ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, THE AMAZING DR BASHIR OLALEKAN OBASEKOLA (PHD), LIVING IN RUSSIA

 Profile of Bashir Olalekan Obasekola, PhD

Dr Bashir Olalekan Obasekola is a graduate of Economics from Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (formerly Patrice Lumumba Peoples’ Friendship University), Moscow. He came to USSR in 1986 as a private student on Soviet Union’s friendship scholarship. He graduated in 1992 with MSc (with distinction). He later proceeded to pursue his doctorate degree in the same University, which he successfully completed in 1995 with a PhD.

Dr Obasekola currently works as a Director of Economics at the Finance Department of a Publishing House “Independent Media”, a multinational corporation, one of the biggest and most renowned publishing houses in Russia, which publishes several women’s and men’s glossy magazines in Russia and other CIS countries.

In 1995-1997, Dr Obasekola had a brief stint as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Finance and Accounting in the faculty of Economics & Law of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.

Besides his professional career, Dr Bashir Obasekola is very active amongst Nigerians and African communities in Russia and beyond. He is a member of a number of social and cultural organizations of Nigerians, Africans and Foreigners in Russia. Over the years he has participated and represented Nigeria in various national and international conferences in and outside Russia. He has made a number of publications in specialized or learned journals, including popular print and online magazines and newspapers. He is always a reference on issues relating to Nigerians, Africans and foreigners in Russia. Hence he is a sought after commentator, research participant and speaker on the life and living of Africans in Russia. He is a tireless promoter of Nigerian image, one of the reasons why he is fondly referred to by his Russians colleagues as the unofficial Nigerian Ambassador, who often features on Russian Television and Radio on contemporary issues on Nigeria economy and politics.

As an active community activist, Dr Obasekola had held several key posts in different non-governmental Nigerian and foreigners organizations in Russia. He has strong passion for the youth and their development. Under his tutelage, several Nigerian youth have become engaged in Nigerian community activities in Russia. He is founding member and a Board member of an organization for immigrants in Russia, a Federation of Migrants in Russia.

In 1988-1989, he was the President of the Union of Nigerian Students in Peoples’ Friendship University. Even though he was never a Nigerian government sponsored student, Dr Obasekola dedicated most of his time to gear up all students to patriotism, good citizenship and promotion of Nigeria.

From 2001 to 2008, Dr Obasekola was the President-General of the Nigerian Community Russia. His experience as former students’ leader was handy when he was chosen as the leader of the Nigerian Community to bridge the differences between all the various strata of Nigerians residing in Russia, he worked with dedication and passion to nurture the organization to a level of acceptance by many Nigerians and recognition by the local institutions and authorities.

 

Between 2012 to 2014 Dr Obasekola was the Chairman of the Russian Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE-Russia).

From February 2014 till November 2016, Dr Bashir Obasekola was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE). During his tenure, he was instrumental to the reform of the Organisation. He was also part of the team that actualized the establishment of Nigerians in Diaspora Worldwide, a collaborative special purpose vehicle for the Nigerians in Diaspora leadership.

Dr Obasekola is a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, who has given generously of his time, expertise, and financial resources to impact on lives of students and individuals in need. He is a role model to many Nigerians for his simplicity, accessibility and exceeding humility and leadership by example.

Dr Obasekola is a recipient of several honors and appreciations from different Nigerian and Russian organizations, in recognition of his selfless service and contributions to the development and unity amongst the community of Nigerians in Russia. In 2009, he got a merit award from the Embassy of Nigeria in Russia as recognition for his numerous supports and assistance to fellow Nigerians and the Nigerian Embassy in Russia.

Dr Bashir Olalekan Obasekola hails from Emure-Ile, Owo local government area of Ondo State, Nigeria. He was born in June 1967.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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