There are over 20 banks fully licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate within the country. This includes commercial, merchant and non-interest banks. Leading to serious competition among the financial institutions. So which of them are the richest banks in Nigeria? You may ask.
Based on the 2019 Q1 results, the banks listed in this article are the richest financial institutions in Nigeria presently.
This list was compiled based on the total assets of each of these banks according to their Q1 earning reports published in several newspapers not too long ago. Find out if your favourite bank made it to this list.
Richest Banks in Nigeria 2020
- Ecobank – N7.84 Trillion Naira
- Zenith Bank – 5.898 Trillion Naira
- First Bank – 5.7 Trillion Naira
- United Bank for Africa – 5.10 Trillion Naira
- Access Bank – 4.954 Trillion Naira
- Gtbank – 3.598 Trillion Naira
- Fidelity Bank – 1.9 Trillion Naira
- Union Bank – 1.7 Trillion Naira
- Stanbic IBTC – 1.67 Trillion Naira
- First City Monument Bank – 1.43 Trillion Naira
Below is a list of the top ten Nigeria’s richest banks according to their first quarter total assets for the year 2019. Rest assured that this write up will be updated from time to time to reflect new changes. So let’s get to it.
- 2019 QI Total Assets: N7.84 Trillion
- Rank: Richest bank in Nigeria 2020
Based on the bank total assets in their Q1 reports which was released recently. Ecobank is officially the current richest bank in Nigeria.
The Pan-African bank is a commercial bank in Nigeria licensed to operate in the country by CBN, Nigeria’s banking regulator. Though the bank was founded in 1989 and has been in operations since then, it was not until it acquired Oceanic Bank in 2011 that it became very popular among Nigerians.
Ecobank is presently among the leading financial institutions across the African continent. They presently have over 1000 branches and 10,000 workers in more than 32 countries all over the continent.
2.) Zenith Bank Plc
- 2019 Q1 Total Assets: N5.898 Trillion
- Rank: Second Wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Zenith Bank Plc is among the commercial banks duly licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate in the country. Founded in May 1990 by Jim Ovia, the bank spread across Africa, delivering quality financial services everywhere.
Among the subsidiaries of the bank are Zenith Pension Custodian, Cyberspace Networks, Zenith Bank Ghana, Zenith Bank United kingdom etc. In Nigeria today, the bank has over 500 branches scattered across the country.
Also, among their numerous products are Eazy banking which comprises of their mobile app and ussd banking, person and corporates accounts etc.
The bank is widely regarded as one of the best financial institutions in the country. Based on the Q1 2019 reports the bank’s total assest is N5.898 trillion, making it the second richest Nigerian bank presently.
3.) First Bank of Nigeria Plc
- 2019 Q1 Total Assets: N5.7 Trillion
- Rank: Third wealthiest Nigerian Bank
First Bank of Nigeria may be the oldest bank in the country but its still very much competing with the new generation banks in terms of delivering quality financial services to the Nigerian people.
The bank, founded in 1894, has till today maintained its status as one of the largest banks in Nigeria. With over 700 branches and 10 million customers, First Bank is a real force to reckon with in the banking industry.
The bank has active branches in UK, united Arab Emirates, South Africa, China and several other places outside Nigeria.
Among the bank’s innovative products and services are ussd banking, Online banking and so many others.
In Q1 2019, the total assets of First Bank of Nigeria rose to N5.7 trillion, making them the third richest bank in Nigeria presently.
4.) United Bank for Africa
- Q1 2019 Total Assets: N5.10 Trillion
- Rank: 4th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
United Bank for Africa (UBA) is one of the most popular banks in Nigeria. The bank has business offices in New York, London, Paris and over 20 countries in Africa. With over fourteen million customers and 1000 branches across Africa, the bank is committed to reaching every African with quality financial services.
United Bank for Africa was founded in 1949. Since it was set up, the bank has continued to lead the way in terms of innovative banking services: among the ban product and services are: Mobile banking, Internet banking, Wholesale banking, corporate banking, consumer banking, investment banking etc.
UBA has won so many awards, at the national level and also internationally. According to the published report of their Q1 2019 performance, the bank earned quite a lot of profit this year. Based on that report, their total assets rose to N5.10 trillion. Which is the 4th highest in the country for this year, putting them on the position they occupy this list.
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5.) Access Bank Plc
- Q1 2019 Total Assets: N4.954 Trillion
- Rank: 5th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Formerly known as intercontinental institutions. Following their merger with Diamond Bank plc, the group has become the largest finance services provider within the country.
The bank has business offices in the United Kingdom and in our 8 Sub-Saharan countries which includes:
The Gambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zambia. The bank currently has over 9000 workers across its hundreds of business offices and touch points.
According to the bank’s Q1 2019 reports , their total assets rose to N4.954 trillion from the N4.552 trillion it was in December 2018.
From that increase, we now that Access ban has completely sealed their position in this list for the rest of the year. They can only go higher than that. Especially following this recent merger with Diamond Bank.
6.) Guaranty Trust Bank
- Q1 2019 Total Assets: N3.598 Trillion
- Rank: Sixth wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Guaranty Trust Bank has in recent years gained quite a lot of popularity among several Nigerians. Simply known as GTBank or GTB, the bank ranks among the top banks in country.
Due to their quality financial services and highly innovative products, many people regard them as the best bank in Nigeria.
In a recent event held in July 2019 (Euromoney Awards for Excellence) in London, Guaranty Trust Bank emerged as the “Best Bank In Africa”. They were also awarded the “Best Bank in Nigeria” for the 9th time, setting a record.
Unlike several banks in this list, GTBank lets their actions speak for them. In 2011 the were ranked the biggest bank in Nigeria based on market capitalisation, according to a report by thisdaylive. The bank has continued to wax stronger and stronger that it now competes with others that were here long before it came into existence.
According to the published report of the bank earnings in Q1 2019, GTBank total assets is N3.598 trillion. That makes them sixth on this our list.
7.) Fidelity Bank Plc
- 2019 Total Assets: N1.9 Trillion
- Rank: 7th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Fidelity Bank is one of the best commercial banks in Nigeria at the moment. Founded in 1988, the bank has gained quite a reputation for “keeping their word” in terms of delivering quality banking services. The ban today serves over 4 million customers across the nation and beyond.
They currently have over 240 business points, 775 ATMs and more than 4346 POSs.
According to the vision of the bank, they are aiming to be at the top of the biggest and best financial institutions in the country soon.
8.) Union Bank Plc
- 2019 Total Assets: N1.7 Trillion
- Rank: 8th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Union Bank of Nigeria is one of the country’s oldest and most reliable bans. They have been in operation in Nigeria since 1917. The bank has its headquarters in Lagos with many of its branches scattered across the country. They also own a subsidiary, Union Bank UK, located in London, United Kingdom.
Among UBN financial services and products are ussd banking, internet banking and mobile app banking.
9.) Stanbic Ibtc Bank
- 2019 Total Assets: N1.67 Trillion
- Rank: 9th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
Stanbic bank doesn’t make a lot of noise like several others, but their actions speak very loud for them. The bank is among the banks considered by many Nigerians as the “billionaires’ bank”, just like GTB.
The bank began operations in Nigeria in 1989 and has since then continued to be among the top banks in Nigeria. Stanbic bank offers investment, savings, loans, credit and debit cards, financial advisory services and so much more.
10.) First City Monument Bank
- 2019 Total Assets: N1.43 Trillion
- Rank: 10th wealthiest Nigerian Bank
First City Monument Bank or FCMB as it is simply known, is among Nigeria’s most popular and richest banks. The bank started operations in Nigeria in 1982. It has since then grown to compete with others that were here before it.
One thing that stands out about FCMB is their customer relationship and excellent financial services. The bank has its headquarters in Lagos and has branches all over Nigeria.
These are the top 10 richest banks in Nigeria 2020 based on the Q1 reports of their total assets. When you want to talk about the wealthiest financial institutions in the country, these are the ones you should be talking about.
In the nearest future, we hope to see other smaller bank names appearing here.