Refinitiv: 2018 Excellence Awards winners for West Africa announced

Refinitiv: 2018 Excellence Awards winners for West Africa announced

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Refinitiv, formerly Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk business, hosted the inaugural 2018 West Africa Excellence Awards in Lagos, Nigeria on 1 November 2018. Described as the ultimate form of recognition of the organisation’s customer excellence, the annual Excellence Awards highlight the great work being done by financial markets participants.

The awards were first held in Southern Africa in 2017 and their success has led to them now also being hosted for the first time in West Africa in 2018. The awards honoured financial markets participants from across West Africa, including Francophone countries, who help to drive growth and efficiency, transparency and deepening financial markets in their respective countries and the region.

Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk Business said “We are very excited to be bringing the Excellence Awards for the first time in West Africa. What is going to drive the success and growth of our economy is committed individuals and companies that are contributing to strong and stable financial systems and institutions. The inaugural 2018 West Africa Excellence Awards will recognise and highlight the great work of individuals and companies who amongst many outstanding nominees were selected, by the independent judges, as the ones producing the most impact for West Africa’s financial markets.”

Winners of the 2018 West Africa Excellence Awards were ranked in 5 categories as follows:

Dr. Ikoku Financial Markets Director from the Central Bank of Nigeria was the keynote speaker on behalf of Deputy Governor Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna. Next to him is Nnenna Irebisi, Co-Regional Head for Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv West Africa.

Best Partner

Winner: Bola Onadele. Koko, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

Runner Ups: Oscar Onyema, Nigerian Stock Exchange; and Governor Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria

 

Most Impactful Business – Doing Good and Doing Well

Winner: Ibukun Oyedeji, Ecobank

Runner Ups: David Adepoju, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria; and Boamah Charles, African Development Bank

 

Innovation

Winner: Bola Onadele. Koko, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

Runner Ups: Ovia Jim, Zenith Bank Plc; and Chukwunalu Akpati, Guaranty Trust Bank

 

Embracing Technology

Winner: Jacob Brobbey, Barclays Bank of Ghana Ltd

Runner Ups: Raymond Akoji, Zenith Bank Plc; and Peter Kumako, Standard Chartered Bank

 

Longest Service

Winner: Ini Ebong, First Bank Nigeria

Runner Ups: Martin Nkori, BGFI; and Antoine Kiala, Rawbank

 

People’s Choice (voted for with a live poll by the attendees on the night)

Winner: Ini Ebong, First Bank Nigeria

Runner Ups: Governor Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria; and Bola Onadele. Koko, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

 

As of 1 October 2018, the Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk business became known as Refinitiv following close of the strategic partnership transaction between Thomson Reuters and private equity funds managed by Blackstone.

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