FirstBank Elephant Girls win the Zenith Bank Women's Basketball Championship
FirstBank’s Women Basketball Team – The Elephant Girls – has won the 2015/2016 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball Championship for the seventh time. The tournament which dunked off on March 18, 2016 saw the Elephant Girls maintain a perfect start and take the lead in every game across the Federal Capital Territory, Asaba, and the finals in Lagos. The team maintained an unbeaten run to reclaim the trophy from Dolphins FC, the defending champions of the tournament. The route to victory for the Elephant Girls was spurred by their wallop of the AHIP Queens of Kano in the quarter finals by 106-38; they mauled the IGP Queens by 105-22 in the semifinal game and dethroned Dolphins FC with a final scoreline of 75 - 60.
According to Ms. Barbara A. Harper, the Chairman of FirstBank Sports Governing Council, who is also the Group Head, Human Capital Management and Development, the Bank is immensely proud of the Elephant Girls, who out dunked opponents and took control of the game from the blast of the whistle to the end of the game. “We also commend the efforts, tactics and game plans of the technical crew led by Coach Peter Ahmedu” she stated. 4 members of the team also made the top five best players in the championship. They are Magdalene Ukato, Nkechi Akashili, Chioma Udeaja and Okpe Atosu. Nkechi Akashili was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Zenith Bank Women Basketball League is in its 12th edition and the Elephant Girls have won the championship for the seventh time. The FirstBank team is presently the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champion and they were also champions of the FIBA Africa Women's Clubs Champions Cup in 2003 and 2009. In 2003, the Elephant Girls represented Nigeria at the International Women Basketball Competition held in Brazil.
FirstBank through its First@sports initiative is committed to the development of sports in Nigeria and grooming talents to achieve their dreams in different sporting fields. Some of the Bank’s partnerships include golf, polo, tennis and athletics. The Bank recently announced Blessing Okagbare, Nigeria’s Queen of Track and Africa’s fastest woman as its brand ambassador.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is Nigeria’s leading financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings and one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Since its establishment in 1894, the Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and strong capitalization.
FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,600 ATM’s and over 10 million customer accounts. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Sierra-Leone and FBNBank Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
FirstBank is the recipient of many awards. The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” five times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group. FirstBank’s brand purpose is to always put its stakeholders, customers and partners at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardize customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the FirstBank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position its customers first in every respect.
For three consecutive years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, FirstBank was named the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Other recent awards include the “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, “Best Bank in West Africa” and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the African Banker Awards, “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards for the fourth time, “Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa” in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards, “Best Banking Group in Nigeria” by World Finance Banking Awards, and “Best Financial Reporting Company” by Africa Investor.
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