Message from Africa Regional Director

Image of Omowumi O. Iledare


August 2022

Dear Colleagues,

How have you been? Hope you’re keeping safe and meeting some of the goals you set at the start of the year? Not to worry, there’s still time to catch up if you have not.

I have some interesting updates for you:

In June, the SPEI board met to discuss our financial position especially given the lack of sponsorship and conferences during the pandemic. The good news is that with in-person events resuming, our sponsors are trickling back, and we are in a much better position now with a forecast for a stronger future. This is how we continue to provide you, our esteemed members, with the kind of programs and events you are accustomed to.

In July, the board also met to work on our strategic plan. This is a periodic exercise undertaken to define the strategic goals that will allow us to better meet member expectations and industry needs in the next 3–10 years. It considers the issues that members have raised and sets a plan to ensure we give SPE a solid foundation that best serves our members into the future.

In August, the SPE Nigeria council held the NAICE conference and exhibition. We had the pleasure of welcoming SPE members and visitors from around the world to Lagos, Nigeria for this iconic event. The SPE Africa region section officers’ workshop (ASOW 2022) and the Africa YP Conference (AYPC 2022) were a resounding success and I share some photos below. If you missed this year, please make it a date for 2023. I will share more details as the plans mature. You will certainly find value in the networking, knowledge sharing and leadership building that this event provides.

Lastly, I want to encourage you all to vote in the SPEI board nomination process. Voting is open until September 11th, and I invite you to make your voice heard and cast your vote for the candidates you feel are best qualified for their positions and will make a positive impact on the board and our society. Personally, I am quite impressed with the strong leadership of the SPEI Board and staff. Through my first year as Regional Director for Africa, I have worked with these folks from around the world and they have displayed nothing but genuine care and prudence in carrying out their fiduciary duties.

If you have any questions about the process of selection into the SPE board or you want to fact-check other matters that have been published on social media, please feel free to reach me by email on SPE Connect.

I believe the SPE Board members are taking the right steps to address the challenges faced by our members and I hope you join me and exercise your voting power.

All the Best

Oghogho Effiom
SPE Regional Director—Africa

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Africa YP Workshop, Away-Day and Regional Section Officers' Workshop

Africa YP Workshop Group Photo
YP Away Day on skybridge
Africa YP Workshop Delegates taking selfies
YP Away Day group photo
Regional Section Officers Workshop Group Photo
YP photo ladies

Some Africa Regional Award winners, the Best Section in Nigeria Award Winner - Warri Section, Welcoming Ghana to Nigeria

Regional Awards 1
Regional Awards 2
Regional Awards 3 with children
Regional Awards 4 stage celebration
Group photo
Kamal Ben Naceur addresses the audience