Diamond Bank

Diamond Bank of Nigeria offers a full range of products and services in retail, commercial, corporate and investment banking.

About Diamond Bank

Diamond Bank began as a private limited liability company on March 21, 1991. Ten years later, in February 2001, it became a universal bank, and in May of 2005, the bank was listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange. More recently, in January 2008, Diamond Bank’s Global Depositary Receipts (GDR) was listed on the Professional Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange – the first bank in Africa to achieve this feat.

Today, Diamond Bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria, with a total of 250 branches. The bank is respected for its excellent service delivery, driven by innovation and operating on the most advanced banking technology platform in the market. Diamond bank is one of only 25 commercial banks in Nigeria, and the organization has international operations in Benin, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and the UK.

The Program

Diamond bank partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to create gender-based products as a means of encouraging more women to succeed in business. Its Women’s Market program, Diamond Woman, targets professionals, entrepreneurs and women with families, providing financial, business and lifestyle advice. The platform also offers participants access to an online network.

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Diamond Bank was incorporated in 1990.

The institution is one of 25 licensed commercial banks in Nigeria.

Diamond operates in 6 countries, including its home base of Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and the UK.

The bank has more than 250 branches in total.


The Opportunity - Nigeria

  • 41%

    of early-stage entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria involved women as of 2013, GEM found.
  • 46%

    of women in Nigeria got a loan in 2011, according to World Bank data.
  • 2%

    of the loans Nigerian women got in 2011 were from a financial institution, according to Findex.
  • 21%

    of Nigerian women saved at a financial institution in 2011, Findex found.