BrandArena: November 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Total builds on Brulpadda success to herald new era for South Africa

One of the most important discoveries of the year took place 1785km off the southern coast of South Africa where Total has made a gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin. The exploration well encountered 57 metres of net gas condensate play in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. Following the success of the main objective, the well was deepened to a final depth of 3,633 metres and has also been successful in the Brulpadda-deep prospect.

Enyo Reiterates Commitment to SDGs, Create Shared Value

According to the UN, over 3 billion people rely on wood, coal and charcoal for energy. Also, indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for six out of every 10 of these. These amongst many urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world needed to be addressed globally to improve quality of life.

Heritage Bank identifies high prospects in Nigeria’s £4bn Gold market

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, disclosed that Nigeria’s Gold market is worth £4 billion Pounds with high prospects of profitability for all players in the sub-sector.

The MD/CEO, Ifie Sekibo, who stated this at the Nigeria-Canada Investment Summit, held in Abuja, yesterday also disclosed that the enormous potential of the industry was one of the reasons why Heritage Bank delved into the mining sector despite enormous risks.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Levante Beating Barcelona Shows the Competitiveness of Laliga as Europe's Top League

Three teams currently sit joint-top, with thirteen clubs within just five points, making it probably the most competitive LaLiga title race since the switch to three points for a win.

Western Digital Introduces Storage Optimized For Public Safety, AI And Smart City Deployments

Western Digital Corp. has addressed head-on the need to optimize storage for video and AI analytics at the network edge. The increased use of smart cameras and ever-rising video resolutions are driving the requirement for on-camera storage. 

Red Star to Raise Additional Capital For Expansion of Operations

Nigeria’s leading logistics provider, Red Star Express Plc, is in the stock market to raise fresh capital by way of Rights Issue to existing shareholders. The offer, which opened on Monday 11th November 2019, is aimed at a Rights Issue of 336,855,291 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at N4 on the basis of four new ordinary shares for every seven shares held as at August 2019.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Black Stallions finished 8th as Kenya qualifies for Japan 2020 Olympics

Nigeria Rugby Sevens Team participated in the Africa Cup Sevens which doubled as Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers at the Bosman Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa over the weekend. It was their first appearance at the Africa Cup since 2016 following a ban on Nigeria by World Rugby in 2017.

Rescuing African Agriculture from Climate Change

Ministers of agriculture from 30 African countries, including Nigeria recently met to discuss actionable solutions to the threat posed by climate change to agriculture in Africa. The meeting was the 2nd annual ministerial conference of the Adapting African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative, themed “Food Security Facing Climate Change”.

Wole Soyinka joined our advocacy for indigenous literary works and language

The Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and Professor Oladele Orimoogunje have also lend their voices to the advocacy of cultural renaissance championed by Yoruba Lakotun in the last four years. This was reiterated during the special edition of Yorùbá Lakotun dedicated to the late author, Oladejo Okediji held at the Lagos Books and Arts Festival.

Consumer demand for personalisation drives revenue growth in Africa’s Entertainment & Media industry – PwC’s Africa Outlook

The rise of increasingly personal and personalised media interaction fueled by technology and evolving customer behaviour is gaining momentum. Consumers are using an array of connected devices to organise, curate and discover their own unique worlds of media.

Orange and itel launch the 4G version of Sanza to generalise mobile internet access in Africa

At the AfricaCom international congress, Orange ( is partnering with itel, the leading mobile brand in Africa and, once again, with KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading operating system for smart feature phone KaiOS, to launch a new 4G version of the Sanza Phone, “Sanza XL”. From December 2019, this mobile phone with voice recognition functionalities will be on offer for around 28 US dollars in seven countries in Africa and the Middle-East: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Jordan, Mali and Senegal. Other Orange Group countries will follow in 2020.

Zedcap Partners Adjudged Best Brokerage Service Firm at 2019 FMDQ Gold Awards

Zedcap Partners Limited (ZPL), the Securities Brokerage arm of Zedcrest Capital Limited has been adjudged the Best Brokerage Service firm in Nigeria at the 2019 FMDQ Gold Award held on Friday, November 8, at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Deepak Malik joins the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Board of Directors

...nominee of Arise B.V. now holds a 14.1% equity stake in ETI

Mr. Deepak Malik has been coopted to the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the parent company of the Ecobank Group as a Non-Executive Director. Deepak Malik joins the ETI Board of Directors as a nominee of Arise B.V. (“Arise”) which now holds a 14.1% equity stake in ETI following its purchase of shares previously held by IFC and the funds managed by the IFC Asset Management Company in August 2019.

Visa to acquire 20% stake in Interswitch

Global financial services group Visa is set to spend $200 million to acquire 20% stake in Nigerian based payments group, Interswitch.

General Electric Appoints Selam Amare as Country Leader for Ethiopia

General Electric (GE) has announced the appointment of Selam Amare as the Country Leader for Ethiopia. In this role, Selam will oversee GE’s operations in the country and strengthen our businesses presence in the market. She will also play a crucial role in implementing GE’s growth strategy for Ethiopia and leading the company’s public and private sector initiatives.

Tizeti Launches High-Speed 4G LTE to Accelerate Broadband Penetration in Nigeria

In line with its focus on accelerating access to affordable broadband connectivity in Africa’s underserved populations, Tizeti, West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider, has launched its 4G LTE network in Nigeria, with the plans to extend to leading cities in Nigeria and West Africa in 2020.

Ecobank mobile *326# Partners AFRIMA to Promote Music, Creative Industry

Ecobank mobile *326# has announced its partnership with the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2019 slated for Lagos Nigeria from 20th through 23rd, November. AFRIMA, Africa’s most glamorous music event, is an annual celebration of African talents from all regions of the continent. The Lagos Awards which is the 6th edition has as its theme: “Feel Africa”.

Dangote Industries Appoints Halima Aliko Dangote as GED Commercial Operations

Halima Aliko Dangote has been appointed as the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), one of Africa's largest and most diversified business conglomerates.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Budweiser rewards employees, distributors with Live EPL Matches in the UK

Budweiser, a premium brand from the stable of International Breweries Plc, a proud member of the AB InBevfamily, has concluded plans to sponsor top-performing sales staff and distributors to watch select European Premier League matches as a way of rewarding and appreciating them for their hard work and commitment. A total of 54 persons are being rewarded for their performance in the recent financial year and to spur them on raising the ante.

LaLiga's RC Celta Vigo partners with the Maldives for tourism promotion and youth development

LaLiga club RC Celta Vigo have agreed a significant and innovative commercial partnership with the Maldives, which will help promote the Indian Ocean country as a tourist destination to LaLiga’s global audience, while strengthening the development of football on the islands.

CcHUB Launches 'Nyota' an Augmented Reality Art Show to Celebrate Africa's Tech Leaders

Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has unveiled ‘Nyota’, a unique African augmented reality art experience, to showcase and celebrate 24 of the continent’s technology pioneers in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday.

Turkish Airlines Sponsors the 2019 African Economic Congress in Abuja

Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, recently became the official Airline sponsor of the African Economic Congress, which held at the Musa Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja. Thus, the flag carrier showed its continual support of the growth of the African continent and its commitment to being a part of it. In June, Turkish Airlines launched flights to Port Harcourt, its third destination in Nigeria, connecting the city to over 300 destinations worldwide.

FBNQuest Merchant Bank Shares Insights to Generational Wealth Transfer at its Wealth Management Customer Forum

FBNQuest Merchant Bank, the investment banking and asset management business of FBN Holdings Plc, recently hosted its clients to a Wealth Management Customer Forum, facilitated to share in-depth analysis of the impact of long term wealth preservation and inter-generational wealth transfer.

Dangote Group, Togo partner to transform Phosphate into Fertiliser

Dangote Industries Limited and the Government of Togo (GoT) have concluded an agreement to develop and transform Togolese phosphate into phosphate fertilizers for the West African sub-region; in a bid to improve consumption of the product in Africa.

Turkish Airlines will start to fly to Xi’an of China

Beginning its flights to China back in 1999 with Beijing destination, Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more destinations in the world, is connecting Xi’an to its flight network as its fourth destination in mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou on the 20th year of its presence in the country.

Peter Joel, MVP of 2019 NPFL-LaLiga U-15 Tournament experiences LaLiga

…trains in Malaga, Spain

2019 NPFL/LaLiga U15 Promises Tournament Most Valuable Player, Peter Joel has returned from his LaLiga training in Spain. Peter Joel helped his team, Delta Force F.C., to a third place finish at the 2019 edition of the tournament earlier in the year, travelled to Malaga, Spain last month where he trained with the Malaga C.F youth team.

mediaReach OMD presents latest edition of MediaFacts On 20th Anniversary

mediaReach OMD has been instrumental in publishing the MediaFacts Book annually for over a decade (since 2001), with an objective to organize and make media information for West & Central Africa easily accessible, useful and meaningful to all.

Former Congo Military Leader, Bosco Ntaganda Sentenced to 30 Years’ Imprisonment

On 7 November 2019, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC), unanimously, sentenced Bosco Ntaganda to a total of 30 years of imprisonment. The time Mr Ntaganda has spent in detention at the ICC - from 22 March 2013 to 7 November 2019 - will be deducted from this sentence.

African Countries Showcase Oil and Gas Investment Opportunities at Africa Oil Week

Several African countries have used the Africa Oil Week (AOW) event in Cape Town this week to promote their oil and gas sectors to a global audience of investors, suppliers and other key stakeholders.

Can Africa overcome these three threats to its security and stability?

By Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director: Central Africa at SAP Africa

Our continent is hurtling towards an uncertain future that is being shaped by the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's too early to tell how exactly the confluence of rapid change and exponential technological advances will play out. But this much is clear: change will be constant and widespread. The uncertainty this creates has the potential to lead to insecurity.

Ecobank fighting against Non-Communicable Diseases in Togo, marks the 7th Edition of Ecobank Day

Ecobank in collaboration with the World Health Organization in Togo, and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene through its National Program for the Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), will carry out prevention activities against NCDs this Saturday, November 9th on the 7th Edition of the Ecobank Day.

AWIEF Awards celebrate women entrepreneurs in Africa

The Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum annual AWIEF Awards, held on October 30, 2019, honoured and celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs and innovators across the African continent. Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories.

Commonwealth Law Ministers Resolve to Take Action on Access to Justice

Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030.

The biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting concluded today with a set of proposed actions to be taken at the national and Commonwealth level.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Efosa Aiyevbomwan Joins Uber As Head of Communications West Africa

Efosa Aiyevbomwan, former PR and Communications Manager, Nigeria/Anglophone West Africa at Universal Music Group has joined Uber as Head of Communications West Africa. He joined Uber on November 1, 2019.

Western Digital Introduces Next-Level Storage Solutions For NAS Environments

Western Digital Corp. today introduced an array of purpose-built storage solutions for small businesses and home offices leveraging NAS environments. The solutions include the first-ever WD Red SSDs, which enhance performance and caching abilities in a hybrid NAS environment, as well as a 14TB capacity for the WD Red and WD Red Pro HDDs.

Andela launches operation in Egypt in collaboration with ITIDA

Andela, an African company that identifies and develops software developers has expanded its operations to Egypt launching a fully remote centre in Egypt yesterday.

African Development Bank’s SEFA converts to concessional finance facility

African Development Bank’s Board of Governors has approved the conversion of the Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund SEFA into a “special fund”, to amplify its development impact by allowing it to access a wider range of financial instruments beyond the current scope of technical assistance.

Weber Shandwick, Edelman Shine at 2019 Global SABRE Awards

After several months of research process involving more than 450 submissions and face-to-face meetings with the best PR firms across North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and LatAm, the 2019 Global PR Agencies of the Year results are out.

African ministers strategize on adapting agriculture to Climate Change

In a keen consideration of the huge leaps in the world’s population, particularly on the African continent, and the decreasing yields in agriculture due to the impact of climate change, African ministers of agriculture and a number of international institutions endorsed an urgent and critical ‘Declaration’ to “tackle head-on the issue of adapting our agriculture to climate change.”

Africa Finance Corporation issues US$500 million Ten-Year Eurobond

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), the leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, announces the successful issuance of a US$500 million Reg S Only Eurobond for general corporate purposes, maturing in October 2029.

Morocco to play hist to 2020 U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will host the next edition of the U.S -Africa Business Summit in June 2020 in Marrakech, Morocco. Building on the momentum of this year's Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, which focused on advancing a resilient and sustainable U.S.-Africa partnership, CCA will return to the continent next June for the 13th iteration of its flagship conference.

Why Imo is Joining OGP- Ihedioha

…Says, Era of Secrecy in Governance Over

Governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha says the state Government applied to join the Open Government Partnership as one of the ways of entrenching transparency in public service.

Wefarm secures $13 Million in funding to scale its Smallholder Agricultural Ecosystem

Wefarm the digital network for global small-scale agriculture, today announced it has raised $13 million in a Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm True Ventures.

Tuesday, 5 November 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).

BCW Africa celebrates 30 years of business in Africa

BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), a leading global communications agency, is celebrating 30 years in Africa. The company's roots date back to October 1989. Robyn de Villiers — chair and CEO of BCW Africa — and her team have consulted some of the most admired brands and contributed to the growth of the communications industry in Africa.

Visa Introduces Suite of Security Capabilities to Help Prevent and Disrupt Payment Fraud

Visa launched a suite of innovative security capabilities to help prevent and disrupt payment fraud, breaking new ground in Cybersecurity and fraud prevention across Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) at the Visa CEMEA Security Summit 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The forum brings together payment industry experts from risk, business and operational departments of financial institutions, merchants, processors and other payment service providers.

MTN Nigeria launches music-streaming platform, MusicTime

MTN Nigeria has launched a music-streaming platform, MusicTime. Developed in partnership with Simfy Africa, MusicTime! is a fascinating music streaming service, which offers the best listening experience in local and international music, the telecom giant said in a statement on Sunday.

Signal piracy is daylight robbery – and it must be stopped

As signal piracy spirals out of control globally, and also in Nigeria, broadcasters are up in arms and actively looking for ways to curb the rising scourge which has dire effects on their legitimate operations and service delivery.

Zenith Bank ignites Lagos with “Style by Zenith 2.0”

Following the success of the maiden edition, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc is set to ignite Lagos with the second edition of its highly anticipated Lifestyle Fair, “Style by Zenith 2.0”, which holds from Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Closing the Gap in Social Inequality with Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship

For most developed countries, the youths remain an important focus in areas such as economic development, sustainability and nation building. When organisations and the government drive conversations and activities around social investments, these discourse are usually focused on empowering young people as they hold the power to drive growth across all levels of the economy both locally and internationally.