The cocktail themed “Art Fusion” featured a crop of top African fashion designers such as Ayo Van Elmar, Zizi Cardow and Ade Bakare. The home grown international design labels treated guests to their latest collections. To spice up the night, the cocktail played host to a contemporary art exhibition by Kolawole Niyi, whose audacious expressions on canvass caught the appreciative eyes of art enthusiasts. Nigerian contemporary poet, Atilola Moronfolu, also serenaded the event with her dramatic poetry rendition. 

The night reached a climax with the presentation of cash prizes to contestants of the ‘Downstream Innovation Challenge’ by Emeka Akabogu Esq., Chairman, OTL Africa Downstream, who encouraged the students to develop more technology-based solutions to accelerate the growth of the downstream petroleum industry in Africa.

Mr. Farouk Idris, General Manager, Engineering, AA Rano and Mrs. Hafsat Ambursa, delegate from AYM Shafa Nigeria Ltd, smile for the camera at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Mr. Farouk Idris, General Manager, Engineering, AA Rano and Mrs. Hafsat Ambursa, delegate from AYM Shafa Nigeria Ltd, smile for the camera at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Eterna’s Management Team registers their presence at the OTL Closing Cocktail with a striking pose. L-R Mahmud Madibbo, General Manager  Fuels, Ayuba Aluko, Lead Retail, Olarewaju Aliyu, Head Special Projects and Aviation, Nnamdi Obiagwu, General Manager Lubes, Oluseyi Oyedele, Internal Control and Audit Manager
Eterna’s Management Team registers their presence at the OTL Closing Cocktail with a striking pose. L-R Mahmud Madibbo, General Manager Fuels, Ayuba Aluko, Lead Retail, Olarewaju Aliyu, Head Special Projects and Aviation, Nnamdi Obiagwu, General Manager Lubes, Oluseyi Oyedele, Internal Control and Audit Manager

Eterna PLC. and AA Rano LTD., equally supported the winners of the “Downstream Innovation Challenge” with additional cash prizes.

Gary Still, Managing Director, CITAC (L) and management of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (From second left) Rik Groves, Commercial Manager, Tristan McGee, Managing Director and Ernie Embleton, Operations and Training Manager, catching a glimpse of the art exhibition while they enjoy their drinks at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Gary Still, Managing Director, CITAC (L) and management of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (From second left) Rik Groves, Commercial Manager, Tristan McGee, Managing Director and Ernie Embleton, Operations and Training Manager, catching a glimpse of the art exhibition while they enjoy their drinks at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Paula Jimenez and her colleague at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Paula Jimenez and her colleague at the OTL Closing Cocktail.

Laced with popular afro-pop music, African cuisine, wine and friendly banters, the cocktail presented a befitting closure to the largest annual gathering of Africa’s Downstream Petroleum operators. 

More photos below:

 Nigerian traditional dancers performing at the grand opening of the 13th OTL Africa Downstream week exhibition
Nigerian traditional dancers performing at the grand opening of the 13th OTL Africa Downstream week exhibition
A cross section of delegates at Dangote’s exhibition booth
A cross section of delegates at Dangote’s exhibition booth
A cross section of speakers from the third session themed “DEPOTS, PIPELINES AND FLEETS – POLICY AND OPERATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DOWNSTREAM ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE”. L-R Rabiu Abdulnutallib, General Manager, Total Nigeria PLC., Engr. Gabriel Ogechie, General Manager and Director, Rainoil Nigeria Limited, Mumuni Dangazau, Chief Operating Oficer, AA Rano, Hajia Amina Maina, Chief Operating Officer, MRS Holdings Limited, Ahmed Danladi, General Manager, Pipelines, National Pipeline and Storage Company(NPSC), Mr. Bala David, Executive Director (Commercial), Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC)
A cross section of speakers from the third session themed “DEPOTS, PIPELINES AND FLEETS – POLICY AND OPERATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DOWNSTREAM ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE”. L-R Rabiu Abdulnutallib, General Manager, Total Nigeria PLC., Engr. Gabriel Ogechie, General Manager and Director, Rainoil Nigeria Limited, Mumuni Dangazau, Chief Operating Oficer, AA Rano, Hajia Amina Maina, Chief Operating Officer, MRS Holdings Limited, Ahmed Danladi, General Manager, Pipelines, National Pipeline and Storage Company(NPSC), Mr. Bala David, Executive Director (Commercial), Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC)
Ms Adedoyin Akinyanju, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer Ibile Oil and Gas, representing the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, at the OTL Industry Dinner.
Ms Adedoyin Akinyanju, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer Ibile Oil and Gas, representing the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, at the OTL Industry Dinner.
Total PLC’s exhibition booth at 0TL 2019.
Total PLC’s exhibition booth at 0TL 2019.
Mr. Tunji Oyebanji, Managing Director, 11 PLC, recipient OTL 2019, Lifetime Achievement Award (R) and Alhaji Auwalu Rano, Chief Executive Officer, AA Rano LTD., recipient OTL 2019, Downstream Man of the Year Award at OTL Industry Dinner (L).
Mr. Tunji Oyebanji, Managing Director, 11 PLC, recipient OTL 2019, Lifetime Achievement Award (R) and Alhaji Auwalu Rano, Chief Executive Officer, AA Rano LTD., recipient OTL 2019, Downstream Man of the Year Award at OTL Industry Dinner (L).
Players in the downstream sector dazzle with their pose at the OTL Industry Dinner.  L-R Sir Billy Okoye, Managing Director, Retail Division, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Mr. Mahmud Tukur, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eterna PLC and Engr. Tony Ogbuigwe, Managing Consultant, PEJAD Nigeria Ltd.
Players in the downstream sector dazzle with their pose at the OTL Industry Dinner. L-R Sir Billy Okoye, Managing Director, Retail Division, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Mr. Mahmud Tukur, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eterna PLC and Engr. Tony Ogbuigwe, Managing Consultant, PEJAD Nigeria Ltd.
Cross section of dignitaries at the Industry Dinner
Cross section of dignitaries at the Industry Dinner
An overview of participants at AA Rano’s OTL 2019 sponsored lunch.
An overview of participants at AA Rano’s OTL 2019 sponsored lunch.
Ayo Van Elmar’s dramatic outfits at OTL’s Closing Cocktail runway.
Ayo Van Elmar’s dramatic outfits at OTL’s Closing Cocktail runway.
L-R Bessy Nabena, Adelani Osunsaki, Blessing Iyere, Israel Chukwuwenga, Chukwudi Iwuozor and Patrick Adaba. All of Dangote Group at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
L-R Bessy Nabena, Adelani Osunsaki, Blessing Iyere, Israel Chukwuwenga, Chukwudi Iwuozor and Patrick Adaba. All of Dangote Group at the OTL Closing Cocktail.
Zizi Cardow’s colourful prints at OTL’s Closing Cocktail runway.
Zizi Cardow’s colourful prints at OTL’s Closing Cocktail runway.
Runway models display Ayo Bakare’s design at OTL Closing Cocktail.
Runway models display Ayo Bakare’s design at OTL Closing Cocktail.
 Emeka Akabogu Esq., Senior Partner, Akabogu Law and convener OTL presenting the cash prize to students of the University of Lagos, winners of the OTL Innovation Challenge.
Emeka Akabogu Esq., Senior Partner, Akabogu Law and convener OTL presenting the cash prize to students of the University of Lagos, winners of the OTL Innovation Challenge.

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