EMEFIELE, Ifeanyi Godwin

Born August 4, 1961

Lagos State





MBA Banking (1986)
B.Sc. Finance (1984)

Godwin Emefiele is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He served as Chief Executive officer and Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc before he was appointed by president Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Margaret Emefiele
State of Origin: Delta State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name Mrs Alice Ohumagholem Emefiele
Mother's Status Deceased

Has Children

Profession Banker , Administrator
Working Experience Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt; , Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc since 2001. , Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control & Strategic Planning of Zenith Bank Plc , Director of Zenith Securities Limited. , Chairman of The Board and Governor at The Central Bank of Nigeria since June 2014.

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria and Head of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited

Previous Appointments:

Member of Governing Board at The International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation until 2018.

He had his primary education at Government Primary School, Victoria Island, formerly Ansar-U-Deen Primary School, Igbosere, Lagos and passed out in June 1973. He obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) in June 1978 at Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos and went on to attend University of Nigeria, Nsukka; He is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard Graduate School (2004), Wharton Graduate School of Business(2005)

2017 Forbes Best of Africa Innovative Banking Award
Ziks Leadership Award

Emefiele has over eighteen years of banking experience. Emefiele served as director at Zenith Bank Plc and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. Prior to his joining the CBN, he spent over 26 years in commercial banking culminating in his tenure as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank PLC, one of Nigeria’s largest banks with over 7,000 staff, US$3.2 billion in shareholders’ funds, and subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, China, and the United Kingdom.

Under Emefiele’s leadership, Zenith Bank had strengthened its position as a leading financial institution in Africa, winning recognition and endorsement at home and abroad for giant strides in key performance areas like corporate governance, service delivery and deployment of cutting-edge ICT.

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