BrandArena: August 2019

Friday 30 August 2019

Promasidor Inspects Facilities at Ikun Dairy Farm for Resuscitation

The management of Promasidor Nigeria Limited recently embarked on an inspection of facilities at Ikun Dairy Farm for revitalisation as part of the partnership agreement with Ekiti State Government on its backward integration initiative.

Pulse Invasion: Nigeria’s Biggest Campus Experience Returns

Nothing describes youthfulness like music, dance and a fun-filled party. And if last year was a measure, it was one of the ‘bombest’ years for students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY); Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB); University of Calabar (UNICAL), etc.

MTN Nigeria subsidiary, YDFS launches MoMo Agent network

Following the successful award of a Super-Agent License, Y’ello Digital Financial Services, YDFS, a subsidiary of MTN Nigeria has opened its doors, announcing the launch of its super-agent network service named ‘MoMo Agent’, recently in Abuja. The initiative is a fintech strategy designed to accelerate financial inclusion.

DHL introduces new mobile app to further enhance customer experience

DHL Express Mobile app launched in eight African countries, and a further 40 countries to be live by the end of 2020; App offers a number of key benefits that facilitate tracking and faster delivery; Growing demand for mobile services in Sub Saharan Africa drives further innovation.

AFC Secures Inaugural US$150 million Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility

Africa Finance Corporation, Africa's leading investment grade infrastructure solutions provider, announces the close of general syndication of a minimum US$150,000,000 Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility with MUFG Bank Ltd. (MUFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), acting as Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.

LaLiga Santander is back for 2019/20 and better than ever

LaLiga Santander, the best league in world football, is back to excite football fans all over the world. With two weeks already in the season, the global stars of world football, high-profile new faces and three freshly-promoted sides have returned to stadiums across Spain and television screens all around the world better equipped than ever to give fans the most thrilling experience possible.

What US trade ban means for Huawei Mate 30 Launch

Huawei’s new flagship smartphone will not be able to use Google apps and services because of a US trade ban. A Google spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the California firm won’t be able to deliver licensed applications such as Gmail, Maps and YouTube for the new device because of sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump.

Anurika Azubuike, Lead Consultant at Quadrant MSL, Moves On

It can be authoritatively confirmed that Anurika Azubuike, Lead Consultant at Strategic Communications and Public Relations firm, Quadrant MSL, has resigned her appointment effective August 2019.

ATI, NEXI & Japanese banks pave way for more Japanese investments into Africa

On the side lines of the Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development (TICAD7), ATI signed MoUs with Japan’s three largest banks and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Japan’s export credit agency; ATI and NEXI announced at TICAD7 the launch of a Japan Desk to be based in ATI’s Nairobi headquarters in order to provide tailored risk-mitigation support to Japanese companies and investors; ATI has a current pipeline of over US$1 Bn worth of transactions from Japanese banks.

Thursday 29 August 2019

Ikeja Electric introduces E-Bills to enhance customer experience

Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has introduced its electronic billing (e-billing) platform, which enables customers to receive electricity bills promptly and conveniently, via channels such as SMS, USSD, email, IE Bill portal and IE mobile Application.

Arise B.V becomes a shareholder of reference in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated announces that IFC and the funds managed by the IFC Asset Management Company (“AMC”) have completed the sale of their c.14.1 percent stake in ETI to Arise B.V. (“Arise”). Accordingly, Arise has become a shareholder of reference in ETI with a c.14.1 percent stake.

Wednesday 28 August 2019

NCC has approved spectrum for 5G deployment trial, says Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the NCC has approved dedicated spectrum for trial deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) services in the country.

Airtel Africa crosses the 100 million subscribers milestone

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 14 countries across Africa, today announced that it has crossed the 100 million customers mark across its operations. Airtel Africa is the second largest mobile operator in Africa by number of active subscribers.

#VisaFreeAfrica Initiative Announces Winners of 55 Voices for Africa Competition

With over 185 entries from over 33 countries, Shareefa Youshna Jewan from Mauritius emerged as the winner of the 55 Voices for Africa (55Voices4Africa) writing competition conducted under the #VisaFreeAfrica (VFA) initiative. She is closely followed by Priscilla Takondwa Semphere and Olewuenyi Chioma Catherine as the first and second runners up.

Pixels Photography Launches Customer Loyalty Scheme

Towards actualizing its vision of satisfying the needs of people in the photography industry by providing quality products in good time while bringing a new dimension to the way business is conducted in this part of the world, digital photography powerhouse, Pixels has announced the launch of its customer loyalty scheme aimed at rewarding all its teeming customers in the country.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Nigeria schools make a record number of exam entries for Cambridge qualifications

The popularity of Cambridge International qualifications continues to grow around the world with record numbers of Cambridge exams entries made in many countries this year.

2019 Power Nigeria Conference to Explore Digitalization in the Energy Sector

…Conference & Exhibition set to hold 24th - 26th September

The 8th edition of West Africa’s largest power and renewable energy event, Power Nigeria Exhibition & Conference is set to discuss numerous advantages that the digitalization of the power sector in Nigeria will generate.

UAC’s Imperial Logistics Increases Equity in MDS Logistics in A 2.4 Million Dollars Deal

UAC of Nigeria Plc has informed The Nigerian Stock Exchange (The Exchange), its shareholders and stakeholders that the Company has entered into an agreement with Imperial Logistics Limited (“Imperial Logistics”), under which Imperial Logistics proposes to increase its shareholding in MDS Logistics Limited (“MDS” or the “Company”) from 49% to 57%, by acquiring an additional 8% shareholding from UAC (the “Transaction”). The Transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

Ajua Q2 2019 Customer Loyalty Industry Benchmark: Public Healthcare most improved in Customer Experience

Africa’s first Integrated Customer Experience Company, Ajua has officially released its second quarterly Customer Loyalty Industry Benchmark for 2019. The Benchmark covered 8 industry sectors and included two new entries namely, Mobile Money Lenders and Food and Beverage. Customer Experience improved significantly within the Banking, and Insurance industries, with Healthcare being the most improved in Quarter 2 2019, an indicator that customer centric measures have been adopted by businesses in these industries. 

Verraki urges digitization in oil and gas industry

Verraki Partners, a business solutions company focused on accelerating the development and transformation of Africa has outlined solutions to help Africa’s upstream oil and gas companies thrive despite the turbulent market landscape characterized by volatile prices, regulatory overhangs around energy transitions to renewable energy, insecurity in oil production terrains and fiscal uncertainty.

Next-Generation African Leaders Announced as Winners of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge

Fifteen teams of emerging African social entrepreneurs have been selected as winners of the 2019 Resolution Social Venture Challenge. A total of 31 teams of Mastercard Foundation Scholars competed in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge for a fellowship that includes seed funding, mentorship, and access to a network of young global changemakers to pursue impactful projects in their communities.

Siemens launches report on ‘Dawn of Digitalization and its Impact on Africa

African countries must act quickly and decisively to become leaders on the global economic stage. Digitalization is providing the continent with the opportunity to accelerate growth and rapidly expand struggling economies – but it’s a small window and decision-makers must get a strategy in place now in order to succeed.

Monday 26 August 2019

Synlab, others deliver premium preventive healthcare to Ojuwoye LCDA

Synlab Nigeria in collaboration with over 30 partners, has just concluded its 2019 edition of the yearly Doctors-on-Air Medical Mission in Ojuwoye LCDA, Ilupeju, Lagos. Close to a thousand residents were hosted to a holistic one-day premium healthcare outreach at the program.

L-R: Chief Executive Officer, Eden Lifestyle, Mr Maje Ayida; Managing Director, Synlab, Dr Pamela Ajayi; Chairman, Odi-Olowu/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, Mr Rassaq Ajala; Sales Director, Megalectric, Mrs Amira Obi-Okoye; and Programmes Director, Classic FM, Mr Chico Aligwekwe, at the Doctors on air annual medical mission in Lagos on Saturday.
 The yearly Doctors-on-Air Medical Mission, stems from a weekly health talk-show that focuses on creating public awareness around common health issues is aimed at enlightening the public on practices to stay healthy.

Mouka bags African Brand Leadership Merit Award

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading foam and bedding products manufacturer has emerged Africa’s Leading World Class Premium Bedding/ Mattress/ Pillows Product Company of the Year at the 2019 edition of the African Brand Leadership Merit Awards.

Facebook celebrates 'Icons of Change' in Sub-Saharan Africa at Youth Gathering in Accra

Facebook is bringing together 40 young leaders, developers, entrepreneurs and change makers from across Sub-Saharan Africa, to a two day event in Accra, Ghana, titled “Celebrating Icons of Change”. Taking place on 23 & 24th August, the event aims to celebrate Africa's next generation of leaders and innovators, whilst providing opportunities to network, connect and create positive dialogue.

9mobile growth plan gets $230m boost from Africa Finance Corporation

Efforts by the new Board and Management of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), trading as 9mobile, to reposition the company have started yielding positive results as the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), has approved a $230 million (two hundred and thirty million US Dollars) loan facility to help it attain its long-term growth plans.

Malta Guinness Wins ‘Africa’s Best Premium Non-alcoholic Malt’ Award

Nigeria’s number 1 premium malt drink, Malta Guinness, has emerged as “Africa’s Best Premium Non-alcoholic Malt Brand of the Year at the 2019 Edition of the African Brand Leadership Merit Awards last Friday in Ikeja, Lagos.

Fatgbems Petroleum Commissions Mega Retail Outlet in Abeokuta

One of Nigeria's foremost independent petroleum product marketing company, Fatgbems Petroleum Company Limited has commissioned a mega retail station in the capital city of Ogun State, Abeokuta. The unique aesthetics of the new outlet restates the brand's commitment to building a lasting identity and providing customers with real experience at every touch point.

Friday 23 August 2019

Mr Eazi's emPawa Africa Accelerator Programme Opens For Entry to All Upcoming Artistes

All African upcoming artists based in the continent and the diaspora can now submit entries for the second phase of the emPawa Africa artist accelerator programme.

Cars45 Unveils Premium Inspection Service

Nigeria's leading automotive trading platform, Cars45 has announced the launch of a new product - Premium Inspection service - in line with its avowed commitment to exploring new platforms that create convenience for end-users.

Thursday 22 August 2019

Meet Emiife Jadesola, a Fast Rising Nigeria Super Model

When it comes to modeling and pageantry in Nigeria, a new star seems to have emerged and ready to shine bright like a diamond in years to come.

Ex-NITDA DG, Pantami Appointed As Minister of Communication

The former Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the ICT policy implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Communication of Nigeria, Isa Pantami, has been named as the new Minister of Communications.

Promasidor’s Management Visits Ekiti State on Ikun Dairy Farm Resuscitation

As part of the ongoing partnership agreement between Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Ekiti State Government on backward integration initiative, the company’s management visited the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

African Energy Chamber Welcomes Appointment of New Nigerian Petroleum Minister

The African Energy Chamber has welcomed the appointment of Timipre Silva as new Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria.

Wednesday 21 August 2019

African Liquefied Natural Gas to attract $103 Billion in 2019

Africa is an exciting frontier in the global natural gas sector. The continent holds 7.1 percent of proven global gas reserves and is expected to contribute nearly 10 percent of global production growth through to 2024.

Total Appoints Mrs Lesley Baxter-Green As A Director

The Board of Directors of Total Nigeria Plc (the Company) has appointed Mrs. Lesley Baxter-Green as a Director of the Company with effect from the 16th of August, 2019.

Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Dark Side of Apps

Mobile device security threats are on the rise and it’s not hard to see why. In 2019 the number of worldwide mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion of which 2.7 billion are smartphone users. So, if you are looking for a target, it certainly makes sense to go where the numbers are. Think about it, unsecured Wi-Fi connections, network spoofing, phishing attacks, ransomware, spyware and improper session handling – mobile devices make for the perfect easy target. In fact, according to Kaspersky, mobile apps are often the cause of unintentional data leakage.

Peter Okoye experiences the passion of LaLiga

…visits Spain to watch the Villareal vs Granada match live

Singer/Song writer Peter Okoye (Mr P) who was one of the celebrities that unveiled the new LaLiga ball experienced the passion of LaLiga as he was the special guest at the Villareal vs Granada CF match during the league’s opening weekend.

Ikeja Electric, Magodo Resident Sign Power Supply Agreement

Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric (IE) has signed an agreement with Magodo Resident Association to invest in electricity infrastructure in the Estate as well as provide reliable and quality electricity supply to the residents.

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.