The Group Chairman of United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu, and some other top business experts on Wednesday led discussions on ways to discover Africa’s economic potential to celebrate this year’s Africa Day.
According to a statement, panellists who spoke at the meeting agreed that the time had come for the rich potential of the continent to be unlocked. They shared unanimous views of the inherent opportunities that abound in Africa.
The conversations, which took place at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheater at the UBA House on Wednesday, saw the gathering of top management staff and business leaders led by Elumelu; the Group Managing Director, Oliver Alawuba, and other key players in the economic, financial and business landscape in Africa.
While welcoming guests at the meeting, UBA Group Managing Director, Oliver Alawuba, said the bank remained at the forefront of leading conversations that would lead to positive change on the continent, while helping to unlock the vast opportunities waiting to be tapped from Africa.
He said, “This is the time where the beauty, the talent, the culture, the diversity, the warmth of Africa is celebrated. As Africa’s global bank, UBA is committed to helping Africa to become the continent of the future. We take our Pan African-ness seriously because we believe Africa needs to be celebrated.
“The theme for this year’s Africa Day which is ‘Innovation on the continent for growth’, is very apt for our conversation because of the challenges and the opportunities that Africa as a continent is faced with; but the truth remains that between these challenges and opportunities is a thin line which we believe UBA Group can help unlock the challenges and engineer prosperity.”
There was also an all-female panel which comprised professionals from various fields. They included the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; President, Transnational Corporation Plc, Owen Omogiafo; award-winning and trendsetting Foodpreneur/Chef, Hilda Baci; Renowned fashion designer, Banke Lawson-Kuku; and Business and Technology Executive; Folusho Gbadamosi.
Bawuah hailed UBA for leading diversity and inclusion in Africa by being the first financial institution to have a board of directors with more female members than males.