BrandArena: January 2018

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Cannes Lions Announces First Jury Presidents For 2018 Awards

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the first 2018 jury presidents.

The festival appointed R. John Fidelino, executive creative director at InterbrandHealth, and FCB Health chief creative officer Rich Levy as jury chairs for the Health & Wellness and Pharma Lions, respectively.

Online Advertising: Facebook Says 'NO' to Cryptocurrency in New Policy

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the integrity and security of ads and to make it harder for scammers to profit from a presence on its platform, Facebook has banned advertisers entirely from advertising bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Startups Can Now Apply For The Revamped Cchub 2018 Incubation Programme

Startups can now apply for the revamped CcHub 2018/19 Incubator programme scheduled to start first week in April.

CcHUB is an innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity.

Homework Restores Foreign Investors’ Trust on Real Estate Sector

Homework Development and Properties Limited has restored the trust foreign investors once had on the Nigerian real estate sector.

L-R: Dr. Nnamdi Maduabum; Dr. Olusola Oyemade, both members of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA); Architect Chima Emerueh and Architect Jide Adekola, both Directors of Homework Development and Properties Limited; during the annual conference organised by ANPA in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
This is the major outcome of the recent conference, organised by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, where the Lagos-based leading real estate company showcased its affordable products and promoted the recent positive developments in real estate industry in Nigeria.

Etihad Airways Expands Services to Nigeria

Etihad Airways today reaffirmed its commitment to Nigeria with the announcement of two additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi–Lagos route, taking it to a daily service.

Wakanow Drums Support for Single Air Transport Market, Says It will Reduce Airfares for Customers

As part of its efforts to significantly reduce the cost of airfares in Africa, Wakanow has affirmed its commitment to support the Single Africa Air Transport Market project, an Agenda 2063 flagship programme by the Africa Union.

Monday 29 January 2018

Entrepreneurship: Dangote Donates N1.2 Billion Structure for Business School in Bayero University

In his avowed commitment to encouraging entrepreneurship in the country as a way out of the economic doldrums, Nigeria’s business magnate, Aliko Dangote, is donating another N1.2 billion structure for running of business school in Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

Nokia implements Future X network architecture for 5G

...To deliver breakthrough network performance and reduce costs

On the day Nokia unveiled its ReefShark chipsets, the company has outlined the scope of its Future X architecture for 5G, the basis for its new reference silicon design and the foundation of its 5G technology and services portfolio.

First OBG Business Barometer: Nigeria CEO Survey Published

...Results point to green shoots of recovery

The inaugural edition of the Business Barometer: Nigeria CEO Survey by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) suggests that the country is finally drawing a line under a challenging few years triggered by low global oil prices, with investor confidence on the rise.

Budget shock for property industry: non-UK resident landlords to be taxed on UK property gains

Quietly, almost without any fanfare, a tax policy of more than 50 years designed to encourage overseas investment into UK real estate was reversed in the small print of the Budget. The announcement has provoked a storm across the property industry.

PICTURES: When Guinness Staff Participated in the Malta Guinness Maltavator Challenge

Cummins Nigeria Restates Commitment to the Operation of 16 Gas Fired Power Plants

Cummins Power Generation Nigeria Limited, a global power generation leader, have promised to keep operation going at the 16 gas fired power plants (100MW capacity) across Nigeria.

Amazing success tips resonate at inaugural Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series

Living up to its theme, Against The Odds, the maiden edition of the Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series provided a platform where three exceptional Nigerians spoke on the imperative of resilience, hardwork and perseverance to achieve individual, corporate and national goals.

L-R: Lead speaker, Cobahms Asuquo; lead speaker, Member Feese; Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni; lead speaker, Kechi Okwuchi; and Chairman, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Mr. Basil Omiyi; at the inaugural edition of the Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series dubbed - Against The Odds in Lagos on Thursday, 25 January, 2018.
The event, which held in Lagos on Thursday 25 January, 2018, attracted a huge audience of students and youth, bankers, investors, artists, captains of industry, and the business community.

Unboxing Canon PIXMA G3400 Inkjet All-in-One Printer

Canon recently announced the launch of its new PIXMA G-Series printers called G3400 and BrandArena was able to have a hand-on experience of the powerful device.

Following the introduction of the G1200, G2200, G3200, and G4200, the company have decided to further its innovation with G3400.

Friday 26 January 2018

Nokia opens Cloud Collaboration Hubs to enable operators to realize their cloud strategies

Nokia is strengthening its cloud and data center services by opening a Nokia Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore. Another hub will be opened in Irving, Texas in February 2018, to be followed by a third one in Reading, UK. The hubs are execution centers where multivendor cloud services from strategy and design to execution and delivery are provided. They offer innovative tooling and automation, as well as DevOps based cloud development and delivery.

Spotlight: The Barcelona Derby

The Barcelona Derby – The local derby between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol is the most important match between Catalonia’s most emblematic clubs. Since their founding more than a century ago, the rivalry between these two teams has made their games so much more than a simple football match, with the city of Barcelona passionately savouring one of LaLiga’s classic matchups.

Malta Guinness begins search for the ‘Pan African Maltavator’

  • Stand a chance to win `Twenty `Thousand Dollars ($20,000) and a spot on the Maltavator Challenge Pan African TV show

In a thrilling first for consumers across Africa, Malta Guinness, Nigeria’s premium malt drink has launched an exciting Pan African TV show tagged the Maltavator challenge-that will see home grown Nigerian talents compete against contestants from Ethiopia, Ghana and Ivory Coast to see who can best fuel their greatness by turning the Malta goodness into greatness.

MainOne partners with WACREN to boost connectivity in research and education institutions

Following a highly competitive and non-discriminatory bidding process involving leading communications operators in Africa, leading Connectivity and Data Center solutions provider, MainOne has emerged winner of a 15-year contract with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) to provide high-speed bandwidth services.

Africa Prefers Fair Trade to Marshall Plans – VP Osinbajo

Remarks by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, The Vice President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, at an Interactive Session Titled “Stabilizing the Mediterranean” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018.


Q: How realistic is Africa replacing China as the factory of the world, how realistic is that? How do you look at the Marshall plan for Africa, is it something you think is credible?

Vice President: Let me begin with the Africa Rising narrative and all of the possibilities around Africa replacing China as the factory of the world. I think that probably is in the natural cause of things. Even now, we see that as wage costs go up in China, Africa is becoming the obvious choice for some certain industries, so it is clear that will happen and there are quite a few initiatives in that direction already; there are a few countries like Ivory Coast, Nigeria, with the development of Special Economic Zones, with partnerships coming from China.

Goldberg Moves Isedowo Empowerment Scheme to Oyo

Isedowo, the empowerment scheme of Goldberg lager beer produced by Nigerian Breweries, is moving its ongoing campaign to Oyo State where it will support Artisans with grants of N300,000.00 each to grow their businesses.

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Experts forecast Real Estate Sector as an Investor Hub in 2018

Experts have identified the real estate sector as one of the potential revenue drivers for the Nigerian economy in 2018. This is based on the sector’s performance so far in the year as well as outlook for the rest of the year. Although the economy was in recession at the beginning of the previous year, the exit from recession in the second quarter of 2017, creates an opportunity for rekindled activity and subsequent recovery in real estate.

Giving a Voice to Adolescent Girls

Adolescent girls in Nigeria can face many challenges - especially in educationally disadvantaged states - from access to education, violence and forced child marriage.

Lacking access to information and a support network around her, many of these girls lack the skills or confidence to make decisions about their own lives.

NEF launches survey to measure gender gap in STEM education; research in Africa

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, today announces the launch of an important survey that hopes to measure the existing gender gap in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education and research in Africa.

Wakanow Introduces New Payment Model, Reduces Prices

Wakanow has announced a transition from a two-week airline billing settlement cycle, to pioneer a daily direct remittance and pre-paid card payment settlement which will significantly reduce the cost of travel for customers. The two week Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) requires significant bank guarantees running into billions of Naira, forcing travel agencies to pass on the increased cost to customers.

Nigerian Travellers To Enjoy Emirates Attractive Fares; Extended ‘My Emirates Pass’ Programme

Emirates is offering Nigerian travellers the opportunity to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes attractive fares, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”. The airline is also extending its popular My Emirates Pass programme with more partners. Nigerians traveling to Dubai between 5th February and 30th September 2018, will get exclusive offers and discounts across the city.

Corporate Communications Pitch Competition: Sesema PR Announces Call for Entries

- Winner to get N300,000 cash prize and paid Internship 

Following the success of the first two editions of its Corporate Communications Pitch Competition (CCPC); Sesema Public Relations, a leading Public Relations and Marketing Communications firm in Nigeria is calling for entries for the third edition of its competition.

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Real Estate Professionals, Investors to converge for Blueprint Conference in Lagos

The Blueprint Real Estate Conference, an intensive one-day programme on opportunities in real estate investments within the Lagos New Emerging Cities, with new insights for first time home buyers and experienced investors, is scheduled to hold on 31 January, 2018, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Dangote to Commission Multi-Million Naira Unibadan Business School

As part of a N2 billion investment by the Aliko Dangote Foundation, across various institutions, Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote has assured that the N250 million University of Ibadan Business School being constructed by him would soon be ready for commissioning.

Stronger commitment to AI could boost revenues by 38%, employment by 10% by 2022 - Accenture Report

Businesses risk missing major growth opportunities unless CEOs take immediate steps to pivot their workforces and equip their people to work with intelligent technologies, according to new research by Accenture.

The Accenture Strategy report, Reworking the Revolution: Are you ready to compete as intelligent technology meets human ingenuity to create the future workforce?, estimates that if businesses invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human-machine collaboration at the same rate as top performing companies, they could boost revenues by 38 percent by 2022 and raise employment levels by 10 percent. Collectively, this would lift profits by US$4.8 trillion globally over the same period. For the average S&P500 company, this equates to US$7.5 billion of revenues and a US$880 million lift to profitability.

Monday 22 January 2018

Mike Ogbalu Replaces Charles Ifedi As New Verve CEO

On Friday, January 19th 2017, Interswitch, one of the leading Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company, celebrated one of its pioneer executives, Charles Ifedi, the outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Verve International, with a befitting send-forth event.

Sunday 21 January 2018

Aurecon young Civil Engineer selected for Davos

Young Civil Engineer, Shamiso Kumbirai, at global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon, has been chosen to represent Southern African youth at the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is taking place in Davos on 23 – 26 January 2018. Kumbirai is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, a network of inspiring young people under 30 working to address local, regional and global challenges.

Friday 19 January 2018

Etihad Airways Executive Embarks On Round The World Record Attempt

Senior Etihad Airways executive, Andrew Fisher, embarks on a journey of a lifetime on 21 January when he attempts to break the world record by flying around the globe in the shortest time frame on scheduled flights, and with the fewest number of sectors.

Analysts Predict Bullish Future for Nigeria’s Real Estate Investment Trust Market

The globally recognised real estate-focused West African Property Investment (WAPI) Summit which recently took place between the 28th and 29th of November 2017 provided delegates with insight into a real estate sector that is set to rebound strongly in 2018.

Thursday 18 January 2018

Stanbic IBTC target youths with inaugural Youth Leadership Series

Nigeria’s leading one-stop financial services provider, Stanbic IBTC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has said it plans to deepen financial and entrepreneurial knowledge among Nigeria’s younger generations through a Youth Leadership Series. Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni, in a statement stated that the organization has finalized plans to host the inaugural edition of its youth empowerment motivational series – the Youth Leadership Series dubbed - Against The Odds on Thursday 25 January, 2018.

How new Pan-Africanist business men, women are driving Africa’s economic transformation - Osinbajo

Africa's impressive economic transformation is currently being driven by ambitious businessmen and women who are stepping beyond national borders and going global, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, at the inaugural Africa Rising lecture of the Harvard University Business School on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday 17 January 2018

CABSAT 2018: Canon showcases its latest innovation for broadcast and cinema industry

Canon showcased its latest industry-leading innovations at CABSAT 2018, the leading broadcast, satellite and creative media event in the Middle East and Africa region. The leader in imaging solutions also provided visitors with the opportunity to experience its full range of security solutions, Pro Video portfolio and professional imaging products first-hand at dedicated shooting areas and end to end workflow scenarios.

Cowbell Celebrates 20 Years of Support for Mathematics As 2018 Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show Opens

The 2018 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and the search for the next inventor opened with enthusiasm on Tuesday in Lagos as Promasidor Nigeria Limited marked 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics.

Mzamo Masito appointed Google CMO for sub-Saharan Africa

Google has appointed Mzamo Masito as its chief marketing officer for sub-Saharan Africa. Masito joins Google from Vodacom, where he held a senior position. He has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) as well as a post-graduate diploma from UCT.

GAC Motor Secures Exclusive Rights for the Second Season of Forbes Africa

Guangzhou Automobile Company (GAC Motor), one of the top five biggest Chinese automobile manufacturers, has secured the exclusive rights for the flagship FORBES AFRICA television show, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde.

Lanre Adisa announced as first Jury President for Pitcher Awards

The organizers of the Pitcher Awards and Cannes Lions Official Festival representative in Nigeria, CHINI productions, have announced Mr. Lanre Adisa, Managing Director/CEO, Noah’s Ark as the Jury President for the Heritage category of the Pitcher Awards.

Nine bidders line up for 2020 Uefa Super Cup

Uefa, the governing body of European football, has revealed that nine member associations have expressed an interest in hosting the 2020 edition of its Super Cup match.

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Turkish Airlines has performed well beyond expectations in 2017

Turkish Airlines has completed the year 2017 with a great success. The number of passengers in 2017 compared to previous year was increased of 9.3 percent and the flag carrier carried 68.6 millions passengers. Compared to the previous year the load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points. The flag carrier has reached highest December load factor rate with 79.5% in the last month of 2017 in its history.

African Billionaires Rise From 21 to 23 on Forbes’ List; Dangote Remains Richest On the Continent

Number of billionaires in Africa on Forbes' list grew from 21 to 23, collectively now worth $75.4 billion. Nigerian Aliko Dangote still remains the richest African worth $12.2 billion, up $100 million from a year ago. This is the seventh time in a row. The second on the list is the South African diamond mining heir, Nicky Oppenhiemer, with a net worth of $7.7 billion, up $700 million from last year.

Monday 15 January 2018

LaLiga Hires Hill+Knowlton Strategies as PR Agency in Nigeria

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has been appointed as LaLiga de Fútbol Professional’s (LaLiga) PR agency in Nigeria. Headed out of the H+K Lagos office, the team will help to develop the Spanish national football league’s communications strategy all across Africa.

Customs targets N1.5trn in 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service has set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for 2018.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hammed Ali, disclosed this at the first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja.

Airtel Touching Lives: An Initiative Beyond Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), one of the stems of sound corporate governance, is increasingly attaining wider global and local adoption as its impacts in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals become more perceptible. Today, top executives across different industry want to demonstrate their corporate citizenship through altruistic, ethical and legitimate initiatives that present their organizations as socially responsible.

Media Seal Appoints Adeniba GM As Ayo Kupoluyi Retires

Media Seal, one of Nigeria’s foremost media specialist companies and the Worldwide Partner Inc (WPI) agency in West Africa has announced the appointment of former Media and Communications Manager of Friesland Campina in West Africa, Oluwafemi Adeniba as its new General Manager.

Friday 12 January 2018

Samsung confirms Galaxy S9 will be unveiled next month

Samsung has revealed that its next prized mobile phone, the Galaxy S9 will be launched in February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

AU blasts Trump for remark on ‘shithole countries’

The African Union on Friday blasted President Donald Trump for his profane comments about African countries and other nations, and recalled the U.S.’ history of bringing in slaves from the continent.

Mobile Innovation: How 5G will Enable the Future

Despite a brief power outage at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018, global innovation persevered as more than 3,900 companies, including some 900 startups, spurred new business and partnerships across every major industry. The second and third days of the world’s largest tech event focused on 5G innovation, the future of video and reimaging the world of television. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, CES 2018 runs through January 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.