Friday, 22 February 2019

17 African startups compete with other contestants for Seedstars Global Winner

...Winners to be announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2-5

Winners will emerge at the sixth edition of the annual Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2-5, 2019 organised by Seedstars World.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Indomie launches My Indomie My Recipe campaign

Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie Instant Noodles, has launched Indomie cooking competition to deepen the conversation surrounding cooking among young couples.

Promasidor Supports over 60 Families of Children with Disabilities

Promasidor Nigeria Limited has provided succour to more than 60 parents of children with disabilities through its low-interest microcredit scheme christened We Too Can Grow in advancement of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.

Manchester United, Marriott International announce Global Marketing Partnership

Marriott International and Manchester United today announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel programme exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences - including the chance to become the club’s Stadium Announcer or Kit Manager for the day.

Barcelona to be Tested at Sevilla as Battles Heighten in LaLiga Santander

LaLiga Santander leaders Barcelona face another tough test this weekend, as minds focus on the battles to qualify for Europe and avoid relegation.

Mark Kramer, Mamadou Biteye, Others Headline 2019 Africa Shared Value Summit in Nairobi

Plans are in top gear for the 2019 Africa Shared Value Summit which will hold in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the keynote speakers this year is American co-author of the seminal Harvard Business Review article 'Creating Shared Value', co-founder and managing director of FSG, and a director of the US-based Shared Value Initiative, Mark Kramer.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Domino Excites Customers With Smallie Pizza

...Package Comes in Six New Flavours

They say good things come in small packages but this one is on whole new vibe with such cheesy delicious goodness in a cute mini box! Say hello to the new 6-inch revolution in town, called the Domino’s Smallie Pizza! Believe us when we say you haven’t seen anything like this before in Nigeria, as Domino’s Pizza keeps breaking new grounds. What’s even more amazing? It costs just N550 only.

“Make Investment in Infrastructure, Digital Economy Utmost Priority, If Voted In”, Jumia CEO Tells Presidential, NA Candidates

The Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah has called on all the presidential candidates and those vying for the National Assembly seats in the 2019 general elections to prioritize making significant investment in infrastructure development as well
as promote bills that will foster the country’s digital economy, if voted in.

Heritage Bank debuts ‘HB LAB’ tech start-ups to boost economic growth

…As winner gets $25, 000 grant, other benefits

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, adopts a focused approach that removes barriers and galvanizes the critical sector of the economy around a bold growth agenda with the launching of its innovation accelerator programme tagged, “HB LAB”.

Dentsu Aegis Network Acquires Creative Agency, BJL

Dentsu Aegis Network has swallowed BJL, the Manchester-based creative agency, in a bid to boost its capabilities in the north of England.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Travelstart Nigeria commences Based on Logistics Campaign to ease costs of travel

In line with its avowed commitment to providing very cheap flights, seamless and excellent service, Travelstart, Africa’s leading online travel agency has unveiled the Based on Logistics Campaign.

#MWC19: Nokia expands Anyhaul transport portfolio with 25 Gbps speeds

In advance of Mobile World Congress, Nokia today announces a raft of enhancements to its Anyhaul transport portfolio that help operators prepare their networks for 5G by delivering throughput speeds of up to 25 Gbps to base stations. The launches span microwave, optical, IP and broadband technologies within a carrier Software Defined Networking (SDN) transport architecture. This simplifies the integration of transport with cloud-based radio access and core networks, thereby enabling an automated end-to-end 5G network slicing and service provisioning system.

Emirates Re-inforces Commitment to Nigeria services

….Introduces daily flight to Abuja services 

Emirates has announced adjustments to its operational schedules in 2019 to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway in April and May 2019, and to respond to global travel demand trends.

mSurvey Secures Proparco Investment

mSurvey​, Africa’s Integrated Customer Experience company connecting businesses to their customers in real-time, has announced follow-on investment by​ private sector financing institution​ ​Proparco​. This follows mSurvey’s Series A investment led by Africa focused venture firm ​TLcom Capital​ with investment from ​Social Capital​,  Kapor Capital​, ​Golden Palm​, and Richard Owen co-creator of globally recognised customer loyalty  metric, the Net Promoter Score (NPS).

Coca-Cola volume sales on nose dive in Nigeria

The Cola market has again witnessed unprecedented decline as Coca-Cola HBC the parent company and bottler of The Coca-Cola company in Nigeria revealed its sales volume in Africa’s largest economy has continued to nose-dive in a highly competitive environment.

Nigerian Breweries Earns N324 Billion And Declares N19 Billion Profit For 2018

Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced a profit after tax of N19.4 billion for the 2018 Financial Year. According to the audited financial results released to The Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Company also made a Revenue of N324.4 billion during the period.

Monday, 18 February 2019

PZ Cussons Expands Chemistry Challenge Pan Nigeria

The 2019 PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) has been expanded pan Nigeria to accommodate chemistry students in the competition in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria condemn INEC over postponement

The umbrella body of Nigerian bloggers, Guild Of Professional  Bloggers  Of Nigeria (GPBN) has condemned the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) for postponing the Presidential elections scheduled for Saturday 16th February 2019.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Visa Announces Fintech Fast-Track Program in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa

Visa Inc. today announced it is expanding its Fintech Fast-Track Program in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region as part of its efforts in developing the next generation of digital payment solutions. Already rolled out in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the program provides innovative fintechs with a faster and easier integration process with VisaNet, Visa’s global network, in addition to a suite of tailored digital solutions and growth capabilities.

Young, African and entrepreneurial? Apply for the US$100,000 Anzisha Prize

The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. The prize is looking for Africa's most innovative social and business entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.

Alhaji siraj Bah, 2018 Anzisha Prize first runner up
Young entrepreneurs who apply will have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000, connect to a global network of leaders and receive business consulting support. The grand prize winner will win US$25,000, 1st runner-up will receive US$15,000 and 2nd runner-up will receive US$12,500.

President Yoweri Museveni bans betting in Uganda

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni has banned sports betting in the country in a bid to tackle the malaise of idleness among the youths in the country.

Pack Chase LaLiga Leaders Barcelona in Weekend of Friendly Reunions and Head to Head Battles

Barcelona will have their eyes on a big three points against visitors R. Valladolid on Saturday night, coming into the game on the back two successive draws in LaLiga Santander.

Launch of the first ever Africa Protected Areas Congress

This year’s Valentine day was marked on Thursday with special African flavour that saw the launch of the first-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) at Nairobi National Park’s historic Ivory Burning Site. Kenya’s Principal Secretary - State Department of Tourism and Wildlife, Dr. Margaret Mwakima accompanied by Dr.John Waithaka the Congress Director and Mr. Luther Anukur Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), East and Southern Africa presided over the launch.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

56,000 Students Participate As Cowbellpedia Maths Competition Examination Holds Nationwide

About 56,000 students jostled to cross the Stage One hurdle as the qualifying examination of the 2019 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited,held across designated centres nationwide on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

TVC News Unveils New Studio, Facilities, Adopts New Tagline

TVC News, a member of TVC Communications, on Wednesday, unveiled a new high technology news studio and facilities to increase reach and be the first in breaking news.

Mr Andrew Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer, TVC Communications, at a news conference in Lagos, said that the company had invested heavily in technology to become the home of breaking news for Nigeria.

Nigeria 2019 Elections: Bloggers Guild Asks Politicians, Stakeholders To Play By The Rules

The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria has urged all stakeholders in the coming elections to play by the rules and ensure free and fair elections nationwide.

LaLiga Derbies Ignite Passion, Emotion and Excitement

…Showcase rich history, tradition and culture of LaLiga derbies

LaLiga derbies are about more than just football, they are about tradition, history, and culture. They are some of the most exciting matches in the world. LaLiga derbies are also some the most fiercely contested rivalries in World football, and a select group of diverse Nigerian media were treated to a vibrant LaLiga Derbies event on February 13th, 2019 at Moist Beach Club, in Oniru Private Beach, Lagos, Nigeria.

How Fintechs Are Closing the Banking Gap

Over 60 million Nigerians are unbanked. This simply means there is a huge banking gap that needs to be bridged. Unfortunately, a large population of the unbanked or underbanked are located in rural areas. In these areas, there are just a handful of financial institutions. This is one of the reasons why Nigeria's apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria is encouraging banks to open more branches, especially in rural areas. The question now is for how long? This question arises because there is a dire need to bridge the gap.

Ronaldo Effect: Juventus Eye International Bond Market to Raise €150m

After paying €100m as signing fee for former Real Madrid star and Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo last year, Juventus is looking to tap the international bond markets for the first time to raise fresh funding.

A Critical Look at China’s One Belt One Road Initiative

China’s growth rate remains impressive, even if on the decline. The country’s continuing economic gains owe much to the Chinese state’s (1) still considerable ability to direct the activity of critical economic enterprises and sectors such as finance, (2) commitment to policies of economic expansion, and (3) flexibility in economic strategy. It appears that China’s leaders view their recently adopted One Belt, One Road Initiative as key to the country’s future economic vitality. However, there are reasons to believe that this strategy is seriously flawed, with working people, including in China, destined to pay a high price for its shortcomings.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Rise and Rise of Sports Marketing: The Story of German Football League

According to Wikipedia, Sports marketing is a subdivision of marketing which focuses both on the promotion of sports events and teams as well as the promotion of other products and services through sporting events and sports teams. It is a service in which the element promoted can be a physical product or a brand name.

Elections Across Africa: Akua Gyekye Highlights Eight Ways Fake News Will be Curbed on Facebook

Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager, Africa Elections, has mentioned eight ways to reduce the spread of misinformation, protect election integrity and support civic engagement across the continent.

Here are the highlighted approaches:

Emerging “Post-Digital” World Provides New Opportunities for Businesses - Accenture

...To Deliver Personalized Realities and Experiences

The enterprise is entering a new “post-digital” era, where success will be based on an organization’s ability to master a set of new technologies that can deliver personalized realities and experiences for customers, employees and business partners, according to Accenture Technology Vision 2019, the annual report from Accenture that predicts key technology trends that will redefine businesses over the next three years.

Nigeria’s services sector grows 1.83 % in 2018

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said the services sector of the economy measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.83 per cent in 2018.

Instagram Testing Direct Messages on the Web

Are you one of those who would love to share direct messages on Instagram via web? If so, you may have your wish granted very soon. The social media platform is testing its direct message feature for the web on mobile and on the desktop, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Traditional CV is dying: Employers are leveraging new technology to find ideal candidates

In the next three years, top HR executives and employers have asserted that the biggest impact on recruitment will be Technology Augmenting the Hiring Process. In other words, how technology will make the hiring process more effective through easier filtering and more accurate matching.

CrossBoundary Mini-Grid Facility Announces First Close with The Rockefeller Foundation and Ceniarth

...First close on initial $16m facility to provide power to 170,000 people

CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), Africa’s first project financing facility for mini-grids, has announced its launch, with funding commitments from The Rockefeller Foundation and Ceniarth.

Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports comes to Hong Kong

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Publicis Groupe Appoints New VP, Investor Relations & Strategic Financial Planning

Publicis Groupe has announced the appointment of Alessandra Girolami as Vice President, Investor Relations & Strategic Financial Planning - effective from March 4, 2019.

How MTN Plan to Raise $600m from Selling its Jumia Shares through IPO

At the forefront of telecommunication innovation in Africa is south African company, MTN. A telco that is never afraid to test the waters by investing in new ideas. Investing African e-commerce startup Jumia back in 2012 despite the economic challenges is a prime example. And now the Y'ello company is set to reap greatly from its believe in the business.

Enyo Retail and Supply Launches #FuelledbyTrust Initiative, Opens New Outlets

Enyo Retail and Supply, a customer-focused technology driven fuel retailing company, has announced its focus driven expansion plans in Nigeria with the recent launch of its #FuelledByTrust initiative. The expansion and launch of the initiative aims to solidify its brand identity and revolutionize the downstream retail space.

Ex-BBN Housemates recommend Heritage Bank’s Octopus for seamless operations

The Heritage Bank’s revolutionary advanced intelligent digital experience, known as Octopus has been endorsed by the 2018 Big Brother Double Wahala (season-3) housemates for its ground breaking innovative solution, crafted to meet the demands of an ever-growing active population with the aim to create and transfer wealth to stakeholders.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Piggybank.ng Becomes PiggyVest, Announces Expansion Plan

Online savings and investment platform, Piggybank.ng, has announced its change of name from Piggybank.ng to PiggyVest — a much broader and holistic financial management platform.

In May 2018, the company closed $1.1 million in seed funding for license acquisition and product development.

Entry begins for 2019 Loeries

The Loeries has announced opening of entry for the 2019 Awards for all agencies and has called for agencies, studios, brands and designers to tell compelling stories that will upend stereotypes, reduce racial discrimination, and embrace cultural differences.

Red Star Upgrades ISO Certification

Nigeria’s foremost logistics company, Red Star Express Plc, has upgraded its International Organization of Standardization (ISO) Certification to ISO 9001: 2015, having previously held the 9001:2008 certification. The new certification ensures that the Company remains one of the top organizations, as regards maintaining high standards in providing products and services for clients and customers.

Emirates Celebrates Love for Nigerian Travellers on Valentine’s Day

Emirates is celebrating the season of love with its Nigerian customers on board and across its lounges worldwide this Valentine’s Day. The celebrations will kick off in Emirates’ network of lounges, and climax on-board with a refreshed Valentine’s Day offering to create a memorable travel experience for customers.

Avanti partners MainOne to improve broadband penetration with converged solution

Avanti Communications Group plc (Avanti) a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and MainOne, a premier connectivity and data centre solutions company in West Africa, have signed an agreement to jointly improve broadband penetration across Nigeria by providing the latest KA-band based satellite communication services to enterprises located in remote areas of the country.

Corruption does not invest in the future, it kills the future” – Akinwumi Adesina

“We are working hard with governments to improve transparency, governance, accountability and project delivery across the continent. Corruption does not invest in the future, it kills the future,” Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank said at the World Peace Summit of Global Leaders. According to the World Economic Forum, an estimated $116 billion a year would be required to feed the world and end hunger. It would also take $8.5 billion a year to eliminate malaria.

Emmanuel Agu becomes new Group Marketing Director of JOTNA

Former Portfolio Manager-Mainstream Lager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Agu has been appointed as the new Group Marketing Director of JOTNA Nigeria Limited. The marketing guru joined JOTNA in December, 2018.

Trade talks between China and the US resume

Negotiators will meet in Beijing today to start a new round after concluding the previous one in Washington last month.