Aliko Dangote, Olusegun Agbaje, Mo Abudu Make Ventures Africa’s List Of 2013 Nigerian Top CEOs

CEO of EBonyLife TV and popular TV talk show host, Mo Abudu who has been captioned ‘Africa’s Oprah Winfrey’ has been listed by Ventures Africa as one of the Top Nigerian CEOs of 2013.


She makes the list alongside big names such as Olusegun Agbaje of Guarantee Trust Bank and Aliko Dangote of Dangote group.

On its list, Ventures Africa reviews 13 outstanding Nigerian CEOs who have been credited having been able to make a difference in highly competitive markets, demonstrated effective management capabilities through hard work, resilience, research and an understanding of the Nigeria business climate, as they moved their respective companies forward. In no respective order, here goes the list.


Chidi Okoro
Company GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria plc
Industry: Drug & Pharmaceutical
Achievement: Chidi became the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria plc in 2012. He is the first Nigerian managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria plc since inception in 1971. He was awarded the prestigious Most Outstanding CEO of the Year Award at the recently held 2013 PEARL Awards Nigeria while his company won the Sectoral Leadership Award in the Health Care (pharmaceutical) category at the event. Under his leadership, GSK Nigeria bagged the first Best Workplace in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) company’s category on the Great Place to Work Trust Index (large companies) for Nigeria for year 2013. The company was also ranked fourth Best Workplace on the overall in Nigeria on the index.


Michael Ikpoki
Company: MTN Nigeria
Industry: Information and Communication Technology
Achievement: Michael Ikpoki achieved a landmark this year when he was appointed the CEO of MTN Nigeria, the first Nigerian to achieve this feat in MTN Group – the country’s largest mobile operator by subscriber.


Funke Opeke
Company: MainOne CEO
Industry: Information and Communication Technology
Achievement: Recently, her company began the building of a $25 million Tier III + data centre in Lagos which would be the largest of its kind in West Africa at 1,500 square metres with a 600 rack capacity as part of its growth strategy and vision to enhance infrastructure in its primary market – West Africa. Her efforts have been recognised over the years. Last year, she won the 2012 CNBC All Africa Businesswoman of the Year Award (AABLA) in Midrand, South Africa.


Michael Arumemi-Ikhide
Company: Arik Air
Industry: Aviation

Florence Seriki
Company: Omatek Ventures Plc
Industry: Information and Communication Technology
Achievement: Her company holds the very enviable position as a market leader in the production and assembly of computers and related accessories.


Olusegun Agbaje
Company: Guaranty Trust Bank
Industry: Banking

Achievement: Awarded the 2013 Banker of the Year – Africa by the World Finance Banking Awards. GT Bank was also favored as “2013 Best Banking Group – Nigeria” by the same agency. Also London-based EMEA Finance magazine rated Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as Africa’s ‘Most Innovative Bank’ 2013 while Segun Agbaje was recognised as the 2013 pan-Africa CEO of the Year.


Leo-Stan Ekeh
Company: Zinox Group
Industry: Information and Communication Technology
Achievement: In October 2013, the company announced the production of its computer tablet line named Zipad. Ekeh was recently named Africa’s first Microsoft Global Partner Adviser.


Aliko Dangote
Company: Dangote Group
Industry: Manufacturing
Achievement: His company was listed among Africa’s top 10 most valuable brands in 2013 by African Business Magazine. Dangote group was also named the most valuable brand in the consumer goods sector with an African brand value and overall 8th most valuable brand when placed against brands from other sectors.



In the coming year, Dangote Group plan to invest $16 billion in infrastructural projects in the energy, agriculture and construction sectors in what is likely to be the largest private investment ever in the continent. Dangote plans to double its cement output in Africa to 55 million metric tons by 2015 and to double its sugar refining capacity to 2.75 million tons by 2017. Industry watchers have predicted that Dangote Group will grow by about 30 percent next year if the investment goes according to its plan.



Mosunmola Abudu
Company: EbonyLife TV
Industry: Media
Achievement: In 2013, Abudu launched EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first continent-wide black entertainment network.


Oscar Onyema
Company: Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)
Industry: Finance
Achievement: Onyema introduced Market Making and security lending to the NSE in 2012. The introduction of this programme has paid off as the volume and value of trade has lifted the market by 41 per cent or N3.338 rillion in 2013.

Market capitalisation also added N1.346 trillion, growing from N6.731trillion to N8.077 trillion as at September, 2013. The NSE was one of the two bourses that made the top 10 best performing Stock Exchange of UK’s Telegraph this year. Under his management, the Nigerian Stock Exchange joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, making it the third African nation to join the clique.


Udeme Ufot
Company: SO&U Advertising Agency
Industry: Media


Stephen Olabisi Onasanya
Company: First Bank Plc
Industry: Banking
Achievement: Great Place To Work Nigeria (GPTWN), named the Bank as one of “the best place to work” and the ‘Company with the Best Human Resources Structure in Nigeria’ in 2013. The bank also emerged the winner of the Most Innovative Ai SRI50 Company award for outstanding performance, beating other contenders, such as Mobil, Kenya Airways, BHP Billiton, Nation Media Group, Stanbic and Uganda Sasol. This year, it succeeded in strengthening its operational processes to suit international best practices. This includes its migration to the world class Finacle 10, a core banking software application.

Sola David Borha
Company: Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC
Industry: Banking
Achievement: She was recently named the highest paid CEO in Nigeria.


Credits:, RedMedia

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