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The Other Side Of Funke Osibodu


Funke-OsiboduIF you think that the former Managing Director of Union Bank, Funke Osibodu is concerned about corporate wears alone because of her banking career, you had better change your mind.

This is because lately, this very respectable woman of substance is more visible on the social scene years after her successful reign at Union Bank Plc. What happens is that from Monday to Friday, you will find her putting on suits at corporate events, but at weekends, you will find her in Iro and Buba, when she is attending any ‘owambe’ party.

Osibodu was the Managing Director of MBC International Bank and Ecobank Nigeria Plc and later joined the board of the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI). She was a couple of years ago named by the Financial Times of London as one of World’s 50 Leading Businesswomen. She was the only African woman and Nigerian that made the list.

According to the global jury of experts constituted by FT, she was chosen in recognition of her achievements at Union Bank. The jury said: “Osibodu was responsible for strengthening the management of the bank, improving discipline and ensuring transparency.” The industry is still watching her next move with keen interest. No doubt she will be courted by boards of leading companies to serve in advisory capacity.

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