BrandArena: March 2018

Friday 30 March 2018

IOC Considers Africa For 2022 Youth Olympic Games; Commences Host Selection Process

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday announced a new host selection process for the 2022 summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as it considers Africa as host of one of its sporting events.

Canon Celebrates 15th Consecutive Year of No.1 Share of Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market

Canon Inc on Friday announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 15 consecutive years, from 2003 to 2017.

NSE Commends Nigerian Breweries as New Managing Director Visits Lagos Floor

The Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyeama has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for its commitment to corporate governance standards. Mr. Onyeama gave the commendation when the new Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel visited The Exchange in the company of other top management of company.

Terragon Group gets $5million Investment from VC TLcom Capital

Nigerian data analytics firm, Terragon Group has received a $5million investment from African venture capital firm, TLcom Capital.

Kehinde Salami Launches Book, Floats iD8 Academy

The President of the Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria, Kehinde Salami, recently launched a marketing communications book entitled: ‘To Every Man A Brain: How To Discover and Unleash The Power of Your Creative Mind’ at the Renaissance Hotel in Lagos.

L-R: Kayode Idowu,General Manager/COO, Keskese; Kehinde Salami,Managing Director, Ideas House; Kayode Olagesin,Managing Director, Towncrier and Ayo Alias,Managing Director, Tequila Nigeria at the  book launch written by Kehinde Salami in Lagos recently. 
The launch was graced by the Crème de crème of Nigeria’s IMC industry and had in attendance personalities like Kayode Oluwasona, President of the Advertising Practitioners Association of Nigeria (AAAN), George Thorpe, founding chairman of MediaReach OMD who reviewed the book, Kola Oyeyemi of MTN, Abiodun Oshiniobosi, Managing Director, Abelinis, among others.

Airtel wins Pitcher Advertiser Award at Creativity Week 2018

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has won “The Pitcher Advertiser of the Year Award” at the maiden edition of the Creativity Week in recognition of its creativity and bold attempts to create fresh and inspiring campaign.

Next Einstein Forum Closes on a High, Awarding High Impact Innovations

The third and final day of Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2018 in Kigali on Wednesday kicked off on a sober tone with "Breakthroughs from across the world" looking first at how indigenous crops on the continent could be harnessed to meet the challenge of climate change and food scarcity.

Promasidor Felicitates with Nigerians on Easter Celebration

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Onga, Top Tea and other quality products, has congratulated Christians on the completion of the Lenten period and the occasion of the Easter festival, urging them to always imbibe the lessons on sacrifice as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

Thursday 29 March 2018

Konga Appoints Ex-Nokia VP, Nick Imudia As New CEO

The board of Nigeria’s leading e-commerce giant, Konga have announced the appointment of Finland-based Nigerian and former Vice President of Nokia, Nick Imudia as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Set the Bar Higher on Cybersecurity, Cisco Urges Businesses

As cybercrimes become more rampant and sophisticated, Cisco, the global leader in IT and networking, has called on businesses to adopt security measures and to take a comprehensive approach across people, process, technology and policy to protect their businesses from hackers and cyber criminals. The company made this call at an event held at its Lagos office on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

L- R: Olakunle Oloruntimehin, Country General Manager, Cisco Systems Nigeria and English West Africa; Tomi Amao, Cisco Systems Engineer, Security, Nigeria and English West Africa and Abdelaziz Saidu, Systems Engineering Lead, Cisco Systems West Africa, at the Media Parley on Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report in Lagos.
This follows the findings reported in the recently released Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report which identified the evolution of ransomware as one of the most significant threat developments over the past year.

2018 .NG Awards Nomination to Close on Friday; Event Holds on April 27

Nomination for the third edition of the .NG Awards which commenced on Friday, 16th March, 2018 will close at midnight on Friday 30th March, 2018. According to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), voting for the shortlisted nominees would commence on Friday, 6th April, 2018 and end by midnight on Saturday, 21st April, 2018.

The new Nigerian economy: Abuja turns to agriculture and minerals

For decades, Nigeria's economy has been based on oil. The government is now moving away from its black gold dependence to open its economy up to diversification.

Lagos Honours Airtel for HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

In recognition of its awareness campaign and provision of toll-free line in response to HIV & AIDS related health cases in Lagos, Airtel Nigeria was recently presented the award for HIV & AIDS Response by Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA).

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great device but not much difference from S8

Samsung made quite a number of alterations and upgrades that are worthy of consideration for all smartphone users seeking a new device in its newly launched S9 but if you are already using a S8, you might not really need to change your phone as both devices have same battery capacity, same screen size, resolution and almost indistinguishable design.

Central Bank of Nigeria injects $210m into Forex

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the inter-bank sector of the Foreign Exchange market to the tune of $210 million.

Growth Academy Trains Corporate Executives on Digital Marketing

Growth Academy, a global leadership and career development centre has trained corporate executives on digital marketing as part of its commitments to helping individuals, corporate organisations and government parastatals reach their full potentials.

British Council, YNaija launches West Africa Arts Exchange

British Council in collaboration with has launched the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world.

Hilton finally returns to Moroccan capital

Hilton will once again be welcoming guests to the Moroccan capital city of Rabat from 2022 after a landmark deal was signed with Wessal Capital.  At a ceremony in Dubai, a management agreement for a 150 room Hilton Rabat to form part of the city’s Wessal Bouregreg project was confirmed.

Flying Doctors Founder bags aviation award

The aviation industry watchdog, Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV), has bestowed 2017 Aviation Most Remarkable Medical Personality Award on Flying Doctors Nigeria Founder, Dr Ola Brown.

Next Einstein Forum to boost global reach of research from Africa with open access publishing journal

Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, will see the creation of a new pan-African, peer reviewed, open access publishing journal, dedicated to boosting the global reach and impact of research by Africans.

Infinix Mobility Takes Its S Series Innovation Further With Infinix S3 Launch

Infinix Mobility has taken its S series smartphone innovation further with the launch of its Infinix S3.

The first-of-its-kind lifestyle device themed ‘Express yourself with 20MP’ was unveiled at a media conference held in Lagos in an exclusive partnership with SLOT Limited.

Heritage Bank empowers 5,544 pupils on financial literacy to secure economy

To mark the Global Money Week, Heritage Bank Plc empowered 5, 544 (pupils and teachers) in 11 secondary schools across the country as part of efforts to support the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Financial Literacy Day.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Curve Communications Appointed as PR Agency for Hollywood & African Prestigious Awards

Curve Communications Limited as been appointed by Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) as its international Public Relations agency for the 2018 edition of the awards.

Etihad Airways, Swiss Seal Codeshare Agreement

Etihad Airways and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have launched a new codeshare partnership with bookings effective immediately.

7th Innovention Series Holds Tomorrow at Civic Centre Lagos

All roads leads to Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos tomorrow for the 7th edition of the Innovention series, a platform to examine the question of Africa’s development. This edition will be looking into the prospects in the creative industry and the emergence of a new crop of Africa storytellers bringing a new dimension to African narrative for a global audience. The theme for the event is “Building Africa’s Fortune through Mediatainment”.

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Promasidor Career Workshop for Secondary School Holds in Abeokuta

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other quality brands, will hold the second edition of Promasidor’s Harness Your Dream, a career guidance workshop for public secondary school students, at the African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

GE & FieldCore repowers production at Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia

GE’s Power Services business  and FieldCore, GE’s customer-focused field services company, announced to have successfully restarted Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia, seven months after the plant was severely damaged by a major thunderstorm. The outage execution service of two steam turbines, which lasted 20 days, succeeded in bringing back 5000 person workforce and solving sugar scarcity for Ethiopia’s more than 100million population. 

Promasidor Nigeria Honours 254 Employees

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other quality products, at the weekend, honoured 254 of its employees who have put in several years in its service. The award ceremony, which was held in Lagos, brought together the company’s employees, relatives and distributors from different parts of the country.

Octopus: Heritage Bank attains ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certification

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has achieved the Information Security Management Certification from International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Transport & Safety Week 2018: Safety is a way of life, the way we work at Guinness - Akoji Amedu

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, recently held its 2018 Transport and Safety Week, to reiterate the importance of safety both on and off the road.

Unity Bank denies report of planned $1b investment by Milost Global Inc

Against a report credited to Bloomberg, Nigeria’s Unity Bank Plc on Tuesday denied  that Milost Global Inc planned to invest USD1 billion in the bank.

Monday 19 March 2018

Will Manchester City Swap Nike for Puma?

In huge kit deal worth £45m per year, Manchester City according to emerging reports could be the next top team to partner with Puma as their existing contract with Nike begins to near its end.

How Snapchat Lost $800m Over Offensive Rihanna Ad

Following a recent offensive ad post on Snapchat, Rihanna took to her Instagram story to call out the company for making light of domestic violence.

Stanbic IBTC offers youth practical lessons on financial knowledge

Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has raised the bar in financial literacy education while commemorating this year’s Financial Literacy Day 2018 as part of activities lined up to mark the Global Money Week 12 – 18 March, 2018. The bank moved the full apparatus of its mobile ATM van from Lagos to Ibadan Grammar School, one of the 31 allocated schools across the country where senior executives of the bank including its chief executive made presentations to students on financial literacy.

FG Approves Cisco Networking Academy in Federal Unity Colleges

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Program as well as the establishment of 6 Internet of things (IoT) innovation centres across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

2019 Elections: Nigeria Bloggers Flag Off Social Media Campaign #GetInvolved

The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) has embarked on sensitisation campaigns to mobilise Nigerians to register in the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of 2019 general elections.

Samsung scores with Zlatan Ibrahimović

Sweden and Manchester United footballer star Zlatan Ibrahimović has signed signed a brand ambassadorship deal with South Korean smartphone brand, Samsung.

FC Porto Renews Kit Partnership With New Balance

Portuguese Primeira Liga football club FC Porto has extension its kit partnership with US sportswear brand New Balance for the next ten years.

Friday 16 March 2018

APUS Offers Solution to Bridging Digital Divide in Emerging Markets

The boom of mobile internet technology has increased the speed and reach of information across the globe. Undoubtedly, the world is witnessing the era of IoT at an even faster speed than we thought. However, the digital divide noticeable across countries is hard to ignore due to historic, political and economic reasons. Nigeria is one of the emerging markets, where the internet has seen rapid growth. However, the information access is a major challenge with Nigeria when compared to developed countries.

Thursday 15 March 2018

Umbro Joins Dad Sneaker Trend With 'Bumpy'

Following Balenciaga’s Triple S and the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego, Umbro has joined the dad sneaker tread called Bumpy.

STEM is the future for development in Africa – Jadesola Adedeji

STEM METS Resources, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused social enterprise in Nigeria, has reiterated its commitment to STEM Education in the country, through a strategic partnership with Airbus Foundation, makers of commercial aircrafts Airbus. This enterprise encourages students to be better problem solvers, innovators, and creative thinkers, while preparing them for varying careers in the future workplace

Algeria to Host 2018 Smart Cities Global Summit in June

Alger, Algeria will play host to the 2018 Smart Cities Global Technology & Investment Summit on June 27-28, gathering international government and industry leaders to assess global and regional Smart City growth strategies with a special focus on Africa and Emerging Markets.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Google To Ban All Crypto-Related Ads Starting June

Just weeks after Facebook announced cryptocurrencies ban for all ad-related buying on its platform, Google has also decided to ban online ad promoting cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings starting in June.

Egypt Unveils First Digital Forensic Lab in MENA Region

...Set to Improve Intellectual Property Rights' Protection and Enforcement

The Government of Egypt has revealed plans to set up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy.

Visa Launches First Visa’s Everywhere Initiative in Sub Sahara Africa

On Wednesday, 14th March 2018, Visa announced that its Visa’s Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program that tasks start-ups to solve commerce challenges of tomorrow and further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast network of partners, will expand into the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) region. Entrants in the first-ever Sub-Sahara Visa’s Everywhere Initiative will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win up to US$50,000, access to Visa’s products and services, expert mentorship and support from Visa and exposure to key Visa partners and clients.

Gender parity: Stanbic IBTC reiterates equal opportunity credential

Stanbic IBTC has pledged to continue to advance the cause of its women workforce as it strengthens its equal opportunity policy. This pledge was made at the 2018 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) event in Lagos to commemorate the International Women’s Day, themed “Press for Progress”. According to the financial institution, women constitute over 42% of its workforce.

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Aboke of Ibadan Land Lauds Sabrina For Sponsoring Oke’badan Festival

Aboke of Ibadan land, Chief Ifasola Ifamapowa has lauded EuroGlobal foods and distilleries Ltd, the maker of Sabrina for their generous donation and support at the recently held Oke’badan festival.

Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

Turkish Airlines has announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has decided to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2012, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024.

Nigerian Olympic Medalist To Grace TAWN Fitness

To commemorate this year International Women’s Day, Nigerian foremost Athlete and first Olympic Medalist, Ms Chioma Ajunwa (MON) will honour the fitness program to be organized by The African Women Network (TAWN) as a Guest Speaker on Saturday March 17th 2018 at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

Etihad Relaunches Aviation Training Institute In Abu Dhabi

To enhance aviation expertise of its employees, Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group, has relaunched its world-class aviation training organization at two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.