BrandArena: February 2018

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Lagos State supports lad seeking to set Guinness World Record for ''The Longest Reading Marathon'

Lagos State Government supports Olawunmi Treasures Bayode who is attempting to break and set a new Guinness World Record for ''The Longest Reading Marathon''.

Egypt Opens Its First Electric Car Charging Station

As part of efforts to lower its carbon footprint, Egypt has commissioned its first electric car charging station in the capital city of Cairo.

Huawei Bags 2018 GSMA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Mobile Industry

The GSMA presented Huawei Technologies with the 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry. The prestigious award was presented at a special ceremony held last evening, where Huawei was recognized for decades of advocating new technology standards, driving digital transformation, and building out the digital ecosystem.

Clever Clogs Unveils Nigerian-Themed Children’s Picture Books

In celebration of the International World Book Day, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi, publisher and founder of literature book publication company Clever Clogs, has announced the launch of a sequence of Nigerian-themed children picture books.

Canon launches nationwide ‘Live for the Story’ campaign

Leaders in imaging and business solutions, Canon Central and North Africa have launched a nationwide ‘Live for the Story’ campaign. Carrying out multiple roadshows and mall activations, the live demonstration of Canon’s consumer products and solutions all follow the ‘Live for the story’ umbrella that incorporates the “Shoot-Remember-Share” ecosystem which is tied to Canon’s consumer- bound range of products.

Chapecoense honoured with Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award

Brazilian football team Chapecoense have been crowned winners of the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award for successfully rebuilding club after the majority of their first-team squad were killed in a plan crash.

Growing the Nigerian Economy through the Mobile & Telecom Sector

Undoubtedly the giant of Africa - with an estimated population of 194 million people, Nigeria remains the largest mobile market in the continent - and still has more potential for growth and for competing on a level-playing ground with the developed nations. Although the economic growth of the country might not be as fast-paced as its counterparts’, it is full of hopes and promises.

Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria Institutes Scholarship

The Oxford and Cambridge Club (OCC) of Nigeria has partnered with the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (CCEI) to offer jointly-funded scholarships for study at the University of Cambridge.

Roger Federer named Laureus Sportsman of the Year

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been named the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards after he won twin honours, his sixth, which includes the Sportsman and Comeback titles at the 18th edition of the prestigious awards ceremony.

FirstBank CEO, Adesola named African Banker of the Year

Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Managing Director/CEO of First Bank of Nigeria Limited & Subsidiaries, has been named the African Banker of the Year in the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday, February 24, 2018. He was also inducted into the African Leadership CEOs Hall of Fame at the event.

Globacom Hires Chris Ogunlowo As Creative Director

Telecom giant, Globacom has appointed former Creative Manager of DDB Lagos, Chris Ogunlowo as its Creative Director.

Human-tech Merge is Inevitable and Marketers Need to Prepare - PHD

PHD’s seventh publication “Merge | The closing gap between technology and us” explores a future where consumers will virtually and biologically join with technology through exclusive interviews with inspirational business leaders, academics and researchers.

Tuesday 27 February 2018

P&G Celebrates 25 Years of Impact in Nigeria

Procter and Gamble, leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company is celebrating 25 years of satisfying consumers with quality branded products and contributing economically and socially to the Country.

L –R :Darius Radcliffe, Country Director, MercyCorps; Dr. Zainab Bagudu, First Lady of Kebbi State; George Nassar, Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Nigeria; Temitope Iluyemi, Director of Government Relations, Procter & Gamble SAA, at the MOU signing ceremony of the Always keeping Girls in School Program with MercyCorps to commemorate P&G's 25 years anniversary.
The anniversary which was commemorated at an event in Junior Secondary School, Karu, Abuja on Tuesday, 20th February, 2018 had in attendance: Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, First Lady of Kebbi State and Zainab S. Ahmed, amongst other top dignitaries and key stakeholders.

Artificial intelligence technologies boost capabilities of cyber threat actors

In response to cyber defenders’ increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, malicious actors started discussing their potential application for criminal use. Research from Control Risks, the specialist global risk consultancy, shows that the development of techniques to use these technologies and tools to enhance their capabilities is now increasingly on the agenda of cyber threat actors.

The Morocco-Nigeria BIT: a new breed of investment treaty?

By Hogan Lovells Partners, Thomas Kendra and Robert Bradshaw

Kendra Thomas
On 30 August 2017, the Moroccan Parliament ratified the Morocco-Nigeria bilateral investment treaty(“BIT“), which now awaits ratification by Nigeria. This treaty, part of a suite of agreements signed between Morocco and Nigeria at a ceremony in Casablanca in December 2016, is intended to herald a “strategic partnership” at a time when the two countries are embarking on an ambitious joint venture to construct a 4,000 km regional gas pipeline that will connect west African countries’ gas resources to Morocco and ultimately Europe.

AbiolaChamp Kicks off 'Speak Like A Champion' Reality TV Show

…Top Three Winners to get N3.5Million reward

Are you an articulate speaker seeking stardom and open to turning your ability into wealth? If yes, then the opportunity to make your dream come through is here. AbiolaChamp, a global inspirational platform is set to kick off 'Speak Like A Champion' Reality TV Show, in which you stand a chance to be one of the top three winners to go home with N2million, N1million and N500,000 respectively.

Shell wins Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry games for record third time

For the third time running, Shell has won the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG), posting a commanding victory streak in the history of the 30-year old triennial competition. At the end of the week-long NOGIG 2018 in Lagos, Team Shell topped the medal table with 11 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze, leaving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron in second and third places respectively.

Investors, stakeholders gather in Nigeria for 2018 Standard Bank Investors’ Conference

Amid huge expectations, the 9th edition of the Standard Bank West Africa Investors’ Conference is set to hold in Abuja and Lagos, bringing together foreign and local institutional investors, fund managers, regulators and policy makers, bankers, businessmen and captains of industry, among others to engage and explore growth potential and opportunities in Nigeria.

Nigeria's economic diversification strategy to be highlighted at the Africa CEO Forum

At a time when Nigeria is still struggling to break free of its dependence on oil, which still accounts for more than 90% of its export earnings, its economy is starting to see an improvement and prospects are looking better for the country's businesses.

Zuriel Featured in MSN Lifestyles "15 Kids Changing The World" List

Having been featured extensively by Global [ELLE, VOGUE, Forbes] and Regional titles [New African Magazine Africa's 100 Most Influential People], in categories and areas considered almost exclusively for adults because of her adult-like accomplishments worldwide, US based MSN Networks Lifestyle platform, has listed Zuriel Oduwole in their "15 Kids changing The World" feature.

Monday 26 February 2018

Samsung Set to Launch Galaxy S9; Announces Pre-Order Date, Pricing & Specs

After months of leaks and rumors, the galaxy s9 and a bigger dual camera galaxy s9+ are now official.

Yesterday, February 25th Samsung took the stage in Barcelona, Spain and showed the world what they’ve been working on. Which, of course, is a highly improved smartphone with a powerful camera. A 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ with curved screens, updated software, better cameras, and much more.

Samsung, Nokia, Sony Take Center Stage As #MWC2018 Begins

The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers gathering, Mobile World Congress 2018 is here again in Barcelona to announce their new innovation and design as regard phones.

From today Monday, February 26 to March 1 year, top players like Samsung, Nokia, Sony among others will be announcing and unveiling their latest devices.

GE, NYSC Announce Partnership to Empower Corp Members with Entrepreneurial Skills

GE, the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company has announced a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to empower Youth Corps members with valuable entrepreneurial skills in line with its commitment to skills development in Nigeria.

Uber Exits Morocco Over Strict Government Regulations

Ride-hailing service, Uber is pulling out of Morocco – a decision the San Francisco-headquartered company says is linked to the North African country’s failure to reform or relax its strict transport rules.

Samsung resurrects Opera Max; Relaunches as Samsung Max

Samsung has resurrected Opera Max, a system-wide data-saving proxy which Opera discontinued last year and have now renamed and relaunched it as Samsung Max.

Facebook, Nokia team up to expand ecosystem for Fixed Wireless Access over 60 GHz

Facebook and Nokia are working to accelerate the adoption of 60 GHz fixed wireless access technologies to deliver gigabit services and connect more people, faster. The 60 GHz band allows high-speed broadband connectivity in urban or suburban areas, complementing existing fiber. Nokia will combine its worldwide delivery capabilities and wireless passive optical network (WPON) with Facebook's Terragraph technology to launch global gigabit broadband trials in 2018 with select customers.

Ogilvy Group UK appoints Michael Frohlich as Group CEO

Ogilvy Group UK has announced the appointment of Michael Frohlich to UK CEO, where he will lead the agency as it moves toward a further integrated model in the coming months. His tireless efforts and subsequent success in leading the fully integrated WPP team that brought the British Airways business back into Ogilvy and WPP, in addition to steering Ogilvy’s PR capability to immense growth at a UK and EMEA level, demonstrate Michael’s ability to bring Ogilvy into a new era.

Whatsapp Co-founder Injects $50m In Encrypted Messaging App Signal

Brian Acton, the co-founder of the popular messaging app WhatsApp, is investing $50 million in Signal. This is according to a blog post making the announcement.

Say Hello to Unlimited Entertainment: iflix Partners with Safaricom in Kenya

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, today announced a partnership with Safaricom to give the firms’ customers up to 60 days of unlimited access to iflix’s service with thousands of the world’s best TV shows, movies and more on every device they own.

#SMWLagos 2018 Kicks off Today

The 2018 edition of the Social Media Week Lagos themed ‘Closer’ is set to kick off today Monday, February 26 at the Landmark Event Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.

BBC News invests in virtual reality documentary series

The BBC aims to bring its award-winning journalism to audiences seeking new, immersive experiences by launching its first VR-first documentary series, Damming the Nile.

Friday 23 February 2018

DHL Global Forwarding Appoints New Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana

* He will also assume responsibility as Country Manager for Ghana

Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, and Country Manager for Ghana, DHL Global Forwarding
DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Serigne Ndanck Mbaye as Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana. Based in Accra, Serigne will also assume responsibility as Country Manager in Ghana. He will report directly to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thursday 22 February 2018

Nokia and T-Mobile achieve 1.3 Gbps speeds using Licensed Assisted Access

Nokia and T-Mobile achieved download speeds of 1.3 Gbps using commercial Nokia technology with Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). This is an industry first using the Nokia commercial AirScale platform to support 14-layer transmissions.

JSP, African Blind Foundation launch 'Food & Love' program at Bethesda Home

JSP Communications, one of Nigerian’s leading Public Relations agencies has teamed up with the African Blind & Restoration Foundation to commence a long term food support program for the Bethesda Home of the Blind, Mushin, Lagos.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

GE Additive Education Program Open for Entries from Schools and Colleges

GE Additive is now accepting applications from schools and colleges for the 2018 cycle of its Additive Education Program (AEP). The application is live on the GE Additive website at The deadline for applications is February 28, 2018.

Etihad Airways Adds Second Daily Flight To Rome

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective 25 March 2018. The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week.

Qatar Airways replaces Lufthansa as Bayern Munich sponsor

German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich yesterday signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways replaces long-term airline sponsor Lufthansa, who had been Bayern sponsor for 16 years.

Kwesé and iflix partner to strengthen SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s pan-African media company, Kwesé, are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground-breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

NCC, NOTAP, Others Commend Airtel On 4G Launch

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Senate Committee on Communications and Oyo State Government have commended Airtel Nigeria for launching its 4G LTE – aimed at providing fast and reliable internet for Nigerians.

Nigerian Arsenal Fans To Cheer Players In New Emirates Deal

Nigerian Sports lovers, particularly the Arsenal fans can now cheers their favorite Arsenal players by putting on the new shirt signed off recently.

Nokia and StarHub co-develop analytics services for digital cities

Nokia is pioneering new mobility analytics use cases to help operators create value from the data in their networks to address the needs of digital cities. The use cases were developed together with Singapore-based operator StarHub. By integrating the use cases into the Nokia AVA cognitive services platform, Nokia has been able to further co-develop and customize the solution to offer it to operators around the globe.

Heritage Bank Partners Next Generation to empower Nigerian youths

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has partnered Next Generation to educate and empower not fewer than 300 primary and secondary school pupils, in a bid to make them emotionally intelligent to take financial decisions in the future.

L-R: Team Member, Brand Management and Sustainability, Heritage Bank, Mrs. Ozena Utulu; Director of Studies, Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, Prof. Anthony Kila; Managing Director/Visionary, Generation Next, Mrs. Olufunke Fajusigbe and Experience Centre Manager, Heritage Bank, Mr. Oluwale Osundele, during a Seminar on Brace Yourself by Heritage Bank/Generation Next in Lagos.
Ajiri Efeturi, Team Lead, Customer Insight and Business Support of the bank disclosed this at a seminar organised by Next Generation, a-non-governmental organisation to raise emotionally intelligent generation at the Centre for International and Advanced Professional Studies (CIAPS) in Lagos recently.

Total Nigeria Presents Starter Packs to Graduands of its Skills Acquisition Programme

In accordance to its youth development scheme, Total Nigeria Plc has presented starter packs to nine graduating youths of its Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) in Koko, Warri North LGA of Delta State.

Why Lagos State Flag-off Its E-Tax Payment Campaign At GTBank

His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State Governor, on Monday February 19, 2018 flagged off the electronic tax payment campaign at the Guaranty Trust Bank, Opebi branch, Lagos. The e-Tax allow residents and citizens of Lagos State to pay their taxes directly to the coffers of the State Government.

Monday 19 February 2018

Arsenal announce five-year extension to Emirates sponsorship deal

Emirates and Arsenal have announced a five-year extension to their long-running shirt partnership. This will see Emirates branding feature on the shirts and training kit of all of our teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

Serena Williams Becomes Lincoln Ambassador, Stars in New Navigator Campaign

Tennis living legend Serena Williams has agreed an endorsement deal with the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company.

Tech Startups Can Now Apply For UNICEF Innovation Fund

Application is now open for the UNICEF Innovation Fund. The Fund is looking to make $50,000 - $90,000 equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

Friday 16 February 2018

Secondary Schools in Lagos Gear up for PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge 2018

Nigeria’s number one pure science competition, PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) competition has commenced registration for its 5th edition. The competition which is an initiative of the PZ Cussons foundation and supported by some of its premium brands; Premier and Nunu Milk, is designed to promote the study of chemistry through open competition amongst public and private secondary schools in Lagos.

Nigerian Breweries Declares N33b Dividend For 2017

The Board of Directors of Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced its results for the 2017operating year with a dividend recommendation of N33 billion to its shareholders. The recommendation, which amounts to a total dividend of N4.13 (four Naira thirteen kobo) per share for the 2017 operating year was part of the company’s filing to The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday, 15th February 2018.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick to open African Football Alliance

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick is slated to open the West African launch of the African Football Alliance (AFA) as part of the Football Africa Forum holding on 19-20 February 2018 at the Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.