The financial Industry in Nigeria just like the rest of the world is a male-dominated sphere, but there are some strong-willed women who have helped to reposition women in the country in this industry. These top-notch strong-willed women have held there own in their various finance related fields and have been able to put themselves and the country on the map with this are definitely worth celebrating. They are who we call the money movers and an absolute inspiration to the upcoming sheroes this country would witness. This list is in no particular order, but below are five successful Nigerian women in the financial sector…
Ibukun Awosika: A woman of many qualities and achievements, Ibukun Awosika is a force to reckon in the financial industry. She is the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc and the very first woman to take up the position since the bank’s inception. Businesswoman, author, motivational speaker, board member of the Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and Convention on Business Integrity, this lady is an inspiration to both men and women alike. Mrs Awosika is an alumni Obafemi Awolowo University. Mosun Belo-Olusoga: Mrs Belo-Olusoga is currently the Chairperson of Access Bank Plc and the Principal Consultant/Programme Director of The KRC Limited. Mosun Belo-Olusoga has served in different financial capacities and in different times was responsible for various Risk Management, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Transaction Services and Settlement in the industry. A fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Mrs Belo-Olusoga graduated from University of Ibadan in 1979 with a Second Class Upper Degree.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala: There is no mentioning the movers in the Financial industry without mentioning Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, a lady of many firsts and many achievements, a lady with big dreams and aspirations, a true role model. Highly respected not only in Nigeria but also in the world, this policymaker and mover in Economic and Financial Development is a revered force. Dr Okonjo Iweala is the first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency of World Bank Group, one of the top 50 Greatest World Leaders by Fortune, one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2012, Power woman in 2015 by Forbes. With a 25 years career in World Bank, She sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).
Aisha Ahmad: The Deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Aisha Ahmad has enviable backgrounds as an accountant, financial manager and analyst. Aisha was the former Executive Director of Retail Banking at Diamond Bank and has a very rich experience in Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC and Diamond Bank.
Zainab Ahmed: Zainab Ahmed is a renowned accountant who became the Minister of Finance after the Former Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigned last year. Formerly the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, she has over 30 years experience in the Industry where she held various high ranking positions. Former managing director of the Kaduna State of Nigeria’s investment company, the Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria mobile telecommunications company, and also as executive secretary and national coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Zainab Ahmed is an inspiration to upcoming men and women in the Nigerian financial Industry. Photo Credit: Getty