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Polaris Bank Appoints New Board Members Following Acquisition

Strategic Capital Investment Limited (‘SCIL’) is pleased to announce that as part of the change in ownership, SCIL has appointed a new independent Board of Directors to lead the bank’s growth strategy.



Polaris Bank

Following the acquisition of a 100% stake in Polaris Bank, Strategic Capital Investment Limited (‘SCIL’) is pleased to announce that as part of the change in ownership, SCIL has appointed a new independent Board of Directors to lead the bank’s growth strategy.

The new Board will be led by the existing Chairman M K Ahmad. He will be joined on the board by 6 non-executive directors and 3 executive directors, bringing extensive experience in the banking and wider financial services sector in Nigeria and internationally, and expertise in corporate governance, human resource management, law and regulation. The incoming board are:

Alhaji MK Ahmad (Chairman)
Mr Abubakar Danlami Suleiman (Non-Executive Director)
Ms Salma Mohammed (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Adeleke Alex Adedipe (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Ahmed Almustapha (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Francesco Cuzzocrea (Non-Executive Director)
Mrs Olabisi Olubunmi Odunowo (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Adekunle Sonola (Executive – MD/CEO)
Mr Abdullahi S Mohammed (Executive Director)
Mr Segun Opeke (Executive Director)

Commenting on the acquisition and board transition, Chairman of Polaris Bank Alhaji M K Ahmad said: “I would like to thank the outgoing board members profusely for their hard work and dedication over the last four years as we have established a strong governance structure and stabilised the bank. I am very pleased with the progress we have been able to make, and that we have delivered on our mandate to prepare the bank for a return to private ownership. I am personally proud to have been asked to lead the bank into an exciting new future and I look forward to working with the new board and our core investors to build on the platform we have created.”

Speaking on behalf of SCIL, the new core investor, Adekunle Sonola, the incoming MD/CEO said: “We are excited to participate in the next phase of growth for Polaris Bank and to have been able to recruit such an experienced and diverse Board of Directors we are confident can lead Polaris Bank into a new era of sustainable growth. This is an exciting time for the Nigerian financial services industry and we are committed to building on the strong foundations that have been established by the departing board. We would like to express our thanks for their service and wish them well.

We have mandated the incoming management to develop an innovative, but sustainable growth strategy that prioritises the needs and aspirations of our current customers.”

Polaris Bank Board profiles

Alhaji M K Ahmad OON (Chairman)
With more than 37 years experience leading and working across the private and public sectors MK has extensive knowledge of the financial services, telecoms and FMCG sectors. He has been the Chairman of Polaris Bank since 2018, overseeing the stabilisation of the bank and the introduction of best practice corporate governance. MK currently serves as the Chairman of the Interim Management Board of International Energy Assurance as well as Chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation. He is also a Board Director of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc and FBN Holdco. Prior to this MK served as the pioneer Director General of PENCOM.

Mr Abubakar Danlami Suleiman (Non-Executive)
Mr Suleiman has more than 30 years of experience in the banking sector, having worked at the Central Bank of Nigeria, GT Bank, Continental Trust Bank, UBA Plc, NAL Bank Plc, Intercontinental Bank Plc (Executive Director), Sterling Bank Plc (Executive Director), Standard Chartered Bank (Managing Principal) and most recently as Deputy Managing Director/Acting Group Managing Director of Keystone Bank between 2017 and 2019. He has vast technical experience in the Financial Service sector, and very strong management and leadership qualities.

He is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School (Pennsylvania, USA) and the INSEAD (France).

Ms Salma Mohammed (Non-Executive)
Ms. Mohammed has over 25 years experience as a banker and a Human Resource Management professional having worked in operational and strategic human resource leadership positions across a range of financial institutions. She is Co – Founder/Chief Operating Officer of New Frontier Development Limited, an investment company focused on financial advisory, hospitality, real estate and proprietary investments in start-ups and challenged companies in the SME space.

She was previously the MD/CEO of Centrum Finance Company Limited, a CBN-licensed finance company and brings a strong combination of sector expertise and human capital management experience to the Polaris Bank board.

Mr Adeleke Alex Adedipe (Non-Executive)
Mr Adedipe is the Managing Partner at Duale, Ovia and Alex-Adedipe, where he leads the technology, media and communications practice as well as the M&A and Banking and Finance practice areas. His combination of expertise brings an important perspective to the board as a new strategy focused on innovation is developed and implemented.

Mr Ahmed Almustapha OFR (Non-Executive)
Mr Almustapha is a lawyer and experienced technocrat who served as the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) from 2001 to 2009 during which he is widely acknowledged to have transformed the CAC into a modern IT driven organisation. He has also served on the board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and is respected as one of Nigeria’s leading authorities on corporate governance.

Mr Francesco Cuzzocrea (Non-Executive)
Mr Cuzzocrea is a banker with more than 35 years experience in the international financial services sector. He has extensive board level  , including in Nigeria where he served on the boards of Heritage Bank (until August 2016) and Oando Plc (until February 2016).

Mrs Olabisi Olubunmi Odunowo (Non-Executive Director)
Mrs Odunowo has more than 25 years experience in the Nigerian banking sector having held operations leadership positions across a range of financial institutions including Coronation Merchant Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank. She currently applies her extensive operational and customer service experience by advising and capacitating small and medium sized businesses across a range of industries.

Mr Adekunle Sonola (Executive – MD/CEO)
Mr Sonola has more than 33 years of experience in the African financial services sector, most recently as Executive Director Commercial Banking at Union Bank Plc, prior to which he was the pioneer Regional Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank East Africa and the Director of Investment Banking at Standard Bank in South Africa. Adekunle has also served on the boards of First Bank of Nigeria Plc where he chaired the Board’s Risk Management Committee, and Airtel Nigeria Plc.

Mr Abdullahi S Mohammed (Executive Director)
Mr Mohammed has worked in the Nigerian Financial Services and public sectors for more than 20 years, having begun his financial services career with Century Merchant Bank and Kakawa Discount House before being appointed as the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport in Kano State. He returned to Kakawa Discount House in 2003, before joining First Bank and ultimately moving to his current position at Polaris Bank.

Mr Segun Opeke (Executive Director)
Mr Opeke has more than 26 years of experience in the Nigerian financial services sector with more than 15 years spent in Senior and Executive Management positions. Segun began his career with Chartered Bank before joining FSB Merchant Bank and then Prudent Bank before joining the then Skye Bank in 2006, rising to become Executive Director of the now Polaris Bank, with more than 15 years experience in the institution.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq,, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Stanbic IBTC Picks Babatunde Omotowa as an Independent Non-Executive Director



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Stanbic IBTC Holdings has appointed Mr. Babatunde (Babs) Omotowa as an independent non-executive director, following the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

The bank disclosed this in a statement signed by Chidi Okezie, Company Secretary.

Mr Omotowa is an international leader in the Energy industry across Europe, Africa, the United States of America, Asia, and the Middle East, in organization leadership, commercial, strategy and operational roles spanning over 26 years.

Mr. Omotowa was the Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria LNG Limited (“Nigeria LNG”) for almost 5 years from December 2011 to September 2016. Prior to joining Nigeria LNG, he served in different capacities including Special Adviser to Shell Global Upstream, Vice President of Shell Global Upstream E&P, Vice-President Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, Director and General Manager at Shell Petroleum Development Company, amongst others.

He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Montserrado Oil and Gas B.V, and an Independent Director on the Board of Pearlhill Technology USA.

He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry, two Masters in Business Administration in Operations Research and Strategic Supply, and an Honorary Doctor of Science.

He is currently undertaking a DBA at Herriot Watts University, Edinburgh, and has attended several Leadership programs, at Harvard, INSEAD and IMD.

His professional leadership includes being the Global President for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, based in London, UK, and with over 100,000 members globally.

The Board is pleased to welcome Mr. Omotowa as a member of the Board of the Company and will undoubtedly benefit immensely from his wealth of experience.

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Former First Bank Chairman, Ibukun Awosika Joins Binance Advisory Board

A former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika has been appointed to the Binance Advisory Board



Ibukun Awosika

A former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika has been appointed to the Binance Advisory Board. 

Investors King learnt that one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange companies, Binance, has appointed Ibukun Awosika on its advisory board. Binance is believed to be the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. 

The former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria was selected among other eminent people which include Max Bacus Former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Hyung-Rin Bang, advisor of the Korea Presidential Committee; Bruno Bézard, managing partner at Cathay Capital, former economic advisor to the French Prime Minister and ex-head of the French Treasury; Henrique de Campos Meirelles. 

The list also includes a former president of the Central Bank of Brazil; Leslie Maasdorp, the chief financial officer of the New Development Bank; Adalberto Palma, former senior advisor to the President of Mexico; Christin Schäfer, founder of ACS Plus; Ed Vaizey, a member of the UK House of Lords; David Wright, chair of Eurofi. 

The appointment of the advisory board will help the Binance exchange to break new boundaries in the face of crypto regulation challenges. 

It should be recalled that in June 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ordered Binance to halt all UK-regulated activity over worries about weak consumer protection. Similarly, in May 2021, Bloomberg News reported that Binance is being investigated by the United States Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service for money laundering and tax evasion. 

The Central Bank of Nigeria has also banned cryptocurrency-related transactions in Nigeria. In a circular released in February 2021, the Central bank reaffirm a 2017 directive to financial institutions to block any account that transacts in cryptocurrency. 

However, despite the overwhelming opposition to cryptocurrency, millions of retail investors keep embracing it, especially in West Africa. 

In July 2022, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) rated the West African country third among countries with the highest number of cryptocurrency holders in Africa. The report also stated that more than 13 million Nigerians are in possession of digital assets

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FBN Insurance Limited Appoints Tunde Mimiko as New Managing Director

FBN Insurance Limited has appointed Tunde Mimiko as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Mr. Val Ojumah.




FBN Insurance Limited has appointed Tunde Mimiko as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Mr. Val Ojumah.

According to the statement released by FBN Insurance Limited, Mr Val Ojumah will remain with the company until April 2023 in an advisory role to support a smooth transition. 

Val Ojumah had been the Managing Director since the inception of FBN Insurance. He has helped to grow the brand to become one of the most successful and celebrated businesses in Nigeria.

The Chairman of FBN Insurance, Dr Femi Oyetunji, extols the credentials of the newly appointed MD, Tunde Mimiko. 

“Tunde brings over two decades of versatile and trusted financial services experience to our business, with a track record of excellence and integrity.  We are confident of his ability to take FBN Insurance to greater heights.” He said. 

Before joining FBN Insurance, Tunde Mimiko was an Executive Director (Operations) at FBN General Insurance. As a seasoned insurance professional, he has over 23 years in life and general insurance traversing sales and marketing, strategy and business development, mission planning and technical development.

Tunde Mimiko holds an MBA in Financial Management, from Lagos State University, he is also a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, a fellow of Insurance Institute of Canada and an Alumnus of Lagos Business School. 

The new MD of FBN Insurance is expected to bring his wealth of experience to the company. 

Meanwhile, the chairman of FBN Insurance also appreciated the outgoing MD for his rare and outstanding service. 

“We thank Val Ojumah for his rare leadership, service, dedication, and strong commitment to the success of FBN Insurance. Under Val’s leadership, FBN Insurance has experienced monumental growth and is today recognised as Nigeria’s leading insurance company.” He stated. 

Incorporated in 2010, FBN Insurance was awarded the best Life Insurance Company in 2014. The company acquired a 100 percent stake in Oasis Insurance Plc and overturn Oasis’s loss position within one year. The Oasis deal won FBN Insurance the M&A Atlas Award (Africa deal of the year). 

In 2017, FBN Insurance was awarded the fastest growing insurance and best Life Insurance Company in Nigeria. In 2018, FBN Insurance was rated A+ by a Credit Rating Agency, Agusto and Co, and awarded the Most Profitable Life Insurance Company in Nigeria. 

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