Many thinks Africans especially Nigerians are more dependent when it comes to creativity, but the story is no more the same. You can’t mention Games and CEO in Africa without reckoning Nimi and Bestman Games, a traditional family board game.
On CEO Faces today, we present to you Nimi Akinkugbe.
Nimi Akinkugbe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bestman Games Ltd, a leading African games company and the African distributor of customized Hasbro games including the world famous Monopoly Boardgame for 48 African countries. The City of Lagos Edition of Monopoly, the first African city edition of Monopoly, was launched in December 2012.
Prior to this, she enjoyed a successful banking career spanning 23 years first at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc where she rose to the position of General Manager and Head, Private Banking and Director Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd. Subsequently she joined Barclays Bank Plc as Regional Director (West Africa) for the Wealth & Investment Management Division and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria.
Achieving financial security ranks as a major source of concern, and Nimi seeks to harness the use of financial inclusion and financial literacy as tools for youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and economic development. Under the auspices of the brand “Money Matters with Nimi,” through speaking engagements, television and radio appearances and social media, the Monopoly Board Game and her book, “A – Z of Personal Finance,” Nimi provides frank, practical insights to create a greater awareness and understanding of personal finance and wealth management issues.
She regularly contributes articles to leading publications including Genevieve Magazine, Business Day, the Punch Newspapers, and the Guardian Newspapers. Her articles are also featured in a host of other publications, websites and blogs including, Bella Naija, Lagos Mums, and Eden Lifestyle.
Meet Mrs Nimi Akinkugbe Live on CEO Faces
Mrs Nimi Akinkugbe was born in Port Harcourt and lived in Lagos until she was 7 years old when her family moved to East Africa where her late father Mr. F.I. Ajumogobia was UNESCO Chief of Mission. She grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and attended the International School of Tanganyika, and later Limuru Girls School, Limuru, Kenya before returning to Nigeria for her O’ Levels at the International School, Ibadan. On completion of her Bachelors’ degree at the London School of Economics, she formalized her interest in Music by obtaining a piano teaching diploma from the Royal College of Music in London before returning to Nigeria to participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme. She do say, “I never thought of living anywhere else. It was always my plan to come back to Nigeria. I never contemplated living or working abroad.”
Nimi’s directorships include The Play Pen (Child Development Centre). House of Tara International, Financial Derivatives Company and Letsego Micro Finance Bank. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ajumogobia Science Foundation, a member of the Artistes Committee of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), a member of the Selection Committee of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program. She is a member of the Lagos State Economic Advisory Committee.
In her spare time Nimi is a keen gardener, loves boating, writing, and playing the piano.