Chioma Afe has taken over from Chioma Nwachuku as Director of External Relations and Sustainability at Seplat Energy.
Nwachuku, 60, who has held the company’s lead spokesperson’s job since September 2010, first as General Manager Public Affairs & New Business Development, before moving up to Directorate level position, retires in August 2023.
In her place, Afe has settled in. She coordinated the company’s Annual General Meeting on May 10, 2023.
Mrs. Afe oversees a division consisting of departments responsible for managing Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Branding, Business and Joint Venture Partner Relations, Community Relations, Government Relations, Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, ESG and Sustainability.
She moved to Seplat after four and half years as Access Bank’s Head of Marketing Communications, a job she took after heading Corporate Communications at Diamond Bank Plc.
Chioma Afe has worked in Public Relations, Marketing and Brand Development across various sectors for 25 years, beginning with a National Youth Service job in Tequila Nigeria, a pioneering Below the Line (BTL) advertising agency in the country. She has attended leadership and management courses at Wharton University, Metropolitan Business school, Lagos Business School and Imperial College Business School, London.
Seplat’s new spokesperson has worked with such brands as British American Tobacco (BATN), and KPMG; as Senior Brand Manager with Cocacola Nigeria Limited from 2006 to 2011, Senior Manager, Brand Assets and Activations with Airtel Nigeria from 2011 to 2012, and then as Marketing Manager, Cadbury Nigeria Plc from 2012 to 2013.
She was Marketing Manager at MultiChoice Group until 2016 when she took the Diamond Bank job.
All that multisectoral experience will be required to keep the Seplat Energy in as much positive glare in the media, as various contending shareholding and founder interests battle for the soul of Africa’s most successful indigenous E&P firm through case after spontaneous court cases.