Nigerian banks, other corporate organisations bag African awards
Nigerian professionals in the field of banking and finance, alongside homegrown institutions retained their global recognition at the just concluded yearly African Banker Awards.
At the awards Gala Dinner in Ahmedabad, India, on Tuesday, which was held on the sidelines of the yearly meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB), one of Nigeria’s development bank, two commercial banks and a citizen in the international arena got recognitions.
According to the organisers, the African Banker Awards was introduced to recognise reforms, rapid modernisation and expansion of banking and finance in Africa.
The Publisher of African Banker, Omar Ben Yedder, commended winners, as well as the role the banks and the professionals have played in driving growth and development in the region.
The President of Africa Export-Import Bank (AfreximBank), Dr. Benedict Oramah, emerged winner of Banker of the Year, just as the regional institution under his watch grew considerably in the past year, with other metrics like income and cost ratio were very competitive.
Oramah dedicated the award to his hardworking staff.
He emerged winner ahead of other nominees- Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank; Jeremy Awori of Barclays Bank, Kenya; Dr. Charles Kimei of CRDB Bank, Tanzania; James Mwangi of Equity Bank, Kenya; and Joshua Nyamweya Olgara of KCB, Kenya.
Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria, was named the African Bank of the Year; Rameswurlall Basant Roi of Mauritius, as Central Bank Governor of the Year; and Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa, as the Investment Bank of the Year.
Other winners include MasterCard and Ecobank for innovation in banking; Waheed Olagunju of the Bank of Industry, as African Banker Icon; and Amadou Ba, Minister of Finance of Senegal, as the Finance Minister of the Year.