By Favour Nnabugwu
The insurance and Pension may have be thrown into a sober mood with the death of the wife of the 47th president of Africa Insurance Organisation and the 23rd Chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association, NIA, and the Group Managing Director of NEM Insuranc, Mr.Tope Smart.
Dr Anthonia Smart until her death, she was the chairman of Indo State Pension Commission and a past president of Professional Insurance Lady Association, PILA in 2010
Born in 1971 Tonia Smart died at the age of 51. Tonia Smart is a seasoned insurance practitioner and pensions administrator with nearly three decades of work experience and currently the Managing Director / CEO of YorkCity Consult Limited.
She holds the Fellowship status of both the insurance and pension institutes in Nigeria and a doctorate degree from the USA with an MBA (Management) and M.Sc and B.Sc in Chemistry.
She is a director of Direktwire Ltd. (UK) which is an International Money Transfer
Operator. She is also a director of three companies into Property & Investments in Nigeria as well as an Agric Investor.
Tonia is an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Business Women Network Nigeria and currently the Head of Programs. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Uplifting Women Through Farming.
She has worked as an insurer and pension for close to three decades with work experience in insurance broking, life insurance, pension administration and pension regulator having worked for Hogg Robinson Nigeria, Capital Express Insurance, NLPC Pension Fund Administrators and Lagos State Pension Commission.
She holds the Fellowship status of both the insurance and pension institutes in Nigeria as well as a doctorate from Evangel University in the USA, an MBA from the University of Nigeria, and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Lagos.
Tonia has delivered several papers on varied topics at conferences and seminars on insurance, pension administration and human capital development and has packaged trainings both locally and internationally for several organisations.
She is the author of the book The Contributory Pension Scheme and its Administration including Death Benefits payment, Trusts and Wills, which was published in 2012. The book has received praise from employers, employees and various states in Nigeria.
On her achievements, she has been rewarded with various awards notably from the Lagos State Government, Professional Insurance Ladies Association and Nigeria Junior Chamber.
and was a Senator & Ambassador of the Nigeria Junior Chamber and JCI. Tonia is also an Associate of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) and a Member of the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938