Brand New Commercial Bank Starts Operations To Rival Zenith, Access and GTB banks in Nigeria


A new commercial bank – NOVA Commercial Bank- is set to begin operations in Nigeria to compete with entrenched notable banks like Zenith, Access and GTB banks in the country.

NOVA Commercial Bank in a statement said it had received the requisite approvals from relevant regulators for its operations.

The bank also appointed Adebowale Oyedeji as its pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

It announced that it was set to begin conversion to an entire commercial banking business after getting a license from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The bank also appointed Adebowale Oyedeji as the new managing Director and chief executive officer to manage the bank’s operations.


Oyedeji’s appointment, which begins on January 2, 2024, has been approved by the CBN.

He will succeed the former MD/CEO, Nath Ude, whose tenure ended on November 6, 2023.

The bank said in a statement that Oyedeji’s hands-on experience combined with a strong record of delivering revenue targets, business turnaround, productivity, people management, efficiency, and risk control made him the ideal person for the job.

Oyedeji has held several positions in foreign and local environments, giving him the global perspective to handle a leading financial institution.

He was the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank UK between 2008 and 2011 and the Executive Director of the bank from 2011 to 2018.

He was also on the board of Stanbic IBTC as an Independent non-executive director from 2020 to 2022

Per the bank’s statement, the new MD/CEO will lead the bank to implement its Accelerated Growth Initiative (AGI) for the next 5-year plan beginning January 2024.

Oyedeji said he was elated to be the pioneer MD/CEO of NOVA Commercial Bank, which was established to change the banking industry.

NOVA Merchant Bank will be going into the commercial banking business and challenging Access, Zenith, and other Nigerian commercial banks for customers.

This was disclosed at the company’s 6th Annual General Meetin

At the meeting, the company’s NOVA board of directors received approval from its shareholders to commence the transition plan.


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