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Africa's best bank 2019: Guaranty Trust Bank

Awards for Excellence 2019

In recent years, the headlines have been dominated by stories about global banks pulling out of Africa to focus on their businesses back home. 

Local banks are taking advantage of the trend, investing and growing their banking operations across the continent to fill the gaps left by the departure of international firms. 

Banks once considered local players are increasingly becoming regional champions, looking beyond national borders to reap the benefits of the growing middle class and strong economic growth across much of the continent.

Some of the most bullish of these banks come from Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy. The outstanding performer is Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), which is Africa’s best bank this year.

Although the bank is relatively young – it was established in 1990 – it has quickly become a regional force under chief executive Segun Agbaje’s leadership. Today, the bank has over 12,000 employees across Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and the UK.

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