The Oasis Reporters
December 23, 2020
By Greg Abolo.
With the Central Bank of Nigeria’s approval of the recent appointment of Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe as the Managing Director-Designate of Fidelity Bank Plc by the Board of the Bank, the robust banking sector of Africa’s biggest economy is set to witness the assumption of office of a female CEO of a leading commercial bank in the country on January 1, 2021.
Onyeali-Ikpe is an industry professional of over 30 years standing who is taking over the reins of the leading tier 2 bank from Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo who has been in the saddle since 2014 and whose tenure ends on December 31, 2020.
Known as the Amazon of the Nigerian banking sector, Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe’s assumption of office has brought a great deal of excitement to the financial services sector. A two-time Executive Director at two different commercial banks, first at the former Enterprise Bank and later at Fidelity Bank, she is a consummate professional with several awards of recognition for her contribution to the growth of the organizations where she has worked.
A versatile banker with experience that cuts across legal, treasury services, retail, investment, corporate and commercial banking with notable financial institutions such as Zenith Bank and Standard Chartered Bank among others, another striking dimension to the incoming Managing Director is her love for charity outreaches. She is well known to support many orphanages in Lagos- a practice she imbibed for so many years.
Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe is a Law graduate from the University of Nigeria. She also attended the Nigerian Law School and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Kings College, London, United Kingdom. She is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria and has attended various executive programmes at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, London Business School, University of Chicago, Harvard Business School, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, USA, INSEAD at France, IMD at Lausanne, Switzerland and Lagos Business School among others.
She is expected to continue to lead the transformation of the Bank in its quest for Tier 1 status.