Tuesday, March 21, 2017 05.00PM / FBN
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the FBNHoldings flagship subsidiary and Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand has partnered with the Group Jeune Afrique and Rainbow Unlimited at the fifth edition of the Africa CEO Forum 2017 themed “Re-thinking Africa’s business model”. The event which took place on March 20 - 21, 2017 at Geneva convened over 1,000 African and international figures from diverse industries and politics to discuss strategic insights and changes that must be made for the sustainable growth and development of the African Economy.
The Africa CEO Forum is one of the foremost international African business conferences for developmental debates around the economic and industrial challenges facing the African continent whilst proffering sustainable solutions to mitigate such challenges through exchange of views and opinions on the issues affecting the development of African companies and economies.
This year’s edition of the Africa CEO forum keenly evaluated the role of women in African enterprise as one of its sub-themes, deliberating on the leadership of African Women and the best tools to spur the development of a new generation of African women leaders. The Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika was part of the high-level panel which discussed the topic “Women and Companies: Building Strength in Unity”. The panel explored the benefits of Women Leadership as well as the barriers inhibiting their rise within African companies.
The Group Chairman, FBN Holdings Plc, Oba Otudeko, CFR, led the panel deliberating on “African Champions: The Road to the Global Top 500” on day two of the forum. According to Otudeko, creating global champions of African Companies has to be a conscious and deliberate plan, with public and private partnerships to create an informed leadership that will continue to dialogue and provide direction. The panel also deliberated on the key issues inhibiting African companies within the global economy and the key steps African Champions can take to join the global leaders club.