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Firstbank Wins Financial Institution Of The Year At The Afrexim Bank Pan-african Business And Development Awards

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Mrs. Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President of Afrexim Bank, presenting the Financial Institution of the Year award won by First Bank of Nigeria Limited to Victor Yaw Asante, MD of FBNBank Ghana representing CEO, FirstBank Group at the Afreximbank Pan African Business and Development Awards 2023 in Accra Ghana.

The award was bestowed on FirstBank in recognition of the Banks role in promoting trade and investment endeavours across the continent.
With its subsidiaries across the FirstBank Group, FirstBank has continued to play a leading role in boosting cross-border businesses, including trade and investment opportunities, essential to enhancing trade relations amongst countries.
In 2021, the Bank launched its First Global Transfer (FGT) initiative, specifically designed to ensure safe, timely and improved efficiency in the transfer of funds across the network of FirstBank subsidiaries in Africa.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigerias premier banking institution and leading financial inclusion services provider, has won the Financial Institution of the Year Award at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Pan African Business and Development Awards. The ceremony marked the 30th anniversary of Afreximbank as it hosted the inaugural Pan-African Business and Development Awards in association with the Business Council for Africa (BCA), in Accra, Ghana.

The award bestowed on FirstBank is in recognition of the Bank as an epitome of the Pan-African spirit through its leading role in promoting trade and investment across the continent which have been instrumental to strengthening the economic and multilateral business relationship across nations.

Amongst its role in facilitating transactions across borders, in 2021, the Bank launched its First Global Transfer (FGT) initiative, specifically designed to ensure safe, timely and improved efficiency in the transfer of funds across the network of FirstBank subsidiaries in Africa. The FGT is not restricted to FirstBank Group’s Customers alone but it is also open to every individual resident in the country the funds transfer is originating from.  

Speaking on the awards, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank said: We thank the organisers of the event (Afreximbank, BCA) for the recognition as it reinforces our commitment to promoting trade, finance and investment opportunities across borders which have been instrumental to the continued growth and development of the continent and the world. On behalf of the Board and Management, this award is dedicated to all employees at the FirstBank Group for their diligence and hardwork as well as to our esteemed customers for their loyalty and patronage in over 129 years of existence’’ he concluded.


Also commenting on the awards, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board, who has been at the Bank for over 29 years said: Tonight we are recognising outstanding leaders and institutions. Having joined the Bank in 1994, I have been fortunate to have worked with many of them… At Afreximbank, contributing to Africas development is a lifetime vocation, as I know it is for all those that we have recognised tonight.
In recognising these leaders and institutions, Arnold Ekpe, chair of the BCA and former Group CEO of Ecobank, said: Too often our business leaders do not get the praise they deserve. Succeeding in business on the continent is not always easy, but it is rewarding and more importantly it is possible to build strong, profitable businesses that are globally competitive. Our winners tonight have demonstrated this.
FirstBank has consistently been recognised by reputable global organisations for its steady outstanding performance and amongst the streak of recent wins is the award for Best Financial Inclusion Service Provider Nigeria 2023 by Digital Banker Africa as well as Best Private Bank for Sustainable Investing in Africa by Global Finance.

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Bigi Wins “Friendly Brand of the Year 2023” at Media Consortium Conference and Awards 2023

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Bigi, a flagship brand of Rite Foods Limited, has been honoured with the prestigious “Friendly Brand of the Year 2023” award at the inaugural Media Consortium Conference and Awards (MCCA) held on September 28, 2023, at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos. The conference, themed “Consumer Journey in a Digital Age: Prospects and Challenges,” united industry leaders and experts to explore the ever-evolving consumer landscape and underscore the vital role of customer-centric approaches.

The Media Consortium Conference and Awards (MCCA) 2023 marked a significant milestone by emphasizing the necessity for brands to adapt to the ever-changing consumer journey, maintain transparency in data collection and usage, and safeguard customer data privacy. In a world where digitalisation continues to redefine consumer interactions, this recognition reaffirms Bigi Cola’s commitment to meeting the dynamic needs of its consumers.

During the conference, industry experts and thought leaders convened to share valuable insights and best practices for thriving in the digital age. They highlighted the importance of maintaining continuous consumer engagement and prioritizing customer-centric approaches as essential keys to success in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Biola Aransiola, the Assistant Brand Manager of Bigi, expressed profound gratitude to the Media Consortium and the esteemed industry professionals who acknowledged Bigi’s remarkable contributions. She stated, “it is an honour to receive the ‘Friendly Brand of the Year 2023’ award. This recognition speaks to Bigi’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional products and memorable experiences to our loyal consumers. We remain steadfast in our dedication to placing consumers at the heart of our brand strategy.”

The “Friendly Brand of the Year 2023” award underscores Bigi’s dedication to excellence and its exceptional ability to cultivate meaningful connections with consumers in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Rite Foods Limited remains resolute in its mission to deliver innovative, top-quality products while continually prioritising the preferences and needs of its valued customers.

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Nigerian Journalists, Media Houses, Battle For Awards At 17th NMNA, Oct 29th

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The Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award (NMNA) is here again. And up for grabs are professional awards that stands out the worth of a Journalist and the Media Houses they represent.

The Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award since its inception in 2006, has honoured journalists in various categories of the media profession viz a viz Politics, Crime, Aviation, Tourism, Society and others.

Who wins this year? Which newspaper will emerge the best this year 2022-23? Which is the Best TV Station In Nigeria and which is the Radio Station of the Year?

The event will also have in attendance Top government officials, Captains of Industry, and Corporate organisations that are presently making waves. These will be honoured for their different contributions to the growth of the country and for their strong support and identification with the Nigerian Press.

The event is slated for Sunday, October 29th. The D-Day for Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award at The Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Host is the Honourable Minister for Defence, Bello Matawalle. Co-host, Honourable Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa. Special Guest of Hounour, Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang, Honourable Minister for FCT, Nyesom Wike and many other distinguished guests.

Keynote Address will be delivered by the Chairman of Odu’a Group, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru.

This year’s theme is: ‘A Way Out Of Nigeria’s Quagmire In The Next Four Years.’

Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award, a celebration of the fourth estate of government.

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Development Expert, Mary Ikoku, Honored with Chieftaincy Award in Ghana

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Accra, Ghana – Mary Ikoku, a renowned figure in Nigeria’s development and public relations sphere, has been bestowed with the prestigious ‘Ugwu Igbo 1’ of Ghana chieftaincy title by the Eze Ndigbo Ghana, Dr. Amb. Chukwudi J Ihenetu.

This remarkable recognition comes as a tribute to Mary Ikoku’s exceptional integrity and leadership qualities that she has consistently demonstrated throughout her illustrious career, as well as her unwavering commitment to serving humanity.

The investiture ceremony took place during the 11th Igbo Day & New Yam Festival, held on September 17 at the picturesque Efua Sutherland Park, situated just opposite the National Theatre in Ghana.

Dr. Amb. Chukwudi J Ihenetu, the Eze Ndigbo Ghana, who presided over the ceremony, hailed Mary Ikoku’s outstanding leadership and pioneering contributions to humanitarian causes, emphasizing that her dedication sets her apart as a beacon among her peers.

Reacting to the honour, Mary Ikoku expressed her surprise and gratitude at receiving the title. She acknowledged that it served as a testament to the recognition of her contributions to the betterment of humanity through her intervention to the welfare of women and children by people beyond the borders of Nigeria.

Mary Ikoku is a multi-skilled development and policy expert specializing in strategy and communications. She has significantly advanced developmental initiatives in Nigeria, particularly focusing on women, children, the vulnerable and displaced populations, as well as policy formulation and execution.

In addition to her distinguished career, Mary Ikoku ventured into politics and stood as an aspirant for the House of Representatives in the Arochukwu-Ohafia Federal Constituency, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the previous general elections. Her multifaceted contributions have continued to inspire and make a lasting impact on various facets of society.

Mary Ikoku’s receipt of the ‘Ugwu Igbo 1’ chieftaincy title in Ghana stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to integrity, leadership, and service to humanity, further solidifying her legacy as a distinguished figure in Nigeria and beyond.

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