In celebration of Africa Day, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc hosted the fifth edition of the UBA Africa Conversations, providing a platform to unlock the continent’s vast potential.
During the event, Tony Elumelu, the Group Chairman of UBA Group, had the privilege of engaging with five remarkable African women CEOs who are leading the way in their respective fields.
The conversations took place at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheater at UBA House, where prominent figures from Africa’s economic, financial, and business landscape gathered.
The panel featured Abiola Bawuah, the first female CEO of UBA Group Africa; Dr. Owen Omogiafo, the youngest female CEO on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the first female CEO of Transcorp Group; Foluso Gbadamosi, a Business and Tech Executive; Hilda Baci, an accomplished foodpreneur who recently set a world record for the longest cooking hours; and Banke Kuku, a renowned Nigerian creative with global recognition.
Tony Elumelu shared his pride as an African in listening to these trailblazing women discuss how they have embraced innovation to drive business growth and success. The session yielded valuable insights, with key takeaways from the event:
- Owen Omogiafo emphasized the importance of disruptive thinking even when at the top, highlighting Transcorp’s commitment to innovation in its existing sectors.
- Hilda Baci stressed the significance of collaboration and its role in fostering innovation and creating value.
- Abiola Bawuah highlighted the breakthrough of being a Ghanaian on the UBA Group board, underscoring the bank’s Pan-Africanism and encouraging the younger generation to seize opportunities and break barriers.
- Owen Omogiafo reiterated that Africa offers immense opportunities, but one must work hard, have a vision, and embrace personal growth to make a lasting impact.
Tony Elumelu commended the UBA Group team for organizing this thought-provoking session, aligning with the bank’s mission to lead discussions on Africa’s development, growth, and unity.