Friday, 16 November 2018

BAP, House of Oduduwa Tell the Untold Story of Queen Moremi

...Stage Performance to Begin December 21st 2018 at Terra Arena 

In an attempt to tell an authentic African story of the heroine of the Yoruba race, Queen Moremi, award winning Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions and House of Oduduwa have collaborated to premier a stage play titled “Queen Moremi The Musical”.

OBG 2019 Report On Nigeria’s Economy To Map Out Shifting Regulatory Landscape

  • Stillwaters Law signs second MoU with Oxford Business Group

A forthcoming report by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) will highlight the overhaul earmarked for Nigeria’s regulatory framework, which forms part of the country’s broader reform programme.

Nokia releases upgraded CloudBand Infrastructure Software to secure 5G cloud deployments

....Enhance service delivery and reduce costs for customers

Nokia yesterday announced its latest CloudBand Infrastructure Software to give communication service providers (CSPs) and other customers sharper cloud management solutions that improve service delivery and significantly reduce operating costs as 5G deployments get underway.

ESET, Airtel Unveil Mobile Security Offering for Smartphone Users

ESET, the leader in Cybersecurity research has announced the launch of a new mobile security product specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Metrofile Group Appoints Babatunde Osho as Nigerian CEO

Leading information and records management company, Metrofile Group, has announced the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Osho as it’s new Managing Director for Nigeria.

Red Star Express Welcomes New Chairman

One of Nigeria’s leading logistics companies, Red Star Express has welcomed a new chairman to head its Board of Directors. This became necessary as the incumbent chairman, Dr Mohammed Koguna retired from the Red Star services after serving in the same capacity for 26 years.

Emirates expands partnership with Uber to offer more customers a seamless travel journey

Emirates has expanded its exclusive global partnership with Uber based on outstanding customer feedback for an end-to-end travel experience. Passengers travelling on Emirates Economy Flex Plus and Emirates Economy Flex fares from more than 20 global destinations can now avail special discounted airport rides from and to Dubai International Airport.

Romantic Comedy “CHARMED” set to Premiere

CHARMED, a romantic comedy film produced by Verte View is set to hit cinemas on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Stanbic IBTC empowers youth on financial literacy

In recognition of the importance of financial literacy in making informed financial decisions, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, deployed its senior personnel to 31 schools across six selected states in the country in line with CBN’s financial literacy drive to educate students on the benefits of financial planning and a savings culture.

AU, APRA Resolve to Tackle Africa’s Image Challenges

The African Union Commission (AUC) has once again reiterated its resolve to work with the African Public Relations Association (APRA) in tackling the reputation challenges of Africa. This assertion was made when the Deputy Chairperson of the AUC received the President of APRA, Mr Yomi Badejo-Okusanya in his office in Addis Ababa.

Sterling Bank launches world first digital commodity market

Sterling Bank Plc yesterday set Nigeria on the global record with the launch of the world’s first fully digital, end-to-end blockchain-based commodity trading and financing platform.

Orange accelerates its multi-service operator strategy in Africa

In the field of telephony as in many others, Africa has jumped a technological step by moving directly to mobile. The outlook of the smartphone market is still seeing exponential growth. It is estimated that at least 660 million Africans (against 336 million in 2016) will be equipped with a smartphone by 2020.

This breakthrough can be explained by several factors, led largely because Orange is fully mobile: it has established mobile payment services (via the Orange Money service), it continues to invest in mobile internet coverage (14 Orange countries with 4G) and it offers affordable prices to provide accessibility to all.

NECA Slams the National Lottery Regulatory Commission for Breach of the Rule of Law

The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has expressed its shock and utter dismay at the gruff actions and jungle behaviour of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, new D.G. of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) in shutting down the offices and business premises of Nigeria Brewery Plc across the nation.

ADVAN Celebrates 25th Anniversary with “The Power of Story Telling”

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has announced a series of weeklong activities to mark its 25th anniversary, culminating in the ADVAN marketing excellence awards slated for the 18th of November. The ADVAN anniversary week with the theme “The Power of Story Telling” gives the leading marketing association in Nigeria and its members the opportunity to emphasize on the strategic importance of story telling in nation building and driving economic growth , a role they have played so well over the last 25 years.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Jumia Commends Framework For eCommerce Regulation in Nigeria

The Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah has described the recent tripartite motion by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) on the urgent need for government to develop a framework to regulate the activities of eCommerce platforms in Nigeria, as a round peg in a round hole. She assured the government that Jumia will continue to offer necessary supports to ensure such framework is developed with the purpose of protecting unsuspecting shoppers online.

Dealing With Corporate Governance Challenges In Business

It is also in the interest of the regulators whose job it is to ensure that businesses, especially publicly listed ones, maintain good corporate governance codes, as businesses tend to learn from each other. If one business gets away with sharp practices, then other try their hand at it as well.

Sheraton Cairo celebrates its Legendary City by Paying Tribute to Iconic Landmarks

A weekend of celebration kicked off on November 7 at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino as it brought together guests, customers and locals to unveil its extensive transformation. Having been ingrained in the city for over four decades, Sheraton Cairo was not only an iconic venue but also one that has deep roots into the local community, which made it a natural host for Sheraton’s “Heart for the City” experiential tour’s third stop. The immersive experience captures Cairo’s heritage and brings to life legendary monuments that make Cairo magical.

Monday, 12 November 2018

No Plans For Merger or Acquisition, Diamond and Access Bank Write NSE

As against the rumours making the rounds, Diamond Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc have notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the general public that both banks are not in any merger or acquisition talks.

After Nine Years, Emirates to Cut Ties with Paris Saint-Germain

After more than nine years as PSG’s main shirt sponsor, Emirates will quit the club due to price hikes and increased tensions between PSG’s Qatari owners and the United Arab Emirates, according to a report from Bloomberg. This means the relationship between Emirates and Ligue 1 champions will end by 2018-19 season.

Budweiser presents ‘Uncategorized’ with Legendary Hip Hop Photographer Chi Modu at BUDX Lagos

This December,1st & 2nd, the prolific Nigerian-American photographer and documentarian Chi Modu will exhibit his work for the first time in Lagos at Budweiser’s music platform BUDX – which is at the heart of shaping emerging music.The 2-day series will consist of masterclasses and workshops with key industry tastemakers.

NB/FRSC Hold Mega Rally on “Don’t Drink and Drive” Campaign in Lagos

Following the successful mega rally of the 11th edition of the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigerian Breweries and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) held another mega rally on road safety in Lagos, as part of efforts aimed at ensuring reduction in road accidents.

Samsung launches Cutting Edge QLED TV into the Nigerian market

Samsung Electronics West Africa has launched its newest and smartest Television yet, The Samsung QLED TV 2018 into the Nigerian market. According to the company, the QLED TV 2018 features impeccable picture quality, inspiring style, and ingenious ways for users to find content; removing anything that distracts, detracts, or delays from the experience.

Heritage Bank calls for increased govt, banks’ support in Agriculture sector

Heritage Bank Plc has called on government at all levels and deposit money banks to increase supports in agriculture, as it is the most resilient and important sector of Nigerian economy, despite underwhelming investment in the sector.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Agribusiness will become the ‘new oil” on the continent, says African Investment Forum

...To worth US$1 trillion business by 2030

As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum to make deals on investment opportunities, leaders of the continent’s  top agribusiness companies shared their thoughts on the future of the industry. With its vast agricultural potential, Africa’s agribusiness sector is predicted to reach US$1 trillion by 2030. Agribusiness will become the ‘new oil” on the continent, African Investment Forum participants said, fueling the motor of inclusive growth.

XLR8 wins International Breweries Public Relations Account

International Breweries Plc, the Nigerian subsidiary of AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer has appointed leading communications consultancy, XLR8 to manage its public relations. The appointment which is sequel to a competitive bid, will see XLR8 taking responsibility for all of the company’s corporate as well as brand-related communications.

ROLAC, SCRAP-C: Spreading the Message of the FOI Act in Nigeria

From East to the West, North and South, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption-ROLAC programme of the European Union and the Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against the Prevalence of Corruption - SCRAP-C programme of the United Kingdom Aid have been traversing the length and breadth of Nigeria, spreading the good news of the Freedom of Information Act.

Friday, 9 November 2018

EAT’N’GO Extends Delicious Experience to Port Harcourt

  • Introduces new outlet for Domino’s Pizza, Coldstone Creamery and Pinkberry Frozen Yoghurt
Eat’N’Go, leading food franchisee has initiated operations of its brands - Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt in Port-Harcourt. Its flagship store in this region, was officially opened on November 8, 2018, at Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Port Harcourt.

L-R; Antoine Zammarieh, Chief Operating Officer Eat’N’Go, Ilyas Kazeem, Marketing Manager, Domino’s Pizza, Amalia Sebakunzi, Marketing Director Eat’N’Go, Timilehin Lajubutu, Marketing Manager Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt and Bimpe Olanrewaju, Marketing Manager, Cold Stone Creamery, at the official opening of Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

BUA Cement Completes Construction, Begins Testing Facilities At Its New Obu Cement Plant Okpella

…Installed capacity hits 8million MTPA; Partners SON & ITF to train blockmakers across Nigeria

Less than 6 months after commissioning its 1.5million mtpa Kalambaina Cement Plant in Sokoto state, BUA Cement, has announced that it has completed construction of its newest Cement Factory – The 3million MTPA Obu II Cement plant, Okpella in Edo State, Nigeria. This will bring the total capacity of BUA Obu cement operations to 6million tonnes and move the entire Group’s installed capacity to 8million MTPA. A date for commissioning is to be announced soon according to the statement from BUA Group.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Laliga's In-Form Strikers Go Head To Head As Barcelona Aim To Stay On Top This Weekend

LaLiga Santander leaders Barcelona taking on Real Betis in a treat for the purists will be just one highlight of a weekend which also brings together many of Spanish football’s most in-form strikers.

People, Organisations Don’t Fully Trust Anyone on their Online Data - Study

A new study of mid-size businesses and consumers reveals that many are confused and lack trust when it comes to the privacy and security of their online data and behaviour. The research, which covered six countries in Europe and North America, found that people worry that hackers, their own and foreign governments, employers and even friends and family might want to access their online data, and how to stop them.

Stakeholders unveil strategies to deepen Nigeria’s debt market

Critical steps required to deepen Nigeria’s debt market was the focus of discourse in Lagos as the Annual Bonds, Loans and Sukuk Nigeria Conference was held in the Nigerian commercial capital on November 6, 2018, at the Eko Convention Centre.

Johnson & Johnson Launches Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

Johnson & Johnson today launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, the second continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa’s population.

South Africa's Financial Stability Threatened by MTN's $10bn Nigeria Bill – Reserve Bank

MTN Group’s fights with Nigerian authorities over $10bn in repatriated funds and back taxes could increase risk in South Africa’s financial system depending on the outcome, the South African Reserve Bank has said.

World’s elite golfers land in Antalya for Turkish Airlines Open 2018

The sixth staging of the Turkish Airlines Open kicked off on Thursday 1 November at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Antalya. A host of the world’s finest players will compete at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, which hosts the tournament for a third straight year.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Outlook for Africa’s oil & gas industry improves – PwC report

The outlook for Africa’s oil & gas industry is positive amid difficult operating and economic headwinds. Tough economic and external conditions have placed pressure on oil & gas companies to be more cost-effective and efficient.

Companies have adopted to a low-cost environment, which promises to be even more beneficial given the current recovering oil price. These are some of the highlights from PwC’s annual Africa Oil & Gas Review released today at the 25th Africa Oil Week conference, 2018 held in Cape Town.

Amaarae, Boj and Teni The Entertainer Shut Down Art X Live!

On Saturday 3rd of November, Lagos pulsed with pure energy for ART X Live!, the dynamic visual art and live music show by ART X Lagos. Titled ART X Live! Sonic Archive ‘They knew before the new”, the show explored Africa’s rich musical history with performing artists Ghanaian singer Amaarae, BOJ and Teni the entertainer, paying homage to some of their favourite songs by African Legends.

WARIF Goes Live with SAP People Connect 365 to Help Transform Women’s Lives in Africa

SAP has announced that the Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a nonprofit that combats sexual violence, rape and human trafficking of girls and women across Nigeria, has gone live with the SAP People Connect 365 mobile service from the SAP Digital Interconnect group.

All Africa Business Leaders Awards announce 2018 West African Finalists

All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA), in partnership with CNBC Africa, have announced the 2018 West African finalists, after the completion of a rigorous and extensive selection process.

PZCCC: Winners Visit PZ Cussons as Teacher, Parents Laud the Competition

In furtherance to its commitment to strengthen education, PZ Cussons, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of healthy home and personal care products has hosted winners of the 2018 Chemistry Challenge at the organization’s head office and factory in Lagos. PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC), is an initiative of the company’s Foundation supported by two top brands, Premier Cool and Nunu Milk.

Cashless Society: Is Nigeria Winning?

Technology is forcing both developed and emerging economies to innovate. The cashless society is one such innovation.

Cashless society according to Wikipedia describes an economic state whereby financial transactions are not conducted with money in the form of physical banknotes or coins, but rather through the transfer of digital information (usually an electronic representation of money) between the transacting parties.

Nigeria’s Antigraft Agency, EFCC removes Benedict Peters From ‘Wanted’ List

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has conformed with the order of Nigeria’s High Court, directing the removal of the name of the Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, from its list of wanted persons.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Thomson Reuters Unveils Refinitiv, Awards West Africa Customers

As part of its strategy of giving customers the best, Thomson Reuters launched its new brand identity, renamed its financial and risk business unit, ‘Refinitiv’. This was disclosed at the West Africa Excellence Awards recently organized in Lagos, Nigeria, to appreciate its existing customers who have in no small measure patronized and contributed to the success of the company.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Lessons Learned from Capacity Building Projects in Africa: A Regulatory Perspective

William (Bill) Ferreira. Partner Hogan Lovells, Washington D.C
“Capacity development is the process through which individuals, groups and organisations, and societies deploy, adapt, strengthen, and maintain the capabilities to define, plan and achieve their own development objectives on an inclusive, participatory, and sustainable basis.”

Nigerian Breweries Promotes Talent through Lagos International Poetry Festival

Nigerian Breweries Plc, the leading brewing company in the country, has demonstrated its strong commitment to the promotion of intellectual talent through the sponsorship of the Lagos International Poetry Festival, which attracts poets from across the world.

Gabriel Ogbechie Wins Oil Industry Downstream Man of the Year Award

The Group Managing Director of Rainoil Limited, Dr Gabriel Ogbechie is the winner of Downstream Man of the Year for 2018.

Meet the New CEO of Renmoney, Oluwatobi Boshoro

Renmoney has announced the appointment of Oluwatobi Boshoro as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Oluwatobi Boshoro
Prior to her appointment, Tobi served as the Head, Digital Strategy, Issuing and Service Management at Stanbic IBTC. The new Renmoney CEO had also headed Stanbic IBTC’s Electronic Banking and Digital Strategy units at various times, where she was responsible for the digital transformation of the bank.

Coca-Cola, Federal Government Launch N4Billion Partnership for Safe Birth

The official launch of the Safe Birth Initiative (SBI), a Coca-Cola partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals and an NGO, Medshare International Inc., was today marked with the inauguration of the first set of life-saving medical equipment officially handed over to National Hospital, Abuja.

Centurion Law Group Acquires IMANI- Lawyers On Demand

...Launches an Africa-wide Flexible Legal Services Model

Centurion Law Group (Centurion), a pan-African law conglomerate, now offers the cost savings and efficiency of flexible legal services through its acquisition of IMANI-African Lawyers On Demand

WhatsApp Confirms Ads are coming to Chat App

Like Instagram and Snapchat, WhatsApp will begin to monetize its platform with ads in the “Status” feature.

Mastercard Foundation: New Fund to Seed Young African Leaders' Social Ventures

The Mastercard Foundation today announced a new fund that will enable young changemakers to seed and kick-start promising social ventures and community projects, creating economic opportunities for themselves and others. Over the next two years, the Foundation will dedicate US$2M for a pilot project that will expand Mastercard Foundation Scholars' capacity to exercise transformative leadership by putting their social and entrepreneurial ideas into action.