Two executives inducted as fellows of the Institute of Management Consulting, Nigeria

08 March 2018 2 min. read

Calixthus Okoruwa and Lekan Ishola have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the field of consulting by the Institute of Management Consultants in Lagos, Nigeria. Okoruwa is the Chief Operating Officer for XLR8, while Ishola is the Managing Director of PR Redline. 

The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) in Nigeria is the formal, federal-government-authorised standardisation and regulation body for the consulting industry the Nigeria; the largest economy in Africa. Founded in 1983 in Kaduna, the body is constitutionally endowed with the authority to promote the highest of standards in consulting.

The IMC Nigeria, which comprises individuals and consulting firms alike, is also the only institute of its kind on the continent, alongside that in South Africa, to be a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI); home to similar organisations from 48 countries across the world.

The ICMCI holds an annual certification ceremony, whereby accomplished consultants are given international recognition. The certification essentially offers a license to engage in management consulting internationally, and is recognised in 50 other member-countries, including major consulting markets such as the USA, UK, Japan, Germany, India, China, and several others.

Lekan Ishola and Calixthus Okoruwa

At the annual ceremony, the IMC also inducts accomplished consultants into its fellowship. Calixthus Okoruwa and Lekan Ishola have been bestowed with both honours at this year’s CMC certification event in Lagos.

Okoruwa, who is the Chief Operating Officer at communications consultancy XLR8, is a marketing, communications and public relations expert, and has worked for leading global firms operating in Nigeria, including telecom provider MTN, and express delivery company DHL.

He has a degree in pharmacy as well as an MBA, and has been professionally involved with a range of sectors including the media, social health, pharmaceutical, sales and other industries. For ten years now, Okoruwa has been with XLR8, which is a communications management consultancy that leverages research and creativity to offer solutions.

Ishola is also a communications expert, and the Managing Director of public relations and media management firm PR Redline. He has a Bachelors as well as a Masters degree in communications, and has held senior positions at a number of communications firms including Ruyi Communications and TPT International Group.

His firm, PR Redline, is a Lagos-based stakeholder consulting firm in the field of media and communications, covering the service verticals of public relations, media imaging and monitoring, sponsorships, corporate analysis, and even internal communications management.