Thursday, 24 May 2018

eTranzact Announces Management Shake-up ...Appoints Acting MD/CEO

eTranzact International PLC, Africa’s premier e-payments solution provider, on Monday May 21, 2018, announced that it will be making significant changes to the Company’s management team.

Ecobank Xpress Campus Storm Begins

...As Firm set to Drive Financial Inclusion among the Youth

Ecobank Nigeria has commenced a youth engagement program in tertiary institutions across Nigeria as part of efforts to deepen financial inclusion by banking the youth.

Accenture To Equip Disadvantaged People for Work in the Digital Age

...Commits US$200 Million to Education, Training and Skills Initiatives 

Supporting its vision to improve the way the world works and lives, Accenture is committing more than US$200 million over the next three years to help equip disadvantaged people with job skills for the digital age.

Confectionery firm hosts BBNaija ex-housemates

Infusion Cakes & Cafe, a Lagos-based confectionery firm, has hosted ex-housemates of the reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija), in a meet and greet session in Lagos recently.

Canon CNA celebrates results of African sustainability programme

...Launches new creative training hub in collaboration with The NRB Bus

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a provider of imaging technologies and services, is celebrating three years of Miraisha, one of the Canon’s core sustainability programmes. 2017 saw the programme deliver more activities than ever before, with over 3,000 participants taking part in training sessions and workshops since the programme’s inception.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Telecom: Why Terrestrial fibre remains mother of all bottlenecks in Africa

Experts at the Africa Session of the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago have described terrestrial fibre constraints as the mother of all bottlenecks hindering increased Internet penetration on the continent. During his presentation on the theme

Monday, 21 May 2018

Airtel’s ‘Meet the in-Laws’ Narrates Power of Mobile Internet, Connectivity

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has unveiled a new Television Commercial (TVC), ‘Meet the in-Laws’, which demonstrates the power of mobile Internet as a phenomenon that enriches life and keeps everyone connected irrespective of age, class, tribe or gender.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Promasidor Felicitates With Muslims At Ramadan

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of highly nutritious and fortified Cowbell and Loya Milk, has felicitated with Muslims in the country on the commencement of the Ramadan fast.

Pan-African Bank Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

Ecobank won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week.

CIMA Africa and ICAN sign groundbreaking MOU

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Africa and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) have announced the completion of processes that would lead to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to enable ICAN members complete an accelerated route to earn the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. An event to formalize the signing of the MOU between the two bodies has been scheduled to hold in Abuja on Monday, 21st May.

Nutritionist Commends Chivita's 'No-added Sugar' Commitment

The National Publicity Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Mr. Olusola Malomo, has hailed the juice making standards of Chivita100% fruit juice, the flagship brand of Chi Limited, and its commitment to 'no-added sugar' process, describing it as a healthy substitute for raw fruits.
L-R: Senior Brand Manager (Juice, Nectar and Still Drinks), Chi Limited, Ademola Mafikuyomi; Head, Research and Development, Chi Limited, Ernest Ighravwe; and National Publicity Secretary, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Olusola Malomo, at the unveiling of the Chivita ‘no-added sugar’ campaign in Lagos.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Etihad Encourages “Over-Packers” To Donate During Holy Month of Ramadan

In the spirit of Ramadan, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled its “Giant Suitcase” initiative. With more than 75 per cent of travellers admitting to over-packing clothes for their holidays, this programme will provide them with the opportunity to do-good through a simple donation programme.

CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller Wins Gold SABRE Awards

…As President Buhari congratulates CMC Boss on his re-election as APRA President
Founder & Chair of the Holmes Group, Paul Holmes;  Executive Director, CMC Connect Burson Marsteller, Mr. Raheem Olabode and APRA President & Group Managing Director, CMC Connect Limited Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, receiving  the Holmes Report Continental SABRE Awards in Gaborone, Botswana recently.
CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller, a premier perception management consulting firm, won 2018 Gold SABRE Award for Public Relations campaign in the public sector/government category at the just concluded 30th African Public Relations Association’s annual conference held in Gaborone, Botswana.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

  • The airline will mark Eid Al Fitr celebrations on board with sweets for customers

Emirates will commence its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, expected to begin on May 17th. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast.

Alleged Negligence, Breach Of Contract: N6.7bn Suit slammed on Union Bank

A multinational Oil company, Petrocam Trading Nigeria Limited, has slammed N6.75 suit on Union bank of Nigeria Plc over an alleged negligence and breach of contract.

Shashank Manohar elected unopposed as ICC chairman till 2020

India's Shashank Manohar has been re-elected to serve as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for second term. He emegered unopposed.

When Canon Europe’s Head of Emerging Markets Business Visited Nigeria

With the aim of strengthening business opportunity and reaffirming Canon’s commitment to the region, Canon Europe’s Head of Emerging Markets Business Unit, Stefano Zenti recently arrived in Nigeria. During his visit Stefano has met the winners of the #MyNaija competition along with the local industry leaders and customers in a visit focused around Canon’s commitment to investing and expanding its presence in Nigeria.

Emirates Group Announces 2017-18 results

  • Group records 30th consecutive year of profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion)
  • Emirates reports a profit of AED 2.8 billion (US$ 762 million), 124% better than the previous year

The Emirates Group has announced its 30th consecutive year of profit and steady business expansion.

Released today in its 2017-18 Annual Report, the Emirates Group posted a profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) for the financial year ended 31 March 2018, up 67% from last year. The Group’s revenue reached AED 102.4 billion (US$ 27.9.billion), an increase of 8% over last year’s results, and the Group’s cash balance increased by 33% to AED 25.4 billion (US$ 6.9 billion) supported by the bond issued in March and strong sales due to the early Easter holidays at the end of March.

FBN MD, Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Business in Africa Conference

Organizers of Business in Africa conference has been confirmed Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria as the keynote speaker of its 2018 edition.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Barça's unbeaten LaLiga record ends at Levant

...Villarreal and Sevilla clinch Europa League spots

Barcelona’s bid for a historic unbeaten campaign ended in dramatic fashion at Levante, while we now know who will represent LaLiga in Europe next season.

Kaspersky Lab moves core infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland

As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.

Tantalizers opens new outlet in Ikare Akoko

One of the leading brands in the nation’s Quick Service Restaurant sector in Nigeria, Tantalizers has opened a new outlet in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, bringing the brand’s number of outlets to over 60 across the country.

Agenda and Speakers confirmed for debut Africa Blue Economy Forum 2018

The Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) 2018 has announced the final agenda and confirmed speakers for its first edition, in London on 7-8 June.

Buildcon Boosts Development at LFTZ with Pracht Smart City

Buildcon Global Services Limited, developers of Pracht Garden, Pracht Cluster and Pracht Court, is introducing another luxury and fully serviced estate, the Pracht Smart City in Ibeju Lekki, located within the proximity of the Lekki Deep Sea Port at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).

Can Jumia Edge Out Competition With New Campaign?

Nigeria’s no. 1 online shopping platform, Jumia has unveiled a new campaign to position itself as the online platform with the cheapest merchandise in the country. Tagged ‘Last Price Campaign’, its objective is to offer customers the very best prices on over 1,000 iconic products across all categories on its platform.

How Turkish Airlines is connecting cultures through touristanbul

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, offers a free layover service to all international transit Turkish Airlines passengers who fly through Istanbul with a 6-24 hour layover.  Since its launch in 2009, touristanbul has already benefitted almost a quarter of a million passengers who were able to enjoy a taste of Istanbul.

2019 Presidency: Samuel Moses Unveils Plans to Run Under Labour Party

Founder, Africa Christian Broadcasting Network (ACBN) and chieftain of the Labour Party, Prince Moses Samuel has declared his intention to join the contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the Labour Party in the forthcoming general election.

Cellulant to Scale Agrikore, its Mobile Blockchain-based Platform to More Farmers

After raising $47.5m from the Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by growth equity platform TPG Growth, Cellulant, says the investment will help scale its blockchain-based platform Agrikore.
Cellulant Co founders – Bolaji Akinboro (L) and Ken Njoroge (R)

Visa Launches Global Marketing Campaign Featuring Football Superstar

Professional footballer and face of Visa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia global marketing campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimović, will return to the tournament with Visa and join football fans in Russia this summer.

Monday, 14 May 2018

DIFC, Accenture Sign Agreement to Further Cement FinTech Hive at DIFC Position Globally

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with professional services company Accenture to foster innovation in the financial services industry globally.

Firm Launches New Research, Innovation Facility With Austrian Scientific & Artistic Institute

The future never looked brighter. “Gallery of Code”, a new Nigerian R&D lab was co-launched earlier this week in partnership with Ars Electronica, an Austrian scientific and artistic institute that is experimenting with groundbreaking digital art technological innovations. The Abuja-based research and creativity lab, located in the capital’s Gudu District, will support a global network of innovation hubs, academia and industry through technical and creative skills training.

Sahara Power Group backs ‘Light Up Nigeria Energy Conference’ to bolster sector growth

In keeping with its commitment to bolster growth and efficiency in the Energy Sector, the Sahara Power Group will join other power sector thought leaders to address the industry's challenges and opportunities at the 2018 edition of Light Up Nigeria Energy Conference.

Sona Group Promotes Made in Nigeria Products at Food West Africa

Sona Group Industries, a diversified conglomerate and a key player in Nigeria’s industrial growth has called on stakeholders in the industrial sector to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the Africa market, embrace and promote Made in Nigeria products.

Heritage Bank, CBN, ICC brainstorm on global trade operation systems

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has hosted the May 2018 edition of the bankinng technique and practice meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria.

Stanbic IBTC Bank offers bundled-benefit banking services to enterprises

Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Demola Sogunle.
Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has introduced a new banking product that will help small and medium scale enterprises save on cost and and optimize their Business margins/revenues. The product, Biz-Smart Account, enables Enterprises open and operate the account without paying maintenance fees and other related charges.

Promasidor Inspires Students on Career Guidance in Abuja

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Onga and other dairy products, held the third edition of its career guidance workshop for secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
From Left:  Alhaji Yahaya Usman, Board Member 1,FCT Universal Basic Education Board, representing Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Matazu: Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board; Mr.Andrew Enahoro, Head Legal and PR, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Alhaji Hussein Bako, HOD, Junior Secondary School, FCT Universal Basic Education Board and  Mrs. Abiola Adewunmi, Vice Principal Academics, Junior Secondary School, Jabi, Abuja, at the third edition of the Promasidor Harness Your Dream in Abuja.

Microsoft, GE, Kids Comp Camp YTeam Up To Empower More Kenyan Girls in STEM

General Electric (GE) and Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in collaboration with Kids Comp Camp in Kenya are working together to increase girls’ participation and uptake of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Friday, 11 May 2018

Etihad Aviation Group Honours Winners Of Fikra University Competition

Etihad Aviation Group recently hosted its Pitch Day and awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the second edition of its Fikra University competition. The programme, run in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation among university students across the UAE and provide participating students with the opportunity to put forward solutions for a range of challenges facing the aviation industry.

Can Morocco's Accession to ECOWAS strengthen West African Community?

In the last few months, one of the major debate in Africa has been on Morocco's accession to Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS).The Amadeus Institute, an independent Moroccan think tank with a solid expertise on African issues, has since March 2018, launched series of dialogue and debate about Morocco's accession.

AXA Mansard's Shareholders Approve N630m Final Dividend

...Commend Management Over 2017 Performance

The shareholders of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has approved a total dividend of N630 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.
Left to Right: Mr Tosin Runsewe, Chief Client Officer; Mr Kunle Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Olusola Adeeyo, Chairman and Mrs Omowunmi Adewusi, General Counsel/Company Secretary all of AXA Mansard at the 26th Annual General Meeting that took place in Lagos today.

Despite All Odds, eCommerce in Nigeria is here to Stay

In spite of the volatility of the Nigerian economy, eCommerce companies have continued to sail through troubled waters and taken on the daunting task of upsetting the odds of infrastructural deficiency. The same challenges troubling traditional enterprises - such as, inadequate infrastructure, arbitrary levies, low access to cheap funding - have continued to hamper the growth of eCommerce firms. All of these remain high up on the list.

Accenture Significantly Expands Footprint with Major Automotive Manufacturer Account

Accenture announced that the BMW Group, one of the world’s leading premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles, has extended its relationship with Accenture Interactive to support the BMW and MINI brands through the delivery and support of content and features across its digital channels worldwide.

Atletico Madrid to play Super Eagles on May 22

Spanish Top Flight LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid will play a friendly match in southern Nigeria on May 22nd in the town of Uyo against the Nigerian Super Eagles. The fixture was announced this morning in Lagos at a press conference involving the relevant parties: LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio, Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mallam Shehu Dikko; President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick; General Manager Sales & Marketing Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho; and General Manager Supersport Nigeria, Felix Awogu, as well as LaLiga Broadcaster GOtv.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Protecting Privacy and Personal Data Key to Digital Economy in Africa, says Internet Society

Yesterday at the Africa Internet Summit in Dakar, Senegal, the Internet Society and the African Union Commission unveiled a new set of Guidelines that highlight how privacy protection and the responsible use of personal data are critical factors in building greater trust online and in advancing the digital economy in Africa.

AIF endorsed as a game changer for financing Africa’s infrastructure development

By 2050, just 32 short years from now, Africa’s growing population will tip the scales at a whopping 2 billion, with a youth of 840 million. In the process, the continent will overtake the populations of China and India combined.

Budweiser Kicks Off “Light Up The Fifa World Cup” Global Campaign

...To Celebrate The Energy Of 2018 Fifa World Cup

The Official Beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Budweiser has launched its new global campaign “Light Up the FIFA World Cup.” Major highlights of the campaign features the largest beer delivery to date and a selection of integrated experiential, digital and social programs happening worldwide.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabi’u Passes On At 93

…Set to be buried on Friday, 11 May 2018 according to Islamic rites

Renowned Kano businessman, philanthropist, leader of Islam’s Tijjaniyya movement in Nigeria and patriarch of the famed Isyaku Rabiu Family, Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu has passed on yesterday in a London Hospital. He was aged 93 years before his death and would be buried according to Islamic rites on Friday, May 11, 2018. This was confirmed in a statement released by the family.

Airtel Shines at African Cristal Awards 2018

…Wins Grand Prix, three other Accolades for SmartRecharge Campaign

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, got a standing ovation at the 2018 Africa Cristal Awards after receiving the biggest award of the event (grand prix) and three other accolades in the telecoms category for its SmartRecharge campaign.

4 Reasons the God of War is Arguably 2018 Best Game

Maybe you've seen the trailers, or read the reviews? Or maybe you're only vaguely aware of a PlayStation 4 latest "God of War"? Maybe you've never played a "God of War" game! Maybe you're a veteran video game journalist who was expecting a 10-to-12 hour hack-and-slash game?

International Coach Federation Nigeria Chapter Marks International Coaching Week

…Coaching is a Way of Life

There are many people you meet on your entrepreneurial journey, these people who can be referred to as coaches can come with formal or informal training but take an interest in them and what they were doing; leaving an impact that lasts the life span of the business. This is the position of the Nigerian Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
L - R: Chief Executive Officer – Jumia Nigeria; Juliet Anammah, President International Coach Federation - Nigeria Chapter; Mrs. Titi Akisanya, Director - Enterprise Development Center; Mr. Peter Bamkole, Chairperson, International Coaching Week; Mrs. Adeyanju Olomola and Mrs. Funmi Victor – Okigbo  Chief Executive Officer - No Surprises Events Architects at the  Breakfast Panel Discussion during the commemoration of the 2018 International Coaching Week held in Lagos on the 8th of May 2018.