By Ngozi Onyeakusi—– The pension industry, through the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) today joined the rest of the world to celebrate its female chief executive officers who have made great impacts in the industry.

Oluwakemi Ugwu – MD/CEO NUPEMCO

Blessing Ugwu – MD/CEO UBA Pensions

Joy Ojakovo – MD/CEO Progress Trust

Aderonke Adedeji – MD/CEO Leadway pensure

Nkem Oni-Egboma – MD/CEO Zenith Pension Custodian

Helen Da-Souza – MD/CEO Trustfund Pensions

Idu Okwuosa – MD/CEO Access Pensiosn

Oghenekaro Ighojvbe – MD/CEO Nigerian Agip CPFA

Amaka Andy-Azike – MD/CEO Fidelity Pensions

Also being appreciated today by PenOp are other women who have contributed their quota in the industry in the past.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PenOp, Oguche Agudah, in a sstatement noted;
“In the pension Industry we celebrate our amazing female chief executives who inspire us all and model women in leadership who #ChooseToChallenge the status quo.

World over, the financial services industry is seen as cut throat, competitive and demanding. The asset management industry in particular is notorious for late nights, demanding budgets and consistent high performance. This is no different in Nigeria: In order to get to the top and stay there, one has to be brilliant, well versed, able to hold their own and have excellent people and leadership qualities.
Nigeria’s pension industry by all standards is very competitive and is constantly evolving. In order to lead in this very competitive and evolving industry, one has to be dynamic and be able to joggle many competing priorities. So that’s why we celebrate our female Chief Executives who have braved the odds to continue to lead their organizations through these turbulent times.
They serve as a source of inspiration to both men and women in their organizations, but also the whole industry and the corporate world at large.
By their strong leadership, they encourage other women to aspire to these positions; they demystify the journey to the top in this competitive industry and they give others permission to succeed.
Nigeria’s pension industry celebrates all its constituents but especially its women folk.
On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate these phenomenal women and all other women who work in the Nigerian pension industry. They inspire us to do better and be better.
Happy International Women’s Day.