As the August 2023 Annual General Meeting [AGM] of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations [NIPR] during which a frontline member of the foremost Public Relations Institute, Mrs. Nkechi Ali-Balogun, FNIPR, who is vying for re-election into the governing council of the Institute inches closer, prominent local and international personalities have continued to throw their weight behind Ali-Balogun’s bid for re-election into the highest policy formulation body of the Institute. So far, endorsements have been pouring in from local and international sources validating her bid.  Ali-Balogun

The current spate of endorsements includes Professor Loch Otieno Lumumba, popularly known as P.L.O. Lumumba. Lumumba is a renowned Lawyer and Kenyan national notable for his relentlessness in his Pan-Africanist perspectives and one who believes in advancing African solutions to African problems. In the same breath, strong local voices including Hajia Lami Tumaka, FNIPR, a former Director at Nigerian Maritime Services Agency [NIMASA], Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi, mni, an erudite economist and tax consultant and Founder and Chairman, Pro-Share, Nigeria’s foremost Financial Information hub and Mrs. Nkiru Olumide-Ojo, developmental consultant and communications technocrat respectively.

According to Lumumba, he believes Ali-Balogun has the pedigree for the membership of the highest policy formulation body of the foremost institute she is bidding for ‘’I wish Nkechi Ali-Balogun the best. I challenge you to use the knowledge and the intellectual wherewithal, the dedication, the passion and the vision in your quest to serve the Institute in a manner that will make Nigeria and Africa proud’’.Ali-Balogun

In her own remark, Tumaka, hinges the unrelenting call for her support for Ali-Balogun, FNIPR on the unrivalled records she recorded while in the saddle as the first female Chairperson of the flagship NIPR Chapter, Lagos NIPR as well as her contributions as a two-terms member of the governing council of the Institute, according to her: Nkechi has paid her dues both as a prominent member of the Lagos NIPR where she gave the chapter strong recognition. As a two-term Council member of our Institute Nkechi has served in various committees and chaired various others where she did excellently well. A Vote for Nkechi is a vote for recognition, a vote for Nkechi is a vote for inclusiveness and a vote for Nkechi is a vote for development’’

Olumide-Ojo stated that: ‘’It is refreshing to see that Nkechi Ali-Balogun is vying to serve Nigerian Institute of Public Relations [NIPR]. NAB brings experience from the client and the Agency sides across the value-chain of communication, I am confident that her wealth of experience will be very greatly useful to the Institute, she asserted.

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Olufemi Awoyemi asserted that: ‘’Nkechi Ali-Balogun is a thorough-bred professional who understands how to transform problems into opportunities as she did during her leading of the Lagos State NIPR. Her experience as a member of the Institute’s Governing Council, her pragmatic leadership style, capacity and networking skills makes her the ideal candidate for the highest policy formulation body of the prestigious organization. I wish she gets the opportunity to serve as the president of the NIPR,’’ says Awoyemi.


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