Tuesday, 17 October 2017

GE Africa CEO Wins Prestigious Princeton in Africa Award

Jay Ireland, CEO & President of GE Africa was one of two to receive a Princeton in Africa award at the program’s annual gala awards which was held yesterday in New York. Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering year-long fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Heritage Bank’s premium customer services earn senior executives ICA awards

Institute of Credit Administration (ICA) has conferred distinguished awards on two senior management executives of Heritage Bank Plc at the Nigeria Credit Industry Awards and Postgraduate School of Credit and Financial Management (PSCFM) graduation ceremony held at the weekend in Lagos.
L-R: President, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Dr. Adetunji Oyebanji; Registrar/CEO, Prof. Chris Onalo and Grandaunt, Ph. D in Credit Management, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Monye Jude of Heritage Bank Plc, during the ICA National Credit Management Conference 2017 awards/Induction in Lagos…at the weekend.

Marseille extend shirt sponsor deal with Orange

French soccer club Olympique de Marseille has extended its partnership with telecommunications company Orange -- becoming the club's main sponsor.

Airtel, Lagos State Partner to Curb Domestic, Sexual Violence

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with the Lagos State government to curb the menace of domestic and sexual violence across the metropolis.

L-R: Mrs. Alaba Fadairo, Director, Research & Development, Ministry of Youth and Development; Erhumu Bayagbon, Head, Corporate Communications, Airtel Nigeria; Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba, Director of Citizens Right, Ministry Of Justice, Lagos State and Mr. Lekan Ogunwale, Chief Technology Officer, Nok 360 at the unveiling of DSVRT short code, which held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos state.
Through the Shortcode, 6820, both organizations are encouraging victims and other residents to report cases of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Emirates adds Guangzhou to its global list of A380 destinations

Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced Monday that it will operate its flagship A380 on services between Dubai and Guangzhou from 1st October 2016, the 67th National Day of People’s Republic of China. This follows the airline’s recent announcements of A380 deployment on its Milan and Johannesburg routes.

CCC Nigeria wins Global PR Award for NGO in Bulgaria

The Nigeria’s Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) has won the Golden World Award (GWA) instituted by the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for an outstanding campaign by Non-Governmental Organisation, at a ceremony in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Nigeria won’t be reckless with foreign borrowings – Kemi Adeosun

The Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has reiterated that the Federal Government would not be reckless with foreign borrowings as it maintains an expansionary fiscal policy.

The Minister of Finance and Leader of the Nigerian delegation to the 2017 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, at a Joint Media Briefing at the end of the IMF and World Bank Meetings in Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
The Minister also revealed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group have projected a positive outlook of higher growth for the Sub-Saharan Africa and global economy in 2018.

Rivers State Cruises to 2017 Cowbellpedia Finals

The 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited, approached a crucial bend last weekend when two students from Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State cruised into the final stage.

P&G and Sesame Workshop Partner to Promote Gender Equality

Procter & Gamble (P&G), a renowned global manufacturer of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), has partnered with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind hit kids program, Sesame Street, to produce a new television program which will explore issues of gender equity in child-relevant ways, with girls and boys role-playing different careers and family roles. This aims to teach girls and boys alike that they can aspire to be anything they want to be. The new content will be made available to Sesame Street co-productions around the world including Nigeria.

UAE Telco trials Nokia Software Defined Access Networks to build smarter networks

UAE-based telecommunications service provider - du, announced that it is the first provider in the Middle East to trial SDAN technology on NG-PON and establish an intelligent network capable of supporting future needs. Using Nokia's SDAN solution, du can accelerate innovation through a more open, automated network environment that makes it easier and faster to create and deploy new intelligent services.

TV remains the primary source of information in Africa and the Middle East - Study

A recent study by the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has revealed that TV is the most popular news medium in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. When asked about how they stay informed about the latest news in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, more than 75% of nationals reported watching television each day rather than relying on online sources. 

Dangote Rice launches youth graduates rice farming project in Kogi

A multi-million Naira Youth Farming Initiative that will engage teeming unemployed Nigerian graduates in rice farming has been launched by the Dangote Rice Limited in Kogi State.

This is even as the Company prepares to hit the market with One million metric tons of Dangote rice in 2018.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Sophia the Humanoid Robot Addresses the UN

If you are still in doubt whether robots could co-exist with humans then this is a time for you to have a re-think as Artificial Intelligence is truly the future tech and innovation.

At a United Nations event on Wednesday, Sophia, a humanoid robot made a surprise appearance, drawing rapturous applause from attendees.

Unleashing New Innovations Make Emirates Customer Experience Special - Afzal Parambil

United Arab Emirates (UAE) based carrier, Emirates, recently appointed Mr. Afzal Parambil, as its Regional Manager for West Africa. Parambil who is responsible for the overall Emirates operation in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, in an interview with BrandArena at a Media Meet & Greet in Lagos spoke on the Emirates’ Far East Network and new innovations of the firm. 

Excerpt:
We are aware that Emirates is promoting Emirates’ network in Asia, can you tell us more about it?

Yes, we are promoting Emirates’ network in Asia, particularly China. China is very popular for visitors from across the world, including Nigeria, not just for leisure travellers, but also for business and trade. Our network in Asia including China is extensive. We fly to over 20 destinations in 13 countries, some of which include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, and many others.

The role of the cloud in your digital transformation journey in Africa

Businesses acknowledge they are buried under mountains of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. CEOs understand that digital is an opportunity and a threat. So, the question is not about awareness, but how to unleash the power of digital transformation while finding a balance between maintaining a healthy business and current infrastructure, and innovating without disruption.

DELTA STATE TEACHER EMERGES 2017 MALTINA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Mr. Felix Udochukwu Ariguzo, a teacher with Mastercare International School, Asaba, Delta State, has emerged the Maltina Teacher of the Year for 2017 in the highpoint of the competition’s grand finale held in Lagos on Thursday.

“Poor Infrastructure was my largest Obstacle when Launching Konga”- Shola Adekoya, CEO Konga

On CNN’s ‘Marketplace Africa’, host Zain Asher sits down with Shola Adekoya, CEO of Konga, one of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce sites, to talk about the challenges of starting the website and introducing e-commerce to the country.

MultiChoice brings the Premier League trophy to Nigeria

From 26th to 29th of October 2017, MultiChoice will take the famous Premier League winner’s trophy on a tour across select locations in Lagos, Nigeria, including a public viewing event where fans will have access to the trophy on Saturday the 28th.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Nestle board to meet on Q3 result, interim dividend

The Board of Directors of Nestle Nigeria will meet on 27 October 2017 to consider the unaudited financial statements for the period ended 30 September 2017.

FC Bayern Munich Continues to Chill With Coca-Cola

Global beverage giant Coca-Cola has extended its longstanding relationship with German football club, FC Bayern Munich by three years.

Buhari writes Senate for Aisha Ahmad approval as CBN Deputy Governor

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has written the National Assembly, seeking the confirmation of the appointment of  Mrs Aisha Ahmad, as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In a letter read by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the Thursday's Plenary, the President said the confirmation was necessary as Mrs. Ahmad would replace the Deputy Governor who retired early this year.

Figo Takes Advisory Role with Uefa

Portuguese football legend Luis Figo has taken up an advisory role with Uefa, the sport’s European governing body.

Figo will work with Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin and the organisation’s Football Division across matters including technical aspects of football, laws of the game and the overall attractiveness of the sport.

Internet Solutions Nig. Ltd. Wins Best West Africa IT Infrastructure Service Provider

Internet Solutions Nigeria Ltd. (ISN), a leading Systems Integrator & Connectivity Provider, has added another award to its collection as it wins the West Africa’s Best IT Infrastructure Service Provider in the Customer Service Category of the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand awards. This was announced at the 7th edition of the Diamond award which recently took place at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Lagos.

Kigali Marriott Hotel Clinches Two Awards at the World Travel Awards, Africa

Kigali Marriott Hotel was recognized as Rwanda’s Leading Business Hotel and Rwanda’s Leading City Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Africa 2017. The award was presented at a glittering award ceremony attended by eminent industry leaders and VIPs from across Africa at the World Travel Awards Africa 2017, Annual Gala at Kigali, Rwanda. Voted by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, this accolade underpins the hotel’s commitment to excellence and recognizes the commendable achievement of the hotel within its very first year of opening.

Facebook brings together Kenyan Group leaders to foster new connections

Facebook today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media.

Apapa Port MD, Hadiza Bala Usman talks to CNN about Improving Port Efficiency

On this week’s episode of ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’, host Zain Asher reports from Nigeria’s busiest port to examine how the country is looking to restructure, improve efficiency and reaffirm its importance to the nation’s economy.

Women at Risk International Foundation Celebrates the Girl Child


Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization aimed at reducing the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking, today joins the World to mark the annual International Day of the Girl Child declared by the United Nations. Today WARIF announces its commitment to ensuring that every Nigerian girl child is educated on the signs and prevention of sexual violence and has immediate access to clinical and emotional support.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Med-View Airline to flag off Abidjan, Conakry, Dakar routes Oct 27

Nigerian based airline, Med-View Airline has announced plans to extend operations to Abidjan, Conakry and Dakar with an inaugural flight on Monday, October 27.

The airline is currently operating to Accra, Monrovia and Freetown in the West Coast.

Sage and ACCA Nigeria partner to develop finance professionals’ skills and expertise

Sage, the market and technology leader for cloud accounting, people & payroll, and payment systems, today announced that they have signed a partnership agreement with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Nigeria.

Customer Service Week: Customers, Staff Applaud Fatgbems Petroleum's Initiative

As the 2017 customer service week ends, customers and employees of Nigeria’s leading independent petroleum marketing firm, Fatgbems Petroleum Company limited have commended the initiative behind the company's celebration of the week this year.

The company in its drive to appreciate her customers, designed an activation that reached out to over 1000 customers with gifts besides rewarding some outstanding customer service officers of the organization.

Coca-Cola to Launch ‘Safe Birth Initiative’ Valued at $20 Million For Nigeria, Ivory Coast

In line with its long-standing commitment to Women and the Well Being of Communities, Coca-Cola will support the Ministry of Health to reduce the high maternal and newborn mortalities in Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Applications Open For 2018 Innovation Prize For Africa Awards

African Innovation Foundation (AIF)  announced the 7th edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) themed “Investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems” thereby inviting submissions to reward the best home-grown innovations on the continent. The annual award seeks to celebrate outstanding breakthroughs that deliver practical and commercially viable African solutions that are innovative and sustainable.

Andela secures $40 million in new round of venture funding

Andela, a company that helps companies build high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers, has secured $40 million in a new round of venture funding, thereby lifting its total funding to date to a total of $80 million.

Promasidor Marks World Teachers’ Day With Cowbellpedia Teachers’ Edition

Iyanuoluwa Osewa and Abiodun Bello both from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State last weekend repeated the feat of their respective students who won last year’s Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
In the Teachers’ edition of the competition, which was conceived to mark the World Teachers’ Day, teachers of the 12 finalists in the Junior and Senior categories of the 2016 edition of the competition, slugged it out.

NCC warns Telcos over unregistered SIM Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has telecom service providers not to tolerate unregistered SIM Cards on their networks.

The Director Public Affairs (DPA) at the NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo in a paper titled, Trackable Identity And The Ease Of Doing Business In Nigeria, which he presented at the Special Independence Edition of the annual Conference of Directors and Heads of Public Relations organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Lagos, warned the general public not to buy pre-registered SIM Cards from persons and businesses that had done multiple SIM Cards registration in order to resell later.

Tonye Cole Headlines 8th Airtel Employee Knowledge Series

...Charges Employees to be more entrepreneurial

L-R: Emeka Oparah, Director: Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria; Segun Ogunsanya, CEO/MD, Airtel Nigeria; Tonye Cole, ED, Sahara Group and Gbemiga Owolabi, HR Director, Airtel Nigeria presenting a gift to the guest speaker at the event on Monday, 9th Monday, 2017 
Executive Director, Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole, was guest speaker at the 8th edition of Airtel Nigeria’s Employee Knowledge Series.

How Airtel is Empowering Youth through Music

Aside from the famous Nollywood film industry, music has become the major cultural export for Nigeria and next to football as a tool that unite us as Nigerians. According to auditing firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), the music industry today is worth about $70 million.

The country’s media industry had an estimated total revenue of $47 million in 2015 and is forecasted to grow to some $86 million in 2020, making it “one of the fastest-expanding major market globally”.

Platform economy of the future is the pathway that will drive growth and jobs across Africa

Many companies, whether they realize it or not, have already taken steps to embed themselves into the digital ecosystems that will drive their growth in future. However, the pace of adopting new digital platforms for doing business needs to increase – especially in Africa. These platforms are business models that create value by facilitating exchanges between two or more interdependent groups, usually consumers and producers.

Nigerian Breweries Rewards, Celebrates Outstanding Journalists At 9th Golden Pen Award

Nigerian Breweries Plc, at the weekend, celebrated outstanding journalism practice at the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards which took place in Lagos.

From Left to Right: Mr. Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Dr, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Chairman, Panel of Judges, NB Golden Pen Awards; Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi, representative of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti Adebule; Mr. Isioma Madike, NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year; Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President and Mr. Johan Doyer, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, at the 9th Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards in Lagos on Friday
The award, which is the 9th in the series, is aimed at promoting professionalism and objective reportage of events in the country. It is also meant to reward journalists who abide by the ethics of the journalism profession in their professional practice.

CentrespreadGrey Emerges Nigeria’s ICONIC Brand Agency of the Decade

CentrespreadGrey, one of Nigeria’s renowned marketing communications agencies, has added to its award cabinet after bagging the ICONIC Brand Agency of the Decade Award at the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards.

Ikeja Electric, XT Monitor Organizes Medical Outreach For Lagos Communities

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s largest Electricity Distribution Company has collaborated with one of its business partners, XT Monitor Ltd, to organize a medical outreach for communities within its network, in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

Nigerian industrialist shares secret of backward integration with investors: "Produce the entire value chain"

At the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit at Claridges in London, editor in chief Lionel Barber conducted an extraordinarily candid public conversation with Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa's most successful business leader, in the presence of Nigerian vice-president Professor Yemi Osingajo, Congolese presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi, and about 300 business leaders.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Encomium as Airtel Honours Primary School Teachers

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has been commended by teachers in its adopted public primary schools located in Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Kwara, Cross River and Imo States.

The teachers who were overwhelmed with joy hailed the telco for its focus on education and for organizing a specialized training as well as award platform to honour Nigerian teachers.

IoT Forum Africa 2018 to address the transformational power of IoT

The second edition of what has been billed as Africa's leading Internet of Things (IoT) event, Internet of Things Forum Africa 2018 (#IOTFA2018) will tackle transformational IoT trends and explore the benefits of IoT in different industries.

Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Edge For iOS, Android

Microsoft has launched Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, designed to make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC. Remember Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer.

Behold... Google Clips, New Smart Camera From The Tech Giant

Google Clips is a new smart, hands-free, camera from tech giant, Google. Google Clips captures motion photos that last several seconds (without audio). Hold it, clip it, or set it down to get memorable clips from unique perspectives.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

PHOTO STORY: Airtel Commemorates World Teachers' Day With Training At Adopted Schools

L-R: Emeka Oparah, Director, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria; Kudirat Kasali, Head Mistress, Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle; and Chioma Okolie, CSR Lead, Airtel Nigeria, during the presentation of Airtel Outstanding Contribution to Education Award to the head mistress at Airtel Teachers training held in its adopted school, Oremeji Primary School in commemoration of World Teachers Day on today, Thursday, 5th October, 2017 

DHL and MallforAfrica team up to further cross-border e-commerce to the United States

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider recently announced its partnership with MallforAfrica, the award-winning global e-commerce company, which will facilitate selling of made-in-Africa products to customers in the United States. Businesses can do so via the eBay platform powered by MallforAfrica.

Emirates and flydubai partnership announces first codeshare routes

Following the commencement of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced that Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents.

Why Students Dislike Mathematics – Cowbellpedia Contestant

Master Samuel Faith Adelaja of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State has disclosed that the phobia for Mathematics among students arises from the lack of patience to understand its formulae.

Adelaja, who is participating in the on-going 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, explained that Mathematics is more about logic and critical thinking.

Hilton Launches Africa Growth Initiative

Hilton has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio.