L-R; Head, Corporate Communications, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem; Chief Credit Officer, Olajumoke Odulaja; Actor/Producer, Kemi Akindoju, and Head, Retail Bank and Digital, Lola Cardoso at Union Bank’s IWD celebration which held recently in Lagos.

Union Bank recently marked International Women’s Day, reaffirming its
commitment to women empowerment with the launch of the Alpher Mentorship
Programme.
The Mentorship Programme aligns firmly with the global IWD 2020 theme – Each for
Equal, a call for individuals to join the push for gender parity across the world. The
Mentorship scheme will provide a platform for young women to be mentored for a year by
successful career women within Union Bank.
Speaking concerning the IWD celebrations and the launch of the Alpher Mentorship
Programme, the Head of Retail Banking and Digital, Lola Cardoso said:
“As we join the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, we are especially proud
to unveil the Alpher Mentorship Programme, an initiative which will provide young
women with the support they require to thrive. Through our Alpher proposition, we will
continue to support and enable success for women of all backgrounds.”
A key part of the event line up was the one-woman show Naked, by the award-winning
actor, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju. The play shines the spotlight on the highs, lows, achievements
and failures that women are faced with as they strive to forge ahead in life.
The annual IWD celebrations at Union Bank also coincide with the anniversary of its
Women Empowerment Hub (Wehub) – the Bank’s initiative established in 2016 as a
platform to motivate, connect and provide support to its women.
At the IWD Celebrations last year, the Bank awarded 40 scholarships to women
entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the Enterprise & Leadership Program (ELP)
organised by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in partnership with
Leading Ladies Africa.
Union Bank remains committed to women empowerment. Last year, the Bank established
an innovation hub for women from low-income communities in partnership with MamaMoni
Empowerment Foundation. The first set of 60 women recently graduated from the scheme,
empowered with life skills to establish and run their own businesses.

The Bank also recently launched Alpher, its unique proposition established to ‘enable
success’ and empower women across all segments of the Nigerian society through

capacity building opportunities, networking platforms, scholarships and tailored financial
services for women.