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Ganiyu A. Dada

President & Founder

Mr. Dada is an International Trade Specialist who leverages finance to supply critical industrial machines and equipment to qualified African governments and importers.

We provide global business and financial solutions to African Governments and Private Sector African Businesses using the USA ECAs and private funding to build Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Kofa uses Exim Bank Programs to build Credit Worthy Nigerian and African Businesses that DFI-Direct Foreign Investments will follow to Nigeria and Africa to develop private sectors that will employ people when they are creating wealth with US Equipment, Machineries, Technology and Services.

The company also creates markets for Nigerian and African Products in the USA under AGOA.

A former banker from Nigeria, Mr. Dada graduated in 1978 from the University of Illinois-Circle Campus with a B.S.C. in Accounting,   and he later obtained his MBA from Roosevelt University in 1981. After his MBA, Mr. Dada trained at Control Data Institute in COBOL, RPG, Assembler and Fortran languages.   He later trained as an Oracle Applications   Consultant and worked in this capacity with Computech Inc., a renowned   IT consulting company in Detroit, MI.

He became President of a USA/Nigeria joint venture organization in 1983 for a five-year project in Ajaokuta Steel Company in Nigeria and stayed in that country from 1983-93.  He started KOFA International   Company in 1992, and his first office was located on 6 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Mr. Dada  has helped  many  American  companies  to do successful  businesses  in Africa in areas including,  but not limited  to, international  trade,  consulting, project  development, project identification, and trade  and  development  finance  facilitation.  He frequently travels to Europe and Africa in developing markets and finding ways to create markets for American products abroad as well as African products in the U.S.A

He started exporting U.S.A goods to London and France in 1984 and later to Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.   He was part of the historic 2000-2001 mission by U.S.D.A.  To four African countries with leading U.S.A companies and banks to Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, and Nigeria.  He has since gone on many other trade missions to Africa.

As the President of KOFA International,  Mr. Dada  has been taking  American  companies and banks to Africa quarterly  and very effectively  in using  EX-1MBank  programs  to facilitate  exports to Africa while  helping  African  companies to build capacities  and have access to low-cost,  short-  and medium-term facilities that are usually non-existing in Africa for development, and are very expensive when they do exist.

Mr. Dada the Former Chairman of NIDOA-Nigerian in Diaspora in the Americas and President &

CEO of KOFA International Co.

He has served on many board positions in organizations over the years such as:

  1. Local School Board at Alcott Elementary School Chicago

  2. Advisory Board Member of Third Age YMCA Chicago

  3. President & Board Member of Continental African Chamber of Commerce (CACC), USA Chicago 

  4. Chairman of the Board of Nigerians in Diaspora, USA (NIDOA)

  5. President of Kofa International Co. USA  

  6. President & Founder of Americas 4 Africa

  7. President & Founder of African Youth Relief Initiative

  8. Board Member of Housing Cooperative in Chicago


He was recognized twice by the George W. Bush administration for his achievement in using EXIM Bank programs to build capacities for both public entity like Lagos State government and many qualified private-sector importers with made in the United States of America from the $1 billion program for Nigeria.