Funmilayo Omo brings three decades of stand-out experience in insurance sales,
product development, technical underwriting and result-oriented man management
into her role as the first female CEO of the company. She began her professional career as the Head, Individual Business, in 1991 at African Alliance, before it was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Her drive and penchant for excellence led to her promotion to Head of Technical, Insurance Operations, where she successfully led the retail marketing team to expand the business volume by over 1000%.
It is noteworthy that the company’s Takaful product was developed under her watch as the Head, Technical. Following that, she rose to the position of the Chief Operating Officer in 2006, where she was solely responsible for providing strategic direction for the company’s business operations. In 2012, she was appointed Executive Director, Operations, charged with overseeing an 80-man team comprising of three departments. In that role, she doubled the gross premium income of the company in less than 3 years. During the period, she pioneered the design of the annuity products of the company that made African Alliance a top-3 market player in the industry. She is credited with championing the design of the life administration application and supervising the transition of African Alliance Plc from semi-automated application usage to fully automated management; a change that saved the company countless man-hours, thereby improving efficiency and turnaround time.
‘Funmi holds a bachelor’s degree in Insurance from the University of Lagos and is an
Associate Member of the Chartered Institutes of Insurance both in Nigeria and the
The UK, the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Certified Pensions Institute of
Nigeria. A distinguished alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the China Europe
International Business School (CEIBS), ‘Funmi currently sits on the Boards of
Frenchies Food and PAL Pensions, an associate of African Alliance Plc. Recently,
she was named amongst the top 100 female CEOs in Africa by Reset Global in
acknowledgement of her “performance and excellence…in the limitless business
the world across the vast continent of Africa.”
Olabisi Adekola is a seasoned Chartered Accountant, Investment Manager and
Business Continuity leader with over 25 years’ experience in Financial Management,
Internal Audit and Accounting. After a stint as a Data Entry Officer at Nigerian Hoechst PLC, she joined the African Alliance in 1997 as an Assistant Superintendent in the Finance department. She learnt the ropes and rose through the ranks in Finance until she was moved to Internal Audit as Manager in 2002. She became a key member of the Internal Audit team tasked with designing and implementing various programmes for the prevention and detection of frauds, errors and irregularities in the company.
As she excelled in the various roles she held in the department, her stock rose and she is credited with putting in place a couple of processes that have become an integral part of the business till date. In 2008, Olabisi was promoted as Acting Head (Finance and Investment) and then Assistant General Manager (Finance and Investment) in 2010. As AGM, she managed and administered the entire investment portfolio of the company and was responsible for financial reporting and control, design and review of strategic corporate policies as well as budget performance and analysis. In 2012, Olabisi was promoted as the Executive Director (Finance), capping a brilliant lateral growth within the organisation.
Olabisi holds an MBA in Financial Management from the Lagos State University, as
well as HND and National Diploma in Business Administration from the Federal
Polytechnic, Ilaro, where she finished top of her department at both instances. She is
a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and
Association of Investment Advisors and Portfolio Managers (FIAPM); an Associate
Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACTI), Nigeria Institute of
Management and Business Continuity Professional, Disaster Recovery International.
A brilliant mind, Olabisi is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and China
Europe International Business School.
Ukamaka Okafor is a corporate marketer, sales strategist and Business Continuity professional with almost two decades’ experience in the insurance industry.
She started out as an Assistant Manager at the defunct United Trust Insurance in 2001 and after four years of supporting her team to achieving various marketing targets, she joined Unity Kapital (now Veritas Kapital) as Manager (Group Life), her first exposure to the intricacies of Group Life marketing. At Unity Kapital, her ability to help team members close complicated accounts brought her to the attention of Metropolitan Life Insurance (recently renamed Tangerine Insurance) who consequently hired her.
As Senior Manager/Team Lead (Group Life) at Metropolitan Life, she led and won various pitches for the firm and used market intelligence to develop formidable sales strategies that helped grow the business’ top and bottom lines. Amaka joined African Alliance in 2009 as Deputy Controller, Marketing (Northern Region) with a mandate to develop, grow and stabilize the corporate marketing business of the company in the Norther region. Her success at the role aided her promotion to her current position as Controller, Marketing (Northern region) in 2015.
Amaka is a B.Sc Accountancy graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and an M.Sc Management graduate of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She has attended various courses in Business Continuity, Insurance Sales and Leadership within and outside the country.
Akinbode Raji is a Certified Forensic Accountant and Tax professional with 20
years’ experience in Finance, Risk and Compliance and Internal Audit.
He started his career as a Senior Clerical Officer in the finance department at African
Alliance in 2000. He worked his way through various finance functions where he was
saddled with diverse, critical responsibilities before moving to Internal Audit in 2010.
As the Head of Internal Audit and Control, he pioneered the Risk and Compliance
unit which was hitherto an Internal Control function within the business. Thereafter,
he was assigned the Risk Office for a short, stabilising period while he led the
Compliance unit for five more years before he was promoted to Deputy Head,
Finance. His financial acumen and vast mind saw him become the Head, Finance in
2018, the position he currently occupies.
Bode attended the Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Lagos and Ogun
State University, Ago-Iwoye (now Olabisi Onabanjo University) where he graduated
with a B.Sc in Accounting. He also holds an MBA in Financial Management from
Ladoke Akintola University and an M.Sc in Business Administration from the National
Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). A thoroughbred accountant, Bode is an
Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the
Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), the Chartered Institute of Economics and the
Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
A certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Bode is also an Associate Business
Continuity Professional from the Disaster Recovery Institute International.
Alice Amina Uwodi is a chartered secretary and administrator with 25 years’ post youth service experience in human resources, general office administration and personnel management.
She began her career as a Finance and Administrative Officer at AG Leventis PLC before being promoted to Branch Administrator/Accountant as Worldwide Superstores (Formerly Leventis Superstores) a year later in 1999. In 2001, she joined Netspex Ltd as Admin/Accounts Officer tasked with looking after the staff welfare and general office administration. After spending three years in the role, he was employed by African Alliance as Senior Supervisor – Administration. Between 2004 and now, Alice has risen through various administrative and Human Resources role including Assistant Manager – Special Duties (Office of the MD/CEO); Agency Administration Manager where she developed a robust cost saving and team building initiatives the department has built upon; and now Deputy Controller, Human Resources and Administration. It is pertinent to note that Alice drove the entire cascading of the first rebranding exercise the company has done in its sixty year existence across all the company’s units and collaterals.
Alice holds an MBA and a post graduate diploma in Management from the University of Calabar in addition to an HND in Business Administration from Kaduna Polytechnic. She is also an Associate Member of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration of Nigeria (ICSAN). Blessed with excellent planning and organisational skills, Alice has attended several courses in Business & Management and is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School.
Emmanuel Ojelre Eburajolor is a dynamic and technical sales professional with about 30 years’ experience in driving sales targets across both life and non-life insurance.
He started his career as a General Duties Officer at African Development Insurance Company in 1990. His natural appetite for challenges drew him into the technical aspects of insurance where he learnt the basics of the profession to the acclaim of his peers and superiors.
He moved into the marketing department in 1994 and thus began his lifelong adventure into the difficult terrain of insurance sales. He rose through the ranks and became a part of the ADIC Life team in 2000 where he built a reputation as a salesman par distinction. Emmanuel joined African Alliance in 2007 as Senior Manager, Corporate Marketing, with a mandate to grow the Brokers Market and position the company for lateral growth.
After almost a decade of success, his hard work and business acumen saw him promoted into top management as the Deputy Controller, Corporate Marketing, the position he currently occupies.
Emmanuel holds a Diploma in Marketing from Delta State University and a bachelor’s degree in Insurance from Lagos State University. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria; Full Member, Chartered Institute of Administration; Fellow, Institute of Certified Sales Professional and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.
Akinola Akinwole is an innovative Talent Manager, strategic thinker and eagle-eyed recruiter with 17 years’ Human Capital Management experience.
He started out as a Human Resources Assistant at Askar Paints in 2003 and two years later, he was off to KPMG professional services, the prestigious, top 3 multinational firms with leading global best practices. At KPMG, he drove various clients’ talent and organisational development strategy towards building their organisational capabilities for superior performance in the marketplace. His achievements caught the eye and he was made Head, Talent Acquisition/Management Consultant at Human Capital Partners, the erstwhile Executive Selection and Training Services, Management Consulting Division of KPMG. He spent a further two years before joining the fast-growing ARM Group as Group Head, Talent Sourcing and Development.
Akinola grew within the ARM Group to become the Head of Human Resources and Administration and Assistant Vice President at ARM Pension Managers (PFA) Ltd. As Head HR & Admin at ARM Pension, he developed and managed all the aspects of the Human Capital Management function including strategic planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, HRIS and payroll administration. He left ARM Pension for Pivot HR Services, an HRM Consulting from where he joined African Alliance as Head, Human Capital Management in 2019.
Akinola holds a B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and an MBA (Human Resources Management) from Netherlands Business School. He is also an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and Member, Society for Human Resources Management. A trainer par distinction, Akinola is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School.
Steve Elue Ajudua is a Master Strategist & thoroughbred Business Development expert with almost three decades’ experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining African Alliance as the General Manager, Business Development, Steve was the General Manager/Chief Marketing Officer at Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc, where he directly managed Six (6) Strategic Business Units (SBU) and Twelve (12) branches to standout profitability.
Earlier in his career, he was the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (Head office Annex) at NICON Insurance, one of Nigeria’s most iconic insurers at the time. In 2008, before pitching his tent with NICON Insurance, he had brought his renowned depth and the strategic onus to bear on ADIC Insurance (now NSIA) as the Chief Operating Officer (North). As Regional Director (North) with the former UBA Insurance, he was instrumental to the strategic calibration of the Northern Regional Office and driving it to become the cash cow of the company.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos,
Akoka, and a master’s degree in Business administration (MBA) with special bias in
marketing from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. He is a Fellow of the National
Institute of Marketing (FNIM); Senior Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of
Nigeria; Associate, Institute of Pension Management; Fellow, Institute of Corporate
Administration (FCAI); Full member, African Business School and Associate,
Chartered Nigeria Institute of Management. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School, Steve is a public speaker, leadership expert and proven business strategist.
Victor Obinna Peters is a superstar sales professional with 22 years’ experience in sales strategy, sales channel development and agency management.
His foray into the sales and marketing of insurance started at AIICO Insurance as a Representative (Marketer) in 1998. Four years later, he became a Unit Manager. As Unit Manager, he grew his Unit’s profitability, opening up new markets in the process. He joined African Alliance Insurance in 2005 as an Agency Manager in what turned out to be a match made in heaven.
At African Alliance, Victor exceeded himself, smashing sales targets, building sales structures, delivering on budgets year-in, year-out, breaking records and winning several awards along the way. He was promoted to Senior Agency Manager in 2007, a position he held for the next six years before he was drafted from the field into the back office as Senior Manager, Marketing (Agency Operations). He continued his famous sales streak and was promoted to Deputy Controller, Marketing (Agency Operations) in 2013. In 2018, he became the Head, Agency Operations, responsible for the overall agency structure of the 60-year-old insurer.
Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Abia State University as well as a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and has attended several courses, training and seminars both locally and internationally. An alumnus of both the Lagos Business School and the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain, Victor is a charismatic sales trainer and accomplished manager of men and resources.
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