Full Name: Belinda Ajoke Olubunmi Adenuga
Born: May 29, 1986
Birth place: Lagos state
Education: Northeastern University University of Massachusetts
Famous as: Executive Vice Chairman at Globacom
Years active: 2019 – present
Spouse(s): Jameel Disu
Parent(s): Mike Adenuga (father) Folake Adenuga (mother)
Grandparents: Juliana Oyindamola, Michael Agbolade Adenuga Sr
Biographical and educational history
Bella Disu was born on 29 May 1986 to Emelia Adefolake Marquis, a Nigerian entrepreneur and Mike Adenuga, the chairman of Globacom.
She was educated in Lagos, first at Corona School, Victoria Island and then at Queen’s College for her secondary education.
In 1998, she left Queen’s College for the Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, where she graduated in 2000.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, US and an M.Sc in Leadership from Northeastern University, Boston.
In 2004, Bella Disu joined Globacom Ltd, a multinational telecommunications company operating in Ghana and Nigeria, and is now the group executive director.
In 2011, she took on an additional role of group executive director of Cobblestone Properties and Estates Limited to become CEO in 2015.
She is a non-executive director of a Nigerian construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, and a director at Abumet Plc, a glass and aluminium manufacturing company, also in Nigeria.
In January 2019, she assumed the role of executive vice chairman of Globacom after joining the firm in 2004.
Bella Disu attended the Africa CEO Forum that year, where she had a private meeting with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
She was also a keynote speaker at the Women in Business Initiative of the Africa CEO Forum. and she joined 149 other global business leaders like Aliko Dangote, Jim Ovia and Tony Elumelu at the 2019 Choose France International Business Summit held at the Chateau de Versailles in France.
At the summit, she announced a deal with Nokia Alcatel-Lucent, to supply, install, and integrate a new Sure Pay Intelligent Network platform.
On the 31st of October 2019, as Executive Director of Cobblestone properties, she unveiled a 10-storey luxury apartments at Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos State which is called ‘Sisi Paris’.
Bella Disu is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Directors and the Nigerian Institute of Management.
Family and personal life
In April 2010, Bella Disu married Jameel Disu, a venture capitalist, and they have two children.
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Bella Disu is the founder and president of Bella Disu Foundation, a nonprofit organization which says it aims to help less privileged children by providing education and employment skills.
She is a promoter of the French language and culture through the Alliance Française Project at the Mike Adenuga Alliance Française Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
She is listed as a “sustainer” of music by the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Wall of Fame for her contributions in encouraging a better environment for musical learning.
Bella Disu, representing the Mike Adenuga Foundation (MAF), donated N1.5 billion to Federal Government and Lagos State government to support Nigeria’s fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Awards and recognition
Bella Disu was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in December 2019, for her contributions on preservation of arts and culture especially her coordination of the construction of the Alliance Francaise Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.