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History

History of District9125

 

Rotary eventually found its way into Nigeria in 1961 when the first Rotary club was chartered in Kano on the 28th April 1961 in the 56th year of Rotary. Before then the first Rotary club in Africa had been established in 1921, 40 years ahead of Nigeria while the first Rotary club in West Africa was also established in Dakar, Senegal in 1939 about 22 years before Nigeria. Nigeria indeed was the 32nd nation to receive Rotary in Africa! The relevance of this emphasis on the late establishment of Rotary in Nigerian will be taken up later but suffice to say meanwhile that the later spread and growth in Nigeria more than adequately compensated for this late start. After the Rotary club in Kano, the Rotary club of Lagos was chartered on 30th May 1961 and the Rotary club of Ibadan on 24th November 1961. By 1973, the number of clubs in Nigeria were large enough for grouping with other clubs outside Nigeria to form the new Rotary International District 210 with Rotarian Francois Amorin of the Rotary club of Cotonou – Benin Republic as the first District Governor. In 1972/73, Nigeria produced her first District Governor for District 210 when Rotarian Anofi Guobadia of the Rotary club of Ikeja came into office. The District was later renamed 910.

During the period 1973 to 1981, Rotarians from about 14 countries in West Africa were grouped into one District. The effect of Rotary was felt by the society through its various laudable projects and activities. Nigeria produced her second District Governor in 1980/81 when Rotarian John Majiyagbe of the Rotary club of Kano took charge of the much bigger District. This encouraged RI to consider redistricting with the creation of the Rotary District 911 comprising all clubs throughout Nigeria in 1982 – 83 Rotary year. The first District Governor of the newly created All Nigerian District 911 was Rotarian Past District Governor Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi. In that year (1982 – 83) PDG Juli as he is fondly called crises-crossed Nigeria several times doing some 26000 kilometers by air, by land and over water to spread the message of Rotary with the support of well chosen, motivated, committed and coordinated team of District officers. PDG Juli and his team created a new dawn for Rotary in Nigeria with establishment of 31 new clubs, thus having a growth of about 100% in one Rotary year! A feat that won the commendation and salutation of Rotary International as the best ever from any District in the Rotary world at that time. This growth encouraged the redistricting of the District 911 to form two Districts for Nigeria. PDG Bob Ogbuagu took over form PDG Juli and sustained the tempo with great charms and promotions, typical of a PR Guru and veteran that he is. With the redistricting exercise, PDG Babs became the third District Governor of District 911 comprising six states and the FCT i.e. Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Kwara, Sokoto and FCT. The clubs in the remaining part of Nigeria went with District 912. Thus it was less cumbersome to manage and consolidate the growth already achieved which PDG Babs Ajayi did effectively and sustained as well. With sustained growth, PDG Bayo Adetunji became District Governor in 1985/86 as the 4th Governor of the District before another redistricting exercise took place and like PDG Bob Ogbuagu he had to belong to the newly created District after serving as Governor of District 911. By the first July 1986, Nigeria has started the Rotary year with 4 Districts namely District 911, 912, 913 and 914. District 9120 now comprises 21 clubs spread across the eight Northern states of Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Nassarwa and Plateau. District 9120 perhaps covers the largest geographical area in Nigeria. It stretches from the Guinea Savannah of the North Central state of Benue along the Benue and Niger Rivers through the wooded grasslands of Bauchi to the Sahel Savannah of the extreme Northern state of Borno on the Lake Chad basin. District 9125 Nigeria is one of the three Rotary International Districts in Nigeria covering 23 out of the 36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The District is the outcome of the merger between two former Rotary International Districts 9120 and 9130 following a decision by the Rotary International Board in their February 2006 meeting when they requested the two former Districts to work out the modalities to actualize the merger. D9125 occupies about 90% of the land mass of Nigeria.

Out of the estimated 140 million people in Nigeria, about 97 million people are in District 9125.

Rotary Club of Kano, the first Rotary Club in Nigeria (Chartered in April 1961) is the home Club of Past Rotary International President and Past Chairman, Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees of Rotary International, Jonathan B. Majiyagbe (SAN, OFR), before transferring his membership to Rotary Club of Abuja Metro. The message of Rotary spread to Nigeria in 1961 when the first Rotary club in Nigeria was chartered in Kano on the 28th April 1961 in the 56th year of Rotary. Before then the first Rotary club in Africa had been established in 1921, 40 years ahead of Nigeria while the first Rotary club in West Africa was established in Dakar, Senegal in 1939 about 22 years before Nigeria. Nigeria indeed was the 32nd nation to receive Rotary in Africa!

After the Rotary club in Kano, the Rotary club of Lagos was chartered on 30th May 1961 and then, the Rotary club of Ibadan on 24th November 1961. By 1973, the number of clubs in Nigeria were large enough for grouping with other clubs outside Nigeria to form the new Rotary International District 210 with Rotarian Francois Amorin of the Rotary club of Cotonou – Benin Republic as the first District Governor. In 1972/73, Nigeria produced her first District Governor for District 210 when Rotarian Anofi Guobadia of the Rotary club of Ikeja came into office. Renumbering of Rotary districts around the world, gave us the new number District 910.

During the period 1973 to 1981, Rotarians from about 14 countries in West Africa were grouped into one District. The effect of Rotary was felt by the society through its various laudable projects and activities. Nigeria produced her second District Governor in 1980/81 when Rotarian John Majiyagbe of the Rotary club of Kano took charge of the much bigger District. This huge increase in the number of clubs, encouraged RI to consider redistricting with the creation of the Rotary District 911 comprising all clubs throughout Nigeria in 1982 – 83 Rotary year. It was the first time that Nigeria was given a district all to itself.

The first District Governor of the newly created All Nigerian District 911 was Rotarian Past District Governor Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi. In that year (1982 – 83), PDG Juli as he is fondly called criss-crossed Nigeria several times doing some 26,000 kilometers by air, by land and over water to spread the message of Rotary with the support of well chosen, motivated, committed and coordinated team of District officers. PDG Juli and his team created a new dawn for Rotary in Nigeria with establishment of 31 new clubs, thus having a growth of about 100% in one Rotary year! This feat won the commendation and salutation of Rotary International as the best ever from any District in the Rotary world at that time. This growth again encouraged the redistricting of the District 911 to form two Districts for Nigeria.

PDG Bob Ogbuagu took over form PDG Juli and sustained the tempo with great charm and promotions, typical of a PR Guru and veteran that he is. With the redistricting exercise, PDG Babs became the third District Governor of District 911 comprising six states and the FCT i.e. Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Kwara, Sokoto and FCT. The clubs in the remaining part of Nigeria went with District 912. Thus it was less cumbersome to manage and consolidate the growth already achieved which PDG Babs Ajayi did effectively and sustained as well. With sustained growth, PDG Bayo Adetunji became District Governor in 1985/86 as the 4th Governor of the District before another redistricting exercise took place and like PDG Bob Ogbuagu he had to belong to the newly created District after serving as Governor of District 911. By the first July 1986, Nigeria has started the Rotary year with 4 Districts namely District 911, 912, 913 and 914. During the last 20 years, District 9130 changed only with the world-wide addition of the last “0” from 913.

Now, District 9130 is made up of 28 clubs spread across 7 states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, four South-Western states of Ondo, Osun and Oyo; the North-Central states of Kogi and Kwara. District 9130 of Rotary International has the unique geographical feature of being the only Rotary District that embraces both pre-independence Southern and Northern Nigeria.

Formation of District 9125

District 9125 Nigeria is one of the three Rotary International Districts in Nigeria covering FCT and 23 out of the 36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The other two being District 9110 and District 9140.

The District is the outcome of the merger between two former Rotary International Districts 9120 and 9130 following a decision by the Rotary International Board in their February 2006 meeting when they requested the two former Districts to work out the modalities to actualize the merger.

D9125 occupies about 90% of the land mass of Nigeria.

Out of the estimated 140 million people in Nigeria, about 97 million people are in District 9125.