BrandArena: March 2019

Friday 29 March 2019

WARIF Collaborates With Slum2school to Empower Youth at Makoko

Through its Know Your Community Initiative, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) successfully sensitized 500 youths at the Makoko Community in the heart of Lagos, on the prevalence and effects of rape, sexual and gender-based violence that is a frequent occurrence in communities such as this. This program was sponsored by USAID and was in collaboration with Slum2School Africa.

General Electric appoints Brenda Mbathi as East Africa CEO

General Electric has announced the appointment of Brenda Mbathi as the Chief Executive Officer for East Africa. In her role, Brenda will play a pivotal role in steering the next phase of strategy and growth for General Electric in East African markets, excluding Ethiopia which shall continue to be led by Daniel Hailu, CEO, GE Ethiopia.

All Seasons Zenith Clinches Nestle Nigeria Media Account

Independent media planning and buying agency, All Seasons Zenith has bagged Nestle Nigeria’s media account to manage a range of its brands.

Football Association plan to rebrand as the English Football Association

For the first time in its 156-year history, the national football body of England, Football Association is planning to change its name to the English Football Association.

Employee Appreciation Key to Employee Satisfaction - Pravin Kumar

When it comes to feeling appreciated at work, what matters most to employees? If you answered “pay,” think again. Research reveals that pay is low on the list. Studies have shown that what matters to employees — what truly motivates them — is feeling appreciated and being socially recognized. Across various industries, appreciation & social recognition rank as the most important workplace culture drivers.

Coca-Cola Extends Portfolio With Energy Drink Launch

Coca-Cola set to expand its drink portfolio with Coca-Cola Energy, its first-ever own energy drink, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Monster and Red Bull.

Everton Extends Kit Deal With Umbro

English Premier League side Everton have announced a multi-year extension of their technical partnership with British sportswear brand Umbro. The announcement was made by the club on its official website.

Huawei reports 25% profit growth in 2018 despite US pressure

Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. reported Friday that its annual profit jumped 25% to 59.3 billion yuan ($8.7 billion), down from 28% growth last year - even though it narrowly missed its sales target.

Lyft goes public - valued at $24 billion

The ride-hailing company priced its shares at $72 yesterday ahead of its public listing, valuing the Uber rival at more than $24 billion.

Datacrest Technology unveils its smart city, cloud solutions in Nigeria

… Displays technology solutions to solve traffic gridlocks, energy-efficiency, waste management

Datacrest Technology Limited, an Information Technology and Software Developer organisation that partners globally recognised Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), has unveiled its Smart City solutions in Nigeria.

First Bank Partners With APRA to Dissect Role of Storytelling in Africa at 2019 Conference

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is partnering with the African Public Relations Association (APRA) to foster Africa’s growth and development through the 31st Annual Conference of the association tagged ‘APRA Rwanda 2019’.

Nigeria shines in latest Emirates brand campaign

The talent, energy, creativity and global appeal of Nigerian and African artistes is being celebrated by Emirates in its new pan-African brand advertising campaign. The world's fastest growing airline is taking the message of ‘New Africa’ to the world. The campaign video highlights the achievements of  Nigerian born Abiola Oke and amplifies the energy and rich potentials of Africa.

Thursday 28 March 2019

Barcelona Vs Espanyol: Key Catalan Derby Players of Past and Present

Countless legendary players have represented Barcelona and Espanyol over the years and the list of Catalan derby alumni is definitely a special one. Here are just five of some of the best players to have taken part in this iconic fixture.

Facebook to launch content Oversight Board

In an attempt to beef up safety and freedom of Facebook and Instagram audience, Facebook will be launching content oversight board to enabled people across the continent to capture and tell their own stories, with a speed and style that never existed before.

Bolt Launches Food Delivery Service in South Africa

The ride-sharing service Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, is launching a food delivery service in South Africa.

Peter Njonjo Takes Over as CEO of Twiga Foods

Former head of Coca-Cola’s West and Central African business, Peter Njonjo has become the new Chief Executive Officer of Kenya-based Twiga Foods.

Warner Music Group Strikes Innovative Deal With Nigeria’s Leading Label Chocolate City

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced a pioneering partnership with Chocolate City, the most influential independent record label in Nigeria. The partnership will dramatically grow the reach of African artists around the world, and will create new opportunities for global superstars in the region. Chocolate City will continue to be led by Co-Founders Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo and EVP of Imprints, Jude Abaga and EVP of Recorded Music Aibee Abidoye.

Nokia celebrates 30th commercial 5G deal

Nokia is celebrating its 30th commercial 5G deal with the announcement March 25th of a new contract with Austria's A1. The agreements demonstrate Nokia's extensive portfolio of 5G capabilities, the industry's only true end-to-end range available globally from a single provider.

“With Backward Integration, We Can Contribute More to the Economic Growth of Nigeria” – SONA Group's COO

SONA Group, one of Nigeria’s leading manufacturing companies was among a surfeit of manufacturers who showcased their distinctive range of products and equipment to stakeholders at the recently concluded 2019 Manufacturing & Equipment Expo, which held from March 12 – 14 at The Landmark Exhibition Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Guinness Nigeria, WaterAid commission ‘Water of Life’ project in Kebbi State

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo as part of its ‘Water of Life’ project partnered with WaterAid to provide a solar powered water facility in the D’ka community of Wasagu LGA, Kebbi State with the ultimate goal of ensuring sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while helping people take action to improve their health and well-being.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Weight Loss Improves Overall Health – Expert

Weight loss expert and Managing Director, Cambridge Weight Plan West Africa, Mrs. Eniola Karunwi has advised individuals who suffer from certain health conditions to consider weight loss and better weight management. This call was made at a media briefing session held in Lagos on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

EcobankPay Zone Berths in Ikorodu

As part of plans to create ease of payment and boost economic activities in major market clusters across the country, Ecobank Nigeria has taken its innovative digital payment solution, EcobankPay to the ancient town of Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb.

Dufil Introduces Indomie Relish, Target Corporate Consumers

Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of the iconic noodles brand – Indomie Instant Noodles says it is prioritising corporate product sampling for its new line extension - Indomie Relish.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Jubaili Bros Donates 27kva Generator to SCIID in Lagos

As part of the effort to support Nigeria police and to raise the standard of service at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department Panti, Lagos, Jubaili Bros Engineering Limited yesterday donated 27KVA generator to the department with free maintenance service contract agreement.

Africa CEO Forum 2019 kicks off with call for deeper economic integration

At a time when intra-continental trade remains too weak, Africa's most influential business leaders have decided to come together and make their voices heard. They convened at the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2019 to bring to the fore the burning issues to address in order to make African economic integration a reality.

LaLigaSportsTV: Free access to live Spanish sport with new OTT service

LaLiga has officially unveiled its OTT (over-the-top) service, LaLigaSportsTV, which offers fans free coverage of live Spanish sporting competitions via mobile and connected devices. This service, designed by LaLiga, will boost the visibility and exposure of all Spanish sport, with matches also to be made available internationally via a catch-up service.

Leadway Says 'Avoid the Shame of See-Finish', Launches Family Benefit Plan Plus

After several days of social media buzz, Leadway Assurance finally announced the addition of its new offering, Leadway Family Benefit Plan Plus (Leadway FBPP) to create unmatched value for customers, who now stand to gain from the multi-life Policy.

SME Success Beyond Brexit: CIM Launches Online Hub For Exporting Counsel

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) launches a knowledge hub to help SMEs open up foreign markets and sell British products abroad.

Adebayo Adedeji: Africa in the Digital Era – Hype or Reality?

Former Nigerian Minister for Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, delivered the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) annual Adebayo Adedeji at the ongoing Conference of Ministers in Marrakech.

Monday 25 March 2019

Ecobank Wins CBN/NIBSS Award For Data Integrity

Ecobank Nigeria over the weekend carted away the "Electronic Data Rendition Compliance and Integrity" Award at the 2019 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Electronic Payment Incentive Scheme (EPIS) Efficiency Awards. 

NiRA, NSRC Organize Workshop Domain Name System Security Extensions

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) in collaboration with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) University of Oregon hosted a three-day intensive workshop on Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) from Monday, 18th March to Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at NiRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos.

Emirates Offers Nigerian Travellers Special Offer including Hotel Stay

Emirates, the world’s fastest growing airline is enhancing the travel experience of Nigerian travellers by offering complimentary hotel stay with the new special offer across its First, Business and Economy Class cabins, the offer also includes Skywards bonus miles.

Stanbic IBTC celebrates its gender-balanced workforce, pledges to maintain it

Stanbic IBTC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has again highlighted its resolve to maintain a gender-balanced workforce to ensure it continues to provide quality financial services to clients and Nigerians. The pledge was given at the 2019 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) fifth anniversary event held in Lagos.

Enyo Olowo-Eko Fuel Station Opens... To Service Lagosians on Lekki Axis

Enyo Retail & Supply (ERS) an indigenous Oil & Gas distribution and marketing company recently launched its Ultra-modern fuel station in the Lekki axis of Lagos State. The elaborate ceremony which held over the weekend witnessed the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, alongside other dignitaries join hands with the company's chairman Mr. Tunde Folawiyo and his management team to unveil the ultra - modern retail facility which was christened ‘’Enyo Olowo Eko’’.

Policy, Trade top discourse at COM2019 in Marrakesh

The annual Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development - COM2019 - kicked off in Marrakesh on Wednesday, with emphasis on the importance of digitalisation in enhancing African economies as the continent celebrates the first anniversary of the highly hailed and historic signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area – (CFTA).

Friday 22 March 2019

Meet the First Female MD of Cadbury Nigeria, Oyeyimika Adeboye

Cadbury Nigeria Plc yesterday announced the appointment of Mrs. Oyeyimika Adeboye as Managing Director, effective 1st April 2019. Mrs. Adeboye becomes the first woman to be appointed Managing Director since the establishment of Cadbury Nigeria over five decades ago.

GTBank Builds Nigeria’s First Digital Play Centre for Children

Banks only build branches, or so the story goes. Except for Guaranty Trust Bank Plc; the foremost African financial institution, which has been at the forefront of several innovative products and services, recently completed and opened the first digital playground for children in Nigeria.

Jumia Launches Cruise Travel to Deepen Market Offerings

Jumia's hotel and flight marketplace, Jumia Travel, has launched cruise travel to encourage more Nigerians to go on cruise voyages. The launch is also aimed at expanding the company’s offerings to its customers.

OneFi Acquires Amplify, Set For Digital Banking

Nigerian tech company, One Finance Limited (OneFi) has acquired Amplified Payments Ltd (Amplify), a fintech company that builds and facilitates payment solutions and digital financial transactions in Nigeria. The acquisition fee was not disclosed.

Thursday 21 March 2019

CBN Applauds Ecobank’s Sustainability Efforts

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has recognized and awarded Ecobank Nigeria on its laudable sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The CBN at its 2018 annual awards for sustainability in Lagos, recognized Ecobank’s activities in four categories which include Sustainability Bank of the Year; Sustainability Bank of the Year -oil and gas; Sustainability Bank of the Year -power sector and the Women Empowerment category  – the bank was first runners up in all four categories.

Again, Barclays becomes Official Banking Partner of Premier League

Barclays have renewed its partnership deal with the Premier League for three seasons, from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

Tara Durotoye, Kate Henshaw, Others to Speak at 2019 Global Possibilities Summit

Tara Durotoye, CEO of House of Tara; Kate Henshaw, the multi-award winning actress; Oke Maduwesi, CEO of Zaron cosmetics and Niyi Adesanya, of Fifth gear consulting have been announced as part of the speakers and panelists that will be leading the masterclasss session at the 2019 Global Possibilities Summit.

Wednesday 20 March 2019

ABinBev Hires Temitope Oguntokun as Country Lead, Sustainability & Stakeholder Management

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABinBev) has hired Temitope Oguntokun, Head of Sustainability and Brand at Lafarge Africa Plc (A member of the LafargeHolcim Group) as Country Lead, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management.

Eat’N’Go Expands Footprints in Nigeria with New Stores Nationwide

Eat’N’Go Limited, the leading franchisee for No. 1 Pizza making company in the world - Domino’s Pizza and its 2 other brands, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, is adding new stores across several cities in Nigeria as part of its massive expansion project in 2019.

The launch of new stores at new locations nationwide reinforces the brand’s dedication to bringing the best global food brands and concepts to Nigeria and Africa at large.

Canon unveils exciting range of products in Nigeria

….Introduces the EOS R System, PIXMA TS9540 and the ZOEMINI

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), leaders in imaging solutions, has reiterated its commitment to the Nigerian market by announcing the launch of three new exciting products – the EOS R System, PIXMA TS9540 and the ZOEMINI. The new range of printers and the camera are poised to expand Canon’s imagery range in Nigeria and help customers manage productivity.

NSE suspends Diamond Bank’s shares over court sanction of scheme of merger with Access Bank

The Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday suspended trading in the shares of Diamond Bank Plc following the court sanction of the Scheme of Merger with Access Bank Plc.

NBA, Youtube Partner to Launch Live Games on League’s First Channel in Sub-Saharan Africa

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and YouTube have announced the launch of the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to featuring two live games per week in primetime for the rest of the 2018-19 season, including the Playoffs, Conference Finals and The Finals, the NBA Africa YouTube channel will celebrate the impact of African players in the NBA.

Orange signs sponsorship deal for Fifa Women's World Cup 2019

French telecom giant Orange has signed a new partnership with this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.

Nigeria: Government mulls VAT increase

Nigerians were yesterday told to brace for a possible increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Boeing announces management shake-up amidst 737 aircraft crashes

Following two deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing Co has announced management changes at its commercial airplanes unit on Tuesday, promoting some program leaders who will report directly to the division's chief, Ray Conner.