BrandArena: September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018

LaLiga, Unilever reach worldwide sponsorship agreement for Clear Men & Rexona brands

This Friday, Unilever and LaLiga announced an extensive worldwide sponsorship agreement, covering this current season as well as the 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns.

Empower 54 Extends Health Initiative to 620,000 Children in Congo

Empower 54, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the eradication of malnutrition in Africa, has embarked on free medication to 620,000 children in the Province du Mai-Ndombe, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Development Bank of Nigeria Unveils New TV Commercials

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has launched her first television commercial to be broadcast across various platforms to educate the teeming Nigerian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on how to access the DBN loans through the various Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).

Thursday 27 September 2018

We are Building the Largest 4G Network in Nigeria – Airtel CEO

... As Airtel Launches 4G in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has said the telco is currently building the largest and most reliable 4G network in Nigeria.

L-R: King Dr. Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Treaty King Amanyanabo & Natural Ruler of Opobo Kingdom; Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Deputy Governor of River State; Segun Ogunsanya, CEO & MD, Airtel Nigeria and King Leslie Eke, Eze Gbakagbaka of Evo Kingdom during Airtel 4G LTE Launch in River State on Thursday, September 27, 2018. 
Ogunsanya who was speaking  during a courtesy call to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike today (27th September, 2018), said Airtel is currently rolling out its 4G technology in major cities and towns across Nigeria, making it the largest 4G network in the country.

Canon Celebrates third anniversary of the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals

Today, Canon, a provider of imaging technologies and services, will celebrate the anniversary of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals along with thousands of individuals, organisations, and institutions across the globe. In 2015 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Cowbell And Maths Celebrates 20th Anniversary With ‘Milk Of Kindness’ Edition

The relationship of Cowbell and Maths hit a milestone this year as it celebrates 20 years of rewarding and celebrating secondary school students thriving in the Mathematics subject in Nigeria.

Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

The Internet Society, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa.

Ogilvy Enters Nigerian Market with Promise to Offer World-Class Services

Ogilvy, a member of WPP Group and an award-winning integrated creative network that creates experiences, design and communications for brands has opened an Ogilvy Nigerian office in partnership with Seni Adetu as the Group Chief Executive. Ogilvy will now become another subsidiary under First Primus Group.

L–R: Mathieu Plassard, Chief Executive, Ogilvy Africa; Seni Adetu, Chief Executive, Ogilvy Nigeria and Paul O’Donnell, Chief Executive, EMEA ,  Executive Partner, the Ogilvy Group, during the media launch of Ogilvy Nigeria at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos.
The First Primus Group founded in 2015 commenced operation in Nigeria with Algorithm media and MediaCom. Both Algorithm and MediaCom are media planning and buying agencies.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Economy May Slip Back into Recession, CBN Warns

Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Tuesday warned that weak economic fundamentals currently being shown by the economy were putting the country’s exit from recession under threat.

Warri, Asaba, Ughelli Now Live on Airtel 4G Network

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, yesterday announced the launch of its 4G - LTE (Fourth Generation – Long Term Evolution) service in Delta State, covering major cities and towns including Warri, Effurun, Asaba, Kwale, Ughelli, Sapele, Okpanam, and Agbor, amongst others.

We’re Bridging Metering Gap, Reducing Estimated Billing with Meter Roll-Out – Ikeja Electric

In a renewed commitment to deliver the yearnings of customers, Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc, has intensified the roll-out of prepaid meters to further close the metering gap within its network.

Turkish Airlines reached the highest monthly Load Factor in August with 85.6% LF

Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more destinations than any other airline, has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in August and achieved the highest monthly load factor (LF) in its history with 85.6%. On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.

Ecobank Supports Ikoyi Club Golf Tournament

...Offers All Expense Paid Trip to 10 Lucky Winners As Part of ‘The Nigerian Cup Golf Tournament”

Ecobank Nigeria is offering an all-expense paid trip to Achimota Golf Club in Ghana to 10 lucky winners in a week long promo as part of the 2018 edition of ‘The Nigeria Cup’ Golf Tournament. The week-long annual golf tourney which kicked off on September 22 is organized by the Ikoyi Club 1938 to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence anniversary. The 2018 edition is set to be even bigger as it marks the 21st anniversary of the Tournament.

Facebook introduces Community Leadership Programme winners for Africa

In line with its focus on bringing people together and supporting the development of connected communities, Facebook has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Around a dozen African community leaders have been selected to become programme residents and fellows.

Cohn & Wolfe, H+K Shortlisted For 2018 Global PR Agencies of the Year

Cohn & Wolfe, H+K Strategies, Edelman, Weber Shandwick and FleishmanHillard have been shortlisted for the 2018 Global PR Agencies of the Year presented by The Holmes Report. After an exhaustive research process involving more than 450 submissions and face-to-face meetings with the best Public Relations firms across North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, the five firms were nominated.

mediaReach OMD Releases Latest Edition of mediafacts Book

The leading media agency in West Africa has been instrumental in publishing the book annually since 2001, with an objective to organise media information in the West and Central Africa region.

ISON Technologies, AVAYA Seek Digital Transformation in Africa

ISON Technologies, in partnership with Avaya, recently hosted an exclusive customer experience management (CEM) event to address the needs of businesses in Nigeria in building connected experiences for today’s digital world. The event which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was well attended by industry experts and IT professionals.

eTranzact’s MD, Niyi Toluwalope, beats NSE closing gong to close trading

Nigeria's first award winning multi-application electronic transaction switching and payment processing platform, eTranzact International Plc, has trailed the blaze as its Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope beat the closing gong on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Monday 24 September 2018

Stanbic IBTC clinches four awards at Emeafinance African Banking Awards

In recognition of its position as Nigeria’s leading investment banking institution, Stanbic IBTC has won four awards in different categories in the 2018 Emeafinance African Banking Awards. The diadems: ‘Best Foreign Investment Bank,’ ‘Best Debt House’, ‘Best Equity House’ and ‘Best Loan House,’ were won through Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, a member of the Stanbic IBTC Group.

PAL Pensions Takes Financial Literacy Training To Students

In line with it's positioning of creating value for Nigerians, PAL Pension has launched a youth-focused campaign tagged ‘NextU' across Five (5) Universities in Nigeria.

‘NextU' is the CSR initiative of PAL Pensions focused on providing knowledge and guidance for 'Creating The Future' to young people on career, investment and life choices. Olusola Amusan, Tomi Balogun, Seyi Law, Shola Akinlade, Otto Orondaam, and Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga) were among the more than ten (10) speakers who spoke to well over eleven thousand students (11,000) of the University of Lagos, University of Benin, University of Port Harcourt, Obafemi Awolowo University and Ahmadu Bello University.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Unveils ‘Smooth Taste That’s Why’ Campaign In Nigeria

Jameson Irish Whiskey has unveiled its ‘Smooth Taste, That’s Why” campaign featuring the best of the Alté scene. The cool and edgy campaign features brand influencers across music, fashion and lifestyle.

Sterling Bank Transforms Internal Service Desk with Freshworks

Freshworks Inc., a leading US-based provider of cloud-based business software, recently announced its partnership with Nigeria’s prestigious Sterling Bank Plc as a client.

Being a technology pioneer in Nigeria, Sterling Bank realized the importance of upgrading its current IT service desk to a modern, robust, cloud-based platform to empower its employees and also enhance the business efficiency of its technology teams. The 2014 CIO imperative pushed the Bank to align with industry best practices and comply with the CBN IT roadmap for financial institutions in Nigeria.

Heritage Bank wins three prestigious awards in Agric, SME

Heritage Bank Plc, ­­­­­­­­Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider, has been adjudged “Best SME Bank Nigeria 2018” by Capital Finance International and “Agriculture Bank of the Year 2018” by the Nigeria Agriculture Awards (MAA).

Saturday 22 September 2018

Delivering Ecobank Brand Promise As Platform of Choice is my Mandate – Akinwuntan

The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Mr Patrick Akinwuntan has reaffirmed that his mandate in Nigeria is to grow the Ecobank brand by delivering it as a brand of choice. The bank Managing Director stated that Ecobank service will be available and within the reach of every Nigerian either in their homes or locality through any of the bank’s versatile touch points.

Why Polaris Bank Takes Over Skye Bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the licence of Skye Bank Nigeria Plc and announced the change in the name to Polaris Bank which takes over the bank.

Will Uber Introduce Keke Napep in Nigeria?

It is a fact that transportation is a serious business. And many countries across Africa have embraced car hailing taxi such as Uber as solution for easy and affordable transportation.

So, Uber has quietly introduced the use of the 3-wheeled vehicle popularly referred to as Tuk Tuk in Mombasa. The service is known as uberPOA.

Thursday 20 September 2018

Hyde Limited Satisfies Consumer Demands with New Retail Station

Hyde Limited, a global oil and commodities trading company and producer of premium lubricants in Nigeria, has launched a new retail station in Egbeda, Lagos. This station, the sixth from the company, is in line with the company’s vision to be one of the top five most respected brands in petroleum products trading and delivery in Nigeria.

Be present at Africa’s Investment Table, African Development Bank President urges Canada

African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, has appealed to Canadian business leaders to “be part of the action and seize investment opportunities on the continent.” Adesina made the call while meeting with 80 leading representatives of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.

YahClick extends its broadband connectivity in Nigeria

UAE-based global satellite operator Yahsat on Thursday announced the expansion of its YahClick satellite broadband service in Nigeria, bringing reliable Internet access to all areas across the country. The announcement comes on the back of the recent commercial readiness of Yahsat’s third satellite, Al Yah 3.

Milan Fashion Week: Moschino Teams Up With Wizkid For Partnership With Ciroc

Jeremy Scott, the creative director of Moschino has announced his collaboration with Nigerian pop star, Wizkid and Ciroc, for the Milan Fashion Week.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Airtel Rolls Out 4G LTE in Anambra State

...4G Service now live in Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, other key towns

Airtel Nigeria has reaffirmed its positioning as a leading mobile Internet services provider as it announced the deployment of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution Service) in Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and other major cities and towns in Anambra State.

Huawei Technologies Unveils Kirin 980, the world's first 7nm process mobile phone

Technology Giant Huawei Technologies has unveiled the world's first 7nmprocess mobile phone SoC chipset, the world’s first cortex-A76 architecture chipset, the world’s first dual NPUdesign, and the world’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21.

Africa’s entertainment and media industry enters dynamic new wave of convergence – 3.0

...11.6% CAGR will take Nigeria to US$2.9 billion in 2022 from US$1.7 billion in 2017

Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase - a third wave of convergence. The borders that once separated the entertainment and media (E&M), technology and telecommunications industries are blurring in the battle for the attention of the consumer in a world that is rapidly digitising.

Nigerian Travellers To Enjoy Food And Wine Channels On ICE

Nigerian travellers can now enjoy the newly introduced Food and Wine Channels on the award winning Inflight, Communication and Entertainment channel in order to get the behind-the-scene view of how the airline make its on-board menus and its works with global partners.

Demographic Trends Threaten Global Progress, Goalkeepers Data Report Reveals

...Urgent Need to Increased Focus on Health and Education in Poorest Countries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report, pointing to demographic trends that could stall unprecedented progress in reducing global poverty. While 1 billion people have lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 20 years, rapid population growth in the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, puts future progress at risk. If current trends continue, the number of extremely poor people in the world could stop its two-decade decline-and could even rise.

Stanbic IBTC takes financial literacy campaign to Covenant University

In a move to impact financial knowledge on Nigerian youths, Stanbic IBTC Bank, in partnership with Creative Youth Community Development Initiative, a Wole Soyinka Foundation, has organized a Financial Literacy forum for students of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State during which they were taken through basis issues in finance, banking and the economy.

Arsenal announces leadership shakeup

Following the confirmation of the long-term rumour that Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis is moving to Italian football club AC Milan, English Premier League club Arsenal have announced that Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi have both been promoted to new roles to oversee the running of the club.

CBN injects $210m into foreign exchange market

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has again intervened in the inter-bank foreign exchange market to the tune of $210 million.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend to hold in November

From Saturday the 10th to Sunday the 11th of November, 2018, fashion enthusiasts all over the world will be treated to an unparalleled exposé of Africa’s finest in fashion at the 3rd edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding in Lagos, one of Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, the two-day event will bring together renowned fashion personalities from around the world and budding small businesses in the local fashion industry to create the biggest fashion experience in Africa.

FCTA partners Oxford Business Group in research on Abuja’s growth story

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has designated Oxford Business Group (OBG) as the intelligence firm to produce detailed analysis that will explore the economic expansion under way in Nigeria’s capital city and the opportunities available there for investors.

10th NB Golden Pen Awards Holds September 28

The grand finale of this year’s Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards, which comes up on Friday, September 28, 2018 promises to be grand indeed, going by the level of readiness of the organisers.

Monday 17 September 2018

How Blended, Maverick & LagosPay Emerge Winners of Visa, LSETF Cashless Lagos Hackathon

Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has announced three winners from the just concluded Cashless Lagos Hackathon in partnership with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

Emirates Upgrades Aircraft on Abuja Operation

Emirates Airline has announced an upgrade of its aircraft on the Abuja route and now operates a Boeing 777-300ER instead of the B777-300 classic, with effect from September 15, 2018.

Squad spending limits for LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1|2|3 clubs in 2018/19 confirmed

LaLiga's financial controls continue to set the benchmark across Europe. Results achieved over the lost four seasons substantiate the success of a project which has token on huge importance since Javier Tebas was appointed LaLiga president. As well as being a ground-breaking system thanks to the a priori financial controls and the high level of detail incorporated into its development, it also lays the foundations for future challenges.

MainOne partners Orange to boost internet access into Francophone West Africa

French Telecoms company, Orange and leading West African Connectivity and Data Centre services provider, MainOne have struck a partnership that will see the French telecoms giant co-invest in two new cable landing stations in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire while the broadband infrastructure provider will provide additional capacity via its 7000km cable system from Europe to Africa with landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal, reinforcing the position of both companies in the African telecommunications ecosystem.

Ghana FDA Applauds P&G on Quality Standards

Procter and Gamble (P&G) Nigeria, has been applauded for maintaining high standards in its operations and being in full compliance with total quality control measures at its Ibadan Plant, Oyo State. The Foods and Drug Authority, Ghana gave the applause during a week - long attachment and exchange Programme of the officials of the FDA at the plant.

Kufre Ekanem Appointed FUTA Goodwill Ambassador

...Holds First Distinguished Lecture 

Mr. Kufre Ekanem, the Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc and Mr. Abiola Popoola, a Human Resource icon have been announced as Goodwill Ambassadors of The Federal University of Technology, Akure. The conferment and plaque presentation occurred in Akure as part of the activities of the institution’s first ever Distinguished Lecture which was delivered by Mr. Ekanem,. The Distinguished Lecture, organized by the International Strategy Office of the University, was themed “Global Perspectives on Collaborations & Partnerships between Universities and Industry”.

Lagos to host Biannual Africa Fintech Summit for the first time in November

Africa’s premier fintech event, the Africa Fintech Summit, will be held for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 8-9, 2018. This event comes on the heels of the earlier edition in Washington D.C. which featured leading policy makers, c-suite business executives, start-ups, and investors.

Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance Commemorates World Clean Up Day

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has been commended by the Lagos State Ministry of Environment as it embarked on a clean-up exercise at the Arena Market in Oshodi, Lagos on Friday in commemoration of the World Cleanup Day, which falls on September 15, this year.

GE Launches World’s First 6B Repowering Gas Turbine Solution

...Marks 40 Years of Innovation 

GE’s Power Services Business Continues Investments in Its Power Generation Fleet with new Solution that Elevates Existing 6B Gas Turbine Performance to New Unit Capabilities
The New Solution Will Help Power Producers achieve up to $3 million a year in fuel savings per unit
This Solution Enables Power Producers to Refresh their Aging Assets with the Latest Technology with Small Modifications to the Balance of Plant