BrandArena: September 2019

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.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Expert Advises On Deficiency in Vitamins, Minerals

A food and nutrition expert with the Lagos State Government, Olusola Malomo, has stated that regular intake of fruit juice can end micronutrient deficiency, a condition he defined as absence of vital micronutrients. He noted that the shortage of such nutrients is as life-threatening as common health challenges.

Experts to Discuss Renewable Energy Resources at 2019 Power Nigeria

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

West Africa’s largest power and renewable energy event, is set to discuss renewable energy resources in Nigeria, at its annual event taking place from 24th – 26th September, in Lagos, Nigeria. Now in its 8th edition, the exhibition as part of its agenda will feature conferences designed to heighten the potentials and benefits of renewable energy resources for Nigeria.

NECA rewards Mouka with Brand New Ambulance in recognition of ‘Exceptional’ Safe Work Environment

Nigeria’s leading mattress and other bedding products manufacturer, Mouka, was on Tuesday September 10, 2019 recognized by Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) for safe work environment.

#EvaluatePR 14th Edition kicks off in September

P+ Measurement services, a leading measurement and evaluation agency in Nigeria, invites Communications and Measurement professionals to her 14th Edition of #EvaluatePR Tweet chat event, as they engage experts in the PR, Communications and Measurement Industry in a Question & Answer session, to share their experiences, advise and quotes on PR Measurement and Evaluation.

Jumia To Host Maiden World Tourism Day Event on September 27th

Jumia Travel, the hotel and flight marketplace of Jumia has announced that it will host its maiden World Tourism Day event at Ereko Hall, The Moorhouse Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria on September 27th, 2019. The event will address the growing relevance of tourism and its potential to create thousands of jobs.

Stanbic IBTC Committed to Delivering Long Term Value to its Stakeholders - Yinka Sanni

Yinka Sanni, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, assured Nigerians that Stanbic IBTC Bank remains strong, stable and sustainable in its operations. Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC posted a profit of N36 billion for the half-year which ended June 30, 2019 and rewarded shareholders with an interim dividend of N10.2 billion at 100 kobo per share.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

REVEALED: Why Andela Cut Down On Staff in Africa

Andela, an African company that develops talents in software engineers, has confirmed plan to lay off 400 staff in Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.

Nike wins 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Colin Kaepernick's ad

Nike’s campaign “Dream Crazy” featuring athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick won the “outstanding commercial” award at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Seun Onigbinde Bows to Pressure... Resigns as Technical Adviser in Budget Ministry

In just few days after his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, co-founder of BudgIT, Seun Onigbinde has announced his resignation.

Inaugural Advertising Week Africa Shifted to 2020

Advertising Week, the world's largest annual gathering of advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology industry leaders, has announced the shift of its inaugural Africa edition from 2019 to 2020.

Google set to unveil Pixel 4, other new hardware on October 15

The Pixel 4 is officially launching on October 15. According to the invitation Google sent to media yesterday, it officially announced that its annual hardware event will also hold same day in New York City. The heavily teased Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected, along with other refreshes for the Made by Google 2019 lineup.

Minister Urges NCC Board on ICT contribution to GDP

...Commends NCC for reducing invalidly-registered SIM cards by 74%

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has commended the efforts of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for quick implementation of his directive to the Commission to tackle over 9.2 invalidly-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, saying the NCC has worked with MNOs to reduce the number by 73.61 per cent within one week.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Fintech Startup FairMoney raises 10million Euros to scale up in Nigeria, Others

In an attempt to scale up its business, Paris-based fintech startup,  FairMoney has closed a $10 million-euro Series A round of investment to use alternative smartphone data to underwrite micro-credit in Nigeria.

EcobankPay Hits N2bn Transactions Value; 100,000 Merchants onboard

Ecobank Nigeria says over 100,000 merchants have been on-boarded on the EcobankPay platform with transaction value reaching N2billion. EcobankPay offers customers a multi-channel payment experience that includes Mobile QR Payment at merchant stores (mCash, Masterpass and mVisa),  Merchant QR is set up via Facebook Messenger as well as USSD payment for low-income phone users. EcobankPay is used by all businesses from small, informal micro merchants to large corporates as well as governments. It enables them to offer easy and convenient payment options to their customers in-store or online.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

ITEX Receives CBN Licence to Operate as Super Agent

Itex Integrated Services Ltd, an innovative Fin-Tech Company that deploys secure solutions to diverse customers, has been granted the licence to operate as a commercial Super Agent in the nation’s financial services by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

AFC closes Debut Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility

- Largest ever debut Samurai Loan for an African Issuer
- The facility raised US$ 233 million and JPY 1 billion

Africa Finance Corporation ("AFC" or "the Corporation"), Africa's leading investment-grade infrastructure solutions provider, announces the successful closure of general syndication which raised US$ 233 million and JPY 1 billion. MUFG Bank, Ltd. ("MUFG") and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation ("SMBC") acted as Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.

Fourth Lagos Digital PR Summit to Raise Mastery of Digital Communications

Lagos State Chapter, the leading branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has announced its fourth Lagos Digital Public Relations Summit. This year’s summit is themed “Upping Your Versatility in Digital Communication” and will hold on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Turkish Airlines named 2020 Five Star Global Airline at APEX Awards

Offering the privilege of discovering 126 countries around the world to its passengers, Turkish Airlines was named a “2020 Five Star Global Airline” by APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association), one of the world’s most trusted and prominent aviation organizations. Turkish Airlines’ commitment to passenger satisfaction and providing top class service above the clouds were ratified by APEX.

Enyo Retail Promotes Healthy Living for Its Customers

…Offers NULI at service stations
In line with the brand commitment in enhancing customer experience, ENYO Retail and Supply has partnered with NULI, Nigeria’s leading farm-to-table food chain, to enhance customer experience by providing Nuli’s fast-casual healthy food and drink café.

African Development Bank launches US$ 2 billion 1.625% Global Benchmark due 16 September 2022

The African Development Bank, rated Aaa/AAA/AAA (Moody’s/S&P/Fitch, all stable), has launched and priced a US$ 2 billion 3-year Global Benchmark bond due 16 September 2022, its first US$ benchmark of the year.

Indomie celebrates uniqueness in the BBNaija “My Indomie My Style” Task

Indomie Big Brother Naija brand ambassador & music producer, Don Jazzy, along with Mavin artiste & fellow entertainer, Dr Sid, visited the Big Brother Naija (BBN) house on Saturday, spending some quality time with the housemates courtesy Indomie noodles.

Oloibiri Health Programme: Transformating health intervention in Nigeria

The first phase of the Oloibiri Health Programme (OHP) was recently inaugurated and comprises of the remodelled General Hospital, Kolo; Water Treatment Plant; Hybrid Solar Powered System; Medical Laboratory Equipment at the College of Health Technology, Otuogidi and the Dental Chair at the Demonstration Clinic, Otuogidi (one of the 14 OHP network of facilities).

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Universal McCann Nigeria appoints Austin Efienamokwu as new CEO

The turn-around efforts at Universal McCann Lagos (UM) has finally climaxed with the appointment of Austin Efienamokwu as Chief executive Officer in a move industry sources termed a major generational leadership shift.

Fighting Fraud From the Top

Why do we stop at traffic lights? It’s not because we are naturally attuned to seeing red as the order to stop. If that were the case, red dresses and apples wouldn’t be as popular as they are! Red catches our attention, but we stop at a red light because everyone else does.

YahClick, iSAT announce partnership agreement at NigeriaCom

YahClick, the leading satellite broadband service from UAE-based global satellite operator Yahsat and its partner Hughes Network Systems, has announced the start of a strategic partnership with iSAT, a market-leading teleport, satellite, and terrestrial network operator in Nigeria.

Top Corporate Secretaries of International Financial Institutions to Attend 20th Annual Meeting in Abidjan

The Corporate Secretaries of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) will hold their 20th annual meeting from 11 to 13 September 2019 at the headquarters of the African Development Bank in Abidjan.

Uber plans to venture into bus transportation in Lagos

Following the success of its bus launch in Egypt, Uber is planning to introduce its bus transportation system in West Africa’s business hub, Lagos.

Airtel Africa appoints Ian Ferrao as Regional Director East Africa Region

…appoints George Mathen as Managing Director for Airtel Tanzania PLC 

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 14 countries across Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Ferrao as Regional Director of its East Africa business and George Mathen as Managing Director for Airtel Tanzania PLC. The appointment will take effect on the 1st of October, 2019.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Malta Guinness Lights Up Zazzau Emirate

It was all laughter, excitement and a show of rich cultural heritage at the Zazzau Emirate as Nigeria’s premium non-alcoholic malt brand, Malta Guinness, joined the people of Zaria in the commemoration of the Eid El Kabir Salah Durbar last week.

Monday, 9 September 2019

#UnwontedConvos - Get Ready To Attend “The Millennial Town Hall Meeting”

#UnwontedConvos - The Millennial Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for September 21st 2019, is a summit to discuss issues consuming youth about the future. These includes but are not limited to Career, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Economy, Policy, Politics, Social Problems, Social Infrastructure, Ethnicity & Social Cultural issues. These issues and their outcomes have pushed many to vices and literally pushed youth outside Nigeria to proverbial greener pastures (which sometimes are non-existent).

Premier League hunts for new CEO

The Premier League has broaden its search for a new chief executive beyond the broadcasting sector amid confidence it has enough in-house experience in this field.

Sony to release retro Walkman to mark 40th anniversary

Sony has unveiled a limited edition Walkman to mark the device’s 40th anniversary – and it’s a perfect blend of the old and new.

World Economic Forum: Visa announces Africa launch of She’s Next, Champions Women Entrepreneurs

Visa is launching She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, in Africa, to encourage female micro-and small-business owners as they fund, run and grow their businesses across the continent.

Meet Joel Benson, 2019 `The Lion Award' Winner for Best VR Story at Venice Film Festival

A Nigerian, Joel Kachi Benson, has emerged winner of The Lion Award for Best VR Story at the 2019 Venice Film Festival for his Virtual Reality documentary “Daughters of Chibok.”

Equatorial Guinea Touts Economy and Reforms at World Economic Forum on Africa

The Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, has concluded a successful mission at the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which was held last week in Cape Town, South Africa. H.E. Minister Cesar Mba Abogo led a team of officials that joined more than 1,500 regional and global leaders to discuss how innovation, cooperation, growth and stability can help drive a sustainable future for Africa.

British Airways pilots go on strike for high pay

The vast majority of British Airline’s flights taking off from the United Kingdom today and tomorrow have been canceled due to the 48-hour strike for better pay and work conditions.

Informa Markets, SkipperSeil Host Curtain Raiser in Abuja

...Unveil the 2019 edition of Power Nigeria Exhibition and Conference

Informa Markets, convener of West Africa’s largest power and renewable energy event, Power Nigeria, in association with the events’ main Sponsor, SkipperSeil, recently held a curtain raiser at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja to officially unveil the 2019 edition of Power Nigeria exhibition and conference.

Jack Ma Takes a Bow As Alibaba Chairman

Jack Ma, the co-founder of the Chinese retail giant Alibaba, is officially stepping down as company chairman on September 10 — the day the charismatic entrepreneur turns 55.

Jack Ma
As part of his post-retirement plan, the former English teacher-turned-businessman plans to spend a good amount of his vast fortunes (worth over $41 billion) on his first love — education.

Stanbic IBTC Launches an Integrated Marketing Campaign

...Promoting *909# USSD Code from Monday, September 9 

Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of the Standard Bank Group, launches an integrated marketing campaign on its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) application, with the dedicated code, *909#.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

How Plantain Seller Became Ecobank Ambassador

Tina, a roadside plantain seller has been rewarded for her entrepreneurial acumen, as she was appointed brand ambassador by Ecobank Nigeria.
The story of Tina is that of an enterprising and industrious spirit of a typical Nigerian. She was in the category of the ‘certified’ jobless Nigerian youths, but today, her story is an inspiration to many.