Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Harrysong set to launch Alterplate Music Company

Former Five Star act,  Harrison Tare Okiri popularly known as Harrysong has concluded plans to launch his own record label “Alterplate Music”.

According to the Nigerian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, the label will be launched this Friday.

Wakanow Shines at Nigeria’s Top ICT Awards

Nigeria’s first online travel company, Wakanow, has again reaffirmed its position as Nigeria’s most preferred booking portal following its recent recognition as Travelers’ Portal of the Year during the Beacon of ICT Awards held in Lagos.

According to Nigeria Communications Week, organizers of the annual awards, Wakanow was voted the travel portal of choice by over 1.3 million readers through an online poll conducted by the magazine, spanning over a period of five months. By virtue of the win, Wakanow also made history by becoming the first online travel company to win the award for the second year in a row.

Singapore-based Sportswear Signs Kit Supply Deals With FAZ, FKF

Singaporean sportswear firm Mafro has struck deals with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and Football Federation Kenya (FKF) to supply kit to the national football teams of both countries.

The FAZ announced a two year deal with Mafro Sports for an annual sum of US$200,000.

What happened to transparency?

By Simon Kolawolelive
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria's minister of state for petroleum resources
At the annual Nigerian jamboree to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum resources, told a “world press conference” on May 5, 2017 that Nigeria’s refineries would soon have new investors. He said 26 investors had indicated interest in the epileptic refineries. “By September, we will unveil the investors for the refineries,” the minister said smoothly, typically. “When we came onboard, the refineries were not working but as we speak, we have sizeable investment portfolio for them to an extent that we don’t know who to partner with for the investment.”

Let’s say I didn’t go to school at all. Or let’s say it was evening school that I attended. These would still be my takeaways from the minister’s proclamations: one, our refineries are now in a position to attract investment; two, 26 investors have indicated interest in taking over the refineries (on a repair, operate and maintain, ROM, agreement); three, we have not taken a decision yet because there are so many suitors to choose from; and four, we will announce the favoured investors by September. Without attending Harvard Business School, I would still conclude that it appeared the process was going to be competitive and transparent.

Andela Launches Operations in Uganda

Andela has launched its operations in Uganda. This is the third operating country for the Zuckerberg-backed developer startup. Andela already has operations in Nigeria and Kenya. Andela trains software developers for 6 months and then deploys them to tech companies around the world that need their skills.

Andela says it chose Uganda after looking at every country in Africa with a population of 3M or more, and then evaluating those countries on a series of metrics including ICT (information and communications tech) prevalence, ICT quality, population, and median age.

Nokia Works With Japanese Operator To Test Applications Using 5G Base Station

Nokia is set to develop the 5G ecosystem with leading Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan to prepare for the upcoming introduction of the next generation wireless network. The collaboration - which uses the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform - will commence with the key interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

5G will deliver high speeds and low latency in support of a new generation of broadband applications, meeting new requirements for connecting people and devices, especially in megacities such as Tokyo. Nokia will conduct trials of 5G technology with DOCOMO in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017, with particular focus on busy tourist, shopping and business locations as well as at key public events hosted by the operator.

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities

PayPal has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Pandora, arguing that the company's minimalist logo "dilutes the distinctiveness" of its own branding. "Element by element and in overall impression, the similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful," the lawsuit alleges.

Last year in October, Pandora donned a new look and launched a new logo that looked very familiar to anyone who’s ever used PayPal before. Now the online payment system is taking Pandora to court, accusing it of ripping off its iconic logo to ride on its popularity.

World Bank Promotes Nigeria’s Food Sufficiency by Supporting Production of Abakaliki Rice

To further boost food production in Nigeria, the World Bank, under its Growth and Employment (GEM) has provided business support for Abakaliki rice-   a company primarily focused on producing Abakaliki rice.

Under the arrangement, the World Bank provided financial support to Ainotrans Energy-the producers of Abakaliki rice to enable it engage the services of vendors that will aid in carrying out its marketing drive. The World Bank, under its Growth and Employment (GEM) project one of the economic empowerment initiatives of the present administration.

Bank Accounts: CAFON mobilises Nigerians against CBN's extortion, excessive charges

…To launch #CloseOneMillionBankAccountsIn2017 campaign

Ms Sola Salako
In view of the public outcry against CBN's directive to increase approved bank charges with effect from May 1 2017, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria CAFON is set to launch another consumer protest tagged #CloseOneMillionBankAccountsIn2017.

The aimed is to mobilse Nigerian consumers to resist what it described as “excessive charges’’ by Nigerian banks. The Consumer Advocacy NGO initiated the #NoBankingDay protest on March 1, 2016, to draw national attention to bank consumers' dissatisfaction with excessive and illegal bank charges.

Godwin Benson’s Tuteria wins Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Godwin Benson's tutoring platform, Tuteria has emerged the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with a cash prize of £25,000.

The Nigerian Systems Engineer designed Tuteria, an online platform that links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on an app on their phone, set their budget, and wait to be connected to the nearest tutor.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Arsenal Reduce Ticket Prices After Missing Champions League

Arsenal have offered supporters a reduction in their season ticket prices after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

The Gunners ended the season in fifth place, their first finish outside the top four under Manger Arsene Wenger.

5 LUCRATIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN ABUJA

Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the wealthiest cities in Africa; this makes it one of the best places to do business. Aside being one of the wealthiest and fastest growing cities, it’s also one of the safest and most conducive cities for business. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 lucrative business opportunities for you to take advantage of when in Abuja.

Interior Decoration

Interior Decoration is one of the trending business in Abuja mainly because there is a large number of existing hotels, residential buildings, offices and restaurants (and more to be developed) that are ever ready to hire interior decorators to designs their buildings to make it look classy.

I'm Not Selling My Arsenal Shares - Stan Kroenke Warns

Arsenal majority holder Stan Kroenke has maintained that his company KSE UK's shares in the club "are not, and never have been, for sale''.

In a statement to the Stock Exchange, Kroenke stressed his stance as Arsenal minority owner Alisher Usmanov, who currently owns 30 percent of the club, made a bid of $1.3 billion to acquire out Kroenke last week.

Heritage Bank Partners RIMAN To Promote International Best Practice In Risk Managment

Heritage Bank Plc has entered into strategic partnership with Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) to promote global best practices in the implementation of risk management for safer and stronger financial institution.

President of RIMAN, Mr Jude Monye, disclosed this at the first Chief Risk Officer’s time-out/dinner organised by RIMAN, recently.

7 Ways To Fund Your Startup Idea As A Nigerian

A fantastic business remains an idea if pragmatic steps are not taken to bring it to fruition. A huge complaint, drawback or excuse many give is that there is no money to fund the startup or business idea. Unfortunately, many of these million naira ideas have died because of lack of funding. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, agrees that funding is a major factor in business. However, it should not prevent you from going ahead. As a Nigerian, there are ways you can raise capital for your business. Read on to discover these ways.

Savings

Saving is one of the best ways to get money to start a business no matter the number of zeroes in front of your salary. If you have figured out the workability of your idea, you should save a certain percentage of your salary monthly.

Why Lagos Terminated N844 Billion Fourth Mainland Bridge Projects

Lagos State Government on Monday said the proposed N844 billion fourth mainland bridge projects contracted with investors for construction has been terminated due to continued delay in commencement.

The contractors that signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the 38 kilometer bridge and road project about a year ago include Visible Assets Limited,  Africa financial corporation (AFC) and Access Bank Plc.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Nigeria’s Changing Legal Landscape To Be Analysed In 2017 Report

  • Stillwaters Law Firm signs first-time MOU with Oxford Business Group for new publication

Nigeria’s far-reaching reform package, which includes further privatisation plans and new incentives for investors, will be a key focus in a report out soon by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

The Report: Nigeria 2017 will shine a spotlight on the country’s long-term strategy for boosting oil output, which will be steered by a major overhaul of the regulatory framework governing the sector.

Dentsu Aegis Network signs affiliation agreement with Outori Limited

One of the leading global advertising networks, Dentsu Aegis Network has strengthened its footprint in West Africa with the signing of Outori, one of Nigeria’s leading Brand and Marketing Communications Agencies, as its affiliate consumer experience agency in the market.

Dentsu Aegis Network Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is part of the global media group that specialises in media, digital and creative communications and spans over Southern Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania with both owned businesses and affiliates and affiliate partnerships in another 32 markets across SSA.

Embracing Animation Technology Will Boost Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry - Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has made a strong pitch for Nigeria to embrace the growing Animation technology in order to benefit from what has become a $300-billion industry and which represents 25% of the global audiovisual market.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 7th African Digital TV Development Seminar in Beijing, China, on Monday, the Minister said a developed animation industry in Nigeria will be a boost to the country’s already-established entertainm ent industry and make the country an outsourcing destination for global animation services.

Eko Disco Announces Five-days Planned Power Outage in Ikoyi, VI, Lagos Island

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Monday announced that there would be five days power outage within Ikoyi, Victoria Island and part of Lagos Island from May 24 to May 28.

The company’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement in Lagos that the outage was to enable the maintenance crew from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to address technical issued at Alagbon transmission station.

Economic Outlook 2017: African Govts Challenged To Fully Integrate Entrepreneurship Into Industrialisation Strategies

African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released Monday, May 22 at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings.

In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and adverse weather conditions, which impacted on agriculture production in some regions. However, it is expected to rebound to 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018. This assumes that as commodity prices recover, the world economy will be strengthened and domestic macroeconomic reforms are entrenched.

Nigeria: Acting President, Osinbajo Issues Executive Order On Local Content

The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed an Executive Order compelling its agencies to buy Made-in-Nigeria goods and services – a move experts strongly believe will go a long way in boosting indigenous businesses and the local content drive in Nigeria.

The order signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last Thursday focuses on the preference for indigenous goods and services as well as the removal of bureaucracies which stall businesses. TheExecutive Order as detailed in a document presented by Okechukwu Enelamah, minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, notes that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government shall grant preference to local manufacturers of goods and service providers in their procurement processes for a number of items including food and beverages, motor vehicles, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, furniture and fittings, among others.

Study Shows SnapChat and Instagram Are Having Negative Impact On Youngsters

Instagram is the worst social media platform when it comes to affecting the mental health of young people, with Snapchat coming in at the second place, according to a recent study titled “Status of Mind”.

The study conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK appears to have found that Instagram and Snapchat are the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Al Jazeera English Clinches Five Gold World Medals at New York Film Festivals


Al Jazeera Media Network won a total of five Gold World Medals, 14 Silver World Medals and seven Bronze Medals at the New York Film Festivals awards held recently.

Al Jazeera English won Broadcaster of the Year after the channel took home three Gold, 12 Silver, five Bronze and 10 finalist certificates.

Three of Al Jazeera English’s winning films were set in Africa, with Witness - Kisulu: The Climate Diaries, My Nigeria – Sandra Aguebor: Lady Mechanic, and Senegal: The Continuous Cycle of FGM, all of which scooped up Silver World Medals.

Nigeria: Budget 2017 Undergoing Prompt And Diligent Consideration – Laolu Akande

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has received the 2017 Appropriation Bill from the National Assembly, eight days after the bill was passed by the lawmakers.

Laolu Akande, special adviser on media and publicity to the acting president, said the document was handed over to Prof Osinbajo by the presidential aide in charge of Senate, Ita Enang and the “Appropriations bill now officially received in the acting president’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration.”

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Sustains Growth Despite Tough Economic Times

The shareholders of FrieslandCampina WAMCO have approved the Board of Directors' proposal of a total dividend pay-out of 75 percent of the Company’s profit after tax (PAT) for the year 2016, which is equivalent to N10.65 per N0.50 share.

L-R: Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, Mr. Ben Langat; Chief Operating Officer, CPEMEA Royal FrieslandCampina, Mr. Roel van Neerbos; Chairman, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, Mr Jacobs Ajekigbe; Chairman, Supervisory Board, Royal FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands, Mr. Frans Keurentjes at the 44th Annual General Meeting of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC in Lagos on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
This was inclusive of an interim dividend of N2.95 per N0.50 share paid in November 2016.

The shareholders gave the approval  at the 44th Annual General Meeting of the company on Thursday May 18, 2017, at the Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos.

Nobel Carpets Sponsors A Star In Heaven Movie Premiere

Lucky Fibre Limited, proud maker of Nobel Carpets and Rugs has further demonstrated itself as a brand for Nigerians by associating with the Nigerian movie industry, popularly referred to as Nollywood. Nobel Carpets and Rugs has announced its support for sponsoring the premiere of Nollywood’s new Blockbuster, A STAR IN HEAVEN starring Jim Iyke, Belinda Effah, Tatem Spearman and Deborah West.

Speaking on the sponsorship, The General Manager, Nobel Carpets and Floors, Mr. Jitesh Pamnani said that Lucky Fibres is delighted to be the sponsor of a movie that promotes culture and tourism through entertainment. “Nobel Carpets believes in engaging in Corporate Social initiatives that can promote the growth and development of the movie industry in the country as a way of enhancing local content, and engaging in activities such as this premiere is one of such ways”.

LBS strengthens, Announces New Hires

Lagos Business School is pleased to announce the addition of two seasoned experts to its faculty base: Dr. Oghenovo Obrimah and Marvel Ogah.
Dr. Ogheneovo Obrimah
Dr. Oghenovo Obrimah joins the Accounting, Finance and Economics department. Obrimah holds a Ph.D. in Business & Management, with a concentration in Finance and sub-specialisation in Economics from the RH Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland, College Park USA. He graduated with First Class Honors in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1995. He was awarded a Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Economics at Yale University from 1999 to 2000, and has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and First City Merchant Bank PLC.

Orange Begins Full Operation In Liberia, Reinforce Its Presence in West Africa

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has launched its brand in Liberia. As from Thursday, Cellcom Liberia becomes Orange Liberia. The acquisition of the Liberian operator Cellcom (http://APO.af/jSRR9G) was finalized by Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, on 6 April 2016, allowing the Group to reinforce its presence in West Africa.

In line with its Essentials2020 strategic plan, Orange has built up a considerable presence in this region, which offers strong growth potential and is a strategic priority for the Group’s development.

Wiltrend Services Receives Adoption By Nigeria-Worldbank Under Its MSME/Gem Project

World Bank in conjunction with the Nigerian Government has selected Wiltrend Professional Services Limited as MSME with potential for growth and ability to create massive employment in Nigeria.

Wiltrend Professional Services which recently won the World Bank BigPortal Program selection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is an indigenous IT firm with proven expertise in design, installation and management of integrated safety and security systems for domestic and industrial facility as well as general IT system supports.

Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East Call Centre Awards

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has tasted success at the INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards. The annual competition is now in its 12th year and sets the regional benchmark for remote customer interaction success.

The airline collected two prestigious awards at the ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on 16th May 2017. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager.

African Corporate Leaders, Start-ups Converge To Expand Business Opportunities At TechPlus 2017

In less than two months, top government executives, technology experts, business leaders and start-ups would converge in Nigeria’s capital – Abuja, and Lagos, the  nation’s economic hub for this year’s Africa’s Largest technology gathering, TechPlus Conference & Expo 2017.

This year’s TechPlus Conference & Expo, is scheduled for July 4th in Abuja and July 5th- 8th, 2017, at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Abuja event is principally aimed at synchronizing government participation and policy formulation with growth and development of technology in West Africa.
 

Nigerian CIOs Must Focus on the Needs of the Connected Consumer – Magnus Nmonwu

The IDC CIO Summit, currently underway in Lagos, is focusing on how the next wave of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies will unleash innovation and productivity in the enterprise by delivering better employee and customer experiences.

These technologies empower people by making apps, services and information accessible everywhere (mobile), collaborative and easy-to-use (social) and tailored and responsive to their needs and context (analytics). In the background, the power of the cloud makes it affordable and easy to deploy the latest applications and solutions to users wherever they are.

Okonmah, TPT Account Director Sets Up Foundation At 50

The Account Director of TPT International, Mr. Joseph Okonmah, FNIPR, recently marked his 50th birthday anniversary in grand style at the White House Hotel in Ikeja Lagos.

L-R: Modupe Adetokunbo, Chairman/Lead Strategist, TPT International; Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, President, African Public Relations Association (APRA); Shalom Okonmah, celebrant’s spouse; Joseph Okonmah, the celebrant and Dr. Rotimi Oladele, President/Chairman, Governing Council, NIPR at the 50th birthday anniversary of Joseph Okonmah in Ikeja, Lagos.
At the event, he unveiled the Joe Okonmah Foundation to help the less privileged.

Speaking at the ceremony, Okonmah, a pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church, said “as a way of saying thank you to God, my wife and I have decided to institute Joe Okonmah Foundation to support the underprivileged on annual basis, because we are ‘products’ of God’s grace, mercy and love. This foundation will be supporting the needy by way of business funding and scholarship.”

P&G Nigeria collaborates with WeConnect to train women entrepreneurs in Ibadan


Procter & Gamble, a leading FMCG company in Nigeria, has further shown its commitment to Gender Equality and Supplier Diversity through its partnership with WeConnect International in Nigeria to introduce the Women’s Business Development Program. Over 50 Women Owned Business Entrepreneurs (WBEs) located in Ibadan, Oyo State, took part in the training which was held at the P&G Ibadan Plant Site on the 18th of May 2017.

The programme was designed to improve the entrepreneurial potentials of the women and also expand the supplier development programmes beyond the walls of P&G to Women Entrepreneurs through connections and trainings.

Jumia Travel Set To Launch Report On African Hospitality Industry

Barely 5 months after the launch of the much-anticipated Nigerian hospitality report, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, is set again to launch a report on the African hospitality industry on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Lagos. The company will also be sharing how some of its new travel products are helping to ‘democratize travel’ for Africans and within Africa.

The chief executive officer of the company, Paul Midy who made the disclosure recently in a press statement said: “It’s become especially important for us to provide important data on the travel industry within the African continent.”

Microsoft Reveals Plan To Deliver Microsoft Cloud From Datacentres In Africa

Microsoft has revealed plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from datacentres located in Africa. This new investment is a major milestone in the company’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, and a recognition of the enormous opportunity for digital transformation in Africa.

Expanding on existing investments, Microsoft will deliver cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from datacentres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with initial availability anticipated in 2018. The new cloud regions will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency to help enable the tremendous opportunity for economic growth, and increase access to cloud and internet services for organisations and people across the African continent.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Airtel’s TVC, Data is Life, bags three awards at African Cristal Festival

Telecom giant, Airtel Nigeria, has been recognized for its role in pioneering creativity and innovation across the African continent as it emerged treble winners, last week, at the prestigious African Cristal Festival.

L-R: Group Head, Strategy and Business Development, Noah s Ark Communications, Kenneth Odum; Vice President, Brands and Advertising, Airtel Nigeria, Enitan Denloye; Creative Director, Noah s Ark Communications, Maurice Ugwonoh and publisher, Brand Communicator Magazine Joshua Ajayi, at African Cristal Awards Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The African Cristal Festival is widely considered as a foremost platform to reward the best advertising campaigns created and broadcasted over the African continent, on any media.

Shifting Prospects Illuminated in Nielsen’s 4th Africa Prospects Indicator

If 2016 proved to be the year of change due to the volatile nature of Africa’s variable markets, then 2017 will be the year for a reshuffling of opportunities and focus. This insight stems from the latest Nielsen Africa Prospects Indicator (APi) Report which delivers proprietary data, trending the country-level prospects of pan-African countries based on Macro, Business, Consumer and Retail dynamics.

The latest results reveal seven of the eight markets have changed rankings with Kenya now in first place and Cote d’Ivoire second while Tanzania remains steadfast in third position. Nigeria’s overall deterioration in prospects has seen it experience a significant drop.

Rolex Renews Australian Open Sponsorship Deal

Swiss watch brand, Rolex has extended and expanded to its sponsorship deal with Australian Open.

Beyond being the official timekeeper of Grand Slam until 2027, the agreement means Rolex timepieces will continue to be visible on the courts throughout the venues in use at the Australian Open, while Rolex will entertain fans with bespoke promotional content at the Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena as well as on the Open's digital and broadcast platforms.

Truecaller Rolls Out Its Ad Platform for Brands in Africa

Truecaller, one of the leading communication platforms in the world, today announced that it will start rolling out its ads platform in Africa, Truecaller Ads. Brands will now be able to utilize the Truecaller app to reach more than 40 million users in Africa.

Truecaller launched contextual advertising for brands last year, using its Call Intent based advertising, and has registered significant success in this space. To date, the company has been focusing in India, and been working closely with Google Sales Team to scale its business.

StanbicIBTC Board Elects Basil Omiyi As Chairman

On Monday, 15 May 2017, the board of directors of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC announced the election of  Mr. Basil Omiyi CON as the Chairman of the Board with effective immediately following the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

Mr. Omiyi succeeds Mr. Atedo Peterside CON as the Chairman of the Board following Mr. Peterside’s resignation as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board on 31 March 2017.

Laugh Out Loud with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Issa Rae on M-Net Binge!

This comedy weekend, DStv Premium subscribers are in for a treat with highly acclaimed ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ on Saturday May 20th and Sunday 21st, 2017 respectively.

Sports dramedy, Ballers centers on hot rides, lavish Miami parties and issues common to   professional sports such as mismanagement of time, image and money. Viewers will witness the always charismatic, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson play Spencer Strasmore a retired Miami Dolphins linebacker who reinvented himself as a financial manager for current players.

PHD WECA Excels At Use of Global Media Planning System

PHD West and Central Africa (PHD WECA), an affiliate of PHD Worldwide which is part of Omnicom Media Group, is celebrating the performance of its local workforce in the use of the agencys game-changing media planning operating system and for contributing to global networks rise to the top of new business league tables by RECMA and R3.
Omnicom Media Group topped the 2016 Major Wins report from the Research Company Evaluating the Media Agency Industry (RECMA), ranking the net new business balance of wins and departures during the past year. Winning 29 percent of the USD 20.1 billion in ad spend that changed hands in 2016 globally, across its three agency networks, Omnicom Media Group ended the year with a net new business balance of USD 4.4 billion.

Facebook chooses 60 finalists in Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognise and reward developers who create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.

Developers, in teams of up to three people, were invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.

CNG Customers Saves $30million – Deepak Khilnani

The Use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) over diesel has saved Powergas consumers 120 million litres of diesel at the cost of over 30million US Dollars, and in effect reduce CO2 emissions of 76 million Kg.

This was revealed by Mr Deepak Khilnani the CEO of Powergas, while speaking on the recent gas shortage in the country. He stated that more will be saved by its consumers as the positive result of the use of Powergas CNG keeps increasing.

Aiteo Strengthens Group with the Appointment of International Advisor

Aiteo Group has announced the appointment of Mr. Ratko M. Knezevic to its Global Executive Management team as Group Advisor on Business and Capital Development with effect from 5 May 2017.

Mr Knezevic will lead Aiteo’s funds raising activities from global capital markets with the primary objective of reinforcing the Group’s growth and diversification targets in Nigeria and across Africa as a whole. Ratko brings to this role vast experience and expertise acquired through proven track record of direct operational leadership, strategy development, team building, financial and relationship management.

Chibuike Amaechi To Deliver 1st Ckn News Annual Lecture In Lagos

 The Minister of Transportation, Honorable Chibuike Amaechi has been selected to deliver the first Annual Lecture of Nigeria’s foremost Blog CKN News.

This was announced in a Press Statement pushed out by the online portal .According to the release personally signed by the Publisher/Editor In Chief of CKN News Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN),the event will in a class of it’s own.

76, The Wedding Party win the Public Choice Award at 2017 NollywoodWeek Film Festival


The Wedding Party and 76 have jointly received the Public Choice Award at the NollywoodWeek Film Festival in Paris.

The festival trophy was given to Izu Ojukwu, the Director of 76 and Moses Babatope who represented the film in the absence of the film Director, Kemi Adetiba in a closing ceremony that was followed by the World Premiere screening of Ctach[dot]er by the Director Walter Taylaur.

“I was not expecting this award. It’s an honour for me and for everybody who worked on the film,” said Izu Ojukwu.