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[PHOTOS] Meet 7 Female MD/CEOs Who Are Leading Nigerian Banks



In recent times, there has been a rise in women occupying top positions in Nigeria’s banking sector.

The most recent was the appointment of Miriam Olusanya as GTbank’s first-ever MD/CEO since the institution’s establishment in 1990.

These women have not only changed the narrative by making history, but they also bring years of hard work, tenacity, and dedication to their various institutions

Here are seven of them.

1. Tomi Somefun (Unity Bank)

Tomi Somefun became the MD/CEO of Unity Bank in August 2015 and has over 25 years experience in the financial industry.

Prior to her appointment as MD; she served as the executive director overseeing the Lagos and south-west business directorates, the financial institution division, and the treasury department of the bank.

She holds a B.Ed in English Language from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1981 and became a Chartered Accountant the following year.

She is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School and holds a certificate of management excellence from Harvard Business School (HBS).

She is a member of various professional bodies including the Institute of Directors (IOD), Bank Directors Association of Nigeria (BDAN), and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

2. Halima Buba (Suntrust)

In January 2020, Halima Buba was appointed as the new managing director/chief executive officer of SunTrust Bank.

She is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience in the banking industry.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in business management from the University of Maiduguri and an MBA from the same university.

Buba is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School senior management programme. She is a senior honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.

She sits on the board of several reputable Institutions, including those of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) as a non-executive director and Anchoria Asset Management Company Limited.

3. Ireti Samuel-Ogbu (CitiBank)

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu assumed office as the MD/CEO of Citibank Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, in September 2020. It was also the first time a woman was appointed to the bank’s top position after 36 years of operation in Nigeria.

She holds a BA Hons Accounting and Finance from MiddleSex University, UK, and an MBA from the University of Bradford, UK.

Prior to assuming office in Nigeria, she was the head of payments and receivables, treasury, and trade solutions (TTS) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Citi’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG) based in London, UK.

In the last 32 years, Samuel-Ogbu has held various roles across Citi’s businesses in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa, having worked in each of these countries twice.

4. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe (Fidelity Bank)

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe assumed office as managing director/chief executive officer, Fidelity Bank on January 1, 2021, making her the first female to occupy the position since the bank’s inception in 1988.

She has over 30 years of banking experience.

She joined the bank in 2015 and was the former Executive Director for Lagos and the southwest directorate, overseeing the bank’s business in the six states that make up the southwest region of the bank.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; a master of laws (LLM) degree from Kings College, London; and has attended executive training programmes at global institutions including Harvard Business School; The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania; INSEAD School of Business; Chicago Booth School of Business; London Business School and IMD.

5. Bukola Smith (FSDH Merchant bank)

Bukola Smith was appointed MD/CEO of FSDH Merchant Bank in April 2021 bringing 28 years of experience in the financial sector.

She holds a B.Sc in Economics from the University of Lagos and an MBA from an Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, U.K.

Smith is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN).

6.  Yemisi Edun (FCMB)

Yemisi Edun was appointed the first female MD of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) on July 13, 2021 after formerly serving as acting managing director of the bank.

She started working in FMCB in 2000 as a Divisional Head of Internal Audit and Control.

Edun holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, and a Master’s degree in international accounting and finance from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a certified financial analyst, CFA® Charter holder. She is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers; an associate member of the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; a member of Information Systems Audit and Control, U.S.A, and a certified information systems auditor.

7. Miriam Olusanya (GTBank)

Miriam Olusanya is the latest woman to become Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer with her appointment on July 14, 2021.

She also becomes the first-ever female MD in GTBank’s 31-year history taking over from Segun Agbaje, the erstwhile MD, who moved into a new role as the group CEO of the Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc.

Prior to her appointment, Olusanya was an executive director at GTBank, a position she occupied since 2018 after a successful period as the group treasurer/head, wholesale banking division. She joined the financial institution as an executive trainee and gradually rose through the ranks over the years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Liverpool.







Wife of Lagos Commissioner, Prof (Mrs) Olatunji-Bello, Appointed New LASU VC + 8 Facts About Her



Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University.

A professor of Physiology, she had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her elevation and is the wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello.

With this appointment, she becomes the ninth Vice Chancellor of LASU and the second female to occupy the exalted post in the Lagos State-owned tertiary institution.

Her appointment was announced in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, titled, ‘Sanwo-Olu approves appointment of Vice Chancellor for LASU’, on Thursday.

Here are some facts about her

1. Olatunji-Bello was born in Lagos on the 23 of April 1964 into the family of Chief and Mrs. Eniola Ibidapo, from Owo in Ondo State.

2. She had her primary education at the Anglican Girls Primary School and secondary education at the Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School both in Surulere and Lagos State College of Science and Technology.

3. She proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she bagged a BSc in Physiology.


4. She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.

5. Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended the Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission in 2012.

6. A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.

7. She is the Area Pastor in charge of the Testimony Chapel, an area under Lagos Province 1 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG).

8. She is happily married to Tunji Bello, a journalist and lawyer, and the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, and the former Secretary to Lagos State Government. They are blessed with 3 children.


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WATCH: I’m Probably One Of The Most Controversial People On Earth – Tonto Dikeh



Actress Tonto Dikeh says she is probably one of the most controversial persons on earth and that she proudly so.


The mum of one said this while speaking on “Leveraging controversy” at TEDx Ikenegbu recently. In a video posted via her Instagram page from the event, she said


“Thank you very much for having me, everybody. My name is King Tonto and I’m probably one of the most controversial people on earth….proudly! And the only reason why I can be proud of it is because, I’m not fighting it. I’m using it for my advantage. I’m using it for my growth. I’m using it for my satisfaction”


Watch the video below;


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“Don’t Ask Me About Pere, I’m In A Relationship” — Maria Begs Fans



Big Brother Naija housemate, Maria Benjamin has asked fans to quit asking her about Pere.


The former air hostess who was evicted off the shoe a few weeks ago indulged her fans in a question and answer session on Wednesday night.


A fan had posed a question about Pere with whom she had some sort of “situatuonship” while she was in the Big Brother Naija house.

Maria had replied,


“Don’t ask me about Pere. You guys know I’m in a relationship,” she said before going on to answer other questions.

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