In an effort to stimulate innovation through synergy, First Bank of Nigeria Limited hosted the Digital Lab Open House on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at its Digital Lab in Yaba Lagos. The Digital Lab Open House is amongst the many events lined up for the group Innovation Week held 29 July – 2 August 2019.
The event themed; “cultivating an innovative mindset” is an initiative designed to provide opportunities for staff across its parent company/group, FBN Holdings Plc, to learn from one another whilst showcasing innovative tools and ideas that are supportive to the continued contribution of the FBNHoldings group to the growth and development of its host communities across over half a dozen of its business operations notably in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Gambia, DRC, United Kingdom and China. The week-long event was designed to provide a forum for discussions focused on and for staff to be aware of internal structures and tools available to support an innovative culture.
The activities lined up for the week included; demo fair, workshops, panel sessions as well as the launch of an innovation platform. Gbenga Agboola, Co-Founder and CEO Flutterwave, OdunayoEweniyi, Co-Founder and CEO Piggybank and FunlolaJide-Aribaloye, CEO Reliance HMO were amongst the thought leaders in the digital eco-system that were in attendance.
According to the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Adesola Adeduntan, ”FirstBank has at different times since it was founded, 125 years ago, pioneered the introduction of new technologies and innovation, notably ATM and Western Union in the Nigerian Banking industry which are driven to promote ease of Banking and encourage banking across borders regardless of where one may be at any point in time. The Group Innovation week is a framework to identify with opportunities for all entities in the group to leverage on as we remain committed to reinforce our leading position across markets in sub-Saharan Africa.”
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading banking services solutions provider in Nigeria for 125 years. With some 15 million customer accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services with over 750 business locations. 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.
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.