BrandArena: April 2018

Monday 30 April 2018

Kantar Nigeria and partners continue in the fight against malaria

WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 aims at reducing malaria case incidence and malaria mortality rates by at least 90% on or before 2030.

Jumia Extends Free Delivery Service To Abuja, PH, Ibadan & Abeokuta

Jumia customers in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abeokuta can now enjoy free delivery service as the eCommerce giant responses to customers’ unrelenting demands for the extension of its free delivery service via Jumia Express to more cities. The newly added cities are: . Until now, the free delivery service only applied to orders above N15,000 within Lagos.

Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in Q1 with 80.5% LF

Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey has announced its traffic results for March 2018. Its Total Load Factor improved by 6 points, with an increase of 13% in capacity. Its international Load Factor increased by approximately 6 points to 81.7% and domestic Load Factor to 84% in March.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Squash World Championship Set For China Debut

Beside industrialization, sport has become the next big focus of China in the last few years and the country is set to host its first World Squash Championship later this year with the World Squash Federation’s (WSF) women’s team event to be held in the city of Dalian.

GE Partners Lagos State, Others to Host Technology Conference for Nigerian Start-ups in US

In line with its commitment to skills development and the empowerment of entrepreneurs in Nigeria, GE, the world’s premier digital industrial company, this week partnered with the Lagos State Government and others to host a technology conference for Nigerian startups in the US.

Canada to host The Commonwealth Africa Forum in July 2018

Senior Government and Business Leaders from Africa and North America will gather in Toronto from the 5th – 8th July 2018 for The Commonwealth Africa Forum Toronto 2018 with the theme: Africa – Open for Business.

Dotun Adebayo, Ronke Apampa & Jason Takes Over As New Management Team For Ben TV

BEN Television, Europe's first black-interest television channel, has moved into a brand new ultra-modern purpose-built studio complex in a prestigious location in the heart of London, the UK capital.

Style Icon, Bonang Matheba to host Miss South Africa 2018

One of the country’s leading media personalities and style icons, Bonang Matheba will be hosting the 2018 Miss South Africa pageant which will hold on Sunday, May 27 at Sun International’s new flagship Time Square Sun Arena in Pretoria.

Airbus Foundation brings youth development programme to Africa

...More than 1000 students trained in Nigeria
As part of its youth development programme in Africa launched in July 2017, the Airbus Foundation together with its partners The Little Engineer and STEM METS Resources have rolled out a series of Airbus Little Engineer workshops in Nigeria and trained more than 1,000 school students across the country.

Friday 27 April 2018

LaLiga signs Regional Partnership with Big Cola Nigeria

LaLiga and AJEAST Nigeria, the makers of Big Cola, have announced the signing of an agreement under which the multinational beverage company has become LaLiga's latest regional partner in Nigeria.

L-R: CEO Legacy Sports, Philip Diwan; LaLiga Delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio; Marketing Manager Big Cola Nigeria, Perpetual Ohiri; Managing Director AJEAST Nigeria, Theo Williams; Head of International Partnership Sales, Gregory Bolle and LaLiga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju at the LaLiga & Big Cola Partnership Press Conference in Lagos.
The strategic partnership was announced at a press conference in Lagos, on Thursday April 26th, 2018. Gregory Bolle, LaLiga's Head of global partnership sales; Mr. Theo Williams, Country Director of AJEAST Nigeria; and Perpetual Ohiri, Marketing Manager Big Cola Nigeria, took center stage at this event. Philip Diwan, CEO of Legacy Sports, Javier Del Rio, LaLiga's Delegate in Nigeria, and LaLiga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju were also among those in attendance.

Thursday 26 April 2018

Lagos Records 63% Revenue Growth to N141.96b in Q1 2018

Against the N124.14 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2017, Lagos State Government has declared a 63 per cent growth in revenue at N141.96 billion for the first quarter of 2018.

A New logo for Rugby Africa Gold Cup

On June 16, 2018, Rugby Africa looks forward to welcoming the African fans to the first matches of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup. The defending champion, Namibia, will face Uganda at home while Zimbabwe, led by their new coach and former Springbok star, Peter De Villiers, will play the Moroccan challengers.

Etihad Launches Loungewear Collection At The Iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • Exclusive event co-hosted with Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi
  • Inspired by Abu Dhabi, collection designed by young Emirati brand, A Friend of Mine by Xpoze

Etihad Airways leveraged its sponsorships of global fashion weeks and its Platinum Partner status of Louvre Abu Dhabi to launch a new Emirati designed loungewear collection at an exclusive reception held last night at the iconic cultural institution. The stylish new line by Emirati brand A Friend of Mine by Xpoze will be offered to the airline’s guests on all First Class flights, and also to those staying in The Residence on board the Airbus A380 fleet.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Nokia launches industry-first Edge Cloud data center solution for the 5G era

Nokia has launched the first Edge Cloud data center solution to meet the stringent and diverse low-latency data processing demands of Cloud RAN and advanced applications for consumers and industries.

First-Time OBG Business Barometer: Africa Ceo Survey Published

...Investor sentiment high amid forecasts of solid regional growth

The launch edition of the Business Barometer: Africa CEO Survey carried out by Oxford Business Group (OBG) indicates high levels of confidence among executives, buoyed by a gradual recovery in commodity prices and strongly performing tertiary sector.

FBNQuest Merchant Bank Holds 3rd Annual General Meeting, Records ₦6.167 Billion PBT

FBNQuest Merchant Bank, the investment banking and asset management group of FBN Holdings Plc, has declared a profit before tax (PBT) of ₦6.17 billion for the year ended 31st December 2017, representing a 25.7% increase from the previous year’s position. This was reported by the Chairman, Mallam Bello Maccido, at the 3rd Annual General Meeting which held on the 24th of April 2018 in Lagos. Total assets of the group grew to N140.701 billion, from N137.2 billion in 2016.

Airtel Partners Runway Jazz to Mark 2018 International Jazz Day

… As Dolapo Osinbajo hosts Fashion Master Class
… Tiwa Savage, Gerard Albright to headline show

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with Runway Jazz, an initiative aimed at promoting Nigeria’s rich music and culture, to host a two-day jazz music and fashion festival in commemoration of the 2018 International Jazz Day.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Music Streaming Earnings Overtake CD Sales

As tech continues to change the face of business across different sectors, the entertainment industry has been one of the major field that have experience rapid change in the last decade. Just at a time when Compact Disk (CD) seems to be a game changer for marketers, music streaming revolutionized the industry and lifestyle of audience especially millennials. Gradually, online streaming services are taking over the music industry as they now have the single biggest earning source, overtaking physical sales and digital downloads for the first time.

WARIF Boys Conversation Café Initiative

...Educating Boys On Sexual Violence And Understanding The Importance Of The Role They Play

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization established to prevent and intervene on the prevalence of sexual violence/rape, has today announced a new initiative called the WARIF Boys Conversation Cafe. This initiative is designed to educate young boys between the ages of 12-16, on the prevalence of sexual violence in Nigeria and aims to change the attitudes, perception and behavioral pattern that exist amongst young group of boys, towards gender inequality and sexual violence against women.

Akinkuowo, Cowbellpedia Champion, Gets Foreign Scholarship

Ayodele Akinkuowo, the 2015 Senior category winner of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, has secured a scholarship to study Aeronautic Engineering at the University of Moscow, Russia. Promasidor Nigeria Limited, the makers of Cowbell Milk brand sponsors of the Quiz Show also donated the sum of USD $2,500 in appreciation of the feat by a ‘Cowbellpedia Ambassador.’

AXA Mansard Health Promotes Affordable Healthcare with the Launch of Easy Care Health Plan

Nigeria’s leading health care insurance company, AXA Mansard Health, duly regulated by NHIS, and member of the AXA Mansard Group has launched a new health plan called “Easy Care health insurance plan” to help Nigerians access affordable and quality health plan.

Okpekpe Road Race Appoints Ecobank Mobile App as Official Bank Service Platform

Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the acclaimed Okpekpe International Road Race, has named Ecobank Mobile App as the official Banking Service platform for the 2018 edition of the race slated for Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe, Edo State. 

How LaLiga Stars Spend Their Leisure Time

When not training or playing games, the biggest names in LaLiga all have their own favourite ways to unwind and relax – whether at home, in the garden or on their travels.

Heritage Bank partners CeLD Innovations to launch Cashtoken

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service Provider has partnered with CeLD Innovations to launch CashToken, a consumer electronic reward system into the Nigerian economy.
L-R: Executive Director, Heritage Bank Plc, Jude Monye; Group Head, Energy, Corporate Banking, Afolasade Alonge and Head, Internal Management and sustainability, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Ozena Utulu, during the CeLD 500 CEOs Conference and official unveiling of the Cashtoken, sponsored by Heritage Bank in Lagos.
The product was launched at the Hyper Consumer Centricity conference held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos with top 500 Nigerian CEOs in attendance.

GE Power Partnerships with ESKOM to awards 30Million Rand of Student Bursaries in SA

GE’s Steam Power business in collaboration with ESKOM, South Africa’s power utility company, has awarded needs-based bursaries worth up to 30 Million rands to sixty students from the Mpumalanga province. The bursaries which will run for a period of four years, will cover accommodation costs, books and a living stipend. Eskom, on their part, has donated laptops to each of the bursary recipients.

MainOne’s West Africa expansion gets boost with Cote d’Ivoire license

As part of its West Africa expansion, connectivity and data centre solutions operator MainOne has secured a license to expand national and international connectivity services in Cote d’Ivoire. The C1B license, received from Minister Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services, will enable MainOne land its submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Cote d’Ivoire, to strengthen connectivity, reduce international capacity costs and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet Service Providers.

UNWFP Appoints Nigerian Chinedu Moghalu as Head, Communications & Advocacy for Africa Risk Capacity

United Nations World Food Programme, based in Johannesburg, South Africa has announced the appointment of Chinedu Moghalu, a Nigerian, has been appointed the Senior Communications Specialist & Head, Communications & Advocacy for the Africa Risk Capacity.

Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

Ecobank, the leading pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets.

Friday 20 April 2018

World Book Day: Airtel Nigeria donates books to Underprivileged Children

…Holds Book Reading Session Across the Country 

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, will commemorate the 2018 World Book Day with public primary school pupils across different locations in the country with the donation of 5000 books and hosting of book-reading sessions.

Accenture Innovation Index 2018 Entry Opens

The rapid changes in the world we live are increasingly rewarding those who are innovating. Adoption of new ways of doing things is driving growth in companies, expanding opportunities in economies and increasing the quality of life in nations that embrace it. The outliers in innovation and those who are improving their position have some things common - they bolster their innovation capacities through positive-sum policies such as investments in Research & Development, Education, Tax incentives for innovation that contribute positively to the global body of knowledge and stock of innovation.

Indomie Noodles renews partnership with Fab-5 Initiative

In line with its commitment to empower Nigerian child, Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie Noodles, has renewed its partnership with the Fab-5 Football Initiative to encourage sport and education among children.

Ecobank Wins 3 Awards at 2018 Asian Banker Awards

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) and its two affiliate countries - Nigeria and Ghana- have emerged winners in three strategic categories of The Asian Banker – West Africa Awards 2018. The annual awards saw ETI winning the Best Financial Inclusion Initiative Application or Programme with its innovative Xpress Account, while Ecobank Nigeria carted home the Best Transaction Bank in Nigeria, West Africa award. Ecobank Ghana also won in the Best Transaction Bank in Ghana, West Africa category.

Thursday 19 April 2018


… Advises customers on safety measures as rainy season begins

Ikeja Electric (IE), Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company, has attributed the zero fatality record attained by the company in Q1 of 2018 to its highly effective safety policy and programmes.

Central Africa Region Ready for Africities Summit 2018

The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) Regional Strategic Meeting for Central Africa, was held at Le Méridien Re-Ndama Hotel in Libreville, Gabon, April 16-17, 2018.

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Accelerator 2018: She Leads Africa to Train, Fund Over 10 Women led Technology Enabled Businesses

Applications are now open for the She Leads Africa ( Accelerator 2018, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs building technology enabled businesses across Nigeria are eligible to apply for coaching, networking opportunities and the chance to receive funding for their business.

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Jumia records a whopping 120.1m EUR net loss

Despite Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) increase of 41.8 per cent year-on-year from 357.5 million EUR in 2016 to 507million EUR, the leading online eCommerce ecosystem in Africa, Jumia on Tuesday announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 and for the full year 2017, with Adjusted EBITDA has declared a negative 120.1 million EUR for the full year.

Zlatan Ibrahimović Joins Visa Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Visa Inc. Tuesday announced professional footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimović, will be the new face of its global marketing campaign in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As the Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, Visa, in collaboration with Zlatan, will help fans not miss a moment of the action this summer.

Cheers in all cabin classes, as Emirates revamps its spirits offering

Emirates has refreshed its spirits offering across all classes with a range of premium brands. Spirits on board are served complimentary across all classes and routes and include a range of whiskeys, cognacs, gins, vodka and flavoured liqueurs amongst others.

Approach to Strategic Outsourcing from large and evolved brands

People often ask what is the best approach to be used by organizations who have taken the strategic outsourcing decision for their non-core business processes – like back office, clerical activities, customer services and care activities, retention and outbound campaigns, KYC and customer on-boarding solutions, documentations, data entry, verification works, customer contact centers, digital care, social media solution etc.

Application Now Open to African Entrepreneurs For Alibaba eFounders Fellowship

African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Alibaba eFounders Fellowship which will be held at The Alibaba Xixi Campus, Hangzhou, China. From the applications, 40 African start-up entrepreneurs will be selected.

Deep learning creating a lot of hype and for good reason

Deep learning is a type of machine learning, based on a set of algorithms that model high-level abstractions in data, by using multiple processing layers with complex structures. Instead of organising data to run through predefined equations, deep learning sets up basic parameters about the data and trains the computer to learn on its own by recognising patterns using many layers of processing. This means it can train computers to perform human-like tasks, such as recognising speech, identifying images or making predictions.

Siemens, Anglo American Platinum collaborate on digital and automation skills development in Africa

Currently, one of the most debated topics influencing innovation is digitalization and its impact on the future of employment. It is met with equal parts excitement and trepidation. No matter how you look at it, digital transformation and a truly connected global economy is already upon us.

Pengage Organizes Training to improve Education

….To empower Teachers with relevant Digital Tools for Improved learning

To improve the interactive learning process in schools using the aid of technology, Pengage Technologies Limited, a dynamic information and communications company is organizing digital training sessions to empower teachers with the required skills to promote education in secondary schools. The e-learning program known as e4engage creates an audio visual experience for teachers in all subjects taught in secondary schools.

First Bank MD and management team visit Kwara Governor, Monarch

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, on Friday led some members of the bank’s executive management team on a courtesy visit to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State at the State House, Ilorin.

How Soya beans helps in the prevention of Cancer, Diabetes & Heart Diseases

Nutritionists agree that soya bean is one of the most consumed legumes in the world. The reason for this is not farfetched as it has many essential nutrients that maintain and improves human health. Soya bean is highly revered as a good meal source for people who are on diet. Its protein content enhances metabolic functions in the body and thus helps to improve human health, ensuring that human cells are well repaired. It also helps with weight reduction and protects people from diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Debut Africa Blue Economy Forum to Hold in London on 7-8 June 2018

The first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) is to be held in London on 7-8 June 2018, to coincide with World Oceans Day. More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend, including government ministers, business leaders, ocean experts and environmental and maritime organisations, to discuss the economic contribution of the African oceans.

ONGAcious Promotes Nigeria’s Rich Culture, Tourism

A new weekly magazine family TV show, ONGAcious, that is aimed at promoting Nigeria’s culture, tourism and healthy living, has started showing on selected television channels across the country.

L-R: Brand Manager (Onga), Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Sophiat Bello; Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji; and Assistant Brand Manager (Onga), Promasidor Nigeria, Justina Alih, at the media preview of ONGACious TV Show, a family weekly programme sponsored by Onga, held in Lagos. 
ONGAcious is sponsored by Onga, a brand from the stable of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, which also manufactures Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Top Tea and other quality products.

Nokia 7 and Nokia 1 Now Available in Nigeria

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 1 are now available to buy from accredited dealers nationwide for an estimated N146, 000 and N27, 000 respectively from Monday, 16th April, 2018.

Friday 13 April 2018

Anto Wins Airtel Touching Lives Challenge

The Big brother Naija housemate, Anto, has emerged the winner of the Airtel Touching Lives challenge on Day 73 of the ongoing Big Brother Naija show.

Canon introduces the EOS 6D Mark II to the Nigerian market

As part of its #Liveforthestory campaign in Nigeria, leaders in imaging and business solutions, Canon Central and North Africa have introduced the lightest digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II, into the Nigerian market.

The camera will help photographers unlock their full creative potential and explore all the different avenues of digital photography in a bid to reiterate Canon’s commitment to the “Shoot-Remember-Share” ecosystem which is tied to its consumer- bound range of products.

Strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth by strengthening trade – PwC report

Africa needs to take advantage of the economic potential of its ports and shipping sector if it is to realise its growth ambitions. Globally, ports are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value. Investment in ports and their related transport infrastructure to advance trade and promote overall economic development and growth is therefore vital – particularly in emerging economies that are currently under-served by modern transportation facilities.