As the annual #YNaijaPower List enters its 5th year, we bring you the most influential young Nigerians under 40 who are giving the term white collar job a whole new meaning. From boardrooms to high rise hotel lobbies, business class flights and multi-city stopovers, these guys operate at the highest levels.
Young and getting it, Abajue is executive director in charge of personal and business banking, Stanbic IBTC bank. Prior to this appointment, Abajue acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC’s Pension Managers Limited (SIPML) – billed as the largest pension fund administrator in Nigeria. Prior to joining SIPML, he was Head – Asset Management at Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited and has extensive experience in asset management, relationship management and corporate finance.
If Mark Zuckerberg has developed more than a passing interest in the Nigerian market of late, then some of the credit should go to Ime Archibong, the Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus who works as the Director of Product Partnerships team at Facebook. Archibong has led several of the company’s major media related partnerships, including those in the music industry and online video space.
As CEO of the Poise Graduate Finishing Academy, Ukinebo Dare is the trainer of tomorrow’s corporate executives. Winner of The Future Awards Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment, Dare’s PGFA makes it their business to intervene in Nigeria’s bubbling unemployment crisis by equipping their students, culled from all aspects of corporate and business Nigeria, with soft skills that will ensure proficiency in problem solving, creative thinking and communication among others.
It can be tricky determining exactly how much power a uniformed personnel wields, especially as everyone is expected to follow the last command but Aliyu Giwa makes this list because he is using his platform as Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command to promote a refreshing police narrative that is not about corruption or inefficiency. Giwa’s positivity gives the words, “Police is your friend” new meaning and helps with rebranding the police force.
Usman Imanah is the Corporate Communications Manager at Stanbic IBTC Holdings. With interests in brand management, media & public relations, marketing communication and new media, he is responsible for managing the bank’s media and publicity campaigns across both legacy and new media as well as for all the press going in and out of the financial services heavyweight.
Whatever Ngozi Nkwoji touches turns to gold and the proof can be gleaned from the various senior management roles she has executed and excelled in. Nkwoji is presently Senior Brand Manager, Heineken at Nigerian Breweries Plc. and has the responsibility of creating locally relevant yet truly global campaigns for the brand. One of such, is the mobile Heineken Champions Planet experience during the UEFA Champions League football season.
Tawo Kola-Ogunlade is the Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Google in the West Africa region. In this capacity, Kola-Ogunlade works with journalists, bloggers and content creators to incorporate new media and online strategies into their work in exciting new ways. He has implemented programs to train journalists on how to make the most of the various Internet tools springing up daily.
Oladapo’s Cinderella story at Nestle started in 2011 when he joined the Nigerian offices as assistant regulatory manager after a stint in the United Kingdom. He quickly rose through the ranks to his current perch as the Regional Marketing manager (NESCAFE) supervising the central West African region. A postgraduate student of the London Metropolitan University, Oladapo is definitely still on the path to bigger things if his career trajectory to date offers any hints.
Tony Elumelu’s investment company, Heirs Holdings has birthed a long list of successful young superstars but Owen Omogiafo is definitely one of the brightest. She works as the director of resources and constantly bridges the gap between management and other cadres of staff. Omogiafo has the responsibility of identifying talent for the organisation and providing an enabling environment for them to succeed and blossom.
In his role as Vice President, Head of Nigeria Research at Renaissance Capital, Adesoji Solanke supervises a team of upcoming analysts, with a core focus on grooming them to become globally respected professionals in their respective fields. As RenCap’s Sub-Saharan Africa banking analyst, Solanke covers over 15 stocks on the continent and often makes investment pitches to investors around the world.