Meet The Female Banks CEOs In Nigeria
Here is a comprehensive list of Top Women in the Nigerian Banking Sector.
The banking industry is now seeing a rise in the number of female managing directors/CEOs.
These extraordinary ladies worked their way up the career ladder throughout the years, starting at the bottom and eventually reaching the top.
They effectively altered the narrative by hard work, consistency, devotion, and desire, smashing the proverbial glass barrier to become the first women to hold the highest position at their respective financial organizations.
GistTree gives you seven active female CEOs of Nigerian banks today.
Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Fidelity Bank
On January 1, 2021, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe was named managing director/chief executive officer of Fidelity Bank. Since the bank’s founding in 1988, she is the first woman to hold the post.
She joined the bank in 2015 as executive director for Lagos and the southwest directorate, where she oversaw the bank’s operations in the six states that make up the bank’s southwest area.
She has a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a master’s degree in law (LLM) from Kings College, London. She has also completed executive training programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, and INSEAD School of Management.
She has a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a master’s degree in law (LLM) from Kings College, London. She has also completed executive training programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD School of Business, Chicago Booth School of Business, London Business School, and IMD.
Yemisi Edun, FCMB
Edun was formerly the bank’s interim managing director, a position she took on after serving as the bank’s executive director/chief financial officer.
Yemisi Edun graduated from the University of Ife in Ile-Ife with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in international accounting and finance from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
She is a certified financial analyst with the CFA® Charter and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association of the United States of America, as well as a certified information systems auditor.
Miriam Olusanya, Gtbank
Miriam Olusanya was named the new managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank on Wednesday (GTBank). She becomes the bank’s first female CEO in its 31-year existence.
Olusanya succeeded Segun Agbaje, the previous MD, who has moved on to become the group CEO of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc.
Olusanya was an executive director at GTBank prior to her appointment, a post she has held since 2018, following a successful tenure as group treasurer/head, wholesale banking division.
She began her career at the financial firm as an executive trainee and worked her way up through the ranks.
Miriam Olusanya has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool, with a focus on finance and accounting.
Halima Buba, Suntrust Bank
Halima Buba was named the new managing director/chief executive officer of SunTrust Bank in January 2020.
She is a seasoned banker who has worked with Allstates Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, Inland Bank Plc, Oceanic Bank Plc, and Ecobank Nigeria Limited during the course of her career.
She graduated from the University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in business administration and an MBA.
Buba is a senior management alumnus of the Lagos Business School. She is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a senior honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
She is a non-executive director on the boards of many respected institutions, including the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Anchoria Asset Management Company Limited. She is featured in the list of Top Women in the Nigerian Banking Sector.
Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, Citibank
In September 2020, Ireti Samuel-Ogbu became the MD/CEO of Citibank Nigeria Limited, a Citigroup affiliate. After 36 years of operations in Nigeria, she is the first woman to be selected to the lender’s top position.
She was the head of payments and receivables, treasury and trade solutions (TTS) for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Citi’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG) in London, UK, prior to taking office in Nigeria.
Samuel-Ogbu has held different roles in Citi’s operations in the UK, Nigeria, and South Africa during the previous 32 years, having worked in each of these countries twice.
Relationship management with the Global Subsidiaries Group and the Public Sector Banking Team, as well as TTS sales, corporate finance, and heading Citi’s TTS business in two of Africa’s major markets, were among his previous responsibilities. She is featured in the list of Top Women in Nigerian Banking Sector.
Tomi Somefun, Unity Bank
Tomi Somefun was named MD/CEO of Unity Bank Plc in August 2015. She is a career professional with over 35 years of post-qualification experience, including 26 years in the banking industry, encompassing important areas such as treasury and investment banking, corporate banking, retail, and commercial banking operations.
She was formerly the executive director of the bank’s Lagos and southwest business directorates, as well as the financial institution division and treasury department, prior to her appointment as MD.
She possesses a degree of management excellence from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Columbia Business School in the United States and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France (HBS).
She is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), the Bank Directors Association of Nigeria (BDAN), and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) (CIBN).
She has also served on the boards of many public and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Kafilat Araoye, Lotus Bank
Kafilat Araoye is the managing director of Lotus Bank, a financial organization that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a non-interest banking license to in June 2021.
The bank promotes itself as a non-interest Nigerian bank with a strong commitment to financial inclusion and expanding the range of non-interest products available to the banked, unbanked, and underbanked populace.
Araoye has more than 25 years of commercial banking experience, with a focus on international and domestic operations, payments, general management, business growth, risk management, human resources, and strategy.