Awards

Knowing you desire nothing less from us as your trusted partner has always inspired us to break new boundaries. These awards are the results, we dedicate them to you.

Most Improved Mobile Banking Application

Highest Transacting Bank

Highest Number of Unique Verve Transacting Cards

Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria 

by The Bankers Magazine of the Financial Times and Brand Finance

Most Innovative Bank – Nigeria 2017

by International Finance Magazine

The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria

by The Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards

Best Bank in Nigeria 

by Global Finance Magazine

Best Banking Performer – Nigeria 2016

by Global Brands Awards

Best Banking Brand – Nigeria 2016

by Global Brands Awards

Best Private Bank – Nigeria 2017

by Global Finance Magazine

Best Bank in Agriculture Support and Funding

by Research and Development Publications Limited

Outstanding Financial Brand of the Decade

by Marketing Edge Awards CEO Awards

Best Private Bank, Nigeria 2017

by World Finance Global Banking Awards

Mobile Banking App of the Year

by Beacon of ICT Awards

Leadership Banker of the Year Award 2016

Most Valuable Banking Brand 

by The Banker of the Financial Times Group

Best Bank in Nigeria 2016

by Global Finance Magazine

Nigerian Banking Technology Awards

Commercial Bank of the year – Nigeria 2016

by Global Banking and Finance Awards

Best Mobile Payment Product

by The Asian Banker

Best in Corporate Social Responsibility

by Business Day Banking Awards

Credit Card of the Year for West Africa

by The Asian Banker

Best Private Bank 2016 – Nigeria

by World Finance

Most Customer Friendly Bank

by Business Day Banking Awards

The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria

by The Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards

Digital Bank of Distinction

by Global Finance Magazine

Best Trade Finance Bank Nigeria 2015 Award

The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria

by The Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2015

Best Bank in Manufacturing 

in BusinessDay Banking Awards 2015

Most Valuable Bank Brand 2015 Awards

Silver Award for “Best Impact by Corporate University on Implementation of Business Strategies”

by Global Council of Corporate Universities

Best Bank Supporting Agriculture

in BusinessDay Banking Awards 2015

EMEA Finance Best Bank in Nigeria Award 2015

by EMEA Finance

The Sun Banker of the Year Award 2014

by The Sun Publishing

Global Reach Trade Finance Award Nigeria

by Deutsche Bank Transaction Banking

Best Bank in Retail Banking

in BusinessDay Banking Awards 2015

Best Bank in Nigeria 2015

in the Global Finance Awards 2015

Overall CEO of the Year 2014 in the Maiden Newswatch Person of the Year Scheme

Financial Support to Oil & Gas at the Sub-Saharan Africa Upstream Oil & Gas Summit

by Africa Upstream in collaboration with ZP Training

Best Private Bank in Nigeria

by World Finance Magazine Awards 2015

Number 1 Bank Brand in Nigeria

by The Banker Magazine of The Financial Times Group

Best Retail Bank

in the BusinessDay Banking Awards 2014

Financial Brand of the Year

in the Marketing World Awards 2014

Top 10

in the BusinessDay Nigeria’s Top 100 Most Respected Companies Awards

Most Innovative Bank in Nigeria

by EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014

Best Private Bank in Nigeria

by World Finance Magazine Awards 2014

Outstanding Bank Brand of the Decade

by the Marketing Edge Awards

Most Trusted Bank Brand in Nigeria in 2014

By BrandHealth

One of the Top 100 Companies in Nigeria

by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investments

Best Bank in Nigeria 2014

in the Global Finance Awards 2014

Best Private Bank in Nigeria

by EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014

Best Company in SME

in the Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs) 2014

Best Mobile Money Operator 2014

By EFinA Financial Inclusion Award

Most Supportive Financial Institution 2014

by CIBN Lagos

The Best Bank in Nigeria

by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2014

Best Private Bank

in the BusinessDay Banking Awards 2014

Best in E-Banking Award

in the Nigerian Telecoms Awards 2014

Best Segment Solution Award

in the MasterCard Innovation Forum 2014

Bank CEO of the Year

in the BusinessDay Banking Awards 2014

The Number 1 Bank Brand in Nigeria

by The Banker Magazine

Distinguished Corporate Award

by University Advancement Centre, Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The Best in e-Banking Award

in the Nigeria Telecom Awards

Most Compliant Advertiser in Financial Institution Category

in the APCON Best Practice Awards 2013.

Most Innovative Africa investor SRI 50 Company

in the Ai Index Series Awards Winners Pack 2013

Best Bank in Nigeria 2013

by Global Finance Awards – March 19, 2013

Best Bank in Nigeria

in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2013

Best Company in Infrastructure

in the SERA Awards 2013

The Best Company to Work For in Nigeria and the Most Innovative Human Resource Structure in Nigeria

by the Great Place to Work Awards 2013

Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award 2013

in the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce Presidential Dinner/Awards 2013.

The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria

by The Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2013 – March 22, 2013

Best Bank in Nigeria

in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2013

Most Reliable Bank of the Year

in the Hall of Grace Awards

The Most Trusted Bank in Nigeria for 2013

in the Most trusted Brand in Nigeria 2013.

Bank CEO of the Year

in the BusinessDay Banking Awards 2013

Best Bank in West Africa, 2013

by The African Banker Magazine – May 29, 2013

Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa

in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards 2013.

Telecom Financing Bank of the Year Award

in the Nigeria Telecom Awards

Financial Brand of the Year Award

in the MarketingWorld Award 2013.

Most Outstanding CEO of the Year

in the Nigerian Elite Business Awards 2013.

African Telecoms Deal of the Year 2011, Etisalat Nigeria

by Project Finance Deals of the Year Awards

ICT Telecoms Deal of the Year Award

by The Ai CEO Infrastructure Awards

Best Private Bank

by World Finance Banking Awards 2012

Best in Application Technology

by Africa Information Society Merit Award 2012

Best Bank in Nigeria

in the EMEA Finance Award 2012

Best Contributing Employer in Safety Training Promotion for year 2011

in the Industrial Training Funds Award

Bank of the Year

in the Hall of Grace Awards 2012

2012 Sectoral Leadership (Financial Services – Banking)

by The Pearl Awards.

Growth in Issuance and Activation 2012

in the Interswitch Verve Awards 2012.

Banker of the Year

in the Hall of Grace Awards 2012

The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria

by The Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2012.

ACI Award for Growth

ACI Awards in conjunction with Interswitch in recognition of the Bank  that processes more than 1 million transactions per month and has the highest percentage growth  in transaction volume over the past 2 years

African Financial Brand of the Year

by African Business Leadership Awards 2012.

Best Bank in Consumer Issues

in the SERA Awards

The CIPM Award for HR Best Practice 2012

Presented to the Bank as the Over All Best Winner

Bank of the Year

in the 6th Lagos Enterprise Awards 2012

Outstanding Partnership Award

by LeAP Africa

Best Cashless Policy Driver 2012

in the Interswitch Verve Awards 2012

Leadership Banker of the Year

in the Leadership Conference and Awards 2012

The Number 1 Bank Brand in Nigeria

by The Banker Magazine

ACI Award for Adoption

by ACI Awards in conjunction with Interswitch in recognition of the Bank with the greatest number of electronic transfer products over the past 2 years including the number of Postillion modules licensed, implemented and generating live transactions.

Bank of the Year 2012

in the African Governance & Corporate Leadership Award

Best Contributing Employer in Human Resources Development for year 2011

in the Industrial Training Funds Award

The CIPM Award for HR Best Practice 2012

Presented to the Bank for Best Practice in the Banking & Insurance Sector

Outstanding Partner Award by The School of Media and Communications, Pan African University, 

in appreciation of the bank’s regular and consistent enrollment of staff in its training programmes

The Ai SRI 50 CEO of the Year

in the Africa Investor Capital Markets Index Series Awards

Best Bank Award

by Global Finance Awards

The Best Indigenous Place to Work For in Nigeria” and “The Best Financial Services Company to Work For in Nigeria”

by the Great Place to Work Awards, 2011.

Best Investment Bank

by World Finance Banking Awards 2012

Best in Mobile Banking

in the Nigerian Telecom Award 2012

A Corporate Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance

at the 36th Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) Annual Conference

The Bank of the Year in Nigeria in the Banker Awards 2012

by The Banker Magazine

Verve Award to FirstBank

for being the 1st Bank to Achieve 5 million cards issuance mark on the Interswitch network

Best Use of IT in Mobile Payment

by The Nigerian Financial Technology Awards 2012

CEO of the Year

in the EMEA Finance Award 2012

Best Financial Company Award

presented by  The Africa Investor

Telecom Financing Bank of the Year

by Nigeria Telecom Awards

Best Foreign Exchange Provider in Nigeria

by the Global Finance Awards

Best Company in Consumer Issues

by the Social Enterprise Reports Awards

The Hall of Grace Awards

by Alpha Grace Media Resources in recognition of the Bank’s immense contribution to the Agricultural Sector

The most “Supportive Financial Institution” Award

presented by the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos State Branch for being the most “Supportive Financial Institution” to the Real Estate Industry in Nigeria

Best Trade Finance Bank in Nigeria

by the Global Finance Awards

The Employer of Choice Awards

by Multi-Talent Heritage & Associates

The Sectoral Leadership Award in Banking

by the Pearl Awards

Meritorious Banking Services Honours Award

by the Aba  Ancient Kingdom

The Nigeria People’s Bank Award, 2011

presented by the Africa Leadership Awards 2011 in recognition of the Bank’s outstanding contributions to the financial industry in Nigeria and efforts at restoring people’s confidence in the industry

Most Innovative Bank of the Year

by African Banker Awards

Special Information Management Award for Banks in recognition of the Bank’s ISO 27001 Certification

by Records and Information Management and Awareness Awards

Most Trusted Bank for 2011

by BrandHealth Limited

2010 Best African Receiving Agent

presented by Money Gram in April, 2011

The Best Banking Group in Nigeria Award

presented to the Bank by World Finance Banking Awards, 2011

Best Bank in Nigeria

by the Global Finance Awards

Downstream Sector Financier of the Year Award

by OTL Africa Downstream Energy Finance Awards

Award of Excellence

by The Abiriba Communal Improvement Union

2010 RIMA Award for Excellence in Banking – for E-banking and ISO 27001 certification

presented by the Records and Information Management Award

Official Sponsor Award

Disney High School Musical On Stage in Nigeria – KidzTrust Limited

Bronze Sponsor Award

UTURN Africa Forum 2010

Best Local Bank in Nigeria 2010

EMEA Finance

MarketingWorld Awards CEO of the Year

Diamond Partner Award in recognition and appreciation of the Bank’s strong business leadership, continued co-operation and laudable support for Nigeria’s global counter narcotic efforts

presented by the NDLEA Officers’ Memorial Fund and Award

Best Banking Group in Nigeria

World Finance Banking Awards 2010

Bank of the Decade

4th Lagos Entreprise Awards 2010

Ai SRI 50 CEO of the Year

by African Investor Capital Markets Index Series Awards

Best Supportive Institution for All Our Programmes

the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria

Symbol of Peace Awards 2010

in recognition of the Bank’s support to the Nigeria Police for the effective combating of crimes and ensuring an atmosphere of peace and Tranquility in our communities – Police Community Relations Committee, Area “A” command, Lagos

Award of Recognition – in recognition of the Bank’s contributions towards Clearing House Operations for the Year 2010/2011

Lagos Bankers’ Clearing House Representatives

2010 Most Active Stock Award

The Pearl Awards – Presented to FirstBank in recognition of the Bank’s outstanding enterprise which has contributed to the premium value of FirstBank’s stocks

Sponsorship Award for the 16th Economic Summit

Nigeria Economic Summit Group

Eko Corporate Responsibility Awards 2010

The Eko Awards

The 2011 Pearl Outstanding CEO of the Year

Diamond Award

Presented to FirstBank in recognition of the Bank’s Support for Nigerian Youths and  4th National Youth Summit

Award for Responsibility & Dependability

Presented to FirstBank for living up to its slogan “Truly the First” and for supporting Developmental Projects and Programmes in the Country

Best Bank in Nigeria 2009

EMEA Finance

Award for Excellence

Presented to FirstBank in recognition of the Bank’s Excellent Contribution to the upliftment of People with Down Syndrome

2009 Financial Institution Award

Presented to FirstBank in recognition of its Outstanding Financial Support of Nigerian Companies in the Oil & Gas Industry

Best Bank in Nigeria

Presented to FirstBank in the African Banking Awards 2009 in recognition of the Bank’s progress and success

Teens’ Favourite Bank 2009

Presented to FirstBank in recognition of the Bank’s Contribution to the Development of Teenagers

Best E -Payment Risk Team Award 2009

Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Nigeria 2009

Best Foreign Exchange Bank Nigeria in the Global Finance World’s Best Foreign Exchange Bank Awards, 2009

Commerce & Industry Association of Nigeria CICAN Crystal of Excellence

Presented to First Bank of Nigeria plc in recognition of its support to agricultural development, May 2009

Best Domestic Bank in Nigeria 2009

Best Domestic Bank Nigeria in the Global Finance World’s Best Domestic Bank Awards, 2009

The Nigerian Stock Exchange 31st Annual President’s Merit Award for the 2007 Financial Year

FirstBank has won this award 13 times

Best Trade Finance Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2008

Diamond Award in recognition of FirstBank’s support for Nigerian youths

Youth & Gender Network, 2008

The Quoted Company of the Year 2007

The Nigerian Stock Exchange Award of Excellence Certificate

Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2008

African Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award

D.E.R. Limited (Publishers of The African economy, Banking & Finance in Africa Magazines and Annual Meetings Daily Newspaper), 2008

The Nigerian Stock Exchange Merit Award

Certificate of Merit in the Banking/ Investment Sector for the best presentation, quality and depth of the Bank’s Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2007

Postilion African Award for Innovation (to the Bank whose innovation achieved outstanding results)

Postilion Africa, 2008

Certificate of Excellence as Best Bank in Manufacturing Financing

Exclusively Vanguard, 2008

Best Domestic Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2008

Merit Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Greening Policy of Lagos State

Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, 2008

Certificate of Excellence as Best Bank Stock of the Year

Exclusively Vanguard, 2008

Superbrands Nigeria 2008 Award

Superbrands Nigeria Council, 2008

Stock Offer of the Year

ThisDay Awards 2007

Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2007

The Most Supportive Bank Year 2007

National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents.

Diamond Benefactor Award for Sustained Commitment to the University of Ibadan

University of Ibadan

Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the Bank’s outstanding performance during the year and having thus been adjudged Overall Best – 3rd in the Jos Clearing Area for the year 2007

Jos Area Bankers Committee

EmergingMarkets Banking Achievement Award for Africa

World Bank/IMF 2007 Meetings, Washington DC

Bank of the Year

Lagos Enterprise Awards 2007

Outstanding Contribution Award as Platinum Sponsor of the 13th Nigerian Economic Summit

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG)

Award for Support as a major sponsor of the 20th Anniversary/International Conference on Road Safety in Africa, 2008 and admission into the Guild of Safety Partners in the Silver Category

Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

Best Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2007

Most Outstanding CEO Award

The Pearl Awards Project, 2007

The African Farmers Support Bank of the Year Award

AIPAS 2007

Notable Achievements and Contribution to Educational Advancement Award

Graduate Students Association of Nigeria (GSAN), University of Ibadan

Best Trade Finance Bank in Nigeria

Global Finance, 2007

Most Active Stock Award in the Market Excellence Category, 2006

The Pearl Awards Project, 2007

Brand of the Year 2007 (Banking)

National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) 2007 Award for Marketing Excellence

Honour as Sole Sponsor of an Educational Seminar

Organised by the 2007/2008 Graduating Students, Department of Finance, University of Lagos

Best Bank in Nigeria, 2006

presented by US-based Global Finance magazine

Best Bank in Export Sector Financing, 2006

by the Bankers’ Committee

The 2005 Overall Highest Award Winner, “The Pearl” of the Nigerian Stock Market

Euromoney African Industrial Deal of the Year Award

for participating in the $205 million project financing for UNICEM

Best Trade Finance Bank in Nigeria, 2006

by Global Finance

The Overall Best Bank in Real and Export Sectors Financing, 2006

by the Bankers’ Committee

2005 Sectoral Leadership Award (Banking) of the Nigerian Stock Market

The Best Women-Friendly Bank Award

by Women Entrepreneurs and Achievers Network (WEAN)

2006 Zik Prize in Professional Leadership Award to Mr. J. M. Ajekigbe, MD/CE

by Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre

Award of Honour presented to the Managing Director/Chief Executive in appreciation of the Bank’s sponsorship of the 2006 Late Mallam Ahmadu Coomassie Memorial Football Competition

presented by Katsina State Football Association

2005 Most Active Stock Award

in the Market Excellence Category

Best Bank in Manpower Development

by 1st Vanguard Banking Awards

Brand of the Year Award 2006 (Banking)

presented by the National Institute of Marketing Nigeria (NIMN) at its 2006 Award for Marketing Excellence

Best Bank in Real Sector Financing for 2006

by the Bankers’ Committee

Best Bank in Export Financing

by 1st Vanguard Banking Awards

Best Bank – Nigeria

in the Global Finance World’s Best Bank Awards, 2005

The Nigerian Stock Exchange Merit Award

Certificate of Merit in the Banking & Investment Sector for the best presentation, quality and depth of the Bank’s Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2004

Certificate of participation in recognition of the Bank’s contributions to the success of the 1st West African University Games Tennis, Athletics and Table Tennis (WAUG TATT) Championships held at the University of Lagos, February 23 to March 4, 2006

by the University of Lagos

Best Trade Finance Bank

in the Global Finance World’s Best Trade Finance Bank Awards, 2005

Certificate of Excellence as Winner of the 2004 Market Excellence (Most Active Stock) Award

by The Pearl Awards for Performance, Earnings and Return Leadership on the Nigerian Stock Market

Certificate of Merit as Most Functional Bank in the 27th International Trade Fair, Kaduna, February 17 – 26, 2006

Best Foreign Exchange Bank Nigeria

in the Global Finance World’s Best Foreign Exchange Bank Awards, 2005

Global Harmony Through Recreation Co-Sponsor Award in appreciation of support towards the successful participation of the Swimming Squad in the 34th Neheim-Husten Competition, Germany, 2005

by Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos

Joint Winner of The Nigerian Stock Exchange 28th Annual President’s Merit Award

for the 2004 Financial Year Banking & Investment Sector

Plaque in appreciation of the Bank’s contribution to Endowment

by the University of Lagos

Western Union Best Agent Infrastructure Award 2005

eGovernance Champion Award

Federal Government of Nigeria

Best presentation, quality and depth of annual report and accounts in banking/investment sector

Nigerian Stock Exchange (FirstBank has won this award 11 times)

Most Active Stock (Market) Excellence

Pearl Awards 2004

Best Bank in Nigeria Award

Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2004

Merit Award for Humanitarian Support

Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN)

The Nigerian Stock Exchange 27th Annual President’s Merit Award for the 2003 Financial Year

October 2004

Merit Award in recognition of selfless commitment to the service of humanity and consistent support towards the development of the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN)

2004

Nigeria’s Best Foreign Exchange Bank 2004

Global Finance

The Most Admired Financial Institution in Nigeria

Alder Brand Report 2003

Productivity Award for Africa as the Most Productive Agent

Western Union Money Transfer

Special Honour of Award 2004 to the Managing Director & Chief Executive of FirstBank in recognition of contributions towards making life more meaningful to the children with special needs/hearing impaired

by Wesley School II for Deaf Children, Lagos

Best Bank Award 2004

Global Finance

Seventh Largest Bank in Africa

Banker’s Magazine Ratings Report

Award for Sectoral Leadership (Banking)

Pearl Awards 2004

Highest Rating in Corporate Governance

JIC Governance Plus

The Nigerian Stock Exchange 26th Annual President’s Merit Award for the 2003 Financial Year

October 2004

Award for Sectoral Leadership 2003

The Pearl Awards Project

Most Active Stock (Market) Excellence 2003

The Pearl Awards Project

UNILAG Social Sciences Award for contribution to Academic Development Services by Faculty Office

2003

Fellow of FAMAN Award 2002 presented to the Managing Director & Chief Executive of FirstBank in recognition of his contribution to agricultural growth and development in Nigeria

by Farm Management Association of Nigeria

Valued Strategic Partner in recognition of contributions and patronage of NEDEX and Back-to-School Fair

Gold Award for exemplary foresight in investment in and application of ICT in Banking November 2002

by Nigerian Information Technology & Telecommunication Awards

Special Commendation Award for significant contribution to services that have improved quality of life

Opthalmological Society of Nigeria – 2003

Award of Excellence – 2002 Sectorial Leadership Award in the Banking Sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

by The Pearl Awards Project

2002 Most Active Stock Award in the Market Excellence Category of the Nigerian Stock Market

by The Pearl Awards Project