The first female Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, is well respected in banking circles. With a career spanning over 30 years, she is undoubtedly one of the top achievers in her field.

However, besides being a leader in the financial sector, there are many sides to Onyeali-Ikpe. Her love for exquisite corporate outfits, silver necklaces, and make-up that complements her beauty, are some of the things that make her stand out wherever she finds herself. This is in addition to her aura of elegance and class.

Born in Anambra State on July 28, 1964, Onyeali-Ikpe studied Law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. She went on to bag a Master’s degree in Law from King’s College, London, England.

She is married to Dr Ken Onyeali-Ikpe, and they are blessed with children.

When she is not in the office, she usually gives tips to individuals on how they can maximise their full potential. She does this at different fora, and on social media.

During the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2022 International Women’s Day Celebration with the theme, Breaking the Ice, Onyeali-Ikpe encouraged women to constantly break boundaries in their careers.

She said, “Women must work hard, invest in their personal development, constantly upskill and gain deep knowledge of their industry, for them to break the ice in their careers. It is also extremely important that we create enabling environments for women to thrive and maximise their full potential.”

Under her leadership, Fidelity Bank has supported various communities and projects, including donations to schools, hospitals and correctional centres.

Meanwhile, her contributions to the banking industry and society in general have not gone unnoticed. She was named the Best Banking CEO Nigeria at the 2023 Global Banking and Finance Awards in April 2023.

Her other recognitions include being listed among the Top 110 Outstanding Women in Africa, which was compiled by New Africa Magazine in 2022; and making the 2023 list of recipients of national honours, where she was bestowed the honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger by the Federal Government.

Indeed, her achievements and impact on society have inspired many people to strive for excellence in their various endeavours. Besides, her success story is proof that there is reward for hard work and consistency.

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