In line with the commitment to drive sustainable diversity and parity for women in business and public service, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, both subsidiaries of FBN Holdings Plc have partnered with Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) in its 2017 annual conference themed “The Next Frontier: Women, You’re your Place”. The event is scheduled to hold on November 13 – 14, 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
The Annual WIMBIZ Conference now in its 16th edition continues to inspire and empower women through the delivery of insightful and empowering lectures/sessions charged to take women to the next level in their careers, professions and businesses. The conference is focused on increasing and supporting the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations and public service. This year, the conference will attract over 1,500 Nigerian & International delegates. FirstBank and FBNQuest Merchant Bank have supported the WIMBIZ conference over several years to entrench the support for women economic empowerment, consistent with the United Nations Global Compact and the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principle where FBNHoldings is well represented by FirstBank.
According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the WIMBIZ annual conference is one of the women driven initiatives supported by FirstBank. “We are particularly keen on providing enabling opportunities for women to achieve their financial goals and aspirations, hence our support for women-led businesses in recognition of their role in driving socio-economic change through diverse areas of human endeavours”. In addition, the Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications at FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Lolade Sasore stated “Our objective at FBNQuest Merchant Bank is to continuously contribute to the development of skills in Nigeria and to improve educational and entrepreneurial prospects; as well as to reduce the gaps in inequality. To ensure this is achieved, we constantly participate and sponsor initiatives such as this that are geared towards reducing gender imbalance and promoting economic growth”.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand, and largest financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings. With more than 12 million customer accounts, FirstBank has over 750 branches providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as its Representative Office in Beijing.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimized risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014. Recently, for the sixth consecutive time, the Bank clinched the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” award by The Asian Banker. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.
Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications