Talking of Modern day Nigeria banking system; Jim Ovia strikes your mind. At the mention of his name, every eyes will gaze at the Dandy handsome dark skinned man. His immense contribution to revamping the country’s banking sector, is a feat that must be collectively celebrated by Nigerians; thus, his Midas touch has help placed Zenith Bank as a leading financial institution in Nigeria and Africa.
On Tuesday Night, encomiums and praises were showered on the banking whiz kid; Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, as he was recognised as a leading entrepreneur in Africa by the African-American Institute (AAI).
The Delta state born banker, was rewarded for his excellence and brilliance in business leadership and philanthropy, as he was awarded the AAI 2017 Business Leader, at a ceremony held on the side-lines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
The Master’s degree holder in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Louisiana, Louisiana, USA (1979), was recognised for impacting hugely on enterprise and human resource development on the African continent.
Ovia, the founding Group Managing Director and CEO of Nigeria’s largest bank, was honoured alongside President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana (National Achievement); Nicole Amarteifio, (Leadership in African Media and Arts); and Bozoma Saint-John, Chief Brand Officer, UBER (Innovation & Technology), as Africa’s best.