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Dr. Benedict Okechukwu Oramah holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Agricultural Economics obtained in 1987 and 1991 respectively from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1983. He has published a book on “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance” and has written over 35 articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues. He is a regular speaker at several trade and trade finance conferences around the world.

Dr. Oramah is Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the International Factors Group (IFG). He serves on the Board of IFG, the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review (TFR) and the Journal of African Trade (JAT) and is a member of the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO). He was listed the number 59 in the new ranking of the 100 most influential Africans by Jeune Afrique, the French language Pan-African magazine. Dr. Benedict Oramah has been named winner of the industry Ambassador of the year award at the inaugural receivable Finance International (RFIx) Award 2018 held in London. Dr. Oramah played an important role in the evolution of Structure Trade Finance in Africa as he provided step-by-step guidance in its structure and implementation.

Dr. Oramah joined African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) as Chief Analyst in 1994 and was promoted to the position of Senior Director, Planning and Business Development in 2007. Prior to joining Afreximbank, he held the position of Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) from 1992 to 1994.

He is the current President of the Afreximbank. He assumed the position of President of the Afreximbank in September 2015. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking (BDCB), a position he occupied from October 2008 to September 2015. As Executive Vice President, Dr. Oramah supervised the Business Development functions, namely: Trade Finance, Project and Export development finance, Syndications and Specialized Finance (SSF), and Corporate Finance and Advisory Services (CFAS), he also supervised the Research and Knowledge Management Functions of the Bank. Furthermore, he assisted the then President of the Bank in overseeing the Bank’s Strategic Planning and International Cooperation functions.


Mr. Biodun Shobanjo is one of Nigeria’s finest marketing communications practitioners.

With a career that started in broadcasting at the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), now known as Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and now advertising, he is reputed to be the one man that has had the most positive effect on the marketing communications industry in Nigeria in the last fifty years.

The arrowhead of Insight Communications (now Insight Publicis), Nigeria's foremost advertising agency, which he founded in 1980, Mr. Shobanjo's advertising career started at the then American-owned Grant Advertising, which he joined as an Account Executive Trainee in November 1971. He rose rapidly to become its Deputy Managing Director in 1976, a position he occupied until December 1979 when he left to start Insight Communications. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the company till December 2004.

Mr. Shobanjo’s pioneering role in the development of the marketing communications industry is unchallenged, with a chain of firsts and foremosts. In 1990, he established The Quadrant Company (now Quadrant MSL), Nigeria’s first Public Relations Consultancy, which subsequently led to the establishment of the Public Relations Association of Nigeria (PRAN). In the same year, he became the first CEO of an advertising agency to set up a second-line agency, with the birth of MC&A.

In 1997, he established the first media independent company in Nigeria – All Seasons MediaCom (now All Seasons Zenith), which was the anchor for the establishment of Media Independents Association of Nigeria (MIPAN). He was to later in 2005 set up a second Media Independent - Media Perspectives (now Media Perspectives Starcom).

Other specialist organizations in Troyka Group, which he founded in 1989 as the holding and directing company, include Optimum Exposures (1984), an Out-Of-Home company; Promoworld (2005) – a concession based Out-Of-Home company, specializing in convergence area location and demography targeted advertising; Hotsauce, a digital marketing outfit, which was established in 2011; a real estate company, Black Onyx (2012) and Halogen Security – an asset protection and resource management company (1992), which today employs about 16,000 people nationwide.

On 18th December 2015, Shobanjo’s ultimate dream of turning Troyka into a global player was fulfilled, when an equity partnership agreement with Publicis Groupe was signed by its Chairman/CEO, Monsieur Maurice Levy and himself, on behalf of their two organizations. By this agreement, Publicis Groupe, the world’s 3rd largest marketing communications group, are now 25% equity partners in Insight Redefini, the communications arm of Troyka Holdings, in accordance with APCON Laws.

The Troyka Group, of which he is Chairman, continues to be Nigeria’s leading light in marketing communications, offering unparalleled skills and manpower development; partnering with institutions of higher learning, for example, the School of Media and Communications (SMC) of the Pan-Atlantic University, where advanced courses in marketing communications are jointly run.

In 2014, Mr. Shobanjo donated the Biodun Shobanjo Multi-media Centre of Excellence to the University of Lagos, for the advancement of knowledge in the communication field. His efforts in knowledge expansion and manpower development have led to a situation where Troyka Communications companies are regarded as the University of Advertising. What with leaders of most of the highly successful companies in the marketing communications industry being alumni of Troyka.

A past President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Mr. Shobanjo holds the Certificate of the British Institute of Public Relations, London as well as the Certificate of the British Institute of Marketing. He is a chartered member of the British Institute of Public Relations (CMIPR); chartered member of the British Institute of Marketing (CM Inst. M); Member, International Advertising Association; Fellow, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; and Fellow, Commonwealth Journalists Association, (CJA).

A widely traveled man, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo has attended various courses in advertising, marketing and management in many Western European countries, the United States of America and South Africa.

Over the years, Mr. Shobanjo has won numerous awards for professional excellence and integrity, and has been selected at various times by Newswatch, Vanguard, Concord, The Nigerian Tribune, The Sun e.t.c. as one of Nigeria’s Top Business Managers/Mentors.

In August 1999, he was selected as Advertising Man of the Century by Weekend Concord. In November 2003, Success Digest nominated him as Entrepreneur of the Decade, while The Daily Times of Nigeria & Corporate Effects Communications chose him as one of the 100 Heroes of Modern Nigeria.

In June 2004, Mr. Shobanjo was featured in Encomium International amongst the top 100 Nigerians that ever lived. In August of the same year, Vanguard Newspaper selected him as One of the Beacons of National Development, while Daily Independent chose him as one of Nigeria’s Top 25 Leaders of Professional Integrity.

He was awarded Brand Marketing Professional of the Year in 2004 by Brandfaces, and in Feb. 2005, Newswatch featured him in their 2005 edition of ‘Fifty Notable Leaders in Corporate Nigeria’. In October 2005, he was selected by Vanguard Media as one of the Architects of Economic Fortunes in Nigeria, while The Financial Standard named him among the 50 Drivers of Change in Corporate Nigeria the same year.

In February 2006, The News honoured him as one of the 30 Most Inspiring Nigerians. In 2007, he was selected to be the CEO of The Apprentice Africa, a TV business reality show that ran from Jan – June 2008. In March 2008, The NEWS honoured him with A True Nigerian Icon award for the innovative ideas he brought to advertising in Nigeria, while Financial Standard honoured him as one of the Heroes of the Economy in August of the same year.

In March 2009, The Guardian listed him amongst Nigeria’s Outstanding Role Models, while The News chose him as one of 50 Yoruba men and Women of Integrity. In May 2009, Newswatch nominated him as one of the 50 Notable Leaders in Corporate Nigeria in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. In Sept 2009, The NEWS selected him as one of 30 Nigeria world-class Entrepreneurs, while in March, City People Media Group honoured him with the award of CEO of the Year.

In October 2010, The Guardian selected him amongst Nigeria’s 20 Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Decade (2000-2010), and in December 2010, the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) awarded him the Most Valuable Personality (Titan Class) for Life Achievement in Advertising Development. In February, 2011, Marketing Edge Magazine honoured him as its Brand Personality of Year 2010. In Nov. 2011, he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Security, Nigeria (FISN).

In December 2012, he received the Brand Power award for Distinction and Long time Achievement and was recognized and honoured by Business World as a Great Nigerian Entrepreneur. In July 2013, he was honoured as one of Chivas’ Top 100 Men in Nigeria and in October of the same year, he was awarded Advertising Man of all Time by The Sun Publishing Limited. He was awarded Most Influential Personality in Advertising in Africa at the 2014 African Development Magazine (ADM) Award of Excellence in Development held on 14th November, 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

In April 2015, Europe Business Assembly (EBA), based in Oxford, UK, honoured him with The Manager of the Year Award, in recognition of his significant input to the success of Troyka Group, which was also awarded Best Regional Enterprise by EBA.

In July 2016, he was awarded the year 2015 Zik Prize in Leadership by the Advisory Board of the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC) for his contributions to the development and growth of the marketing communications industry and, indeed, the Nigerian economy.

In February, 2018, he received The 2017 Silverbird “Extraordinary Business Achievement Award” in recognition of his immense contributions to the Nigerian Society. The following month, on March 15th, 2018, Daar Communications also honoured him with the Daar Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contributions to the development of the advertising industry in Africa. In May 2019, he received from Brand Communicator, the 1st Brandcom Awards Hall of Famer also for his outstanding contributions to the development of the advertising industry.

Recently, on 26th October 2019, the University of Lagos Alumni Association honoured him with their Golden Jubilee Special Recognition Award, in recognition of his contributions to Advertising and Media Development in Nigeria.

A silent philanthropist and public-spirited Nigerian, Mr. Shobanjo in February 2010, was inaugurated as the First Ambassador-General of mass medical mission (mmm) of National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP).

Married to Joyce with 5 children and 8 grandchildren, Mr. Shobanjo’s hobbies include music, tennis, swimming and meeting people


MRS. IBUKUNOLUWA ABIODUN AWOSIKA – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Founder/CEO, The Chair Centre Group for Doctor of Business Administration (D.BM) HonorisCausa

Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.

Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: d.light Design Inc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), Digital Jewel Limited, 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 Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited. She was Chairman, GEMS Africa Limited, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

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).

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). In November 2019, she was appointed as the President of International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC). 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 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 and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.

Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award 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 happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.

Dedicated official hotline through which whistle blowers can provide information directly to the Management

This is to inform all staff and students that the University Administration now has a dedicated official hotline through which whistle blowers can provide information directly to the Management.

Information/reports with respect to sexual harassment of any kind or other matters of interest can be forwarded via SMS or Whatsapp chat to 07063610481.

Kindly note that phone calls to the line will not be entertained; only SMS or Whatsapp chats will be attended to.

Thank you.

M. I. Omosule (Mrs.)
Registrar and Secretary to the Council


OAU to Honour Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Shobanjo, Oramah, Awosika at 44th Convocation

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, have perfected all arrangements to confer Honorary Doctorate Degrees on four eminent Africans whose immense contributions to the socio-economic cum political development of their immediate environments, countries, continent and the world at large have been adjudged invaluable.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, listed the awardees as the Rwandan President, Paul KAGAME; one of Nigeria’s finest Marketing Communications Practitioners who is a quiet but great philanthropist, Mr. Biodun Olusina SHOBANJO; the President of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr. Benedict Okey ORAMAH and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc., Mrs. IbukunOluwa Abiodun AWOSIKA.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s outstanding leadership qualities and achievements in Rwanda, and within and outside Africa, were considered, especially his being actively instrumental to ending the infamous genocide in Rwanda in 1974. It is in recognition of these outstanding and remarkable achievements that President Paul Kagame is to be conferred with the Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa).

For Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, his trailblazing efforts and enduring legacies in the Marketing Communications industry in Nigeria, as the doyen of the industry in the last fifty years and his humane social activism, set him on the pedestal for the award of the Doctor of Letters (D. Lit.) (Honoris Causa) of the University.

Similarly, the University is conferring on Dr. Ben Oramah the Doctor of Sciences D.Sc. (Agric. Economics) (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements and rather unique contributions to finance and trade in Africa; an area in which he had published a book and written several articles.

In the same vein, Mrs. IbukunOluwa Awosika’s indelible corporate achievements, unique and outstanding contributions to the growth of entrepreneurship in the society, in addition to her humane social activism, earned her the recognition of the University with the conferment of the Doctor of Business Administration (D.BM) (Honoris Causa). The four honorary awardees will be conferred with their degrees as part of the events marking the 44th convocation ceremonies of the University holding from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 4th December, 2019.

Admission into OAU Executive MBA Programme for the 2019/2020 Academic Session

Purchase of application form shall be through online only. Candidates can pay application fee and complete the application forms online by following the steps:

Step 1: Log on to http://apply.oaunetque.com.
Step 2: Click on Create application account and use viable personal
e-mail address and password to create an application account.
Step 3: Click on Create New Form to select Executive Master of Business Administration
Step 4: Click on the displayed Form number to open the application form.
Step 5: Click on Remita to pay the application processing fee of N20,000.00 (Twenty thousand Naira only).

1. Applicants should provide two (2) sets of the following documents to support their applications:
(i) Photocopy of all applicable academic and professional certificates
(ii) Photocopy of NYSC Certificate
(iii) Photocopy of O'Level Certificate(s) (WAEC/NECO)
(iv) Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age
(v) Original academic transcript
Applicants should forward one set of the above-listed documents to:

Deputy Registrar/College Secretary,
Postgraduate College,
Obafemi Awolowo University,

The second set of the above-listed documents should be forwarded to:

The Coordinator,
Executive MBA Programme,
Department of Management and Accounting,
Obafemi Awolowo University,

1. Applicants will be notified of the date for the MBA Admission Test (MB AAT) via e-mail in due time.
2. (a). ATM Cards for all banks are supported.
(b) Progress on application forms can be monitored online.
(c) Admission letters will be sent by e-mail and courier.
N.B Any applicant whose original transcript is not available before the admission exercise commences will not be considered for admission.
Duly completed application forms must be submitted online on or before 1st December, 2019

Preliminary Notice of 338th Meeting of Senate on Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Preliminary notice is hereby given of the 338th Meeting of Senate scheduled for 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 in the Main Conference Hall, ICT-Driven Knowledge Park, Computer Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife.

The agenda and papers for the meeting shall be forwarded in due course.

Please keep the date open and kindly attend the meeting punctually.

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