About Us

About Us

About Us

Our Vision

To build an enduring and sustainable customer-focused financial institution.

Our Mission

To provide our customers with unique experience, be their preferred financial partner and nurture the attainment of their objectives.

ProvidusBank is an innovative financial institution that offers customised business solutions and advanced products that will not only answer your business and personal needs today, but also steer you into the future. Our tailored financial services delivery includes: Business Advisory, Portfolio Management, Personalised Relationship Management, Fast-tracked Service delivery and Self-service solutions.

ProvidusBank competitive advantage in Private, Institutional, Business and Personal Banking is driven by the philosophy to create support and value for Institutions, Agencies, SMEs and HNIs. Our business development strategy also focuses on developing expertise and collaborating to improve the non-oil (emerging) sector of the Nigerian Economy, which includes but not limited to Agriculture, Mining, Hospitality, E-commerce, and Art & Entertainment.

At ProvidusBank, we believe that the New World of Fast, Smart, Personal and Borderless banking relationship is here. We are therefore inspired by our Future Forward Banking ethos to make life (at work and leisure) more exciting for our partners with the use of cutting-edge technology that delivers best-in-class customer satisfaction.

Our mission “To provide our customers with unique experience, be their preferred financial partner and nurture the attainment of their objectives” propels us to always find new ways of improving business performance and ensure utmost value for our customers. 

As a strategic philosophy, we believe in partnership; that is why our staff are experienced professionals who are passionate about sharing the road with you and helping you to nurture your business on the path of sustainable growth. We are motivated by the opportunity to enrich lives, empower people and support businesses for success.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Walter Akpani
Walter Akpani
Managing Director/CEO

Walter Akpani is a seasoned banker with over two decades experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. 

His career trajectory has been through Natwest Bank UK, ICON Merchant Bank/ICON Stockbrokers, Commercial Trust Bank, Standard Trust Bank Plc and Platinum Bank Limited. Walter has been actively involved in bank start-ups in Nigeria. He was a pioneer staff member with ICON Stockbrokers, restructuring team member at Commercial Trust Bank, pioneer staff at Standard Trust Bank Plc now United Bank for Africa, UBA and pioneer staff at Platinum Bank Ltd.

He is a distinguished Treasurer in the Nigerian banking industry, having led the Treasury departments of ICON Stockbrokers and Commercial Trust Bank.

He also served as Group Head, Financial Institutions department in Standard Trust Bank and Group Head, Investment Banking at Platinum Bank Limited. 

Walter disengaged from Platinum Bank Ltd, as Vice President, Institutional Banking, to start  United Mortgage Bank Limited.

A change agent with very strong interpersonal skills and industry depth, Walter Akpani is well respected within and outside the industry and has been able to build up an effective network of contacts and associates in most strategic sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Walter plays tennis and is actively involved in the development of youth tennis in Nigeria.

Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo
Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo
Executive Director

Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN. He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Agricultural Economics, with a second class upper division, from the University of Ibadan and a Masters in Banking and Finance (MBF) from the University of Lagos.

Kingsley has over two decades of banking experience with over 10 years at senior management positions. His banking career includes key positions in Internal Control and Audit, Corporate Banking, and Marketing.

He started his banking profession in Zenith Bank Plc, where he spent the bulk of his career. He rose to the  position General Manager/Group Zonal Head, Victoria Island Annex Zone, with responsibilities for driving business initiatives. He left Zenith Bank Plc. in 2007 and joined United Bank for Africa, UBA, Plc as General Manager. He held two positions namely, Regional Head, Island Bank and Ikeja Bank with responsibilities to also drive business growth.

In 2011, he joined Ecobank Nigeria Limited as an Executive Director. His responsibilities were to oversee the Bank's Domestic Banking operations in the Lagos and West Region. He left Ecobank in August 2015 to join ProvidusBank.

As Executive Director, ProvidusBank, he superintends the Business Banking, Personal & Private Banking, Institutional Banking and Banking Services divisions.

Kingsley has a very active interest in tennis and wine tasting.

Alhaji Hussaini Dikko
Alhaji Hussaini Dikko
Chairman

Alhaji Hussaini Dikko is a graduate of Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a master's degree holder in Business Administration from University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the institute’s president in the year 2000.

He has been, at different times, among others, Member, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors Examination Board (1995), Second Vice President, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (1996), Chairman, National Strategic Grains Reserve - Contract Evaluation Panel (2001), Director, Continental Trust Bank Limited (2003), Member, Governing Board, Abuja Multi-Door Court House (2004), Member, FCT Satellite Town Development Agency Task Force (2005), Member, Sale of Federal Government Houses in Abuja, Technical Committee.

Alhaji Dikko is currently the Executive Chairman of el-Rufai & Partners Limited.

Chuka Eseka
Chuka Eseka
Director

Chuka Eseka is an investment banker with vast experience covering merchant and investment banking activities. A graduate of Accountancy from the University of Lagos, he is a Chartered Accountant and also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

Presently the Managing Director/CEO of Vetiva Capital Management Limited, he is especially formidable in deal origination, structuring and execution, having been involved in numerous landmark transactions in the financial services and real sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Chuka is regarded as one of the foremost investment bankers in Nigeria and has successfully managed the emergence of Vetiva into one of the most respected, innovative and efficient investment banking firms in Nigeria.

Maurice Onokwai
Maurice Onokwai
Director

An experienced solicitor, he holds an LLB degree from the University of Jos, a Master in International and Comparative Business Law from London Guildhall University. Maurice Onokwai specializes in Conveyance Mortgage (Residential and Commercial), Company Law and Litigation.

From the year 1991 to 2000, he was a partner with Shillingford Partners, conducting matters on behalf of clients and supervising all members of staff and briefs. 

Maurice moved to Greenland Solicitors in 2001, where he has been a Principal Partner and Head of Department till date. He is widely respected for excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
 

Funmi Agusto
Funmi Agusto
Director

Obafunmilayo (Funmi) Agusto started his career at Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) where he worked for 8 years before leaving for IBFC Limited, a Business and Financial Consultancy firm, which he co-founded. Funmi was later appointed the Managing Director of IBFC Limited.

In 1999, IBFC Limited transformed into Alliance Consulting following its merger with the business consulting department of Agusto & Co. Limited in order to deepen the company's activities in financial consulting/advisory services, strategy and process consulting, human resource consulting, solicited market, investment research and risk management consulting services.

Funmi is presently the Managing Director of IBFCAlliance Limited. He facilitates training programs in the areas of financial analysis, stock market analysis, asset and liability management, country risk analysis, credit analysis/risk management and investment analysis/appraisal.

Bernadine Okeke
Bernadine Okeke
Director

Bernadine Okeke holds a B.Sc. Accounting degree from Hampton University, Virginia, USA. She also holds an MBA (finance) from Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

She was a former Executive Vice-President and Head, Private Banking at First Bank of Nigeria from where she retired in 2015. Before joining First Bank, she had amassed a wealth of experience in banking from working at the Bank of New England, USA, Savannah Bank, Nigerian-American Merchant Bank and Victory Merchant Bank in Nigeria.

While heading the private banking division, she was in charge of providing premium banking services to high net worth clients on investment and asset management, trust and estate planning, as well as personal banking. 

She is currently Executive Director, Business Development with Cardinal Developers. Her responsibility at Cardinal Developers includes developing banking business projects in hospitality, multi-family dwellings and power.

Bernadine combines her creative thinking and strategic business planning capabilities to create sustainable success for new businesses. 

Management Team

Gideon Jarikre
Gideon Jarikre
Group Head, International Operations

Gideon Jarikre is the Head of International Operations Division of the Bank. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Benin in 1985. He also holds a master's degree in Banking and Finance from the same University in 1997.

He joined ProvidusBank in 2015 having worked in Institutional Investors Limited and Zenith Bank Plc. While in Zenith, he was in charge of the International Operations of the bank for several years. He also worked as the Chief Compliance Officer of the Bank as well as supervising the Foreign Subsidiaries of the Zenith Bank Group.

Gideon has over 24 years of banking experience and has attended a number of training programs locally and internationally including the Executive Management program at the London Business School, United Kingdom.

He is a senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).  

Olufunke Jones
Olufunke Jones
Group Head, Business Banking

Mrs. Olufunke Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Lagos and a Master's in Business Administration, MBA, from the Business School of Netherlands. Olufunke is also an alumnus of the International Academy of Retail Banking, IARB. She has over 16 years progressive banking career across various functions including marketing, relationship management and customer care.

Olufunke is Group Head, Business Banking. Prior to joining ProvidusBank, Olufunke was at Ecobank Nigeria Limited where she was Country Head, Power & Energy desk for Domestic Bank Group after which she also had the responsibility of the Country Head, Other Real Sector Business for Domestic Bank. Her stint on these roles was remarkable as a result of her dynamism for project implementation.

Olufunke is a very passionate and self-driven person with strong interest in motivating and mentoring young people.

Deoye Ojuroye
Deoye Ojuroye
Chief Financial Officer

Deoye is an ICAN and ACCA qualified finance professional and holds a B.Sc. Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Lagos.

He has a combined 16 years financial services experience both in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, with expertise in the areas of retail, commercial and investment banking, insurance, private equity, assets & sales finance and equities brokerage.
 
Deoye is the Chief Financial Officer of the bank and joined ProvidusBank from PricewaterhouseCoopers, having worked for 8 years in each of the London and Lagos offices of the firm.
At PwC, he had responsibility for managing the audit engagements of multinational banking and insurance clients, covering all aspects of the clients’ financial reporting process, including assessments of the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting. He has managed several due diligence and finance function effectiveness engagements both in Nigeria and the UK.

Deoye has interest in tennis, music, reading and computer programming.

Chukwuma Nwachukwu
Chukwuma Nwachukwu
Group Head, Treasury

Chukwuma Nwachukwu has a Bachelor of Agric Technology degree in Agricultural Economics from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, graduating with a First Class. He also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the same university.

He has over two decades post-graduation experience, which started with the position of Assistant Lecturer teaching Microeconomics. 

He later moved into banking in 1997 as a Forex Dealer and has held various roles in Treasury and branch management working at various financial institutions in Nigeria.

Chukwuma is the Group Head, Treasury and joined ProvidusBank from United Mortgage Limited where he was Head, Treasury managing the Bank’s funds portfolio.

His interest is in reading, soccer and music appreciation.

Rita Amene
Rita Amene
Group Head, Private & Personal Banking

Rita Amene holds a BSc Accountancy degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, following it up with an MBA (Business Management) from the University of Lagos.

She has over 20 years of banking experience, having worked in Equity Bank Nigeria Limited and Zenith Bank, where she gained a wealth of experience in Commercial Banking, Branch Management supervision, Business Development and Financial Advisory Services.

She also achieved high monthly profit levels year on year and succeeded in growing the liability base and risk assets while she was the Group Zonal Head at Zenith Bank. She has attended many courses locally and internationally, including Attitudinal Transformational Leadership Development by Leadership Paradigm Consultants and Strategic Thinking and Management at the prestigious Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Her track record of winning is driven by creativity, excellent customer service delivery and key relationship management.

She has interests in leadership training and mentoring, charitable pursuits, reading and international relations.

Olugbile Erinwusi
Olugbile Erinwusi
Chief Risk Officer

Olugbile Erinwusi was the best graduating student in B.Sc. Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye. He was also the best graduating HND student in Marketing from The Polytechnic, Ibadan in 1983. He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a Masters degree in Managerial Psychology (MMP) from the University of Ibadan.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loans & Management as well as Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals. He is also a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

He has over two decades experience in the banking industry cutting across operations, business development, enterprise risk management and credit administration.

Olugbile is the Chief Risk Officer. He joins the Management Team of ProvidusBank from First City Monument Bank where he was Head, Risk Policy/Credit Administration.

He was also notably a member of the working group selected by the Banker’s Committee for the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2012.

He is also a standing faculty member for the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter. 

Olugbile loves reading and singing set music.