Ibukunoluwa Abiodun Awosika, born Bilkisu Abiodun Motunrayo Omobolanle Adekola on December 24, 1962, is a Nigerian businesswoman, author, and motivational speaker. Ibukun was the former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. She was born and raised in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
|Ibukunoluwa Abiodun Awosika
|Date of Birth:
|December 24, 1962 (59 years old)
|Place of Birth:
|State of Origin:
Early Life and Education
Ibukun was born in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, and completed her primary and secondary school education at St. Paul’s African Church Primary School in Lagos and Methodist Girls’ High School in Yaba, respectively.
She enrolled at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), where she earned a B.Sc in Chemistry, despite her initial desire to study Architecture and taking elective courses in Accounting.
She has completed many business programs at the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School – University of Navarra, earning postgraduate and MBA certifications.
Ibukun Awosika worked as an audit trainee at Akintola Williams & Co., which eventually became Deloitte, during her mandatory one-year National Youth Assignment Corps (NYSC) service in Kano state, but returned home after the service and joined Alibert Nigeria Ltd., a furniture company, as showroom manager.
In 1989, she started a furniture manufacturing company called Quebees Limited, which eventually became The Chair Centre Limited, and then SOKOA Chair Centre Limited after a joint merger with SOKOA S.A and Guaranty Trust Bank in 2004.
Ibukun Awosika is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a member of the board of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund, and the former Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Women in Management, Business, and Public Service.
He is also a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
She co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre in 2011, a career center created to combat Nigeria’s high unemployment rate.
Following the departure of Prince Ajibola Afonja on September 7, 2015, Ibukun became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.
Ibukun Awosika serves on the International Advisory Board of IESE (IAB). She is also a director of Cadbury Nig Plc and Digital Jewel Limited.
Ibukun Awosika Net Worth
Ibukun Awosika is Nigerian businesswoman with an estimated net worth of $10 million. She was the former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.
Ibukun Awosika co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre in 2011, which was created to address Nigeria’s high young unemployment rate.
She is also the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WIMBIZ, a platform that encourages women in business.
Ibukun Awosika has three children with her husband, Abiodun Awosika. The couplde have been living in peace and harmony since they got married.