BrandArena: November 2017

Thursday 30 November 2017

Hill + Knowlton Strategies Kenya adjudged PR Company of the Year at the PRSK Awards

Hill + Knowlton Strategies Kenya has been adjudged the overall best Public Relations Company of the Year at the 2017 Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) gala awards event.

How to manage mobile data using Google Datally app for Android

Google has officially introduced a new app that will help users to control and save data on their smartphones. The app dubbed ‘Datally’ is now available to download from the Google Play store on all phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

Youtube introduces it’s own version of stories ‘reels’

Youtube has joined other social media platforms to introduce its own version of stories called  Reels.

NB Wins 2017 Pearl Award For Sectoral Leadership

Nigerian Breweries Plc was recently honoured for its outstanding performance in the Consumer Goods Sector of the Nigerian economy at the 2017 Pearl Awards. The company was presented with the 2017 Sectoral Leadership Award in the Consumer Goods Category (Breweries) at the event which held at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

LBS Kicks Off Construction of Gamaliel Onosode Management Research Centre

The Lagos Business School has commenced the process of building an International Management Research Centre to be named after the late Nigerian technocrat and administrator, Gamaliel Onosode.

L-R:  Mr Alfred Okoigun, Member, Board of Trustees, Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation; Mrs Olamide Ibitoye, Director of Advancement, Lagos Business School; Professor Juan Elegido, Vice Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos; Mr Moyo Ajekigbe, Chairman, Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation; Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School; Mr Ese Onosode, Member, Board of Trustees, Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation and Mr Spencer Onosode, Member, Board of Trustees, Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation during the Sod Turning Ceremony of the Gamaliel Onosode Management Research Centre at the Lagos Business School on Wednesday.
To mark the occasion, a sod-turning ceremony was held at the centre’s construction premises at the Lagos Business School on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

TOTI Prima Lands Nigeria with Fun Lotto Brand

Nigerians are set to give their dreams a wing to fly and win as TOTI Prima, a new lottery company led by experienced lottery operators, recently unveiled a dynamic lotto brand in Nigeria. The lotto brand was unveiled at a colourful and impressive ceremony that took place last Sunday at the prestigious Lagos Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Julia Oku-Jacks To Head LAIF 2017 Jury

Mrs. Julia Oku-Jacks has been appointed as head this year’s award Jury of the Lagos Advertising Ideas Festival (LAIF) Award slated to hold on December 10 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.

Pyeongchang 2018: Domestic Sponsorships Hit $918 million As Althetics

Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games - Pyeongchang 2018 billed to take place from February 9 to 25, has clearly made lot of economic impact in the host county, South Korea as the games continue to generate significant revenue through domestic sponsorships.  The Organising Committee yesterday revealed the event has exceeded higher than its original target of $871 million (£654 million/€732 million) by 7.6 per cent.

Etihad Airways Reveals New Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Grid Girl Uniform

The start of the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend has been marked with the official unveiling by Etihad Airways of the new F1 Grid Girls uniform created by celebrated New York-based Nepalese designer, Prabal Gurung.

World Rugby seals new MoU with players’ body

World Rugby has signed a new agreement with the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA), through which players are set to be given a greater say on decision-making within the sport.

Sign & Graphic Imaging Dubai 2018 to attract printing industry stakeholders from Africa

International Expo Consults (IEC) stated that the African printing industry stakeholders stand to reap huge benefits by visiting the (Sign and Graphic Imaging) SGI Dubai 2018 trade show. The 21st edition of the show will unveil a plethora of innovative products and services from various exhibitors from across the globe under a unified platform. Every year several trade visitors from Africa benefit from these global innovations in the industry, which they further deploy in their own markets.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Why Meredith Bought Time Magazine

Time Magazine, one of the most reputable and evergreen magazines in the world has been sold to a rival media company, Meredith Corporation for $2.8billion.

iSON Technologies Transforming Customer Experience in Africa

Most conversations today revolve around enhancing customer experience through digitisation. Research has revealed that over 72 percent of global businesses are highly eager to prioritize their customer experience journey through tangible improvements. Yet and not surprisingly, according to the annual CX report by Forrester 2016, globally, companies lose over $340 Billion due to poor customer service/customer experience management every year. This is a startling number.

Nivea goes Global with Real Madrid partnership

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has renewed and expanded its partnership with personal care brand Nivea Men.

LaPRIGA set to Celebrate Contributions of PR profession to Socio-economic Development

The Lagos State Chapter, the flagship branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) is set to celebrate the contributions of public relations profession to the socio-economic development of the country and celebrate practitioners at the second Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA).

Folorunso Alakija Inspires 300 Women at Prestigious 2017 Flourish Africa Conference

Folorunso Alakija, one of a handful of successful female entrepreneurs on the continent listed as one of Forbes most powerful women in the world, attended the Africa conference.

AfDB Launches Youth Advisory Group to Create 25 Million Jobs

The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to provide insights and innovative solutions for job creation for Africa’s youth, as outlined in the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy (JfYA).

Monday 27 November 2017

Network of Enterprising Women Nigeria concludes annual seminar and trade fair

Network of Enterprising Women of Nigeria (NEWN) has concluded its annual seminar and trade fair in Lagos with the official unveiling of the NEWN community business directory which it says will help boost trade among its members.

Broll Property Group sponsors prestigious West African Summit

Lagos will host a two-day property summit, the West Africa Property Investment Summit (WAPI) on 28-29 November, 2017 with more than 70 speakers and close on 400 senior level delegates eager to assess investment prospects for the West African region. The city is hosting the summit for the first time.

International Trade Centre Joined Forces with ATIGS 2018

GAA Exhibitions & Conferences, organizers of ATIGS 2018 today announced that the International Trade Centre (ITC) has joined forces with the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS), to advance the event goals and objectives.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman Opens Inaugural Meeting of the IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today opened the Inaugural Meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council, that held in Riyadh today, November 26, 2017. He delivered the opening remarks at the meeting,which brought together Ministers of Defense as well as diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia.

Ogilvy SA wins Digital Agency of the Year at 2017 FM AdFocus Awards

Ogilvy South Africa has been awarded the 2017 Financial Mail AdFocus Digital Agency of the Year after winning creative and effective awards for seven different clients in eleven different digital disciplines throughout the year.

Wakanow Wins Nigeria’s Best Online Travel Agency Award

For consistently pushing the frontiers of innovation in the African online travel scene and providing exceptional travel experience for Nigerians, Africa’s leading online travel company, Wakanow, has been declared Nigeria’s Best Online Travel Agency by the organizers of Nigerian Travel Week.

Friday 24 November 2017

Connect Nigeria To Host SME-eBusiness Fair 2018 in February

On the 3rd of February 2018, Connect Nigeria will again be hosting its SME-eBusiness fair. This annual event, which is the largest gathering of micro, small and medium scale enterprises on the African continent, will take place at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Microsoft Strategist Adrian Clarke Becomes New Tech Advisor Of Modex

Former innovation director and principal technical strategy advisor at Microsoft, Adrian Clarke, is the latest tech star to join forces with Modex, the UK based blockchain firm developing a global first smart contract marketplace.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Nigerian retailers ready systems and employees for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

November 24 – the date for this year’s Black Friday – is fast here. Considered the unofficial beginning of the December shopping season, it will be followed by Cyber Monday. Together, these dates offer major sales opportunities for Nigerian retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar.

Students Charged On Talents, Career Development At Nigerian Breweries’ 2017 Beyond The School Programme

Students have been advised to focus on their abilities and talents in order to take advantage of opportunities in their chosen career. Speaking on Thursday in Lagos at this year’s edition of Beyond the School, an initiative of the Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, Emilia Asim-Ita, a Senior Consultant with Thistle Praxis Consulting, enjoined the participants on how to make a success of their career choices.

P&G to Build Indigenous Manufacturing Capacity through Local Supply in Nigeria

Procter and Gamble (P&G) Nigeria, leading manufacturing company and makers of brands like Always and Pampers recently engaged select local raw material suppliers in Nigeria to an interactive meeting with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and representatives from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).

Towards local manufacturing capability. From L-R: Bala Mohammed, Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment ; George Nassar, Managing Director P&G Nigeria, Dr. Francis Alaneme, Deputy Director Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Temitope Iluyemi, Director of Government Relations P&G, Africa Operations; during the Supplier’s Meeting organized by P&G Nigeria in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Thursday the 23rd of November 2017.
The meeting was convened to assess the capability of local businesses and seek their participation in strengthening our raw material localization objectives in line with the Backward Integration Program (BIP) of the Federal Government.

Paxful joins in the drive for financial inclusion, educates Nigerians on Bitcoin

As part of efforts to help people from different walks of life transact online without limitations and make money, Paxful unveiled Blockchain and Cryptotalk at Pelican Hotel and Resort Lekki, Lagos.

Five Reasons to be Bullish on Nigerian Real Estate in 2018

As the city gears to host the globally recognised real estate-focused West African Property Investment Summit (WAPI) next week, there is a renewed sense of investor confidence in the Nigerian real estate sector.

Facebook Launches Nigeria Initiative in its Ambition to Drive Innovation

Facebook yesterday announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.

Bharti Family pledges US $1.1 billion of their wealth towards Philanthropy

The Bharti Family, which has built one of India’s leading business enterprises, today pledged a part of their personal wealth for philanthropic purposes.

National Aviation Services (NAS) Partners with #VisaFreeAfrica

The Kigali Global Shapers has partnered with National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, for an exclusive sponsor of #VisaFreeAfrica (VFA), a global campaign to facilitate mobility in Africa.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lagos Business School Launches Human Resources and Sales & Marketing Academies

Lagos Business School announces the launch of two academies focused on Human Resources Management and Sales & Marketing, today, Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. The academies have been designed to help professionals in these disciplines close competency gaps that impede their performance and position them to deliver immediate bottom-line impact for their organisations.

iSON Group Shines at the 2017 SERAS Awards

iSON Group, Africa’s Leading IT and Its Company bagged two awards at the 2017 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs) for Best Company in Poverty Eradication and Best New Entrant in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The award ceremony was held at the Shell Hall, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria on Friday November 17th, 2017.

Riyadh to host Inaugural Meeting of IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council

Riyadh will play host to the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council which will take place on Sunday, November 26, 2017 / 8 Rabea al Awal 1439 H.

Shell, bio-bean and coffee-drinkers collaborate to help power buses

Shell and bio-bean are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds, a development that has triggered renewed challenge to Nigerian beneficiaries of Shell’s LiveWIRE programme to join in the innovative search for bright energy ideas.

Abidjan hosts the 1st Africa - Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments

Abidjan, the economic capital of the Republic of Ivory Coast, will host the First Africa-Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments at the Abidjan District Hotel on November 27, 2017.

Vantage Capital provides $12.5 million of funding to Purple Capital

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced Tuesday that it has provided $12.5 million of funding to Purple Capital, a prominent Nigerian real estate company and financial service provider. Purple Capital is the developer of the iconic 6,000m² Maryland Mall, a neighbourhood shopping centre in the Ikeja district of Lagos.

Zimbabwe: Social Media Reacts To Robert Mugabe’s Resignation

Robert Mugabe’s surprise announcement of his resignation Tuesday came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against him in a joint sitting of parliament.

The impeachment proceedings was put in motion yesterday when the President did not announce his resignation in a televised broadcast on Sunday, 19th of November.

Apple HomePod Release Date Delayed Until Early 2018

Apple’s HomePod was originally set to be released in December. Priced at $349, and the HomePod is slated to take on higher-end sound systems like Sonos, as well as smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Airtel's ‘Lost’ TVC Wins Gold At Epica Awards

Airtel Nigeria’s television commercial ‘Lost’ has received global recognition for its well-crafted message delivery at an advertising award ceremony held in Berlin, Germany recently. The ad which was part of the telco’s ‘Data is Life’ thematic campaign bagged Gold at the prestigious Epica Awards.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Infinix Mobility unveils ‘Infinix Zero 5’ as its Flagship model for 2017 in Nigeria

Infinix Mobility, Africa’s leading technology brand unveiled its flagship model for 2017 ‘Infinix Zero 5’ last week in Dubai.
L-R: Region Channel Manager Solomon King, Marketing Communications manager Olamide Amosu, GTM Manager Infinix Mobility Sun Lee and Shirkey Liu Digital Marketing Manager at the Infinix Zero 5 Press conference in Lagos. 
The Infinix Zero 5 enjoyed a global reception, which hosted Celebrities, partners, media and bloggers from different countries the brand operates in. Infinix Nigeria yesterday announced the launch of the flagship model in Nigeria.

Monday 20 November 2017

Etihad Airways Swiss Flights Become All-Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services

Etihad Airways’ flights to and from Switzerland will become an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner operation with the aircraft being deployed on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route, effective 25 March 2018.

Nigeria and Kenya Stock Exchanges Discuss Measures to Enhance Liquidity

Chairmen of stock exchanges in Nigeria, Pakistan and Kenya joined EFG Hermes Frontier CEO, Ali Khalpey for a panel discussion on the second day of the London Conference.

The panel noted the importance of regulation in driving liquidity into frontier markets. All three markets are expecting active IPO pipelines following a period of political and economic instability:

Airtel Adjudged Best Company in Stakeholder Engagement at SERAS 2017

Leading telecommunication service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been awarded the Best Company in Stakeholder Engagement at the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS) 2017 for its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative dubbedAirtel Touching Lives.

Mercer Launches Francophone Africa Hub in Morocco

Mercer, a global consulting leader in health, wealth and career and wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., has announced an expanded footprint as part of an important initiative to strengthen service to the Francophone region of Africa. Through its new Casablanca Financial City hub in Morocco, Mercer will bolster its Health business and further penetrate the African market with Wealth and Career solutions.

Satellite: Accelerating Digital Transition

It has been two years since the digital migration deadline set by the ITU for Africa expired and yet only six African nations have completed digital transition. This slow progress is largely due to the steep challenges faced by countries with a large landmass, mountain ranges or islands that typically remain beyond range of terrestrial network, or with interferences issues in border regions, as well as by the question of funding.

Friday 17 November 2017

Femi Kuti releases first single off “One People One World” album

Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti has just released a single off his upcoming album titled “One People One World”. The song which premiered on Billboard on Tuesday was the first single off the singer’s upcoming 10th Studio album of the same name which will be released on the 23rd of February 2018.

Wednesday 15 November 2017

PyeongChang 2018: Visa Welcomes Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team to Team Visa

Visa today announced the addition of three athletes who make up the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team to Team Visa, currently training to become the first ever African representatives, men or women, to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of Bobsled. Together, Bobsled pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, combine their elite track backgrounds to chase their bobsled dreams.