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First, I would like to thank the
Chairman, Chief Femi Dada and other members of the Executive Committee of the
Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Alumni Association for the kind
invitation extended to me to speak at this gathering.
I congratulate all members of the CIBN
Alumni Association on the coming together of former staff of the CIBN. It is indeed
It is an honour to have been asked to
share experience on setting up the Cadbury Nigeria Alumni Association.
The journey started about 3 years as
a little mustard seed which is growing to be a tree, perhaps bigger than
A few ex-Staff had the thought that
wouldn’t it be nice to reconnect and relive the days working in Cadbury
Nigeria? In this age of decay in civic norms, wouldn’t it be useful to provide
a platform to share the values and principles whilst working at the
One of us then initiated the idea of
a WhatsApp group. Once set up, we went on a mission possible of finding as many
former Staff members to join the group, membership being open to anyone who
worked in Cadbury Nigeria at any point in time regardless of level or
position. It was nostalgic as people who hadn’t seen or heard of each
other for decades reconnected.
As the number of people increased,
discussions led to formalizing the group. A board of five Trustees was
appointed, and the Association formally registered with the Corporate Affairs
A constitution to guide the
operations of the Association was drafted and approved.
Subsequently, an Executive Committee
was elected comprising the President, Vice President, Secretary, Social/Publicity
Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and ex-officio officers. Dr
Christopher Kolade was appointed as Grand Patron, and the incumbent Managing
Director of Cadbury Nigeria as Patron.
Annual dues were agreed to support
the running of the Association.
We have organized meet and greet
events, and instituted an annual public lecture named after Dr. Kolade, the
first of which held in September 2017.
We support members and their families
in good and not-so-good times.
We participate in Cadbury Nigeria
functions to which the Association is invited to by the Company. We are careful
not to position the Alumni Association as business advisors to current management,
but as people with a shared experience of working in the same company.
A challenge has been to get some
former staff involved in the activities of the Association because they still
hold grudges from the past. Thankfully, we are in a better place today, than
when we started.
Raising funds understandably is an
aspect which would require your attention.
Sustaining communication would be
critical. The WhatsApp group is currently our main channel of general
For the future, our focus is on
strengthening the bonds amongst members, supporting each other in various ways,
leveraging business networks and opportunities, and being a force for good in
I would like to again congratulate
the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria on starting this noble journey
and wish you the very best. The more professionals like you band together, the
better it would be for our dear nation, Nigeria.
Thank you for your kind
Author – Lampe Omoyele
Managing Director, 141 worldwide
President, Cadbury Nigeria Alumni
18th October 2018.