Bola Kuforiji Olubi was born in September 28, 1936. A Nigerian noblewoman, banker and federal minister of commerce.
She graduated from the University of London in 1963 with B. Sc honours in Economics. She was a fellow of Institute of Charted Accountants, England and Wales 1977, ICANNigeria 1976, British Chartered institutes of company Secretaries (ACIS 1964). Nigerian Institute of management (FMIN) 1985 and the British Institute of Directors.
She was a recipient of the following honours and awards: Doctor of Business administration from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, 1997, Doctor of Laws, LLD honoris causa (Latin: “for the sake of the honor”). Bayero University, Kano, 2004 and Doctor of letters (Honoris Causa), Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye Ogun State 2006.
Olubis’s other honours and awards included from Federal government of Nigeria the National award of member of the Order of the Niger in 1979, for her contributions to management education and socio- economic Advancement of Nigeria. She was conferred with the award of Order of the Niger (OON) in 2002, award of certificate of Merit by the United Nations Decade for Women, 1980, award for Excellence from the University of Benn’s Skonit Club in 1988, honorary Grammarian of CMS 1988 by CMS grammar school, award of Excellence by Brigade of Nigeria, 1992, International award of Excellence for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements, MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States. !992, a recipient of 2002 conferment award for Woman of achievements under the auspices of the Woman development centre, Abuja, 2005. Otuunba (Dr) Kuforiji Olubi held many chieftaincy titles across Nigeria.
Olubi was the first Nigerian woman to become the CEO of a multinational company (VYB Industries Limited, with British affiliates and first the female Chairperson of a public listed company (Bewac Plc) Otunba Ayora Bola Kuforiji, was the first Nigerian woman to be CEO of a multinational company (VYB Industries Limited, with British affiliates (incheape & Co Plc) and first female Chairman of a public quoted company (Bewac Plc). She is presently into philanthropy and improving her local community.