The Nigerian Banking sector is one of the most male-dominated sectors in Nigeria. But in recent times, we have seen the growth of women in various banks and sections of the sector and today, we are celebrating these women who, through their work, are overcoming the barriers and breaking the ceilings that held them back.

    Mrs. Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria and the first woman to take up that position since the establishment of the bank where she was a Non-Executive Director before being appointed Chairman. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. Mrs. Ibukun is an alumna of the Lagos Business School, Chief Executive Programme, and is a Board Member of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and the Convention on Business Integrity.


    Kemi Adeosun is the youngest Minister for finance in Nigeria. She commenced her career as an Accounting Assistant at British Telecom Company, London, from 1989 – 1990 after which she moved to Goodman Jones, London, where she worked as a Senior Audit Officer from 1990 – 1993. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales in 1994 and became the Manager of Internal Audit at London Underground Limited, London and Prism Consulting from 1994 – 2000 before joining Price Waterhouse Coopers, London as Senior Manager from 2000 – 2002. In 2002, Kemi Adeosun became the Financial Controller at Chapel Hill Denham Management and subsequently, Managing Director in 2010. After working with Quo Vadis Partnership as Managing Director in 2010 – 2011, she was appointed the Commissioner of Finance in Ogun State, from 2011 – 2015. She is currently the Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a position she has held since 2015.


    Mrs. Mosun Belo-Olusoga is currently the Chairperson of Access Bank Plc. and the Principal Consultant/Programme Director of The KRC Limited. She is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and graduated from University of Ibadan in 1979 with a Second Class Upper Degree. Mrs. Belo-Olusoga served on the Board of Asset and Resource Management Company and previously chaired the Equipment and Leasing Association of Nigeria. She retired from Guaranty Trust Bank in 2006 as Executive Director, Investment Banking. She was at various times responsible for Risk Management, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Transaction Services and Settlement. She was also the Chairman of Credit and Finance Committee until her appointment as the Chairman of the Board in July 2015. She also served as a member of Audit, Governance and Nomination and Risk Management and Remuneration Committees. She joined the Board of Access Bank in November 2007.


    Bola Adesola is the MD/CEO of Standard Chartered Bank since 2011. Before her appointment as MD/CEO Standard Chartered, she served with First Bank of Nigeria PLC as the Executive Director for Corporate Business and was later empowered to manage the entire Company in Lagos including Retail, Corporate and Commercial Banking. She was the Managing Director at Kakawa Discount House Nigeria and worked in Citibank in Nigeria and Tanzania for 9 years. She was chosen as the winner of the “Outstanding Woman in Business” category at the Africa Business Awards 2013. Recently, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, announced her appointment as a member of the board of the United Nations Global Compact.

    Aishah Ahmad is Head Consumer Banking at Diamond Bank PLC. She holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom, an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Graduate Degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. Her professional experience spans 20 years and includes global financial institutions such as Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC – a member of Standard Bank Group, where she was responsible for Standard Bank’s private wealth business in West Africa, Bank of New York Mellon (UK), Zenith Bank PLC and NAL Bank PLC. A member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Associations – both globally recognized programs for investment analysts and portfolio managers. She is currently the Chairperson of the Executive Council of Women in Management, Business & Public Service, WIMBIZ, a member of the Steering Committee on Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth project, and was an Alternate Director at Friesland Campina WAMCO (2010 – 2014).

    Osaretin Demuren is the Chairperson, Guaranty Trust Bank. She joined Guaranty Trust Bank PLC in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and served as a member of the Board Risk Management Committee of which she became Chairman in 2014. She also served as a member of the Board Remuneration Committee and the Board Information Technology Strategy Committee. Prior to joining Guaranty Trust Bank, she served in the Central Bank of Nigeria for over 33 years at the Trade and Exchange Department, as a Member and Secretary to the Public Enlightenment Committee on Second-tier Foreign Exchange Market, as a representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria Special Investigation Panel on Trade Malpractices of the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism and was appointed Director, Human Resource Department in 2004, a position she held until her retirement from the Central Bank in 2009 among many other roles.

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