Heritage Bank sponsors Season-3 of Bukas and Joint

In a bid to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has sponsored Season 3 of Bukas & Joints, hosted by Olisa Adibua, a respected media personality in the African continent.


The launch of Season 3 held in Lagos on Wednesday, 1st February 2017 was a well-attended media event organized by Biola Alabi Media, the producers of the program in collaboration with Heritage Bank. The show will start airing on African Independent Television (AIT) on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 7 p.m.


Season 3 was filmed in Enugu and Abuja; the local bukas visited in Enugu are Ntachi-Osa Canteen located at New Haven, Emily Restaurant, and New Berries Park. At Abuja, the crew visited Bean Bag food truck located at Ramaya Royal Park, Ahmadu Bello Way; Iya Oyo Kitchen in Wuye and Kilishi joint in Area 1, Garki.


Mr. Fela Ibidapo, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank said the bank was proud to be associated with the show in order to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market. He hinted that since indigenous food is part of our heritage, the bank will continue to chart a path towards increasing local food production and processing while supporting job growth and healthy communities.


He assured that the bank would continue to support the program and also others that relate to the Nigerian heritage.

Speaking on his experience in the new season, Adibua said the whole essence of the show was that the travels and discoveries exposed them to the lifestyles of the people they meet in different cities.


I love this season because I love the idea of meeting different people and going to different locations, Adibua said, adding that they intend to go to more places in Nigeria and even outside Nigeria to showcase the African cuisines to the outside world like what like the way the Chinese and others had done.


Also speaking Mrs. Biola Alabi, the Chief executive Officer of Biola Alabi Media commended Heritage Bank for supporting the program right from the inception.


The Lunch with Olisa show is a new food-related show in which Olisa Adibua travels the breadth of the continent in search of authentic African cuisines.


Olisa takes his audience on a journey of culinary delight, as he explores a variety of food such as Ofada rice, Amala, Tuwo, Masa, Moin-Moin, and more. The show features not only food but also real people who work behind the scenes and ensure that the food is always ready to feed Nigerians, those famished as well as those looking for that unique gastronomical experience. These entrepreneurs are found everywhere throughout Nigeria under trees, at food stalls and roadside kiosks.


The show was put together by Biola Alabi Media (BAM), an African media company that develops and monetizes content for Pay TV, Free to Air (FTA) television channels, OTT (Over-The-Top) TV and VOD (Video-On-Demand).


Heritage Bank, through its MSME account, aims to help MSMEs grow their businesses. The proposition is categorized into three different groups: Heritage MSME Business classic with a maximum annual debit transaction of N50 million, Heritage MSME Business pro with a maximum annual debit transaction of N100 million, and the Heritage MSME Business premium with a maximum annual debit transaction of N250 million.


The bank is one of participating financial institutions in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) Fund which was launched on August 19, 2014, in recognition of the significant contributions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sub-sector to the economy.

Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.