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Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Onikepo Nike Akande is the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and honorary life Vice-President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

She became Nigeria’s first female Minister of Industry after she was appointed twice in December 1997 and August 1998 under the Sani Abacha administration.

She was a delegate at the 2014 National Conference and member of Nigeria Vision 2010 and Vision 20:2020

Dr. Nike is also a board member of Union Bank of Nigeria and PZ Foundation and serves as the director of the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Industrial Development Bank.

At an event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1998, Nike was awarded the African Federation of Women Entrepreneur Award.

In 2003, she was awarded an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). Nike is also a recipient of the national honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

She is married with children to Chief Adebayo Akande

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