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IWD2023: Unity Bank Launches Women Network to Promote Advocacy for Gender Equity

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IWD2023: Unity Bank Launches Women Network to Promote Advocacy for Gender Equity

As part of initiatives to mark International Women’s Day, IWD 2023, Nigerian lender, Unity Bank Plc has announced the launch of Unity Bank Women Network to foster greater inclusion, equity, and opportunities designed to promote gender empowerment.

The Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, said as women, “We must also do our part to create a more equitable society that empowers women, drives them to do more, entrusts them with responsibilities, and celebrates their achievements every step of the way” on Wednesday in Lagos when announcing the start of the initiative.

Unity Bank Women’s Network is conceptualized as a gender advocacy platform to enable the bank to target and champion initiatives to promote networking and relationships beginning with females within the institution, providing mentorship opportunities and advocacy on social and other relevant issues such as gender equality, parenting, financial education, and leadership.

While naming the Bank’s Chief Compliance Officer, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya, as the coordinator of the Women Network, Somefun added, “I believe this network will promote more visibility, inclusion, and collaboration amongst women within our organization.”

Speaking further on this year’s IWD theme, “Embrace Equity,” Somefun said the day provides another opportunity to reflect on the ongoing advocacy for gender equality, adding, “As women, we must always take the time to think about the role we play in creating a sustainable future through our contribution to the success of our organizations, homes, businesses, and the entire society, and evaluate our level of impact and influence.”

She, therefore, pledged that as an institution, “Unity Bank will continue to create an enabling and equitable environment that focuses on empowering its female workforce by creating an atmosphere in which women can thrive irrespective of culture, background, and education.”

While speaking on the launch of the Unity Bank Women Network, Mrs. Patricia said that after creating impact with many collaborative initiatives to empower women, it is very significant that the bank is at last domesticating a viable project initiative to further co-create and drive impact.

To demonstrate commitment to gender inclusion, Unity Bank is one of the financial institutions in Nigeria that has up to three female representatives on its Board and has over the years celebrated International Women’s Day with socially impactful initiatives aimed at empowering women and creating an enabling environment for the female gender to thrive.

In the 2022 edition, the Bank collaborated with ALTSchool Africa to empower female software engineers, a strategic initiative aimed at empowering the female gender to participate actively in the burgeoning technology sector.

In a similar vein, the bank also partnered with the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) to roll out an engagement program for women entrepreneurs in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in March 2022.

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Zenith Bank Capital Markets Day

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Highlights from the Zenith Bank Capital Markets Day held earlier today with the Founder & Chairman of Zenith Bank PLC Dr. Jim Ovia CFR, Dame Dr. Adaora Umeoji OON, GMD/CEO of Zenith Bank PLC, Executive Directors of the Bank; Dr. Henry Oroh, Dr. (Mrs) Adobi Nwapa, Mr. Akin Ogunranti, Mr. Lawani Adamu, Mr. Louis Odom; the Bank’s Chief Finance Officer Dr. Mukhtar Adam (PhD); the General Manager/Group Head Investor Relations & Corporate Development Mrs. Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani; existing and potential investors, analysts, stockmarket players, asset managers, customers and other members of the Senior Management Team of the Bank.

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GTCO Offers 9 Billion Shares At ₦44.50 Each, Envisions One Billion Dollar Profit

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GTCO Offers 9 Billion Shares At ₦44.50 Each, Envisions One Billion Dollar Profit

 

Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), one of Nigeria’s largest lenders, is raising ₦400 billion in capital through a public offer anchored on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX).

The company is offering 9 billion shares at ₦44.50 each, with plans to invest the additional capital in profitable ventures in West Africa and East Africa, as well as recapitalize GTBank Nigeria, expand its asset management and pension businesses, and grow its loan portfolio.

According to Group CEO Segun Agbaje, GTCO has a track record of delivering strong returns, with a 29% average return on equity (RoAE) over the past ten years and a 253% return on investment over the same period.

The company has also made significant inroads into non-banking businesses, including fintech, asset management, and pension management, with plans to generate 5% of group profit from these businesses within three years.

Agbaje, in a “fact behind the offer” presentation at the NGX on monday, gave stakeholders compelling reasons to embrace the offer. He promised to soon make GTCO the first Nigerian company to realise a billion dollar profit.

He welcome the CBN directive to banks in Nigeria to upscale their capital threshold, following adverse economic headwinds that have seen continuous erosion of assets noting that GTCO already had plans to raise fresh capital months before thedirective.

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Zenith Bank Wins Best Commercial Bank In Nigeria And Best Corporate Governance Awards At World Finance 2024 Awards

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Zenith Bank Wins Best Commercial Bank In Nigeria And Best Corporate Governance Awards At World Finance 2024 Awards

Zenith Bank Plc has emerged as the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Banking Awards 2024, retaining the award for a fourth consecutive year.

The bank was also named as Best Corporate Governance, Nigeria for the third year running in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2024.

The awards, which were published in the Summer 2024 Issue of the World Finance Magazine, are in recognition of the bank’s robust financial performance, superior customer service, sustainability initiatives and corporate governance practices.

Commenting on the dual honours, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank Plc, Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, remarked:

“These awards highlight our steadfast dedication to excellence, adherence to global best practices, and our persistent effort to deliver superior value to all stakeholders through innovative products and services. Receiving these awards consecutively for multiple years signifies the commitment of our staff, the loyalty of our customers, and the support of our shareholders. We remain devoted to setting industry benchmarks and driving excellence across all aspects of our operations.”

Dr. Umeoji expressed her delight at the recognition and dedicated the awards to the Founder and Chairman, Dr. Jim Ovia, CFR, for his impactful leadership in establishing a robust and flourishing institution. She also expressed gratitude to the board for their vision and insight, the staff for their unwavering dedication, and the bank’s customers for choosing Zenith as their preferred bank.

World Finance is a leading international magazine providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of the financial industry, international business and the global economy.

The editorial combines award-winning reportage, covering a broad range of topics from banking and insurance to wealth management and infrastructure investment, with contributions from some of the world’s most well-respected economists and theorists as well as consultants in government think tanks and the World Economic Forum.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, with these latest accolades coming on the heels of several recognitions including being recognised as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital for the 14th consecutive year in the 2023 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking, published by The Banker Magazine.

We were also awarded the Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards for 2020 and 2022; and Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria in the International Banker 2024 Banking Awards

Further recognitions include Best Bank in Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards and Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023 in the World Finance Banking Awards.

Additionally, Zenith Bank has been acknowledged as the Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria, in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards for 2022 and 2023, and ‘Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa for four consecutive years from 2020 to 2023 by the Ethical Boardroom.

The bank’s commitment to excellence saw it being named the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands for 2020 and 2021 and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

The bank also received the accolade of Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards and Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards.

Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organisation in Africa 2021 by SERAS Awards

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