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The Emergence of women MDs in the Nigerian Banking sector: New feats for African female Entrepreneurs

2021 has been the year of the emergence of women leaders across the world. With focus on Africa, it’s safe to say women are writing their own narratives.. In 2021 alone, about four females have assumed the top position as Managing Directors/Chief Executive Officers of different banks in Nigeria. This is coming after a widely celebrated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo being the first female to head the World Trade Organization.

Earlier this month, Yemisi Edun was announced Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) to join the increasing league of female Managing Directors in the banking sector of Nigeria.

Recently, Mariam Olusanya was announced MD of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc,coming after Bukola Smith was announced MD of FSDH Merchant bank.

In no particular order, these women are shaping the banking sector, sending a strong message to the world that women can take up leadership positions and rise to the peak of their career;

Earlier this month, Yemisi Edun was announced Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) to join the increasing league of female Managing Directors in the banking sector of Nigeria.

Recently, Mariam Olusanya was announced MD of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc,coming after Bukola Smith was announced MD of FSDH Merchant bank.

In no particular order, these women are shaping the banking sector, sending a strong message to the world that women can take up leadership positions and rise to the peak of their career;

Yemisi Edun of First City Monument Bank, Mariam Olusanya of Guarantee Trust Bank, Bukola Smith of FSDH Merchant Bank, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe of Fidelity Bank, Tomi Somefun, CEO, Unity Bank, Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, MD, Citibank, Halima Buba of SunTrust, Kafilat Araoye of Lotus Bank

Prior to these recent appointments, the banking sector has had a majorly male-dominated sector as CEOs directing the affairs of the banking space.

The emergence of women leaders in this space sends a message that the female gender has taken her place, finding her foot and just got started. Women entrepreneurs are taking up the challenge and are doing valiantly with them

These feats are directly impacting other females out there who aspire to get to the Zenith. The examples have been set, the paths to walk as being show is walkable. There are no limitations, the women who aspires to get to the peak will.

 

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