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Women Take Over Nigerian Banks: Story of Fidelity, FCMB, GTB, Others

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Nigerian women are fast taking the lead in various sectors across the country. NEWS DIRECT understands that the last few months have been characterised with great achievements for the women. 

Here are some women making outstanding waves in Nigerian banking sector. 

NNEKA ONYEALI-IKPE, FIDELITY BANK

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe was appointed as managing director/chief executive officer, Fidelity Bank on January 1, 2021. Her appointment made her the first female to occupy the position since the bank’s inception in 1988.

MIRIAM OLUSANYA, GTBANK

She was appointed as the new managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank). Like Ms Nneka, she is also the first ever female director to lead GTB in its 31-year years of existence.

She took over from Segun Agbaje, the erstwhile MD, who moved into a new role as the group CEO of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc.

YEMISI EDUN, FCMB

Following the approval of her appointment by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Yemisi Edun leads First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB) as managing director.

This came after she had previously served as the acting managing director of the bank. 

HALIMA BUBA, SUNTRUST

She was appointed as new managing director/chief executive officer of SunTrust Bank in January 2020. She has two decades experience, working in Allstates Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, Inland Bank Plc, Oceanic Bank Plc and Ecobank Nigeria Limited.

IRETI SAMUEL-OGBU, CITIBANK

After 36 years of operating in Nigeria, Citibank Nigeria Limited appointed a female director in September 2020. The MD, Ireti Samuel-Ogbu is the first woman appointed to the lender’s top post in Nigeria. 

TOMI SOMEFUN, UNITY BANK

Tomi Somefun was appointed as MD/CEO of Unity Bank Plc in August 2015 with over 35 years post qualification experience.

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