The commercial relations between Nigeria and Ghana has been a very vibrant one in almost all areas of business. Nigeria, being the biggest economy in Africa has always had an upper hand over Ghana and I don’t think the later minds that. Businessmen have contributed greatly to the most recent growth of Ghana’s economy and for sometime now, we have been attributing this growth to the efforts of rich Ghanaian businessmen only. But a recent critical look into the business world in the country revealed that the greater credit goes to Nigerian business tycoons in Ghana. Without any notion of bias or degradation, Nigerians are rated the third biggest investors in the Ghanaian economy and have been discovered to be to a great extent, the real strong pillars holding the economy of the country.
These great men I’m talking about may not be known by all, but they are the masterminds behind big financial institutions, oil companies, insurance companies and other big multinational firms as CEO’s/MD’s and entrepreneurs, wielding the economy of Ghana. Meet the 30+ Nigerian business executives who are controlling Ghana’s economy.
HRM, Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu
HRM, Dr. Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu is the owner of Chi-Bert Group of Companies. The popularity of Dr. Ihenetu is not only business based, it is also culturally based. HRM is the Eze Ndi Igbo of the Igbo people in Ghana. Ihenetu came to Ghana 20 years ago as an ordinary businessman. With his business acumen, the ordinary trade metamorphosed to Chi-bert, what is today a renowned group of companies. The group has interest in oil and gas, transportation, aluminium, agriculture, entertainment among others, and has created employment for both Nigerians and Ghanaians..
Pastor Jude Odim
Pastor Jude Odim, the founder and creator of Hallowed Kids Foundation, is the founding Pastor and the General Overseer of Hallowed Chapel International, also known as Hallowed Outreach Worldwide. He is a diverse entrepreneur with lots of influence in the business and media community in Ghana. His kids foundation is the first NGO to host the first Leadership Reality Show in Ghana dubbed “Children’s Republic” which was premiered on National Television, GTV.
Chief Emmanuel Okeson
Prince Emmanuel Okeson is a Nigerian entrepreneur who sets the pace in the lighting sector in Ghana. He owns City Lights, the biggest lighting company in West Africa. Mr. Okeson who also has investments in other sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including Agriculture, Civil Construction, Real Estate, Water Engineering, Micro Finance and Hospitality, is one of the very few Nigerians recently selected as outstanding personalities, awarded by the West Africa Nobles Forum with the aim to pool together prominent West Africans with sublime achievements. Chief Emmanuel Okeson is one of the biggest individual employers of labour in Ghana. Moved by his love for education, he recently set out to establish the first Nigerian-owned private university in Ghana.
Babalola Babatunde is an oil and gas billionaire whose business is established both in Ghana and Nigeria, his homeland. He owns and runs First Deep Water Discovery Ghana Limited, a big time oil and gas company.
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Dele Momodu is a Ghana-based Nigerian Journalist/Publisher, polemicist, businessman, philanthropist, actor and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that has given publicity to people from all over the World, mainly in Africa. Ovation International is now one of Africa’s most popular celebrity magazines and is also reputed for being the only bi-lingual magazine in Africa, having editions printed in both English and French. He also owns a restaurant in Ghana known as the House of Ovation. He is usually seen at almost all entertainment events in Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards and Laughs and Music Comedy shows which mostly hosts Nigerian comedians in Ghana.
Salma Iddriss Okonkwo
Salma Idriss Okonkwo works at UBI Energy Ghana Limited and Televeras Group; she resigned her job at a multinational oil company and began looking at other aspects of marketing petroleum refined products. She is the woman in charge of affairs at the UBI ENergy Ghana ltd. She has four stations and counting in Kasoa, Kumasi, Lashibi and Dumfoasi in the Volta Region in Ghana. Her husband and family have been a great support towards her ability to generate capital and developing ideas which have made her one of the top female Nigerians in Ghana.
Otunba Micheal Ajayi
Otunba Ajayi is known as the Director General of Ghana-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also the C.E.O. of Vintage Visions Ghana Limited, a company that is mainly involved in organizing Business Summit and other business improving events. Otunba Ajayi organised the first Ghana-Togo-Benin-Nigeria Business summit with the theme: ‘Breaking Barrier and Partnering to Optimise Trade Potential’, back in 2009. Aside being the Chief Executive Officer of Vintage & Visions Limited, he is the author of ‘Nigeria Diplomatic Footprints in Ghana: The Obanikoro Years.’ He recently organised the first of its kind made in Ghana Solo Exhibition; a project which was aimed at helping Ghanaian manufacturers penetrate the Nigerian market. His contributions to the fostering of Ghana-Nigeria relationship has over the years focused on the fostering of economic integration between Nigeria and Ghana.
Mr. Lekan Sanusi
Mr. Olalekan Sanusi is the current Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Limited, Ghana. He was the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Guaranty Trust Bank Limited, Gambia, before he was transferred to Ghana. He has occupied the same post for the bank in Lagos Nigeria. Mr. Sanusi is a genius who holds a first class honors as well as a Master of Science degrees in Economics. In addition, he bagged a Master of Arts degree (with distinction) in Banking & Finance from the University of Sheffield, UK (1996).
He joined the bank for the first time in March 1995, during which time he worked in various Corporate and Commercial Banking Teams/Groups, and also initiated the establishment and management of a number of branches of the bank in Nigeria.
Mr Charles Adeniji is the Chairman/ Managing Director at AlphaSix Nigeria Ltd. Mr Adeniji studied at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND and has over 30 years of experience in the field of oil and gas ( both downstream and upstream). He was the immediate past MD of the West African Pipeline Gas Pipeline Company, WAGPCO in Accra, Ghana. He was also the former Executive Director at OPTS and Regional Manager at CALAEP.
Mr. Gabriel Edgal
Mr. Gabriel Ohioma Edgal is a tested and tried banker who has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UBA Africa, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UBA Ghana Limited, the subsidiary of United Bank, and General Manager and Divisional Head of Group Treasury at United Bank for Africa Plc. He has held several other key positions at different banks including Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Capital Bank International Ltd, Nigeria. He is currently the CEO of First Atlantic Bank Ltd. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Benin, Nigeria and an MBA
Mr. Alexander O. Mbakogu, also known as Alex, became the Managing Director of Leasafric Ghana Limited, which is a leading name in Finance and leasing services in Ghana since August 6, 2015. He served as Chief Finance Officer of C & I Leasing Plc until August 6, 2015 when he took up his current appointment. Mr. Mbakogu has considerable experience in leasing. Prior to joining Leasafric Ghana, he had held several positions in C & I Leasing Plc, including Management Accountant and Head Treasury,
Mr. Dolapo Ogundimu
Mr. Ogundinmu is professional banker who delved into the career way back in his school days. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ogun State University, Nigeria in 1986 and a Master’s in Business Administration from the same University. He has also attended several management development programmes at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria, Columbia Business School New York, International Institute of Management Development (IMD) Switzerland, IESE Barcelona Spain and recently, Kellogg School of Management. He has been in the field for over 25 years and has held positions across various institutions in different parts of the continent. Mr. Ogundimu has a strong record in business combination, strategic planning, and relationship management and is known to have pioneered successful startups including the inception of Guarantee Trust Bank Ghana in 1990.
Mr. Samuel Ayininuola
Mr Samuel Ayininuola is the MD and Chief Executive Officer Energy Bank Ghana Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant with many years of successful banking career at both NAL Merchant Bank Plc and RIMS Merchant Bank Limited. He served as Executive Director, Risk Management and Control and Executive Director, Banking Operations at Union Bank from March, 2006 to August 2009. Mr. Ayininuola graduated with a First Class degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Ife in June 1976. He has an MBA degree from the University of Lagos, in December 1985. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI).
Mr. Banigbe Obafemi
Obafemi Banigbe is the acting CEO and Chief Operations Officer of Millicom Ghana Limited, operator of Tigo. He is also a motivational speaker who usually hold series of conferences for youths. He is a daring young man who loves taking risks. Mr. Banigbe who said the Ghanaian mobile market was challenging has gone ahead to bring about various innovations to Tigo which includes the Tigo Mobile Insurance. Under his leadership, Tigo had realized that the way to go was to deliver value by churning out products and services that are absolutely relevant to customers and would be used optimally.
Mr. Bode Oseni
Mr. Bode Oseni, Acii, Mba is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Regency Alliance Insurance Limited. Mr. Oseni, an Insurance marketing Guru, started his career as a Broker. He served as an Assistant Manager of Man Mountain Insurance Brokers of Nigeria from 1989 to 1991. Prior to his curremnt position, Mr Oseni has held the following positions: he served as Manager of Marine Insurance of Hogg Robinson Nigeria since 1992, held a stint with the defunct Nigeria Arab Bank Ltd as its Manager of Insurance, served as an
Yemi Adetuwo is one of the big men in Ghana who are right there behind the scene controlling fortunes. He joined the Equity Assurance Company, Ghana in 1995. Through his knowledge, experience and expertise which includes: being an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of both London and Nigeria as well as that of the Nigerian Institute of Management, over twenty years working experience in the Insurance Industry, a bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, etc, he rose to the high post of CEO/MD of Equity Assurance Ghana Limited. He has been occupying this position since 2008.
Iyiola is the Managing Director of Multiple Concepts Company Limited, an Advertising company in Accra. He is also the Chairman of Charter House Productions, biggest name in Ghana advertising and showbiz. His company has a rich patronage and it is also the brain behind the annual Ghana Music Awards, Miss Malaika Beauty Pageant, Stars of the Future, National Youth Achievers Awards, the next big thing in GH and a lot of other big events in Ghana. Iyiola also owns a 24 hour entertainment television station GhOne, which is rocking the entertainment industry of Ghana with a lot of support with programs such as the pundits, E-Talk, Glitterati.
Chief Dr. Prince Christopher Obareki
Chief Obareki is aNigeria-born Ghanaian businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who went into business at a very tender age. He is MD/CEO of the famous Ghana-based CHRISBAKI Group Of Companies which encompasses Bar Purity, Baki Farms, Spec Autos Ltd, Bamar properties, Cobagco Nig Ltd etc. The Nigerian royal, Prince Christopher Obareki may not be so much popular as he is a silent achiever. Dr Obareki is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s finest businessmen in diaspora.
Dotun Somoye is the Country Manager of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ghana, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, committed to improving lives by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. He was the Marketing Manager at GlaxoSmithKline before his current appointment in June 2007 where he is responsible for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare business management and development in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia. laxoSmithKline, with its head office at GNAT Height in Accra, markets over 30 vaccines worldwide to prevent potentially life-threatening or crippling illness such as hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping-cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, typhoid, influenza and bacterial meningitis.
Mr. Oliver Alawuba
Mr Oliver Alawuba is one of the prominent intellectuals behind big financial institutions in Ghana. He has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of UBA Africa for Wholesale Bank since May 1, 2014. Mr. Alawuba served as the Chief Executive Officer of UBA West Africa since January 1, 2014, Zonal Director of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited (UBA Ghana) since June 3, 2011,
- Ben Hastrup – Owns and runs Alliance Legal, which has its headquarters in Accra. Ben Hastrup is one of the highly-rated Nigerian lawyers in Ghana today.
- Chief Crystal Djirackor – CEO of Crystal TV runs three TV channels dedicated to African movies, Emmanuel TV and a Music Channel which are mostly watched in Accra.
- Joshua Bola Olalere – Chief Executive of Delight Communications the conveners of Miss Nigeria, Ghana beauty pageant.
- Sola Peregrino Taiwo – C.E.O of 3 Equatumn Associates. Wale Adeoye also runs Premium Advertising Ghana Limited.
- Mr. Oluade Nikiti – Managing Director of AP (Gh.) Ltd.
- Mr. Razak Abiodun – runs Wapic Insurance Co. Ltd.
- Mr. Chuks Okoko – current manager of A-Z Petrolieum Co. Ltd Ghana.
- Ibem Anya – Managing Director of Oando GH Ltd, Ghana and the Owner of Aiban Universal Services Ltd.
- Roy Bernard – manages Capital Assurance, Ghana Limited,
- Dennis O. Carter – Chief Executive Officer at Maxigate Petroleum Ghana Ltd and
- Mr. Uche Okogu – International Energy Insurance (I.E.I) Ghana Limited.
- Kennedy Okosun – owns and runs the biggest upscale stationery outfit in Ghana, KRIF Stationeries.