Our Board

Our Board Members

The Board of Directors is made up of men and women of impeccable integrity who have distinguished themselves in various endeavouors.


Lt. Gen. Joshua DogonyaroLt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (Rtd),CFR, mni

Lieutenant-General Joshua Dogonyaro is an Accountant by training and a gallant Soldier.

Lt.Gen. Dogonyaro enlisted in the Army in 1964 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (1967).During his career in the Army Lt.Gen. Dongoyaro held several command positions. In 1992, he was appointed ECOMOG Field Commander in Liberia, a task which he accomplished successfully. Thereafter, he was appointed Chief of Defence Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He retired in 1993.

Lt.-Gen. Dongoyaro, is a Member of the National Institute (mni.), holds the military decorations of Distinguished Service Medal (DSS); and Meritorious Service Star (MSS).He is a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (FIAMN); a Qualified and Incorporated Administrative Manager (QIAM); and a life Member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.

He holds the traditional titles of Barden Langtang, Sardauna Gani, and Ochi Agha 1 of Anambra. He is married with children.

In recognition of his immense role in the development professionalism in the Nigerian Army and his outstanding leadership in the course of Nigeria’s contributions to international peace keeping and monitoring efforts, Lieutenant- General Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro was honoured with the award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR).

He is married with children.


Managing Director/CEO

Mr. Ben UjoatuonuMr. Ben Ujoatuonu

BEN UJOATUONU is a seasoned Insurance and Risk Management practitioner. He is a HND graduate of Insurance of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Calabar. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN) and Institute of Certified Cost Management (ACCM).

He started his Insurance career with Regency Insurance Co Ltd as one of the key underwriting staff, from where he joined Kapital Insurance Co Ltd. He headed the Technical department of Coral International Insurance Co Ltd and later moved to Global Commerce and General Assurance Ltd as Group Head Technical and later rose to the position of Deputy General Manager (Technical Operations). After the recent consolidation in the insurance industry, he joined Crown Insurance Brokers Limited and Nobel and Lesley Consulting Limited as The Group General Manager from where he joined Universal Insurance Plc.

For the past ten years he has been involved in preparing students for the insurance professional examinations organized by the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN). He is also involved in training and facilitation.

Ben has attended many local and international courses on insurance and management.

He is happily married with children.


Non-Executive Director

anthony-okochaMr. Anthony Okocha

Anthony C. Okocha is a seasoned banker, who resigned from the banking industry in early 2010. Prior to this, he was the Acting Managing Director of the then IMB International Bank Plc before it merged with 3 other Banks (First Atlantic Bank Plc, Inland Bank Plc & NUB International Bank Plc) on December 31, 2005 to form First Inland Bank Plc.

At FinBankPlc (now merged with FCMB Plc), Tony – as he is popularly called, held responsibilities in Corporate Banking, Treasury and Structured Finance where he, at various times between 2006 and January 2010 was General Manager and Group Executive.

Prior to joining FinBankPlc Tony had over 26 years post-graduate experience spanning the Industry,Commerce, Banking and Financial& Business StrategyConsulting. He resigned from the services of FinbankPlc on January 31, 2010 to join Forbs Investment Solutions Limited as its pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.

In the course of his banking career, Tony attended several management and leadership courses both local and offshore and is an alumni of the Universities of Ife and Lagos as well as Columbia University, New York. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria and Senior Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Tony currently sits on the Boards of Universal Insurance Plc, African Alliance Plc and Stoma Bakery Limited. He is happily married with three (3) children.


Non-Executive Director

IJEOMA AJAGUMrs. Sylvia Ijeoma Ajagu

Mrs. Sylvia Ijeoma Ajagu is an astute, confident and hardworking woman. She holds a degree in Secretarial Administration from Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt, Rivers State and is presently running an MBA programme with the Lagos Business School.
She is a result oriented professional with more than 27 years of post graduate working experience, having worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company before joining Acon-Agro Limited as Managing Director.
Mrs. Sylvia Ajagu has served as a Director on the board of Tecu Limited and Acon-Agro Allied Limited and presently sits on the Board of Vida Lista Smart Farming Ltd.
She is married with children.


Non-Executive Director

gloria-mbanefoBarr. Gloria Mbanefo

Barr (Mrs) G N Mbanefo holds OND and HND (Secretarial Studies) from The Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu 1984 – 1986 and later read law at the University of Nigeria Nsukka between 1989 – 1995 from where she obtained Degree in Law,  LLB (Hons) and BL. She started her working career from ELF Nigeria Limited Port Harcourt in 1987 where she gained experience in legal matters, before joining The Universal Insurance Company Limited and has worked in various capacities as Legal Manager and Company Secretary of the Company. 
She has gained   experience in Company Law practice and Company legal issues. She is married with children.

Executive Director

reginald-anyanwuMr. Reginald Anyanwu
Mr. Anyanwu obtained an HND, PGD and MBA Management from the Federal Polytechnic, Oko and University of Calabar respectively.  He has been an active player in the Insurance industry since 1992. Prior to joining Universal, he has worked with African Development Insurance Co Ltd, Central Insurance Co Ltd where he rose to the position of Deputy Manager, Marketing before leaving in 1998. In December 1998, he joined the team that started Guardian Trust Insurance Company Ltd. where he left in June 2004 to join the company as Head, Abuja Office. 

He is married with children.

Executive Director

pastor-bensonPastor Benson Ogbonna (Ph.D.)

Benson U. Ogbonna (Ph.D.) is an Associate member of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and American Society of Civil Engineers respectively. He also holds Diploma in Salesmanship, from Jerssy Britain, B.Sc. in Industrial Mathematics, MSc. in Geophysics and MBA in Marketing.

He is the Executive Director of South-South-Zone of The Universal Insurance Company Limited. He has worked in various times with University of PortHarcourt and Rivers State University of Science and Technology as part time Lecturer. He is a Resource person to Graduate Management School, PortHarcourt.

He joined Conau Group in 2000 as Marketing Manager and in 2003 was promoted to General Manager Business Development from where he became an Executive Director.

He is married with children.



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Universal Insurance Plc. is a leading name in the Nigerian insurance and financial services industry with over four decades of experience and operations in many states of the Nigerian Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

Universal Insurance serves commercial, institutional and individual customers through an extensive general insurance network, also providing financial services and risk management services nation-wide. Universal Insurance Plc.'s leadership is as a result of its underwriting skills, innovative insurance solutions, financial strength, superior service and prompt claims settlement.

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