Strength of Character Not to Cheat

Ibukun Awosika

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Ibukun Awosika: “There are challenges everywhere. You must have tenacity; you must have the strength of character not to cheat.”
Ibukun Awosika: “There are challenges everywhere. You must have tenacity; you must have the strength of character not to cheat.”
Image credit: P.M. Nigeria | Poster image credit: Ibukun Awosika

Thanks to Ubaha Shipoke for suggesting Ibukun Awosika as an inspirational leader in her Scholar Spotlight feature!

Ibukun Awosike (1962-) is a Nigerian businesswoman and the first woman to be appointed Chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria.

Ibukun studied Chemistry at the University of Ife, Nigeria, and holds post-graduate degrees from the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and C.E.I.B.S Business Schools.

She works tirelessly to further her home country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for young people, as a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors, and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NCJC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain. She also sits on the board of Digital Jewel Limited, Convention on Business Integrity,  and Cadbury Nig Plc.

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Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion. 

For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

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