Meet the 7 most powerful women in Nigeria's financial industry


Every March 8, the world celebrates International Women's Day . It is a day set out for the movement for women's rights around the world.

The 2019 theme for the International Women's Day is 'BalanceforBetter,' and Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa looks at the 7 most powerful women in Nigeria's financial industry.

7. Arunma Oteh – Ecobank board member

Former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) DG, Arunma Oteh

Currently, a board member at Ecobank Group, Arunma Oteh has a 33-year career of financing and international development. From Abia, Nigeria, Oteh is a treasurer of the World Bank and General Manager of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria.

6. Sola David-Borha – CEO, Africa Regions, Standard Bank

Sola David-Borha Chief Executive, Africa Regions, Standard Bank Group

Sola David-Borha is currently the Chief Executive, Africa Regions at Standard Bank Group, the former CEO of Stanbic IBTC Plc Holdings and the former CEO of Stanbic IBTC Bank.

She has held the position of IBTC Chartered Bank Plc and Executive Director of CIB (excluding South Africa).

Former Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Plc Holdings, Atedo Peterside , described as one of the finest bankers of her generation, a consummate professional and an exceptional human being.

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5. Toyin Sanni – CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group

Toyin Sanni, CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group (Genesis International)

Toyin Sanni was the immediate past Group CEO of United Capital Plc and now founder and CEO of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, a Nigerian-based financial services provider.

Sanni was the All African Business Woman of the Year 2017 by CNBC Africa, and Nigeria's CEO of the Year 2017 by Pearl Awards.

She is a prominent Investment Banker, public speaker an author. Her previous roles included being CEO, UBA Trustees, CEO, UBA Global Investor Services, MD / CEO, Cornerstone Trustees & AGM at FBN Trustees, part of the FBN Holdings group

4. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank Plc

First Bank Chairman, Ibukun Awosika

Ibukun Awosika is the current Chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc and the first women to take over such position since its establishment over a century ago.

Awosika is also a Nigerian businesswoman, author and motivational speaker and a member of the Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and Convention on Business Integrity.

In her interview with PUNCH in 2016, she said more about monetary gains, her spiritual, social life and health are equally important to her.

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3. Aishah Ahmad – Deputy Governor, CBN

Aishah Ahmad

Aisha Ahmad is an Accountant, Financial Manager and Analyst who has been appointed to replace Sarah Alade as Deputy Governor of Nigeria's Apex Bank, Central Bank.

Prior to her appointment, Aisha was the Executive Director, Retail Banking at Diamond Bank.

Her experience in Nigeria including Zenith Bank, IBTC Stanbic and Diamond Bank.

CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele among other shortlists.

2. Zainab Ahmed – Nigeria's Ministry of Finance

Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria's Minister of Finance,

Zainab is an accountant by profession and has become the Minister of Finance following the resignation of erstwhile Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun last year.

She was previously the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

Kaduna State of Nigeria's investment company, the Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Company, and other executive director Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

1. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Nigeria's Ministry of Finance

Okonjo-Iweala is a highly respected and influential global leader, economist and policymaker. She is a Finance Minister of Nigeria and a coordinating minister of the economy. Forbes's 100 Most Powerful Women in the World and one of the Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine.

In 2015, she was also listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders by Fortune.

Okonjo-Iweala is also eyeing the World Bank presidency following the resignation of Jim Yong Kim.


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