Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), Fidelity Bank Plc and some other Nigerian banks will be honoured today at the African Bankers awards holding in Marrakech, Morocco.
A statement Tuesday listed the other banks as First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Access Bank Plc, Skye Bank Plc and Citibank Nigeria. The awards, being organised by the UK-based African Banker magazine, are part of the highlights of the Annual General Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) currently holding in the North African country.
The Nigerian banks are among about 42 of their counterparts on the continent nominated in various categories for awards. South African banks also made a strong showing with as many nominations as their Nigerian counterparts.
Fidelity Bank is Nigeria’s only bank that made the shortlist of five in the category of Most Socially Responsible Bank, out of about 56 entries, according to the statement.
The Chief Executive Officer, GTBank, Mr. Segun Agbaje was nominated as African Banker of the Year, His bank was also shortlisted as Bank of the Year on the continent.
While no Nigerian bank was shortlisted for Financial Inclusion Award, three of them: Access Bank, Citi (Nigeria) and Skye Bank, were nominated for Deal of the Year.
According to the Group Publisher of IC Publications, UK, publishers of African Banker magazine, Mr. Omar Ben Yedder: “The entries seem to get better each year. Through the awards, we are trying to create a benchmark and to promote best practice. And the committee was highly encouraged by the examples of leadership, innovation and dynamism highlighted in this year’s entries.”