Mezuo NwuneliManaging Partner
Mezuo has over 23-years of experience across private equity, investing banking, and corporate finance. He has worked within the food and agriculture sector since 2010 across diverse crop and livestock value chains. He led work to launch Sahel Capital’s debut fund, FAFIN, in 2014, deploy investment capital, and provides oversight on portfolio.
Mezuo was formerly a partner at AFIG Funds working out of its Dakar, Senegal, office, where he was one of three partners which set up AFIG’s debut US$72 million generalist fund in 2008. Mezuo started his career with the corporate finance team of the Sabre Group in Dallas in 1995, worked in J.P. Morgan & Co’s mergers and acquisitions group in New York, and then worked subsequently in a range of finance roles with SecTrust (now Afrinvest), Ocean & Oil Holdings, and MTS First Wireless. Mezuo co-founded AACE Foods (a food processing company) and Sahel Consulting (an agriculture focused management consulting firm) in 2010, and subsequently Sahel Capital in 2013. He serves on the credit committee of LAFCo, which provides working capital to SMEs in the agribusiness sector in Africa, backed by KfW and AgDevCo; and is on the investment committee of FAFIN.
Mezuo is an Eisenhower Fellow and was selected as an Archbishop Tutu Fellow. He holds a B.Sc. Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Olumide has over 17-years of experience of which 7-years have been in private equity in the food and agriculture sector, and 10-years have been in financial accounting, treasury, and corporate finance roles.
Olumide was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Lotus Capital, a leading Nigerian ethical investment firm. He started his career at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc., and from there joined the Financial Control Unit of Asset & Resource Management Company Ltd. (now ARM Investment Managers). He also worked in senior finance roles at Ocean & Oil Holdings, MTS First Wireless, and Legacy Realties Limited. He serves on the Board of Directors of Dayntee Farms, L&Z Integrated Farms, Ladgroup Ltd, and Polyfilm Packaging. He also serves on the investment committee of FAFIN.
Olumide is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®), member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP); and an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA). He has a B.Sc. Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University.
Olaniyi OladejoOperating Partner
Niyi has over 25-years of experience in various industries; of which over 8-years has been in the food and agricultural sector. He has worked extensively within the QSR, bakery, poultry, and cassava starch sectors. He has also worked within food and agriculture private equity since 2016.
Niyi was previously the Deputy Managing Director of Food Concepts Plc., a multi-brand food retail company. He started his career in 1992 as a Community Pharmacist, and subsequently worked within the healthcare sector with Interscavon and GlaxoWellcome. He also worked as a management consultant with ReStraL and Philips Consulting; and in operating roles within telecoms with MTN Nigeria and MTS First Wireless. Prior to joining Sahel, he was an independent consultant on the Human Resources Component of FEPAR (Federal Public Administration Reform) programme, a DFID sponsored project which provided technical assistance to select central administrative agencies in the Nigerian Federal Public Service. He serves on the Board of Directors of Crest Agro and Dayntee Farms.
Niyi has a B. Pharm (First Class) degree from the University of Ibadan. He was the 1990 Best Graduating Student of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
Oluremi BodunrinOperating Partner
Remi has over 21-years of experience within the FMCG sector, and more specifically in manufacturing and supply chain roles at Nestle, Reckitt Benkiser, Unilever, Coca Cola Hellenic, and Orbit Chemicals. He has worked within food and agriculture private equity since 2018.
Remi started his career in 1995 as a trainee engineer in the power sector. He subsequently joined the FMCG industry in 1997 and moved through a range of roles: process control & automation; engineering projects in sorghum malt extract, cereals, and bullion seasoning cubes; manufacturing management in charge of cocoa based beverages, carbonated beverages, and soaps and consumer products; and supply chain management across a broad range of agricultural different value chains. He has lived and worked in Nigeria, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ladgroup Ltd and Polyfilm Packaging.
Remi is an SCMX-7 cohort of The Coca-Cola Company, Supply Chain Manager Excellence Program. He has a B. Eng. from the University of Ilorin, and an MBA in Production & Operations Management.
Deji AdebusoyePrincipal / TA Director
Deji has over 12 years of experience, of which 7 years have been operating roles in the FMCG, agrochemicals, and seed sectors. Over the past 4 years with Sahel Capital he has led investments and provided portfolio oversight across a broad range of crop value chains.
Deji previously worked with Syngenta Crop Protection AG and Proctor & Gamble; and has lived and worked in Nigeria and Switzerland. He sits on the Board of Directors of L&Z Integrated Farms and Coscharis Farms Ltd.; and oversees FAFIN’s Technical Assistance Facility.
Deji is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) and is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (First Class Honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.
Oladele SheketeVice President / ESG Director
Oladele oversees Sahel Capital’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy and engagement with portfolio companies. He has over 14-years of experience leading ESG due diligence and implementation projects in West Africa, and primarily within the private equity and venture capital industry.
Prior to joining Sahel in 2017, he worked as the ESG Manager at the West Africa Venture Fund LLC in Liberia for 7 years. As the ESG Manager he implemented sustainable approaches and procedures within the fund’s portfolio companies, and managed business operational activities across multiple sectors (agribusiness, logistics, manufacturing and real estate). Oladele started his career in construction and project management with Total Consult in 2006 and later worked in integrated waste management and recovery with Intol-Jpi. He has lived and worked in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
Oladele has a Diploma in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic Ibadan, B.Sc. Geology from the University of Ibadan, and a M.Sc. Environmental Management from the University of Lagos.
Tosin OjoVice President
Tosin has over 12 years of experience, spanning investment research, asset management & financial advisory. Prior to Sahel, Tosin had worked with Chapel Hill Denham, CardinalStone & led Verboheit – a financial advisory firm she co-founded, where she led engagements to provide financial advisory, business planning, valuation & capital raising services to clients in the agribusiness, retail & renewable energy sectors.
At Chapel Hill Denham, she was an investment manager for the women-focused impact investment platform (SME.NG) and also worked as VP in the CEO’s office, providing analytical support on strategic projects. While at CardinalStone, she led the investment management team managing over $25million in stocks, eurobonds, money market instruments and direct real estate investment products. She also led sell side research analysts and held engagements with international buy-side analysts, portfolio managers and board level executives of listed companies.
Tosin is a CFA charter holder. She also holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology (First Class Honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University, and an MBA from Oxford’s Said Business School.
Funke OkuwobiSenior Associate
Funke works closely on value creation initiatives at portfolio companies, as well as team development at Sahel Capital. She is a human resource professional with over 8 years of experience within the FMCG, food, and agricultural sectors.
Prior to joining Sahel Capital in 2019, she worked with Unilever Nigeria for 7 years as an HR Business Partner for Supply Chain covering both the Oregun and Agbara factories. She was also seconded to Unilever Thai Holdings between 2014 and 2015 as an HR Business Partner where she implemented HR best practice models for the Minburi factory in Thailand.
Funke has a B.Sc. Economics from the University of Lagos. She is also SPHRi certified and an associate member of CIPM.