The Managing Director, EdFin Microfinance bank, Bunmi Ajani-Lawson and the founder/CEO of Grooming Centre, Dr Godwin Nwabunka have been honoured with the financial inclusion awards for their roles in deepening financial inclusion in the country.
Also recognised with the prestigious award include the CEO of Innovectives Emmanuel Agha, Prince Gbolahan Dada, founder of Joe Hans Network and Mrs Temitope Akin-Fadeyi, former head of the financial inclusion secretariat at the Central Bank of Nigeria, [CBN].
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They received the award at the Inclusive Financial Nigeria Conference and Awards (IFINCA) 2019, an event organised by leading strategic communications company, eMaginations Communications.
IFINCA is a national platform to deliberate on issues related to financial inclusion, financial education and financial stability.
Director IFINCA, Rarzack Olaegbe said the recipients have over the years distinguished themselves as the leading figures in the financial industry and have deployed different strategic initiatives that have further deepen financial inclusion in the country.
“The recognition is for their standout leadership in driving financial inclusion in Nigeria which has lifted the nation’s economy’’, Olaegbe said.
Bunmi Lawson was the pioneer MD/CEO of Accion Microfinance bank. Under her watch in May 2007, from one only branch and 18 employees, she grew the bank into a national bank with over 259,313 accounts; 37,800 active borrowers; 62 branches in six states and over 1, 000 staff members in 10 years.
Emmanuel Agha who received the award of Financial Inclusion Person of the Year (Male), is the MD of Innovectives, the operator of Kesh.
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Kesh is connected to Zenith bank, GTB, Access bank, Stanbic IBTCUBA, Eco bank, NIPOST IFS, Masterpass, mVisa, Quickteller, NIBSS, Remita and ARM Life Insurance platform.
Over 750, 000 bank accounts have been opened by Kesh Express for banks in its network.
Grooming Centre under the leadership of Dr Godwin Nwabunka has empowered over four million women with microcredit and employed about three thousand youths.
Leading fintech company, 3Line Card Management Limited, also received the Pioneering Leadership award for redefining the concept of banking when it launched Street Banking through its Freedom Network which served the huge number of the unbanked citizens and further help to promote the idea of a cashless society.
Mrs Temitope Akin-Fadeyi, who received the Financial Inclusion Person of the year (Female), is the head of Financial Inclusion Secretariat at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
She also serves as the secretary to the National Financial Inclusion Governing Committee and Coordinator; Financial Inclusion Working Groups which focus on products, channels financial literacy and special interventions for priority segments which includes women, youth and people with disabilities.