ISSUE #08 Sept/October 31st, 2022


1. Welcoming The New German Consul General

2. NGCC Host Business talk with Bismarck Rewane.

3. Delegation Trip to Germany.

4. WACEE’22 In pictures.

5. German Unity Day Reception at The German Consulate.

6. Invitation to meet with German companies in Vocational Sector.

7. Connecting Nigeria to Germany.

8. NGGC & Tolaram.

Welcoming the New German Consul General

The Nigerian-German Chamber of commerce welcomed the new Consul General of Germany, Mr Weert Börner and Deputy Consul General of Germany, Mr. Gerald Wolf to Lagos last month.

Our Director General, Marilyn Rapu alongside The president of the NGCC Board and CEO of Construction Kaiser Limited Mr. Igbuan Okaisabor and CEO of Heckerbella and NGCC board member, Yemi Keri hosted Mr. Börner and Mr. Wolf at our office in Lagos. It was a very pleasant introductory meeting discussing potential future cooperation with a particular focus on promoting trade & investment collaborations between Nigerian and German businesses.

We are looking forward to our continuous collaborative work.

Marilyn Rapu, H.E Weert Börner, Mr. Igbuan Okaisabor, H.E Gerald Wolf and Ms. Yemi Keri

The NGCC Host Business Talk With Bismarck Rewane

Mr. Bismarck Rewane

Opening the session, the President of the Chamber, and CEO OF Construction Kaiser, Mr. Igbuan Okaisabor said “In this current economic crises businesses need to seize opportunities, learn to pivot and adjust. There is no one more qualified than Mr. Bismarck Rewane to help us look into the future, make sense of the crises and anticipate economic implications.”

From left to right- Marilyn Rapu, Mr. Seun Suleiman, Mr. Bismarck Rewane and Mr. Igbuan Okaisabor

This session with Mr. Bismarck Rewane was very informative, covering the challenges various business sectors in Nigeria face, the repercussion of the ongoing war on the global economy and what to expect within the Nigerian economy during the upcoming elections. We are looking forward to our next Business success series in November, on import & export documentation.”

If you were unable to make this session, kindly email to receive the PowerPoint presentation slide.

Delegation Trip to Germany

Earlier this month, from the 10th to 15th October, we organized a delegation trip to Germany. It was a collaboration with the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN ), the program was held in Frankfurt, a central German city on the river Main and a major financial hub and a global center for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation, rated as an "alpha world city" and home to the European Central Bank also a major hub in Europe.

The trip had in attendance the President/Chairman of Council, Mr. Edwin Igbiti, the Deputy Chairman/Director-General of the Nigerian Insurers Association, and Executive Directors of Insurance companies. The President/Chairman of Council, Mr. Edwin Igbiti declared the event open stating “Germany was the selected point of destination this year for the International Executive program because the Insurance Industry in Nigeria wants to learn how the Insurance market in Germany achieved its penetration rate.” We supported the delegation by providing visa advisory services and arranging visits to German Insurance companies.

At the Frankfurt Cruise & Boat Tour station

L-R Mr. Sunday Adegbesan; Mr. Adebisi Ikuomola; Mrs. Anne Dike; Mr. Anietie Essien; Mr. Stephen Alangbo; Mr. Edwin Igbiti, President/Chairman of Council, CIIN; Mrs. Yetunde Ilori, Deputy Chairman, CIIN; Mr. Philip Ashinze; Mr. Isaac Salami; Mrs. Esther Igbiti.

The delegation, over the course of the week, led by the President/Chairman of Council visited the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower in Frankfurt, the money museum, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), Alte Leipziger Insurance Company and the Parliament of State of Hessischer Landtag, Wiesbaden. These visits included interactive presentations and sessions.

They also attended a reception at the Nigerian Consulate in Frankfurt and visited the Lord Mayor of Bad Hamburg, Hon. Alexander Hetjes as well as other cultural monuments throughout their trip. It was a very enlightening trip with a lot of learnings to implement to strengthen Insurance in Nigeria.

Top left image: At the money museum. Top right Image: At the Nigerian Consulate in Frankfurt.

Bottom left image: L-R Mrs. Esther Igbiti; Mr. Edwin Igbiti, President/Chairman of Council, CIIN; Ambassador Wahab A. Akande, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mrs. Yetunde Ilori, Deputy President, CIIN; Mr. Stephen Alangbo

Bottom right image:L-R Mrs. Yetunde Ilori, Deputy President, CIIN; Hon. Alexander W. Hetje, Lord Mayor, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe; Director of Bad Hamburg Casino; Mr. Edwin Igbiti, President/Chairman of Council, CIIN, Director of Finance

WACEE’22 In Pictures

Last week, NGCC supported The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce at The West African Clean Energy and Environment Trade Fair and Conference (WACEE) at Landmark Center. The 3-day event celebrated the 10th year of WACEE and the first time the conference has taken place in Lagos, Nigeria. It was a very informative conference with panel discussions, interactive soapbox pitches from startups and innovative problem solving products on display. Delegate Katharina Felgenhauer concluded that “In Nigeria, we need to drive sustainable solutions to fight climate change. A lot still needs to be done but we also see a lot of opportunities in clean energy, water and circular economy. Bringing the right stakeholders and partners together as we have done here at WACEE’22 will lead the way and make sure that technology and innovation that are suitable and practical for the Nigerian context can become reality.” Here are some pictures from the event:

From left to right: Mrs Börner, Emmanuella ,Marilyn Rapu, H.E Weert Börner & Muniq Bakare-Saba

Top left Image: Delegate Katharina Flegenhauer . Top right Image: Emmanuel Chuwkwurah

Bottom image: Ms. Hyeladzira Battah Ndirpaya, Ms.Abimbola Olufore, Marilyn Rapu and Muniq Bakare-Saba

Panel session on Policy priorities to spur hydrogen economy in West Africa

Germany Unity Day at The German Consulate

The NGCC joined the German Consul General’s reception in the celebration of 32 years of Germany’s reunification on October 13th.

Also present was Special guest of honour His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state.

The German government has been supporting the economic growth of Edo state through Job center creation projects implemented by GIZ Nigeria & ECOWAS alongside other projects.

Why does Germany mark reunification?

On October 3, 1990, Eastern Germany, or the German Democratic Republic (GDR), ceased to exist, and five newly created states on its former territory joined the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

East and West Berlin were reunited and became a full-fledged city-state within Germany. Berlin later became the capital of united Germany.

Top image: Katharina Flegenhauer, Deputy German Consul General Gerald Wolf and Marilyn Rapu

Middle image: Mr. Ojulari, Mr. Suleiman MD of Siemens Nigeria, Mrs. Ojulari MD of Weststar Associates Limited. Mercedez-Benz Nigeria and Mrs. Suleiman

Bottom image: Mr. I. Okaisabor President of the Chamber & MD of Construction Kaiser limited, Mrs. Okaisabor, Mrs. Adeyemo and Engr. Adeyemo MD of PERI Formwork and Scaffolding Nigeria Limited.

Invitation to Meet with German companies in the Vocational Education Training Sector

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) uses its market development programme to support small and medium sized companies to make initial entry into foreign markets. Opportunities are often open to the German SME operators to participate in this programme through different modules such as business initiation and market information programmes organized in Germany and abroad.

The German companies will be coming to Nigeria for the purpose of market information and meeting companies in the VET sector. The event will feature between 10 to 12 German companies who are active in the VET especially across the TVET value chain.

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) will take care of the organisation of this programme with our German and Nigerian partners.

As part of the 5-day event from November 14th to 18th 2022, there will be a 1-day symposium where the German companies present their companies and activities. Nigerian companies who are active in the same industry will be invited to participate,

Kindly take this as an official invite to meet these German companies for B2B meetings.

This is to enhance opportunity for networking and business deals in VET value chain for and from both sides.

We will be looking forward to your response to be part of this intervention.

For enquires email: or call 09097903656;

Connecting Nigeria to Germany

The Lufthansa Group is an aviation group with operations worldwide. With 105,290 employees, the Lufthansa Group generated revenue of EUR 16,811m in the financial year 2021. The group offers weekly direct flights from Lagos and Abuja FCT to Frankfurt, their hub in Germany. Connecting Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents. Deutsch Lufthansa is said to be the largest airline in Europe in terms of passengers carried.

The Director General of the Chamber, Marilyn Rapu visited Lufthansa Group office at Ikoyi and met with the General Manager of Sales and Marketing Manager of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea to discuss relationships in which both parties could benefit, and identifying with the group as the Chamber major airline for delegation trips organised by the Chamber.

Mr. Zied Gueblaoui General Manager Sales of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, Marilyn Rapu, Ms. Tolulope Aminu Marketing Manager of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea

NGCC & Tolaram

Tolaram Has Grown Through Innovation and Strategic Partnership, and want to make a tangible difference to the communities they are a part of, and build sustainable brands through enduring partnerships with organisations that share our vision of a better future for all.

The NGCC met with the Tolaram team in October in their Lagos office to discuss membership and partnership. The Lagos free zone is Tolaram venture.

Lagos Free Zone is seamlessly integrated with Lekki Port and other state-of-the-art infrastructure, services, and facilities for ease of doing business and enhanced operational efficiency.

L-R: Mr. Tejaswi AV General Manager- Strategic Marketing, Marilyn Rapu, Chinju Nwankwo Udora Manager - Business Development & Marketing and Mr. Prem Krishna - Gas and Power Project Lead

Join the NIGERIAN-GERMAN CHAMBER of COMMERCE and be part of a network that's committed to a simple goal: helping businesses succeed. Please call +234 809 790 3656 or email