The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has been invited to attend the 6th Africa Commonwealth Summit, holding in London.
A letter by Dr. Adonis Abhoud, the Co-Chair CAS 2019 Steering Committee, and dated January 6, 2019, stated that the Oluwo was invited as a Very Important Personality to deliver a key note address at the summit with the theme “IN OUR COMMON FUTURE IN HEALTH, SECURITY EDUCATION, ENTERPRISE, INFRASTRUCTURE, AGRICULTURE, TOURISM WOMEN AND YOUTH” at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London from 11th to 13th of March 2019.
The letter further stated that “every year since 2014, organized by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative, the Commonwealth Africa Summit brings together African and Commonwealth policy makers, business and industry leaders, civil society representatives and emerging African leaders from around the world to address challenges facing the continent and share information.
“The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity to not only to contribute to reimagining what the continent might be but an opportunity to network, strategize and mobilize valuable resources so as to bring the Africa dream to fruition.
“We will also like to specially invite you to participate in the Commonwealth Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial Gate with Commonwealth leaders on Monday 11th March, the summit opening ceremony on Tuesday 12th March at 9.00 am, your panel session and the Gala Award Dinner on the 13th March at 6.00 pm.
“Past speakers have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (former Nigerian Head of State), Rt. Hon. Bakka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Okusegun Obasanjo (former President of Nigeria), H.E. John Dramani Mahama (former President of Ghana), Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General) represented by H.E. Bience Gawanas (UN Under Secretary for Africa), Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi (UNCTAD Secretary General), H.E. Carmelo Abela (Foreign Minister of Malta), H.E. Victor Harris (Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union).
“Others are H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki (Wife of the Senate President of Nigeria), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment Sudan), Chief Mrs. Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil and richest black woman), Alhaji Sanni Dangote (Group Vice President at Dangote Industries Ltd), Ashish Thakkar (CEO Mara Group), Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega (former President of Spain) and more.
“March 11th is Commonwealth Day and as a special guest you will participate as a VIP guest in the Commonwealth Wreath Laying Ceremony usually attended by the Commonwealth Secretary General at 9.00 am, the CAS welcome reception at 6.00 pm and other selected activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Day. From the 12th to 13th of March, you will participate in the working sessions of the Commonwealth Africa Summit 2019 as well as a VIP Dinner and Award Gala attended by politicians and government leaders from Africa, British politicians, African diplomats, European CEOs, leaders of the African diaspora committees in Europe and more.
“In addition to your presence, we believe there is an incredible brand raising an opportunity for you to be a high profile partner of this Commonwealth Day activities and the Commonwealth Africa Summit. Through our exhibition stands and sponsors visibility package, you can promote your brand before the global audience participating in the Commonwealth week activities.”