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2016 BusinessDay Banking Awards: Access Bank, UBA, FirstBank, others win big




Access Bank won in top categories on Friday night at the 2016 BusinessDay Banking Awards which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The bank’s chief executive officer, Herbert Wigwe, emerged the best CEO in 2016 while the bank was also named as the bank of the year.

Also, United Bank for Africa (UBA); First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) and Zenith Bank carted away many awards in different categories.

The night began with a welcome address by Frank Aigbogun, publisher of BusinessDay Newspaper, and a felicitation speech by Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, who was represented by Femi Pedro, former deputy governor of Lagos state.


In his speech, Ambode commended the banks for their successes in spite of the challenging economy. He also extolled their commitment to the growth of the economy.

The awards were presented by Femi Pedro; Nike Akande, president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI); Uyi Akpata, country and regional senior partner, PwC West Africa; and by Air France.

Check out all the Photos from the event:

Red Carpet Photos

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Presentation of Awards

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Dare Art-Alade’s Performance

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Here is a full list of winners:

Best bank in support of agriculture:
United Bank for Africa

Best bank in support of manufacturing:
Zenith Bank

Best bank in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):
First Bank of Nigeria

Most improved bank in retail banking:
Union Bank

Best bank in corporate banking:
Zenith Bank

Best bank in SME banking:
Guaranty Trust Bank

Most customer friendly bank:
First Bank of Nigeria

Bank deal of the year:
Rand Merchant Bank of Nigeria (For IHS $800 million deal)

Most innovative product:
Diamond future and cool teens product

Best managed funds:
First Capital Asset Management anchor funds

Best managed funds (Money Market):
First Capital Asset Management anchor funds

Best managed fixed income funds:
SFS Capital limited fixed income funds

Effective leadership for the protection of depositors funds:
Umaru Ibrahim, CEO NDIC

Most innovative investment bank:
United Capital

Best broker/investment bank:
Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers

Best mortgage bank of the year in CSR:
Abbey Mortgage Bank

Mortgage Bank of the year:
Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank

Best bank promoting Islamic banking:
Jaiz Bank

Bank of the year:
Access Bank

Bank CEO of the year:
Herbert Wigwe, CEO Access Bank


  1. Sissy

    September 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    The chocolate skin lady,in a gown and jacket with the short hair…..Aunty i dont know you,but something in you screams bosslady! ilike,ilike.

  2. Puzzles

    September 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Most customer friendly bank: First Bank???? How???

    On a serious note, women still have a long way to go in the banking industry as Top Exec positions in banks still looks like a male dominated field.

  3. Puzzles

    September 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    BN, I don’t like my avatar o

  4. Theodoulos.

    September 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Best Bank Promoting Islamic Banking?

    There needs to be an award for promoting islamic banking? Why?????????????

    Are we an islamic state?
    Is it a Millenium Development goal?
    Where is the award for Best Bank Promoting Christian or Jewish Banking? Why didn’t Haggai Mortgage Bank win that?

    Hmm. One Day …

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