NIA Chief, Tope Smart to Chair Business Journal Lecture/Awards 2019


The Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) and also Group Managing Director/CEO, NEM Insurance Plc, Tope Smart, will chair the Business Journal 2nd Annual Lecture/Awards 2019 which will examine the impact (opportunities & challenges) of digital disruption on various sectors of the Nigerian economy, including insurance.

The event which is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja has DIGITAL NIGERIA: The Path to Sustainable Economic Growth as theme.

The keynote speech would be delivered by Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The panel includes Ms. Tola Adegbayi, Executive Director, Leadway Assurance Company Limited; Mrs. Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, former Head of Research & Development, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS); Aare Ganiyu Koledoye, immediate past President/Chairman of Council, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria; Mr. Chuddy Oduenyi, Managing Director/CEO, Compact Communications Limited and Mr. Jide Akintunde, Publisher, Financial Nigeria.

Commenting on the 2019 Annual Lecture, Prince Cookey, Publisher/CEO of Business Journal said: “The Business Journal 2nd Annual Lecture 2019 is indeed a rare opportunity for stakeholders and professionals to critically evaluate the opportunities and challenges of digital disruption on the various segments of the Nigerian economy ranging from banking, aviation, insurance and on such professions as marketing, PR and media. It would also offer a roadmap on how Nigeria could reap bountifully from the digital transformation era to achieve sustainable economic growth.”

Explaining the objective of the Business Journal Annual Lecture Series, Cookey added: “The Business Journal Annual Lecture Series is a platform to examine and discuss emerging issues in the Nigerian economy and generate workable solutions going forward. It brings stakeholders across sectors together to review the state-of-affairs in the economy through robust conversation. This year, the focus is on digital disruption in terms of opportunities and challenges it presents to various sectors and professional groups. This is the second in the lecture series and we hope to continue to provide such platform for annual conversation on factors changing the business dynamics in our country.”

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