a patriotic and detribalized Nigerian, who is committed to redefining luxury living in Africa, Sujimoto has built for himself over the years a network of loyal friends and acquaintances that cut across the high and mighty, distinguish men of timber and calibre, including but not limited to captains of industries, first-class monarchs, politicians and power brokers, governors, socialites and celebrities.
When the news of the demise of his father, Pa Samson Idowu Ogundele who led a quiet and fulfilled life broke in mid-August and the burial was announced for December, Nigerians already knew it was going to be a ‘Detty December in Osun State, which happens to be the home-town of the Ogundeles.
Everyone who knows the Luxury Real Estate Maestro knows the passion and excellence he brings into whatever he does. Sujimoto single-handedly transformed the Nigerian luxury real estate market with audacious projects, strategic storytelling and unrivaled marketing communication that has become the norm now amongst luxury property developers. As gathered , every Developer now wants to sound like Sujimoto. It is this same passion and commitment to excellence that Sijibomi Ogundele is bringing into bidding his father farewell.
For a man like Sujimoto who has continually sown good seeds of friendships and is loved for his benevolence and humanity, it was no surprise when it was gathered that friends and fans have started falling over one another in a bid to outdo the next person, with showers of gifts, massive donations and love. The frenzy and buzz is currently at its highest in social circles, as the respected Lagos socialite buries of his father.
According to a close source, top politicians, celebrities, socialites, diplomats, first-class kings amongst others have already written to confirm their attendance and all road will lead to Erinmo Ijesa in Osun State this weekend. The peaceful town of Erinmo -Ijesa has already worn a new look ahead of the event which many has already tagged Oba reloaded in comparison to the recent display of wealth, pomp and pageantry during the burial of Obi Cubana’s Mother in Oba, Anambra state.
The late technocrat – Pa Ogundele, worked with the multi-national company, John Holt as a General and Regional Manager in the North. He instilled discipline in his children and thought them invaluable lessons in integrity and hard work. His life is a testament to the importance of living a legacy behind.
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