Ako Ufodike, An Impeccable Brand, Tells the True, Antiseptic Nigerian Story – By Omoniyi Ibietan, PhD

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Ako was writing one of those professional examinations in 2006 when I met him during my visit to the Toronto International Film Festival of that year, which I attended while serving as the Special Media Advisor to Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communication, but also as an intentional art enthusiast, particularly with a central purpose to curate Nigeria’s outing at the Festival, with a focus on Tunde Kelani’s ABENI, the transnational love story. “

*Photo: Ako Ufodike*

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Akolisa Ufodike, 49, a Nigerian-Canadian, who started his journey as a student of military science, having graduated at the Nigerian Military School Zaria, and from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and later had a stint in investment and merchant banking before emigrating to Canada, has been appointed Deputy Minister for Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism of the Canadian Province of Alberta.

Born in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Ako, as we fondly call him studied for and earned a second degree in Commerce from the Laurentian University in Canada in 2006 and two years later obtained a master’s degree from Cornell University. An uncommon cosmopolitan, intellectually ambitious, and urbane academic, Ako earned a PhD in Management in 2017 from the University of Calgary.

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A true, antiseptic, challenge-conquering, egalitarian and ecumenical character, Ako is prototypical of the best of the Nigerian Diasporan community.

A forensic audit expert, Ako is everything noble. As an accountant, he is a fellow of the certified professional accountants of Canada, and equally a certified professional accountant in the United Kingdom and the United States. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Directors.

Ako was writing one of those professional examinations in 2006 when I met him during my visit to the Toronto International Film Festival of that year, which I attended while serving as the Special Media Advisor to Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communication, but also as an intentional art enthusiast, particularly with a central purpose to curate Nigeria’s outing at the Festival, with a focus on Tunde Kelani’s ABENI, the transnational love story.

Ako and our mutual friend, Ndubuisi Nwigwe, later fetched me from my hotel room in Toronto and took me to their more cozy facilities, first in Brampton and later in Mississauga in the Greater Toronto Area of the Province of Ontario. I had great fun, marked by fantastic evenings, nice meals, special ice cream sessions and of course that moderate and lovely beer experience, right from the ‘tap’ of a brewery production line. Best filtered and chilliest beer I ever drank.  

Beyond forensic auditing, analytics and remarkable scholarship, my friend and brother has since become a politician and member of the United Conservative Party of Canada, under which he ran for the Provincial Election, first in 2015. A very focused academic, finance expert and entrepreneur, Ako is a professor of auditing and data analytics, as well as public policy and law at York University, and one in the trio of Ufodike professors from the same genealogical tree.

He is also an itinerant and untiring faculty at many high profile seminars, conferences and workshops globally, including the best of those organised by the Nigerian War College. Ako is in love with Nigeria, body, soul, mind and spirit. He is a patriot despite the dual citizenship, and therefore one of our noblest.

Congratulations dear brother. More graces.

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