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Nnamdi Okonkwo: Career Journey Of The MD/CEO Of Fidelity Bank Plc.

Nnamdi Okonkwo is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/ Managing Director (MD) of Fidelity Bank Nigeria. Also, he serves as a Non-Executive Director of Nigeria Inter-Bank settlement system Plc and Unified Payment Services Limited.

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Nnamdi Okonkwo Background

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Nnamdi John Okonkwo was born in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria, to Mr and Mrs Okonkwo. He attended Wesley High School, Otukpo, Benue State in 1977, and graduated as an SSCE holder in 1982. After attaining his SSCE, he went on to the University of Benin in 1984 and graduated with a first degree Agricultural Economics in 1989.

Mr. Okonkwo also holds an MBA degree in Banking and Finance from Enugu State University of Technology, Nigeria.

In addition, Mr Okonkwo is an alumnus of INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France, where he studied Advanced Management Programme. Furthermore, Nnamdi has attended Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and Stanford Graduate School for business, leadership and management training programs.

Nnamdi Okonkwo is married to Uche Okonkwo, and they are blessed with four children.

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Nnamdi Okonkwo Career

Nnamdi John Okonkwo commenced his banking career in the financial services industry in 1990 at Merchant Bank of Africa, Nigeria. In 1993, he moved to Guarantee Trust Bank (GTBank) and rose to become a branch manager before moving on to other banks.

Mr. Okonkwo then worked with other financial institutions before he joined United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. While at UBA, he held various managerial and leadership positions. He was once Regional Bank Head in Lagos; Regional Director, Federal Capital, Nigeria; Project Director, and Head of Corporate Banking and Multinational Corporates Division; Managing Director/CEO of UBA Ghana; and finally, Regional CEO of the bank’s West Africa Monetary Zone covering Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In 2012, Nnamdi Okonkwo left UBA and joined Fidelity Bank Plc., Nigeria. He joined as the Executive Director in charge of the Bank’s businesses in Southern Nigeria. He was tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the bank’s entire business across Southern Nigeria excluding Lagos and West.

Nnamdi Okonkwo held the Executive Director position until January 1, when he was appointed the Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank. As the Managing director, he oversees the bank’s general activities.

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Board Membership Of Nnamdi Okonkwo

  • Nnamdi Okonkwo is a board member of Fidelity Bank Plc.
  • Mr Okonkwo is a Director on the board of Unified Payment Services Ltd.
  • Non-Executive Director of Nigeria Inter-Bank settlement system Plc

Awards And Recognitions Of Nnamdi Okonkwo/Fidelity Bank

  • He bagged the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) – 2014
  • The bank was adjudged as the Best Green Partner by the Lagos State Government – 2016
  • Fidelity Bank was named Most Improved in Corporate/Investment Banking at the BusinessDay Banking Awards, under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as CEO/MD – 2017
  • BusinessDay Banking Awards named Fidelity Bank as the Best Bank in Mobile Money Services, under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as CEO/MD – 2017
  • Nnamdi Okonkwo received eight awards for Fidelity Bank’s Tough Job campaign at the Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF) – 2017.
  • Banker of the Year at the Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards – 2018
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  • Nnamdi Okonkwo won The Sun Banker of the Year Award – 2018  
  • Fidelity Bank won the Outstanding Bank of the year Award at the Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards, under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as CEO/MD – 2018
  • BusinessDay Banking Awards named Fidelity Bank as the Best Bank in CSR, under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as CEO/MD – 2018
  • Fidelity Bank bagged the Best Bank in Infrastructure Financing, at the BusinessDay Banking Awards with Nnamdi Okonkwo as the bank’s MD/CEO – 2018
  • At the Financial Times Tech Award, Fidelity Bank bagged Best Digital Networking Bank for Entrepreneurs, Africa under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as MD/CEO – 2019
  • Fidelity Bank bagged the Best Private Bank in Nigeria at the Professional Wealth Management (PWM) Global Wealth Tech Awards, under Patrick Okonkwo’s administration as MD/CEO – 2019
  • DAAR Awards named Fidelity Bank, Entrepreneurship Bank of the Year, under Nnamdi Okonkwo’s administration as CEO/MD – 2019

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Nnamdi Okonkwo’s Quotes

“If you cannot impact people’s lives, you are not successful.”

“Always be prepared and leave nothing to chance.”

“You have to train for where you are going in life.”

“If you are a leader and can’t influence people enough to follow you and have your back, you aren’t a leader.”

“There is nothing you are trying to be that someone has not attained. Embrace mentorship.

“You have to go the extra mile to accomplish and be distinguished.”

“Let your work be your bulletproof.”

“Our dreams inspire us to live life to the fullest, our sorrows guide us in learning and accepting who we are, wisdom is what we achieve from experiencing both…”

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Nnamdi Okonkwo’s Net Worth

According to marketscreener.com, Mr Okonkwo is valued at $464,500.

Entrepreneurial Lesson From Nnamdi Okonkwo

Stay Relevant

As an entrepreneur, being relevant in your industry or career is very important. To remain relevant, you have to bring something to the table. In this age of knowledge and global connectivity, if your not equipping yourself with skills relevant to your industry, you will be out of job or business in no time.

Nnamdi Okonkwo has stayed relevant in the financial services industry from day one because he brings value to the table. It’s also why he has continued to climb the corporate ladder.

Under his administration, Fidelity Bank has grown and won several awards. Also, he is a multiple award-winner which validates his contributions to the financial services industry.

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