About Us

CardinalStone Capital Advisers (“CCA”) is a West African Private Equity investor with a  mandate to nurture SMEs to become leaders in high growth sectors

Our People

The CCA team has been together for over a decade, investing in and building businesses across West Africa’s evolving emerging markets

Partner

Yomi Jemibewon

Yomi is a Managing Director at CCA, and brings to the role close to two decades of experience from a background in investing and management consulting.

Prior to CCA, Yomi co-founded CardinalStone Partners, and led the Principal Investments Division. Before this, he was a Vice President at Avante Capital in Lagos, and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in New York.

Yomi holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Partner

Femi Ogunjimi

Femi is a Managing Director at CCA, and brings to the role close to two decades of experience from a background in investment banking and investing.

Prior to CCA, Femi co-founded CardinalStone Partners and served as CEO, as well as head of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to this, he was a Vice President in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York, and an Associate with PwC in Lagos.

Femi holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Lagos.

Principal

Shirley Somuah

Shirley is a Principal on the investment team at CCA, where she focuses on the breadth of the investment and value addition cycle. She has over a decade of experience across management consulting and investing.

Prior to CCA, Shirley was a Vice President on the Principal Investments team at CardinalStone Partners, and a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in New York and Dubai.

Shirley holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Operations Adviser

Yemi Lawani

Yemi is an Operations Consultant to CCA, and has driven the strategic direction of the Operations Team. He has over 15 years’ experience across Investment Banking and Private Equity.

Alongside his role at CCA, Yemi is co-founder of Neon Ventures, Lagos – a firm focused on building and growing businesses across Africa. He was also a Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, London.

Prior to CCA, Yemi was an Operating Partner at Global Environment Fund, and a Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, London.

Yemi holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Vice President

Tunji Sekoni

Tunji is a Vice President at CCA, where he focuses on the end-to-end investment and value addition process. He has over 10 years’ experience in Deal Advisory.

Prior to CCA, Tunji was a Manager in Deal Advisory at KPMG in Lagos, and a finance analyst at The Coca Cola Company in Lagos.

Tunji has a B.Sc. in Accounting from Covenant University.

Vice President

Temidayo Osunsade

Temidayo is a Vice President at CCA where he leads the operations team on the assessment and delivery of value addition initiatives for prospective and active portfolio companies.

Prior to CCA, Temidayo was head of commercial and business intelligence at Transport Services Limited (TSL), Nigeria’s leading provider of customized logistics services, and before that spent 10 years in the Management Consulting unit of KPMG.

Temidayo holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University. He is also a CFA Charter holder.

Legal & Investor Relations

Folashade Dapo

Folashade is a Senior Manager at CCA, and heads the Legal & Investor Relations unit, advising on transaction structures and due diligence for different investments. She has over 10 years’ experience in corporate law and private equity.

Prior to CCA, Folashade was a Legal Counsel at the Asset and Resource Management holding company (ARM) in Lagos, and an Associate at Udo-Udoma and Belo-Osagie (UUBO) in Lagos.

Folashade holds an LLB from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Associate

Joseph Adewoyin

Joseph is an Associate at CCA, where he focuses on all stages of the investment process, and provides support for value addition in portfolio companies.

Joseph holds a B. Tech Agricultural Economics & Extension from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. He is also a Chartered accountant and an ACA certified member.

Financial Control

Femi Fayose​

Femi is the Financial Control Manager at CCA, and coordinates finance and reporting functions. He has over 5 years’ experience in financial control and Private Equity.

Prior to CCA, Femi held roles in Investing and Financial Control at Crest Agro Limited, Kogi and CardinalStone Partners, Lagos.

Femi has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Lagos.

Senior Analyst​

Seyi Adedeji

Seyi is an Analyst at CCA where he focuses on all stages of the investment process, and provides support for value addition in portfolio companies.

Seyi has a B.Sc. in Economics from Covenant University.

Senior Analyst

Hannah Onifade

Hannah is in the Legal unit at CCA. She has 4 years experience across Corporate Advisory, Commercial Advisory, and Private Equity.

Hannah is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators.

Analyst

Afolabi Soremekun

Afolabi is an Analyst at CCA where he focuses on all stages of the investment process, and provides support for value addition in portfolio companies.

Afolabi has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos.

Financial Control

Mary Adekeye

Mary is in the financial control unit at CCA where she is responsible for driving financial control functions.

Mary has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Ilorin.

Analyst​

Tosin Osho

Tosin is an Analyst at CCA, where he focuses on all stages of the investment process and provides support for value addition in portfolio companies.

Tosin has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan.

Analyst

Aminat Salako

Aminat is an Analyst at CCA, where she focuses on all stages of the investment process and provides support for value addition in portfolio companies.

Aminat has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Lagos.

Administrative Support

Adaobi Oyekoya

Adaobi is in the admin unit at CCA where she is responsible for driving administrative support functions.

Adaobi has a B.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Abuja.