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Union Bank and Partners Launch ‘Digital Supplier Credit’ Solution



Union Bank and Partners Launch 'Digital Supplier Credit' Solution


Naijanewsngr reports that in line with its commitment to enabling success for its customers, Union Bank has partnered with its parent company, TGI Group and Women’s World Banking, to introduce the ‘Digital Supplier Credit’ solution under its women’s banking proposition, αlpher.


The ‘Digital Supplier Credit’ solution is designed to address the financial needs of women-led small businesses in urban centres in Nigeria centres and provide access to credit for stock sustenance, replenishment, and progressive growth, along established supply lines from Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies.


Leveraging behavioural science and the Women’s Centred Design methodology and backed by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Foundation, this initiative aims to co-create a sustainable and scalable solution that will significantly enhance access to financial services for women entrepreneurs.


Women’s World Banking is a renowned global organisation specialising in designing and investing in financial solutions, institutions, and policy environments within emerging markets. Their focus on creating economic stability and prosperity for women, their families, and communities aligns perfectly with the objectives of the ‘Digital Supplier Credit’ solution.


With an extensive network spanning 34 countries, serving more than 160 million women clients through 69 financial services providers, Women’s World Banking has consistently driven impact through scalable, market-driven solutions, gender lens private equity funds, and leadership and diversity programs.


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Speaking about the partnership, Vivian Imoh-Ita, Head of Retail Banking and Digital at Union Bank, said:

“We are delighted to partner with Women’s World Banking and our parent company TGI Group to launch the ‘Digital Supplier Credit’ solution.

Our commitment to empowering women-led businesses remains unwavering, and we believe this initiative will have a transformative impact on the entrepreneurial landscape in urban centres.

Through this collaboration, we aim to foster financial inclusion and catalyse sustainable growth for women entrepreneurs.”


Also commenting on the partnership, Ade Ashaye, Regional Head of Africa, Women’s World Banking, expressed:

We are thrilled to partner with Union Bank and the TGI Group. Globally, 38% of all MSMEs are women-owned yet, according to the SME Finance Forum, there remains a $1.7 trillion gender credit gap.

Using our sophisticated market and consumer research we will develop a solution that will not only help tens of thousands of Nigeria’s women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to accessing the vital credit they need to sustain and grow their businesses, but also stand as a model for Banks and FMCGs across Africa and the world. This is an exciting time in the development of effective, women-centered, digital financial solutions.


The Digital Supplier Credit solution reflects Union Bank’s dedication to supporting its customers and creating an inclusive business environment. With its focus set on the future, Union Bank continues to lead the way in shaping a better, more sustainable future for generations to come.


About Union Bank Plc:

Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. is a household name and one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank is a trusted and recognisable brand with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria.


The Bank currently offers a variety of banking services to both individual and corporate clients, including current, savings and deposit account services, funds transfer, foreign currency domiciliation, loans, overdrafts, equipment leasing and trade finance. The Bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products, including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Debit Cards, ATMs, and POS Systems.


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About Women’s World Banking:

Women’s World Banking is dedicated to economic empowerment, through financial inclusion for the nearly one billion women in the world with no or limited access to formal financial services.


Using our sophisticated market and consumer research, we turn insights into real action to design and advocate for policy engagement, digital financial solutions, workplace leadership programs, and gender lens investing.


To date, we’ve helped provide 30 million women in emerging markets – targeting 100 million by 2027 – access and use of financial products and services that are transforming women’s lives, households, businesses, and communities, and driving inclusive growth globally.

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(Dr.) Bldr. Abdulhakeem Odegade, Favour Benson, Ivorian Fans, Others Honour AKMODEL GROUP Brand Ambassador




(Dr.) Bldr. Abdulhakeem Odegade, Favour Benson, Ivorian Fans, Others Honour AKMODEL GROUP Brand Ambassador

(Dr.) Bldr. Abdulhakeem Odegade, Favour Benson, Ivorian Fans, Others Honour AKMODEL GROUP Brand Ambassador

Akmodel Group MD, Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade, will be one of the Special Guest of honor at the movie premiere titled Reflection, happening today, February 24, at Jara Mall, opposite Computer Village in Ikeja Lagos.

Mr Paul Obazele who is AKMODEL GROUP ambassador played the lead role in the movie.

Dr. Odegade in his words “Promised to grace the day.”

Favour Benson (Media Consultant), staff, realtors and fans from Ivory Coast too will be in attendance to add colour to the event.

Reflection Film produced and directed ny Osaretin Festus Isibor.


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The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2




When I came back to Lagos during one of the holiday breaks, one of my father’s friends told my dad, “Mr. Jimoh, you have to pave way for this young man, he has been to school and his mode of doing things are even different”, they now began to engage me in some projects and told me to be sharing whatever I make with my father.

The first job I got on my own was on Roberts street in Magodo Ph2, a duplex owned by a fashion designer, due to how I executed it, I began to get more and more projects in Lagos. Not forgetting the fact that I was still in school, so I had to go back and continue/complete my studies.
That was how the journey of the construction work started

When I was doing my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at Lagos State Ministry of Works under Builder (Mrs) Ogunnaike (Rtd.), Builder Afolabi (Rtd.) though some are still in service, they use to call me Omo-odę because as a ‘Corper’ I still had all those Private Practices (PP) outside. Even in the camp, I was amongst the camp members that maintained all the chambers, the bricklaying works within the camp as at then. They loved me so much that as we speak presently, some among the NYSC staff invested with me in the real estate business.

I had to move in when there were demands for landed properties from my clients, I registered the name: AKMODEL HOMES AND PROPERTIES, the company is registered with EFCC, and also a member of Real Estate Associations both in Lagos and in Nigeria.

A. Names Of Some Of Our Estates Sold Out (Lagos)

We started the First Estate in November 2020 in Ibeju-Lekki:

1. Akmar Court Ph1 then extension;
2. Akmar Court Ph2 then extension;
3. Akmar Flourish Garden in Epe;
4. Akmar Royal Garden in Epe;
5. Akmar Queens Court in Epe;
6. Akmar Heritage in Epe;

7. Now dealing with Honeycomb Estates in Iba Oloja, behind Free Trade Zone in Ibeju-Lekki.

A. ITE (Royal Place) – Monastery Road, Sangotedo, Lagos State

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

B. Akmar Waterview – Ibon Village, Elerangbe, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State.

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

C. Akmar Freezone City – Besides Lekki Free Trade Zone

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

D. Akmar Hilltop Estate – Igbodu – Epe

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

E. Akmar Utopia Garden

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2
Akmar Pride Villa – Iba Oloja, Lekki Free Trade Zone

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

F. Honeycomb Estates – Iba Oloja, Lekki Free Trade Zone

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

These are very lucrative places, they are selling out fast as people are rushing them.

2. We also have properties outside Lagos, namely:

A. Akmar Kings Court – Uyo (Akwa Ibom State);

B. Akmar Emirates Court in Ilorin;

C. Akmar Farm Village in Ogun State

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

D. Lavender Garden in Delta

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

E. Akmar Hilltop Estate – Enugu Agidi, Awka (Anambra State)

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

F. Akmar Choice Farm – Epe Road, Ijebu-Isiwo Village, Ogun State

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

G. Akmar Oasis Estate – Ibagwa Nike, Enugu State

The Steady Growth Of AKMODEL GROUPS: Searchlight On Builder (Dr.) Abdulhakeem Odegade Part2

Also Outside The Country:

1. Akmar Gardens in Ghana
2. Akmar Gardens in Ivory Coast
3. Akmar Gardens In London Opening Soon)

*All our estates are titled lands and free from government acquisition.

We let our clients know this truth and this makes them have more trust and confidence in the company, which is integrity for us. The managing director is always available to listen to any complaints, proffer solutions, and advice diligently too,

Presently there’s another request that came to us for SALES APARTMENT and we already have clients that wants to invest in the project which is already on-going in Sangotedo area of Ajah.

Sales Apartment is a series of flats attached or separated for rent-out or for sale.
They could be: A room self-contain (Studio Flat), One, Two or Three Bedroom Flats on 2/3 Floors, depending on the design.

This type of project is for people who are already house owners, that has funds but doesn’t want to leave it in the bank. They invest in the number of units they want (paying part to complete when the project is finished) at completion, the apartments will be rented out and the investor will be earning on it even in the comforts of their own homes.

Along the line, we also introduced what is called LAND BANKING which is a way of aggregating a landed property, keep for a while and resell at a higher price, no inflation or crash in economy affects such. By getting all the necessary documents, a client can buy and keep, buy and build or buy and resell immediately depending on what the client wants.

They can also decide to invest in a particular estate for some months, pay and get the documents, and at maturity, sell and cash out their funds with Return on Investment (RoI) effortlessly while they are sleeping.

In business, there is a difference between BUSINESS and INVESTMENT: in investment, you invest money somewhere and it is working for you, while in business, you are the one working for the money. So let the money be working for you too so that the pressure will not be too much on a particular person.

To be continued…

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Dr. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, OON, is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, a foremost financial institution with a client base of about 9 million customers.

Nneka joined Fidelity Bank as an executive director in 2015 and was appointed managing director and CEO of the bank in January 2021. Following her appointment, Nneka became the first female MD/CEO in the history of the bank.

She is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Kings College, London, where she holds a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Law, respectively. She has also attended executive training programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD School of Business, Chicago Booth School of Business, London Business School, and IMD, amongst others. She recently completed a diploma programme in organizational leadership at Said Business School, Oxford University, UK, and received an honorary doctorate degree in business administration at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). She is also the recipient of the national award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), which was awarded to her by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2023.

Dr. Onyeali-Ikpe has over 32 years of rewarding banking experience spanning Citizens International Bank, Zenith Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank, among others. She was Executive Director at Enterprise Bank and Fidelity Bank before her eventual appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Fidelity Bank PLC. She has been involved in the structuring of complex transactions in oil and gas, manufacturing, aviation, real estate, and export, among others.

Nneka is widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading female CEOs, with a reputation for authentic leadership and proven people skills in identifying talents, opportunities, and executing complex business deals. She has extensive business development experience with proficiency in retail, corporate, and commercial banking and treasury management, among others.

Under Nneka’s watch, the bank grew its PBT from N25.22bn in FY 2021 to N122bn in FY 2023. Nneka has now set her horizons on leveraging the opportunities in select high-growth international markets where the bank has a competitive advantage. She most recently guided the bank to obtain the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria to expand its operations to the United Kingdom with the acquisition of the former Union Bank UK, now Fidelity Bank UK Limited.

Passionate about innovation and embracing technology, Nneka has pioneered several innovative and pacesetting products, such as PayGate Plus, an online platform that enables businesses to make and receive payments.

Dr. Onyeali-Ikpe has also radically repositioned the bank as the go-to financial institution for small and medium enterprises. Understanding the crucial role of small businesses in the sustenance of economic growth and development, she led the bank to create Fidelity International Trade & Creative Connect (FITCC), which is aimed at providing a global platform for exporters, regulators, subject matter experts, and foreign markets to connect.

The FITCC 2022 edition was attended by representatives of both the UK and Nigerian governments, Nigerian exporters, investors, regulators from the United Kingdom and Nigeria, the business community, and other practitioners. The pipeline deals from the event were in excess of $200 million. Over 2,000 people registered to attend the event, and the daily footfall was about 1,000.

The second edition of FITCC, which was hosted in Houston, Texas, United States of America, in October 2023, was even bigger, with projected pipeline deals of over $250 million and more than 160 businesses participating. Tagged FITCC Houston, the success of the event is indicated by the designation of October 25, 2023, as “Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect Day” by Mr. Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston.

In her bid to give back to the communities the bank serves and as part of her efforts to combat the twin issues of poverty and hunger, Dr.Onyeali-Ikpe recently launched a national corporate social responsibility initiative tagged The Fidelity Food Bank, which provides free food bags to people across Nigeria monthly.

In recognition of her leadership and outstanding performance, she received commendation from AMCON as a member of the management team that restructured and turned around the fortunes of the erstwhile Enterprise Bank. She also received several board commendations from the Managing Directors of Standard Chartered Bank and Citizens International Bank for outstanding performance at various times.

With Nneka as the Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank has been the recipient of several awards within and outside Nigeria, some of which are:

1. Best Commercial Banking Brand in Nigeria by the Global Brands Magazine Awards

2. Best Private Bank in Nigeria by The Financial Times in association with The Banker Magazine

3. Trade Ambassador Award by the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC)

4. Global Finance’s World’s Best Private Banks 2023 awards for Best Private Bank in Nigeria

5. The Best Payment Solution Provider Nigeria 2023 in the 2023 Global Banking & Finance Awards

6. Export Finance Bank of the Year at the BusinessDay and Other Financial Institutions(BAFI) Awards 2023.

7. The “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

On her own part, Dr. Onyeali-Ikpe has been recognized by numerous local and international bodies for her sterling achievements. These include:

1. The national award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2023.

2. The Banker of the Year 2022 at the 14th Leadership Annual Conference and Awards and

3. The Best Banking CEO Nigeria 2023 in the 2023 Global Banking & Finance Awards.

4. 2023: Top 25 CEOs in Nigeria at the BusinessDay Awards

5. The Banker of the Year 2022 at the Champion Newspapers’ Awards of the Year 2022.

Considering her versatility, industry knowledge, and vast network, she also serves on the following committees and organizations:

1. Chairperson, Financial Literacy and Public Enlightenment Sub-Committee of the CBN Bankers Committee.
2. Chairperson, Funds and Grants Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria
3. Member, Audit Committee of FMDQ Group PLC
4. Member of the Board, Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities (SANEF)
5. Member of the Board, Unified Payment Services Limited

She is married to Dr. Ken Onyeali Ikpe, PhD, a visionary leader with strong business acumen and respected for his demonstrated knowledge in marketing, branding, consumer consulting, and Consumer Consulting and Business acceleration.

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