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

— Ibukun Awosika

Member of the Board of Directors

First Bank of Nigeria

Member of the Board of Directors

Cadbury Plc

Member of the Governing Board

Convention on Business Integrity

Member of the Governing Board

Digital Jewels LTD.


Mrs. IbukunOluwa Awosika is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Ife, Nigeria;

She is an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and C.E.I.B.S Business Schools.

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors, and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NCJC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.


Ibukun serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority

She chairs the boards of First Bank Nigeria Limited and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC) – a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria.

She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited; FBN Capital Limited; and Kakawa Discount House Limited.

With high interest in social issues and women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund; Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives through the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.

Ibukun Awosika is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the First Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.

She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.


01. Nominee, Entrepreneur of The Year (2005)

THISDAY Newspaper(s) Annual Merit Award

02. Nominee, The Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2006)

Financial Standard and Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition (POWR)

03. Nominee, The Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2007)

Financial Standard and Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition (POWR)

04. FATE Model Entrepreneur Award for the year 2006

FATE Foundation.

05. Golden Heart Award (2007)

Aegis of the International Women Society

06. Award of Leadership Excellence

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Island Chapter

07. Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Success Digests Magazine´s Annual Enterprise

08. FATE Model Entrepreneur Award for the year 2007

FATE Foundation.

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