Access Bank wins Triple Honours at the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016

Access Bank Plc. has emerged as Nigeria’s biggest winner at the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016.  

In an announcement made by the London-based finance magazine last week, Access Bank won in 3 categories (2 Pan-African and 1 National) namely: The ‘CEO of the Year’, awarded to Access Bank’s Group Managing Director and CEO, Herbert Wigwe; ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and ‘Best Bank in Nigeria’. 

EMEA Finance is a leading bi-monthly global industry publication that reports on the major financial events and happenings initiated and influenced by the international financial industry active in Europe, Middle East and Africa.  

Commenting on Access Bank’s impressive streak, EMEA Finance CEO Christopher Moore said: “A repeat winner of our Best Bank in Nigeria award, Access Bank has become a Nigerian powerhouse, and one of the premier financial institutions in the country. Generating steep increases in revenues and profit growth over the past several years is no small feat, particularly with strong negative macroeconomic headwinds”.   

In acceptance of the Best CEO award, Wigwe thanked the staff of Access Bank, acknowledging their support in achieving the goal of not only becoming one of the Top 3 banks in Nigeria, but also for participating in the Bank’s CSR activities that have touched the lives of over thousands of Nigerians. 

Reacting to the announcement of the awards, Wigwe said, "We are delighted to be recipients of these prestigious awards. It is a testament to the continued effective execution of our five-year strategy to become the world’s most respected African Bank". 

This year has been a remarkable one for the Bank as we continue to receive both regional and international acclaim. I am extremely proud to be part of an institution that is committed to delivering sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant.  We have reaffirmed our status as innovative industry pioneers equipped to answer questions about tomorrow today”. 

The hat-trick comes barely a week after two big wins at the annual BusinessDay Banking Awards where the Bank was named ‘Best Bank of the Year’ and Wigwe crowned Bank CEO of the Year.  

We are delighted to recognise Wigwe as our CEO of the Year in our African Banking Awards 2016 awards package”, Moore said. “Leadership requires ambition, and Wigwe possesses this quality and many more. His 14 years of dedication and commitment to the development of Access Bank have helped it to attract over 7 million customers, to complete complex and strategically important financings, and to create an international presence”, he added. 

“Wigwe led Access Bank’s efforts to incorporate sustainability across all aspects of the Bank’s activities. In doing so, he also moved the entire sector forward, and now all of Nigeria’s banks, including the Central Bank of Nigeria, have adopted what is known as the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles” he stated. 


Access Bank Plc. is a full service commercial Bank operating through a network of 371 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa, and the United Kingdom with representative offices in China, Lebanon and the UAE.  

Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998, the Bank serves its various markets through four business segments: Personal, Business, Commercial and Corporate & Investment Banking. The Bank has over 830,000 shareholders including several Nigerian and International Institutional Investors and has enjoyed what is arguably Africa's most successful banking growth trajectory in the last twelve years ranking amongst Africa's top 20 banks by total assets and capital in 2015.  

As part of its continued growth strategy, Access Bank is focused on mainstreaming sustainable business practices into its operations. The Bank strives to deliver sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant. 


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