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Nigeria Surpasses Ghana and South Africa to to Secure $5bn African Energy Bank


In a significant win, Nigeria has secured the bid to host the headquarters of the newly established $5 billion African Energy Bank (AEB) in Abuja.

Competing against strong contenders such as Ghana, Benin, Algeria, South Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria emerged as the preferred host nation.

Ministerial Announcement

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, announced the development during a virtual meeting of the council of ministers of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) on Thursday. Speaking to journalists, Lokpobiri expressed immense pride in Nigeria’s achievement.

“As the Minister for Petroleum Resources (Oil), I am incredibly proud of this achievement. The African Energy Bank will be a cornerstone for financing and advancing energy projects across Africa, promoting innovation, sustainability, and economic growth,” said Lokpobiri.

He also emphasized that this development marks a significant victory for Nigeria and the entire African continent.

“It symbolizes our collective efforts to harness and develop our rich energy resources for a brighter, more sustainable future. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Together, we are shaping the future of energy in Africa, starting right here in Nigeria,” he again added.

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The Role of the African Energy Bank

Primarily, The African Energy Bank aims to be a pivotal institution in promoting innovation, sustainability, and economic growth in energy projects across the continent.

With a share capital set at $5 billion, the bank’s resources will be subscribed over three years, starting with an initial capital of $1.5 billion reserved for APPO member countries.

Support and Partnerships

The African Export-Import Bank (AfreximBank) has played a crucial role in supporting APPO in establishing the African Energy Bank. AfreximBank has approved an investment of $1.75 billion to aid in this venture.

The bank has partnered with over 700 African banks, aiming to chart a profitable pathway for the continent’s energy sector.

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APPO and Its Members

APPO currently has 18 member countries across Africa, all of which are oil, gas, or producers. The establishment of the African Energy Bank is expected to bolster the continent’s capacity to finance. Also, advancing energy projects promotes a sustainable and prosperous future.


Nigeria’s successful bid to host the African Energy Bank is a landmark achievement. Therefore, it underscores the country’s strategic importance in Africa’s energy landscape.

As the headquarters of this significant financial institution, Nigeria is poised to promote sustainable energy projects across the continent. As well as fostering innovation and driving economic growth.

This development marks a new chapter in Africa’s quest to harness its rich energy resources. As a result, it is paving the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.


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