Monday, 19 February 2018

Arsenal announce five-year extension to Emirates sponsorship deal

Emirates and Arsenal have announced a five-year extension to their long-running shirt partnership. This will see Emirates branding feature on the shirts and training kit of all of our teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

Serena Williams Becomes Lincoln Ambassador, Stars in New Navigator Campaign

Tennis living legend Serena Williams has agreed an endorsement deal with the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company.

Tech Startups Can Now Apply For UNICEF Innovation Fund

Application is now open for the UNICEF Innovation Fund. The Fund is looking to make $50,000 - $90,000 equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Secondary Schools in Lagos Gear up for PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge 2018

Nigeria’s number one pure science competition, PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) competition has commenced registration for its 5th edition. The competition which is an initiative of the PZ Cussons foundation and supported by some of its premium brands; Premier and Nunu Milk, is designed to promote the study of chemistry through open competition amongst public and private secondary schools in Lagos.

Nigerian Breweries Declares N33b Dividend For 2017

The Board of Directors of Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced its results for the 2017operating year with a dividend recommendation of N33 billion to its shareholders. The recommendation, which amounts to a total dividend of N4.13 (four Naira thirteen kobo) per share for the 2017 operating year was part of the company’s filing to The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday, 15th February 2018.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick to open African Football Alliance

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick is slated to open the West African launch of the African Football Alliance (AFA) as part of the Football Africa Forum holding on 19-20 February 2018 at the Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

C&F Porter Novelli Appoints Ini Udoh Head of Business Development, Operations

C&F Porter Novelli has appointed Ini Udoh as Head of Business Development and Operations, with responsibilities for leading business, growing client relationships, driving change and championing campaigns including delivering growth for both clients and agency.

PwC leads professional services sector in Global Brand Index

PwC leads the professional services sector, as one of the top 50 brands world-wide in the annual Brand Finance Global 500.

The Global 500 is a list of the strongest and most valuable brands world-wide, with top positions dominated by the technology sector.

Yellow House wins Beehive School 2018 inter-sports competition

Yellow House has successfully defended its position as the best house in Beehive School as it emerged champions of the school’s 2018 inter-house sports competition for the second year in a row. The house came tops with a total of 28 medals consisting of twelve gold, ten silver and six bronze medals.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Emirates firms up orders for 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today signed a contract for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 billion based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020.

Accenture Tech Vision 2018: Advancing Technology Fueling Intelligent Enterprises; Requires Fundamental Shift in Leadership

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies are accelerating the creation of intelligent enterprises and enabling companies to integrate themselves into people’s lives, according to Accenture Technology Vision 2018, the annual technology report from Accenture that predicts key technology trends likely to disrupt business over the next three years. However, capitalizing on growth opportunities while also having a positive impact on society requires a new era of leadership that prioritizes trust and greater responsibility.

Amo Group Honours Toromade, Names Feed Mill After Him

Amo Group of companies, the second largest integrated poultry business in Nigeria has commended the efforts of their immediate past Group Head, Policy and Strategy, Pastor Francis Toromade for his selfless and meritorious service and named one of their feed mills after him.

Rohingya Refugees Get Humanitarian Supports from Etihad Aviation Group

More than 3,000 Rohingya families in Bahukhali Bazar in Bangladesh received garments, dry food packages, and blankets during the launch of Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) humanitarian aid mission in support of Rohingya refugee families.

Excitement, Encomium as Airtel Launches 4G in Ibadan

….Telco set to launch 4G in Lagos, other Cities in coming months

L-R: Hon. Saheed Fijabi, Chairman, House Committee on Communications, National Assembly, Abuja; Segun Ogunsanya, MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria; Sen. Ademola Adeleke, Senator representing Osun West, Osun State and Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) the launch of Airtel 4G in Ibadan on Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 
Ibadan, Oyo State, 13th February, 2018 – Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, today, officially announced the deployment of its 4G (LTE - Long Term Evolution) service in the historic city of Ibadan at an electrifying event attended by a broad stakeholder group comprising key government officials, traditional rulers, corporate bigwigs and telecoms consumers across Oyo State.

Nigeria, Namibia’s young artists called to ‘Give art life’

...Enter for 2018 L’Atelier Art Competition

The L’Atelier art competition is one of the longest-running and most prestigious visual arts competitions on the African continent. It was established in South Africa 33 years ago, but in recent years has been expanded to include a number of other African countries in order to reach more young artists and further the unparalleled opportunities it affords those who participate in the competition. For the first time in its history, this now includes the countries of Nigeria and Namibia.

eTranzact Celebrates Dr. Felix Ohiwerei in Grand Style

eTranzact International PLC, a leading provider of mobile banking and payment services, at a dinner party celebrated Dr. Felix Ohiwerei, its pioneering and out-going chairman who has distinguished himself as a leader worthy of emulation.
Valentine Obi, Founder/ Chief Executive Officer, eTranzact Plc; Dr. Felix Ohiwerei, Out-going Chairman, eTranzact Plc, Janet Ohiwerei, his wife and Wole Abegunde, Member, Board of Directors, eTranzact Plc; during the dinner party held in honour of Dr. Felix Ohiwerei, at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, February 9, 2018.
The celebration which was in grand style and well attended by the board, management and staff of eTranzact, friends and stakeholders in the e-payment industry, was held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Construction starts on Cameroon’s first destination retail mall

Actis, a leading growth markets investor has started construction on “Douala Grand Mall & Business Park”, Cameroon’s first destination retail & leisure mall.

Fero Mobile launches Royale Y2 Smartphone into Nigerian market

Fero Mobile, the fastest growing smartphone brand in Nigeria, has introduced the stylish Royale Y2 smartphone into the Nigerian market. The new device allows users express their personal style with a 2GB.RAM that supports multiple apps and games without any difficulty.

Johannesburg gets ready for IoT Forum Africa 2018

The second edition of the Internet of Things Forum Africa (#IoTFA2018) will bring together leading thought leaders, industry luminaries and experts, who will discuss real-world IoT trends, challenges and solutions.

GTBank Sponsors 2018 Lagos International Polo Tournament

Some of the most renowned indigenous and international polo teams are set to convene in Lagos, Nigeria to compete for highly coveted trophies in the 2018 Lagos Int’l Polo Tournament. Sponsored by leading African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, the competition will see both Nigerian and foreign teams compete in four main cups, namely: the Silver Cup, Open Cup, Lagos Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup.

Siemens reiterates commitment to Sudan economy

Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Ms. Janina Kugel, together with regional and pan African executive management visited Sudan. Kugel held a strategic partnership discussion with the Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih Khairi where the global leader in the fields of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization had expressed interest in supporting further energy infrastructure and skills development initiatives.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Football Forum to launch tour to South Africa

The upcoming Football Africa Forum taking place in Lagos on 19 February 2018 will launch an exciting tour concept of football events as well as a business tour for companies looking to do business in South Africa.

Friday, 9 February 2018

LBS Alumnus Paul Oraijaka named Influential Leader by AACSB International

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, celebrated the positive impact business school graduates are making in communities around the globe as part of the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge. The challenge honours notable alumni from accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders.

Ikeja Electric Restates Commitment to Safety With Launch of Power Play

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company, has taken its safety enlightenment campaign a notch higher with the unveiling of its proprietary board game tagged Power Play.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Twitter Declares First-Ever Profit After 12 Years

For the first time in 12 years, Twitter posted a surprise gain in revenue. According to the weblog, the first-ever profit was driven by improvements to its app and added video content that are persuading advertisers to boost spending on the social network.

Healthcare Communications Leader, Avril Lee Joins Burson-Marsteller In Global Role

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm, is bringing new strength to its healthcare capabilities with the appointment of communications leader Avril Lee as Deputy Global Healthcare Practice Chair. Based in the UK, Lee will partner with Global Healthcare Practice Chair Helene Ellison to expand the firm’s healthcare representation worldwide. She joins the firm on February 19.

OVH Energy Appoints Huub Stokman As CEO

OVH Energy, leading downstream company, has announced the appointment of Huub Stokman as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Coca-Cola Commences Global Management Challenge in Nigeria

Coca-Cola Nigeria has further reinforced its commitment to harnessing the underlying potentials of Nigerian youths as the beverage giant commenced the Global Management Challenge (GMC) for the first time in Nigeria, playing a lead sponsor role.

The Global Management Challenge is the largest Strategy and Management Competition in the world. It’s the largest international event based on business simulations, with more than 500 000 university students and company managers participating in this event throughout the world.

GTBank Launches Dusty Manuscript Contest

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has launched the Dusty Manuscript Contest to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts.

Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okada books and Farafina, the contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD initiative which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Nobel Carpets Thrills Consumers with Valentine Campaign

Affirming the popular axiom that “the road to the heart is the ear”, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of premium and affordable carpets, rugs and flooring solutions, Nobel carpets and rugs is set to engage its teeming consumers this valentine season with its ‘Share Your Love” campaign.

Etihad Airways Introduces New Baggage Policy

Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy tailored to varying customer requirements in the international markets it serves.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Pensions Alliance Reinforces Confidence in Scheme with “Retire with a Smile” Campaign

...Showcases threefold pension benefits to Nigerians

L-R Executive Director Technical, Aliyu Abdullahi;  MD/CEO, Pal Pensions, Morohunke Bammeke;  Director, Pal Pensions, Fola Laoye;  Head, Brand Management & Corporate Communications PAL Pensions, Sunmisola Mark-Okoma and Executive Director, Operations, Godwin Okoro during the Pal Pensions media campaign tagged Retire With a Smile in Lagos.
 In line with its resolve to inspire confidence and promote a financially secure future among Nigerians, PAL Pensions has unveiled a new campaign tagged ‘Retire with a Smile’ to encourage more individuals to save towards retirement. The campaign was launched on the 6th of February, 2018 at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. Internet sensation, Nosa Afolabi popularly known as Lasisielenu was in attendance to show his support and join in the drive to encourage pensions savings.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong walks free after jail term suspended

Lee Jae-yong, the heir to South Korea’s Samsung, has been freed from jail after an appeals court reduced and suspended his sentence for bribery and corruption.

Callistus Okoruwa, Lekan Ishola Become Fellows of Institute of Management Consultants

…Get Certified Management Consultant Practicing Licence

The Chief Operating Officer of XLR8, Callistus Okoruwa and Managing Director of PR Redline, Lekan Ishola have been inducted as Fellows of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC). They have also bagged the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) certification of the Zurich-based International Council of Management Consulting Institutes ((ICMCI).

African Cristal Calls For Entries

Organisers of Africa’s continental creative showcase and awards, African Cristal have called for entries for the 2018 edition of its annual awards mundial which will be coming up on the 3rd and 4th of May, 2018.

Growing Africa’s digital ecosystem by bringing high touch to high tech

The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption and the growth of digital businesses across the continent. Giants like Google and Facebook are leading the effort through direct investment, partnerships and in-market teams in key African markets.

LBS Alumni Emerge Finalists at 2018 AMBA Awards in London

Lagos Business School alumni, Glory Eyinnaya (EMBA 21) and Aidenehi Okosun (MBA 14) were finalists for the AMBA Student of the Year and the Entrepreneurial Venture of the year respectively, at the 2018 AMBA Awards held in London, United Kingdom.

Facebook joins hands with partners across Africa for a safer Internet

Celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”, Facebook has announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies - with the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.

25 Artisans Laud Goldberg for Isedowo Scheme in Ibadan

Twenty five artisans who received N300,000 each during Isedowo activation in Ibadan, Oyo State have commended Goldberg, premium quality lager beer from the stable of Nigerian Breweries, for the empowerment scheme which intervened in the financial challenges facing their businesses.
Bukola Dare, Regional Business Manager, Ibadan, Nigerian Breweries Plc (third left standing) with some of the 25 beneficiaries of the N300,000 grants each, during the presentation ceremony of Isedowo empowerment scheme in Oyo State, held at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.
The event, which was well attended by a cross-section of artisans and citizens of the state with diverse interests, was held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Monday, 5 February 2018

OPED: Why the Future Belongs to Firms That Embrace Blockchain - Olaniyi Tayo

If 2017 was the year of blockchain early adoption by mainstream businesses, 2018 to 2027 will be the decade blockchain solutions will be disrupting many industries across the world. According to Accenture research, by 2025, blockchain will be considered mainstream and integral to the capital market and ecosystem.

Blockchain offers the chance to truly rewrite the way companies and markets operate by delivering greater transparency and trust, removing redundant processes, and revamping inefficient capabilities. Beyond simply automating old processes, blockchain eliminates steps and activities amongst businesses and facilitates the restructuring of traditional value chains.

Emirates Treasures Its Nigerian Employees - Sheikh Al-Maktoum

The World’s leading airline, Emirate Airlines, has reiterated its commitment to staff welfare pointing that it holds its Nigerian employees in high esteem. This was what urged them to retain their Abuja staff during the airlines suspension of flight operations in the year 2016. The staff had their full pay and benefits till flight operations resumed on December 15th 2017, rather than been laid off as the case may have been in the face of such challenges.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Orange and the CNED team up to distribute educational content on smartphones in Africa

Orange and the CNED (National Distance Learning Centre) have announced a partnership to facilitate access to educational content on smartphones in Africa. The announcement was made during the Global Partnership for Education Summit in Dakar (Senegal), which was attended by Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of National Education, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, and various representatives of education and training in Africa.

English clubs top world spending list in Fifa transfer report

Football clubs spent a record $6.37bn (€5.1bn) on transfers in 2017, with teams from the English Premier League again laying out more money than their rivals, according to a new report released by Fifa, the sport’s global governing body.

African Reinsurance Corporation joins Africa Finance Corporation

African Reinsurance Corporation (Africa Re) announces its membership of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and becomes the first multi-lateral financial institution to invest in AFC.
Andrew Alli, President and CEO of AFC with Corneille Karekezi, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Africa Re
Africa Re, owned by 41 African states, approximately 107 insurance/reinsurance companies and non-African strategic investors, is the continent's premier reinsurance corporation, operating across 41 African countries. Africa Re's membership of AFC will be officially sealed at a signing ceremony to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on February 1, 2018.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Africa Energy Forum to be hosted in Mauritius for 20th anniversary celebrations

The annual Africa Energy Forum will celebrate its 20th birthday by inviting the international energy community to Mauritius for the four day conference and private exhibition. Two hotels will be reserved for the duration of the conference with the AEF Village to be purposely built on the grounds of a football pitch in the South West of the island.

Cisco announces assurance innovations to reinvent network for digital business

Cisco, the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984, has announced powerful assurance innovations across its intent-based networking portfolio that will help IT teams shift from reactive to proactive. It will address the 43 percent of time IT spends troubleshooting, while making IT operations more proactive, agile and automated. The software innovations represent significant advancements in mathematical modeling and contextual insights, accelerating Cisco’s strategy to reinvent the network for the digital era.

Airtel Holds Annual HR Week for Employees

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of its annual HR Week, an initiative at the instance of its Human Resources Division, aimed at fostering reasoned discourse amongst its employees.