Olusina Elusakin, the chairman of GRS Insurance Brokers and a former deputy managing director of then wave making Industrial and General Insurance Company Limited (IGI), got a surprise virtual world-wide gathering of his former IGI colleagues to celebrate his 60th birthday recently, a fallout of the global Covid-19 pandemic that has made physical get-together a taboo.
Former colleagues paid tributes to a man whose foray into the insurance sector through IGI is remembered with nostalgia. These tributes were summed up by Pascal Egerue, a traditional chief, who said of Eusakin thus:
“How time flies! Quintessential Sina. Sina oil and gas. We met in our early thirties. Your brilliance was unmistakable. Of course, at that age, you had become legendary as one of the first two to qualify in the local CIIN (Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria) exam. You were held in awe for this feat. The fisher of men, Remi Olowude, late founder of (IGI) never took his eyes off you. He knew your worth even more than you did. That uncanny ability remained with the grandmaster. IGI taught us to work and work. I really wonder these days what kept us in the office almost on daily basis up to, at times, 2 a.m. The family camaraderie was one of it. Our penchant for excellence was another. IGI was founded on the Hawthorne business model which combined lighting, office ambience and modern facilities to upscale productivity of personnel. The personal relationship we cultivated made everybody his brother’s or sister’s keeper. At IGI, every business proposal was like preparing a seminar paper. All expertise were invited and we really had it, multi-talented and multi-disciplinary college of insurance practitioners.
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Elusakin joined IGI as Assistant Manager, Research and Development in 1991, after leaving NICON where he started his insurance career in 1988. He rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Managing Director in 2015. Within the period, he left IGI briefly from 2005 to 2007 to African Reinsurance Corporation, where he was Assistant Director, Special Risks. He is currently the chairman GRS Insurance Brokers. He is considered one of the leading experts in oil and gas insurance underwriting in Nigerian.
Among his former IGI colleagues who participated in the online celebration are: Rotimi Edu; Sola Alabi; Pascal Egerue; Mrs. Adetayo John-Fishers; Mrs. Ekeoma Ezeibe; Mrs Tomori Ponnle; Yomi Lawal; Mrs. Buki Ifemade; Dr. Shadare; Francis Ewherido; Godwin Iyalla; Deji Igun; and Mrs Ozo Anikpe, among others here in Nigeria. Joining the celebration from Canada were Bode Akinboye; Mrs. Yomi Onabanjo; and Mrs. Funmi Folarin, while Ola Fajemiro and Toyin Sayanolu, joined from the UK.
Frontpage February 7, 2019