Mr. Godwin Emefiele

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

Godwin Emefiele is the current governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a Nigerian Economist born on August 4, 1961, in Lagos State, Nigeria. He hails from Ika South, Agbor Region of Delta State, Nigeria.

Central Bank of Nigeria

Godwin Emefiele is the serving governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He came into the office for his first tenure on June 4, 2014, after which he was confirmed for a second tenure on Thursday, May 16, 2019. He is the first two-term governor of CBN since Nigeria returned to Democracy. 

It is my fervent belief that caring for the environment should be our concern every day of the year. Therefore, every day should be a World Environment Day.

On occasion of the World Environment Day, June 8, 2021

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Since 2014

Experience of 26 Years in Commercial Banking

Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank

So far in his tenure as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Emefiele has performed excellently. Some of his outstanding feats as the governor of CBN include:

So far in his tenure as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Emefiele has performed excellently. Some of his outstanding feats as the governor of CBN include:

COVID-19 offers a unique opportunity for us to build a more resilient economy that is better able to contain external shocks, whilst supporting growth and wealth creation.

Extract of address at the 13th Annual CIBN Banking and Finance Conference. September 15, 2020

Experience in the Private Sector

Before joining the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has had over 26 years of experience in commercial banking. During those years, he was a Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank PLC, a position he held from August 2010 to June 2014.

He also held the position of Deputy Managing Director at Zenith bank from 2001 to August 2010. Emefiele held other notable management positions during his time at Zenith Bank Plc, including the Bank’s Executive Director in Corporate Banking, Financial Control, and Strategic Planning.

His outstanding achievements at Zenith Bank Plc include: 

Mr. Godwin Emefiele also lectured Finance, Bank Management, and Insurance at the University of Nigeria and the University of Port Harcourt before starting his banking career.

Educational Background

Godwin Emefiele completed his primary education in 1973 at Ansa-U-Den Primary School, Igbosere (Now known as Government Primary School, Victoria Island), Lagos. After which, he attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos, and graduated with a West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1978.

He proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to earn a B.Sc. Degree in Finance (1984) and an MBA in Finance (1986), respectively. Emefiele is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard (2004), and Wharton School of Business (2005). 

Experience in the Private Sector

Before joining the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has had over 26 years of experience in commercial banking. During those years, he was a Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank PLC, a position he held from August 2010 to June 2014.

He also held the position of Deputy Managing Director at Zenith bank from 2001 to August 2010. Emefiele held other notable management positions during his time at Zenith Bank Plc, including the Bank’s Executive Director in Corporate Banking, Financial Control, and Strategic Planning.

His outstanding achievements at Zenith Bank Plc include: 

Mr. Godwin Emefiele also lectured Finance, Bank Management, and Insurance at the University of Nigeria and the University of Port Harcourt before starting his banking career.

Educational Background

Godwin Emefiele completed his primary education in 1973 at Ansa-U-Den Primary School, Igbosere (Now known as Government Primary School, Victoria Island), Lagos. After which, he attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos, and graduated with a West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1978.

He proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to earn a B.Sc. Degree in Finance (1984) and an MBA in Finance (1986), respectively. Emefiele is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard (2004), and Wharton School of Business (2005). 

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