BrandArena: October 2019

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.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Nokia collaborates with two leading universities in Ethiopia to promote digital skills and innovation

Nokia will collaborate with two of the most recognized universities for science and engineering in Ethiopia, the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), to provide training on the latest technologies and industry trends.

Sir Shina Peter, Debola Lagos, other Celebrities Light-Up Ofada Rice Day Festival

It was a carnival like atmosphere at the Muri Okunola Park on Sunday October 13, as celebrities including Sir Shina Peter, Debola Lagos, Segun Arinze Tee-A, Denrele, Yaw and others showed-up to celebrate first ever Ofada Rice Day Festival in Lagos.

Should Neflix, HBO Max, others be concern about Disney+ launch?

An epic battle is brewing in the entertainment industry.

In the next couple of months, most of the biggest media conglomerates will rolling out their own streaming services in a high-stakes effort to remain relevant by selling movies, TV programming and short-form videos directly to viewers.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

iSON Technologies Wins National Water Company Project

iSON Technologies, the leading customer experience management solution provider with presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, has been awarded billing transformation project by the National Water Company in Saudi Arabia.

P&G Joins Force With Global Citizen and National Geographic to Combat Social Challenges with ‘ACTIVATE’ Series

Leading manufacturer of consumer goods in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble recently hosted the screening of the sixth episode of the series, ACTIVATE, in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day, to promote sanitation, hand washing and clean water in Nigeria. The pre-screening of the documentary’s finale was held at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, in Abuja.

And the Winners of the NES25 startup pitch competition are ...

Following a keenly contested pitch with 10 finalists the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES25) Startup Pitch Competition, Doctoora, a health care startup has emerged the overall winner with 5 million Naira reward.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe Roll Out Holistic Global Sports Events Service

Global communications agency, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) through its sports division has launched BCW Eventus, a “holistic” offering from its sports practice to serve global sporting events.

Shareholders endorse Olam acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills for N120bn

Shareholders of Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DFM), on Monday, unanimously approved the acquisition of the company by Crown Flour Mills for N120 billion.

CcHUB Opens EdTech Centre of Excellence at TASUED ICT Centre

Leading technology innovation centre in Nigeria, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) and Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Nigeria’s premier university of education have launched the EdTech Centre of Excellence at the institution.

Facebook Marches On With Libra Despite Mass Withdrawals From Project

The launch of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency has been dealt a blow by partners such as eBay, Stripe, Mastercard, Visa and Mercado Pago dropping out of the project.

P+ Measurement launches Nigeria's first Broadcast Advert Analytics Audit Report

Nigeria’s leading media measurement and evaluation agency, P+ Measurement Services, has announced the introduction of a dedicated Broadcast Analytics audit Reporting platform to help brands interpret their TV and radio advert compliance reports.

Mozambique’s Gas Projects Enter Implementation Phase

With a second Final Investment Decision (FID) in just 2 years, Mozambique has officially positioned itself as a key player in the global gas and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market for years to come. The latest FID on the US$20 billion Mozambique LNG project, makes it the largest sanction ever in sub-Saharan Africa oil and gas. Described by His Excellency President Nyusi as “one of the most important and transformational projects in the country’s history”, Mozambique LNG is set to be a game-changer for this East African nation of 31 million people.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Three Exceptional Kids win big at 2019 Indomie Heroes Awards

According to William Clay Ford Jr, creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals - they are both essential ingredients for long-term success. With this in mind, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie Instant Noodles, in continuation of their renowned Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for children, have unveiled and rewarded three more heroes as winners of the 2019 Indomie Independence Day Awards (IIDA).

FBRA Deepens Commitment with Appointment of an Executive Secretary

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has appointed Agharese (Arese) Lucia Onaghise, as the Executive Secretary of the Alliance to drive its ambitious goal towards building a sustainable recycling economy for food and beverage packaging waste in Nigeria.

The importance of an effective data management plan

With an overload of data now available, who really knows how to manage it? Says Alasdair Parsonson, Technical Expert at Data Intelligence for Hitachi Vantara.

Alasdair Parsonson, Technical Expert at Data Intelligence for Hitachi Vantara
Data management is more important than ever as it demonstrates the value of analytics in allowing a company to make more informed decisions in real-time, ultimately benefitting its bottom line. But as data management evolves, companies need to implement an effective data management plan or risk redundancy.

Mouka’s ‘Comfort a Home Initiative’ draws high participation

Following the call for nominations of homes deserving of free mattresses from Mouka, there has been a surge in the number of entries received since the announcement was made on the 31st of September, 2019.

Travel & Tourism Industry Gathered at World’s Meeting Point for 2019 Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference

The Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference took place on October 8th, bringing one of the most important corporate travel events on the calendar to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, hosted the conference for its fourth year, bringing together thought leaders and experts from the travel industry to discuss, debate and network.

Senegal launches First Ever Senegal Oil & Power Conference & Exhibition

Oil and gas hotspot in Africa will host a flagship conference in Dakar, May 27-28 2020; the Senegalese government has officially named Africa Oil & Power as the official organizer of this event; the conference & exhibition will gather top officials and leading executives from the energy industry to discuss key issues across the energy sector, from oil and gas to power and renewable energy.

C&I Leasing Seeks Reduction in Unemployment, Launches Online Recruitment Portal - GetaJobNg

C&I Leasing Plc (C&I Leasing), foremost leasing and ancillary services conglomerate, is set to launch an end to end online recruitment platform designed to match talented candidates on the job market with innovative companies looking to grow their staff.

Friday, 11 October 2019

eLaLiga, the best national EA SPORTS FIFA 20 competition to begin new season in January

The official EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series competition in Spain, which is run thanks to the collaboration between LaLiga and Electronic Arts (EA SPORTS), now has a start date in January. Last season, the competition had over      3.7 million views and during the 2019/20 campaign, it will be given a makeover in the shape of a new image and a new official name: eLaLiga.

Emirates rolls out Nollywood blockbusters for Nigerian Travellers

Emirates, the award-winning airline, presents a series of Nollywood blockbusters, specially curated for its discerning Nigerian travelers to give them an unforgettable onboard experience.

Canon EMEA President Reaffirms Group's Desire to Continue its Development in West Africa

Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO of Canon Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a global provider of imaging technologies and services, continues his regional tour in Africa and travels to Nigeria after visiting Kenya, Egypt and Morocco earlier this year.

Soyinka to review Keith Richards’ “Never Quite the Insider" at Public Presentation on Thursday

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka will be a special guest to review Chief Keith Richards’ latest book, “Never Quite the Insider: a Nigerian Memoir” in Lagos on Thursday, 17 October, 2019.

Sudan: AfDB approves $31.3 million grants for water and sanitation facilities

The African Development Bank Group on 9 October, 2019 approved an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of $30 million and a $1.3 million grant from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund for the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in Sudan’s North and South Kordofan states.

Empowering Africa to Make Energy Work

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa, Gwede Mantashe, launched the Africa Energy Series: South Africa 2019 report at the Africa Oil & Power conference; Under the second day’s theme of “Energy in Powering Growth”, panel discussions and talk sessions unpacked the challenges and opportunities in Africa’s power sector; Program highlights included topics such as the energy transition, Africa’s renewable energy sector, financing the power sector and energy security.

Ogunbiyi Foundation Launch: Education Experts Laud FG Creation of Economic Advisory Council

Leading professionals in the nation’s education sector has lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari led government on the setting up of the Economic Advisory Council stating that we cannot divorce the best technically sound initiatives from the ambience of the overall economic operating environment.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Experts Discuss Government Regulations, Financing and Universal Healthcare Coverage at 2019 Medic West Africa

… Holds Leaders in Healthcare Conference

Healthcare leaders from across Africa have highlighted the need to promptly address critical issues such as government regulations, financing, leadership and management strategies in Africa’s healthcare sectors. These issues were brought to the fore at the Leaders in Healthcare Conference held at ongoing Medic West Africa Exhibition and Conferences at Eko Hotels, Lagos.

International Breweries Plc to train 300 youths on entrepreneurship

The 2019 edition of International Breweries Kickstart, the innovative youth entrepreneurship programme that empowers young people with the financial muscle, training and mentorship to implement different entrepreneurial ventures, has progressed to the next phase known as the Boot Camp. The initiative received over 17, 000 applications across the Country.

Taste the Spice of Naija With New Domino’s Hot and Spice Flavour

Just about when we thought we had enjoyed all Domino’s Pizza Nigeria has to offer this year, they are here again with yet another cheesy, sweet, spicy, delicious and mouth-watering pizza flavour. They call it The Sweet N Hot Pizza, this is literally how it tastes; just Sweet & Hot! This new flavour is indeed special and different from what we are already used to. It features a mix of BBQ sauce, smoked sausage, and an array of lip-smacking toppings, cheese and spice to bring out the Naija in you!

Heroes award: Indomie holds 12th Independence Day Award on Oct. 12

The 12th edition of the Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes (IIDA) of Nigeria is scheduled to hold on Saturday October 12th, 2019 at the Marquee (External Ball Room) Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Peter Handke and Olga Tokarczuk win Nobel Prizes in Literature

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria's Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively.

Noah’s Ark Promotes Fred Akinmuyisitan As Deputy Director, Account Planning

Foremost creative advertising powerhouse, Noah’s Ark Communications has promoted Fred Akinmuyisitan from the position of Group Head, Account Planning to Deputy Director, Account Planning of the agency.

2019 Medic West Africa: “Private and Public Partnerships will Grow Health Deliveries” – Sanwo-Olu

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has proclaimed that private and public partnerships will boost health outcomes. He made this submission at the opening ceremony for the Medic West Africa Exhibition and Conference holding at Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.

L-R: Ali El-Khidir, Business Development Director, Medic West Africa; Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honorable Commissioner of Health for Lagos State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State and Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital at the opening ceremony of this year’s edition of Medic West Africa Conference and Exhibition held at Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.
Riding on the theme of transforming the healthcare sector in Nigeria, Medic West Africa 2019 brought together industry experts such as the Commissioner of Health for Lagos, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States, to explore how small and medium health businesses in Nigeria can become more efficient.

Enyo Celebrates Customer Service Week

… Assures Customers Sustained Excellent Service Delivery

In line with its customer-first approach to service delivery, Enyo Retail and Supply, a leader in the downstream oil and gas sector has rolled-out series of exciting and rewarding activities to further enhance customer experience during the celebration of this year’s international Customer Service Week from October 7 to 11, 2019, with the theme, “The Magic of Service”.

Is Social Media Killing Advertising?

Over the last five years, there has been a lot of industry talk about the quality and standard of creativity delivered by brands and their creative partners. Yes, there have been the one or two standout pieces — generally aligned to a hot political story or a cultural nuance — but in general, we have seen a dip in the level of advertising. So what can we attribute it to?

P&G Nigeria partners Bank of Industry to catalyze the SME sector through skilled Academy

Leading manufacturers of trusted quality brands in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, in partnership with FMITI and the Bank of Industry (BoI), has initiated an SME Academy program to select small and medium scale businesses in the country.

Merck Intensifies Research Initiatives to Fight Schistosomiasis

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that, as part of its integrated Schistosomiasis Elimination Program, it is intensifying the Research & Development efforts for developing and providing access to transformative and sustainable health solutions to fight schistosomiasis.

Arsenal Becomes Official Formal Wear Partner of 424

Premier League Club Arsenal has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based contemporary streetwear label 424 as its Official Formal Wear Partner.

Is Africa Competitive? Africa Oil & Power Panelists Question the Continent’s Attractiveness

Casting a spotlight on exploration and production in Africa’s oil and gas sector, the first day of the Africa Oil & Power conference and exhibition concluded with a panel discussion on Africa’s upstream sector.

Akinwumi Adesina receives Emeka Anyaoku Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku has presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, describing him and the Bank’s work as “ legendary, unprecedented and worthy of emulation.”

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Airtel Africa Announces Partnership with Mastercard to Transform Digital Payments Landscape

...Connect 100 Million Consumers in Africa

Airtel Africa today announced a partnership with Mastercard, giving over 100 million Airtel Africa mobile phone users across 14 African countries access to Mastercard’s global network.

Jumia Travel cofounder publishes controversial, bestselling memoir for African English-speaking markets

Marek Zmysłowski, a polish-born entrepreneur and investor, well known in Africa for cofounding Jumia Travel (listed on the NYSE as part of Jumia Group) and the controversy around being wanted by the Nigerian Police and Interpol, has published a business memoir. The book is called “Chasing Black Unicorns” and shares previously unknown details of both stories.  It’s available on, Amazon, Jumia, Okada Books, and can be found in local bookstores in the form of a printed book, e-book, and audiobook.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Facebook Expands its Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme to 10 Countries across Sub-Saharan Africa

Joining third-party fact-checking programmes in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal, Facebook today announced the expansion of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme to 10 additional African countries. In partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), the France 24 Observers, Pesa Check and Dubawa, this programme forms part of its work in helping assess the accuracy and quality of news people find on Facebook, whilst reducing the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Experts discuss Strategic Alliances at the 2019 Power and Telecommunications Synergy Conference in Lagos

Over 500 stakeholders in the telecommunications and power sectors convened today for the Power and Telecommunications Synergy Conference, sponsored by IHS Nigeria and organised by Thistle Praxis. The event was held at the Landmark Event Center in Lagos and was designed to explore the benefits of integrating power solutions into the Nigerian Broadband Plan (NBP). Over 50 companies attended with representatives from a diversity of sectors including power, ICT and telecommunications alongside the government.

Canon Discovery Week Begins Today in Nigeria

...Excites Photo Enthusiasts, Photographers, Designers with Canon’s Latest Devices 

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a leader in imaging solutions, has launched the Canon Discovery Week in Lagos today.

Amine Djouahra, Sales & Marketing Director - B2C, Canon Central and North Africa during the launch of new Canon products in Nigeria.
Canon Discovery Week, dedicated to professional photographers, amateur or occasional, aims to get to know Canon users better by giving them the opportunity to interact with our team, which is more than happy to share best practices and give advice on Canon products. Customers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various experiences that will give them the opportunity to develop their creative skills, with the support of the Canon team.

Sustainability Week: Dangote Unveils Waste-to-Wealth, Recycling, Tree Planting Initiatives

… As employees impact host communities

As part of activities marking the 2019 Global Sustainability Week, employees of the pan-African conglomerate, the Dangote Industries Limited flagged off an environment focused initiative tagged “Waste to Wealth initiative”, focused on managing waste disposal while generating income and giving back to communities wherein we operate.

FBNQuest and She Leads Africa Strengthen Partnership, Educate Women on Investing and Estate Planning

FBNQuest has reinforced its commitment to empowering women in collaboration with She Leads Africa (SLA), a community for young African women looking to build successful careers and businesses, as it supported the popular ‘SLAY Festival’ event which took place in Lagos on the 28th of September 2019.

NES 25 Startups Pitch: Meet the 10 finalists

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Africa’s most agile company, Sterling bank, will today announce the top three winners of the #NES 25 Startups Pitching Event during the closing plenary of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit meeting. The top three will get ₦5 million, ₦3 million and ₦2 million in grants, respectively. A ₦1 million audience choice prize will also be awarded to one of the finalists.