Myma A. Belo-Osagie
Myma A. Belo-Osagie
Dr. Myma Adwowa Belo-Osagie recently retired from her position as Senior Partner in the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (‘UUBO’) which she co-founded in 1985.
While at UUBO Dr. Belo-Osagie focused primarily on advising national and international corporate clients doing business in the banking, FMCG, oil and gas and telecommunications sectors of Nigeria. During her time at UUBO the firm grew from a 2 partner, 3 fee earner law firm to its current 15 partner, 50 plus fee earner size that is acknowledged as one of the few Tier One law firms in Nigeria.
A Ghanaian citizen, Dr. Belo-Osagie holds an LL.B (1975) from the University of Ghana, Legon and both an LL.M (1978) and SJD (1985) from Harvard Law School, USA. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 1977 having obtained a BL from the Ghana Law School in that year; and was subsequently called to the New York Bar (1983) and the Nigerian Bar (1984). In 2018 she was elected an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Belo-Osagie sits as a Director on the boards of a number of Nigerian and international companies, and a Governor or Trustee on the boards of various educational institutions, not-for-profit companies and non-governmental organisations.
A keen champion of the development of the Nigerian educational and SME sectors – especially in respect of business and entrepreneurial education for African women – she, together with her husband Hakeem Belo-Osagie, has contributed to the establishment of pan-African educational establishments in South Africa and Mauritius; provided scholarships to African students; contributed to various international centres for African studies; taught at a Short Immersion Program at Harvard Business School titled Africa Rising: Understanding Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Complexities of a Continent; as part of her belief in the vital importance of African voices being heard outside Africa, supports the annual Belo-Osagie Distinguished African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series co-hosted by the Harvard Center for African Studies; and for many years supported an Arts and Business Foundation in Nigeria intended to encourage Nigerian institutions to build up their collections of Nigerian art.
She is married with four children and a proud grandmother of one.