Kofo Akinkugbe: Nigerian woman who owns West Africa's first smart card plant; exports to 21 countries

Kofo Akinkugbe: Nigerian woman who owns West Africa's first smart card plant; exports to 21 countries

- Kofo Akinkugbe is the owner of SecureID Nigeria Ltd, a sim production company that has excelled in smart card technology

- The company, which was started in 2015, now exports sim cards to 21 other African countries and is certified by VISA, Verve, and Mastercard

- Kofo also has experience in the banking sector as she joined financial service immediately she got done with her NYSC

Kofo Akinkugbe is the owner of the first sim production plant in Nigeria called SecureID Nigeria Ltd, a company which focuses smart card technology and digital security.

It should be noted that prior to the inception of her company, Nigeria was spending much on importing sim cards from other countries, especially China.

The company now reportedly exports to 21 other countries and has the certification of credible companies like VISA, Verve, and Master Card.

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In 2012, Kofo was given the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Mature Business Award for her excellent works and being a thoughtful and solution-providing businesswoman.

According to a twitter user with the handle @OvieAlie, her company produced a whopping 200 million cards.

Kofo also has a banking experience which she got immediately she finished her one year compulsory Nigerian Youth Service Corps.

She spent 12 years in the financial sector before she left in 1997 to begin Interface Technologies. She also has MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

She spent nine years working on Interface Technologies before she started SecureID Nigeria Ltd, which has contributed immensely to the smart cards.

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