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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has closed 42 microfinance banks, according to the latest report from the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

In the report titled “Notice of closure of 42 microfinance banks” and published on the NDIC website on Friday, depositors, creditors, shareholders and the general public were advised to visit or contact the representatives of Director, Claims Resolution Department, NDIC at any of the locations below.

It stated, “This is to inform the depositors, creditors, shareholders and the general public that the operating licences of the under listed 42 microfinance banks have been revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria effective 12th November, 2020.

“The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, the official liquidator of the banks whose licences were recently revoked, is in the process of closing the listed banks and pay their insured depositors.

“We therefore request that all depositors of these banks should visit the closed banks’ addresses and meet NDIC officials for the verification of their claims, commencing from Monday, 21st December, 2020 till Thursday, 24th December, 2020.”

Below are the names and addresses of the affected microfinance banks.

S/N BANK ADDRESS
1 HEDGEWORTH MFB GUOBA PLAZA SUITE B06, – 171, A.E. EKUKINAM STREET, BY CHISCO, UTAKO, ABUJA
2 FUTURE GROWTH MFB REAL TOWER PLAZA, PLOT 1121 OBAFEMI AWOLOWO WAY, UTAKO, ABUJA
3 BAGWAI MFB BAGWAI-SHANONO ROAD, BAGWAI LGA, KANO
4 ERE CITY MFB ERE-IJESHA/IIIAHUN ROAD, ERE-IJESHA, ORIADE LGA, OSUN
5 CAFON MFB GARKI POLICE BARRACKS, GARKII, FCT, ABUJA
6 AKCOFED MFB EKIT ITAM II (BESIDE WATER BOARD), P. O. BOX 2048, UYO, AKWA-IBOM STATE
7 GUFAX MFB N0. 3 UDOTUNG UBO STREET UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE
8 PARTNERSHIP MFB 107 UPPER IWEKA ROAD, ONITSHA, ANAMBRA STATE
9 ICB MFB IIIAH-ASABA ROAD, OSHIMILI NORTH LGA, IIIAH, DELTA STATE
10 ONIMA MFB NIPOST BUILDING, EKEOCHA ONICHA, EZINIHITTE MBAISE LGA, IMO STATE
11 HOMETRUST (NATIONS) MFB 76, ORLU ROAD, NKWERE, IMO STATE
12 RINGIM MFB OPP. RINGIM CENTRAL MARKET, RINGIM, JIGAWA STATE
13 BIGTHANA MFB 6, ALI AKILU ROAD, KADUNA
14 ROGO MFB ROGO TOWN, ROGO LGA, KANO STATE
15 MAKODA MFB NO 15, KOGUNA TOWN, MAKODA LGA, KANO
16 TAKAI MFB TAKAI TOWN, TAKAI LGA, KANO STATE
17 BEBEJI MFB NO. 10 GIDAN IYAN, BEBEJI TOWN, BEBEJI L.G.A., KANO STATE
18 AJINGI MFB NO. 10 HAKIMI STREET, AJINGI TOWN, AJINGI LGA, KANO STATE
19 GARKO MFB 3, GARKO TOWN, KANO
20 KANGIWA MFB KANGIWA TOWN, KANGIWA LGA, KEBBI STATE
21 AUGIE MFB AUGIE TOWN, AUGIE LGA, KEBBI STATE
22 MOPA MFB SILAS BAMIDELE DANIYAN HOUSE, KABBA-ILORIN ROAD, MOPA, KOGI-STATE
23 SOLID BASE MFB EKIRIN ADDE, IJUMU LGA, KOGI STATE
24 ULTIMATE BENEFIT MFB 150C, OKENE KABBA ROAD, LOKOJA, KOGI
25 OVIDI MFB NO. 1, ATTA ROAD, OKENE, KOGI STATE
26 KIRFI MFB KIRFI TOWN, KIRFI LGA, BAUCHI
27 CREDIT EXPRESS MFB 27, KAKAWA STREET, LAGOS
28 KING SOLOMON MFB GOD BLESS NIGERIA HOUSE, 117/119, WETSERN AVENUE, IPONRI, LAGOS
29 RIGGS MFB PLOT 5, IMAN ABIB ADETORO STREET, OFF AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET, V.I., LAGOS
30 BILLIONAIRE BLUE BRICKS MFB APERIN HOUSE (2ND FLOOR) BLOCK I, PLOT 27, BUDO LAYOUT AJIWE, LEKKI EPE EXPRESSWAY, AJAH, LAGOS STATE
31 SUSU MFB 34, COMMERCIAL AVENUE SABO, YABA, LAGOS
32 WEALTHSTREAM MFB AQUARIUS BLOCK, ELEGANZA PLAZA, GROUND FLOOR, LEFT WING 1 COMMERCIAL ROAD, APAPA, LAGOS
33 AGUDA TITUN MFB 21, SHONOLA STREET, AGUDA TITUN, OGBA, LAGOS
34 SAPPHIRE MFB 111, ABAK ROAD, UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE
35 METRO MFB 15, OTUNUBI STREET, OFF HARUNA, OGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS
36 MOUNTAIN TOP MFB PROGRESS BLOCK, SHOP A102, AFRICAN TYRE VILLAGE, OPP. APT TRADE FAIR COMPLEX, LAGOS/BADAGRY EXPRESS WAY, LAGOS
37 UNYOGBA MFB 1, ALOMA ROAD, OPP. MKT. SQ., EJULE, OFU LGA, KOGI STATE
38 WAPO MFB OKENE-LOKOJA ROAD, NAGAZI, ADAVI LGA, OKENE, KOGI STATE
39 IBOGUN MFB IBOGUN EGBEDA, IFO LGA, OGUN STATE
40 KOREDE MFB NO. 3, LUWOYE STREET, IGBOTAKO, ONDO STATE
41 AHETOU MFB 26, EREMA ROAD, BYEPASS, AKABUKA, OGBA/EGBEMA/NDONI LGA, RIVERS STATE
42 FUFORE MFB NO. 25 GURIN ROAD, FUFORE LGA, ADAMAWA, YOLA STATE

For further clarification or any assistance, eligible depositors should contact the representatives of Director, Claims Resolution Department in any of the under listed centres/Zonal Offices:

S/N OFFICE ADDRESS TELEPHONE NO.
1 Lagos Office NDIC, NECOM House (10th Floor), 15 Marina, Lagos 08166569995 09072412332
2 Enugu Zonal Office No. 10, Our Lord’s Street, Independence Layout, Enugu 08033006999
3 Benin 28A/28B, Benoni Hospital Road, Off Airport Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State 08150999577 08150999588 08150999599 08150999600 08150999535
4 Kano Plot 458, Muhammad Muhammad Street, Off Maiduguri Road, Hotoro, GRA, Kano 09092748222 08063932722
5 Ilorin No.12A, Sulu Gambari Road, Ilorin 08023123185
6 Bauchi Plot No. 3, Bank Road, P.M.B. 0207, Bauchi 094601505
7 Sokoto No. 2, Gusau Road, Opp. NNPC Mega Station, Sokoto 08033155162
8 Yola No. 6, Numan Road, P.M.B. 2227, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State 08067910599 08068418069 08067923383 09-4601515 09-4601516
9 Port Harcourt No. 104, Woji Road, Off Olu Obasanjo Road, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State 09090726737 09029150752
10 Head Office Abuja Head, Bank Examination Unit (BEU), NDIC, Abuja, 447/448, Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Garki, Abuja 09-4601260 09-4601261

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Herbert Wigwe Wins Banker of the Year at African Banker Awards 2021

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Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, has won African Banker of the Year at the just concluded African Banker Award 2021.

The CEO won for the second consecutive year following series of creative acquisitions and continental strategies deployed at deepening banking transactions in Africa.

Through his strategic move, Access Bank is now present in South Africa following its acquisition of Grobank. As a result of its rapid growth in the last decade, Access Bank has become one of the largest retail banks in Africa with over 40 million customers.

Below is a Complete List of African Banker Award Winners 

Sustainable bank of the year
Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt

Infrastructure deal of the year
Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway $1.46bn loan facility
Nedbank | Standard Chartered | TDB

Deal of the year – Equity
Privatisation of Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Ltd
FBNQuest

Deal of the year – Debt
African Export-Import Bank, COVID-19 Support Facility
MUFG Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Award for financial inclusion
Trust Merchant Bank, DRC

African Banker Icon
Charlie Robertson, Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Finance Minister of the year
H.E Mohammed Benchaâboun, Minister for Economy and Finance, Morocco

Award for Innovation for Financial Services
Bank of Industry, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme

Energy deal of the year
Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant in Malawi / 7.5 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Burundi
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)

Agriculture deal of the year
USD 400m Revolving Trade Finance Facility in favour of ETC Group
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

African SME Bank of the Year
Ecobank

Best Regional Bank in Africa
North: Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
West: Banque de Développement du Mali
East: Equity Bank, Kenya
Central: BGFI, Gabon
Southern: Mozabanco, Mozambique

Investment Bank of the Year
ABSA

Central Bank Governor of the Year
H.E. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor Reserve Bank of South Africa

Lifetime Achievement
Felix Bikpo

African Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Group

African Banker of the Year
Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO, Access Bank

For more on the African Banker Awards, please visit: www.africanbankerawards.comAfr

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Innovation and Resilience Common Themes Amongst Winners of African Banker Awards 2021

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Winners of the 2021 edition of the African Banker Awards were announced today at a virtual awards ceremony. The Awards, since 2013, are held during the Annual meetings of the African Development Bank, the event’s High patron, which are taking place also virtually between 23rd and 25th June.

The Awards have become the most respected and recognised industry event celebrating African banking achievements. The organisers this year put an emphasis to recognise and reward institutions that contributed to the real economy which has suffered from the impact of Covid-19 as well as contributed to women empowerment on the continent.

Herbert Wigwe won for the second consecutive year African Banker of the Year. Access Bank is now present in South Africa following its acquisition of Grobank. As a result of its rapid growth the last decade, Access Bank has become one of the largest retail banks in Africa with over 40 million customers.

Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Benchaâboun, won Finance Minister of the Year. He was recognised for the exceptional work of his ministry which coordinated an exemplary response to the economic impact from the crisis, helping to protect both lives and livelihoods. The fiscal stimulus provided has cushioned the impact of the pandemic. The ministry managed to crowd in both public and private sector resources that were used to support the most needy.

Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, was awarded the Central Bank Governor of the year. Under his leadership, the Reserve Bank has managed to act decisively but also, the Committee noted, in a measured way, managing both upside and downside risk.

Felix Bikpo earned the Life Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career. When asked for his outlook on the future of the continent, he remained upbeat saying technological developments and also the human capabilities that we have developed in Africa are cause for optimism.

Charlie Robertson, chief economist at international investment bank Renaissance Capital won the African Banker icon category. In his remarks he noted that it was important to drive up savings rates to help spur greater investments on the continent, if Africa is to replicate the Asian miracle.

Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher of African Banker said: “I was really impressed by the entries this year. It showed that the banking sector is healthy and resilient which will be critical if it is to support the economic recovery post-COVID. What will be fundamental to our recovery is the support of the real economy, especially SMEs, and also a focus on more equity investments and investments in general. For that, as our African Banker Icon suggested, we will also need to increase our savings rate across the continent. If I had one comment on the winners, it was dominated by men this year. However I should add that the institutions that were recognised in our ceremony all had strong gender programmes, both in terms of supporting women-led businesses but also strong programmes to promote women and have women leaders within their organisations.”

This year the Awards were sponsored by the African Guarantee Fund, Bank of Industry (Nigeria), Banque du Développement du Mali and technology partner TagPay.

THE 2021 AFRICAN BANKER AWARD WINNERS 

Sustainable bank of the year
Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt

Infrastructure deal of the year
Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway $1.46bn loan facility
Nedbank | Standard Chartered | TDB

Deal of the year – Equity
Privatisation of Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Ltd
FBNQuest

Deal of the year – Debt
African Export-Import Bank, COVID-19 Support Facility
MUFG Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Award for financial inclusion
Trust Merchant Bank, DRC

African Banker Icon
Charlie Robertson, Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Finance Minister of the year
H.E Mohammed Benchaâboun, Minister for Economy and Finance, Morocco

Award for Innovation for Financial Services
Bank of Industry, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme

Energy deal of the year
Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant in Malawi / 7.5 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Burundi
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)

Agriculture deal of the year
USD 400m Revolving Trade Finance Facility in favour of ETC Group
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

African SME Bank of the Year
Ecobank

Best Regional Bank in Africa
North: Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
West: Banque de Développement du Mali
East: Equity Bank, Kenya
Central: BGFI, Gabon
Southern: Mozabanco, Mozambique

Investment Bank of the Year
ABSA

Central Bank Governor of the Year
H.E. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor Reserve Bank of South Africa

Lifetime Achievement
Felix Bikpo

African Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Group

African Banker of the Year
Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO, Access Bank

For more on the African Banker Awards, please visit: www.africanbankerawards.com

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Standard Bank Group to Bring Together Over 600 delegates in Search For Africa’s Next Phase of Growth

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Standard Bank Group is bringing together international investors, policymakers and top African corporates to look ahead to the opportunities in a growing Africa. The 11th Africa Investors’ Conference (AIC), held in collaboration with ICBC Standard Bank, is being held over 5 days from 21-25 June.

Standard Bank Group has partnered with Microsoft to power the conference’s virtual format, using the Teams platform to host over 3,000 meetings between African corporates and institutional investors over the five-day period. Attendees will hear a keynote address from Samer Abu-Ltaif, Corporate Vice President and President, Microsoft MEA, on why Africa’s speedy adoption of tech will help to drive growth on the continent.

Continuing on from the successful approach pioneered at last year’s conference, the virtual format enables record numbers of individuals to participate. In 2020, a total of over 2,800 meetings which attracted over 40 corporates were facilitated. This year is set to be the biggest yet, with at least 25 percent more African corporates confirmed to attend.

Further enhanced by the attendance of some of Africa’s leading policymakers and speakers from prominent organisations in Africa and globally, the agenda-setting conference provides a virtual platform for equity investors such as AIG, Jefferies and JP Morgan to meet in select groups and identify investment opportunities with some of the continent’s most successful corporates, including Nampak, MTN, Anglo American Platform, Liberty Holdings and many more.

Key insights will be delivered during the conference’s flagship plenary sessions which will feature His Excellency, the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, Dr. Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Lesetja Kganyago, Governor, South African Reserve Bank and Standard Bank Group CEO Sim Tshabalala.

With the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in mind, this year’s conference is distinctly forward looking, and will track the opportunities on offer to investors and corporates under the themes of Africa’s People, Progress and Potential. Topics to be covered will range from digital infrastructure, sustainable technology advances, the African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA), specific opportunities within Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa, as well as economic overviews for many African countries.

The policymaker country sessions will cover the latest monetary and fiscal policy reforms while the thought-leadership sessions will cover countries, sectors, current issues and trends to showcase the opportunity for investment and growth across Africa.

“Despite the trying and unique circumstances last year, we were able to bring together a wealth of policymakers, corporates and investors committed to the long-term prosperity of Africa. We are confident of similarly strong engagement this year and looking forward to facilitating productive conversations regarding the investment opportunities across the continent,” says Kenny Fihla, CEO of Wholesale Clients, Standard Bank Group.

The conference will highlight the rapid acceleration of Africa’s fintech capabilities. Managing Director of Zeepay, Andrew Takyi-Appiah, and Tony van den Berge, Managing Director EMEA Emerging Markets, Amazon Web Services, will deliver insights on the technological growth of Ghana and South Africa.

This year’s event is the first since the ratification of the AfCFTA. Representatives from Standard Bank Group, the United Nations and leading African corporates will join a session analysing the transformative effect the AfCFTA will have on intra-Africa trade and the long-term prosperity of the continent.

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