UNIBEN alumni honours UBA’s Kennedy Uzoka, Giwa-Osagie, others

University of Benin Alumni Association, Lagos Chapter, has honoured the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Kennedy Uzoka.

The honour which was conferred at a dinner held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend was in appreciation of Uzoka’s “hard work, diligence and continuous commitment to the values of excellence” as a banker and head of the Pan-African financial institution with presence in 20 African countries.


Honoured alongside Uzoka was Emeritus Professor, Osato Giwa-Osagie, a renowned professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and founder of OMNI Medical Clinic, Dr Rametu Momodu, Deputy Director, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), among others.

Mr Uzoka expressed delight at being honoured by the university he holds in high esteem, saying: “I am very proud of this great university which was very instrumental in moulding me to what I have become today, driving a financial institution with strong commitment to the development of the African continent.”

He reiterated his personal commitment and that of the bank to continue in supporting the development of UNIBEN.

Among others, the bank recently built an ultra-modern ICT Centre at the Ugbowo Campus through the UBA Foundation.

Chairman of the occasion, Gen. Felix Edafioghor, said the dinner was in honour of the alumni of the university who have contributed immensely to the development of the society and that of the university.

He encouraged the alumni to show interest in the affairs of their alma-matter by giving back to the university that contributed to their successes.

Also speaking, Chairman, UNIBEN Alumni Association, Lagos Chapter, Pharm. Stephen Onojomete, noted that the award provides an “opportunity to showcase and celebrate our great men and women who by hard work, diligence and a continuous commitment to the values of excellence; have recorded major strides in their chosen profession thus contributing to national growth and development in general and projecting the good image of UNIBEN.”

Uzoka is a distinguished African business executive with vast experience in banking, business development, financial and business advisory, strategic planning and execution as well as human resource management.


He is an advocate of disruptive technology and has led many game-changing innovations in the African banking industry over the past two decades of his career.

He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria (CIBN). Uzoka is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) of Harvard Business School, Boston, USA; the International Institute of Management Development (IMS) in Lausanne, Switzerland; and London Business School, United Kingdom.