Friday, 13 July 2018

Boomerang, Havas Partner to become Boomerang Havas Africa

Boomerang Communication Solutions Ltd, a 360-degree Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) firm based in Nigeria, has announced partnership with Havas Africa, a subsidiary of Havas Group, the 5th largest communications group worldwide based in France that provides media strategy, media buying and digital marketing, branding, experiential, sports marketing, events solutions and content development to becoming Boomerang Havas Africa.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence

Article for Niyi Tayo – Managing Director, Technology Accenture Nigeria

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be key enablers in a new era of digital experiences and value propositions, but the revolution needs a human touch. Keeping interactions between your artificial intelligence (AI) and your clients fair and unbiased will be critical to the success of your business.

APRA President Commends the African Union

The President of African Public Relations Association (APRA), Mr Yomi Badejo-Okusanya has commended the African Union (AU) on it declarations at the 31st AU Summit held in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Particularly commendable was its effort to bring on board 49 out of 55-member states to sign an agreement establishing Continental Free trade Area (AfCFTA) and its ratification by 6 countries.  “This suggests business growth, opportunities and development for our continent, Africa” he stated.

Africa.com acquires iAfrica.com

...Acquisition to increase news coverage and enhance user experience  

Africa.com has completed its acquisition of iAfrica.com, South Africa's oldest and most iconic news portal from South African media giant, Primedia (Pty) Ltd and telecoms powerhouse, MTN (Pty) Ltd. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Airtel Commissions ICT Centre in Imodi-Ijebu, Ogun State

…New Centre to empower thousands of youths, students

Airtel Nigeria says it has commenced plans to rehabilitate an ICT (Information Communications Technology) centre in Imodi-Ijebu, Ogun State, in line with its commitment to empower Nigerian youths.

Prodi-G Concepts Media inaugurates EDO CINEMA

In a bid  to promote documentation of Edo history in film, Prodi-G Concepts, an independent television production company has inaugurated the EDO CINEMA project in Benin City with the screening of four short films by Edo film makers at the Nosona Studios Art Gallery. 

From Left: Founder of Edo Development Organisation (E.D.O), Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, Founder, EDO Cinema, Adesuwa Osawe and the  Honorable Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism  and Diaspora Affairs, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero at the inaugural EDO Cinema screening in Benin City on Saturday. 
The event chaired by the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs Mr. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero had members of the Edo Development Organisation and other prominent citizens of the state in attendance.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

AXA Mansard Insurance Named Insurance Company of the Year

AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, a member of the AXA Group and global leader in insurance and asset management, has emerged as the Insurance Company of the year. The announcement was made at the 6th edition of the Marketing Edge Brand and Advertising Excellence Awards which took place in Lagos last weekend. The award presented to AXA Mansard Insurance Plc was in recognition of its excellent service delivery and immense contribution to the Nigerian insurance sector as well as the country at large.

eTRANZACT Deepens Financial Inclusion Through CBN-Funded SANEF Initiative

eTranzact, Africa’s premier e-payments solution provider, is set to deepen financial inclusion by expanding its PocketMoni service with 10,000 active mobile money agents, through the CBN-funded Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility (SANEF) initiative, within the next 24 months.

ACSPN Task Communication Professionals, Political Parties on Issue-Based Election Campaign Messages

As 2019 General election approaches, communication stakeholders under the auspices of Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) have called on Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) practitioners, Political parties and other stakeholders to ensure that election campaign messages are not about hate speech but issue based.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

GTBank Launches Social Impact Challenge, Aims to Fund Community Development Projects Nationwide

Following more than two decades of consistent investment in community development, Guaranty Trust Bank plc is taking its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) another step further by launching a Social Impact Challenge that will fund dozens of innovative ideas designed and executed by members of the general public.

FG supports Global Firm to make content cheaper, localized, accessible to Nigerians

In line with its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, especially its strategy to diversify the economy by making technology an enabler for forex revenue earnings, the Buhari administration would be actively supporting Google's Next Billion users plan intended to ensure greater digital access in Nigeria and around the world.

Nokia and China Mobile sign EUR 1 billion frame agreement

Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement - valued at up to EUR 1 billion - to support the Chinese mobile operator's transition to a future-oriented network infrastructure, while providing seamless connectivity to more efficiently meet growing data traffic demand.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

2018 Maltina Teacher Of The Year Extends Entry Deadline

A new window of opportunity has opened for teachers as the deadline for submission of entry for the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year has been extended to Friday, July 20, 2018.

SPAR Nigeria Wins Outstanding Retail Brand of the Year Award

SPAR, leading chain of hypermarket stores, has been announced as the 2018 winner of the Outstanding Retail Brand of the Year award. This announcement was made at the 6th edition of the Marketing Edge Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards that took place in Lagos on Friday July 6th 2018.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Airtel Touching Lives Gets Innovative CSR Leadership Award

Airtel Touching Lives, a corporate philanthropy initiative by leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has been named the Most Innovative CSR Leadership Initiative by Marketing Edge, a leading publication focused on brands, media, advertising and communications.

L-R: Erhumu Bayagbon, Head, Corporate communications/PR, Airtel Nigeria; Dr. Ken Onyeali Ikpe GMD, Insight Redefini Group and Chioma Okolie, CSR Lead Airtel Nigeria when Airtel Nigeria won Innovative CSR Leadership Award on Airtel Touching lives, at the 2018 National Marketing Stakeholders Summits and Awards held in Lagos.
Airtel Nigeria’s Erhumu Bayagbon, Head: Public Relations and Chioma Okolie, Lead, CSR, received the award on behalf of the company at a colourful event held last Friday (6/7/18) in Ikeja, Lagos.

Heritage Bank to boost SMEs growth via The Next Titan Season-5 kick-off

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has strategies to boost the capacity development of small medium enterprises as the headline sponsor of the annual entrepreneurial reality show, The Next Titan, as the season five of the programme kicks off.

Yahsat sponsors West Africa Com, ahead of YahClick service launch across the region

Yahsat, the UAE-based global satellite operator, will participate in West Africa Com on the 10th and 11th July 2018, as Gold Sponsors. The event, which unites critical players in the telco value chain, will see Yahsat showcase its flagship broadband service – YahClick - to partners and customers in the region.

Stanbic IBTC, Dangote Cement announce largest ever Commercial Paper issuance by a Nigerian company

Stanbic IBTC Capital and Stanbic IBTC Bank, subsidiaries of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, have partnered with Dangote Cement PLC, Africa’s largest cement producer, to announce the issuance of the N50 billion Series 1 and 2 Notes, the largest ever Commercial Paper (CP) issuance by a Nigerian company, under the recently established Dangote Cement PLC’s N150 billion CP Programme, announced on 27 June 2018.


Promasidor MD Advises on Career Choice, Pledges Support

The Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson has urged secondary school students to seek professional counsel before making career decisions in order to enhance their capacity to contribute to the future development of the society.

NLC Shut Down MTN Offices in Enugu, Bauchi, Kano

Officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) during the early hours of today stormed offices of MTN in Kano, Bauchi and Enugu States with a protest expressing their displeasure over the casualisation and poor welfare of its members by the telecommunications company.

Coca-Cola’s ‘Issa Goal’ Remix Created Excitement, Motivation for Us in Russia – Wilfred Ndidi

As the Super Eagles return to Nigeria following their defeat by Argentina in their last game of the group stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, one of the outstanding players for the country at the tournament, Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi spoke with BrandArena on the performance of the team and the excitement created by Coca-Cola's 'Issa Goal' remix. 

Wilfred Ndidi at the RussiaInLagos, Eko Atlantic, Lagos 
Excerpt: 

How do you feel to be part of Super Eagle team that participated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia?

I feel very great. It’s a dream come through for me because it's a dream of every football player to represent their country at the World Cup. It’s a privilege to have been a member of the team and I thank God for the opportunity.

Airtel Nigeria's VP Indirect Sales, Wole Abu Becomes New CEO of Pan African Towers

Former Vice President Indirect Sales, Airtel Networks Limited, Mr. Wole Abu has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the newest players in telecommunications in Nigeria, Pan African Towers (PAT) Limited. His appointment takes effect from 1st of July, 2018.

Africa’s hotel sector offers potential for further growth over the next five years – PwC report

Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years. An increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforces the hotel sector’s untapped potential for business growth.

These are some of the highlights from a report issued today by PwC on Africa’s hotel sector:

Utomi charges media to drive Nigerian development by setting agenda for progress

Founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership Prof Pat Utomi has charged the Nigerian media to drive Nigeria’s development through setting agenda on progressive issues.

GTBank Rallies Support for Children With Autism… Holds 8th Annual Autism Conference July 17-18

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will hold the 8th edition of its Annual Autism Conference on Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Themed “Raising a Child with Autism, the Role of Family and the Community” the two-day conference is part of the Bank’s Annual Autism Program, which brings together globally renowned medical specialists, parents, caregivers, health practitioners and concerned members of the public to share ideas on how to support children and adults living with Autism.

Swype Global UK Seeks Strategic Partnership to Reform Music Talent Discovery in Africa

Swype Global Ltd, a UK digital startup has made a strategic entry into Nigeria with a 50% investment in SGL-Swypatune Nigeria Limited in a bid to harness the potential of music talents in Africa using digital technology.

86 Nigeria students receive Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

The British Council and Cambridge International on Friday 29 June hosted the British Council Recognition and Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards at a ceremony held at The Civic Centre in Lagos. The awards recognise exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations in the November 2016 and June 2017 Cambridge examination series. The event was attended by students, parents and educators from Cambridge International Schools in the country.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Turkish Airlines signs global agreement with American Express Global Business Travel

Turkish Airlines signed a significant deal with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), one of the world's leading agencies for corporate travel. This agreement which was signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and Amex GBT’s Board Chairman, Greg O’Hara, highlights the expansion of Turkish Airlines’ existing collaboration with AMEX to a global partnership.


Leasehouz Debuts in Lagos, Provides Premium Leasing Services

Leasehouz, an online market platform where various assets, goods and services, sold by various vendors and partners are displayed for sale has debuted in Nigeria.

L-R: Nzekwu Bob Nnamdi, Assist Manager Corporate Marketing, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc; Mrs Toyin Sanni, Group MD United Capital/Special Guest; Mrs Ebika Ogbor, Managing Director Bixies Boulevard Ltd; Mr Ifeanyi Ogbor, CEO, Leasehouz and Taiwo Shittu, Group Executive Director, Lanre Shittu Motors Nigeria Limited during the Launch of Leasehouz in Lagos on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
The platform is powered by AssetKap Investment Limited is a newly established service solution company providing modern day asset solutions and other related services in Nigeria. Assetkap provides services in the areas of leasing, fleet management, financial intermediary/advisory and investments.

Facebook nets first Premier League rights in £200m deal

Social media giant Facebook have struck a £200million (US$265 million) deal to stream Premier League live in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for the three-year period covering 2019 to 2022. 

PHOTO: Fatgbems Supports 2018 Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series

1 (L-R)  Most Outstanding Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Officer of the year 2018, Olukunle Akande, Most Dedicated Officer of the year, Junaid Ajadi, Executive Director, Fatgbems Group, Adebayo Gbemisola and People's LASTMA officer of the year, Rita Omobovbude at the 2018 Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series in Lagos 

(L-R) Brand Manager Fatgbems Group, Adeosun Azeez, General Manager Lagos Traffic Radio, Olayinka Adagun, Executive Director Fatgbems Group, Adebayo Gbemisola and the Head of Marketing, Lagos Traffic Radio, Dare Durosimi at the 2018 Taffic Radio Lecture Series

Hogan Lovells optimistic that Africa is fit for the future at fifth annual Africa Forum

Global law firm Hogan Lovells is set to host its fifth annual Africa Forum London event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the heart of City, against the backdrop of a rapidly-improving investment outlook across the continent.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

SPAR Football Challenge Begins!

In this spirit of the global football festive season, SPAR, leading chain of hypermarket stores has introduced SPAR Football Challenge, an innovative platform to engage with its shoppers, their families and friends. SPAR Football challenge is a unique platform around basic skills of football and gives a nice opportunity to Children and Grown Up as well to showcase their skills and have lots of fun at the same time.


Faborode, Modupe Arraignment: APC Abuses Prosecuting Powers, Says PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described the arraignment of the Party Chairman in Ondo State, Engr Clement Faboyede and the D.G of Jonathan Campaign Team Mr. Tokunbo Modupe by a Lagos high court yesterday, over alleged N500m fraud as an exhibition of abuses of powers.

How Ecobank, TRACE celebrated African Culture during President Macron's Visit to Nigeria

France President, Emmanuel Macron paid an official visit to Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, July 3rd 2018, during which he announced the launch of the Season of African Cultures 2020, a French celebration of Africa’s rich and diverse cultures, as part of a cultural event organised by TRACE and sponsored by Ecobank, Africa’s leading pan-African bank.