Friday, 23 June 2017

Lagos Business School Hosts, Trains South African Bankers

Lagos Business School in partnership with Duke Corporate Education (South Africa) is hosting an International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) for the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA), in Lagos, Nigeria.

The programme, which started on Monday, June 19, 2017, is currently immersing the participants through an action-based learning intervention to ensure that they have hands-on best practices experience in the industry through discussion sessions with thought leaders in different sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The MasterCard Foundation Appoints Three New Members to its Board of Directors

The MasterCard Foundation today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. They include Zein Abdalla, former President of PepsiCo, Inc.; Rt. Honorable Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and former Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations; and Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa.

"We are delighted that these outstanding global leaders are joining our Board of Directors," says Jim Leech, Chair, The MasterCard Foundation Board of Directors. "Our mission will be well served by the breadth and depth of their expertise, insights and experiences living and working in Africa."

Airtel Adjudged Best Company in Recruitment Strategy

Barely three months after being named amongst the top best three employers in Nigeria, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been adjudged the company with the best recruitment strategy by the HR People Magazine, a highly respected thought leader in the HR profession across Africa.

The colourful awards ceremony, which held on Thursday, 15th June, 2017, at the Lagos Oriental Hotel attracted top HR practitioners drawn from across the public and private sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta Receive A Boost

…Named  as one of the ICD-11 Field  studies centers in Nigeria

Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, a foremost Psychiatric Hospital in Nigeria has been named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the two (2) sites conducting the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) field studies in Nigeria.

Speaking about the programme, Dr. Adebowale Timothy, the Acting Provost and Medical Director said that the Research capacity of the Hospital has received a boost with her involvement in the WHO International classification of Diseases and Related Health problems (ICD-11) field studies.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Skytrax Hat-Trick For Etihad Airways First Class

Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards

Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow.

Richard Quest explores growth and the future of business in Nigeria on ‘CNN Business Traveller’

This month, CNN Business Traveller travels to Nigeria where host Richard Quest examines the country’s growth, infrastructure and what it means to do business in Africa.

The programme reports from the commercial hub of Lagos, which is battling ailing infrastructure to continue to develop and expand. Quest explores the etiquette of doing business in the country, as well as meeting key industry figures looking to put Nigeria on the map.

Indomie Celebrates Lagos State 2017 Spelling Bee Champions

DUFIL Prima Foods Plc, makers of Nigeria’s number one instant noodles Indomie, has congratulated Miss Zoffun Bukola for becoming Lagos State’s 2017 Spelling Bee champion in the Secondary School Category.

The 16 year-old from Awodiora Senior Secondary School, Awodi-Ora in Ajeromi Local Government Area in Lagos, made history to become the 17th winner of the competition. She came tops out of the 113 finalists across the six educational districts of the state at the Spelling Bee Grand Finale which was held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium of Lagos State Secretariat.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Facebook celebrates MENA winners of First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

Facebook selected three winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.

The 3 winners won a prize of $20,000 USD and three months of Facebook mentorship. In addition from the Middle East and North Africa, three runner-up teams won $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship. The announcement was made via Facebook Live by Ime Archibong, Facebook's Vice President of Platform Partnerships, on Monday, June 19th on his Facebook Page:

Partner Mobile Marks First Anniversary, Unveils PS 3

Partner Mobile, one of the Nigeria’s fastest growing mobile phone brands has launched PS 3 into the market to celebrate its one year of bringing innovative mobile devices into the Nigerian mobile market.

L-R:  Technical Partner, Partner Mobile, Sola Akintola, Marketing Manager, Partner Mobile, Ife Akerele-Molokwu and Chief Operating Officer, Partner Mobile, Simon Klepper at the launch of PS 3  to celebrate Partner Mobile 1st anniversary at the weekend in Lagos.
PS 3 is coming into the market to consolidate on the innovative ingenuity of the brand following the success of PS1 PS2 and PS Power.


Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of highly nutritious and fortified Cowbell and Loya Milk, has felicitated with Muslims in the country as the holy month of Ramadan gradually comes to an end.

Ramadan is the month in the Islamic calendar (Hijrah) and it is obligatory for Muslims to fast during this period as this is considered the fourth pillar of Islam.

Abiodun Ayodeji, Promasidor’s Category Manager - Dairy, acknowledged that Ramadan is a period when Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk and therefore prayed for Allah’s bountiful blessings and rewards on their lives for this sacred obligation.

Banks to take over Etisalat Nigeria as loan restructuring talks fail - Reuters

Etisalat has been instructed to transfer its 45 percent stake in Etisalat Nigeria to a loan trustee after debt restructuring talks with lenders failed, the Abu Dhabi telecoms company said on Tuesday, according to this report by Reuters.

Etisalat Nigeria had been in talks with Nigerian banks to restructure a $1.2 billion loan after missing repayments but those discussions failed to produce an agreement on restructuring the debt, Etisalat said in a statement.

Ariya Repete Academy: K1, Shina Peters and Puffy Tee Mentor 40 Quarter Finalists

King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM1), Sir Shina Peters and Puffy Tee are among music veterans that will mentor the 40 Ariya Repete quarter finalists at the Ariya Repete Academy scheduled for July 3 at the Conference Hotel, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

This is part of the ongoing Ariya Repete initiative, an expanded music talent hunt for Fuji and Juju artistes organised by Goldberg, from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Florentino Perez to Continue as Real Madrid President Until 2021, Emeges Unopposed

Florentino Pérez will remain the president of Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid until 2021 having emerged unopposed in presidential election which ended on Monday.

The 70-year-old returned as Real president in 2009 and has since been through three elections, each without a rival coming forward.

Google Unveils New Strategies to Combat Terrorism

Extremist content on social media is increasing day by day. Many tech companies are struggling hard to curb extremist content from various online platforms. One of such companies is Google. The firm has kicked of new efforts to filter or remove fundamentalist content from YouTube.

Kent Walker, Google’s General Counsel recently described terrorism as an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all.

“Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. We are working with government, law enforcement and civil society groups to tackle the problem of violent extremism online. There should be no place for terrorist content on our services,” Walker said.

Arsenal Players to Star in Trailers for Upcoming Universal Pictures Releases

English Premier League football club Arsenal has partnered with US film studio Universal Pictures to help promote a number of upcoming film releases, including Illumination’s Despicable Me 3.

The agreement will see the Premier League side help to promote a number of the film company’s upcoming movie releases, including LED perimeter board exposure at domestic games played at the team’s Emirates Stadium.

Katy Perry Becomes First Twitter User to Hit 100 Million Followers

American singer Katy Perry, who just released her electronica-inflected album “Witness,” has made history by becoming the first user to have 100 million followers on Twitter.

In a official tweet recognising the fit, Twitter tweeted: Today, we #WITNESS  history. Congratulations @katyperry, the first to reach 100 million followers! #LoveKaty

Airtel’s The Voice Nigeria Returns, Premieres On Sunday

Nigeria’s leading music talent show, The Voice, proudly sponsored by Airtel Nigeria has returned with the promise of an even more exciting journey of talent discovery.

The Season hit TV screens across the country from Sunday, 18th of June, 2017.

MainOne launches plan to become largest internet hub in West Africa

Following the partnership of MainOne’s Data Center company, MDXi, with the Nigerian Internet Exchange, (IXPN) to improve national transit traffic in Nigeria, the company has recently announced a new interconnect service for carriers, enterprises and ISPs called Open-Connect.

Open-Connect is a service that facilitates improved interconnection, collaboration and peering within the MDXi Lekki data center and the Internet Exchange. The product will enable the creation of an environment that allows colocated customers connect to multiple networks, cloud and content providers while significantly reducing the cost of backhaul links to various providers and it offers competitive pricing in an open access, carrier neutral environment.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Reach For Change Africa Launches Innovation Contest For Youths With Ideas For SDGs

In honour of the Day of the African Child, Reach for Change Africa has launched its annual innovation contest that asks youth to pitch innovative ideas that could improve African children’s lives while working towards the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The contest, named Youth Innovate for SDGs, will award USD 750 to one young African to fund their idea and will also provide expertise and advice to help the winner implement their project. Contest criteria stipulate that the idea must focus on improving children’s lives and contribute to at least one of the 17 SDGs.

Microsoft debuts new Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID

Microsoft yesterday quietly unveiled a cool new product called “Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID.” This new “Modern Keyboard” product has an integrated fingerprint reader.

The Modern Keyboard is designed for Windows Hello — the biometic login feature found in Windows 10. It features Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 and a wireless range of up to 50 feet. Coming in at $129.99, the big feature is the fingerprint sensor.

AMDON’s Innovation To Curb Car Theft In Nigeria

The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON) is set to develop an authentic data base for its members and their vehicles under the supervision of the Nigerian Police Force in a bid to curb the menace of car theft in the country.

The President of AMDON, Prince Ajibola Adedoyin made this known while addressing Journalists at an MOU signing event between AMDON and Media Concepts International Limited, an IT company.

Kenyan Star Victor Wanyama Becomes Safaricom Brand Ambassador

Captain of Kenya’s national football team, Victor Wanyama has signed multi-million shilling personal endorsement deal with telecommunications firm Safaricom.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will act as a brand ambassador -- lending his image to in print and video campaign (Twaweza) in the country for the company.

VAS2Nets Clinches West African Mobile Innovation Award

VAS2Nets Technologies Limited, a leading developer of consumer and enterprise mobile value-added services, has won the Mobile Innovation Award at the prestigious West African Mobile Awards (WAMA) 2017 which took place in Lagos recently.

The company clinched the award for the innovative Mobile Biometric Verification Number (BVN) platform it developed in conjunction with Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Guinness Nigeria Appoints Viola Graham-Douglas As Corporate Relations Director

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Viola Graham-Douglas as its Corporate Relations Director, effective June 1, 2017.

Mrs. Graham-Douglas started her career in the banking industry in Nigeria and worked in varied roles with reputable banks. She joined Lafarge Africa Plc, formerly WAPCO Cement, as Treasury Manager, and subsequently became the Company Secretary/Head of Corporate Services before being seconded to the Lafarge Group Headquarters in Paris. She also served as Managing Director, Atlas Cement, another subsidiary of Lafarge and Country Communications Director before moving to take up her current appointment as Guinness Nigeria’s Corporate Relations Director.

SunTrust Bank Debunks Inability To Pay Staff Of National Assembly

SunTrust Bank has debunked the claim that the bank failed to pay some staff of the National Assembly who protested non-payment of their salaries on Tuesday.

CEO SunTrust Bank, Muhammad Jibrin
It would be recalled that the protest by legislative aides was triggered by the death of Hassan Abiodun, an aide to the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Suleiman as they blamed the death on non-payment of salaries.

Rosemary’s Wins Africa’s Best-In-Class Furniture/Interior Decoration Company 2017

The African Brand Congress has announced Rosemary’s – The Soft Furnishing Company as winner of its Africa’s Best-In-Class Furniture/Interior Decoration Company for 2017. The award was announced as part of its African Brand Leadership Merit Awards held at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos recently.

(L-R) Dr. Stanley Ohenhen, Vice Chairman, African Brand Congress presents the 2017 Africa’s Best-In-Class Furniture/Interior Decoration Company 2017 award to Mrs. Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem (CEO, Rosemary’s – The Soft Furnishing Company).
In its notification and congratulatory letter preceding the award ceremony, the African Brand Congress Organizing Committee stated that the 2017 award was conferred on merit based on the technical committee’s research report on the interior decoration and furnishing industry.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

FIFA World Cup: China Nurtures Ambition To Host The World

In a recent meeting with FIFA President in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed the country's interest to host the World Cup “in the future”.

In the last few years, there have been speculation that China will bid to host the 2030 or 2034 World Cup.

Winners Announced for Private Equity Africa Awards 2017

Private Equity Africa (PEA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 GP & Advisor Awards.

The awards saw 22 firms collect much coveted accolades at the 6th Annual PEA Awards Gala Dinner hosted at London’s prestigious Savoy hotel on 1st June, which attracted about 250 industry professionals.

HotelOnline Announces Merger, Makes Former Jovago Head As Nigeria’s Country Manager

African hotels gain a much stronger business partner as Savanna Sunrise Ltd. and Hotel Online Sp. z.o.o complete their merger. The company will operate under the name HotelOnline from now on.

The merger brings together extensive market presence with a unique technological and business solution tailored to the needs of hotels in African markets. The offer includes: a ridiculously simple reservations management tool enabling hotels to monetize on online channels; distribution to more than 100 local and global online channels; free hotel website, with booking engine, live chat and online payment solutions as well as 24/7 multilingual customer service.

2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year Gathers Momentum As Teachers Besiege Website

The search for 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY) has gathered increased momentum as more teachers across the country have been taking advantage of the opportunity by visiting the MTOY website to submit their entries.

Organisers of the MTOY and various stakeholders in the nation’s education sector had, at the flag-off of the event last month, encouraged teachers in both public and private secondary schools to participate in the innovative award aimed at rewarding teachers and the teaching profession in the country.

Nigeria Will Be World’s Fastest-growing Entertainment & Media Market In Next Five Years – PwC Report

Amid shifting consumer preferences, rapid advances in technology and ongoing disruption to business models, the new strategic imperative for E&M companies is to turn customers into fans – by innovating to create the most compelling, engaging, and intuitive user experiences.

The most rapid growth rates in E&M revenues over the coming five years will be in less-developed markets and economies, where entertainment and media spending on a per capita basis is generally quite low. This is according to PwC’s Global entertainment and media outlook 2017 -2021. The report provides PwC's most recent and up-to-date forecast of consumer and advertising spend data as well as related commentary for 17 entertainment and media segments, across 54 countries including Nigeria. It is a powerful online tool that provides deep knowledge and actionable insights about the trends that are shaping the E&M industry.

Airtel, LUTH commemorate 2017 World Blood Donor Day

As part of its commitment to supporting laudable initiatives as well as  promoting the culture of giving, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, collaborated with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, to mark the 2017 World Blood Donor Day.

L-R: Director, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah; Head of Department, Haematology Unit, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Titilayo Adeyemo; Chairman, Medical Advisory Committees, (LUTH), Prof. Olufemi Fasanmade; Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committees (LUTH), Dr Adetola Daramola and Resident Speaker, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Alani Sulaiman Akanmu during the public lecture in commemoration of World Blood Donors Day at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on 14 June, 2017.
Every year, on 14th June, the world Blood Donor day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness for safe blood donation and blood products, while recognizing voluntary blood donors for their self-sacrifices.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

ALIWA announces graduation of 17 new fellows

The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa (ALIWA) in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) has announced the graduation of her 5th class in ten years. The Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa is a program aimed at raising a new breed of community spirited leaders who have achieved notable success in their fields – to tackle the core developmental needs of our country.

The recently graduated fellows were nominated through a rigorous selection process based on their track-record of compelling achievements and participated in a two-year long class comprising of four residential seminars. During this time, they each had to commit to carrying out a high-impact Leadership Venture of their own choosing — vetted and approved by their peers.

WorldRemit launches with Android Pay to offer mobile-to-mobile transfers

WorldRemit, the leading digital money transfer service has added Android Pay to its service, offering a new way for WorldRemit’s Android Pay users to send money internationally and reach millions using mobile money accounts.

Pioneering a mobile-first approach to the $600bn a year remittance industry, the move sees WorldRemit bringing together the leading players in mobile payments from Silicon Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rullion Capacity Builders holds Women Entrepreneurial Fair 2017 in Lagos

Rullion Capacity Builders Foundation, a non-profit organization, in furtherance of her vision to empower women and young people with the skills to own their own businesses will host a shopping fair on Monday, 26th of June, 2017 by 12 noon at Archbishop Vining Grounds, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos tagged ‘The Women’s Entrepreneurial Fair (WEF) 2017’.

Speaking on the objective of the event, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Egedi, CEO, Rullion Capacity Builders, said, “The aim of this WEF Fair is to showcase women owned businesses; promote and highlight the role that MSMEs play in economic development of the nation and give these MSMEs the opportunity to tap from the experiences of established businesses who have also been invited to exhibit their products and services at the fair.”

Indomie Celebrates Ramadan, Takes Kitchen To Mosques

As a way of commemorating the on-going Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Nigeria’s no. 1 noodles brand, Indomie instant noodles has once again made available a number of mobile kitchens in Central Mosques across the country during the fasting period. This move will see the Indomie makers feed two million Muslims across the nation, as they will be served special Indomie delicacies after evening prayers throughout the Ramadan period.

According to the Group Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, the company is identifying with Muslims as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by serving Indomie meals for 'Iftar' (Evening Break) at various popular central Mosques across the country during the 30 days fasting period which began on the 27th of May 2017.

Johnson & Johnson Hires Olaseni Ashiru As Government Affairs & Policy Director

Global healthcare giant, Johnson & Johnson has appointed former Head of Corporate Affairs at Jagal, Olaseni Ashiru as its Government Affairs and Policy Director for West Africa.

The appointment is coming following the recent expansion of Johnson & Johnson operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Co-Creation Hub Rolls Out Plans For 2017 Social Change Summit

Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has rolled out plans for 2017 Social Change Summit -- confirmed list of speakers and location for the event.

The Summit which seeks to understand how socially mobile Africans can connect more and explore how to expand opportunities around education, employment and entrepreneurship will hold on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at TBA.

CBN Injects Another $413.5m Into Forex Market

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the Foreign Exchange market to the tune of $413.5 million to further underscore its resolve to guarantee liquidity in the market and shore up the international value of the Naira.

Detailing the breakdown of the latest round of intervention on Monday, June 12, Acting Director in charge of Corporate Communications at CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, stated that the CBN offered $100 million to dealers in the wholesale window, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) window was allocated a total of $28 million. The invisibles segment was allocated the sum of $25.5 million to meet the needs of those requiring forex for Business/Personal Travel Allowances, school tuition, medicals, etc.

Arena Athletics Academy debuts in Lagos

Arena Athletics Academy, a track and field academy aimed at identifying and grooming future stars has debuted in Lagos with its maiden training session at the Yaba College of Technology sports complex on Saturday June 10, 2017.

Left: Iyere Eyienyien, Founder Arena Athletics Academy and Coach Adu Uruemu with students of the academy at the maiden training session of Arena Athletics Academy.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the academy’s programmes, the founder, Mr. Iyere Eyieyien, said, “Nigeria has progressively lost its athletics glory in the last two decade due to a lack of attention to grassroots development of athletes. We no longer put strong performance in the global scene because there is no planned efforts to groom athletes to replaces our aging athletes who have passed their peak. Arena Athletics is borne out of our passion to put Nigeria back to reckoning in athletics through a planned and sustained programme.”

Lekan Ishola Bags West African Patriotic Leadership Icons Gold Award

Lekan Ishola, Managing Director of PR Redline, was recently bestowed the 2017 edition of the West African Patriotic Leadership Gold Award by Global Vision Communications, publishers of African Voice Magazine, in conjunction with the International Association of Research Scholars and Administrators (IARSA).

The West African Leadership Icon Awards was instituted over a decade ago in Lome, Togo and the objective is to celebrate patriotic sons and daughters of West Africa who manifest diligence, achievement, integrity and untiring commitment to developing potentials in their professional callings.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Infantino confident of Qatari World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has again expressed his confidence in Qatar’s hosting of football’s 2022 World Cup; stressing that it will not be threatened by the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East.

Last week, the global governing body of football stated that it was in “regular contact” with the organisers of the Qatar World Cup after six Arab countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen – cut diplomatic ties with the nation.

Heirs Holdings Appoints Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Heirs Holdings has announced the appointment of Pelumi Fadairo as Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Fadairo will be responsible for driving the Group’s strategic marketing objectives and co-ordinating brand management of its rapidly growing portfolio of pan-African investments in the power, financial services, oil and gas, hospitality and real estate, and healthcare sectors.

Heritage Bank reiterates commitment to empower Youth Corp members

In line with its culture as a timeless wealth partners, Heritage Bank Plc has restated its commitment to support National Youth Service Corp members and young entrepreneurs to grow their businesses as a start-up or prospective business owners.

The MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo disclosed this at the weekend during the Leadership Development Programme for Corps member organised by Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI), nationwide.

Will Nokia Launch Its Fiber-based Ultra-broadband Applications Globally?

Nokia and China Mobile are deploying millions of home gateways to provide residential customers across 29 different provinces in China with access to fiber-based ultra-broadband applications and intelligent home services.

Under this contract, China Mobile will deploy home gateway units with Nokia's solution to over 30 million users during 2017. Using established fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, which bring greater service experiences and gigabit speeds to customers, the new gateway will extend internet coverage in the home and enable IoT communications between devices and sensors. The ability to flexibly add software functions and enhanced analytics capabilities allows China Mobile to deploy and deliver a new intelligent home experience and associated services.

Research: Missing Link In PR Measurement

Showing the impact of public relations on a brand in clear and measurable terms is one of the most challenging parts of Public Relations. Measurement has always been a prime issue in the PR industry. Corporate Communications/Public Relations Managers are constantly faced with a challenge to show value for their work and how their communications efforts contribute towards achieving overall business goals of the brand, as well as the extent to which such contributions are made. The suit-and-tie Board executives want value for their spending and need to be given a substantial evidence to sustain such spending, especially during review of budgets.

The PR industry has evolved over the years and focus is gradually shifting from “what used to matter” to “what now matters”. A clear example is the gradual shift from measuring only outputs of communications activities to focusing more on measuring outcomes and outtakes of a campaign. Public Relations is now more of 'what' and 'how' have you contributed to achieving the organisation's overall corporate goals and less of 'how many news materials did you get published or aired?’ This emerging trend reinforces the need to pinpoint PR's contributions to the business by setting clear and measurable communications objectives in alignment with overall corporate drive of the organisation.

Lagos Leads Cowbellpedia Qualifying Exam Perfect Score

As the National Examination Council (NECO) released the results of the Qualifying Examination for this year’s Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show conducted on March 19, Lagos State has produced two out of the five students that got the 100 percent score.

The students are Miss Monyei Cynthia, 14 years old, of Good Shepherd Comprehensive Secondary School, Meiran, Lagos and Master Fuad Alaka, 13 years old, of Federal Government Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos. Both are in the Junior category.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Oando denies plans to buy Port Harcourt Refinery, willing to support govt efforts to rehabilitate

Wale Tinubu, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando PLC, the leading indigenous energy player in Nigeria, appeared before the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources, to correct allegations regarding Oando’s supposed role in the privatisation of the Port Harcourt refinery.

 “As indicated in the rejoinder statement we published, I must explicitly state that no mandate for the concession, sale, equity transfer or privatization of the Port Harcourt refinery or any of the nation’s refineries has been signed with Oando. As a crude exporter and supplier of refined products to the country, it is intuitive and patriotic for us to be interested in the refurbishment and upgrade of the refineries.

Google announces free Digital Journalism program for 6,000 journalists in Africa

On Thursday, Google announced its support for a Digital Journalism initiative that will see 6 000 African journalists trained in data journalism skills by the end of February 2018. Google News Lab and the World Bank are working with Code For Africa to empower journalists in Africa by giving them the necessary support to better understand the Web and how to use the tools available to them online.

The Code For Africa Digital Journalism initiative will take place over the next 9 months (to February 2018) and see 6 000 journalists trained in 12 major African cities - Abuja, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Casablanca, Dakar, Freetown, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, and Yaounde.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network to Fight Crime at Sea

Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea.

The European Union project, Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network (GOGIN), starts operations today. The €9.2 million, four-year programme will support participating countries in developing joint planning, coordination, communication and IT infrastructure at a national, regional and interregional level.