Amina Oyagbola is an innovative business leader. Her 30+ year career spans legal consulting, banking and finance, oil and gas and telecommunications. Currently, Amina is the managing consultant of AKMS Consulting Ltd (Business and management consultants). Additionally, she is a partner in Oyagbola Chambers and a Chevening Scholar.
Amina obtained her undergraduate law degree from Ahmadu Bello University. Afterward, she received her Masters in Law from Cambridge University and her MBA from Lancaster University. Furthermore, she is an alumnus of INSEAD, London Business School, IMD, and Harvard Business School.
Amina’s career began as a legal practitioner in the Chambers of late Chief FRA Williams. She started the legal department in the then Crystal Bank before moving to UBA as Head Legal, Head Human Capital Management and Head Private Banking.
Her time at Lancaster University (1999/2000) was a welcome refresher before she joined Shell Petroleum Development Company. Here, she developed a new function as Head HR Strategy, Standards and Business Planning. Afterward, she joined MTN Nigeria, Africa’s leading telecommunications provider in 2004 as Corporate Services Executive and Corporate spokesperson.
During her 12-year tenure as a member of the MTN leadership team, Amina contributed notably to the company’s extraordinary growth and development.
As pioneer Director of the MTN Foundation, Amina developed and drove MTN’s corporate social investment programs. These programs were commended by the UN Global Compact for its wide social impact and unique Public Private Partnership Model . It was also the recipient of numerous awards.
In November 2008, Amina was called upon to lead a strategic transformation in the HR Function to improve business performance. Under her leadership as HR Executive, the performance of the company improved dramatically and MTN became the 1st company in Nigeria to be accredited with the Investors in People Gold Standard in May, 2015. MTN Nigeria also emerged winner in the Telecoms category of CIPM HR Best Practice Awards in October 2014 and emerged as best telecoms company in Jobberman’s 100 best places to work in Nigeria.
In the same year, MTN was recognized as the Most Admired and Most Valuable Brand by Brand Africa 100. In 2016, MTN was recognized as the Most Valuable Brand in Nigeria.
Amina Oyagbola was one of the few Executives from an MTN operation invited to join the expanded MTN Group Strategy Committee. Furthermore, she was appointed as a director to MTN Spacetel Benin Board and was Chairperson of its Audit and Risk Committee.
In Dec 2015, Amina was called upon to provide context and strategic guidance on the ultimate resolution of a very large fine imposed on the company. This responsibility came under the function of the Corporate Services Executive. A role she undertook and combined with her pre-existing HR responsibilities.
Currently, Amina Oyagbola is a member of numerous organizations and has earned various certifications.
- Fellow and Chair of The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa.
- A West Africa Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
- Member CIPM and Chartered Fellow, CIPD UK
- Certified Ethics Officer
- Trustee and Member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD-Nigeria Chapter)
- Member of the Institute of Directors
As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, Amina founded and is currently Chairperson of, WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers). WISCAR is a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and strategic mentoring and leadership initiative for professional career women. Amina’s hard work has resulted in worldwide recognition. Recently, she was nominated as an emerging African Leader by the Europe/Africa Aspen Institute.
When Amina is not hard at work, she can be found spending time with her husband, Bayo Oyagbola, Managing partner of Oyagbola Chambers. Together they have 3 graduate children.