BrandArena: August 2019

Monday, 19 August 2019

UNILAG gets BOI support to provide entrepreneurship grants for students

In a bid to promote young entrepreneurs in the school, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has announced that the institution will be establishing grants of between N1 million and N2 million to support students.

Lagos set to host Turkish Airlines’ World’s Largest Amateur Golf Tournament

With a fleet of 333 aircrafts flying to more than 306 destinations in 124 countries around the world, Turkish Airlines, who carried over 75 million passengers in 2018, a record for the Star Alliance member airline, will be hosting the largest golf tournament in Lagos on September 5, 2019. The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, which is also the world’s largest corporate golf tournament, will be played in Lagos for the fourth time.

Stanbic IBTC: Impacting communities through CSI and employee volunteerism

Global climate change affects countries differently. The negative consequences such as flooding are usually more pronounced in developing countries. Poor urban planning, population growth and poor regional cooperation in the use of natural resources such as rivers and lakes are also factors that contribute to incidences of flooding, for instance, in Nigeria.

Jean Marie, Akinwunmi, Acheampong, Others to Speak at Inaugural Advertising Week Africa

...Event to hold from October 28-31, 2019 at 1FOX Precinct, Johannesburg 

Advertising Week Africa – the very first African edition of the world’s premier event for advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology professionals – will be held in Johannesburg from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October 2019 at 1FOX Precinct.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Zedcrest Capital Named Best Financial Management Firm in Nigeria

New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Capital Limited has been named the Best Financial Management Firm in Nigeria by International Business Magazine. The Dubai-based publication made the announcement on its official website on Monday, 12 August 2019.

Eat’N’Go Limited celebrates its 7th Year anniversary in Nigeria

...Opens new outlet in Calabar

Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for No. 1 Pizza company in the world - Domino’s Pizza and its 2 other global brands, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, is celebrating 7 years of continuous growth since it began operations in Nigeria in August 2012. This anniversary, further throws a spotlight on the company’s success and immense progress in the dynamic quick service restaurant industry in Nigeria.

When Will Realme Berth in Africa?

Realme, an independent entity from Chinese smartphone major OPPO has continued to expand its market share in many developing nations across the world. The brand now boast of an estimated 4 million users in India and has announced plans to extend its operations to the Middle East and Africa.

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers explores aid through the arts

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN highlights the work of two people empowering children through the arts. In Nigeria, choreographer Seyi Oluyole is giving kids a better life through dance and in South Africa, Gcina Mhlophe’s passion for story-telling is inspiring children to open books.

Former Kia Motors CMO Moves To Volkswagen

Saad Chehab, who spent almost two years as Chief Marketing Officer at Kia Motors, managing global marketing for Maserati, will join Volkswagen America as senior Vice President of VW brand marketing.

Hands Over Centralised TV Rights to World Cup Qualifiers to Double Revenue, FIFA tells CAF

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has called on Confederation of African Football (CAF) to hand over centralised TV rights to World Cup qualifiers to double its revenue.

Uber Appoints Ex-Google Executive as VP of Global Marketing

In what seems to be the culmination of departmental upheaval and leadership overhauls, ex-Google marketer Thomas Ranese has been picked up by Uber to serve as VP of global marketing.

John Ugbe, Adebise, Ndidi, Others To Headline WIMCA 2019

A leading brands and marketing publication, Brand Communicator has announced the third edition of its annual Women In Marketing and Communications Conference/Awards (WIMCA) event scheduled to hold on August 30, 2019 at Muson Centre, Lagos from 9am prompt.

WorldRemit extends partnership with Arsenal hold second edition of Future Stars 

English Premier League football club Arsenal has renewed its partnership with digital money transfer business WorldRemit.

WorldRemit partners with Arsenal on Future Stars programme. Image source:
The partnership extension will see the North London Club continue to support WorldRemit’s impressive global expansion, whilst also rolling out the second edition of the popular Future Stars programme.

Battle of Speed, Accuracy as Cowbellpedia TV Quiz Show Season 5 Begins

The mental fireworks for season five of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, began last weekend in Lagos with high expectation on the part of the participating students and their teachers.

Basketball Africa League Appoints John Manyo-Plange Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, today named NBA ( Africa Head of Business Operations and Ghana-native John Manyo-Plange as BAL Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations.

TOTAL Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited Invest to Boost Next Generation of Agribusinesses

Value Drivers Investment Limited in partnership with TOTAL Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has rounded off a three-week knowledge empowerment initiative, tagged 'TOTAL Agriculture Entrepreneur Skills Acquisition Training Program’ in Lagos, aimed at empowering youths and boosting agribusiness in Nigeria.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Enyo Retail and Supply partners NBC to bolster customer experience at its service stations

Enyo Retail and Supply, a leader in the downstream oil and gas sector has announced its partnership with the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), leaders in the non-alcoholic beverage industry, to jointly improve customer experience through the provision of NBC chillers at selected Enyo service stations nationwide.

Winners Emerge from BIC Shave, Play and Win Consumer Promotion

Over forty winners have emerged from the third edition of The BIC National Consumer Promotion tagged Shave, Play and Win. The promo was designed by BIC, makers of quality shaving solution brand to give customers an experience and reward them around the just concluded African Cup of Nations Tournament.

TECNO launches T901, its First KaiOS powered Smartphone

TECNO, the leading mobile phone brand in Africa, has announced the launch of the latest 3G smart feature phone T901, the first TECNO device running on KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones. This is a significant step for both companies in closing the digital divide by bringing users–previously inhibited by device affordability–online for the first time. T901 will be available in three color options: gold, blue and black.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

CNN’s African Voices extends its partnership with Globacom

After having celebrated its 10th anniversary on CNN International, African Voices is striving to profile 'outstanding individuals' across the continent with a new name, a new host, a new format and a renewed multi-year partnership with long-term sponsor Globacom.

Flying Doctors, House of Irawo, Others Make Final List of 2019 AWIEF Awards

Leading Pan African entrepreneurship and innovation non-profit, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has announced the top finalists in its annual awards to celebrate women leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.

Verve Global Card Launches First International Transaction in New York

Verve, a leading payments technology and card business in Africa, and Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover, today held an event to launch the Verve Global Card. Cardholders will now have the ability to use their Verve Global Cards on the Discover Global Network which provides acceptance in more than 190 countries and territories.

L-R: Mitchell Elegbe, Founder/GMD, Interswitch Group, Joseph Hurley, Snr. Vice President, Payment Services, Discover Financial Services, Francis Gbenga Shobo, Deputy Managing Director, First Bank, Olubusola Osilaja, Divisional head, eBusiness, Access Bank, Martins Izuogbe, Divisional Head, Operations, Fidelity Bank, Diane Offereins, Executive Vice President, Payment Services, Discover, Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, Retail, E-Business, First Bank, and Mike Ogbalu III, Divisional CEO, Verve, at the Verve Global Card Launch in New York, on Monday.
This will expand Verve's existing suite of tailored payment products and solutions for its customers.

NETng Executive Editor Jide Taiwo Resigns, Joins Boomplay As Chief Content Officer

After nearly three years at NET, journalist and media executive Jide Taiwo has left his role as Chief Operating Officer and has been named as the Chief Content Officer at Boomplay’s Buzz.

Ikeja Electric, MOJEC advise customers on meter registration process

Leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has fully commenced the roll out of meters under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, to all unmetered customer across its network.

Peter Okoye, VJ Adams ‘Unbox’ New LaLiga Ball as the 2019/2020 Season Kicks-Off

 Singer and Song writer Peter Okoye aka Mr P and Celebrity On-air personality, Adams Ibrahim Adebola aka VJ Adams unboxed the new LaLiga ball to signify the kick-off of the 2019/2020 LaLiga season. The duo were selected as part of a global campaign that heralds the start of the new LaLiga season.

Celebrating Africa’s digital potential on UN Youth Day

Many things have been said about the future Africa and its potential, it has been called the Opportunity Continent, the Next Frontier and Africa rising, with all of these true. For me the excitement comes in how Africa can, and will one day lead in the digital economy, not only creating a better future for its young people, but for people across the entire continents, whether here in Africa or elsewhere like in Europe or the US.

Viewing PR as a Marketing Tool is Missing The Point!

When times are tough, businesses often cut the PR budget first - and small businesses may not have one at all. After all, PR is just one part of the Marketing mix, right? Wrong!

Heather Astbury
To view PR as just another Marketing tool is to limit the scope of PR activities to lead generation, customer acquisition and sales. Of course, these things are important, but PR can do so much more.

Civil Society Organisations say No to Neglected Tropical Diseases across Africa

Society organisations (CSOs) have joined together in Dakar, Senegal, to create Africa's first civil society network for Neglected Tropical Diseases - the Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition. This coalition will provide a network for CSOs to consult and collaborate to maximise their efforts in fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases, particularly around their aim of increasing sustainable funding for NTD control programs.

Mauritius to host 10th Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum

Mauritius will host the 10th anniversary edition of the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava, from 20-22 August 2019, which is being organised by the Internet Society African IXP Association (AFIX) in collaboration with Rogers Capital.

Hubmart Extends Footprint in Nigeria, Opens fourth Outlet at Omole

Hubmart Stores Limited, a fully Nigerian owned retail shopping chain has announced the launch of its new store, located at Omole Phase 1, Lagos Nigeria. Following an official opening ceremony which held on Friday 26th July 2019, the launch of the Omole store, is poised to encourage access, convenience and value for the everyday consumer.

Red Star Express Plc. Reports N10 Billion turnover

One of Nigeria’s leading logistics company, Red Star Express Plc, has consistently posted profits in its annual turnover. For the year ended in March 2019, the company recorded an impressive turnover of N10billion in the year under review which is 20% higher than the preceding year. This was announced at the 26th Annual General Meeting of the company held recently in Lagos.

Friday, 9 August 2019

PwC and Genevieve Magazine to organise workshop for SMEs in Nigeria

PwC in collaboration with Genevieve Magazine will organise a special workshop for SMEs themed "Growing Your Business from Scratch to Cash". The workshop is scheduled to be held on 22 August 2019, in Lagos at the RadissonBlu Hotel Ikeja.

Group Launches Extraordinary Women Empower, Educate Women 

KEA Enterprise has announced the launch of her new project named Extraordinary Woman (EW). During the launching, which took place on August 1, 2019, in Bodija, Ibadan, the Project Coordinator, Mrs. Kemi Irinoye said the social enterprise was set up with the sole aim to  inform, communicate with and educate women from different spheres of the society while also celebrating women doing extraordinary things in their little ways.

Huawei launches Harmony operating system to rival Google's Android

Just the way many industry watchers expected the second-largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei to respond to Donald Trump administration's blacklisting of the company, the Chinese company has launched its much-anticipated operating system ‘HarmonyOS’ to rival Google-owned Android OS.

Introducing Galaxy Note10: Designed to Bring Passions to Life with the Next-Level Power

Just as Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy Note10 at a grand event in the United State, Samsung Nigeria also had a press launch in Lagos introducing its latest device to the market.

L-R: Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa, David Suh; Brand Ambassador, Bankole Wellington (Banky W); and Head, Information Technology & Mobile, Adetunji Taiwo at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 into the Nigerian market.
Samung Note 10 is a new line of premium smartphones that combines elegant design with powerful performance and productivity tools to help users make the most of every moment. Inspired by a generation that flows seamlessly between work and life, the Galaxy Note10 gives users the freedom to work the way they want and showcase their creative spirit, all on-the-go.

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets the people improving the lives of child amputees

CNN International’s African Voices is entering a new era in its quest to profile outstanding individuals across the continent. Having celebrated ten years of the show, this new chapter focuses on the stories of Changemakers – people doing positive and innovative things that impact communities and change lives and is hosted by Arit Okpo.

2019 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Quiz Show to hit TV screens on Saturday

From Saturday, 10th August 2019 the biggest education show in Nigeria, Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Quiz Show will hit TV screens across the country.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Emirates brings spirit of Eid to all its customers

Emirates is bringing the generosity and spirit of Eid Al Adha to all its customers with a special inflight offering from the 11th to the 14th of August.

Saudi Arabia set to host the world’s richest horse race — “The Saudi Cup”

Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh is set to host the Saudi Cup which will become the richest-ever horse race in history when its inaugural edition takes place in February 2020.

StarTimes secures Uefa rights deal through to 2022

Africa’s leading pay-TV operator, StarTimes has announced its acquisition of the rights to broadcast UEFA National Team Football and the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note10 and 10+ were officially unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in Brooklyn yesterday.

Finally, Premier League launches YouTube channel

England’s Premier League has officially launched its YouTube channel, having previously decided against setting up a collective presence on the Google-owned video sharing website.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Rugby Africa Women’s Cup kicks off Rugby World Cup 2021 regional qualification process

Women’s international rugby has a new team with Madagascar set to enter the test arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In April this year World Rugby announced details of a new qualification pathway for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 whereby non-qualified teams will compete in new and existing regional tournaments.

The Creative Counsel Champions Holds #FutureNow, Inaugural Experiential Design Summit

Leading Experiential Design firm, The Creative Counsel (TCC) Nigeria, part of The Insight Redefini Group, has set the pace for the revolution of the experiential space as it held its inaugural Experiential Design Summit tagged #FutureNow.

Enyo, Bosch Strengthen Partnership For Automotive Parts and Services

Enyo Retail and Supply, a customer focused, technology-driven fuel retailing company, and Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services, have deepened their relationship through the signing of a partnership agreement.

L-R: Julien Lacoste, Regional Director, Automotive Aftermarket West and Central Africa; Abayomi Awobokun, Chief Executive Officer, Enyo Retail and Supply; Thomas Winter, President, Automotive Aftermarket, Sales and Workshop Concept & Services and Olabanjo Alimi, Corporate Development Lead, Enyo Retail and Supply at the signing of the Enyo Retail’s partnership with Bosch.
The agreement will entail the operation of Bosch standard centers as you have in Germany, South Africa or anywhere in the world in all Vehicon centers of Enyo throughout Nigeria.

Customs unbundled, two new commands created in Ogun

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command, says it has unbundled the Area Command to create room for greater efficiency in the service.

Preparing Nigeria for the Future of Work

According to the World Economic Forum, 70 percent of Africa's population is under the age of 30, signalling a significant opportunity for the growth and advancement of the continent. For instance, the median age in Nigeria is 18.4 years of age.

Zedvance to Provide Loans to non-Salary Earners

In an effort to serve customers more efficiently and deepen its digital drive, leading consumer finance firm, Zedvance, has launched a dedicated mobile lending app - MoneyPal.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Mouka Partners Supa Strikas in Strategic Business Deal

Mouka Limited, Nigeria’s foremost foam and manufacturing company is partnering Supa Strikas in a business deal geared towards projecting Mouka’s Dreamtime baby mattress.

Left to Right -  Brand and Innovation Manager for Mouka Limited, Jide Odelola; Country Business Manager for Supa Strikas Nigeria, Joyce Olagesih; CEO/MD Mouka Limited, Raymond Murphy; Senior Marketing Manager, Mouka Limited, Tolu Olanipekun and Digital Marketing Manager, Damilola Taiwo during a group photograph after the pact.  
The dreamtime mattress which is designed with children in mind will now feature in Supa Strikas comic magazine.

Technical football tour to Madrid and LaLiga Derby

The inaugural Technical Football Tour, will visit Madrid, Spain from 23-30 September 2019, and the organisers are inviting those, who are interested to join the tour, not to miss out on this exciting prospect, to meet and partner with the world’s key football decision-makers.