Accion Microfinance Bank, Nigeria, has won the African Leadership Microfinance Brand of The Year Award in recognition of their commitment to driving financial inclusion and their impact on socio-economic development, contributions to sustainable development, and commitment to empowering business owners across Nigeria.
Mr. Taiwo Adesina Joda, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Accion Microfinance Bank, received the award from The African Leadership Magazine during the 8th Africa Summit, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, United Kingdom.
The 2-day event which was was organized by the African Leadership Organization, publishers of the African Leadership Magazine UK, attracted high-level business leaders and policymakers, including Lord Dolar Popat, a Member of the UK House of Lords and the British Prime Ministers Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda.
Baroness Sandy Verma, Member UK House of Lords. Hon. Renganaden Padayachy, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius. Rindra Rabarinirinarison, Minister for Economy & Finance, Madagascar. Hon. Seedy Sk Nije, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Of The Gambia. Hon. Fonati Koffa, Deputy Speaker, House of Reps, Liberia. Michel Ussene, Executive Chairman, Uxene Smart City, Mozambique.
Other guests at the event include His Royal Majesty, Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III CFR, Olu of Warri Kingdom, Nigeria. Olori Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III, Queen Consort of Warri Kingdom, Nigeria. Cosmas Kanhai, CEO, Zimbabwe Asset Management Corporation. Hon. Debele Kabeta Hursa, Commissioner, Ethiopian Customs Commission. Hon. Johnny Ohisa Damian, Governor, Bank of South Sudan. Dr Walton Ekundayo Gilpin, MD, Rokel Commercial Bank, Sierra Leon. MrsMukwandi Chibesakunda, CEO, Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) Plc; Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). NokuthulaSelamolela, CEO Food and Beverages Manufacturing, South Africa. H.E. Dr. Benedito Paulo Manuel, Director General, Sociedade Mineira De Catoca Lda, Angola; amongst others.
Accion Microfinance Bank’s digital transformation journey began a couple of years ago and has led to efficiency and an improved customer experience. Over the past year, Accion MfB has made significant progress in creating positive social impact while also delivering strong financial results.
The Africa Summit provided a platform for meaningful dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and collaboration among Africa’s top business leaders and influencers. The Summit also fostered a vibrant knowledge-sharing, innovation, and networking atmosphere.
Select delegates to this year’s event were hosted for one-day discussions at the House of Lords to signal the commencement of the 8th Africa Summit. The discussions centred on workable strategies and modalities for increasing Africa-UK trade partnerships, with the active support of influential members of the House of Lords with age-long insight into UK-Africa trade partnerships.
The Africa Summit featured high-level panel discussions, keynote addresses, and interactive sessions on critical topics such as Business partnerships, CSR, Sustainable development, Infrastructure, Technology, and Governance. Distinguished speakers, including government ministers, diplomats, members of parliament, business leaders, and experts, shared their insights, experiences, and success stories, inspiring participants to explore new strategies and partnerships for advancing Africa’s prosperity. The event also had a panel discussion on Galvanising Africa’s Political Leadership for Global Investments, Partnerships, and Collaboration.