Wema Bank Honors Exceptional Women with ‘She Empowers Her Award By SARA’ at International Women’s Day 2024 Event


In a spectacular celebration of empowerment and achievement, Wema Bank proudly announced the winners of its inaugural She Empowers Her Award By SARA, presented during a captivating International Women’s Day event held at the prestigious Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Among a crowd filled with anticipation, five extraordinary women were honored for their remarkable contributions to society, exemplifying the essence of empowerment, inclusion, and positive change. These outstanding women have not only shattered glass ceilings but have also paved the way for future generations through their relentless dedication and impactful endeavors.

Adesunmbo Adeoye, Debola Agunbiade, Debola Deji-Kurunmi, Funke Felix Adejumo, and Pastor Mrs. Mary Kristilere stood out among a pool of exceptional nominees, showcasing their extraordinary achievements and commitment to uplifting others. From entrepreneurship and finance to philanthropy and leadership, each awardee has left an indelible mark on their respective fields, inspiring countless women to strive for greatness.


Moruf Oseni, MD/CEO of Wema Bank, reiterated the bank’s dedication to women’s success, stating. According to him, Wema Bank is committed to ensuring that women and their businesses thrive and have a positive societal impact.

In response to winning the award, one of the recipients, Pastor Mrs. Mary Kristilere expressed her gratitude. “This happened only by God’s grace and the votes of all my beloved friends and family. Your votes did indeed count. I dedicate this win to the Lord Almighty and pledge more service to humanity. Thank you all for the massive support and encouragement. Thank you, Wema Bank. Words indeed fail me to express how grateful I am.”

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Another receipient, Debola Agunbiade said, “It’s with gratitude to God that I wish to inform you of my emergence as one of the winners of the Wema Bank She Empowers Her Award By SARA. This is the maiden award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the exemplary achievements of women inspiring inclusion in Africa. I appreciate the entire Wema Bank Plc staff and especially the MD, Mr. Moruf Oseni, for his exemplary leadership in supporting women.”

The journey of the She Empowers Her Award By SARA began in 2024 to recognize and celebrate the exemplary achievements of women driving positive change and inspiring inclusion in Africa. On February 23, 2024, the award was announced to the public, marking a significant milestone in the recognition of women’s empowerment efforts. The award received an overwhelming response, with up to 100 entries received across the continent. After a meticulous selection process overseen by an independent auditor, 20 nominees were shortlisted, and the top 5 winners were determined through transparent public voting.

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