Monday, 22 July 2019

Prima Garnet elevates Yetunde Adesina as new CEO

  • Lola Akinwunmi becomes Group CEO

One of Nigeria’s leading Advertising Agencies, Prima Garnet Africa (PGA) has elevated Mrs Yetunde Adesina to the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the creative shop.

Actis’ Jabi Lake Mall to become Nigeria’s first solar-powered mall

Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja’s one-stop leisure, restaurant and retail destination, brought to the market by Actis, a leading emerging market investor, today announced an agreement with CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) to become the first solar-powered mall in Nigeria. Actis previously collaborated with CBE on implementing the largest solar carport in Africa at Garden City Mall in Nairobi.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Abelinis clinches Guinness and Bosch accounts

Abelinis Limited, a Project Intelligent Company with special interest in events, activation and production, has won two new accounts: Guinness Nigeria and Bosch Applications & Tools.

Fenix announces leadership shakeup, reaches 500,000 customers in 6 markets

Fenix International, a company of ENGIE, offering Solar Home Systems across Africa has appointed co-founder and current Chief Operating Officer, Brian Warshawsky to the role of Cheif Executive Officer. He succeed the current CEO, Lyndsay Handler.

How Malta Guinness Shared Love With Zaria Emirate

Nigeria’s premium non-alcoholic Malt Drink, and Official Malt Drink of the Zaria and Bauchi Durbar Festivals, celebrated with the Muslim faithfuls in the northern parts of the country.

Industry Leaders Converge to Unpack Intelligent Enterprise Opportunities at SAP Innovation Day

About 600 East African business, innovation and technology leaders gathered in Nairobi today, Friday July 19, to discuss innovation opportunities for corporate and public sector organisations in the digital economy. The SAP Kenya Innovation Day featured a line-up of local and global SAP experts who hosted interactive sessions focused on key business and technology trends that are shaping the East African innovation landscape.

GTBank Holds 9th Annual Autism Conference July 30th - 31st

For the ninth year in a row, Africa’s foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in Autism for two days of critical discourse on supporting children and adults living with Autism in Africa. Organized as part of the GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative, the Annual Autism Conference, will hold on the 30th and 31st of July 2019 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Don Jazzy, Miyonse, Uriel Unveiled as Indomie BBN Ambassadors

Fresh off his record label single release, Mavin Records boss Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, has been unveiled as one of the brand ambassadors for Instant Noodles brand, Indomie, for the ongoing reality show Big Brother Naija (BBN) ‘Pepper Dem’ show.

Hero Lager Presents Echefula, Never Forget Your Identity

Hero lager, a leading quality beer brand from the stable of International Breweries Plc, a proud part of the AB InBev family, has kicked off a unique campaign tagged Echefula-“Never Forget Your Identity” in Igbo dialect.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

NCC Commends Airtel Nigeria for Prioritizing Customer Experience

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has commended leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, for rolling out an innovative customer service programme to engage, delight and obtain feedback from telecommunications consumers.

Turkish Airlines adds Indonesia's world-famous holiday island, Bali to its flight network

Flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines inaugurated its direct flights between its home base Istanbul and world-renowned tourist destination, Bali (Indonesia) on July 17, 2019.

Global HVAC Leader Trane appoints JMG Limited as new distributor in Nigeria

Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has entered into a new distribution agreement with JMG Limited in Nigeria, that will significantly expand and strengthen the distribution capacity of Trane in Nigeria.

Olatowun Candide-Johnson appointed Chairwoman of French delivery start-up kwik

The French start-up kwik has announced the appointment of Ms. Olatowun Candide-Johnson, a Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman, as Chairwoman of its supervisory board.  kwik, which aims to become the number 1 provider in the Nigerian last-mile delivery market, was founded by a French National, Romain Poirot-Lellig.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

NCC remits N51.3b to Federal Government in Q1 2019

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has remitted N51.3 billion to the Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the first quarter of 2019.

The remittance, according to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC/CEO), NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, is in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007 (FRA 2007).

Konami seals exclusive Juventus partnership

Italian Serie A football club Juventus has signed an exclusive three-year partnership with Japanese video game developer Konami. As a result, Konami’s eFootball PES 2020 title will be the only football console game to officially include Juventus.

StarTimes agrees non-exclusive Major League Wrestling deal in sub-Saharan Africa

Pan-African pay-television broadcaster StarTimes has agreement to broadcast rights to US-based Major League Wrestling’s weekly hour-long program, MLW Fusion.

Oppo Deepens Brand Affinity With Extended Barcelona Global Partner Deal

Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has renewed its partnership with LaLiga club Barcelona. The company will continue to be one of the football club’s Global Partners for the next three seasons, through to June 30, 2022.

Liverpool game with EA Sports

Global leader in video game development, EA Sports has entered into a partnership with English Premier League football club Liverpool.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott opens in Durban

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge officially opened this month, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu-Natal and the fourth in South Africa. A highly anticipated addition to the brand’s fast-growing portfolio, it joins Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels in Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Cape Town and Menlyn (Pretoria).

Enyo, Wazobia FM Storm Kano; Delight Customers in Fuel My Moto Campaign

In its continuous effort to give back to the community, Enyo Retail and supply, a customer focused, technology driven fuels retailing company in conjunction with Wazobia FM rewarded the indigenes of Kano for the patronage of both brands.

Brexit upheaval brings opportunity for African educators

The influential magazine Foreign Policy published an article at the end of 2018 entitled The Brexit Fueled Death of the British University. A grim outlook for the British education sector at the start of the year has only got worse as the nation prepares for a “No Deal Brexit” and a long period of uncertainty around UK trade and immigration policies.

Imo, Abia States Partner on Agriculture

...Governor Ihedioha to Resuscitate Adapalm 

Imo State Government says it will partner with its Abia State counterpart in the development of agriculture in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Pioneering Computer Password Inventor, Fernando Corbató Dies at 93

Long-standing MIT professor emeritus, Fernando 'Corby' Corbató, who invented the time sharing system on computers has died at 93. He passed on on Friday, July 12, at his home in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Truecaller Launches User Verification Solution For The Mobile Web

Truecaller today announced the global launch of its Truecaller SDK solution exclusively for the mobile web platform. With this, Truecaller SDK now supports all the key mobile platforms across Android, iOS, React and now mobile web including Progressive Web App support. Developers can access the mWeb SDK from Truecaller's global developer portal.

Andela Co-Founder Christina Sass Takes A Bow As President

President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Andela, Christina Sass, has announced her step down from that role. She is transitioning into a supporting role as the Chair of the Andela Advisory Council and the Andela Alumni Group effective July 15, 2019.

Artificial Intelligence and humans in Customer experience, not an either/or situation - Merijn te Booij

AI is by far the biggest hype I have seen in my career, and for good reason. It could revolutionise customer experience at a time when experience and service are the final frontier in differentiation.

Merijn te Booij
In the entire digital transformation of the world, we are spending over $1.2 trillion next year, and $6 trillion over the next four years. Much of this spend will focus on technologies that allow the enterprise to differentiate in the market and deliver exceptional customer experience.

Digital Transformation Vital to Secure New Customers - Tamer Farouk

Nowadays, customers can easily access product and service details through their devices at any time and compare competitors' offers. Mobile devices, applications, machine learning, automation, and other technologies allow customers to get exactly what they want when they want it. Furthermore, these new digital technologies have led to a change in customer expectations, creating a new kind of modern buyer - always connected and aware of what technology can enable.

Loan Box Spotted In Ikeja

A big transparent glass box, with something that looks like cash floating inside, has been spotted on Awolowo Road in Ikeja. The box was situated in Ikoyi last week but has moved location to Ikeja this week.

Red Star Express Announces Upcoming AGM

One of Nigeria’s leading logistics Company, Red Star Express Plc has disclosed that its 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on August 8th 2019, at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. In view of this, Shareholders are requested to update their records with the Registrars to ensure accuracy before dividends are declared.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Visa Player Escort Programme Makes Dreams Come True For Five Nigerian Children

Visa made the dreams of five Nigerian children come true when they led some of the world’s best football players onto the pitch at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo during the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match between Tunisia and Madagascar on Thursday.

Why You Need To Build and Nurture Your Social Currency

Social currency describes the resources and abilities created and accessible through presence in offline or online networks and communities. Derived from the social capital theory put forward by Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist and philosopher. It's about increasing our sense of community, granting access to knowledge and information, and helping create our own identities, as well as providing status and recognition.

Angola Cables launches cloud service platform

Following the recent inauguration of their advanced Tier III AngoNAP data center facility in Fortaleza, Brazil, Angola Cables has announced that it has launched Angola Cables Cloud Service to the African market.

France's CANAL+ Group Acquires ROK

ROK, the leading African film studio and international TV network, has been acquired by France's CANAL+ Group, comprising production, content distribution and publishing channels. As part of the transaction, IROKO Ltd will also take full control of the JV IROKO+, the #1 SVOD platform in French-speaking Africa. The move comes as CANAL+ Group looks to strengthen its content production reach in Nigeria and across Africa.

New Leadership Emerge at EXMAN as Tade Adekunle Becomes new President

The Project Consultant and Chief Executive Officer, Keskese Limited, Tade Adekunle has been elected as the new President of Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN).

Why are Credit Bureaus set up?

Credit Bureaus are set up to gather information about people’s loan performance. The information gathered include previous loans that has already been paid, new loans that have just been collected, how the loans have/are being serviced and if there are any outstanding balance(s). It also includes contact addresses of the borrower.

Africa’s emerging Agritech market valued at €5.3 billion, 94% remains untapped - Report

Cellulant’s Agrikore platform – an online marketplace for smallholder farmers, agricultural input and produce traders is tapping into Africa’s emerging Agritech market valued at €5.3 billion according to a new report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Plus Acuity Earns Recognition as Young Media Agency of the Year

...Offers Technology-Driven Value

Plus Acuity, a specialised media independent agency, has been recognised as the ‘Outstanding Young Media Agency of the Year 2019’. The award, which was announced at the Marketing Edge summit held in Lagos recently, is for its professional excellence.

Accenture Announces Management Shakeup; Appoints Julie Sweet as CEO

Consulting and outsourcing services provider Accenture on Thursday announced the appointment of Julie Sweet as its new chief executive officer, effective and David Rowland, currently interim chief executive officer as executive chairman.

Ikeja Electric, Slot Empower 40 Youths Through Technical Skills Acquisition

Leading Nigerian Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has partnered with Slot Foundation to train 40 young persons in a skill acquisition and capacity building empowerment scheme, tagged Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).

Verraki advocates new outlook for Nigeria’s education sector

Foremost business solution consulting firm, Verraki has reiterated the need for a new outlook for Nigeria’s education system, in a bid to foster a clearer path to sustainable development in the country.

Sensitise your agents, dealers to dangers of pre-registered SIM cards – NCC tells operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has re-echoed the need for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to directly sensitise their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards registration agents and dealers to the dangers of transacting in the sale of pre-registered SIM cards.

Applications now open for coveted 6-month 2020 internship at Boeing in Seattle

Are you studying, or recently graduated, and aiming for a career in aerospace? Now's your chance, with a fully-paid, six-month opportunity in Boeing's coveted International Business Intern Program (IBIP) in the United States.

Multichoice partners Discovery to Launch Real Time channel on DStv and GOtv

Multichoice Africa in collaboration with Discovery, Inc. today announced the expansion of its portfolio in Africa with the launch of Real Time on DStv and GOtv in more countries across the continent.

Labour Dialogues With Ecobank On Disengaged Contract Workers

...Parties Hope for Amicable Resolution of Issues 

Members of the organized labour under that aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have entered into dialogue with Ecobank over the Bank’s non-renewal of the contract of its third party recruitment agencies.

Ikeja Electric, PEP Store partner on Customer bill payment

Ikeja Electric Plc. (IE) one of Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company has collaborated with multinational retail company, PEP Stores, to enable customers pay bills or recharge their account at designated PEP Stores across Lagos.

L-R: Mr. Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, Chief Commercial Officer Ikeja Electric, Mrs Chinyere Muda-Sanusi, Group Head, Corporate Banking, FCMB, Mrs Folake Soetan, Chief Operating, Officer Ikeja Electric, Mrs Kofo Awonuga, General Manager PEP Stores Nigeria Proprietary Ltd and Mr Olaitan Akano, Head Franchise & Payment Channels Management Ikeja Electric.
Under this partnership, post-paid and prepaid customers within IE network can pay their bills and recharge their account while doing regular shopping in PEP Stores located in Gbagada, Maryland Mall, Ipaja, Isolo, Allen Avenue, Ikorodu, Ogba, Awolowo Way, Ojodu Berger, Idimu, Amuwo Odofin, Ogudu and Ikeja City Mall. Lagos.

While announcing the initiative at a press briefing, Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Ikeja Electric, Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, said the essence of providing array of payment options and outlets that offer reliable and convenience services to customers was borne out of the company’s customer-centric approach to service delivery.

He said: “The collaboration between Ikeja Electric and PEP Store demonstrates our passion to consistently improve service and make energy available to consumers. This initiative gives convenience and seamless service to customers who needs to recharge their account or pay bills. Another interesting benefit of this partnership is that most of the outlets opens on weekends so customers can walk in to purchase token for energy or pay bills just as they shop other needs.”

He noted that the possibility of paying bills or buying electricity units while shopping and the convenience it offers will definitely provide a rich and satisfying experience for customers.

PEP Stores Country General Manager, Kofo Awonuga  stated that this is an exciting partnership for us as both PEP stores and Ikeja Electric are very passionate about customers.  The Pep national footprint makes us a partner of choice and makes us able to offer convenience to customers who want to pay for their electricity bills in our stores. Our stores will accept cash or card for your prepaid (token meters) and post-paid electricity bill payments

The transaction platform is provided by FCMB and customers can choose to pay with cash or Point of Sales (POS) transaction at the designated PEP Stores. At the launch which held at the PEP Store located inside Ikeja some of the invited guests had the opportunity to pay their monthly bills and purchase token to recharge their prepaid meters.

To pay for electricity bills at the designated PEP stores, prepaid and post-paid customers will provide their account number and make payment after which a receipt is issued for the transaction.

iSON Xperiences Commended by Frost & Sullivan for its Rapid Growth in the African BPO Market

Based on its recent analysis of the African business process outsourcing (BPO) market, Frost & Sullivan recognises iSON Xperiences with the 2019 African Company of the Year Award for its focus on developing the domestic African BPO markets. It has grown to be almost five times the size of its nearest competitor in Africa in terms of revenue and head count.

ICN Calls For Counseling To Solve Increasing Social Anomalies

With the cases of incessant rape, suicide, drug abuses, corruption and other social anomalies in the country, the Institute of Counseling in Nigeria (ICN) has called on individuals, corporate bodies, institutions and government to hire the services of professional Counselors and Psychotherapists in the interest of ensuring sanity.

GTBank Named Best Bank in Africa at Euromoney Awards

…Also emerges Best Bank in Nigeria for a record 9th time

Foremost African financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been named the Best Bank in Africa 2019 by Euromoney at its annual Awards for Excellence, which held in London on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Flydubai Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing People Together

The Dubai-based carrier celebrates carrying more than 70 million passengers since its start of operations in 2009, more than five million of which were carried on its African routes; flydubai traffic between the UAE and its African routes grew by 108% since 2015.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Nigeria expected to be major player

Nigeria will feature significantly in the 2019 Africa Investment Forum scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa this November, business leaders and government heard at a roadshow event held in the capital Abuja.