By all accounts, the 2017 Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association was a conference like no other. Its success seemed like a fulfillment of current administration’s promise to foster ‘A Brave New Bar’. According to the chair of the organizing committee for the just-concluded conference, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN, the event attracted over a 12, 000 delegates from all branches of the country, as well as over 120 speakers from 15 countries around the world, drawn from the worlds of law, business and the professions, politics, media and the academia.
A Presidential Dinner was held in the evening of Thursday, August 24, 2017 to mark the end of the week-long conference at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos. Eminent personalities from various walks of life, such as the president of the Dangote, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, former foreign affairs minister, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu, among others joined the NBA President Abubakar Mahmud, Prof. Ajayi and their respective spouses in gracing the occasion.
Prof. Ajayi opened proceedings at the Dinner by recognizing and calling up to the stage the various personalities who had contributed in one way or another towards making the event the success it had been – planning committee members and non-members alike.
As the guests sampled the variety of delicacies on offer, they were treated to a half-hour documentary on the activities and accomplishments of the Mahmud-led NBA executive in the one year since its assumption of office, after which talented saxophonist DJ Sax rendered a medley of popular tunes, to the admiration of the crowd.
Thereafter, the findings of the free blood pressure check-up, offered to conferees at the beginning of the conference, were announced to the audience. According to the coordinator of the study, the findings showed that a higher proportion of women than men showed any interest in their personal health, with the result that men did not turn out as they ought to, hence the high incidence of ailments among the men. He therefore urged men to be more physically active and adopt a completely differently approach to personal health and lifestyle choices.
With that admonition, the Dinner came to a close as George Etomi, Esq. gave the formal vote of thanks to bring proceedings to a memorable end.
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