BrandArena: December 2019

Tuesday 31 December 2019

CBN Issues Circular on Pre-Authorisation of Cards in Nigeria

As part of its commitment to facilitate the development of the Nigerian payments system and deepen the adoption of various electronic payment options available to users, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has identified the predominant use of Single messaging format for POS transactions as an obstacle to the use of pre-authorisation as a mode of payment in Nigeria.

Why Bolt Extend Ride-hailing Operations to Abeokuta, Enugu

A ride-hailing platform, Bolt (formally known as Taxify), has extended its operations into two more Nigerian cities, Abeokuta and Enugu, in a bid to bring convenient and reliable transportation services closer to its customers during this festive season.

WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones TODAY

WhatsApp has officially announced that the app will stop functioning on all phones running Microsoft Windows from Tuesday 31 December, 2019.

Dangote Cement: Makoju Retires after 45 Years in Industry

…Coy. appoints Michel Puchercos as new Group Managing Director (GMD)
The Group Managing Director/CEO of Dangote Cement Plc, Engr. Joseph Makoju mni will retire as GMD/CEO effective January 31, 2020, a position he has held since 2018; according to a report from the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Friday 27 December 2019

Why West African French-Speaking Countries are Changing the CFA Currency to the ECO

French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Ivory Coast recently announced at a joint news conference with the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara that France is working towards revamping the CFA franc.

MADCon 2019: Boomerang Havas Africa Makes Best 100 IMC in the World List

Boomerang Havas Africa has once again reaffirmed its position as a leading marketing communications company in the world after being named as ONE of the top 50 in the 100 marketing and advertising agency in the world at MADcon Conference and Awards 2019 in Dubai; an event reputable for providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of the marketing industry.

Hilton Signs Partnership with Groupe Alliance in Tunis

Hilton will once again be welcoming guests to the Tunisian capital city of Tunis from after a landmark deal was signed with the Groupe Alliance. The new management agreement confirms a flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property in the coastal suburb of Gammarth.

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Why CBN Cut ATM Withdrawal Fee to N35

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reduced the withdrawal fee charged for the use of other banks’ Automated Teller Machines from N65 to N35.

Lagos State, FBRA, Green Janitors Partner to Rid Badagry of Plastic Waste through Pick-a-Plastic Campaign

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has partnered Green Janitors Sustainability Initiative to rid Badagry Community of plastic waste during three months Pick-a-Plastic campaign which was launched on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Monday 23 December 2019

CMC Connect Shines at Lagos PR Industry Gala & Awards 2019

Leading perception management firm CMC Connect was recognized and honored with two prestigious awards at the Lagos PR Industry & Gala Awards 2019, which recently held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Airtel Nigeria Partners Lagos State to Host Greater 2020 End of Year Festival

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with the Lagos State Government to host one of the biggest End of Year Festival dubbed the Greater 2020, a carnival that will hold across five locations in Lagos and feature some of the biggest Nigerian artistes including Olamide, Fireboy, Zlatan and D.J Spinal, among others

Fatgbems Group Foster Team Bonding with Football Competition

...Head Office Team clinches 2019 Trophy

Head office team has emerged winners of the 2019 annual Fatgbems Group football competition, after playing one all draw with the retail side in the first game of the day and defeating the depot team one goal to nothing in the fourth and final game.

Friday 20 December 2019

PHOTO STORY: Zedvance Flags Off 'Season of Giving' CSR Campaign

...Celebrates Yuletide Season with Less Privileged Nigerians 

Leading consumer finance firm, Zedvance Limited recently kicked of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative themed 'Season of Giving' through its its Employee Volunteer Scheme (EVS) across the country.

Brad MacAfee Takes A Bow As CEO of Porter Novelli

Porter Novelli CEO Brad MacAfee has decided to take a bow almost four years in charge of the Omnicom PR firm.

Lafarge Africa Appoints New As GMD/CEO as Michel Puchercos Resigns

The Board of Lafarge Africa Plc has announced the resignation of Mr. Michel Puchercos from the company as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) with the effect from the 17th of January 2020. Mr. Puchercos served the Company as an Executive Director on the Board since the 1st of April 2016.

Basketball Africa League Unveils Official Logo

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, today unveiled the league’s official logo.  The new logo, which features the silhouette of a basketball player taking a jump shot on a vibrant green, yellow, red and royal blue background, celebrates the Pan-African footprint of the league, Africa’s diversity and the continent’s rich basketball heritage.

Thursday 19 December 2019

Sergio Ramos and Ansu Fati topple landmarks in a record-breaking ElClasico

The Real Madrid captain played his 43rd ElClasico, passing Sanchís, Gento and Xavi, while Barça’s young forward made his debut in the fixture aged just 17.

Fly Better With Emirates in Dazzling Fares

It is never too early to plan for the next adventure, especially when it comes to treating the travel bug. Travellers will have fun curating another bumper year of travel in a global fare promotion as the year 2019 runs out .

WorldRemit Celebrating International Migrants Day

WorldRemit was founded on a migrant’s story, and over the years one man’s experience has become the answer to millions across the world. Our journey at WorldRemit has allowed us to hear and learn about brave and courageous individuals who have left their homes and comfort for a ‘better life’, not only for themselves but for their family. A sacrifice that is easier said than done, is our reason why, globally, we celebrate every migrant story this International Migrants Day.

Furst Salvo Partners Xslnce Micro Finance Bank to Enhance Saving Culture in Nigeria

Furst Salvo Limited, a global financial business advisory and investment company, has launched savings and investment mobile App.

Wednesday 18 December 2019

BSG Kick-Off ‘Don’t Drink & Drive’ Campaign Park Rallies

The Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday, 12th of December, 2019 kicked off the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign Park Rally in Lagos State.

Promasidor’s Group CEO Meets Ekiti State Governor Fayemi, Consolidate Pact on Ikun Dairy Farm for Milk Production

Promasidor’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Thiry, visited Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State to consolidate the pact on Ikun Dairy Farm which will serve as source of local raw materials for the company’s milk production.

9 year old, Grace Busari, launches a new brand to Help Homeless Children in Nigeria

With the festive season upon us, Grace Busari, a 9-year-old Kidprenuer, who is part of a new generation of young people with big ideas that can drive social change, has launched a social enterprise to renew joy and hope in the hearts of homeless children in Nigeria.

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Monday 16 December 2019

Andrew Cecil Named Chief Client Officer, BCW Europe & Africa

Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) has promoted European public affairs lead Andrew Cecil to the new role of chief client officer for Europe and Africa.

Lifeworth HMO leads the campaign for better services in Nigeria’s Health Insurance Space

Lifeworth HMO, Nigeria’s proactive and trustworthy health management organization, organized a breakfast meeting for various Healthcare Providers within the industry. The event which recently took place in Lagos aims to enhance the quality of service within the healthcare value chain.

SPAR Gift Card changes Gifting Model for Nigeria

SPAR, leading hypermarket chain in Nigeria, has changed the gifting model for Nigerians through the introduction of a hassle-free Gift Card for her teeming Corporate and individual customers. This was unveiled by the Head of Marketing of the company, Mr John Goldsmith in Lagos.

Aimart International Unveils New Brand Identity, Reward Customers

Aimart International consolidated and unveiled her new brand identity themed the Enclav which represents the coming together of its various subsidiaries - Aimart Realtors, Logistics and Foundation. The company also rewarded customers with a Toyota Camry car and other household items after the draws for the special season’s promotion organized by its real estate arm.

Yemi Adeola: The dossier of an exceptional achiever

Razack Adeyemi Adeola (born January 30, 1959) is a Nigerian banker notable for winning the 2014 Business Day (Nigeria) Outstanding CEO Award and the 2015 The Sun (Nigeria) Banker of the Year. Adeola's tertiary education was at Obafemi Awolowo University where he graduated with a law degree in 1982.

Friday 13 December 2019

Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Birthdate

Instagram will now ask new users to provide their age when opening an account. The new requirement is seemingly geared toward creating “age-appropriate experiences.”

Procter & Gamble Nigeria Reacts to Fraudulent Recruitment Offers

Procter and Gamble Nigeria Ltd. has warned unsuspecting citizens on fake job offers and employment scams.

ARM Makes Equity Investment in Trove, to Enhance Customer Opportunities

Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited (ARM) has announced that it is making an equity investment in Trove – a micro-investing portal that allows users to invest in financial securities in Nigeria and the international markets.

African Development Bank commits €20 million to boost private sector competitiveness in Cape Verde

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a €20 million loan to strengthen the private sector’s role in Cape Verde’s economic growth.

Tunji Olugbodi Clinches Brand Leadership Award

In recognition of his giant strides and outstanding performance in the Integrated Marketing Communication industry, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Verdant Zeal Group, Dr. Tunji Olugbodi, has been honoured with the Brand Leadership Award at the 9th edition of the Marketing World Awards (MWA) held recently at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

Thursday 12 December 2019

Meet the Winners of the 8th African Persons of the Year Poll

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards committee has unveiled the winners for different categories in the just concluded polls for the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards 2019, with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi emerging as the African Political Leader of the Year 2019, after polling over 70% of the total votes for the Political Leadership Category.

Smoke and Fire: Who is Afraid of Allen Onyema?

The saying ‘there’s no smoke without fire’ most certainly applies in perpetuity in Nigeria than in any other country in the world, and the reason is not far-fetched. Ours has unfortunately become a society where the issues of national significance get politicized and muddled up with facts that are shamelessly unrelated and, in some cases, outrightly untrue. Our public sphere is currently at the lowest and most barren depths of ‘interpersonal and inter-ethnic abuse and strife’.

Facebook celebrates key milestones for sub Saharan Africa in 2019

Facebook today released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographic, showcasing just some of its investments across Sub-Saharan in 2019.  Committed to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, throughout the year this translated into significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu Praises Airtel’s Support for Security in Lagos

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commended leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, for donating funds and telecommunications equipment towards ensuring a safer and well-secured Lagos.

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Agusto & Co announces the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer, Vivien Shobo

Agusto & Co, Nigeria’s foremost Credit Rating Agency, has announced the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer - Vivien Shobo, effective 31 December 2019. Following over two decades with the organization, Vivien leaves with an outstanding record of achievements further strengthening Agusto & Co’s formidable market position. She also led Agusto & Co’s African expansion initiatives by obtaining Credit Rating Agency licenses from the Capital Market Authorities of Kenya and Rwanda.

Ogilvy Promotes South Africa COO To Lead PR In EMEA

Ogilvy South Africa has announced the promotion of Joanna Oosthuizen, Ogilvy South Africa’s Chief Operations Officer, to Director Public Relations & Influence for Ogilvy’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Unilever Nigeria Appoints New MD/CEO as Yaw Nsarkoh Takes a Bow

Unilever Nigeria Plc has appointed Adesola Sotande-Peters as its acting Managing Director. The appointment was announced just few days after the exit of Yaw Nsarkoh, the former MD.

Burna Boy Named Standard Chartered Digital Bank Ambassador

Standard Chartered Bank has announced Nigerian icon, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy as their Digital Bank Ambassador.

Launching to the public on Monday, 9th December 2019, Standard Chartered’s fully Digital Bank marks an important milestone in the Bank’s path towards innovation and productivity transformation in Nigeria. Designed with continuous feedback from its clients, the digital bank empowers clients to bank on their terms, whenever and wherever.

Ecobankmobile *326# and Terra Kulture Relive ‘Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens’

Ecobankmobile *326# and Terra Kulture are reliving “Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens’ making this a December to remember. While ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ was majorly an exploration of the life of Fela Kuti and his wives, Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens has infused the celebration of the unapologetic and prophetic messages enshrined in his music into the original storyline.

Go Slo, a new premium ice cream brand launches in Nigeria

Fan Milk (a subsidiary of Danone) has launched Go Slo, a premium ice-cream range in Nigeria.

L-R: Esther Olawunmi, Brand Manager, Go Slo; Kolawole Adeniyi, Marketing Manager, Fan Milk Plc and Justina Alih, Brand Manager, Frozen Dairy, Fan Milk Plc at the Go Slo premium ice cream launch/private tasting in Lagos on Tuesday, December 10 2019.
Go Slo was unveiled at a tasting event held in Lagos yesterday 10th December 2019 and guests including food bloggers, celebrities and media were treated to a first taste of Go Slo’s variants.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Why Jumia Travel Shut Down in Nigeria

eCommerce giant, Jumia, has continued with its cost cutting measures and change in focus by offloading its Hotel & Flight Marketplace, Jumia Travel in Nigeria and other markets across Africa.

It has entered a partnership with online travel agency, Travelstart to continue to promote Jumia Travel’s travel category. Travelstart will be responsible for the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all its operating territories .

Cars45 Launches Operations in Ghana and Kenya

Cars45, Nigeria’s leading automotive trading platform, has launched into Ghana (  and Kenya ( Cars45 is aiming to become the primary platform for all car transactions in the $45 billion African used car market and expansion into these strategic markets marks an important step on that journey.

How LaLiga’s OTT platform is building a new global following

In the next ten years, more than 50% of audiovisual revenue will arrive through over-the-top (OTT) streaming services. That’s the opinion of Jose Carlos Franco, managing director of LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department, who was presenting the competition’s international data strategy at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid.

Travelstart to Power Jumia Travel Across Africa

Travelstart has entered into a distribution and commercial agreement with Jumia Travel to power the latter’s pan-African online travel booking portal. Under the agreement, Travelstart will take control of the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all its operating territories.

Airtel Kicks off ‘Five Days of Love’ Annual Initiative in Lagos

…Feeds Over Two Thousand Persons in Oshodi

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria has kicked off its annual Christmas feeding programme dubbed ‘Airtel Five Days of Love’ as it rolled out the drums to celebrate with Lagosians at the Oshodi Local Government Secretariat on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Monday 9 December 2019