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African Fintech Foundry, Access Bank to host a second edition of its Fintech Innovation Roundtable

The African Fintech Foundry (AFF) is a platform aimed at nurturing, funding and accelerating the growth of FinTech startups in Africa.

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Access Bank’s embodiment of innovation, excellence and leadership has not only shown through the peculiarity of banking solutions it avails to its customers but also in the various initiatives which it has undertaken as a way of giving its customers a ‘more than banking’ experience. One of such initiatives is the African Fintech Foundry(AFF), a platform aimed at nurturing, funding and accelerating the growth of FinTech startups in Africa. The innovation hub is set to host the second virtual edition of its FinTech innovation Roundtable on March 26, 2021.

The event, with the theme, ‘Let’s Talk Tech Resilience’ is a one-day expert-led Fintech innovation roundtable that will feature leading minds in venture capital, technology, innovation and startups across the world. They’ll discuss emerging trends in the digital ecosystem as well as opportunities available and how technology plays a role in alleviating some of Africa’s greatest challenges.

The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses seeking digital means to create superior value propositions for their customers and employees. The AFF Roundtable will address timely topics and emerging trends that will help businesses transform into technology-driven, customer-centric, socially relevant businesses in a post-COVID world.

Commenting on Access Bank and AFF partnership, Ade Bajomo, Access Bank’s Executive Director for Information Technology and Operations, stated that, “As Africa’s Gateway to the World, we are always at the forefront of driving technological innovations that will grow the banking industry in Nigeria as well as Africa. We have partnered with the continent’s leading technology and innovation accelerator, the Africa Fintech Foundry, to bring together stakeholders from different geographical areas who share a common interest in driving technological solutions. The AFF Roundtable will enable participants to stay ahead of others as they will be equipped with knowledge of new and emerging trends and how they can tap into the opportunities that exist in them.”

Participants are to look forward to the global networking opportunities, actionable insights from 3,000 seasoned tech experts, guaranteed inspiration, emerging trends to guide near-term decisions, skills and knowledge to better champion digital transformation for business growth and so much more. To be a part of this highly anticipated event, visit www.africafintechfoundry.com to register.

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AXA Mansard records 56% growth in profits after taxes audited

According to the company, investment and other income of N7.09 billion, up 25 per cent from5.67 billion.

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AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, a member of the AXA Group, has recorded 56 percent growth in profit after taxes audited of N4.54bn, up 56% from N2.91bn in December 2019

In a statement by the company, gross written premium of N47.58 billion, up 9 per cent from N43.62 billion while Net Premium Income of N31.72 billion, up 21 per cent from N26.29bn in December 2019

According to the company, investment and other income of N7.09 billion, up 25 per cent from5.67 billion; operating expenses of N7.7 billion, up 3 per cent N7.51billion, while profit before tax of N6.04 billion, up58 per cent from N3.83 billion recorded in December 2019.

Commenting on the results, Mrs. Ngozi Ola-Israel, the Chief Financial Officer said. “It was a challenging year, but we achieved strong growth in PAT (56%) and Underwriting profits (22%). We managed operating costs at a low level of growth of3% despite COVID headwinds and inflation. We remain committed to delivering excellent underwriting, investment and operating performance while focusing on the satisfaction of our customers and stakeholders.

Speaking on the financial development of the firm at the end of December 2020, the Chief Executive Officer, AXA Mansard Insurance, Kunle Ahmed, said “The 2020 full Year financial record is a proof of our ability to continually support customers to achieve their goals even in the midst of difficult and challenging times.

“With the support of our partners and through the harnessing of our distribution network, we achieved remarkable growth on our Health and P & C lines throughout the year. We are pleased that our continued effort to build a resilient non-bank financial services institution is yielding positive results”

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FirstBank launches a new corporate website, reiterates its commitment to service delivery excellence

The new website is upgraded with features that are streamlined to reinforce its role in delivering seamless banking and technology solutions.

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FirstBank, Nigeria and indeed West Africa’s premier financial inclusion services provider has announced the launch of its newly designed website at https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/.  The new website is upgraded with features that are streamlined to reinforce its role in delivering seamless banking and technology solutions to its customers across the world.

The website is configured with modern design and improved functionality that eases customer experience whilst carrying out various activities on the site, including electronic banking. Non-customers are also able to open an account, putting them at an edge in the industry as they establish a relationship with the Bank that puts YOU, its customers, First.

The new website seamlessly adopts a fresh, magazine-style look and feel for easy navigation in order to promote the access to essential information for its customers, FirstMonie agents, prospective agents and the public. This upgrade also guides one to make well-informed decisions about one’s personal, business and private financial needs.

Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO of FirstBank Group, while speaking on the launch of the New Corporate Website, said that “as one of the key contact points to existing and potential customers, the Bank’s website remains a gateway to our business, supporting our unique value propositions and financial services solutions. As such, we are committed to continuously improve the overall user experience through intriguing content quality, exciting features and ease of navigation’’.

He further noted that “the Bank’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with exciting features that will continue to reinforce the Bank’s resolve to promote digital customer interactions and transactions across our virtual touchpoints and platforms’’.

Concluding, he remarked that ‘’the website will also serve as a financial services library that will keep customers and the public abreast of various financial services solutions and offerings, thereby helping them to improve their economic and social wellbeing’’. He encouraged everyone to explore the website and follow the Bank’s social media pages for updates.

FirstBank has continued to evolve over the years, successfully adopting the latest technology and embracing innovation in its quest to be African’s bank of first choice.

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 126 years.

With over 750 business locations and over 86,300 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 30 million customers. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

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The Bank has been handy at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such a milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 10million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 4.5 million people on FirstMobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of the first choice in building your future”.

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Our brand promise is always to deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

www.firstbanknigeria.com

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