One. Bigger. Better.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Simply looking into the sky will teach us one thing: birds are often found flying in groups. It is not for nothing that the age-old proverb says, ‘birds of a feather flock together.’

From a young age, we are taught that two are better than one:  single Lego brick cannot build a wall, and one player cannot make a team. The first time a child learns to ride a bike, there is someone holding the bicycle in place, even as the rider pedals away. And as we grow up to face bigger challenges – from simple household chores to our careers – we quickly learn that working together with other people improves the quality and efficiency of our tasks.

This basic nugget of human wisdom forms the very core of our lives in a way that is so natural to us that we overlook its immense significance, often taking it for granted. Romantic relationships are so attractive for exactly this reason: being alone is less preferable to being with someone else; and the idea of marriage takes its roots in the idea that human beings are better together. Without a doubt, there is almost nothing one can do in singularity, that wouldn’t be improved by addition.

Such is the same with us. With the wisdom of unity and expansion firmly in our minds, we have merged with Enterprise Bank in a union that has ‘changed our level’. As is said of marriage, we are no longer two, but one, a seamless institution known as Heritage Bank Limited (HBL).

Ours is a union that takes our brand from great to excellent: from this merger we have received more assets, more skill sets, more real estate, we are in more locations and we provide wider services. We have more people, we reach more customers, and we give excellent service. As they say of newlyweds, this union has brought out the best in us; in our brand, and we are now more committed, dedicated and better equipped to be your bank.

Nothing was ever made bigger with ‘fewer’; no one ever dreamed of growing smaller or staying the same. The desires of our hearts are for success, for an increase, for enlargement and for promotion. And so, we are proud to introduce you to the newer, improved and enlarged Heritage Bank Limited. (Let no man put asunder!) Our vow is that every single one of our customers will enjoy the myriad benefits of our union.

We are now one; we are bigger; we are better.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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