NIDOE-NL Prestigious Merit Award All Recipients

The award is a prestigious honour introduced in 2017 by the current Board of Trustees Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe-The Netherlands (NIDOE-NL)

The award serves to recognise the contribution of our men and women who have made exceptional contributions to serve and promote the image of Nigeria in a positive way.

2019 recipients are:

Dr. Olufemi Elias.

Dr. Olufemi Elias, currently the UN Assistant Secretary-General at the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

Dr. Olufemi Elias is currently the UN Assistant Secretary-General at the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, a position to which he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2016. With a wide-ranging career in international law that has spanned over 30 years, Dr. Elias is the highest-ranking Nigerian lawyer appointed by the UN Secretary-General.

Dr. Elias has held several senior positions at the United Nations and other international organisations, in which he has worked for over 20 years. He was the Legal Adviser and Director of the Legal Division at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague; Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal in Washington D.C.; and Legal Adviser at the UN Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

Engr Cornelius Obot.

Dr. Olufemi Elias, currently ICT Manager with over 20 years information technology experience.

Engr. Cornelius Obot, MBA, is the continental Europe Vice-Chairman of NIDO. He is a founding member of NIDOE-NL. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (and Operations Research) from the Delft University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of information technology experience and has managed the development of computer software for many of the Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Scandinavia and in the United States.

Pastor Ibrahim Abarshi.

Pastor Ibrahim Abarshi is a certified Independent Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team.

Engr. Cornelius Obot, MBA, is the continental Europe Vice-Chairman of NIDO. He is a founding member of NIDOE-NL

Pastor Ibrahim Abarshi is a certified Independent Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with the John Maxwell Team. A graduate of Sociology from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; he holds post-graduate degrees in Mass Communication, International Law & Diplomacy, and Public Policy & Management from the University of Lagos; and the ISS/Erasmus University in the Netherlands. His working life has richly drawn from the public, private and faith-based non- governmental sectors. He is a former Vice Chairman of NIDOE, the Netherlands Chapter.

During his tenure in NIDOE-NL as the Vice Chairman, he is very active and visible and a strong silent pillar to the leadership, thus ensuring that lots of success like business development projects, community building amongst others.

. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (and Operations Research) from the Delft University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of information technology experience and has managed the development of computer software for many of the Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Scandinavia and in the United States.

2018 recipients were:

His Excellency, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji is the President International Criminal Court (present) ICC.

President of the Court since 11 March 2018. Assigned to the Appeals Division since 11 March 2018. Earlier served in Trial Division from March 2012 to March 2018. Elected from list A (competence in criminal law and procedure) on 16 December 2011. Judge as of 11 March 2012, for a term of nine years. Assumed full-time duty 16 March 2012. National of Nigeria.

Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Eboe-Osuji was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he anchored the High Commissioner’s interventions in cases involving human rights questions. In that capacity, he led the writing of amicus curiae submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court. He served as principal appeals counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel.

Ms Lola Visser-Mabogunje.

Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje is a Board Member of the Nigerian Evaluation Association (NEA) and the Society for Monitoring and Evaluation, Nigeria (SMEAN)

Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje is a current member and has been since 2002. She has an MSc in Development Management is a Policy, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Expert. In addition to NIDOE-NL, Lola is a Board Member of the Nigerian Evaluation Association (NEA) and the Society for Monitoring and Evaluation, Nigeria (SMEAN). She is also a Goodwill Ambassador to the Chartered Institute of Management UK, and also a Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria. Lola is a receiver
of many awards for her contribution to humanity.

2017 recipients were:

Mr. Toyin Loye.

Mr. Loye is an Artist and art Curator with over 30 years of experience.

Mr. Loye is an Artist and Art Curator with over 30 years of experience in art, management, event planning, financial analysis, operations, and decision analysis. Toyin has the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand organizations’ needs and businesses with the most suitable solutions. Mr. Loye is a foundation member of NIDEO-NL and has remained active to date.

Toyin Loye has exhibited his work extensively around the world. He has commissioned the Art Poster for FIFA World Cup, Germany 2014. His works are in the Collection of Museums, various Institutions and Private collection around the world. He is currently the owner of the Chief and Spirit– international gallery for Contemporary & Modern Art.

The gallery is situated in the historical heart of The Hague. Mr. Loye holds BA Arts, from the University of Ife, Nigeria, and a PG Certificate.

Hajara Ozohu Yusuf (Mrs.)

She worked in various capacities at the British School in the Netherlands for more than 20 years before going on early retirement in October 2017 principally to spend quality time with the family and pursue other interests.

Hajara Ozohu Yusuf (Mrs.) is an active NIDOE-NL member and currently a member of extended BOT of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe, Netherlands chapter (NIDOE-NL). She had previously held the post of Assistant Secretary and later the post of Secretary of the Organization.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Port Harcourt followed by Post Graduate Degree in Education from the same University. In addition, has Diplomas from the United Kingdom in Child Care and Teaching English as a Second Language.

Prior to moving to The Hague in Netherlands, worked as a Teacher and later as Vice Principal in Schools in Lagos and Port Harcourt. The last employment in Nigeria was as a Teacher at the Federal Government Girls College Abuloma , Port Harcourt (Rivers State). She worked in various capacities at the British School in the Netherlands for more than 20 years before going on early retirement in October 2017 principally to spend quality time with the family and pursue other interests.