#IamProudOfMyHeritage: The New Kings and Queens of Africa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The heritage of a people is their source of greatness. The American dream is built on the heritage of great men like Verndabilt, Carnegie, Ford, etc. However, in the case of Africa, the conversation always revolves around slavery, starvation, and politicians, overlooking an era before then when African Kings and Queens built empires and enterprise from the wealth of the land. They built kingdoms and vast empires from nothing and carried out business with other African kingdoms beyond their territories, and with nations beyond their shores.

At Heritage Bank, we believe that a great past is important to building a great future and by denying a people’s past, you deny them that greatness. We believe that with the right partnership, Africa and Africans can achieve great feats similar and even surpassing the rest of the world. There are those amongst us today on that path, we call them the new Kings and Queens of Africa. Ordinary men and women born of the same strength of character as the Kings and Queens before them.

So we are opening a new chapter in our story. We have now fully embarked onthe expression of a much-awaited campaign tagged #IamProudOfMyHeritage, by which we inspire people to become better equipped to bring about progress and build entities of worth, to effectively utilize available resources (regardless of economic challenges), seek new heights, and continuously add undeniable value on both a local and global scale.

We have finally begun to tell the story we have held in our hearts from the very beginning the story of who we all truly are part of the new kings and queens of Africa who, by an enterprise, is indeed on the rise. So we invite all players in this unfolding script (our customers, fans, friends, family as well as staff) to assume that distinguished role as protagonists of this culture, and step onto the stage to make a resounding statement to the world. Let all take ownership of our true heritage as kings and queens of Africa.

We shall reflect this heritage in the words we use, the way we treat one another, and the values we project both in our personal dealings, our careers and our business. Let us serve, perform, treat the sensibilities of others with respect, be of integrity, be innovative, tenacious and always strive for excellence. Let us create the society we have always wanted by being the royalty it deserves, a royalty that takes responsibility for growth, and is inclined to inspire others to harness the kings and queens within themselves. Let us pass-on more than financial wealth to those generations depending on us, by emerging from a place of hindrance and limitation to create wealth that is truly timeless.

So rise up, wherever you are, new kings and queens of Africa. Embrace your full potential and be #proudofyourheritage.[/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.

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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