The corporate world has come a long way when it comes to acknowledging women for leadership. The top corporate jobs have long been filled almost exclusively by men.
The CEOs of several companies in Nigeria are women.
Here are the highest paid female CEOs of companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Fidelity Bank CEO Onyeali-Ikpe is the highest paid female CEO of a listed company in Nigeria. She earns N110 million in 2022, the same as the previous year.
Onyeali-Ikpe, who has more than 30 years of experience in various banks, succeeds Nnamdi Okonkwo as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank effective January 1, 2021.
She was previously Executive Director, Lagos and South West, where she oversaw the bank’s operations in the six states that make up the bank’s South West region.
Omogiafor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation Plc, a conglomerate that includes Transcorp Hotels Plc, Teragro Commodities Limited, Transcorp Power Limited, TransAfam Power Limited, Transcorp Energy Limited and Transcorp OPL 281 Limited.
In 2022, she will earn N90 million.
She has over twenty years of corporate experience in organizational development, human capital management, banking, change management, hospitality and energy.
She serves on the board of Avon Healthcare Limited in a non-executive capacity and is a member of the corporate finance, investment and risk committees and audit and governance committees. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Nigerian Generating Companies.
Owen holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Benin, Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, alumni of Lagos Business School and IESE Business School in Spain. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Dupe Olusola is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. She is the second woman to lead the organization.
She will earn N62.7 million in 2022, up from N62.6 million in 2021.
Olusola started her career in 2002 as SME Manager for the African Capital Union. She then held various positions at the Teragro Group, including Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications.
In 2016 she joined the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc as Head of Embassies, Multilateral and Development
Organization and Global Investor Services.
She was later named Director of Marketing at UBA. In this capacity she developed and implemented an integrated strategy for all UBA Group banking and non-bank subsidiaries.
In 2020, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc.
Somefun became Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc in 2015.
She will earn N41.7 million in 2022, up from N41.4 million the previous year.
She is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University with a major in English Language and a Ph.D. from Redeemer University. She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School in New York, and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
She started her career in the financial services industry at Peat Marwick and Co. She then moved to Arthur Andersen (now KPMG) and then became Executive Director of Unity Bank plc.