Executive Management

Our business strategy at VIRGIN FOREST ENERGY LIMITED is anchored on our very loyal and dedicated employees who represent the pillars upon which the operational structure of the company stands. The company is managed by a team of highly experienced, dynamic and resourceful professionals from a variety of backgrounds, who pride themselves on carefully listening to our clients’ needs and integrating all information and constraints and clearly communicating our recommendations and results.

They have a policy of integrity and obedience to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and are governed by the strictest code of ethical conduct.

They are as follows:


Mr. JOHNSON CHUKWU is the Chairman, Board of Directors of Virgin Forest Energy Limited. He is also initiator/founder and Managing Director of Cowry Asset Management Limited. Prior to the establishment of Cowry Asset Management Limited, he has been actively involved in the Nigerian capital market and was instrumental to the establishment of one of the most vibrant capital market operator, as the pioneer General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Express Trust Limited, (later Spring Capital but now Pan Africa Capital) – a subsidiary of Guardian Express Bank Plc, (later Spring Bank Plc but now Enterprise bank Limited). Aside from his job as the Chief Executive of Cowry Asset, Mr. Chukwu is also the Chairman of Standard Alliance Insurance Plc.

Before joining Cowry Asset Management Limited on fulltime basis in October 2007, Mr. Chukwu was between February 2006 and September 2007 a Deputy General Manager and Group Executive, Operations of Spring Bank Plc. While in Spring Bank he was responsible for integrating into a single platform the diverse operations units of the six constituent banks that merged into Spring Bank. Between December 2000 and January 2006, Mr. Chukwu worked in Guardian Express Bank Plc and supervised at various times such functions as Structured/Corporate Finance, Treasury, Risk Management, Operations, Human Capital Management, Information technology and Facilities management. He was also the Bank’s pioneer Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for setting up Guardian Express Bank’s Accounting systems, processes and Management/Financial reporting systems. His banking career also includes a 3-year stint as the Deputy Financial Controller of Diamond Bank Plc (1997 – 2000) and 5 years experience with Intercontinental Bank Plc (1992 – 1997) where worked in Credit and Marketing (Trade Finance), Financial Control, Treasury Operations and Branch Operations.

Mr. Chukwu is a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) second class upper degree holder in Accounting and a University of Lagos Scholar. He also holds an MBA from Lagos Business School (Pan Atlantic University). Among his professional qualifications are Fellowship of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Taxation. He has attended several courses both locally and internationally including IESE Business School (University of Navarra) Barcelona, Spain; Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania) Philadelphia, USA; etc.

In addition to his professional duties Mr. Chukwu is actively involved in the training of Financial Industry professionals as a facilitator with Terrapin (A World leader in business events, with offices in London, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Dubai and Johannesburg), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Financial Institutions Training Center (FITC), a specialized institution established by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers’ Committee for the training of professional bankers. He is also a regular media commentator on the Capital Market, Banking industry and general economic issues.


Chairman - Managing Director/CEO Cowries Asset Management Ltd
(B.A., O.M.P.)

NNEOMA JOHNSON-CHUKWU is the Managing Director/CEO of the company. As the pioneer Chief Executive, Nneoma was instrumental to the establishment of the company’s operational facilities and business structures. Prior to venturing into petroleum marketing, Nneoma established her reputation as a successful marketer, as one of the earliest dealers in telecommunications products, at the dawn of GSM telecommunications services in Nigeria. A tested and competent administrator, Nneoma is a graduate of English /Literature from Abia State University.

She has also attended several courses including the Owner Management Program from Lagos Business School and Strathmore Business School. She is responsible for implementing the company’s business planning and the day to day running of the company.

Managing Director/CEO

IBRAHIM AKINTOYE, a graduate of Accountancy (with an Upper Credit Honours) from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta anda Master’s Degree holder in Business Administration from Lagos State University,Ojo, Ibrahim Akintoye is our Head of Financial Control. He has over 13 years of diverse experience in various sectors including manufacturing, insurance, oil & gas and construction. Ibrahim is an associate member of both Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (C.I.T.N). He started his career in NAMPAK Nigeria Plc and later became the Accounts Manager of RDS Insurance Brokers Limited, (a foremost insurance broking firm) after which he left for SPOG Petrochemicals Limited (one of the leading oil & gas downstream companies in Nigeria) where he served as the Financial Accountant.

Prior to joining Virgin Forest Energy as the Head, Financial Control Unit, Ibrahim was the Head, Accounts & Administration of Airflow Engineering Works(a construction firm).In his current role, he has applied his expertise in creating sustainable financial strategies for the organizations he has worked in, and has to his credit the design and implementation of standardized accounting processes, business-case reviews and analysis, financial reporting and management techniques to ensure adequate returns on investment.

Head, Financial Control
(LL.B, B.L)

MOSES CHINWEUBA ANI is our Company Secretary and Head, Human Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Law, LL.B (Hons) degree from the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State and Barrister at Law (B.L) Nigerian Law School, Lagos campus.

Moses has vast experience in the legal profession. He oversees the Company’s Corporate and Legal affairs as Secretary and as an in-house counsel. He is also the Head, Human Resources Department of the company. Before joining Virgin Forest Energy, Moses was a Senior Associate in the Law Firm of Emeka Etiaba SAN, Etiaba & Co., specializing in Litigation, Corporate Matters and Property. Prior to working in Emeka Etiaba SAN, Etiaba & Co., he was an Associate in Tsedaqah Attorneys, a purely corporate commercial Law Firm, where he was the Head of the Firm’s Regulatory Compliance Department. Prior to that, he was an Associate counsel in the Law Firm of Joe Dappa & Co, a full litigation firm in Katsina where he did his NYSC. Moses has also attended several training courses such as the NBA Workshop on the Rule of Law in Nigeria; the NBA/ SLP Workshop on Key Lawyering Skills in a Global Economy; and the National Workshop on Peace Building and Leadership Development.

Moses is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Amnesty International and an accredited member of the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria.

Company Secretary / Head, Human Resources

SAMUEL ONAKORORO OLOTEWO is the Head, Operations and Logistics Department of the Company. He is an ND holder in Computer Science and also a bachelors’ degree holder in Geology from University of Maiduguri, Borno state. He has over ten years (10yrs) working experience in the oil and gas sector. Before joining the Company in 2010, Samuel started his exploits in the oil and gas sector with Visions and ventures Energy Ltd as a Marketer/Logistics officer which he helped to pioneer to a formidable force in the sector. Samuel joined Virgin Forest Energy Ltd as a Marketing officer and has since then grown from the ranks of a marketing officer to the Head of Operations and Logistics of the company.

Samuel is a dedicated staff with a passion for excellence. He is a team player, a motivator and solution provider.

Head, Operations & Logistics

IFEOMA MARGARET NWAIGBUDU is the Head, Sales & Marketing Department of the Company. She is a graduate of English from Abia State University and also an Associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. Ifeoma has more than 8 years experience in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Virgin Forest Energy Ltd, Ifeoma worked with Virgin Forest Telecommunications Ltd.

Head, Sales & Marketing


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