Rest in Peace Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank one of Nigeria’s top bank.

Guaranty Trust Bank is one bank I have come to love so much because of their service oriented business model, but I wholeheartedly detest their lack of support for small businesses, well, this is a topic for another day. I have never met Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank in person but I had the opportunity to read about him every now and then, I hear he was an unassuming and a go-getter. Death is an inevitable end for all men, we all have to face this reality as designed by God.

Everything that has a begining, also has an ending, this is the end for the co-founder of  Guaranty Trust Bank, how he died is irrelevant. The question is simply; what are his legacies? What can he best remembered for?

A brief about Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank
Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank attended the University of Lagos and graduated with a first degree in Business Administration. He moved on to the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles where he obtained an MBA specializing in International Business. He was first trained  at the Chase Manhattan Bank Institute for International Banking, New York, USA between 1982 and 1983 as a Credit and Relationship Management trainee.

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank started work with the Central Bank of Nigeria in Calabar, Cross River State where he did his National Youth Service between 1977 and 1978. He worked with Chase Merchant Bank Nigeria Ltd (later renamed Continental Merchant Bank) from 1981 to 1988. He was at Prime Merchant Bank Ltd (1988 and 1989) as an assistant general manager rising to the position of head of the financial services division of the bank. In 1989, he set up a non-bank financial institution, First Marina Trust Ltd., which he ran for a year. In 1990, he co-founded Guaranty Trust Bank where he served as deputy managing director before assuming office as managing director/chief executive officer in August 2002. He was responsible for strategic policy direction as well as day-to-day administration of the bank. He was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and also a recipient of numerous awards as an acknowledgement of his sterling leadership role in the achievements of the bank. He was also a recipient of the National Award of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank would definitely be missed by so many, especially those in the Financial services industry as well as other organisations especially FATE Foundation a not-for-profit organisation founded by his partner Mr. Fola Adeola, a body he supported immensely in both cash and kind.

He will surely be missed by all. What an inspiration he was to so many, let those of us alive work hard/smart to surpass his legacy and leave the world a little better than we met it.

Adieu Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank!