Portsmouth
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May 5, 2022

As part of its strategic contribution to promoting people-2-people and business-2-business engagement, the African Leadership Organization, ALO, organized a weeklong trade mission to Nigeria in partnership with the National Bar Association of the United States of America.

Judge Carlos Moore, President, National Bar Association of the United States of America, presenting a keynote speech at the Africa Legislative, Legal and Good Governance Conference, Abuja, Nigeria

Among the delegation of the NBA led by the President, Judge Carlos Moore, were: Honorable Rosalyn Denis Myers, member, South Carolina House of Representative; Honorable Lataisha Jackson, member, Mississippi House of Representatives; Cynthia Wright Harrison, member, National Bar Association of USA; Jamie Davis, member, National Bar Association, USA; Araba Dowell, Media & Marketing Executive, USA, among others.

Honourable Rosalyn Myers, Member, South Carolina House of Representatives, USA, presenting a resolution to the Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria, Dr Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, at the Bank’s Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria

 

L-R: Honorable Lataisha Jackson, Member, Mississippi House of Representatives, USA, presenting a resolution to the Founder, A Hand to the Needy Foundation, Dr Mrs Helen Oritsejafor; H.E. Jewel Taylor, Vice President, Liberia; Dr Mrs Tosin Dokpesi, MD/CEO, African Independent Television, AIT, at the Africa Legislative, Legal, Good Governance Conference, Abuja, Nigeria

The high-powered U.S. delegation commenced the visit with the Lagos Business Forum & Networking Dinner, held on the 25th of April 2022 at the Lagos Continental Hotel, as part of activities to welcome the delegation to the motherland. The event with the theme: Leveraging Partnerships for Africa’s Economic Growth and Development had over 100 business and political leaders who came together to network and discuss possible ways to partner with U.S. businesses.

The delegation also participated in the African Legislative, Legal & Good Governance Conference with the theme: Policy, Justice and Global Cooperation for Building back better. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja.

L-R: Prof.Benjamin Ogwo, Professor of Law, Kogi State University, Nigeria; Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, President, African Bar Association, Mr Lamar Kyari-Gadzama, Legal Practitioner/Moderator; Cynthia Wright Harrison, member, NBA USA, speaking as a panellist at the Africa Legislative, Legal, Good Governance Conference, Abuja, Nigeria

The conference had over 200 delegates from Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia. Some VIPs that joined the NBA delegation at the event include Vice President of Liberia, Her Excellency Jewel Howard-Taylor; President, Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musa Nuhu; Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed; Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta; among others.

Speakers at the event called for a strengthened African judiciary as an essential requirement for defending democracy on the continent and building confidence in the African socio-economic environment.

While in Nigeria, the delegation also made some partnership exploration and strengthening visits to selected private and government agencies, including the Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria, at the Bank’s Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

The delegation also visited the National Judicial Commission, NJC, in Abuja, where they exchanged ideas with top management on improving the administration of justice in Nigeria and the United States.

The President of the United States NBA met with his Nigerian Counterpart, Mr Olumide Akpata. During their meeting, the two presidents both expressed readiness to work together towards promoting a mutually beneficial MoU for the benefit of the members. President Moore also used the opportunity to invite President Akpata to the 97th Conference of the NBA USA billed to hold in November 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
While in Lagos, the delegation was hosted to a dinner reception by the Business Law Section of the Nigerian Bar Association, alongside the Africa Law Practice, ALP, at the Lagos Motorboat Club, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Shortly before departing Lagos for Abuja, the delegation participated in a symbolic tree planting exercise organized by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), an agency responsible for making the state greener and healthier through the creation and maintenance of trees and gardens across the state. Each member of the delegation planted a tree along the Lagos International Airport Road, in line with the SGD 15, which aims to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.

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L-R: Kingsley Okeke, ALM; Wofai Samuel, ALM; Hon. Myers, NBA; Hon. Jackson, NAB; Araba Dowell, NBA; Dr Ken Giami, ALM; Franya Ruiz, ALM; Cynthia Wright Harrison, NBA; Jamie Davie, NBA; at the Lagos Business Forum & Networking Dinner, Lagos, Nigeria

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