Today on Woman Crush Wednesday, we celebrate a veteran, a woman with the wisdom of times,an industrious woman leaving in her trail, ample success stories, and an entrepreneur who inspires, aids and develops other entrepreneurs, what more can we add?
EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION:
Born as the third child of seven children in Ibadan , the capital of Oyo State , Ibukun completed her primary and secondary school education at St. Paul’s African Church Primary School, Lagos and Methodist Girls’ High School , Yaba respectively. Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; 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 China European International Business School (CEIBS).
CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURIAL STRIDES
She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Chair Centre, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited and TCC Security Systems which are manufacturers and marketers of office furniture, office seating and Banking Security Systems in Nigeria and the West African market. A fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and Aspen Global Leadership Network, Ibukun is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group , member of the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Women in Management, Business and Public Service . In 2011, she co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, a career centre established in order to checkmate the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria. On September 7, 2015, Ibukun became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria .
IBUKUN ON BOARDS
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited, the promoter of Furniture Manufacturers Mart, SCC ALGON and the Furniture Village Cluster, a joint venture with the Ogun State Government to provide infrastructure, skills and support to a cluster of SME firms with similar raw material requirements.
With high interest in social issues, including 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, She works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies. 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 (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS.
- Nominee, Entrepreneur of The Year (2005) THISDAY Newspaper(s)
- Annual Merit Award Nominee, The Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2006) Financial Standard and Pan-African
- Organisation for Women Recognition (POWR) Nominee, The Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2006); Financial Standard and Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition (POWR)
- FATE Model Entrepreneur Award for the year 2006 FATE Foundation.
- Golden Heart Award (2007)
- Under the aegis of the International Women Society Award of Leadership Excellence 2008 Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Island Chapter.
- Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Success Digests Magazine´s Annual Enterprise Award
She is married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
One thing that has always awed me about Mrs Ibukun is her doggedness and contribution in building young leaders. Guess I failed to also mention that she is the First female chairperson of First Bank. Her life is one to be emulated. I trust you’ve been inspired to make a difference in your world.
“Don’t die old, die empty. That’s the goal of life. Go to the cemetery and disappoint the graveyard”.