By Modupe Gbadeyanka The Corporate Dinner of the Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB), the female arm of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), received a boost today with the sponsorship of the event by the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, FBNQuest Merchant Bank. This support rendered by the company reinforced its commitment to improving the Nigerian banking and finance industry. The annual event, which took place on October 25, 2019, at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, creates a platform where industry experts critically examine topical issues relating to the Nigerian economy, thus providing a unique opportunity to review, evaluate and proffer strategies to stakeholders\/participants to tackle issues at the grass roots. Since its establishment, the group has impacted the continued promotion of professionalism amongst women in the banking sector. Their existence is consistently marked by innovations and pace setting activities and programs as well as consistent contribution to the academic growth and development of Nigerian youths and empowerment of women through workshops, seminars, publications and events such as the APWB Corporate Forum and Annual Dinner. Head of Technology & Services at FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Mrs Funke Ladimeji, encouraged women to work towards taking up more strategic positions in the banking industry. She further commended APWB and the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria for its consistency in providing a platform for social and professional interactions for female bankers. She also highlighted the importance of creating awareness and stimulating interest in the Banking and Finance profession for emerging women in the industry, which she said FBNQuest is promoting through the sponsorship of the APWB Dinner. Speaking further, Mrs Ladimeji said, \u201cWe are proud of the relationship with CIBN, which has built positive growth in the Nigerian financial industry. Our sponsorship of events such as these have helped provide the much-needed platforms to discover insights and ideas amongst stakeholders that can be used to promote advancement in the financial system and overall economy. We look forward to a continuous partnership.\u201d Following the APWB Dinner, CIBN also hosted its annual Investiture, where Mr Kayode Akinkugbe, Managing Director\/CEO, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria and given this award in in recognition of his contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian banking Industry. FBNQuest Merchant Bank recently sponsored the 13th Annual Banking and Finance Conference of CIBN, and participated in the 2019 Annual Bankers Nite of CIBN, along with other key financial leaders of the Nigerian economy, to discuss the much needed approaches to enhance financial inclusion, and provide, review, and evaluate strategies to create efficient banking services in Nigeria.