Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, was named Banker of the Year 2022 at the 14th Leadership Annual Conference and Awards.
The colourful ceremony, organised by Leadership Media Group, publishers of Leadership newspapers, took place on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Abuja International Conference Center. The event was chaired by Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, and featured a keynote address by Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Raila Odinga, on the topic “Credible Election and an Economy in Transition.”
“The Leadership Media Group awards have become a major national event for the recognition of deserving local and international individuals simply by virtue of their integrity and consistency in upholding high values.” Sam Nda Isaiah, the founder of Leadership Media Group, believes that the media’s role is to serve as the primary moderator of public discourse while remaining impartial and passionate. “I commend you all at the Leadership Media Group for striving to keep his legacy alive and for continuing to follow the trail that he saw doggedly blazed during his accomplished life,” said Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who also served as the event’s Special Guest of Honour.
An overjoyed Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe told journalists after the event, “I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, third from left, accepts the Banker of the Year 2022 award from Mrs. Zainab Nda-Isaiah, Chairman of Leadership Group. Others (L-R): Mr. Hassan Imam, Executive Director, North, Fidelity Bank Plc; Mr. Henry Obih, Non-Executive Director, Fidelity Bank Plc; Dr. Ken Onyeali Ikpe; and Dr. Ken Opara, Executive Director, Lagos and Southwest, Fidelity Bank Plc, at the 14th Leadership Annual Conference and Awards ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, 31 January 2023.
Other awardees at the event included Prof Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Africa Export Import Bank (AFREXIM), and Brig.Gen Buba Marwa (retd), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), who both received the Leadership Person of the Year 2022; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, who received the Oil and Gas Local Content Champion.
Fidelity Bank is a full-service commercial bank in Nigeria, serving over 6.5 million customers through its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The Global Banking & Finance Awards recently named the bank the Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022. At the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards, the bank was also named “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year.“