BrandArena: June 2019

Friday 28 June 2019

Samsung unveils its largest QLED line-up ever featuring 4K and 8K TV

Samsung Electronics announced today that its 2019 TV line is now available at selected stores. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

Konami, Arsenal extend global sponsorship agreement till 2022

Premier League football club Arsenal have extended their global sponsorship agreement with video game developer Konami for a further three years.

Uber Plans Boat Service in Lagos To Beat Traffic Congestion

Ride hailing service, Uber, is planning to launch a boat service in Lagos, Nigeria to beat traffic congestion.

Nike Signs Kit Extension Deal With PSG

...Club breaks one million shirt sales

US sportswear brand Nike has extended its kit deal with French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

OVH Energy is Fueling Partner of Next Titan Reality Show Season Six

OVH Energy Marketing Ltd., an Oando Licensee, has announced that it is the official fueling partner of Nigeria’s foremost entrepreneurial reality TV show, the Next Titan Nigeria, Season 6. The firm made this known at a media briefing session held on Thursday, June 27 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Africa pledges to deliver Blue Economy at ABEF 2019

The prospect of a fully sustainable Blue Economy for Africa gathered significant momentum following the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis on 25-26 June.

WASCO thrills consumers, traders at Ajinomoto Market Activation in Onitsha

The West African Seasoning Company Ltd. (WASCO), on Tuesday, 25th of June, 2019 in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra, embarked on an entertaining market activation and sensitization on the usage of its Ajinomoto seasoning.

Thursday 27 June 2019

Africa: "Significant Untapped Potential in Agriculture"

Africa boasts significant untapped agricultural potential. While the continent accounts for 60% of the world's arable land, it only contributes 4% of total output. Cognisant of this, global research and consultancy firm, Oxford Business Group (OBG), is publishing a study, Agriculture in Africa 2019, analysing the state of the sector and its medium-term development prospects.

PUMA and LaLiga present the new Official Competition Football

After signing the long term agreement between PUMA and LaLiga, in which the sports brand became the official sponsor, PUMA presented the Official 2019/2020 Football today, which will be used for all of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1|2|3 professional matches.

5 reasons you should be on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has been around since 2003 and is widely considered the benchmark for professional networking social media platforms. It has over 500 million members, in over 200 countries.

A professionally written LinkedIn profile allows you to create an online professional brand which can help open doors to opportunities and networks that you may not have been aware of without the help of social media.

Here are 5 reasons you should be on LinkedIn:

What You Need To Know About Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency ‘Libra’

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed numerous reports featuring Facebook’s upcoming cryptocurrency, ‘Libra’. Facebook— the social media giant with more than 2 billion users— kept Libra under wraps until it was recently unveiled to the public.

On May 2nd 2019, Libra Networks was registered in Geneva, Switzerland, with ‘Facebook Global Holdings’ as stakeholder.

‘Save Our Seas Bottle Project’ Announced By Yachting Pages in Partnership With Blue Marine Foundation, Octo Marine

Yachting Pages Media Group, in collaboration with Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and Octo Marine, is launching ‘Save Our Seas (S.O.S) Bottle Project’, a campaign designed to help the fight against plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

BMW Commits to Having 25 Electrified Cars on the Roads by 2023

German auto giant, BMW has officially announced that it is speeding up the plan to electrify its model range. The automaker originally stated that it would have 25 electrified vehicles on the road in 2025. Now BMW says it can do all that by 2023.

Real Madrid announces plans for women’s team from 2020

Spanish football giants Real Madrid have announced plans to form a professional women's side from the start of the 2020-21 season after acquiring local side Club Déportivo Tacón.

Facebook testing option to turn off annoying notification dots

As part of its mission to do better, Facebook is playing around with the option to turn off some but not all of its notifications dots. Facebook is now testing a toggle to turn off the red in-app notification dots on its homescreen.

Mouka Distributors Vow to Consolidate Brand Growth on Strength of 2-Continent Visit

After a pleasurable experience in Dubai and London, distributors of Mouka foam have pledged their resolve to consolidate the market penetration of the brand.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

AFRIMA hosts stakeholders’ conference in Cameroon

…as entry submission closes on August 2, 2019

In its continual drive to build capacity for knowledge sharing among African music professionals and culture enthusiasts, the 6th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will host music and culture industry stakeholders at a Stakeholders’ Conference holding on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Las Vegas VIP, Sable, Bonamoissadi, Douala, Cameroon.

Lagos, Nigeria Listed By Mercer as the 4th Costliest City in Africa

  • N'Djamena is the highest ranking in Africa
  • World's least expensive cities are Tunis, Tashkent and Karachi
In comparison with other cities in the world, Lagos, Nigeria continues to remain attractive for foreign investments despite being one of the most expensive in Africa. Mercer's 25th annual Cost of Living Survey finds that a number of factors, including currency fluctuations, cost of inflation for goods and services, and volatility in accommodation prices, contribute to the overall cost of expatriate packages for employees on international assignments

Nigeria on the Verge of Bankruptcy: Emir of Kano Meant Well For Nigeria - Henshaw Ogubike

As against online reports claiming that the Emir of Kano, HRM Muhammadu Sanusi II declared that Nigeria is on the threshold of bankruptcy, following unfavorable economic policies, such as subsidizing Petroleum products and Electricity tar riffs, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has issued a statement to set the record straight.

Zedcrest Capital wins Global Business Outlook Award

…Consolidates its Leading Proprietary Investment Status

Zedcrest Capital, a new-age financial solutions powerhouse has been recognised as the Best Proprietary Investments Firm in Nigeria by international magazine, Global Business Outlook.

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Ajax extends sponsorship deal with Ziggo

Dutch football champions Ajax have extended their front-of-shirt deal with Ziggo, the Netherlands’ largest telecom operator.

Turkish Airlines adds Nigeria’s Port Harcourt to its flight network

Flying to more countries that any other airline, Turkish Airlines added Port Harcourt, an important city in Nigeria, to its flight network as the global carrier’s 56th destination in Africa. Flag carrier will operate four weekly reciprocal flights between Istanbul and Port Harcourt.

YBR Launches Social Impact Division

Yellow Brick Road (YBR) has announced the launch of a new division within the agency that will focus solely on social impact marketing. The firm made the announcement at a symposium in Abuja on Thursday, 20th June, 2019, while speaking on creating effective social impact campaigns.

Cisco Celebrates the Establishment of 200 Networking Academies in Nigeria

… Announces Partnership with Global Citizen to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030

Global technology leader, Cisco, has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen digital skills in the country as the company celebrates the establishment of 200 Networking Academies in Nigeria, making Nigeria the country with the highest number of Cisco NetAcads in Africa. The celebration took place at a NetAcad Demo and roundtable session held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos.

Red Star Express Expands with GSA Services

One of Nigeria’s leading logistics and cargo generating company, Red Star Express Plc, has ventured into the cargo General Sales Agent services (GSA) as part of its expansion drive. This was announced at an exclusive interview with some of the company’s top management staff recently.

WARIF trains Police Officers in its Law Enforcement Case Management Sensitisation Program

Women At Risk International Foundation(WARIF), a non governmental organization in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has just held the third phase of its Law Enforcement Sensitisation Programme on Gender Based Violence Case Management.Image

Airtel Africa IPO Price and Allocation of Ordinary Shares to Hold on Thursday

Airtel Africa has announced plans of an Initial Public Offering (“IPO”)  of shares worth $780.0m (N270.0bn) on the premium board of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and subsequently, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

CMC Connect Announces BCW Affiliation

Leading Perception Management firm CMC Connect has announced the transition of its flagship affiliation from Burson-Marsteller to CMC Connect Burson, Cohn & Wolfe (CMC BCW), following a merger between Burson Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, both of which were previously ranked number 5 and 12 respectively, on the estimable list of the World’s largest global communication agencies.

Mauritius co-champions coral reef action for Commonwealth Blue Charter

‘Champion’ countries of the Commonwealth Blue Charter are laying the groundwork for joint action and robust, innovative strategies to tackle the world’s most pressing ocean issues.

OAAN Elects New Executives

...Emmanuel Ajufo becomes new President

The Managing Director of Opportunity To See Limited, Emmanuel Ajufo has elected as the new President of Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN). He emerged winner unopposed.

GPBN, ActionAid Nigeria, Others Walk Against Suicide in Lagos

The Walk Against Suicide, organized by the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mediation Centre holds today in Lagos. The event kicked off from Ikeja Lagos at 8am.

Ecobank Nigeria Partners with NIRSAL, Announces N70bn Agriculture Financing Scheme

Ecobank Nigeria has entered into a strategic partnership with Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) with a N15 billion agricultural investment scheme being the first tranche in agricultural value chain financing.

Industry Leaders Discuss Trade, Investment And Partnership At U.S.-AFRICA Business Summit

Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Prime Ministers from nine African nations attended the Corporate Council on Africa's 12th U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on June 18-21. They were joined by Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Economy, Public Works, and ICT from more than 25 countries across the continent.

#SMJuryBusiness Conference: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs

It was a gathering of top Business Executives at the SM Jury Business Conference held at Lagos Oriental Hotel on the 13th of June 2019. Tagged ‘’Building Your Empire’’, Panelists from all walks of life took center stage to share their Entrepreneurial journey and challenged young Entrepreneurs to be passionate about their crafts in building their empire.

Africa Oil & Power to Honor Senegal President as “Africa Oil Man of the Year”

Africa Oil & Power will present the award to H.E. Macky Sall at its annual conference in Cape Town; H.E. Macky Sall is renowned for his efforts to revive Senegal’s economy and create an attractive market for oil and gas; H.E. Macky Sall will provide a keynote address at Africa Oil & Power 2019.

Power of Global Creative Network at 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Ogilvy was recognized at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for its ability to make brands matter across the world with 32 offices across 4 regions taking home prestigious Lions, including Ogilvy’s Puerto Rican office, De La Cruz & Associates, winning their first ever Lion.

SPAR Supports Realtime International Film Festival 2019

SPAR, one of Nigeria’s largest supermarket and department store brands in Nigeria has partnered with Realtime International Film Festival for their third edition which will be held across multiple venues from 23rd to 29th June 2019. The opening ceremony will be held at Film House Leisure Mall, Surulere, Lagos.

Friday 21 June 2019

Sanwo-Olu Confirms Appointment of Bolowotan as DG Sports Commission

As part of efforts to transform the sports sector, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Oluwatoyin Bolowotan as the new Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC).

LaLiga brings interactive “LaLiga Space” to Cairo to mark the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

LaLiga has unveiled LaLiga Space, its biggest-ever event in Egypt, to mark the kick-off of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo. Prominent LaLiga Ambassadors and legends of the modern game Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes were at Cairo Festival City Mall to open the three-day event on Thursday afternoon and to meet with both local and international media.

Chelsea Appointed Petr Cech as Technical Advisor

Petr Cech finally returns to Chelsea. The London club have appointed him as technical and performance advisor. The Premier League club made the announcement on Friday.

Naspers to invest US$2.1 million in SA online cleaning service, SweepSouth

Multinational internet and media group, Naspers has invested R30 million (US$2.1 million) in South African tech start-up SweepSouth. This is the first investment by Naspers in its commitment to support talented and ambitious entrepreneurs in South Africa who are using technology to improve people’s daily lives.

FIFA Takes Over CAF Amidst Corruption Investigation

On Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, corruption investigation against the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, the body's executive committee had requested FIFA's intervention in its administrative processes.

Standard Chartered Launches Women in Tech programme in Nigeria to support Women Entrepreneurs

Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) Limited has launched the SC Women in Tech Incubator, to support and promote the economic and social development of women in Nigeria through innovation or technology led entrepreneurship.

The Role of Fintech in Accelerating Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

The Nigerian financial sector has significantly grown in leaps and bounds; thanks largely to technology. Currently, banks’ services have been automated. Customers are no longer required to visit their brick and mortar branches to perform any transaction.

GE Africa CEO, Farid Fezoua Appointed as Co-Chair of U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Africa was named as Co-chair of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. PAC-DBIA members – representing small, medium, and large companies from a variety of industry sectors – advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.

Financial Dependency – An Enabler of Sexual Abuse

Despite the growing awareness, sexual abuse has remained a harrowing issue predominant in today’s society. Beyond the physical, emotional and mental health effects on survivors, another area a lot of people do not pay attention to is financial abuse. This is a situation where survivors are forced to fall back into the hands of their perpetrators because of their dependency on them for survival. Financial or economic abuse is another way abusers control their partners cyclically to keep them in a relationship.

Pixels Offers Free Internet Facilities to Public

...Plans Grand Celebrations For 16th Anniversary

In keeping to the creed and ideals of offering best value and premium services to the general public, the management of the foremost digital photography outfit, Pixels International Academy has announced free Wifi  value-add service across all their outlets.

African football affairs: CAF attack on press freedom

In another attempt to control the news regarding African football affairs, the journalist Nazim Bessol, working for Algerian newspaper Botola, has seen his accreditation for the African Cup of Nations revoked.

STEM METS Resources Marks Fifth Anniversary of Providing Quality Education in Nigeria

STEM METS Resources, an organisation committed to inspiring Nigerian children by providing quality, innovative and alternative educational learning platforms, has marked its fifth anniversary.

L-R-  Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Sustainable Education & Enterprise Development, (SEED), Lanre Oniyitan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, STEM METS Resources, Jadesola Adedeji, Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Teach for Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle and Managing Director, The Education Partnership Centre, Modupe Adefeso-Olateju at the 5th Anniversary ceremony of STEM METS Resource held in Lagos.
In the past five years, the organisation has delivered world-class Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M) based programs to children with the mission to inspire creativity and innovation and also ensure that they are equipped with the skills required to succeed in their careers in future and contribute to the economic development of Nigeria. Since its inception in 2014, STEM METS has organized over 50 workshops, and trained over 7000 learners through its various programs across South-West Nigeria.

LG: Building a Sustainable Brand on Genuine Foundations

Becoming recognised as a “sustainable” organisation can enhance brand equity, unlock opportunities to create new markets and launch sub-brands, line extensions and packaging innovations. In the electronics industry, a number of companies are reinventing themselves with fresh initiatives and brand identities with a sustainability focus.