Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Curve Communications Appointed as PR Agency for Hollywood & African Prestigious Awards

Curve Communications Limited as been appointed by Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) as its international Public Relations agency for the 2018 edition of the awards.

Etihad Airways, Swiss Seal Codeshare Agreement

Etihad Airways and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have launched a new codeshare partnership with bookings effective immediately.

7th Innovention Series Holds Tomorrow at Civic Centre Lagos

All roads leads to Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos tomorrow for the 7th edition of the Innovention series, a platform to examine the question of Africa’s development. This edition will be looking into the prospects in the creative industry and the emergence of a new crop of Africa storytellers bringing a new dimension to African narrative for a global audience. The theme for the event is “Building Africa’s Fortune through Mediatainment”.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Promasidor Career Workshop for Secondary School Holds in Abeokuta

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other quality brands, will hold the second edition of Promasidor’s Harness Your Dream, a career guidance workshop for public secondary school students, at the African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

GE & FieldCore repowers production at Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia

GE’s Power Services business  and FieldCore, GE’s customer-focused field services company, announced to have successfully restarted Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia, seven months after the plant was severely damaged by a major thunderstorm. The outage execution service of two steam turbines, which lasted 20 days, succeeded in bringing back 5000 person workforce and solving sugar scarcity for Ethiopia’s more than 100million population. 

Promasidor Nigeria Honours 254 Employees

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other quality products, at the weekend, honoured 254 of its employees who have put in several years in its service. The award ceremony, which was held in Lagos, brought together the company’s employees, relatives and distributors from different parts of the country.

Octopus: Heritage Bank attains ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certification

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has achieved the Information Security Management Certification from International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Transport & Safety Week 2018: Safety is a way of life, the way we work at Guinness - Akoji Amedu

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, recently held its 2018 Transport and Safety Week, to reiterate the importance of safety both on and off the road.

Unity Bank denies report of planned $1b investment by Milost Global Inc

Against a report credited to Bloomberg, Nigeria’s Unity Bank Plc on Tuesday denied  that Milost Global Inc planned to invest USD1 billion in the bank.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Will Manchester City Swap Nike for Puma?

In huge kit deal worth £45m per year, Manchester City according to emerging reports could be the next top team to partner with Puma as their existing contract with Nike begins to near its end.

How Snapchat Lost $800m Over Offensive Rihanna Ad

Following a recent offensive ad post on Snapchat, Rihanna took to her Instagram story to call out the company for making light of domestic violence.

Stanbic IBTC offers youth practical lessons on financial knowledge

Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has raised the bar in financial literacy education while commemorating this year’s Financial Literacy Day 2018 as part of activities lined up to mark the Global Money Week 12 – 18 March, 2018. The bank moved the full apparatus of its mobile ATM van from Lagos to Ibadan Grammar School, one of the 31 allocated schools across the country where senior executives of the bank including its chief executive made presentations to students on financial literacy.

FG Approves Cisco Networking Academy in Federal Unity Colleges

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Program as well as the establishment of 6 Internet of things (IoT) innovation centres across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

2019 Elections: Nigeria Bloggers Flag Off Social Media Campaign #GetInvolved

The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) has embarked on sensitisation campaigns to mobilise Nigerians to register in the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of 2019 general elections.

Samsung scores with Zlatan Ibrahimović

Sweden and Manchester United footballer star Zlatan Ibrahimović has signed signed a brand ambassadorship deal with South Korean smartphone brand, Samsung.

FC Porto Renews Kit Partnership With New Balance

Portuguese Primeira Liga football club FC Porto has extension its kit partnership with US sportswear brand New Balance for the next ten years.

Friday, 16 March 2018

APUS Offers Solution to Bridging Digital Divide in Emerging Markets

The boom of mobile internet technology has increased the speed and reach of information across the globe. Undoubtedly, the world is witnessing the era of IoT at an even faster speed than we thought. However, the digital divide noticeable across countries is hard to ignore due to historic, political and economic reasons. Nigeria is one of the emerging markets, where the internet has seen rapid growth. However, the information access is a major challenge with Nigeria when compared to developed countries.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Umbro Joins Dad Sneaker Trend With 'Bumpy'

Following Balenciaga’s Triple S and the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego, Umbro has joined the dad sneaker tread called Bumpy.

STEM is the future for development in Africa – Jadesola Adedeji

STEM METS Resources, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused social enterprise in Nigeria, has reiterated its commitment to STEM Education in the country, through a strategic partnership with Airbus Foundation, makers of commercial aircrafts Airbus. This enterprise encourages students to be better problem solvers, innovators, and creative thinkers, while preparing them for varying careers in the future workplace

Algeria to Host 2018 Smart Cities Global Summit in June

Alger, Algeria will play host to the 2018 Smart Cities Global Technology & Investment Summit on June 27-28, gathering international government and industry leaders to assess global and regional Smart City growth strategies with a special focus on Africa and Emerging Markets.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Google To Ban All Crypto-Related Ads Starting June

Just weeks after Facebook announced cryptocurrencies ban for all ad-related buying on its platform, Google has also decided to ban online ad promoting cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings starting in June.

Egypt Unveils First Digital Forensic Lab in MENA Region

...Set to Improve Intellectual Property Rights' Protection and Enforcement

The Government of Egypt has revealed plans to set up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy.

Visa Launches First Visa’s Everywhere Initiative in Sub Sahara Africa

On Wednesday, 14th March 2018, Visa announced that its Visa’s Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program that tasks start-ups to solve commerce challenges of tomorrow and further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast network of partners, will expand into the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) region. Entrants in the first-ever Sub-Sahara Visa’s Everywhere Initiative will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win up to US$50,000, access to Visa’s products and services, expert mentorship and support from Visa and exposure to key Visa partners and clients.

Gender parity: Stanbic IBTC reiterates equal opportunity credential

Stanbic IBTC has pledged to continue to advance the cause of its women workforce as it strengthens its equal opportunity policy. This pledge was made at the 2018 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) event in Lagos to commemorate the International Women’s Day, themed “Press for Progress”. According to the financial institution, women constitute over 42% of its workforce.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Aboke of Ibadan Land Lauds Sabrina For Sponsoring Oke’badan Festival

Aboke of Ibadan land, Chief Ifasola Ifamapowa has lauded EuroGlobal foods and distilleries Ltd, the maker of Sabrina for their generous donation and support at the recently held Oke’badan festival.

Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

Turkish Airlines has announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has decided to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2012, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024.

Nigerian Olympic Medalist To Grace TAWN Fitness

To commemorate this year International Women’s Day, Nigerian foremost Athlete and first Olympic Medalist, Ms Chioma Ajunwa (MON) will honour the fitness program to be organized by The African Women Network (TAWN) as a Guest Speaker on Saturday March 17th 2018 at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

Etihad Relaunches Aviation Training Institute In Abu Dhabi

To enhance aviation expertise of its employees, Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group, has relaunched its world-class aviation training organization at two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

DHL Global Forwarding Continues Management Shakeup in Africa; Appoints New Country Manager in Senegal

Just a week after the appointment of Ny Riana Rasolofonjatovo as Country Manager in Mauritius, DHL Global Forwarding has appointed Elhadji Galaye Ndaw as Country Manager in Senegal. Based in Dakar, Galaye will report to Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, DHL Global Forwarding.

Industry Leaders to Discuss Economic Integration of Africa at 7th edition of ‘Innovention’ Series'

Come 22nd of March 2018, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Ibim Semenitari; Yahaya Maikori and others will be speaking at the 7th edition of the ‘Innovention’ Series' on theme “Building Africa’s Fortune through “Mediatainment”.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Increasing Operational Efficiency in the Nigerian Workplace

In today’s economy, it has become expedient for organisations to take a deeper and more critical look at their operations with a view to achieving optimisation through the efficiency and effectiveness of its workforce. Why? Organisations with goals such as improved quality, better customer experience, reduced operational or overhead costs understand that their processes, and the people who drive those processes, are not a one-size-fits-all, thus giving room for improvement.

Heritage Bank revolutionalise banking with Octopus; advanced intelligent digital platform

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider has taken a bold step to revolutionalise the banking sector with the introduction of an advanced intelligent digital experience known as Octopus.

L-R: Big Brother evicted housemate- Kelvin Broulette (K-brule), Princess Onyekwe (Princess), Bitto Arunum (Bitto), Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Fela Ibidapo, Abiri Oluwabusayo (Khloe) Vanessa Williams (Vandora) and Martin Aderombi (Dee One), during their visit to the Corporate Head Office of Heritage Bank in Lagos.
The solution which is full-fledged digital bank, has been described by financial technology experts as a game-changing innovation that is poised to connect all your bank accounts with your Debit Card details or account holder information.

#LaunchedInAfrica Pitch: Radio on Demand Platform Vibeoo Resonates at SMWLagos

The maiden edition of the Launched in Africa week long demo day exhibition and 1-day pitch event by Social Media Week Lagos team resulted in Vibeoo coming through as 1st Runner Up, with just a few points behind the winner after competing against 8 other nominated early-stage Startups.

L - R: Co-founder & Chief Experience Officer, Vibeoo, Chinedu Abili-Mordi; Content Owner, Radio Hit Show, Yomi Black; Content Creator, De-Unfiltered, Deyemi Okanlanwo; and Director, Content Production, Vibeoo, Gbemileke Oscar Oyinsan during the recently held Social Media Week in Oniru, Lagos
Vibeoo, the on-demand platform for quality audio content was one of the 5 Startups picked to pioneer the Launched in Africa exhibition from the 26th of February to the 2nd of March 2018 and from Day 1 to Day 5 of the SMWLagos, the Vibeoo booth recorded an amazing vibrant crowd of content curators, brand-owners and audiophiles interacting and experiencing the platform.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Africa CEO Forum ramps up efforts to promote women's leadership

The AFRICA CEO FORUM's Women Initiative, in partnership with NSIA, is ramping up efforts this year to accelerate women's leadership in Africa.

Noah‘s Ark Set to Roll Out Drums in Celebration of its 10th Anniversary

Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, one of the top creative agencies in Nigeria, is set to roll out the drums in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The agency which kicked off operations on 11th of February, 2008, will be holding series of activities which will bring together top executives in the IMC industry.

Company Culture is Key to Unlocking Gender Equality and Narrowing Pay Gap — Accenture Study

  • “Getting to Equal 2018” report identifies 40 key factors that help all people thrive
A new research released by Accenture has identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality — including 14 factors that matter the most. The study, published today, 8th of March, 2018  in the company’s “Getting to Equal 2018” report, details the most-effective actions that business leaders can take to accelerate advancement and help close the gender pay gap.

Western Lotto rewards 2,500 stakers in February

Over 2,500 players on the Western Lotto Nigeria platform smiled home with various winnings in February 2018, the company has disclosed.

Yomi Ogunfowora, managing director, said the company paid out millions in prizes to the winners, representing a range of prizes. Ogunfowora disclosed that there is a steady increment in the number of winners on virtually all games on the platform. The winnings also reflect the growth in the number of patrons.

International Women’s Day: WARIF Reiterates Commitment to reducing Gender based Violence

Women at Risk Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization aimed at reducing the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking amongst women and girls in Nigeria, celebrated International Women’s day by speaking against gender-based violence in Nigeria, through her recently introduced WARIF Advocacy Through the Arts Programme (WTA), targeted at tertiary institutions in Lagos state.

EXMAN set to flag-off ‘Somewhere in Naija’ Initiative

With the aim of showcasing new talents across the country, the Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN) is set to flag off an initiative tagged ”Somewhere in Naija”.

GTBanks Holds Maiden Edition of GTCrea8 Convention for Undergraduates at UNILAG

Guaranty Trust Bank plc, yesterday held the maiden edition of the GTCrea8 Convention for Undergraduates at the University of Lagos, Akoka.

Africa’s population explosion is a ticking time bomb — AfDB Governors

  • Africa is projected to have over 840 million youth by 2050 
The African Development Bank and its East and North African Governors have stressed the need for urgent measures to match the continent’s growing population and youth unemployment, which they likened to a “ticking time bomb.”

The meeting described the continent’s growing young population as a potential growth engine for the world.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

CBN Boosts Forex Market With $210m

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has again lifted the interbank foreign exchange market with $210 million. On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 the Naira exchanged for N361/$1 on the BDC segment of the market.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Mastercard Acquires Oltio to Accelerate Digital Payments Adoption in MEA

Mobile payments technology company Oltio from Standard Bank Group has been acquired by Mastercard. The acquisition builds on Mastercard's longstanding relationship with Oltio, a startup that pioneered and patented several mobile payments and banking solutions, including an authentication technology.

Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Flight in Baku; Appoints Country Manager Azerbaijan

Etihad Airways has launched the first ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku. The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday carrying a special delegation including diplomats, dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team.

On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, followed by the customary display of the Emirati and Azerbaijani national flags from the cockpit windows.

Wakanow Partners with Leading Airlines to Crash Airfares for Customers

In a move considered to be both historic and groundbreaking in the Nigerian travel space, Wakanow, has teamed up with major airlines in Nigeria to crash airfares for customers and empower more people to afford air travel. This is coming on the heels of her recent announcement of a transition from a two-week Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) to pioneer a daily remittance cycle that would significantly reduce fares for travelers.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Heritage Bank extends campaign for agric value chain to Lagos-Kano Summit

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider, has taken its campaign for concerted efforts for the growth of agribusiness and commerce in Nigeria to another level as it wants the bilateral agreement signed by Lagos and Kano States to provide for a Commodity Exchange.

Toasts to an unrepentant statesman at 81

Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an unrepentant nationalist who wants the best for his country.

Friday, 2 March 2018

African SMEs Set to Benefit from USD 74M Guarantee

The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has today entered into a re- guarantee transaction of an amount of up to USD 74 million with GuarantCo to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing. SME’s have a large and growing impact on GDP in emerging markets and are a key source of job creation.

Coca-Cola Set to Release its Global FIFA World Cup Anthem on March 16

Coca-Cola is set to release its promotional uplifting anthem recorded for 2018 FIFA World Cup on March 16 as global football fans gear up for the biggest sport competition.

iSON Technologies wins 2018 ICT Leadership Excellence Prize

iSON Technologies, a leader in technology services and consulting, with presence in 25 countries in Africa, has bagged the 2018 ICT Leadership Excellence Prize. This announcement was made during the official award ceremony of the Africa Corporate Leadership Excellent Prize which took place on the 28th of February, 2018 at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.