#AnambraDecides: The Rise & Rise Of Willie Obiano
History was made in March 2014 when for the first time, a democratically elected governor handed over to another governor in Anambra State.
Peter Obi handed over the reins of the state to Willie Maduabuchi Obiano.
Obiano was born at Aguleri, a town in Anambra State in Nigeria's Eastern region.
Regarded as Man of the People, Obiano hit the ground running with developmental projects aimed at improving the lives of people resident in rural areas.
His humility, confidence and swagger endeared him to a mixed generation of old and young people who sing his praises on the streets.
He works the work, talks the talk and delivers the dividends of democracy. Practically all local council areas have been beneficiaries of his courage and resilience for success.
Professionalism + Expertise + Native Intelligence
He holds a B.Sc. Second Class Upper in Accounting from University of Lagos (1979) and an MBA in Marketing also from same university.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
He was John F. Kennedy Essay Winner 1974 at CKC and holds a National Merit Certificate for outstanding service during his NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) in Benue State in the 1979/80 Service Year.
He is the President AMP (Advance Management Programme) of Lagos Business School for ten years running.
He is also a 2006 BNV (Building New Ventures) CLASS member of Harvard Business School, Boston USA, also Standard University.
He is the Patron, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (Lagos Mainland District) and National Youth Council of Nigeria, Anambra East Chapter.
Religious and Traditional Ties
He is also Patron of the following Catholic Groups: St. Anthony of Padua, Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria, Catholic Women Organisation, Aguleri, Priests and Rev. Sisters of Aguleri Origin.
Others are; Missionary of St. Paul’s Society, Catholic Women’s Organization, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Ifako, Gbagada, Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Onitsha Archdiocese and Grand Pillar ST Gerald Catholic Church.
On January 2nd 2011, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife Chief Mrs. E V Obiano were adopted into the Igwe-in council of the Idigo dynasty of the ancient kingdom of Aguleri where he hails from. This high Chief investiture made Chief Mrs. E V Obiano, the only female in the hundred and twenty years Idigo dynasty, to be so honoured.
They were also conferred as The Otunba Atayese and Erelu Atayese by Oba David Adegboyega Oyewumi (Faseemi ll) Obadu of Ilemeso- Ekiti.
Willie Obiano started his banking career as Officer in First Bank in 1981 from where he moved to Texaco Nigeria Plc as Accountant.
He was promoted 4 times in his eight-and-half-year-service at Texaco to become Chief Internal Auditor.
Obiano is a specialist in Bunkering, Lube-blending and Refinery Audits.
He was part of the team that audited Texaco Refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1989.
He joined Fidelity Bank from Texaco in 1991 as Deputy Manager and head of Audit and was promoted Manager in 1991, Assistant General Manager in 1993, Deputy General Manager in 2000 and General Manager in 2002 and Executive Director in October, 2003.
Between 1991 and 2002, Willie Obiano headed the following Groups, Divisions, at one point or another: Inspection and Audit; Operations and Information Technology; Division Head, Commercial & Consumer Banking; Division Head, Eastern Market. Other areas include Financial Control, Risk Management and Transaction Support, Corporate Finance, and Non Bank Financial Institutions.
Obiano was part of the great team that saw Fidelity Bank through the Bank’s Consolidation process.
As Executive Director of the Mega Fidelity Bank (and No. 2 man), Obiano was in charge of Business Banking (Corporate Banking, Non Bank Financial Institutions, Treasury, (Naira and Foreign Exchange, Oil & Gas, Telecom & Food and Beverages, Transport and Aviation).
All the Regional Managers of the bank report through him to the MD/CEO.
In October 2017, Willie Obaino flagged off his re-election campaign under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Will Governor Willie Obiano retain his seat as governor of Anambra State?
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