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Polaris Bank Promotes SMEs, Sponsors 2021 Fashion Souk

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Polaris Bank Promotes SMEs, Sponsors 2021 Fashion Souk

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Polaris Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially those operating in the fashion industry in Nigeria.

This position was emphasized in a statement issued by the Bank while disclosing plans to support this year’s Fashion Souk – the niche fair for fashion enthusiasts and businesses convened by Eventful Limited, Nigeria’s pioneer and leading events management company.

The one-day business fair is scheduled to hold on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 at the HarborPoint, Victoria Island, Lagos will provide a platform for over 100 SMEs in Nigeria’s fashion industry who will showcase their creativity, product lines, and economic potentials.

A report by the continent’s development finance powerhouse, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) quotes the global fashion industry as worth over $2.5 trillion with Africa’s share estimated at less than 1% of the total values in 2020, putting Africa’s entire textile/clothing market at more than $31 billion, while Nigeria’s fashion industry is valued at $10 billion according to statistics quoted by Fashion Association Designers of Nigeria (FADAN).

Shedding more light on Polaris Bank’s sponsorship, the Group Head Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike noted that Nigeria’s fashion sub-sector has huge and untapped potentials capable of reducing the rate of unemployment in the country.

According to him, “Polaris Bank will be sponsoring one of the best fashion fairs in Nigeria. The fair is curated to facilitate exhibition from four categories of SMEs in the fashion industry including Manufacturers, Retailers, Leather and Jewelry/ accessories with over 120 SME businesses in attendance with expected 2,500+ visitors and buyers expected at the fair”.

He further noted that Polaris Bank remains the preferred Bank in the provision of unique products and services across all the key market segments of the Nigerian economy; serving and impacting the public and private sector; including large and small corporate organizations, SMEs, professional groups, and institutions across; health, education, trade, merchandising, utilities, hospitality, etc.

Commenting on the essence of the SOUK, the Convener, Mrs. Yewande Zaccheaus said: “Eventful Limited has been deliberate in using the platform of the Fashion Souk to create the much-needed road to market for budding fashion entrepreneurs whilst also expanding the target market of the more established designers. The opportunities for scaling businesses have been fully optimised by our vendors through their participation at the Souk as well as the Business Pitch. We are proud to be contributing to the growth of the nation’s economy through this laudable initiative”.

Eventful Limited, is a pioneer of events management business in Nigeria and a Convener of four most-sought-after industry fairs in Lagos namely: The Beauty Souk, The Food Souk, The Fashion Souk, and The Street Souk. The 2021 Beauty Souk holding on December 5, 2021 heralds the
4th edition of the event.

Polaris Bank’s sponsorship and partnership with Eventful to host the Fashion Souk, provides a further boost to budding entrepreneurs in the fashion industry, and by extension accelerates the growth of the SMEs in Nigeria and the nation’s economy at large.

Polaris Bank recently won the coveted BusinessDay Digital Bank of the Year award for delivering VULTe, a niche digital Bank.

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Fidelity Bank Renovates Classroom Blocks, Commissions ATM Gallery In Zaria To Drive Financial Inclusion

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Fidelity Bank Renovates Classroom Blocks, Commissions ATM Gallery In Zaria To Drive Financial Inclusion

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A leading financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc recently commissioned the newly renovated  Madrasatul Anwarul Islam school in Zaria,  Kaduna State as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeted across Nigeria.

Established over five decades ago by the emir’s father, late Maga in Garin Zazzau, Alhaji Nuhu Bamalli, Madrasatul Anwarul Islam is the alma mater of the current Emir of Zazzau and has produced several notable personalities in the country.

The bank also inaugurated a state-of-the-art Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) gallery to drive financial inclusion within the community.

Speaking at the official project commissioning event held on Saturday, 18 June 2022, Executive Director, North Directorate, Fidelity Bank Plc, Hassan Imam, said the bank’s decision to renovate the school was borne out of its commitment to making learning conducive for both students and teachers across the country.

Fidelity Bank Renovates Classroom Blocks, Commissions ATM Gallery In Zaria To Drive Financial Inclusion
Left-Right: Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli; Executive Director, North Directorate, Fidelity Bank Plc, Hassan Imam; and Divisional Head, Brand and Communications, Fidelity Bank Plc, Meksley Nwagboh at the commissioning of classroom blocks renovated by the bank at Madrasatul Anwarul Islam, Kwarbai, Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday, 18 June 2022. The bank also inaugurated a state-of-the-art Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) gallery at the Emir’s palace at the event.

According to Imam, “Our CSR footprint extends beyond education, healthcare and youth empowerment initiatives across the country as we are driven by the belief that we can only succeed as an organization when the people and community where we do business succeed. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to help upgrade the facilities here at Madrasatul Anwarul Islam. Our hope is that the teachers and students in the school would put the facility to good use.”

“As part of our commitment to drive financial inclusion across the country and boost commerce in Zaria in particular, we have installed an ATM gallery at the emir’s palace. We hope this would make financial services easier and accessible to members of the Zaria community in line with our mission as a bank and thank the emir, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, for his support in executing this project as well,” explained Imam.

Applauding the bank for its gesture towards promoting education and commerce in Zaria, HRM Ambassador Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli encouraged members of the community to put the facilities to good use and protect them against vandalism. He also urged businesses and merchants to patronize the bank as a way of appreciating their efforts in developing the community.

Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria with over 6.7 million customers serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank was recently recognized as the Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking & Finance Awards. The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

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Fidelity Bank Bags Award For Best SME Bank In Nigeria

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Fidelity Bank Bags Award for Best SME Bank in Nigeria

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Fidelity Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, has added yet another accolade to its burgeoning collection of awards.

This time, the Bank has been recognized as the ‘Best SME Bank in Nigeria’ by the Global Finance Banking & Finance Awards 2022.

According to the organizers of the Global Banking and Finance review, the bank received the award after a comprehensive review and assessment of its intervention and provision of long-term financing support for small businesses across Nigeria.

Dedicating the award to customers and staff of the bank, Managing Director/ Chief Executive officer of Fidelity Bank, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said, “Our long-running support for the growth and development of small businesses stems from our recognition of SMEs as critical agents of economic transformation in Nigeria. That is why we constantly innovate new ways of helping them meet their objectives. I thank our customers for keeping faith with us and our staff for going the extra mile in delighting our customers”.

Fidelity Bank Bags Award For Best SME Bank In Nigeria
Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Fidelity Bank CEO.

According to Mrs. Onyeali-Ikpe, over the years, Fidelity Bank has developed a strong multifaceted SME banking franchise, driven by tailored products and services. She also noted that the bank has attractive offerings backed by the requisite one-on-one and cluster-focused advisory services and hand-holding support for SME customers.

The Global Finance Banking Awards are recognized globally and justly regarded as the industry standard for premier banking and financial services excellence with key sources of data and intelligence on the global banking and finance industry. The yearly awards recognize deserving financial institutions and corporate organizations, that drive innovation in the global financing community. They reflect on the achievement, strategy, progressive, and inspirational changes taking place within the financial sector.

Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria with over 6.5 million customers serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank was recently recognized as the Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking & Finance Awards. The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

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FirstBank – Reaping The Benefits Of Solid Legacy

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FirstBank – Reaping the Benefits of a Solid Legacy

FirstBank delighted investors with a pleasant surprise when it announced stellar results confirming that its turnaround strategy pinned on the pillars of innovation, resilience, and digging deep is working.

Its profit after tax spiked 108% to N32.4billion on the back of massive loan recoveries and a sharply lower level of non-performing loans (6.1%). Its capital adequacy ratio (CAR) increased to 17.4%, giving it the much-needed buffers required to withstand financial shocks and turbulent headwinds in the coming quarters.

FirstBank, one of a handful of banks that adopted the holding company structure, has been proven right as almost all the other tier-one competitors have emulated the model. As far as competition is concerned, FirstBank is fighting hard to recover lost grounds to the nimble fintech, the highly capitalized and efficient telcos, and their payment savings bank subsidiaries.

Indeed, FirstBank Nigeria is well equipped to fight amongst the sharks in this blood-soaked ocean.

We expect to see FBN stock rise in the months ahead due to its massive undervaluation and its evident potential upside. We recommend the stock as a BUY.

–  Financial Derivative Company

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