Aisha Babangida is a visionary leader in business and humanitarian work. As an idea-driven professional, she has made it her mission not only to communicate her ideas with others, but to seek out real-world applications in finance, education, entrepreneurship, and more.
Aisha maintains a delicate approach to leadership, taking the reins on large initiatives while also motivating and empowering her staff to achieve greatness. She believes that being a “lifelong learner” is essential for personal and professional growth, so she inspires her staff to attend various professional courses and events.
Recently, Aisha founded Egwafin Microfinance Bank as part of ongoing efforts to socially and economically empower women through the Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman. The bank is a wonderful outlet for Aisha’s personal skill set in finance, but more importantly, it is a crucial resource for “unbankable” women to have access to funding and pursue their business ideas.
Better Life Program
Since 2010 Aisha has been the Chairman of the Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman, a non-governmental organization originally founded by her mother in 1986. Aisha revived Better Life in order to empower people with adult literacy programs, professional skills acquisition, and financial literacy. In addition to this, Aisha is the Founder of the Tasnim Foundation.
Aisha was part of the Mara Foundation, mentoring young aspiring entrepreneurs. From 2014 to 2017 she was Director of North Link Insurance Company, and from 2013 to 2017 she was on the Governing Council of the University of Abuja. Her schooling includes the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and INSEAD.
Aisha Babangida emphasizes the importance of professionalism and corporate governance in everything she does. This is especially relevant in the cases of microfinance banks. The reason that most microfinance banks do not survive at the initial stage is lack of proper implementation of policies and corporate governance. Corporate governance is key to ensure the sustainability of a microfinance bank and that of the business it functions. With core elements of disclosure, integrity, responsibility and treatment of stakeholder, corporate governance leads to financial success and sustainability.
As she’s developed Egwafin Microfinance Bank, Aisha has dealt with various challenges: recruiting and training talented staff, implementing ideas, and properly matching a brand with its niche market, to name a few. She is now dedicated to sharing what she’s learned with aspiring entrepreneurs so that they can achieve success in business.
Previously in Aisha’s career, she was part of the Mara Foundation, mentoring young aspiring entrepreneurs. From 2014 to 2017 she was Director of North Link Insurance Company, and from 2013 to 2017 she was on the Governing Council of the University of Abuja. Her schooling includes the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and INSEAD (“The Business School for the World”). She also attended Webster University, the American University of Paris, Villa Pierrefeu, and even earned the enviable “Escofier Chef” title from Escofier Ritz Paris.
Aisha has been conferred with the NCWS (Nigerian Council of Women Societies) Goodwill Ambassador due to her active role in advocacy and support for the Women in Nigeria. Her international experience ranges beyond her time at INSEAD: in 2015 she was invited to give a talk on Fostering Development Collaboration within the Global South at the African Development conference. She also created a presentation on the area of gender development for a conference organised by African Youth Leadership Network and held in Rwanda. In addition, she has helped promote Nigeria’s shea nut industry to the rest of the world by forming a productive alliance with the Global Shea Alliance promoted by USAid.
Aisha Babangida created this website to share her insights in business and leadership, informed by her diverse and international experience.