Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been ranked Africa\u2019s Most Admired Finance Brand in the 10th-anniversary rankings of\u00a0Brand Africa 100: Africa\u2019s Best Brands, the pre-eminent survey and ranking of the Top 100 admired brands in Africa. The rankings were announced in a novel global virtual event and will be published in the June issue of the\u00a0African Business\u00a0magazine. In a\u00a0special report\u00a0examining the results of the 2020 survey, the founder of\u00a0Brand Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng, said GTBank\u2019s \u201cclever marketing, global presence and some of its flagship food and fashion events have undoubtedly helped make it a fixture of daily life in some of its key markets, especially its home base Nigeria.\u201d He added that the bank, which recently won plaudits for building a\u00a0110-bed Care Centre\u00a0in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, \u201chas taken banking and finance to the people.\u201d GTBank has long been regarded as one of Africa\u2019s outstanding brands and enjoys a massive youth following thanks to its innovative and forward-thinking approach to financial services and customer engagement. It currently commands the largest social media following amongst all financial institutions in Africa and in 2019, the Bank hosted over 700,000 people at its consumer-focused events, GTBank Food and Drink Festival and The GTBank Fashion Weekend, among them dozens of business leaders and industry experts from around the world. In 2019, GTBank\u00a0removed all banking charges\u00a0for young undergraduates under the age of 25 on its GTCrea8 Account Package. The move was unprecedented in the financial services sector but not unusual for a bank that had pioneered Zero-Naira Account Opening in the country, and in which people over the age of 65 also bank for free. GTBank is also blazing the trail in digital technologies; after leading the USSD banking revolution in Nigeria with its 737 Service, the bank is driving the digitization of consumer lending with Quick Credit, a first-of-its-kind digital lending product that gives individuals and small businesses instant, real-time access to loans anytime, anywhere via their mobile phones. Brand Africa\u2019s ranking of GTBank as\u00a0Africa\u2019s Most Admired Finance Brand\u00a0is only one of its many accolades. In 2019, the was recognized as the\u00a0Best Bank in Africa and Best Bank in Nigeria, by the Euromoney Magazine and the Best Banking Group and Best Retail Bank Nigeria by World Finance Magazine. In the same year, the Bank also dominated the Central Bank of Nigeria\u2019s Electronic Payment Incentive Scheme (EPIS) Efficiency Awards for the third year in a row, taking home 8 of the 12 honours for banks at the forefront of driving the digitalization of financial services.