Akande Delivers Keynote at Navy Command College Dinner

| March 28, 2012

Akande with Capt. Frederick Funebi at the Navy Command College Dinner

Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Benjamin Akande, delivered the keynote address at a dinner honoring the Naval Command College Class of 2012 at the Missouri Athletic Club March 26.

While in St. Louis, the 48 graduates of the Naval Command College, representing 46 countries, toured the Danforth Science Center and the Boeing Corporation.

Their visit culminated at the dinner attended by retired naval officers, civic, business and educational leaders from throughout the region, as well as representatives from five consulates. Dean Akande’s homeland of Nigeria was one of the various nations represented at the dinner.

Webster University was proud to sponsor this event, hosted by the Navy League of the United States, St. Louis Council. University officials were honored to host Capt. Frederick Funebi at the Webster table.

In his remarks, Akande reminded the audience of St. Louis’ rich history and its place as a microcosm of American society. He focused his address on the importance of the U.S. Navy-African Partnership Station, a collaborative effort to stabilize African coastal security. According to Akande, it is “the 21st century equivalent of a bridge—a stabilizing and reliable force that is connecting Africa to the rest of the world.”

He closed by charging the audience to remember that “building a bridge is taking responsibility for others.” Just as the Navy has reached out to collaborate for global security, he asked, “How can we choose to remain safely on our own shores, knowing that we could change the lives of those on the other side by simply reaching across?”

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