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Ibukun Awosika: My journey as a global force in banking

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Unarguably one of the most exceptionally unique amazons ever produced by the African continent, the story of Ibukunoluwa Abiodun Awosika is intriguing in many ways. Despite being raised in a male-dominated society, she shines as a star, defying all barriers to become a global force in banking, entrepreneurship, and mentorship.

The Founder of The Chair Centre Group, former Chairperson of First Bank of Nigeria, co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Awosika, is a trailblazer and an outstanding motivation to the African girl child that no barrier exists where there is a will. With a net worth of over $18.6 million, according to estimates from Forbes Africa as of 2012, the 61-year-old is worth more than her monetary value, especially when measured by the impact she’s made as an author and motivational speaker.

Awosika, a recipient of many awards from reputable global brands, was a guest on Channels Television’s Amazing Africans programme, during which she shared her journey from ordinary to extraordinary.

Enjoy some excerpts from this interesting interview!

In The Beginning…
I’m very proud of my entire experience at Methodist Girls High School. First, it was a school that had a lot of culture and a lot of values and sought in many ways to influence our minds in an all-round way. I was very active in sports. I was in the school’s relay team from my second year in school. I was pretty fast, as my friends used to call me ‘The Rabbit’. I was very involved in school plays and I used to debate to represent my school in debates and all of that. So, you had a full life; all the other things to do were fun and we were mixed backgrounds so it wasn’t just an elitist school. It was girls from every kind of home but we all got into the class because we were smart and so you learned from each other so it was a good community.

I have a quote here: ‘Seeing my drive as a young entrepreneur, my father used to say I have given birth to this one and if anything happened, he was always present to assist me even if it meant selling his house to pay up any debts’. He never discouraged you and I’m sure that had a great influence on what you felt you were capable of doing when you don’t have to go against your parents you have their full support.

I am a daddy’s girl, no doubts and no apologies. In many ways I think I had a special relationship with my dad, my siblings always say that he was a hardworking man, he believed in the value of working hard but he was also a very simple man in many ways. My father was in many ways the epitome of contentment. A man who worked hard, and pursued his goals but was happy with his estate in life and was comfortable sitting with the President and can sit the next day with the mechanic and have a gist and talk about it.

When we were young if my father’s driver was driving us to school or somewhere, you didn’t have the right to say, ‘My driver’, because you would get told: ‘You don’t have a driver. My driver doesn’t belong to you’. My dad will tell you: ‘He is my driver and you just have the privilege of being driven’.

I didn’t understand when people asked me later in my 20s: ‘Oh you did something, weren’t you afraid it wasn’t a thing that a girl could do? I didn’t understand it because I grew up in a home where we were mainly girls. My dad had mainly girls. Well, they had three boys in their lifetime and one passed and so I have two brothers and there were five girls. So, we were mainly girls and my dad never told us there was something we couldn’t do. Rather, it was about that we could do anything we wanted to do and we got all the support and encouragement to do that.

My mother was the same in many ways. She had left her Cameroonian home at a very young age, she was about 18 when she left to marry the guy she had met. I think my dad had gone on some Man O’ War thing to Cameroon and they met. She had been betrothed to another king or something; her father was the king of their community. She came to Nigeria and they got married. My dad went to England to further his education and my mom was pregnant with me. She had my brother, she was pregnant with me and was waiting to have me when my dad left for school in England and so she waited, had me, and after I think barely a year, she left my brother and myself with my grandmother and she went to join her husband in England.

You’ve described your father as ‘non-traditional’ in more ways than one. He’s also non-traditional when it comes to maybe even viewing women would you say?

In many ways. I had the liberty of expression, that’s the word I would use and I think that went for myself and all my siblings. My dad was strict in terms of values. He was strict especially because we were mainly girls but as he was strict in terms of making sure he kept us on the straight and narrow path, he was a very supportive, liberated parent in terms of expressing ourselves.

It’s not only your parents who passed on some important life lessons, your grandmother also has played a significant role in your life. Could you let us know how she also lent herself to your trajectory and success?

Well, I think my grandmother had the most influence in nurturing my early years because my grandmother was responsible for me until my parents came back from England by the end of ‘68, early ’69, when I was about 6 or 7 years old or thereabouts. So, the early years of my life were my grandmother’s to nurture. They used to call her by my name ‘cos she had only boys and I was the girl she raised. She had a little shop in our family compound area in Ibadan. My family is from the capital of Oyo State in Ibadan and my grandmother used to sell salt. She had this little shop where she used to sell salt and little things. I think maybe my first exposure to business was sitting in my grandmother’s little store and joyfully handing over products to customers.

I had things figured out so when you follow the trail, you will see just how much the hand of God played in my life you know. When I was in secondary school, I thought I wanted to become a doctor and then I found out that Medical School involved working with real dead bodies and I quickly changed my mind. It was that simple for me, I couldn’t imagine myself playing around with dead bodies so I gave up on being a doctor. Then I thought I wanted to be an architect. Anyway, I ended up in the university to study Chemistry but by the end of my first year in Chemistry, I realised I didn’t love it. I could pass Sciences but it wasn’t a love for me and I wasn’t enjoying it. So, I then thought okay I’d like to be a lawyer because everybody thought I’d make a great lawyer. After all, I used to debate so well and I thought they might just be right. I remember going to sit outside the office of the Dean of Law every day for many days until his secretary said to the man: ‘Look you have seen this young lady, she’s been coming here every day’. And then, this elderly professor, he is dead now. He asked me to come in and asked me: ‘What can I do for you young lady?’ And I said: ‘Sir, I’d like to transfer to law next session.’ The man looked at me and had a good laugh and thought: ‘I like your guts. You know if I only take one person next session it will be you but you must pass very well’. I said, ‘Yes sir’. However, that would be my problem because once you pass very well my department will never release me to him and if I didn’t pass well enough, he wouldn’t take me. I had a Catch 99 Situation. Anyway, I resolved the situation myself because by the end of the session, I changed my mind about wanting to be a lawyer. I now decided I would like to be a Chartered Accountant so I could go and work in a bank.

During my youth service, I was a very rich corper because I was very busy; I was presenting a programme on CTV in Kano. They had some commercial programmes that I used to present. I was doing voiceover and commercials. I was running aerobics classes for private clients because I was an athlete even up to my university level. So I was doing everything to open up myself and I was making money doing that.

From Auditing To Furniture-Making
When I decided I didn’t want to do the audit anymore, I came back home and when I came back I didn’t want to sit down. I had been making my own money and now I didn’t want to go back to my parents to start asking for allowances or anything so I wanted any job I could find first. So, the first job I could get was in a Furniture Company, one week after I came back from Youth Service. Now, I just wanted something to kill time I still had my eyes on going to work in the bank and I only lasted three and a half months in that company. First, I realised whilst there why I had thought about studying Architecture ‘cos all the creative part of me came alive and I realized I was in my element in terms of what I was doing there but I didn’t like the value system of the company and the way they did their business.

I realised working there that when they hired the carpenters, they came with their tools, and that the expensive machinery, there were smaller versions of them, and you could rent the use of those machines without even buying them and there are places where you go and do pay-as-you-go for them to process things for you. There were different factors of production available in this space and all I had to do was think of how to bring them together with three carpenters, two sprayers and two upholsters that was the team.

Building A Transgenerational Business
When I was 31 years old and going on 32, I had my second child. I decided then that I would like to build the business to the highest possible level but I wanted to have a life and in wanting to have a life, I made up my mind that the business must be able to survive without me and I wanted to do it in my lifetime and not when I’m dead so I decided that by 50 I was going to be out of running my business every day. By 48, I had a firm come in and consolidate all my businesses as they were into the Group and then picked people to manage the business in different levels. I have the title of CEO (but) right now I just tell them to refer to me as the founder because I don’t run the business. I have a COO who has the CEO responsibilities, running the entire business and she’ll get his title soon enough. For the past so many years now, I have kept my eye on the business. I’m responsible, I’m focused on helping them in terms of trying to identify the right strategy and if we want to get into new businesses but I’ve allowed the Group to try and find its way without me and I’ve always shunned any temptation to go back.

Why?

Because if you really want a business to outlive you it has to be able to live without you.

Culled from www.channelstv.com

 

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BUA owner, Abdul Samad Rabiu loses $1.2 billion as naira weakens against U.S. dollar

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Nigerian billionaire businessman Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group, one of Africa’s fastest-growing manufacturing and industrial

Nigerian billionaire businessman Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group, one of Africa’s fastest-growing manufacturing and industrial conglomerates, has seen his net worth tumble $1.2 billion amid the recent weakness of the naira against the U.S. dollar.

Rabiu, ranked as Nigeria’s third-richest person and Africa’s sixth by Forbes, has experienced a notable drop in his wealth figures in recent times.

Since the start of the week, Rabiu’s net worth has fallen from $7.1 billion to $5.9 billion, a significant $1.2-billion decline. This drop has pushed him down to the 497th richest person globally, highlighting the severity of the impact.

Naira weakness behind Rabiu’s setback

The recent weakness of the naira has been cited as the primary cause behind Rabiu’s recent financial setback. The Nigerian currency has weakened for four straight days, erasing earlier gains after reaching three-month highs.

This decline is compounded by dwindling domestic dollar liquidity, further pressured by Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves falling to a seven-year low.

On Tuesday, the naira depreciated further against the U.S. dollar, closing at 1,300 naira per dollar at the official market. In response to this worrying trend, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intensified efforts to stabilize the exchange rate.

A new circular released Tuesday revealed the CBN is selling additional dollars to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators.

Wealth anchored in public listings

Nigerian billionaire Abdul Samad Rabiu’s fortune is largely tied to his publicly traded companies. Rabiu maintains significant control, with a 99.8-percent stake in BUA Foods and a 96.29 percent stake in BUA Cement.

BUA Cement, the nation’s second-largest cement producer, boasts a market capitalization of N4.85 trillion ($3.9 billion). BUA Foods, the country’s most valuable listed food and agri-business company, holds a market cap of N6.84 trillion ($5.53 billion).

Naira volatility ripples through wealth

However, Rabiu, like many Nigerian business leaders, faces challenges due to the naira’s volatility against the dollar. This broader currency weakness raises critical questions about Nigeria’s economic resilience in the face of external pressures.

The decline in Rabiu’s net worth exemplifies the significant impact of currency fluctuations on the fortunes of Nigeria’s wealthy. This trend potentially signals wider challenges for the nation’s economy and top earners.

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Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya seeks $1-million funding for initiative

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Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya is leveraging his skills to raise $1 million for Chess in Slums Africa (CISA), an initiative he

Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya is leveraging his skills to raise $1 million for Chess in Slums Africa (CISA), an initiative he founded in 2018.

CISA focuses on educational development and youth empowerment in underserved communities across Africa.

Onakoya recently shattered the world record for the longest chess marathon, playing for more than 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square. This feat not only secured him a Guinness World Record but also boosted fundraising efforts for CISA, which aims to improve educational opportunities for African children.

Tunde Onakoya’s marathon for change

Playing against Shawn Martinez for two and a half days straight, Onakoya’s daring move secured a new record and fueled his non-profit’s $1-million fundraising campaign. CISA, in partnership with the U.S. non-profit “The Gift of Chess,” aims to distribute 1 million chess sets to impoverished communities by 2030, enriching the lives of underprivileged children.

Onakoya announced the achievement on social media, highlighting his dedication to supporting African education. “We have done it,” he wrote. “This is our why — the reason we are doing this… Together, we can make this happen.”

“This initiative will help us distribute one million chess sets by 2030,” Onakoya said, emphasizing his role as a board member of “The Gift of Chess.” The marathon, held in Times Square, surpassed the previous record set by Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad in 2018.

CISA’s chess empowerment mission

Founded in 2018, CISA utilizes chess as a tool to empower children in marginalized African communities. The organization’s core mission is to foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and strategic planning in young minds, ultimately enhancing their overall well-being.

Onakoya’s record-breaking feat doubles as a million-dollar fundraising campaign. He aims to empower one million underprivileged children within five years by providing free chess instruction, after-school programs, and tournaments.

Onakoya’s unwavering determination serves as an inspiration. He showcases the power of passion and perseverance in driving positive change. Through his efforts, he strives to make a lasting impact on the lives of African children, demonstrating the transformative potential of education and community support.

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Nigerian tycoon Atedo Peterside loses $3.4million from Stanbic IBTC stake

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Nigerian businessman Atedo Peterside has encountered a substantial decline in his wealth following the downturn in the market value of his

Nigerian businessman Atedo Peterside has encountered a substantial decline in his wealth following the downturn in the market value of his stake in Stanbic IBTC Holdings (Stanbic IBTC) since Jan. 16.

This decline is primarily attributed to the devaluation of the naira and a notable decrease in the shares of the leading bank.

According to market data tracked by Billionaires.Africa, Peterside, who ranks among the country’s wealthiest bankers, has seen the market value of his stake in Stanbic IBTC decline by N2.14 billion ($3.41 million) since Jan. 16. This decline comes as investors on the local bourse continue to reduce their stakes in the financial service group.

Stanbic IBTC’s shares dip, investors face losses
Stanbic IBTC, a leading player in Nigeria’s financial services sector with a total asset value of N5.146 trillion ($4.1 billion), has seen its market capitalization drop below $600 million from over a billion dollars. The primary drivers of this decline are the challenging financial landscape in Nigeria and the devaluation of the country’s currency, the naira.

The devaluation, combined with a significant 23.36 percent decrease in Stanbic IBTC’s share price on the Nigerian Exchange, has led to a decline from N68.5 ($0.0715) to N52.50 ($0.04514) since January 16. Consequently, shareholders, including Atedo Peterside, have recorded substantial losses amounting to millions of dollars.

Peterside, a prominent figure in the Nigerian banking industry and founder of Anap Business Jets Limited and Atedo N. A. Peterside Foundation, holds a 1.14-percent stake in Stanbic IBTC, equivalent to 133,611,115 ordinary shares in the group.

Due to the slump in Stanbic IBTC shares and currency fluctuation, the market value of Peterside’s stake has decreased by N2.14 billion ($3.41 million) over the past 92 days, from N9.15 billion ($9.56 million) on Jan. 16 to N7.01 billion ($6.15 million).

Peterside anticipates lucrative dividends
While Atedo Peterside faces a significant decline in his stake in Stanbic IBTC, he remains poised to benefit from impressive dividends proposed by the leading Nigerian bank this year. Nigerian banks have showcased remarkable financial performance at the end of the 2023 fiscal year.

Buoyed by rising domestic interest rates and favorable foreign exchange movements, Stanbic IBTC reported a 74 percent year-on-year surge in profit to N140.62 billion ($108.9 million), surpassing the N80.81 billion ($62.5 million) profit recorded in 2022. The bank’s stellar performance solidifies its position as a powerhouse in Nigeria’s banking sector.

In line with its commitment to shareholder value and compliance with CBN regulations, Stanbic IBTC’s board of directors has proposed a dividend of N2.20 ($0.001712) per share, totaling N28.5 billion ($22.12 million), to be distributed from retained earnings. This impressive dividend announcement underscores the bank’s resilience, innovation, and unwavering pursuit of excellence in Nigeria’s financial landscape.

 

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Nigerian gambling magnate Kessington Adebutu faces $4million loss in Wema Bank shares

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Renowned Nigerian gambling magnate Kessington Adebutu has seen a notable decline in his wealth due to a recent drop in the market value of

Renowned Nigerian gambling magnate Kessington Adebutu has seen a notable decline in his wealth due to a recent drop in the market value of his stake in Wema Bank, one of the country’s oldest lenders.

According to data tracked by Billionaires.Africa, Adebutu, one of Nigeria’s richest men, has witnessed a N4.6 billion ($4.03 million) decline in the market value of his holding in the financial institution over the past 16 days.

This recent setback follows a surge in his fortune between March 8 and March 20, when his stake in Wema Bank increased by $2.3 million, propelling his net worth from N25.88 billion ($17.30 million) to N29.43 billion ($19.67 million).

Over the decades, Wema Bank, a financial services provider, has evolved into one of the country’s leading financial institutions. It boasts Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, and is also one of Nigeria’s most resilient banks with decades of experience in the financial services sector.

Wema Bank’s shares on the NGX have plunged 15.29 percent, dropping from N8.50 to N7.20 (or $0.0075 to $0.0063) at the time of writing. This decline has pushed the bank’s market capitalization below $80 million and caused substantial losses for its shareholders.

In its recent report, the bank disclosed fraud losses exceeding $500,000 for 2023. The losses, totaling N685.59 million ($593,000), stemmed from various sources, including the bank’s digital channels, collection and payment systems, and third-party integrations.

Kessington Adebutu, founder of Nigeria’s oldest gaming company, Premier Lotto Limited, holds a significant 28.09 percent stake in Wema Bank through Neemtree Limited, a special purpose vehicle established in 2013 for targeted investments.

The recent downturn in Wema Bank’s share price has impacted the value of Adebutu’s stake. It has decreased from N30.04 billion ($26.34 million) on April 2 to N25.45 billion ($22.31 million), representing a loss of N4.60 billion ($4.03 million). Despite this financial setback, Adebutu remains one of the wealthiest investors on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX).

 

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83-year-old General Jemibewon files for divorce with wife of over 40 Years, Modupe

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83-year-old ex-miniater of Police Affairs, General David Jemibewon (Rtd) is currently in court seeking an end to his marriage of over 40

83-year-old ex-miniater of Police Affairs, General David Jemibewon (Rtd) is currently in court seeking an end to his marriage of over 40 years with his known wife, Mrs Modupe Jemibewon who is in her 70s.

A YouTuber, Adeola Agoro made the revelation in a video on her account, @SisiAdeolaAgoroOA.

The General is said to have claimed in the divorce suit that he was not legally married to Modupe. He also said he is no longer happy with their union.

He has also been separated from his wife for over two years as his children are said to have moved him away from their Abuja home where he used to live with Modupe. They have lost contact since then until she got served the divorce suit recently.

General Jemibewon was married (in 1965) to Comfort Jemibewon (née Oni), who passed away on July 22, 2015 at the age of 70. He took Modupe as a second wife (in the 70s) while still married to his first wife, who gave him 5 children, Dele, Femi, Tayo, Bimbo and Yomi.

General David and Modupe Jemibewon have one daughter together. She got married in 2019.

For the past three decades, Modupe has been synonymous with the Kogi-born General as his wife. They stepped out together at many social functions.

She is equally a well known society woman. Even as recently as the Valentine’s Day in 2021 when they both granted a newspaper interview where they spoke sweetly of their love life. It however remains unknown, what had gone so bad between them.

It was also revealed that Mrs Modupe has been reaching out to people she thought could help her prevail on the General to have a change of mind.

However, the octogenerian General seemed hell-bent in his resolve and he enjoys the full backing of the five children he had from his first marriage. There had been no love lost between the children and Modupe right from the beginning and she is pointing at their direction for manipulating their dad.

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Cautionary tale of Tinuade Sanda… How administrative recklessness, egotism, quickened her fall

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Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward. Ask Dr. Tinuade Sanda, if she could turn back the hands of time, she

Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward. Ask Dr. Tinuade Sanda, if she could turn back the hands of time, she would heed the voice of caution.

Every passing second, she rues how an appointment that she never really understood and was ill-prepared for, eventually manifested as her curse.

The embattled boardroom lioness, who recently faced removal as the MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (Eko Disco), has now been dismissed from her position at the holding company, West Power & Gas (WPG).

At her dismissal, she came by the sudden realisation that tragedy is hardly glamorous. Now, she knows it doesn’t play out in real life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred without an underlying cause or mortal trigger. Its horrors are never solely attributable to the proverbial odds. Tragedy is tangled and nasty, injudicious and confusing. And quite avoidable too at the appropriate deployment of caution.

At her sack, Sanda spent each day ruing her disregard for caution. Eventually, she came to accept that a milligram of caution is always worth a double quintal of remorse. Had she understood this early enough, she might have avoided her current tragedy.

Her journey into infamy started with a step, and her fall with a stumble.

As she crashed and burned, her whole world went completely black covered in the soot of her searing. The air looked black. The sun looked black. She laid up in bed and stared at the black walls of her house, wishing that some miracle would happen and she would receive a sudden recall to her esteemed and former position as EKEDC head honcho. She was, however, surprised to see the world didn’t stop. It was at this point that she understood the depth of her naivete all along.

Sanda’s tragedy may be attributed to her arrogance. Now that it has cost her, her job, she understands that superciliousness is a devious trait, ridding the conceited of wisdom and native intelligence. All it left her with was a sharp tongue, a rancid repute and a pointing finger. The arrogant leader never really learns much from hearing herself speak but it took her unceremonious sack for Tinuade Sanda to not know that.

Losing her job with Eko Disco was a great tragedy. More tragic in the sense, that, even after she was booted out of her high office, she hoped against reason that somehow, she would be reinstated.

She fought to be reinstated but contrary to her expectation, she wasn’t restored to her position, instead, she was given the boot from West Power & Gas (WPG), the parent company of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), weeks after she was asked to return to the firm (WPG).

Until she was posted to the EKEDC as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Sanda served as the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of WPG, a consortium of local businesses owning a 60 per cent stake and controlling interest in Eko Disco.

Sanda, who has been in the eye of the storm, following a boardroom crisis at the distribution company, was relieved of her duties at WPG via a letter dated April 17, 2024, and signed by the company’s Chair, Charles Momoh.

Sanda could eventually signal the restoration of peace and stability to the company which mainly supplies electricity to Lekki, Ibeju, Lagos Island, Orile, Ijora, Apapa, Mushin, Festac, Ojo, Ajah and Agbara.

Sanda’s sack from WPG concludes a series of high-profile shifts in leadership within the organization, driven by directives from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Until her removal as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the EKEDC, Sanda carried on like a lioness who deemed the boardroom as her jungle. Thus she roared at will, threatening the peace of both the old and young in her orbit.

However, unlike the feral cat, Sanda neither lived nor worked in a jungle. She wasn’t a lioness either. She was simply a parlour pet of the powers that be, who mistook herself to be a wild cat.

Women, like Sanda, have served all these centuries, in various capacities. But only a handful of them eventually flourish by their genius, humility, and delicious power interred in their femininity. Sanda enjoyed a perfect opportunity to prove her prowess, puncture the anti-female boardroom stereotype, and tower twice her natural size, above her male and female peers but she blew it.

She was booted out of her high offices at EKEDC and WPG as a consequence of high-wired politics and power play that took place over several months.

Although there was initially some vigorous pushback by her supporters, Sanda, who openly challenged her removal and dismissed it as unacceptable lost in the acrimonious battle to reclaim her spot.

If Tinuade has learned any lesson now, it must be that conceit is the ugliest armour a woman could wear. While the world saw her as a tiresome magpie, she looked down on the world, her husband included, thinking how ugly and despicable they all were.

The scariest aspect of being sacked from her exalted positions EKEDC and WPG, is her lack of moral and emotional support at the homefront.

But she has herself to blame. Tinuade deserted her home and ended her marriage at the cusp of the ascent of her career ladder. Insiders revealed that she brazenly called it quits with her husband, Sola Sanda, and moved out of their matrimonial home with the kids, into a posh residence in Ikoyi.

Thus as her ordeal persists, she has no shoulders to cry on and no one to wipe her tears. And this revealed sources very close to her, has aggravated the emotional strain that she has been experiencing since she became embroiled in the high-wired powerplay that cost her, her job.

Tinuade’s vanity is unprecedented, according to very close sources to her. She simply chose to live for herself and spared no expense in giving herself a treat. Now that her love for selfish treats has led to a searing trial, she has only herself to blame.

The Capital findings revealed that she would have avoided her sad fate if she had displayed the necessary tact, brilliance and humility required to run the EKEDC.

For a woman who allegedly drew a N20 million monthly salary aside from other hefty but undisclosed allowances, she undoubtedly shot herself in the foot with her crass display of insolence and disdain for both senior and junior colleagues, argued insiders.

So disgusted was the company’s board with her perceived misconduct that all the members allegedly voted for her immediate dismissal as the company’s MD/CEO.

At her sack by EKEDC, she thought she would enjoy a reprieve from WPG, its parent company, but the latter deemed it wiser to disengage with her in a bid to avoid complications arising from the high-wired boardroom politics triggered by her leadership at the EKEDC.

Why Sanda’s appointment was terminated by WPG

The official reasons why West Power & Gas Limited, the parent company of Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP) sacked the immediate former MD/CEO of the electricity distribution company, Ms Tinuade Sanda has emerged.

Meanwhile, the firm did not give reasons for sacking Sanda in the termination letter.

But in an internal document obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday, the company accused Ms Sanda of running EkoDisco at an economic loss of 25 per cent way above the 20 per cent target of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

In the document dated April 1, 2024 and titled: “Management changes at Eko Disco executive summary,” the firm said she lost the confidence of her Directors and shareholders. The company also accused Ms Sanda of causing division in the company, despite failing to perform to the expectations of the shareholders.

The document partly read: “Eko Disco is operating at a loss level of 25% compared to the NERC target of 20%. Meanwhile, Ikeja Disco outperforms their NERC set target of 19% with a loss level of 17%.

“This is poor compared to our 25% loss level. Customer quality dictates that Eko Disco should naturally outperform Ikeja Disco if it is run properly.

“The past MD has recently been publishing misleading information in online and print media falsely claiming to be MD of the Disco. Such actions, and the suspicion that she was behind the highly defamatory campaigns and false petitions against the board on this matter have severely soured her relationship with the Board.

“The Company must move past this unfortunate period with unity both in management and The Board with a new MD. The MD instigates division among her management colleagues and amongst the board members.

“She has misled the Board regarding information provided by the Board on the activities and indebtedness of the company and has lost the confidence of the majority of the Board and shareholders who hold at least 70% of the core investor company. Under this scenario, the MD has no place anymore with the company.

“The past MD shows a lack of respect for individual directors. She was at one time suspended for being extremely rude to the former BPE DG who was on Eko Disco Board.”

“In conclusion, the past MD has failed to perform to the expectations of the shareholders, has sowed division in the company, has disrespected her Directors, has misled her Directors and the public, and has lost the confidence of her Directors and shareholders,” it also read.

Sources: TheCapital

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