History was made yesterday as First Bank of Nigeria appointed its first female Chairman. Mrs Ibukun Awosika was announced as the Chairman of the bank yesterday as the former chairman, Prince Ajibola Afonja retires.
Below is her profile as published on First Bank’s website;
Mrs. Ibukun Awosika holds a B.sc in Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and is an alumnae of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Chair Centre, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited and TCC Security Systems which are manufacturers and marketers of office furniture, office seating and Banking Security Systems in Nigeria and the West African market.
Mrs. Awosika is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a multiple award-winning entrepreneur; the Promoter and Investor of Furniture Manufacturers Mart that provides furniture processing service for various categories of furniture manufacturers. She is currently setting up SCC ALGON providing metal based component for the furniture manufacturing and related industries and The Furniture Village Cluster, a joint venture with the Ogun State Government to provide infrastructure, skills and support to a cluster of SME firms with similar raw material requirements. She sits on a number of boards including Cadbury Nigeria Plc.
Mrs. Awosika has founded and supports many non-profit institutions. She is a board member of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and Convention on Business Integrity. She also serves as a Pastor at the Fountain of Life Church and Hosts a popular TV programme, Business His Way. She is the Chairperson and promoter of After School Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a social enterprise set up to address Employability and Enterprise development amongst young Nigerians.