Oscar Onyema Receives Professional Excellence Award


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “The Exchange”), Mr Oscar N. Onyema, OON was given the Professional Excellence Award – Capital Market Category at the Business Hallmark People of the Year Awards Ceremony held at the Civic Center, Lagos on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

According to the Business Hallmark Newspapers, organisers of the Business Hallmark People of the Year Award, Mr. Onyema was recognized for his outstanding achievements, especially in evolving and implementing policies which have contributed enormously towards professionalizing and restoring confidence in the Capital market. “Today, the transformation project of the stock exchange has yielded positive dividends across all indices despite an extremely challenging operating environment. The NSE brand has become globally competitive, attaining full membership of key international exchange associations whilst also instituting a Corporate Governance Rating System for listed companies”, said the organisers.

In receiving the Award, Onyema stated, “I am honoured to receive this award. I share this honour with the great team at NSE, who continue to share the vision of building a foremost Exchange that is driven by regulation, efficiency, liquidity and innovation. They continue to make significant contributions to the capital market. About 6 years ago, I took the decision to return home to contribute towards the development of the Nigerian capital market after over 16years of worki​ng with leading exchanges abroad. I thank the organisers of the award for recognising our modest contributions and be assured this will continue to inspire us to do more”.

Other recipients honoured at the Awards Ceremony were Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Acting Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Mr Peter Amangbo, GMD/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc; Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede, Registrar/CEO, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).​

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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