Women in power


This women are committed financial executors in their various leadership positions. Their top notch skills and vast experiences explains just how good and powerful they are.

1. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – 

She has served twice as former minister of finance and a coordinating minister of the economy.
A highly respected and influential global leader, economist and policymaker. She had consistently made Forbes’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World and one of the Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine.

She has also held several key positions at the World Bank, including as Managing Director. 

2. Arunma Oteh – Ecobank board member

Arunma Oteh has a 33-year career ranging from finance to banking and international development.  Oteh was  treasurer of the World Bank from 2015-2018, and the former Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria 2010-2015. She recently joined Oxford University as an academic scholar at St. Antony’s College and an executive-in-residence at SAID Business School. Ecobank also recently appointed her as a non executive board member.

3. Zainab Ahmed – Nigeria’s Minister of Finance

Zainab is an accountant by profession and became the Minister of Finance following the resignation of, Kemi Adeosun the then former minister last year. And also Minister for Budget and National Planning appointed on August 21, 2019 as the two ministries were brought under her as one, making her the de facto Minister of Economy. She was previously the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

In over 30 years of her career, she has served the in various high ranking positions.

4. Aishah Ahmad – Deputy Governor, CBN

Aishah Ahmad was appointed Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , she leads the sound promotion of financial system in Nigeria; as one of the principal objects of the Bank as specified within the CBN Act. She is a member of the Governing Board and Committee of Governors at the CBN and Chairman, Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) – a not for profit organization.

Prior to her appointment, Aisha was the Executive Director, Retail Banking at Diamond Bank. Her experience cuts across top financial institutions in Nigeria including Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC and Diamond Bank.

5. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank Plc

Ibukun Awosika is the current Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc and the first women in such a position. As a reputable businesswoman, she is the CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart an so on.

She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), . Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards.

6. Toyin Sanni – 

Toyin Sanni was the immediate past Group CEO of United Capital Plc and now founder and CEO of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, a Nigerian-based financial services provider.

She is a prominent Investment Banker, Previously she has been the CEO,UBA Trustees, CEO, UBA Global Investor Services,MD/CEO, Cornerstone Trustees & AGM at FBN Trustees, a part of the FBN Holdings group.

Toyin leads a multiple award winning group who provide advisory & capital raising solutions for infrastructure & development across Africa. She is also a public speaker and an author.

7. Sola David-Borha – 

Sola David-Borha is the current Chief Executive, Africa Regions at Standard Bank Group, the former CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and the former CEO of Stanbic IBTC Bank.

She previously held executive roles which included acting managing director of IBTC Chartered Bank Plc and executive director of CIB (excluding South Africa).

She was described as one of the finest bankers of her generation by Former Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Atedo Peterside

Currently, she serves as the vice chairman of the board of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, and has held this position since 2015.