BrandArena: February 2020

Friday 28 February 2020

Applications open for Commonwealth Youth Forum in Rwanda

Five hundred young people from across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to confront some of the biggest challenges facing the world at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda.

Orange, SES team up on O3b mPOWER Communications System, open a New Era for Satellite Connectivity Innovation

Orange will be the first global telecom operator to integrate satellite-based revolutionary terabitscale O3b mPOWER communications system in its network, to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa.

Thursday 27 February 2020

Charles Boamah takes a bow as Senior Vice President of African Development Bank

“Twenty-three years is not a trivial number of years to spend in an institution. You’ve been a pillar of this institution. You’ve done very well.”

Dangote Fertiliser commences pre-testing of $2bn plant ahead of inauguration

Dangote Fertiliser Limited has begun countdown to the inauguration of its $2 billion Granulated Urea Fertiliser  complex located in the Dangote Free Zone.

African Energy Chamber Leads a U.S. – Africa Dialogue During the 49 IAGC Annual Conference

The African Energy Chamber ( is participating in the 49th International Association of Geophysical Contractors’ Annual Conference;The Chamber is determined to encourage further participation of U.S. companies in Africa’s energy industry.

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Standard Chartered and Educare partner towards revamping and empowering the education sector

Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited entered into a unique partnership with Educare Technology Solutions Limited and have together developed a unique educational solution called SC EduEdge.

Drogba scores big tourism win for Côte d’Ivoire as Country gets $15 billion backing

International football star Didier Drogba has helped his birthplace, Côte d’Ivoire, strike gold by helping to collect memorandum of understanding for a total of $15 billion in commitments to back tourism projects in the west African country.

African Union Executive Council endorses AfDB President Adesina for second term

The Executive Council of the African Union has supported Dr. Akinwumi Adesina’s candidacy for a second term as President of the African Development Bank.

Lucky LaLiga fans to watch ElClásico with their Barça & Real Madrid heroes

...Samuel Eto’o will participate in the event

Real Madrid and Barcelona supporters in Nigeria, Mexico and Colombia can view Sunday’s hugely awaited LaLiga ElClásico in the presence of legends and LaLiga Ambassadors at specially organised viewing parties in each country.

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Next Einstein Forum: Meet the Top 25 Innovators To Compete at its Global Gathering in Nairobi

Today, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) announces the 25 finalists for its Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) competition in five categories to be held on 10-11 March 2020 in the NEF Innovation Salon.

Dangote boosts South East economy with N63billion investment in Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company

Dangote Group has in the last five years invested over N63bn in the South East with the purchase of over 3,500 units of locally assembled Shacman trucks at the production plant of Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO), Enugu.

Monday 24 February 2020

OVH Energy Marketing Commits to Reshaping Nigeria’s Fuel Retail Landscape

…As it launches new station in Dei-Dei Abuja

OVH Energy Marketing, a licensee of the Oando retail brand, has restated its commitment to reshaping the fuel’s retail landscape. The company made this known during the launch of its new retail station in Dei-Dei, Abuja on Tuesday, 11th February, 2020. 

agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria to explore free trade, plastics industry, global packaging standards, food safety, finance & digitalization

…conference to hold between 24th-26th March 2020

The 6th agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2020 is set to feature over 120 global technology leaders from 29 countries, who will showcase adapted technologies and solutions for the Nigerian market in the fields of agriculture, food processing, ingredients, plastics, printing and packaging.

Twelve African EdTech Companies Named as First Fellows at Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT

The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) today announced the first cohort of 12 EdTech Fellows, companies that will benefit from the Centre's support to expand their operations and improve secondary teaching and learning across the continent.

IEA appoints first Africa Programme Manager to expand engagement on energy issues across the continent

The International Energy Agency (IEA) hired Maximilian Jarrett as its first Africa Programme Manager to help expand the Agency’s reach and coordinate its work as it deepens its engagement across the continent.

Winners Emerge From Continent-Wide BIC Art Master Africa Competition

BIC, a world leader in Stationery, Lighters, and Shavers, named ‘Black Lion’ a half-man, half-lion portrait by artist Fatiou Aboudou from Cotonou as the winner of its 2019 BIC Art Master Africa Competition. The original piece took 250 hours to complete and was drawn using only black BIC Cristal Medium ballpoint pens.

Friday 21 February 2020

Procter & Gamble partners with Kebbi State Government’s program on infant mortality reduction

…donates 1 million Pampers diapers to support Maternal and child healthcare

Leading Consumer Goods Company in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, is supporting the Kebbi State Government with over 1 million Pampers diapers to reduce infant mortality and increase immunization rate in Kebbi state. This initiative will also promote child hygiene in the first 1,000 days of the child. The announcement was made at the Primary Health Center (PHC) Raha in Bunza Local Government during the flag-off of the partnership program.

eLaLiga Santander is presented in partnership with the support of 34 LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank clubs

The Palacio de Neptuno in Madrid rolled out the red carpet to welcome the 34 clubs that will participate in this season’s eLaLiga Santander, the official competition of EA SPORTS TM FIFA 20 in Spain. Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, Nicholas Wlodyka, VP and general director of EA Sports FIFA, Felipe Martin, director of Sponsorships, Events and Social Media for Santander Spain and Cristina Burzako, director of Marketing, Communication and Creativity for Movistar Plus were all present at this ceremony, alongside representatives from the competition’s sponsoring and collaborating brands.

All Set For 2020 Agile Nigeria Conference

The Agile Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Nigeria’s largest Agile professional body, has concluded plans to host the 3rd edition of the Annual Agile Nigeria Conference 2020, with the theme “Accelerate Your Delivery”. This indication was given at a press conference organized on Saturday in Lagos. The event is scheduled to take place from Thursday 5th – Friday 6th March, 2020 at the Leisure Building, Landmark Towers, 5b Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

RADP unifies all its brands under the company name PULSE

Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) (RADP.Africa), one of Africa’s leading media groups is unifying its assets across the continent - to form one integrated media company under the Pulse brand.

Ecobank Group announces 2020 Edition of Fintech Challenge

Ecobank Group, the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of  the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge  gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially  partner with Ecobank to roll-out  their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets in Africa as well as France.

Thursday 20 February 2020

Unprecedented Survey Resets Global Narrative On Africa

  • 48% choose stable governments over democracy
  • 67% say ‘fake news’ is impacting their ability to stay informed
The most comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth to date – the African Youth Survey 2020 – reveals a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, a post-colonial mindset, entrepreneurialism, and confidence in a shared African identity. Africa’s youth believe they can solve problems collaboratively, and are hopeful of fighting corruption, achieving peace and improving their personal living conditions.

Indomie Fan Club seeks further collaboration with the office of Lagos First Lady

First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (Middle); Group Public Relations and Event Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr Tope Ashiwaju (Left); National Coordinator, Indomie Fan Club, Mrs Faith Joshua (Right) with members of the Indomie Fan Club, during the Indomie Fan Club team courtesy visit to the First Lady in Lagos State.

Zedcrest Unveils Digital Wealth Management Subsidiary

…to take leadership position in the industry

New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Capital Limited today (20:02:2020) announced the launch of a wholly owned subsidiary and new Investment/Asset Management firm aimed at digitally  `democratizing investment in Africa.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Western Digital Powers Mobile Applications in 5g Era

With its new Western Digital iNAND MC EU521, an embedded Universal Flash Storage (UFS) device, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) equips mobile developers to enhance the 5G smartphone user experience.

Teach For Nigeria Announces Recruitment Goal of 400 Changemakers for its 2020 Fellowship Programme

Teach For Nigeria, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of education for Nigeria's most marginalized children, yesterday announced the opening of the application for its 2020 fellowship programme. Through the recruitment drive,, Teach For Nigeria will target the enrolment of 400 fellows, the largest since inception, into the fourth cohort of its fellowship programme.

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Partner Mobile Unveils EV1, Partners Ntel To Avail Nigerians 4G LTE

Partner Mobile, Nigeria’s fastest growing mobile phone brand, has unveiled one of its most-anticipated smartphones, Evolution 1, EV1, into the Nigerian market.

L-R: Anthony Iloh, GM Direct Sales, Ntel; Ifeoluwa Molokwu, Chief Operation Officer, Partner Mobile; Olusola Akintola, Chief Technology Officer, Partner Mobile; Hon. Babatunde Omotoba, MD/CEO, Ntel; and Joshua Ajayi, CEO, Awesome Communications at the Media Launch of Partner Mobile’s EV1 Smartphone held in Lagos.
The new device was unveiled to Journalists at a media launch held at Raddison Blu, Lagos on Tuesday, 18th February, 2020.

Monday 17 February 2020

Behind the screens of Valencia CF: A unique audiovisual system

Going to a stadium to watch a live football match is always a memorable experience. Attending with friends, family or other like-minded individuals is a long-standing tradition that contributes enormously to the sport’s global appeal. But with the right tools, clubs can add to the entertainment value that they offer and give fans one more reason to attend.

CSR: Ikeja Electric donates medical equipment to Ikorodu General Hospital

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company has donated an ultra-modern phototherapy machine and clinical supplies to General Hospital, Ikorodu, as part of its CSR activities towards improvement of healthcare.

2020 Anzisha Prize Applications launch with 10th Year Celebrations

Today, the Anzisha Prize – Africa’s premier award and fellowship for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs – is excited to announce that the 2020 call for applications is now open.  Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000. The grand prize winner receives US$25,000, the 1st runner-up US$15,000, and 2nd runner-up US$12,500. Every finalist receives US$2,500.

Stanbic IBTC Aims To Groom Future Business Leaders Through YLS

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has continued to make a mark in the lives of Nigerian youths by engaging and empowering them at the annual Youth Leadership Series (YLS).  The event held at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

SBI Media Emerges 9Mobile’s Official Media Agency

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (EMTS), trading as ‘9mobile, has announced the appointment of SBI Media Limited as its official media agency.

Nokia phones win six accolades at iF DESIGN Awards 2020

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, is proud to announce that six Nokia phones have been honoured by iF DESIGN™ Awards 2020 for outstanding design. We are resolute in our commitment to delivering premium phones that embody our Nordic heritage at every price point to our fans across the world.

Financial fraud solutions must beat the best criminal minds and match the rate of digital change

The escalation of financial crime is not far behind the double-digit growth of digital payments. CredoLab’s senior vice president, Tarun Kumar Kalra, says, “Rapid expansion of digital channels, exploding growth in the number and types of devices, and reduced customer face time are making financial service providers vulnerable to online fraudulent activities.”

Customer Experience Necessary to Capture Benefits of Downstream Value Chain - OVH Energy Marketing CEO

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OVH Energy Marketing, a licensee of the Oando retail brand, Mr. Huub Stokman has called on players in the downstream sector to make improvements in customer experience, safety and operational standards if the full benefits of the downstream value chain are to be maximized.

Friday 14 February 2020

Nominations open to join Commonwealth Youth Council

Nominations are now open for nine youth leaders to represent the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people on the Commonwealth Youth Council.

P&G high-level visit to the VP to discuss P&G’s plan to increase its investment in local manufacturing

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, P&G senior leadership led by President for Asia, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Magesvaran Suranjan had a high-level meeting with the Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to discuss P&G’s plan to increase its investment in local manufacturing - which is in line with the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

Friday Night Lights: LaLiga takes precedence as European challengers Valencia and Atletico de Madrid gear up for Mestalla clash

Battling for position towards the top of LaLiga takes precedence as Champions League challengers Valencia and Atletico Madrid meet in Friday evening’s eagerly awaited Mestalla clash.

Thursday 13 February 2020

Businesses to Flourish in Omishakin Community as Airtel Pledges to Provide Electricity after 13 years

The third episode of the award winning television programme ‘Airtel Touching Lives’ is scheduled to air on the 16th of February on national and cable TV. The episode focuses on Omishakin, a community in Lagos State that has been without electricity for over 13 years.

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S20: Change the Way You Experience the World

Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S20, a new series of flagship devices that fundamentally changes the way we capture and experience our world. The Galaxy S20 series introduces a brand-new camera architecture that combines AI with Samsung’s largest image sensor yet for stunning image quality.

Kelly Junior arrives in style at airport in Rolls Royce, courtesy Konga Travel

Kelly Junior Babatunde, first winner of the Rolls Royce promo organized by Konga Travel and Tours, has heaped praises on the company for the VIP treatment he was accorded. In his opinion, the experience is one that would remain indelible in his memory for ever.

Google HR Chief Eileen Naughton Takes A Bow Amid Employee Tensions

Google's head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, said she is quitting her role as tensions continue to rise between company management and workers who have protested the search giant's workplace culture.

Accor set to expand Ethiopia footprint with management agreement for new Ibis Styles hotel

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is expanding its presence in Ethiopia after signing a management agreement to open a new property under its design-led economy brand, Ibis Styles.

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Standard Chartered sponsors the Association of Corporate Treasurers 2020 Workshop

Standard Chartered Bank was the main sponsor at the 2020 Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) workshop titled “Treasury Excellence as Standard” which held in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, on February 5th , 2020. The event attracted a cross section of delegates from Local Corporates, Multinationals and Multi-lateral organizations.

Transcorp Group Announces Changes in Board Appointments, Names Omogiafo Group CEO

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), a diversified investment company, has announced five major appointments on its board and executive management team.

Alipay users to benefit from Ecobank’s cross-border remittance solution

The leading pan-African bank, Ecobank (, has signed a cross-border remittance agreement with Alipay, the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform, that aims to bring more inclusive financial services by providing a fast, safe, affordable and convenient way for workers to transfer money back home.

Red Star Express Commemorates Valentine in New Promo

One of Nigeria’s prestigious logistics company, Red Star Express Plc is marking the Valentine season with a special promo to make a splendid celebration for its clients and customers. This was announced recently by the management of the company.

WorldRemit predicts 2020 to be the year of Intra-African remittances

Leading online international money transfer company WorldRemit predicts that 2020 will be the year of intra-African remittances. The World Bank already estimates that migrant workers within Africa send remittances in excess of $14 billion dollars each year, and in 2018 intra-African remittances represented 20% of global remittance flows according to Ecobank Group.

Nigerian Media Monitoring and Measurement Agency Bags NMNA Award

The Nigerian media monitoring and measurement industry have P+ Measurement Services to thank for putting the Industry on the map once again. The innovative agency brought home the highly converted "Best Media Monitoring and Measurement Agency" award at the 13th Nigerian Media Nite-out awards (NMNA) held in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Tuesday 11 February 2020

FBNQuest Acts As Lead Issuing House And Book Runner On Listing Of Interswitch NGN23 Billion Bonds

FBNQuest, the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc successfully led a consortium of 5 issuing houses on the recent listing of the Interswitch Limited’s bond on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Interswitch Limited in its bid for expansion has set the ball rolling for Fintechs in Nigeria through the issuance of bonds on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.