Godwin Emefiele Biography: Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

Godwin Emefiele is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


Godwin Emefiele was born on August 4, 1961 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is an Indigene of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State. Emefiele had his Primary school education at Government Primary School, Victoria Island, a school that was formerly known as, and called Ansar-U-Deen Primary School, Igbosere, Lagos.

He finished his primary education in June 1973. He had his secondary education at Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Mayland, Lagos, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) in June 1978.

Godwin Emefiele studied Banking and Finance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc)(2nd Class Upper Division) in June 1984, and in October 1986, he obtained Masters Degree (MBA) in Finance, winning the Best Graduating Student Award.

He later engaged in Executive studies at Stanford University, Harvard University (2004) and Wharton School of Business (2005).

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, about 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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Before his banking career, he was a lecturer in Finance and Insurance in two Nigerian Universities. Mr. Emefiele holds degrees in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and is also an alumnus of Stanford University, Harvard and Wharton Graduate Schools of Business where he took courses in Negotiation, Service Excellence, Critical Thinking, Leading Change and Strategy.



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