By Ayuba Iliasu Musa and Edith Chinamerem
Michael Ukiye Diongoli is a serial businessman and financial management expert. He is the Group Managing Director (GMD) of UK-DION GROUP: a business conglomerate with a mandate to add value to the financial, real estate, and entertainment industries. This is well expressed in their mantra ‘we simply add value.’
The group is operational in key states in Nigeria including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri, and Abuja with multiple offices in some of these states.
The UK Dion group has the vision to be West Africa’s leading, most distinctive servicing and solution hub that adds value to all stakeholders, deploying timely global compliant strategies. Under the esteemed leadership of Mr. Michael Diongoli, the conglomerate is fast fulfilling this vision.
Interestingly this multi-million dollar group with a mission to build trust, ensure value addition, and wealth creation for clients; had started as the brainchild of Mr. Michael Diongoli, and was launched right in his sitting room with a startup capital of just about three thousand naira only.
Through this phase of humble beginning, Mr. Michael Diongoli had his focus on the goal and was quite certain that in deploying the right skill-sets, competence, and commitment, the global picture in his head would soon be his reality.
He holds the philosophy that it is okay to start small but not to remain small, in his words. According to him, “You can start locally but think globally and much more develop global compliant competences and expertise.”
In line with his values, Mr. Michael Diongoli had not only hoped for a large-scale business but prepared and positioned himself to operate a business of international scale; as he systematically acquired certifications that support his global visions.
Diongoli is a B.Sc. holder in Business Management and has a master’s degree in International Business and Management from the prestigious University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
He has worked as a financial adviser with Lowell Financials in the United Kingdom. He later became a mortgage adviser with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and also a financial adviser with Barclays Bank and NatWest Bank all in the U.K.
Diongoli is also a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management Specialists (FIMS) with over 10 years of working experience in the finance industry.
He has equally developed a wide range of competencies, viable ideas, and exceptional management skills in finance and investments. This has allowed him to enjoy in-depth knowledge of the economic and financial situation in the country and across the African Continent.
Michael Diongoli has an affable nature which has enabled him to build lasting relationships with clients over the years.
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