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Unconfirmed reports had speculated for several months now that the outgoing MD of Access Bank, in the person of Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede was very interested also in taking over from the Prince of Kano. But with what is gradually becoming a bit clearer by the day, that unconfirmed ambition to take charge of the apex Nigerian bank might not come to fruition. One of the things analysts have said might have counted against Mr. Imokhuede is the fact that he is an operator & also a shareholder of Access Bank.
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Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was appointed has the Governor of the Apex bank in 2009 and his tenure would be ending soon.
Another prominent banker said to be in contention for the post apart from Ms. Faith Tuedor-Matthews and Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede is the Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Chief Atedo Peterside, but the same argument that might knock out the outgoing MD of Access Bank, which is that he is an operator and a bank shareholder might also count against Chief Peterside. Unlike both gentlemen, Ms. Matthews is only an employee of Mainstreet Bank, where she is also said to have helped in turning around the bank to profitability.
So if all the permutations work out well- We might soon be congratulating Ms. Faith Tuedor-Matthews on her new promotion to the height of banking in Nigeria. But we must also have it in mind that this is Nigeria and anything can happen. A dark horse, who has not been visible at all nor even mentioned at anytime in the scheme of things might just emerge.
Faith Tuedor-Matthews, is an alumnus of the famous Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She holds an MBA from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. She has had over 20 plus years of banking experience. She has worked with UBA plc, where she later left as Deputy MD, in between her years in UBA, she also worked with Ecobank Transnational Inc, where she rose to General Manager , it was from there she was appointed an Executive Director at UBA & later became the DMD before she left. She's currently the Group Managing Director of Mainstreet Bank Limited.