Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe, the CEO of Fidelity Bank, hosted Linda Ikeji, the CEO of LIB TV, last week to discuss business opportunities and add their voices to the growing discourse around women empowerment.
The goal of the visit, according to Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe, who was in Lagos with top female management personnel to greet the media executive, was also to deepen the current commercial partnership between Fidelity Bank and LIB TV.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the creation of a long-term platform that educates, supports, and empowers women to achieve career/business leadership. During the Courtesy call, Linda Ikeji expressed her confidence in management’s capacity to impact positively on the growth and development of women-owned businesses in Nigeria.
Through strategic collaborations, we can set up a forum for young aspiring entrepreneurs to have a one-on-one interaction with successful career women in Fidelity Bank. This will provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences”, she said.
She also praised her management’s efforts to organize women empowerment programs, stating that more Nigerian women require such venues for encouragement while feeling that their potential is limitless.
Ikeji, who spoke about the importance of innovation in entrepreneurship, encouraged aspiring female entrepreneurs to stay ahead of the curve by conducting research and identifying consumer needs. MD, for one, gave a detailed breakdown of her seven-point agenda, which is part of the bank’s ambition to reach Tier-One status in Nigeria by 2025.
MD stated that the bank’s long-standing support for the growth of women-owned businesses in Nigeria stems from its recognition of women’s ability to effectively control the hem of affairs in business.
She praised Linda Ikeji’s efforts to empower young women, referring to her 2017 initiative in which she visited secondary schools across the country to teach young girls about entrepreneurship. According to MD, the bank is willing to work with LIB TV to help female entrepreneurs.
While reiterating the bank’s commitment to women’s empowerment, the MD stated that the bank had implemented the necessary measures to improve gender equality and help women in the bank’s workforce thrive on the job.
Onyeali-Ikpe stated that the bank has built a crèche for Fidelity women to allow them to care for their children, reaffirming the bank’s commitment to creating a welcoming workplace for all women.
“Fidelity Bank is very concerned about the convenience of women in the workforce and I encourage that every work environment with mothers should have a crèche. We have just built a child-friendly environment and it would be unveiled very soon”, she said.
Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe concluded by saying that female business owners and professionals must make it a point of duty to be consistent and tenacious to succeed in business. The meeting concluded with a gift presentation and a photo session.