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Saturday, 18 August 2018


PEARL Awards Nigeria has announced the appointment to its Board of Governors, notable personalities from corporate Nigeria including Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa, OON; Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande, CON; Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, OFR; Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi, FCA;  Mrs Toyin Sanni and Prince Abimbola Olashore. 

According to a release signed by Olalekan Adekoya, Secretary, Board of Governors, the Board was reconstituted as part of efforts to strengthen its governance and enhance the performance of the Awards Project towards the realization of its objectives and to further contribute meaningfully to the growth of the capital market and by extension, the nation’s economy.  

The new Board members are top flight and respected Professionals whose wealth of experience span the capital market and the financial sector of our economy. Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa was Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and also served as Chairman of Board of SEC between 2013 and 2015. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director/CEO, Spring Bank Plc and served as a Non-Executive Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc. Dr. Ndanusa was Past President/Chairman of Council, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN). A Fellow of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and also a Fellow of Institute of Directors, Dr. Ndanusa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics and obtained an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds a Ph.D Degree in Management from University of San Juan, United Kingdom. He is currently the Group Managing Director/CEO, Global Mandate Consulting Limited.    
Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande was the Immediate Past President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI). She was Nigeria's first female Minister of Industry after she was appointed twice in December 1997 and August 1998. She was a delegate at the 2014 National Conference as well as member of Nigeria Vision 2010 and Vision 20:2020. She is a board member of Union Bank of Nigeria and PZ Foundation. She also serves as the director of the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Industrial Development Bank. On 8 December 2015, she was appointed Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group Nigeria.

A recipient of the African Federation of Women Entrepreneur Award, she was conferred as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2003 and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2014. Chief (Mrs) Akande holds a B.Sc in Accountancy from the North-Western Polytechnic (now University of North London) after graduating in 1968. She is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the International Institute for Management Development .
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa was the Chairman /Managing Director of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc. He was Past President, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Past President, Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and Past Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). Mazi Ohuabunwa was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). He is a Fellow of several professional bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Management, and the Institute of Management Consultants among others. Mazi Ohuabunwa read Pharmacy at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and had Postgraduate training in Business and Organizational Management at the Columbia University, New York, USA.
Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi is the Founder/CEO, Proshare Nigeria Limited and WEB TV. Prior to this, he served as MD/CEO, P2P Media Partners Limited. He had earlier worked as Head, Treasury and Management Account, British American Tobacco. He also worked at the different time with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, UAC of Nigeria Plc, Eterna Oil Plc, Fountain Trust Bank, Philip Consulting and Change Management Associates. Mr. Awoyemi is an Editoral Board Member of the Banking Journal of CIBN and the Lagos Business School Alumni Magazine. A Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an Associate of Institute of Directors, he holds a B.Sc degree in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state.

Mrs Toyin Sanni, a Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Stockbroker was until recently the Group CEO at United Capital Plc. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director/CEO, Capital Trustees Limited, a subsidiary of United Capital Plc. She was a Council Member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), a Fellow and Vice President, Association of Pension Funds of Nigeria, an Associate of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria and President, Association of Corporate Trustees Nigeria. She had served on various Committees including the National Bond Steering Committee and the West African Capital Market Integration Technical Committee. She also served as Chairman of the Nigerian Capital Market Annual Retreat Committee for 2012 and 2013. Mrs Sanni who holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ife, and a Master degree, LLM (Hons) from the University of Lagos is currently the CEO of Emerging Africa Capital Limited. 
Prince Abimbola Olashore is a seasoned investment Banker, with vast experience and knowledge in the capital market and in financial advisory services in the public and private sectors. He was Managing Director / CEO, Lead Bank Ltd. He also worked with Ecobank Nigeria Plc as Executive Director, Wholesale Banking Group. In 2007, he became the CEO of Lead Capital Plc, a position he occupied till 2015. He is currently the Managing Partner, Lead Advisory Partners and President, Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers. Prince Olashore is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Hull, United Kingdom. A Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, he also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.  

The PEARL Awards Nigeria instituted in 1995 is a private sector, not-for-profit, non-partisan and Non-Governmental Organization initiative to reward companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange for Operational and Stock Performance based on objective and globally accepted parameters, thereby enhancing vibrancy, growth and development of the market.

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