Our Board Members


 

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Joyce Ojemudia

Joyce Ojemudia is an accomplished insurance professional and astute manager of
resources with over twenty years of experience in insurance sales, business development,
risk management, claims administration and reinsurance.
She started her career as a Marketing Executive at Healthcare International (a Health
Maintenance Organisation) before joining Linkage Assurance PLC as Deputy Head,
Marketing in 2002. There, she oversaw all the branch activities of the company as it relates
to Marketing and contributed to the increase in market share and profitability of the
underwriter. Her sterling qualities brought her to the notice of STACO Insurance PLC in 2007 where she made her mark as Assistant General Manager, Marketing, with responsibilities to coordinate and monitor the marketing activities in the public sector and direct corporate client.

Joyce’s excellence and drive at STACO Insurance was rewarded with a promotion to Assistant Director in 2011, a role which required her to formulate and execute strategic business plans for the public sector in addition to her marketing duties.
In late 2016, she was back at Linkage Assurance as General Manager tasked with the management and coordination of the entire marketing department which had four sub-units viz Bancassurance, Financial Institution, Brokers Market and Direct Corporate. Joyce was also involved in strategic top management decisions for the entire company up until herexit in 2020.
A thoroughbred professional, Joyce is currently rounding up her Ph.D in Entrepreneurship at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (SMP 40) and the University of Lagos where she had her first and second degrees in Insurance and Risk Management respectively.
She is also a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, an Associate of both the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria. She is the current President of Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA).

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Olabisi A. Adekola

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.

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Anthony C Okocha

Anthony Okocha is the Chairman of the Board of African Alliance.
An accomplished financial services professional with over 38 years cognate
experience across Sales, Commerce, Banking, Insurance, Financial Advisory
Services and Technology, Anthony’s first job was as a Standards Officer at
Standards Organization of Nigeria where he was involved in several quality control
functions. He left the organization after 2 years of professional practice to join
Longman Nigeria Limited as the District Manager, Bendel State following his MBA
from the University of Lagos in 1986. At Longman, he held regional responsibility for
promoting, marketing and sales of all the Company’s books from primary to tertiary
levels. He was there for two years before taking up career in finance and
subsequently banking where he was to spend the next 20 years before retiring in
2010.

His career in finance and banking saw him amass unequalled work experience
across a string of banks including First Marina Trust Limited, Devcom Merchant
Bank Limited, Equitorial Trust Bank Limited, Ecobank Plc, IMB International Bank
Plc, Citizens Bank Limited and Finbank Plc where he retired as Group Executive,
Institutional Banking. His key areas of responsibilities whilst in banking were in
Corporate & Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Credit Analysis and
Supervision and General Management.

Anthony resigned from the services of Finbank Plc on 31 January, 2010 to lead
Forbs Investment Solutions Limited as its pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive
Officer. The Company is engaged in Business Advisory, Corporate Finance,
Corporate Restructuring & Loan Workout, and Equipment Leasing.
A Ph.D holder in Credit Management from the University of Panama, Anthony is also
an alumnus of the Universities of Ife, Lagos, Columbia and New York. He currently
sits on the Boards of Universal Insurance Plc and Cryptovision Information
Technology Solutions Nigeria Limited.

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Sylva Ogwemoh (SAN)

Mr. Ogwemoh (SAN) is the Principal Partner and Head of the Law Firm of Kevin Martin Ogwemoh Legal, a commercial law firm with the Headquarters in Lagos. He obtained his LL.B from the former Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University), Ekpoma in 1987. He was admitted as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1988. In year 2000, he obtained a Masters in Law Degree (LL.M) with specialization in Corporate Management and Finance Law from the Lagos State University. He is an alumnus of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He became a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1998 and was subsequently elevated to the prestigious rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2014.

Mr. Ogwemoh (SAN) is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA African Users’ Council), a Panel Member of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Rwanda. He is also a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria and the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group. Mr. Ogwemoh (SAN) is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Nigeria and a Certified Member of the Institute. He was an Associate Editor, Journal of Human Rights Law & Practice from 1991-1992. He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, LAWASIA, Nigerian Institute of Management, Capital Market Solicitors Association of Nigeria and a Registered Capital Market Practitioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria. Mr. Ogwemoh (SAN) is the 2018 Winner of African Prize for Leadership Excellence under the Legal Personality Leadership Prize Category.

Mr. Ogwemoh (SAN) has over 30 years of experience as a Legal Practitioner within and outside Nigeria. He has attended several local and international conferences in law and has delivered several papers on diverse subjects in law. He has handled several high-profile commercial, civil and criminal matters before Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria. His experience covers various fields of law such as Banking and Finance, Company and Commercial Law, International Business Transactions, Capital Markets, Arbitration, Real Estate, Shipping and Admiralty, and Oil and Gas law.

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Dr Adiele Ekechukwu

Dr Adiele Ekechukwu is a seasoned professional with over 37 years combined experience in consultancy and advisory, project management and training and capacity development. He began his career in 1983 as the pioneer Petrochemical Lecturer in Federal University of Technology, Owerri before joining the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna also as a Lecturer. He was the Chief Research Officer and Head, Division of Postgraduate Services, National Universities Commission, roles which saw him actively coordinate International donor funds to Nigerian Universities. In 1993, Dr Ekechukwu joined the Management Support Unit of the European Union, Nigeria branch as the Head of Training and Research Programs (TARP). Due to his commitment and remarkable leadership, he was promoted as Head, Monitoring and Evaluation. Under his watch, major European Development Fund (EDF) projects in Nigeria, valued at about 300 million European Currency Unit (ECU), were completed. He was instrumental in the development, implementation and monitoring of many institutional training, rural development and conservation programmes including Management Development Programme with Centre for Management Development; Small Scale Entrepreneurial Development with the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria; Industrial Maintenance programme with the Federal Ministry of Industries; and the development of an MBA curriculum working in concert with the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ibadan. He joined Ernst And Young Consulting Ltd, a member firm of Ernst & Young International in 1995 as the Head of Human Resources Development and Special Projects, coordinating the activities of the Management Consulting Services Group and Human Resources Department of the organization. He held this position till 2001 when he became an Executive Director in Neads Consult Limited, a human resource consulting firm in Lagos, Nigeria. An alumnus of the University of Ibadan with BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Dr Ekechukwu holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in Petrochemicals from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) U.K. He also holds a professional certificate in Administrative Management with distinction from Manchester Polytechnic. He is a member of the Institute of Petroleum and an associate member of Institute of Administrative Management and currently a Partner at George Davidson & Associates, an advisory and management consulting firm.

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Macauley Atasie

Macauley Atasie is an emerging markets consultant and accomplished e-commerce solutions provider with over two decades’ experience across the fintech space. As Head ePayments, Ventures and Strategy Development in Accenture Nigeria, Atasie led the conceptualisation and setup of Interswitch and eTranzact and also championed the reform agenda for the then ValuCard (now Unified Payments Limited). At the national level, he steered the group that defined Nigeria’s eGovernment’s strategy in 2005/6; a process that ushered in the establishment of National e-Government Strategies Limited (NeGSt). He was a key member of the high-powered team that inspired the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive to all banks to use the National Identity Number (NIN) as sole KYC platform in Nigeria. The NIN was later replaced by Bank Verification Number (BVN). Within the private sector and as CEO of NEXTZON, Atasie has played important roles such as the programme management of a rigorous process that led to the development of Nigeria’s 13-year Financial Systems Strategy (FSS2020). He led the launch of the first for profit business incubation platform in Nigeria with funding support from the World Bank. Atasie has offered strategy development services both to leading public and private sector organisations including regulators and is the strategy advisor to at least 2 states in Nigeria. Under his leadership, NEXTZON has supported over 400 clients across leading sectors of the economy including State Governments in Nigeria covering well over ten states, Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies, SMEs and regulatory bodies including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) etc. Atasie has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and master’s in Pharmacy, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has attended several courses and executive programmes at top rated global business schools such as Stanford University in the United States, Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and Witts University in South Africa. Atasie is the current President of E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (EPPAN), an umbrella body of all ePayments providers in the country.

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Alhaji (Dr) Abatcha Bulama

Alhaji (Dr) Abatcha Bulama is a member of the Board of African Alliance Insurance
PLC.
He is a proven financial analyst with four decades of experience in Banking,
Financial Advisory, Administrative Services and Accounting. Alhaji Bulama started
his post-Youth Service career in 1982 as a Senior/Principal Accountant at the Borno
State Hospitals Management Board, Maiduguri, from where he joined Continental
Merchant Bank PLC in 1988 as a Banking Officer/Assistant Manager. He spent the
next seventeen years in banking where he lent his expertise to leading banks
including the United Bank for Africa (UBA) where he was Principal Manager; and
then Unity Bank PLC (Formerly New Africa Merchant Bank PLC) where he held
sway as Assistant general Manager and Head of Department, Treasury and Finance.
He joined the Securities and Exchange Commission Abuja as Deputy Director in
2005 and rose through the ranks before retiring as Acting Executive Commissioner,
Operations, in 2015. Armed with his glowing experience, Alhaji Bulama set up
Abatcha Bulama & Co, a financial advisory firm he runs as Managing Partner.
Alhaji Bulama is an alumnus of the famous Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and holds
an honorary doctorate in Management from the Commonwealth University, Belize. A
board room guru, Alhaji Bulama has been on the boards of the Financial Reporting
Council of Nigeria (FRC), Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (CIPN), Security and
Exchange Commission amongst others. He currently sits on the boards of Ikeja
Hotel PLC (Owners of Sheraton, Lagos), Tourist Company of Nigeria (Owners of
Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos) and Capital Hotels PLC (Owners of Abuja Sheraton).

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