BrandArena: October 2019

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Ogilvy SA appoints two new chief officers

Ogilvy has announced the appointment of Neo Makhele to chief strategy officer of Ogilvy South Africa and Mathieu Plassard as chief growth officer as it continues to future-fit Ogilvy for the new marketing environment.

BUA’s Obu Cement, CCNN set to merge as BUA Group consolidates entire Cement business

In its bid to deepen the Nigerian capital market and enhance the growth of the cement industry, BUA Group, one of Africa’s largest conglomerates, today, announced the consolidation of its cement business comprising the publicly listed 2million Mtpa Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN) and 6million mtpa Obu Cement Company Plc. This disclosure was made in a filing to regulators.

Angola: African Development Bank Approves $165 Million for Economic Diversification

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group on Tuesday approved a $165 million loan to finance part of Angola’s three-year economic diversification support program intended to restore the country’s macroeconomic stability.

Canon to close its Irista service

Canon EMEA has today announced that it will close its Irista cloud photo service on 31 January 2020.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

WISCAR to Hold 2019 'I do Not Walk Alone' Leadership Conference

...schedules mentorship walk for November 9 

Women in Successful Careers in Nigeria (WISCAR), is set to hold its 2019 Annual leadership and mentorship conference. The Conference themed "I DO NOT WALK ALONE" is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 24, 2019 at the Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos and will have as its keynote speaker, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Ms. Amina Mohammed (OFR).

Volkswagen and Siemens launch joint electric mobility pilot project in Rwanda

Rwanda becomes the first African country to introduce Volkswagen electric car; Volkswagen and Siemens sign joint development agreement to conduct electric mobility feasibility project; Pilot Project part of Moving Rwanda Initiative; Four e-Golfs and one charging station for the initial phase of the pilot project; e-Golfs added into the Volkswagen Mobility Solutions fleet

Social enterprises gather in Africa to address global problems

Social enterprises play a critical role in addressing many of the world's socio-economic challenges by uplifting communities, accelerating progress and creating job opportunities - and technology plays a key role in helping to increase their impact and scale. This was a major talking point at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019 (SEWF) which took place in Addis Ababa last week.

Eight finalists selected by WorldRemit and Arsenal for the “Future Stars” coaching programme

A panel of judges from Arsenal and its official online money transfer partner, WorldRemit, have selected eight coaches as finalists for their Future Stars coaching programme.

The eight finalists will now compete in a public vote on for the chance to attend a personalised training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London - sponsored by WorldRemit.

GTBank removes all Bank Charges for Young Undergraduates on its GTCRea8 Account Product

If you are an undergraduate, between the ages of 16-25, then you can now bank for free with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank). The leading, youth-focused, financial institution has announced that it will cover all charges on transfers, USSD transactions and bank alerts for holders of its GTCrea8 Account, a bespoke banking product for young undergraduates between the ages of 16-25.

Monday 28 October 2019

“Bankers Must Work Together To Support Economic Growth” – Ecobank Chief

The Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Ade Ayeyemi says it is important for Nigerian bankers to work together to ensure that the banking industry does its bit to support the development of the Nigeria economy.

Mr Bigg’s Raises the bar in Customer Experience Delivery

Mr Bigg’s, the Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) being run by UAC Restaurants Limited is raising the bar of Customer’s lifestyle experience and excitement, as it has gone ahead to activate more contemporary restaurants in Lagos and other states.

Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit 2020 to Hold in Kigali

A network of some of Africa’s largest companies will gather in Kigali, Rwanda on 4-5 June 2020 at the 4th annual Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit, to share ideas about how companies can build business initiatives around solving social problems at scale and contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on the continent.

Buhari, Heritage Bank, Zamfara State, others hold discussion on boosting solid mineral development

In a bid to boost the nation’s economic growth, Heritage, Zamfara State Government and the Pan African Capital, at the just concluded Russian-African Summit in Sochi, Russia, held a meeting to brief President Muhammad  Buhari on the African Export Import Bank cooperation with Zamfara on solid minerals development put together by the two aforementioned financial institutions.

Sunday 27 October 2019

LG Introduces New DUALCOOL Premium Air Conditioner in Nigeria

LG Electronics has unveiled its new DUALCOOL Premium Floor Standing Air Conditioner into the Nigeria market. The product is first of its kind to be introduced in the Middle East & Africa region apart from the Korean market.

Friday 25 October 2019

Liverpool wins High Court case against New Balance, set for Nike kit deal

English Premier League Club, Liverpool FC has won its court battle against sportswear brand New Balance, its current Official Kit Supplier.

OVH Energy excites Customer with Toyota Yaris as Grand Prize to conclude its Oleum Scratch and Win Promo

OVH Energy Marketing Ltd, licensee of the Oando retail brand and Nigeria’s leading provider of trusted petroleum products and services, has concluded its promotional campaign with a grand finale. The campaign, tagged ‘Oando Oleum Awoof!’ was launched in May as part of the company’s efforts to reward its loyal lubricant customers.

Meet Adebayo Adedeji, the New Interim CEO of Wakanow

Adebayo Adedeji has been announced as the interim Chief Executive Officer of full-service online travel company, Limited. He takes over from founder Obinna Ekezie who has been CEO since 2008.

Budweiser’s Viewing Parties-a fun and exciting experience

Since July, when Budweiser announced the signing of a multi-year deal with both English Premier League and LaLiga, the King of Beers has continued to be one of the most visible brands in sports sponsorship. The brand has showcased its uniqueness at creating relevant, grand and memorable experiences with exciting, fun packed viewing parties that not only bring fans of the sport together but also provides an avenue for them to watch these matches with their favourite celebrities.

Standard Chartered and IFC create US$1 billion facility to boost trade finance in emerging markets

Standard Chartered and International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have established a US$1.0 billion facility to boost trade finance in emerging markets, helping to sustain trade flows in developing countries and narrow the gap in global trade finance.

Peter Ndegwa named new CEO of Safaricom

Peter Ndegwa has been named as the new Safaricom Chief Executive Officer. The Safaricom PLC Board of Directors in a statement on Thursday said Ndegwa’s appointment will take effect from April 1, 2020.

Anzisha Prize, Mastercard Foundation Announce 21-year old Congolese Entrepreneur as $25,000 prize winner

It was a night of celebration as the Anzisha Prize, in partnership with the African Leadership Academy (ALA) and Mastercard Foundation, awarded $25 000 to 21-year-old Yannick Kimanuka from the Democratic Republic of Congo and crowned her the winner of the 2019 Anzisha Prize. The KIM's School Complex, founded by Yannick in 2018, is a nursery and primary school which aims to improve how children perform academically in her community.


…sensitizes over 70 drivers and transporters with road safety skills

Enyo Retail & Supply, leading fuels retailing company has concluded the second edition of its annual safety drivers and transporter’s forum. The event which took place on October 23rd, 2019 at Enyo service station, Ibafo was aimed at sensitizing its truck drivers and transport service providers on the importance of road safety and security in Nigeria.

Emirates sweetens Diwali this year

In celebration of Diwali, Emirates will be offering customers a variety of special treats that are synonymous with the festival of lights. During the Diwali festive period from 25 to 31 October, the airline will serve a colourful and aromatic array of traditional sweets on all flights to and from India, and savoury meals in selected airport lounges worldwide.

Dangote Cement Turns to GE to Digitize Its Cement Plants to Boost Reliability and Power Supply Efficiency

GE and Africa’s leading cement producer Dangote Cement Plc signed an agreement to deploy GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) digital solution to reduce unplanned downtime and enhance performance at its two cement plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria.

Canon Launch Discovery Week 2019 in Côte d’Ivoire for the Whole Canon Community

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (, a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce the launched of Canon Discovery Week Côte d’Ivoire — a series of events dedicated to photographers of all experience levels in the West African nation.

PACEGATE Celebrates one year of Steel Drum Manufacturing in Nigeria

...First and the only UN certified steel drum factory in Nigeria

PACEGATE Limited, subsidiary of Hana Group and Manufacturer of steel drums, is celebrating one year of pioneering Africa’s largest fully automated steel drum factory in Nigeria.

PHOTO STORY: When Mouka Walks For Wellness

L-R: Oladimeji Osingunwa, Chief Commercial Officer; Tolu Olanipekun; Head of Marketing , Raymond Murphy MD/CEO, Femi Fapohunda,Chief Operating Officer and Ifeoma Okoruen; Head of HR and Admin, Mouka Limited during the Wellness Walk organized for staff as part of its 60th anniversary celebration on Friday

Lagos, Ogun and Osun Romp Ito Finals of 2019 Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show

Superlative outing by students of Lagos, Ogun and Osun states shot the states to the finals 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.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

The African boom in investment in communications infrastructure

TMT Finance Africa 2019, returns to London on November 28 2019 with a renewed agenda, investing in the next phase of digital infrastructure and the leadership strategies for growth and cross-border investments in Africa.

VFD MFB, Arrive Alive and others take "Project Stay Alive" to Lagos Communities

Arrive Alive Diagnostic Center partnered with Labakcare Organisation and supported by VFD Microfinance Bank and Eko Electricity Distribution Company to bring” PROJECT STAY ALIVE”, a free health checkup outreach, to the residents of Surulere and environs.

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Cellulant’s Tingg set to revolutionize e-payment system in Africa

Cellulant, Africa’s leading financial technology company has today announced the re-launch of its payment, agent &mobile banking app Tingg to an all-in-one, multi-functional consumer super app. The new Tingg is set to include a wide array of payment, commerce, and financial services in a single platform that will change the way customers interact with digital payment services in the continent.

Mouka At 60, Restates Commitment To Quality Brands And Market Share Leadership

Mouka, the nation’s leading mattress and other bedding products manufacturer signaled off activities marking its 60th anniversary in Nigeria on Monday, restating its commitment to quality products in order to maintain its market share leadership.

The Heart of LaLiga Undergoes Colour Change in bold Pink Alert Switch

PUMA and LaLiga unveil the new official matchball, which features a magical pink colour

The ball retains its technical details: improved aerodynamics, resistance to the graze and wear and tear, better durability and higher performance levels, whilst its striking pink colour becomes the standout feature and goes to show that anything is possible in football

Ministry of Communications Orders Discontinuation of USSD Service Charge By MTN Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Communications has ordered the discontinuation of any of service charge on unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) by MTN or any other telecoms service provider in Nigeria.

CHI MD, NSN Chairman Advocates Daily Fruit Juice Intake

The Managing Director of CHI Limited Nigeria Roy Deepanjan, and Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr. Oluwatosin Adu, have called on Nigerians to embrace daily intake of fruit juice as a way of boosting their physical wellbeing.

Heritage Bank boosts economic growth, empowers young entrepreneurs

As part of drive to contribute to the growth of economic drive, Heritage Bank Plc has continued to support The Next Titan Season-six; in ensuring that the entrepreneurial targets of the Nigerian youths are attained.

KnowBe4 Africa goes continental with Cyber Security Africa

KnowBe4 Africa has announced partnership with Cyber Security Africa as its African distributor. KnowBe4 Africa aims to make access to its cybersecurity awareness training platform easier for African businesses through CS Africa and offer a necessary solution to the threat of cybercrime in growing economies.

Ambrose Alli Varsity Awards Gambian President, Ecobank Chair, Others, Doctorate Degrees

Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, at the weekend awarded the President of The Gambia, His Excellency, Adama Barrow and Chairman of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Emmanuel Ikazoboh, with honorary Doctorate Degree of Business Administration on the occasion of its 22nd convocation ceremony.

Monday 21 October 2019

Dangote Refinery Empowers 200 Youths in Host Community through Skills Acquisition Training Programme

About 200 youths from Ibeju-Lekki community in Lagos State have graduated from various skills acquisition programme organised by Dangote Petroleum Refinery ( as a way of transforming society and providing employment opportunities for the youths.

Leo Burnett Worldwide Gathers for GPC in Chicago

Leo Burnett Worldwide convened at its flagship office in Chicago for the storied Global Product Committee (GPC), a five-day gathering of creative minds from across the network to review and assess recent work coming out of the agency’s global offices. The occasion marked Liz Taylor’s first time leading the GPC as Global CCO, welcoming 11 executives from nine locations to help set the bar for Leo Burnett’s best work.

Friday 18 October 2019

Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital Hosts First West African Bariatric Surgery Masterclass

Euracare, the leading multi-specialist hospital in Lagos, has hosted the first ever West African masterclass on minimally invasive bariatric surgery. This is a specialist procedure used to achieve weight loss to control Obesity and Diabetes. The symposium which held on the 17th and 18th of October 2019 at Euracare premises in Lagos was aimed at demonstrating weight loss surgery techniques to bariatric surgeons across West Africa.

Soyinka Salutes Keith Richards’ Courage For Writing “Never Quite The Insider”

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has commended the candour, courage and confidence displayed by Chief Keith Richards in his latest book, Never Quite the Insider: a Nigerian Memoir”.

Airtel Offers More Value in New Data Plans to satisfy consumers growing demand for mobile Internet

… Rolls out 4G in Over 100 Cities, Towns

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a massive increase in data allowance on its weekly and monthly data tariff plans in a new move that will enable mobile internet consumers to enjoy more value at heavily discounted rates.

Waste Management is a lucrative business in Rivers State

How will you feel if your teacher throws a question at the class and someone he called before you gave out the answer you have in mind? Painnnn… you have to quickly think of another answer or simply rephrase what you have in mind.

La Casera Flags Off Fresh and Connect Consumer Promo

The manufacturers of Nigeria’s leading apple drink, La Casera Apple Drink have announced the launch of a new Under The Crown Consumer Promotion tagged REFRESH & CONNECT. The consumer promotion was flagged off on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at The Sojourner by Genesis Ikeja, Lagos. The promo is aimed at rewarding the brand’sesteemed consumers and to further strengthen the existing bond with the consumers while also reinforcing its brand positioning as a major player in the CSD category.

CHI MD, NSN Chairman Advocates Daily Fruit Juice Intake

The Managing Director of CHI Limited Nigeria Roy Deepanjan, and Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr. Oluwatosin Adu, have called on Nigerians to embrace daily intake of fruit juice as a way of boosting their physical wellbeing.

Samsung Launches Galaxy A10s, A20s and A30s for New Smartphone Generation

...upgraded essential features, made even more powerful

Samsung yesterday unveiled new members of the Galaxy A Series smartphones – the Galaxy A10s, A20s and A30s. These new devices offer upgrades to essential features, made even more powerful with more value for the new smartphones generation.

Mindshift Advocacy Unveils Powerful Initiative to Create a New Nigeria

In its determination and resolve to foster a new mindset among Nigerians, the Mindshift Advocacy for Development Initiative has unveiled a new blue print to get Nigerians to think differently, believe differently and to act differently, so as to generate a mindset geared towards development. The event which was attended by dignitaries and the media held Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the prestigious Benue Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Thursday 17 October 2019

GTBank Releases Q3 2019 Unaudited Results

... Reports Profit before tax of ₦170.7 Billion

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its unaudited financial results for the period ended September 30, 2019 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.

MSL Global CEO Guillaume Herbette Takes A Bow

Four years after his appointment at the Publicis network agency, MSL global CEO Guillaume Herbette has announced that he is taking a bow.