UBA promotes continental renaissance, celebrates Africa Day
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has joined the world to celebrate the 2017 Africa Day across the 19 countries of its operations with the theme: ‘Africa, The New Frontier.’
Africa Day is dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the continent and to highlight its cultural and economic potential.UBA staff members celebrated the day in grand style as they dressed to work with the best of Africa’s rich attire.
Staff were ushered into the bank’s Head Office in Marina, Lagos, with a rendition of traditional African music and unique African decorations adorning the building, thus presenting special ambience to the celebration for a bank that takes huge pride in its African heritage.
There was also excitement in the air, as a lot of things to celebrate the African heritage was also on display and staff were treated to various African meals and snacks throughout the day in their offices.
The highlight of the day was the crowning of the best dressed male and female in African attires, who emerged from votes cast by staff. Two staff emerged winners and were rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Seychelles.
The three winners selected from both the male and female categories were given cash prices amounting to about N350,000, while the best dressed female, Mrs. Ebeano and Mr. Abdullahi were rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Seychelles.
Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Victor Osadolor, who spoke at the ceremony to announce the winners said UBA is a core African bank with deep African roots that has continually supported the continent in various ways over the years, adding that the bank was proud of its African heritage.
He said: “We at UBA celebrate Africa Day with the rest of Africa, we are Africa, United by one Bank, and it is important to note that just as Africa has come a long way, UBA has also come a long way in putting her footprints in Africa. As of now, we have over 125 branches in Africa selling Africa to the world.
“We are one of the biggest employees in the continent, and we have been supporting a lot of credit facilities and infrastructure development in Ghana, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and other key economies; we are also sponsoring the building of the stadium in Cameroon to be used for the African Nations cup, the building of a plaza in Ghana, as well as other key investments because we believe in this continent and know that infrastructure is key to the success of any continent.”
The African Diplomatic Group, an association of Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Nigeria, recently commended UBA for the sponsorship of the upcoming 54th Africa Day Celebration.
In a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director/CEO, Kennedy Uzoka and dated January 23, 2017 appreciating the bank’s support, the High Commissioner of Rwanda, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi praised UBA for sponsoring the celebration of the 54th African Day.