Nigerian Bar Association – Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL)

12th Annual Business Law Conference, Abuja, June 27-29, 2018

Theme – Bringing Down the Barriers: The Law as a Vehicle for Intra-Africa Trade.

Day 1 – Thursday, June 28


Registration: 8:00am – 6:00 pm


Session 1: – 9:00am – 11:00am

Venue: Congress Hall

Bringing down the Barriers: The Law as a Vehicle for Intra-Africa Trade ­

This session will examine the raison d’etre for the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which seeks to progressively eliminate trade restrictions and transform the African economy.

Coordinators: Kunle Ajagbe, Partner, Aidan Partners, and Fatimah Dattijo Muhammed, Senior Associate, Miyetti Law

Moderator: Soji Awogbade, Managing Partner, Aelex

Session Chair: Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Lead Speaker: Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Nigerian Chief Trade Negotiator/ Director General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations


  • E Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry
  • Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Pat Utomi, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos
  • Bola A. Akinterinwa, former Director General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

Tea break: 11:00 am – 11:30a.m.

Breakout Sessions: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Session 2A: – Financing Intra – African Trade and Development

For all the momentum towards Africa as a single trading bloc, trade and business activities need massive financing. This session will examine how key stakeholders intend to rise to the demands of financing the expansion of Intra-African trade.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators: Justina Lewa, Company Secretary/ Chief Legal Counsel, Sterling Bank Plc., and Esosa Omo-Usoh, Partner, Solola & Akpana

Session Chair:Okey Enelamah, Hon. Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment


  • Haresh Aswani, Managing Director, Tolaram Group, Nigeria
  • Samallie Kiyingi – Director & General Counsel, African Export – Import Bank
  • Abba Bello, Managing Director, NEXIM Bank
  • Damilola Adetunji, Partner, Odujinrin & Adefulu
  • Kimathi Kuenyehia, Kimathi & Partners
  • Kemi Arosanyin, Director, Africa Trade Expansion Programme, World Trade Centre, Miami, Florida

Session 2B: –Continental Trade and the Imperative of Unimpeded Movement of Goods, Labour and Services.

The success of the AFCFTA assumes that there will be minimal restrictions on the movement of goods, labour and services between African countries. This session will consider the concerns of various stakeholders and the mitigating safeguards.

Coordinators: Michael Osilama Otu, Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary, Zenith Bank Plc., and Kehinde Daodu, Partner, Babalakin & Co

Session Chair: Segun Awolowo, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Export Promotion Council


  • Clara Bot-Mang, HR Director, Sub Saharan Africa, GE
  • Tony Luka Elumelu– Head of Free Movement and Migration Division, ECOWAS Secretariat
  • Frantz Celestin, Deputy Director, International Organization for Migration, Nigeria office
  • Sadiq Aliyu, Deputy Comptroller, Nigerian Customs Service
  • Ose Okpeku, Partner, The Law Crest LLP
  • Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Office of the Vice President

Lunch: 1pm – 2pm

Session 3: – AfCFTA and Transformative Industrialisation of Nigeria

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

This session will be headlined by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as it seeks to affirm and share the transformative potential of AfCFTA for the industrialization of Africa’s largest economy – Nigeria.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators:  Cecilia Madueke, Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser, Julius Berger Plc., and Olurotimi Aju, Partner, CLP Legal

Session Chair: George Etomi, founding Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association- Section on    Business Law and Founding Partner, George Etomi & Partners

Speaker: Ambassador Ishmael Faizel, former South Africa Representative to the WTO

  • Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Nigerian Chief Trade Negotiator/Director General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations
  • Ambassador Babafemi Adesina Badejo, CEO YINTAB Consult
  • Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser (Economic) Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Breakout Sessions:  3:30pm – 5pm

Session 4A:   – Enhancing Transport Connectivity in Africa

Transport connectively within Africa remains a weak pillar of support for continental trade. This session adopts a multi model approach to examining the state of air, road, rail and sea transportation in Africa, and how it can be developed to be an indispensable spine for continental trade.

Coordinators: Agba Emunjeze, Partner, Aarndale Solicitors, and Desmond Ogba, Partner, Templars

Session Chair: Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and the Middle East, IATA


  • Chidi Anyaegbu, MFR, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Chisco Transport Limited
  • Towolde GebreMariam Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kayode Khalidson, Snr. Partner, Infrastructure Delivery International
  • Kashimana Tsumba, Senior Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo
  • Ayadamope Agbaje, Business Development, AP Moller Terminals

Session 4B: – Marching in Lockstep – Building Sub-National Competitiveness for Global Investment

States, provinces and other sub-national entitles have a crucial role in scaling up their capacity to attract global investment. This session leads a conversation on how these subnational entitles can harness their competitive advantages.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators: Ola Alokolaro, Partner, Advocaat, and Chinwe Odigboegwu, Head, Litigation and Dispute Resolution,Nigerian Bottling Company Plc.

Session Chair: Senator LiyelImoke, former Executive Governor, Cross Rivers State


  • E. Ibrahim Dankwambo, FCA, Executive Governor, Gombe State
  • Akin Oyebode, former Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  • IfuekoOmoigui – Okauru, MFR, former Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service


Cocktail: 7pm – 8pm

Social Event- 8pm – 10pm 

“Made in Nigeria” – A dance drama by Dike Chukwumerije

Coordinators: Ineze Anni-Anozie, IHS Towers, and Osose Aziba, CBO Capital Partners


Day 2 – Friday, June 29

8.30am – 6.00pm

Special Presentation by CWAG APP – 8:50am – 9:00am

Session: 5– 9:00am – 11:00am

Law Practice in the time of the African Continental Free Trade Area: Reimagining African Lawyers

An evolving single African market places a demand on lawyers to interrogatetheir preparedness to match the unfolding business landscape in Africa. This session will explore the demands posed by the AfCFTA on African lawyers and how they can retool to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators: Ahmed Modibbo, General Counsel, Nigerian Export Import Bank, and Anulika Osuigwe, Senior Counsel, Dikko and Mahmoud

Session Chair: Jayanth K. Krishnan, Professor of Law and Director, Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Speaker: David Ofosu-Dorte – Senior Partner, AB & David


  • Michel Brizoua-Bi, Bile-Aka, Brizoua Bi &Associes
  • Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross
  • Yann Alix, Partner and Head of Africa Group, Ashurst LLP
  • Toyin Ojo, Senior Counsel, African Legal Support Facility
  • Wole Obayomi, Partner, KPMG

Tea Break: 11:00am – 11:30am

Breakout Sessions:  11:30am – 1:00pm

Session 6A: – Standardizing Continental Regulations on Consumer Protection and Competition Law

This session will consider the imperative for instituting a standardized and effective regime for consumer protection and competition regulation across the continent.

Coordinators: Soibi Ovia, Partner, Duale, Ovia&Alex- Adedipe, and Ijeomah Abalogu, Partner, Gbenga Biobaku & Co.

Session Chair: Justice Dr. Nnamdi Dimgba, Federal High Court, Abuja

Speaker: George K. Lipimile, Chief Executive Officer, COMESA                                                 Competition Commission


  • Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Consumer Protection Council Nigeria
  • Sola Salako-Ajulo, President, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria
  • Lara Granville, Director – Corporate & Commercial, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc
  • OzofuOgiemudia, Partner, Udo Udoma &Belo-Osagie

Session 6B: – Enabling e-Commerce Across the African Continent

The panelists in this session will discuss how technology is rapidly changing and positively disrupting the trade and business landscape across Africa despite key challenges. The discussion will consider the prospect of e-commerce as a transformative tool for Intra-Africa trade.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators: Marx Ikongbeh, Partner, Everlaw, and Tolu Aderemi, Partner, Perchstone & Graeys

Moderator: Gerald Ilukwe, Managing Director/Chief Executive, KSBC Knowledge            Resources Limited

Speaker: Dr. Aloy Chife, Managing Partner/CEO, SAANA Capital


  • Agada Apochi, MD Valucard
  • Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria
  • Edmund Olotu, CEO,Tech Advance Limited
  • MTN
  • Rotimi Ogunyemi, Managing Partner, Bayo Ogunyemi & Co.

Lunch: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Break out Session 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Session 7A:Institutionalizing Reforms in the Ease of Doing Business in Africa

This session will consider the uneven scorecard of progress recorded by African countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. It will stress the need for uniform progression by African countries on the indices of the Ease of Doing Business and the need for them to institutionalize the required reforms.

Coordinators: Olumide Osundolire, Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, and Funmilayo Otsemobor, Senior Associate, Aluko&Oyebode

Session Chair: Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser(Economic) Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeri


  • TayoAduloju Nigerian Economic Summit Group
  • Kofi Abotsi, Dean, GIMPA Law School, Achimota, Ghana
  • Rachid Benmessaoud, Country Director, World Bank
  • FolaOlusanya, Partner, Jackson, Etti& Edu
  • Ozim Obasi, Geomarket Counsel, East and Central Africa, Baker Hughes GE

Session 7B- Establishing A Framework forResolving Intra-African Commercial Disputes

Despite conceptual differences in the various legal systems in Africa, this session will consider the inevitability of a unified continental framework for disputes resolution between commercial entitles.

Venue: Congress Hall

Coordinators: Colin Egemonye, Managing Partner, Goldsmiths Solicitors, and Adebola Sobowale, Partner, Olisa Agbakoba Legal

Session Chair: Olasupo Shasore, SAN, Partner, ALP (Africa Law Practice)

Speaker: Dr. Emilia Onyema, Snr. Lecturer, Law Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


  • Tola Oshobi, SAN, Partner, Babalakin&Co.
  • Ayodeji Omotoso, Senior Partner, CLP Legal
  • Ben Cisse, Associate Vice President and Senior Counsel African Finance Corporation
  • Tola Onayemi, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation
  • Greg Falkof, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP

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