Meet Sparkle’s Leadership
Uzoma aka Chief Sparkler at Sparkle, is a tech-entrepreneur, investor and a veteran in the Nigerian banking and financial space, with over 20 years’ experience in the space, five of which as the Group Managing Director of one of Nigeria’s foremost banks. It is from Uzoma’s interest in using technology to scale and open access to opportunity, as well as the digital simplicity technology allows for, that Sparkle was birthed. He believes that by merging the power of tech and data, with sprinkles of Nigerian hustle and entrepreneurial spirit, Sparkle will catalyze Nigeria’s economy.
Uzoma is equally passionate about diversity, financial inclusion and female empowerment (he was formerly on the board of Women’s World Banking). He enjoys golf and a good game of tennis, the lawn one. Nadal can come have a go.
Chris is a pioneer in Private Broadcasting, New Media and Telecomms in Nigeria, for over 2 decades. He is the Founder and CEO of Megalectrics Ltd, which operates 12 Radio Stations across Nigeria, with one in London, UK. He also co-founded Mtech Communications Ltd. He sits on the Board of Digibay Ltd, operators of the Betway Brand, as well as several NGOs.
An Arsenal fan since 1982, Chris enjoys playing Lawn tennis and Reading.
Uche has over 20 years' experience in real estate finance, business advisory and investing. Prior to founding AG Rhino Advisors (a principal investing and advisory firm), Uche held various senior positions at Deloitte, Bank of New York, and American Insurance Group.
Uche is passionate about, technology solutions to everyday business challenges. Uche is a big fan of documentaries and once attempted making a documentary about “dating outside your social circle”. He plans on accomplishing that in his lifetime.
Garry aka “baba” is a 50-year veteran in the banking and finance industry across locations in Africa, Middle East, and the United Kingdom. 36 of those years with Barclay bank, where he held several senior and advisory positions. Previously, Garry had been the director of retail and private banking at one of Nigeria’s leading banks, and a consultant/advisor to the World bank. With extensive banking and credit card experience, Garry is a financial services leader with a passion for developing talent, delivering outstanding results and service excellence.
Garry is business solution driven and he sees Sparkle as that financial ecosystem in which to achieve that in Nigeria. An occasional daredevil, Gary enjoys time with nature and in the wild, with family and close ones. No elephant or croc would stop him.
Reni aka “The Sparkling Creative” is a trained lawyer, fashion entrepreneur, businesswoman, founder, and CEO of Alara, a lifestyle project that is dedicated to contemporary art, fashion, design, cuisine, and culture.
Reni sits on the board of several private sector establishments; she has delivered several inspirational talks at different fora within her industry and has constantly positioned herself as an exemplary motivator especially for the millennial generation.
Reni is big on establishing a contemporary visual language for African luxury. With Reni’s vast experience and network in fashion and lifestyle, Sparkle is gunning for strategic partnerships to make lifestyle transactions as digitally simple as possible for our users.
Reni is widely travelled, with specific interest in Art, culture, and Lifestyle. She is fulfilling her life’s dream to redefine African Luxury to Africans and to the rest of the world.
Adedeji aka “The Unbarred Sparkler” is the CEO of Trium Limited and until recently, an Executive Director of Products and Services with SystemSpecs Limited, known for the Remita payment infrastructure. Prior to his stint at SystemSpecs, he was the Divisional Head of Electronic Banking at Fidelity Bank Plc Nigeria. Before then, he had been responsible for United Bank for Africa Group’s card business across 19 countries.
Over the years, Adedeji has worked with experts across the banking and financial technology industries in and outside Nigeria to build the next generation of digital payment platforms and solutions that would immensely transform lives. Adedeji also has experience with Atlas Mara in the United Arab Emirates, First City Monument Bank, Access Bank and Standard Trust Bank. He was also an Advisory Board Member at Verve International (a member of Interswitch Group).
Adedeji is passionate open banking, and how it could transform the Nigerian financial ecosystem.