First Bank Limited has restated its determination to continually promote female independence and entrepreneurship through one of its numerous initiatives called FirstGem.
The lender in a recent statement disclosed that women from all walks of life would converge at the Harbour Point Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos for the second anniversary of the launch of FirstGem.
It explained that the lifestyle product designed specifically for women to promote female independence and entrepreneurship, adding that this year’s edition is themed, “Building Sustainable Wealth.”
“Since the launch of FirstGem in October 2016, a series of female empowerment initiatives, training and seminars have been organized across the country and in the UK to harness and financially mobilize the growing percentage of women in the country whilst empowering them through the nuggets of financial independence.
“These empowerment sessions include; Oyo State Women Empowerment Programme; Southern States Governors Wives’ Forum; Benue State Women Empowerment Program; Mentoring Women to Posterity held at Enugu, Enugu State; OAU International Law Students Women Conference and the FirstGem in the UK. The Bank has also supported over 8,000 women with finance to grow their businesses.”
The speakers and plenary session discussants at the second anniversary event will include; Dr. Doyin Salami, CEO, Kainos Edge Consulting Limited; Aruma Oteh, Treasurer and Vice President of World Bank; Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO Bestman Games and author of A – Z of Personal Finance and Arese Ugwu, author of The Smart Money Woman, amongst other discussants.
According to the Bank’s Group Head, Products & Marketing Support, Mr. Abiodun Famuyiwa, ’at FirstBank, we recognise that promoting female entrepreneurship and independence is key to economic development and building the economic viability of every home in the country. FirstGem is a deliberate strategy by the Bank to drive financial inclusion and all-round development of women through gender-advancement programs wrapped around savings culture, Financial Literacy, Loan Management and building an Investment portfolio.”

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