Mrs. Opunimi Akinkugbe


Mrs. Akinkugbe enjoyed a distinguished banking career spanning over 2 decades first at Stanbic IBTC Bank plc where she was General Manager and Head Private Client Services with responsibility for the bank’s high net worth business and a director of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd. In May 2010 she joined Barclays Bank as Regional Director (West Africa) for the Wealth and Investment Management Division, and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria. More recently she has embraced a more flexible consulting role to enable her to pursue other interests.

Nimi is passionate about encouraging financial independence. Through articles, speaking engagements, television and radio appearances, she offers frank, practical insights to create a greater awareness and understanding of personal finance and wealth management issues.  Through these learning events, she is able to empower delegates to take responsibility for this important aspect of their lives. She is the personal finance columnist for Genevieve Magazine – a leading Nigerian women’s lifestyle magazine, and contributes articles to Business Day and the Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. Her articles have appeared in a host of other publications, websites and blogs including 234 Next, Bella Naija, Lagos Mums, Eden Lifestyle and more recently a Kenyan publication, The Edition, a magazine centred on Kenya’s career culture.

Nimi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an MBA from Lagos Business School. She also formalised her interest in music and obtained a piano teaching diploma (ARCM) from the Royal College of Music, London and is a member of the Artiste’s Committee of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON).

In September 2012, Nimi established Bestman Games Limited, which has exclusive distribution rights for customised editions of Monopoly across Africa (excluding South Africa). Its flagship product is the City of Lagos edition of Monopoly and is the first African city edition of the world famous board game.

Her other directorships include The Play Pen (Chid Development Centre), the Daisy Management Centre Ltd, and House of Tara. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ajumogobia Science Foundation, which seeks to support and encourage the teaching and learning of Science in Nigeria. She is also a member of the Executive Council of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). The vision of WIMBIZ is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building.

In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, writing, travel, boating and orchid gardening.

She is married with 3 children.