Nigerians In Diaspora

Nigerians are doing extraordinary and remarkable things abroad. This cuts across different areas, bits, and talents. They are those that the nation could be proud of at any point. Here is a list of some of them.

Akinwumi Adeshina

Akinwunmi is the current president of African Development Bank. A position he thoroughly deserves because of his amazing record as a distinguished public servant. A graduate of the University of Ife,(now Obafemi Awolowo University) Adeshina is Nigeria’s former Minister of agriculture and his time in office revolutionized the sector in Nigeria. He particularly intiated a transparent process in the sector’s fertiliser supply chain which helped the cause of local farmers thereby increasing farming activities and boosting food production across the nation. Before his appointment as a minister by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Adeshina had a stint at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) where he served as vice president of policy and partnerships. He also previously worked at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Arunma Oteh

She is the current vice president and treasurer of the World Bank. Ms Oteh is credited for sanitizing Nigeria’s capital market during her time as the Director-General of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The University of Nsukka graduate, had stints with the African Development Bank, Harvard Institute of International Development and Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria before she was appointed as SEC DG by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. Efforts by some unscrupulous politicians in Nigeria’s House of Representatives to rubbish Oteh’s achievements was rebuffed by the Abia state-born woman, who exposed the legislator’s demand for bribe, after which she was given a clean bill of health by PricewaterhouseCoopers following allegations of financial impropriety against her. 

Babs Omotowa

Babs Omotowa: Shell International has recently appointed Babs Omotowa as the Global Vice President (S&E). Babs Omotowa is the outgoing managing director and chief executive officer of NLNG. He will complete his time at NLNG on September 1, 2016 and report to the upstream director across Shell’s conventional, unconventional and deepwater global businesses.

Yemi Babington-Ashaye

Babington-Ashaye is the head, Global Shapers Community and director at the World Economic Forum. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and was a member of the Financial Management Programme at the financial services unit of the American conglomerate General Electric – GE Capital. While working for Nigeria’s former minister of finance,Okojo Iweala, as technical advisor for economic growth, he ensured the integration of economic data and information into the decision-making process, which culminated in the development of State of the Nation reports that guided policy priorities. In addition to overseeing fiscal policy matters, he also designed stakeholder outreach sessions which were effective and applauded by financial experts.

John Boyega

John, Hollywood’s new kid on the block was raised by Nigerian parents in Peckham, South London. He started acting in school plays from an early age right down to his late teens when he trained at the Identity School of Acting, Hackney. Before his huge breakout role in the latest installment of theStar Wars franchise, he acted in the film adaptation of Half of A Yellow Sun, written by fellow Nigerian, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Notably, he was an acquaintance of Damilola Taylor, the Nigerian schoolboy in England who was gunned down in 2000. The story made major headline news.


Hakeem Kae- Kazim

Hakeem Kae- Kazim: Hakeem spent the early part of his life in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to London for training in the Briston Old Vic Theatre School. He went ahead to act in a range of well-known movies like the thrilling Hotel Rwanda, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.You may also recognize his distinct voice from Call of Duty 3 and Halo 3 video games among others.

Adebayo "Bayo" O. Ogunlesi

Adebayo “Bayo” O. Ogunlesi, a Nigerian lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman.
In July 2006, Ogunlesi started the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner.

In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport. In 2009, GIP acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. The Nigerian press has given him the nickname, “The Man Who Bought Gatwick Airport.” GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport, which they bought in 2012, and Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, which they bought in February 2018.