In the dynamic world of finance and corporate leadership, Mrs. Elizabeth Ngozi Ebi (“Mrs Ebi”) stands as a trailblazer, leaving an indelible mark as the GMD/CEO of Futureview Financial Services Limited. As the first female licensed stockbroker and founder of an investment banking firm in Nigeria, her journey is characterized by; groundbreaking achievements, academic excellence, and a commitment to shaping the financial landscape. Let us delve into the remarkable life and career of Mrs. Ebi, exploring her contributions to the Nigerian capital market and corporate governance.
Mrs. Ebi’s journey began with a strong academic foundation, earning a first-class B.Sc. Degree in Business/Health Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from New York University. Her pursuit of knowledge continued with an MBA in Finance and Investment from the George Washington University, USA, in 1980. Notably, she graduated from the International Banking Summer School at Cambridge University, UK showcasing a dedication to global financial understanding.
Early Career at FCH Services Inc. and Chase Merchant Bank
Between 1979 and 1981, Mrs. Ebi served as the Director of Owners Operation at FCH Services Inc., Washington, where she managed a portfolio exceeding $250 million. This experience laid the foundation for her impactful entry into Chase Merchant Bank (later known as Continental Merchant Bank, CMB) in 1981. Joining as an Analyst-Deputy Manager in Corporate Finance where she played a crucial role in the bank’s money and capital market operations
Rising through the Ranks
Mrs. Ebi’s ascent within CMB was rapid. By January 1985, she assumed the role of the bank’s treasury manager, leading initiatives that broadened and effectively managed its deposit base from a low of N500 million to an excess of N1.5 billion. Her expertise was instrumental in the development of major Money Market instruments tailored to meet the evolving needs of customers
Contributions to Corporate Banking
In January 1991, Mrs. Ebi transitioned to the role of Assistant General Manager, Corporate Banking. Managing a risk portfolio of about N250 million, she emphasized export/loan syndication and special products, including World Bank financial projects, NCR fund, AOB/KSL, and SME. Her initiation into becoming one of the authorized dealing clerks for Nigerian International Securities Limited further solidified her impact on the financial sector.
Board Memberships and Recognitions
Mrs. Ebi’s influence extends beyond her roles in financial institutions. She serves on the boards of several companies and institutions, including PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Redeemers University of Nigeria, African Missions Global, and acts as Special Trustee in Africa to the European Economic Development Council (EEDC). Her outstanding contributions earned her induction into the Nigeria Women Hall of Fame by the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, in 2008
Leadership at Futureview Financial Services Limited
As the GMD/CEO of Futureview Financial Services Limited, Mrs. Ebi’s visionary leadership has been pivotal in overseeing the group’s diverse interests in Investment Banking, Oil & Gas, Agro-Allied sectors, as well as the Commodities and Currency markets. Her expertise in structuring, documentation, securitization, and marketing of capital market issues and asset & liability management continues to drive the success of the organization.
A Decade at PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc
In June 2008, Mrs. Elizabeth Ngozi Ebi joined PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, marking the beginning of a decade-long association with the company. Her role as an Independent Non-Executive Director showcased her commitment to corporate governance and strategic oversight. Her retirement on January 27, 2022, marked the conclusion of a chapter defined by leadership, dedication, and impactful contributions to PZ Cussons.
Legacy and Awards
Over the years, Mrs. Ebi’s exceptional contributions to the Nigerian Capital Market have been recognized through several laudable awards. Her legacy as the “First lady-broker of the Nigerian Stock Exchange” is a testament to her groundbreaking achievements, resilience, and dedication to excellence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ngozi Ebi’s journey is one of inspiration and trailblazing leadership in the realms of finance and corporate governance. From her early days in the United States to her transformative roles in Nigerian financial institutions, she has consistently broken barriers and set new standards. As she continues to guide Futureview Financial Services Limited and leaves a lasting impact on the financial sector, Mrs. Ebi remains a beacon for aspiring professionals and a testament to the power of visionary leadership.