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Nigeria: Former Wema Bank CEO Adebise unveils memoir

Former Wema Bank Plc CEO, Mr. Ademola Adebise, has launched a memoir titled ‘The Transformational Leader: The Journey of a Tech Bro Turned Bank CEO’ in Lagos.

During the launch on Tuesday, dignitaries lauded Adebise for his professionalism, leadership, and managerial prowess, highlighting his achievements in his 33-year banking career.

In his memoir, Adebise recounts his journey from an Information Technology expert to his ascent in the banking industry, ultimately leading to his appointment as the MD/CEO of Wema Bank in 2018.

The memoir also documented the introduction of ALAT, Nigeria’s first digital bank.

The Chairman of Elizade Motors and chairman of the occasion, Ade Ojo hailed the author as an honest, trustworthy, professional, and respectable banker.

“He ensured that both customers and shareholders of the bank got value for their investments,” he stated.

Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, commended the author for his achievements, noting that he led Wema Bank to partner with his administration for growth since 2019.

He characterized the author as a consummate banking professional with an unyielding commitment to excellence, good governance, and innovation.

“Demola was an accomplished programmer and systems analyst, an astute banking administrator with a legacy of innovation and it is for this reason that this book that we are launching today is very noteworthy,” he said.

In his remarks, Adebise noted, “This memoir reflects my transition from the technology sector to the finance industry and my pivotal role in transforming Nigeria’s oldest indigenous bank.

“It spotlights the story of ALAT, Nigeria’s first fully digital bank, which was instrumental in advancing the country’s Fintech revolution. The book aims to inspire and guide aspiring leaders and young professionals.”

Representatives from Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, graced the occasion. Additionally, notable figures from the banking sector, including Wema Bank’s Managing Director, Mr. Moruf Oseni, and Sterling Bank’s Managing Director, Mr. Suleiman Abubakar, were also in attendance.

Also in attendance at the event were prominent figures such as Mrs. Yemisi Edun, Managing Director of FCMB, and Mrs. Bukola Smith, CEO of FSDH, among others.

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