Bouquet for two golden ladies - By Louis Odion, FNGE

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Theresa May

With the rise of Theresa May on Wednesday as the new British Prime Minister to join Germany's resilient Angela Merkel and the prospects of Hillary Clinton emerging Barak Obama's successor in the United States later in November, the world may indeed be seeing the last days of male chauvinism in global politics. In the times ahead, men will be left with no choice than accept the loss of power to their gender opposite in the new world order.
 Back home, a great many of our resourceful ladies are surely making great advances in commerce and public service far more than the nation seems willing to acknowledge.
 Two good examples are Mrs. Catherine Orobosa Agba and Mrs. Yemi Keri (YK) who turned 50 Thursday and Wednesday respectively.
Louis Odion
 A little start-up Mrs. Agba set up many years ago in the humblest of circumstances has today morphed into Oak Exclusive Designs, a big player in the country's bourgeoning corporate branding sector. Though she originally obtained a degree in Language from then Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University) in 1987, she proceeded to chart a different course for herself in the business world. Apart from Oak, Mrs. Agba, married to Prince Clem Agba (current Edo Commissioner of Environment), today sits on the boards of many blue chip companies.
 Mrs. Keri's story is no less inspiring. She is presently the Consultant, ICT unit of the National Pensions Commission. But her glory preceded her present station. There is no way the history of the ICT revolution mounted by the Adams Oshiomhole administration in Edo State would be written without Keri occupying a giant space.
 With regards to the automation of governance processes in Edo State between 2008 and 2015, credit for the success recorded by the ICT agency belongs substantially to a team of technocrats whose focus and tenacity gave life to the dream of the political authority. YK led this cell of torchbearers as the Managing Director. A first-class professional, her resilience at the hands of jaded bureaucrats allergic to reforms, her can-do spirit over the wiles and treachery of beneficiaries of the old order, helped steer Oshiomhole's reforms to fruition.



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 She typifies the Nigerian repatriate who parlays specialized knowledge acquired overseas to add value to his/her fatherland. She obtained her first degree in Accounting in Nigeria before proceeding to the United States to cap it with a Master's in Information Technology from the prestigious American InterContinental University, Illinois. She received further training in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Thereafter, she worked with SAP, world's leading Business Process Solution Provider, as the Regional Director for West Africa. From there, she became Managing Director of FCB, a subsidiary of Centrespread FCB, South Africa's advertising giant. Before returning to Nigeria to work for her native Edo State.
 Here is wishing the two amazons many more years of fulfillment in service to the country and many happy return of the day.

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