By Ed Malik, A | October 17, 2022

On October 8, 2022 at the Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria; a three-pronged gong was sounded and red carpets rolled out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alliance Law Firm, together with the Founder’s Silver Anniversary and the 4th Edition of its Annual Lecture Series.

The Managing Partner of the firm, Mr. Uche Obi SAN, in his welcome address, expressed delight at the string of activities and thanked the distinguished guests for honouring the Firm on the memorable occasion, noting satisfactorily the commitment of the members of staff over the years which has contributed to the steadily growing profile of the Firm.

He disclosed that the Firm decided to string the three events together into a mega celebration, as their singular dates were close, and they therefore, thought to ‘strike the three birds with a stone’, in order to avoid logistics waste and multiple invites to guests, in the context of their availability and time management.

The legal luminary and highly numerate mind, explained that the Alliance Law Firm has grown steadily over the years by combining professionalism and social responsibility through events and activities that add value to society, saying that the annual lecture series has been one of the vehicles to deliver this benefit to humanity.

Mr. Obi, recapitulated the humble beginning of the Lecture series in 2017 but lamented the inability to hold physical lectures in 2020 and 2021 due to the restrictive protocols of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, he said that with the protocols being relaxed gradually, it was now possible to hold the event, and disclosed that, it was the reason that theme of this year’s lecture was especially crafted to cater for the emergent reality of caring for the left-behinds in the society more than ever before.

The Alliance Law Boss, said that this year’s lecture titled: “Developing Nigeria Through Philanthropy” could not have come at a better time when many aspects of daily living is now a challenge to the common people, and called on the wealthy class to do more to boost the economy with philanthropy as a propelling force.

The Chairman of the occasion, who’s also the current chairman of leading construction company, Julius Berger Plc, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, commended the members of staff of the Firm for their commitment to hard work, which he said, has become the professional underpinning responsible for their growth and urged the management to continue in the same light in order to grow the firm, going forward beyond 20 years. He specially praised the Alliance Boss, Mr. Obi and his wife for providing the leadership role for the firm.

The guest lecturer Dr. Ernest Azudialu – Obiejesi, spoke on the subject of “’Developing Nigeria Through Philanthropy”, and emphasized that one’s initial setbacks in life are in a way, lessons that shape our attitude to life in the future.

He recalled his poor and humble beginning in life as a child of a local truck pusher, who by dint of hard work and sheer determination was able to overcome those limitation and rising to become an engineer and a businessman, as at today and with a missionary zeal to help the underprivileged in the society.

He said it is always an emotional moment for him anytime that he sees children of school age roaming about and thought to do something concrete to add his voice to helping to change the narrative, which he explained was the motivating factor for building a school in okija, Anambra State.

Dr. Obiejesi said that his love for philanthropy is deeply bedded in his heart and it is the reason he engages in community empowerment programs, noting the satisfaction from helping others is worth the efforts. He called on the wealthy to help make life a little easier for the less privileged people.

The high point of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving staff of the Alliance Law firm and special recognition for top clients for their patronage over the years.

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