The LOC Canada 2017 team would like to thank you all for coming to the reunion in Calgary Canada. We appreciate you choosing to take time out of your very tight schedules, money and energy you put into the success of the reunion, without your presence, it would have been empty halls.
We also seize this opportunity to thank all those that registered, but were not able to come due to other very pressing engagements. We miss you and hope to see you at the next reunions. We also appreciate all those that contributed by making donations or placing adverts and goodwill messages in our event brochure.
We thank God for safe trips back to your various destinations. We appreciate that everything went smoothly throughout the event.
Below is a quick summary of some of the events at the reunion;
Reconnection Night: This was the first night of the reunion, turn out was very impressive, there was so much fun, very good interactions among alumni regardless of age or status.
The business meeting: The attendance was great considering the fact that it was held in the morning after long travels the previous day and the event of the previous night. So much was achieved at this meeting which was anchored by Dele Odeshi but very interactive. The meeting led to the adoption of the FUTA Alumni in Diaspora constitution, issues of membership registration and how we can give back to our alma mater through programs and projects. There was a presentation of business methodology and prospect by an alumnus.
The Gala Night: The set up and attendance was awesome! The highlight of the evening was the ability to raise money for scholarship for the current FUTA students, in response to call from the FUTA Vice Chancellor’s speech, delivered by his representative, Prof. Femi Akindele. We were able to raised over $5000 (Canadian) within a space of 30 minutes! So far, we have received over $2000 of the money. Thanks to everyone that donated. That little effort will go a long way in changing someone’s life forever. For those that will still like to make pledges, kindly get in touch with Adeolu Ariyo (+1281 455 4752), Wale Adekugbe (+1403 305 2251) or any member of the Canada 2017 LOC. Once again, thank you for your donation, we promise it will be spent judiciously and for the purpose.
So, what next? There was a debate regarding the next hosting city or country. Houston, Texas, and London, UK were the two leading contending cities. There is a bidding process going on, this is the time to push for your country / city to host the next reunion 2019. Contact the FUTA in Diaspora leadership team with your plans in terms of membership, logistics, location, affordability, flight connection, visa issues and the people who are ready to do the leg work locally. Now is the time to start planning.
We also discussed the importance of electing executive officers, as all current roles had been by volunteers etc. In order to do this, a working constitution was adopted at the reunion, there is a committee looking into the registration of the Diaspora group and opening a bank account. We are committed to move this forward and ultimately be a shining example for the upcoming alumni. Also, we encouraged the University Management to consider Ex-Futarians for positions that are available within the University. The alumni body would like to see more capable Ex-Futarians occupying key positions within the University.
We also want to increase our membership base particularly with the younger Futarians, one way to do this would be through the social media, email database etc. Remember that, great schools becomes great not only because of teaching but because of the quality of the product from the schools. And if the quality products do not come together as one body, they will never have a voice or impact in the society. Let’s make our alma mater the best. We are stronger as a group. We are the university, we make the university.
Sola Ojo “03 AGY (On behalf of the LOC Team)
Baltimore-D.C. Reunion 2015: A Reunion to Remember!
“Every guest had something positive to say about their FUTA experience at the dinner party on July 31, 2015. The ex-FUTARIANS greeted each other with hugs and laughter, anyone could see that these were happy people; it was indeed a joyous occasion”Yetunde Adurota
The Westin Hotel in Baltimore Maryland was the place to be on the weekend of July 31, 2015, the occasion was the reunion celebration of the “FUTA alumni in diaspora” of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA). The event started off on Friday evening with a cocktail hour, with guest chatting and reminiscing. It was followed by a dinner party, where guests were recognized, and tributes were paid to the institution and the community.
The FUTA community was well represented; in attendance were the current Vice-chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola (guest of honor), Prof. Bayo Aborisade of the General Studies department and Chief Ola Adurota of Maryland, formerly of the FUTA Health Center as special guests. Among others in attendance were Prof. Henry Fadamiro and Mrs. Lola Ogunyemi (aka Miss FUTA), co-chairs of the event and FUTARIANS from the class of 1989.
One of more moving moment, was the homage paid to the late second Vice-Chancellor of the institution, the late Prof. Albert Ilemobade who was killed at his residence in Akure in June 2015.
Guests were stunned at the camaraderie and joy present in the room, amongst these people, many of whom have not seen each other in decades, and many who had no prior relationship with each other. Some came to the reunion out of curiosity but left with a sense of belonging and fellowship.
I first heard of the FUTA Alumni in diaspora this summer, and while I listened, I was curious but not enthused. Actually, I was not planning to attend, but as the events drew nearer and I saw the efforts being put in by the planning committee, spearheaded by the incomparable Mrs. Foluke Falade (aka Superwoman), I knew I had to show up to at least one of the events.
I didn’t have the opportunity to attend FUTA but I am a product of the community via the staff schools as well as the numerous friends and family members who were and are members of the FUTA community at large. A lot of friends, cousins and relatives are FUTA alumni, and I lived the life of a FUTARIAN vicariously through them, therefore I was not surprised at the atmosphere and the people.It was heartening to know that the world and circumstances continues to bring out the best in these old FUTARIANS.
The events, organized by the U.S. chapter of the organization, started with the aforementioned dinner on Friday evening, followed by a picnic/cookout at a park in Crofton, Maryland on Saturday and finally a tour of the District of Columbia on Sunday, August 2, 2015. The picnic/cookout was a huge success- the FUTARIANS and guests had fun. Moreover, families and friends came to show their support, food and conversations flowed smoothly, and the atmosphere was again filled with joy. It is worth mentioning that the MC, Mr. Ade Adeyemo (aka AllenJ) did a superb job moderating the program.
It was interesting to see how diverse the population of FUTARIANS had become, from engineers, to nurses and everything in between. Fans of Sahara TV would know that Dr. Damages is a FUTARIAN, but many people didn’t know and were surprised and happy to meet him. He was as gracious as everyone else, posing for photographs and just being a part of it all.
Reunions don’t usually inspire feelings of unbridled joy; the feelings are usually one of trepidation and sometimes dread, however, everyone who attended this event should have no course to fear a reunion ever again, especially a FUTA Alumni reunion. I know I am looking forward to the next one, God keep us all. Written by Yetunde Adurota
ALUMNI IN DIASPORA REUNION: A REUNION LONG OVERDUE
Akin Akinsola ('98)
The 2012 reunion of FUTA Alumni in the diaspora held at the Hilton Hotel Paddington, London has come and gone but, it was no doubt a milestone that opened another vista in the checkered history of the our beloved alma mater. With a ten-member planning team, comprised of motivated and selfless Alumni volunteers across continents who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the reunion, the stage was set for an enjoyable event. The planning team members were Lola Ogunyemi (nee Akinyosoye, ’89), Henry Fadamiro (’89), Segun Akinfe (’92), Akin Akinsola (’98), Yewande Arogundade (nee Amuda, ’91), Isaac Wole Ojo (’88), Foluke Falade (nee Omowaiye, ’91), Morakinyo Adesulu (’87), Yinka Ayodele (nee Owaduge, ’89), and Gbenga Akinrodoye (’92).
Although many attendees especially those from outside UK started arriving few days before the event, the day was officially started with greetings and exchange of banters by colleagues and friends, some who had not seen one another for almost 25 years. After an opening prayer by Pastor Morakinyo Adesulu, the FUTA anthem was proudly sung by all, followed by a short welcome speech from Lola Ogunyemi, on behalf of the planning team. The choice of planning team members, Henry Fadamiro and Akin Akinsola as program moderators, and Odia Ukoko (’87) and Golda Obi (nee Ilukwe, ’88) as anchors further livens the mood of attendees with many rib-cracking jokes and reminders of some escapades that were carried out by some now-successful and happily married Alumni.
Following the introduction of guests of honor, a short presentation on how far the university has come entitled “FUTA: Before and Now” was made which showcased the humble beginning of the university and one cannot but appreciate the contributions of successive administrations of the university to its infrastructural development. In his keynote address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Biyi Daramola who led the university’s delegation extols the virtues of the university while acknowledging the contributions of successive administration before him. He shared his vision and goals for the university and enjoined all Alumni and friends of the university to join hands with him in the onerous task of making the university more competitive in a rapidly advancing world. In her address, Dr. (Mrs) Oyebade, former Registrar and now Director of Alumni Relations at FUTA, charged all Alumni to be actively involved in matters relating to the running of the university.
Although the Executive Governor of Ondo State could not grace the occasion in person due to political exigencies, he was ably represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Administrative Matters, Hon. Rotimi Olasogba, who addressed the reunion on behalf of His Excellency. Several goodwill messages were received across the globe, including from Prof. Albert Ilemobade (FUTA’s secon VC), Engr. Agbelusi (former Director of Physical Planning), Dr. Bayo Aborisade (GNS unit) and a pioneer FUTA staff, and the National President of the Alumni Association, Pastor Wale Adelakun (’95).
Following a slide show presentation and a quiz session designed to remind participants of FUTA’s early years and milestones, awards were presented to some distinguished individuals for their contributions to our alma mater. These included the immediate past VC, Prof. Adebisi Balogun (received by Prof. Daramola on his behalf) for the significant infrastructural development and capacity building at FUTA during his tenure. Dr. (Mrs) Oyebade received an award for her long service and contributions to the university community. The VC, Prof. Daramola was also recognized for his years of service to FUTA. Governor Mimiko was recognized for his administration’s contribution to education in Ondo State. Alumni couples were recognized for marrying their fellow Futarian, and special achievement award of the day were given to each member of the 1987 graduating class who were present and they all joined in the cutting of the 25th anniversary cake. Perhaps the climax of the was the presentation of the “Distinguished Alumni 2012” award to Lola Ogunyemi. In presenting this “surprise” award to her, Henry Fadamiro highlighted Lola’s leadership role and outstanding contributions to the success of the reunion. After a sumptuous buffet dinner and a brief intro by Bode Abdukadri (’91) on the role of the Alumni in the development of our alma mater, many attendees took to the dance floor and displayed the “then and now” dance steps in the evolutionary trend. In all, the obvious camaraderie exhibited among alumni at this event showed the need for more days like this but the question is, when will it be?