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Access Holdings PLC Names Ms. Bolaji Agbede as Acting Group CEO Following Dr. Herbert Wigwe’s Passing

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The Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc has announced the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.

The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Until her recent appointment, Ms. Agbede was the Company’s most senior founding Executive Director in charge of Business Support.

She has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.

Ms Agbede commenced her professional career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank and served in various capacities within the Commercial Banking and Operations functions rising to the position of Manager in 2001. She subsequently served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKG Limited, a business consulting outfit in 2003.

Ms. Agbede joined Access Bank Plc (‘the Bank’) in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager and was responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies.

She served as the Bank’s Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 and was appointed the Company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022. She has a track record in successful people integration in business combination and culture transformation.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

Ms. Agbede has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programmes including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

Commenting on this appointment, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, the Chairman of the Company said: “The appointment of Ms. Agbede is in alignment with our robust succession planning practices. We are strongly convinced that Ms. Agbede, being the Company’s most Senior Executive with exceptionally rich, professional and leadership experience and understanding of the Access culture, would provide the much-needed leadership to steer the Company towards the attainment of its strategic vision of building a globally connected community and ecosystem, inspired by Africa for the world”.

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Seplat Energy Names Udoma Udo Udoma as Independent Non-Executive Chairman, Bello Rabiu as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

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Seplat Energy, a prominent Nigerian energy company listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the London Stock Exchange, has made significant changes to its board leadership.

In a recent announcement, the company revealed that Udoma Udo Udoma has been appointed as the new Independent Non-Executive Chairman, succeeding Basil Omiyi, who is set to retire on March 31, 2024.

Udoma Udo Udoma, a distinguished lawyer and seasoned board administrator, brings a wealth of experience to Seplat Energy.

He holds degrees from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and has had a remarkable career spanning various sectors, including petroleum, energy, and natural resources.

Udoma has served on numerous large-sized company boards, including UAC Nigeria Plc and Union Bank Plc, and held key public sector appointments, such as Chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission and Minister of Budget & National Planning.

In addition to Udoma’s appointment, Seplat Energy announced the selection of Bello Rabiu as the new Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, effective April 1, 2024.

Rabiu, a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the petroleum industry, holds multiple degrees and has served in various capacities at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The appointments come as part of Seplat Energy’s commitment to upholding strong corporate governance practices and ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.

Both Udoma Udo Udoma and Bello Rabiu are expected to play pivotal roles in guiding Seplat Energy as it continues to expand its operations and consolidate its position as a leading energy company in Nigeria and beyond.

In a statement, Basil Omiyi, the outgoing Chairman of Seplat Energy, expressed confidence in the newly appointed leaders, emphasizing their capabilities to steer the company towards further growth and success.

The appointments underscore Seplat Energy’s dedication to fostering excellence and innovation in the energy sector while meeting the evolving needs of its stakeholders and contributing to Nigeria’s energy transition efforts.

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Olajumoke Adenowo Joins Flutterwave’s Board of Directors

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Renowned African architect and global leader Olajumoke Adenowo has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company.

With a sterling reputation spanning over three decades, Adenowo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Flutterwave’s leadership team.

Described by CNN as Africa’s Starchitect, Adenowo’s appointment underscores Flutterwave’s commitment to leveraging top-tier talent to drive its pan-African and global ambitions.

As the Principal Architect of AD Consulting, a distinguished architectural firm recognized for innovative problem-solving, Adenowo has led numerous landmark projects across Africa and beyond.

Her appointment marks a milestone for Flutterwave as it continues to pioneer innovative solutions in the payments landscape.

Olugbenga GB Agboola, CEO and Founder of Flutterwave, expressed excitement about Adenowo’s joining the Board, highlighting her unwavering commitment to excellence and strategic vision.

Adenowo’s remarkable journey, navigating male-dominated spaces and championing African heritage, aligns closely with Flutterwave’s ethos of innovation and empowerment.

Through her influential book, “Neo Heritage: Defining Contemporary African Architecture,” Adenowo has reshaped narratives globally, reflecting the spirit of Flutterwave’s mission to bridge Africa with global markets.

In response to her appointment, Adenowo emphasized Africa’s need for indigenous solutions and applauded Flutterwave’s innovative approach to addressing unique challenges.

She expressed enthusiasm about contributing to Flutterwave’s journey, leveraging her global exposure and African heritage to drive impactful change.

As Flutterwave harnesses Adenowo’s expertise and international recognition, the company is poised to accelerate its growth trajectory and reinforce its position as a key player in Africa’s economic empowerment and global integration efforts.

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Wema Bank Appoints Mr. Yusuf Kazaure and Mr. Segun Opeke to Board of Directors

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Wema Bank, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr. Yusuf Kazaure and Mr. Segun Opeke to its esteemed Board of Directors, effective February 2, 2024.

The appointment, approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria, represents a significant milestone in the bank’s strategic efforts to enhance its leadership team with seasoned professionals from diverse sectors.

Mr. Yusuf Kazaure brings with him a wealth of experience spanning over 35 years across various sectors including architecture, construction, banking, and information and communication technology (ICT).

With a background in architecture from Ahmadu Bello University and an MBA from Oxford University, Mr. Kazaure has held pivotal roles in both the public and private sectors.

His extensive experience in corporate and technology leadership positions him as a valuable addition to Wema Bank’s board.

On the other hand, Mr. Segun Opeke, a seasoned banker with over 35 years of experience, joins the board with a rich background in commercial banking and corporate finance.

Having served in strategic roles at leading Nigerian banks, including Skye Bank and Polaris Bank, Mr. Opeke is renowned for his contributions to business development, corporate finance, and digital transformation initiatives.

The appointment of Mr. Kazaure and Mr. Opeke underscores Wema Bank’s commitment to bolstering its governance structure and fostering innovation in the financial sector.

Their combined expertise and leadership acumen are expected to contribute significantly to the bank’s growth trajectory and strategic objectives.

In a statement issued by Johnson Lebile, the Company Secretary/General Counsel of Wema Bank, the board expressed confidence in the capabilities of the newly appointed directors to steer the bank towards greater heights of success.

The additions to the board reflect Wema Bank’s dedication to maintaining high standards of corporate governance and delivering value to its stakeholders.

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