BrandArena: November 2019

Friday 29 November 2019

Telecoms Infrastructure Giant IHS Nigeria Supports USAID’s HIV/AIDS Eradication Efforts in Bayelsa

As part of its efforts to involve private sector involvement in Nigeria’s health sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) accepted a contribution from a leading telecommunications infrastructure firm IHS Nigeria today to support USAID’s activities to eradicate HIV and AIDS in Bayelsa State.

2019 WISCAR Annual Conference Amplifies the Need for Women to Collaborate for Better Career Success

  • 30 mentees graduate from the 2019 Win-With-WISCAR programme  
To further affirm its commitment and dedication towards inspiring and empowering women for a successful future and a better nation, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), a non-profit organization focused on empowering and developing professional women in diverse careers, has successfully organized its 2019 Annual Leadership and Mentoring conference. The special evening event took place on November 23, 2019 at the MUSON Center, and was centred round the theme: 'I DO NOT WALK ALONE'.

Flood: Imo State Takes Delivery of Relief Materials

…Assures of Enabling Environment for Businesses

A Multinational Oil and Gas Company, Sterling Global Oil Resources Limited Thursday, donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to victims of flood in the Oil producing local Government Areas of Imo State.

Encomium, Excitement as Dangote honors 160 Staff at Long Service Award Ceremony

Dangote Industries Limited recently presented 160 employees with long service award in recognition of their commitment, loyalty, exceptional service and invaluable contribution to the growth of Africa’s most admired brand over a period of 10 to 30 years and above. Post-humous awards were also given to ex-employees who lost their lives during their time of service at the organization.

Global Interns Partners Airtel to Trains Youths for Employability Skills

Global Interns, a professional group committed to the personal development of young people, in partnership with telecommunication giant, Airtel Nigeria, continued its ‘Career Connect’ series last weekend in Lagos, with a special training on skills for employment.

Airtel Wins Award for ‘Best Use of Storytelling’ at SERAs 2019

The organizers of the prestigious SERA awards have honoured leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, with the ‘Best Use of Storytelling to Drive Sustainability’ award in recognition of its efforts at promoting corporate philanthropy.

NCC contributes over N10 trillion quarterly to the GDP of Nigeria - Durojaiye

The Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Otunba Olabiyi Durojaiye, has listed some of the key achievements of the board and management of the Commission over the years, just as he emphasised the readiness of the Board to support the management towards catalysing improved growth in the telecommunications industry through appropriate policy direction.

Liquid Telecom Set 2020 Plan to Open Innovation Centres in South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government will be opening Innovation and Digital Skills Centres in East London and Mthatha in the first quarter of 2020.

Africa Finance Corporation Issues CHF200 Million 4-Year Benchmark Bond

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), the leading investment-grade infrastructure solutions provider, announces the successful issuance of its CHF200 million Reg S Only bond (CHF bond) maturing in December 2023.

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Bvlgari Luxury Resort and Emirates Woo Nigerians to Dubai

A leading 5-star luxury hotel brand in Dubai, Bvlgari Resorts and Residences, in partnership with Emirates Airline, is encouraging Nigerian discerning travellers, VIPs amongst others, to visit the Bvlgari Resort property in Dubai. This was announced at a recently organized exclusive dinner event for CEOs of Travel agencies, in Lagos.

PACEGATE Limited Launches First Commercial Lubricant Testing Laboratory in Nigeria

PACEGATE Limited is a subsidiary of Hana Group and manufacturer of steel drums. Pacegate Limited has officially launched the first commercial dedicated lubricant testing laboratory called PG Labs, in Nigeria. PG Labs is located in Ilupeju, Lagos and can run a number of tests including Evaporation Loss, Homogeneity & Miscibility, Shear Stability, Kinematic Viscosity etc. These tests like Shear Stability, a measure of the resistance of an oil viscosity to shearing, are mandatory requirements by SON for all engine oils in Nigeria.

Onyema Indictment: Expert Advises Caution, Warns EFCC Against Manipulation

An international forensic expert has waded into the widespread debate that the recent United States allegations against Mr. Allen Onyema has generated.

In a published article titled: ‘Allen Onyema and Air Peace V. US Department of Justice’, Professor Emmanuel Emenyonu, a professor of Fraud and Forensic Accounting at the Southern Connecticut State University, USA dismissed public commentary that the case is related to the recent indictment of Nigerians engaged in cybercrimes stating that “nothing could be furthest from the truth as there are hardly any facts in the November 19, 209 Grand Jury indictment.”

Ecobankmobile *326# Serenades Stars, Guests at AFRIMA Awards

Ecobankmobile *326# was the cynosure at the 6th AFRIMA Awards in Lagos. Stars, both local and foreign and a wide range of guest, both Nigerians and non-Nigerians attest to the unique features of the mobile banking code available in 33 countries.  The *326# sing-along jingle was warm and alluring as guests were ushered into the awards venue. Ecobankmobile *326# enables them instantly open accounts, make transfers, pay bills and buy airtime even at the colourful venue – Eko Hotel and Suites.

Black Friday: SPAR Nigeria Delights Shoppers With Massive Discount

Nigerians from all walks of life stormed the leading retail hypermarket store, SPAR Nigeria, as the 2019 Black Friday Sales kicked off at all outlets of the brand across the country. Teeming customers were delighted making purchases with great discounts from a wide range of quality products which include Food, Grocery, Meats, Wine & Spirits, Electronics, Home Appliances, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Watches, Clothes, Perfume and many other products essential for individual and family use.

Photo walk, Masterclasses, Product Releases, and Much More at Canon Discovery Week Algeria

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce the launch of the first Canon Discovery Week in Algeria — a series of events dedicated to photographers, broadcasters, partners, and the whole Canon community in the North African nation.

Nokia Phones Treats Customers to Double Delight in Festive Special Offers

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces its Festive Special Offerings aimed at delivering more value on select Nokia phones which would be bundled with gifts in the Nigerian market, as part of its drive to deliver shopping delight to customers.

Heritage Bank empowers 2000 female entrepreneurs via financial inclusivity initiatives

Taking into consideration the importance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to the economy, Heritage Bank Plc has continued to structure financial inclusivity initiatives in empowering over 2000 female entrepreneurs towards economic enablement and self-realization.

FirstBank CEO advises UI graduands at 71st Convocation Ceremony

First Bank was duly represented at the University of Ibadan 71st Convocation Ceremony.

Speaking with the next generation Nigerians, First Bank Nigeria CEO, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan who graduated in November 1992 from the prestigious University, acknowledged and appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for the opportunity to address the graduating students.

Red Star Express Commits to Supporting Education

Red Star Foundation, the Social Corporate Responsibility arm of Red Star Express Plc, has committed itself to supporting education through scholarship award grants. Not less than 12 students were awarded with scholarships as part of its annual Scholarship Scheme, with mentors appointed to properly guide the scholars. This was carried out recently in Lagos recently.

Monday 25 November 2019

International Breweries Plc set to award young entrepreneurs at its Kickstart Awards Ceremony

… Prof. Kingsley Moghalu to speak on the Potential of the Nigerian Youth

International Breweries Foundation, the social investment platform of International Breweries Plc, has said it is set to unveil the beneficiaries of its Kickstart initiative during the 2019 Awards Ceremony scheduled to take place within the week in Lagos.

LaLiga joins the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women initiative

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and LaLiga is joining this initiative by launching messages to raise awareness of gender-based violence and to show its support for the women who have been victims of such abuse.

Friday 22 November 2019

Facebook hosts its first ‘Facebook iD8 Nairobi’ conference

Today, Facebook brought together over 400 developers, startups and businesses from across Sub-Saharan Africa in a first of its kind conference dubbed “Facebook iD8 Nairobi”. As part of its effort to create opportunities for innovation, community building and education throughout the continent, “Facebook iD8 Nairobi” created a space for developers and startups to showcase and celebrate talent from across the continent, while sharing their developer journey.

Basque derbies and a gripping title race bring LaLiga Santander back with a bang

LaLiga returns this weekend with the title race hotting up; more thrills and spills are sure to come as the most competitive LaLiga Santander table in decades currently has just two points separating the top five clubs, while local pride and much more will be on the line as four of LaLiga’s five Basque clubs come together on Sunday.

Thursday 21 November 2019

LaLiga restates position as the most competitive league in the world

…hosts key Nigerian media to share insights

Spanish football league, LaLiga recently hosted an exclusive media briefing to restate its position as the most competitive league in the world. The event which took place at an exclusive sports bar in Victoria Island, Lagos gave key Nigerian media the opportunity to engage on insightful and interactive sessions on the league’s competitiveness.

Stanbic IBTC Rewards Outstanding Students To Promote Financial Literacy

In furtherance of its commitment to increasing the level of financial literacy amongst Nigeria students, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has awarded prizes to the winners of the maiden edition of the MoneyBee Financial Literacy Competition, organised by the Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN). The prize, which is a Stanbic IBTC Educational Trustee Account, worth over one hundred thousand naira, was awarded to each of the four outstanding students with two each from two winning secondary schools. The schools emerged joint winners out of the 25 public and private schools that took part in the competition.

Hayat Kimya’s Top Brands Win Big At ADVAN Awards 2019

It was a day of big harvest for Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited last weekend at the 2019 Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) Awards for Marketing Excellence where its flagship brand, MOLFIX baby diaper and its new sanitary pads brand, MOLPED emerged winners in five categories.

Shopping spree begins at the 2019 SPAR Black Friday Sales

It’s going to be a season of massive discounts at the 2019 Black Friday Sales at all SPAR outlets across the country- Lagos; Calabar; Abuja; Port Harcourt and Enugu. There are over 5,000 items ready for purchase by our teeming customers.

Eat’N’Go Celebrates UN World Children’s Day With 50million Naira Commitment To Slum2school

To mark this year’s United Nations World Children’s Day, Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, have committed the sum of 50 million naira to Slum2School Africa, a volunteer-driven developmental organization that provides quality education to disadvantaged children in Nigeria.

Safe Water Ways: FBRA Donates Boats and Equipment To Lagos State Government

The  Food and Beverage  Recycling  Alliance  FBRA, has handed over six boats  and  equipment to the  Lagos State government  through the  Lagos State   Waste Management Authority  (LAWMA) and  Lagos State  Waterways  Authority (LASWA)

Africa Will Increasingly Influence the Growth Trajectory of Global Businesses - Coca-Cola CEO

The Global CEO and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, James Quincey culminated a tour of Africa last week. Accompanied by his extended leadership team, the visit was a testament of Coca-Cola’s commitment to Africa and its interest in the vast opportunity that the continent presents in driving the beverage company’s overarching growth strategy over the next decade.

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Verve Global Card expands international acceptance to the United Arab Emirates

...Activates first official transaction in Dubai

Verve International has successfully carried out its first transaction with its Verve card in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This was made possible due to the company’s partnership with Discover Global Network.

OPay Takes on Uber And Bolt After Launching OCar

Having raised a fresh $120 million to scale up operations in Nigeria, Chinese backed startup, OPay, has unveiled a another service, OCar, to its already teeming list of services in Nigeria.

NASS Urged on Oversight of Oil and Gas as OrderPaper sets to roll out RemTrack

A legislative interface platform, OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI) has called on the National Assembly to step up its governance of the extractives sector of the economy, especially the performance of oversight functions over entities in the oil and gas.

Heritage Bank celebrates International Men’s Day

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria's Most Innovative Banking Service Provider celebrated International Men’s Day 2019 themed: “Making a difference for Men and Boys”, with event held at every Experience Centres- ECs (branches) of the bank across the country.

Republic of Ghana Intends to Order GEnx Engines for Boeing 787-9 Aircraft

The Republic of Ghana announced its intent to purchase GEnx-1B engines for its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will be used to re-launch an airline in the African nation. The engine order is valued at more than $150 million list price.

Introducing the Canon EOS 2000D Travel Photography Kit — The Complete Travel Solution

Canon, world leader in photography and imaging solutions, proudly announces the release of the EOS 2000D Travel Kit. Including an advanced camera body, two professional-quality lenses, a 16GB SD Card, and a camera bag - the bundle is designed to provide everything a travel photographer needs for their time on the road.

Dubai Agog as A New of Touch Africa Festival beams global focus on Nigeria's Tourism Potentials

In what many rated as one of the  most captivating African centred event they have ever seen, New York based media, entertainment and fashion company, A New Touch of Africa (ANTOA) took the world by storm in Dubai with a  perfectly organised cultural fiesta tagged, A New Touch of Africa.

VFD Donates Administrative block, Education materials to Anambra schools

VFD Group has recognized education as one of the building blocks of any nation as it renovated administrative block and provided some educational materials for Uga Boys Secondary School, and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Anambra state, respectively.

FSS and Oracle Partner to Transform Digital Payments in Africa

FSS, one of India's largest payments processor and a leading global provider of integrated payment products, and US-based Oracle Financial Services, will collaborate to enhance digital payments for banks.

As part of this strategic relationship, FSS will provide specialized integration and hosting services for Oracle's cutting-edge Oracle Banking and Payments solutions. FSS will also extend customized solutions to address the corporate and retail payment needs of the banking industry. FSS is a Platinum level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).

Christmas arrives early for BA travel agency partners!

British Airways, top international UK airline, recently showed appreciation to several of its Nigerian travel agents with Shoprite shopping vouchers in its mega Christmas promo.

African Energy Chamber set to release the much awaited 2020 Africa Energy Outlook

The African Energy Chamber will be issuing this month its first Energy Outlook for 2020, in times when the global energy industry is going through an important period of transition.

DHL Express launches live chat to improve convenience and response times

As part of DHL Express’ commitment to innovation, the company launched a unique Multi-Channel Tool (MCT) that allows customers to interact with DHL Express via live chat and specialised email services.

Monday 18 November 2019

Court Stops Mastercard From Issuing National Identity Card As Cham Seek N114 Billion in Damages

A Federal High Court in Lagos has directed that Mastercard and her agents stop issuing the National Identity card.

Justice R.M. Aikawa made the ruling following an exparte motion filed by Chams Plc and Chams Consortium Limited (CCL) on August 28, 2019.

Ford unveils all-electric Mustang Mach E SUV

Ford unveiled its first all-electric SUV on Sunday night ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show press days.

Meet the Winners of $1 Million Jack Ma Foundation Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

Last night the Jack Ma Foundation hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa.

The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries across the continent applied. The Jack Ma Foundation has committed to running the competition for 10 years.

Jumia Partners Facebook to Accelerate Growth of SMEs

Jumia and Facebook are empowering small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria by offering them free masterclass on business growth accelerators, effective customer engagement strategy, and how to advertise their businesses and ultimately grow their businesses.

#AIF2019: AfDB signs $250-million risk participation agreement with ABSA, to address Africa’s trade financing gap

The African Development Bank has signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA - a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries.

Africa Has All Ingredients for a New Era of Success

If you follow news about Africa, it’s easy to find disheartening headlines about the continent’s struggles. But those stories do not paint a complete picture. Every day, I read encouraging news about African entrepreneurs and business leaders who are making a positive impact.

Red Star Express Declares Its Rights Issue Offer At NSE

Nigeria’s leading logistics provider, Red Star Express Plc, has declared its Right Issue to existing shareholders as a way of raising fresh capital.  The provisional allotment of 336,855,291 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each on the basis of four (4) new Ordinary shares for every existing seven (7) Ordinary shares held at N4.00 per share has been announced for the company’s shareholders.

CAP Plc New Board on Courtesy Visit at the NSE

…Chairperson rings closing bell

Following a successful restructuring process, which has delivered a new leadership, the board of directors of the Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP), paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), recently to reiterate the new board members’ commitment to shared values and the company’s innovative strides. The Chairperson, CAP Plc, Awuneba Ajumogobia, who led the delegation, also rang the closing bell on the trading floor, as part of activities to mark the company’s new direction.