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For the first time, Nigeria now has 7 females at top bank management level

It is 2021 and the future looks female!

After years of service, dedication and corporate business, these notable Nigerian women have risen to be CEOs in the Nigerian corporate space.


1. Bukola Smith

Mrs Bukola Smith succeeded Mrs Hamda Ambah who retired after 28 years of service. Formerly with the FCMB, which she joined in 2006 and rose to be their Director, Business Development in 2017, Mrs Smith brings along more than two decades of banking experience. She holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business school, University of Manchester, U.K .


2. Mariam Chidiebele Olusanya.

Mrs Olusanya succeeds Segun Agbaje and is the banks first female Managing Director. With more than twenty years of work experience, Mariam Olusanya until her appointment was an Executive Director. And before that, a General Manager. She holds a Bachelor's of pharmaceutical science from the University of Ibadan and an MBA from the University of Liverpool, U.K .


3. Halima Buba.

This Adamawa state born highly cerebral Amazon was formerly Deputy General Manager in Ecobank Nigeria, in charge of FCT and Northern Nigeria. Over the last two decades she has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities as she sits on the board of so many companies such as Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).


4. Ireti Samuel-Ogbu.

After more than 35 years of active operations in Africa's largest economy, Citigroup Inc. finally appointed Ireti Samuel-Ogbu as it's Nigerian Country Officer. Prior to her appointment and relocation to Lagos, Nigeria, she was Managing Director of Payments and Receivables, Treasury and Trade solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the bank's London office.


5. Yemisi Edun.

Formerly Chief Financial Officer (CFO), madam Yemisi Edun took over leadership of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in an acting capacity just this January. With active work experience spanning almost 35 years, Mrs Edun has a master's degree in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool, U.K, and before that, a Bachelor's in chemistry from the University of Ife.


6. Nnneka Onyeali-Ikpe.

Nigerian business executive and banker, born August 16, 1968 in Awka Anambra state, Nigeria. Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe is the first female Managing Director/ C.E.O of Fidelity Bank PLC. She has her educational background solidly in law as she holds a Bachelor's in law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. And a master's degree in law from King's College London, U.K .

Over the years Nnneka Onyeali-Ikpe has gone to share her expertise with the now defuct African Continental Bank, First African Bank, Zenith Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Enterprise Bank.


7. Tomi Somefun.

A Nigerian Business Woman and banker. Tomi Somefun is a graduate of English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and an alumnus of Harvard Business school and University of Columbia Business school, New York.

With a professional career spanning more than 35 years Tomi Somefun was a founding Managing Director of UBA Pension Custodian Limited. A UBA Group's major subsidiary.


We celebrate these female banking executives and hope that they do better than their predecessors.

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