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Maiden edition of Doing Business in Nigeria Conference records a huge success

The event attracted a diverse set of audience ranging from Business Leaders, Senior Executives, Investors, Potential Entrepreneurs and Nation Builders.



At the just concluded Doing Business in Nigeria Conference hosted by Linda Uneze the Co-Founder of Maurice Xandra Solutions, insights on ensuring business survival in the midst of plentiful or lack was shared by diverse speakers who are business leaders in various fields. The conversation on Transforming Economic Threats into Business Success was led by the Keynote speaker, Valentine Ozigbo, Immediate Past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Group and Chairman Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation, who believes that Nigeria and businesses have to utilize every resource within its purview including maximizing the power of women and youth in order to gain the values this category of people can bring to any business. However, in as much as the government has a role to play, businesses have to learn to instill a DNA of success, productivity and endurance. And this was further emphasized by Dr Ted Ngu, the Executive Director of GB Foods, Africa who stated with practical examples of how threats have opened up business opportunities, and Eyong Ebai, the Zone General Manager GE Healthcare Europe, Middle East & Africa who mentioned that significant investment in healthcare is increasing as a consequence of the pandemic and this is stimulating investment in skill developments in both the public and private sectors.

Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi of Lanre Da-Silva advises taking calculated risks and Isreal Koledowo, Head Finance, Flutterwave supports this by saying that once you solve people’s issues, benefits tend to follow and Amaka Nsofor, Executive Director, Debt Market, Standard Chartered give credence to this when she highlighted ways her current firm is enabling small businesses through partnerships which Eyong mentioned is key to survival.

While discussing how talents can be engaged for business survival, the keynote speaker, Mofoluwaso Ilevbare, the HR Director of P & G Australia and New Zealand, highlighted key strategies to keep talents engaged one of which is employee led leadership engagement which has increased talent involvement as well as reduced fear which Marilyn Maduka, People Director West Africa Ab Inbev, further highlighted saying you cannot do good business if you do not have a sense of responsibility towards those that you work with as they are the heart of the business. The convener of the conference and Co-Founder of Maurice Xandra Solutions, Linda Uneze, highlighted the need for businesses to recognize the power shift as small and medium firms now have to compete with global firms for talents so increased engagement is important and Lara Yeku, HR Head, Food Division Flourmills believes this can be achieved if we embrace change, be more intentional with how we relate and empower people beyond policies and trainings. Yemi Faseun, HR Head Globacom, in concurrence mentioned that the change starts with transformational leadership which is nearly impossible without inspirational leaders.

‘Investing in everything else but the right people, will not get your business off the ground’- Val Ozigbo and “Hope is not a Strategy”-Mofoluwaso ilevbare. This is why our headline sponsor, Flutterwave, a global Fintech company, invests in its people and small businesses through its Grow to Business webinar where industry and business experts give practical steps on how small businesses can scale up.

The importance of the DBNC platform is hinged on magnifying such experience in order to reach a larger audience both individuals and businesses who will gain from experience sharing in order to foster collaborations and partnerships.

Through the support of our sponsors, Flutterwave, and GB Foods, Africa, this maiden event attracted a diverse set of audience ranging from Business Leaders, Senior Executives, Investors, Potential Entrepreneurs and Nation Builders and was a major success. Subsequent editions might be physical to enable businesses showcase their products and services and encourage networking.

DBNC is a business initiative by Linda Uneze in partnership with Maurice Xandra Solutions, an HR advisory firm specializing in recruitment, HR advisory, trainings and team building for varied clients.

To get additional information on our services and DBNC 2022, please reach us on [email protected] and [email protected] or call 09049313488. You can also watch the recorded webinar here:


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Heirs Oil & Gas announces CEO and Board appointments

…Welcomes former senior Shell executive, Osayande Igiehon, as CEO.



Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), the leading African integrated energy company, has announced the appointment of Osayande Igiehon as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2021, together with a distinguished non-executive board, bringing together leading industry figures, with considerable global and regional experience.

Heirs Holdings Limited’s (HH) portfolio company, HHOG, completed the acquisition of OML17 in January 2021, in one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in more than a decade, with a financing component of US$1.1 billion. The transaction represents a further implementation of the HH Group strategy of creating the leading integrated energy business in Africa. Through a series of strategic portfolio holdings, HH is executing this strategy. Most recently, affiliate company, Transcorp made a US$300 million acquisition of Afam Power, increasing the Group’s installed electricity generating capacity to 2,000MW.

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Mr. Igiehon, who joins from the Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), where he was previously a Vice-President with the Group in the Hague, Netherlands. He brings over twenty-seven years of experience and expertise in the oil and gas sector with Shell, where he held a series of senior management positions. Mr. Igiehon previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Gabon, where he led the successful turnaround of the operational, safety and financial performance.

HHOG is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following distinguished private sector and senior industry leaders to the Board:

  • Tony O. Elumelu, CON is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
  • Sally Udoma who previously served as general counsel for Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East Exploration and Production. Previously, she was general counsel for Sasol Chevron Consulting Limited and managing counsel at the London Legal Service Centre for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She has also served as general counsel and general manager for Chevron Nigeria Limited.
  • Anil Dua is a founding partner at Gateway Partners Limited, a private equity fund specialising in dynamic growth markets including Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Dua worked for over thirty-five years with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US, where he held various roles including Regional CEO West Africa and Regional Head of Origination and Client Coverage, Africa.
  • Ahmadu Kida Musa who previously served as Deputy Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has over thirty-two years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and brings considerable expertise in Nigerian oil and gas.
  • Stanley Lawson currently serves on the board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. He is Managing Partner at Financial Advisory & Investment Consultants Ltd. Dr Lawson previously occupied the position of Group Executive Director-Finance & Accounts at Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
  • Samuel Nwanze is the Chief Finance Officer at Heirs Oil and Gas. Prior to this he was the Chief Investment Officer at Heirs Holdings responsible for investment and capital management.

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Commenting, Mr. Igiehon stated:

“HHOG represents an extraordinary opportunity, to create Africa’s first true integrated energy company, with a mission to ensure that Africa’s natural resources are directed toward value creation in Africa, powered by sustainable, robust and abundant African energy. I am excited to join the Heirs Oil and Gas leadership team and look forward to the opportunity to transform the energy sector, purposefully address Africa’s energy needs and improve the lives of people across Africa.”


The Chairman of the Board, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, stated: “I am delighted to welcome our new board members. We are building a role model institution for African businesses and our investment in human capital is a further strong demonstration of our intent. The regional and global expertise of our board members will serve to further drive value creation to our continent, as we execute our goal of becoming Africa’s largest, indigenous, integrated, energy company.”

Heirs Oil & Gas is a leading African, indigenous owned, integrated energy company, headquartered in Nigeria, whose assets include Nigerian oil block OML17, with a current production capacity of 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential.

Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG) is jointly owned by Heirs Holdings, the leading African strategic investor and affiliate company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s largest publicly listed conglomerate.

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Applications across Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya now open for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program

The selected leaders will spend five months learning from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum so they can strengthen their community.




Today, Facebook is inviting community leaders from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya to apply for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program—a program that offers participants training, mentorship and up to $50,000 USD in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.

The aim of the Community Accelerator is to help leaders of Facebook communities to harness the power of their community to turn ideas into action. The selected leaders will spend five months learning from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum so they can strengthen their community.

Lessons include community identity foundations, leading action-oriented programmes and sustainability. Participants will also receive early access to new Facebook products aimed at helping communities better manage and activate their members.

Plan an initiative

Participants will identify an important initiative that will create a positive impact on the broader world and develop a plan to mobilise their community around their goal. Initiatives will be shared with potential partners, mentors and a panel of judges for the chance to be awarded funding and receive public recognition.

Participants will then spend three months executing their initiatives. They will collaborate with advocates and leaders in the community space and work with the Facebook team to bring their ideas to life.

Says Kiran Yoliswa, Partner Management Lead, Middle East and Africa Community Partnerships at Facebook: “Facebook communities and their leaders are helping to resolve social challenges, sharing knowledge and information, while connecting with others that share their interests or passion for a cause. We’ve seen so many incredible communities from across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria using our platform to drive change and provide support and encouragement for thousands of people, we’re excited to offer their Facebook Community leaders this program to help amplify their impact even more.”

How to apply


This program is open to communities that have a presence in Facebook Groups with leaders who are 18 years or older. Communities must have existed for over one year and must have a minimum size of 1,000 members. Applications open today, May 4 – 31, 2021.

The Community Accelerator is part of our Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Learn more and apply here.

You can find out more about the 2020 Community Accelerator cohort and those who received additional funding here.

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