Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Leading retail bank, Diamond Bank Plc, has announced the launch of a fingerprint recognition feature on its Diamond Mobile App. The service, an iOS Touch ID, is a fingerprint reader that allows users of the Mobile App an easy and seamless login to their accounts by simply recognizing and identifying their individual fingerprints.    

Speaking on the new feature, Ayona Trimnell, Divisional Head, Corporate Communications of the Bank stated that the introduction of the unique feature will remove the burden of forgetting or having to remember the user ID and Password for accountholders to login for their respective business transactions.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the Touch ID feature on the Diamond Mobile App. This means that Diamond Mobile App users that have iOS devices can now login to their accounts with just their finger prints as an alternative to entering a User ID and Password.”

Speaking further, she stated that with the “introduction of this innovative solution to the 
Nigerian banking space, Diamond Bank once again demonstrates its commitment to be at the forefront in offering technological solutions that make banking an exciting, convenient and secure experience for our customers.” 

The introduction of the Touch ID Feature on Diamond Mobile App marks the entrance of the service to the Nigerian banking scene. It also consolidates Diamond Bank’s position as an innovative Bank that is progressively changing the face of banking in Nigeria with best-in-class customer-focused solutions. 

The Touch ID feature on Diamond Mobile App is available on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Other features on the Diamond Mobile App include funds transfer, bills payment, events ticket purchase, movie tickets purchase, online shopping wallet top-up as well as search, book and payment for both local and international flights. The service is currently available on Apple store and will soon be available on all other app stores.

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Monday, October 13, 2014


Diamond Bank has demonstrated its commitment to the total health and wellbeing of women in Nigeria by sponsoring medical surgeries for 15 young women suffering from Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF). The Bank has also concluded arrangement to donate medical equipment to selected fistula centres across the country.

VVF are holes found in women resulting from the breakdown in the tissue between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum caused by unrelieved obstructed labour. The consequences of such damage are urinary or faecal incontinence and related conditions; and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the condition is “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth." A 2008 research by NDHS show that Nigeria has the highest prevalence of VVF in the world with approximately 400,000–800,000 women living with the condition in the country and about 20,000 new cases occurring annually, with 90 percent of these going untreated.

In a press release by the Bank, Ayona Trimnell, Head, Corporate Communications said that one of the core components of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is the high premium placed on the health of women and the quest to see that as many as could be helped are captured in the scheme. According to her, the initiative by Diamond Bank to elevate the health of women was borne out of the need to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country by eliminating this avoidable medical condition known as Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) which has compromised the lives and marital destinies of thousands of young ladies over the years. The initiative also sensitizes women ensuring that they are not just only aware of and internalize quality health habits, but that they are also able to make better informed choices concerning their health and that of their partners. The Bank is partnering with Extended Hands Charity, a non-governmental organization.

According to Trimnell, “the initiative commences this October and involves helping the women and young girls particularly in Ilorin, Kwara State”.

Commenting further, Trimnell said, that the focus of Diamond Bank especially in women’s health and wellbeing, involves the provision of basic health care services to women in rural areas and empowering them economically in the area of agriculture and trading.

“This unique approach will not only ensure that women are able to make better informed choices concerning their wellbeing but will also ensure that they have the economic power to improve their living standards.’’

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Diamond Bank, MTN Launch Diamond Y'ello Account

Leading retail bank, Diamond Bank PLC, has launched an innovative banking product, Diamond Y’ello, as part of its financial inclusion programme to reach the unbanked.

The Diamond Y’ello Account (DYA), which is run in partnership with mobile telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria, is a hybrid account that offers the over 58 million MTN subscribers a fusion of financial services and telecoms incentives such as money transfer and withdrawal, account statementsconfirmation andairtime purchase amongst a host of available features and benefits.

Speaking at the launch of the account, Dr Alex Otti, GMD/CEO, Diamond Bank PLC, said the Diamond Y’ello Account is part of the bank’s strategic programme to reach the unbanked population with innovative and easily accessible financial solutions.

According to Dr. Otti: “The Nigerian banking industry is over a hundred years old, but can only boast of only about 40 million bank accounts. In the 14years of mobile telephony in Nigeria, the telcos have grown a robust subscriber base of 120 million customers and still counting. That is why we decided to partner with one of the trusted and most extensive networks to bring our banking services closer to people who would like to bank with us but are limited by challenges within their environment.

Explaining the rationale, Dr. Otti explains further: “What we have done is to make banking more accessible to Nigerians. To open a Diamond Y’ello account, a customer only needs to have a registered MTN line and by dialing the short code *710#, the subscriber gets a full NUBAN account number delivered by SMS to his mobile phone within minutes”.

The Diamond Y’ello Account is open to all. The Youth and Mass Market segments of the MTN subscriber base as well as the unbanked and under-banked subscribers are especially invited to take advantage of the favourable account opening requirements and convenient features of the service.”

Speaking at the event, CEO of MTN Nigeria, Mike Ikpoki disclosed that the Diamond Y’ello idea is driven by a commitment from Diamond Bank and MTN to ensure that technology is used to make life easier for people.He said: “Technology is a tool that should make life easier for people. This product is simple and accessible to all customers on our network.” Lending his support to the partnership, Dr. Pascal Dozie, Founder, Diamond Bank Plc and Chairman, MTN Nigeria, said that Diamond Y’ello is a hybrid account produced by two outstanding companies in their separate industries.

He said: The partnership between Diamond Bank PLC and MTN Nigeria is in support of government policies. The Diamond Y’ello Account will strengthen the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria. It will also provide gainful employment for Nigerians and other stakeholders.”

Every MTN subscriber hasaccess to a Diamond Y’ello Account with benefits which include: easy access to open and operate a bank account through the subscriber’s mobile phone or agent network within the customer’s community, full bank services with interest payments on account balances and fund transfer services to any bank account in Nigeria.