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Bunmi Oke

CEO/ Lead Consultant, Ladybird Ltd

Bunmi is in charge of the day-to-day running of the leading integrated marketing communications agency in Nigeria 141Worldwide (an international agency which is a member of the WPP group, the largest communications group in the world).

As the pioneer Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director, she has lead a prolific team of professionals over the last seven years, and built 141 into a prominent world-class advertising agency in Nigeria. 141 handles several multinational accounts including British American Tobacco, West Africa Area, Etisalat Nigeria, SWIPHA, First Bank of Nigeria, Multi choice/DSTV, Cadbury Nigeria Plc and many others.

Bunmi is a British-Born Nigerian, who started her career in advertising at Grant Advertising (McCann-Erickson affiliate) in 1986, where she worked as a PR Executive/Account Management trainee. Joining LTC (now JWT ) advertising in 1989, her exceptional organizational and presentation skills resulted in her rising through the ranks rapidly over 10 years and became the first female client service director. Bunmi went to the best schools in Nigeria and hence is an alumni of the University of Lagos, Queens college, Yaba, Lagos and Holy Child College, Obalende, Lagos.

Bunmi is now the 17th President & 2nd Female President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), & is now a member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). Bunmi has also served as an executive and Vice President of AAAN. She is the only practicing female Fellow of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, (APCON) amongst the 4 women in Nigeria who have attained this level.

Bunmi is well travelled and has attended several business and advertising courses in Nigeria and abroad. She was also a recipient of the 2011 Vital Voices WIMBIZ&Exxon-Mobill ToT EinH training in Uganda programme for a female marketing communications specialist in Nigeria.

She spends her spare time engaging in philanthropic work and Christian social activities. Bunmi has been married to Kola Oke (a civil engineer) for over 23 years and they are blessed with a set of teenage twins, who are currently pursuing their university education.