BrandArena: May 2019

Friday 31 May 2019

Heritage Bank empowers ‘HB Lab’ tech start-ups’ winners with $40,000 grants

As part of its efforts to support Nigeria’s aspiration and roadmap to become a leading Information Communication Technology (ICT) Hub in Africa, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider has doled out $40, 000 grants to winners of the maiden edition of HB Innovative Lab.

Thursday 30 May 2019

How BMW Celebrated Retiring Mercedes-Benz CEO

Beyond brand rivalry, BMW pulled a creative spin on the news of Mercedes-Benz’s CEO Dieter Zetsche retiring. The automobile company unveiled a spot on YouTube dedicated to Zetshce’s exit from the company to the delight of customers of both brands across the world.

Umbro to supply ball for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

English sportswear brand Umbro has signed as the new ball partner for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and the exclusive ball supplier for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Edelman Hunts For Senior Vice President Analytics

Edelman has announced an opportunity for a leadership position for its award-winning Digital team in New York, United States.

Econet, Yara launch “Generation Africa”, Inspire young Africans to become Agri-Food entrepreneurs

Pan-African telecommunications, media and technology group, Econet, and global crop nutrition leader, Yara International ASA, today launch “Generation Africa”, a partnership initiative to inspire young African entrepreneurs to join the agri-food sector for its viable business opportunities.

Mouka Donates Mattresses to Babies Born on Children’s Day

In celebration of children's day, Mouka Limited, foremost foam and mattress manufacturer in Nigeria, has donated Mouka Dreamtime mattresses to babies born on May 27, 2019. Babies in three hospitals – two in Lagos and one in Ibadan – were beneficiaries of the gesture on May 27, 2019.

President Buhari Seeks Ecobank’s Collaboration on Government’s Intervention in Agriculture

President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the collaboration of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to "institute a special fund to develop agriculture, which will cement its legacy as a bank that helped to transform this region's economic fortunes. Buhari spoke when he had audience with the board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, led by the Group Chairman, Emmanuel Ikazoboh.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Oxford Business Group Appoints New Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa

Oxford Business Group (OBG) has promoted Elise Postigo to the position of Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa. In her new role, Postigo will oversee a broad range of projects in the many markets that OBG covers across the region.

Amadou Gallo Named NBA Fall President of Basketball Africa League

In a bid to further improve the game in Africa, the National Basketball Association (NBA) Tuesday named NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall as President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa scheduled to begin play next year.

Western Digital Stretches Nigerian Data Market With New Product Portfolio

Western Digital Corporation, a global data infrastructure leader, has reinforced its commitment to the Nigerian market with the introduction of a range of data storage solutions. The products are poised to expand Western Digital’s existing product portfolio in Nigeria and allow local consumers access a wide range of WD and SanDisk brand products.

Bin Zayed Group ‘agrees terms’ for Newcastle takeover

Newcastle United's proposed takeover by Dubai-based billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan has taken a step closer after a statement released by representatives of the Sheikh confirmed terms have been agreed.

Children's Day: Emirates Hosts Special Treat For Nigerian Children

Emirates, the world’s fastest growing airline has demonstrated its priority attention to Nigerian children by hosting a dedicated Children’s Day and exclusive screening of a blockbuster movie, ‘Aladdin.’

Jeffrey Katzenberg named Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year 2019

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has today announced that entertainment industry icon, Jeffrey Katzenberg, will be honoured as the Media Person of the Year 2019. Katzenberg will be presented with the award at an evening Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 19 June 2019, during the annual Festival.

Ivory Coast Accelerates Digital Migration with SES

Ivory Coast’s public broadcasting company, the Société Ivoirienne de Télédiffusion (SIDT) has selected SES as its digital partner in a major move to meet the country’s 2020 deadline for switching over from analogue to digital broadcasting. Under this multi-year agreement, 60 analogue turned digital channels will be broadcast with brighter, sharper picture and better sound, via the SES-4 satellite at 22 degrees West.

Stanbic IBTC launches Africa-China Agent Value Proposition

Stanbic IBTC Bank has launched an Africa-China Agent Proposition (ACAP) which aims to assist Nigerian importers source and validate quality goods, safely and efficiently, from the most competitive suppliers in China.

Canopy by Hilton Set to Debut in Africa

Hilton has announced the signing of a management agreement with Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest REIT, to open a hotel under its lifestyle Canopy by Hilton brand.  The 150 guestroom Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2021 and will be the brand’s debut property in Africa.

GTBank Launches #BeatTheDistance Initiative, Improves Access to Education for Children in Rural Communities

As the country marks the 2019 Children’s Day, leading Nigerian Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) has launched a nationwide initiative, tagged #BeatTheDistance, to improve educational outcomes for children in rural communities by easing the difficulties they face with mobility to school and back.

Saturday 25 May 2019

Access Bank, MTN, Others Bag BrandCom Awards as Biodun Shobanjo Gets Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

It was a night to recognize excellence, professionalism, innovations and creativity at the maiden edition of the BrandCom Awards that held at the Shell hall of the MUSON Centre yesterday as deserving individuals, brands and organisations were variously awarded.

EFCC shuts down MTN head office over manipulations in NSE listing

Telecoms company, MTN is now in trouble as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed and halted all activities at MTN head office in Lagos yesterday.

Disruptive Innovation Crucial to the Future of PR Practice – Adetokunbo Modupe

The Chairman and Lead Consultant of TPT International, Mr. Adetokunbo Modupe has expounded that disruptive innovation remains the critical life support that will define the future of Public Relations (PR) practice in Nigeria.

Ecobank Nigeria Celebrates ‘Africa Day’

The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has stated that Africa is the strategy of Ecobank. Akinwuntan who was speaking in commemoration of Africa Day 2019 noted that Ecobank’s “approach to doing business in Africa is to create a united and integrated brand and platform that reflects the values of Africa as a whole whilst leveraging its diverse talents and resources to tackle its common challenges and realize its immense opportunities as one market”.

Friday 24 May 2019

BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns amid Brexit pressure

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has resigned as UK Prime Minister, after three bruising years that saw her fail to deliver Brexit.

Fake News, Hate Speech: How Facebook is Enforcing Its Content Policy

Facebook has released it's most recent Enforcement Report detailing the steps it is taking toward policing the content and misuse of its platform, including the removal of more than three billion fake accounts and over seven million posts deemed to contain hate speech.

Malawi Election Handled with “Professionalism and Dedication” - Observer Group

As Malawians await the results of their general elections, the Commonwealth group observing the polls has commended the country for ensuring a peaceful electoral process to date.

Hogan Lovells hosts GC's in Nigeria to discuss Brexit and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

Global law firm Hogan Lovells hosted a roundtable discussion forum for General Counsel to deep dive into the hot topics affecting regional and global businesses. The session provided a platform for GC's from key industry players to discuss global legal practices and trends as well as explore the issues and opportunities within the across various sectors.

Thursday 23 May 2019

World Cup: Fifa drops plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

Fifa has scrapped a proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 nations.

Guinness Nigeria announces fully paid 26-week parental leave for female employees

Guinness Nigeria employees will begin to enjoy some of the best parental leave benefits in the country, with the business announcing a new policy that offers female employees 26 weeks fully paid parental leave and male employees 4 weeks paternity leave on full rate of pay.

Coca-Cola Makes a U-turn, Retains Majority Stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it will maintain its majority stake in African bottler Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday 22 May 2019

FBRA Encourages Waste Recycling, Launches Buy-back Initiative at Orile Community

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has called on citizens of Lagos State to imbibe the culture of recycling. This is as it reinstated its unwavering commitment to a cleaner environment through its buy-back campaign on recyclable waste launched at Orile community, Lagoson Saturday, May 25, 2019.

MainOne to commit N25billion to digitisation of Lagos

West Africa’s leading connectivity and data centre solutions provider, MainOne launches its “Digital Lagos: Broadband for All” campaign initiative to enable the digital transformation of Lagos state through deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state.

Olaoluwa Akinnusi leaves Jumia, joins Bolt as new Country Manager for Kenya

Ride-hailing company Bolt has hired Jumia’s global head of logistics and operations, Olaoluwa Akinnusi, to be the firm’s new country manager in Kenya. He takes the place of Alex Mwaura who recently left the company.

Facebook Celebrates One Year of NG_Hub

Celebrating exactly a year to the day since the doors of NG_Hub opened in Lagos, and Facebook further cemented its ambitions to train users across Nigeria in digital skills, Facebook released an infographic highlighting key milestones over the past year.

Mastercard backs women's football with Arsenal & Lyon deals

Mastercard has stepped up its commitment to women’s football by signing sponsorship deals with Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

"5G is not the future anymore, It's here' - Nokia's CEO Rajeev Suri

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Nokia Corporation is being held today, Tuesday 21 May 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.

Smile Telecoms Appoints New Group Chief Executive Officer

Smile Telecoms, a Pan-African telecommunications group, Tuesday announced the appointments of Mr. Ahmad Farroukh as Group Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy Chairman, respectively, effective 1 June 2019.

Biodun Shobanjo To Bag Brandcom Awards’ Hall Of Fame

Doyen of advertising in Nigeria and Chairman, Troyka Holdings, Biodun Shobanjo will be honoured at the maiden edition of the Brandcom Awards with a prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’ recognition, the biggest honour for the night.

Examining Stanbic IBTC vis-à-vis banking industry compliance and corporate governance practices

At a recent function in Abuja, the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, delivered a lecture where he revealed that there has been a consistent decline, over the past three years, in the recorded rate of successful fraud incidences, thefts and forgeries in the banking industry. Specifically, Ibrahim said such cases had declined by almost half, 48.12%, of the rate it was in 2015.

Bayern Munich rides with Audi after BMW pulled out

German automobile manufacturer, Audi has extended its partnership with Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich after a stiff contest with BMW in the last six month.

Dangote named among greatest leaders on Earth…global leaders laud his public spirit

The rating carried out by the Fortune Magazine, an American multinational business magazine headquartered in New York City, United States was released recently and focused mainly on the businesses run by the men and how they have used it to impact their society positively.

Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria Condemns NASS's New Media Accreditation Guidelines

The Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) has condemned the new guidelines issued by the National Assembly on the accreditation of media houses and online Publishers covering the National Assembly.

Kaspersky Lab to Open Office in Kigali, Rwanda to Boost its Presence in East Africa

Kaspersky Lab has announced plans to open a new office in Kigali, Rwanda, to support the rapid growth of its business in East Africa. This strategic move will provide more room for development as well as closer proximity to new partners in the region, allowing Kaspersky Lab to continue its expansion into the promising African market.

Stanbic IBTC wins regional awards in pension and wealth management

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC’s entities have won the Best Asset/Fund Management Company and Best Private Banking Business in Wealth and Society West Africa at the Global Wealth and Society Awards West Africa 2019.

Monday 20 May 2019

Cisco Reinforces Commitment to Nigeria through New Partner Repair Centre

… To train 1 Million New Members of Networking Academy in Africa 

Cisco, global technology leader, has reinforced its commitment to support the digitization of Africa’s communities, businesses and governments through several initiatives for skills and talent development, innovation and job creation. 

PAU Holds Strategic PR & Media Writing Workshop for Military, Para-Military PROs

The School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, in collaboration with Synthesis Communications - a Lagos based strategic PR Consultancy Firm, and the Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACREC) is set to revolutionize PR practices among the military and para-military security PROs, as they plan to host them to a unique public relations (PR) and Media Writing Workshop. The 3-Day Workshop is billed for Wednesday, June 19, through Friday, June 21, 2019, at the University’s Ibeju-Lekki Main Campus.

Wanneka Hosts Classy and Glamorous Event To Unveil Super Pack Hair

On Sunday, May 26, 2019  young and prominent entrepreneur, Wanneka will host a talk-of-the-town cocktail to unveil a new and classy super pack hair from her already monstrously successful hair brand, Wanneka Hair.

Development Bank of Nigeria MD, Okpanachi, Becomes CIBN Fellow

The Managing Director of the Development Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tony Okpanachi, has become a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. The event was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Friday 17 May 2019

MTN Nigeria confirms signing of 7-year N200bn medium term facility

MTN Nigeria Plc, has announced the signing of a seven-year N200 billion medium term facility as part of efforts to enhance its service delivery.

Mouka Rewards Mum in Business with $1,000 on Mother’s Day

To cap up its “Mum in Business Pitch Competition”, Mouka Limited, Nigeria’s foremost foam and mattress manufacturing company, has rewarded one mother in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

Thursday 16 May 2019

H+K Strategies Appoints New Global CEO As Jack Martin Takes A Bow

H+K Strategies has appointed former DuPont CCO AnnaMaria DeSalva as its global chairman and CEO, following Jack Martin exit after eight years in charge of the WPP firm. The appointment takes effect from 24th of June, 2019.

Turkish Airlines to Open Five Lounges at the New Istanbul Airport

With the completion of its “Great Move” a brand new home base, Istanbul Airport, one of the most significant cornerstones of the Turkish aviation history, Turkish Airlines will open five passenger lounges available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite Plus & Elite, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers.