Monday, 26 December 2016

CBN Awards Skye Bank for fight against Electronic Fraud

Skye Bank Plc. has emerged “The Most Committed Watch Listing Bank in Nigeria” out of four corporate awards that were up for grabs at the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) Annual Dinner and Awards which held in Lagos recently.

This was confirmed in an industry-wide survey administered by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in conjunction with NIBBS.

The prestigious award, which is in recognition of efforts of the Banking industry in the fight against electronic fraud is presented to the institution “with the most efficient and robust system for tracking all forms of electronic fraud and arresting perpetrators for prosecution”.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

From BrandArena Team, Merry Christmas!


As you celebrate the miracle of this special season, may your heart be filled with joy and peace. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year.

Despite IT Boom, over 90% of Africa Has No Internet Access

The Internet is one of the most important enablers of social development and education. While Internet services have been quite phenomenal in the rest of the world, access to the Internet remains very low in Africa, especially in the rural communities. According to the Internet World Stats for Africa 2016, only 9.3% of people across the African continent are Internet users.

“A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate, but today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies. Health organizations and schools in Africa often face a unique set of obstacles, including a lack of access to much-needed health education and counselling platforms. The Community Tablet was created to help solve these problems”, says Dayn Amade.                                 

Nigerian Breweries’ Bottle Compound Caught By Early Morning Fire

During the early hours of today Sunday, December 25th, there was a fire outbreak at the empty bottle compound of the Lagos plant of Nigerian Breweries Plc in Iganmu, Lagos.

The fire which started early in the morning has been put under control by men of the Lagos State Fire Service supported by the Brewery fire team and other nearby corporate organisations.

According to a statement  by the Corporate Affairs Adviser at Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre U. Ekanem, "There were no injuries or fatalities arising from the fire. Only empty bottles, plastic crates and some sections of the bottle holding bay were impacted by the fire. Brewery operations were not disrupted by the incidence."

Stanbic IBTC Launches Integrated Financial Services Mobile App

Stanbic IBTC has launched a new mobile app as part of its financial service offering and to boost customer service delivery and user experience. The app was officially released into the market on the 29th of November and is currently available for download on the Android Play Store and Apple App Store.

With  emphasis  on seamless user experience, aesthetics and convenience , the new Stanbic IBTC Mobile App promises to be  ‘best-in-class’ in mobile financial service delivery .

Friday, 23 December 2016

Pepsi Rhythm Unplugged Holds Today

All roads lead to Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, today for the Rhythm Unplugged 2016.

This year marks the 12th edition of Nigeria’s most popular music concert. The event which is produced by Cobhams will be hosted by popular comedian, Bovi.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

OAK Pensions Hires Rotimi Wusu As Communications Manager

Former Integrated Marketing Communications Manager at E-Motion Advertising Limited, Mr. Rotimi Wusu has been appointed as Brands and Communications Manager of OAK Pensions Ltd.



Wusu resumed for his new appointment this month. He will be bring his IMC experience to further improve the pension firm.

At E-Motion Advertising, he was in charge of operational effectiveness, strategic initiatives, change management and sales & marketing management.

Edelman Signs on Chain Reactions as Exclusive Affiliate in Nigeria

Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm, has announced that it has signed on Chain Reactions Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s most vibrant PR firms, as its exclusive affiliate in the country following a one-year strategic partnership.

The affiliation further expands Edelman’s existing operation outside its South African office, located in Johannesburg.

Shell completes the sale of Shell Refining Company in Malaysia

Shell has completed the sale of its 51% shareholding in the Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) Berhad (SRC) in Malaysia, which includes the 125,000 barrel per day refinery in Port Dickson, to Malaysia Hengyuan International Limited (MHIL) for $66.3 million.

Shell is the leading retail fuels and lubricants provider in Malaysia, which remains an important market for the company. Shell will maintain supply to its retail and commercial customers, and will honour all current commercial arrangements through existing comprehensive supply agreements in the country.

Twitter's Chief Technology Officer, Adam Messinger Quits

Twitter just lost another top executives.  The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the company, Adam Messinger has announced that he is leaving the social networking site after five years in the company.

This exodus from twitter commenced in November, when Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain left the company and earlier this month Twitter’s director of media partnerships and head of news, government and elections Adam Sharp said he was leaving the company.

Here’s a statement from Twitter on the move:

Industry Thought Leaders to Discuss the Future of Finance at CashlessAfrica Expo 2017 in Lagos

Digital disruption is shifting the balance stay of power in financial services and influencing the way, millions of people bank their money, make payments, remittances and more, in a continent where mobile phone penetration exceed bank accounts and bank cards ownership, combined.

Africa’s highly regulated financial industry now needs to adapt itself to the on-going disruptions in the Fintech space and the increasing demands of young and energetic customers which represent a significant percentage of the continent’s population.

Nokia And Apple Are Back In Court Again Over Patent Infringement

Nokia and Apple are back in court again after five years of accord. Nokia on Wednesday filed several complaints in a lawsuit against Apple over patent infringement in the United States and Germany.

This is coming just a day after the iPhone maker sued Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management, both of whom license patents, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behavior with Nokia to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly” from Apple and other smartphone makers.

5 Great Ways Technology Has Influenced Banking

Haters of technology will unashamedly testify to the impact technology has had in the banking sector over the decades. In Nigeria, the discrepancies between the so-called old generation and new generation banks are no longer there. Thanks to technology. This is because many banks have invest millions to accommodate technology. Interestingly, if they don’t do this they will become irrelevant. But, at the end, they will still navigate towards tech. So, how has technology influenced banking? Here are 5 great ways.
Better customer service

Customer service in banks has improved. And with the CBN monitoring the activities of these 20 banks closely, they have to choice than to offer services that will make their customers happy. Many banks have embraced social media to interact with customers and help solve complaints.

PHOTO: Nigerian Breweries visits Nigerian Stock Exchange for Closing Gong Ceremony

R-L: Chief Kola Jamodu, CFR, Chairman, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Mr. Oscar Onyema, OON Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange; Mr Nicolaas Vervelde, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Mr. Victor Famuyibo, Human Resource Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc when management of Nigerian Breweries Plc visited The Nigerian Stock Exchange for the closing gong ceremony on Wednesday in Lagos

Cybercriminals target African countries with ransomware

Check Point has revealed that five African nations were among the top 10 most-attacked countries in November as cybercriminals made increasing use of ransomware attacks using the Locky and Cryptowall viruses.

Botswana was the most-attacked country in Check Point's list of 117 at-risk nations, followed by Malawi in second place, Namibia in fourth, Uganda in ninth and the Democratic Republic of Congo in tenth place. South Africa moved up to 31 on the list from 58th position in October, while Kenya dropped to 24th (from 22nd in October) and Nigeria climbed slightly to 108th position, from 116th the previous month.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

5 Business Lessons For Nigerians Who Are Turning 30

Starting a business as a young man is very daunting. For some, they don’t have the capital to startup and for others, they are too scared to leave their comfort zone and start something on their own. Either way, there are some fundamental business lessons you should know as you face your daily challenges especially before you turn 30. This will definitely help when you, if you eventually decide to start your business.

Time is your most important resource

The adage that “time is money” is a very popular saying in Nigeria. So, you have to be conscious of time in everything you do especially when it comes to starting a business. The sooner you start something, the better for you.

BUA Group Subsidiary, CCNN, Nears Completion Of New $300million 1.5million MTPA Cement Plant

… as CCNN discovers coal in commercial quantities in Sokoto State

Nigerian industrial giant, BUA Group’s cement subsidiary in Sokoto state, CCNN (also known as Sokoto Cement) expects its new 1.5million metric tonnes per annum cement plant to be completed before the 3rd quarter of 2017.

This was made known by the Founder/Executive Chairman of BUA Group and Chairman of CCNN, Abdulsamad Rabiu, during a working tour of the plant by the Honourable Federal Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
L – R: Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Hon. Minister of State for Solid Minerals Development;  Ibrahim Aminu, Managing Director, CCNN Plc; Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group; Abdulsamad Rabiu, Executive Chairman, BUA Group & Chairman CCNN PLC; Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Hon. Minister for Solid Minerals Development during a high-level working visit to BUA Group’s Cement Subsidiary, CCNN Sokoto Cement plant
Speaking during the visit, Abdulsamad Rabiu said that the 300 million dollars project which began a few years ago, is the first expansion of the plant since 1986 which BUA group took over majority shareholding in 2010. He also informed the minister that the Group has discovered coal in commercial quantities which it intends to use as fuel for a 40MW power plant being constructed as part of the project. This new cement factory will can use both Coal and LPFO will source its power needs from the plant with the excess power generated to fed to the National grid.

Johannesburg to host IoT Forum Africa 2017

The Internet of Things is the next big wave in technology, with major repercussions for Africans. By connecting everyday devices to the internet the Internet of Things opens up a host of new opportunities and challenges for companies, governments and consumers.

The IoT has the potential to solve many of the issues the African continent is currently facing. And many African countries have already embarked on the IoT journey.  Healthcare providers in Ethiopia are monitoring the health status of outpatients to better adjust treatment. Intelligent traffic lights in Nairobi are helping ease traffic congestion. Utility providers in South Africa are using load-limiting smart meters that can warn residents ahead of imminent controlled outages. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), satellite imagery, DNA analysis and apps are being used as part of conservation efforts – by predicting poaching attempts and monitoring wildlife.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Security Increasing Priority for Tech Investments by World’s Airports

Airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. This is according to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by SITA and Airports Council International (ACI), in association with Airline Business.

For many airports, the investment focus has shifted to security in the wake of heightened regional tensions, some of which directly target air travel. While investment in passenger processing technology still ranks the number one priority for airports, it has dropped from 73% in 2015 to 59% this year as security rises in priority.

Leading Steering Committee Announced for West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference

The steering committee driving the programme for the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) 2017 has officially been announced, representing a cross section of key senior business leaders and stakeholders from across Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

WAIPEC, hosted by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) will take place on 21-23 February 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos and will promote Nigerian expertise and key projects throughout West Africa, whilst supporting the development of major new collaborations for the benefit of the region’s petroleum economy.

Aero Contractors Ready To Fly Again!

The management of one of Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors said it has concluded plans to resume its flight operations on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

The airline said that it will resume operation on a small scale with two Boeing B737-500 aircraft and one Bombardier Dash 8-300, adding that within one week it will deploy two Bombardier Dash 8-300 for a total fleet of five aircraft.

PICTURES: PZCussons Chemistry Challenge Stakeholders Parley

(L-R)  Director PZCussons  Consumer, Christos Gouras, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Yomi Ifaturoti, Representative of  Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Head Competition Unit, Science and Technology Department, Olubukola Obafemi and  the Chairman Advisory Board PZCussons Chemistry Challenge, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo at the Stakeholders Parley for 2016/2017 PZCussons Chemistry Challenge in Lagos.

(L-R) Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Yomi Ifaturoti, Representative of  Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Head Competition Unit, Science and Technology Department, Olubukola Obafemi and  the Chairman Advisory Board PZCussons Chemistry Challenge, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo  at the Stakeholders Parley for 2016/2017

Nigerian Naval officer presented with British Britannia sword award

A Nigerian naval officer has been rewarded for enthusiasm and commitment to his training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in the UK.

Abdulrahman Buniyamin, a sub lieutenant, was presented with a ceremonial sword by Royal Marines, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Gordon Messenger, during the final passing-out-parade held at BRNC on Friday.

African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) to help Benin attract US$15 million by 2021

Benin is a country on the rise led by a newly appointed businessman-come President, H.E. Patrice Talon. Last week, the President launched a five-year program that is aligned to Benin’s Vision 2030 that places Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) at the core. The program sets out a strategy to attract US$15 million of investments and to stimulate growth from the bottom up by 2021.
George Otieno, CEO of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
In a show of support, the CEO of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), George Otieno, met with the President ahead of the Government’s five-year action plan to discuss concrete ways that ATI could help Benin achieve its ambitions, which involves exploiting an estimated US$760 million worth of investments in ATI’s current project pipeline. These include renewable energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, investments that will help finance small and-medium sized (SMEs) companies, and supporting the government’s proposed bond issue.

MARS award winners appointed as Merck Ambassadors of Empowering Women and Girls in STEM

Following the success of Merck Cancer Access Program to empower women in oncology field where they are underrepresented, comes another successful initiative for MERCK to empower African women in research to offer better health care to women.

After receiving his ‘African Alliances HE for SHE’ award for women empowerment, Prof Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp has successfully achieved another commitment to empower women in research in an effort to bridging the gap in gender inequality in STEM Africa.

Saba, Accomplished HR Consultant, Bags Award in Family Business Consulting

Abdullahi Jubril Saba, accomplished Human Resources Consultant and currently Practice Lead with Afrissance, an Organizational Development Firm based in Lagos, has been awarded the Global Education Network (GEN) Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) by the Family Firm Institute (FFI)

The Global Education Network (GEN) Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) by the Family Firm Institute (FFI) is a certificate presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional knowledge and gained significant expertise valuable to family business and family wealth clients.

Marshal-Idio clinches Heritage Bank’s N5m Star Prize at The Next Titan Season 3

A budding entrepreneur with unique business idea of turning trashes into beautiful furniture, Mrs. Marvis Marshal-Idio has won the Heritage Bank’s sponsored entrepreneurial competition show, Next Titan Season 3.
L-R: Member, Panel of Judges, Season-3 of The Next Titan, Mr. Chris Parkes, Chris Parkes, Chairman/CEO of CPMS Africa; Mrs. Lilian Olubi, CEO of Primera Africa Securities Limited; Winner of the Next Titian, Mrs. Marvis Marshal-Idio; Divisional Head, Retail/SME, Heritage Bank Plc, Mrs. Ori Ogba; CEO of The Next Titan, Mr. Mide Kunle-Akinlaja and member, Panel of Judges, Mr. Tonye Cole, CEO of Sahara Group; at the presentation of N5million to the winner of The Next Titan, Season-3 in Lagos…yesterday
The star prize is N5 million from Heritage Bank, which is the headline official sponsor of the competition and a brand new car from Coscharis Motors.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Chelsea declares net loss of £70.6m despite record turnover

English Premier League football club Chelsea have announced a net loss of £70.6m ($88.1m) for the financial year ending 30 June 2016, with the deficit born of the Premier League leaders’ decision to buy out their existing kit deal with Adidas and the compensation paid to José Mourinho following his sacking last December.

Total sales of £329.1m represented a five-per-cent rise on £314.3m the previous year, but an overall profit of £4.7m was swallowed up by exceptional costs due to the unexpected sacking of manager José Mourinho a year ago and the decision to buy out the club’s kit partnership deal with Adidas.

TOP 5 SMARTPHONE TRENDS OF 2016


As we approach 2017, it’s time we take a look back at some of the trends that had a big impact on how we use our smartphones.

Faster Networks:
Network connectivity speeds got a serious boost with new modem technologies such as 4G LTE technology which became more widespread in 2016. The Huawei Y6 II for instance can download data over LTE networks at an ultrafast speeds of up to 150Mbps (bits per second) which is faster than all devices within in its range

Selfie Phones (Better Front Facing Cameras): Just a few years ago, front facing cameras on phones were just VGA, 1.3MP or maximum 2MP, but with the rise of the self-portraits craze, front cameras on smartphones got the required bump they needed this year. Most companies launched phones with a front facing 5 Megapixel camera and advertised it as their selfie phone this year, but Huawei went one further and released the Y6 II, equipped with an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera and beautification technology which allows users to enhance images with various makeup styles and preview the effects in real time with a single touch. The function provides eight templates and delivers more natural effects and a range of advanced professional beautifying features.

Orange signs new 8-year sponsorship deal with CAF

Telecom giant, Orange has signed an eight-year sponsorship expansion agreement with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) to include the 2019 tournament in Cameroon, the 2021 tournament in Ivory Coast and the 2023 tournament in Guinea.

The new deal begins with the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon in January 2017.

EXCLUSIVE: Pictures From Glo Ovation Carol 2016

Flavour on stage
Cameo headlined act of the night of glitz, glamour and music
A guest

More pictures after the cut...

John Mahama, KSA Join Glo Ovation Hall of Fame

President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana and juju maestro, King Sunny Ade (KSA) yesterday joined the Glo Ovation Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution in their respective political and musical careers over the years.

The 2016 edition of the Glo Ovation Carol took place last night, December 18 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mesut Özil Signs Up As Ambassador For PES 2017

German and Arsenal forward Mesut Özil is a new brand ambassador for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, the football video game developed by Konami. 

The playmaker will lend his image to future promotional campaigns for the series. Konami has released a trailer for the new edition of the game starring Özil in pixelated form.

“KONAMI has perfected the recreation of football at its highest level, and it is a great feeling to have been chosen as an Ambassador for this incredible series,” said Özil.

Retaining domestic stability will mean facing challenges for Africa in 2017

2017 will see policymakers across Africa facing the challenge of how to minimize instability without affecting the economy's ability to raise standards of living, according to the latest report by ICAEW. In report Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body highlights the number of potential risks that could lead to inflation.
Michael Armstrong
Michael Armstrong, Regional Director, ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said: "As we step into 2017, Business across Africa are focused on a range of domestic and external risks to economic stability. One key risk from a domestic perspective is the multiple potential sources of faster inflation in the year ahead. This economic turmoil is due to the prolonged drought that resulted in a surge in food prices, especially in East and Southern Africa, which represent a significant driver of inflation in 2017.

FBN Capital Wraps Up 2016 With Awards For Excellence in Investment Banking and Asset Management

FBN Capital Limited, the Investment Banking and Asset Management business of FBN Holdings Plc, has again received the prestigious ‘Best Local Investment Bank in Nigeria’ and ‘Best Asset Manager in Nigeria’ awards at the 9th EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016.
L-R: Afolabi Olorode, Deputy Director and Head, Financial Advisory; Lolade Sasore, Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications receiving the award for Best Local Investment Bank in Nigeria and Best Asset Manager in Nigeria on behalf of FBN Capital from Christopher Moore, Publisher & CEO EMEAFinance at the 9th EMEAFinance African Banking Awards 2016 in London, UK.
At the ceremony which held in London on December 8, 2016, the Publisher & CEO EMEA Finance, Christopher Moore, presented the awards to Deputy Director and Head, Advisory & Capital Markets, Afolabi Olorode and Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Lolade Sasore, who attended on behalf of FBN Capital.

Despite the tightening headwinds in the financial services sector and across other sectors of the nation’s economy, the firm ended the year on this outstanding note for innovative transactions closed and service delivered.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Nigerian Government To Launch Information App

The Federal Government of Nigeria launched an information app (Federal Government of Nigeria Information App (FGN IAPP) yesterday to help disseminate true and factual information about the government’s operations.

According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who launched
the Information app in Abuja, “the federal government will not allow the media space to be dominated by those who are daily working to discredit the federal government and obfuscate its achievements.”

6 hotel trends that will change customers experience in 2017

The year 2017 promises to be full of positive surprises and improvements on the way we do things. We will witness unprecedented number of changes across all industries. The hospitality sector especially will experience rapid changes that will improve customers experience across the globe. Jumia Travel shares some of the new technologies being adopted by some hotels, and might become very popular in 2017.

 1.   Live Streaming to TV Device:
Hotel guests will be able to stream directly from their phones, computers, tablet to the high-definition TVs in their rooms. This innovation provides guests the opportunity to work on these large screens or use them to watch content through various streaming channels.

 2.   Thermostat Technology: With your smartphone, you can actually adjust the temperature in your room even if you’re not in the hotel premises. This thermostat technology will definitely give some level of control to hotel guests to control their room temperature.

Airtel Nigeria Public Relations Manager Femi Adeniran Resigns

Femi Adeniran, Public Relations Manager at Airtel Nigeria is leaving the telecom company.

BrandArena gathered that he has now embarked on sabbatical break abroad to further is education.

He is a multiple Award-winning public relations professional with over 15 years experience in government and multinational corporations, specializing in the development, implementation and oversight of results-oriented employee communications, crisis communications and media relations programs that connect people with products, services and ideas.

Amina Oyagbola Quits MTN Nigeria

Head of Human Resources and Corporate Services, MTN Nigeria, Amina Oyagbola has resigned from the telecom giant after twelve years.

Oyagbola, popularly described as the Y’ello Lady because of her yellow fashion preference, joined MTN in 2004 as Corporate Services Executive; she also served as the pioneer Director of the MTN Foundation.

In a statement, Funso Aina, PR and Protocol Manager, Corporate Services Division of MTN Nigeria, said Oyagbola has added significant value to MTN Nigeria in various capacities. She became the Human Resources Executive in 2008 during which the company became Nigeria’s first enterprise accredited with the Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard, under her leadership, the company was named the best telecoms company in Jobberman’s best 100 best places to work in Nigeria in 2014.

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to step down

...To be replaced by COO, James Quincey
Muhtar Kent will step down as chief executive officer of Coca-Cola effective May 1, 2017 according to a release from the company.

James Quincey, president and chief operating officer of the giant beverage brand, will succeed Kent. Mr. Kent will continue as chairman of the board of directors. The board plans to nominate Mr. Quincey to stand for election as a director at the company’s annual shareowners meeting in April.

Mr. Kent, who began his career with the Coca-Cola Co. in 1978, has held his position as chairman and c.e.o. since April 2009. Previously he was president and c.e.o., and earlier, president and c.o.o.

Sterling Bank Promotes Shina Atilola As Group Head Strategy and Innovation

Sterling Bank Nigeria Plc has promoted Mr. Shina Atilola, Head, Corporate Development Unit to the position of Group Head Strategy and Innovation of the bank.

Mr. Atilola who joined Sterling bank as Head of Strategy in 2008, rose through the ranks. He was Head of Corporate Development of the bank for 5 years and a month before his new appointment this month as a reward for his noticable contributions to the growth of the firm.

He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (2002 – 2005) and BSc, International Relations (1990 – 1995) from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

PICTURES: CKN Foundation Empowers 10 Widows in Lagos

The 3rd edition of CKN Foundation Empowerment Programme for widows was held at Maximus Inn,4 Adeniyi Jones Avenue Ikeja,Lagos on Thursday ,15th December 2016..

Ten widows went home with N15,000 each..Our Special Guest was Mr Casmir Igbokwe,the Managing Director/Editor In Chief of The Union Newspaper and his amiable wife..Other guests were Mrs Nelly Agwu and Mrs Aramide.

See more pictures after the cut:

Thursday, 15 December 2016

FA to continue Nike contract until 2030

The English Football Association (FA) and Nike have announced a new contract extension that will take their long-term partnership through to 2030.

The 12-year deal will continue to see the world’s leading sportswear firm design and supply apparel to all 24 England teams based at St. George’s Park.

The FA is a not-for-profit organisation and this new deal, effective from August 2018, will represent a significant investment across English football and further support grassroots initiatives and the growth of the women’s game throughout the country.

Sahara Group announces winner of Film Extrapreneurs competition

The foundation for the next success stories in Nigeria’s film industry was laid yesterday as Sahara Group announced Joseph Duke as the winner of its ‘Grooming Film Extraprenuers with Kunle Afolayan’ project. Duke won with a documentary entitled ‘Give Us This Day’.

Duke’s documentary, which beat entries from 20 finalists, highlighted the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, including a story about caring for special needs children. More than 150 entries were received in the competition which began in June 2016 following the partnership between Sahara Group and the award winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, designed to identify and empower young film makers in Nigeria.
L-R: Executive Director/Co-founder, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole (left), Winner, Sahara Group s Grooming Film Extrapreneurs Competition, Joseph Duke and Ace Movie Producer/Director, Kunle Afolayan at the unveiling of winner of the competition which was designed to identify and empower the next generation of film makers in Nigeria in Ikoyi, Lagos
Chinenye Balogun and Alabi Kayode emerged first and second runners up respectively, with entries that showcased the creativity and resilience of Nigerian entrepreneurs.

The Best Global Brands of 2020 Will be…

Predicting the future of a fact-based ranking is an uncomfortable process. The whole point of undertaking rigorous analysis required to deliver Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report is to remove speculation and state what brands are really worth as economic assets. It’s grown to have such authority that many senior execs are now bonused on where their brand appears within the Top 100, so it’s quite a responsibility to deliver.

But looking inside the data, we can make some predictions that feel logical within the context of the findings from the rankings so far and after all, 2020 is only five years away. First up, the value of the table overall grows year on year at a rate that has always been above inflation or global interest rates.

Reassuringly, this shows that an investment in brands is a good one. But also when we have indexed the Best Global Brands and compared them with stock market indices, we see that these strongly branded companies outperform the markets, in good times or bad.

IFMA Nigeria Inaugurates New Council Members

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria chapter has formally inaugurated her newly elected Executive Council members at a recent ceremony in Lagos. At the event, facility managers were charged to rise to a new level of reasoning and foster increased development in the discharge of their duties as they tap into the enormous economic opportunities available in Nigeria.

The event which was tagged Celebrating FM, also had a lecture titled “Utilizing FM to Unlock the Economic Opportunities in the Built Environment”. The lecture was delivered by The Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos, Prof. Timothy Nubi.
(L-R) Executive Secretary, International Facility Management Association Nigeria, Dele Chinedu, President, Pius Iwundu, Vice President,  Abimbola Olusegun- Adamolekun and the Immediate Past President, Olatunji Okesola at the Celebrating FM Award Dinner and Inauguration of Elected 2016/2018 Council Members in Lagos on Friday.
In his opening remarks, the immediate Past President of the Association, Mr. Olatunji Okesola, highlighted some of the achievements of his administration. He disclosed that the milestone he achieved came despite the current economic recession in Nigeria. He revealed his personal conviction that the more challenges grow in our environment, the greater the economic opportunities therein for all. “What FM does is to proffer real life solutions to every challenge that might hinder our best living” he stressed.