Diekola OnaolapoManaging Director / Chief Executive Officer
Diekola leading a firm like Eczellon is no surprise. His passion for the development of Africa and his devotion to professional excellence reflect in the delivery of his team. Working with him and his team has been a great experience
Diekola is the founder and current CEO of Eczellon Capital. He is passionate about the economic growth and development of the continent of Africa, and the attendant roles of investment banking therein in achieving the achievement of this growth. He has leveraged this passion and keen belief in the African story, in his role as Managing Director and CEO to, among other things, articulate a vision of the firm’s purpose and business strategy, lead the firm and its people, help develop and foster a culture, consistent with the firm’s values and purpose, and use effective communication skills to present these to all stakeholders and lead business development and strategy.
Prior to establishing Eczellon Capital, he worked with institutions such as Citibank and Standard Bank Group. As CEO of Eczellon, Diekola has led transactions and project initiatives across public and corporate private sectors in Nigeria and other select markets in the African continent, including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroun, Ghana, Liberia and Senegal. He has led capital market issues – debt and equities – for governments and private entities, mergers and acquisition, and structured project finance in energy and power generation, oil and gas, real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services. He has also been involved in a lead role on various PPP and public-sector projects, including power sector privatization, federal and state road concessions, and the establishment of industrial parks.
He is a graduate of Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.