BrandArena: June 2020

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Carbon releases its 2019 financial results

Nigeria’s leading digital financial services company, Carbon, has released it’s 2019 financial statements audited by KPMG, detailing its product growth and $17.5mm in revenue.

Nigeria PR Measurement Agency Launches its WhatsApp ChatBot

In order to achieve swift delivery and timely responses to media monitoring and measurement services inquiries by prospects and the general public, P+ Measurement has launched a WhatsApp ChatBot on its official website.

Monday 29 June 2020

BREAKING: Nigeria lifts interstate travel ban, schools to re-open

The Federal Government has extended the phase two of the eased lockdown by four weeks, but partially lifted the ban on interstate movement.

MainOne Celebrates 10 Years of Enabling West Africa’s Digital Revolution

MainOne, West Africa’s leading provider of Wholesale and Enterprise connectivity and data center services celebrates 10 years of delivering innovative, world-class service in West Africa. Ten years ago, the company launched its operations with the commissioning of the first private submarine cable on the West Coast of Africa. The company has played a critical role in enabling internet access across West Africa where penetration rates have grown from less than 10% in 2010 to close to 40% ten years later.

Saturday 27 June 2020

UNWTO and CNN partner on Travel Tomorrow campaign

Inspiring people to dream of destinations to visit and Travel Tomorrow, when it is safe to do so, is the message behind a newly launched CNN campaign which was devised for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Emirates SkyCargo Continues to Connect Nigeria to Global Markets

Emirates SkyCargo has recalibrated its operations to support the continuity of Nigerian businesses with once a week cargo flight in June on its passenger aircraft from Lagos to Dubai.

Recording Academy Launches 'Summer of Advocacy' to Promote Positive Social Change

Today, the Recording Academy announced a summer 2020 call-to-action initiative to help provide pandemic relief for music creators and music businesses, and to promote positive social change through legislation. The seven-week-long effort will culminate with the Academy's 7th annual District Advocate event.

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets Yvonne Orji

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International’s Arit Okpo meets actor and comedian Yvonne Orji, one of the stars of HBO’s Insecure.

Dradrock unveils new board of directors to deepen corporate governance

Dradrock Real Estate Limited, a Lagos based real estate development company, has unveiled a five-man board of directors that will take the fast-growing organization to the next level.

TAJBank Launches TAJXPRESS To Drive Financial Inclusion

TAJBank, Nigeria’s most innovative Non–Interest financial institution has launched TAJXPRESS, the Bank’s full-service financial inclusion suite as part of its drive to significantly boost financial inclusion in the country.

Ghana, AfDB and financial partners celebrate first $200 million disbursement of loan to boost cocoa productivity

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and lenders have welcomed the first disbursement of $200 million of a syndicated loan facility to boost cocoa productivity in the world’s second-largest producer.

Ecobank Nigeria Extends Zero Charge for Digital Money Transfers

Ecobank has extended its zero-charge fee for digital money transfers below N5,000 till the end of September this year. In addition to the free USSD session fee currently enjoyed by Ecobank customers, users of Ecobank Mobile, Ecobank Online, USSD - Ecobank *326# can continue to enjoy zero fee charge for digital money transfers below N5,000. New customers can also benefit from this by opening an Xpress account from the comfort of their homes by simply dialling *326#.

Friday 26 June 2020

MARKETING EDGE holds National Marketing Summit & Awards in October

MARKETING EDGE, Nigeria’s leading and award-winning brands and advertising focused Marketing and Advertising Magazine has announced a new date for its annual two-in-one yearly event, the MARKETING EDGE National Marketing Stakeholders Summit and Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards 2020. The new date is Friday, October 16, 2020.

Thursday 25 June 2020

Satellite TV Gains Popularity in Ghana and Nigeria

Study shows Satellite TV reception increases by 23% in Nigeria and 19% in Ghana in 2019 since the last study, conducted two years ago; SES currently reaches 35 million TV households across the African Continent.

Africa Oil & Power Confirms New 2021 Date for Africa’s Energy Conference

The fifth edition of Africa Oil & Power (AOP) returns to Cape Town’s International Convention Center on October 5-7, 2021 for three days of deal-making and discussions focused on Africa’s energy transition, industrialization, regional business and economic transformation. The event has been rescheduled from September 15-17, 2020. In its 2021 edition, AOP will also invite global attendees to participate via a new virtual format, alongside the in-person conference.

African Development Bank ranks 4th on Global Index of Transparency

Publish What You Fund has ranked the African Development Bank fourth out of 47 global development institutions on its Aid Transparency Index. The Index is the only independent measure of aid transparency among the world’s major development agencies. The index places the Bank in the highest category of transparency along with other world-class institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and UNDP.

Pfizer and Wellcome Launch Surveillance Program to Combat Growing Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Pfizer Inc. and Wellcome today announced the launch of the Surveillance Partnership to Improve Data for Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (SPIDAAR), a new multi-year, public-private research collaboration with the governments of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda to track resistance patterns and better understand the burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on patients living in low- and middle-income countries.

Samsung Takes lead in Mobile Technology- an Inside look into the Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung continues to mark significant milestones in technology and the Galaxy Zflip is evidence of this feat. This revolutionary hideaway hinge of the device gives you an entirely new kind of smartphone experience.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Former Google, Microsoft Marketing Executive Joyce Kim Joins Genesys as CMO

Genesys, the global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions, has appointed proven technology marketing executive, Joyce Kim, to the company’s leadership team as chief marketing officer (CMO). She succeeds Merijn te Booij, who now serves as general manager (GM) for the company’s new business unit, Employee Engagement Solutions.

Ecobank Group, JA Africa partner to promote financial literacy skills among Africa’s youth

Junior Achievement (JA) Africa and Ecobank Group have announced their new partnership- “Banking on Africa’s Youth.” The partnership will undertake a campaign which will tap into JA’s vast online community, comprising over one million young social media followers spread across Africa. It will educate and mobilize over 600,000+ young people with financial literacy knowledge, as part of Ecobank’s Junior Savers initiative which in part seeks to grow financial inclusion for young Africans using Ecobank’s mobile/digital resources.

Corporate Council on Africa Launches Inaugural Leaders Forum

...First Day Spotlights the Global Financial Response to COVID-19 in Africa

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) launched its inaugural Leaders Forum – a high level virtual forum to bring together Heads of State, senior USG and African government officials, CEOs and private sector executives, and leaders from multilateral institutions. Under the theme “Resilient U.S.-Africa Business Engagement to Drive Post COVID-19 Recovery”, the Forum will focus on issues critical to address the unprecedented dual crisis of fighting the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and strategically promoting economic recovery on the continent and a bright future for the U.S.-Africa economic relationship.

Ikeja Electric meters over 120,000 households

…Set to roll out over 400,000 in next two years

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, has metered over one hundred and twenty thousand households between 2018 and June 2020. This is in line with its commitment to bridge its metering gap.

Zimvest Economy Conversations: Financial Experts Call for Reorganization of Nigeria's Market Architecture

…Warn Against Unregulated Financial Institutions

Stakeholders in the Nigerian Capital market, Asset Management and Banking Industries have called for a rethink of the nation's economic philosophy and a reset of the financial market architecture. This was part of the major takeaways from the “Zimvest Economy Conversations”, a thought-leadership series of Digital Private Wealth and Investment Management Firm, Zimvest (Zedcrest Investment Managers) held on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Joe Public United Becomes the Largest Black-owned Independent Agency in South Africa

Leading advertising, brand and communications group Joe Public United has announced that 60% of the company has been acquired by black shareholders. The group says that this deal is a significant milestone as it sees Joe Public United now becoming the largest majority black-owned, independent agency group in South Africa.

P+ Measurement Unveils the Maiden Edition of its Media Intelligence Report

Nigeria's foremost Independent PR Measurement and Evaluation agency, P+ Measurement Services, unveils its maiden media performance audit report.

S&P Global affirms African Development Bank’s AAA rating, with stable outlook

Ratings agency S&P Global on Friday affirmed its 'AAA/A-1+' long- and short-term issuer credit assessment of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a stable outlook.

Omnicom Integrates Ketchum & Porter Novelli in Brussels

American global media, marketing and corporate communications holding company, Omnicom has integrated its Ketchum and Porter Novelli firms in Brussels into one PR agency with the aim of becoming Belgium's largest PR shop.

Aviation sector loses N63b to COVID-19 lockdown

The aviation industry lost over N63billion to the ravaging effects of coronavirus pandemic, a report by the Ministry of Aviation has shown.

Sunday 21 June 2020

Makinde Launches Oyo State ₦1 Billion MSMEs Development Scheme

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has launched a ₦1billion Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Scheme as part of plans to accelerate the economic recovery of businesses in the state.

Singer Akon Set to Launch a Cryptocurrency Called Akoin

Famous singer Akon is launching a cryptocurrency ‘Akoin’ that will also be used as the local currency in Akon City in a 2,000-acre development in Senegal.

Lagos NIPR Survey: PR Practitioners Optimistic of Pivoting Organizations Back to Profitability Post Covid-19

As the country groans under the weight of the economic challenges necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the public relations practitioners in Nigeria overwhelmingly agreed that their service offerings can bring organizations back to stability and profitability post-pandemic.

Commonwealth Secretary-General urges peaceful,credible and inclusive elections in Malawi

Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, urges all electoral and political stakeholders in Malawi to play their part in contributing to a peaceful and credible presidential election in Malawi on 23 June 2020.

Saturday 20 June 2020

Eurocontrol Recognises Turkish Airlines as Busiest Operator in Europe

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, was reported as the busiest operator in Europe last week after successfully restarting domestic and international passenger operations. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Turkish Airlines recorded 400 flights in Eurocontrol area; the highest number recorded in the area since Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Emirates adds 10 new cities for travellers, offers connections through Dubai for 40 cities

...Adds frequencies on 14 existing routes in July, offering more travel options

Emirates has announced plan to offer scheduled flights for travellers in 10 more cities: Colombo (from 20 June), Sialkot (24 June), Istanbul (from 25 June); Auckland, Beirut, Brussels, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (all from 1 July); and Barcelona and Washington DC (all from 15 July).

Friday 19 June 2020

“In this Together” - The Coca-Cola Foundation commit approximately $17m across Africa in response to COVID-19

Across Africa and in partnership with NGOs, Coca-Cola in Africa, and its bottling partners (the “Coca-Cola System” and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), have been deploying a range of resources, including capabilities, funds and products to support governments, communities and local economies in their urgent efforts to contain the spread and impact of the Coronavirus since its outbreak on the continent.

Visa launches new ‘Where You Shop Matters’ initiative to Support Small Businesses in Nigeria

Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has launched it's new “Where You Shop Matters’ initiative that aims to champion and enable entrepreneurs in Nigeria while encouraging consumers to support small businesses. Alongside a new SMB resource hub, Visa has published the COVID-19 CEMEA Impact Tracker highlighting the recent effect the novel coronavirus pandemic has had on commerce for consumers and small merchants in Nigeria.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Brandlife Launches Brandlife Digital to Enhance Customer Online Experience

Brandlife Limited, a foremost marketing service agency in Africa has announced the launch of her digital marketing subsidiary, Brandlife Digital. This was prompted by the desire to provide digital marketing services and utilize the online platform to increase brand visibility, product awareness as well as build an online community for brands.

Treating Asset Protection as an Investment

The ‘Navigating Risk: Increasing Threats in the African Energy Market Under COVID-19’ webinar, hosted by Africa Oil & Power and the Africa Energy Chamber, tackled current threats to physical and cyber security of oil and gas assets on Friday; Panelists included Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, Founder & President of SVB Energy International; Shawn Robert Duthie, Managing Director of Inyani Intelligence; and C. Derek Campbell, CEO of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc.

VC4A announces 2020 ‘Venture Showcase Series A’ in collaboration with AWS Activate

VC4A is calling for disruptive African scale-ups looking to raise between $500K and $10M. In proud collaboration with technical partner AWS Activate, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive ‘Venture Showcase - Series A’ in October as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage investors.

Facebook launches “My Digital World” to meet Digital Literacy Needs across Sub-Saharan Africa

Facebook has announced the launch of “My Digital World” a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. My Digital World is a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo and will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mouka, NSP Advocate Quality Sleep to Boost Immune System against COVID-19

As the country and the world wakes up to the present reality of life with coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mouka in collaboration with the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP), has urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of quality sleep which helps in boosting the immune system against diseases.

Public Relations and Measurement experts to discuss PR Evaluation

With the recent development in the media space in relation to the global pandemic caused by the spread of coronavirus, the earlier cancelled #EvaluatePR session has been rescheduled to hold on 19th June 2020.

Samsung Galaxy All New A Series: An Awesome Smartphone Experience

In today’s smartphone market, mid-range devices are some of the most prominent and widely purchased for many reasons, most prominent of which is affordability.

Amber Energy Drink Launches Amidst Fanfare

Amidst pomp and pageantry, Amber Drinks Limited has injected a new lease of life into the age-old in-store retail marketing tradition in Nigeria with the introduction of its unique energy drink product into the competitive Nigerian energy drinks market.

Mouka Donates 100 Klinic Hospital Mattresses, Insect Repellents, to Oyo State for COVID-19 Relief

Mouka has donated 100 Klinic hospital mattresses and 30 cartons of its insect repellents, Mouka Mozzi, to Oyo State Government for the enhancement of its isolation centres used for the treatment of infected persons with the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

MusiCares Appoints Laura Segura As Executive Director

MusiCares has announced the appointment of Laura Segura as the organization's new Executive Director. Effective immediately, Segura will lead this four-star charity that offers industry members a safety net of services including assistance for financial, medical and personal health issues.

World Blood Donor Day 2020: LASUTH Hematologist Charges Stakeholders to Create More Awareness on Blood Donation

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Blood Donor Day themed “Safe Blood Saves Lives”, with Dr. Adedoyin Dosumu, a Consultant Hematologist in LASUTH charging stakeholders to create sustained awareness on the importance of blood donation.

FRSC Extols GPBN For Donating Face Masks to the Agency

The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has commended the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) for donating face masks to the zone RS2HQ in charge of Lagos and Ogun State.

Monday 15 June 2020

Dangote to boost Economic Diversification with Maiden Clinker Shipment

To reaffirm its status as the biggest cement producer in Africa, Dangote Cement has set the pace with the exportation of 27,800 metric tonnes of clinker to a neighbouring African country.

Saturday 13 June 2020

OPINION: Building a Sustainable Brand For People, Planet and Profit

By Ever Obi, Ag. Managing Director, Zedvance Finance Limited

It’s been half a year since the first signs of COVID-19 surfaced. It has taken away hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed the livelihood of millions, but we’re finally beginning to recover.

But as the pandemic slowly and painfully subsides, it is worth noting that we cannot return to business as usual.