The Nigerian geoscientist Olajumoke Ajayi has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Ingentia Energies, a newly formed independent production company.
She was, until September 2022, the Managing Director of Asharami Energy, the upstream arm of Sahara Group, an energy conglomerate that claims operations in over 38 countries.
Ingentia Energies is the consortium of five companies that hold equities in Egbolom field, one of the 57 assets offered in the Nigerian Marginal field bid round 2020-2022. Ingentia is, effectively, the holder of Petroleum Prospecting Licence PPL 202.
Olajumoke led Asharami Energy’s operations across Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. She is one of a handful of female managing directors, especially with technical background, running E&P companies that actively operate assets in the Nigerian upstream industry.
Ajayi holds a Bachelor’s and a Master of Science degree in Applied Geophysics and started her career with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (ExxonMobil). She also worked in Degeconek Consulting, Peak Petroleum Limited, and Centrica Resources Nig. Ltd (British Gas).
“Having gathered technical experience in 2D/3D Seismic acquisition & processing, land and onshore seismic data interpretation, drilling, and production, Olajumoke certainly has a full grasp of the entire industry operations”, according to a citation by the Energy Council, an energy investment networking platform. “She has shown a tremendous capacity for leadership, spearheading the exploration team that successfully drilled and delivered Asharami Energy’s first three wells”, the citation notes.
A member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and a past Vice President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), her primary job is to take the Egbolom field to first oil as early as it is technically possible.