Chinwe Bode-Akinwande is a self-driven; focused marketing communications expert with over twenty years professional experience spanning across public and private sectors. Chinwe currently works with First Bank of Nigeria Limited as Head, Digital Marketing and has been responsible for impactful and award-winning campaigns that have consistently distinguished and strategically positioned FirstBank at the forefront of reputable, world-class organisations in the digital marketing field.
Prior to joining FirstBank, Chinwe worked with United Nations (UNICEF) as the Head, Product Line & Marketing division and amongst others she successfully built partnerships with corporations engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility projects, provided sales and marketing support to UNICEF African member countries and regions. She grew the UNICEF cards & gift business by over 200% in 2003 from $280,000p.a to over $1.1millon annually as well as responsible for the recipient of “Crossing the million dollar mark” award in 2008 from UNICEF Headquarter Geneva.
Chinwe holds a B.Sc. Banking and Finance as well as master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria with specialization in Marketing. Chinwe has also attended trainings at Austin University Texas on Strategic Brand Management, Edu Pristine, USA on Digital Marketing and Harvard School of Continued Education, Boston USA. She is a member of Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (APCON); and a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Marketing. A certified professional in Social Marketing by Hootsuite Academy.
Chinwe has channelled her passion to continually impact lives positively into setting up one of the most respected foundations in Nigeria, the CBA Foundation and Singles Connect Concept. CBA Foundation’s core agenda is to cater and lend a voice to underprivileged widows and their children while Singles Connect Concept focuses on guiding singles through successful relationships. She is also the author of four books: Warning Signals in Relationships; Battle of the Exes; Married Yet Single and Self-Love & the Best in You.