This Day (Lagos)

4 August 2012

Nigeria: The Nigerian Who Bought Gatwick Airport

A Nigerian is reported to have acquired London Gatwick Airport. Adebayo Ogunlesi, 56, is the chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent investment fund based in New York City with worldwide stake in infrastructure assets, has been reported to be the new owner of the London Gatwick Airport.

Ogunlesi attended the prestigious King's College, Lagos. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School. Ogunlesi, whose father was the first Nigerian-born medical professor, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and then earned law and business degrees from Harvard. In the US, he is known as the Nigerian who clerked for late Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, who they say was unable to pronounce his name and quickly dubbed him Obeedoogee. Colleagues and friends call him Bayo.

A strike that never was

Barely a week before the Olympics kicked off in London, UK (United Kingdom) border patrol officials promised a strike for a day before the games begin, triggering anxiety among passengers as they feared the long and winding queue at Heathrow will get more tortous.

Passengers already booked to travel through Heathrow looked forward to a harrowing time at immigration desk awhile others were advised to use other airports in the UK where the effects of the strike wont be as harsh as Heathrow's.

With all the hues and cries over a strike that never was, could it be a matter of national pride to save the country from the huge embarrassment such portends or a case of government (British) buckling to their demands to save face.

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