Some officials of UBA Ghana and some celebrities in a pose
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana, celebrated this year’s Africa Day in commemoration of African unity with a touch of tasty cross-cultural African attires, local foods and drinks to tell the African story.
UBA Ghana joined other subsidiaries to mark the historic day thereby positioning the bank as Africa’s Global Bank.
As part of activities to mark the day, the fourth edition of its annual UBA Africa Conversations was held at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheater at the UBA House in Lagos on Tuesday.
Established in May 2019 as a hallmark initiative in a series of celebrations for Africa Day, the conversations provide a platform for African and global audiences to connect with global thought leaders both in the private and public sectors, on their African journey, in a quest to change the narrative on Africa from desolate to successful.
This year’s conversation was themed ‘The Importance of Reflecting our African Culture in Global Success Stories’ and underscores the tremendous shift in Africa’s cultural influence – from Afrobeat to African films; Big African fashion labels and African authors; entertainment and culture.
UBA’s Group Deputy Managing Director, Oliver Alawuba, stated that as Africa’s global bank, UBA remains at the forefront of supporting businesses across the continent.
“It is from Africa that UBA Africa was set up. UBA has invested so much in Africa. We are in 20 African countries and 4 countries outside Africa.
“Our focus has always been on driving investments into Africa, through conversations such as this,” he said.
The event brought together a rich and diverse panel including African Movie Academy Award Winning Ghanaian Actress, Lydia Forson, who appreciated UBA’s contribution towards changing the African narrative and spoke about how the African culture is now more widely accepted around the world.
“It is great to see a bank like UBA being intentional about promoting Africa. Now, the world gets to see more of us, because, we have started to tell our own stories’, she remarked.
Legendary African musician and songwriter, Youssou Madjiguène Ndour, who gave the keynote address at the event, highlighted the need for collaboration to boost the continent’s fortunes.
“Young people in Africa have a lot of questions and we have to listen to them and see how together we can be a solution for Africa. We need to understand that there is a lot to do. Together we can make it,” Ndour said.
United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five (25) million customers, across 1,000 business offices and customer touchpoints in 20 African countries. It also has presence in New York, London, Paris, and an operating licence in Dubai.
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