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HAKEEM OGUNNIRAN

Board Chairman

HAKEEM OGUNNIRAN

Chairman, Board of Directors

Rev Hakeem Ogunniran is the Founder/CEO of Eximia Realty Co Ltd and Home for Me NIGERIA LTD. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lagos Building Investment Co Plc and a Non-Executive Director of a few other companies.

He retired from UAC of NIGERIA Plc in having served as the Managing Director of UACN Property Development Co Plc (Updc) from 2010 - 2018 and Managing Director of MDS Logistics (Division of UAC of Nigeria PLC) between 2000 -2010. Prior to 2000, he was at various times a Law Lecturer, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Sales/Marketing Manager and Corporate Planning Manager. He was named one of the top 20 CEOs of the Listed Companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange for 2013.

Mr Ogunniran graduated in 1984 from the University of LAGOS with a Second-Class Honours (Upper Division) and also passed the Bar Examinations of the Nigerian Law School in 1985 with a Second-Class Honours (Upper Division). He later obtained LL.M and MBA degrees from the University of Lagos.

A former Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School, USA, he has attended several high level management training programmes including the Unilever International Management Seminar IMS), U.K, General Management Programme (GMP) of Ashridge Management College, U.K., Strategic Leadership Programme of Cranfield University, U.K., REAL Estate Management Program of Harvard Business School, USA, Senior Financial Management program of the London Business School and the International Housing Finance Program of the Wharton’s Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Mr Ogunniran is a past President and Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, a Council Member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and frequent speaker at local and international conferences. He was the Lead Speaker for Africa at the 1st International Conference on Corporate Governance at Shanghai in May, 2010.

He is a recipient of many awards including the Federal Government’s Scholarship for High Academic Standing (1981 – 1984), Fulbright Scholarship to Yale School, USA (1991/1992), Joint Best Individual Performance in Management Accounting in ICSA Final Examinations; Osun State Government of Nigeria’s Merit Award, 2007, ICSAN’s Special Award for Exemplary Service (2009); Kwame Nkrumah Award For Corporate Governance Excellence 2009, Distinguished Chartered Secretary of the Year, 2010; Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria’s Award for Professional Excellence, 2011 and Global Home Nigeria Property Award’s Property CEO of the Year 2011,Real Estate Unite Person of the Year,2013, Award For REIT Innovation, UK. (2014), the Odua Business Ambassador Awards 2018, etc.

An ordained Reverend of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, he is happily married to Dr Iyabode Ogunniran, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Lagos and they are blessed with three lovely children.

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OLUWATOBILOBA LAWAL

Managing Director / CEO

OLUWATOBILOBA LAWAL

Managing Director / CEO

Oluwatobiloba Lawal is a highly dedicated, dynamic and visionary banking and financial expert with close to three decades experience in banking, financial management, project management and funding for both private and public sector organizations. He has handled numerous portfolios within and outside the Nigerian banking sector.

He understands investment and pays great attention to detail. Tobi is a confident team player who is particular about societal development, this had made him a sort-after mentor and he is still in the business of mentoring the upcoming generation. He has exposed himself to high level knowledge generation by participating in several training programmes both home and abroad; including the prestigious Harvard Business School.

Tobi is a member of several professional bodies among which are: Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB), National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), The Business Process Management Institute (BPMI) etc. He is married with children, and he loves to unwinds with the game of golf.

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AFOLABI OMILABU

Executive Director

AFOLABI OMILABU

Executive Director

Afolabi Omilabu has close to 30 years’ experience in various aspects of the banking industry including Enterprise Risk Management, Credit & Marketing, Audit & Control and Operations. He started his career in the finance industry with the Home Foundation Savings & Loans Limited in 1993 and his Banking career with the NAL Merchant Bank in 1997. He worked with various other commercial banks and rose through ranks to become a Deputy General Manager in one of the reputable commercial banks where he was critical to decision making, management of human resources, credit management as well as developing strategies to grow the business.

Before joining the Board, Mr Omilabu was the Chief Executive Officer of Headway Microfinance Bank and he was responsible for the supervision and coordination of the whole gamut of the bank’s operations to achieve overall corporate goals and objectives whilst driving appropriate Enterprise Risk Management. He was awarded with series of awards for Outstanding Performance with the various organization. While working with other Banks, he received various commendation awards for outstanding performance.

He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is happily married with children.

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LAYIWOLA OKOYA

Executive Director

Mr LAYIWOLA OKOYA

Executive Director

Layiwola Okoya is an experienced banker and a dynamic administrator with over 20-years’ experience in accounting, finance, business development, operations, marketing and sales administration as well as real estate and Management. Mr Okoya has worked with various financial institutions.

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MRS BOLANLE BANJO

Non-Executive Director

MRS BOLANLE BANJO

Non-Executive Director

Mrs Bolanle Banjo is an entrepreneur, an experienced administrator, an ex-banker and a businesswoman with demonstrable proficiency in board matters. She has over twenty years’ experience in the financial service industry and management of other business enterprises both in Nigeria and Canada.

She currently serves as the Chairman of Windsor Wood Limited, an indigenous furniture manufacturing company which focuses on workspace planning, production of school and housing furniture, high-class interior planning and decorations for hotels and offices amongst others. She participates actively in the running of Windsor Wood Limited.

Mrs Banjo is a co-founder/Chairman of New dawn Cleaning Services Nigeria Limited. She was appointed into the Board of Agro-Allied Foods Inc USA in 2008. She worked as both a Licensed Mortgage Agent (AMP) and as a licensed Life Insurance Agent in Canada. She is also a Life Coach for budding entrepreneurs.

Her banking experience includes over fourteen years at the defunct Gulf Bank of Nigeria Plc spanning roles in Treasury operations, Treasury Management, International Operations and Marketing. She rose to the level of Assistant General Manager (AGM) and became the Treasurer before she voluntarily retired from the industry in 2004. Bola attended both local and international courses. She was an active member of Money Market Association of Nigeria and was a member of various teams/committees that helped in shaping the treasury part of the industry.

Bolanle Banjo obtained her Master’s in Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Marketing from Lagos State University in 1998. She also has a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration from the Kwara State Polytechnic in 1987.

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FEMI ADEWOLE

Independent Non-Executive Director

FEMI ADEWOLE

Independent Non-Executive Director

Femi Adewole is an experienced Housing Development and Finance Professional with over 25years experience in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa; he has strong knowledge of the Affordable Housing Market in Sub-Sahara Africa having executed housing projects in over 30 countries.

Femi trained as an Architect and holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Architecture and a M.Sc. Architecture from the University of Ile-Ife; He holds a M.Sc. Land Management and Property Development from the University of East London and bagged his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious Warwick Business School University of Warwick, Warwick, UK. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS); Member, International Union of Housing Finance and Member, Nigeria Institute of Architects.

Femi commenced his career as a project architect at Construction Consultants Nigeria; he was a Senior development manager at Hyde Housing Group London – UK; he worked as the regional director at Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing association, Bedford – UK; he was an executive director at In Communities Ltd, Bradford – UK, he served as the Investment director at The Guiness Trust, London – UK; He was the Group Operations Director at Notting Hill Housing, London where he successfully led the merger of three(3) branches; he was the CEO/MD at First World Communities Ltd, Lagos, whilst in that position, he was able to secure over $14m in debt and equity; Femi was also the Managing Director of Shelter Afrique, Nairobi- Kenya and was able among other things to successfully complete phase 1 of a major turnaround programme including the injection of up to $70m new equity capital. Femi currently serves as the MD/CEO of Family Homes Funds, the largest housing fund in Sub-Sahara Africa focused on affordable homes for Nigerians on low income. He has served on the board of several companies.

He currently serves on the Board of LBIC Plc as an Independent Director.

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ADEWALE ATIDADE OKESOLA

Non-Executive Director

ADEWALE ATIDADE OKESOLA

Non-Executive Director

Adewale Atidade Okesola is an experienced Chief Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the Logistics, Outsourcing and Supply Chains Industries. He is skilled in management of human and material resources, strategic planning, business development, marketing, project evaluation, costing and planning.

Adewale is an entrepreneur in management of resources with decades of proven track record of success in business dealings with the Government (Parastatals & Agencies) and the Private Industrial sector. He is a result-oriented manager with strong technical ability and excellent relationship managing skills. He is a leader of teams and an expert in steering stalled projects back on track and leading them to successful completion.

Adewale Okesola began his educational journey at Ladi Lak Primary School Yaba, he proceeded thereafter to Awori Ajeromi Grammar School, Agboju-Apapa. He attended the Lagos State Polytechnic where he obtained a Higher National Diploma in Accounting in the year 1986. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Rixcel Institute of Management Studies, Stratford, London. In the year 2013 he obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chester, Chester U.K and a Master of Business Administration from the Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK, in the year 2017.

Adewale started his career with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as a Clerical Officer, he then worked as an Audit Manager with Ajibade Durojaiye & Co (Chartered Accountants). He thereupon worked as an Accountant and Executive Officer Investment with the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). Adewale resigned from NSITF in 1996 to start his private companies (spanning building renovations, constructions, resources sourcing and procurements, facilities and janitorial management.

Adewale is a member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce and a member of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries.