About the Governor

Chief (Dr) Willie Obiano, is a distinguished banker and technocrat, a seasoned and proven public policy leader on economic development, financial accountability and human resource development in Anambra State and Nigeria.

He leads with the combination of hard work, clarity, team spirit and integrity.

Chief Obiano is married to Chief Mrs. E V Obiano with a beautiful daughter and a young son.

Professional Experience

First Bank Plc, Texaco Nigeria Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc

  • Chief Obiano started his banking career as Officer in First Bank in 1981 from where he moved to Texaco Nigeria Plc as a lead Accountant specializing in Bunkering, Lube-blending and Refinery Audits.
  • He was promoted 4 times in his eight-and-half-year-service at Texaco to become Chief Internal Auditor.
  • Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano 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. He 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, he headed many key Groups and Divisions, at one point or another.
  • As an Executive Director of the Mega Fidelity Bank (and No. 2 man), Chief 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 reported through him to the MD/CEO.
  • Over the course of his successful career in Texaco and Fidelity Bank, Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano has attended numerous banking courses at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Lagos Business School, CitiBank, New York, Natwest, London, FIM Bank, Malta, etc.

Educational Experience

Christ the King College, Onitsha, FCA, Harvard University, etc.

  • Chief Obiano was the John F. Kennedy Essay Winner 1974 at Christ the King College, Onitsha (CKC).
  • He holds a national Merit Certificate for outstanding service during his NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) in Benue State, Nigeria in the 1979/80 Service Year.
  • He holds a B.Sc. Second Class Upper in Accounting from University of Lagos (1979) and an MBA in Marketing also from the same university 1993.
  • He is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Honours, Awards & Commendations

USAfrica, ICAN, Harvard University, NYSC and Major Religious Groups

  • USAfrica Best of Africa Distinguished Banker Of The Year 2012 Award
  • Patron, Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of (Lagos Mainland)
  • President, AMP8 (Advance Management Programme) of Lagos Business School for Ten years running
  • Member, 2006 BNV (Building New Ventures), Harvard University, USA
  • CLASS member, Harvard Business School, Boston USA and Stanford University
  • John F. Kennedy essay awards 1976 - Second place winner
  • Merit Award NYSC: Best Youth Corper Award By (National Award)
  • Chief Obiano is also Patron of the following Groups:
    - St. Anthony of Padua, Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria, Catholic Women Association, Aguleri, Priests and Rev. Sisters of Aguleri Origin, Missionary of St. Paul's Society, Catholic Women's Organization, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Ifako, Gbagada, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Anambra East Chapter, Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Onitsha Archdiocese, Grand Pillar ST Gerald Catholic Church, Grand Pillar, Catholic Media Division.

Community Participation

Culture & Tradition, Donations, Scholarships and Grants

  • Aguleri conferred on Chief Obiano and his wife in 2000, separate chieftaincy titles for distinguished and selfless service to their community.
  • For over ten years, he generously donated funds to organizations, institutions and persons in Anambra and Nigeria as a whole for positive social developement.
  • Donated food items, blankets, medical supplies, etc. worth millions of naira to 3 (three) camps set up by Anambra State Government for flood victims in 2012.