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Meet Kofo Akinkugbe: Nigeria’s Amazon Who Owns West Africa’s First Smart Card Plant, Exports to 21 Countries

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

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

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

In 2015, she built a factory that was inaugurated in December 2016, as west Africa’s first smart-card plant. It produces 200 million cards. Now her company exports to 21 African countries, as well as serve Nigerians and has the certification of credible companies like VISA, Verve and Master card.


Kofo also has banking experience which she got immediately after 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 an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

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

Her company actually saves Nigeria from spending billions to import SIM and ATM cards from China.

Abass Latifat Olamide is an undergraduate student of English Language at the Lagos State University. She is an extrovert by nature and admires hard work and consistency. Follow her on Twitter @Lartholomo,Instagram@Lartholomo,FB page@AbassLatifatOlamide.

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