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Women in Business: Adepeju Adebajo

Adepeju Adebajo was recently announced as the Chief Executive Officer, Lumos Nigeria, Nigeria’s leading solar power and off-grid energy solutions provider.

Lumos is a new and simple way to enjoy modern solar electricity as a service, paid for in small instalments using airtime from your mobile phone, which means with Lumos, you can light up rooms, charge mobile phones and power appliances like fans, TVs and laptops.

“I am excited to join the leadership of Lumos Nigeria and help provide affordable power to millions of homes and businesses in Nigeria. I am very passionate about this, as power is pivotal to improving standards of living, just as it is critical to enabling enterprises to create wealth and generate employment for our population”. Adepeju said.

 

It means, therefore, that a market of 1.3 billion potential customers who live off the electricity grid, will be able to enjoy clean and affordable solar power, thereby enabling people to replace the use of kerosene, generators, lanterns to mention a few.

It is indeed delightful to know that a woman of a successful proven track record, is at the helm of affairs of an outstanding solution providing company.

“We are pleased to have Adepeju Adebajo join the team to lead the company into the next phase as we seek new frontiers for growth and provide affordable power solutions in Nigeria.” Lumos Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Alistair Gordon said.

Adepeju Adebajo has over 25 years’ experience spanning various industries. She was previously the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture. Adepeju Adebajo is passionate about agriculture, while she was Ogun state’s commissioner for Agriculture, she often seized moments available to express the state government’s assurance in ensuring agriculture was projected as a key sector in contributing to the economy, whether at state or federal level.

She identified the availability of raw material, the state’s strategic location for markets, availability of arable lands, the establishment of processing millings for rice and cassava as well as the availability of fish farm clusters as giving the state comparative advantage in agriculture.

Her previous roles include Managing Director, Project Management Office & Geocycle at Lafarge Africa Plc, where she was responsible country-wide for strategic projects including cement plant expansion projects valued at approximately $600million, road projects valued at approximately N20billion, captive power plants valued at approximately $50million and alternative fuels/Waste Management. She was also CEO, Cement for Nigeria and MD Wapco.

Adebajo managed Public Affairs and Communication Strategy. She headed strategic planning, brand management and product development at United Bank for Africa (UBA).

In the UK, she was a qualified case leader at Boston Consulting Group and a financial analyst at Citibank.

She has served on various boards including Lafarge Africa Plc, Ashaka Cement PLC, UTC Nigeria Plc, Mouka Foam Limited, Lagos Business School, Ladgroup Limited and Mayflower School Ikenne.

She is on the maiden advisory board for WIMPOL (Women in Politics) and a member of WIMBIZ (Women in Business). She is a recipient of the 2015 CNBC Africa Business Woman of the year award and the 2013 Harvard Business School Nigeria Leadership award.

Adebajo is passionate about mentorship and has constantly makes herself available to the youths, women and all who require guidance in whatever capacity that is required. Her belief in Nigeria has never ceased to show at any given time she is opportuned to express her views on invitation at impact making events.

Adepeju holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London; a Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the University of London; and a Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, Boston. She is an alumna of INSEAD.

She supported the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning in development of the 2017 – 2020 National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

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