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UBA Africa Day: all female panel lead conversation on why innovation is important for growth in Africa

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The fifth edition of the annual UBA Africa Conversations, which was hosted at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheater, UBA House on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, commemorated this year’s Africa Day in honor of African Unity Day.

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The theme for this year was “Innovating for Growth in Africa,” and the conversation was led by a panel of all-female professionals including; Abiola Bawuah, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of UBA Africa, Owen Omogiafo, President of Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) Plc, Hilda Baci, Award-Winning and Trend-Setting Foodpreneur/Chef, Banke Lawson-Kuku, and Folusho Gbadamosi, Business & Technology Executive.

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Speaking at the event on the importance of innovation, Abiola Bawuah, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of UBA Africa expressed what a significant innovation it was in the history of UBA and banking when she was selected as the first ever woman to be C.E.O. 

“In 2013 it was a strange idea for a woman to be C.E.O in Ghana. To be given the opportunity as a female is innovation by our group Chairman. After I was given the opportunity, I remember a lot of banks followed suit in Ghana. What has happened in UBA is complete innovation, changing the status quo, providing opportunities for the girl child,” she stated.

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Hilda Baci, award-Winning and Trend-Setting Foodpreneur/Chef, also expressed the importance of innovation in the food industry and encouraged people in the business to strive to not just be sustainable, but to be profitable.

“Food can be oil if we do it right,” she said.

Owen Omogiafo, President of Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) Plc, also outlined the amazing innovative ideas her company has taken over the years to improve and expand on their services.

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The day ended with a closing remark from the Chairperson of UBA, Mr Tony Elumelu who thanked the entire UBA team for making the event possible.

Watch video of the event below;

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