Thursday, 17 January 2019

Flutterwave Partners Visa To Launch Payment Service GetBarter

Nigeria Fintech startup, Flutterwave has partnered with Visa to launch a consumer payment product for Africa called GetBarter. The app-based offering is aimed at facilitating personal and small merchant payments within countries and across Africa’s national borders. Existing Visa cardholders can send and receive funds at home or internationally on GetBarter.

Eat’n’Go Records Milestone Achievements, Celebrates Employees at 2018 Gala Night

Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for No. 1 Pizza making company in the world - Domino’s Pizza and its two other brands, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has highlighted its 2018 achievements showcasing new outlets, international recognitions and employee rewards. Following a successful year, the organization also hosted its annual Gala Night in December, to recognize and award dedicated staff across all its locations in Nigeria.

First Bank Targets Single NPL Ratio by Year End

It is no doubt that one of the financial institutions huge bad loans is First Bank Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc.

Mr Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director/CEO of First Bank
However, the management of the lender is working tirelessly to ensure the non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of the company is cut from double-digits to a single digit.

Real Madrid Host Sevilla A World Away From September’s First Meeting

Sevilla versus Real Madrid back in late September was a key game in each team’s 2018/19 LaLiga Santander campaign so far, but things have changed considerably on both sides ahead of Saturday afternoon’s reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ikeja Electric cautions public against activities around power lines

…Restates commitment to safety of lives and property

In a renewed commitment to its high safety standards, Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has cautioned the public under its network against building structures and engaging in social and economic activities under power lines.   

Global Experts Make 2019 Media Predictions for AI, AR, Voice

Connected intelligence is leading the way in transforming media, and Nigel Hollis asked some of its global experts across Kantar to create 12 lively predictions for 2019.

SA's Mediamark Appoints Wayne Bischoff As New CEO

South Africa's creative shop, Mediamark has announced the appointment of Wayne Bischoff as new Chief Executive Officer following Werner Lindemann's resignation.

Coronation Research issues 2019 Economic Outlook for Nigeria, with ‘A Tale of Two Halves’

In its 2019 economic outlook report titled “A Tale of Two Halves”, Coronation Research – industry-leader and a subsidiary of Coronation Asset Management Limited–believes the narrative for the Nigerian economy in 2019 is largely hinged around the performance of the oil.

Individualized Therapies and The Future Of Drug Regulation

As science continues to uncover new applications of cell, tissue, and gene therapies, regulators are adopting a more flexible, forward-looking perspective on safety and effectiveness.

Nigeria's Inflation hits seven-month high at 11.44%

The consumer price index (CPI) which measures inflation, increased by 11.44 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2018; a 0.16 per cent increase from the 11.28 per cent recorded in November.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

US Soccer rides with Volkswagen

The United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) has sealed a multi-year dollar partnership deal with Volkswagen.

iSON Group Shines at the 2018 NiTA Awards

iSON Group, Africa’s leading IT and ITeS companies with presence in about 14 countries in Africa clinched four awards at the recently concluded 2018 Nigerian Technology Awards, held in Lagos, Nigeria. iSON Technologies a subsidiary of iSON Group bagged the I.T Services & Support Company of the Year and the Managed Services & Support Company of the Year awards while iSON BPO International Limited carted away the Contact Centre & BPO Operator of the Year awards as well at the Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA)  and  Business Excellence Award (BEXA) ceremony.

Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018

Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2% load factor in that month. Growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines at the end of the year as well.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Mastercard Appoints First Chief Experience Officer

Donald Chesnut, Mastercard's first chief experience officer, has resumed today January 14, 2019.

Zedvance Launches Back-to-School Campaign

  • Promotes Inclusive Education through Offering 

Innovative consumer finance company, Zedvance Ltd has flagged off its Back-to-School campaign to provide easy access to quick and collateral-free credit to all parents and guardians in Nigeria.

Al Ahly SC, Umbro Agree New Partnership

The Egyptian football club, Al Ahly SC and Umbro have entered into a three-and-a-half year agreement starting January 2019, during which time Umbro will act as the technical sponsor.

Mastercard Rebrands, Drops Name From Company Logo

Imagine having enough brand equity to be identified by just a logo? 

Mastercard has announced that it is dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts. The interlocking red and yellow circles, referred to as 'the Mastercard symbol', will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds and major sponsorship properties.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Jaguar Land Rover Reports December 2018 And Year End Sales

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in 2018 totalled 592,708 vehicles, down 4.6% compared to 2017’s record year. The introduction of the Jaguar E-PACE and I-PACE led to Jaguar’s best ever annual sales results in 2018 up 1.2% to 180,833.  However, this was more than offset by market weakness in China impacting on sales of established models.

LaLiga 1|2|3 matches to be broadcast via YouTube in over 155 global markets

LaLiga has announced that all matches from its second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, will now be available for free via YouTube to millions of consumers worldwide.

Multichoice launches 'Step Up' campaign on DStv and GOtv in Nigeria

As from Tuesday, 15 January till Monday, 15 April 2019 the Step-Up campaign will offer all active and disconnected DStv Compact, Family and Access customers the occasion to pay for an upgrade package and get an enhancement to view programming on an even higher package within 48 hours.

Euracare, Multi-Specialist Hospital, Celebrates Two Years of Operations in Nigeria

Euracare, the leading multi-specialist hospital in Lagos, is celebrating its 2nd anniversary in the Nigerian healthcare industry. Euracare which was founded in 2016 but was officially opened in 2017 has continued to successfully provide world-class advanced diagnostic and specialty treatment to Nigerians through a team of local and international medical professionals.

Ringer's Dealdey Shut Down Operations in Nigeria

Just a few days ago, after Naspers’ announcement that its Career24 is shutting down operations in Nigeria effective 1 March 2019, Ringier’s DealDey has also announced the closure of its ecommerce website.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Heritage Bank set to deepen full steam retail banking, sustainable growth

Heritage Bank Plc has restated commitment through its growth strategy to deepen its full stream retail banking franchise to match the rapidly changing needs of its customer, as well give the unbanked, especially in the rural areas the opportunity to enjoy seamless financial services.

Again, XLR8 is Public Relations Consultancy of the Year

For the second consecutive time, XLR8, one of West Africa’s leading Public Relations and Communications Management consultancies, has emerged as the "Public Relations Consultancy of the year, 2018." This was the verdict of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations at the 2018 edition of its annual Lagos Public Relations Industry Gala and Awards (LAPRIGA).

Liquid Telecom Appoints New Regional CEO For Middle East And West Africa

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Mohamed Abdel Bassit as its new Regional CEO for Middle East and West Africa (MEWA), effective January 1, 2019.

Mohamed Abdel Bassit 
Based in Cairo, Bassit will oversee the group’s expansion further into MEWA following the recent news that it is investing US$400m in the Egyptian market and has completed the first fibre network to stretch all the way from Cape Town to Cairo.

BUA Boss, Abdul Samad Rabiu commemorates CCNN/BUA Kalambaina Merger, Listing at NSE

The Chairman, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, CCNN and Founder/CEO of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu rang the closing gong on the floor of The Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) to commemorate the end of trading on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and mark the successful completion of the CCNN/Kalambaina Cement Merger and listing of the shares of the expanded CCNN entity which is now one of Nigeria’s 12 most capitalized companies on the exchange.

LaLiga Reaches Half-way Mark as Winter Champions Barcelona and Top Strikers Hit Form

Already confirmed as LaLiga’s ‘winter champions’ as the season reaches its half-way stage this weekend, Barcelona will look to stay ahead of a chasing pack which includes many of the league’s most in-form strikers.

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Africa through Africa Internship Academy Approach

Facing the skills gap issue, which is also one of the top most reasons for youth unemployment in Africa (about 10 million students who graduate from the 668 universities in Africa each year do not get jobs), We, as a Pan-African Social enterprise have made it our prerogative to accelerate the level of, especially youth employment across Africa by filling in the skills gap.

Hero Rewards 500 Consumers in Yuletide Promo

Hero lager, a leading quality beer brand from the stable of International Breweries Plc, a proud part of the AB InBev family, has rewarded over 500 consumers with cash prizes worth over Ninety million naira and gifts through its national consumer promo, tagged HEROnaires Mega promo, which ran for three months.

Coca-Cola Acquires Costa Coffee for $4.9 Billion

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Costa Limited from Whitbread PLC. The $4.9 billion transaction follows approval from regulatory authorities in the European Union and China.

PHOTO STORY: Zedvance visits new Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola

L-R: Marketing & Brand Communications Associate, Zedvance Limited, Lukmon Oloyede; Head, Marketing & Brand Communications, Zedcrest Capital, Adebowale Banzi; Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Lagos State, Samson Ajibade; Head of Service, Lagos State, Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Group Managing Director, Zedcrest Capital & Founder, Zedvance Limited, Adedayo Amzat,CFA and Head, Public Sector, Zedvance Limited, Adegoke Orimolade during a courtesy visit to the new Head of Service in Lagos.

Why Adrian Wood’s Teleology Holdings Pulled Out of 9mobile

Teleology Holdings recently pulled out of 9mobile. According to the founder of the company, Adrian Wood in a statement, “Fifteen Teleology experts have worked since June 2017 on detailed 9mobile turnaround planning, development strategies and financial restructuring. This included lining up more than $500 million fresh direct foreign investment from international institutions.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Nigerian Travellers To Enjoy New Travel Memories Through Emirates Discounted Fares

Emirates is making Nigerian travellers enjoy new travel memories in 2019 with special fares to fulfil the traveller’s resolutions.

EcobankPay enables seamless transaction across three payment platforms

Ecobank Nigeria Limited has stated that EcobankPay, a special merchant  QR Code product of the Pan African Bank, has continued to enable customers make seamless payment for goods and services across the three major payment platforms without the use of plastic cards.

Search For Maths Champion Begins As 2019 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition Opens

The entry stage for this year’s Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited, the makers of Cowbell Milk opened in Lagos on Tuesday.

Phyno, Kcee, The Bull, Humble Smith, Bracket, Others Light Up Ojoto

Prominent artists Phyno, Kcee limpopo, Humble Smith, Ruff coin nwa aba, Bracket, Funny Bone, Frank De Don, Jimmy Jatt and a host of many other celebrities including the Super Eagles Legend, Dan the bull Amokachi were all present at Ojoto Unity Carnival organized by the millennial real estate entrepreneur and philantropist Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, who has for over a decade been providing Nigerians with affordable luxury homes in Nigeria.

Is Sterling Bank's New Identity Inspired By GTBank?

One of the leading commercial bank in Nigeria, Sterling Bank Plc. has changed its logo from ‘aiming for the moon’ to ‘rising sun’. The bank announced the new logo in a series tweets via its official Twitter handle.

Monday, 7 January 2019

P+ Measurement Services Becomes Official Media Monitoring And Evaluation Partner of Lagos NIPR

The Lagos State Chapter; the leading branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, has announced an exclusive partnership with the P+ Measurement Services to serve as the Official Media Monitoring and Evaluation Partner for the Chapter.

#KonstructApp: Delivering Smart Construction Services on the Go!

The world is fast changing as digital mobile Apps are gradually becoming our companions and Personal Assistants of sort – helping out with our day to day ‘To do list’.

Friday, 4 January 2019

DAAR Communications Board approves appointment of new Director

The Board and Management of DAAR Communications Plc has approved the appointment of Nornah Awoh as an Independent Director of the company. This resolution was made at the company’s meeting held on June 21, 2018.

Legacy Pension Managers Limited is now FCMB Pensions Limited

As part of the strategy to harmonise its global brand and identity, FCMB Group Plc has announced a change of name in the pension management arm of its business. Formerly known as Legacy Pension Managers Limited, the leading financial services holding company’s fund managers firm will now be known as FCMB Pensions Limited.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Zedcrest Capital Appoints Adebowale Banzi As Group Head, Marketing & Brand Communications

New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Capital Ltd. has announced the appointment of Adebowale Banzi as its Group Head, Marketing and Brand Communications.

Samsung to focus on AI and IoT Technologies at CES 2019

Samsung Electronics is set to showcase innovative ways that its latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies simplify daily life. These include brand new applications for AI and IoT, new ways to make AI do more, as well as new devices that place AI and IoT at the center of users’ connected lives.

CES 2019: LG's Cinebeam Laser 4K Projector to be Unveiled in Las Vegas

LG Electronics (LG) is set to unveil its second-generation CineBeam Laser 4K projector (model HU85L) with Ultra Short Throw (UST) technology at CES™ 2019. This CES 2019 Innovation Award winner builds upon the success of LG's first 4K projector (model HU80K) and continues to stand out from the crowd with its minimal space requirement and compact design that can project stunningly sharp 4K images on practically any flat surface – a wall, floor or ceiling.

Hymnodia Flags-off in Grand Style in Lagos

Excitement filled the air as shoppers, merchants and visitors were treated to melodious rendition of inspirational hymns at the Ikeja City Mall in Lagos on Sunday, December 30, 2018 by the team of Hymnodia which flagged-off its Season One in grand style.

Let’s get to work and build a better Nigeria – Moghalu

Professor Kingsley Moghalu is a leader with a global worldview, and knows how nations transform; having worked with the United Nations for 17 years on building third-world countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and Croatia into fast-developing economies.

Prof. Kingsley Moghalu
He believes the transformation of countries like UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Brazil did not happen in a vacuum.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Juventus extends partnership deal with Adidas to 2026/2027

Italian Serie A club Juventus has extended its Official Partner agreement with kit supplier adidas to June 30, 2027, according to a club statement.

Chelsea Announces Record Profits and Revenue for 2017-18

Chelsea have revealed a record profit and turnover in the club’s latest published accounts.

The South West London club, which currently sits fourth in the Premier League, grew its turnover by 22.7 per cent to £445m (€494m/$565m) and reported a profit of £62m. The profit could be attributed to an increase in broadcast revenues of £162.4m as a result of the club’s return to the Champions League in the 2017-18 season and a profit on player sales worth £113m.

Samsung set to flag-off 2019 mobile launch with Galaxy M series

Samsung is set to launch its new entry-level smartphone - Galaxy M-series with three new devices - Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 this January.

US, Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago.