GUARANTY Trust Bank, GTBank Plc has been named the Best Bank in Africa 2019 by Euro money at its annual Awards for Excellence, which held in London. The bank was also named the Best Bank in Nigeria for a record ninth time, reflecting the Bank’s position as one of the best managed financial institutions in the country, with strong and focused leadership that keep the business in a constant state of re-invention and innovation. Now in its 50th year, Euro money is the leading publication for covering the growth of international finance. Euro money’s Awards for Excellence are the awards that matter to the banks and bankers who matter. Commenting on the Bank’s Euro money awards, the Chief Executive Officer of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said “We are delighted and proud to win the Euro money Awards for Africa’s Best Bank and Nigeria’s Best Bank. These awards reflect the progress we are making in delivering the best banking experience that captures what customers want in the world of today and tomorrow. They are also a testament to our leading role in driving world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation in Africa’s banking industry.” GTBank improves access to education for children (Opens in a new browser tab) He further stated that; “At GTBank, we are passionate about building the bank of the future by leveraging the best of technology to add real value to our customers’ lives, and these awards illustrate the hard work and commitment of our staff, management and board towards achieving this goal.” Key to the emergence of GTBank as the Best Bank in Africa and the Best Bank in Nigeria is the Bank’s digital drive and its clarity of vision in reimagining the future of banks and banking. The Euro money awards also recognized GTBank commitment to leading the future of banking as well as its consistent long-term strategy led by a senior management team that abhors complacency and keeps the business in a constant state of innovation.
Access Bank UK grows balance sheet by 36%
Access Bank UK grows balance sheet by 36% On July 15, 20198:14 amIn Business, Finance, Newsby Tony Facebook Twitter Email WhatsApp Pinterest Share The Access Bank United Kingdom (UK) used its’ annual Access Bank Polo Day at Guards Polo Club Windsor to announce a 36 percent growth in its balance sheet for the year ended December 2018, reflecting another year of outstanding international business growth. Bank CBN mandates banks to lend 60% of deposits(Opens in a new browser tab) The bank in a statement said, 2018 was the year it joined the three key UK clearing systems, and collected the best African Trade Finance Bank awards from both International Finance and CFI. All four strategic business units returned double digit growth and in only its second year of operations the importance of its investment in Dubai was demonstrated by a 200 per cent increase in income. For the eleventh year running it was able to report having no ‘non performing loans’, with corporate responsibility and exemplary corporate governance playing a key role in the growth of the bank. ADVERTISING The Polo day is the culmination of a yearlong programme, part of its fund raising in partnership with UNICEF for education projects in northern Nigeria in particular. A total of N350 million ($970,000) were pledged during the day to build and equip 70 new classrooms, for children’s education in Northern Nigeria. Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative was started in 2005 it has built schools in Kaduna and, kept more than 8000 students in continuous education. At the same time new school blocks and a computer literacy building all in a more secure and friendly school environment have been developed. The communities surrounding the schools are being supported with bore-holes for water, and sewing and grinding machines to secure employment and stimulate economic and social development. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai is committed to match the building programme which will see another 70 class rooms built in the coming year and another 2500 children in education. The annual event is the climax to the high-profile Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, and celebrates reaching out to and highlighting the plight of vulnerable children and orphans and internally displaced persons. In partnership with 5th Chukker and based in Kaduna, Nigeria, the tournament is the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and generates funds and stimulates support for the work of the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative across Africa. According to the Managing Director, Access Bank UK, Jamie Simmonds, “We are a bank where our growth has been fuelled by the strength of customer relationships. It enables us to develop innovative products and financial solutions with rather than just for our customers. “Becoming a UK clearer is a major landmark for us and differentiates us from many of our competitors in the market place. We also manage our retail deposit offering in-house for greater control with both initiatives forming part of our strategy to future proof the bank” “ We have offices here in the heart of the City of London, Dubai and Lagos and are building our presence in China through a representative office there.” “We invest significantly in attracting, retaining and developing professional staff in order to ensure customers always deal with an expert who is familiar with their business and personal financial needs, Herbert Wigwe, Chairman of The Access Bank UK Ltd, says “The successes in completing the first decade of trading for ACCESS Bank UK has been a major milestone.” “Growth has been sustained at the same time as earning a reputation for innovation and flexibility.
Award-winning actor, Ali Nuhu, has been in the industry for quite a while. Mostly featuring in Hausa-speaking movies, many perceive him as being snobbish for not appearing in movies made in the southern part of the country. But in a chat with Sunday Scoop, the dark-skinned actor gave his reasons. He said, “There is a disconnection between the film industries in the northern and southern part of the country. There are many reasons for this; one of which is the market. In northern Nigeria, the stories usually have Muslim themes with Hausa tradition, while in southern Nigeria, it is mostly Christian stories with either Igbo, Yoruba, Benin or southern cultures. As a result of different cultures and backgrounds, northern actors are not usually comfortable with the roles they are given in the southern film industry. That makes it uncomfortable for them to be part of the industry.
“Having said that, I don’t think the dichotomy is healthy for the industry because when movies cut across both axis, they tend to attract a wider audience. If there is a way the gap can be bridged, it would be of immense importance to the industry.”
The actor said he had been able to remain relevant in the industry by staying loyal to his target audience. “When I started out with movies in southern Nigeria, I used to experiment with different kinds of roles. And with time, I started realising the type of roles a large chunk of my fans wanted me to play and I adhered to that. If I am not comfortable with any role given to me, I tell the producer outright that I cannot do it. Every actor should have a target audience and endeavour to give them what they want per time. That is how I have been able to cope over the years,” he stated.
Contrary to the notion that the northern film industry is too strict, even going to the extent of banning actresses from hugging on camera, Nuhu stated, “I wouldn’t say that the industry is too strict, but the background and culture an actor comes from matters a lot. If you’re from a particular area and are loved by the people of that area, if you do things your audience is not comfortable with, you would be automatically rejected. And if you’re rejected in the North, even the producers in the south would not want to work with you.”