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Billionaire Businessman Femi Otedola Takes the Helm at First Bank

by Tolulope Akinruli

Otedola, with a net worth estimated at $1.1 billion, succeeds Ahmad Abdullahi, who just returned to the Forbes Africa Billionaires list after a seven-year absence. His appointment is effective immediately and after a board meeting held earlier today.

This development adds an intriguing aspect to the ongoing controversy involving First Bank Holding. In mid-2023, a disagreement arose between him and the former chairman, Oba Otudeko, over the acquisition of a large share in the corporation. While Otudeko’s initial acquisition made him the largest stakeholder, this position as chairman puts him in charge of decision-making.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is currently looking into the dispute, which adds to the already complex scenario. However, investors appear to be positive about his leadership, as indicated by the increase in First Bank Holdings shares following the announcement.

The businessman and philanthropist’s rise to prominence follows an extraordinary career filled with profitable projects in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, shipping, and real estate. His entrepreneurial skills and extensive expertise are expected to be valuable advantages in navigating Nigeria’s changing financial landscape.

Otedola’s selection as chairman of First Bank Holdings is expected to have a significant impact on the Nigerian economy.


One thing is certain: his nomination as chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings heralds a new era for the financial powerhouse. His riches, knowledge, and enigmatic personality ensure that all eyes are on him as he guides the bank to its next destination.

Source: guardian.ng

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