Friday, 20 July 2018

Former Airtel CCO, Ahmad Mokhles Appointed as Group COO of Liquid Telecom

Former Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Ahmad Mokhles has been appointed as the new Group Chief Operating Officer of Liquid Telecom.

Before his appointment, he was the COO for Airtel Nigeria. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President of Consumer and Digital Business for du, overseeing the company’s Smart City business, and has also served as CCO for Asiacell Iraq, part of Ooredoo Group.

Autodesk Africa Advocates Digital Construction

Autodesk Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software has called for the adoption of digital technologies in the construction industry. The Company made the call at a Forum themed: “The Future of Making Things” held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lagos on July 20, 2018.

L-R: Arc. Ibeanu Chike Chamberlain, Managing Partner, Zdesigns and Development Consulting; Simon Bromfield, Territory Manager Africa, Autodesk Inc.; Vijay Raina, Sr. Technical Sales Specialist – AEC, Autodesk; Louis Iwegbuna, Nigeria Business Development Manager, Autodesk Inc,; Dolapo Ojelabi, Industry Specialist, Ideate Technologies; at Autodesk’s Future Forum, Nigeria. 
The event highlighted how the disruptive power of digital technologies can enable a more profitable, resilient and agile construction industry and explained that the Construction industry is a new frontier for innovation. It also brought to the fore issues plaguing the Construction industry such as rising project complexity, globalization of construction, skills shortage, and access to capital as well as how cloud-enabled technologies present an opportunity for disruption in the way we design, build and operate buildings and infrastructure.

EFG Hermes Acquires Primera Africa, Extends Footprint to Nigeria

EFG Hermes, a leading financial services corporation in frontier and emerging markets (FEM), has entered into a definitive sale and purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire 100% of Primera Africa, a top-ranked brokerage house in Nigeria.

Four Nigerian Startups Make Final List of Visa’s Everywhere Initiative in Sub Sahara Africa

Four Nigerian startups have been shortlisted amongst the final 12 in the on-going Visa’s Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program that tasks start-ups to solve commerce challenges of tomorrow. They now stand a chance to secure funding of up to US$50,000 to develop their ideas when the initiative concludes in Johannesburg on July 24.

Twitter appoints Okonjo-Iweala, Robert Zoellick to Board of Directors

Twitter has appointed former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former World Bank chief Robert Zoellick as directors as it reshuffled its board.

Ecobank Gets New Managing Director

The Board of Directors of Ecobank Nigeria Limited on Thursday announced the appointment of Patrick Akinwuntan as the Managing Director designate. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Osinbajo Inaugurates BUA’s $350m Kalabaina Cement Plant

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday Commissioned BUA Group’s 1.5million metric tonnes Kalabaina Cement Plant in Sokoto State which gulped $350 million to build.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WARIF Receives USAID Grant to Strengthen Response to Gender Based Violence in Nigeria

The Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) have been named one of the recipients to be awarded a grant by pathfinder International funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This grant was awarded to strengthen the Response to Gender Based Violence in Nigerian. Pathfinder is a global non-profit organisation that focuses on reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and maternal health.

Egypt clamps down on social media with new law

Egypt’s parliament has passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalise journalists held to be publishing fake news.

Under the law, social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which make them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law.

Airtel Offers 100% Bonus on Data in New SmartConnect Package

….Customers to also get 8x Value of Recharge

In line with its brand positioning as Nigeria’s leading mobile Internet services provider, Airtel Nigeria is offering new customers on its network 100% bonus on any data bundle purchased as well as eight times the value of any recharge.

BREAKING: Nigeria Relaunches National Carrier, Unveils Now Logo


Fifteen years after the closure of Nigeria Airways, the Federal Government has relaunched a national carrier named 'Nigeria Air'.

Who is blame for Arsenal's sponsorship fraud issue?

How did Arsenal, a club that has long-needed to step up its commercial sponsorship, manage to somehow agree to a deal with Chinese car manufacture BYD, only to find out on Monday that, in fact, they were done in by a conman?

This is the major question fans of the club have continued to ask.

Stanbic IBTC shines at 2018 HR People Magazine Awards, Reaffirmed as Leading Employer Brand

Stanbic IBTC’s status as a leading employer brand has again been reaffirmed as the financial institution won an unprecedented five of nine awards at the HR People Magazine Awards 2018 held recently in Lagos.

L-R: Head, Human Resources Shared Services, Lafarge Africa Plc, Oluwakemi Akinsinde, presenting an award to Head, Corporate and Transactional Banking, Human Capital Business Partners, Tope Popoola; Head, Learning and Development, Godwin Akpong, both of Stanbic IBTC receiving the award on behalf of Stanbic IBTC during the 2018 Human Resources Practitioners Awards ceremony held in Lagos recently
The five awards won by Stanbic IBTC are: Best Training, Learning & Development Strategy 2017; Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy 2017; Employer of Choice 2017 (large corporates category); HR Manager of the Year 2017 and HR Champion of the Year 2017 (awarded to the Group Chief Executive for outstanding commitment to growing people at the organization).

Taxi-Platform Taxigo Signed Collaboration Agreement With NUPEPD To Support Legal Transportation

Popular new-generation taxi-platform Taxigo and Lagos taxi-union NUPEPD signed co-operation agreement: all taxies in app should be licenced, can choose their own pricing model and have to be classified according to different service-level categories.

Barcelona sets new revenue record of €914m, expends €882m

Spanish LaLiga football club Barcelona has declared a record revenue of €914million with expenses of €882million in 2017-18 season. It also announced operating profit was €32million, while the net profit was €13million after tax.