New York, USA: Over the weekend, the Nigerian Lawyers Association, USA held its 2015 Annual Merit Awards Dinner at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York City.
This years awards were received as follows: The 2015 Merit Award was received by Ambassador Habib Habu - Consul General of the Consulate General of Nigeria (N.Y.). The 2015 Law and Justice Award was received by Debo Adegbile - Partner, WilmerHale LLP. Former: Nominee to lead U.S. Department of Justice and Civil Rights Division, Acting President and Director-Counsel of NAACP LDF, and Senior Counsel to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The 2015 Trailblazer Award was received by Chinwe Esimai - Chief Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer, Citigroup, Inc. The 2015 Exemplary Service Award was received by Chioma Azi was Attorney, African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. and by Abayomi Ajaiyeoba Deputy Managing Attorney, Environmental Control Board. While the 2015 Keynote address was by Gbenga Oyebode - Chairman and Managing Partner, Aluko & Oyebode.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The event commenced around 8PM with welcome address by NLA President Nexus Sea, followed by entertainment and dinner which was then followed by the presentation of awards. The Keynote speaker gave his speech before the Merit Award was handed out. The past presidents of the association were all recognized with an award before the current Chairman of the Board, Yinka Dansalami gave the vote of thanks followed by opening of the dance floor by the past presidents. The event witnessed a high turn out of professionals who used the opportunity to network and interact accordingly. Pictures by African Events.