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BNET Functions

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From time to time the Trust organises various events to raise awareness of its purpose and to attract new members. These are usually of a social nature that provide opportunities to preserve old acquaintances or make new friends. Lunch meetings too, with an eminent guest speaker of particular relevance to Nigeria, are organised as appropriate.

Details about our regular and some past events are given below.

Forthcoming Events

Annual General Meeting - Thursday 19th July 2018 at 3:00pm

at the Royal Over-seas League, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR


Past Events

BNET Reception at Nigeria High Commission

BNET is very pleased to advise that the Acting Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose, has very kindly agreed to host this year's Reception for our members in the Banking Hall at the Nigeria High Commission, London. Please note, this event is for BNET Members only or by invitation.

Venue: Nigeria High Commission, 9 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BX

Date & Time: Thursday 26th November 2015, 5.30pm


#BNETMyNaijaSchoolStories: An open evening & talk with the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust & Friends

Join us for a fun, evening conversation hosted by the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust about growing up, learning and schooling in Nigeria and the UK –while being Nigerian, with some of the most exciting and creative voices in the Diaspora, including Nky Iweka, Leye Adenle (Actor and Writer), and Zainab Usman (Political Scientist, Researcher and Blogger). Chaired By Dele Meiji Fatunla, BNET Trustee, and Communications Manager, Royal African Society.

Venue: Room B102, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies

Date & Time: Thursday 17th September 2015, 6pm – 8.30pm

About the Participants

Nky Iweka aka ‘The Executive Mama Put’ has spent the last few years redefining Nigerian food, challenging the way in which it is cooked and presented. A mother of two who started her professional career as a Management Consultant at Unisys and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was lucky enough to eat her way round the world (in addition to working in Finance Transformation for Bluechip Companies, mostly in the Telecoms Sector). Given her obvious creativity (she also designs gardens and landscapes), many people are surprised to learn that she has a first class honours in BSc. Computing and a Masters in Decision Sciences (think of it as Applied Mathematics). Those skills are certainly not wasted in her new career. In addition, she offers a wide range of culinary services ranging from culinary training, front-of-house training, menu development to cooking for private clients.She recently published her first book, ‘Quintessentially Efik Recipes’ which showcases the dishes and culture of the Efik people of Southern Nigeria; other books on Nigerian cuisine are in the pipeline.

Zainab Usman is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research assesses political institutions, the oil economy and economic reform in Nigeria since the transition to democracy in 1999.

Leye Adenle is an actor and writer. His forthcoming novel, The Easy Motion Tourist, will be published by Cassava Republic.


Sussex Branch Reunion - Saturday 16th May 2015 at the Blacksmith's Arms, Offham, nr Lewes

Alastair Burtt is organising another informal get-together over a lunch on Saturday 16 May 2015.  The venue is the  Blacksmith's Arms where the food is excellent, great atmosphere and the pub has plenty of off-road parking.  Members can choose for themselves what they would like to eat from the extensive menu and tables will be reserved.  Importantly the Landlord has agreed to set up individual tabs.

The pub is conveniently located on the A275 in the village of Offham, 2 miles north of Lewes and there is a website www.theblacksmitharms-offham.co.uk with a link giving clear directions if needed.  It is proposed everyone gathers at 12.15pm, there are no forms to complete but those wish to attend are asked  to let Alastair Burtt know so that he can warn the pub of approximate numbers to expect.  His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 07718 735706. 

CEC Gladwyn Lecture 2010

As part of our participation in the celebrations of Nigeria's Golden Anniversary of Independence BNET co-sponsored the Gladwyn Lecture that took place on Wednesday 8th December 2010.  Organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth the keynote address titled Peace, Progress and Challenge Nigeria's Education 1960-2010 was delivered by Dr Nosa Aladeselu, Executive Director African Women's Empowerment Guild, Nigeria and the subsequent discussions were led by Professor Michael Omolewa, former Nigerian Ambassador to UNESCO.  

A full transcript of the lecture is available pdfhere and a summary of the Discussants Comments may be found pdfhere.


Regular Events

Sussex Regional Meetings

BNET’s Sussex Branch endeavours to meet once a year on a Saturday in either May or October. The event is usually held in the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex where the facilities are excellent. The programmes begin at 11am with a talk by an eminent guest speaker, which is followed by a general discussion and, traditionally, a curry lunch. Past speakers have been Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah who spoke about the political situation in Nigeria, Carole Enahoro who spoke about her new novel Doing Dangerously Well and Dr Simon Heap, Senior Programme Officer at Japan International Co-operatikon Agency and the first holder of the BNET Commonwealth Fellowship at the University of Ibadan who gave an illuminating talk titled UI, Ibadan and Nigeria: Reflections of a Visiting BNET Fellow

As an alternative a 'lunchtime pub reunion' is sometimes arranged, which is equally popular.  For details of the next meeting please see 'forthcoming events' above. 

Scottish Regional Meetings

These meetings are usually held at The Royal Over-Seas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB (telephone: 0131 225 1501) on a convenient Saturday Autumn time each year. Starting at 10.30am with coffee and biscuits the format is similar with a guest speaker followed by a formal 3-course lunch. The last guest to address the Scottish Branch was Jenna Bayliss who had recently spent a year in Kano based in the hospital there doing outreach work on HIV and other health issues.

Currently, due to a lack of support in the region, these meetings have been temporarily suspended.

Reception at the Nigeria High Commission

It has been a tradition for His Excellency the Nigeria High Commissioner to host a reception at the Nigeria High Commission exclusively for our members. This ever popular event signals the end of each year and the beginning of the festive season.

Details of all forthcoming events will be made known as each programme is finalised and they will also be published in the Trust’s What’s On regular update.

The Britain-Nigeria Educational Trust respectively draws to your attention that the Trust cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or inconvenience to any person in consequence of his or her attendance at any meeting or event arranged by the Trust and that such persons do so at their own risk.