Heritage Bank sponsors Season-3 of Bukas and Joint

In a bid to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has sponsored Season 3 of Bukas & Joints, hosted by Olisa Adibua, a respected media personality in the African continent.


The launch of Season 3 held in Lagos on Wednesday, 1st February 2017 was a well-attended media event organized by Biola Alabi Media, the producers of the program in collaboration with Heritage Bank. The show will start airing on African Independent Television (AIT) on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 7 p.m.


Season 3 was filmed in Enugu and Abuja; the local bukas visited in Enugu are Ntachi-Osa Canteen located at New Haven, Emily Restaurant, and New Berries Park. At Abuja, the crew visited Bean Bag food truck located at Ramaya Royal Park, Ahmadu Bello Way; Iya Oyo Kitchen in Wuye and Kilishi joint in Area 1, Garki.


Mr. Fela Ibidapo, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank said the bank was proud to be associated with the show in order to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market. He hinted that since indigenous food is part of our heritage, the bank will continue to chart a path towards increasing local food production and processing while supporting job growth and healthy communities.


He assured that the bank would continue to support the program and also others that relate to the Nigerian heritage.

Speaking on his experience in the new season, Adibua said the whole essence of the show was that the travels and discoveries exposed them to the lifestyles of the people they meet in different cities.


I love this season because I love the idea of meeting different people and going to different locations, Adibua said, adding that they intend to go to more places in Nigeria and even outside Nigeria to showcase the African cuisines to the outside world like what like the way the Chinese and others had done.


Also speaking Mrs. Biola Alabi, the Chief executive Officer of Biola Alabi Media commended Heritage Bank for supporting the program right from the inception.


The Lunch with Olisa show is a new food-related show in which Olisa Adibua travels the breadth of the continent in search of authentic African cuisines.


Olisa takes his audience on a journey of culinary delight, as he explores a variety of food such as Ofada rice, Amala, Tuwo, Masa, Moin-Moin, and more. The show features not only food but also real people who work behind the scenes and ensure that the food is always ready to feed Nigerians, those famished as well as those looking for that unique gastronomical experience. These entrepreneurs are found everywhere throughout Nigeria under trees, at food stalls and roadside kiosks.


The show was put together by Biola Alabi Media (BAM), an African media company that develops and monetizes content for Pay TV, Free to Air (FTA) television channels, OTT (Over-The-Top) TV and VOD (Video-On-Demand).


Heritage Bank, through its MSME account, aims to help MSMEs grow their businesses. The proposition is categorized into three different groups: Heritage MSME Business classic with a maximum annual debit transaction of N50 million, Heritage MSME Business pro with a maximum annual debit transaction of N100 million, and the Heritage MSME Business premium with a maximum annual debit transaction of N250 million.


The bank is one of participating financial institutions in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) Fund which was launched on August 19, 2014, in recognition of the significant contributions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sub-sector to the economy.

L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.


Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications