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Profile of Godwin Obaseki: Man destiny for greatness in Edo State

As Edo State prepares for a transition from one government to another, the protagonist are preparing for battle and one man that stands out clearly in the crowd, is Mr. Godwin Obaseki of APC. One of our correspondents in Nigeria did take a look at his profile for our Diaspora audience to know the man who is destiny to be the next Governor of Edo State of Nigeria.

He had his early education in St. Matthews Anglican Primary School Benin City and Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Benin City and later attended the University of Ibadan, Columbia University and Pace University in New York. He has a BA in Classics and MBA in Finance and International Business.

Godwin Obaseki is the Founder & Vice Chairman of Afrinvest West Africa Limited base in Lagos. He was born in Benin City, Nigeria.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki started his working career in 1983 as a stock broker with Capital Trust Brokers Limited Lagos. In 1986, he joined International Merchant Bank (an affiliate of First Chicago Bank) and in 1988, he was employed by AVC Funds Limited, Lagos where he served as a Project Manager in setting up two banks in Nigeria. Between 1993 and 1995, he worked in New York as a principal of Equatorial Finance Company, a financial advisory firm focusing on Africa and providing structured trade finance for African related transactions through the provision of credit, financial advisory and risk insurance. He Founded Afrinvest West Africa Limited (formerly Securities Transactions & Trust Company Limited (SecTrust) in 1995 and the firm has become a leading stock broking firm in Nigeria and trusted adviser in the domestic corporate finance market, pioneering major innovations and providing leadership in the Nigerian Securities market. The Firm has advised on numerous landmark transactions including the first Eurobond Issue by a Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate (outside South Africa); the first ever simultaneous merger and tender offer transaction in Sub-Saharan Africa and the largest ever listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Afrinvest has been ranked as a major Investment Research firm which is at the forefront of playing instrumental roles in the introduction of new financing products such as Eurobonds and Global Depository Receipts to Nigerian Companies. Professionally, Mr. Obaseki has served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System. He also served on the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act. He served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council between 2006 and 2009. He also serves on the board of Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, KCA Deutag Nigeria Limited, Seric Impianti International Limited and Paelon Memorial Clinic.

Godwin Obaseki
Mr. Godwin Obaseki until his election as the flag bearer of the APC in Edo State served as the Chairman of the Edo State Government Economic and Strategy Team (EST). He served as founding secretary for a New York based US Africa Chamber of Commerce New York in 1992, which promoted US organizations doing business in Africa.
He is a Trustee of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, -the local affiliate of the worldwide Not for Profit organization which trains students to appreciate market economy values.
He also participates actively and serves as Trustee, in the Dr. Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family owned NGO which is involved in providing free educational and health services to the poor and needy.
Mr. Obaseki is also a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria, an alumnus of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Program and was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2001.
In subsequent publication of The Voice magazine hard copy, you will be reading about his vision for Edo State and his plans to transform Edo State to economic power house in Nigeria and improve the living standard of his people.
This write up was contributed by Jenny Alex, a political commentator in Nigeria