BrandArena: May 2018

Monday 28 May 2018

Heritage Bank named most supportive financial institution in tourism

Heritage Bank Plc has once again proven to be Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, as Institute for Tourism Professionals, organisers of the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo 2018 (NTTS), crowned Heritage Bank the best "Financial Institution, for Outstanding Support for Tourism."

Stakeholders Canvass Ways To Make Teaching Attractive As Entry Begins For 2018 Maltina Teacher Of The Year

Stakeholders in the education sector have emphasised the importance of teachers and proffered solutions on how to attract the best to the teaching profession in order to enhance the nation’s growth and development.

Children’s Day: Peak Milk Unveils Nigeria’s Largest Chocolate Cup

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak Chocolate Full Cream Milk Powder and Peak 456 Growing Up Milk unveiled a 10-foot high chocolate cup, Nigeria’s largest, in celebration of Children’s Day and ahead of the World Milk Day on June 1.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Six Schools for PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge Finale

Six candidates representing both public and private schools in Lagos state have scaled through to the finals of Nigeria’s leading pure science competition, PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC). After an impressive participation at the different stages of the 2018 edition of the competition, six students have now qualified for the finals to compete for the grand prize of N1,000,000 and a chance to be crowned the PZCCC Champion for 2018.

Osinbajo, Shittu, Others to Attend Premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 4

Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Vice President, and Minister of Communications Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, will lead high-profile guests who have confirmed they would attend the premiere of Airtel Touching Lives season four.

Friday 25 May 2018

Dangote, MTN are the Most Admired African Brands

Brand Africa in association with the JSE, on Friday announced the Top 100 best brands in Africa on their 6th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands at the JSE in Johannesburg.

Thebe Ikalafeng Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa with representatives of Dangote (Most Admired African Brand), Nike (most Admired Brand in Africa), MTN (most Admired African Brand)
South African tele-communications brand MTN is the #1 African brand spontaneously recalled irrespective of continent of origin, while Nigerian industrial brand Dangote is the #1 African recalled when consumers are prompted about the continent (Africa) of origin.

How Healthy Marital Relationship Improves Productivity And Economic Development

Building a healthy relationship begins with love. It develops into a bond that enhances long term commitment between couples. Having a healthy relationship also requires communication. When there is good communication between couples, they have a romantic fulfillment that enables them to be effective in other areas of life.

Google launches Impact Challenge for Nigerians, Four Non-profits to Win $2m

As part of its global empowerment programme, Google has launched the Google Impact Challenge (GIC) Nigeria 2018, committing $2million into the project in form of grants to non-profits using technology to reach their goals.

NIKE is the Most Admired Brand in Africa

Nike x Laolu Senbanjo African mystic design sneakers
Global sportswear brand, Nike has emerged the overall #1 brand in Africa spontaneously recalled by consumers in Africa. In the Top 100 best brands in Africa on their 6th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands, the US-company topped Samsung, addidas, Coka-Cola and Apple in the top 5 position.

Philips, Ethiopia, Netherlands sign seven-year agreement to build Ethiopia’s first specialized Cardiac Care Center

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, and the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands, have signed a seven-year agreement to build Ethiopia’s first specialized Cardiac Care Center to address the critical shortage of cardiology services in Ethiopia.

Lidya Raises $6.9 Million in a Series A Round Led by Omidyar Network

Lidya, the digital financial services platform focused on improving access to credit for micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Africa, today announced that it has raised $6.9 million in a Series A investment round, one of the largest in Nigerian tech history.

Lidya Co-Founders (L) Ercin Eksin and Tunde Kehinde
The funding was led by Omidyar Network, the Silicon Valley impact investment firm established by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. New investors, Alitheia Capital (via the Umunthu Fund), Bamboo Capital Partners, and Tekton Ventures, also joined the round, which included existing investors Accion Venture Lab and Newid Capital.

Thursday 24 May 2018

eTranzact Announces Management Shake-up ...Appoints Acting MD/CEO

eTranzact International PLC, Africa’s premier e-payments solution provider, on Monday May 21, 2018, announced that it will be making significant changes to the Company’s management team.

Ecobank Xpress Campus Storm Begins

...As Firm set to Drive Financial Inclusion among the Youth

Ecobank Nigeria has commenced a youth engagement program in tertiary institutions across Nigeria as part of efforts to deepen financial inclusion by banking the youth.

Accenture To Equip Disadvantaged People for Work in the Digital Age

...Commits US$200 Million to Education, Training and Skills Initiatives 

Supporting its vision to improve the way the world works and lives, Accenture is committing more than US$200 million over the next three years to help equip disadvantaged people with job skills for the digital age.

Confectionery firm hosts BBNaija ex-housemates

Infusion Cakes & Cafe, a Lagos-based confectionery firm, has hosted ex-housemates of the reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija), in a meet and greet session in Lagos recently.

Canon CNA celebrates results of African sustainability programme

...Launches new creative training hub in collaboration with The NRB Bus

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a provider of imaging technologies and services, is celebrating three years of Miraisha, one of the Canon’s core sustainability programmes. 2017 saw the programme deliver more activities than ever before, with over 3,000 participants taking part in training sessions and workshops since the programme’s inception.

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Telecom: Why Terrestrial fibre remains mother of all bottlenecks in Africa

Experts at the Africa Session of the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago have described terrestrial fibre constraints as the mother of all bottlenecks hindering increased Internet penetration on the continent. During his presentation on the theme

Monday 21 May 2018

Airtel’s ‘Meet the in-Laws’ Narrates Power of Mobile Internet, Connectivity

Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has unveiled a new Television Commercial (TVC), ‘Meet the in-Laws’, which demonstrates the power of mobile Internet as a phenomenon that enriches life and keeps everyone connected irrespective of age, class, tribe or gender.

Friday 18 May 2018

Promasidor Felicitates With Muslims At Ramadan

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of highly nutritious and fortified Cowbell and Loya Milk, has felicitated with Muslims in the country on the commencement of the Ramadan fast.

Pan-African Bank Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

Ecobank won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week.

CIMA Africa and ICAN sign groundbreaking MOU

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Africa and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) have announced the completion of processes that would lead to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to enable ICAN members complete an accelerated route to earn the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. An event to formalize the signing of the MOU between the two bodies has been scheduled to hold in Abuja on Monday, 21st May.

Nutritionist Commends Chivita's 'No-added Sugar' Commitment

The National Publicity Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Mr. Olusola Malomo, has hailed the juice making standards of Chivita100% fruit juice, the flagship brand of Chi Limited, and its commitment to 'no-added sugar' process, describing it as a healthy substitute for raw fruits.
L-R: Senior Brand Manager (Juice, Nectar and Still Drinks), Chi Limited, Ademola Mafikuyomi; Head, Research and Development, Chi Limited, Ernest Ighravwe; and National Publicity Secretary, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Olusola Malomo, at the unveiling of the Chivita ‘no-added sugar’ campaign in Lagos.

Thursday 17 May 2018

Etihad Encourages “Over-Packers” To Donate During Holy Month of Ramadan

In the spirit of Ramadan, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled its “Giant Suitcase” initiative. With more than 75 per cent of travellers admitting to over-packing clothes for their holidays, this programme will provide them with the opportunity to do-good through a simple donation programme.

CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller Wins Gold SABRE Awards

…As President Buhari congratulates CMC Boss on his re-election as APRA President
Founder & Chair of the Holmes Group, Paul Holmes;  Executive Director, CMC Connect Burson Marsteller, Mr. Raheem Olabode and APRA President & Group Managing Director, CMC Connect Limited Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, receiving  the Holmes Report Continental SABRE Awards in Gaborone, Botswana recently.
CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller, a premier perception management consulting firm, won 2018 Gold SABRE Award for Public Relations campaign in the public sector/government category at the just concluded 30th African Public Relations Association’s annual conference held in Gaborone, Botswana.

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

  • The airline will mark Eid Al Fitr celebrations on board with sweets for customers

Emirates will commence its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, expected to begin on May 17th. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast.

Alleged Negligence, Breach Of Contract: N6.7bn Suit slammed on Union Bank

A multinational Oil company, Petrocam Trading Nigeria Limited, has slammed N6.75 suit on Union bank of Nigeria Plc over an alleged negligence and breach of contract.

Shashank Manohar elected unopposed as ICC chairman till 2020

India's Shashank Manohar has been re-elected to serve as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for second term. He emegered unopposed.

When Canon Europe’s Head of Emerging Markets Business Visited Nigeria

With the aim of strengthening business opportunity and reaffirming Canon’s commitment to the region, Canon Europe’s Head of Emerging Markets Business Unit, Stefano Zenti recently arrived in Nigeria. During his visit Stefano has met the winners of the #MyNaija competition along with the local industry leaders and customers in a visit focused around Canon’s commitment to investing and expanding its presence in Nigeria.

Emirates Group Announces 2017-18 results

  • Group records 30th consecutive year of profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion)
  • Emirates reports a profit of AED 2.8 billion (US$ 762 million), 124% better than the previous year

The Emirates Group has announced its 30th consecutive year of profit and steady business expansion.

Released today in its 2017-18 Annual Report, the Emirates Group posted a profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) for the financial year ended 31 March 2018, up 67% from last year. The Group’s revenue reached AED 102.4 billion (US$ 27.9.billion), an increase of 8% over last year’s results, and the Group’s cash balance increased by 33% to AED 25.4 billion (US$ 6.9 billion) supported by the bond issued in March and strong sales due to the early Easter holidays at the end of March.

FBN MD, Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Business in Africa Conference

Organizers of Business in Africa conference has been confirmed Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria as the keynote speaker of its 2018 edition.

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Barça's unbeaten LaLiga record ends at Levant

...Villarreal and Sevilla clinch Europa League spots

Barcelona’s bid for a historic unbeaten campaign ended in dramatic fashion at Levante, while we now know who will represent LaLiga in Europe next season.

Kaspersky Lab moves core infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland

As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.

Tantalizers opens new outlet in Ikare Akoko

One of the leading brands in the nation’s Quick Service Restaurant sector in Nigeria, Tantalizers has opened a new outlet in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, bringing the brand’s number of outlets to over 60 across the country.

Agenda and Speakers confirmed for debut Africa Blue Economy Forum 2018

The Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) 2018 has announced the final agenda and confirmed speakers for its first edition, in London on 7-8 June.

Buildcon Boosts Development at LFTZ with Pracht Smart City

Buildcon Global Services Limited, developers of Pracht Garden, Pracht Cluster and Pracht Court, is introducing another luxury and fully serviced estate, the Pracht Smart City in Ibeju Lekki, located within the proximity of the Lekki Deep Sea Port at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).

Can Jumia Edge Out Competition With New Campaign?

Nigeria’s no. 1 online shopping platform, Jumia has unveiled a new campaign to position itself as the online platform with the cheapest merchandise in the country. Tagged ‘Last Price Campaign’, its objective is to offer customers the very best prices on over 1,000 iconic products across all categories on its platform.

How Turkish Airlines is connecting cultures through touristanbul

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, offers a free layover service to all international transit Turkish Airlines passengers who fly through Istanbul with a 6-24 hour layover.  Since its launch in 2009, touristanbul has already benefitted almost a quarter of a million passengers who were able to enjoy a taste of Istanbul.

2019 Presidency: Samuel Moses Unveils Plans to Run Under Labour Party

Founder, Africa Christian Broadcasting Network (ACBN) and chieftain of the Labour Party, Prince Moses Samuel has declared his intention to join the contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the Labour Party in the forthcoming general election.

Cellulant to Scale Agrikore, its Mobile Blockchain-based Platform to More Farmers

After raising $47.5m from the Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by growth equity platform TPG Growth, Cellulant, says the investment will help scale its blockchain-based platform Agrikore.
Cellulant Co founders – Bolaji Akinboro (L) and Ken Njoroge (R)

Visa Launches Global Marketing Campaign Featuring Football Superstar

Professional footballer and face of Visa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia global marketing campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimović, will return to the tournament with Visa and join football fans in Russia this summer.

Monday 14 May 2018

DIFC, Accenture Sign Agreement to Further Cement FinTech Hive at DIFC Position Globally

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with professional services company Accenture to foster innovation in the financial services industry globally.

Firm Launches New Research, Innovation Facility With Austrian Scientific & Artistic Institute

The future never looked brighter. “Gallery of Code”, a new Nigerian R&D lab was co-launched earlier this week in partnership with Ars Electronica, an Austrian scientific and artistic institute that is experimenting with groundbreaking digital art technological innovations. The Abuja-based research and creativity lab, located in the capital’s Gudu District, will support a global network of innovation hubs, academia and industry through technical and creative skills training.

Sahara Power Group backs ‘Light Up Nigeria Energy Conference’ to bolster sector growth

In keeping with its commitment to bolster growth and efficiency in the Energy Sector, the Sahara Power Group will join other power sector thought leaders to address the industry's challenges and opportunities at the 2018 edition of Light Up Nigeria Energy Conference.

Sona Group Promotes Made in Nigeria Products at Food West Africa

Sona Group Industries, a diversified conglomerate and a key player in Nigeria’s industrial growth has called on stakeholders in the industrial sector to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the Africa market, embrace and promote Made in Nigeria products.

Heritage Bank, CBN, ICC brainstorm on global trade operation systems

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has hosted the May 2018 edition of the bankinng technique and practice meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria.

Stanbic IBTC Bank offers bundled-benefit banking services to enterprises

Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Demola Sogunle.
Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has introduced a new banking product that will help small and medium scale enterprises save on cost and and optimize their Business margins/revenues. The product, Biz-Smart Account, enables Enterprises open and operate the account without paying maintenance fees and other related charges.

Promasidor Inspires Students on Career Guidance in Abuja

Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Onga and other dairy products, held the third edition of its career guidance workshop for secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
From Left:  Alhaji Yahaya Usman, Board Member 1,FCT Universal Basic Education Board, representing Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Matazu: Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board; Mr.Andrew Enahoro, Head Legal and PR, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Alhaji Hussein Bako, HOD, Junior Secondary School, FCT Universal Basic Education Board and  Mrs. Abiola Adewunmi, Vice Principal Academics, Junior Secondary School, Jabi, Abuja, at the third edition of the Promasidor Harness Your Dream in Abuja.

Microsoft, GE, Kids Comp Camp YTeam Up To Empower More Kenyan Girls in STEM

General Electric (GE) and Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in collaboration with Kids Comp Camp in Kenya are working together to increase girls’ participation and uptake of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Friday 11 May 2018

Etihad Aviation Group Honours Winners Of Fikra University Competition

Etihad Aviation Group recently hosted its Pitch Day and awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the second edition of its Fikra University competition. The programme, run in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation among university students across the UAE and provide participating students with the opportunity to put forward solutions for a range of challenges facing the aviation industry.

Can Morocco's Accession to ECOWAS strengthen West African Community?

In the last few months, one of the major debate in Africa has been on Morocco's accession to Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS).The Amadeus Institute, an independent Moroccan think tank with a solid expertise on African issues, has since March 2018, launched series of dialogue and debate about Morocco's accession.