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NIGERIANS have continued to project the country on positive light across the world, with the latest in that pool being Kikelomo “Kike” Lawal who just got appointed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

    Lawal’s appointment is said to have dual functions as she would be overseeing diverse departments while reporting directly to the banks’s Chief Executive and President.

  “Ms. Lawal will be accountable for overseeing the Legal function globally as well as the Corporate Secretary, Ombudsman and Privacy Office functions, and related policies and programs. “She will join the bank’s Executive Committee and will report to Victor Dodig, President and CEO of CIBC,” a statement on her new role published by Bloomberg read.

  Before her new appointment, she has had years of experience in the financial sector in different capacities; occupying the posts of chief legal officer, ombudsman, and corporate secretary of Interac Corp for 12 years and eight months.

  She was also a senior associate of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP for five years and 9 months. She had her education at both the New York University and Harvard Law School.

  According to source, the Nigerian is very passionate about inclusion concerning race, ethnicity, gender, and life experience.

  CEO and President CIBC also said that the bank really looks forward to her leadership in the new capacity.

  Meanwhile, earlier reports say another Nigerian, Obinna Ukwuani, was also appointed by the Bank of Kigali as its chief digital officer. He replaced Regis Rugemanshuro who also got an appointment for another position as the head of the Rwanda Social Security Board.

  In a series feat by Nigerians, a man from eastern part of the country made history abroad as he becomes first African councilor in Germany.

  It should be noted that Ukwuani began work in June. In his new professional capacity and will be seeing towards bringing about product innovations, among other things, in digital banking.

  The Nigerian born banker has a degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  Before his appointment, he was with a Nigerian tech startup called Paystack. The young man had in January 2018, partnered with the Bank of Kigali to launch Makers Robotics Academy Rwanda; the first-ever robotics Bootcamp in the country.

  Report has it that the programme which was an intensive three-week course hosted 40 Rwandan high school students and was facilitated by MIT students.

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