Ibukun Awosika is a legendary business magnate, motivational speaker and author born to the family of Mr and Mrs Adekola. She is the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group which is a combination of about four companies involved in furniture manufacturing, retail and Bank way security systems services. She is deeply invested in social issues and is particularly passionate about Women and as a result, is a co-founder and board member of (WIMBIZ) Women In Management, Business and Public Service.
Born: 24 December 1962
Age: 58 years
Place of birth: Ibadan, Oyó State, Nigeria.
Education: Methodist Girl’s High School
Obafemi Awolowo University
Lagos Business School
IESE Business School
Occupation: Businesswoman, Author, Motivational speaker
Organization: The Chair Centre Group
SOKOA Chair Centre Limited
Spouse: Abiodun Awosika
Children: Oludola, Olafusika, Olamiposi Awosika (3)
Early Life of Ibukun Awosika
Born Ibukun Abiodun Adekola, Ibukun Awosika was born in Ibadan to late Mr Abdulmashood Adekola and late Mrs Hannah Mayinbo Adekola. The 3rd of many children, she was born on the 24th of December, 1962.
Personal Life of Ibukun Awosika
Ibukun Awosika is married to Mr Abiodun Awosika who is the Managing Director/CEO at Excel Exploration and Production Company Limited, Nigeria. They both are blessed with three daughters Oludola, Olafusika, Olamiposi. Ibukun, alongside her business and social side, is a pastor. Funmilayo Adeyinka and Remi Adekola are her siblings; she is the third of seven children. Ibukun loves to speak of her happy home and how she has balanced her spiralling career and her family life. She is also a media personality as she currently hosts a TV program called “Business His Way” which is about ethical business principles manifested through faith in God.
Ibukun Awosika’s net worth as of 2021 is valued at $1million-$5million.
Ibukun Awosika’s Education
Ibukun Awosika went to St. Paul African Church primary school for her primary education and proceeded to attend Methodist Girl’s High School, Yaba, Lagos State. She also bagged a B.sc in Chemistry from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University. She has also received post-graduate certificates from taking up business programs at the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School, University of Navarra. She has equally obtained Doctorate degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University and Olabisi Onabanjo University respectively.
Ibukun Awosika’s Career
Ibukun Awosika was the former chairman, board of directors of First Bank Nigeria Limited and was the first woman to attain such a position at the bank in 2015. Despite studying Chemistry at the university, she took accounting courses as electives and worked as an audit trainee at Akintola Williams & Co, now Deloitte. In 1989, she started a furniture manufacturing company called Quebees Limited which was later transformed to be The Chair Centre Limited and is now known as SOKOA Chair Centre Limited after a venture merges with Guaranty Trust Bank and SOKOA S.A. She is a member of the IESE international advisory board and is a board member of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nig Plc and Women In Management, Business and Public Service. She is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria.
She is the author of many books including: “The Girls in the Boardroom”, “The Girl Entrepreneurs”, “Business His Way” and “My Thoughts His Way”. She is an ardent and eloquent motivational speaker and host of the TV program ‘Business His Way‘.
Awards and Achievement of Ibukun Awosika
• 2021- Woman Icon of the Decade, Business Day Inspiring Woman Series Award.
• 2020- Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Awards
•2015- nominated for the Ynaija Person of the year
•2008- International women entrepreneurial challenge award
• 2007- was nominated for Golden Heart Award, International Women Society award
•2006- FATE model entrepreneur award of the year, FATE foundation award.
°Was nominated for the Best female entrepreneur of the year, Financial Standard and Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition.
•2005- was nominated for the best female entrepreneur of the year, Success Digests Magazine’s Annual Enterprise Award.
°Was nominated as the entrepreneur of the year, THISDAY Newspaper Annual Merit Award.
• 2019- president of the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation( IWEC)
•Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria.
•International Friendship Award, Spain.
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