BrandArena: September 2017

Friday 29 September 2017

Ogun, Abuja Show Class As 2017 Cowbellpedia Maths Tv Quiz Hots Up

Representatives of Ogun, Osun, Abia States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja cruised into the semi-final stage of the on-going 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

Leo Burnett Lagos wins multi million naira World Bank Project

Leo Burnett Lagos, a fast rising advertising agency in Nigeria has won the World Bank International Finance Corporation pitch.

Information gathered from reliable source confirmed that the agency won the account after a keenly contested pitch against some powerhouse agencies including, DDB Lagos, Yellow Brick Road, Novel Porta Y&R and the incumbent Blue Bird Communications.

NB/FRSC Flag Off 10th Don't Drink and Drive Campaign

Nigerian Breweries Plc in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday flagged off the 10th edition of the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign in Lagos. The campaign is a corporate social responsibility initiative by the company to improve safety on Nigerian roads by discouraging the habit of drink driving by drivers.

Africa’s Leading Architects Revealed!

At a gala awards ceremony held on the rooftop of the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, the inaugural Grand Prix and Category Winners of the Africa Architecture Awards were announced on the evening of Thursday, 28 September 2017. Over 130 VIP guests were in attendance at this glittering event, including the Consul-General of France in Cape Town, Mr Laurent Amar, the Chairman of the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philip Geromont, and Claude van Wyk of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Consulate General in Cape Town. The shortlisted finalists were flown into South Africa from across the continent and the world, and hosted by awards founder and sponsor Saint-Gobain.

Siemens signs MoU with Madagascar to accelerate country’s power generation

The agreement was signed together with project partners TSK and in the presence of Günter Nooke, the German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa and the German ambassador to Madagascar, Harald Gehrig, in the Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons.

Other key aspects of the agreement include an assessment of the electrical grid based on the new power generation sources; applying financing concepts that will ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructure initiatives; and creating opportunities for local upskilling and job creation during construction and operation.

Thursday 28 September 2017

NB Donates Clinic, Medical Equipment and 100kva Generator to Nigeria Immigration Service

Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned and donated a newly constructed, fully equipped clinic and 100KVA generator to the Nigerian Immigration Service in Ikoyi, Lagos State.  According to the company, the donation was done in line with its philosophy of Winning with Nigeria and to confirm it identifies with the vision and mission of key stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

Tony Douglas Becomes New Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group

The Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, His Excellency Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, today confirmed the appointment of Tony Douglas as Group Chief Executive Officer, who will join the company in January 2018.

Twitter trials new 280-character limit to help cramming

In a bid to give its users more characters to express themselves, Twitter has announced plans to increase its iconic 140 character limit to 280.

According to Twitter, one of the reasons for this is because of languages impacted by cramming.

iSON Group Shortlisted in two Categories for AABLA’s 2017 Finalist

iSON Group, one of Africa's largest IT and ITeS companies with presence in about 25 countries in Africa has been shortlisted as finalist in two categories of the much anticipated 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC. In the finalist list recently released by AABLA, the Founder and Chairman of iSON Group, Ramesh Awtaney is one of the nominees in the Business Leader of the year for West Africa region while iSON Group was also shortlisted for West African Company of the year. 

Apple, Google, Microsoft are the Top Three Most Valuable Brands in 2017 – Interbrand

Technology companies Apple, Google and Microsoft are the top three most valuable brands in 2017, according to Interbrand’s 2017 Best Global Brands ranking.

This year’s list features three new entrants: Netflix at #78, at #84 and Ferrari at #88.

Fidelity Bank Unveils New Campaign, Rolls Out Cash For Latest Phase of “Get Alert In Millions” Promo

Fidelity Bank has  perked up its  pledge to provide its customers with unrivaled services by unveiling a new brand campaign with the theme: ‘Our Word’. The new  campaign is coming barely two years after the Bank successfully refreshed its corporate identity.

The bank at the unveiling told journalists that the new commercial reinforces its underlying promise to deliver a new face of service in Nigeria’s financial services industry.

New TV Show for Guys to Debut

A new television show tagged Guy Code, which promises to excite young male viewers, is set to premiere on October 1.

The show will stimulate conversations on the exclusive guys’ circle while highlighting the wonders and woes of manhood. It will use storytelling approaches to reach its target audience.

End of the Road for ride-sharing startup, GoMyWay

GoMyWay, a ride-sharing service that launched in 2015, is shutting down its operations by the end of October over lack of investible funding.

In an email sent to users on Wednesday morning, 27 September, 2017, Damilola Teidi, the CEO of the startup made the announcement:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Protea Hotels by Marriott Strengthens Footprint in Nigeria

Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc., yesterday announced the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott, Owerri Select in South-Eastern Nigeria, a development, which further consolidates its presence in the country.

Heritage Bank reiterates commitment to Nigeria’s entertainment industry

Heritage Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to the growth and development of Nigeria’s creative industry because it is a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In an assessment of the industry’s performance done recently, Nollywood defied recession and had grossed an amazing N1 billion from a record 50 indigenous movies in 2016- its best box office returns ever.

mediaReach OMD presents the latest edition of mediafacts Book

mediaReach OMD presents the latest edition of mediafacts Book.  mediaReach OMD has been instrumental in publishing the mediafacts Book annually (since 2001) with an objective to organize Media information in the West & Central Africa region; making it easily accessible and useful to all.

El-Rufai Commends Airtel for Role in developing Primary Education

...As Telco Commissions Yahaya Hamza Primary School, Kaduna

L-R: CEO/MD, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya; Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris; Zaria City representative at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kasim Iliyasu and Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai during the commissioning of the newly built and adopted Hamza Yahaya LEA Primary School by Airtel Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State today, Wednesday, 27 September, 2017.
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has commended Airtel Nigeria for its role in the development of primary education across the country.

Monday 25 September 2017

Nigerian Breweries Commissions Block of Classrooms at Uyo

Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned a newly built blockof classrooms, library and toilet facilities at the Special Education Center for Exceptional Children in Uyo,   State in honour of Imoh Eno-Essien, the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year.

The construction of the facilities in the school where Mr. Essien teaches was part of the prize for emerging as the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year. Essien, who beat nine other finalists to the coveted prize last year, also got one million Naira cash prize, an oversea training plus another one million Naira to be paid to him annually for five years.

CBL Store Partners With Sports World Nigeria

In a bid to get closer to the fans, Continental Basketball League Store today announces a ground breaking partnership with Nigeria’s number one Sports and fitness retail chain. Sports World Nigeria would be the official offline retail partner of the CBL Store. Sports World has fourteen outlets across Nigeria and three in Lagos; Palms Shopping Mall, Ikeja City Mall and Brasas’r Place on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase One.

How Timi Dakolo's protégé, Idyl, won Airtel The Voice Nigeria Season 2

Airtel The Voice Nigeria came to an audacious end on Sunday night with the declaration of Idyl, a talent from Team Timi Dakolo as winner of the show.

Gula, a play on Obasanjo’s prison encounter to premieres on September 30th

Gula, a true-life story of hope, courage and second chances, is set to premiere on Saturday, September 30th 2017 by 7:00 pm at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos

Gula is a stage play based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with Baba Ali - one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration in Yola.

Delta celebrates 1-millionth passenger on board Lagos-Atlanta service

Delta Air Lines hit an important milestone as it carried the 1-millionth customer to fly on its nonstop service between Nigeria and the United States. The passenger, Ms Gbemisola Abudu, was met by Bobby Bryan, Delta’s Commercial Director for East and West Africa, as she checked in for her flight from Lagos to Atlanta and was presented with a special celebratory gift to mark the occasion.

Real Madrid, Fly Emirates to renew kit partnership

Spanish football club, Real Madrid is considering the extension of its contract with Dubai-based airline Fly Emirates. The Dubai government-owned airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group.

Kano, Chinese firm sign MoU to establish $600m textile industrial park

Kano State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shandong Ruyi Technology Group of China, for the establishment of a $600 million Textile Industrial Park in Kano.

Shandong Ruyi is China’s leading innovative technology textile enterprise with the planned investment in Kano to be its biggest in Africa upon completion.

Thursday 21 September 2017

iSON Empowering Girls through Call Centre Services

In countless occasions, we hear people chant “the children are the future’’, ‘’children are the leaders of tomorrow’’, but would there really be a tomorrow if we do not take care of today? One dependable way to guarantee a better tomorrow is through education. More important is the need to improve female education as it is pivotal for national development, hence the phrase ‘’when you educate a girl, you educate a nation’’.

A New Dawn for Internet Connection in Nigeria

Why do I have to sit through this movie on TV when I could have watched the same content on YouTube? Why can’t I play my favourite online mobile game with my friends even when they are on vacation abroad? Can we have the board meeting via streaming instead of incurring flight cost? These are some of the internal dialogue of today’s internet users especially millennials when they encounter friction-filled experiences.

Six Exciting Things About iPhone X

The iPhone X was recently unveiled and almost everyone is talking about it. It is stylish, sleek and the features are all you need in a phone. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some of the things you need to know about the iPhone X.

Google to buy HTC's Pixel phone division in a $1.1 bn deal

Tech giant Google's parent company Alphabet has signed a $1.1billion (£815million) deal with embattled Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC.

The deal which is expected to be closed early next year as soon as clearance is secured from regulators will see some HTC staff join the Silicon Valley Giant with Google not taking a stake in the firm. It also marks the latest move by Google to boost its hardware capabilities.

AfricaBuild Lagos 2018 To Hold At Landmark Centre Lagos in March

The Nigerian economy is out of recession. Due to this fact and after the great success of AfricaBuild Lagos this year it comes as no surprise that the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe announce the 3rd edition of AfricaBuild Lagos to take place on 6 to 8 March 2018 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos. The international trade fair has become the leading international building & interiors exhibition in Nigeria.

5 Critical Steps To Take Before a Job Interview

There are certain critical steps to take before a job interview that can significantly increase the chances of a job seeker’s success. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 critical steps to take before a job interview.

First Bank gears up to achieve customer growth target

First Bank Nigeria Limited is stepping up efforts to ensure that it meets its growth target of 30million customers over the next three years, the lender has said.

“Africa will become the food basket of the world”, Aliko Dangote Tells Investors At UN General Assembly

Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

Africa Thought Leaders Discuss New Progress in Maternal and Child Health At Speak Up Gala Night

Monday night, Speak Up Africa hosted its second annual Gala with over 300 African Heads of State, First Ladies, world health experts, leaders from the non-profit and foundation sector, and the business community to celebrate the tremendous strides already made in terms of child and maternal health on the continent.

Senegal and France to host Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference

The governments of Senegal  and France will be co-hosting The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) financing conference, which will take place on February 8, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.

Etihad Aviation Group Announces New Executive Appointment

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has announced the appointment of Mana Mohamed Saeed Al Mulla as Chief Group Support Services Officer, responsible for a range of support functions, including IT Services, Procurement and Supply Management, and Property and Facilities Management. He will report directly to the Group Chief Executive Officer.

User experience takes centre stage in Africa’s entertainment and media industry - PwC report

Amid shifting consumer preferences, rapid advances in technology and ongoing disruption to business models, the new strategic imperative for entertainment and media (E&M) companies is to turn customers into fans – by innovating to create the most compelling, engaging, and intuitive user experiences.

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Dozie, Obi Other Honour Ogbechie

Members of the academia, industry practitioners, friends and family over the weekend gathered to honour Prof (Sir) Chris Ogbechie a professor of Strategic Management with Lagos Business School, LBS.
From Left to Right Mr Adeyinka Adesope, Group CEO, Palton Morgan Holdings, Mr Peter Obi, Former Governor Anambra State, Prof (Sir) Chris Ogbechie, honouree and Management Board Member LBS, Mr Pascal Dozie, Mr Femi Olubanwo; Chairman Palton Morgan Holdings

Africa is the next maritime investment haven - NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that with the potentials of the African maritime sector, competitive operating environment, proper regulation, incentives and infrastructural development; Africa would be the next maritime investment haven.

Snapchat Blocks ALjazeera in Saudi Arabia

Amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East, Snap Inc., owner of Snapchat, has removed Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera from its platform in Saudi Arabia.

Alphabet considers billion-dollar investment in Lyft

Google' parent organization Alphabet has been reportedly planning for an investment in ride-sharing app, Lyft for about $1 billion.

In 20 years, Zenith Bank’s shareholder value jumps from $4 million to $4 billion – Jim Ovia, CEO Zenith Bank

On CNN’s ‘Marketplace Africa’, host Zain Asher sits down with the founder and CEO of Zenith Bank to discuss the secrets of his success and the impact Nigeria’s recession had on business.

Airtel Nigeria Bags Payment Innovation in Telecom Awards

Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been honoured with the Payment Innovation in Telecom Award by Africa’s leading transaction switching and processing services company, Interswitch.

L-R: Uzor Okonmah, Head, Health & Insurance Solutions, Interswitch Limited; Veronica Onoja, Vice President, Mobile Financial & Digital Services, Airtel Nigeria and Sina Adegoke, Regional Operations Director, Lagos, Airtel Nigeria during the Interswitch Award Ceremony in Lagos, recently.  
The Award, which held on Friday September 15th, 2017 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, recognized leading financial institutions, mobile financial players, processors and retailers, for their innovative and transformative use of mobile financial solutions to solve real-world customer and business issues.

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Tension, Intrigue as Viewers Decide Contestants’ Fate in Airtel The Voice Nigeria

The on-going talent show, Airtel The Voice Nigeria, is getting more intense and exciting as viewers queue behind their favourite talents, casting their votes for possible winners.

Gula, a play on Obasanjo’s experience in prison goes on stage in Lagos

The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration is set for staging as a play titled ‘Gula!’

L-R, Executive Producer, Gula, Mr. Tunde Oduwole; Ex-Nigerian President and Author, ‘The Story of Baba Ali', Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Group Managing Director, CMC Connect Limited (Perception Managers), Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya during the Gula On Stage Press Conference held on Wednesday in Lagos.
The stage play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by the ex-Nigerian President, will show for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience. It aims to recapture and draw out vital lessons from Obasanjo’ experience while in incarceration.

TV5MONDE Expands its Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa with SES Video

TV5MONDE, one of the world's leading television networks, has recently signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three major free-to-air channels to the French-speaking and Francophile public in sub-Saharan Africa.

Monday 18 September 2017

IOC set to probe, charge athlectes involved in Sochi 2014 doping

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared that the first group of Russian athletes suspected of being part of a doping ring at the 2014 winter Olympic Games are to be charged.

Sage Appoints Pieter Bensch as New VP for Africa & Middle East

Sage, the market and technology leader for cloud accounting, people & payroll, and payment systems, on Monday announced ICT industry veteran, Pieter Bensch, as the company’s new executive vice-president for Africa and Middle East.

CentrespreadGrey wins Euro Global account pitch

…adds Western Lotto via referral

Euro Global Foods and Distilleries has chosen foremost Nigerian advertising powerhouse, CentrespreadGrey, to manage its marketing communication account in the country after a keenly contested pitch that featured some of the nation’s brightest Advertising Agencies.

Season of Success For Real Madrid As Club Makes 8.8% Revenue Growth in 2016-17

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has reported an 8.8 per cent rise in its revenues for the 2016-17 season. The club's revenues grew to €674.6m ($804m), a figure not accounting for capital gains from player transfers, compared to €620.1m in 2015-16.

Ex-Transcorp boss, Tom Iseghohi acquitted of laundering N15b

Former Group Managing Director of Transcorp Plc Mr. Tom Iseghohi has been discharged and acquitted of money laundering charges bt the Court of Appeal in Abuja.