As best graduating female student in her year at the Nigerian Law School, Maryanne was awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of London, Kings College School of Law, where she graduated with a Masters degree in Law (LLM) specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law. She has had extensive experience negotiating multi-million dollar transactions on behalf of clients and is very passionate about real estate as a means of wealth creation.
Udo, a member of the New York Bar and Nigerian Bar Associations since 1991 and 1993 respectively pursued a successful legal career for more than 2 decades, in addition to having acted as Senior Special Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Matters to the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In 2005, Udo took the South African Real Estate exams and qualified for certification by the Estate Agency Affairs Board, and in May 2008, earned a certificate in Effective Real Estate Marketing from the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the Dubai Real Estate Institute. Having spotted the opportunity that an international Real Estate network provides, she successfully negotiated and acquired the Fine & Country West Africa License in 2007 along with some partners, launching successfully in Nigeria in 2008. Fine & Country is known worldwide for its unique blend of intelligent and creative marketing, coupled with a professional approach to the Sales and Leasing of premium Residential and Commercial properties. Operating out of over 300 locations worldwide, Fine & Country has its head office located on Park Lane, Mayfair, UK. The West African operations are run from Sandton, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.
Within a short time of opening the office in Lagos, the Nigerian office has leaped to the top in the provision of excellent Real Estate services to leading real estate developers and institutional clients.
In 2010, Mrs. Okonjo leading the Fine & Country West Africa team received an award for “Extraordinary Brand Contribution”.
Fine & Country also beat all other top real estate brands worldwide to win the much coveted five-star gold award for ‘Best International Real Estate Agency’ at the 2011 International Property Awards.
In addition, Fine & Country West Africa has won the following awards:
– The real estate marketing and advisory category for “Best Real Estate Support Services Company” 2012. Nigeria.
– The 2012 Best Estate Agency (Africa, Asia and Middle East region)
– The 2012 Best Marketing and Promotion (Africa, Asia and Middle East region)
– The 2012 Best Property presentation (Africa, Asia and Middle East region)
Through the merit of her work and dedication to the growth and development of the Real Estate Industry in Nigeria, Mrs. Okonjo was personally awarded the ELOY awards 2012 along with the Mode Man, Woman of the Year Award, and more recently Real Estate Business Amazon 2014 along with the BID Europe Award for Excellence 2014.
She is also the Chief Igniter of the business leadership and personal development series titled- “Ignite the Champion Within” and “Ignite the Tycoon Within” a platform for national transformation through empowering and equipping professionals and emerging entrepreneurs with a change of mindset and conditioning them to ignite a whole new world of possibilities previously unrecognised or untapped using the K.E.E.T model (Knowledge. Engagement. Entertainment. Transformation).
Apart from her active involvement in her local church assembly This Present House where she serves on the Market Place Alliance Group, Udo also dedicates her spare time to mentoring over 11, 000 professionals/entrepreneurs through her online platforms www.udookonjo.com and facebook page where she daily shares nuggets of business and life inspirations, while also leading the WOW DIVAS network.
The visionary behind this group, WOW stands for Women of Worth walking on water and D.I.V.A.S stands for Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed Sisters. The vision is to encourage, inspire and actively promote strong women, through finding a place and purpose in life; passionately living life to the full; empowering themselves and one another, and thereby impacting society, one woman, one family at a time.
An “Ignited Tycoon” and “accidental business person” as she likes to refer to herself, Udo Okonjo has more recently being actively involved with her husband in floating a multi -billion Naira Beverage Company which is set to change the face of the beverage industry, with its focus on the aspirational and healthy lifestyle market.