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.Â 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 bankâ€™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.