BrandArena: November 2018

Friday 30 November 2018

Powergas Going Green with CNG-Fueled Trucks

Powergas Nigeria has joined an exclusive club of companies who have taken concrete steps to ensure that their operations become eco-friendly. In line with its 3-year developmental goals, Powergas has successfully initiated the Pilot Project for to employ CNG-powered trucks for its operations, to reduce its Carbon footprint & also encourage use of Nigerian Natural Gas as a primary source of fuel.

Zedcrest Capital Supports Africa Business Conference 2018

Towards the generation of ideas and strategies to re-position Africa businesses within global context, Zedcrest Capital, one of the leading securities brokerage, advisory and capital management firms in Nigeria, will be supporting the Lagos Business School for the 2018 Africa Business Conference.

Thursday 29 November 2018

Leo Burnett Lagos Clinches Nigerian Breweries BTL Account

After an impressive show in a keenly contested multi-agency pitch, Leo Burnett Lagos has emerged winners of the Nigerian Breweries Below-the-Line (BTL) account.

Maiden edition of Justice Oputa Conference Holds December 4

The maiden edition of the Justice Oputa Annual Conference (JOAC) initiated to honour the late Supreme Court Judge, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa will hold in Abuja on December 4, 2018. A statement by the Chief Executive Officer of the Justice Oputa Foundation, Mr. George Oputa said the conference will focus on the issues of governance and the economy amongst others.

Spanish football contributes to game's global development

In a bid to promote the development of football, both locally and globally, LaLiga oversees training programmes, value-enhancing initiatives and has signed numerous agreements with international organisations. These efforts are all part of the institution's quest to ensure that the experience garnered throughout the history of the Spanish league serves to assist the growth of the game and its values across the globe.

JUST IN: Insight Publicis CEO, Feyi Olubodun Takes A Bow

Chief Executive Officer of Insight Publicis Nigeria, Feyi Olubodun has exited his position at the foremost agency. His last day at the firm will be Friday, 30th November, 2018.

Ecobank Nigeria Upgrade Core Banking Application; Assures customers of improved services

The Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan has announced that the bank has upgraded its core banking application being part of the bank’s commitment to ensuring customers receive the best service possible.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

DStv Plans to Take on Netflix as Video-on-demand Increase in Africa

MultiChoice has formally declared its intention to make big changes to its video-on-demand offerings, including DStv Now, the streaming version of its satellite service, and new local content for its standalone VOD platform Showmax.

More winners emerge in the Hero Beer consumer promo

Hero Lager, a leading quality beer brand and one of the national treasures from the stable of International Breweries Plc, a proud part of the AB InBev family, has rewarded another set of 43 consumers with cash prizes and gifts in its ongoing national consumer promo, tagged, HEROnaires Mega Promo, 2018 Edition.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Ethics, Reputation & Technology in a VUCA Economy By Emeka Oparah

Let me start in the traditional manner by thanking the organizers of this event for inviting me to give the keynote address on such a very Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous topic. Perhaps, this is meant to punish me for talking too much lately on issues associated with but not necessarily limited to Reputation Management. I have come today fully prepared to disappoint my enemies and do justice to the topic. So, enemies and haters beware!

WISCAR Holds 2018 Annual Conference; Urges Women to Inspire Next Generation

As part of efforts to inspire and motivate women to tell their stories and aspire for greatness and a successful future; Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), a non-profit organization focused on empowering and developing professional women in diverse careers, has successfully organized its 11th Annual Leadership and Mentoring conference.

L-R: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Founder, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, Former President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and, Honorary Consul General of Liberia in Nigeria, Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Opral Benson at the 2018 WISCAR Annual Leadership and Mentoring Conference at the Muson Centre, Lagos on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
The event took place on the 24th of November 2018 at the Muson Center, Victoria Island Lagos and was centered on the theme: ‘Enriching lives by telling our own stories.”

Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2018-19. The Group saw steady revenue growth compared to the same period last year, however profits were impacted by the significant rise in oil prices, and unfavourable currency movements in certain markets, amidst other challenges for the airline and travel industry.

Wine And Dine with a View of The Atlantic – A review of The View Rooftop, Twinwaters

With over 200 sunny days in Lagos yearly, The View Rooftop at Twinwaters Entertainment Center is definitely the best location for outdoor fun and relaxation!

Sekibo emphasizes need for human capacity development amongst staff of banks

The MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has emphasized the importance for human capacity development amongst staff of financial institutions for improved operations.

The MD who stated this at a 3-day yearly Internal Control and Audit Conference organised by Heritage Bank in Lagos, said training acquired personally and arranged by corporate organisations to individuals is useful not only to the person but key to the corporation growth.

Enugu State Hails Promasidor for Career Guidance Initiative

Promasidor Nigeria Limited has been commended for extending its corporate social responsibility initiative, “Harness Your Dream” to Enugu State.

LG: Redefining Cooking Experience with Innovative Gas Cookers

Today, customers are looking for value to be clearly demonstrated, reflecting a balance of price, product features and service tailored to their needs. They prefer to buy more products from companies they trust. Once they have made their choice, they expect the providers of products and services to meet their expectations — and through their channel of choice.

Oba Rilwan Akiolu, others commission SPAR Opebi Outlet

Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu and other dignitaries commissioned SPAR Nigeria's new outlet at Adebola House, Opebi. The foremost chain of hypermarket store in the Nigeria has consolidated on her business expansion drive in the country.

Esopos POS app gets into Google Play trending apps list

Esopos POS application from Madesoftlogic has made it to the Google Play Store trending apps list. The recently launched app is a free cloud based Point of Sale (POS) software and social marketplace solution for retailers, wholesalers service providers and other businesses in Nigeria.

Canon Central and North Africa host Annual Partner Conference in Mauritius

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a leader in imaging solutions, recently hosted its annual Partner Conference held in Mauritius. During the event, Canon highlighted its commitment to the region and announced that the company recorded over 20 percent solid growth year-on-year for the past three years.

Friday 23 November 2018

Orange, MTN to scale up mobile financial services across Africa

Two of Africa’s largest mobile operators and mobile money providers, Orange Group and MTN Group, on Friday announced a joint venture, Mowali (mobile wallet interoperability), to enable interoperable payments across the continent. Mowali makes it possible to send money between mobile money accounts issued by any mobile money provider, in real time and at low cost.

Echo Lab to Bridge Gap in Medical Diagnosis

As part of its efforts to bridge the gap of low diagnostic capacities in the country, Echo Lab in partnership with Integrated Diagnostic Holdings (IDH) has launched a state of the art laboratory in Lagos to address advanced and comprehensive laboratory services.

Thursday 22 November 2018

LaLiga Santander Returns with a huge top of the Table Clash, Fresh Starts and Friends Reunited

LaLiga Santander returns from the international break this weekend with leaders Barcelona visiting third-placed Atletico Madrid, along with the prospect of some fresh starts and welcome friends-reunited stories.

Accenture Nigeria to Unveil Innovation Index 2018 on Friday

…To Reward Innovation Index Winners 

Global tech, strategy, digital and consulting service firm, Accenture is set to officially unveil the complete survey report of its Innovation Index 2018 which focuses on game-changing business, market and technology trends in Nigeria financial services industry.

Nigeria Football Federation Signs Long-term Partnership With Nike

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced a long-term extension of its partnership with Nike which will run through 2026 Fifa World Cup.

NITDA Unveils New Logo To Reflect Agency Mandate

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has redesigned its logo to reflect its mandate.

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Faces At 2018 ADVAN Awards For Marketing Excellence

On Sunday, November 18, 2018 brand owners, industry captains, regulators and the media gathered at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos for Advertiser Association Awards for Marketing Excellence.

The colourful event also marks the 25th anniversary of the Association.

Below are some of the pictures from the event:

MTN opens Mobile Money Application Program Interface (API) fund for Ugandan startups

MTN Uganda, the first telecom company in Uganda, has become the first in the MTN Group to grant access to third-parties to its Mobile Money Access Programming Interface (API).

Airtel’s SmartRecharge wins Campaign of the Year at ADVAN Awards

Airtel’s SmartRecharge advertising campaign has been adjudged the Campaign of the Year by the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) at the 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards, which took place at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, 18th November, 2018.

L-R: Ikechi Odigbo, President, Association of Advertising Agencies in Nigeria (AAAN); Tayo Adesokan, Brand Manager, Airtel Nigeria; Enitan Denloye, Director, Brands & Advertising, Airtel Nigeria; Oluwaseun Adaramola, Senior Brand Manager, Airtel Nigeria; Ibiyinka Dada, Digital Media Manager and Girish Sharma, Chief Operating Officer, Dufil Prima Foods PLC during the presentation of the Campaign of the Year Award to Airtel for Smart Recharge campaign at the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) Awards for Marketing Excellence 2018 on Sunday, 18th November 2018.
According to ADVAN, the campaign, which was creatively delivered through the art of storytelling, became the talk of the town for promoting family bond in a relatable way that endears all Nigerians to the Airtel SmartRecharge brand.

AMC Raves up African Movie Production with Launch of AMCOP

African Movie Channel Original Productions (AMCOP), a production arm of the leading African entertainment and movie channel, African Movie Channel (AMC) has restated the original aim of promoting and telling true African stories that connect to the audience globally through grooming young outstanding talents. This was made known at the recent launch and private screening of its new movie, Something Strange, at the Signature Screen Hall, Film house Cinemas Lekki, Lagos.

Alfa and Nokia deploy 4.5G Pro technology for ultra-broadband

Nokia and Alfa, Lebanon's first mobile operator managed by Orascom TMT, will deploy 4.5G Pro technology using the Nokia AirScale 5G-ready radio platform following a recent successful test of the technology. With this, Alfa will be able to introduce Gigabit LTE speeds for its subscribers.

Nigerian Breweries Emphasizes Respect For Law To Lottery Commission

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission, last week temporarily shutdown our operations in Abuja and our Corporate Head office in Iganmu, Lagos from the demand for payment of certain disputed fees which the Commission is claiming from our company for our various consumer sales promotions. No Court Order was shown to us by the officials of the Commission with regard to the shutting down of our company premises.

Monday 19 November 2018

WePay e-commerce platform debuts in Nigeria, offers unmatched prices

Wepay the newest e-commerce platform in Nigeria has promised to offer great customer services to Nigeria’s online shoppers on its platform. BODC Trading and Investment Company Limited made this promise at the launch of the Wepay platform at their office in Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi on Monday, 19 November, 2018.

JCDecaux enters the Nigerian market in partnership with local investment firm Grace Lake Partners

JCDecaux S.A., the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, has entered the Nigerian market in partnership with Grace Lake Partners (GLP), an indigenous investment and advisory firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, with a philosophy of creating shared value.

L-R: Marcellus Van Der Merwe, Digital Manager, JCDecaux Sub-Saharan Africa; Adelaide McKelvey, Sales and Marketing Director, JCDecaux Sub-Saharan Africa; Mark Cooper, CEO, JCDecaux Sub-Saharan Africa and Opeoluwa Filani, Sales Director, Horizon Outdoor advertising at the launch of JCDecaux Grace Lake in Lagos.
JCDecaux will operate in the outdoor advertising industry in Nigeria through an exclusive partnership and licensee agreement between JCDecaux and Horizon Outdoor Advertising Limited, a wholly Nigerian owned subsidiary of GLP (Horizon is Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria - APCON) certified and a member of the prestigious Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN).

Turkish Airlines reached 83.4% Load Factor in October

Turkish Airlines announces its passenger and cargo traffic results for October, with the airline reaching 83.4% load factor. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, the 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 in the last quarter of the year as well.

Playing Football helps my Mathematics Skills – Cowbellpedia Champion

The game of football requires lot of concentration, speed, accuracy and precision. And all these skills are necessary to excel in a seemingly tough subject like Mathematics.

This was the submission of Akinfoluhan Akinleye, the junior category champion of the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

Visa signs as Payments Technology Sponsor for Total Africa Cup of Nations

Visa, the global leader in payments, will bring its global brand and technology to African football this summer as it officially announced its partnership with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) as a sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 2019 and 2021.

ITB Nigeria Set to Obtain ISO Certifications

ITB Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s innovative construction company and builders of Trinity Towers, Heritage Place and Azuri Peninsula has announced plans to be the first Nigerian Company to obtain the latest ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The Company made the announcements at an Essentials of ISO training held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, November 12, 2018.

WAUG: Heritage Bank restates commitment to youth, sport development

Heritage Bank Plc has restated commitment to improved youth and sport developments in the country, thereby attaining rapid growth in these areas, through sponsorship of sporting activities in tertiary institutions.

Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award 2018: Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo Emerges Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, Group Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Crest Homes and Nedcom Oaks Limited, has emerged the entrepreneur of the year at the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award 2018 which held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos last weekend.

Turkish Airlines posts record profit of more than USD 1 billion

Due to the increasing demand and unit revenues, Turkish Airlines posted profit from main operations of USD 1 billion 149 million, in the first 9 months of 2018, despite the increasing fuel prices.

Turkish Airlines, managed to increase both passenger and cargo revenue significantly, achieved a total revenue of approximately USD 4 billion in the third quarter of the year.  With such remarkable performance, sales revenue in the first nine months increased by 20 percent to USD 9.9 billion, compared to the same period of 2017.

Friday 16 November 2018

BAP, House of Oduduwa Tell the Untold Story of Queen Moremi

...Stage Performance to Begin December 21st 2018 at Terra Arena 

In an attempt to tell an authentic African story of the heroine of the Yoruba race, Queen Moremi, award winning Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions and House of Oduduwa have collaborated to premier a stage play titled “Queen Moremi The Musical”.

OBG 2019 Report On Nigeria’s Economy To Map Out Shifting Regulatory Landscape

  • Stillwaters Law signs second MoU with Oxford Business Group

A forthcoming report by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) will highlight the overhaul earmarked for Nigeria’s regulatory framework, which forms part of the country’s broader reform programme.

Nokia releases upgraded CloudBand Infrastructure Software to secure 5G cloud deployments

....Enhance service delivery and reduce costs for customers

Nokia yesterday announced its latest CloudBand Infrastructure Software to give communication service providers (CSPs) and other customers sharper cloud management solutions that improve service delivery and significantly reduce operating costs as 5G deployments get underway.

ESET, Airtel Unveil Mobile Security Offering for Smartphone Users

ESET, the leader in Cybersecurity research has announced the launch of a new mobile security product specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Metrofile Group Appoints Babatunde Osho as Nigerian CEO

Leading information and records management company, Metrofile Group, has announced the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Osho as it’s new Managing Director for Nigeria.

Red Star Express Welcomes New Chairman

One of Nigeria’s leading logistics companies, Red Star Express has welcomed a new chairman to head its Board of Directors. This became necessary as the incumbent chairman, Dr Mohammed Koguna retired from the Red Star services after serving in the same capacity for 26 years.

Emirates expands partnership with Uber to offer more customers a seamless travel journey

Emirates has expanded its exclusive global partnership with Uber based on outstanding customer feedback for an end-to-end travel experience. Passengers travelling on Emirates Economy Flex Plus and Emirates Economy Flex fares from more than 20 global destinations can now avail special discounted airport rides from and to Dubai International Airport.

Romantic Comedy “CHARMED” set to Premiere

CHARMED, a romantic comedy film produced by Verte View is set to hit cinemas on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Stanbic IBTC empowers youth on financial literacy

In recognition of the importance of financial literacy in making informed financial decisions, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, deployed its senior personnel to 31 schools across six selected states in the country in line with CBN’s financial literacy drive to educate students on the benefits of financial planning and a savings culture.

AU, APRA Resolve to Tackle Africa’s Image Challenges

The African Union Commission (AUC) has once again reiterated its resolve to work with the African Public Relations Association (APRA) in tackling the reputation challenges of Africa. This assertion was made when the Deputy Chairperson of the AUC received the President of APRA, Mr Yomi Badejo-Okusanya in his office in Addis Ababa.