Mr. Lolu Akinwunmi is the Group CEO, Prima Garnet, Lagos, Nigeria, a world-class advertising and marketing communication group. Prima Garnet is the Nigerian office of the Ogilvy & Mather agency, headquartered in New York, USA. The advertising industry in Nigeria has received a major boost and professionalism as a result of this partnership, propelling other leading advertising agencies to pick a queue from this kind of strategic partnership, positioning the Prima Garnet Ogilvy as a global brand.
Lolu, a 1980 graduate of the University of Lagos, started his career in 1982 with Lintas where he cut an edge for advertising and creative arts. Having worked with Lintas for six (6) years, he moved to Promoserve Grey as Executive Director, Clients Service & Media and in 1992, Lolu took the bull by the horns to start his own company, Prima Garnet Communications.
Over the years, working with his numerous associates, he has moved the company from a humble beginning to a conglomerate, overseeing a group of companies;Prima Garnet Communications, 141 Worldwide, MediaShare, Cutler Ogilvy PR, Lampost Experientials, etc. He is also on the board of Premier Music.
Lolu has attended several professional courses locally and out of Nigeria, amongst which are: the Unilever African Marketing Course; Ogilvy Senior Management Programme (SMP 10), and several local and offshore management programmes and courses in advertising and management.
Lolu commands depth and professionalism in the advertising industry endearing his company to national and multinational clientele like Unilever, Coca Cola, Nestle, Motorola, GSK, First Bank, Airtel, KLM, South African Breweries, Guinness, Mnet/MultiChoice, Shell, etc.
As a result of his passion for transformational change in Nigeria, Lolu was appointed in 2009 by the then Honourable Minister of Information & Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili as Pioneer CEO, Nigerian Rebranding Project Business Support Group (RPBSG) – Office of the Federal Minister of Information & Telecommunications.
He is a Fellow of APCON and the Nigerian Marketing Institute. He is a past President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) 2007 – 2009. Lolu has presented many professional papers in marketing, advertising and general management.
Lolu was also appointed by President Jonathan on the 27th of September 2010 as the current Chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON, the Parastatal under the Ministry of Information, charged with the responsibility of supervising and managing the advertising practice in Nigeria in all its ramifications.
Lolu loves reading, music, amateur photography, travelling. He is married to Josephine, a lawyer, and blessed with two boys, Tosin and Seni.