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It was a colourful event last Sunday 19th September, 2021 at NECA HouseAlausa, Ikeja, Lagos when Rotarian Olawuyi Abinibi was made the 10th President of Rotary Club of Ikeja GRADistrict 9110. It was also the induction of 2021-2022 Board members and the fund raising for humanitarian Service Projects. The Chief Host was Rotarian Remi Bello, FCA, the District Governor,  Rotary District 9110, Nigeria.

Who is  Rotarian Olawuyi AbinibiOlawuyi Tunde Idris is one of Nigerian’s creative event stylist, with over 21 years of experience in the event entertainment industry. He has successfully designed luxury events for multinationals and high network individuals to bring their special day to reality. He is an alumni of Command Day Secondary School Ojo ,Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago IwoyeFATE foundationLEAP Africa and a few other floral training certifications.

He’s the Creative Director of ABINIBI EVENTS COTIAGE and ETO by ABINIBI which is a family of independent, event-centnc businesses. Individually, they strive for perfection in our areas of expertise, while together they offer their clients a one-stop shop solution for producing outstanding events. Their singular goal is to surpass the expectations of our clients. Her clientele primarily describes that of the independent, sophisticated, yet modern day bride, who is looking for stunning style and exceptional service. ABINIBI events cottage has an impeccable reputation in the industry for her creativity and execution, attracting both local and international clients (Dubai). From NIMASA, Nestle, Livespot360,GDM and other night net-worth individuals.

Having handled over 1000 events since inception, his business experiences and exposure has giving him the pedigree to mentor lots of upcoming event decorator and stylist in the event and entertainment industry. He has trained over 30 successful students in the decor sector of the industry. He is a partner of TESA The event styling Academy, creative director of ETO by ABINIBI. He’s a pioneer member of EMN, the Event Market Nigeria , EIN and other event associations. He has been presented with numerous

awards ,featured in several publications like the wedding magazine, City People MagazineThe Guardian newspaper etc. He has been a great asset and support to the event industry and the world at large. Tunde Abinibi Olawuyi is happily married to his wife Olutope Olawuyi and with a son Oluwatishe.

Rotary Club of IKEJA GRA? Lets tell you a little about  the Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA which was chartered on 17 October 2012 with a charter membership strength of 37 Rotarians, with Rotarian Wale Osomo, as the Charter President. The Club was sponsored by Rotary Club of Akowonjo with Igwe Chuxx Ahmed as the District Governor’s Special Representative (DGSR).

Rotary Club of IKEJA GRA had its first meeting at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja GRA in July 2012 with seventeen (17) members, this membership grew rapidly to thirty-seven (37) members by FebruaryRotary Club of IKEJA GRA continues to grow stronger in terms of Projects Execution, Membership, and increased Relevance both at the District and Rotary International This resulted in the Club having four (4) of its members with roles at the District Office in the year 2021/2022 and also previous years.

The Club has had 9 Past Presidents, namely: Wale Osomo Charter President Ade AkinfolurinGodwin OsemedeBukola BakareAkin SoyoyeMarcel EguaborEghosa UwamuseSylvia Abdalla and Alex Abah.Our current President (10th) is Rtn. OIawuyi Abinibi and our President Elect for 2022/2023 is Rtn. Ayodeji Odeleye. The Club as part of its strategic growth objective, moved its weekly meeting venue from the Lagos Country ClubIkeja to Protea (now Radisson) Hotel lkeja from September 4th2014. The new venue has provided the opportunity for more residents of its catchment community to join our Club. Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA caters for the fellowship needs of its environment and provides community service opportunities to the less privileged. In the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 Rotary years, the Club was involved in a Cancer Screening Initiative, in collaboration with St. Leos Catholic Hospital

and we usually support the Districts Cervical Cancer Vaccination Project for the Girl Child.

Constructive repairs were made to the premises of Hope Vision SchoollIaje, Bariga in Lagos State. The School is non-fee paying and comprises entirely of pupils from very indigent parents, some orphaned and it runs entirely on charitable donations. The community is part of the riverine areas of Lagos State with the preponderance of poor people. Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA also distributed over 500 School Bags with educational materials like mathematical sets, notebooks, pencils, lunch boxes, water bottles

etc. “The School in a Bag” project was undertaken in collaboration with Simon Pears Foundation and Rotary Club of YeovilUK, to indigent students in Lagos. The SlAB is the Club’s Signature Project. Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA has always been supportive of the District’s Rotaract in various activities and has produced some District Rotaract Representatives. We also support our District financially through contributions of DEWEF yearly and others. The Club was adjudged an “Excellent Club” during the District Governor’s Visit on September 3rd, 2015.

The Club committed to doing ONE PROJECT A MONTH during the 2015/16 year and kept faith by ensuring that projects were carried out monthly till date.Some of the executed projects of the Club (but not limited to) are: •Donation of food, consumables, and educational materials to 2 Orphanages •Upgrade offacilities atthe Hope Vision School, lIaje Bariga •Adult Literacy Lecture •Annual Participation in Rotary’s Family Health Days Programme and providing much needed health care to the community •Cervical Screening •Tree Planting •Borehole provision •Free Educational materials to schools •Distribution of dictionaries to primary schools •Donation of Life Jackets and incentives for Polio Vaccination •Arranged Full Polio/ Rotary Branding of a vehicle for public image •Sponsorship of students to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) yearly. •Full Polio/Rotary branding of 10 Motorcycles and Cows. •Support to Artisans through Training, Skill Acquisition and Empowerment.

By way of extension, The Club has birthed The Rotary Club of Magodo Central, Rotaract Club of Ikeja GRA and 2 Interact Clubs. As an Award-winning Club, the Club won the District Polio Award, RI Presidential Citation, and several Recognition Awards during the District Conference in 2015/16Second Position in Membership 2015/16 Our Club was in the second position for The Rotary Foundation Contribution Rotary Year 2017/18 Presidential Citations were also won in 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20,2020/21 Rotary Years. The Club came 4th and 5th in both Rotary’s ‘Area of Focus’ and ‘We Care’

categories at the Rotary International level in 2019/2020 and won the Presidential Citation with Distinction.

It emerged 6th position out of over 100 Clubs in the overall performance at the District level in 2019/2020. We rounded off the year 2018/19 with Second Position Award For The Rotary Foundation (1RF)RC Ikeja GRA contributes annually to The Rotary Foundation and has produced 13 Paul Harris Fellows with one Major Donor. Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA has been waxing stronger under the leadership of its Presidents, Board Members, Council of Past Presidents-the Club’s backbone and particularly its committed members.

It is the clubs resolve and commitment to continue serving its Communities through selfless, needful and impactful Service Projects and other Humanitarian Services through its skills and resources with the continuous support of both Corporate Organisations and Individuals like you



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