Ibukun Awosika Biography | Her Background
Formerly Bilkisu Abiodun Motunrayo Omobolanle Adekola turned to Ibukun Awosika; she is a beautiful woman who happens to be the first female chairman of First Bank Nigeria In September 2015 she was a Nigerian author also a motivational speaker and was married to Abiodun Awosika and blessed with three children.
Ibukun Awosika Family | Background
The beautiful woman Ibukun Abiodun Awosika was born in Ibadan, Oyo state on the 24th of December, 1962, and was the third born out of seven children. Ibukun Awosika went to St. Pauls’s African Church Primary School in Lagos while she attended Methodist Girl’s High School in Yaba.
She furthered her education at the great University of Ife, known as Obafemi Awolowo University, and graduated with B.Sc in Chemistry. She also holds postgraduate and MBA certificates even Business School and IESE Business School.
Rise to Prominence
Ibukun once worked for Akintola Williams & Co as an audit trainee and then went on to Alibert Nigeria Ltd to work as a showroom manager. She established her furniture manufacturing company Quebees Limited in 1989.
Quebees Limited eventually evolved into The Chair Centre Limited and later on changed its name to SOKOA Chair Centre Limited n 2004 after merging with SOKOA S.A and Guaranty Trust Bank.
Ibukun Awosika is a member of some notable recognized organizations like the African Leadership Initiative and Aspen Global Leadership Network, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund, and also the board of chairman Trustees of Women in Management, Business, and Public Service.
Ibukun co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre to see into the high rate of unemployment so, she became the first woman to be made the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria on the 7th of September 2015. After the resignation of Prince Ajibola Afonja.
Ibukun Awosika Quotes
I come from a place where there are opportunities staring you in the eye, but it’s looking for the people who have the heart and the courage to do it and do it right.
Sometimes you have to take a very hard decision, and when you take such a decision, you have to stand by it. Not everybody sees what you are seeing.
She has received some Accolades from some notable companies;
- THISDAY Newspaper Annual Merit Award In 2005 Awarded her with Entrepreneur of The Year
- Success Digests Magazine’s Annual Enterprise In 2006, Awarded her with Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
- As the Best Female Entrepreneur at the Financial Standard and Pan-African Organization In 2006.
- FATE Foundation Awards, she was given the FATE Model Entrepreneur of the year.
- International Women’s Society awarded her with Golden Heart Award in 2007
- Entrepreneurial Challenge Award in 2008.
- YNaija Person of The Year in 2015.
Ibukun Awosika Books are:
- The “Girl” Entrepreneurs
- Business His Way