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London turns blue as First Bank UK hits 40

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, turned blue on Friday, November 11, 2022, as First Bank Nigeria UK, which is a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Partnership Across Borders”.

The event, which brought together clients, members of government officials and the diplomatic community, regulators and captains of industries, was convened to appreciate the sponsorship and support the bank has received since its opening in UK 40 years ago. As key stakeholders, they have been instrumental in establishing the bank as an important gateway for connecting international markets in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world to the best financial services solutions that the Kingdom United has to offer.

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Guests at the event include the Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola GCON, Chief Justice of Nigeria; Oba Sen. Dr. Moshood Olalekan Ishola Balogun, Alliiwo II, Olubadan of Ibadan Country; Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, High Commissioner, Nigeria High Commission, United Kingdom; and His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion included Umaru Abdul Mutallab, a Nigerian businessman and former chairman of FirstBank, and Mohammed Indimi OFR, chairman of Oriental Energy Resources.

In his welcome address to the dignitaries and guests in attendance, Sam Aiyere, Managing Director of FBN Bank UK Ltd., said: “Since its inception, our bank has demonstrated unparalleled dexterity, serving as a gateway linking international markets by Africa, Europe, and the rest of the world to the best financial services solutions the UK has to offer.

“Through its UK office and Paris branch, our bank has continued to facilitate international trade between Africa and Europe while delivering best-in-class corporate, institutional and private banking solutions and world class to our esteemed customers.

We have recorded a commendable achievement only because you are firmly on our side. Therefore, I dedicate the success of the past 40 years to all of our stakeholders. Thank you for being the lever under our push,” he also added.

Appreciating the sponsorship and support given to FBNBank UK, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, CEO of FirstBank, said: “Today we celebrate 40 years of uninterrupted business operations in the UK; 40 years of support and realization of dreams; 40 years of resilience and relevance; 40 years of trust, safety and security; 40 years of long-term value for all stakeholders; and 40 years of partnerships across borders. I think the future is bright for FBN Bank UK. With our great outing tonight, our group once again stands out as one big and happy multi-faceted family.

In his speech, Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, underlined that “FBNBank UK’s established presence in a leading global financial center such as London ensures that the FirstBank Group is well placed to play an active role in promoting Africa as an investment destination, attracting much needed capital to the continent and facilitating trade with other parts of the world.

“FirstBank’s presence in other countries outside of Nigeria shows that the extent of its impact extends across the continent.

“As you are headquartered in the continent’s largest economy, you have a unique role in also facilitating capital flows to other African countries and assisting their economic growth and development.”

Further, in his goodwill message, President Muhammedu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said, “FirstBank has deeply demonstrated a high level of nationalism in keeping the Nigerian dream alive. at the heart of its activities. through constant evolution to give birth to agile financial services solutions to meet the demands of its customers, both at home and abroad.

“Furthermore, perhaps more than any other institution in its class, FirstBank has supported the government by providing human resources at various times to build much-needed professional expertise in various sectors of our economy.”