On today’s edition of Glazia black history month celebration is a leading career woman and  business executive, Dupe Olusola. 

Dupe Olusola is a Nigerian business executive, with a BSc from the University of Leicester. She also has a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Kent both in the United Kingdom. 

After her Master’s, she took on different roles with Bloomberg and Northern Trust in the United Kingdom, before moving back to Nigeria.

In Nigeria, she worked in SecTrust (now Afrinvest) and with Africa’s leading Private Equity Firm SME Manager/African Capital Alliance. She joined the investor relations department of the UBA group in 2008; before a move to Transcorp as Director of Resources in January 2010.

In 2014, Dupe was appointed as CEO and Managing Director of the now-defunct Agribusiness arm of Transcorp – Teragro Commodities Limited. She was responsible for the acquisition of two farmlands measuring 10,000 hectares in Benue State for citrus farming. Dupe spearheaded a partnership with Coca-Cola to produce Five Alive Pulpy Orange juice; making Teragro the sole local material source for the juice. 

“The difference between a dream and a goal is the date. As long as you don’t put a date on it, it will always be a dream. When you put a date on a dream it becomes a goal.” 

Dupe Olusola
Dupe Olusola

Dupe Olusola – The Powerhouse 

On her return to United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc; she was appointed as the Group Head Embassies, Multilaterals, and Development Organizations (EMDOs) and Global Investors Services (GIS). Again in 2018, she was appointed as Group Head, Marketing for UBA where she was responsible for the; development and delivery of the integrated strategy for all UBA Group Bank and non-bank subsidiaries.

In March 2020, she was appointed to head Transcorp Hotels. This made her the second woman to lead the organization. 

In July 2021, she launched Aura by Transcorp Hotels, an online platform for booking accommodation, food, and experiences.

Dupe Olusola has been listed in the Leading Ladies Africa/ YNaija’s “100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria” List for her passion in; Women Affairs and Empowerment, Economic Development of under-developed countries, and Financial inclusion. In 2015 while Dupe was the CEO of Teragro, she was named on Ventures Africa’s 10 Most Influential Nigerian CEOs. In 2021, she was listed as one of the top 4 women in Africa in the Strategic Women in Leadership Award (SAWIL).

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