Principal Partner, The Lotus Firm

Geraldine Oku’s professional background is in corporate and commercial law, having been called to the Nigerian Bar 35 years ago armed with a Masters Degree in Law from the University of London in those fields.

After a career in academics in the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar spanning 5 years, she crossed over to the banking and financial services sub-sector honing her capacities and competencies as a banker for 15 years.

She also has a strong background in conducting business management and legal training and in providing financial advisory services post her banking career.

She was the pioneer head of the Cross River State Department for Investment Promotion and set up the Cross River Investment Promotion Bureau in 2007/2008 while part of the Executive Cabinet of HE, Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State before her dis-engagement to work in the development sector from 2009 – specifically in the areas of facilitating economic growth drivers and effective poverty reduction as a Private Sector Development specialist.

She has grown her experience in driving humanistic development, having successfully managed the eight-year long GEMS3 [Growth & Employment in States – Supporting Improvements in Business Environments] which was wholly funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development.

Her sojourn in government has exposed her additionally to the Nigerian political landscape, honing her ability to navigate the terrain of development with balance and to support the promotion of inclusive governance. She is currently the Managing Consultant of The Lotus Firm.

Her main interests are reading as widely and as diversely as possible, travelling and experiencing other cultures and engaging with people, especially young people. One of her core beliefs is that these pursuits, besides being enjoyable, actually help an individual, in this case herself, to become more of a human being in order to give increasing value to others.