Usoro is an alumna of Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School.


banking career spans over 20 years with experience in Operations, Credit and
Marketing, Branch Management, Relationship Management, Corporate and Commercial
was the Group General Manager and the Strategic Business Group (SBG) Head, Abuja.
is currently the Regional Head, Lagos Bank 2. 
has won multiple awards at the annual UBA CEO Awards.
loves working out to keep fit and stay healthy
•What difficulties or barriers have you faced
becoming a successful career woman?
hard to be a woman and it’s awesome being a woman, there are pros and cons to
being a successful career woman.
would say trying to maintain a balance between my professional life and family.
have had to juggle my career while trying to raise my kids in the same state
especially because relocation is part of the game and it’s difficult to compete
with a man who has no limitation in this space.
working hard on how to fit in and adding value in multiple ways has always made
up for this limitation. The great thing is I work for an organisation that
supports women and is mindful of our decisions.
•What’s the hardest thing about being a woman at
the top?
thing that keeps resonating is thriving in a male dominated organization.
would agree with me that while the world is evolving, women are still lagging
behind when it comes to leadership roles. Our gender has absolutely nothing to
do with the quality of our work, in fact it has little to do with anything. My
advice to other women at the top is not to be set back by gender, know that you
belong in the team and actively add value in as many ways as you can.
•After all the success in your career, what keeps
you going or inspires to do more?
is personal, they are varieties of things that matter to people, it could be
title, purpose, values, vision or mission.
me it’s my purpose and I have always known that people with a sense of purpose
tend to succeed. What keeps me going is that I have tried to reframe any
negative emotions as a positive one and I never allow negative emotions take
control of me. I never spend my emotional energy in fears, I just step in and I
do whatever I believe in to make things positive.
I never get stuck on doing the same thing, it’s about personal reinvention, we
need to re-invent ourselves so we don’t get bored. I love investing my time in
things that really matter to me.
I love to make big bets and decisions of what I want to do and where I want to
get to. You’ve got to be totally in sync if you choose to work or stay at home.
•How can successful women use their voices and
influence to help other women?
that UBA has a strong female representation in Executive management positions,
I am optimistic this would change with policy makers encouraging inclusiveness
and diversity.
should play the activist role, when there is an opening we should encourage and
have women participation. Remember, we rise by lifting others.
should also be encouraged to find their passion and pursue it with all vigour.
They should lend a voice to the issues they feel strongly about and open doors
for other women to come in.
•What’s your current favourite song?


love to listen to my gospel music and blues rock



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