FirstBank Promotes Financial Empowerment for Women at Genevieve Gatherings 2015
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s Most Valuable Bank Brand, has partnered with Genevieve Gatherings 2015 to raise the bar on Women empowerment. The event themed ‘Becoming Financially Fearless’ was organised to advance the Nigerian woman’s financial confidence as well as secure their financial future.
Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO, Bestman Games Limited, Mrs. Funmi Oyetunji, CEO, Abitos Financial Services Limited, Mrs. Arese Ugwu, Head of Wealth Management at Partnership Investment Plc, and Mr. Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Group Executive Director, Sahara Group were among the speakers at the event, expounding on a varying range of topics from financial management to risk taking in an uncertain economy.
Ms Arunma Oteh (former Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission), who chaired the event emphasized the need to become financially fearless, achieve business success and leave a legacy. She advised the audience to read voraciously and widely, value investing more than spending and embrace mentorship. FirstBank’s support for the event is one of the Bank’s many interventions to promote women inclusion and participation in the polity through financial awareness and empowerment. Similar initiatives supported by the Bank recently include the Inspire for Women Conference, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WimBiz) Conference, Women of West Africa Excellence in Entrepreneurship (WOWe) Conference, and the SME Workshops for women led SMEs anchored by the FirstBank Sustainability Centre in Lagos Business School, among several other women empowerment programmes.
According to the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Bank is committed to initiatives that would encourage women’s participation and contribution to the growth and development of the economy. “We would continuously engage with initiatives that will inspire, mentor and raise a new generation of entrepreneurial women,” she stated.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is Nigeria’s leading financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings and one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Since its establishment in 1894, the Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and strong capitalization.
FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,500 ATM’s and over 9 million customer accounts. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, International Commercial Bank (ICB) The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
FirstBank is the recipient of many awards. The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” four times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group. FirstBank’s brand purpose is to always put its stakeholders, customers and partners at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardize customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the FirstBank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position its customers first in every respect.
For four consecutive years, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 FirstBank was named the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Other recent awards include the “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, “Best Bank in West Africa” and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the African Banker Awards, “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards for the fourth time, “Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa” in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards, “Best Banking Group in Nigeria” by World Finance Banking Awards, and “Best Financial Reporting Company” by Africa Investor.
Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications