Tuesday, May 12, 2015


It was a historic event for leading retail bank, Diamond Bank PLC, as it recently held the 50th edition of its BusinessXpress Seminar for operators in the Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSMEs). This time, the training programme took place in the south western ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The BusinessXpress Seminar is the Bank’s customised training initiative aimed at building and strengthening capacity among budding entrepreneurs and small businesses in the MSME segment of the Nigerian economy. It is an offshoot of the bank’s BusinessXpress account. 

Ayona Trimnell, the bank’s chief spokesperson stated that the training programme tallies with the strategic objective of the Bank, which are aimed at building world-class productive capacity that could compete favourably on the global scale.

“At Diamond Bank, we are not just eager to provide funds for operators, we are also very passionate about building capacity that could help catalyse economic production and boost employment at the MSMEs sub-sector”.

Reiterating Trimnell, Oluropo Olanrewaju, Regional Manager, Ibadan, stated that the DiamondXtra Seminar series was proof of Diamond Bank’s commitment to the growth of MSMEs in Nigeria and has provided stakeholders with the requisite knowledge and necessary skills to help them grow and expand their businesses

“The BusinessXpress Seminars are very key to our strategic objective of helping small businesses grow. In 2009, we launched the BusinessXpress account, the first of its kind, which not only offered collateral-free loans to SME operators but also charged negligible COT. However, we realized that providing funds to SMEs was just the first step. There was also the need to equip them with the skills and knowledge to manage and grow their business so we started the BusinessXpress Seminars in 2010 to provide them with practical lessons on how they can manage their business.”

Oluropo added that since the bank introduced the BusinessXpress account, close to N200biliion loans have been granted to 60, 000 SME owners across the country while the seminars have recorded more than 17, 000 participants.

Chiagozie Nwizu, MSME Advisory Manager, Diamond Bank PLC, said that the bank has received positive feedbacks from many small businesses that have participated in the seminars.

According to him: “For the BusinessXpress Seminar to hit the 50th milestone is quite an achievement for us at Diamond Bank. Looking back, we have seen how the seminars have changed the lives and businesses of the participants. We have gotten wonderful feedback from many of them, some of who thank us for helping them put their business on a solid footing. We are happy at how far we have come and the impact we have made within the period.”  

“We don’t just provide collateral free loans and train participants, we try as much as possible to track the progress of the participants. We call them regularly and even visit them to see for ourselves how they are doing and if there are other areas that we can provide assistance.

Olarewaju Adebiyi, a participant at the event, expressed gratitude to Diamond Bank for the seminar, noting that it had been an eye opening experience for him. “This is the second time I will be attending the seminar. I was so impressed from what I learnt the first time that I decided to attend this one.  It has been quite an experience for me and I thank Diamond Bank for this rare privilege,” he said.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Diamond Bank PLC, a leading retail bank in Nigeria has ignited a huge wave of enthusiasm among school children who now see a rewarding career and a future in art and literary studies after winners of outstanding paintings and literary works were celebrated and rewarded with gifts and cash prizes at the just concluded ‘Vision of the Child’ (VOTC) competition.

Most of the school children who won prizes and those aspiring to come tops in the next edition say that they would love to pursue a career in art and literary studies because of the enormous opportunities it holds for them.

The Vision of the Child is an artistic and literary competition for school children and forms part of activities to celebrate the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

According to Ayona Trimnell, Head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank has supported the competition since inception in 2011.

“We are proud to be a part of these future art and literary geniuses whose paintings and literary works transcend their age and time. As part of our strategic focus, we see a lot of potential in these youth and will continue to support the growth and development of these young minds.”

Ashaka Victory Thona who emerged the first prize winner went home with N250, 000 while Ololade Shittu who came second was rewarded with N200,000. Anthony Blessing who came third was given N180, 000. Anjola Olanrewaju, Amosun Abraham and Okwuchukwu  Ivy who were adjudged fourth, fifth and sixth place winners won N150,000, N120,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Benson Oraelosi, Regional Manager, Ikeja Region of the Bank, stated that the bank's involvement in the competition was driven by its commitment to support the development of the country's future leaders. 

“Diamond Bank is wholly committed to supporting initiatives aimed at grooming the Nigerian child for global relevance. Since the inception of this competition, the children have always been challenged to engage their creativity in interpreting topical social issues, and the results have been very insightful. We are particularly pleased at the outcomes of these competitions because it is only through creativity that we can develop ideas to change the world."  

Speaking further, Benson noted that Diamond Bank understand the value of helping these children to attain their individual desires in art and literary works.

"Diamond Bank has further demonstrated its commitment to the future of the Nigerian child with Diamond Future, a children-friendly proposition designed to secure their educational ambitions. We are assured that the future of the country is indeed brighter with the level of creativity the children have showcased”.

Erelu Dosunmu Abiola, who represented Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Lagos Black Heritage Festival consultant, noted that many children are denied the opportunity to express themselves because society assumes that they do not understand social events.

“We do not need to limit the horizon of our children as they have their own unique interpretations to issues that adults may consider to be socially complex. Our contestants have shown that they have great thoughts demonstrated through impressive output. We hope to see great writers like Prof Wole Soyinka and celebrated painters like Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya emerge from platforms such as these," Erelu stated. 

At this fourth competition of the Vision of the Child competition, over 30 finalists participated in this 2015 edition themed "The Road to Sambisa."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Diamond Woman, a proposition of Diamond Bank Plc, solely committed to the success of women in business and the home, has extolled women for their dexterity, industry and increasing value addition in the production chain of Nigerian economy.

Speaking during an event organized by the Bank to celebrate women as part of activities to commemorate International Women’s Day, Aisha Ahmed, Head, Retail Directorate, stated that Diamond Woman is passionate about the continued success of women in all spheres of life and therefore is committed to providing women unhindered access to relevant information, access to finance and business networking that will stimulate and enhance capacity for growth in whatever business they are engaged in.

According to her, the progress made by women in the last 100 years validates the truth that women could and will continue to make the expected progress and impact positively on the economy if given access to the necessary tools and support in the business place. She pointed that Nigerian women are not only industrious but also have the capacity to manage businesses and make good results. She spoke on the topic: ‘Women, live your best’.

“In the last hundred years significant progress has been made by womenfolk in various spheres of life, paving the way for other women to follow. At no time has the issues facing women been more at the forefront than now. But women need to run their own race. It is who you want to be that determines whether or not you are successful, you can make it happen as a women” Aishah stated.

The 2015 International Women’s Day, with the theme, ‘make it happen,” was organized by Diamond Woman in conjunction with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) where over 100 women from all walks of life were hosted and celebrated by the Bank.

The women were unanimous that the progress required from them in the workplace and the various businesses women are engaged in could experience the expected growth as women network and create the enabling environment that would engender the discipline strong enough to produce good business outcome in the highly competitive business world.

Diamond Woman is a proposition of Diamond Bank Plc that is committed to the success of women in business and all spheres of life through the provision of access to information, access to finance and networking meetings that afford women the privilege to interact and get new business ideas and contacts.