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FirstBank restates commitment to children with special needs

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L-R: Matthew Daniel, student of Wesley School; Olusegun Alebiosu, Chief Risk Officer, FirstBank; Seyi Olusanya, student of Wesley School; Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank; Olayiwola Adeola, student of Wesley School and Mr. A.K. Alimi, Principal, Wesley School 1, during FirstBank's visit to Wesley School for the Hearing Impaired at Surulere, Lagos as part of activities marking FirstBank's CR&S week 2019.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial institution, has reiterated its commitment to impact the lives of the less privileged and children living with disabilities across the country and in its host communities across the world.

The Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, made this pledge at the weekend (Saturday, 6 July) when he led a team of FirstBank volunteers on a visit to Wesley School for the Hearing Impaired, Surulere, Lagos in the spirit of the Bank’s commitment to encouraging people to Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness (SPARK). SPARK, a values-based initiative is one of the key activities of the annual FirstBank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Week.

Speaking to the pupils and teachers of the school, Adeduntan said the visit was aimed at demonstrating kindness, as it is one of FirstBank’s brand values that positively affects quality of life.

He said, “it is our belief that if all of us can show acts of kindness to people around us, we will make the world we live in a much better place for everyone. Our decision to come here today is to show appreciation to management for shouldering the enormous responsibility of taking care of these children with special needs. This visit is also to assure the children who are schooling here that, as the popular saying goes, you will not walk alone.”

Speaking further, Adedutan encouraged the pupils of the school to seize every opportunity availed them to reach their maximum heights possible, stressing that as an institution, FirstBank, woven into the fabric of the society will always be there to provide them the support they require within its available means and resources.

Asides the visit to Wesley School, 23 other charity homes/institutes, including camps of Internally Displaced People (IDP) were visited by FirstBank staff volunteers, led by senior members of staff. The Bank’s Executive Director, Public Sector, Abdullahi Ibrahim with other volunteer staff visited the School of the blind, Jabi, Abuja while its Group Head, Corporate Banking, Remi Ajose- Adeogun visited the Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria, Fagba, Lagos. Other locations visited by the Bank include Madinatu and Almiskin IDP Camp, Maiduguri, amongst others. Food supplies., provisions, toiletries and educational materials were delivered to all the visited homes.

The 2019 FirstBank’s CR&S Week was held from 1 – 6 July across Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones and the Bank’s business locations in Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and The United Kingdom.  The CR&S Week is a social impact initiative the Bank started two years ago, with its staff dedicating a whole week to impact lives of individuals living in its host communities.

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Unity Bank partners Avant-Garde for the 2019 sustainability table discourse series

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As part of its commitment to promote the drive for sustainable development initiatives in Nigeria, Unity Bank hosted the Sustainability Discourse Series in collaboration with Avant-Garde Innovation & Technology Services (AGITS) which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Wednesday, 13 th November, 2019.

The Sustainability Table Discourse Series is a platform that offers an avenue of opportunities to learn and share ideas/initiatives on strategies for achieving the sustainability development goals.

Unity Bank has been very active in promoting sustainable practices in Agriculture and the sponsorship of the summit was an opportunity to strongly reinforce the Bank’s sustainable development initiatives.

The event provided a platform for the convergence of policy makers, entrepreneurs, sustainable development experts, leading corporate organisations and various subject matter experts to discuss and solve pressing world challenges facing selected industries as it relates to the environment, climate change, sustainability and the quest for a green economy.

Unity Bank executive director, Risk Management & Compliance, Usman Abdulqadir gave a keynote address on factors affecting climate change and sustainable development and the effectiveness of Unity Bank's response in various spheres such as food security, climate action, gender equality and sustainable job creation.

There were various panelists’ discussions in line with the sustainability discourse in addition to the Speech on Green economy and expectations in the Nigerian scenario by Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam, Director General – National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency.

Other Unity bank representatives at the Summit were TA, MD/CEO/Ag. Head, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Ibukun Coker and Head, Tax Management & Compliance Temitope Arasi.

As a title sponsor, the Bank had strong brand presence.

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PHOTO NEWS: Unity Bank launches entrepreneurship initiative at NYSC Camp

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From L - R: Principal Consultants, Peeshift Resources, Abiodun Folawiyo, Div Head, Retail/SME, Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Olufunwa Akinmade, Lagos state Coordinator, NYSC, S.R. Aroni, Assistant Director, NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, Mrs. Stella Nweke and Head, SME, Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Opeyemi Ojesina at the Launch of the Bank's Corpreneurship challenge at the NYSC.
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Corporate amazon, Folake Ani-Mumuney honoured in Ghana with lifetime achievement award

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Folake Ani-Mumuney displaying the award plaque

Folake Ani-Mumuney, Chairperson, FBNInsurance Brokers; Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Vice President, World Federation of Advertisers on Friday in faraway Ghana, clinched the Lifetime Achievement awards at the Marketing World 2019 awards.

…Ani-Mumuney receiving the award in Ghana, recently

The Marketing World Awards (MWA) recognizes outstanding performances by individuals and corporate bodies across the marketing communications industry in Africa that have delivered superior product values to the market and exhibited excellence in upholding concrete marketing strategies, display uniqueness and among offerings, convey clear message to its consumers and stand out from the competition will be rewarded and celebrated.

Folake is widely admired for her wit and intelligence which she brings to bear in her well over 25 years career in the world of marketing communications across various industries, having worked in different geographies globally.

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