Engr. Mrs. Joana Olutunmbi Maduka, FNSE, FAEng, immediate past president of the Nigerian Academy Engineering was honoured recently in Lagos by the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN). The event which was tagged the 2nd Olutunmbi Maduka Annual Lecture was held to mark her 78th birthday anniversary.
According to the president of APWEN Engr. Dr. Felicia Nnenna Agubata, Ph.D, in her speech stated that “This is an annual lecture put together by APWEN to celebrate and honour our founding and pioneer president, who has done so much to motivate a lot of us to follow the right path in engineering”. She further said “The event actually started last year being the first edition and a thought provoking topic was discussed, and this event has come to stay in APWEN’s calendar”.
The event had in attendance dignitaries from built environment professionals, academicians and business industrialists including; Professor Ibidapo Obe, OFR, former vice-chancellor, University of Lagos and now Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State as the distinguished guest of honor; the Chairman of the event Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, represented by Engr. Kilomodemo A. Ibitiye, FNSE, Vice-President of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); special guest Dr. Mrs. Nike Akande, CON, former Minister of Industry, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The lecture titled “Speaking from the Grave” was delivered by a Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mrs. Anthonia Titilope Akinlawon, SAN, founding partner at Akinlawon and Ajomo, and according to the her, it’s important for the living to know that someday they will die and what they left behind is meant to be enjoyed by their offspring depending and that depends on the WILL they left behind, so it’s good to always prepare once WILL as one is getting older in life. In addition, according to Akinlawon, “apart from privileged Wills, for a Will to be valid it must comply with the formalities stated in all the relevant Wills Law or Act”. “ The formalities involved includes; the Will must be in writing, signed by the testator or by some other person in his presence and at his direction at the foot or end thereof, testator’s signature shall be made or acknowledged by the testator in the presence of two witnesses, two witnesses who must be present at the same time must then attest and subscribe the Will in the presence of the testator and no obligation, interlineations or other alteration made in any Will after execution thereof shall be valid or have any effect excepts such alteration shall be executed”
According to Dr. Felicia Agubata, “we decided to go for a topic most people ordinarily will not want to talk about, death we all know is inevitable and you will find out that most people don’t like discussing issues of death and life after death. But these are things we cannot do away with.” “The woman we are celebrating today is a spiritual woman and a role model, with her age we believe this topic is coming at a better time”.
Other dignitaries present at the event include, former chairman of Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), Engr. Emmanuel O. Akinwole, FNSE; Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, Chairman NSE Ikeja Branch, the celebrant’s husband Engr. Vincent Maduka, FNSE, former director general of Nigerian Television Authority NTA. The celebrant who was full of appreciation to APWEN executives led by Engr. Dr. Felicia Agubata, and the members for the gesture, encouraged them to continue the good work they are doing, taking APWEN round the nigeria and advised them to also focus on getting international members for APWEN; west Africa countries and other African countries etc. On her 78th birthday anniversary she thanked God for the good health she is presently enjoying.
The unique event was climaxed with the cutting of the anniversary cake by the celebrant with her children, grand children, friends, executive members of APWEN and well wishers.