Lagos, 27th August – The African Banker Awards has recognized Nigeria’s Vivien Shobo as the winner for its 2020 Icon of the Year Category. This is in acknowledgement of her outstanding work and career during her service as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s topmost credit rating agency, AgustoandCo.
Vivien Shobo was recognized for playing an influential part in evolving Nigeria’s credit markets and also for assisting in the growth of a truly global best practice organization that competes with international crediting rating agencies. According to the African Bankers Awards committee, “The impact of her work is beyond measure and we are proud to have an African Champion that has been able to play such an important role and compete with and out-do global competitors with larger resources.”
Vivien Shobo led the firm’s African expansion initiatives by obtaining Credit Rating Agency licenses from the Capital Market Authorities of Kenya and Rwanda. She was a frequent speaker at domestic and global African capital market conferences and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Speaking about the African Banker Awards, Vivien Shobo remarked that recognition is an honour and encouraged women leaders in all sectors to always strive for excellence.
“Winning the Icon of the Year Award is truly a remarkable achievement for me this year. I am excited that excellence and commitment are constantly being rewarded in Africa’s financial services industry. I urge all women especially those in the financial sector to be inspired by this win and push for more excellence as this is a win for all of us. I thank my family at Agusto and Co for all their solidarity.”
The African Banker Awards are intended to distinguish the transformations, rapid modernization, alliance, integration and growth of Africa’s banking and financial system.
The Icon of the Year category is awarded to an individual or institution for their outstanding contributions in the field of business, banking and finance; in helping the change the perception of Africa as well as their contributions to the establishment of best global practice in Africa.
Former recipients of the Icon of the Year category award include outstanding individuals such as Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Adebayo Ogunlesi, one of Wall Street’s most eminent financiers, and Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange.