9mobile appoints Obafemi Banigbe as CEO

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

The Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited also known as 9mobile, has named Obafemi Banigbe, a telecoms specialist and technology industry leader, as CEO.

This was disclosed in a statement by 9mobile on Thursday, according to Nairametrics.

According to the statement, the move is consistent with 9mobile’s heritage of business continuity, which will help the company ease into its holistic business transformation.

9mobile said “Banigbe commenced his career in the telecoms industry at Celtel now known as Airtel Nigeria as the Director of Operations, preceded by significant contributions at Ericsson across various roles within the Sub-Saharan Africa Market Unit, culminating in the esteemed role of Network Support Group Manager for Access and Transport Networks.

“He was previously the Chief Operations Officer at Millicom Ghana, charting the operational strategy for the business in Ghana. His journey within the Millicom Group spans pivotal positions such as Interim CEO and earlier responsibilities as Chief Technical Officer for Millicom Ghana and Millicom International Cellular Tanzania.

“Banigbe’s diverse international experience transverses countries such as the United States and several African countries. He was previously the Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Silver Rock Technology Services Ghana, a strategic advisory firm specializing in the Telecom, Media, and Technology sectors. He also served as a Non-Executive Director at Amplitude Telecoms, a tower infrastructure provider in Nigeria.”

The company noted that as an Advisory Board member for Telecel Group, Banigbe was instrumental in leading the group’s successful acquisition of Vodafone Ghana. He added to his advisory portfolio by contributing insights to Nsano Group, a leading Fintech platform operating across multiple African countries, and previously lent his expertise to the Kirusa group in New Jersey, USA, providing invaluable guidance on product development and market entry strategies.

Banigbe earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Nigeria’s Federal University of Technology Minna. He expanded his knowledge through the Ericsson Management Development Program and the Advanced Management Program at the London Business School before earning an MBA from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom.

According to the company’s statement, the Board of 9mobile commented on the appointment saying, “We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and the positive impact that Obafemi will have on shaping the future of 9mobile. He brings along the vision, passion and years of experience from diverse environments, which will consolidate our priorities to provide superior customer experience and sustained network quality.”

“Obafemi is expected to work closely with the Board of Directors and all stakeholders to define credible and achievable long-term business plans, through the introduction of solutions to address the evolving.

In his remark, the new CEO said “I am delighted to join the 9mobile family and I look forward to using my experience and unique value propositions to lead the company in the next exciting phase of its journey. The goal is to build on the existing foundation of the company to create value that will transform the Nigerian telecoms sector.” needs of the Nigerian telecommunication market,” the Board added

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