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The banking sector in Nigeria can be a confusing place. However, to the individual that considers it a playground of smart and influential people, everything becomes clear. To such individuals, the return of Dame Adaora Umeoji to the hallowed halls of Zenith Bank management is no surprise.

Zenith Bank has once again become the highlight among commercial Nigerian banks. This time, the reinstatement of Dame Umeoji as the bank’s Deputy Managing Director has put it in the spotlight. Given her return, one can expect a renewed trust in the bank’s management abilities.

The return of Umeoji to Zenith Bank came as a shocker to many Nigerians, but not all. Umeoji has been away from the management circles for the last five months. Her initial decision to retire resulted from the national directive against the tyrannical and seemingly everlasting reign of top management officials of banks. With the directive adjusted, Umeoji is free to return and continue to contribute to Zenith Bank.

The truth is that many people cannot think of Zenith Bank without imagining Umeoji as an active force of operations and success. Since she rose to the position of DMD, she has helped move the institution into its current path. Even the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, has hailed her as a legendary figure in the bank.

Moreover, it is reported that Umeoji has a good relationship with Zenith Bank founder, Jim Ovia, on account of her good work. As Ovia is globally acknowledged as one of the most brilliant corporate giants in Africa, it is no surprise that he recognises the value of Umeoji and does not mind her return.

So, things are going to get exciting once again in Zenith Bank. One can expect changes to the power play at the institution as Umeoji is known for inspiring focused work and abiding by the rules.



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