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Nigeria Banks missing in new Financial Inclusion Awards list

African Banker magazine has announced over 60 Nominees for the 2021 edition of the African Banker Awards but no Nigeria Banks are nominated in the Financial Inclusion Award category

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IT News Nigeria:

African Banker magazine today announced Zenith Bank among nominees for the African Bank of the Year Award for this year’s edition of the African Banker Awards.  It also named Kennedy Uzoka, CEO, United Bank for Africa; and Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Transnational Inc. in the African Banker of the Year Award category. No Nigerian Bank made Financial Inclusion Award shortlist.

IT News also gathered that only FBNQuest, Nigeria, was nominated under the Investment Bank of the Year Award nominees.

Furthermore, the Magazine listed Access Bank, Ecobank, FCMB and Fidelity Bank for SME Bank of the Year Award. Access Bank made the Sustainable Bank of the Year Award list.

2021 African Banker Awards Judges

This year’s judge panels consists of experts on project finance, investment and banking, representing all African regions, including Rebecca Enonchong, CEO of AppsTech; Zemedeneh Negatu, Global Chairman of Fairfax Africa Fund; Tom Minney, Editor of African Council Markets News; Toyin Sanni, Group CEO of Emerging Africa Capital, Jean-Louis Ekra, Board Member of British Globeleq Group; Vivien Shobo, CEO of  FVS Advisory Partners; Alain Le Noir,  Co-Founder of Club des Banques et Etablissements Financiers Africains; and Christopher Hartland-Peel, Principal of Hartland-Peel Africa Equity Research.

What did the CEO say?

Speaking on the nomination, Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher of African Banker said: “This year we received a record number of entries across all categories and the awards committee debated at length to select the shortlist. Common themes throughout were the rise of digitisation, the work the banks have done to support businesses of all sizes during the pandemic and the importance of innovation. All the entries received demonstrated the incredible resilience of the banking and financial services industry during these challenging times and how important the industry is to help soften the economic impact of the pandemic and support growth whilst leading on innovation to provide solutions to our businesses and communities.”

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The Awards have become the most respected and recognised industry event celebrating African banking achievements.  They are held during the Annual meetings of the African Development Bank, the event’s High patron, and, this year are sponsored by the African Guarantee Fund, Bank of Industry (Nigeria), Banque du Développement du Mali and TagPay.

Celebrating the Banking industry across the African continent, the African Banker Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

In addition to the nominations listed below, the African Banker ceremony will include special recognitions including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Banker Icon Award, Minister of Finance of the Year Award and Regional Banking Awards.

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