Monday, 25 September 2017

Nigerian Breweries Commissions Block of Classrooms at Uyo

Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned a newly built blockof classrooms, library and toilet facilities at the Special Education Center for Exceptional Children in Uyo,   State in honour of Imoh Eno-Essien, the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year.

The construction of the facilities in the school where Mr. Essien teaches was part of the prize for emerging as the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year. Essien, who beat nine other finalists to the coveted prize last year, also got one million Naira cash prize, an oversea training plus another one million Naira to be paid to him annually for five years.

CBL Store Partners With Sports World Nigeria

In a bid to get closer to the fans, Continental Basketball League Store today announces a ground breaking partnership with Nigeria’s number one Sports and fitness retail chain. Sports World Nigeria would be the official offline retail partner of the CBL Store. Sports World has fourteen outlets across Nigeria and three in Lagos; Palms Shopping Mall, Ikeja City Mall and Brasas’r Place on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase One.

How Timi Dakolo's protégé, Idyl, won Airtel The Voice Nigeria Season 2

Airtel The Voice Nigeria came to an audacious end on Sunday night with the declaration of Idyl, a talent from Team Timi Dakolo as winner of the show.

Gula, a play on Obasanjo’s prison encounter to premieres on September 30th

Gula, a true-life story of hope, courage and second chances, is set to premiere on Saturday, September 30th 2017 by 7:00 pm at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos

Gula is a stage play based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with Baba Ali - one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration in Yola.

Delta celebrates 1-millionth passenger on board Lagos-Atlanta service

Delta Air Lines hit an important milestone as it carried the 1-millionth customer to fly on its nonstop service between Nigeria and the United States. The passenger, Ms Gbemisola Abudu, was met by Bobby Bryan, Delta’s Commercial Director for East and West Africa, as she checked in for her flight from Lagos to Atlanta and was presented with a special celebratory gift to mark the occasion.

Real Madrid, Fly Emirates to renew kit partnership

Spanish football club, Real Madrid is considering the extension of its contract with Dubai-based airline Fly Emirates. The Dubai government-owned airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group.

Kano, Chinese firm sign MoU to establish $600m textile industrial park

Kano State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shandong Ruyi Technology Group of China, for the establishment of a $600 million Textile Industrial Park in Kano.

Shandong Ruyi is China’s leading innovative technology textile enterprise with the planned investment in Kano to be its biggest in Africa upon completion.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

iSON Empowering Girls through Call Centre Services

In countless occasions, we hear people chant “the children are the future’’, ‘’children are the leaders of tomorrow’’, but would there really be a tomorrow if we do not take care of today? One dependable way to guarantee a better tomorrow is through education. More important is the need to improve female education as it is pivotal for national development, hence the phrase ‘’when you educate a girl, you educate a nation’’.

A New Dawn for Internet Connection in Nigeria

Why do I have to sit through this movie on TV when I could have watched the same content on YouTube? Why can’t I play my favourite online mobile game with my friends even when they are on vacation abroad? Can we have the board meeting via streaming instead of incurring flight cost? These are some of the internal dialogue of today’s internet users especially millennials when they encounter friction-filled experiences.

Six Exciting Things About iPhone X

The iPhone X was recently unveiled and almost everyone is talking about it. It is stylish, sleek and the features are all you need in a phone. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some of the things you need to know about the iPhone X.

Google to buy HTC's Pixel phone division in a $1.1 bn deal

Tech giant Google's parent company Alphabet has signed a $1.1billion (£815million) deal with embattled Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC.

The deal which is expected to be closed early next year as soon as clearance is secured from regulators will see some HTC staff join the Silicon Valley Giant with Google not taking a stake in the firm. It also marks the latest move by Google to boost its hardware capabilities.

AfricaBuild Lagos 2018 To Hold At Landmark Centre Lagos in March

The Nigerian economy is out of recession. Due to this fact and after the great success of AfricaBuild Lagos this year it comes as no surprise that the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe announce the 3rd edition of AfricaBuild Lagos to take place on 6 to 8 March 2018 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos. The international trade fair has become the leading international building & interiors exhibition in Nigeria.

5 Critical Steps To Take Before a Job Interview

There are certain critical steps to take before a job interview that can significantly increase the chances of a job seeker’s success. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 critical steps to take before a job interview.

First Bank gears up to achieve customer growth target

First Bank Nigeria Limited is stepping up efforts to ensure that it meets its growth target of 30million customers over the next three years, the lender has said.

“Africa will become the food basket of the world”, Aliko Dangote Tells Investors At UN General Assembly

Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

Africa Thought Leaders Discuss New Progress in Maternal and Child Health At Speak Up Gala Night

Monday night, Speak Up Africa hosted its second annual Gala with over 300 African Heads of State, First Ladies, world health experts, leaders from the non-profit and foundation sector, and the business community to celebrate the tremendous strides already made in terms of child and maternal health on the continent.

Senegal and France to host Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference

The governments of Senegal  and France will be co-hosting The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) financing conference, which will take place on February 8, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.

Etihad Aviation Group Announces New Executive Appointment

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has announced the appointment of Mana Mohamed Saeed Al Mulla as Chief Group Support Services Officer, responsible for a range of support functions, including IT Services, Procurement and Supply Management, and Property and Facilities Management. He will report directly to the Group Chief Executive Officer.

User experience takes centre stage in Africa’s entertainment and media industry - PwC report

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

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dozie, Obi Other Honour Ogbechie

Members of the academia, industry practitioners, friends and family over the weekend gathered to honour Prof (Sir) Chris Ogbechie a professor of Strategic Management with Lagos Business School, LBS.
From Left to Right Mr Adeyinka Adesope, Group CEO, Palton Morgan Holdings, Mr Peter Obi, Former Governor Anambra State, Prof (Sir) Chris Ogbechie, honouree and Management Board Member LBS, Mr Pascal Dozie, Mr Femi Olubanwo; Chairman Palton Morgan Holdings

Africa is the next maritime investment haven - NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that with the potentials of the African maritime sector, competitive operating environment, proper regulation, incentives and infrastructural development; Africa would be the next maritime investment haven.

Snapchat Blocks ALjazeera in Saudi Arabia

Amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East, Snap Inc., owner of Snapchat, has removed Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera from its platform in Saudi Arabia.

Alphabet considers billion-dollar investment in Lyft

Google' parent organization Alphabet has been reportedly planning for an investment in ride-sharing app, Lyft for about $1 billion.

In 20 years, Zenith Bank’s shareholder value jumps from $4 million to $4 billion – Jim Ovia, CEO Zenith Bank

On CNN’s ‘Marketplace Africa’, host Zain Asher sits down with the founder and CEO of Zenith Bank to discuss the secrets of his success and the impact Nigeria’s recession had on business.

Airtel Nigeria Bags Payment Innovation in Telecom Awards

Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been honoured with the Payment Innovation in Telecom Award by Africa’s leading transaction switching and processing services company, Interswitch.

L-R: Uzor Okonmah, Head, Health & Insurance Solutions, Interswitch Limited; Veronica Onoja, Vice President, Mobile Financial & Digital Services, Airtel Nigeria and Sina Adegoke, Regional Operations Director, Lagos, Airtel Nigeria during the Interswitch Award Ceremony in Lagos, recently.  
The Award, which held on Friday September 15th, 2017 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, recognized leading financial institutions, mobile financial players, processors and retailers, for their innovative and transformative use of mobile financial solutions to solve real-world customer and business issues.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tension, Intrigue as Viewers Decide Contestants’ Fate in Airtel The Voice Nigeria

The on-going talent show, Airtel The Voice Nigeria, is getting more intense and exciting as viewers queue behind their favourite talents, casting their votes for possible winners.

Gula, a play on Obasanjo’s experience in prison goes on stage in Lagos

The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration is set for staging as a play titled ‘Gula!’

L-R, Executive Producer, Gula, Mr. Tunde Oduwole; Ex-Nigerian President and Author, ‘The Story of Baba Ali', Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Group Managing Director, CMC Connect Limited (Perception Managers), Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya during the Gula On Stage Press Conference held on Wednesday in Lagos.
The stage play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by the ex-Nigerian President, will show for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience. It aims to recapture and draw out vital lessons from Obasanjo’ experience while in incarceration.

TV5MONDE Expands its Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa with SES Video

TV5MONDE, one of the world's leading television networks, has recently signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three major free-to-air channels to the French-speaking and Francophile public in sub-Saharan Africa.

Monday, 18 September 2017

IOC set to probe, charge athlectes involved in Sochi 2014 doping

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared that the first group of Russian athletes suspected of being part of a doping ring at the 2014 winter Olympic Games are to be charged.

Sage Appoints Pieter Bensch as New VP for Africa & Middle East

Sage, the market and technology leader for cloud accounting, people & payroll, and payment systems, on Monday announced ICT industry veteran, Pieter Bensch, as the company’s new executive vice-president for Africa and Middle East.

CentrespreadGrey wins Euro Global account pitch

…adds Western Lotto via referral

Euro Global Foods and Distilleries has chosen foremost Nigerian advertising powerhouse, CentrespreadGrey, to manage its marketing communication account in the country after a keenly contested pitch that featured some of the nation’s brightest Advertising Agencies.

Season of Success For Real Madrid As Club Makes 8.8% Revenue Growth in 2016-17

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has reported an 8.8 per cent rise in its revenues for the 2016-17 season. The club's revenues grew to €674.6m ($804m), a figure not accounting for capital gains from player transfers, compared to €620.1m in 2015-16.

Ex-Transcorp boss, Tom Iseghohi acquitted of laundering N15b

Former Group Managing Director of Transcorp Plc Mr. Tom Iseghohi has been discharged and acquitted of money laundering charges bt the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

GTBank Fashion Weekend set to showcase ‘Africa’s Finest’

Fashion lovers all over the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled fashion experience as the 2nd edition of the GTBank Fashion weekend is set to hold on the 11th and 12th of November, 2017.

Institute for National Transformation Clocks 10

…Unveils Plan to Train 21 Thousand Nigerians

Institute for National Transformation, a non-governmental organization created to transform families, organizations, communities and nations to their highest levels of achievement is celebrating her 10th year of existence this September.

ADVAN Elects First Bank’s Folake Ani-Mumuney As New President

The Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications and General Manager, First Bank of Nigeria Limited,  Folake Ani-Mumuney has been elected the new President of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria, ADVAN during the association’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday in Lagos at the MUSON Centre.

Brilliant Performance From Lagos Schools In Cowbellpedia Maths TV Quiz Show

Lagos State stood out brilliantly, grabbing two more semi-final tickets at the on-going 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

Luxury Villas Group Crowned Best Real Estate Agency in Nigeria

Luxury Villas Group on Thursday, 7th of September 2017 bagged the award for Best Real Estate Agency in Nigeria out of other worthy competitors.
After months of application, short listing and intensive screening, representatives of companies converged at the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai for the prestigious African Arabia Property Awards.

Lagos opens Nigeria’s first DNA forensic lab

The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Chemistry Challenge Winners applaud PZ Cussons

…as firm assures of continuous investment in chemistry challenge 
After a successful hosting of the 2016/2017 edition of Nigeria’s leading pure science competition - PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge, the winners of the competition who were recently taken on a tour of the corporate head office and factory of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, applauded its commitment to revive interest in Chemistry as a subject.

Airtel TVN 2: Glowrie, Bada, 10 Others Seek Public Votes For a Spot in Semi-final

12 contestants in the on-going Airtel The Voice Nigeria season two are seeking public votes for a spot in the semi-final of the competition which continues on Sunday, 17 September, 2017 on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv Ch151) and Africa Magic Urban (DStv Ch153) by 7pm Nigerian time.

With only one ticket to the next rounds, two talents from each team will be leaving the competition once the fans favourites are announced.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Newly Appointed Managing Director for Cisco Sub-Saharan African Shares Insights on Female inclusion in Technology

Cathy Smith joined Cisco in April 2015 as the head of Cisco’s business operations across South Africa. In her role, Smith was responsible for the development and execution of Cisco’s go-to-market sales and digital transformation strategies for the region. Most recently, she was promoted to Managing Director for the Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Paris secures 2024 Olympics as LA lands 2028 Games

History was made on Wednesday, 13th September 2017 as Paris was formally confirmed as host of the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and Los Angeles, the 2028 host of the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition in what president Thomas Bach claimed was a “win-win-win” situation.

Motorola Moto X4: An Elegant, Crispy & Smarter Camera Midrange Device

Recently at IFA in Berlin, Motorola launched its much anticipated mid-range smartphone — the X4. Building on its strong brand heritage, the new moto x is a smartphone crafted for smart, stylish and trendy customers across the world.

Moto X4 Design & Build Quality
Motorola Moto X4 is a truly sleek smartphone, attractive at first sight. This highly reflective aesthetic is in it's own class. The eye-catching sheen attracts fingerprints and the gentle curves, which made it easy to maneuver makes Moto X4 standout. The front and rear consists of curved glass surfaces that are held together by an aluminum bezel that feels stable. Depending on the lighting, the rear shines in assorted colour shades, which we liked a lot when trying out the Moto X4 for the first time.

Etihad Airways, Julien Macdonald Celebrate Fashion in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways and celebrated British designer Julien Macdonald OBE hosted an intimate celebration of fashion last night at the UAE national airline’s state-of-the-art Innovation Training Academy in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways is a sponsor of 17 annual Fashion Weeks around the world, in partnership with WME | IMG.

Prof Ogbechie, Olusola, Alabi, others to Speak at the Business of Education Summit

Edusko, an Edtech start-up that connects parents and students with suitable private schools within and outside Africa, is organising a discussion series, called the Business of Education. The maiden edition of the event focused on school leadership is expected to have over 1000 school leaders in attendance.

Can Apple Usurp Global Smartphone Market Again with iPhone X?

Apple’s launch of its latest device, iPhone X didn’t go exactly to plan following a live demo fail during the introduction of a key new feature.

Multichoice Unveils Somkele Iyamah as Face of Dstv Explora 2

Leading video entertainment company, MultiChoice Nigeria, has unveiled Nollywood actress, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, as the latest brand ambassador of its DStv Explora 2.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Nokia Takes a Leap into the Future of TV at IBC

Today Nokia unveiled a glimpse of the future of entertainment with the release of its "From Television to Any Vision" report, which forecasts how entertainment content will be discovered, accessed and enjoyed, resulting in a dramatically different consumer experience by 2025.

Presented in an extensive white paper, imagined through video and made tangible through demonstrations at Nokia suite #17, Hall 15 at IBC, "Any Vision" is targeted at the broader television industry, outlining the foundation needed for creating an immersive, dynamic and highly personalized consumer entertainment experience. Nokia is committed to working closely with operators and others to help make decisions today that will enable the promise of Any Vision in the near future.

Barcelona Stretches Head & Shoulders

Spanish football giant, Barcelona FC have extended their partnership with shampoo brand Head & Shoulders Super Fresh Male Line -- becoming the club’s official shampoo in China.

The partnership between both brands also offers fans the chance to play the H5 Header Social Interactive Game, where users are able to feel what it’s like to play for Barça thanks to a technology that puts them virtually inside a match on the basis of the photos that they post.