AIICO commenced operations in Nigeria in 1963 as an Agency office of American Life Insurance Company (“ALICO”) – at the time, a subsidiary of American International Group (“AIG”). The Company was incorporated, registered and licensed in Nigeria as American Life Insurance Company Limited – as a wholly owned subsidiary of ALICO/AIG – in 1970 – to offer Life and Pension products and insurance services. The Company was renamed American International Insurance Company Limited (“AIICO”) upon the acquisition of a 60% stake by the Federal Government of Nigeria, and later listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1990, after which both shareholders – the Federal Government of Nigeria and AIG divested.
Following the insurance industry’s consolidation in 2007, the Company acquired NFI Insurance plc and Lamda Insurance Company Limited (both cumulatively accounting for less than 30% of AIICO’s pre-acquisition gross premiums). The Company subsequently re-certified as both a General Insurance and Life Assurance Company – taking advantage of its legacy, brand, franchise and strong retail distribution network to grow a leading General Insurance business.