By Favour Nnabugwu
Ms Prisca Maria Gbemisola Soares today recieved an Award from the Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in promoting the affairs of the women in the insurance industry
Presentiing the Award to Ms Soares, Dr Tonia Smart at the PILA event while Mrs Joyce Ojemudia, President of the insurance women association watched in admiration
Ms Soares has distinguished herself in all spheres of assignments and her track records speaks for her.
Soares is Chairman Management Board of Seyi gambo Leadership Academy. .She attended St. Mary’s Convent School, Lagos from 1957-1964 .Queen’s College Yaba from 1965-1971, where she obtained her School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. .Between January-September, 1972, she got work experience in broadcasting at FRCN & Voice of Nigeria and in teaching at Yaba Academy, Abule Ijesha, Lagos.
.She is a French and German (Combined Honours) graduate of the University of Ibadan, and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) London. She did her NYSC in Kaduna State in 1976/77. .In 1977 she joined National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (now NICON Insurance) as the first Graduate Trainee and rose through the ranks to become the first female Managing Director in 2000.
Following her retirement from NICON Insurance in 2006, Ms. Soares was appointed Secretary-General of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) in 2007 – the first woman to occupy the position to 2019r. She was retained as Consultant from 2019-2020.
Prisca Soares has served the Insurance industry in various capacities, both at home and abroad such as Chairman, Council of Bureaux of ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme 2004-2005, Executive Committee member of the AIO 2000 – 2006 and Executive Committee member of the Federation of Afro Asian Insurers and Re-insurers (FAIR) 2000 – 2006. She has served on the Boards of Directors of various companies including NAL Bank (now Sterling Bank), Continental Reinsurance Co. Ltd. and Le Meridien Hotel, Abuja and was Chairman, Niger Insurance Plc (first female director).