By Kingsley Dokubo (Finance Correspondent)
A coalition of Igbo professionals from Idemili Federal Constituency of Anambra State known as Idemili Amaka, has hailed the appointment of Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe as the Managing Director/CEO designate of Fidelity Bank PLC.
Onyeali-Ikpe is currently the bank’s Executive Director in charge of Southwest Directorate. She will assume duties as the bank’s first female MD/CEO on January 1, 2021.
A statement by the coalition's convener and former Commissioner for Information, Anambra State, Chief Tony Onyima (Ife Idemili), described the appointment as “a great moment for Idemili and Anambra State and gender inclusiveness in Nigeria”. Her emergence in a highly competitive corporate world, the statement added, comes barely days after another Idemili son from Abatete, Professor Charles Egbu, was appointed the first black Vice Chancellor of a British university.
“Her appointment is a clear testimony to her excellent qualifications and competence and a demonstration of the robust, strong and stable succession plan of Fidelity Bank”, the statement added.
The group which described the new MD designate as a proud daughter of Idemili with rich pedigree, however expressed confidence in her ability to build on the solid foundations laid by her predecessors and return a rewarding balance sheet for the bank's shareholders.
"With 30 years of banking experience, Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, no doubt, is following the footsteps of her late father, Chief Onwuka Efobi, who was a senior officer of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and pioneer staff of IBWA from where he retired as an Assistant General Manager (AGM)" .
Onyeali-Ikpe is said to be highly respected in her Nnokwa community in Idemili South LGA which bestowed her with the title of ‘Ada eji Ejemba’.
As an old girl of the Federal Government Girls Secondary School, Owerri, Nneka holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kings College, London respectively.
She has also attended executive courses at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD School of Business, Chicago Booth School of Business, London Business School and IMD amongst many others. She’s currently undergoing a diploma program in Organizational Leadership at Said Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom.
The new designated Fidelity Bank Managing Director is married to Dr. Ken Onyeali-Ikpe, a respected and key player in the marketing communications industry. They are blessed with children. NNL.