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Who is Abimbola Ogunbanjo who Died with Herbert Wigwe in Helicopter Crash

Who is Abimbola Ogunbanjo?


Who is Abimbola Ogunbanjo?

The above question has practically dominated Google searches in the last 10 hours, arousing the interest of many netizens who are curious to know more about one of the victims of the ill-fated Orbic Air’s Eurocopter EC 13 chopper that crashed near the Nevada border and claimed the life of six persons including Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son on Friday night.

ENigeria News brings you more details on the identity of Abimbola Ogunbanjo for your reading pleasure.

Who is Abimbola Ogunbanjo?

Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo is the former Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, formerly known as the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
It is interesting to also know that Ogunbanjo who served as Chairman of the NGX had previously served as President of the National Council of the NSE (as NGX was previously known), between 2017 and 2021.

Ogunbanjo whose election as NGX’s National Council President was held at the Council’s 56th annual general meeting took over from Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede who co-found Access Bank Holdings with Herbert Wigwe who had at the time completed his three-year tenure as president of the council of the Exchange. Aig-Imoukhuede however continued to serve on the national council as an ex-officio member in line with the NSE’s Article of Association.

Bamofin Ogunbanjo reportedly joined the national council of the Exchange in 2011 and has been the first vice president since 2014. He is currently the Managing Partner of the corporate law firm of his late father, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. He is also the chairperson of the Demutualization Advisory Committee of the NSE.

A lawyer by practice, Ogunbanjo obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.

He is also the son of a Doyen of Corporate Law in Nigeria, Chief Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo from Ogun State, Nigeria.

His father, late Chief Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo who died on October 7, 2023, appeared to have prepped him for succession at his respected law firm, Chris Ogunbanjo LP (Solicitors), which explains why he is until his death, the firm’s Managing Partners.

A corporate law expert and respected businessman like his late father, Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo had a humble beginning and kicked off his career working as a credit analyst with Chase Manhattan Bank in Nigeria.

He held a golden seat on the board of many corporations around the world, including Beta Glass Plc, and the University of Buckingham Center of Extractive Studies Advisory Board.

Born into an accomplished family of Chris and Hilda Ogunbanjo, the foremost corporate lawyer, Bamofin Ogunbajo succeeded in scaling up his father’s law firm into a distinguished firm and eventually earned himself a spot at the International Bar Association as a member; this was after completing his schooling Lagos and proceeding to Millfield School, Somerset, England where he attained his GCE “O” Levels.

The distinguished Bamofin Ogunbanjo graduated with distinction from the American College in Switzerland with a B.Sc (Hons) in Business Administration. He also holds an LL. B from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom. Until his death, he was the Global Ambassador for the Cervical Cancer-Free Nigeria (CCFN) campaign.

Abimbola Ogunbanjo was also on the helicopter crash that took the lives of Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Corporation, and other members of his family who were traveling in California.

The circumstances of the crash including the exact location and time are yet unknown, meanwhile, authorities confirmed that there were no survivors at the time of filing this report.

Source: ENigeria News

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