Pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has in the last three years won the hearts of its customers with its artificial intelligence chatbot, LEO, which has proven to be the most formidable artificial intelligence chat bot till date; serving an ever-increasing clientele who now have less transaction hassles to worry about.
Leo is an AI chatbot for banking services currently available on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Apple Device and is set to launch soon on other social media platforms.
Birthed January 11, 2018, with a firm resolve to prioritise its customers as well as put the bank at the heart of disruptive technologies that will transform the experience of esteemed customers, UBA did just that with a million users becoming hooked in less than three months of its LEO’s inception.
Three years later, and with over three million customers and counting, UBA’s LEO, has without doubt, remained the smartest banking chatbot in Nigeria because of its speed and quick learning intelligence and has continued to evolve with plenty to offer its teeming customers. While other financial institutions are still trying to find their feet as regards AI, UBA’s LEO has become a massive success as the AI continues to consolidate on its successes and accolades, winning several awards overtime.
The chatbot continues to enjoy periodic and systematic upgrade with special emphasis on enhanced advancements and specialised unique features which have clearly earned the chatbot over three million Users.
UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, affirmed that customers indeed agree that LEO is one of the bank’s biggest investments in cutting-edge technology and has been steadily changing the face of banking in the continent.
“UBA’s vision has always been and will remain a dominating force in Africa’s digital banking space. Our resolve is to provide unparalleled experience across all channels. We are a technology-driven institution with vast knowledge in the business that we do and LEO, being a tested, dependable and intelligent personality, replicated on WhatsApp the success it recorded on the Facebook Messenger platform where it started its journey and later on the IOS (iPhone Operating System) platform . It is a solution that is from the customers’ standpoint, easy to use by anyone regardless of demography. LEO is always ready and waiting to help with any form of banking service.
“As an app that has been in existence for over nine years, reaching more than 1.5 billion people in over 180 countries, WhatsApp has become very essential in lifestyle and that is why UBA saw the need to include LEO’s services in that very important app and the premium private chat platform has assured that there will be no spam messages, as the development is to enable businesses serve their customers with useful information,” the GMD said.
Uzoka explained that LEO is already present in over 20 African countries and in three languages and has a number of rich and robust features bound to mesmerise existing and potential customers with services that are extremely fast and secure as all transactions and enquiries are encrypted, end-to-end.
LEO has the ability to do a wide range of things, including funds transfer, call card top-up, checking of account balance, retrieval of bank statements, instant account openings for new customers, statement to embassy/other banks/microfinance, purchase of airtime/ data, paying of bills (LCC, PHCN, Cable TV), effectively helping with savings and spend limit.
The AI chatbot also boasts of remarkable innovative features that allows customers make banking Services – request/stop/confirm cheques, block card, log & track complaints, ATM/Branch locator, freeze accounts, check weather etc. Other features include customer care complaint resolution, linking of new account, flight payment, linking and funding of prepaid card, travel notification, Wakanow services and Dubai visa service.
The GMD pointed out that, customers who have engaged with LEO are more than delighted about their experience and credit it for automatically extracting account details without hassles, adding that: “Testimonies abound about how it is generally easier to use LEO compared to its counterparts. For example, LEO automatically detects account numbers via a customer’s WhatsApp mobile number and goes ahead to seamlessly help customers check their account balance as well as top-up airtime”.
Reviews from customers note that LEO is more personable, more humane, and it feels like talking to an experienced customer service/fulfilment representative. The chatbot also allows customers to easily lodge and process complaints with adequate and timely feedback.
UBA offers banking services to more than 25 million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.