The President of The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria, Mr Akinfela Akoni, and the Social Secretary, Mr Lanre Fatimilehin, paid a courtesy visit to Dr Michael Omolayole (an alumnus of Corpus Christi College, Oxford) over the Easter weekend.
Dr Omolayole has been an avid supporter of the Club over the years. On behalf of the entire membership, Mr Akoni thanked Dr Omolayole for his continued moral and financial support of the Club and its activities over the last several years. He also thanked him for attending the 2017 Boat Race event which took place at the Lagos Motor Boat Club on 2 April 2017.
Dr Omolayole expressed his gratitude to the Club and commended the leadership on its continued growth. He remarked that he enjoyed catching up with other members to view the Boat Race and commented that it would be nice to see more publicity on the event in the media, to which the President expressed the expectation that this will happen as the event becomes a key fixture in the Club’s calendar.
The conversation turned to memories of Dr Omolayole’s time at Corpus Christi both as a student and afterwards. One story was about the valedictory dinner at his retirement as the first Nigerian Chairman and Managing Director of Lever Brothers Nigeria in 1984, which was arranged by the Directors of Lever Brothers and held in the Corpus Christi College’s Dining Hall.
Dr Omolayole remarked that the Quincentenary year of the establishment of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (foundedin 1517) was this year and suggested that the Club should consider marking this momentous occasion. The President promised to write a congratulatory message to the College on behalf of the Club.
In appreciation of Dr Omolayole’s support of the Club, The President presented Dr Omolayole with Club memorabilia/souvenirs including programmes of the Spring Lecture 2016, which Dr Omolayole generously supported.
Dr Omolayole was a perfect gentleman and the Club thanks him for his hospitality.