…drives Youth Empowerment with Zuriel Oduwole, Girl Education Advocate and World’s Youngest Filmmaker
By Ada Anioji
First Bank of Nigeria Limited as part of its commitment towards youth empowerment has partnered with the Zuriel Oduwole DUSUSU (Dream up, Speak up, Stand up) Foundation to implement a mentoring session where Zuriel inspired over 200 students to stay in school and actualize their greatest potential at every given opportunity.
Zuriel Oduwole is a 15 year old Girl Education Advocate and World’s Youngest Film Maker who has met several world leaders and was described as the world’s most powerful girl by former United States Secretary of State, John Kerry. The mentoring session featured the screening of Zuriel’s latest movie, ‘follow the ball for education’, followed by an engaging session directed providing mentorship for the youths and students at the event. Through her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up [DUSUSU] initiative, she speaks to ‘in school’ and ‘out of school’ youths (especially Girls) about the importance of a good Education and staying in school. She has spoken to more than 24,800 youths in 11 countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, the US, Ethiopia, Namibia, the UK, and Diepslot – South Africa.
FirstBank’s support for the Zuriel Oduwole DUSUSU initiative comes under the auspices of the FirstBank FutureFirst Programme designed to empower students of secondary schools with requisite knowledge of financial literacy and career counseling. The FutureFirst Financial Literacy Programme is an ongoing Corporate Responsibility initiative of FirstBank which aligns with the Bank’s Sustainable Finance objective, a key focus area of the Bank’s Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Strategy.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand, and largest financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings. With more than 12 million customer accounts, FirstBank has over 750 branches providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimized risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014. Recently, for the sixth consecutive time, the Bank clinched the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” award by The Asian Banker.
FirstBank’s Ismail Omamegbe, Oduwole and friends at the event