Full Name: Bilkisu Abiodun Motunrayo Omobolanle Adekola
Born: December 24, 1962
Birth place: Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Other names: Blessing Ibukun Awosika
Alma mater: Methodist Girls’ High School, Obafemi Awolowo University, Lagos Business School, IESE Business School
Famous as: Business magnate, author, motivational speaker
Years active: 1989–present
Employer: First Bank of Nigeria
Organization: SOKOA Chair Centre Limited
Books: Business His Way
Spouse(s): Abiodun Awosika
Siblings: Funmi Adeyinka, Remi Adekola
Biographical and educational history
Ibukun Awosika was born as the third child of seven children in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Ibukun completed her primary and secondary school education at St. Pauls African Church Primary School, Lagos and Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba respectively before she proceeded to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where she graduated with a B.Sc in Chemistry.
Ibukun Awosika holds post graduate and MBA certificates upon the completion of several business programmes at the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School.
While on her compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps service, Ibukun Awosika worked as an audit trainee at Akintola Williams & Co. upon her love for architecture before she left for Alibert Nigeria Ltd. as showroom manager.
In her quest to be independent, she established a furniture manufacturing company called Quebees Limited in 1989 before it evolved into The Chair Centre Limited and later SOKOA Chair Centre Limited following a venture merge with SOKOA S.A and Guaranty Trust Bank in 2004.
A fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and Aspen Global Leadership Network, Ibukun is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, member of the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and former Chairperson, Board of Trustees of Women in Management, Business and Public Service.
In 2011, Ibukun Awosika co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, a career centre established in order to checkmate the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria.
On September 7, 2015, Ibukun Awosika became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria following the resignation of Prince Ajibola Afonja.
Ibukun Awosika is member of IESE’s International Advisory Board (IAB). She also sits on the board of Digital Jewel Limited and Cadbury Nig Plc.
In 2008, Ibukun Awosika was among five Nigerian entrepreneurs who appeared in the first African version of the Dragon’s Den. She also hosts a T.V programme called Business His Way.
The “Girl” Entrepreneurs
Business His Way
Awards and recognitions
2005 THISDAY Newspaper Annual Merit Award Entrepreneur of The Year Nominated
Success Digests Magazine’s Annual Enterprise Award Female Entrepreneur of the Year Nominated
2006 Financial Standard and Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition Best Female Entrepreneur of The Year Nominated
FATE Foundation Awards FATE Model Entrepreneur Award of The Year Won
2007 International Women Society Award Golden Heart Award Won
2008 International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award Won
2015 YNaija Person of The Year Nominated
2020 Africa Forbes Woman Awards
2020 Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Award Won
Family and personal life
Ibukun Awosika is married to Abiodun Awosika with whom she has three children.