Union Bank celebrates everyday women on International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD), Union Bank of Nigeria hosted an event to celebrate women who are breaking biases and shattering barriers in their professional and personal lives.

The bank, which remains committed to leading the charge for inclusion and parity, has consistently leveraged IWD to promote impactful discourse and encourage positive action for gender equality.

Union Bank chief executive Emeka Okonkwo kicked off the event with an address reaffirmimg the bank’s commitment to a more gender-balanced world.

This was followed by a panel session moderated by media personality, Lamide Akintobi. The panelists included Bolanle Feyita (a funeral service director), Bukonla Olisa (retired FIFA referee), Abimbola Abolarinwa (the first female urologist in Nigeria) and Bukola Akingbade (gaming and Esports entrepreneur). The discussion centred on the need to promote inclusivity and eliminate gender bias in male-dominated sectors.

Another highlight of the event was the inauguration of the first executives for Union Bank’s Women Empowerment Hub (Wehub) – an internal network launched in 2016 to motivate, connect and provide support to women within the bank. The newly elected executives will drive the implementation of impactful initiatives aimed at advancing the bank as a progressive place to work.

Speaking at the event, Union Bank chief brand and marketing officer Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem said, “International Women’s Day is such an important day for us at Union Bank which is why, every year, we seek new and fresh ways to deliver an engaging, enlightening, and enjoyable event for our guests. Although there is still work to be done to drive inclusivity and foster progressive mindsets, we hope the discussions held at the event encourage everyone to do their part to break the bias.”