Firstbank to hold its FirstGem Annual Conference 4.0 on Wednesday


Leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria has announced the fourth edition of its annual FirstGem Conference tagged FirstGem 4.0 scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Themed ‘The Art of Negotiation’, the conference seeks to provide women with insights on the secrets of wealth management, investment, and savings.

Deputy Managing Director, Firstbank, Mr. Francis Shobo, announced: “The FirstGem 4.0 is the icing on the cake in the streams of initiatives and activities we have organised and participated in March as we join the world to celebrate women for the indelible roles they play in our society. Through these activities, we spearhead the call on the need to promote women inclusiveness in the country as the role they play towards the continued socio-economic growth and development of any given society cannot be overemphasized.”

FirstGem was specifically designed specifically to meet the needs of women aged 18 years and above which includes entrepreneurs or market women to promote their business through an array of benefits, from free business advisory services on business funding, specialized training on Business Development initiatives (online and physical), regular information or insights on business opportunities or openings in various sectors and industries.

“Our FirstGem account is specifically designed to meet the financial needs of women as it offers unrivalled services that empower women to do more and achieve more. It seeks to drive financial development and the empowerment of women through gender engineered programmes. At FirstBank, we recognize that promoting female entrepreneurship and empowerment is crucial to a better society,” Shobo added.

The Guest Speakers at the event are Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Prof Pedro Videla – Prof. of Economics at IESE Business School and Prof Mehta Kandarp, Senior Lecturer, IESE Business School. They would respectively speak on the topics; the theme of the International Women’s Day “Choose to Challenge”, the current state of the Global Economy and how it Impacts Business Decisions and Negotiation as a Tool for Winning in Business & Career.

During the event, FirstBank SME customers would be given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and stand a chance to win N1, 000,000 in seed funding to kick-start their business. The business ideas would be judged by the following criteria; Originality, Feasibility, Good presentation skills and Sustainability.

Launched in 2016, FirstGem has successfully empowered women in states across the geo-political zones in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The Bank has implemented various activities targeted at promoting female empowerment, impact and influence in the economy through its online portal also designed to provide a virtual online community with over 61,293 members where like-minded women irrespective of where they are in Nigeria and abroad, gather to connect, grow and share knowledge on everything about lifestyle, motherhood, career development, entrepreneurship, health, work and family.


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