Mrs Opunimi Akinkugbe popularly known and called Nimi Akinkugbe is an entrepreneur, personal finance and wealth management expert who transited from the corporate world to a full-fledged entrepreneur. Her mission is simple; to create financial literacy in Africa which she does through different platforms. She offers interesting and practical insight into understanding personal finance as well as wealth management.
Opunimi Akinkugbe was born in Port Harcourt and hails from Akuku-Toru, Rivers State Nigeria. Nimi Akinkugbe lived in Lagos State until she was 7 years old when she moved to East Africa where her late father, Mr. F.I Ajumogobi was UNESCO Chief of Mission.
She grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and attended International School of Tanganyika, and later Limuru Girls School, Limuru, Kenya and finally returned to Nigeria for her O’Levels at International School, Ibadan.
Nimi Akinkugbe has a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from Lagos State Business School. She has an interest in music which she formalized by obtaining a Piano Teaching Diploma (ARCM) from Royal College of Music, London.
Nimi Akinkugbe is married to Yinka Akinkugbe and they are blessed with three children.
Nimi Akinkugbe Career
Nimi Akinkugbe worked with Stanbic IBTC Plc as General Manager and Head, Private Banking and also as the Director of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management. Afterwards, she joined Barclays Bank and served as West African Regional Director for Wealth & Investment Management Division and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria.
Nimi Akinkugbe yearned for flexibility to pursue other interests and time for the people and things she loves to do so she left banking after 23 years to establish a game company, Bestman Games Ltd.
Bestman Games Ltd, established in 2012, is a leading African games company based in Lagos Nigeria and is the African distributor of customised editions of Hasbro games for 48 African countries. Its flagship product is Hasbro’s world-famous board game, Monopoly. The City of Lagos Edition of Monopoly, the first African City edition was launched in December 2012. Since then the Nigeria Centenary, Cross River, Corona Schools and Accra Editions have been launched. Several city and country editions are in the pipeline.
Nimi Akinkugbe through the games her company develops teaches morals, life principles and money management to her audience. She had this to say about their monopoly game ‘Monopoly is more than a board game. As its core, monopoly carries strong lessons in money management in a fun and engaging way’.
Recognition and Awards
Recognition at 4th Annual Women4Africa Awards in UK 2015
Finalist on Africa Business Awards in Business Woman of the Year Category 2015
Recognition as one Nigeria Business Composite 1(NiBC10) 2017.
Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Greece.
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