7 Powerful Women Leading Some of The Nigerian's Biggest Banks

It’s a great success for everyone when powerful women rise to the top of their careers, while at it and leading people how it is being done.

Below are 7 powerful women who call the shots at some of the biggest banks in Nigeria, African’s Largest market.

Yemisi Edun - 7 Powerful Women Leading Some of The Nigerian's Biggest Banks In 2021
1.   Yemisi Edun

Yemisi Edun was appointed a Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) on July 13, 2021.

She is the first female MD in FCMB history.

The report also says she is the first female MD in the history of FCMB.

Before her new appointment, Edun was also the Executive Director and CFO.

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe - 7 Powerful Women Leading Some of The Nigerian's Biggest Banks In 2021

2.     Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe

In July 2020, Onyeali-Ikpe was appointed as Managing Director of Fidelity Bank but became active for the position in January 2021.

Nneka who is a law graduate from the University of Nsukka also bagged her master of Law (LLM) degree from Kings’ college, London.

Onyeali-Ikpe has over 20 years of experience in working with many banks.

She is also the first female to become a managing director in the history of Fidelity Bank.

Aisha Ahmad
3.    Aisha Ahmad

Since 2018, Aisha Ahmad has been the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Her popularity actually started at Diamond bank from Deputy General Manager to Executive Director, Retail Banking at Diamond Bank.

She has great banking experience and an M.Sc in Finance and Management from the Cranfield School of Management (UK).

Miriam Olusanya - 7 Powerful Women Leading Some of The Nigerian's Biggest Banks
4.     Miriam Olusanya

On July 14, 2021, Miriam Olusanya became the first female Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

Before her recent appointment, She had joined the bank as an executive trainee but quickly rose to become the General Manager.

Miriam was appointed as Executive Director in 2018 and has over 22 years of banking experience with an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Liverpool.

Ireti Samuel Ogbu

5.    Ireti Samuel Ogbu

Ireti was appointed MD/CEO at Citibank Nigeria Limited in September 2020.

She is the first female CEO of the bank and before her new appointment, she was the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Head, payments and receivables, Treasury and Trade Solutions(TTS) under Citi’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG) based in London, UK.

Ireti Samuel has been on the Board of Citibank Nigeria Limited for the last 5 years as a non-Executive Director.


Oluwatomi Somefun

6.     Oluwatomi Somefun

Somefun has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/ Managing Director of Unity Bank since 2015.

She is also the first woman in the history of Unity Bank to attain the position.

About her educational background, she bagged a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and went further to enroll at the Institue of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Halima Buba - 7 Powerful Women Leading Some of The Nigerian's Biggest Banks
7.    Halima Buba

Halima was appointed MD/CEO of SunTrust bank in 2020.

She has a lot of experience after working for Allstates Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, Inland Bank Plc, Oceanic Bank Plc, and Ecobank Nigeria Ltd in the last 20 years.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Business Management from the University of Maiduguri and an MBA from the same University.

Which of the women in your life are you celebrating today?

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