Anyone who wishes to compile the list of top corporate players in Nigeria will be making a grave error if he or she lives out the name of Otunba Funso Lawal.

A great but quiet achiever, he turned 62 recently.  Though the celebration was planned to be low key, a number of people, from all walks of life, honoured him with their presence at his Ikoyi, Lagos home.

The Ogbomoso, Oyo State-born achiever, who obtained both his first degree and Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA, started his career as a Trainee Engineer in Tenneco Oil in 1979 and became a Systems Analyst with the Control Data Corporation in Denver Colorado. He later moved to Citibank New York in 1985 as one of the pioneer staff of the bank’s new franchise in Nigeria. He rose to the position of the Vice President of the bank in Nigeria and retired from banking in 1992 to set up a group of companies in the oil and gas, financial services and real estate sectors in Nigeria.