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Iyin Aboyeji, Shola Akinlade, Ola Brown get FG’s highest national awards [Full List]

The co-founders of Paystack, Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade, Andela, Iyin Aboyeji, and Ola Brown of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment will receive national awards from Nigerian President Buhari.

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FG Honours Shola Akinlade, Ezra Olubi, Iyin Aboyeji, Ola Brown with National Awards (2)

On October 11, 2022, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari will present 437 Nigerians including the co-founders of Paystack, Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade, Andela, Iyin Aboyeji, and Ola Brown of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment with National Honors Awards as Nigeria celebrates its 62nd anniversary of independence.

 

 

The honour is given to distinguished Nigerians and friends of Nigeria who have contributed to the good of the country. According to a list obtained by IsaacAfrica.com for the 2022 batch, four ecosystem participants in the Nigerian IT ecosystem were identified as honorees.

 

The Order of the Federal Republic, which consists of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, is the most important national honour in Nigeria (MFR).

Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), and Member of the Order of the Niger are all further members of the Order of the Niger (MON).

 

The co-founders of Paystack, Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade, Andela, Iyin Aboyeji, and Ola Brown of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment are among the tech entrepreneurs who are also prize winners.

 

The honour comes only a few weeks after Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu stated during a speech at the Abuja-based Progressive Young Leaders Summit that the success of Paystack and Flutterwave is a result of President Buhari’s efforts to stabilise the economy.

 

Other notable Nigerians (non-tech entrepreneurs) on this list include Jim Ovia, the founder of Zenith Bank, Amina Muhammed, the deputy secretary general of the United Nations, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organization, and Tony Elumelu, the board chair of the United Bank of Africa (UBA).

 

Meet the four Nigerian tech entrepreneurs

The impact that these entrepreneurs—Ezra Olubi, Shola Akinlade, Iyin Aboyeji, and Ola Brown—have had on the Nigerian tech sector is highlighted in the following lines.

 

Paystack co-founders Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade

 

The co-founders of Paystack, Shola Akinlade, CEO, and Ezra Olubi, CTO, will receive the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) designation. The two co-founded Paystack in 2015 to provide businesses and consumers with new online payment options and to unclog the Nigerian digital economy.

Paystack joined the Y Combinator accelerator programme in November 2015, making it the first Nigerian business to do so. This helped Paystack advance toward its goal of becoming one of Africa’s most renowned software companies.

Paystack was purchased by American financial juggernaut Stripe for $200 million in 2020. Since then, Paystack has taken both little and significant steps, such as expanding to South Africa and becoming the first African payment gateway partner for Apple Pay.

 

Shola Ezra Paystack

 

Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration tool for firms in developing economies, before Paystack, which has been downloaded over 150,000 times and is accessible in 6 languages. Shola graduated from Babcock University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

 

Ezra’s created Eyowo, an online payment system, in the interim. After thereafter, he worked at Delivery Science, a logistics software and analytics startup, before holding the position of CTO at Jobberman, one of Nigeria’s biggest online job boards. Ezra graduated from Babcock University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

 

Iyinoluwa “E” Aboyeji, co-founder of Flutterwave and Andela

Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji, who was 23 at the time, co-founded Andela in 2014 to train and place tech talent in Africa, starting with Nigeria. Later, he co-founded the billion-dollar unicorn startup Flutterwave, a payments company, where he served as CEO. Iyin has recently left both businesses.

 

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

 

He established Future Africa, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech firms in Africa. Andela, Paystack, Jumpbike, and investors from LocalGlobe support the fund. According to a statement on the company’s website, “In our first fund, which launched in 2015, we invested $1.5 million across 19 firms, including some of Africa’s fastest-growing tech startups, such as Andela, Flutterwave, 54Gene, Kobo360, and Lori Systems.”

Additionally, Aboyeji established Talent City, a future charter city for computer experts. He will get the Officer of the Order of the Niger during this year’s National Honors Award (OON).

 

Founder of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment, Dr. Ola Brown

Ola Brown (Nee Orekunrin), the creator of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment (FDHIC), will receive the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) from President Buhari, another national honour.

The organisation also invests in and manages major healthcare infrastructure projects. FDHIC is a sector-specific company that makes venture capital and private investments in the healthcare industry.

 

Ola Brown Orekunrin OON

 

Dr. Ola also co-founded Greentree Investment Company, an early stage venture capital firm that offers growth capital to African startups. She contributed to Paystack early on as an investor.

In addition to her investment enterprises, she promotes trade between Nigeria, the US, and the UK as the chair of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Business Forum and a committee member of the British Business Group (Lagos).

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to confer the Awards to the recipients on Tuesday, October 11 at the State House in Abuja.

 

A: GRAND COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (GCON)

 

1. Sen. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, PhD President of the Senate (Yobe)

2. Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola CJN (Oyo)

3. Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CJN (Bauchi)

4. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala DG WTO (Abia)

5. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed UN, Deputy Secretary General (Gombe)

 

B: COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (CFR)

1 Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Speaker HOR

2 Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege Deputy President of the Senate

3 Mr. Boss Mustapha SGF

4 Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan HOS

5 Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara Former Speaker HOR

6 Hon. Justice Kudirat M.O. Kekere-Ekun

7 Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad

8 Hon. Justice Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem President Court of Appeal Plateau

9 Mallam Abba Kyari (Posthumous)

10 Justice Ayo Salami (Rtd)

11 Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Posthumous)

12 Lt. Gen Lamidi O. Adeosun (Rtd)

13 Gen. Lucky E. O Irabor

14 Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya

15 Air Marshal Oladayo Amao

16 Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

17 Gen. Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin

18 Lt-Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai

19 Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas

20 Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

21 Mohammed Abubakar Adamu

22 Mr. Usman Alkali Baba

23 Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd)

24 Alh. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar

25 Yusuf Magaji Bichi, fwc

26 HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (Ooni of Ife)

27 HM Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II (Oba of Benin)

28 His Highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero (Emir of Kano Kano)

29 HRH Ahmed Nuhu Bamali (Emir of Zazzau)

30 HRM Prof James Ortese Ayatse (Tor Tiv V)

31 HRH Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III (Emir of Gombe)

32 HRH Alh. Muhammadu ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa (Emir of Fika)

33 Da. Jacob Gyang Buba (Gbong Gwom)

34 HRH Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I (JSC Rtd) (Emir of Lafia)

35 HM King Dandeson Douglas JAJA (King Jaja of Opobo)

36 HRM Oba Gabriel Adejuwon (Onisan of Isan Ekiti)

37 HIM Oba (Dr) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II (Deji of Akure)

38 HRH Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi (Akarigbo of Remo)

39 His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr) Solomon Daniel Etuk, JP (Oku Ibom Ibibio)

40 HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III (Olu of Warri)

41 HRM Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu (Igwe of Eziama)

42 HRM King Alfred Diete-Spiff (Chairman, Bayelsa Council of Chiefs)

43 HRM Eze (Dr) E. C. Okeke (Chairman Imo Council)

44 HRM Eze Joseph Ndubuisi Nwabeke (Chairman Abia Council)

45 HRM Eze Charles N. Nkpuma (Chairman, Ebonyi)

46 Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) (CG Customs Bauchi)

47 Dr. Solomon Ehigiator Arase (Former IGP)

48 Sir Dr. Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu (Elder statesman)

49 Mr. Jim Ovia (Business Executive)

50 Chief Oluwole Olanipekun, SAN

51 Tony O. Elumelu (Business Executive)

52 Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu (CEO BUA Group)

53 Dr. Eruani Azibapu Godbless (Businessman)

54 Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd)

 

C: COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (CON)

1 Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase Dep. Speaker HOR Plateau CON

2 H.E Alhaji Mai Mala Buni Governor Yobe CON

3 H.E. Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN Governor Ondo CON

4 H.E. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Governor Kebbi CON

5 H.E. Engr. David Nweze Umahi Governor Ebonyi CON

6 H.E. Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Governor Enugu CON

7 H.E. Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong Governor Plateau CON

8 H.E. Prof Ben Ayade Governor Cross River CON

9 H.E. Arc. Dickson Darius Ishiaku Governor Taraba CON

10 H.E. Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Governor Kaduna CON

11 H.E. Dr Kayode Fayemi Governor Ekiti CON

12 H.E. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa Governor Delta CON

13 H.E. Prof Babagana Umara Zulum Governor Borno CON

14 Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister Kwara CON

15 Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello Minister Adamawa CON

16 Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed Minister Kaduna CON

17 Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN Minister Lagos CON

18 Dr. Osagie Ehanire Minister Edo CON

19 Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu Minister Abia CON

20 Mallam Adamu Adamu Minister Bauchi CON

21 Timipre Sylva Minister Bayelsa CON

22 Abubakar Malami, SAN Minister Kebbi CON

23 Sen. Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi Senator Kebbi CON

24 Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi Senator Niger CON

25 Sen. Albert Bassey Akpan Senator Akwa Ibom CON

26 Sen. Mohammed Sabo Nakudu Senator Jigawa CON

27 Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Senator Lagos CON

28 Sen. Abubakar A. Kyari Senator Borno CON

29 Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa Senator Niger CON

30 Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele Senator Ekiti CON

31 Sen. Chukwuka Godfrey Utazi Senator Enugu CON

32 Sen. Jibrin I. Barau Senator Kano CON

33 Mallam Mamman Daura Elder Statesman Katsina CON

34 Chief Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma CEO Innoson Motors Anambra CON

35 Prof Ali Pate Former Minister Bauchi CON

36 AVM Ishaya Aboi Shekari Rtd Military Officer Kaduna CON

37 Prof Attahiru Muhammadu Jega Former INEC Chairman Kebbi CON

38 Chief Chidi Anyaegbu CEO Chisco Motors Anambra CON

39 Prof Afonja Olumuyiwa Adebayo Academia Oyo CON

40 Prof Ayodele Desalu Academia Ogun CON

41 Prof Benedict Okechukwu Oramah President/CEO Afriexim Bank Anambra CON

42 High Chief Dr. Mike Ozekhome, SAN Legal Practitioner Edo CON

43 Gen. Paul C. Tarfa (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Adamawa CON

44 Dr. Allen Onyema Chairman, Air Peace Anambra CON

45 HE Amb. George Obiozor Former Ambassador Imo CON

46 Amb. Ademola Rasaq Seriki Diplomat Lagos CON

47 HRH Ibrahim Ibn Umar el-Kanemi Shehu of Dikwa Borno CON

48 Tein T.S. Jack-Rich Jnr Businessman/Philanthropist Rivers CON

49 HRH Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha Emir of Biu Borno CON

50 HRH Alhaji Haruna Kadir Rashid Emir of Dukku Gombe CON

51 Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal Businessman Katsina CON

52 HRM Dr. Benjamin Ikenchuku Dein of Agbor Delta CON

53 Alh. Dr. Barr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III Emir of Keffi Nasarawa CON

54 Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril Emir of Nasarawa Nasarawa CON

55 HRH Dr. Daniel Shaga Samaila Hama Bachama Adamawa CON

56 Chief Anthony Enahoro Posthumous Edo CON

57 Prof Is-haq Oloyede Registrar JAMB Ogun CON

58 Barr. Adebayo Ogunlesi Owner of Gatwick Airport Ogun CON

59 Justice Fati Abubakar Rtd CJ Niger State Niger CON

60 HRM Ogurimerime Ukori I Michael Omeru (JP) Ovie of Agbon Kingdom Delta CON

61 HRH Alh. Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa Ona of Abaji FCT CON

62 Prof Wale Suleiman World Class Neuro-Surgeon Kwara CON

63 Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle President CAN Oyo CON

64 Mr. Herbert Wigwe Banker Rivers CON

65 Igwe Prof Laz Edward Nnanyelu Ekwueme, NNOM Traditional Ruler Anambra CON

66 Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) Chairman NDLEA Adamawa CON

67 Engr. (Dr) Chukwuemeka Okwuosa Business Executive Anambra CON

 

D: OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (OFR)

1 Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese Taraba OFR

2 Prof Aliyu Usman El-Nafaty Medica Practitioner Gombe OFR

3 Mohammed Babandede Former CG Immigration Jigawa OFR

4 Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello Former Chief Judge FCT Kaduna OFR

5 Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed Former CG NCoS Kebbi OFR

6 Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi Businessman Anambra OFR

7 Justice Pascal Nnadi Rtd CJ Imo State Imo OFR

8 Mr. Adebayo A. Adelabu Former Dep Gov CBN Oyo OFR

9 Prof. Obiora Okonkwo CEO United Nigeria Airlines Anambra OFR

10 HRM Oba (Dr.) Jacob Olufemi Omolade Olu of Ibarra Ogun OFR

11 Julius Dediare Rone Business Executive Delta OFR

12 HRH Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim Bello Emir of Gusau Zamfara OFR

13 Engr. Mansur Ahmed President MAN Kano OFR

14 Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire SSAP on SDGs Lagos OFR

15 Prof Itsejuwa Esanjumi Sagay, SAN Legal Practitioner Delta OFR

16 Dr. Ibrahim Tahir Posthumous/Former Minister Bauchi OFR

17 Barr. Kehinde Aina Legal Practitioner Oyo OFR

18 Justice Muktar Muhammad Dodo Rtd Judge Katsina OFR

19 Prof Fabian Ajogwu, SAN Legal Practitioner Enugu OFR

20 Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN Chairman ICPC Ondo OFR

21 Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad Posthumous Kano OFR

22 Justice Nasir Ajanah Posthumous Kogi OFR

23 Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho CJ FHC Benue OFR

24 Hon. Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip President NIC Kaduna OFR

25 Hon. Justice Cosmas Idye President CCA Benue State Benue OFR

26 Justice Idris Abdullahi Haroon Rtd Grand Khadi Kwara State Kwara OFR

27 Hon. Justice Sulyman Durosinlorun Kawu CJ Kwara State Kwara OFR

28 Alh. Nurudeen Rafin Dadi Public Servant Katsina OFR

29 Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Manu Yusuf Army Yobe OFR

30 Maj. Gen. J.G.K. Myam Army Benue OFR

31 Maj. Gen. Samuel A. Adebayo Army Kogi OFR

32 AVM Charles Akpochai Owho Air Force Delta OFR

33 AVM Jackson Andrew Yusuf Air Force Bauchi OFR

34 R. Adm S. S. Garba Navy Kano OFR

35 R. Adm. B. J. Gbassa Navy Rivers OFR

36 R. Adm. Abdul Biu Adamu (Rtd) Rtd Naval Officer Borno OFR

37 Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi FRSC Kwara OFR

38 Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni CG NSCDC Nasarawa OFR

39 Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE Sportsman Ogun OFR

40 Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam Businessman Borno OFR

41 Maj. Gen. Obi Abel Umahi (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Ebonyi OFR

42 Mele Kolo Kyari GMD NNPC Borno OFR

43 HRH Oba Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede Traditional Ruler Ondo OFR

44 Hon. Shitu Muhammed Kabir Agriculturist FCT OFR

45 Dr. Christian Odinaka Igwe Entrepreneur Abia OFR

46 Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu, SAN ES – NHRC Imo OFR

47 Chief Nnaemeka Ngige, SAN Chairman, Council of Legal Education Anambra OFR

48 HRH Alh. Nasiru Ado Bayero Emir of Bichi Kano OFR

49 HRH King Amb. Dr. Apollos Chu Traditional Ruler Rivers OFR

50 Mr. Adeola Rahman Ipaye DCOS VP Lagos OFR

51 Chief Dr. Alexander Chika Okafor CEO Chikason Group Anambra OFR

52 Amb. Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure SCOOP Jigawa OFR

53 Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh DG NIMASA Katsina OFR

54 Most Rev. Panti Filibus Musa, PhD Religious Adamawa OFR

55 Dr. Bala Usman Posthumous/University Don Katsina OFR

56 Sen. Osita Bonaventure Izunaso Former Senator Imo OFR

57 Sen. Dr. Eze Darlington Ajoku Former Senator Imo OFR

58 Dr. Abdul Bulama Former Minister Yobe OFR

59 Mike Mamman Osuman, SAN Legal Practitioner Benue OFR

60 Sen. Julius Ucha Former Senator Ebonyi OFR

61 Onueze C. Joe Okocha, SAN Legal Practitioner Rivers OFR

62 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Writer Enugu OFR

63 Sen. Ita Enang Former Senator Akwa Ibom OFR

64 Prof Gabriel O.C. Okenwa Business Executive Abia OFR

 

E: OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (OON)

1 Chief Raymond Hemen Ihyembe Rtd Banker Benue OON

2 Alhaji Aminu Bisalla Rtd Perm Sec Niger OON

3 Prof Seddi Sebastian Maimako Educationist Plateau OON

4 Amb. Mary Lar Educationist Plateau OON

5 Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano Businessman Kano OON

6 Dr. Sani Aliyu Public Health Physician Kano OON

7 Binta Lami Adamu Bello Rtd Perm Sec Katsina OON

8 Prof Ahmed Mohammed Wali Academia Sokoto OON

9 Prof Sa’adiya Omar Bello Academia Sokoto OON

10 Prof Ihechukwu Chiedozie Madubuike Former Minister Abia OON

11 Charles Odunukwe Industrialist Anambra OON

12 Chief Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji Industrialist Anambra OON

13 Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu Former Minister Ebonyi OON

14 Chief Hon. Godwin O. Ogbaga Former Minister Ebonyi OON

15 Prof. Chinedu Nebo Former Minister Enugu OON

16 Engr. Christopher Chigbo Former PS FCT Enugu OON

17 Prof. Hilary O. Edeoga Former VC Enugu OON

18 Mr. Anumudu Theodore Akujobi, mni Rtd PS Imo OON

19 Prof Sylvia G. Akpan (nee Essien) Medical Practitioner Akwa Ibom OON

20 Prof Akaneren Idem Essien Academia Akwa Ibom OON

21 Chief Nengi J. James Businessman Bayelsa OON

22 Dame Julie E. Donli Public Servant Bayelsa OON

23 Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine Rtd Auditor Gen. of the Federation Cross River OON

24 Chief Gabriel Ogbechie MD/CEO Rain Oil Delta OON

25 Prof Emmanuel Nwaeze Former VC Uniben Delta OON

26 Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji Medical Practitioner Rivers OON

27 Comfort Chukumuebobo Ekaro (Nee Ebenezer) Rtd Federal PS Rivers OON

28 Chief Ferdinand Ngogo Alabraba Businessman Rivers OON

29 Samuel Bolarinde Industrialist Ekiti OON

30 Chief Remi Makanjuola Businessman Lagos OON

31 Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN Legal Practitioner Lagos OON

32 Chief Rotimi Ibidapo Businessman Ondo OON

33 Chief Akinboro Aruwajoye Businessman Ondo OON

34 Otunba Oluseyi Oduntan Industrialist Ogun OON

35 Amb. Oladapo Olusola Fafowora Former Ambassador Osun OON

36 Adeoye Adetuyibi MD Discovery Oil Osun OON

37 Iyinoluwa Aboyeji CEO Flutterwave Oyo OON

38 Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu Former President NACCIMA Niger OON

39 Sheikh Muhammad Tajudeen Adigun Chief Imam, Fuad Lababidi Mosque, Zone 3, Abuja. Kwara OON

40 Prof Oluwatoyin Ashiru Academia Ogun OON

41 Amb. Anthonia A. Ekpa, PhD Rtd Perm Sec Cross River OON

42 Dr. Mrs. Habiba Muda Lawal Fed Perm Sec Bauchi OON

43 Arc. Sunday Sylva Togo Echono Rtd Perm Sec Benue OON

44 Mr. Musa Mikfuktur Istifanus Rtd Perm Sec Taraba OON

45 Hon. Muktar Betara Aliyu MHR Borno OON

46 Rt. Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa MHR Kano OON

47 Hon. Barr. Nkeiruka C. Onyejeocha MHR Abia OON

48 Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu MHR Delta OON

49 Hon. Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada MHR Kano OON

50 Dr. Christopher C. Edordu Businessman Edo OON

51 Sheikh Dr. Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa Al-miskinubilahi Grand Mufti of Ilorin Kwara OON

52 Chief Dr. Leemon Agbonjagwe Ikpea Business Executive Delta OON

53 Rt. Hon. Benson Friday Konbowei Public Servant Bayelsa OON

54 Mr. Yakubu Chinook Maikyau, SAN Legal Practitioner Kebbi OON

55 Abbas Dabo Sambo Rtd Public Servant Kaduna OON

56 Amb. James Gotuwan Dimka Veteran Journalist Plateau OON

57 Alhaji Tijjani Musa Tumsa Public Servant Yobe OON

58 Amb. Janet Omoleegho Olisa MFA Edo OON

59 Amb. Ahmed Umar Former Ambassador Kano OON

60 Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu Entrepreneur Lagos OON

61 Prof Maxwell Gidado Academia Adamawa OON

62 Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro ES TETFund Bauchi OON

63 Prof Vershima Uza Former VC Benue OON

64 Alh. Abbas Umar Masanawa DG/CEO NSPMC Katsina OON

65 His Grace Most Rev. Prof Daddy Hezekiah Proprietor Imo OON

66 Prof Innocent Acharya O. Ujah, mni President NMA Benue OON

67 Prof Francis Adedayo Faduyile NMA Ondo OON

68 Mrs. Comfort Olujumoke Eyitayo, mni FCA President ICAN Ogun OON

69 Dr. Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu Medical Practitioner Imo OON

70 HRH Igwe Jude Chijioke Obidegwu Traditional Ruler Imo OON

71 Mr. Biodun Shobanjo Businessman Ogun OON

72 Prof Francis Afolabi Fajemirokun Academia Ondo OON

73 Prof Doknan Decent Danjuma Sheni Academia Plateau OON

74 HRH Igwe Prof Onuora Nwuneli Academia Anambra OON

75 Dr. Chinedu Eze Financial Management Enugu OON

76 Sir Daniel Nwanneka Chukwudozie CEO Dozzy Group Anambra OON

77 Anthony Ngude Zaki Sani Businessman Nasarawa OON

78 Hon. Hafiz Muhammad Kawu Ibrahim Member HOR Kano OON

79 Prof Aminu Diyo Sheidu Academia Kogi OON

80 Musa Shafi’i Rtd Public Servant Niger OON

81 R.Adm Dr. Tamunoibikari Genius Samuel Epelle (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Rivers OON

82 Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi Former Minister Delta OON

83 Yakubu Ibn Muhammed DG NTA Taraba OON

84 Amb. Musa Ilu Mohammed Rtd Ambassador Nasarawa OON

85 Dr. Richard Nyong Business Executive Akwa Ibom OON

86 Alhaji Abdulmuminu Yakubu Maishanu Chairman AYM Shafa Bauchi OON

87 Dr. Adaora Umeoji Dep MD Zenith Bank Anambra OON

88 Alhaji Sarki Abba State House Adamawa OON

89 Femi Adesina SA Media to the President Lagos OON

90 Dr. Chinedu Nwankwo Industrialist Enugu OON

91 Ezra Olubi Chief Tech Officer/Founder, Paystack Oyo OON

92 Shola Akinlade Co-founder/CEO, Paystack Ekiti OON

93 Kofo Akinkugbe Founder Secure ID Nig Ltd Ogun OON

94 Ichie Nnaeto Orazulike Executive Committee Member NACCIMA Anambra OON

95 Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Posthumous Lagos OON

96 Alh. Kabiru SHUAIBU Oil Magnate Kogi OON

97 Alh. Saleh AHMADU Businessman/Philanthropist Kogi OON

98 Dr. Abdu ABUBAKAR Finance Expert Katsina OON

99 Dr. S. Sanusi Rafindadi Medical Doctor Katsina OON

100 Babatunde Lawal Posthumous Lagos OON

101 Sabi’u Yusuf SA to the President Katsina OON

 

F: MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (MFR)

1 Mathew Benabafa Seiyefa, mni Rtd Public Servant Bayelsa MFR

2 Ibrahim Likita Mashi, fwc Rtd Public Servant Katsina MFR

3 HRH Alhaji Sule Bawa Sarkin Gudi Nasarawa MFR

4 Col. Andrawus Pillasar Sawa (Rtd) Rtd Army Officer Adamawa MFR

5 Brig. Gen. Dzarma Kennedy Zirkushu Posthumous Adamawa MFR

6 Benjamin Okoko Business Executive Akwa Ibom MFR

7 Dr. Hannatu Fika Adamu Rtd Civil Servant Borno MFR

8 Dr. Hamidu Mohammed Medical Practitioner Taraba MFR

9 Saleh Abubakar Former HOS Yobe State Yobe MFR

10 Prof Sani Abubakar Lugga Educationist Katsina MFR

11 Tijjani Yahaya Kaura Former SSG Zamfara State Zamfara MFR

12 Col. Bala Mande (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Zamfara MFR

13 Mrs. Comfort Nwobu Rtd Teacher Anambra MFR

14 Lady Eno Bassey Rtd Teacher Akwa Ibom MFR

15 Evang. Blessing Bassey Duke Philanthropist Cross River MFR

16 Prof Adebayo M. A. Ninalowo Educationist Lagos MFR

17 Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda Former President NCWS Ogun MFR

18 Cardinal Dr. James O. Odunmbaku Public Servant Osun MFR

19 Ogunesan Hannah Oluwumi Former HOS Oyo State Oyo MFR

20 Mr. Ajibola Akindele Business Executive Ondo MFR

21 DIG Sanusi N. Lemu, mni DFA Niger MFR

22 DIG Joseph O. Egbunike Posthumous Anambra MFR

23 Ag. CGIS Isah Jere Idris Ag CGIS Kaduna MFR

24 Isiaka Abdulmumini Haliru NCS Zamfara MFR

25 Anthonia Ifeoma Opara NCS Imo MFR

26 Talatu Mairo Isa DCG NCS Niger MFR

27 Elton Irene Edorhe DCG NCS Delta MFR

28 Bashir Adewale Adeniyi ACG NCS Oyo MFR

29 Haliru Nababa, mni CG NCoS Sokoto MFR

30 Ahmad Muhammadu Tukur DCG NCoS Niger MFR

31 Amb. Demenongo Apollonius AGEV DDG NIA Benue MFR

32 Amb. Kim Solomon AMIEYEOFORI DDG NIA Rivers MFR

33 Dr. Temitayo Kehinde AJAYI Albert Horsfall medical Centre Ekiti MFR

34 Dr. Fatima MUSTAPHA Albert Horsfall medical Centre Niger MFR

35 Bala Umar Mohammed, PhD ICPC Kano MFR

36 Ayeni Victoria Toyin ICPC Kogi MFR

37 Lawal Olawunmi Akeem, fsi ICPC Lagos MFR

38 Amb. Prince (Col) Roland Olawumi Omowa Former Ambassador Ondo MFR

39 Dr. Mrs Ladi Mairo Sambo Rtd Teacher Niger MFR

40 Barr. Akwa Effiong Okon Legal Practitioner Akwa Ibom MFR

41 Alhaji Adamu Ibrahim Gumba Kuyambanan Bauchi Bauchi MFR

42 Noragbon Osawaru Enogiomwan (Mrs.) Rtd. Head Mistress Edo MFR

43 Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, fnse President COREN Nasarawa MFR

44 Comrade Christopher Ikechukwu Isiguzo President NUJ Imo MFR

45 Prof Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed Academia Adamawa MFR

46 Chief Dr. Ngozi Okafor Business Executive Anambra MFR

47 High Chief Emeka Chukwuma Agbanari Businessman Anambra MFR

48 Dr. Jonathan Yisa Jiya, mni Rtd Public Servant Niger MFR

49 Mr. Linus Okorie Business Executive Imo MFR

50 Mallam Bashir Abubakar Rtd ACG Customs Kaduna MFR

51 Dr. Verr Bernard Beeior Amasetimin Rtd Public Servant Benue MFR

52 Barr. Zannah Mustapha Legal Practitioner Borno MFR

53 Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy) Musician Rivers MFR

54 HRH Martin Kure Abeshi Traditional Ruler Nasarawa MFR

55 Dr. Celestine Iweha Dureke Rtd Teacher Imo MFR

56 Alh. Dr. Al-Mujatab Abubakar Financial Consultant Zamfara MFR

57 Lawal Garba QS Katsina MFR

58 Hajia Gambo Sawaba Posthumous Kaduna MFR

59 Prof Ferdinand A. Ofodile Academia Anambra MFR

60 Alh. Ibrahim Muhammad Bello Posthumous Gombe MFR

61 Brig. Gen. M. Idris Abdulkadir Posthumous Niger MFR

62 Brig. Gen. Abdulrahman Kuliya Posthumous Kano MFR

63 Brig. Gen. Olatunji Lukman Olayinka Posthumous Lagos MFR

64 Dr. Bayo Aluko-Olokun Medical Practitioner Osun MFR

65 Mr. Gershom E. Henshaw Business Executive Cross River MFR

66 Elder Simon Shango Statesman Benue MFR

67 Sir Dr. Billy O. Okoye Energy Professional Delta MFR

68 Dr. Kola Adesina CEO Sahara Power Group Ogun MFR

69 Dr. Ferdinand Giadom Environmental Expert Rivers MFR

70 HRM Eze Sir Uzo Nwosu Traditional Ruler Abia MFR

71 Alhaji Musa Audu Business Executive Benue MFR

72 Dr. Olamide Brown-Orekunrin CEO Flying Doctors Lagos MFR

73 Dr. Ismaila Nuhu Marksha Medical Practitioner Adamawa MFR

74 Hon. Barr. Ernest Nnamdi Ezike Legal Practitioner Enugu MFR

75 Dr. Shehu Malami State House Sokoto MFR

 

G: MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (MON)

1 HRM Eze Isaac Ikonne Enyi I of Aba Abia MON

2 Chief Silva Ejeh Ameh Rtd Director Benue MON

3 Alh. Kamoru Ibitoye Yusuf Businessman Kwara MON

4 Mallam Ibrahim Okposi Rtd Teacher Nasarawa MON

5 Alhaji Shehu Othman Rtd Public Servant Nasarawa MON

6 Alhaji Mahmud Bulama Rtd Public Servant Adamawa MON

7 Habiba A. Abdullahi Businessman Kano MON

8 Victor Nkemjika Nwokeji Business Executive Anambra MON

9 Chief Bayo Awosemusi World Bank Head of Procurement Ekiti MON

10 Imam Abdullahi Abubakar Religious leader who hid over 262 Christians in his mosque from attacks in Yelwa Gindi Akwati village Plateau MON

11 Kenneth F. Yellowe Entrepreneur Rivers MON

12 Dr. Uzoma Elizabeth Emenike Diplomat Enugu MON

13 CSP Ibrahim O. Mohammed Posthumous Adamawa MON

14 CSP Benedict Okoh Ajide Posthumous Kwara MON

15 Barr. Abdulsalam Idowu Kamaldeen Legal Practitioner Lagos MON

16 Alhaji Garba Sambo Consultant to NGF Zamfara MON

17 Dr. Dauda Lawal Philanthropist Zamfara MON

18 Chief Benson Sunday Agadaga Business Executive Bayelsa MON

19 Ejezie Emeka Rollas President AGN Anambra MON

20 Malam Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, mni Rtd PS Kano State Kano MON

21 Mohammed Inuwa Aminu Businessman Kaduna MON

22 Innocent Ujah Idibia (2Face) Musician Benue MON

23 Teniola Apata (Teni) Musician Ondo MON

24 Pharm. Ahenjir Patrick Nyitse Pharmacist Benue MON

25 Nasir Yammama Entrepreneur Katsina MON

26 Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu Entrepreneur Kebbi MON

27 Funke Opeke Entrepreneur Lagos MON

28 Habeeb Olalekan Okunola Entrepreneur Lagos MON

29 Folashade Noimat Okoya CEO Eleganza Lagos MON

30 Mr. Ajibola Adebutu Entrepreneur Ogun MON

31 Dr. Ver-Or Ngutor Medical Practitioner Benue MON

32 Mallam Mukhtar Gulma Teacher Kebbi MON

33 Major L.A Hayat Posthumous Kaduna MON

34 Major Nura Hamza Posthumous Zamfara MON

35 Adeyemi Yakubu Kolawole Rtd Director Osun MON

36 Victor Etuokwu Business Executive Delta MON

37 Alh. Ibrahim Abubakar Dzukogi Former Chairman, FIRS Niger MON

38 Prof. Toyin Omoyeni Falola Academia Ogun MON

39 Prof Folarin Olawale Shyllon Posthumous Lagos MON

40 Commodore Muhammad Lawal Barau, PhD Rtd Military Officer Kaduna MON

41 Mr. Dike James Chigbue Business Executive Delta MON

42 Rasheedat Adunni Okoduwa, mni Rtd Public Servant Lagos MON

43 HRH Igwe Dr. Oranu Chris Chidume Traditional Ruler Anambra MON

44 Dr. Christopher Obute Economist Benue MON

45 Engr. Usman Alkali, FNSE Entrepreneur Zamfara MON

46 Tolu Odebiyi Entrepreneur Ogun MON

47 Princess Onyinye Omachukwu Uwaechia Philanthropist Anambra MON

48 Elder Raymond Aliga Business Executive Abia MON

49 Mouktar Mohammed Lugga Rtd Public Servant Zamfara MON

50 Prof Bonn Obikwe Godwin Nwanolue Academia Anambra MON

51 Rashidi Yekini Posthumous Kwara MON

52 Abubakar Maikano State House Kaduna MON

53 Dr. Samuel Ankeli SSAP – Person with Disability Benue MON

54 Barr. Danlamı Umaru BASHARU Disable Taraba MON

55 Hajia Rabi Y. Gezawa Disable Kebbi MON

56 Chief Samuel Okubanjo Disable Oyo MON

 

H: FEDERAL REPUBLIC MEDAL I (FRM I)

1 Sgt Adesina Isaiah Posthumous Kaduna FRM I

2 Sgt Umar Saidu Posthumous Bauchi FRM I

3 Mrs. Joy Itaha CCS, OSGF Kogi FRM I

4 Mrs. Jummai Kizito Gukas CCS, OSGF Plateau FRM I

 

I: FEDERAL REPUBLIC MEDAL II (FRM II)

1 Mallam Musa Usman Gateman Jigawa FRM II

2 Ms. Josephine Agu Airport Cleaner who returned $12,200 found in a toilet at MMIA, Lagos Imo FRM II

3 Ogbanago Muhammed Ibrahim Bank Security man who found and returned $10,000 Kogi FRM II

4 ACM Mathew Oyedepo Posthumous Osun FRM I

 

J: FOREIGNERS S/NO NAME STATUS HONOUR

1. Mr Pierre Vandebeek Businessman OFR

2. George Stavros Coumantaros Posthumous OFR

3. Mr Deepak Singhal Industrialist OFR

4. Dr. Attia A. Nasreddin Industrialist OFR

5 Chief Nabil A. Saleh (JP) Industrialist OFR

6 Mr Faysal M. El-Khalil Industrialist OFR

7 Mr. Ronald Chagoury Industrialist OFR

 

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UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm

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UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.

According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.

The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.

The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.

In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.

Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.

The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.

The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.

The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.

UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.

Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.

The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”

Donelan stated in a statement:

“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.

“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.

“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”

Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.

Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.

Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.

The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.

On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

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Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.

Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.

The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.

Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”

Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.

Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.

Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.

These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”

Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.

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Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts

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Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.

Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.

When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).

Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.

Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.

It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.

Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.

Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.

Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.

There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.

Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.

Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.

The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.

Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.

 

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