Nigerians get African Bankers’ Awards
get African Bankers’ awards
Two Nigerians, Mr. Arnold Ekpe and Mr. Olusegun Agbaje on Thursday took two prestigious Awards at the annual Bankers’ award held in Arusha, Tanzania.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Access Bank Plc also won the Best Operating Bank in West Africa at the 6th edition of the African Bankers award organised by the African Development Bank.
Ekpe, the outgoing Group Managing Director of Ecobank Transnational was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award while Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria, took the African Banker of the Year prize.
Agbaje was presented with his trophy by the Director of the Private Sector Operations of AfDB, Mr. Tim Turner,
Ecobank also won the African Bank of the Year in a keen competition with six other banks that contested in the category.
Ecobank, which got a strong endorsement during the AfDB annual general meeting, by signing a 250 million dollars investment agreement with the South Africa's Public Investment Corporation, also received commendations for its expansion as the pan African bank.
Under the best regional bank category, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco won the North African award; BGFI, Gabon for Central Africa; Bank of Kigali, Rwanda for East Africa, while BCI, Mozambique emerged winner in Southern Africa region.
The founder and managing director of the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Mahdin, also won the African Banker Icon Award along with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi.
NAN reports that the prestigious pan African ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Mambury Njie, the Gambian Minister of Finance, Hon. John Rwangombwa, Minister of Finance, Rwanda, Dr. Mustapha Kamel Nabli, Tunisian Central Bank Governor and Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u, Kenyan Central Bank Governor.
Others are Ms Arunma Oteh, the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria and BBC World News presenter, Zeinab Badawi, among others.
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