Juliet Ehimuan, Jade Osiberu, Adim Isiakpona & more! See some of the most powerful under-40s in Corporate Nigeria – #YNaijaPowerList

by Wilfred Okiche


Nigeria’s corporate world is an exclusive club which lets in only a few of the thousands who would do anything to get a prized ‘white collar job’. These high flying corporate busy bees however, are no ordinary 9 – 5 workers. They are vastly knowledgeable, well-travelled, innovative and have been catapulted into prime executive positions for their contribution to the growth of some of the world’s leading organisations. Behold the Power 10.

Adim Isiakpona

The famous ‘Intel Inside’ marker present on many computers has come to take on more meaning to users in West Africa thanks in part to Adim’s role as Marketing and PR Manager West Africa at Intel Corporation. Adim has aggressively championed both smartphone and computer ownership, partnering with the Federal Ministries of Information and ICT. In 2013, Adim ran Intel’s East African business for a few months and launched the first Intel-based smartphone with telecoms partner Safaricom.

Wale Abioye

Abioye continues to innovate and break new ground in management consulting, a field that is known to chew up and spit out even the best brains. A senior consultant at KPMG Advisory Services, he has for close to three years championed the firm’s flagship Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey, which has an annual reach of over 14,000 banking customers across Nigeria. Banks have come to rely on the annual BICSS report as a key indicator of their customer service delivery health. Abioye, who holds a Masters in International Business and Management from the University of Manchester Business School, has cinched coveted firm-wide prizes for innovation two years in a row.

Barbara Iyayi

Currently the vice-president, Investment Banking at JPMorgan Chase, Iyayi graduated from Columbia University with a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. With an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Iyayi was the co-chair of the Africa Business Conference, one of the largest student-run business conferences focused in Africa. She has participated in various initiatives related to women and girls’ empowerment.


Francisca Chiedu

Chiedu is the Government Relations/ Local Content Advisor at Wood Group PSN, an international energy services company where she serves as a focal point for government relations and public affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for the planning and execution of elements of regional community relations, communications strategy plan, corporate social responsibility and local content reporting. In 2012, while studying for her Master’s degree, she was elected president of the Robert Gordon University Student Union in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Fola Fagbule

Fagbule is an investment banker and vice-president, Origination and Coverage at African Finance Corporation where he has the responsibility of leading the corporation’s origination efforts. He works with domestic and international sponsors, financiers seeking to develop large assets across Sub-Saharan Africa and traverses a range of sectors including oil and gas, telecoms, power and transport. Fagbule is also active within the summit circles where he has spoken extensively on finances and Africa’s economy.

Jadesola Osiberu

After a stint at Insight Grey, Osiberu joined Guaranty Trust Bank’s communications department and is now brand manager of the bank’s leading ‘young and sexy’ media communications brand Ndani TV. She has successfully positioned Ndani TV as one of the leading online television channels in the country with programmes like The Juice hosted by Toolz, ‘Gidi Up’, ‘Fashion Insider’ and ‘Young CEO’. Osiberu obtained a degree in Communications Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Media and Communications from the Pan African University.

Juliet Ehimuan

Ehimuan was appointed Country Manager for Google in 2012. Prior to this, she worked with Shell Development Petroleum Corporation and Microsoft UK and holds an executive MBA from the London Business School. As the head of Google’s operations in Africa’s largest internet community, Ehimuan is charged with the responsibility of representing the company in all its business development projects and partnership opportunities in the region.

Subomi Plumptre

Plumptre is an ideas, strategy and brand consultant with over 10 years experience in the corporate world. She heads the corporate practice at Alder Consulting, a leading ideas and brand consulting firm and has been team lead in Alder consulting on branding projects for several high profile Nigerian companies. She is a member of the governing board of Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) and a member of the board of trustees of the Leke Alder Foundation.


Idiare Atimomo

A thoroughbred marketing professional, Idiare Atimomo currently works at Etisalat Nigeria as the manager of the youth segment. A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Atimomo has interests in brand planning, marketing planning and marketing communication. His prints are largely evident in Etisalat’s push into the youth market with various exciting media campaigns and enticing packages.

Yvonne Johnson

Johnson is Head of Corporate Strategy at First Bank Nigeria Plc. An alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management, she is responsible for organising the bank’s Corporate Relationships Programme and greenlights programmes and events which the bank is associated with. For those in search of sponsorship and partnership for their campaigns and initiatives, Johnson is the person who makes it happen.

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