[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Poetry is as old as communication itself. People have always told stories set in juicy verse, whether they rhyme or not, to convey ideas, pains, joys, victories, memories hopes and dreams. If, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, then we feel it’s okay to say that a line of poetry is worth at least two hundred words. Always thinking of how to do something differently, we decided to try telling our stories using poetry (two hundred words) combined with video (a thousand words on steroids!). When we embarked on this journey earlier this year, we knew we wanted to change the culture narrative, and to reignite the minds of our people. But we didn’t know then that we were on our way to becoming exposed to the sultry beauty of our history and heritage. We didn’t realise that the pure stroke of spoken word artistry will leave us wanting to tell more stories to dig deeper into the essence of our collective colourful past, our dramatic present and the hope of a melodious future.

Our decision to partner with some of Nigeria’s most brilliant professional poets on this project was driven by our desire to not create advertising, but rather to capture a dewdrop of what we believe in, what we stand for, what we care about, and where we want to go. We want to change the way we all see ourselves, and where we are coming from. We are supremely confident in what we offer as a financial institution, and we know that our service culture is unmatched in this market. But we believe that love and friendship are always at the heart of the sort of relationships we at Heritage Bank have always believed in building. It has been our sincere hope that these Spoken-Word videos will find something in each member of our esteemed audience that speaks to our personal story, both the parts that we share openly, and those that we can’t find words to relay.

We are indeed proud of our Heritage (any way you choose to look at it), and we will continue to give people reason and opportunity to express the same sentiment for the world to see.


I am gap tooth, black girl
Back corner of class
Scribbling left-handed poetry on blank paper
Save the school’s curriculum for later
I am overflowing tales by moonlight
That informal education
Trickling off the tip of my grandmother’s tongue
You’ll find my mother’s tongue here
A fast & fluent Yoruba
Crisscrossed in English
Hidden messages in prose & proverbs

I am the miracle of melody
Nestled deep in the groove of rich highlife rhythm
A child of the marriage of hip-hop & afro beats
You can hear our voices
Pulsing beneath the skin of a talking drum
Commanding hips to move without caution
I am the sky-high gele-bold and beautiful
We redefine fashion
Wear our stories around our neck from our ears
So we never forget the voice of our ancestors.

This heartbeat
This is who I am…
HERITAGE BANK… your Timeless Wealth Partner


Watch more spoken word videos on our YouTube Channel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”


Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications