Colenson Brokers Nigeria Limited has enjoyed steady growth in its commitment to providing integrated financial services to customers across various sectors of the economy.
The company’s growth, since its inception, is premised on sound business standards, backed by the uncompromising integrity and dedication of its directors, led by Asiwaju (Dr.) Michael Olawale-Cole, MFR (Founder/CEO).
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Asiwaju (Dr.) Michael Olawale-Cole (Founder/CEO) CON, FNIM, CNIM, B.Sc. (Hons.), DBA, FCIB, FCIN, FIOD
Chief (Mrs.) Adebola Olawale-Cole (Director)
Abiola Olawale-Cole (Director) BA (Hons.) Econs (Essex), M.A. (Exeter), ACMA
Abiodun Olawale-Cole (Director) B.Engr. (Derby) M.Sc (London)
Alhaji Tulmr; Mani (Tafarkin Kastina) – Director
Biodun Olawale-Cole (Executive Director)
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Asiwaju (Dr.) Michael Olawale-Cole had served the Lagos State Government of Nigeria as Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development and later as Honourable Commissioner for Works and Transport about 30 years ago. He hails from the Apena Royal Family of Isolo and Toluwalade Osundoye Ruling House of Ojota Kingdom, Lagos State, Nigeria.
This distinguished alumnus of the University of Lagos is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA; University of Cambridge, England; South West London College, England and All Saints University of America (New York).
He is a Companion of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and a Chartered Management Consultant (CMC). Michael is a fellow of the following professional bodies – Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (Chartered); Institute of Directors, UK; Chartered Management Institute, UK; Certified Institute of Management; Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria.
Extensive Pro Bono services have been offered by Michael as the President and Chairman of Council of the largest professional body in Africa, the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) 2011-2013; President and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) 2003-2005; President and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) 1999-2001; and as a former National President, University of Lagos Alumni Association (1996-2000).
He is the current President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Michael is an Honorary Life Vice President of the Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He is also an Honorary Life Vice President of the Odu’a Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, and has been a member of the National Think Tank Committee Nigeria since 2007;
In recognition of his invaluable contributions to the management profession and nation building, he was conferred with two national honours awards which are Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2012 and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2014 by the then President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
The Business Mogul who had a successful career with Lever Brothers Nigeria (now Unilever Nigeria Plc.) where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief Accountant over 30 years ago, is the Founder/Chairman of COLENSON GROUP which comprises Colenson Brokers Nigeria Limited, Colenson Oil & Gas Limited, Intercontinental Procurements Limited, MOC Consulting Limited and Colenson Real Estate Limited; with business interests spanning Insurance, Management Consulting, Oil & Gas, Procurement, Training & Development, Market Research, Real Estate, Recruitment and Staff Outsourcing. The oldest in the Group (Colenson Brokers Nigeria Limited) was established in 1983 and is a major player in the Nigerian Insurance Industry, with proven track records of professionalism and excellence for four decades.
He is a Rotarian of national and international repute whose philanthropic activities are legendary. Having joined Rotary in 1980 as a Charter Secretary of his club, his dedication and passion have seen him serve meritoriously in various capacities as President Rotary Club of Isolo 1983/84 and District Governor 2005/2006 for District 9110 (The Rotary Centre at G.R.A. Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria was built within 8 months when he was District Governor. It is the first in Africa and accommodates the District 9110 office in Nigeria. This makes District 9110 one of the very few districts that has its own District Office in the entire Rotary World). He had served as the Personal Representative of FIVE Rotary International Presidents at District Conferences thrice in Africa and twice in England and was a Representative, Council on Legislation 2017-2020, USA. He was Chair of the Institute Organizing Committee (IOC) for Zone 20A (Africa) Rotary International Institute which held for the first time in Nigeria in the year 2018. He is currently serving Rotary as a member of the Finance Committee of Rotary International (2021-2024). He and his wife are Paul Harris Fellows, Members of the Arch C. Klumph Society and Major Donors in Rotary International. Michael is also Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation. In selfless service to humanity, he has attended over 30 Rotary International Conventions across the globe.
In recognition of his outstanding efforts in the promotion of Rotary International objectives, he received the SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD which is the highest individual award for a Rotarian. He equally has to his credit several awards including Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Outstanding Merit Award; Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Lagos Alumni Association; Eko Merit Award for his outstanding contributions to Public Service of Lagos State, Nigeria; Distinguished Leadership Award from the Awori Welfare Association of Nigeria; and Ambassador for Peace Award by The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.
Asiwaju (Dr.) Michael Olawale-Cole is a holder of some chieftaincy (Honorary and Traditional) titles, which include Bobagunwa of Ojoland; High Chief Ogboye of Ode-Remo; Gbobaniyi of Ibejuland; Seriki Gbadeniyi of Egbaland and Asiwaju of Ojota Kingdom. He is also a member of Ikoyi Club, Island Club, Yoruba Tennis Club, Lagos Country Club and Metropolitan Club, Lagos.
He is a devout and practising Christian of the Anglican Communion, and a recipient of the HEROES/LEGENDS AWARD by the Anglican Communion of Lagos Diocese, Nigeria (this is in recognition of his remarkable services and indelible contributions to the work of God in his parish, at the Diocese and in the National Church).
Michael is happily married to Chief (Mrs.) Bola Olawale-Cole (Nee Adebowale) who is a Past President, Inner Wheel Club of Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria. They are blessed with four children who are professionals in the fields of Finance, Engineering, Medicine and Law; and are proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
The maxims: [“Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.” – Mollie Marti] and [“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”- John Holmes] have served as guiding principles for Michael over the years and he has pledged to continue to serve the human race till his last breath.
Abiodun Olawale Cole, is a graduate from University of Derby and University of London where he gained his B.Engr, and MSC degrees respectively. He is a seasoned strategist and has spent the last 16yrs working for some of the worlds leading research and strategy firms in the UK and Nigeria. He has consulted for clients in the FMCG, Banking, Telco, Marine and much recently launched an Aviation Technology start up. He brings his wealth of experience in client service and business development to the Colenson Group of Companies
Deputy General Manager (Operations)
Mr. Ngere Macauley is a graduate of Economics from the University of Lagos with over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. He started his Professional career with Kelsan Insurance Brokers Ltd. He worked with this company for many years before he joined Tulip Insurance Brokers Ltd as the pioneer MD/CEO. He moved to Helmsman Insurance Brokers as COO in 2012 where he later joined Colenson Brokers Nigeria Ltd as Deputy General Manager, Operations. He is an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, Nigeria
Bsc, MBA (Fin Mgt), ACIIN
Adewale Adeniyi is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. A graduate of Microbiology with MBA (Finance), both from Lagos StateUniversity,Ojo. He started his working career in the year 1998 as the Marketing/Operations Manager of AFMEC Nigeria Ltd, PortHarcourt. He has nearly 20 years industrial experience in Insurance. He started with Goldlink Insurance Company Limited, as a Management Trainee in 1999 in the Ibadan Branch, after which he was moved to the Head Office, where he rose to the position of Assistant Manager (Life & Pension). He then moved to CrystaLife Assurance Ltd, as a Deputy Manager, under the tutelage of Mrs Seyi Ifaturoti, then to ARM Life Plc in 2013, from where he rose to the position of Head Retail and Corporate Claims, then later Head of Annuity Department in 2014, His diligence, dedication to work, eyes to details, marketing, managerial acumen and experiences in various life operations like underwriting, claims administration and marketing make him a force to be reckoned with (Incorporated Registered Insurance & Re-Insurance Brokers) RC:55790, RB:007 (Since 1983)
Senior Manager, Technical
Mr. Mudasiru Kolawole Adio started his insurance career with Fengate Insurance Brokers Limited and he has a stint at Turning Point Insurance Brokers Limited. He later joined Crusader Insurance Nigeria Plc where he worked in different departments. He joined Colenson Brokers Nigeria Limited as Deputy Manager (Underwriting) in 2009. He is an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN). He obtained Intermediate Certificate in Building Construction and NCE (Technical) both from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State. He is happily married with childre
B.Sc (Hons.), ACIIN
Manager (North Operation)
Mrs. Erhabor-Ojini graduated from the University of Calabar in Public Administration in 1998. She started her Insurance career with Admiral Insurance Co. Ltd, Abuja. Later, she moved to Crusader Insurance Plc, Abuja as Marketing Executive before she joined AIICO General Insurance Company Ltd, Abuja, as a Marketing Superintendent. She subsequently proceeded to Cradle Insurance Brokers Ltd as Head, Nothern Operations from where she left and joined Colenson Brokers Nigeria Ltd as Head, Northern Operations.
Mr Yesufu Ese-Osa Samari is a graduate of Accounting from the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. he started his accounting career in ASCON Oil Company Ltd. as an Account Executive for 2 years when he was prompted to the manager Account Payable after he had his MBA in Business Administration and Finance from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology he has years Experience working in the Oil and Gas Industry. Mr. Yesufu Ese-Osa Samari later moved to Colenson brokers Nigeria Limited as the Assistant Manager Finance and Admin in 2018 and he is a student member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN)
Lolu Daniel Oluwatona is the Human Resources Manager at Colenson Brokers Nigeria Ltd. He has over ten years of organisational experience in Talent Management, Learning & Development and has consulted across industries for clients that include Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Delta State Government , Nigeria Machine Tools and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) amongst others. A Research Analyst on WORLD BANK-NIG GOVT. Partnership Projects; Prior to joining Colenson Brokers, he was the Training Manager at Generis Solutions Ltd before moving to Direct Impact Consulting as Head of Human Resources. He was a Research Executive at RMS Africa where he handled enterprise-size projects for multinationals including Guinness Nigeria, Chevron and Harris Interactive South Africa. A graduate of Computer Science/Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile Ife). He is an Associate Member-Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM). He holds an MBA degree (Distinction) in Human Resources Management from the University of Lagos Akoka.
Assistant Manager, Technical
Mrs. Adenekan Taiwo started her Insurance career with Colenson Brokers Nigeria Ltd in 1989 as an underwriting officer. Her technical and broking knowledge has been a major advantage in underwriting issues to the satisfaction of our clients. She is a member of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.