Sustainability expert, Bekeme Olowola, was recently greeted to a grand reception by friends of she and her corporate branding guru husband and Managing Partner of Zenera Consulting, Meka Olowola, on her appointment to the Board of the esteemed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) of Amsterdam, Netherlands.(L-R) Bekeme Olowola; Olumide Akpata; Debola Williams and Meka Olowola
The resplendent occasion was graced by friends, family, and industry captains from within and outside the shores of the country; to celebrate her remarkable feat as the first West African to hold a seat on the reputable Board.
Olowola was showered with accolades by captains of industries on her unprecedented accomplishment, highlighting the fact that the consciousness of corporate Nigeria has been awakened to the need to ingrain sustainability in their DNA owing to her actions. ‘’Bekeme majors in treading uncharted paths. She is not the sort of person that will execute a project in a way that was previously done,’’ Yomi Awobokun, CEO of Enyo Retail & Supply, remarked. According to Dangote Group’s Chief Sustainability and Governance Officer, Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien: ‘’Bekeme’s efforts in making sustainability a core part of how we do business is highly commendable. Her journey in moving a nascent industry to mainstream recognition and seeking to identify ways that Africa just doesn’t copy but co-create the narrative is also admirable.’’
Special guests that graced the occasion included the Chairman of Petrolex Oil & Gas, Segun Adebutu; CEO of L.A.T.C Marine, Gbolahan Shaba; Head of Sustainability at Access Bank, Bolanle Victor-Laniyan; Project Manager EARTH-i UK, Odegua Mbonu; Lead Pastor of the Elevation Church, Godman Akinlabi; Partner Templars, Olumide Akpata; Principal Consultant of ADSTRAT Branding Management Consortium, Charles O’Tudor; Group CEO of Red, Debola Williams; Renowned author and media consultant, Toni Kan; CEO of OOA Foundation, Kemi Sokenu-Morris; CEO of Africa Movie Channel, Yinka Mayungbo; Popular OAP, Olisa Adibua; CEO of IoD Centre for Corporate Governance, Dr. Nechi Ezeako; CEO of Nedcomoakes, Dr Kennedy Okonkwo amongst several other dignitaries.
GRI is the world’s leading sustainability impact measurement and reporting standards body. It pioneered sustainability reporting globally and currently serves a global audience through regional hubs in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, South Africa and the United States. Membership on its board is for a three-year renewable tenure.