A brilliant Nigerian woman named Owen Omogiafo has won the African Business Woman of the Year award for her contribution to the development of business across Africa.
Dr. Owen Omogiafo is a Nigerian business executive and strategist. She is the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in the Power, Hospitality, and Oil and Gas sectors.
Dr. Owen was recently awarded the African Businesswoman of the Year, an honor conferred on her by the All African Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa, at a grand finale ceremony held in South Africa.
According to the AABLA website, the goal of the All African Business Leaders Award is to tell an African story of perseverance, success, innovation, and accountability. They added that the award has become synonymous with recognizing the best in business leadership on the African continent, and continues to grow in boldness and stature.
Dr. Owen holds a bachelor’s degree (double honors) in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Benin, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun.
She is a multi-award-winning corporate executive with over two decades of experience in organizational development, human capital management, financial service, change management, hospitality, energy, business transformation, and strategic planning in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Before assuming her role as President/Group CEO of Transcorp, Dr. Owen was the Managing director of Transcorp Hotels PLC, where she led the completion of the $132 million renovation of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja-Nigeria. She is the first woman and youngest person to hold both positions since the company’s inception.
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The AABLA recognized her key role in promoting inclusive business practices, uplifting women leaders, nurturing entrepreneurial talents in Africa, and diversifying the Transcorp Group’s portfolio across different sectors of Africa.
Aside from the 2023 AABLA (All African Business Leaders Awards) Businesswoman of the Year Award, Dr. Owen has won several awards and recognitions, including Africa’s Top 100 Women in Leadership, 100 Most Influential African Women, 50 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women, and 50 Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, a certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, United States Of America, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria, and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nigeria.
Dr. Owen is also a member of the Boards of Afriland Properties Ltd, Transcorp Power Ltd, TransAfam Power Ltd, Transcorp Hotels Plc and Abuja Electricity Distribution Company all in Nigeria.
The Transcorp group stated that the All Africa Businesswoman of the Year award is a testament to Dr. Owen’s exceptional leadership, unwavering commitment to excellence, and significant contributions to the African business landscape.
“Her visionary approach and strategic acumen have propelled Transcorp Group to new heights, cementing its position as a leading conglomerate in Africa,” the statement noted.
“Omogiafo’s success extends far beyond this recent recognition. With a remarkable career spanning several decades, she has consistently demonstrated her prowess in driving growth, fostering innovation, and championing transformative change, it added.