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IYALODE ALABA OLUWASEUN LAWSON was born on the 18th January 1951 to Papa and Mrs. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku in Abeokuta. Her late father Pa. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku was a technician with then E.C.N. [now PHCN] where he served diligently for 39 years. He was known by the nickname Jiboku Tanna - Tanna which means “Jiboku the harbinger of light”. In recognition of his hardwork, the Queen of England bestowed on him the prestigious M.B.E. award in 1957. Her late mother Ruth Jiboku was daughter of the famous Aderupoko Coker of Itesi who was a renowned merchant in her days.

ALABA had her Primary Education at St. James’s African Primary School, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, between 1957 and 1962. Her teacher Mrs. E.O Dasaolu described her “as a very sharp and bold pupil who could never be intimidated to tell a lie. Alaba also detests cheaters. A good organizer who gives great attention to orderliness”. From here she proceeded to the Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, also known as Anglican Girls’ Grammar School where she obtained the West African School Certificate.

She started her teaching career in 1969 and later left for St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Training College at Prince’s Gate England in 1973 for further studies where she obtained a 1st Class Diploma in Education with distinction. The first African student to be so rated at the institution. A testimonial issued and signed by the co-principals in 1975 attests to this. It reads and I quote:
“MRS LAWSON was outstanding in her ability to master her academic studies. She worked with enthusiasm and intelligence. Therefore, we are sure Mrs. Lawson will make good use of these gifts for the benefits of the Children and Young people in Nigeria. We shall miss her in the College, but we look forward with confidence to hearing about the work she will accomplish”.

During her stay in England, she taught in quite a number of well-known Nursery Schools, including the famous Queen’s Gate Montessori Nursery School and Mill Hill Nursery and Junior School. True to the remarks in her testimonial, ALABA came back to Nigeria, taught for only one year and in 1977 established her own school known as LAWSON’S CHILDCARE NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL, which she started with just three students. Since then, she has not looked back. The little mustard seed has grown into the LAWSON’S GROUP OF SCHOOLS consisting of:

  • Lawson's International Private School (1977)
  • Lawson's Continuing Education Centre (1992)
  • Alaba Lawson Royal College, Abeokuta - A Secondary School (1995)
  • Alaba Lawson School of Advanced Studies (2003)

The contributions of Iyalode Alaba Oluwaseun Lawson in the area of Commerce & Industry are no less outstanding. She established a trading / distributing firm known as Capricorn Stores Ltd – 1968- 1996. She ran the business successfully which she combined effectively with the running of Lawson Group of Schools.

Iyalode Alaba Lawson had chains of distributing outlets with Nigerian Breweries Ltd. Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Guinness Nigeria Ltd, West African Portland Cement Ltd etc. she is a major distributor in Abeokuta and other cities in the SouthWest of Nigeria. She became the President of the Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce in 1995 and it was during her tenure that she was able to secure a permanent building known as the “COMMERCE HOUSE” as secretariat for ABEOKUTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ABEOCCIMA) from the Ogun State Government. She became the President of Ogun Council of Chambers of Commerce in year 2000 and headed it till 2002. Her robust sense of industry and justice are summed up in the words of the late Alhaji Adeolu Balogun, former Deputy Governor, Ogun State and NACCIMA Executive who asserted as follows-: “Iyalode is an embodiment of industry, unalloyed loyalty to a just cause, transparently honest on issues, no double speak, a philanthropist of no mean order, a committed Egba Woman, an unrepentant custodian of Yoruba culture and above all a great mother. Her unalloyed loyalty to principle and integrity is peerless”.

Upcoming Events

The US-Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Summit is an annual high level expo of agribusiness ecosystem across Nigeria and the United States of America with a focus on agriculture and value addition of the two Countries. The Summit aims to consolidate the gains that have been made in Nigeria’s agriculture environment, and at the same time, to provide solutions to the challenges that bedevil agricultural production, post-harvest management, value addition and market access in the country.

Date: November 16-18, 2017
Venue: Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel, Atlanta, GA. 1031 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta GA 30354, USA

For more information, visit http://usnagris.com/

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD) working in cooperation with Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Bank of Industry (BOI), Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) and Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) present the NACCIMA-NIRSAL Economic Recovery Agri-Agro Summit 2017 with the theme: Nigeria Open for Agric-Business: Unlocking the potentials of Agriculture for Economic Revival and Sustainability

Venue: International Conference Center, Abuja
Date: 29th November - 1st December 2017
Time: 7am Daily

For registration details, visit www.eraas.ng