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Wema Bank: Showcasing strong growth trajectory

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Wema Bank Plc resilience has been on display lately as evidenced in the digitally driven financial institution’s financial results. Wema capped the year ended December 31, 2021 with strong growth in key financial indices, especially as the bank crossed the N1trillion mark in total assets.

The full year 2021 results
Wema Bank recorded an increase of 108.3percent in profit before tax (PBT) to close the financialyear(FY) 2021 at N12.38 billion. This was driven by a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 15.35percent in gross earnings to N92.14billion in 2021 from N79.88billion in 2020. The bank’s deposit liabilities grew by 15.23percent to N927.47billion in2021 from N804.87billion in 2020 while its total asset increased by 20.23percent to N1.164trillion in 2021, from N968.58billion in 2020.

Gross earnings increased by 15.35percent year-on-year to N92.14billion in full year 2021 from N79.88billion in 2020.Profit Before Tax (PBT) of N12.3billion in financial year 2021 represents an increase of 108.26percent YoY from N5.95billion in 2020 whileProfit After Tax (PAT) of N8.93billion in 2021 represents an increase of 94.53percent YoY from N4.59billion in 2020.

Net-Interest Income grew to N39.87billion in FY 2021from N30.86billion in FY 2020; growth of 29.22percent. Non-Interest Income also increased from N16.83billion in FY 2021 to N18.83billion; a growth of 11.91percent.

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Deposit liabilities up by 15.23percent to N927.47billion in FY 2021 from N804.87billion in FY 2020. Loans and advances to customers rose by 16.33percent to N418.86billion in FY 2021 from N360.08billion in FY 2020.

Similarly, total asset increased by 20.23percent to N1.164.52billion in FY 2021 from N968.58billion in FY 2020. Key ratio shows return on average equity of 17.26perecent in FY 2021.

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Shares are outperforming
Looking at Wema Bank’s share performance on the Nigerian Bourse, investors who bought the shares since this year have reasons to smile. For instance, the N3.46 per share it closed as at Friday, May 20 represent remarkable increase by 380.6percent year-to-date (YtD).

The share price nears its record 52-week high of N3.85. Listed on banking subsector of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) mainboard, Wema Bank has 12,858,155,360 shares outstanding.
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Management speaks
“The bank’s full year 2021 results show robust growth in all key financial metrics despite the challenging macro-economic environment. Our year end numbers highlight the strong growth trajectory of the financial institution. We comfortably crossed the N1trillion mark in total assets, with a share of approximately 3percent of industry deposits,” said Ademola Adebise, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Wema Bank Plc.

Tunde Mabawonku, Chief Finance Officer, Wema Bank said “a key measure of success for us is a consistent growth in our balance sheet and customer base – and we are glad that we are reporting healthy growth in all these areas.”

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“Looking forward, we expect that the strong growth will be sustained despite the tough business climate as we execute our customer experience improvement initiatives built around a digital first banking strategy and become first in class in that sphere. The bank will also continue to focus on our digital business, which is a key boost for customer acquisition, consumer lending and transaction volumes while not neglecting our corporate and commercial play.

“On our commercial business, we will continue our aggressive strategy to improve our lending business alongside trade and other revenue lines. We have also unveiled our new Mission and Vision statements which underpins our corporate strategy. We want to be the dominant digital platform in Africa delivering seamless financial service,” Mabawonku noted.

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OmegaPro Spearheads The Biggest Event In The History Of Maldives

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OmegaPro took over Maldives for one whole week and organized the biggest event the island has ever seen.

Over 1,000 people from the OmegaPro community, founders, celebrated football legends like the Spanish and Barcelona great Carles Puyol, French wizard Eric Abidal, Colombian icon Faryd Mondragón, Bollywood superstars, Indian cricketers and more congregated on the supremely exotic Siyam World in Maldives.

Celebration, Education, live-mentoring & group brainstorming sessions, football tournaments, and life-transforming self-empowerment seminars – this one-of-a-kind event will go down as the biggest event in the history of Maldives for a long time to come.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa. This was the prime motive that saw the dawn of the greatest event in the history of Maldives, spearheaded by global marketing leader OmegaPro.

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Eric Worre conducting an intensive training session to more than 1,000 people at Diamond Trip Maldives

Community – The focal point of human experience

OmegaPro sees these events to promote its ideology – “Grow as One”

One aspect of OmegaPro’s community-centric approach is to increase self-esteem and cultivate a sense of belonging & oneness among the community members. It enables people to share personal relatedness and support the perpetual growth of each other, ourselves and our environment.

Leadership – The crux of success

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”

As the OmegaPro organization is breaking ceilings and scaling newer heights, having the right people with the right mindset and drive is a critical component, not just for the benefit of the organization but also for the ever growing community’s happiness and the business’s overall culture.

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OmegaPro believes that when building a business, a leader and their team set out on a journey together. Part of building a strong relationship with the people who work with you is knowing how their goals align with the organization. Through this event, OmegaPro, transformed many followers into truly inspirational leaders to shape a better tomorrow for their respective communities.

In Maldives, OmegaPro, with the help of its official strategic coach Eric Worre, set the direction and goals to help people converge toward a common goal, and empower them to reach their full potential and stay motivated.

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Eric Worre even put forth strategies to push the horizon and seek innovative ways to achieve unparalleled success.

The other aspect of the community-centered approach of OmegaPro is to inculcate a sense of ownership in people. OmegaPro is a firm believer of the fact that one must feel personally and positively impacted by the success of the mission. “Leadership is the cornerstone of a strong community.”

OmegaPro’s vision to “Breaking Barriers Through Education, Shaping Leaders Of Tomorrow” is being carried out through extensive training with unique and effective skill development programs. With resources customized to perfection by the greatest legends of the respective industries, OmegaPro is on its way to become the one-stop destination for accessing fundamental tools, special materials, dedicated coaches and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Gideon Adebisi, an OmegaPro Diamond Executive in Maldives

An ode to the OmegaPro community

Celebrating victories and milestones is just as important as achieving and accomplishing them. Diamond Trip Maldives was all about honoring the phenomenal grit and determination shown by the diligent members of the community and to get them ready for the road forward.

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Legendary footballers Carles Puyol and Mario Yepes snapped on arrival at the OmegaPro Diamond Cup in Maldives

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Beloved community members acknowledging OmegaPro

About OmegaPro

OmegaPro is a global marketing leader with a massive education platform offering the best skill development training to empower the OmegaPro Community. With resources customized to perfection by the greatest legends of the respective industries, OmegaPro is a one-stop destination for accessing fundamental tools, special materials, dedicated coaches and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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OmegaPro is on a mission to Break Barriers Through Education To Create Leaders Of Tomorrow. Through education, OmegaPro has become the home and benchmark of new opportunities that are always ahead of the curve and supported by an elaborate team dedicated to your ambition and your success.

OmegaPro houses an extensive array of relevant educational tools, renowned personnel and acclaimed resources as one of the most beloved and trusted learning platforms of its kind with a firm focus on the priceless mantra – Mentorship for the best can only be delivered by the best. With our community’s faith at the epicenter of OmegaPro’s operations combined with over five decades of cumulative expertise acting as the perfect catalyst, we are here to deliver a first-class learning environment as we keep marching on.

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Since our inception in 2019, OmegaPro now proudly has a massive community of over 2,500,000 active members and is growing by the blink of an eye as we scale greater heights every single day. And, we like to believe that this is only the very beginning of an incredible journey that awaits us and our community. Welcome to the revolution of tomorrow as we aim to orchestrate a better future. Visit www.omegapro.network

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Funmilayo Falola quits Wema Bank, joins ENGIE Energy Access as Global Head Of Communications

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The leading Pay-As-You-Go solar and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa, ENGIE Energy Access, has appointed consumer marketing professional, Funmilayo Falola as its Global Head of Communications.

The company, which aims to remain the leading clean energy company operates in nine countries across Africa (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) with more than 1.5 million customers and over 8 million lives impacted so far.

At ENGIE Energy Access (Africa), she will oversee the communication strategies including the brand, image, and product, while providing support for the company across the region.

Before joining ENGIE Energy Access (Africa), Falola was the Head, Marketing Communications & Investor Relations at Wema Bank Plc.

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Prior to pitching her tent with Wema Bank, she worked at First Bank of Nigeria Ltd as the Head, Internal Communications & Merchandising & Warehousing where she developed and implemented the year-on-year internal communications strategy in alignment with the overall marketing strategy.

She started her career at CentrespreadFCB (now CentrespreadGREY) in 2005 where she cut her teeth as a Senior Executive – Business Development between 2005 and 2006, and rising through the ranks to the position of Client Service & Strategy in 2009.

Falola holds a Bachelor of Science, Political Science from the University of Lagos, UNILAG, in 2002. She proceeded to earn a Master of Business Administration, MBA in Marketing, from the same institution in year 2020.

She also has a Post Graduate Diploma, Marketing from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

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Wema Bank to support SMEs in Port Harcourt with SME Business School 4.0

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Wema Bank Plc, the pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment towards developing the capacity of SMEs in Nigeria to scale by launching the fourth edition of its SME Business School in Port Harcourt.

Designed to help build capacity for SMEs in the country, Wema Bank’s SME Business School was launched in Lagos in 2021. The second edition took place virtually, while the third edition happened in Abuja. Now making its journey to the South-South geopolitical zone of the country, the initiative has helped to equip SMEs in various parts of the country with the business management knowledge and skills required to effectively run their enterprises and respond to the ever-evolving challenges of today’s business world.

According to the Divisional Head, Retail Business at Wema Bank, Dotun Ifebogun, the Wema SME Business School was birthed in a bid to close the critical knowledge gap in the SME space in Nigeria, and each edition of the programme takes place in a different part of the country to ensure that SMEs all around the country participate and benefit.

He mentioned that the 4th edition of the Wema SME Business School, which holds in Port Harcourt and starts on Monday, November 14, 2022, would impart contemporary business management skills and knowledge to growing businesses operating within the South-South region of the country. “We intend to make them champions and successful enterprises, thus supporting the economic growth of the country,” he said.

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He disclosed that the bank has collaborated with top-notch consultants from renowned organizations within and outside Nigeria, including Deloitte, Facebook (Meta), and Nexford University, to serve as facilitators on the programme and ensure that the participants get an immersive and invaluable learning experience.

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Dotun further noted that the initiative would be a meaningful addition to SMEs seeking to scale and strengthen their market positions.

“As an SME-friendly bank, we understand that starting and running a business in Nigeria is no small feat, and there are lots of challenges that SMEs face.

“We started the Wema SME Business School to equip them with relevant and practical knowledge that will guide them in the effective running of their businesses and to surmount any challenges that they encounter.

“Through this, we can tackle problems such as poor access to finance, poor market access, technological disruptions, and macroeconomic uncertainty. All in all, we will equip them with fresh ideas and insights that will help them to take their businesses to a higher level,” he said.

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Businesses interested in leveraging this opportunity and participating in the Wema SME Business School 4.0 can register with the link https://forms.gle/TRj7ACzTQJkWrb3D8.

The Wema SME Business School is one of the various beyond-banking initiatives offered by Wema Bank PLC to complement its bespoke financial offerings for SMEs.

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