Zenith Bank boss Ebenezer Onyeagwu wraps up tenure with CEO of the Year award

Ebenezer Onyeagwu Zenith Bank

Zenith Bank’s group managing director/chief executive officer Ebenezer Onyeagwu has been named the ‘Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa’ at the International Banker 2024 Banking Awards.

Onyeagwu, whose five-year tenure ends on May 31, 2024, retained the title for the second consecutive year.

The award was published in the spring 2024 issue of International Banker Magazine, United Kingdom.

Speaking on receiving the award, Onyeagwu expressed his gratitude to the publishers of International Banker for the honour.

He said, “It is indeed an honour to be recognised as the ‘Best Banking CEO of the Year in Africa’ for a second consecutive year. This award is a testament to our team’s collective efforts and our commitment to innovation, growth, and delivering value to our customers and stakeholders. It also reflects our dedication to sustainability and high ethical standards, which are integral to our overall strategy.

“I am immensely proud of our accomplishments and look forward to future opportunities for the bank as I hand over the baton to my successor and begin the mandatory regulatory cooling-off period.”

Onyeagwu dedicated the award to the founder and chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, for his mentorship, which was crucial to his success; to the bank’s management team and staff for their unwavering commitment over the past five years; and to the bank’s customers for their loyalty.

Throughout his tenure, Onyeagwu has received multiple awards including Bank CEO of the Year (2019, 2023) by Champion Newspaper, Bank CEO of the Year (2020–2023) by BusinessDay Newspaper, CEO of the Year (2020 and 2021) – SERAS Awards, and CEO of the Year (2022) – Leadership Newspaper, and Banking CEO of the Year, Africa (2023) – International Banker.

In recognition of his contributions to the financial services sector in Nigeria and across Africa, Onyeagwu was awarded a doctorate degree in business administration by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on March 25, 2023, during the university’s 50th convocation ceremony.