BrandArena: April 2020

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Tantalizers Embarks on Home Delivery to Reach Customers

Tantalizers Plc, Nigeria’s largest indigenous Quick Service Restaurant brand has signed a partnership agreement with OyaNow Logistics and Concorde Express in the bid to offer customers greater ease of order delivery across major areas in Lagos.

9mobile grants its customers free Access to health and Educational websites

Nigeria’s leading telecoms service provider, 9mobile on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 announced free access to health and educational website for its customers. This service is aimed at mitigating the impact of the lockdown and restricted movements as a result of the COVID-19 situation in the country. Access to these websites ensures that 9mobile customers and Nigerians remain connected and have more access to basic essential services which they require.

Heritage Bank joins WHO to advocate elimination of malaria endemic by 2030

Heritage Bank Plc has joined the world to commemorate the 2020 World Malaria Day, amid fears that paying much emphasis on the novel Coronavirus Pandemic could reinforce progress on the mosquito-borne disease, especially in Africa.

Mouka Urges Muslims to Uphold Godly Virtues As Ramadan Commences

As Muslim faithful celebrates Ramadan, Mouka, the frontline company in the manufacturing of mattresses and beddings in Nigeria, urged Islamic scholars, leaders and believers, to sustain virtues of love, brotherhood, tolerance and care which they are known for.

Sunday 26 April 2020

Samuel Eto’o and the tradition of world-class strikers at RCD Mallorca

From Samuel Eto’o to Aritz Aduriz, several of LaLiga’s top goalscorers of the 21st century have spent time at Son Moix.

How Businesses, Govt Can Re-strategize After COVID-19 – Adedayo Amzat

The Group Managing Director of Zedcrest, Adedayo Amzat has advised corporate organizations to rethink their business model and adopt technologies that would keep the green-light on – should another pandemic of COVID-19 scale ever happen again.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Airtel Unveils Exciting Plans for Home Broadband Customers

As part of its efforts to deepen Home Broadband connectivity as well as offer Home Broadband customers more value for money, Airtel has announced the introduction of Ultra Plans, a new value offering that will empower users of Airtel’s Routers and MiFis to enjoy quality and reliable broadband service at highly discounted rates.

Stanbic IBTC Urges Nigerians To Be Wary Of COVID-19 Related Scams

With the growing adoption of digital channels, and with more people practicing social distancing, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holding PLC, has urged Nigerians to remain vigilant for online scams related to COVID-19.

Javier Tebas: “We’re working to save the future of football”

LaLiga is preparing for various possible outcomes and issues that could arise from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure the football industry is as prepared as possible.

World Earth Day: NBC Celebrates Street Sweepers, Urges Personal, Environmental Hygiene to Halt COVID-19 Spread

As the world marks the 2020 Earth Day amidst efforts to halt the spread of rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, has lauded the doggedness of environment frontline workers including street sweepers and garbage collectors for helping to keep the country clean.

COVID-19: Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria to Get Support from Africa Now Foundation

The Africa Now Foundation is pleased to support hundreds of Cameroonian household refugees in Nigeria with personal protective items and basic palliatives to cushion the excruciating impacts of the lockdown in the country.

How Cloud-computing solutions can help significantly to reduce banking costs in Africa

More than 700 million Africans lack access to a bank or mobile money account and only 41% of Africans are financially included. This is due to the high cost of providing financial services in Africa which forces many financial services providers to remain focused on serving wealthier customers.

Uganda underlines its intention to become a major oil and gas player

President Museveni, Tullow Oil and Total’s CEOs could not have chosen a better time to announce their agreement to resolve a long-standing capital gains tax dispute that had earlier prevented Tullow Oil from farming out its Lake Albert licenses to Total.

Covid-19 lockdown: The dawn project extends competition

The closing date for the The Dawn Project, a poetry-based competition, which officially commenced in March, on the UN Poetry Day and was scheduled to end in April, has now been extended to Friday, June 5th, 2020 which also coincides with the UN Environmental Day. This was made known by the organisers in Lagos recently.

LaLiga launches three new exclusive programmes exploring the stars, clubs, cities and nationalities behind the competition on SuperSport

LaLiga is increasing its offering for its global fanbase for those who want to enjoy football during this period by creating exclusive programmes so that fans can get closer to their idols. Despite the world of sport going on hold, all LaLiga's national and international broadcasters, including SuperSport, will air three new programmes starting this weekend 24th April, 2020: LaLiga StayAtHome, LaLiga Clubs and LaLiga Nations.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

CACOVID orders supplies for 400,000 COVID-19 tests to increase Nigeria’s testing capacity

...Plans food relief package for 1.7million households

The Private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has ordered for 250,000 supplies for tests and another 150,000 extraction kits to fast-track molecular testing for the deadly coronavirus, noting that the reality of the situation at hand was such that efforts must be put together with no stone left unturned in dealing with the scourge.

Ecobank Group contributes about US$ 3million across its Africa footprint to support the fight against COVID-19

Ecobank Group, the Pan African Bank, has contributed about US$3 million to the fight against COVID-19 across its footprint in Africa. In line with its commitment to the continent, various contributions were made to support the efforts of governments, the World Health Organization as well as the private sector in alleviating the effect of the pandemic on the most vulnerable on the continent.

BREAKING: Ex-AGN, Richard Akinjide is dead

Former minister of justice and Attorney-General of the federation, Chief Osuolale Richard Akinjide is dead.

Monday 20 April 2020

OPEC still has an important role to play in Global Oil Market - Sebastian Wagner

Scan Western news about OPEC from the last few years, and a common observation tends to appear: OPEC had a huge influence on the global oil market back in the day. Now, in the shale oil era, not so much.

COVID-19: Business Leaders must change mindset from survival to thriving and innovating for the future - Verraki

Leading business and technology solutions firm, Verraki, has urged business leaders in Nigeria to embrace disruptive innovation as a means to thrive and generate future income even as the world struggles with the COVID-19 global pandemic; which has now been reported in about 192 countries around the world.

UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba launch appeal for IFAD $200 million coronavirus relief fund for rural communities

Actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and actress, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba today launched a new global coronavirus relief fund on behalf of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to prevent economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic from triggering a global hunger and food crisis.

Lagos NIPR Holds First Virtual PR Clinic

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) made history by hosting the first virtual PR Clinic, themed: Technology and the Future of Work, to prepare participants with the skill sets required to thrive in a fast-changing practice environment on Thursday April 16, 2020.

Lagos Decentralises COVID-19 Testing as Reported Cases Increase

In a bid to curb the continuous spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Lagos State government has created 26 sample centres across the 20 local government areas of the state. This was revealed by Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State commissioner for health, during the COVID-19 media update on Sunday.

Wednesday 15 April 2020

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lauds Airtel’s Support in Fighting COVID-19

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has identified Airtel Nigeria as an integral part of the United State government’s partnership with companies in the private sector across various countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

After COVID-19, what will Africa look like in 2030 and 2063?

By Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

The COVID-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has resulted in cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in GDP, an unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs. According to estimates by the African Development Bank, the contraction of the region’s economies will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between $35 billion and $100 billion due to an output decline and a steep fall in commodity prices, especially the crash of oil prices.

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Canon celebrates the power of storytelling for students and professionals at Visa pour l’Image 2020

...Canon Student Development Programme open for entry to 48 countries

For the 31st year, Canon Europe is proud to announce it will partner with Visa pour l’Image, one of the world’s leading photojournalism festivals. Taking place in Perpignan, France, between 29th August – 13th September 2020, this long-standing partnership highlights Canon’s commitment to photojournalism, from students learning the craft to professionals breaking boundaries.

COVID-19: Eat’N’Go Rolls Out Charity Initiative To Provide Food For Essential Workers

Amidst the rise of the Covid-19 global pandemic, Eat’N’Go limited, master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Yoghurt has rolled out its charity initiative to support the Nigerian government in combating COVID-19. This initiative has allowed the firm provide food to essential workers who are at the frontline in combating the spread of the virus.

Emirates puts customers first in COVID-19 waiver policies

...Simplifies waivers and refunds policy with one unified approach worldwide

Putting customers first, Emirates has updated its COVID-19 travel waiver policies into one simplified approach for rebooking and refunds on tickets issued in all its global markets.

Monday 13 April 2020

Building A Human-centric Corporate Organisation: A Study of Google HR Approach

Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Plural Media, Invent Media, others begin awareness Campaign on Coronavirus

Sequel to its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Plural Media a leading Out-of home media agency in the country as well as Invent Media, also a major player in the OOH advertising sector have commenced massive awareness campaign on Corona-Virus on their top of the market digital billboards products Pan Nigeria.

Most Important Lessons Nigeria Should Learn From and After COVID-19 Crisis

By Lere Ojedokun

The outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and national response to it clearly exposed our ill preparedness for its possible spread to Nigeria. Response and management of the crisis also showed our poor strategy to emergency handling as a nation.

Red Star Assures Customers of Ongoing Operations Despite COVID-19 Lockdown

Red Star Express Plc, one of Nigeria’s foremost logistics solutions providers, has assured clients and customers that it is able to make deliveries during the lockdown currently being observed in various parts of the country.

Thursday 9 April 2020

Simple Ways of Ensuring Business Continuity During COVID-19

By Segun McMedal

The first quarter of the year 2020 was very unusual – it was the period the world stood still; one we can never forget no thanks to COVID-19 – described as a pandemic threatening the survival of humanity. The impact of the virus is unprecedented in world history. But governments and partners are working assiduously together to stop its transmission and keep children and their families safe through isolation and social distancing.

Why this lockdown could be the best thing for Online Travel since the Internet - Marek Zmyslowski

 “By the end of April, the impact of the coronavirus on the (USA) industry is expected to add up to a loss of 5.9 million jobs and $910 billion in travel-related economic output. That’s seven times the impact of 9/11”, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics

Weber Shandwick Appoints Ipelegeng Thibedi As New CEO, Africa Operations

Leading global communications firm, Weber Shandwick has announced the appointment of Ipelegeng (Ipi) Thibedi as the new CEO of its African operations.

Facebook launches Coronavirus Information Centre in Nigeria, 16 Other African Countries

Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria. The Information Centres form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight against COVID-19 by providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources and tips to stay healthy and support their family and community.

Tuesday 7 April 2020

African Energy Chamber Appoints President for East Africa

The African Energy Chamber has appointed Eng. Elizabeth Rogo, Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services, as its President for East Africa. Elizabeth is based in Nairobi and will represent the Chamber across the region, including Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

WhatsApp Reduces Forward Message Limit to one Chat at a Time to Curb Fake News During COVID-19 Outbreak

With billions of people unable to see their friends and family in person due to COVID-19, people are relying on WhatsApp more than ever to communicate. People are talking to doctors, teachers, and isolated loved ones via WhatsApp during this crisis. That’s why all your messages and calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to give you a secure place for your most personal conversations.

African Development Bank Announces New Management Shakeup

African Development Bank  Group has announced the appointment of Mr. Nourredine Lafhel as Acting Chief Risk Officer, effective 6th April 2020 and Mr. Pepin Vougo as Acting Director, Corporate Information and Technology Department effective 1 April 2020.

Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative Launches Search for “Africa’s Business Heroes” 2020

The Jack Ma Foundation announced today it has officially launched the second edition of the “Africa’s Business Heroes” (ABH) prize competition with applications now open to African entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, as well as every sector, age group, and gender. Applications will also now be available in both French and English.

Mastercard champions safe and secure payment transactions in MEA with increase to contactless payment limits

Mastercard announced today that it is championing efforts to increase contactless payment limits across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region as people look for safer ways to pay in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday 5 April 2020

COVID-19: Airtel Announces Free SMS to all Customers

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced it is offering all customers on its network Free SMS to enable them connect with loved ones at this critical time

Magic of Unseen: TECNO Mobile Brings Wizkid and Guinness World Record Title to Africa’s first online launch

TECNO recently released its new camera phone, CAMON 15 series through an online launch event, which became a milestone event in the smartphone industry as the first online product launch in Africa. The online launch themed "Magic of Unseen" was not long, but the content was extremely rich: TECNO CAMON 15 unveiling its SONY camera and the trademarked TAIVOS technology, official spokesman Wizkid appearance, Largest flip book with Guinness World Records ™ Title, and much more.

We Did Not Issue Licence For 5G Network Deployment in Nigeria - Isa Patanmi

The Nigerian government has debunked the rumours making the rounds that the Nigeria Communications Commission has issued 5G license to mobile telecommunications companies in the country.

COVID-19: Dufil Committed to Making Life Better, makes donations to State Governments

In times of crisis, particularly when movement is restricted, availability of food is an essential requirement for people generally but even more so for the vulnerable and under privileged.

Pfizer Hires Oluwayemisi Adekunle As Head, Corporate Affairs And Communications

Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company has hired the service of former Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications of SUNU Assurances Nigeria Plc, Oluwayemisi Adekunle as the company's new Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications.

WarnerMedia announces partnership with Nigerian media sales agency, Trending Media Africa

WarnerMedia and Trending Media Africa are pleased to announce the commencement of a strategic partnership that will further diversify WarnerMedia’s business streams, while offering Trending Media Africa (TMA) clients access to advertising solutions on the high-quality American blockbuster movie channel, TNT, as well as WarnerMedia’s iconic kids’ channels, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Chain Reactions Nigeria wins prestigious 2020 SABRE Awards

Chain Reactions Nigeria, one of the country’s leading Public Relations and Integrated Communications Consulting firms, and Exclusive Nigerian Affiliate and West Africa’s Partner of Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm with presence in 65 countries across the globe, has again shone brilliantly on the global industry map as it emerged the overall winner of a major prize and three certificates of excellence at the prestigious 2020 SABRE Awards Africa.

WARIF tackles gender-based violence in Nigeria with mobile SMS platform

One year after launching a pioneering SMS service used by traditional birth attendants to fight gender-based violence in Nigeria, WARIF founder Dr Kemi DaSilva says she's doubling down in her efforts to help vulnerable populations in rural Nigeria. "By having a platform to identify, report and address the pressing issues or rape, human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls, we're raising awareness that there are organisations such as ours that can provide valuable services to support victims."

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.