Monday, 31 August 2015

Investment community to gather in Abuja led by IFC and World Bank

The 1st Annual Powering Africa: Nigeria meeting is fast approaching and despite no sign of the new APC cabinet, the Nigerian power sector is still gaining momentum. In fact, President Buhari ensured that the government signed the World Bank Partial Risk Guarantees which will enable the 450MW Azura project to move forward swiftly!

The international investment community is surely taking notice. This week, EnergyNet is pleased to announce that the International Finance Corporation and World Bank Group are confirmed as participants at the meeting on 14 and 15 September at the Hilton Transcorp in Abuja.

Of course, the name of the game is investment – it is very clear however, that investors are sitting back, waiting for a success story before getting involved in the market and with this show of good faith and commitment by the President, the sector seems poised for take-off.

To guide these discussions and give investment advisement, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Ms U. Aisha Hassan-Baba will join the delegation, as well as the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority represented by Obinna Ihedioha.

Development financiers are also making a strong show at the meeting with the FMO, GIZ and KfW confirmed, and of course the African Finance Corporation, who will lead discussion on releasing private sector capital.

Bono Becomes World’s Richest pop Star After Facebook Investment Pays Off

Despite U2's flagging critical and commercial successes in past years, Bono​ has topped up his bank balance with shares in Facebook. The 2.3 per cent stake the Pop Star bought for £56 million in 2009 is now worth £940 million.

The shares were bought via the investment group that he co-founded, Elevation Partners, after Facebook went public.

Today that share is worth almost a billion pounds, according to reports. Before then, Bono had a net worth of about £500 million, meaning this single 6 year investment has earned him more than his whole 39 year music career.

With this recent development, Bono overtakes Beatles legend, Sir Paul McCartney as the world’s richest pop star. Paul McCartney is worth £730 million, while Madonna comes in next with £520 million.

Firstmonie partners MMIT to facilitate international payments in Nigeria

Firstmonie, the mobile money platform of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has partnered with Mobile Media Info Tech Global Limited (MMIT) to commence a new mobile wallet capability that allows consumers to purchase services on international merchant websites. This initiative is the first of its kind in the African mobile money and payment landscape and would enable online purchases, and apps download through the Firstmonie platform.

Leveraging on its expertise in electronic payments, FirstBank is constantly exploring innovative ways of enhancing its service offerings to ensure products are well suited to its existing and potential mobile subscriber base. With the upswing in digital applications, Firstmonie subscribers can now directly pay for applications download from their mobile wallet. This has eliminated the limitation posed by daunting payment process, especially for the youth market, many of whom have no access to international payment cards and have been un-served within the global ecommerce space.

On the heels of this partnership, Firstmonie and MMIT have launched the Aflix project - a mobile Video-On Demand (VOD) content provider that offers a wide range of streaming materials including international hit movies, series, music, children programmes, lifestyle, nature and science, and much more. The Aflix VOD application, is available through the Google Play store, it allows consumers to stream content directly on their mobile devices and tablets on 3G/4G networks and WiFi. Nigerians can now enjoy a first-of-its–kind experience by paying for international digital content in local currency using the Firstmonie electronic wallets on their mobile devices. Through this partnership, FirstBank has again spearheaded the CBN cashless policy and financial inclusion for unbanked youths, as you do not even have to be a bank customer to use Firstmonie and enjoy the Aflix service.

Kim Fraser, CEO of MMIT, commented on the initiative saying, “MMIT is very excited about the launch of services with FirstBank’s mobile wallet. The ability to use an African based mobile wallet to transact with international merchants is a first in the alternative payments space, and MMIT is very proud to be working with First Bank of Nigeria on this initiative”.

Six Dancers Emerge Finalists from Abuja Audition of ‘Dance With Peter’

Six winners have emerged from the first audition of the Glo-sponsored dance reality show, Dance with Peter, held in Abuja recently.

The six finalists will proceed to Lagos where they will battle contestants from other parts of Nigeria and Ghana for the grand prize of a brand new Toyota RAV 4, N3 million and the rare opportunity of featuring in P-Square’s next music video.

An Architect, Mariam Ahmed, was among the winners. Other winners are 24-year-old professional dancer, Yemi Afolabi Osokoya; a 21-year-old National Open University undergraduate, Miracle Chinonso Nelson, a male dancer, Ibrahim Afeez Abiodun and a female dancer Amenze Blessing Omoregie,

Also on the list is ElevatorzNg, an all male dance group comprising of Atuonwu Samson, Kelvin Anyaruoh, Jekeygreen Emmanuel, Michael Atuonwu and Godrich Olokor Ogenebroze, from theatre and Cultural Studies department of Nasarawa State University.

The six finalists from Abuja will later  join the remaining winners who emerge from other audition venues in Nigeria and Ghana in Lagos where they will battle for the grand prize of a brand new Toyota RAV 4, N3 million and the rare opportunity of featuring in P-Square’s next music video.

The First runner-up will be presented with a brand new Honda Civic car with N2million while the second runner-up will go home with a brand new Honda Civic car with N1million. They will also be given the opportunity to feature in a top Glo Ambassador’s music videos.

Airtel, Wari partner to expand financial inclusion in Nigeria

As part of its contribution towards Federal Government’s efforts to deepen financial inclusion in the country, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has collaborated with payment solution provider, Wari, to provide an innovative payment platform for Nigerians.

Designed as a convenient and easy-to-use payment solution, Wari allows users to make payment for goods and services, buy airtime, pay bills, deposit cash and make withdrawals within the country or outside.

Wari can also be used to transfer money and remit through accredited agents across Nigeria, and the service is available to anyone irrespective of whether they are account holders or not.

Speaking on the innovative service, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Maurice Newa described Airtel’s partnership with Wari as a collaboration of two forward-thinking brands, coming together to offer accessible and convenient payment service to millions of Nigerians, helping them carry out their day-to-day transactions seamlessly.

“‘Wari is designed to meet the needs of Nigerians, including the banked and unbanked; everyone who needs to make or receive payment for good and services. It also reduces the risk of carrying cash while travelling since you can deposit and withdraw at your destination through Wari agents whether within the country or outside Nigeria,” Newa noted.

In his own remarks, “Mr Damilola Bamiro, Country Manager, Wari Nigeria, says that the partnership will strengthen Wari’s local presence in all the local governments inNigeria. This strategic plan will greatly increase access to financial services of the various institutions especially to the unbanked”.

Amstel to become Official Partner of UEFA Europa League

Dutch brewing company Heineken has reached an agreement for its Amstel brand to become an official partner of European club football competition the UEFA Europa League.

The deal is for three years, covering the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons, and completes the Europa League’s commercial roster for this cycle.

It builds on the existing partnership between UEFA and Heineken, which covers the Champions League during the same period.

Heineken has sponsored the Champions League since 1994 and until 2005 these rights were exercised under the Amstel brand. For the past 10 years, Heineken’s flagship eponymous brand has taken on the sponsorship.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, said: “Amstel is a brand with a historical heritage in European professional football, and is therefore a welcome and notable addition to the UEFA Europa League commercial platform.

“Having Amstel on board successfully completes the commercial partner family for the UEFA Europa League in the 2015-18 period, and we now look forward to beginning to work with Amstel and the rest of the sponsor partner portfolio towards a successful next three years.”

FCB South Africa Named 'Top Brand Agency of the Year' Again


For the 3rd time in 4 years, FCB South Africa was awarded the ‘Robyn Putter Top Brand Agency of the Year Award’ on Tuesday, August 25 at the Sunday Times Top Brands Survey 2014 awards ceremony.

Recognising the creative agencies behind the big brands, the Robyn Putter Top Brand Agency of the Year Award is calculated on a points system for agencies with clients that achieved first, second and third place in the survey.

It could be recalled that in 2012 FCB South Africa ranked first; in 2013 it took second position and in 2014 it was top of the heap once more; likewise this year.

Of the Grand Prix awards made on the evening, Koo took home the Grand Prix for the Favourite Overall Brand, for the 3rd time in 5 years having also notched up the award in 2011 and 2012; Coca-Cola was awarded the Grand Prix in the Social Investment category; and Eskom the Grand Prix in the Green category.

Celebrating the agency’s achievement, FCB CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Brett Morris, said was an honour to work with the top two brands in South Africa, KOO and Coca-Cola, and the passionate people who guide them.

FCB South Africa Named 'Top Brand Agency of the Year' Again. Image credit: FCB
At the same time, it was a privilege to work with all its clients, professional marketers who appreciate the value of critical strategic thinking and long-term commitment.

David Okeme of Unilever Becomes New ADVAN President

The Director of Brand Building, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Mr. David Okeme has been elected the new president of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria, ADVAN.

He beat fellow contestant, the Commercial Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kachi Onabogu in a 11 votes to 4 votes poll at the 16th Annual General Meeting of the association which took place on Friday at Sheba Centra, Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, Ikeja. ‎

Okeme took over from Mr. Kola Oyeyemi, the General Manager; Consumer Marketing at MTN.

David Okeme joined Unilever Nigeria in 1992 with an Honours Degree in English from the University of Jos. Having about 21 years of experience in Customer Marketing, Brand Development and Brand Building, David returns to Unilever Nigeria as Brand Building Director, following three years as the Regional Brand Development Manager for Unilever’s Oral Care business in the Gulf. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing in Nigeria, and an alumnus of London and Wharton Business Schools.

In a chat with journalists shortly after he was elected, Okeme said, “Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and when you talk about advertising platform, people tend to go south of the continent but this executive will work to make Nigeria the centre of gravity in advertising. These are real big ambitions and we will mobilise our partners to make this happen.”

He also commending the immediate past executive, led by Kola Oyeyemi, the General Manager; Consumer Marketing at MTN for their achievements which he pleaded that the new administration will improve upon.

Olashore Urges Government to Tap Into Under-Utilized Gold Mines

The Group Managing Director of Lead Capital Plc, Prince Bimbo Olashore, has urged government to move the country forward by tapping into the under-utilized goldmines in order to increase income for the nation, having noted that the Nigerian economy is well diversified in terms of contribution to GDP, but that the source of government revenue is not diversified.

He said this during his speech on “Revenue Diversification-The Bedrock of Sustainable Economic Development”, at the induction of new professional members into the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers, recently held in Lagos.

Prince Bimbo Olashore
He advised that to reap the fruit of diversification, Government must get some economic-wide basics right which is not far-fetched from, employing good macro-economic management, running a counter cyclical fiscal policy to contain massive boom-bust cycles, soughting out exchange rate policy, opening trade policies, creating special places for selective credit policy, building other types of capital to complement natural resource wealth, and bringing down the costs of production in the new traded sectors, to spur efficiency and encourage entry.

Speaking on the issue of employment and SMEs, he x-rayed that it would be better to get a clearer picture of what we want to do, whether to engage in SMEs to solve employment issues or just to create profit in the sector. To this end, he canvassed that a master industry plan be employed in order to allow other SMEs partake at local level, noting that the bigger a company is, the more responsible it is in paying tax. He urged government to create and expand an environment for middle class, and long term policies.

According to the Governor of Lagos state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the duo of Mrs. Folashade Ogunnaike, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Adebuji-Onikoyi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, stated that the challenge of revamping the economy is not impossible.

SimbaPay announces Instant Deposit Service to all Choice Bank accounts in Kenya

SimbaPay – a leading digital money transfer provider – today announced the expansion of its free instant deposit service to Choice Microfinance Bank in Kenya. SimbaPay has partnered with Choice Microfinance Bank a microfinance institution founded by Kenyans abroad.

Money transfers made to Choice Microfinance Bank by Kenyans living abroad using SimbaPay will be free of transfer fees. In addition, the recipient Choice Microfinance Bank accounts will be credited instantly.

Victor Karanja, Head of Operations for SimbaPay commented that “Our customers who already bank with Choice Microfinance Bank or have friends & family using the bank will be glad to see their transfers being credited instantly”.

Stanley Kasyoka, Deputy CEO at Choice Microfinance Bank added that “We are very excited about this new partnership with SimbaPay which is heavily engaged with the economic force that is Kenyans living abroad. Kenyans abroad are the country’s largest earner of foreign exchange today”.

SimbaPay and Choice Microfinance Bank announced the partnership on 29 Aug 2015 in London at the annual “Kenya in the Park” event where they also exhibited the service. The two companies jointly sponsored the event together with other businesses targeting Kenyans abroad. The event is an annual celebration of Kenya’s rich vibrant culture.

Etihad Unveils New Fares Structure

From September 14, Etihad Airways passengers flying with the Gulf carrier will have eight fares to choose from.

The national airline of the UAE introduced a new fares structure and baggage allowance policy next month. These are: economy breaking deals, economy saver, economy value and economy freedom; business breaking deals, business saver and business freedom; while in first class the only fare will be freedom.

"Ultimately, this is about providing choice. In most industries there is a move towards allowing customers to tailor and customise their experience, and ours is no different. When it comes to booking a flight, not everyone's needs are the same. Some guests want to travel light and on a budget, whilst others want to be able to make last-minute travel decisions, carry extra baggage or earn more miles. For example, if a guest wants more flexibility, more luggage, and priority check in, they can select our Economy Freedom Fare Choice," said Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways.

A new baggage policy has also been announced and the cost of excess baggage will be dramatically cut on the majority of fares. On some routes the cost of buying an additional 23kg piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90 percent, with a further reduction of up to 30 percent if pre-purchased directly with Etihad Airways up to 24 hours before travel.

Jumia Kenya Kicks off Back to School/Campus deals

Jumia’s back-to-school sale kicks off today 31st August to 13th September to help thousands of students get the supplies and items they need for the last term/semester .

The 14-day sale features an incredibly discounted assortment of products for both Primary, Secondary and university students that includes mobile phones, laptops, Fashion, electronics, stationery, books, small appliances and many more with the Lenovo and Innjoo shops on Jumia offering insane discounts.

 According to Parinaz Firozi, MD Jumia Kenya, this season’s back to school sale has been segmented into two Back-to-school and Back-to-campus to provide easy access to products for the different ages and interests.

“Kenya is a hotbed of intelligent students and going back to school doesn’t have to be expensive that’s why we have negotiated directly with the brands to offer unbeatable prices to the hardworking students across the country. We also want to wish them a successful last kick of 2015.”

This year, Jumia expanded Pay on delivery to 26 more towns and 15 universities. Initially, the service was available to customers residing within 15KM of Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru central business districts. The expansion ensures customers in the locations can shop online, have the items delivered to their office or home and only pay if they like the items.

Leading dentistry experts exhibit in 2nd edition of Dental Africa

The Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria will once again host the 2nd annual Dental Africa Exhibition & Conference. The only specialised dental event to benefit from the privilege support of the Nigerian Dental Association. The exhibition will host some of the region and world’s well-known names in dentistry to bring the best practices, technology and innovation together under one roof.

The event will feature hands on workshops and a conference that will highlight the latest technology, procedures and developments in the field of dentistry. Dental Africa Exhibition will showcase the latest products by the frontrunners in the field from Africa and beyond. Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to network with some of the biggest local and international names, including Casa Dente Nigeria LTD, Oral B, S&S Biomat, Trinity Dental Supplies and more.
According to Roland Yammine, Managing Director, Casa Dente Nigeria LTD, “This is our first official presence within the Nigerian dental field, and as a newly established dental company that is specialized in oral implantology, Dental Africa is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and recognition in the Nigerian dental industry .As for the workshop, we will include an interactive hands on and lecture about MEGAGEN as well as a product introduction on the features and benefits of this exciting system.”

Casa Dente Nigeria LTD will offer dental implantation workshops during the Dental Africa Exhibition & Conference. The event, organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, will take place from 7-9 October 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.

GTBank Appoints Executive Director

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mr. Haruna Musa as an Executive Director.

Prior to his appointment which will take effect from October 2015, Mr. Haruna Musa was the General Manager and Head of North-East Division of the Bank.

He has over 18 years’ banking experience which spans through Retail Banking, Public and Commercial Sectors.

He joined GTB in 2001 and rose through the ranks to become an Assistant General Manager and Group Head, Public Sector, North-East Division in 2006. He left the Bank briefly in 2008 in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Finance and Management at the Cranfield University, United Kingdom, after which he returned to the Bank in 2009.

Mr. Musa holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1991), a Masters in Business Administration from Bayero University, Kano (1998) and a Masters Degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom (2009).

Friday, 28 August 2015

Frost & Sullivan honors DERMALOG with biometrics prize for achievements in Africa

The consulting company Frost & Sullivan has awarded Germany’s largest biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG and its customized solutions and products for Africa with the “2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award”. DERMALOG is particularly successful with a large bank installation in Nigeria.

In South Africa’s economic hub, the German biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG was honored with the “2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award”. The prize was awarded to the Hamburg-based company for its outstanding achievements in twenty African countries. DERMALOG has thus become the leading biometrics company in Africa.
A key reason for the award is also the innovative portfolio of fingerprint scanners and biometric systems from DERMALOG. In countries such as Angola, Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, it contributes sustainably and decisively to solving local challenges such as identity theft, corruption, demography, and migration as well as the economic development of these countries.

In Nigeria, DERMALOG currently cooperates with the Central Bank and 23 other banks in a major project in which all bank customers in the country are registered via DERMALOG biometrics. Customers receive a bank verification number with which all of their transactions can be completed securely and reliably via fingerprint. In 2013, DERMALOG won an international tender from the Nigerian Central Bank for the 50-million-dollar project.

Meanwhile, the biometric installation from DERMALOG has successfully registered over 18 million customers in Nigeria. So far, approximately 10,000 double identities and multiple registrations have been averted every day, thereby preventing fraud and money laundering in the financial sector thanks to the reliability of the installation. The DERMALOG ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) has detected over one million individuals attempting to obtain double or multiple identities. Using DERMALOG fingerprint scanners and software, all participating banks can ensure that for all transactions, the identity reliably matches the customer because the customer must always be physically present for the registration.

FirstBank boosts savings culture among teenagers with MeFirst prepaid cards

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s most valuable banking brand has opened a window of money management opportunities to encourage Nigerian teenagers to develop a healthy savings culture while building prudent expenditures and investment profiles.

The bank has introduced the MeFirst prepaid card specially designed for teenagers between the ages of 13-17 years (MeFirst Account holders), to enable those within this age category  develop financial responsibility and money management skills early in life, as well as help them imbibe a cashless culture early on as part of their banking experience in line with CBN policy.

The card is to be preloaded by parents/guardians and it has a quarterly spending limit of N50,000.00. However, this is flexible and can be set to suit the preference of the caregivers. In view of the savvy nature of teenagers and to create diversified choices, the MeFirst prepaid card comes in five design options to suit different peculiar tastes; it is acceptable worldwide, can be used on all electronic platforms carrying the Visa logo and comes at a discounted cost compared with other prepaid cards.

According to statistics from the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 63 percent of the country’s 168 million population are under 25 years and about 64.3 percent of this huge population, aged between 15-24years, do not have bank accounts, leaving them with no secure and supportive way to save for future goals. FirstBank has decided to bridge this gap by challenging and encouraging teenagers toward the saving culture with many incentives. There is a gift item for the teenager when the MeFirst Account is opened and when the savings accrue to N150,000.00. Also, with an average balance of N750,000.00 for 12 months, the customer automatically  qualifies for raffle draws to win One Million Naira.

Weller Tools plans a product offensive

The new management team at   is proving that it believes in the strong Weller brand by investing in innovative new products. The company is also heavily preparing for its further global expansion.

Weller Tools GmbH, a leading supplier in the field of soldering technology for industrial applications, is set to extend its global activities over the coming weeks and months. With this objective in mind, the new management team comprising Bernd Frühwald (General Manager Global), Philippe Buidin (Director Global Product Management & Marketing) and Rainer Weigle (Senior Director, Global Sales Weller) is planning a product offensive: "We are developing new products that we will be able to present by November this year at the Productronica trade fair," explains Bernd Frühwald.

"We believe in the fantastic potential of the Weller brand, and it is our intention to utilize this potential even more effectively in the future. This is why we are looking for synergy effects on a global scale to help us enhance efficiency at our company. We want to consolidate and strengthen the solid position that we already enjoy in Europe and the USA, while growing and extending our business activities in Asia and Latin America," says Frühwald.

In its efforts to achieve these objectives, Weller is sure to benefit from its affiliation with the Apex Tool Group, one of the largest manufacturers of professional hand tools, power tools, drill chucks and electronic soldering products in the world, with an annual turnover of USD 1.6 billion. The new management team is also keen to step up the collaboration between Weller representatives and distributors and sales offices around the world as well as boosting its sales activities.

ADVAN Holds AGM Today

The 16th Annual General Meeting of the Advertiser Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) will take place today Friday, August 28 at the Sheba Center, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja Lagos.

Founder of Capital Express Group Mr Anthony Aletor will be the key speaker.

The AGM, which is tagged, “Marketers Evening” will also afford players to unwind after a whole year of serious business activities as the popular comedian Gordons prepares to master the ceremony with his bone cracking jokes.

The objective of the exclusive event is to advance marketing decision-making by disseminating unique insights to ADVAN members, as well as bring members together with industry thought leaders to develop new ideas, and facilitate industry-wide networking. The evening will be attended by leaders in the nation’s marketing industry.

Facebook Passes Milestone: hits 1 Billion Users in a Day

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg reports that the social network was used by more than 1 billion people on Monday.

More than one billion people used Facebook on Monday, surpassing the 10-figure mark for the first time, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reported in a Facebook post recently.

“On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg wrote. “When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.”

In Facebook’s latest financial statement, the company reported that on average, 968 million people used the social network daily in June. Facebook, by far the world’s largest social network, has 1.49 billion monthly active users.

Another stat to ponder: The global total of internet users is thought to be about three billion, meaning that on Monday, one-third of people online were checking out crazy cat videos, first day of school updates and their friends’ baby pictures on the social network.

WFM 91.7, will change the face of radio broadcasting - Analysts

As the nation awaits the commencement of transmission of the first radio station for women and the family, analysts have agreed  that the station will change the face of broadcast media in Nigeria. The analysts who were interviewed separately are unanimous in their forecast as they all look forward to a more professional and specialist delivery from the station by the time its transmission hits the airwaves.
Veteran journalist and publisher of E24/7 Magazine, Biodun Kupoluyi expressed that “we have the idea of a specialist radio station before now and we all know how it has impacted on the quality and delivery of radio broadcasting. You remember that many of our radio station do not have strong sports programmes before Dr. Larry Izamoje came up with the idea of a sports radio (Brilla FM). In fact, more than in the way Brilla FM changed the face of sports broadcasting in Nigeria, WFM, which, as we are told, will be focused mainly on women and the family will definitely change the face of radio in Nigeria.”

According to Kupoluyi, WFM will be distinguished in every ramification. “Because women always put passion, total commitment and dedication to everything they do, my expectation is that WFM will definitely stand out and blaze a trail in the Nigerian broadcast industry," he said‎.

In the same vein, Dr. Robert Ali, a medical practitioner foresees better days ahead of the broadcast industry as WFM comes on board. “As we continue to witness and see more specialist stations, the industry will be better for it. The coming of the station will open another vista in radio communication. And I’m sure our womenfolk will definitely make a success of the station,” he enthused.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Payporte offers free internet with Opera Sponsored Web Pass

Nigeria's e-commerce platform Payporte is giving away free internet to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians on the Airtel network. This has been made possible through Opera's Sponsored Web Pass, which enables brands to sponsor no-cost internet access through mobile operators to provide their customers with easy access to the net. However, the service is only available to subscribers on Airtel network.

During the period, subscribers will enjoy no-cost internet access via Opera browser and this campaign will be on for six months and every month, Payporte will be sponsoring 100,000 days of free internet.
Eyo Bassey, Managing Director of PayPorte Global System
Eyo Bassey, managing director, PayPorte Global System, said: “As an online store, PayPorte is committed to bring more Nigerians online and helping others already surfing the net take advantage of the global internet community’s ideas, items and innovation sharing.

“The free Web pass is part of plans to make PayPorte the best online shopping platform in African with customer-centric posture.

“We are trying to stimulate the market by helping more people get online. Today, Payporte boasts of offering the most affordable prices on items with 24-hour delivery. in fact, we are the online platform not toasted around by the wave of currency devaluations and forex challenges; our items retain their prices.

One World Sports extends licensing deal with Arsenal

ONE World Sports, America's Network for Global Sports, has extended its exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement of Arsenal FC TV for multi-platform use in the U.S. and Canada. Arsenal FC TV is the soccer club's official television channel that covers the club extensively on and off the pitch.

"The renewal of our partnership with Arsenal enables ONE World Sports to offer premium soccer content with full access to one of the most popular global sports brands to our North American audience," said Joel Feld, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, ONE World Sports.
"What sets our coverage apart from other networks is the intense match day action combined with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Arsenal club that fans in the United States and Canada can't find anywhere else."

"We're delighted that ONE World Sports has renewed its contract to partner with Arsenal and its continued commitment to delivering Arsenal TV across North America," said Ben Ladkin, General Manager, Arsenal Football Club.  "It's a great opportunity for all our fans to watch Arsenal programming and get closer to the club and we're looking forward to working with them to deliver more great content."

Maxxis extends relationship with Liverpool FC

English Premier League side Liverpool have announced that tyre manufacturer Maxxis International has renewed its contract as a global sponsor of the club for a further two years.

The renewal takes the deal into a third term, with the partnership having commenced in 2009 and been renewed in 2012. Taiwan-based Maxxis will now sponsor Liverpool until the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

The deal will give Maxxis match day LED placement and digital advertising in return for its ongoing support of the club, though figure was announced for the deal.

Maxxis is a tyre manufacturer which distributes to more than 150 countries. Liverpool's international fan base was a key consideration in the renewal. 

Rwanda Premier League signs new title sponsor

Tanzanian pay-TV company AzamTV has struck a deal with the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) to become the new title sponsor of the Rwanda Premier League (RPL). Under the deal, Azam TV will be investing USD2.35 million in the Rwanda Premier League for five years.

The deal also sees Azam become Ferwafa’s broadcast partner, with the pay-TV operator picking up the broadcast rights for coverage of the soccer league in Rwanda. The company will invest $350,000 and will increase the amount to $500,000 in the following four years, reports All Africa.com.

“It is important for your football and for us. I don’t know how many people know Azam but we believe this is the time to be known. Associating with Rwanda’s football will definitely help us penetrate into the ever growing demand for TV entertainment in Rwanda,” Rhys Torrington, who signed the agreement on behalf of Azam TV.

Pay TV company Azam TV will now be the official broadcaster of the league, which begins on 18 September, 2015.

DDB Sydney joins hands with Nepal for relief-effort initiative

DDB Sydney has launched Namaste Nepal, an art event that will assist the nation’s rebuilding efforts following the devastating earthquake earlier this year.

On 25 April 2015, at 11:56am local time, the tiny Himalayan country of  Nepal was stunned by a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake with shocking consequences.

“Many Australians feel a deep and profound connection to Nepal and have been touched by a neighbour in need.” explains DDB Group Australia CEO, Andrew Little. In light of this DDB has launched Namaste for Nepal; an art auction in partnership with Save the Children which will raise funds to directly help in the rebuilding efforts of this small country known as the roof of the world.

The online auction, featuring 100 international artists including Australian icons Ken Done, Reg Mombassa and Anthony Lister, commences today at www.namastefornepal.com.au and is open for three weeks until 13 August.

“When DDB Sydney’s Senior Art Buyer, Leesa Murray, had the great idea of an online art auction run through Facebook that leverages the power of the Australian industry and the broader DDB network, we were overwhelmed by the support we received from our incredible artists and DDB staff.”

UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summit

UNDP has launched today a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide.

“We want to provide young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity and providing recognition for excellence” noted Neil Buhne, UNDP Geneva Director.

UNDP targets journalists 35 years of age and under from developing countries who are already engaged in public writing and want to contribute ¬– locally and internationally – towards greater public awareness on climate change.

The best stories will be published every day in the immediate run-up to COP21, carrying messages of struggle, opportunity and hope from the climate change frontlines worldwide. The authors of the top two prize-winning stories will be invited to attend and cover the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris this December.

Stories can be submitted by young journalists from developing countries in English, and in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish with an English translation, on a rolling basis until October 11th, 2015. Guidelines to participate are available on UNDP Geneva website.

Africa Power Forum 2015 to hold in October

On 27-28 October 2015, the inaugural Africa Power Business Forum – the official gathering of African power industry stakeholders will take place in Berlin, Germany.

The Africa Power Business Forum (APBF) will focus on power generation for Africa with attendance from investors, consultants, developers, ministries, utilities, regulators etc.) from the power sector.

APBF comes to Germany for its first edition to capture the know-how of German power companies, and to learn from a country that has successfully positioned itself as a place with the technology, resources and means to produce power on a global scale.

With real demand for power in Africa with over two third of its population without power and international investors keen to fund power projects, APBF will be the event that brings African governments and private sector together to discuss opportunities and challenges. APBF will provide the platform to do business and meet new and prospective clients. African Ministries, utilities and regulators from across the continent will meet and do business with prospective investors and power developers from Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America and South America.

The inaugural Africa Power Business Forum is set to welcome over 200 industry stakeholders including: government representatives, utilities, financial investors, power technology providers, power developers, EPC contractors and more.

Speaker Panel to Include: Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director Alliance for Rural Electrification; Louis Boisgibault, Senior Lecturer & researcher, Paris Sorbonne University, UMR; Luis Padrón López, General Director of CASA AFRICA and Dr. Moses Makayoto, Head of Kirdi Enterprise, Chief Research Scientist at Kenya Industrial Reserach & Development Institute.

NFF should endorse Cowbell Football Academy - Izamoje

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should endorse the Cowbell Football Academy (CFA) as substitute for the lacking conveyor chain required for the national football teams in the country.

Dr. Larry Izamoje, Chairman and CEO of Sports Radio, Brila FM, who gave the advice in Lagos, said that the challenges currently confronting the nation’s football teams was as a result of the gap existing between those teams and the grassroots football.

The frontline sports authority gave the advice at the closing ceremony organised for the CFA Summer Camp 2015 held at the Main Bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
(L-R) Abiodun Ayodeji, Category Manager – Diary, Promasidor Nigeria Limited;  Hassan Nwabueze, Captain, Team River Niger; and Seyi Akinwumi, Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation; at the closing ceremony of Cowbell Football Academy Summer Camp 2015 held at the National Bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Izamoje, who was impressed by the quality of training young footballers were exposed to during the Camp, said without corporate support for the game of football in Nigeria, it will be difficult to get the perspective right.
His Words: “The people in the Glass House should endorse this laudable initiative behind the Cowbell Football Academy. They should use it as a replacement of the conveyor chain for the national teams, which of course, is not there at the moment. Without corporate support, it is difficult to do things like this.”

CFA is an initiative of Multisports Services & Entertainment Limited and sponsored by Cowbell Milk, produced by Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

In Rwanda, MERGIMS Emerge Winner In The Seedstars Competition

Market Mergers Ltd., developers of Mobile Commerce app MERGIMS, has emerged as the winner of the SeedStars Competition in Rwanda.

In SeedStarsKigali, yesterday, Tega Holdings and SafeMotos emerged as the first runner up and second runner up respectively.

Other startups that took part in the competition include Asuqu, Yubeyi, Lycamedia, Grocewheels,  Cartoon Home Network, istayconnected, and mTiba

The jury for the competition included Paul Soko, Sara Leedom, Gregory Pepper, Anneke Evers, Patrick Kabagema and Clement Uwageneza

Market Mergers will now join other African winners like Airshop (Cote D’Voire),  Asoriba (Ghana), MyQ (Nigeria) in the global finals where the overall winner will win US$500,000.

The next African stop for the SeedStars train is Kampala, Uganda on the 11th of September, 2015.

Gulder Unveils World Biggest Poster

Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Gulder, the ultimate lager beer recently unveiled the world’s biggest promotion poster at the Sam Okpara Square, Enugu in Enugu State.

The company also used the event to reward about 125 journalists who participated in an endurance test to launch this year Gulder Ultimate search, which begins in September.

While every journalist won various gift items, the Managing Director and Editor in Chief of an Anambra State based Newspaper, National Light, Mr. Chuka Nnabuife won a Hyundai Elantra Salon car in the energy sapping competition.

Speaking, the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nicolaas Vervelde said that the new poster is about 5, 300 Square Metre and is now the largest in the world.

According to him, the poster is larger than the 4, 700 Square Metre poster achieved in Kochi, India in June, adding, “This feat is an attestation to the ultimate beer and ultimate man who stands up to be counted with his beer.”

Vervelde explained that the unveiling of the poster had enabled NBL to expand its frontiers with the biggest consumer promotion in the history of Gulder with over four million prizes to be won.

Heritage Bank Restructures, Becomes "One Bigger, Better Bank"

All is set for Heritage Bank to become a national financial institution that will operate and render full commercial banking services across the country. The new move is the high point of transformation which saw Heritage Bank Limited acquiring the Enterprise Bank from the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCOM.

The Bank, which hitherto operated as a regional bank, with 15 “experience centres”, is expected to increase its presence to about 200 branches boosted by about 165 branches of Enterprise Bank, spread across the country.

According to the bank, this monumental event marks a new era in banking in Nigeria as the integration of two entities with such similar values, excellent and professional staffing, strong branch network; can only lead to an entity that is poised for excellence and quality financial services.

“With this acquisition, we are better positioned to offer you unparalleled banking services which spreads across over 200 branches, 177 ATMs, 57 Cash Centres and 2000 POS Terminals in 26 states. We shall harness the best of the two worlds combined in terms of our innovative products, bespoke technology and extended branch network manned by a team of tenacious people; as this automatically transforms our bank from a tier-2 player to a strong tier-1 player that is ONE! BIGGER! BETTER!,” the bank said.

The bank restated its commitment to building on “the existing quest for quintessential banking service delivery guided by passion and sustained through our brand architecture that exudes quality service, performance, respect, integrity, innovation, tenacity and excellence as core values. We also want to affirm our commitment to all stakeholders and we would neither relent nor go back on our promise of creating, preserving and transferring wealth across generations.”

DHL invests about 47 Million Euro in Sub-Saharan Africa

Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group, visited South Africa and Nigeria this week. The visit demonstrated the overall importance of emerging markets in the Group’s Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow., and in specific the encouraging development of Sub-Saharan Africa.

During his stay in South Africa and Nigeria, Frank Appel met with employees and customers, and visited several logistics facilities. Affirming the Group’s focus on emerging markets, Frank Appel said, “Today, emerging market revenues contribute over 20 percent to Deutsche Post DHL Group's revenues, but by 2020 the Group expects this figure to climb to 30 percent. Therefore, we will continue to concentrate on organic growth by investing into promising present and future markets. DHL already has a strong footprint in Africa, but we see some excellent opportunities to further increase our presence in the Sub-Saharan region. South Africa’s exceptional geographic location as the gateway to Africa, and Nigeria’s growing gross domestic product (GDP) and diversifying markets are only two of the many important indicators for this.”

DHL continues to significantly invest in Sub-Saharan Africa. DHL Express, which operates across 51 countries and territories in the region, has a planned investment in excess of EUR 17 million in 2015. Major projects underway include upgrades to facilities and shipment handling systems throughout the region.

In October 2014, DHL already announced investments totaling EUR 30.5 million in South Africa, by both its Supply Chain (EUR 14.5 million investment) and Global Forwarding divisions (EUR 16 million investment). These commitments signal the Group’s long-term growth plans for the region as they bring state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT systems and world-class services to support businesses operating in Africa.

Top 3 budget Android phones for Nigeria

With the developments made in Nigeria’s telecommunication sector and the consequent growth of the mobile phone industry, the phone market has expanded and the populace embraced in its entirety, the phenomenon that is the modern smartphone.

While most of these devices do not retail cheap, especially with rapid innovation in both hardware and operating systems. Producers have built certain phones to accommodate budget buyers who make up a large percentage of the local market. As it is, even budget buyers are spoiled for choice as new models are incoming, old models are falling by the wayside and the desirability of some of last year's models are waning.

If you are in Nigeria and want to have the privilege of owning a good smartphone but are not willing to spend too much, Jovago.com , Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal has found top 3 budget android phones. So long as you do not intend to smash them on the wall or throw them in water, one of these smartphones should really keep you going.

Tecno H3 - The cheapest of the latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) Tecno smartphones, Tecno H3 features a 3.5-inch screen, 5.0 MP back camera with Flash, 2.0 MP Front Camera, 4GB ROM + 512MB RAM, OTG, Facebook, Google Play ,Gmail, Google Maps, Flash Share, Palmchat among others and a remarkable 2000 mAh battery. Selling from as low as NGN 11,500  at every leading retail outlet in Nigeria, Tecno H3 is the perfect low end android phone for techies.

Terragon Group releases Digital Insights on the Nigerian Banking Industry

...GTBank, First Bank, among Top Ten

Terragon Group, Africa's largest Digital media company, has released its Research Report which highlights digital insights on the Nigerian banking industry. The research, which was based on analysis carried out for a period of three months, focuses on key activities carried out by the banks utilizing digital media, their innovations and what impact these activities have on their overall business achievements.

The report concentrates on elements of their presence online, providing insights on Website Traffic, Search Engine Optimization, Bounce rate, Web mentions, Social Media Assets, Mobile speed and User experience.

The findings saw Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), Zenith Bank and First Bank lead the pack for the website country ranking. The websites of GTBank and Fidelity Bank were judged to be the most engaging.

This analysis has made it clear that the banks are aware of the intrinsic benefits of digital marketing and the ways in which they have latched on. However, one key point the report points out is the need for more strategy and engagement to be made by these financial institutions to ensure that their customers have a seamless experience.

Speaking about the research findings, Head of Strategy and Research, Terragon Group, Juno Kurian, stated that the digital media offers an endless array of ways through which banks can attract new customers, engage existing customers and sustain their relevance in the ever evolving digital space.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Winners emerge from Skye Bank's "Reach For The Skye Millionaire" Reward Scheme

Again, Skye Bank has made good on it promise making Nigerians rich in the on-going "Reach For The Skye Millionaire" Reward Scheme . Today, presentation of cheques where done to reaffirm the authenticity of the scheme and to assure more who-be millionaires to rush to the near branch for their share of the goodies.

Head, Strategic Brand Management Skye Bank, Nduneche Ezurike, Priority Banking Officer, Skye Bank, Olatoye Etti-Isa, the winner of N250, 000 category, a trader, Mrs. Gazal  Fatimat and Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank, Nkolika Okoli at the presentation of cheques to winners of  the on-going “Reach For The Skye Millionaire” Reward Scheme held in Lagos on Tuesday 25th August, 2015.
Head, Strategic Brand Management Skye Bank, Nduneche Ezurike, Business Development Manager, Skye Bank, Onyiwe James Chukwuka  the winner of N100, 000 category, a trader, Mr. Alaba Olawale  and Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank, Nkolika Okoli at the presentation of cheques to winners of  the on-going “Reach For The Skye Millionaire” Reward Scheme held in Lagos on Tuesday 25th August, 2015
Head, Strategic Brand Management Skye Bank, Nduneche Ezurike, Relationship Manager, Skye Bank, Edafe Raymond Otuno,  the winner of N100, 000 category, a self-employed , Mr. Oladosu Dada  and Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank, Nkolika Okoli at the presentation of cheques to winners of  the on-going “Reach For The Skye Millionaire” Reward Scheme.

Aurecon Water Engineer, Geoff du Toit, wins Young Engineer of the Year Award

Geoff du Toit, a civil engineer specialising in water treatment from Aurecon’s Cape Town Office, won the Young Engineer of the Year Award at the Consulting Engineers South Africa's CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Du Toit was chosen from a long list of nominees from across South Africa. His experience in the planning, design, construction, commissioning, and operation of water treatment infrastructure and his leadership and involvement in industry and community projects contributed to him winning this award.

Geoff du Toit
Du Toit obtained his BSc Eng. (Civil) Degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2003, and an MSc Eng. in Water and Wastewater Treatment in 2006 with the UCT Water Research Group. He registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa in 2012 and he has excelled in all projects that he has been involved in since he joined Aurecon in 2007.

In 2009, Du Toit was awarded a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) grant to attend a Water and Pollution Workshop at Tongji University in Shanghai. In 2011, he was awarded the best poster presentation at the Young Water Professionals (YWP) Conference in Tshwane, Gauteng, and in 2013 he won the award for the best platform presentation at the YWP Conference in Stellenbosch. As part of the aforementioned prize, Du Toit was invited to present at the International YWP Conference in Taiwan in 2014 where he won an award for best platform presenter.

“I want to thank my colleagues at Aurecon, who have placed faith and trust in my abilities and have let me learn through experience. They have provided a supportive environment for all my pursuits and given me the freedom to innovate and explore in order to provide better solutions to our clients,” said Du Toit at the prestigious event, which was held at Vodaworld in Midrand, Gauteng.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Mercedes-Benz seals Atlanta stadium naming rights

Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz USA has sealed a deal to become the naming rights sponsor of a new stadium in Atlanta, US.

Alanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank officially made the announcement on Monday. Mercedes will hold the naming rights to the facility through 2042.

From left, Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur Blank, Mercedes. (Image Credit: Alison Guillory / WABE)
The stadium, which will have the capacity to expand to 83,000 seats, is expected to be finished in time for the 2017 football season.

The nearly $1.5 billion retractable-roof Mercedes-Benz branded stadium will be prominent inside and outside the venue, including on the roof, in plaza areas, on signage, in club areas, in VIP parking and entrance areas and on a video ‘halo’ board.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Windows 95 Celebrates 20th Birthday

Twenty years ago Microsoft unleashed the Windows 95 operating system on the world.

On Monday, 24 August, iconic operating system Windows 95 celebrates its 20th birthday. It launch completely changed the way personal computers were used.
Bill Gates introduces Windows 95 to the world. (Jeff Vinnick, Reuters).
Windows has improved over the years. Credit: @WindowsDev
Windows 95 was the defining operating system for Microsoft and introduced the key features that we have become so fond of from the Windows series.

Windows 95 spearheaded the charge from mainly 16-bit architecture to pre-emptively multitasked 32-bit architecture in the PC sector.

Alcatel OneTouch signs five-year partnership with LA Galaxy

Mobile phone manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch has agreed a new multi-year partnership with the five-time Major League Soccer Cup champions, Los Angeles Galaxy, and their home stadium, StubHub Center, becoming the Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner of both the team and the multiple-use sports stadium.

Continuing on their commitment to growing the brand in North America,this new partnership expands on Alcatel OneTouch’s strategic investment in MLS, focusing specifically on pre-game fan experiences, in-game fan engagement, social media and digital campaigns, in-game brand advertising, in-market promotions and community engagement. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.

The brand has also pledged to be an engaged partner in LA Galaxy’s community engagement programs, which will include activities in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Additionally, as part of the multi-year deal, beginning in in 2016, ALCATEL ONETOUCH will have promotional and experience rights to one LA Galaxy player, details to be announced in 2016.

Car Hacking may replace Car Jacking in the Emerging Markets

Just last month, Wired released an article about two security specialists who commandeered a Jeep Cherokee’s onboard computers, and took control of the air conditioner, windshield wipers, and most terrifying, the accelerator and brakes. 

More recently, Volkswagen lost a two-year battle to suppress files about how hi-tech criminals are able to hack into their vehicles electronically. In Lagos Nigeria, a car parked at one of the popular shopping malls was robbed using hi tech electronics. 

The culprit was not caught. These news stories are leading motorists to ask the question: just how safe are modern vehicles? Carmudi, the safest way to sell or buy your car online, examines why Nigeria should be concerned about car hacking.

Car hacking is a type of internet crime where criminals can seize control of a vehicle from their laptops, sometimes from across the country. With rapidly developing in-car technologies, vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to hacks, particularly the keyless entry hack and the UConnect hack.

The keyless entry hack is a popular car exploit which works by intercepting radio signals to lock and unlock car doors. The hacker grabs the code and resends it to the car alarm. Voila! Open sesame. The criminals can proceed to take any valuables they find inside the car. The UConnect hack works by gaining access to the car’s internal network via the Wi-Fi hotspot enabling the firmware to be completely re-written in order to grant access to the car’s physical controls, making the car steer wildly, speed up or slow down and even blow out its tires.

PHOTO: Etisalat Easy Business Millionaire Hunt

From left: Specialist, SME Segment, Etisalat Nigeria , Olufemi Oguntimehin; Etisalat Easybusiness Millionaires Hunt Season II Selection Committee Members, Collins Onuegbu and  Ayodeji Megbope with Head, Enterprise Marketing, Etisalat Nigeria, Bidemi Ladipo at the first stage of screening in the Etisalat Easybusiness Millionaires Hunt Season II in Lagos. Photo: Chain Reactions Nigeria.

Walmart, Shoprite to battle for Africa's biggest market

Nigerians are eager to witness the supermarket wars. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, is set to open big box stores in Lagos, West Africa's business hub.

At the end of July, Walmart's plan to launch in Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos was widely reported when the retailer’s top executive for Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa (EMEA), Ms.  Shelley Broader, met with Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Walmart has had business operations in Nigeria, and 12 other African countries, since its acquisition of stake for $1.5 billion in Massmart. Game is a chain owned by Wal-Mart that’s known for household goods ranging from soap to electronics. It has six outlets in Nigeria. The new stores will be the first Walmart stores in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s modern retail market is still developing and no chain has national presence meaning Walmart will mainly compete with South Africa’s Shoprite which is Africa’s largest retailer by sales.

Shoprite this month also announced that it would be opening 14 more stores in Nigeria within the next 20 months, in addition to 12 stores in the country.

Airtel partners Yuzah to improve diesel delivery in Nigeria

In line with its commitment to continually provide innovative solutions that will enhance the daily lives of Nigerians, leading telecommunications operator, Airtel Nigeria, has launched a mobile app aimed at improving delivery of diesel in Nigeria.

Created in partnership with application developer, Yuzah; the mobile app, also known as ‘Yuzah’ allows users to request instant delivery of diesel to their homes or offices, using their mobile phones. The simplicity of the product and distribution model earned Yuzah, the one million naira prize money in the Airtel catapult-a-startup competition held earlier in the year.

Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Maurice Newa described the service, which is the first-of-its-kind in Nigeria, as part of efforts by the Telco to deliver products and services that offer convenience to its customers.

“Airtel has collaborated with Yuzah, one of the winners of Airtel Catapult-A-Start up competition, to offer Nigerians this unique service which will further enhance their access to diesel and address the inconveniences associated with the logistics involved in delivery,” he said.

According to him, “interested users can download this app on their mobile phones from http://bit.ly/YuzahApp. Once this is done, the app will locate their place on the map and they will be able to see all the diesel trucks within their radius. Users can then order diesel through the app and the product will be delivered within 30-60 minutes once accepted by a Yuzah approved supplier.”

He also explained that the partnership further lent credence to the company’s Catapult-A-Startup, which is driven by its vision to encourage innovation and empower young Nigerians by creating opportunities for them to bring their business ideas to fruition.

StarTimes Opens Free access to ST World Football

StarTimes has announced that from Monday 24 August 2015, it will be giving all of its subscribers, no matter which they package they subscribe to,  free access to  ST World Football SD until the 1st  September 2015.

Commenting on the development, Gary Rathbone, Head of Sport for StarTimes said, “Many of our subscribers are sport lovers, and we would like to give them the opportunity to enjoy the high quality sporting events and programmes featured over the next week, such as the Bundesliga and Serie A, available on ST World Football SD.”