2021 NCOY: FirstBank partners with Junior Achievement Nigeria to reiterate commitment to innovation and education


For 11 years, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion service provider, has partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to host its annual flagship event; the National Company of the Year (NCOY) competition, which brings together winners of regional JA Company competitions across Nigeria to compete for the National Company of the Year award.

This year the event will bring together outstanding “student business teams” from across Nigeria to compete for prizes and an opportunity to represent the country in the national competition – JA African Company of the Year Competition (ACOY). The 2021 edition of the NCOY competition will be held virtually via Zoom meetings at 10 a.m. on Saturday 27e November 2021. Interested participants must register via the link https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtd-qvqz4pE90NXOHcy-tve6aEXpY_yYAE

The competition on the theme “Innovation with Grit” will bring together 12 teams from 12 schools who will present their innovations to a team of 5 invited judges. Schools represented in the competition include: The Seer Company of Alvana High School; Sonic Informatics Company of the Heritage Global Academy; the Nexus Queens company of the Queens School; JA Stars from Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN); Amazing Amazonian students from Abaji Public Girls’ Secondary School; KereTerra Company of Etoi High School, Uyo and The Exploit Thinkers of Taidob College.

Other competing teams include: Mystic Global Company of Rosa Mystica High School, Agulu; PetraMech Tech from Petra Schools; The Amazing Inventors of Tudun Wada Government High School; Blue Crystal Company of Methodist Girls School and Craftsmen of Igbobi College.

The judges present at the event are: Oludolapo Adigun, Group Head, Retail Banking Lagos & West First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Chidimma Juliana Okparah, Project Management Consultant (PMIEF); Sheila Ojei, Jobberman communications manager; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative and Simbo Olatoregun, Head of Policy Programs for Facebook in Africa. The Honorable Lagos State Education Commissioner, Ms Folashade Adefisayo, is also present as a special guest.

The 2021 National Enterprise program will also include the SPARK competition. SPARK as an initiative of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, is an acronym for Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness. SPARK reiterates the Bank’s commitment to institutionalize benevolence in Nigeria by fostering and amplifying a culture of benevolence.

The SPARK competition will feature 15 finalist schools from across Nigeria, whose CSR projects align with the Bank’s corporate responsibility and sustainability pillars of education, well-being and sustainability. health, financial inclusion and responsible lending and purchasing.

Speaking on the event, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney said, “FirstBank’s partnership under its Future First initiative with the JA Nigeria corporate program has had positively impacting over 100,000 people in different parts of the country by preparing and teaching them how to generate wealth, manage it effectively and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking in the workplace. Our commitment to fostering the development of youth entrepreneurship is primarily the driving force behind our support for the National Business of the Year (NCOY) and African Business of the Year (ACOY) competitions during over the past 11 years ”.

According to Executive Director, JAN, “The National Company of the Year competition provides our students with a platform to show how innovative they are while demonstrating dexterity and courage, especially when it comes to creating sustainable business solutions to problems in their immediate environment. community. The students learned essential skills during the implementation of the corporate program and we are proud to celebrate them as they compete in the national competition. I would especially like to thank FirstBank Nigeria for their continued support and belief in the unlimited potential of young Nigerians.

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) has been the premier bank in West Africa and the leading provider of financial inclusion services in Nigeria for over 127 years.

With more than 750 commercial locations and more than 130,620 bank agents in 99% of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, FirstBank offers a full range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its more than 30 million customers. The Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries, FBNBank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal, as well as an office representation in Beijing.

The Bank has been able to promote digital payment in the country and has issued more than 10 million cards, the first bank to take such a step in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction campaign extends to over 10 million people on its USSD Quick Banking service via nationally recognized bank code * 894 # and over 4.5 million people on the FirstMobile platform.

Since its inception in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with its clients focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimized risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investments in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing a key role in the federal government’s privatization and commercialization programs. With its global reach, FirstBank offers potential investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Nigeria’s Most Valuable Banking Brand” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the Financial Times Group’s world-renowned “The Banker Magazine”; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand goal is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardize the customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub-Saharan Africa, in line with our brand vision “To be the partner of choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate gold standard in value and excellence. This commitment is rooted in our inherent values ​​of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in all respects.

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