Profile of Contestants

Profile of Contestants

49th Annual General Meeting



MR ADEWUNMI, IBRAHIM BABASEGUN,  is a legal practitioner of over 26 years standing, He is a Fellow of the Institute  of Chartered Secretary of Nigeria, Associate member of the Institute of Chartered mediators of Nigeria, Associate member, Institute of Arbitrators, United kingdom and a part time lecturer in  Corporate Administration and Risk Management at the Institute of Chartered Secretary and Administrators of Nigeria, Alausa, Lagos for the last 16 years.

He obtained his first degree in Law(LL.B)from Ogun state University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University and then proceeded to the University of Lagos for his Masters Degree in law where he bagged his (LL.M)qualification in 2003.

He began his legal career with the law firm of AHONARUOGHO, AHONARUOGHO &CO as an Associate counsel. 

He subsequently joined the services of Conoil Producing Limited, one of the foremost  indigenous oil and Gas company as a Legal Officer and rose to become the Head of legal.

 He is the Head of legal department of West Africa Exploration and Production Limited(WAEP), the oil and gas unit of the  Dangote Group.

He is a also a resource personnel for ICSAN and other companies and has facilitated a wide range of legal related  issues which bothers on industrial relations, Criminology and banking and finance.


  • 2008- Lecturer, Corporate law
  • 2008-Lecturer, Applied Business law
  • 2009-2023- Lecturer, Corporate Administration n and Risk Management
  • 2010-2023 Facilitator for ICSAN organised training program with respect to Corporate Administration
  • 2011- Member, Syllabus development committee for Corporate Administration.
  • 2019-2023- Member, Law Reform Committee
  • Facilitator for Corporate Administration for all fast track program since inception. 


2 – Nkechi Oyenso, FCIS

Nkechi Onyenso (Mrs.) is an Experienced Governance and Administrative
Professional with an excellent track record of introducing governance structures,
turning around small and medium businesses and building people. She holds a Law
Degree from University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 2002 where She graduated with a
Second Class Upper (LLB) and won the University’s prize for the ‘Best Graduating
Student in Labour Law in 2002’.
She was called to the Nigerian Bar with honors in October 2004 and obtained her
qualification as a Chartered Secretary and Administrator from the Institute of
Chartered Secretaries and Administrators UK where she again won the prize as the
‘Best Student in Corporate Administration’ in the June 2008 diet.
She became a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Administrators of England
and Wales in 2012, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and
Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) in 2015. She obtained a Post Certificate in
Human Rights Law and a Diploma of Law from Queen Mary University of London
in 2015 and was a awarded a Merit in her Master of Laws Degree also from the same
University in 2016.
Nkechi has over two decades of experience in Broadcasting, Administration,
Aviation Consultancy, Legal, Corporate Governance Advisory and NGOs. She rose
to become the first Female Registrar/CEO of ICSAN in 2015.
Whilst serving as the Registrar/CEO of ICSAN, Nkechi helped to revolutionize the
Institute by introducing and coordinating a number of projects including:
 Significant increase in student registration
 Introduced online registration and payment options for students and members.
 Increased visibility of the Institute on all platforms.
 Introduced Regional Registers and Training Programmes for Members across
the Country.
 Secured collaborations with International Organizations.
 Introduced e-learning to the Institute.
 Increased revenue and general organization of the Institute’s programmes.
 Facilitated and guided the formulation of new vision and strategic direction
that successfully repositioned the Institute.
 Introduction of the Graduate Internship Scheme.
 Introduction of Executive Route/ Fast Track of Membership.
 Introduced e-voting to the Institute.
 Launched the Institute’s first corporate governance radio programme.
 Introduced for the first time, insurance scheme and other benefits for members.
 Initiated and spearheaded interactive website, full online student registration
and payment portals in ICSAN.
 Supervised and coordinated the publication of the first ever set of study texts

Nkechi held the position of Secretary to the Continuing Legal Education Committee
for Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch for two concurrent terms, was
elected and trained as Auditor of the All Purpose Co-operative Society of NBA Ikeja
Branch in 2013. Social Secretary of ICSAN Lagos Chapter Nigeria in 2013 -2015
and Publicity Secretary of the NBA Ikeja Branch 2014-2016. She served as the
Chairperson of the Editorial Committee of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja
2014 -2016 and was elected into the National Steering Committee of the Open
Government Partnership (OGP) in 2017.
She is currently the Managing Director/CEO of Pathfinders International Limited
(Nigeria, Ghana, Sierre Leone and Liberia);
The Facilitator of the Governance and Institutions Policy Commission of the
Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG):
The Chairman of Aviation Sectoral Group of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries
and Administrators of Nigeria and
The Alternate Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Bar Journal
Nkechi was featured in Guardian Newspaper as One of Nigeria’s Most
Inspirational Women in July 2018 and again by Punch Newspaper as a Female
Mentor in January 2019. She has won several awards including Africa Travel 100
Women Award (Top 100 Travel and Tourism Personalities in Nigeria) in 2022 and
The Aviation Ambassador Award in 2023.
Nkechi is blessed with a lovely family and three children.


3 – Tony Okonma, FCIS


Tony Okonmah is a Legal Practitioner, Chartered Secretary and Administrator, Chartered Tax Practitioner, Arbitrator, Notary Public and a Corporate Governance and Compliance Practitioner, He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (, Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Master of laws (LLM) of the University of Lagos. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D at the Leads University Ibadan, Oyo State.

Tony is the Principal of TIO Solicitors, a firm of Legal Practitioners, Chartered Secretaries, and Administrators, Tax Practitioners and Arbitrators. He is a governance expert, fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), member of its Governing Council, and Chairman of the Membership and Branch Liaison Committee. He is a member of the Nigeria and International Bar Associations. (NBA&IBA), member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London and Nigeria (ACI.Arb), member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), member of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.

Tony had a successful banking career that spanned over 25 years covering Commercial, Retail and Mortgage Banking. He rose to the position of Assistant General Manager/Company Secretary and Legal Adviser before retiring into private legal practice


Tony is a grass root member of the Institute and dedicated to its service. Since becoming a member of the Institute, he has served in the following capacities:


Assistant Honourary Secretary (2 terms)
Honourary Secretary
Chairman, Conference Planning Committee
Vice Chairman

Member of the Governing Council and currently serve as Chairman, Membership and Branch Liaison Committee
Former Chairman, Nomination and Governance Committee
Former Chairman, Implementation and Monitoring Committee

As a governance practitioner, Tony has provided technical and practical support to companies on corporate compliance, corporate governance, administration, and general corporate matters, ensuring compliance with the law, regulations, and best practices through proactive and periodic secretarial/legal audits. he is versed in providing a wide range of company secretarial services to companies operating within the various sectors of the Nigerian economy, facilitating, attending, and recording board, board committees, management, and shareholders’ meetings. Some notable company secretarial services she has rendered include designing board strategy implementation framework, among other policy documents. He has also developed tailor-made corporate governance policies for several companies, such as the Board Charter, Conflict of Interest Policy, Sustainability Policy, whistle-blowing policy, Enterprise Risk Management Framework and Dividend policy.

Tony currently serves on the Board of several companies. He has attended several local and international courses in banking including the training at the Lagos Business School, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he was certified as a Corporate Governance Trainer and expert


As a grass root member of the Institute and someone who has always been dedicated to the service of the Institute, I intend to continue with greater zeal and commitment to service if re-elected to council.

I also will continue to provide financial support to the Institute’s programmes through corporate sponsorships using my contacts.


4 – Oyeronke Opajobi, FCIS.


Victoria Oyeronke Opajobi is the Chief Executive Consultant at McMore Corporate Consultants-a firm of Chartered Secretaries and Governance Practitioners she established following her exit from City Secretaries Limited (CSL) in April 2022.

Her previous employments had ‘Ronke –

  • starting her career journey as Trainee Chartered Secretary and then promoted as Assistant Corporate Secretary at Lennap Services Limited, the secretarial arm of Pannell Kerr Forster (now PKF Professional Services-Chartered Accountants),
  • as General Manager with Folreinco Nominees Limited, a firm of Chartered Secretaries,
  • as Head-Corporate Services with Monument Securities and Finance Limited, a stock-broking firm and
  • lastly as Chief Operating Officer and later Chief Executive Officer at City Secretaries Limited.

‘Ronke holds a B.Ed (English & Language Arts) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and Knowledge Management.

She is a Fellow of our great Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and Fellow Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management. She has attended several trainings, seminars, workshops and professionally relevant courses. ‘Ronke is a Governance Professional par excellence. She is assertive but humble.

Currently, Miss ‘Ronke Opajobi is a Member of the Governing Council of ICSAN into which she now seeks re-election. She has been a consistent and valuable member of Council. She pays and draws attention to tiny details which earned her the appellation “Eagle Eyes” in the Council Chamber. She makes meaningful contributions to issues of discussion.

‘Ronke was a two-term Chairman of Public Practice Committee (Now Governance Practitioners Committee) and it was during her second term that presentation of Practice Licence and Seal was introduced and was made popular and desirable by members of the Institute.

‘Ronke was also the Chairman of a then newly created Visitation and Activation Committee. A Committee saddled with the responsibility of reaching out to and encouraging dormant and non-active members to return to the Institute. During the time, quite a number of non-active members were reached and encouraged to return to the Institute. Their concerns were noted and reported to the Governing Council. Many of them really did return. The Committee has since been merged with Membership and Branch Liaison Committee.

‘Ronke Opajobi was at one time or the other a member of several Committees of the Institute among which were Executive Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Nominations and Governance Committee, Publicity and Advocacy Committee, Implementation and Monitoring Committee which she currently chairs.

At the Chapter level, ‘Ronke has been a very consistent and financial member of Lagos State Chapter. She was once the Honorary Secretary and was Chairman of the Electoral Committee during the election of the current EXCO of the Chapter.


5 – Dele Togunde, FCIS


Born 13th March 1956. Secondary education for W.A.S.C (1974), Certificate in Cooperative Studies at Cooperative College Ibadan (1976), HND (Business Admin.- Upper Credit) at Yaba College of Technology (1982), ACIS (1987), M.Sc. (Banking and Finance) at University of Ibadan (1996), FCIS (2001).

He joined the Central Bank of Nigeria where he worked in the ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT and later in the FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT and rose to the position of a manager. At the Foreign Operations Department, he was charged with the implementation of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s foreign exchange policies and some fiscal policies. He took to an early retirement as a Manager in 1996. Later he worked as Managing Consultant at Solubat Nigeria Limited (a Publishing and Management Consulting firm) between 1996 and 2000.He was employed as an Assistant Registrar by Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) in 2000, promoted Deputy Registrar 2001 and appointed Registrar/CEO between 2002 to 2015. While at ICSAN, he repositioned the Institute in terms of visibility, recognition, educational development, and increased membership. He took to voluntary retirement with ICSAN in July,2015.

He was a member of the National Steering Committee on National Code of Corporate Governance (2013). He was the maiden Chairman of Registrars and Executive Secretaries of Professional Bodies in Nigeria under the auspices of the Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN)in 2014.

Dele is currently a member of Council of the Institute and serves as the Chairman of the Remunerations Committee, Member Education Committee, and member Disciplinary Committee of Council.

Presently, he is the Managing Consultant at Teedel Consulting (A Corporate Services and Management Consultancy outfit) He sits on some Boards as a Non-Executive Director. Dele is married with children.


6 – Uto Ukpanah, FCIS

Uto Ukpanah has utilized her broad-based corporate experience in providing guidance and direction on governance within the MTN Nigeria Group of entities. MTN Nigeria Communications Plc is the leading Tech company in Nigeria with a revenue base of over N2 trillion. In her role as Company Secretary, she has responsibility for governance, ESG for MTN Nigeria, MTN Nigeria Foundation and other entities within the MTN Nigeria Group which include its Fintech, fibre and data center pIatForm businesses. MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of MTN Group with footprints in Africa and the Middle East. She is a legal practitioner, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and a Certified Ethics Officer, Ethics Institute/University of Stellenbosch.

Uto has been involved in the development and implementation of corporate governance codes across various sectors in Nigeria. She has utilized those opportunities to strategicaIIy position and give visibility to the role of governance practitioners.

Prior to joining the Tech sector, she had a fulfilling career in financial services and legal practice. An alumnus of the Lagos Business School, she is a recipient of several awards and was honoured as the 2021 Company Secretary of the Year at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards.

She is a Member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) where she chairs the Building Committee and serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Institute. She is a member of other professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Assopciation, the International Bar Association, the Ethics Compliance Officers Association, USA.

Uto treasures her role as a Wife and Mother.

Summary of contributions to the Institute

Chairman of the Building Committee responsible for the construction of the N2.6bn National Secretariat Project of the Institute. Funds For the project hove been prudently utilised with potential savings for the Institute.
Member of the Presidential lntervention Committee mandated to raise funds for the National Secretariat Project. I have provided a list of donors that I will personally contact in this regard.
Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee and actively participate in the activities of that Committee.
Member, Fact Finding Committee setup to look at 2022 Lagos State Chapter Elections.
Financial member of both Lagos state and Akwa Ibom state Chapters.
Sponsored the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Chapter and I remain a key resource. Albeit relatively young Akwa Ibom is one of the fasted-growing chapters of the Institute with vibrant leadership and membership.
Through my office, MTN has participated in the ICSAN Graduate Internship Programme since 2021. The intern was given practical exposure across the MTN Nigeria ecosystem including MTN Foundation. The intern was subsequently offered a role within MTN Nigeria. We have requested fresh candidates for consideration.
Donated an MTN Hynet Flex device for connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic which enable the Instite to quickly transition to and carry out virtual programmes including webinars and meetings. Post-COVID, the device continue to serve as an essential tool for meetings and other virtual activities.
Obtained the initial sponsorship of N1.5M from MTN which was used to purchase the first set of classroom furnitures for the exam halls at the National Secretariat. MTN has sponsored other activities of the Institute. at national and state levels.
Resource Person at various ICSAN events more recently a speaker at the 2022 National Conference of the Institute.
I have actively sourced new member for the Institute, particularly peer Company Secretaries in multinationals and public sector administrators.
I have leveraged my network to access resource persons for the Institute’s activities.
An avid supporter of the Institute’s activities at the national and chapter levels long before I became a member i.e. pre-2000. As a Council member, I serve as a pro bono basis.
I mentor several Memvers of the Institute ane serve as a sounding board for peers and other distinguished member of the Institute.

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