As part of the strategy to lead in broadening opportunities and access to financial services, FBNBank Ghana and its parent, First Bank of Nigeria Limited have announced a partnership with the International Centre for Strategic Alliances (ICSA) to hold the 2020 Virtual Digital Banking Summit.

The Digital Banking Summit is a C-Suite platform that creates a medium for discussions on global trends and disruption in Digital Banking, how market players can seize opportunities and respond to trends, while focusing on pertinent issues like FinTech disruption, Financial Inclusion, Block Chain and RegTech. This year’s Summit is under the theme, “Digitization of Banking Sector – En Route to a Cashless Africa” and will hold virtually on Wednesday, 11th of November, 2020.

Commenting on the Summit which will feature speakers from FBNBank Ghana and its parent, First Bank of Nigeria Limited as Official Banking Partners, Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan stated that “technology is an integral part of FirstBank’s business model which leads to the bank’s creation of platforms for customer engagement, provision of products and service offerings for customers when they want it and where they want it. Dr. Adeduntan opined that “technology is an enabler that provides opportunities to drive efficiency and increase productivity by transforming the bank’s operating model to deliver lean, productive and secure business operations.”

He further stated that “as a brand of strength and dynamism that has evolved over the past 126 years, the First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group is focused on building strong partnerships by providing outstanding products, services and support at every stage in our clients’ life journey while delivering the relevant experiences that exceed their expectations.”

The FBNBank Ghana Managing Director, Victor Yaw Asante noted that the crisis of COVID-19 has accelerated the implementation of banks’ digital strategies ahead of their timetables. He said banks remain committed to the refreshed operating methods that make them relevant in the banking and finance industry. He reiterated that as part of FBNBank Ghana’s strategy to bring financial services closer to customers, the bank has leveraged new and evolving technologies to facilitate customer access to everyday financial services such as *894# Quick Banking, Agent Banking, Online Banking and FBNMobile, the bank’s mobile app.

The Summit will feature presentations from prominent Speakers including the 1st Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Maxwell Opoku-Afari, Chief Keynote Speaker, Chen Kun Te, who is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Global Financial Services, Huawei EBG; FirstBank of Nigeria Limited Managing Director, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan; Victor Yaw Asante, Managing Director of FBNBank Ghana and Country Head, Technology and Services, FBNBank Ghana, Rachel Adeshina among others.

 

About FBNBank Ghana Limited

FBNBank Ghana Limited is a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has 21 branches and agencies in Ghana. FBNBank offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank Ghana Limited was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank Ghana is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for 126 years across Africa, Europe and China.

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November 9th, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana Ltd., a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has donated an amount of GH¢20,000 to support Rotary Ghana, the Ghana National Polio Plus Committee and selected Rotary Clubs mostly in the Ashanti region in the fight against Polio in Ghana. This is to help Rotary and its partners roll out a polio immunization exercise for children between zero (0) months to infants of up to fifty-nine (59) months. Even though Africa has now been declared polio free, there remains work to be done to ensure polio stays out.

Making the presentation to mark the International Polio Day celebration in Kumasi, Managing Director of FBNBank Ghana, Victor Yaw Asante emphasized the bank’s commitment to promote the health and wellbeing of children. ‘‘FBNBank Ghana, a bank that continually strives for excellence, drives the financial industry through offering of innovative solutions to our customers, opportunities for our employees and support the communities in which the bank operates finds it important to partner with Rotary International to tackle head-on, and eradicate Polio in Ghana and beyond. He said he is optimistic that the bank’s support to Rotary in the fight against polio will go a long way in changing the world and ensure that the gains achieved over the years are sustained.’’

Victor Yaw Asante urged Rotary and its partners not to relent in this fight against polio. He commended the efforts of Rotary and its partners on the huge amount of work it has done to make Africa polio free.

He underscored the need for all benevolent entities to come join in supporting the fight against Polio. “We hope by this gesture, other well-meaning players in corporate Ghana will also support the drive to completely eradicate Polio” he added.

 

About FBNBank Ghana

FBNBank Ghana Limited is a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has 21 footprints in Ghana with over 400 staff and offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank Ghana Limited was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank Ghana is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for over 125 years across Africa, Europe and China.

Nana Yaa Siriboe of Ghana National Polio Plus Committee receiving the cheque from Mr. Victor Yaw Asante, FBNBank Ghana MD/CEO. Looking on are Philip Afari and Isaac V. Asante-Kwatia of FBNBank Ghana

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October 28th, 2020
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Staff of FBNBank Ghana Limited including the Managing Director have presented an amount of GH¢10,865 in support of the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central (RRC’s) “Walk for a Child” fundraising initiative. The donation will be channeled into two projects being undertaken by the Rotary Club of Accra RRC for the renovation and construction of classrooms and library for the Golden Spring School in Tetegu as well as the purchase of essential equipment for the children’s cancer unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Mr. Enoch Vanderpuye, FBNBank Ghana Country Team Lead for Marketing & Corporate Communications who presented the donation said staff of the bank contributed to make the lives of the beneficiaries better because giving is a responsibility we must all take seriously. He gave the assurance that as a brand that puts its stakeholders at the heart of its business and remains committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of Ghanaians, FBNBank and its staff will continue to support the communities in which it operates. He stated that the donation by staff from all the branches was in response to a call to support children that had needs. Mr. Vanderpuye was supported by other staff of the bank including the Managing Director, Mr. Victor Yaw Asante who himself is a Rotarian.

Receiving the donation, Rosemary Puni, President of the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central expressed appreciation to the Management and staff of FBNBank Ghana. She revealed that “we are indeed touched by your kind gesture and generous donation. Your donation will go a long way to help improve lives of the community and for this the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central is eternally grateful.”

 

About FBNBank Ghana

FBNBank Ghana Limited is a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has 21 footprints in Ghana with over 400 staff and offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank Ghana Limited was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank Ghana is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for over 125 years across Africa, Europe and China.

Mabrouk Adam, 2nd from left, Victor Yaw Asante, 3rd from left, Ken Aristo Aryee, 4th from left, Enoch Vanderpuye, 5th from left, Rosemary, 3rd from right and other Rotarians. 

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October 28th, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited has relaunched its Ring Road Central branch, located opposite Meridian House.

With the bank’s you first customer proposition, the opening of the ultra-modern Ring Road Central branch forms part of FBNBank Ghana’s strategy to bring financial services closer than ever to its customers to make products and services available to all who bank with the bank. It is in recognition of the fact that as a bank, there should also be comfortable and convenient touch points for clients who occasionally need to physically interact with the bank to be able to do so at a place such as the ultra-modern Ring Road Central branch.

Welcoming guests to the event, the FBNBank Ghana Managing Director, Victor Yaw Asante announced the introduction of the bank’s Premium Banking service, which he revealed would be available at the Ring Road Central, Airport and Kaneshie branches. According to Mr. Asante, “FBNBank Premium Banking is an invitation only banking experience that allows us to provide dedicated service to our discerning High-Value customers who desire a complete range of personalized, differentiated banking products and services designed to provide absolute convenience and relevance to them.”

He disclosed that there is a range of benefits available to FBNBank Premium Banking customers both locally and when they travel across the six Sub Saharan African countries where its parent, First Bank of Nigeria Limited had subsidiaries as well as in the United Kingdom and France.

The FBNBank Ghana MD recounted the brand’s depth of experience and sound financial knowledge spanning 126 years which “makes us constantly interact with customers to understand their needs. Based on this understanding, we have provided tailored products and services to suit these needs in our quest to seek relevant ways of growing our customers, ourselves and our business. It is as a result of this that our brand has become a constant financial partner to our customers.”

Mr. Asante stated that FBNBank Ghana is pursuing a digital agenda, which leverages new and evolving technologies, to facilitate access to everyday financial services for consumers and businesses. This, he indicated, culminated in the opportunity presented to the bank’s customers to make real time financial transactions using *894# Quick Banking, FBNMobile, Online Banking and Agent Banking.

While revealing that FBNBank Ghana will turn 25 years in Ghana in 2021, the Managing Director noted that “the bank will continue to strive to endear the FBNBank Ghana brand to our customers through delivery of excellent financial services that meet the needs of the bank’s customers.”

The second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event congratulated the management and staff of the bank on this milestone. She noted that “since FBNBank’s entry into the Ghanaian banking space in 2013 through the acquisition of International Commercial Bank (ICB), the bank has consistently increased its foothold in the industry, as well as its impact on the economy. I commend the board for its oversight role and its commitment to growing the business of the bank in a sustainable and sound manner riding on the back of strong financial performance and customer satisfaction.” She said the opening of the branch in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had increased the operational cost of the bank across the country was a demonstration of FBNBank’s commitment to be actively supportive of the customers and the country’s development.

About FBNBank Ghana

FBNBank Ghana Limited is a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has 21 footprints in Ghana with over 400 staff and offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank Ghana Limited was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank Ghana is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for over 125 years across Africa, Europe and China.

Victor Yaw Asante, FBNBank Ghana MD addressing the audience

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October 9th, 2020
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As part of the strategy to broaden the opportunities and access to financial services for the unbanked and underbanked segment of our society, FBNBank Ghana has launched the Agent Banking channel.

Speaking at the launch of the FBN Agent Banking channel, Victor Yaw Asante, Managing Director of FBNBank Ghana said the bank has leveraged new and evolving technologies to provide access and bring affordable and convenient financial services closer to customers through a network of agents.

Mr. Asante expressed the concern that lack of access and usage of financial services by a significant portion of the population hinder their ability to contribute to the economy as they may not able to attract capital or secure credit for production and/or consumption purposes.

According to the FBNBank Ghana Managing Director, this highlights the need for financial inclusion as a socio-economic development tool. He said financial inclusion has emerged strongly as a current issue among policymakers, development partners and the private sector, all of who recognise it as an enabler for attaining the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr. Asante noted that the bank will work with its network of agents to present a convenient and comfortable alternative for customers that require simple and easy to use digital channels across the country.

“Our agent banking project will go along with continuous innovation and a roll out of new and improved electronic ways that will allow many users to carry out several transactions within their communities at FBNBank Agent locations” the FBNBank Ghana MD said.

He was optimistic that FBNBank Ghana will leverage on the experience and knowledge of its parent, First Bank of Nigeria Limited that had grown its agent banking model, Firstmonie, launched in 2017, with the indirect creation of over 150,000 jobs through its over 53,000 Firstmonie Agents to meet the needs of customers.

Welcoming guests to the launch of the FBNBank Agent network, the bank’s Country Head for Technology & Services, Mrs. Rachel Adeshina remarked that “the FBNBank Ghana Agents are positioned within the Accra-Tema metropolis and other locations around the bank’s branches to provide basic financial services such as account opening, cash deposit, cash withdrawals, funds transfer and much more to customers.” She added that “through this channel, the bank is committed to providing convenient services that endear trust, provide ease of access to financial products, thereby saving time and travel cost.”

Victor Yaw Asante, FBNBank Ghana Managing Director speaking at the launch of FBN Agent Banking

 

 

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October 9th, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana has introduced Emmanuel Andrew Samini, an award winning Reggae and Dancehall recording artiste, songwriter and performer as ambassador of its quick banking *894# product. The unveiling of the bank’s multiple award winning product ambassador took place at the bank’s launch of its new Ring Road Central branch.

The award winning musician put up an attention-grabbing live performance of the bank’s *894# product jingle and some of his musical works to climax a colourful commissioning of the bank’s Ring Road Central branch and the launch of the Premium Banking service. The event was graced by the 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mrs. Elsie Ado Awadzie and included the Gbese Mantse & Adonten of the Ga State, Nii Ayi Bonte II, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Oppong Peprah, Air Vice Marshall Frederick Asare Bekoe, Air Officer, Special Duties, Jubilee House, President of the Ghana Bar Association, Lawyer Tony Forson Jnr., Mr. Osei Gyasi, Head, Banking Supervision Department, Bank of Ghana.

Samini, who had been away for a period because of COVID-19 travel restrictions expressed delight to be back home and was excited at his collaboration with FBNBank Ghana. He gave the assurance that customers should expect a winning outcome from the collaboration between FBNBank Ghana and him.

 

Victor Yaw Asante, FBNBank Ghana MD and Emmanuel Andrew Samini, *894# Product Ambassador

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October 9th, 2020
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At half year 2020, FBNBank Ghana posted an impressive growth across all major performance indices over the corresponding prior period in 2019. The profitability of the bank witnessed an industry leading growth of 77% reflecting the capacity and ability of the leadership in effectively translating revenue to profit notwithstanding the challenging economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Similarly, there is improved customer patronage of the brand during the year. This is reflected in the significant growth of 58% in both customer deposit and total assets of the bank.

By strengthening the risk management framework of the Institution, the bank was able to curtail incidences of impairments on its risk asset as the impairment charged was reduced significantly by 36% over the prior period in 2019.

Reflecting on this performance, Managing Director of FBNBank Ghana, Victor Yaw Asante attributed this to the pursuit of the bank’s vision to be a clear leader and Ghana’s bank of first choice, a quest which influenced the deployment of the bank’s resources towards the larger interest of our customers and other stakeholders

The bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Semiu Lamidi stated that the spectacular half year performance was a reflection of the huge investment the bank had made in the provision of information technology infrastructure, the improved workforce environment and disciplined execution of cost efficiency strategies.

FBNBank Ghana has been on a quest to endear the brand to its stakeholders in the Ghanaian market and using all available means to make the brand a mark of excellence.

 

About FBNBank Ghana Limited                

FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank) is member of the First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited has 21 footprints in Ghana with over 400 staff and offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for 126 years across Africa, Europe and China.

 

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August 28th, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced the retirement of Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh as Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Directors. A Pharmacist, Legal Practitioner and Member of Parliament for Wa West, Hon. Yieleh Chireh served two terms as Chairman of FBNBank Ghana’s Board from 2014 to 2020.

In a statement, on behalf of the Shareholder, Management and the entire Staff of FBNBank Ghana Limited, the Directors lauded Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh for his commitment, dedication and selfless service during his tenure to position the bank very well in its journey to become the leading bank in Ghana.

According to the statement, during the tenure of Hon. Yieleh Chireh’s steady and dynamic leadership, FBNBank Ghana met the regulator’s minimum capital requirement of GH¢400 million at the end of 2018 and is well anchored with lots of ongoing development and growth activities.

The Directors urged Hon. Yieleh Chireh to utilize his wide area of expertise to continue serving the country adding that from time to time, the bank will engage him for advice and guidance as when necessary.

About FBNBank Ghana

FBNBank Ghana Limited is a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Group. FBNBank Ghana Limited (FBNBank), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has 21 branches and agencies in Ghana with over 400 staff and offers universal banking services to individuals and businesses. FBNBank Ghana Limited was formerly International Commercial Bank (ICB) and has been in the business of banking for 24 years in this country. FBNBank Ghana is part of the trade hub that has grown economies for 126 years across Africa, Europe and China.

From left to right: Mr. Mohammed Ozamah, Executive Director (Risk) FBNBank Ghana, Mrs. Hannah Brenda Amoateng, Director, Mr. Victor Yaw Asante, Managing Director, FBNBank Ghana, Mr. Semiu Lamidi, Executive Director (Finance), FBNBank Ghana and Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Former Board Chairman, FBNBank Ghana

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August 14th, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana, as part of its commitment to empower all who embrace its brand with seamless access to everyday financial services has unveiled the quick banking *894# product. The product bestows the power to bank anywhere and at any time to customers. According to the bank, it is convenient, easy, simple and quick to use.

The quick banking *894# product promises flexible options, exceptional convenience and allows customers to bank with any phone on the MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone mobile networks. Users of the product do not require internet to access the platform, only mobile network availability. Quick Banking *894# is delivered on the customers’ registered phone number linked to their FBNBank accounts.

Mrs. Rachel Adeshina, Country Head, Technology and Services at FBNBank Ghana stated that quick banking *894# has made any mobile phone a mobile branch of the bank. She announced that FBNBank customers can register for this product when they dial *894#, select registration, enter their account number and a five-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).

 

She added that users can open accounts, transfer money to FBNBank and other banks customers in Ghana, buy airtime for themselves and their loved ones, check account balance, request for mini statements, reset their PIN and more wherever and whenever they want these services.

 

While assuring customers of maximum security when using quick banking *894# for transactions, Mrs. Adeshina emphasized that every number on the platform is already registered with the bank.

According to Mrs. Adeshina, FBNBank Ghana’s introduction of quick banking *894# is in line with strategy to bring financial services closer than ever to the FirstBank of Nigeria Limited’s subsidiary in Ghana. The launch represents a key step in FBNBank’s digital banking strategy, which aims to leverage new and evolving technologies to facilitate access to everyday financial services for consumers and businesses alike. 894 also reflects the origins of our over 125-year-old bank, established in 1894 in Nigeria.

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August 3rd, 2020
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FBNBank Ghana has announced the signing of the award winning Reggae and Dancehall recording artiste, songwriter and performer, Samini as ambassador of its new product, quick banking *894#.

Samini will be featured in a gripping integrated advertising campaign for the quick banking *894# product which will run on radio, print and online channels.

Africa1 Media, Samini’s management company expressed incredible excitement about FBNBank Ghana’s partnership with Samini. The company was optimistic that the partnership will yield amazing results for both brands.

Samini, the quick banking *894# product ambassador said “FBNBank Ghana has a rich heritage of being a constant financial partner throughout its customers’ lives and I am thrilled to work in partnership with the bank.” While stating that the product ambassadorial collaboration is sure to be a winner, Samini said “more importantly, I urge you to dial *894# now to enjoy easy and simple banking.”

Quick Banking *894# is a mobile application that enables customers to conduct banking on their mobile phone wherever they are at any time. Customers dial *894#, follow the prompts to enroll and activate for quick and easy banking.

In a statement, Victor Yaw Asante, FBNBank Ghana Managing Director was delighted that the bank partnered with Samini. He noted that with a career spanning over twenty years and amassing multiple awards, the Samini brand has been instrumental in the growth of several brands. Mr. Asante was convinced that as Product Ambassador of quick banking *894#, Samini will in no small measure, contribute immense value to the FBNBank brand.

The FBNBank Ghana MD disclosed that the First Bank of Nigeria Limited subsidiary in Ghana is continuing its quest to endear the brand to its stakeholders in the Ghanaian market. “This is because we take pride in being exclusively customer-centric and we go to great lengths to put the needs of our customers at the heart of our business. Our commitment is to set the gold standard of customer experience and excellence in financial services solutions. Since 1894, our brand has developed a unique culture of making the people we serve our utmost priority and today, we reinforce our application of this culture, even as we provide unrivalled value to all our customers during this integrated advertising campaign and beyond.”

Mr. Victor Yaw Asante called on Ghanaians and businesses to take full advantage of FBNBank’s distinctive values and rich heritage which has made its brand a leading African brand and one of the most credible financial institutions on the globe.

   

Emmanuel Andrews Samini,             Victor Yaw Asante

FBNBank Ambassador                        FBNBank Ghana MD

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August 3rd, 2020
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