Our Board Members


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Funmilayo Omo

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.”

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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

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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