In acknowledgement of his contributions to national and societal development, the governing council of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) has conferred Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa on Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede at the 27th Convocation Ceremony of the University held in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
During the recent ceremony, Prof (Mrs.) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University and Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), who presented Aig-Imoukhuede to the institution’s Governing Council for degree conferment noted that “the University only confers its honorary degrees on deserving and outstanding individuals, who are exemplary in their endeavours and have shown strength of character”.
She added that “as a symbol of the university’s recognition of Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede’s contributions to nation building and sustainable development, as well as our association with his vast achievements in the different facets of human endeavours, the University has found him worthy of its Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa”.
Aig-Imoukuede, founder and Chairman of Coronation Capital Limited, an Africa-focused private equity and proprietary investment firm established in 2014, is a lawyer, investment banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He is also founder of the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), a not-for-profit organisation, established as a catalyst for high public sector performance; bringing leadership, funding and private sector innovation in a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of the public sector.
An enterprising leader, Aig-Imoukhuede led the 2002 acquisition of Access Bank as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, and oversaw the transformation of the bank to top-5 leadership position in Nigeria, with assets of $12 billion and 350 branches employing 20,000 staff members in nine countries.
While serving as Access Bank CEO, Aig-Imoukhuede chaired the Presidential and National banking industry committees and founded the FMDQ OTC Exchange, which today specialises in fixed income securities and derivatives before his retirement from Access Bank in December 2013.
His banking and finance career spans three decades, and earned him numerous national and international recognitions, including the Commander of the Order of the Niger “CON”, conferred by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for his contributions to the development of banking and finance; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (West Africa); and African Banker Magazine’s “African Banker of the Year”.
Aig-Imoukhuede’s commitment to the development of financial markets has seen him take prominent roles within Nigeria’s financial and capital markets. Notable amongst these was his election as President of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2012; Co-Chairmanship of the UK-Nigeria Capital Market Task Force, and Chairmanship of Board of Trustees of the Financial Market Dealers Association, and Wapic Insurance.
A director of TCX Investment Management Company Netherland, Aig-Imoukhuede is an entrepreneurial philanthropist, whose social engagements include; Chairman of Friends Africa, a partner organisation of the Global Fund, Co-Chairman of the Board of GBC Health, and founding member of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria.
In recognition of his private sector experience and the transformational effect of his foundation on Africa’s public sector, he was invited and accepted to the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford in June 2017, and more recently inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to his law degrees, Aig-Imoukhuede holds a Trium MBA, jointly awarded by the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC Paris.