Founded in 1894 as Bank of British West Africa and Renamed to First Bank of Nigeria in 1979.

First Bank has over 750 branches and 10 million customer accounts in Nigeria, providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services.

The Bank has its international presence in London, Paris, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone, Senegal, Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.

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Samuel Asabia House, 35 Marina. Lagos Island, Lagos
Company Phone Number +234 1 9052326
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The bank was founded in 1894 and is Nigeria’s oldest bank

First Bank was the first bank to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1971

In 1991, the bank was the first to introduce Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Nigeria

The bank was the first to launch the university endowment programme in Nigeria, in 1994

In 2002, the bank established FBN UK, regulated by the FSA, the first Nigerian Bank to wholly own a full-fledged bank in the UK.

In 2012, the bank became a subsidiary group of FBN Holdings Plc.

In 2013, First Bank completed the acquisition of ICB assets in Guinea, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana as part of an ongoing Pan African expansion program

To mark its 120 years anniversary in 2014, First Bank launched a new corporate identity