Take Off! Six Insights from the 2024 UBA GMAP Graduation Ceremony

Last week, I led the induction with UBA’s newest cohort of graduate trainees – our GMAP Class of 24! I love these sessions, I meet new members of our UBA-Tribe, I hear their stories, answer their questions and welcome them to our Group. I vividly recall starting my career as a trainee.  I had ambition, […]

Uniting Talent – Delivering Opportunity – Transforming Lives 

Today, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Academy graduates the 8th cohort of our “Graduate Management Accelerated Program (GMAP)” — a program focused on nurturing young African professionals and equipping them with the skillset to drive the deepening of the financial services sector in Africa.  Moments like this remind me of my own journey, the […]

Empower an Entrepreneur, Empower a Community, Empower a Continent.

Entrepreneurship catalyses. Entrepreneurship catalyses people, communities, countries. Entrepreneurship can change a nation, can change a continent. Earlier this week, while in South Africa, I visited one of the beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and was blown away by the impact that had been created. I always love meeting entrepreneurs, bonding over the struggles, celebrating […]

Empowering Africa: Collaborative Solutions for Youth Empowerment and Economic Development.

Earlier this week, I joined Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships, to discuss the EU’s approach to the Sahel. Impressive engagement by the EU – it was refreshing, there was mutual respect – TEF and European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships have worked closely together on female entrepreneurship. It was good that the […]

Ramadan Iftar at Aso Villa: A Shared Vision for a New Nigeria

Yesterday, I was honoured to share Iftar at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, at the invitation of our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It was heart-warming to sit together, eat together, not just as Muslims or Christians, but as Nigerians who love their country and know what we can achieve. During the ceremony, President Bola Ahmed […]

Oramah’s Developmental Commercial Banking Idea needs Elumelu’s Africapitalism.

Professor Benedict Oramah’s recent articulation of Development Commercial Banking is very compelling. According to him, Development Commercial Banking is “… a careful blend of investment banking and commercial banking aimed at delivering three outcomes, namely positive socioeconomic impact to society, as well as solid financial returns and goodwill to the bank”. Professor Oramah is the […]

Transcorp Power Lists on the Nigerian Exchange; Gains 10% First Day of Trading

Transcorp Power Plc, a power subsidiary of Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp Group), has listed its shares via introduction on the Main Board of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), adding more than N1.8 trillion to the market capitalization of NGX and further boosting liquidity in the Nigerian capital market. The listing was celebrated on the 4th of […]


Spotlights Role of African Philanthropy in Transforming the Development Agenda in Africa At a time of renewed geopolitical interest in Africa, and an increasing questioning of traditional development finance models, Harvard Business School today released a case study examining the role and impact of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), and its unique approach to catalysing […]