His Excellency Hon. Justice, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom recently bagged the Diaspora Leadership Award. The prestigious award is an initiative of the TheDiasporaFoundation.org aimed at recognising and celebrating transformational leaders, who inspire and influence others to great achievements and bring change to people, community, institutions and organisations, was presented to him at his official residence, Abuja House, London on Monday 2nd July 2018 by the Founder of the Diaspora Leadership Awards, PR Guru and John Maxwell Leadership Trainer, Jermaine Sanwoolu.
Receiving the award with his wife Her Excellency, Mrs Modupe Oguntade by his side, Ambassador Oguntade was grateful for the award saying, "it brings me a lot of pleasure to serve my country...and since it has coincided with your choice of giving me the diaspora award it makes me feel happier still, what you have done so far is further encouragement that those around us are watching what we are doing, thank you very much".
Jermaine Sanwoolu said, "This award was presented to Ambassador Oguntade for his Excellent Initiatives and Transformational Leadership In Diplomatic Service. Since Justice Oguntade became the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom the commission has experienced a dramatic turn around in relation to prompt and speedy service delivery, reduced waiting times, emphatic customer service, improved motivation and morale by staff in the commission."
Jermaine Sanwoolu added that, "with Ambassador Oguntade at the helm of affairs and his innovative approach and visionary actions there is bound to be even greater progress and changes ahead in the High Commission in London and the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom as a whole".
LEADERSHIP PROFILE -
Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom assumed duty at the Nigeria High Commission on 9th October, 2017. He is a retired Justice of the Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He was born in Ijebu-Ode in the old Western Nigeria on March 10, 1940. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School between 1953 and 1958. Thereafter he proceeded to Holborn College of Law [University of London], UK (1961-1964); and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1965. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on January 15, 1966. He was in private legal practice for 14 years and was appointed a Judge of the Lagos State High Court in 1980, and then the Court of Appeal in 1988, and in May 19 2004, he was elevated to the highest court of the land, Supreme Court of Nigeria where he served meritoriously till March 10, 2010 having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
Undoubtedly, one of the sharpest legal minds that ever sat on the Higher Bench in Nigeria. In his service on the Bench, he made his mark in the advancement of the nation’s legal system, even at great risk to his person. His many strategic postings included Chairman, Lagos State Armed Robbery & Firearms Tribunal, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, Ibadan, and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal in Jos, Lagos, and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He was finally elevated to be Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2004
In the year 2005, Justice Oguntade (rtd) was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2010 Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).
Justice Oguntade (rtd) was President of the Rotary Club of Ogba in 1985. Between 1992 and 1999, he was the Chancellor of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), and since 1992, he remained Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Lagos till May 2017 when he was appointed as an Ambassador by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a member of the Lagos Motor Boat Club, Island Club, Ikoyi Club, and Yoruba Tennis Club. He is actively interested in church and philanthropic activities.
Ambassador Oguntade is happily married to Modupeola Adewemimo and blessed with children and grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf.