Friday, 17 November 2017

Femi Kuti releases first single off “One People One World” album

Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti has just released a single off his upcoming album titled “One People One World”. The song which premiered on Billboard on Tuesday was the first single off the singer’s upcoming 10th Studio album of the same name which will be released on the 23rd of February 2018.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

PyeongChang 2018: Visa Welcomes Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team to Team Visa

Visa today announced the addition of three athletes who make up the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team to Team Visa, currently training to become the first ever African representatives, men or women, to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of Bobsled. Together, Bobsled pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, combine their elite track backgrounds to chase their bobsled dreams.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

China To Build World First Artificial Intelligence Powered Police Station

Welcome to the future! Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be playing a significant role in global security. As China prepare to lead the world to the AI in 2025, China has announced that it will build an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered police station.

Nigerian Fintech Startup Amplify Set To Enable mTransfer Via Social Media

Lagos-based startup fintech company, Amplify in collaboration with leading local banks is set  to launch a new payment solution called mtransfers.

48 Hours Left For Ericsson Innovation Awards Application

Interested innovators have until November 15, 2017 to apply for the Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) which will see the winning innovation walk away with EUR25, 000 (US$29,0
00) in cash.

Tolet.com.ng Swallows Jumia House, Becomes Propertypro.ng

Following its acquisition of Jumia House for an undisclosed amount, the biggest property classified startups in Nigeria, ToLet.com.ng has metamorphosed into ProperPro.ng.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Why Africa needs blockchain

Bitcoin may make headlines when its value crashes or climbs, but the blockchain technology behind the controversial cryptocurrency could help Africa overcome some of its biggest developmental challenges.

Etihad Airways Marks Opening Of Louvre Abu Dhabi With Spectacular A380 Fly-By

Hundreds of visitors from around the world, attending yesterday’s official public opening celebrations of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, were treated to a low-level fly-by of the Jean Nouvel designed museum by one of Etihad Airways’ flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers pays over N279 billion to retirees

Affirming its status as Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited has paid over N279 billion to retirees since its inception in 2006.

Lagos to open six new theatres in 2018

Lagos State Government on Monday said that the six `Eko Theatres’ under construction across the state would be ready before the end of next year.

The State Commissioner of Information, Mr Steve Ayorinde, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the six theatres were located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Igando and Lagos Island.

Network of Enterprising Women Nigeria holds 2017 annual Seminar and Trade Fair in Lagos

The Network of Enterprising Women (NEWN), a network of 200 female business owners in Nigeria and the Diaspora, shall  hold its 2017 annual seminar and trade fair tagged ‘Partnering and Collaborating for Business Excellence’ on November 23, 2017 at the KFA Event Place beside the Elevation Church in Lekki, Lagos.

And the Winner of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show is ....

Munachi Ernest-Eze has launched himself into the Hall of Fame of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show by becoming the first winner of both Junior and Senior categories.

New Era of Leadership At Phillips Consulting As Robert Taiwo Emerges MD

The Board of Phillips Consulting Ltd (PCL) has announced the appointment of Mr. Robert Taiwo as Managing Director, reporting directly to the Executive Chairman, Foluso Phillips. The appointment takes effect from 6 November 2017.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

'Powergas leads the “Gas on Wheels” Campaign at the Future Energy'

Energy remains a major driver of economic growth and industries in Nigeria need to embrace the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which is safer and more efficient for their production needs as the country moves towards becoming globally competitive and eco-friendly.

Airtel Clinches Three Awards At NTITA 2017

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, on Saturday clinched three accolades at the Nigeria Technology Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA) 2017 organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Lagos. 

L-R: Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, CEO/Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, former Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC, NCC and Mr. Olusola Teniola, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at the Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards 2017 (NTITA) in Lagos
The event which was well attended by telecom industry captains, saw Airtel’s Touching Lives project adjudged as the CSR Initiative of the Year. The telco also bagged the Telecom Marketing Campaign of the Year Award while the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya won the Telecom CEO of the Year Award.

Cocoon Homes Sponsors 2017 Lagos City Criterium

…Promotes Cycling in Nigeria

Innovative Real Estate Company and developers of the Cocoon Atlantic Estate - Cocoon Homes Limited, has partnered with the Sustainable Cycling Foundation of Nigeria as a key sponsor for the 2017 edition of the Lagos City Criterium. The Lagos City Criterium is a competitive cycling tournament around a technical 2.9km circuit starting and ending on the opposite side of dolphin estate, Ikoyi Lagos. The event took place on the 11th of November 2017.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Indelibl, online art platform, showcases African arts to worldwide audience

Works by African artists will get more traction as Indelibl, an e-commerce platform dedicated to promoting works by African artists, launches. Edwin Otta and Adetayo Jinadu, founders of Indelibl, say it is a platform which aims to empower African artists from around the world, by allowing their work to be more accessible to audiences of all backgrounds.

Avengers: Fresh attacks on oil facilities will impoverish N-Deltans - APC Chieftain

A chieftain of All Progressive Congress APC, Agbarho, in Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State, Mr. Theophilus Eridi Ugboduma, has cautioned that the threat by Niger Delta Avengers to resume hostilities and attack on oil facilities will further impoverished the people of the oil rich region.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Winners Emerge in Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize 2017 in MEA

Yesterday Orange announced the winners of the 7th Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize 2017 in Africa and the Middle East during the AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town, South Africa.

Airtel Begins Yelutide Customer Reward With 10x Bonus in SmartRecharge Offer

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, is promoting freedom and bonding among friends and family this season with the launch of a new offer tagged SmartRecharge.

New Report Maps Out Nigeria's Plans For Recovery And Growth

A new report just produced by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) shines a spotlight on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-20, which is leading national efforts to ease the impact of lower oil prices.

NB/FRSC MEGA RALLY ON ROAD SAFETY ARRIVES LAGOS

Following the successful mega rally in Abuja, Nigerian Breweries and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), held another mega rally on road safety on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Ojota New Garage in Lagos.

LASG, experts, parents join forces against disability in children

Children living with disabilities in Lagos State and its environs may now heave a sigh of relief as Lagos State Government, some parents and medical experts have agreed to take concerted efforts against disabilities in children.

Four Nigerian Admen Selected As 2018 Grand Jury of New York Advertising Festival Advertising Awards

Steve Babaeko, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creativity Officer of X3M Ideas; Maurice Ugwonoh, Creative Director, Noah’s Ark Communications; Uzoma Okoye, CEO/Executive Creative Director, Etu Odi Communications and Ndukwe Onuoha, Creative Director, 7even Interactive have been selected to be part of 2018 Grand Jury of New York Advertising Festival Advertising Awards.

Elumelu, Others to Speak On Tax, Business at LBS Alumni Day

Dr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman Heirs Holding, will be the Guest Speaker at this year’s Lagos Business School (LBS) Alumni Day, scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Lagos.

Thorbjorn Olesen to defend Turkish Airlines Open title

Thorbjorn Olesen will defend his Turkish Airlines Open title at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in November in the sixth tournament out of eight in the European Tour’s Rolex Series.

Broll Takes Platinum Sponsorship of Annual West Africa Real Estate Summit

Award-winning and leading commercial property services company, Broll Nigeria, a subsidiary of Broll Property Group is the Platinum Sponsor of the third annual West Africa Property Investment (WAPI) Summit 2017.

Israel-based firm sues Apple over alleged dual-lens camera patent infringement

An Israel-based dual lens camera technology company Corephotonics has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones infringe upon four of its patents related to dual-camera technology.

Coca Cola, Lafarge Nominated For SERAS Africa CSR Gender Awards

Recognized as Africa’s foremost CSR Watchdog and Sustainability monitoring organization, the 2017 SERAs nominees have been announced. They were selected for their various initiative’s and sustainable partnerships created to foster community development, while measuring the impact on specific segments, including Gender, Economic Empowerment, and Education.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

President Kagame, Tony Elumelu to headline Young Entrepreneurship Day at the Africa 2017 Forum

HE Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and chairman of Smart Africa, and Tony Elumelu, Founder of the $100m Entrepreneurship Programme, will be headlining the Young Entrepreneurship Day (YED) at the Africa 2017 Forum.

World Savings Day: Heritage Bank tutor children on saving for secured future

In its continuous bid to expose the citizenry to financial literacy at very early age in life, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider, joined the world in celebrating the World Savings’ Day with the theme: Our Future Starts with Savings.

Market Fire: Dangote Donates N500million to Distraught Kano Traders

Succor came the way of the over a thousand hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters few months ago as the renowned business mogul, Aliko Dangote made good his promise and donated a whooping sum of N500m to rehabilitate them.

Why OML 29 is not for sale - Aiteo

Aiteo has reaffirmed that a portion of the shareholding of the company that holds the asset, OML 29 is not for sale and it was ''indisputably, legitimately and transparently secured in an internationally conducted divestment by the private entity.''

What African Cities Need To Do Today To Build For Tomorrow

Tourism is a catalyst for economic growth in Africa - a key theme during the UN World Cities Day celebrated today around the world. The sector is especially important now when governments are seeking out ways to drive diversification as part of their growth strategies. African cities need to find efficient ways to develop into smart cities capable to not only attract visitors, but also to offer unique experiences and overcoming growing infrastructure demands.

It's Official, Twitter Rolls Out 280-character Limit to all Users

Twitter is going global with 280-character tweets after it found the change did not impact the brevity and speed of most posts.

CoreEXM’s MD, Okonkwo Urges Firms to Adopt Corporate Governance Practices at BJAN Conference

Solabomi Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer of CoreEXM, says corporate governance is crucial to the growth of both state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private companies in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 5th edition of the Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN) annual brands and marketing conference recently held in Enugu, Okonkwo also said cultural and social factors are vital for greater public accountability.

First-of-its-kind cable connecting Africa and South America 75% complete

South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first submarine cable system across the South Atlantic is in the final stretch of its installation between Africa and South America. Angola Cables, the company overseeing installation and the operations of SACS, and NEC Corporation, a Japanese system integrator of highest quality fibre optic cable systems and the turn-key contractor for SACS construction, has hired Orange Marine, also a renowned top French cable ship company, to commence shortly the deep-water laying of the cable.

Goldberg to reward 28 artisans as Isedowo moves to Ondo

Isedowo, the empowerment initiative of Goldberg lager beer from the stables of Nigerian Breweries, is moving its campaign to Ondo State where 28 small scale entrepreneurs would be supported with grants of N300, 000 each to grow their businesses.

This is coming on the heels of successful activations in Osun and Ekiti States where 32 artisans received N300, 000 each in the last three months.

Institution of Safety Engineers to Honour Senator Omisore

The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE), an arm of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, will on Thursday, November 9, 2017 confer the former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, with its Award of Fellowship for his consistent promotion and vital support of the practice of engineering safety in Nigeria.

EFInA convenes Stakeholders to share its Access to Finance 2016 Survey Data

...Deliberate on the Role of Government in Driving Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

In a bid to reduce poverty and achieve inclusive economic growth in Nigeria, Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), a financial sector development organization hosted a workshop with stakeholders such as the Federal Government, United Nations (UN), Heads of Federal Financial Inclusion Initiatives, Academics, Financial Institutions and Financial Services Regulators in Nigeria to advocate for the implementation of policies to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria.  The theme of the workshop was ‘’The Role of Government in Driving Financial Inclusion in Nigeria’’.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Samsung Takes A Jab At iPhoneX in new Galaxy Note 8 Advert

Following the official release of the new iPhone X globally last week Friday, Samsung released a new ad going on a warpath against Apple. The Galaxy Note 8 maker has criticized the iPhone X in a not-so-subtle ad released Sunday, which shows users frustrated with iOS’ limitation over the years. The new ad takes a jab at the shape of the phone’s screen, which features a notch at the top to house the face recognition system.

Faces at the Inauguration of Governing Council and BoT of Retail Council of Nigeria

L-R: Ashiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, President of Retail Council of Nigeria (RCN); Deacon Victor Durodola, representing former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo; Mr Babatunde Irukera, Director-General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and Mr Segun Ogunsanya, CEO/MD, Airtel Nigeria at the inauguration of the board of trustee and governing council members of RCN in Lagos yesterday

L-R: Deacon Victor Durodola, representing former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo; Mr Haresh Keswani, BOT member, RCN and Mr Segun Ogunsanya, CEO/MD, Airtel Nigeria at the inauguration of the board of trustee and governing council members of RCN in Lagos.

Nokia, Vodacom collaborate to shape the future of 5G in South Africa

Nokia and Vodacom have signed an MoU under which the companies will trial Nokia 5G technology to accelerate the launch of the new technology and enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of businesses and individuals in South Africa.

Fatgbems Petroleum Commissions Two New Ultra-Modern Service Stations

Nigerian’ leading indigenous Independent Petroleum Marketing Company, Fatgbems Petroleum Company Limited has commissioned new ultra-modern retail stations in Awoyaya in Lagos and Adedotun in Abeokuta, Ogun State. This is in line with the company's goals of expanding its value chain and optimizing its customer base.

Aliko Dangote Foundation Joins Global Leaders to Fight Malnutrition - Pledges US$100 Million for Nigeria

The recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017, held in Milan, Italy, convened governments, international agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and businesses to accelerate the global response to malnutrition, an underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Lagos Business School Graduated 296 students from 13 Executive Programmes

The Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, has graduated 296 students from 13 Executive Programmes.

Lindsay White, Vice President, Asia Pacific of Etihad Airways, presented an Etihad aircraft model with special 11.11 livery to Jerrry Hu, Vice President of Alibaba Group.
The courses are Management Acceleration Programme (MAP 1 and MAP 2), Agri-Business Management Programme (AgMP 5 and AgMP 6), Senior Management Programme (SMP 61, SMP 62 and SMP 63), Owner Manager Programme (OMP 22, OMP 23 and OMP 24), Advanced Management Programme (AMP 29 and AMP 30) and the Chief Executive Programme (CEP 26).

Etihad Aviation Group, Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Sign MoU to Improve Guest Experience and Enhance Logistics Efficiency

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) and Ant Financial Services Group (ANT Group) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their partnership and deliver superior products and services to Chinese customers.

Signing Ceremony between Etihad Aviation Group, Alibaba Group and Ant Financial to expand partnership. From left to right: Ricky Xue, Director of Global Export, Alibaba Cargo; Jerry Hu, Vice President Alibaba Group, Vice President Alitrip; Lindsay White, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Etihad Airways;  Jenny Jiang, Director of International Business, Ant Financial.
The groups plan to expand cooperation through greater collaboration on respective loyalty programmes. In addition, new products and services will be introduced to deliver an improved guest experience and improved logistics. 

Prepclass, Asoko Insight, 18 Others Top African Start-Ups To Join World Bank Group Digital Acceleration Program

Twenty of the most promising African digital start-ups will take part in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched last April by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program. From Nov. 6-17 in Cape Town, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors and peers, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors.