BrandArena: January 2020

Friday, 24 January 2020

Budweiser’s Kings of Football Show Hits 20 Episodes, Continues to Entertain Viewers with Celebrity Guests

Budweiser’s Kings of Football lifestyle show on SuperSport recently hit the 20 episodes milestone. The magazine-styled football show on TV has improved pop culture with its interconnection of football, music, fashion and lifestyle. Here we take a look at some of the top celebrity guests to have been on the show rated the coolest show on TV by adoring fans.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

NIPR Fellows To Host Night Of Tributes For Alex Akinyele

The Body of Fellows of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, (NIPR), will on Thursday 23rd January 2020 host a Night of Tributes in honour of the late High Chief (Sir) Alex Akinyele, who died on Thursday, 14th November 2019, after a brief illness, aged 81years.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Divine Oduduru joins Team Visa program for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Visa announced that Nigerian Athlete Divine Oduduru has been signed on to their global Team Visa program for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Alex Okosi Joins YouTube As MD, Emerging Markets

YouTube has announced the hire of Alex Okosi as managing director of emerging markets for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Okosi will be responsible for running YouTube's business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA, including Russia, the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa.

How Banks’ Loan to Deposit Ratio Will Minimising Risk in Developing Countries

In developing economies, the key to socio-economic growth is access to finance, but the challenge is to increase loans to individuals and SMEs without suffering the fall-out of bad debt.

United Nations Launches 75th Anniversary Dialogues

...The Biggest Global Conversation On The World's Future Starts Now

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.

Keynote Speech by Akinwumi Adesina at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, “Sustainable Infrastructure Forum”

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank delivered the keynote speech at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, themed “Sustainable Infrastructure Forum”.

Below is the full keynote speech: 

Nigeria presents a USD114 billion opportunity for the private sector

...To invest in sustainable development, says Standard Chartered

The Standard Chartered SDG Investment Map reveals an almost USD10 trillion (USD9.668 trillion) opportunity for private-sector investors across all emerging markets to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Nigeria representing USD114.2 billion of that total.

AppsFlyer Secures $210 Million in a Series D Funding

Mobile marketing analytics startup, AppsFlyer has secured $210 million in a Series D funding round led by General Atlantic with participation from its existing investors.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Nexcel Marketing Partners Veative Labs To Deliver Experiential Learning

Nexcel Marketing and Communications Limited has partnered with Veative Labs, a global provider of interactive Virtual Reality Education Content, with a view to boosting the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts.

Marley Family, Island Records, Others To Celebrate Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday

The Marley family, Island Records, UME, and Primary Wave Music Publishing will honor the legacy of Bob Marley commemorating his 75th birthday milestone and his importance in the history of global music with a year-long celebration.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Stanbic IBTC Zero Balance Account Gives Savers an Edge

If you are like the average Nigerian youth who is just starting out and needs an account that allows you to start from scratch and grow your savings while giving you access to your money 24/7, then the Stanbic IBTC Blue Edge Savings Account is perfect for you.

Janngo pledges €60 million at Davos to back African startups leveraging technology to achieve the SDGs

On the eve of its participation to the 50th World Economic Forum, Janngo pledges 60€ million to back technology startups with a double bottom line approach through its dedicated investment vehicle Janngo Capital Startup Fund. The fund is a first of its kind Venture Capital & Impact vehicle investing from seed through growth stage across Africa and targeting at least 50% of startups founded, co-founded or benefiting women.

FFAF celebrates womanhood at the annual Women on the Winning Edge

Reverend Funke Felix- Adejumo Foundation today celebrated womanhood at the 4th edition of Women on the Winning Edge at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos Nigeria.

Instagram to Remove IGTV Button from App

Instagram is taking off the IGTV shortcut button from the top right corner of the app’s home screen due to low usage by Instagramers.

Samsung Electronics Appoints New Mobile Chief

Samsung Electronics has appointed Roh Tae-moon as the new head of its smartphone unit. He will take over from co-ceo Dj Koh who will continue to coordinate the chaebol’s IT and mobile communications division.

Mouka Re-strategizes in War against Malaria

...Rewards Customers with Insecticide-treated Net on Purchase of Comfy Mattress

In a renewed effort to fight malaria, Mouka, the leading mattress manufacturing company in Nigeria is set to give insecticide-treated nets to customers on every single purchase of selected sizes of its Comfy mattresses.

Jumia Kenya appoints new COO as Owusu-Kyereko becomes Jumia Ghana CEO

E-commerce platform Jumia Kenya has appointed Kenneth Oyolla as its chief commercial officer (CCO), following the appointment of Diana Owusu-Kyereko as the new CEO for Jumia Ghana.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Emirates Ushers in 2020 with Positive Outlook

...Looks ahead to Expo 2020 in Dubai and continued strengthening of its business

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will conclude 2019 with a successful string of product, network, and customer experience highlights. The airline will usher in 2020 with a continued focus on strengthening its business across operational, commercial and customer experience metrics, and excitement for Expo2020 – the world’s greatest show - which will open its doors to global visitors from October.

Public-Private Collaboration commits to Accelerate Access to Health Services in Africa, reaching 1.7 Million People

Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, GSK and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have joined forces with Last Mile Health and Living Goods to increase access to community-based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in up to six African countries, as part of their shared commitment to accelerate universal health coverage. The Health Worker Training Initiative is a three-year investment, generously matched by The Audacious Project, and totals USD $18 million.

Imogen Heap to Host 62nd Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live internationally via Preceding the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Imogen Heap and feature a number of performances by current GRAMMY nominees.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Domino’s Smallie Pizza is back all day, Every day!

 Just last year, Domino’s Pizza Nigeria blew our minds with the introduction of a new Smallie Pizza range. For the first time ever, Nigerians were able to purchase 6 inches of delicious, cheesy heaven, to be enjoyed with a perfectly chilled bottle of coke, all for “shikini money.” Revolutionary!

UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge 2020 Open For Entry

...Challenge grants range from $50,000 to $250,000 

The momentum on ocean protection and restoration has rapidly accelerated particularly since the 2017 Ocean Conference. However, a number of the SDG 14- Life Below Water targets still lag behind.  Between overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and the multiple impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems, the ocean has never faced such a diverse range of threats.

Top 5 Data Trends that Shaped Mobile App Marketing in 2019

 The mobile app economy is showing no signs of slowing down, as consumers are expected to spend a staggering $90 billion in the app stores alone in 2019. Growth remains robust at 20% year-over-year, according to App Annie.

Eat’N’go Shares Plans to Expand Operations to 14 Cities across Nigeria

Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for world class food brands, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has today announced that it is looking to establish itself in new cities across Nigeria, following its successful capital raising through bonds for the organization.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Much Ado About the Challenges & Prospects of E-commerce Growth in Africa

Since the advent of electronic commerce (otherwise referred to as e-commerce) in Nigeria in 2012, one can safely say that there has been a steady growth trajectory in that sector overtime.

How Siemens is Supporting Ghana’s Goal of Sustainable Industrialization

 Addressing energy and infrastructure challenges in Ghana; ensuring job creation and skills development of youth in Ghana; supporting Ghana’s goal of sustainable industrialization

Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet

Google has bought AppSheet, a no-code application development platform for building workplace apps with the aim of helping businesses create and extend applications without coding.

Al-Sumait Prize 2020 Call for Nominations

The Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, announced an initiative to the third African Arab Summit hosted by the State of Kuwait. This initiative established an annual award by the State of Kuwait for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure development in the African continent titled the "Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Prize", after a Kuwaiti physician who spent his lifetime dedicated towards helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education.

Africa CEO Forum 2020 to Drive Public-Private Dialogue on Sustainability, Digital Technology

The eighth edition of the largest international gathering of the African private sector will be held on 9 to 10 March 2020 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; With the role of capitalism sparking intense debate around the world and as the need to “do good” becomes increasingly pressing in Africa, 1,800 leading decision-makers from industry, finance and politics will come together in Abidjan to boost the impact of African companies.

Nigerian Access Bank breaks into Cameroonian market

Nigerian banking group Access Bank just created a subsidiary in Cameroon. With an initial capital of about XAF14.5 billion, the new subsidiary’s headquarters will be in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.

Mouka Celebrates Armed Forces Remembrance Day

...Honour Ex Service Men

In commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Mouka, foremost manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding products has made a presentation to the country’s Armed Forces.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Federal Government Expresses Frustration Over State Governments' Disregard of Right of Way Charge Agreement

The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed its frustration over the decision of some states of the Federation to increase the Right of Way charges in disregard of the resolutions reached by the National Economic Council (NEC).

Visa Acquires Fintech Startup, Plaid in $5.3 Billion Deal

American multinational financial services corporation Visa is acquiring fintech company Plaid in a $5.3 billion deal. The deal is expected to strengthen Visa’s penetration into the fintech space.

NBC appoints new MD as George Polymenakos takes a bow

Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) has announced the appointment of Matthieu Seguin as the company’s new Managing Director effective October 3, 2019. Seguin succeeds George Polymenakos who was appointed in August 2016. Until his appointment, he was the General Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland for almost 4 years.

Cannes Lions Opens for 2020 Entries

The 67th Cannes Lions International Festival is now open for entry from 16 January to 16 April 2020.

Looking to Africa's Future: The Promise of Transnational Ties

Nearly seven years ago, when I became president of Yale University, five of the top twelve-and eleven of the top twenty-of the world's fastest growing economies were in Africa, even as the continent faced serious challenges. Amid discussions of sobering events and hopes for the future, Yale took a stand for the promise of education, scholarship, and research-a promise that is particularly significant across Africa, home to a vibrant and growing population of young people. That year, in 2013, I launched the Yale Africa Initiative as a way to create new partnerships between Yale and institutions on the continent.

Microsoft Ends Windows 7 Support Today

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs with Windows 7. This means millions of computers will stop getting software updates, including patches that help prevent malware and viruses. Computers less than three years old can however upgrade to Windows 10, starting at $139 per computer.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Silence before the storm: Russian speaking hacking group is attacking banks in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kaspersky security researchers have reported on thousands of notifications of attacks on major banks located in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. The malware used in the attacks indicates that the threat actors are most likely to be an infamous Silence hacking group, previously known to be responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from banks across the world.

Nigerian School on Internet Governance (NSIG) 2020 : Call for Application

Candidates can now apply for the 2020 Nigerian School on Internet Governance (NSIG) scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria.

Economic Development and Trade Policy are the largest factors in shaping global retail growth - Report

A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index reveals that economic development and trade policy remain the largest factors in shaping retail growth in consumer markets. While social media and e-commerce fuel the evolution of global consumers, national, regional and local realities, such as internet connectivity and the availability and cost of labor, continue to shape retail development globally.

Zion Adeoye Named Managing Director of Centurion Law Group

Zion Adeoye has been named Managing Director of Centurion Law Group. Adeoye, an oil and gas specialist with a focus on energy law and finance has played a significant role at the firm in the last few years as key advisor on over 25 oil and gas investments, in 12 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stanbic IBTC: Making Meaningful Impact Through CSI

It is common practice for organizations to use money, gifts, employee manhours or resources for projects that improve the lives of people in the host communities where they operate in exchange for benefits of all sorts. The Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, however stands out in this regard.

African Development Bank sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions

The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt facilities, to support innovative, off-grid energy access companies.

Les Margaret Award 2020’s Call For Applications Begins

The Digital Women’s Day launches the call for applications for #lesMargaret Award, dedicated to business acceleration for women who change the world. Women entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs from Europe and Africa can apply up to February the 2nd, 2020.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Global Growth: Modest Pickup to 2.5% in 2020 amid Mounting Debt and Slowing Productivity Growth

Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year’s significant weakness but downward risks persist, the World Bank says in its January 2020 Global Economic Prospects.

IBM Appoints Jonathan Adashek As New Chief Communications Officer

American multinational information technology company, IBM has appointed Jonathan Adashek as its new chief communications officer, replacing the outgoing Ray Day.

Akinwumi Adesina, Femi Otedola, Wizkid Shortlisted For 2019 African Leadership Persons Of The Year Awards

...Over 150 Leading Business, Diplomatic Leaders Set To Attend Event In Johannesburg

The publisher, African Leadership Magazine, has said that over 150 Leading African business, political and diplomatic leaders will be attending the 8th edition of the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year event. The event with the theme: Africa for Africans - Exploring the Gains of a Connected Continent, is billed to hold on the 28th- 29th February 2020, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Orange opens its new Orange MEA headquarters in Morocco

French multinational telecommunications corporation, Orange has officially inaugurated the Orange Middle East and Africa operational head office in Morocco in the presence of Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange; Alioune Ndiaye, CEO Orange Middle East and Africa; the members of Orange’s Executive Committee and local officials.

First Bank CEO, Adesola Adeduntan bags “Cranfield University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year”

The Managing Director, First Bank Nigeria, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, a visionary leader and an achiever to be reckoned with in the financial services sector has again kicked off the year in good form bagging the much-coveted and celebrated Cranfield University School of Management Distinguished Alumnus of the year Award.