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Ex-Staff Launches UBA Alumni Network

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It was an interesting and auspicious time to see ex-staff of Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, come together to launch the UBA Alumni Network. The maiden event took place at UBA’s Amphitheatre on Tuesday, 2021, and was very well attended by Ex-staff in line with the Covid-19 protocols. A number of ex-staff of the bank from within and outside Nigeria who couldn’t attend physically joined the session virtually and were able to participate in the epoch-making event.

 

The Chairperson of the UBA Alumni Network, Mosun Yusuf – (Matron) who was a former staff with the Employee Experience unit, welcomed all participants and explained the reason behind the establishment of the Alumni Network. She also shared the team’s expectations for the network.

 

She said, “What we are witnessing today is a result of enormous collective efforts that came about with the express desire of ex-staff to network and maintain a cordial relationship after their exit from the bank. It is an innovative effort to build a strong bond of human community especially in the face of technological developments that is forcing people into some sort of isolation.

 

Continuing, Mosun said, “We believe human connectivity is necessary to promote cordial living and will assist to achieve the individual and collective goals that we plan to attain,”

 

UBA’s Executive Director, Treasury and International Banking, Chiugo Ndubisi, who gave the goodwill message on behalf of the Group Managing Director, Kennedy Uzoka, commended all those who had worked tirelessly behind the scene to ensure that the Alumni was up and running.

 

He said, “We are indeed glad at the launch of this Alumni Network and the bank will continue to support you in any way we can. We who are still staff of the bank will follow through to ensure that things are working well so that we can also join this great network in future.”

 

The former FIRS Chairman and member of the UNILAG Alumni, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, who gave the keynote address at the event, commended Ex-UBA staff and the steering committee for this great idea of setting up an alumni network.

 

“I cannot over emphasise how networking and strong bonds remain essential for people even after they have left their places of employment and I therefore must commend both the Ex-staff and the bank for this great feat.

 

Ifueko who is currently the President of Queen’s College Alumni, cited examples of how successful her career in the FIRS was as a result of support from members of her various alumni groups despite having no prior experience working in a government parastatal.

 

She stressed the need for members of the Alumni network to have a clear objective and look for ways to support each other and the bank’s brand to meet their common goals.

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FIRSTBANK UNVEILS A FULLY AUTOMATED SELF SERVICE BRANCH, STRENGTHENS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN NIGERIA 

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FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services organisation has announced the launch of its fully automated branch, called the FirstBank Digital Experience Centre. It is provided to put customers at an advantage in carrying out various activities on their own without interacting with anyone. The branch is a reinvention of digital banking solutions in the country as customers are exposed to a seamless world-class banking experience.

 

The self-service branch is built with a wide range of phased modern banking facilities which include humanoid robots equipped with Video Banking and Artificial Intelligence (AI), taking on the role of friendly branch staff; Teller Cash Recyclers (TCRs); Self-Service kiosks for non-financial transactions such as account update; Fast Track (Contactless) ATMs; Interactive Smart Screen to ensure effective and comprehensive consultation with bank sales staff via remote video connection.

 

Other services include paperless/electronic forms designed to promote timely resolution of complaints, dispensing of account statements and account enquiry/management, funds transfer, dispensing of new ATM cards; fixed deposit booking between N100,000.00 to N5,000,000.00, card services and management, cheque management, email and phone number update, ATM card and token block, amongst many others.

 

Expressing his delight on the initiative, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank said ‘with our Digital Experience Centre, we have reiterated our role in pioneering leading innovative technology-driven solutions that are central to enriching the experience of our customers in carrying-out various transactions using state-of-the-art-facilities with ease and convenience. Our self-service branch exemplifies the future of banking in Nigeria and we remain committed to putting You, our customers First.  

 

The FirstBank Digital Experience Centre is piloted by the Bank’s remodeled Adetokunbo Ademola branch, Victoria Island. The milestone initiative is scheduled to hit other locations across the country’s geopolitical zones in the coming months.

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Mustardels Media and Expoze Nigeria set to host 5th edition of Lagos Digital Summit

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After successfully organizing four consecutive editions since its inception in 2017, Mustardels Media, a Lagos-based digital marketing firm is set to host the 2021 edition of the Lagos Digital Summit (LDS), a convergence of digital communication experts, professionals and enthusiasts for the development of their businesses and contribute to the digital economy growth of the Nation.

 

Organized in collaboration with Expoze Nigeria, a renowned digital marketing company, the summit, themed “Digital Media as a Tool for Business Growth”, will focus
on the use of digital tools for business growth and how SMEs, as well as individuals, can ensure the adoption of digital tools to scale their businesses in a fast-evolving digital world.

 

The summit is slated to hold on Friday 26th November 2021 at The Zone Tech Park, Gbagada Lagos by 10:00 am.
“LDS started 5 years ago with just an idea in my small shared apartment back then in Ebute Metta. Our aim was simply to facilitate a platform for the convergence of digital marketing professionals and business thought leaders for the advancement of SMEs and Digital Media enthusiasts in Lagos. The support received for the last four
editions has spurred us to organize this milestone 5th edition” said Adetona Adewale Akeem, popularly known as Slimfit, Convener of the Summit, and Managing Partner at Mustardels Media.

 

“The experiences and lessons from the previous editions have been helpful in the planning of this 5th edition. Although 2020 was a pandemic and lockdown year, we put our digital media preaching into practice by holding the first-ever all-virtual edition of the summit. It is this consistency and innovative thinking that our partners and
sponsors are proud of and ready to collaborate with us again for LDS 2021.” Adewale
added.

 

The keynote speech at the summit will be delivered by George Omoraro, Founder and CEO, Rage Media Group. Speakers and facilitators at the summit include Imoh Umoren, Nigerian Filmmaker; Tolani Baj, Media Personality; Debo Adedayo a.k.a Mr. Macaroni, Comedian/Actor; Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Founder Institute's Regional
Director for Africa; Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/CEO, RISE NETWORKS; Dotun Oloyede, CEO Rolad Properties; Lehlé Baldé, Editor, BusinessDay Weekender; and Ayo Ogunlowo, Cofounder, PennyTree.

“This edition of LDS is very special to us because 5 years of consistency for this kind of project in Nigeria is not easy to achieve – just as it is always difficult for any business to scale through and remain in existence after the first 2 years. Sometimes, we have had to fund the Summit with our personal resources just to ensure we keep
to our pledge of a platform for the convergence of digital media enthusiasts for the benefit of their businesses and personal growth”, said Ademola Adetona, Creative Director, Expoze Nigeria.

Other panelists and facilitators at the summit are Editor-in-Chief & Director of Content, Pulse Nigeria, Ben Bassey; VP, Growth Marketing, Terragon Group, Oti Ukubeyinje; Media Personality/ Comms. Exec., Elsie Godwin; Singer & The voice Nigeria season 3 contestant, Naomi Mac; Media Personality, Collins Teke; TV Host,
Pelumi Shittu; to mention a few.

Lagos Digital Summit 2021 is FREE to attend and targeted at Brand and Communication Managers, Techpreneurs, Digital Media Strategists, SME Owners/Managers, Start-ups, MDAs, corporate bodies, tech compliant and adaptive
firms, and the general public. Registration is however required on www.lagosdigitalsummit.com before the event.

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FINTECH SUMMIT 5.0: FIRSTBANK TO HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPACT OF OPEN BANKING ON FINANCIAL INCLUSION  

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced that the 2021 edition of its annual FINTECH Summit is scheduled to hold on Thursday, 7 October 2021 by 10:00 am. The virtual event is opened to everyone, but participants are required to register via the link  https://firstbanknigeria.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NmkYfeckQqu4vjTWy5lr5w

 

The 2021 edition of the summit which is the fifth in its series is themed; “Open Banking and its Derivative Opportunities for the Financial Ecosystem” and will be discussed by experts, policy influencers, regulatory officials as well as key and leading players in the Nigerian financial, banking and technology climate. 

 

Prof Ndubuisi Ekekwe, the Lead Faculty of Tekedia Institute with a PhD in engineering from John Hopkins University, USA, will be leading the discussion as the Keynote speaker alongside other panelists; Ankit Sharma, Director at Strategy&, a part of the PwC network, based out of Mexico; Ope Adeoye, CEO (Chief Plumber) at One Pipe; Aminu Maida, Executive Director, Technology & Operations at Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS),  Musa Jimoh, Deputy Director, Payment Systems, CBN and Olayinka Situ, Head, Corporate Transformation, FirstBank.   

 

The need for Open Banking in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized as the importance goes beyond just convenience to its game-changing impact in transforming value creation, product conceptualization and closing the financially excluded gap.

 

Through standardized and accessible open API technologies, innovators and product developers alike are now availed a wealth of big data and attendant insights, with the potential to completely redefine standards for product conceptualization, customer satisfaction and service delivery across Africa’s largest economy. This is the focus of this year’s theme; exploring the depth and range of these derivative opportunities set to be triggered by the application of an Open Banking regime in the country. 

 

Building up conversations into the event, the Bank recently hosted several podcasts with speakers sharing insightful tips that will impact an end–to–end growth of financial technology in the country. The podcasts are enhanced with useful nuggets as there is new and useful information for everyone. 

 

Guests discussants in the podcasts include; Joshua Chibueze, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of PiggyVest, a Nigerian FinTech company committed to giving everyone the power to better manage their growth and finances; David Peterside, Chief Operating Officer of Okra, a fintech company committed to empowering companies and developers to build products with seamless access to inclusive financial data and secure payments. The podcasts which are opened to everyone are available on the Bank’s official Instagram handle – firstbanknigeria.

 

Speaking on the event, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr Adesola Adeduntan said, “our annual FinTech Summit in the past four years has been a platform of leading conversations and practices that have impacted the financial technology and electronic banking eco-system which has been integral to bridging the gap and digital divide of modern banking in today’s global village. Participants at our summits have been enlightened on ways to optimally carry out their digital transactions and business activities in safe and seamless ways.

 

Financial services have continually evolved in Nigeria and the world over and we intend as in previous years to use our FinTech summit this year to discuss different views on Open Banking and its associated opportunities with the goal of building on the successes achieved in the past’’.

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