The iconic House of Lords was the venue for the Alumni event organised by University of Hull, which saw over 220 fellow alumni join the University Chancellor Baroness Virginia Bottomley and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Calie Pistorius at the annual House of Lords Alumni Reception. The evening also saw the presentation of two Alumni Laureate awards, which went to lawyer and politician Dr Alimi Abdul-Razaq, (Law, 1989) and Ben Allen, (BA Sport and Leisure Management, 2007) founder and CEO of Oomph Ltd.
The Alumni Laureate awards were introduced in 2014 and were the first to be awarded in the UK. The award goes to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field, and contributed to the life of the University and to the wider community. Dr Abdul-Rasaq comes from a long line of notable lawyers and eminent members of government and society in Nigeria. His father was an ambassador in early post-colonial Nigeria and served as the first Federal Minister for Railways in 1964.
Dr. Alimi has held several positions as a lawyer, businessman and politician. He started his career in the family firm, AGF AbdulRazaq (SAN) & Co. which was established by his father in 1955. Dr. Alimi is currently the Managing Partner of the firm, renamed House of Laws (Solicitors). The firm specialises in commercial law and practice. He has served on the board of several companies, which has seen him manage Nigeria’s largest iron ore plant as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Co. Ltd from 2000 to 2004, served as a regulator; as a commissioner of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission from 2004 to 2010, supervising the drafting and establishment of the legal and licensing framework for the Nigerian Electric Power Industry to mention a few. According to him however, his most fulfilling role yet is being the Chairman of the board of Bridge House College, Lagos – a 6th Form College, established by himself and his wife Foluke in 2005. The college is a preparatory school for young Nigerians who aim to study abroad.
Dr. Alimi is a leader, a humanitarian who continuously strives for the cause of justice and a philanthropist. His career glitters with successes and accolades and this recent Laureate Award adds another feather to his magnificent cap. Congratulations!