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Board of Directors

AbdulWasiu O. Sowami
Olumide Adeosun
Chief Executive Officer
Moshood Olajide
Chief Financial Officer
Mohammed Aminu Umar
Non-Executive Director
Olusola Adeeyo
Independent Non-Executive Director
Aniola Durosinmi – Etti
Independent Non-Executive Director

Management Team

Toyin Leo-Olagbaiye
Head, Aviation Marketing
Habib Bello
Manager, Lubes & Specialties Marketing
Oladeinde Nelson-Cole
Company Secretary and General Counsel
Ibrahim Bamgbopa
Head, Engineering & Infrastructural Projects
Abiodun Ope-Adesanya
Manager, Human Resources
Edidiong Ekwere
Head, Strategy & Government Relations
Joseph Ogbeide
Manager, Brands & Corporate Communications
Oluseun Ismail
AbdulWasiu O. Sowami - Chairman

Mr. Sowami is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Prudent Energy & Services LTD., a $600m gross-revenue mid to downstream company.  He sits on the boards of several companies including Prudent E&P LTD., FES Energy Limited (UAE), Ignite Investment & Commodities Limited, Prudent Gas LTD., and Prudent Effsow Commodities LTD.

By developing and leveraging on first tier relationships with the leadership of top international trading companies including Glencore, Shell Trading Rotterdam, Vitol and BP Oil International LTD., Mr. Sowami has amassed a combined trading line of over US$100m.

Mr. Sowami is also well-known for his philanthropy. He established the Abdul-Lateef & Sanni Foundation to build schools and provide scholarships to indigent students. 


Education & Certifications: Mr. Sowami holds an M.Sc. in Corporate Governance from Leeds Beckett University, England and a B.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Maiduguri. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. 

Olumide Adeosun - Chief Executive Officer

Mr Adeosun is a respected thought leader in the energy sector, with a proven track record of senior leadership and strategic advisory, and has gained over 18 years’ experience in oil and gas finance, renewable energy, power and strategy.

Olumide provided advisory services to multinational clients at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), London and then worked across a range of Finance with BP Plc (formerly British Petroleum). He moved to commercial roles in BP’s supply & trading subsidiary, BP Oil International, where his roles included Vice President, Commercial Development & Operations for BP’s West Africa Trading business.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Ardova Plc, Olumide led the Energy & Power (West Africa) Practice at PwC, where he held various leadership roles including Head of Strategy Consulting for West Africa and Head of Capital Projects and Infrastructure.  Notably, he co-led the buy-side advisory of one of the largest acquisition deals in the Nigerian downstream oil and gas sector. 


Olumide holds an M.Sc in Mathematics from Royal Holloway College, University of London and graduated from Woodbury University, California with a B.Sc in Architecture

Moshood Olajide - Chief Financial Officer

Due to his versatility and diligent work ethic, Mr. Moshood has experienced rapid  growth as a Chartered Accountant and Tax Professional.

His responsibilities at Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC), a multi-disciplinary firm, spanned financial reporting and regulatory services, statutory audits, capital projects, infrastructure deals energy, utility and mining deals advisory and structuring, general tax advisory compliance services; client training services and company secretarial services spanning multiple sectors of the economy and more notably in Oil and Gas.

Very early on his career and prior to joining the Forte Oil PLC team as Chief Financial Officer, he had a stint with Aluko & Oyebode Law Firm where he had the responsibilities for general legal advisory, company secretariat, negotiation of commercial agreements, litigation and arbitration.


Education & Certifications: Moshood holds an LL.B from Obafemi Awolowo University and an LL.M Degree from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA ) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

Mohammed Aminu Umar - Non-Executive Director

Mr. Umar has over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas and energy sector. Over time, he has played a significant role in shaping the maritime industry evidenced by the various roles and capacity he has served in. He currently serves as the President of Nigeria Ship-Owner’s Association (NISA) and is a member of the Ministerial Committee on establishing Nigerian National Fleet, the Ministerial Committee on Nigerian Fleet Implementation Committee Member and the Advisory Council to the Executive Management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).  

Mr. Umar started his career as an accountant with the Overseas Agency Nigeria Limited (OAN) and eventually rose to become the Managing Director between 2001 and 2007.

He is Founder and CEO of Sea Transport Services Nig. LTD., one of the leading commercial managers of Tanker vessels in Nigeria.  As MD/CEO of the Sea Transport Services Group, Mr. Umar has led the company on a consistent growth trajectory over the last ten (10) years with the business conservatively valued at over $100 million and growing his fleet to a total capacity of 350,000 Metric Tonnes.

Mr. Umar is also Founder and Managing Director of Integrated Shipping Services Nig. LTD., the largest indigenous tanker port agency firm in Nigeria for Products, Crude and LNG tankers. 


Education & Certifications: Mr. Umar holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Maiduguri.

Olusola Adeeyo - Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Adeeyo is a tested, trusted and seasoned professional in the finance, banking and business fields. He is Founder and CEO of Astral Waters Limited, a leader in quality water delivery.  He is also the founder of Protea Hotel Oakwood Park Lekki, a 4-Star Hotel which is part of an international hotel brand managed by Protea Hotel Group of South Africa. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Asset & Investment Limited, a financial services company which he founded and managed.  

He previously served as an independent director and the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Renumeration Committee of the Central Securities and Clearing Systems PLC. He is the Chairman of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc and sits on the boards of several other reputable companies in Nigeria.

He was also a part of the founding management team/owner group of IBTC Ltd now Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. Prior to this, he worked in the Treasury Unit at Nigeria International Bank (NIB) a subsidiary of Citibank New York before joining other associates to start IBTC Ltd.


Education & Certifications: Mr. Adeeyo holds an M.A. in International Relations from North Eastern University, Boston, USA in addition to a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New York, Albany, USA.

Aniola Durosinmi – Etti - Independent Non-Executive Director

Aniola is an experienced lawyer called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge in England, which she obtained in 1984. Her undergraduate study was at the University of Lagos where she graduated with an LL.B (Second class upper division) in 1981. She was awarded the prize for the best student in Jurisprudence in her graduating class.

In 1985, she joined the law firm Udo Udoma & Co as an Associate of the firm where she developed extensive experience in various aspects of commercial law including preparation of key international joint venture agreements, syndications and conveyances. In 1988, she moved to Credit Transactions and Investment Company Limited , an Oil Consultancy and Investments Company where she served as a Legal and Administrative Manager. In 1992, she went on to operate her own legal practice under the name of A.I. Durosinmi-Etti & Co. She remained a consultant to Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie till date.

In 2002 Aniola joined Linkage Assurance Plc as Legal Adviser & Head of Corporate Services. She successfully piloted the company through landmark transformational phases of growth including an IPO in 2003 and subsequently a secondary offering in 2005. In August 2006, as a reflection of her strong performance and dedication, Aniola was appointed the Acting Managing Director of the company. In this capacity, she steered the company through the challenges of recapitalization and a subsequent merger with Central Insurance Company Ltd. Aniola was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of the company following a successful merger. As part of the new executive management, she ensured a seamless integration and stabilization of the post-merger entity prior to her resignation in 2013.

Aniola served on the board of directors of Stanbic IBTC Pensions Limited, one of Nigeria’s largest pension managers, from 2009-2013. She also served on the board of Mediplan Limited, a health management company, providing healthcare services to corporate organizations and members of the public.

She is an Alumni of The Lagos Business School having undergone

- The Chief Executive’s Program of Lagos Business School and the IESE Business School, in Barcelona Spain.

Throughout her career she embarked upon several educational courses in different fields in pursuit of knowledge to enhance her performance and productivity.

Toyin Leo-Olagbaiye - Head, Aviation Marketing

Experience: Toyin Leo-Olagbaiye is head of AirArdova and currently oversees the company's aviation business. Since joining the company in 2014, he has held several leadership roles, including Head of Commercial Sales and Head of Upstream Services. He has over twenty years of experience in credit management, relationship management and business development across Nigeria's financial, aviation and oil and gas industries. 

Qualifications: B. Tech in Agricultural Science (Federal University of Technology, Akure).
Habib Bello - Manager, Lubes & Specialties Marketing

Experience: Habib Bello is the Marketing Manager for Lubes & Specialities at Ardova Plc. He is responsible for the strategic growth and expansion of the company’s lubes business line. He has over ten years in sales & marketing lubricants, technical & logistics support and warehouse operations management. His interests include relationship management, business development strategies, market analysis and self-development. 

Qualification: B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi), MSc Petroleum Engineering & Project Development (Institute of Petroleum Studies, Port Harcourt)
Oladeinde Nelson-Cole - Company Secretary and General Counsel

Experience: Oladeinde Nelson-Cole is the company secretary and general counsel at Ardova Plc. He has over 15 years of diverse experience in legal practice. Also, He possesses valuable cognitive skills and expertise in legal drafting, regulatory compliance & corporate services, dispute resolution and company secretarial practice. Before joining AP, he worked as an associate and senior associate with the law firm of RouQ and company where he was involved in active litigation practice, corporate, commercial and legal compliance work for several Nigerian and international companies. 

Qualification: Bachelor of Laws (Lagos State University), Member (Nigerian Bar Association).
Ibrahim Bamgbopa - Head, Engineering & Infrastructural Projects


Engr. Ibrahim Bamgbopa graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and IIU, Malaysia where he studied Civil Engineering (BSc) & Building Services Engineering (MSc) respectively and participated in several Leadership & Management and Professional Certification and Courses.  He is a member and certified/accredited professional of several international bodies such as ARAMCO-Saudi Arabia (Approved PRM Consultant), PMI-USA, AACEI-USA, IfS-USA, APEA-UK, and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) –USA. He is a COREN Registered Engineer, Certified ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager, PMO & Project Management Specialist & Contract Administrator with over 20 years’ both local and international experience (in Asia-Malaysia & Middle East- UAE,Oman and Saudi Arabia). He is experienced in management of medium to large-scale complex projects including residential, Industrial, Infrastructural Projects and Oil & Gas Projects (Refinery, Petrochemical, Oil Tanks Terminals, LPG Terminal and Retail Stations/PFS) from concept to commissioning.

He is well versed and possess deep knowledge of AEC Industry & Oil and Gas Downstream Sector including Engineering Design Management (Conceptual, FEED and Detailed), Total Cost Management, Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Risk Management, Value Improvement Practices (VIP), Due Diligence & HSSE Management Best Practices and Standards.

He is proficient in Project Economics, Value Engineering & Decision Analysis Techniques, Earn Value Method (EVM), Project Feasibility Study ,Analysis and Reporting , Asset Due Diligence-Technical, EHS & Sustainability Performance Standard Compliance for Merger & Acquisition(M&A) and Projects Performance/Compliance Appraisal & Reporting, Life Cycle Cost Analysis techniques, Tender Administration, Cost Estimation & Asset Management and Valuation, FIDIC Contract Administration , Delay & Claims Management and Quantitative Risk Modeling and Decision Management , well versed with the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol. Well acquainted with International Project Sustainability Managements Practices and Framework such as FIDIC PSM, USGBC LEED Rating systems and ISI Envision.


·      Registered Engineer- COREN Nigeria R.38,834

·      Approved ARAMCO-Saudi  Project Risk Management (PRM) Consultant- Since 2015

·      Member of the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA)-UK

·      Member Institute for Sustainability (IfS)- AICHE, USA 2015)

·      Member and Certified Envision Sustainability Professional Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)-USA (2014)

·      Member and Certified Cost Professional (CCP) - American Association of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)-USA 2011.

·      Member and Certified Professional –PMP & RMP Project Management Institute (PMI)-2009

·      LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) 2014 -USA

·      APMG-International Certificate- Management of Risk (MOR) -2015-UK

·      Certified ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager- PECB Canada (2015)

·      APMG-International  Certificate in Portfolio, Programme and Project Office- P3O (2016)-UK

·      SGS Internal Auditor Course –Integrated Management System (IMS) –ISO 9001,ISO 14001 & OSHAS 18000 (2016)

·      Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst Certification (FMVA)- Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI)   In view  (2020)

Abiodun Ope-Adesanya - Manager, Human Resources

Experience: Abiodun Ope-Adesanya is the human capital Manager at Ardova Plc. She has over 15 years of experience across the oil & gas, logistics and financial sectors in Nigeria. Her area of expertise includes recruitment, regulatory, compliance, performance management, learning & development, policy formulation, amongst others. Before joining AP, she worked with C&I Leasing Plc functioning in various capacities. She worked at Amaiden Energy, where she was responsible for setting up a framework for a structured Human Resource Department. She was also in charge of setting up the Human Resource Department for the Nigeria Office of TNT Express, a subsidiary of Stellar Group and successfully integrating its operations with other international offices. 

Qualification: BSc in Food Science and Technology (Federal University of Technology, Akure), Master’s in Business Administration (Swiss Management Centre, Switzerland), PGD in Business Management (University of Wales, UK), Associate Member (Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria), Member (Society of Human Resources Management of United States).
Edidiong Ekwere - Head, Strategy & Government Relations

Experience: Edidiong Ekwere heads the Strategy & Government Relations team at Ardova Plc. She is responsible for overseeing the company's long-term future with an eye on its sustainability and profitability by defining and refining its corporate strategy and operating framework. Before joining the company, she worked for over 13 years in exploration as a Geoscientist with the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), taking on roles in project management, oil and gas, data analysis and health safety security environment (HSSE). 

Qualifications: BSc in Geology (University of Calabar), Member (Society of Petroleum Engineers), Member (The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists).
Joseph Ogbeide - Manager, Brands & Corporate Communications

Experience: Joseph Ogbeide leads the Brands and Corporate Communications team at Ardova Plc, which is responsible for strategic communication, branding, media relations, corporate sustainability and responsibility. Before joining AP, he was Brand Manager of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, where he worked on the development and execution of a brand strategy for the bourse. He also worked previously at X3M Ideas, where he created advertising for a wide range of clients including Diamond Bank Plc (now Access Bank), DStv and Etisalat (now 9Mobile). 

Qualifications: BSc in Public Relations & Advertising (Covenant University)
Oluseun Ismail - Treasurer

Experience: Oluseun Ismail is the Treasurer at Ardova Plc. She is responsible for managing its cash flow and liquidity management, finance sourcing, and banking operations. She develops and implements strategies to meet AP's short, medium, and long-term financing needs to support its operational and corporate objectives. 

Before joining AP, she worked with Mobil Oil Plc as a Banking Operations Analyst for over 5 years and joined Forte Oil Plc, now Ardova Plc, in 2012 as the Team Lead of the Treasury Department. She held this position until 2017, when she became the pioneer manager, Group Process and Operations Control. in 2019 she became the Treasurer at Ardova. Plc

Qualifications: HND in Accountancy (Yaba College of Technology, Lagos), PGD in Management (University of Lagos), MBA in Finance (University of Lagos), Fellow (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria).