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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Olusegun Agbaje Named African Banker of the Year


In the 6th edition of the African Banker Awards, under the patronage of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held recently at  Arusha, Tanzania,Olusegun Agbaje, managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria clinched the prize for African Banker of the Year.

The award was present to him by Tim Turner, director of the Private Sector Operations of the African Development Bank at Frangipani Gardens in Arusha, where the awards ceremony took place.

Ecobank beat tough competition posed by six other contestants in its category to come out on top as African Bank of the Year. The Best Regional Bank category named a winner from each of the five regions of Africa: Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco for North Africa; BGFI, Gabon for Central Africa; Bank of Kigali, Rwanda for East Africa; Access Bank, Nigeria for West Africa; and BCI, Mozambique for Southern Africa - highlighting Africa's diversity but strength as one continent.

Arnold Ekpe, a well recognised face in the African banking community, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Eleni Gabre-Mahdin, founder and managing director of the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange follows in the footsteps of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Adebayo Ogunlesi to win the African Banker Icon Award.

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