First Bank Nigeria Plc
Address: Head Office: Samuel Asabia House, 35, Marina, Lagos
Phone: +234 1 2665900-19; Fax: +234 1 2665934, 2643166
First bank is truly Nigeria's first bank since it started operations before any other bank or financial institution in the country since March 31 1894 with the corporate name as Bank for British West Africa.
To justify its West African coverage, a branch was opened in Accra, Ghana in 1896 and another in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1898. These marked the genesis of the Bank's international banking operations. The second branch of the Bank in Nigeria was in the old Calabar in 1900 and two years later, services were extended to Northern Nigeria.
Later on the bank changed its name to Bank of West Africa in 1957. The bank later underwent a series of name changes and restructuring and finally in 1991, it's name became First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
First Bank is a leader when it comes to banks in Nigeria and it got listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in March 1971 and has won the NSE President's Merit Award 11 times for the best financial report in the banking sector.
Frist Bank, truly the first.