To Our Future Leaders: Four Guiding Pillars of Success

Last week, I addressed the 2024 graduating class of Bridge House College, Ikoyi. Entering the hall, catching the anticipation on those faces, it took me back to my childhood. I grew up with limited means and few privileges, my mum was an entrepreneur, running a restaurant, but there was love and an abundance of optimism. […]

2023: A landmark year for UBA

This year marks a defining chapter for us at UBA – celebrating a landmark anniversary, superlative financial results, and remarkable impact across Africa and beyond. Earlier this week, we formally announced the kick-off of our 75th anniversary celebrations and recognition of the numerous innovations pioneered by UBA. Today, at the 62nd UBA Annual General Meeting […]

Building to Last: Celebrating Milestones and Transformation

Today marks a very proud moment in our journey of growth, value creation, and transformation.Celebrating UBA’s 75th anniversary and Transcorp Power’s Annual General Meeting, the first since listing on the Nigerian Exchange. These are two significant milestones in our journey of building lasting legacies and upholding exceptional corporate governance. Creating African institutions, driven by African […]

Leadership Lessons – From 47,000 Feet 

The future of Africa lies in the hands of our youth.  I am constantly amazed by the young disruptors I meet.  Take Olugbenga “GB” Agboola, who leads Flutterwave, one of Africa’s fintech unicorns.  We met recently at a conference in India, where he invited me to speak with his employees.  Yesterday on a flight from […]

Worker’s Day: Recognition and Reward for our HH People

Worker’s Day this year made me reflect.  It has been a tough year – and we know things are not getting easier.  The Group has made great strides – but our success is more than just figures, it is the success of all of us.  We are a family – and I know the challenges […]

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 […]

New Year Interactive Session With Group Staff.

On Sunday, I had an interactive session with Group Executives across Heirs Holdings and UBA Group to commend the team on the successes achieved in 2023 and set the agenda for 2024.Here are the 6 points I shared with leaders across our Groups to adopt for success: 1. Vision Alignment. Know your vision – keep […]

Nurturing Excellence: Building a Community of Purpose-Driven Leaders.

In the companies I lead, we don’t just welcome new hires; we induct trailblazers into a community driven by a shared purpose. Reflecting on our induction sessions, where I have the privilege of engaging with the newest members, I will share my thoughts on the importance of nurturing excellence through a dialogue of aspirations, dreams, […]

Driving Inclusive Tech Innovation in Africa.

In 2019, I joined President Emmanuel Macron and other global leaders at the illustrious Elysee Palace in France to discuss the convergence of technology and gender equality – two themes profoundly dear to my heart. As a businessman and a committed founding member of French President Emmanuel Macron’s Tech for Good initiative, I know the […]