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How Are Women Breaking The Glass Ceiling at Stanbic IBTC?



IWD Article ImageAmara sighs for what feels like the thousandth time today as she swivels on the chair in her little office on Broad Street. It is the third time in three years that she’d be missing out on a promotion. She had been singlehandedly running the Accounts department in the office since the former CFO resigned 15 months ago. Still…

Amara is one of several women who aspire to be at the top in their workplace yet seem to strike an invisible barrier as they try to move on to the next level in their career.

“Women account for one-half of the potential talent base throughout the world and therefore, over time, a nation’s competitiveness depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilizes its female talent,” said Professor Klaus Schwab.

The typical Nigerian workplace has quite a distance to go in reaching any form of gender parity. On International Women’s Day yesterday, a number companies put out celebratory ads to spell out how they are improving gender parity. Some were generic, some were great and others totally missed the mark.

One that was worthy to note was the one by Stanbic IBTC that placed the women in top leadership positions in the business front and center. It was beautiful and inspiring.

How did they do it? Stanbic IBTC was founded by a man – Atedo Peterside who still leads their executive board but has apparently managed to nurture a vibrant pipeline of female talent.

With Sola David-Borha as the Group Chief Executive Officer and women leading the Legal, Marketing, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Stockbroking teams etc. They seem to be an exemplar for gender positive leadership.

Today’s Punch Newspaper has a great quote credited to one of these Stanbic IBTC leaders – “When women are given a chance to lead, we must take up such positions with zeal. We need to be courageous, be bold and take charge, and with a dogged determination the sky will be our springboard,” says Yewande Sadiku.

Stanbic IBTC’s Twitter account – @StanbicIBTC – has just announced that their CEO will be holding a live Twitter chat on Friday morning. I’ll certainly be participating in that.


  1. .....just saying

    March 10, 2016 at 5:55 am

    “Atedo Peterside who still leads their executive board but has apparently managed to nurture a vibrant pipeline of female talent.”

    This is all shades of wrong. Would this also be wtritten for menfolk who rose to the top? Nurture? really? Nurture?

    • Md

      March 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Damn, you can never please feminists, why even care and bother

  2. le coco

    March 10, 2016 at 6:15 am

    big ups to stanbic.. nice to see more and more women in positions of power

  3. Mobs

    March 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Super women, deserving of every single position and excelling at them.

  4. Chi

    March 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Such beautiful and inspiring women. Good job Stanbic. Proud to see this in Nigeria

  5. Cesc

    March 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Women at the top of their game.. amazing..

  6. Niyoola

    March 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Stanbic IBTC for the win!

  7. malika

    March 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    kudos Stanbic, i literally want to break a glass ceiling with all the problems in Nigeria.
    but seeing women in power brings me so much joy.

  8. Meah

    March 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love, love, LOVE Sola David-Borha!! I have seen her in church severally; very unassuming and great looking woman. My first though when i saw her was how the CEO of an international financial institution could be so simply dressed- minimal jewellery, no makeup, lowcut hair. She inspires me alot and even though i havent had the chance to meet her one-on-one, I aspire to be like her; Rich and Righteous.

    • Yori

      March 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Most accomplished women and men don’t feel the need flaunt material thing or exagerrated external appearances..Zuckerberg, Gates and his wife Melinda come to mind. Simple and focused…seen and done it all.
      I worked in a bank many years ago. Some of the richest men would walk in quietly, simple but tastefully dressed, finish with the teller and leave. The manager often had to run after them to say hallo. Now the broke as chaps would be all bling, briefcase carriers in tow demanding to see the manager for an overdraft!

    • Md

      March 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Notice that too

  9. kristin

    March 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Great women, May we be them, may we meet them and may we raise them. True role models

  10. Ope

    March 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I absolutely love Nkiru Olumide-Ojo! I don’t even know her asides from stalking her linkedin page! Loool You see this marketing and communication, I’m coming for you.

  11. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Good to see. And they’re in solid roles too.

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