In August 2019, Cheki Nigeria, a division of Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) – Africa’s largest digital classifieds group, saw its CEO, Gbenro Dara, step down. Last month, Dara joined Opera-backed OList, the classified arm of Opera businesses in Nigeria as managing director.
Interestingly, the car classifieds platform has now appointed former manager digital products for 9mobile, Chimezie Okonkwo, who joined the team in November 2019, as its new chief executive officer (CEO).
Cheki Nigeria made this announcement today in a press statement, highlighting Okonkwo’s 13-year experience managing and driving revenue for digital products in the telecommunications sector.
Okonkwo expressed delight at the recent development, applauding Cheki’s drive for continued dominance in Nigeria’s online automobile industry.
“We have a team of brilliant, young professionals who have done outstanding work to get us where we are today, and I am relishing the opportunity to drive the business to even greater heights,” says Okonkwo.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Okonkwo was appointed CEO in November 2019, and prior to his appointment, he was co-founder and head operations at M-Vanadium Core Limited, a value-added services firm, from January 2018 until November 2019.
For almost four years, Okonkwo was digital products manager at 9mobile, responsible for maximising revenue and margin return for the legacy services portfolio, among other responsibilities.
Before joining 9Mobile, he was the team lead, mobile VAS at Terragon Group. He holds a special executive masters certificate from the Metropolitan School of Business & Management, Dubai, a senior management programme certificate from the Lagos Business School (LBS) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Besides car sales, Cheki offers a range of supplementary services that include car loans, and insurance and the appointment of a CEO of Okonkwo’s calibre could portend good things for its future.