Godwin Obaseki, Founder & Vice Chairman,Afrinvest West Africa Limited, 27 Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Born in Mr. Benin City, Nigeria, Godwin Obaseki started his working career in 1983 as a stockbroker 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 Co, 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.
Mr.Godwin Obaseki currently serves 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 organisations doing business in Africa.
He is a Trustee of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, -the local affiliate of the worldwide Not for Profit organisation 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.
He had his early education in St. Matthews Anglican Primary School Benin City and Eghosa Anglican Grammer 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.
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.