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Theodora Kio-Lawson gets ‘Tare Yeri Star Award’ for Selfless Service

*Theodora Kio-Lawson and George Etomi

Theodora Kio-Lawson, Chairperson of the Media, Publicity and Mobilisation Sub-Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL, is the 2018 recipient of the Tare Yeri Star Award, an annual award instituted to commemorate the selfless life that the late Tare Yeri lived towards the goals and objectives of the Section.

Kio-Lawson was recognised for her dedication, selfless contribution and unwavering commitment towards the development of the NBA-SBL. Her involvement in the planning of the Annual Business Law Conferences over the last 10 years has been a major factor in the success of this remarkable gathering of business lawyers. The award was presented to her by George Etomi, pioneer Chairman of the NBA-SBL on June 29, 2018 at the 12th Annual Business Law Conference of the NBA-SBL.

Tare Yeri was a vibrant and selfless young woman whose life was devoted to God and to others. She was a long-standing and extremely committed member of the NBA-SBL who served in various capacities under every Council of the Section since its inception, and contributed immensely to its growth and development.

It will be recalled that following her untimely demise on April 22, 2017, the NBA-SBL instituted an annual award in her honour.

Tare played very critical roles in the planning of all 10 editions of the NBA-SBL Annual Business Law Conference. Prior to her demise, she was deeply involved in the planning of the 2017 Conference.

The first recipient of the award was Mrs. Yetunde Okojie, a member of the Budget Sub-Committee.

Speaking about the award, Olumide Akpata, Chairman of the NBA-SBL, said he thought that it was important to commemorate Tare’s selfless dedication to the NBA-SBL.

According to Mr. Akpata, “Tare was, without a doubt, one of those thoughtful and concerned individuals who contributed immensely to the success story that is the NBA-SBL.”

He also emphasised the need to recognise, celebrate and express appreciation to deserving colleagues while they are still with us, as Tare’s painful loss has taught everyone.


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