Nigeria’s premier Bank and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced its sponsorship of the 57th edition of the Lagos Amateur Golf Open Championship. The 2018 edition is billed to tee-off on Friday 16 and run through Sunday 18 November 2018 at the lush greenery of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Course in Lagos. This is the 56th time the Bank is sponsoring the elite event, since its inception.
FirstBank’s sponsorship of the Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship has enhanced the Bank’s signature hold of the competition, giving the Bank a unique differentiation as the major driver of the oldest bank-owned sporting championship in Nigeria. The 2017 edition played host to over 260 elite golfers, while the 2018 edition will host over 280 golfers across the nook and cranny of the country.
This year, the three-day golf tournament will feature among others the “Professional Coaching Clinic” to nurture the skills of young and upcoming talents, and “Beat the Pro Skills competition”.
According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, “The Lagos Amateur Golf Championship is not just a competition but a tradition FirstBank is honoured to associate with for 56 years. Our identification with the competition is in line with our strategic objective of recognising activities that promote the socio-economic diversity and growth of the nation as well as the promotion of talents that fly the green and white colours of the Nigeria beyond the shores of the country.”
Ani-Mumuney elaborated “the Bank recently signed an endorsement deal with teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, who at only 17 has set her sights on playing on the LPGA circuit which she has already been invited to participate in. With this, she would be the youngest African female golfer to have ever reached this milestone.”
Georgia currently plays in a minimum of 20 tournaments a year and is mainly based in the US (Florida), in between training in Nigeria and is one of the highlight participants at this year’s competition.
The 3-day Golf Championship would be concluded with a grand finale and awards ceremony on Sunday 18 November 2018. The annual tournament is open to all amateur golfers who are members of a registered Golf Club with handicap of 14 or below. For more information on the championship , please visit the website – www.firstbanknigeria.com/golf“
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading banking services solutions provider in Nigeria. With some 14 million customer accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services with over 750 business locations. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years, 2011 – 2017, by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.