The principals of CBOIM are credible, experienced and connected both internationally and in Nigeria.

Frank Onwu, Chairman

Mr Onwu has over 30 years experience in Investment banking. His work has included time at ICON, the IFC and at Fidelity Bank where he served as MD/CEO of one of the bank’s subsidiaries. Frank holds a BSc degree in Economics, an MBA in Finance from the Michigan State University, U.S.A. and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Lagos, Nigeria

Bekuochi ‘Bex’ Nwawudu, CEO

Bex is the CEO of CBO Investment Management and has over two decades of experience in Private Equity, Investment Banking and principal investing. Bex has led and closed over US$500m worth of transactions in Nigeria, in numerous sectors and is a strong advocate for VC and PE investing in Nigeria. He holds a BA Economics from St Johns College, Cambridge University, has an MBA from London Business School, UK and is a founding Director of PEVCAN (the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association of Nigeria).


The principals of CBOIM are credible, experienced and connected both internationally and in Nigeria.

Raising Finance

CBOIM delivers financing for mid to large African SMEs by combining – Local & Foreign capital; Debt & Development Finance; and PE, VC & Impact Investment – into compelling financing sequences, that drive realistic, but transformational business growth and value creation.

Investing Capital

CBOIM is focused on Alternative & Private market Investments. We use our skills and broad African network to enable investors to access a curated set of high-return investments in key growth sectors through in private opportunities.

Growth & Entry Strategy

CBOIM uses its local network to enable clients to gain access to African markets (and sometimes African investors). We connect to leading local partners, advisers, bankers, logistics platforms amongst other things that can fast-track but de-risk market entry.

Track Record

The principals of CBO Investment Management have executed over US$300m worth of transactions in Nigeria, working through various instruments and in a number of sectors. Each transaction has had a growth focus and the firm has typically worked in partnership with PE, Venture Capital or Angel Investors.

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