Zenith Bank Plc Wins Best Nigerian Bank in the Global Finance Best Banks Awards 2024

Zenith Bank Plc has been ranked Nigeria's best bank in the recent Global Finance Best Banks Awards 2024. The bank has emerged four times since 2019, including the most recent ranking.

Zenith Bank Plc was one of 36 African countries recognised when the esteemed Global Finance revealed the winners of its 31st Annual Best Bank Awards.

The editors of Global Finance made the choices clearly after in-depth discussions with analysts, bankers, and corporate financial executives worldwide.

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Among other factors considered in the selection process were the quantitative objective and the informed subjective.

The objective factors included asset growth, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development, and product innovation. The subjective criteria were the opinions of equity analysts, credit rating analysts, banking consultants, and others involved in the industry.

In response to receiving the award, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, the departing Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Zenith Bank, stated: "This award serves as a powerful affirmation of our resilience and tenacity despite headwinds and a very challenging macroeconomic environment." Indeed, it is a testament to our status as the leading financial institution in Nigeria, dedicated unwaveringly to delivering exceptional value to our stakeholders."

He also appreciated Mr. Jim Ovia, the founder and chairman, for his extraordinary vision and leadership in creating a stable and long-lasting financial institution.

In addition, Onyeagwu praised the customers for their unwavering loyalty to the Zenith brand, the staff for their unwavering dedication and wise insights, and the board for their exemplary leadership.

Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance, said: "Banking has reached another watershed moment with the debut of generative artificial intelligence, which promises to rewrite the industry playbook."

"In this ever-changing environment, the Best Bank Awards recognize the financial institutions that offer the broadest range of services, long-term reliability, and technological innovation."

The "Best Banks Awards" from Global Finance are considered the most prestigious and reliable awards in the banking sector by the most powerful banking, finance, and corporate professionals worldwide. Selections are made for winners in 150 nations and territories in the following regions: Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Central & Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe.

The award started in 1987, and since then, Global Finance has been selecting the top performers among banks and other financial service providers. The awards have become a trusted standard of excellence for the global financial community.

Due to its constant effort to provide stress-free financial environment, Zenith Bank has garnered multiple accolades. Notable achievements include being named in the World Finance Top 100 Global Companies in 2023, winning the Best Bank for Digital Solutions in Nigeria award from the Euromoney Awards in 2023, and being named the top bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital for a record 14 years running in The Banker Magazine's 2023 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking.

Awards Zenith Bank Has Won

It also emerged as the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023, in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria, in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022 and 2023; Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker's Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and 2022; and Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World's Best Banks Awards.

It further merged as the Best in Corporate Governance' Financial Services' Africa for four successive years, from 2020 to 2023, by the Ethical Boardroom; the Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards; and the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards.

The bank also emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021; Bank of the Year 2023 and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People's Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organisation in Africa 2021 by SERAS Awards.

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