FBN HOLDINGS PLC Company Profile


FBN Holdings Plc. is a non-operating financial holding company of one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in Africa. A truly diversified financial services Group that offers a broad range of products and services, including commercial banking, merchant banking and asset management and insurance to millions of customers. FBN Holdings oversees business groups that collaborate to deliver innovative financial solutions. The company commenced operations on July 1, 2000.
FBNHoldings is the non-operating holding company of First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), a commercial bank with operations in 10 countries.
The Merchant Banking and Asset Management business of FBNHoldings, comprises FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, FBNQuest Capital Limited, FBNQuest Trustees Limited, FBNQuest Capital Asset Management Limited, FBNQuest Funds Limited and FBNQuest Securities Limited.
The Insurance business offers bespoke advisory and brokerage services to the Group’s captive businesses and other customers.

The bank and the non-bank subsidiaries of the holding company operate in Nigeria, as well as through overseas branches, subsidiaries and representative offices. First Bank Holdings Plc provides commercial banking and financial services. The company provides services to corporate entities, small and medium enterprises and manufacturing companies. Its services include trade finance/remittances, cash management, loans, e-business products, transaction tracking and advisory services. 

The company operates in five business units: Retail and Corporate Banking, Investment and Capital Market Operation, Asset Management and Trusteeship, Mortgage Banking and Others. The Retail and Corporate Banking business unit offers a range of retail, personal, commercial and corporate banking services and products to individuals, small business customers, and corporate, medium and large business customers. 

The Investment and Capital Market Operation business unit provides investment and capital market services to both individual and institutional investors. It also provides registrar services to both listed and private companies. The Asset Management and Trusteeship business unit provides individuals and financial institutions with assets management and advisory services. The Mortgage Banking business unit offers mortgage and home ownership banking services to individuals and corporate institutions. 

The others business unit includes insurance brokerage functions, private equity and venture capital functions. First Bank of Nigeria was founded by Alfred Lewis Jones on March 31, 1984 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Bank traces its history back to 1894 and the Bank of British West Africa. The bank originally served the British shipping and trading agencies in Nigeria. The founder, Alfred Lewis Jones, was a shipping magnate who originally had a monopoly on importing silver currency into West Africa through his Elder Dempster shipping company. According to its founder, without a bank, economies were reduced to using barter and a wide variety of mediums of exchange, leading to unsound practices. A bank could provide a secure home for deposits and also a uniform medium of exchange. The bank primarily financed foreign trade, but did little lending to indigenous Nigerians, who had little to offer as collateral for loans.
In 1957, Bank of British West Africa changed its name to Bank of West Africa (BWA). After Nigeria’s independence in 1960, the bank began to extend more credit to indigenous Nigerians. At the same time, citizens began to trust British banks since there was an ‘independent’ financial control mechanism and more citizens began to patronize the new Bank of West Africa.
In 1965, Standard Bank acquired Bank of West Africa and changed its acquisition’s name to Standard Bank of West Africa. In 1969, Standard Bank of West Africa incorporated its Nigerian operations under the name Standard Bank of Nigeria. In 1971, Standard Bank of Nigeria listed its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and placed 13% of its share capital with Nigerian investors. After the end of the Nigerian civil war, Nigeria’s military government sought to increase local control of the retail-banking sector. In response, now Standard Chartered Bank reduced its stake in Standard Bank Nigeria to 38%. Once it had lost majority control, Standard Chartered wished to signal that it was no longer responsible for the bank and the bank changed its name to First Bank of Nigeria in 1979. By then, the bank had re-organized and had more Nigerian directors than ever.
In 1982 First Bank opened a branch in London, that in 2002 it converted to a subsidiary, FBN Bank (UK). Its most recent international expansion was the opening in 2004 of a representative office in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2005 it acquired MBC International Bank Ltd. and FBN (Merchant Bankers) Ltd. Paribas and a group of Nigerian investors had founded MBC in 1982 as a merchant bank; it had become a commercial bank in 2002.
In June 2009, Stephen Olabisi Onasanya was appointed Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who had been appointed governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Onasanya was formerly Executive Director of Banking Operations & Services.
Dr. Oba Otudeko, CFR - Group Chairman
UK Eke, MFR - Group Managing Director
Oye Hassan-Odukale, MFR - Non-Executive Director
Otunba (Mrs) ‘Debola Osibogun - Non Executive Director
Cecilia Akintomide, OON - Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr. Adesola Adeduntan - Non-Executive Director 
Dr. Hamza Wuro Bokki - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Chidi Anya -Non-Executive Director
Mr. Omatseyin Ayida - Non-Executive Director

Samuel Asabia House 35 Marina, Lagos, Nigeria
PMB 5216 Lagos, Nigeria.
Phone: +234 1 9052326, +234 1 9052000

Please to give a review.



We have selected third parties to use cookies for technical purposes as specified in the Cookie Policy. Use the “Accept All” button to consent or “Customize” button to set your cookie tracking settings