BrandArena: September 2019

Monday 30 September 2019

Maltavator Challenge TV Show Is Back With Season 2

It kicked off with a premiere that turned out to be a healthy laugh-out-loud moment for select viewers at the 4DX Screen of the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos.

From Left: Stanley Njoroge, Finance and Strategy Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc; Ifeoma Agu, Senior Brand Manager Malta Guinness; Baker Magunda, Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria; Adenike Adebola, Marketing Director,  Guinness Nigeria; and Adediran Aderemi; Human Resources Director, Guinness Nigeria, at the Premiere of Maltavator Challenge TV Show Season 2 at Ikeja, Lagos.
Season two of the high energy, pan-African game show, is set to be bigger than the pioneer season with more contestants from more countries taking part for a chance to win the $20,000 grand prize.

Global experts to create regenerative climate action roadmap

World-renowned environmentalists, scientists, climate change experts and indigenous groups will meet on October 3 in London to create a roadmap for pioneering, country-led solutions to climate change.

Mouka Launches ‘Comfort a Home Initiative’ To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Celebrating a milestone in its business trajectory on Nigeria’s market, leading manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding products, Mouka, has launched an initiative geared towards bringing succour to many Nigerians.

Côte d'Ivoire and Kenya Named Rising Stars of Global Trade

Côte d'Ivoire is the market that has most rapidly improved its trade growth potential over the past decade, according to new research from Standard Chartered. The Trade20 index, which identifies the 20 rising stars of trade, places African markets Côte d'Ivoire in the top spot, and Kenya at number three.

African First Ladies take Campaign Against Rape, Early Child Marriage, to UN General Assembly

Africa’s first ladies, led by Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio brought their campaign to ban early child marriage and sexual violence against women and girls before a global stage in a passionate appeal for the world to support their “Hands Off Our Girls! Campaign.

Friday 27 September 2019

CNN International Adds New Shows from London, Abu Dhabi

CNN International, which reaches more than 400 million households around the world, is launching two new evening programmes from its London bureau and adding another hour of programming from its Abu Dhabi production centre from 23 September.

Ikorodu Community commends Ikeja Electric for Back-To-School initiative

…Promises support as DisCo provides educational items to Primary School pupils

Ikeja Electric Plc. (IE), Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, has received commendation from Executive Chairman, Ijede Local Council Development Association (LCDA), Hon. Salisu Fatiu Jimoh as the company donated educational packs including bags, exercise books and pens to support pupils of Anglican Primary School, Ijede.

UNGA 2019: Young Africans will “produce the magic” for Sustainable Development, says AU Chief

Leaders should devise an “incentive structure” to promote a startup culture among young Africans. “I think they will produce the magic,” Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, told a gathering on infrastructure at the United Nations on Wednesday.

Thursday 26 September 2019

Siemens Invests in Young African Innovators

...Extends its Eskom Expo partnership to schools in Ghana, Kenya, Others

Siemens reaffirmed its commitment to support and develop young, African innovators with the extension of its Eskom Expo partnership to schools in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia; refurbishing and restocking Sekondi College computer lab as part of Siemens localization programme.

“Nigeria’s Current Power Generation Capacity is Impressive” – Director of Procurement, Nigeria Federal Ministry of Power

The Director of Procurement, Nigeria Federal Ministry of Power, Eng. Ahmed Abdu has described Nigeria’s current power generation capacity as impressive. He made this submission at the ongoing Power Nigeria Exhibition and Conference holding at the Landmark Centre, Lagos.

Art Castle Academy Wins 3rd Edition of Felabration Afrobics Dance Competition

Felabration Afrobics Dance Competition Produces New TalentsAfter an intriguing evening of music, dance and drama at the New Africa Shrine, Art Castle Academy has emerged winners of the third edition of the Felabration Afrobics dance competition after beating seventeen other group and individual contestants.

Nigeria's CcHub Acquired Nairob-based Kenya's iHub

Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), the leading technology innovation centre in Nigeria, has acquired Kenya’s iHub for an undisclosed fee. The deal will see iHub’s team become part of CcHUB’s wider central support and strategy network, whilst retaining its name and senior management structure. CcHUB’s co-founder Bosun Tijani continues as CEO across both locations.

Turkish Airlines Wins Best Airline Cargo in Nigeria of the Year

Turkish Cargo has been recognized as the Best Airline Cargo in Nigeria of the Year by the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria (AFARN). This was announced at the 2019 AFARN Awards/Summit held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Lagos.

DUFIL Names Judges for 2019 Indomie Heroes Awards

As the countdown to the 2019 Indomie Independence Day Awards for Heroes of Nigeria (IIDA) draws closer, Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie Instant Noodles have announced distinguished members of the panel of judges for the 2019 edition.

SAP Team up with UNICEF to Give Young People Job Skills Training to Power the Future Workforce

SAP and UNICEF yesterday announced a new global partnership to provide quality education, life skills and job skills training to young people in disadvantaged communities, preparing them for decent work and active citizenship.

Ecobank Nigeria to lead CIBN Consultative Committee for 13th Annual Banking & Finance Conference

...First Bank Adeduntan transfers baton to Akinwuntan

The baton of leadership of the Consultative Committee for the 13th Annual Banking and Finance conference (2020) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) on Wednesday in Abuja fell on Ecobank with the Managing Director, Patrick Akinwuntan as Chairman.

(L-R) President/Chairman of Council, Uche Olowu; Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan; Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Adesola Adeduntan and 1st Vice President, CIBN, Bayo Olugbemi at the inauguration of Akinwuntan as the Chairman of the Consultative Committee for the 13th (2020) Annual Banking and Finance conference of the Institute.
According to CIBN, the choice of the Pan African Ecobank is hinged on the massive and consistent support for the Institute over the years. The CIBN stressed that it has absolute confidence on Ecobank and Mr. Akinwuntan to deliver based on his antecedents.

UNGA 2019: Scaling Up Nutrition Lead Group meets to chart way forward

“Energy, passion and a lot of young people who care about nutrition” will underpin the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement’s newest phase, alongside stronger private sector engagement, members of the Lead Group heard on Tuesday.

AFFC extols Heritage Bank on Youth, Entertainment Development

African Freestyle Football (AFFC) Championship 2019 in collaboration with World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) have commended Heritage Bank Plc for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and engendering the Nigeria’s entertainment space on the world’s stage.

Lagos – Nigeria serving as an example in Local Content Policy for other African countries

During a recent Media Engagement meeting held in Abuja, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote expressed his opposition towards the creation of multiple Local Content Boards.

UNGA 2019: Sahel threats necessitate ‘global response’- Issoufou

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou called on Sunday for a "global response" to the problems of land degradation that threaten the arid Sahel belt.

Oladipo Adesida unveils debut short stories “My French Teacher had an Igbo Accent”

The copywriter turned marketing strategist,  Oladipo Adesida, has penned a book titled “My French Teacher had an Igbo Accent” and set to launch the book on September 29th, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Facebook Accelerator London opens to African companies for the first time

Facebook  is inviting applications for the third edition of its London accelerator programme, which is open for the first time to startups from Africa. The programme is designed for startups from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that are creating impact at scale using artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), blockchain and other Facebook technologies.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

LaLiga partners Lagos Business School to host Sports Business Programme in Madrid

LaLiga Business School and its partner institution Lagos Business School are jointly hosting the second phase of their Sports Business Management Programme (SBMP) themed “LaLiga Week”. The six-day experience is set to hold from November 11-16, 2019.

MainOne expands Data Center Footprint in Ghana

MainOne has announced the expansion of its data center brand, MDXi, into Accra Ghana, in line with its ongoing West African expansion plans.  The company’s MDXi subsidiary, the largest commercial data center services provider in West Africa, is extending its imprint into Ghana with the new facility to expand MainOne’s already robust infrastructure and service profile in Ghana.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Appoints Benedict Peters To Advisory Board of U.S.-Africa Business Center

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Benedict Peters, Chairman and CEO of AITEO,  will serve on the Board of Advisors for the U.S.-Africa Business Center. The mission of the U.S.-Africa Business Center is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit, something that Mr. Peters has been active in on the continent for many years.

UEFA launches third-tier club competition, redesigns Nations League structure

UEFA have announced they will launch a third club competition in 2021, sitting below the Champions League and Europa League levels.

Canon partners Kenya Film Commission to accelerate development of the film industry

Canon has partnered with the Kenya Film Commission, established by the Kenyan government in 2005, to promote the Kenyan film industry locally and internationally. The collaboration aims to raise awareness of the importance of the film and photography sectors in Kenya, to support their development by facilitating access to the brand's latest innovative technologies and cameras, and to support job creation in Kenya.

Tuesday 24 September 2019

GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019 Holds November 9th and 10th

Industry leaders, style connoisseurs and fashion enthusiasts from across the globe are gearing up for one of the biggest fashion shows in Africa, GTBank Fashion Weekend which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of November 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru. The 2-day event will put a spotlight on Africa’s emerging fashion industry whilst showcasing the talent and creativity of indigenous small businesses in the fashion space.

Nigerians call for collaboration and knowledge sharing to shape a better global future

  • Global Optimism Outlook Survey of 23 countries demonstrates great hope for the future
A new survey has revealed Nigerians believe collaboration and knowledge sharing are key tools to creating a better world future.

Merck & Co. appoints Dr Priya Agrawal as MD, SA & Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster

MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Priya Agrawal as Managing Director for the South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster.

Radisson Hotel Group Boosts its African Development, Signing 11 New Hotels

Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel groups is proud to announce the signing of 11 new hotels in Africa within the first nine months of 2019, accelerating its expansion across the continent. This brings the Group’s African portfolio to almost 100 hotels and over 17,000 rooms in operation and under development across 32 African countries and firmly on track to reach 130+ hotels and 23,000 rooms by 2022.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Hires Aissatou Diallo As New Senior Fintech Advisor

Ecobank Group, the pan-African bank, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Aissatou Djiba Diallo, formerly of Microsoft, as its new Senior Fintech Advisor to strategically raise Ecobank’s support for the fintech sector.

Africa, 2nd fastest growing tourism region in the world

Travel and tourism remained one of the key growth drivers of Africa's economy, contributing 8.5% of the GDP in 2018; equivalent to $194.2 billion. According to the 2019 Jumia Hospitality Report Africa, this growth record placed the continent as the second-fastest growing tourism region in the world, with a growth rate of 5.6% after Asia Pacific and against a 3.9% global average growth rate.

Hilton Reaches 100 Hotel Milestone in Africa

Hilton yesterday announced at the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the signing of Hampton by Hilton Sandton Grayston, a deal which marks the first for the brand in Africa and a milestone of 100 hotels trading or under development on the African continent for Hilton in its centenary year.

FBRA Partners Trashusers, Lagos State Government to Rid Agege of plastic waste on World Clean-up Day

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) partnered Trashusers, a plastic waste collection organisation and Lagos State government in ridding Agege community of plastic waste as part of its strong commitment to environmental preservation during this year’s World Clean-up Day.

Monday 23 September 2019

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou to speak at 17th Rhodes Forum

President of Niger H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou has been confirmed as the keynote speaker of this year’s Rhodes Forum, the flagship global affairs conference of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC).

How Growth in Fintech is Driving Growth in Cyberattacks in Africa

Africa’s Fintech sector is booming! According to reports, Africa’s Fintech ecosystem has surged 60% in the last two years and the continent’s Fintech firms have grown to 491 from 301 in 2017, with $132.8 million raised in 2018, making last year the sector’s best year yet - and proving the sector’s readiness given the high mobile phone penetration levels and the boom in mobile financial services and payment technologies.

“Agribusiness Essential for Food Self-Sufficiency in Nigeria” – Toromade

The Director General (DG), Premier Agribusiness Academy, Mr. Toromade Francis has revealed that, for agribusiness to become profitable in Nigeria, there is need for farmers to acquire cognitive skill and knowledge of human capital development, marketing and sales of agric products as well as logistics and supply chain management through continuous training and learning.

International Breweries Plc educates consumers on smart drinking

To further demonstrate its commitment to responsible drinking in Nigeria, employees of International Breweries Plc, a proud member of AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, have taken the message of responsible drinking to consumers, traders and the public in communities where they operate across the country.

Dangote Empowers 106,000 Women with N1.1 billion in Four States

Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has reiterated its readiness to empower additional 106,000 women across four states in Northern Nigeria, with a sum of N1.1 billion before the end of 2019. This initiative is in continuation of its micro-grant programme aimed at poverty amelioration through economic empowerment of women.

Friday 20 September 2019

Ecobank Nigeria Announces Appointment of Key Officers

Ecobank Nigeria has announced the appointment of key Management Officers across various levels. Amongst those appointed are Kenneth Okere, who is now the Company Secretary & Chief Legal Counsel;  Ibukunoluwa Oyedeji, Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Abiola Aderinola, Financial Controller; Adetokunbo Uko, Treasurer and Akintunde Dawodu, Chief Compliance Officer and Head, Compliance & Control. All the appointments have since been ratified by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Medic West Africa to highlight key growth enablers for the region’s healthcare sector

Informa Markets, the largest international exhibitions organiser, will be hosting the eighth edition of the Medic West Africa Conference and Exhibition at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, from 9 to 11 October. The upcoming edition of the event will host more than 280 regional and international exhibitors from 25 countries.

Nigerian Kemi Adetu Tops Yahoo 50 HERoes List for Her Impact on Gender Diversity in the Work Place

Nigerian Kemi Adetu, has emerged No.1 on Yahoo’s top 50 HERoes future female leaders 2019 list. This initiative organized by Involve’s Diversity and Inclusion Network and supported by Yahoo Finance, celebrates inspirational women who are not currently senior executives in their organization, but making a significant contribution to gender diversity at work.

Emirates embarks on a sustainable journey in Nigeria, creating bags from its billboards

In an effort to promote sustainable living and make a positive impact on local communities, Emirates gave its old advertising billboards in Nigeria a new purpose, transforming the PVC Flex material into hundreds of reusable bags. The advertising banners collected from Lagos and Abuja, were upcycled - the heavy-duty, PVC Flex material was used to produce school bags and carryalls that were donated to students of two schools in Lagos.

Airtel Nigeria Donates Phones, SIMs, Airtime to South Africa Returnees

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has donated phones bundled with SIMs and airtime to the second batch of returnees who arrived from South Africa on Wednesday, 18th September, 2019.

Commonwealth helps developing countries bank millions for climate action

A Commonwealth facility designed to assist smaller and more vulnerable countries tackle the damaging effects of climate change has helped them access USD 27 million of funding.


The Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo encouraged people living with disabilities to take advantage of the benefits of Health Insurance Scheme made available to them by the Lagos State Government which offers free medical care services for premium at various primary health care centres.

Mathematics Need the Creativity of an Artist - Cowbellpedia Contestant

Excellence in mathematics needs the creativity and the patience of an artist. This is the best route to solving mathematics equation, according to Master Philip Jesulayomi Awodiya, a contestant in the on-going Season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

The Next Titan Season 6: Heritage Bank Continues to Boosts Entrepreneurship Among Youths

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider has again thrown its usual support behind the organizer of The Next Titan, so as to have a better and improved season six of the programme.

SAP hosts executive roundtable in Lagos to showcase Intelligent Enterprise Benefits

Technology and thought leaders from top Nigerian companies gathered last week at the SAP Executive Roundtable to discuss opportunities for Nigeria to excel in the digital economy.

The event featured a line-up of expert speakers from SAP, as well as a guest speaker from the event partner, Deloitte. The interactive sessions focused on key business and technology trends that are shaping the West African innovation landscape.