BrandArena: January 2019

Thursday 31 January 2019

APRA Meets With New Force PRO

A 3-man delegation representing the African Public Relations Association (APRA) has met with the FPRO, ACP Frank Mba at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, to congratulate him on his appointment as the Force PRO.

Emeka Oparah to Speak at Lagos PR Clinic in February

The Executive Council of the Lagos State Chapter; the leading branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, today announced the resumption of its Lagos PR Clinic at the next general monthly meeting of the Chapter holding at the Elomaz Hotel, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

State of Customer Experience in Kenya: 2018 in review

Integrated Customer Experience company mSurvey has revealed the results for the year 2018 in their quarterly Customer Loyalty Benchmark Report. The report which highlighted the state of customer experience in Kenya across 10 industries showed that delivery of customer experience remains inconsistent across all industries with the exception of the Energy and Health industries which maintained consistent performance throughout 2018.

IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival

 Two years ago IKEA teamed up with a group of designers, architects, artists and creatives from five African countries to collaborate around modern urban rituals and the importance they play in the home. The result is the limited-edition collection ÖVERALLT, which will be launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town.

REVEALED: How Mavin Records Secured Multimillion-dollar Equity Investment Partnership with Kupanda Holdings

Africa’s industry-leading music label, Mavin Records has entered a multi-million dollar equity investment partnership with Kupanda Holdings.

WARIF Combats Sexual Violence Through Education Of Young Boys At Conversation Café Initiative

Following the success of the first cycle of its Boys’ Conversation Café (BCC) Initiative, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), has kicked off the second cycle of this project to educate a wider range of boys in Nigeria about gender based violence and its effects. This project aims to instil the role that boys have to play in the reduction and prevention of rape and sexual violence.

#EtiOsaDecides: MediaRoomHub, BBC, Pulse Nigeria to hold Eti-Osa House Of Reps debate

Media Room Hub, an online media platform in conjunction with BBC and Pulse Nigeria will be organizing a debate for four of the candidates vying for the House of Representatives position in Eti-Osa local government.

BBC World News announces the launch of In Business Africa

BBC World News is launching a new weekly programme, In Business Africa, to look at the trends shaping Africa's future.

Why PZ Cussons May Exit Nigeria

Global consumer goods manufacturer, PZ Cussons PLC has said it will look to limit its exposure to Nigeria, with “extremely challenging” trading there continuing to hinder the Imperial Leather soap maker’s overall growth.

Wednesday 30 January 2019

OVH Energy Advocates Operational Efficiency in the Oil and Gas Industry

  • Sponsors Nigeria International Petroleum Summit

To reiterate its commitment to the Oil and Gas industry especially the downstream sector, OVH Energy Marketing Ltd, Nigeria’s leading downstream company and a licensee of the Oando retail brand has demonstrated its support for government’s ongoing agenda geared at improving the downstream value chain.

Guinness Nigeria Plc Reports H1f19 Results

• Profit Before Tax growth of N251m 
• Net finance charge significantly reduced by N2.3bn

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a leading beverage and alcohol Company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has announced its unaudited results for its first half year period ended 31st December 2018.

Investment in Refinery, Petrochemicals is Driven by Innovation, Efficiency, Says Dangote

The ongoing investment in refining, petrochemicals, fertilizer and gas is driven by the desire to bring innovation and efficiency into all aspects of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, the President/Chief Executive, Aliko Dangote has said.

Sterling Bank, Opportunity Network partner on trade

Sterling Bank Plc has partnered with Opportunity Network, a digital deal matchmaking platform for vetted Chief Executive Officers and Investors to share and connect to reliable trade and investment deals globally.

RapidTransfer App Ensures Nigerians Get 100% of their Remittances – Ecobank MD

Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Ainwuntan has said the bank’s decision to charge zero fee of (on) RapidTransfer remittances is borne out of the need to ensure Nigerians abroad are able to send home 100 percent of monies made through hard work.

Monday 28 January 2019

Panel Sessions and other Highlights from HMD Global-partnered Techpoint Build 2019

Over the weekend, thousands of tech enthusiasts and experts gathered at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos for the 2019 edition of Techpoint Build, partnered by HMD Global, the Home of Nokia Phones. The event, tagged “Built for the Next Billionth User” x-rayed the development of tech in Africa, with huge focus on startups and SMEs potentials and growth.

CBN Injects $289.76 million, CNY38.70 million into Forex Market

After its maiden Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting for the new year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the weekend pumped the sum of $289.76million into the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) and CNY38.70 million in the spot and short-tenored forwards segment of the inter-bank foreign exchange (FX) market.

More Talents Emerge As 2019 NPFL-LaLiga Coaching Clinic Wraps Up in Abuja

The 3rd edition of the NPFL-LaLiga coaching clinic for Nigerian youth coaches ended in Abuja on Friday, January 25th. The five day clinic which started on the 21st of January, and with over 70 youth coaches in attendance, trained participants on various ways to develop young talents using the LaLiga methodology.

ATCN Gets FIA Sporting Power as Motorsports Set to Improve in Nigeria

The Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN) has been delegated the Sporting Power by the General Assembly of the Federation International de L’Automobile (FIA) which took place in Saint Petersburg in the Federation of Russia effective 7th December, 2018.

Moghalu Starts Innovation Tour, Visits Cchub, Others

The Young Progressive Party (YPP) Presidential Candidate, Kingsley Moghalu will on Monday commence a series of innovation tour in Lagos, as part of his presidential campaign tour of South-West Nigeria. Moghalu in his economic plan identified key pivotal standpoint to building a vibrant economy - startups, technology, finance, agriculture and creative industry.

Sona Agro Allied: Growing Local Content through Partnership, Support for Farmers

To truly change the agriculture sector into an engine of transformative growth that generates significant export revenue, local companies will need to partner and support local farmers to ease their centrifugal challenges.

Fall-out over Mozambique debt scandal risks spill-over into Angola

On Friday, 25 January, Mozambique’s Parliament requested that the country’s former finance minister Manuel Chang be held in preventative custody while he awaits extradition to the United States following his recent arrest in neighbouring South Africa.

Cowbellpedia Maths Competition: Registration Ends On February 3

Public and private secondary schools are reminded that February 3, 2019 is the deadline to register their students for the 2019 Cowbellpedia Senior Secondary Mathematics Television Quiz Show.

See List of 2019 Grammy Nominees Album

The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings and Republic Records announce the 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album.

Airtel reiterates commitment to empower communities, underprivileged people

…Unveils Airtel Touching Lives Season 5 

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, says it is committed to creating opportunities that will drive positive impact across the various communities where it operates and also help uplift more underprivileged people.

Thursday 24 January 2019

REVIEW: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0, Trendy Device For Smart Android Users

Sandisk Ultra m3.0 OTG USB Drive
How often do you back-up your smartphone or tablet? If you're like most people, you probably do not very often or ever backup your data. With cloud storage not being so popular, many people just sink their data on cloud and probably just leave it there. But if you are not a fan of cloud store because you don't want your data stored externally, SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for all andriod devices is a smart choice.

The drive is quite small and makes it easy to backup all your photo, video, contacts, files and other content on your devices.

Ikeja Electric commences electronic tagging of poles to enhance operations

To further optimize operations through adequate maintenance of installations and reduction of downtime, Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has commenced the electronic tagging of electricity poles across its network.

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Greenwood House School revamps Crèche

Greenwood House School, the dynamic nursery and primary school committed to exceptional education for children, has announced that it has revamped its crèche services.

Valencia Vs Villarreal: The ‘Hidden’ Regional Rivalry Grows In Intensity

LaLiga fans the world over know that Spanish football is packed with historic derbies. You need look no further than Spain’s biggest cities – Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla – or the fierce traditional regional clashes in the Basque Country, Galicia, Andalusia, Canary Islands and elsewhere.

African PR practitioners gear up for APRA 2019 in Rwanda

Public Relations practitioners in Africa are gearing up for the 2019 African Public Relations Association (APRA) which will hold in Rwanda from Monday, 13 May to Friday, 17 May in Kigali.

African Innovators Shine at Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools.

FIRS’s cost of revenue collection hit N300bn in 2018

The Federal Inland Revenue Service received a total of N300.4billion within a three-year period covering 2016 to 2018.

The figure was obtained by our correspondent from the FIRS on Monday in Abuja.

WhatsApp Limits Text Forwards To 5 Recipients To Curb Fake News

In a bid to curb “misinformation and rumours”, Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five.

Guinness Nigeria Drives National Development through Its Agriculture Scheme

In line with the Federal government’s effort to diversify the Nigerian economy through the promotion of agriculture, Guinness Nigeria Plc., Nigeria’s first and only total beverage alcohol (TBA) company and a member of Diageo Plc, launched its agriculture scheme tagged “Grow with Nigeria” at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on the 22nd of January 2019.

Google Fined $57 Million Under New European Data Privacy Law

Google has been fined 50 million euros (about $57 million) by a French regulator for not properly disclosing to users how their data is collected and used for targeted advertising.

Dangote feeds 30,000 IDPs in Zamfara

In yet another massive intervention, the Aliko Dangote Foundation Monday officially launched a major philanthropic programme in Zamfara State, doling out food items running into several millions of naira to support victims of insurgency.

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Review: Faster and Smaller Memory Stick for Apple Devices

Today, our smartphone has become part of our lifestyle. And as we download more videos and take more pictures, the need to expand storage and backup our content becomes more imperative.

For all iOS device (iPhone and iPad) users, you can now haul your content from the digital closet into a digital garage. SanDisk's iXpand flash drive wants to be that garage.

Monday 21 January 2019

Third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga coaching clinic officially kicks off in Abuja

The third edition of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) LaLiga coaching clinic for Nigerian youth coaches officially kicked off at the National Stadium, Abuja yesterday with over 60 coaches in attendance.

Stanbic IBTC unveils big plans for the annual Social Media Week Lagos

In consolidating its ongoing focus on the youth and in delivering on its strategic objectives as a digitized customer-centric universal financial services organisation, Stanbic IBTC, has unveiled plans to raise the bar at this year’s edition of the Social Media Week Lagos.

Fruit Juice Helps to Lower Blood Pressure - Bisi Abiola

A famous health and fitness consultant, Dr. Bisi Abiola has said that fruit juice could reduce the risk of high blood pressure (BP) if taken regularly.

Dr. Bisi Abiola
Abiola stated this during the January edition of the monthly healthy living dialogue, an event sponsored by Chi Limited. The platform gives experts an opportunity to x-ray the benefits of 100% fruit juice.

eTranzact Get Shareholders’ Approval to Raise Authorized Share Capital to N9.1Billion Naira

eTranzact International PLC, Africa’s premier electronic payment solutions provider has gotten the express approval of Shareholders of the company to raise its Authorized Share Capital from N2.1 Billion Naira to N9.1 Billion Naira.

Airtel Partners Girl Effect, iSON Group to Empower Vulnerable Girls

... Demand for Girls Connect sees expansion in Edo and Kano

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a partnership with Girl Effect, an international non-profit organization and iSON group, the largest Information Technology Group in Africa, to empower rural and vulnerable girls in matters relating to finance, entrepreneurship, health, economic empowerment and safety, among others.

Guinness Nigeria Restates Commitment to Safety; Says No Life Lost to Fire Incident at Aba Plant

Guinness Nigeria has restated its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its employees and communities where it operates.

Heritage Bank partners Vanguard Media to drive inclusive economic growth

Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, has partnered with Vanguard Media to organise the 2019 edition of its economic discourse in a bid to achieve inclusive economic development in the country.

Friday 18 January 2019

Hymnodia: Participants Hurry to Meet January 21 Entry Deadline

Nigerians gifted in hymns rendition have been rushing to file in their entries to meet the Monday, January 21, 2019 deadline for Hymnodia, an entertainment reality TV show aimed at redefining the perception on hymns and its culture.

Third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga coaching clinic set to kick off in Abuja

As a follow-up to the success recorded in its first two editions, the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga are set to kick off the third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga annual coaching clinic. The five-day clinic is expected to have about 100 youth coaches in attendance and will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja from Monday the 21st to Friday the 25th of January, 2019.

Thursday 17 January 2019

Flutterwave Partners Visa To Launch Payment Service GetBarter

Nigeria Fintech startup, Flutterwave has partnered with Visa to launch a consumer payment product for Africa called GetBarter. The app-based offering is aimed at facilitating personal and small merchant payments within countries and across Africa’s national borders. Existing Visa cardholders can send and receive funds at home or internationally on GetBarter.

Eat’n’Go Records Milestone Achievements, Celebrates Employees at 2018 Gala Night

Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for No. 1 Pizza making company in the world - Domino’s Pizza and its two other brands, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has highlighted its 2018 achievements showcasing new outlets, international recognitions and employee rewards. Following a successful year, the organization also hosted its annual Gala Night in December, to recognize and award dedicated staff across all its locations in Nigeria.

First Bank Targets Single NPL Ratio by Year End

It is no doubt that one of the financial institutions huge bad loans is First Bank Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc.

Mr Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director/CEO of First Bank
However, the management of the lender is working tirelessly to ensure the non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of the company is cut from double-digits to a single digit.

Real Madrid Host Sevilla A World Away From September’s First Meeting

Sevilla versus Real Madrid back in late September was a key game in each team’s 2018/19 LaLiga Santander campaign so far, but things have changed considerably on both sides ahead of Saturday afternoon’s reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ikeja Electric cautions public against activities around power lines

…Restates commitment to safety of lives and property

In a renewed commitment to its high safety standards, Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has cautioned the public under its network against building structures and engaging in social and economic activities under power lines.