By Patience SAGHANA
African Insurance Brokers Association (AIBA) has elected new executives chaired by Moroccoâ€™s Mr Oman Ngadi and Nigeriaâ€™s Prince Feyisayo Soyewo as vice-chairman after the demise of two its members who died within 48 hours in April this year
The bodyâ€™s late chairman, Chief John Akin-George died onÂ April 27, 2010 in Nigerian while AIBA late vice-chairman, Mr Kwesi Essel-Koomson died on April 29, 2010 in Ghana.
The African brokers association has a good number of reputable brokers within and outside the continent including Mr E.B. Nsiah, David Pratt and Mr Ben Rossouw South Africa, Mr Sam Mintah, Liberia, and Mr Albert Nduna from Zimbabwe
AIBA has a Secretariat, headed by the General Secretary. The Management (Executive) Committee headed by the AIBA Chairman and with Membership elected from the four Regional Groups of West Africa, North Africa (Francophone), Central and East Africa and South Africa, overseas the day to day affairs of the association.
A member is either an insurance Broker or Consultant or Insurance Brokers / Consultants Association, domiciled within a member country of the AIO, registered with the AIO and whose principal business is insurance or related matters.
Nigeriaâ€™s Chief Akin George holds the Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and that of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, FCIB, a body he served meritoriously as its second President from 1979 to 1986, succeeding the doyen of the insurance industry in Nigeria, Mr. Talabi Braith-waite. He also served as President of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CIIN) in 1972.
He established J Akin George & Co (incorporated Brokers Limited) in 1960; Sierra Leone Insurance Brokers Freetown Sierra Leone in 1964; Marine and General Assurance Company Limited in 1969 and the United Insurance Brokers Limited London in 1973. He was the Chairman of the defunct Marine and General Assurance Company Limited.
An entrepreneur per excellence, Chief Akin George joined the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries in 1964 and rose to become the President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
He was a Fellow of the West African Chambers of Commerce. He was also the Chairman of African Insurance Brokers Association (AIBA), until his death.
Ghanaianâ€™s Mr. Kwesi Essel Koomson, Founder and Managing Director of KEK Insurance Brokers, Ghanaâ€™s largest insurance brokerage firm, passed awayÂ on 29th April, 2010Â at the Nyaho Clinic, Airport Residential Area.
The late Mr. Koomson held a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Ghana and Association of Chartered Institute Insurance Professionals of Canada.
His insurance career started with the Co-operators Insurance Group, Guelph, Toronto, Canada. He moved to J.H. Minet, Liberia, an insurance broking and consultancy firm, and later Femi Johnson & Co, Ibadan, Nigeria. The late Mr. Koomson was also a visiting lecturer at the UN-sponsored West African Insurance Institute (WAII) in Liberia, now in the Gambia, from 1980 to 1990. He was also a part-time lecturer of insurance in the University of Ghana, Business School.
The late Koomson however served on a number of associations and boards which include National President, Old Vandals Association (OVA) of Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana, and member of the University Alumni Council.
Others include Board-member, Senya Secondary School; Chairman, Union Rural Bank; Trustee, Accra Stadium Disaster Fund; Executive Director, Child Education Welfare Fund.of Mother Theresa for Girls; and Vice President, African Insurance Brokers Association (AIBA).