Board of Directors
DR. ELIJAH AKPAN - CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Elijah Akpan, a fearless turn-around captain of many industries, is the Chairman of the company. A boardroom expert of note, he is presently the Executive Chairman of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP); Chairman/CEO of: Tropicana Group of Companies, USA; Tropicana Aluminum Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Nigeria; Tropicana International School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; PowerBling Nigeria Ltd and Executive Vice President, SuNergy Enterprises, USA, among others.
He started out as a Community Pharmacy Manager at the Sav-On Drug Stores, Boulder City, Nevada, USA in 1994 and later moved to University Medical Center of Las Vegas (UMC) in 1996 as a Clinical Pharmacist. In 1997, he explored into the Health Management Organisation (HMO) when he joined Health Plan of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant and Drug Information Specialist. Between 1995 and 2009, Dr. Akpan was Chairman/CEO, Tropicana Medical Centers, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA which he had established and expanded from one medical facility to five in six years. He later sold business out in 2009 and took a foray into broadcast media business by setting up PowerBling Television, also in Las Vegas. He was the Chairman/CEO of the broadcast outfit until 2014 when he sold the business to Open Heavens Television, UK and moved on to invest in several other lines of business and are waxing stronger by the year.
Dr. Akpan did his undergraduate studies at El Camino College Torrance, California, USA and graduated in 1988. He proceeded to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California for his postgraduate studies and bagged a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1993. In April, 2018, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science in Public Finance and Corporate Governance by the European American University, Commonwealth of Dominica (Africa Regional Operations).
An Honouree Member of the Las Vegas City Council, State of Nevada, USA and a registered Pharmacist with the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy, Dr. Akpan is a member of several associations including American National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; National Pharmaceutical Association, USA; American Society Health Systems Pharmacists, to mention but this few.
He is a recipient of several awards including African Leader of Integrity Merit Award, Investment Promotion Merit Award, Award for Leadership in Industrial Investments and Outstanding Performance, Empowerment and Citizens’ Award, among others.
A staunch religious man and lover of books, research, music, soccer, travelling and business development, Dr. Elijah Akpan is the Co-Founder/General Overseer of the International Ministry of Salvation and Praise and the Healing House Ministries Inc.
EBOSE AUGUSTINE OSEGHA - MANAGING DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Ebose Augustine Osegha is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the burgeoning and path-defining Anchor Insurance Company Limited. Prior to his appointment in February, 2018 by our Board of Directors and subsequent confirmation by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) in March, 2018, he was our Executive Director, Business Development and Marketing, overseeing the entire marketing chains of the company. He joined the company in January, 2017 from Standard Alliance Insurance Plc where he had worked for not less than ten years and became General Manager, Business Development.
Ebose who is awaiting formal graduation as a PhD holder in Business Management, having successfully concluded the programme at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom, is a graduate of Delta State University, Abraka and University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti where he obtained B.Sc (Economics) and MBA (Business Administration) respectively.
He started his working career with Erikana Nigeria Limited in 2000 as a Marketing Officer, overseeing sales and marketing. He switched over to the insurance industry in 2001 when he joined Alliance & General Insurance Company Limited as a Marketing Executive and speedily rose to the position of a Branch Manager due to his productive contributions to the growth of the company’s bottom line performance. In 2004, he moved over to Capital Express General Insurance Company Limited as a Business Development Manager (Public Sector & Energy) where he developed and oversaw strategies that deepened the company’s market share in that sector.
Mr. Ebose later left for Standard Alliance Insurance Plc in 2006. While here, he garnered extensive experience and created a niche for himself in insurance business. He started as Deputy Manager/Group Head, Public Sector. For his exceptional performance, he was promoted to the position of Manager, Public Sector/Energy & Telecommunications, a year after. He was saddled with the responsibility of starting and developing the Public Sector Group to an enviable level as well as identifying fresh business opportunities for the company.
During the course of the same year, 2007, he was again promoted Principal Manager/Divisional Head, Public Sector/Energy & Telecoms, due to his knack for success and achieving set targets with the added function of driving corporate and product development.
From 2008 when he was promoted to Assistant General Manager/Divisional Head, Public Sector/Energy & Telecommunications, Mr. Ebose rose to the position of General Manager/Divisional Head overseeing Public Sector, Brokers Marketing and Emerging Markets with credible results and expansion of these portfolios before he left the service of the company in December, 2016 to resume in January, 2017 at Anchor Insurance Company Limited as Executive Director, Business Development and Marketing.
Mr. Ebose Augustine Osegha is a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administrators; Member, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN); Member, Institute of Directors(M.IoD), among other professional associations. He has attended courses and seminars locally and overseas.
MR IMO-ABASI JACOB - DIRECTOR
Mr. Imo-Abasi Jacob is currently the Executive Director (Operations), Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation where he is in charge of Entrepreneurship/Business Development, Project Implementation/Supervision and Investment Promotion/Appraisal.
He started his professional career as a Partner with Arthur Anderson & Co. in 1982. He rose to head the Banking and Finance Group in the Audit and Business Advisory Division. Between 1995 and 2001, Mr. Jacob was at RAITAS Consulting as an Executive Director, heading its core value training and consultancy unit. From 1999 to 2007, he was the Chairman of the Privatization Committee of Akwa Ibom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council (AKIIPOC) where he successfully handled the privatization of Champion Breweries Plc, Plasto Crown Limited, Qua River Hotel, Akwa Feeds Ltd, Akwa Hatcheries Ltd and Abuja Guest Suites.
Mr. Jacob was the President of Haggai Business School and Managing Partner at Imo-Abasi Jacob & Co. Chartered Accountants. He also served as Chairman of Rosimo Associates Limited. He was the Chairman of Akwa Savings and Loans Limited (Mortgage Bankers) and had previously served as a Director, Anchor Insurance Company Limited as well as Ibom Power Company Limited. He was on the faculty of the Money Market Association of Nigeria and Centre for Law and Development Studies, among many others.
He obtained a First Class Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies from the University of Calabar in 1981 and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
A widely exposed and experienced scholar and technocrat, Mr. Jacob is a recipient of Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. (Nig.) award as one of the best graduating students from Management Studies (1981) and Best Performing Group Leader, Haggai Institute, Singapore (2005).
MR. UKPONG EKWERE UKPONG - DIRECTOR
Mr. Ukpong Ekwere Ukpong, a very resourceful and business-oriented fine gentleman, has since 1996 been the Managing Director/CEO, Anituson Enterprises Nigeria Ltd; ENID, Production and Construction Limited and Chairman, ENID Laboratories Limited. He also consults for Aluworks in Ghana.
He had worked in the United Kingdom after his studies over there and upon his return to Nigeria, he started off as an External Auditor at PEAT MARWICK now KPMG. He later joined Savannah Bank Nigeria Plc, Lagos, as Head Office Accountant. Thereafter, he moved to First City Merchant Bank Plc as Group Accountant. In 1987, he joined First Aluminum Plc as Chief Accountant. His innovativeness as an Accountant with keen interest and mastery of the entire business of the company earned him a promotion as the company’s Business Centre Manager, West. He was the first Nigerian to take over such position from an expatriate. He was a member of the team that transformed First Aluminum Group to its enviable status in the industry today.
He was Co-promoter of Chartered Aluminum System Ltd and later held the office of Executive Director/General Manager, West/Abuja of the company.
A Fellow, Chartered and Certified Accountant, FCCA, Mr. Ukpong was educated at the College of Technology, Calabar and Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, England.
Mr. Ukpong who proudly never forgot his root was, at different times, President of the Lagos Branch of Awa Development Association, Awa Clan Development Association and Onna Development Association respectively.
DR. CHRISTOPHER ATTAH - DIRECTOR
Mr. Christopher Attah, son of Obong Victor Attah, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, is a Partner in The Zenith Law Firm. A young, intelligent and smart boardroom player, Mr. Attah sits as Director in reputable companies which include Meristem Securities Limited, Unitech Drilling Company Limited, Alvita Mineral Ventures Limited and Brownstone C.C. (PTY) Limited SA.
He started his legal professional career with Paul Usoro and Co. in 1996. He functioned as the Head of the South-South/South-East Division of the firm until 1997 when he moved to Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria Limited (ALSON) as a pioneer staff of its Legal Department. Since 2000, he is a Partner in The Zenith Law Firm which was set up by him and two other partners.
He had his ‘A’ levels in 1990 from Ackworth School, W. Yorks. He obtained his LLB. degree from the University of Wolverhampton, England in 1994 and BL. from Nigerian Law School in 1996.
Mr. Christopher Attah is a member of the Nigerian Capital Markets Solicitors Association, Nigeria Gas Association, Vision 20: 2020 Judiciary Committee and Business Support Group as well as Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.
MRS. COMFORT EWANG - DIRECTOR
Mrs. Comfort Ewang, a seasoned educationist, is since 2013 the Director of the prestigious Beulah International School based in Akwa Ibom State. She commenced her teaching career at ECWA Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State in 1985. She moved to Air Force Secondary School, Makurdi in 1986 where she continued as a Teacher before she was engaged by the Ministry of Defence Physics Teacher between 1996 and 1999.
She holds a 2001 Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom; Master’s degree in Education (1995) from the University of Calabar; a First degree in Education (1984) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an NCE (1977) from the College of Education, Uyo.
Mrs. Ewang who is a Member, Association of Christian Schools International was a one-time First Lady of Rivers and Ogun states.
She brings to the Board her deep knowledge of administration and governance matters.
NSIKAN NKAN - DIRECTOR
Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan is the Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom State. A Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACITN), Mr. Nkan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ado Ekiti (2003-2005) and a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Cross River State, now University of Uyo.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he had served as the Aka Ibom State Accountant-General. Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan had earlier on worked at Zenith Bank as the Assistant General Manager/Zonal Head, Akwa Ibom State, supervising six branches and four cash offices (2014–2015). He had served variously as Assistant General Manager/Branch Head, Aka Road Branch, Uyo (2013-2014); Merchant Bankers Ltd., Lagos (1993-1997); First Bank Nigeria Plc (1992-1997) and Ideal Flour Mills Ltd, Kaduna.
He has attended series of training, locally and internationally in relevant areas, including leadership, capacity building, risk management, internal control and audit/fraud control management. Some of the trainings attended include: Macro Economic Review for Bank Executive, High performance people skills at London Business School (2004) and Leading High Performance Leaders by Harvard Business School (2004).
AKINOLA TAIWO - DIRECTOR
Mr. Akinola Taiwo, an accomplished technocrat, frontline private sector player and a public sector asset is the Principal Consultant at Akin Taiwo & Company (Chartered Accountants) and RHIEF-Taiwo Associates Limited respectively since 1985. He is also the Executive Chairman of RHSL Property & Investment Limited and RHIEF-Lane Properties Ltd since 1993.
Between 1993 and 2007, Mr. Taiwo was the Chairman, Refuge Home Savings and Loans Limited. He was Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in Ogun State between 1997 and 1998. Prior to when he became Principal Consultant, Mr. Taiwo had worked with Coopers & Lybrand (Chartered Accountants) between 1978 and 1985. He worked across sectors while here and gathered all the experience that later emboldened him to launch out on his own in 1985 with Akin Taiwo & Company (Chartered Accountants).
Mr. Taiwo who is the Chairman of the Audit Committee on the Board of Anchor Insurance has handled major responsibilities which included Lead Consultant: Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission of the Federal Government of Nigeria; Federal Inland Revenue Service and Revenue Review of All Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to the National Assembly.
He was a Member of Council, University of Nigeria (2013-2017); Member, Federation Account Allocation Committee; Chairman, Ogun State Tenders Board and Ogun State Mass Housing Project respectively, among others.
A 1977 B.Sc (Hons.) holder in Political Science from the prestigious University of Lagos, Mr. Akinola Taiwo is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and an Associate Member, Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT).
He is a Member of The Metropolitan Club and Ikoyi Club 1938.
ANIEKAN AMOS AKPAN - DIRECTOR
Mr. Aniekan Akpan, a tested legal luminary, is a Managing Partner at Essien, Amos & Sampson since 2001. He did his National Youth Service with Union Bank, Owerri between 1988 and 1989. After his service in 1989, he got employed at OKMAS Construction Limited in Port Harcourt as Personnel/Administrative Officer. He joined Okey Wali (SAN) & Co. in August 1995 as a Solicitor and in November 1996, he moved to Abuka, Ajegbo, Ilogu & Nwaogu as Solicitor. In December 2001, he joined two other legal luminaries to set up Essien, Amos & Sampson.
He has held numerous offices of responsibilities which include Member, Akwa Ibom State Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the 4th November, 1999 civil disturbances at Eket; Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo Branch; Member, National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association; Member, Akwa Ibom State Law Revision Committee and Chairman respectively of Nigerian Bar Association Uyo Branch and Committee of NBA Branch Chairmen, Akwa Ibom State.
Mr. Akpan holds a 1988 B.Sc (Hons.) Second Class Upper degree in Political Science from the University of Calabar; an LL.B (Hons.) degree from the University of Uyo (1994); BL. Second Class Upper degree from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1995) and LL.M in view, Rivers State University of Science and Technology. During his time at the University of Calabar, he distinguished himself in academics, winning the Dr. Inno Ukaeje Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Political Science in 1988.
He is a Member, Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo Branch and Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).
To be the most innovative and preferred provider of General Insurance Services in Nigeria..
To institutionalize the Anchor brand as a world-class security Company, providing superior, efficient and dynamic insurance services anchored on state-of-the-art technology, accountable and well motivated staff to meet the expectations of our stakeholders.
The new Anchor Insurance Company Limited sees her customers and clients as reason they are in business which makes customer satisfaction a priority in the company. The Anchor Insurance Company’s promise is “All stakeholders will surely enjoy a pleasant experience”.