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About Us

Progressive Advancement Centre for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in July 2017, and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Who we are

PACE is Africa’s leading training and microfinance institute, committed to changing lives and ensuring a better tomorrow for all.
We are committed to improving the social and economic welfare of our members through the provision of bespoke economic and financial products and assistance, through channels that are most convenient for your participation.

Vision

To be the leading financial empowerment institution, making great contributions towards eradicating poverty in Africa.

Mission

Our mission is to improve lives by socially, economically and financially empowering all our members.

Goals

Our Goal is to:

  • Improve the quality of life of the poor by providing access to financial and support services;
  • Be a viable financial institute developing sustainable communities;
  • Mobilize resources in order to provide financial and support services to the poor, particularly women, for viable productive income generation enterprises enabling them to reduce their poverty;
  • Learn and evaluate what helps people to move out of poverty faster;
  • Create opportunities for self-employment for the underprivileged;
  • Train rural poor in simple skills and enable them to utilize the available resources and contribute to employment and income generation in rural areas.

Values

PACE is founded on these principles that are more valuable than profit. Our values are:

  • Equity – we are committed to fairness and the genuine economic empowerment of our members
  • Solidarity – together we are stronger, that is why we pride ourselves in the unity of our institution and our members. We are all members and as such, we are accountable to each other for all our collective funds
  • Voluntary Membership – anyone, anywhere, anytime can join
  • Education Training and Information – we provide you with all the information you need to make informed choices, from making life changing decisions to making everyday decisions
  • Member Economic Participation – we want every member to be a loyal participant. It is our responsibility to give you a reason to be
  • Integrity – our word is our bond
Our Leadership Team
Ifeoma Adeoye

Managing Director

Ifeoma is a First Class Economics graduate from the University of Manchester. She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. She has over 8 years of experience with starting, building and managing businesses to profitability. Having worked with KPMG, The Royal Bank of Scotland and FBN Merchant Bank, she has acquired broad work experience within the Oil & Gas industry, financial services industry, consumer markets and public sector.

She has extensive experience in advisory services covering financial advisory, business improvement, corporate strategy articulation, organizational diagnostics & transformation, market study and industry analysis. She has been involved in multiple corporate strategy execution projects, feasibility studies, business plan development, and organization transformation projects with notable track record in strategy articulation, project management, financial analysis, financial modeling and relationship management.

Uche Odimuko

Deputy Managing Director

Uche holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He has over 10 years of work experience spanning various operational, marketing and leadership functions within the Nigerian banking industry.

He has exceptional marketing, people and relationship management, risk assessment and fund management skills. His breadth of experience within the commercial and retail banking industry lend further credence to his notable track record in business operations turnaround and organisation transformation.

In the last five years, he has championed many notable social and charitable causes and serves as a career mentor and coach to a number of Nigerian youth.

Oghenekaro Ikie

Chief Operating Officer

Karo holds a BSc. In Geography and regional Planning from Delta State University. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management and he is also a certified Microfinance professional. He has over ten years of work experience spanning various operational and functional departments, within the financial services industry.

He possesses unparalleled risk management, business development, operational management as well as sales & marketing skills. He is adept at improving business processes and translating data into valuable insight for company-wide decision making.