About Us

Company Overview

First Independent Global focuses on acquiring strategic stakes in different sectors both in Nigeria and globally. Our investment strategy may include securing management control and synergize with the skills and experiences of our Directors to drive such companies to the path of profitability and growth.

We identify ailing companies with great values but which are not fully or properly harnessed and source needed funds to invest in such enterprise with a view to effecting successful turn-around of such entities. We also invest in Start Ups including Fintech and Insuretech ventures capable of being scaled up.

Our Core Values

We carry out our work with integrity, straight forwardness and the comportment expected of professionals. We help improve the effectiveness of organization and operation, shaping them in line with their strategic vision.

At First Independent Global we work as partners with our clients to achieve sustained superior financial performance by developing their ability to innovate, to anticipate and adapt to new circumstances, and change faster than their competitors.

We work together as a team within the firm and with our clients and stakeholders and thereby create better synergies.

We invest in our people and their future so they can be more accountable and produce sustained performance.

ADVISORY BOARD

Ayo Oni
Chairman

Mr. Oni is the Chairman of the Advisory Board. He is a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Osindero & Co, former Director of Dunlop Nigeria Plc and former Chairman of Access Bank Plc.

He is currently the Chairman of Nigeria Starch Manufacturing Industries, Portland Paints and a Director in Union Dicon Salts Plc, Just Foods Limited and Bristol Helicopters.

Bode Akinboye
Vice Chairman

Bode Akinboye is the Vice Chairman. A financial service professional and Entrepreneur with focus on marketing, Business development, Improvements, Strategic Planning and Corporate Restructuring.

He has an exemplary career spanning over to 24 (Twenty Fours) years in Financial Services as Management Accountant of Industrial and General Insurance Plc and later as Financial Controller, AGM Oil/Energy, Financial Institution Marketing, Managing Director and Chief Executive and then Group Managing Director/Group Chief Operating Officer of Standard Alliance Group (a one stop financial services group) with General Insurance, Life Assurance, Pension Funds Administration, Mortgage Banking, Asset Management and Property Investment subsidiaries During this period he led the team to achieve listing and quotation of SA Insurance on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and facilitated foreign direct investment of about USD 20 million for the company.

In January 2015, Bode led a group of investors in setting up Gemrock Management Company, a Special Purpose Vehicle used to acquire Strategic stake in Standard Alliance Insurance Plc and was subsequently appointed as the Group Managing Director/CEO to lead the turnaround of the company. Bode is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (FCA), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Member, Institute of Directors (M. IoD) and an Alumnus of Lagos Business School (LBS). He is also a graduate of the Owner President Management Program (OPM) and an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

He is a strategist in products packaging, marketing and corporate management, a teacher, public speaker, and an expert in capacity building and human resources development. He has attended various courses locally and internationally.

Adetayo John-Fisher
Member, Advisory Board

Mrs John-Fisher is a multidisciplinary professional. A graduate of Economics, from University of Ilorin and a Fellow of The Chartered Insurance Institute, London. She is an astute Entrepreneur with investments in Real Estate, Banking and Insurance.

She was at various times a Senior Management Staff of Industrial and General Insurance Company and was Managing Director of African General Insurance Brokers, African Development Insurance and Spring Life Insurance.

She is currently the Managing Director/CEO of First Standard Insurance Brokers Ltd.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Femi Kalejaiye
Chief Operating Officer

Femi has over 18 years of technical, business and sales experience in the telematic and Information Technology sector in the country.

At Cellstop, he plays an important role managing the operations and the business opportunities for the company.

Prior to Cellstop, he had worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Sattrak Services, and Head, Operations of PayMaster Limited (Chams Plc).

Femi has a degree in Computer Engineering, Masters in Information Technology and MBA in International Business. He has attended several trainings in Management within and outside the shore of Nigeria. He is also an Alumni of Lagos Business School.

Gbenga Akinyemi
Group Executive/ Chief Strategy Officer

Gbenga is the Group Executive/ Chief Strategy Officer. Gbenga is a graduate of the University of Lagos and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

He has track records in operations having served in various managerial position as Chief Operating Officer of Cellstop Trackers Limited and Chief Finance Officer of Mayfield Microfinance Bank.

He worked as Senior Accountant with Sofolahan Daudu & Co Chartered Accountants.

Omotayo Sule
Group Head, Human Resources

Omotayo Sule is the Group Head of Human Resources and Administration. She is a graduate of Accounting and Business Management from the University of Derby, United Kingdom.

She was a banking Executive with Diamond Bank Plc. She later joined Cellstop Trackers as Chief Finance Officer. She has attended various seminars both locally and internationally.

Seyi Akinyemi
Chief Finance Officer

Seyi is a highly motivated and result oriented accountant with excellent interpersonal skills garnered through professional working experience spanning over 4 years in accounting, auditing, project management, and Business Administration.

He holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Management Technology from the Lagos State University (LASU), He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Graduate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

He is the Chief Finance officer of Cellstop Trackers Limited.

Adedamola Okelola
Chief Technology Officer

Adedamola is the Group's Chief Technology Officer.

He is a Chemical Engineering graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.

He was an IT Manager at Nubes Technologies. He later joined Cellstop Trackers Limited as Head of IT and Operations.

He has industry wide experience in Cloud Computing - IaaS and PaaS, Network Administration and Security, IT Management and Operations. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Cloud Services Initiatives.

Strategic Partners