#WCW: Mary Akpobome



Behind the sweet smile and calm aura is a highly successful and God fearing woman known as Mary Akpobome. She was born Mary Udoh Bassey, July 11, 1968 to Ben Bassey Udoh, and Janet Bassey Udoh, Efa, Akwaibom, Nigeria. She is the Executive director of Heritage Banking Company Limited of Nigeria (HBCL).

Mary attended Qua Iboe Mission Secondary School, Etinan, Akwa Ibom and proceeded to the University of Benin where she studied Theatre Arts and graduated in 1991. In 2001, she enrolled at the University of Lagos where she obtained her MBA. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious INSEAD and INSEAD Business School, Orchestrating Winning Performance (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland and the Lagos Business School (LBS). She is member of the institute of Directors (IOD), a fellow of the institute of Credit Administration (ICA). She is also a fellow of THE Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN).

Mary oversees the Service and wealth Management group of Heritage Banking Company Limited(HBCL). Having started her banking career in 1991 and in her over 2-decade banking experience has worked in;  Citizens International Bank (now Enterprise Bank Limited, Nigeria) and Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank). Before joining Heritage Banking Comapny Limited as a pioneer Executive Director (ED).


In 2006, Mary married her longtime heartthrob, Alibaba Akporobome a veteran Nigerian comedian popularly known as Ali baba. She is a role model and mentor to many young women.  She is a regular on panels discussing women empowerment. 

We love her meek but go-getter attitude and that’s why we are are crushing on her!


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