October 26, 2019 / 02.45PM / By FBN Quest/Header Image Credit: CIBN
FBNQuest Merchant Bank, the investment banking and asset management arm of FBN Holdings Plc, has in a recent Press Release said that it had reinforced its commitment to improving the Banking and Finance Industry, through its sponsorship of the Corporate Dinner of the Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB), an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). The event took place on the 25th of October, 2019, at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.
The statement noted that "Association of Professional Women Bankers has impacted the continued promotion of Professionalism amongst Women in the banking sector. The Association's existence has signpost innovation and pace-setting activities and programs", as well as consistently contributed "to the academic growth and development of Nigerian youths and empowerment of Women through Workshops, Seminars, Publications and Events such as the APWB Corporate Forum and the Annual Dinner."
According to the Release, the annual event creates a platform where Industry experts critically examine topical issues relating to the Nigerian economy, thus providing a unique opportunity to review, evaluate and proffer strategies to Stakeholders/Participants to tackle issues at the grassroots. The sponsorship of the event also reiterates FBNQuest Merchant Bank's commitment to supporting women in banking in Nigeria.
Commenting about the event, Mrs. Funke Ladimeji, Head, Technology & Services, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, highlighted the importance of creating awareness and stimulating interest in the Banking and Finance profession for emerging women in the industry, "which FBNQuest is promoting through the sponsorship of the APWB Dinner."
Ladimeji urged women to work towards taking up more strategic positions in the banking industry. She further commended APWB and the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria for its consistency in providing a platform for social and professional interaction for Female Bankers.
Speaking further, Ladimeji said, "We are proud of the relationship with CIBN, which has built positive growth in the Nigerian financial industry. Our sponsorship of events such as these has helped provide the much-needed platforms to discover insights and ideas amongst stakeholders that can be used to promote advancement in the financial system and overall economy. We look forward to a continuous partnership."
Following the APWB Dinner, CIBN also hosted its annual Investiture, where Kayode Akinkugbe, Managing Director/CEO, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, he was given this award in recognition of his contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian banking industry.
FBNQuest Merchant Bank recently sponsored the 13th Annual Banking and Finance Conference of CIBN, and participated in the 2019 Annual Bankers Nite of CIBN, along with other key financial leaders of the Nigerian economy, to discuss the much needed approaches to enhance financial inclusion, and provide, review, and evaluate strategies to create efficient banking services in Nigeria.
FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited is the investment banking and asset management business of FBN Holdings Plc, one of the strongest and most dependable financial groups in Africa. We are innovative and client-focused, with strong industry and execution expertise to serve our diverse client base of high net-worth individuals, institutions, corporations and governments across a wide range of services.