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By: Segun Lawal

Pan-African Financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) who recently clinched the Euromoney awards as the Best Digital Bank in Africa, is once again asserting itself as a pace setter, moving in leaps and bounds in unchartered territory. UBA’s chat banker, Leo has launched in pilot mode on WhatsApp and will be fully available to customers by September 1st, 2018

With Leo now on WhatsApp, customers who are lovers of the app will be able to open new accounts, check their balances on the go and carry out basic banking services.

Speaking about the launch of Leo on WhatsApp, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Managing Director, said: “Our customers are at the heart of our business and we as a bank, are never relenting in matching our words with equal action.  In today’s fast paced world with demands for quick responses, our aim is to make banking seamless and effortless for our millions of existing and potential customers.”

Also speaking on the launch of Leo on WhatsApp, Group Head of UBA’s Online Banking, Mr Austine Abolusoro, stated ‘United Bank for Africa is a technology-driven institution with vast knowledge in the business that we do and Leo, being a tested dependable and intelligent personality, will replicate on WhatsApp, the success it has experienced on the Facebook Messenger platform.  It is a solution that is from the customer’s standpoint, easy to use by anyone regardless of your demography.’ ‘Leo is ready and waiting to help with any form of banking services’ continued Abolusoro.

“WhatsApp has been in existence for over 9 years, reaching more than 1.5 billion people in over 180 countries. The premium private chat platform has assured that there will be no spam messages as the development is to enable businesses serve their customers with useful and helpful information.

Leo who is already present in over 12 African subsidiaries, including Nigeria, and available in  three languages, will be fully rolled out to customers on WhatsApp in September 2018 with all its regular features and extended attributes for WhatsApp.

UBA is one of Africa’s leading banks with operations in 20 African countries and in London and New York, with   presence in Paris.

Adjudged to be at the forefront of innovation and convenient banking, UBA is one of the first financial services institutions on the continent to deploy Finacle 10x, a new information technology platform that boosts its services and electronic banking channels.

Today, UBA provides banking services to more than 15 million customers globally, through over a thousand touch points and other diverse channels.

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FIRSTBANK BOOSTS TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT IN BANKING, SETS TO HOST FINTECH SUMMIT

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In line with its corporate strategy to drive transformation through its products, processes and services, FirstBank has announced a 3-day FINTECH summit themed the future of banking – the role of AI and big data. The event is convened to increase technological support and collaboration with the tech community whilst deepening the Bank’s technological inclusion framework to improve its product offerings and services delivery experience.

The FirstBank 2018 FINTECH summit is scheduled to kick off with a 2-day coding competition – Hackathon – billed for Thursday and Friday 11th and 12th October 2018 whilst the summit holds Wednesday 17 October 2018 with over 700 Fintech players, key stakeholders and tech lovers in attendance.

The Hackathon is projected to focus on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. 10 teams will be contesting for the grand prize of N3million in a competition to show off their technological and artificial intelligence capabilities with the second and third best teams carting away the sum of N1.5million and N750 thousand respectively.

The 10 teams will also have an opportunity to showcase their solutions at the Fintech summit scheduled for 17 October 2018.

To attend the main event on 17 October 2018, kindly click here to register. Interested participants can also interact with the Bank on Instagram – @firstbanknigeria; twitter – @firstbankngr and First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook

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First Bank Launches Xplorefirst Savings Promo for Students

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In alignment with its financial inclusion drive, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced a promotional campaign aimed at rewarding its youth segment customers for using their FirstBank XploreFirst Savings accounts whilst also encouraging healthy savings habit. The promo which kicked off on October 1, 2018 is scheduled to run for 6 months to March 30, 2019.

XploreFirst is a FirstBank savings account variant designed specifically for students between the age range of 18 – 29 years.  A minimum amount of N1, 000 is required to open the account and account holders are to maintain a minimum balance of N200 to run the account.

To participate in the promo, XploreFirst customers are encouraged to save or maintain a minimum amount of N10, 000 in their accounts during the promo period to be eligible for the scholarship raffle draw. Incremental deposits of N10,000 in the account entitles the account holder to multiple tickets for the raffle draw.

A total of 198 winners would emerge from the promo with 18 account holders (3 from each of the six geopolitical zones) being rewarded with scholarships of N150, 000 in a grand finale raffle draw and N5,000 airtime as consolation prizes to 180 account holders (5 from each of the six geopolitical zones).

 

According to the Group Head, Products & Marketing Support, Mr. Abiodun Famuyiwa, “FirstBank recognises the impact of a healthy savings culture in promoting financial inclusion amongst individuals, especially the youth. And with the saying, the youth are the leaders of tomorrow, we believe that with XploreFirst account, the youths are well positioned to take the lead in their financial activities through the exciting benefits the account offers.”

So, if you are a student between the ages of 18 – 29 years, take a walk into any FirstBank branch near you to open an XploreFirst account. Start your journey to financial freedom today with Firstbank”.

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Africa Prudential Partners Cooperative Societies on Technology Adoption

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Africa Prudential Plc, a leading share registration and investor services firm has partnered with the International Co-operative Alliance-Africa (ICA) to deploy technology solutions for a more efficient administration of co-operatives and thrift societies across Africa. The commitment was made public at the 12th African Ministerial Co-operative Conference which was held on October 2 to 5, 2018in Abuja, Nigeria.

The theme for this year’s conference centred on leveraging the recently signed African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement. According to the World Co-operative Monitor, the Co-operative bodies provide jobs to the 10 percent of the World’s employed population and generate a towering USD2.1 trillion annual gross turn-over.

Chairman of Africa Prudential Plc, Chief (Mrs.) Eniola Fadayomi, while addressing dignitaries at the conference, noted that Africans need to take the lead in solving the continent’s problem through greater collaborations among countries and the Co-operative Movement. She emphasised that among other benefits, the AfCFTA will create opportunities for greater bargaining power and employment creation on the continent; ultimately reducing the vulnerability of Africa to global shocks. “When we consider the current contribution of the Co-operative sector to economic development in the respective countries on the continent, its role in actualising the objectives of the AfCFTA becomes even more prominent”, she noted.

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Non-Executive Director, Africa Prudential Plc, Mr. Peter Elumelu; Regional Director/CEO, International Co-operative Alliance – Africa, Dr. Chiyoge Sifa; Chairman, Africa Prudential Plc, Chief (Mrs.) Eniola Fadayomi; and Managing Director/CEO, Africa Prudential Plc, Mr. Obong Idiong at the 12th African Ministerial Co-operative Conference held in Abuja recently.

The Managing Director/CEO of Africa Prudential Plc, Mr. Obong Idiong also noted in his recommendations on technology inclusion in cooperative management, that the company has long recognised the strategic relevance of Cooperatives to economic development across Africa, and that it has been partnering both with Alliance-Africa, and the Co-operative Federation of Nigeria (CFN). “We currently have more than 500,000 cooperators activated on our cooperative manager solution—EasyCoop—which offers end-to-end financial management and member administration, and with a capacity for over 10,000,000 unique users” he explained.

While delivering his Keynote Address, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh confirmed that Cooperatives hold a strategic responsibility in the implementation of the county’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

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