Jim Ovia

The Ti­tan Of The Bank­ing Sec­tor


It is not very of­ten one of Africa’s most pow­er­ful men mounts the stage to speak of an­other. Jim Ovia, the Chair­man and Founder of Zenith Bank did this hon­our to Nduka Obaig­bena, the Chair­man of THISDAY Me­dia Group and ARISE News Chan­nel. He praised Obaig­bena for be­ing the driv­ing force of the Me­dia and a first amongst equals. Hav­ing been there from the on­set, Ovia has watched the pa­per go from strength to strength. He re­marked on the hard work of both or­ga­ni­za­tions, THISDAY News­pa­pers and Arise TV. He even jok­ingly en­quired which was the more pop­u­lar of the two which ilicited some laugh­ter from the au­di­ence as chants of ‘THISDAY’ and ‘ARISE’ hit the air! Be­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and owner of one of Nige­ria’s big­gest banks, Ovia went on to ac­knowl­edge the sweat be­hind the suc­cess of any ven­ture and con­grat­u­lated the staff of both or­ga­ni­za­tions for their ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion in keep­ing them alive and thriv­ing. A well re­spected vet­eran of busi­ness, Jim spoke about the need for con­stant ded­i­ca­tion and fore­sight in strength­en­ing and growth of any busi­ness. He also ac­knowl­edged how pow­er­ful the Fash­ion in­dus­try has be­come in Nige­ria cour­tesy of THISDAY Style and ARISE TV. He thanked Naomi Camp­bell and other highly re­spected dig­ni­taries in the au­di­ence for grac­ing the event with their pres­ence even when they knew the Chair­man, Nduka Obaig­bena was in­dis­posed. He went on to re­it­er­ate that they all were there be­cause of the ut­most re­spect they have for the man him­self, and they were glad to show their sup­port be­cause he would have done the same for them had the roles been re­versed. In his part­ing shot, Jim wished ev­ery­one a propsper­ous New Year and ad­vised all to do their ut­most best in what­ever en­deav­ors or ven­tures they par­take in. He re-em­pha­sized the ben­e­fit of hard-work and dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed in life. With these two qual­i­ties, ev­ery­one was guar­an­teed a chance to be­come suc­cess­ful.

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