R-L: Mother Dan-Egwu, Regional Head, Lagos Mainland Zone Heritage Bank Plc; Oloye Morounranti Ashabi, Asoju Áṣa Ilẹ̀ Oodua Cultural Ambassador to His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II; Afolasade Alonge, Divisional Head, Lagos & Corporate Banking, Lagos & Corporate Banking; Fateema Aduke Ogunkoya, Convener; Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications; Kufretido Etim, ECM, Lagos Mainland Zone of Heritage Bank during the FAMO International Women’s Day 2022 Conference in partnership.


As part of its commitment to empower women to break the bias in today’s world, Heritage Bank Plc has joined forces with Fateema Mohammed Ogunkola Foundation (FAMO) in advancing women’s economic sustainability in Nigeria. This move was made known at an event to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, themed, “Break the Bias,” with a host of top female dignitaries, which include Ms Funke Ijaiye-Kunle, the Central Co-ordinator Lagos4Lagos, Alhaja Binta Ayo Mogaji, Mrs Afolasade Alonge, Regional Executive, Lagos and Corporate Banking Division, Oloye Morounranti Ashabi, Asoju Áṣa Ilẹ̀ Oodua Cultural Ambassador to His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and many others. Meanwhile, the bank hosted 4-day virtual empowerment seminar for its staff, which focused on different aspects of the woman’s life – business, finances, work life balance, health, and the future.


Speaking at the event, Afolasade Alonge, Regional Executive, Lagos and Corporate Banking Division, Heritage Bank, said the society should strategize and focus on promoting women’s economic empowerment as a means of increasing the nation’s GDP. According to her, closing the gender gap at every level of endeavors is a key to accelerating sustainable economic growth. Alonge noted that it has been shown that women’s economic empowerment increases productivity and economic diversification. She noted that to succeed and advance economically, women need the skills and resources to compete in markets, as well as fair and equal access to economic institutions. According to her, Heritage Bank through its unique banking services has been in the vanguard of championing wealth creation and financial inclusion especially among women to advance economically through its banking application known as “Octiplus” in order to promote savings culture. Octiplus an all-in-one digital banking application brimmed with wealth management features can help women manage money and plan the future. She noted that Heritage Bank has provided different products to encourage saving habits amongst women.


These banking products, she noted are backed up by the CBN’s financial inclusion framework. Speaking on the partnership, Fateema Ogunkola, the Convener of the event said Heritage Bank saw the importance of heritage among women that is why the bank has decided to support FAMO to celebrate this year’s women day. She said: “The International Women’s Day is yet another opportunity to re-examine the critical role that women continue to play in building a peaceful and prosperous society. Today, more than ever before, we are confronted by the harsh realities of gender-based exclusivity, especially in the workplace and our homes. “We must remain committed to empowering women who are courageous to make a difference in careers that have hitherto excluded the women’, she noted. Speaking on the four-day virtual seminar held for its teeming staff, Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications said the speakers engaged held discussions around how women across all life stages can thrive in spite of stereotypes to attain their full potential. According to her, Heritage Bank celebrating this day was targeted at implementing the Nigerian Sustainability Banking Principle 4 which aims at promoting women’s economic empowerment through a gender inclusive workplace culture.










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.