The oldest socio-philanthropic and surviving students’ organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sigma Club, University of Ibadan, is set to host the first honorary Sigmites’ reunion on July 14, 2018, at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos. The reunion starts at 5.00 pm. Dr Chevalier Uduimo Itsueli, OON, is the chairman of Dubril Oil & Gas company limited is the chairman of the day, says a press release by Ola-Williams Olaoluwa, available to Doggone News Associated (DNA).
The Club, founded in 1950, is most famous for its philanthropy, and in particular for organising the Havana Musical Carnival. As part of its membership categories, the Club admits gentlemen who were not privileged to attend the University of Ibadan or were not opportune to join the Club as undergraduates, but have distinguished themselves in the Society to be worthy of the Sigma Roll of Honour in good character, discipline and integrity. They also serve as exemplars and mentors to Loyal Sigmites – male undergraduates of U.I. who are current members of the Club.
According to the Committee Chairman of the reunion, Loyalist Ngwu Samuel, “Sigma Club has since admitted 44 gentlemen into the Club as Honorary Sigmites, with Mr. Nathaniel Adamolekun being the first in 1965. “The reunion shall have in attendance the 22 living Honorary Sigmites, the families of so honored deceased , women of distinction, Loyal Sigmites and Old Sigmites, as well as prominent personalities and dignitaries.
Some of the Honorary Sigmites include DR. MICHAEL OMOLAYOLE HLR, OFR; CHIEF OLU AKINKUGBE CON, CFR; PROFESSOR JOHNSON EKPERE; PROFESSOR AYO BANJO, CON, NNOM; OTUNBA OLASUNOMI BALOGUN, CON; OBA (DR.) ADEDAPO TEJUOSHO, CON; DR. FELIX OHIWEREI, OFR; PROFESSOR GABRIEL OGUNMOLA, FAS; CHIEF (DR.) RAYMOND ZARD, OFR; MR. HAKEEM BELO-OSAGIE; DR. CHRISTOPHER KOLADE, CON; CHIEF AFE BABALOLA, SAN, CON; CHIEF KOLA DAISI, CON; PROFESSOR GBOLAHON ELIAS, SAN; DR. WALE BABALAKIN, SAN; PROFESSOR OYEWUSI IBIDAPO-OBE, FAS, OFR; MR. AYO AKINMADE, FCA; MR. OLUMIDE OPE-EWA; MR. FEMI ADESINA; PROFESSOR ISAAC ADEWOLE, FAS; CHIEF BOLAJI AYORINDE, SAN;PRINCE DEJI HAASTRUP.
“The event is to bring together all the Honorary Sigmites and women conferred with the special Sigma Award of “Women of Distinction” for fraternal interaction, and for greater repositioning of the Club in its philanthropic, social and intellectual gestures. “It is the first of its kind initiated by the Sigma Chief, Valentine Igbonekwu and his team, said the Sigma Publicity Chairman, Loyalist Ola-Williams Olaoluwa.