In the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, won the category for “Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa.”
According to a release, Onyeagwu shared the honor with people and banks from the Middle East and Africa at the award ceremony, which was covered in the International Banker Magazine’s Spring 2023 issue.
Onyeagwu expressed his gratitude for the honor and thanked the International Banker’s publishers for selecting him as the ‘Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa’.
The bank’s status as a premier financial institution in Nigeria and on the African continent is reflected in this award, he said. It also demonstrates our dedication to the values of sustainability and strong ethical standards, which have become central to our institution’s overall strategy.
The bank’s management team and personnel served as the foundation for his accomplishments and success as CEO, and he dedicated the award to Jim Ovia, the bank’s founder and chairman, for their guidance and mentoring. He also thanked the bank’s clients for making Zenith Bank their go-to financial institution.
According to the press release, Onyeagwu has won numerous awards, including Bank CEO of the Year (2019) by Champion Newspaper, Bank CEO of the Year (2020, 2021, and 2022) by BusinessDay Newspaper, CEO of the Year (2020 and 2021) – SERAS Awards, and CEO of the Year (2022) – Leadership Newspaper.
“Dr. Onyeagwu has led Zenith Bank to great accomplishments and milestones in financial performance (including an increase of 47% in the bank’s market capitalization in just four years), financial inclusion, corporate governance, and sustainability.
In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank and his contributions to the expansion of the financial services industry in Nigeria and across the African continent, it was added that he was awarded a doctorate degree in business administration in March by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria’s first indigenous university. The honor was presented at the University’s 50th convocation event.