AWOSIKA,Ibukun

Born December 24, 1962

AWOSIKA

Ibukun

Born Bilkisu Abiodun Motunrayo Omobolanle Adekola, Mrs Ibukun Awosika is a business magnate, author and motivational speaker. She currently serves as Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. Mrs. Ibukun, through her projects aims to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. Mrs Ibukun is an ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund through which she works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies. Mrs Ibukun sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group. The companies within the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services. Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS). With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies. As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain. Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
Gender: Female
Name of Spouse Abiodun Awosika
Father's Name
Mother's Name
Number of Male Children 3
Profession
Working Experience

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Chair Centre Group; Co-founder, Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ); Host, TV Programme, Business His Way; Board, Digital Jewel Limited; Board, Cadbury Nig Plc.

Previous Appointments:

– Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited;
– Chairman, FBN Capital Limited;
– Chairman, Kakawa Discount House Limited.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
– Fellow, African Leadership Initiative;
– Fellow, Aspen Global Leadership Network;
– Fellow, Institute of Directors;
– Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG);
– Fellow, Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED WITH DATES: St. Pauls African Church Primary School, Lagos; Methodist Girls' High School, Yaba, Lagos State; University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University); Lagos Business School; IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; China European International Business School (CEIBS).
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AWARDS AND HONOURS
– Winner, FATE Model Entrepreneur Award of the Year by FATE Foundation Awards, 2006;
– Winner, Golden Heart Award by International Women Society Award, 2007;
– Winner, International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, 2008.

PUBLICATION
BOOKS
– The “Girl” Entrepreneurs;
– Business His Way.

HOBBIES
– Watching Investigative and Legal Series.

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