BrandArena: March 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Africa Oil & Power pledges support to Energy Industry, offers Free Communications Services

Africa Oil & Power is making its platform available for governments and companies within Africa’s energy sector to submit press releases and articles free of charge; open communication between all organizations involved in African energy helps combat misinformation and promotes safety during the Covid-19 crisis; any new developments regarding AOP events will be reported and updated at

African Development Bank launches record breaking $3 billion “Fight COVID-19” Social Bond

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised an exceptional $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa’s economies.

Mouka Provides Comfort to Nigerians during crisis, donates 700 mattresses

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of mattresses and bedding products, has brought relief to victims of the Abule Ado gas pipeline fire explosion in Lagos with the donation of 200 mattresses.

COVID-19: CBN suspends clearing of all cheque instruments in the Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday announced that all deposit money banks in the country and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) are to suspend the clearing of all cheque instruments in the Nigerian Clearing System from today, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Saturday 28 March 2020

A sickle cell themed movie “STRAIN” is set for release later this year

STRAIN is a family drama feature film about a family that suddenly discovers that their young son has the sickle cell disease.

LASUTH hosts Sensitization and Awareness Symposium on COVID-19

The Medical Guild in Conjunction with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recently held a sensitization and awareness workshop on Covid -19 and Influenza Surveillance at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

Thursday 26 March 2020

HP and Nigerian authorities collaborate to Disrupt Dozens of Counterfeit Retail Operations

…seize thousands of counterfeit HP printer cartridges

HP and Nigerian authorities have successfully obstructed over 20 illicit trading operations for fraudulent HP printer cartridges across the country.

Canon celebrates 17th consecutive year of No.1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

Canon Inc has announced that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (DSLR and Mirrorless) have once again maintained the number one share of the global market for the 17th consecutive year from 2003 to 2019.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

COVID-19: Ikeja Electric closes offices partially to safeguard customers, staff

…Assures continuous power supply, fault clearing

Ikeja Electric has announced that no physical transaction of business will take place across its offices in its franchise network for the next one week. This partial closure is in line with ongoing efforts nationwide to prevent further spread of the Corona Virus/COVID-19 and protect customers and staff of the Company.

‘LaLigaSantander Fest’ set to bring music and sport together to beat COVID-19

Many people in various countries of the world are at home due to COVID-19. In view of this situation LaLiga, in collaboration with Banco Santander, Universal Music and its sponsors as well as players, clubs, artists and GTS have organised ‘LaLigaSantander Fest’.

The Dawn Project Pleas for Mother Nature

“Echoes of what once was; Whispers of the way it should be...” the voices of Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, the Founder of LUFASI Nature Park, and Mr. Stanley Evans, an actor and environmentalist, reverberated through the air in a dramatic recital of “A Plea”, a poem written by Pamela Ajayi. It was a press briefing to launch a Competition on climate change based on the poem – A Plea and initiated by The Dawn Project recently in Lagos.

Energy Law Firm offers support to businesses affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic and the oil industry crisis

Recognizing the toll that the Covid-19 Pandemic has taken on the oil and gas industry, Centurion law Group will assist small and mid-sized African businesses that are currently dealing with the economic impact of the Coronavirus, which is hitting many African countries. With our strong African footprint, we believe it is an opportunity to give back to a continent that has given so much to us.

ROAM Africa announces remote work policy for employees due to COVID-19

ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media), Africa’s leading classifieds group, today announced that it is requiring all employees to work remotely as part of efforts to protect its workforce from the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19: uLesson Reviews Price Downwards To Help More Students Learn From Home

uLesson, a learning app designed to help African students be the very best they can be, has reviewed its price downwards to accommodate more students who will be at home during this period of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Airtel Commences National Awareness Campaign to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

…. donates phones, airtime to Nigeria’s Port Health Services

In pursuit of its Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy to be an enabler in the provision of healthcare to the less privileged and indeed all Nigerians, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of a national awareness campaign on Coronavirus to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Heritage Bank stimulates CBN’s financial inclusion on 2020 target

As part of efforts to consummate the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiated policy aimed at reducing the figure of the unbanked populace by 20 percent by 2020 and to ensure greater participation in the nation’s financial sector, Heritage Bank Plc has keyed into this initiative to drive financial inclusion and promote economic growth.

Monday 23 March 2020

Nigerian Businesses Need To Position Themselves For Greater Challenges Ahead

Nigerian businesses need to prepare and brace themselves for a highly challenging period ahead as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts day-to-day life and commerce.

Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States

Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations.

WHO launches Health Alert service on WhatsApp

As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, the World Health Organization has launched a Health Alert on WhatsApp.

NBA Launches Global "NBA Together" Campaign In Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the 2019-20 NBA season, it has not lessened the league's global impact and reach. Over the past week, 18 NBA and WNBA players created public service announcement videos to share important health and wellness information about ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Those videos have generated more than 37 million views across the league's social media accounts.

Coronavirus: MTN, Union Bank of Nigeria order Staff to Work from Home

Following the continuous spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, many organizations are considering working remotely for the meantime. Telecommunications giant MTN and Union Bank of Nigeria have ordered staff to work from home from Monday, March 23, 2020.

Friday 20 March 2020

When Emirates Hosted Its First Wine Tasting Event in Nigeria

...Five special wines revealed 

It was indeed an event of class and style – a show of Emirates perfect wine and food pairing – when the world’s largest international airline brought together captains of industry, social influencers, celebrities and the media to its first-ever wine tasting event in Nigeria.

Application Begins For MEST Africa Challenge

The MEST Africa Challenge is the African tech startup pitch competition for early-stage companies based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Senegal, Ethiopia or Tanzania.

#IWD2020: Peju Ibekwe's New Movie, CHATROOM Steers Conversation On Gender Equality, Domestic Violence

CHATROOM, a movie produced by Peju Ibekwe with the aim to foster discussions around gender based violence against women and the need to eradicate the silence culture made its debut on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in commemoration of IWD 2020.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces New $40 Million Coronavirus Global Response Initiative

Just days after Mike Bloomberg launched a program to help American mayors improve their coronavirus response, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced additional actions and funding to combat the pandemic on a global scale.

Thursday 19 March 2020

Apple Unveils New iPad Pro

Apple has introduced its most advanced iPad Pro. Armed with the A12Z Bionic chip, Apple says that this iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops.

23-Year-Old Wins N5M in AirtelThanks CashToken Rewards Programme

...As more winners emerge across Nigeria

The family of Daniel Oladipupo, a 23-year-old who has now become a multi-millionaire has expressed heartfelt gratitude after winning N5, 000, 000 (five million naira) cash reward under ‘AirtelThanks’, a CashToken reward programme by leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, in conjunction with CeLD.

Application extended to join Commonwealth Youth Council as a global ambassador

The Commonwealth has extended the deadline for Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) membership applications.

While maximising your own talents, contacts and prospects, the CYC offers the opportunity to represent the perspectives of the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people on pressing global issues such as climate change, pandemics, peace, entrepreneurship, gender equality, democracy and education.

Seychelles: African Development Bank Supports Blue Economy with $800k FAPA grant

The African Development Bank has signed an $800,000 grant agreement with the government of Seychelles to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in its Blue Economy sector.

Millions of naira worth of prizes to be won in the Indomie ‘Indomitables Magnet Promo’

Nigeria’s number one noodles brand, Indomie Instant noodles, has announced the kick-off of yet another exciting nationwide consumer promotion tagged “Indomitables Magnet Promo.” The three month promo will run from February 25th to May 25th, 2020.

GTBank Launches Beta Health, Expands Access To Health Insurance For Low-Income Nigerians

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has announced the launch of Beta Health, a low-cost health financing product that offers instant access to health insurance for every Nigerian. The first of its kind in Nigeria, Beta Health provides coverage for basic and essential health services such as; general consultations, treatment for malaria, Ante Natal care, amongst others, for a subscription of N500 a month.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Emirates Hosts First Wine Tasting Event in Nigeria

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, uncorked its finest wines at an event in Lagos, Nigeria to highlight its First and Business Class wine selection on board. It was the first of its kind in the highly valuable Nigerian market.

Coronavirus: How Global Brands Are Dissecting their Marketing

As cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19) increase internationally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments alike are engaging in information warfare to combat the spread of the virus. Elsewhere, brands — usually the first react and engage with newsworthy topics — are creatively tapping into this discourse to market their products and services at this time.

African Development Bank to provide underserved communities in Nigeria with sustainable energy solutions

The African Development Bank and the Government of Nigeria have launched the National Electrification Project (NEP), to address critical energy access deficits by channeling private sector investments into mini grid and off-grid solutions.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated announces New Appointments and Changes on its Board

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, ETI, the Lomé-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, announces two new appointments and changes on its Board of Directors.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Channel Partners Conference: 9mobile outlines Business growth strategies for 2020

Nigeria’s most customer-focused company, 9mobile, has revealed that its business plans would have a trickle-down impact on the businesses of its national sales partners and dealers in 2020. This assurance was made during its annual Channel Partners Conference with the theme ‘Facing the future together’. This event is designed to strengthen the bond between 9mobile and its channel partners and also expand the business opportunities and potentials available in the telecommunications market.

Monday 16 March 2020

Ikeja Electric commissions new 33KV feeders to boost supply, expand network

Persistent in the drive to optimize its services in the sector, Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric, has commissioned two new Feeders, Igando 33KV and Ijegun 33KV, to further boost supply to customers in the network.

Rotary Combats Maternal and Child Mortality in Okeho, Oyo State

In continuation of her commitment to combat maternal and perinatal mortality, The Rotary International through the Rotary Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD) initiative combats maternal and perinatal mortality in Okeho, Oyo State. The organization recently organized a One-Day Community Dialogue on Maternal and Child care, safe pregnancy and safe motherhood campaign.

Facebook Steps Up Efforts to Help Nigeria Tackle Misinformation on Coronavirus

As global numbers continue to rise, and with Coronavirus (Covid-19) reported in a number of countries across Africa, including in Nigeria, Facebook continues in its commitment in helping to keep people safe and informed globally, and locally through local partnerships, and updates to its platform. This includes:

Heritage Bank, GEZAWA set to transform Nigeria’s agric sector to huge commercial hub

…Emerges Lead Settlement Bank, Transaction Adviser

The Nigerian agricultural sector is set to witness a huge growth, as Heritage Bank Plc the lead settlement bank for Gezawa Commodity Market (GCMX) has collaborated with key stakeholders to revolutionise agricultural value-chain, aimed at providing fully integrated ecosystem for commodity Exchange.

Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism launches $2.2 mill project in Nigeria to boost fertilizer supply to 200,000 farmers

The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has kick-started a $2.2 million project to provide fertilizer suppliers in Nigeria with financial support to improve supply for 200,000 smallholder farmers.

MusicTime gets a Facelift as it expands its Footprint in Africa

MusicTime, the world’s first time based music streaming application has revealed its new corporate identity. The logo was revealed this week via social media, following months of research and testing, and has already found favour across the market.

Friday 13 March 2020

Airtel Customers to Get Up to N100, 000, 000 in Cash Reward with Launch of ‘AirtelThanks’

Every customer of leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, now stands a chance of winning amazing cash rewards as the company announces its new CashToken rewards under the “The AirtelThanks” programme.

Turkish Airlines adopts stiffer safety and hygiene measures

As an airline that is committed to the wellbeing of its passengers, crew members and the entire public, Turkish Airlines has continued to prioritize safety measures to minimize the effects and spread of COVID 19.

Lagos Taxi Operators Unveil EkoCab Mobile App to Compete with Uber, Taxify

Lagos State Yellow taxi/Cab Drivers Association has launched a ride-hailing service called EkoCab to enhance their operational efficiency. Since the emergence of Uber, Taxify and other car hailing firms, Lagos Taxi operators significantly loss their relevance.

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium Launch in Nigeria

YouTube has launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, two digital services in Nigeria.

The launch, which had Naira Marley, a Nigerian street singer, as the celebrity guest, held on Wednesday in a Lagos event that united music lovers and show business moguls alike.

Modern & Contemporary African Art Returns to Sotheby’s London

This Spring, following the record-breaking results achieved in October 2019, Sotheby’s auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art will return to London for a fifth consecutive season. Since the inauguration of the series in 2017, Sotheby’s sales in the category have achieved more than sixty world records, championing the work of artists across Africa and the wider diaspora, and underscoring a rising global interest in the field. Over 100 works, by artists from 21 countries, will be on view to the public from 21-24 March ahead of the auction on March 25.

Mouka advocates healthy sleep culture as the company celebrates 2020 World Sleep Day

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading mattress and bedding products manufacturer, joined the World Sleep Societyin commemorating the 2020 World Sleep Day,at its corporate head office in Ikeja area of Lagos on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

IWD 2020: We.Share Foundation Empowers Over 200 Women, Children in Lagos

We.Share Foundation recently organized a vocational training for over 200 women and children in Lekki community and environs in commemoration of the 2020 International Women’s Day. The initiative was part of the non-government organization's drive to empowerment more women and to further advocate for gender equality in our society.

Thursday 12 March 2020

First City Monument Bank Issues N20 Billion Commercial Paper

FCMB Group Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and its esteemed shareholders that one of its subsidiaries, First City Monument Bank Limited (the Bank) is undertaking its inaugural Commercial Paper Issuance (CP) under its N100 billion-naira CP programme.