BrandArena: September 2020

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Kimberly-Clark Nigeria signs exclusive deal with MCPL to reach more consumers

Kimberly-Clark Nigeria, manufacturer of well-known brands Huggies and Kotex has embarked on a new partnership with Multipro Consumer Products Limited (MCPL), the biggest sales and distribution company in West Africa. The multinational company has signed on MCPL as their exclusive national distributor, as part of their ongoing growth plans in Nigeria and to pave the way for their products to reach more consumers in the country.

Edelman Appoints Yvonne Koh As Head of Corporate In Asia Pacific

Edelman has appointed Yvonne Koh as head of corporate for Asia-Pacific. She joins Edelman from Klareco, where she spent nine months as senior director and partner. Previously, she spent three years as PayPal's head of Asia-Pacific communications, following a lengthy stint with MSL in New York and Singapore.

Google Drive will start permanently deleting your trashed files

Google has sent an email to users of its Drive cloud storage platform stating that it is making changes to how trashed files are treated. The company said that starting from 13 October 2020, any file that is put into Google Drive’s “My Drive” trash folder will be deleted after 30 consecutive days of being in the folder.

National Bureau of Statistics to commence National Business Sample Census in October

The National Bureau of Statistics has announced a plan to kick off the National Business Sample Census from October 12 to December 12, 2020.

Webb Fontaine Appoints New CEO

Webb Fontaine has announced the appointment of Alioune Ciss as the new CEO of the company, effective 1st January 2021. He succeeds in this role Didier Reymond who has successfully led the company since 2016.

Monday 28 September 2020

Premier Agribusiness Academy Partner USSOY, NIAS, Others on Soybean Value Chain in Nigeria

Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA), a renowned agribusiness training institute in Nigeria has reiterated its commitment towards the development of soybean production through its strategic partnership with USSOY, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Health, Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Nigerian Soybean Association (NSA), Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other critical stakeholders across the soybean value chain.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Inspired by Fans for the Fans

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has revealed the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE), the newest member of the Galaxy S20 series. Galaxy S20 FE is a premium flagship smartphone that includes innovations Galaxy fans told us they love most, and it is also made available at an accessible price point. COVID-19 disrupted the world as we knew it and technology is now playing a more crucial role in our lives and that is why we created Galaxy S20 FE; to deliver flagship experiences to more consumers.

Heritage Bank, PWC, Deloitte canvass use of tech to rescind effects of Covid-19, tackle fraud

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider has called on internal auditors of banks to adopt the various digital technologies to prevent fraud and annul the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the financial ecosystem.

African Development Bank named to the board of World Business Angels Investment Forum

The World Business Angels Investment Forum today announced the African Development Bank as its newest Board Member. In this capacity, the Bank will represent Africa’s early-stage equity markets, entrepreneurship and startup ecosystems, small and medium enterprises and high-growth businesses, angel investors, and private equity funds. Abdu Mukhtar, the Bank’s Director of Industrial and Trade Development, will occupy the Bank’s Board seat.

GE and NDPHC Restore up to 360MW in Nigeria Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the successful rehabilitation of three 9E.03 gas turbines, at three Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s (NDPHC) Power Plants in Calabar and Sapele, Nigeria. These operations reduced the risk of unplanned downtime of its power generation equipment, enabling the plants to reliably secure and restore the supply of up to 360 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid, the equivalent electricity needed to power approximately two million Nigerian homes. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, GE and NDPHC worked together to swiftly implement safety procedures to ensure safe and on-time execution.

Monday 21 September 2020

Cobble Hill Real Estate Offers Redefined Luxury Housing Experience

Luxury Real Estate and Investment Firm, Cobble Hill has positioned to bring a blend of adventure, value and redefined housing experience to the industry, to offer customers affordable and comfortable homes.

PlusTV Appoints Lekan Ogunbanwo New MD/CEO

General News & Entertainment Company (GNEC) Media Group has announced the appointment of Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of its 24-hour television station, PlusTV. This announcement was made by the Chairman of GNEC, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN.

LAWMA Launches Badagry's First Recycling Plant - Janirak

The Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni has launched the first recycling plant in Badagry and promised to assist as well as expand the project.

Friday 18 September 2020

Ediomo Akpan Emerges Winner as Hymnodia Season 2 End in Syle

Hymnodia Season 2, the triple E, entertainment, education and edification, reality TV show built around hymns and worship has come to a spectacular (hymntacular) end with Ediomo Akpan emerging the winner (Hymnodian) of the grand prize of an Asaph (a specially designed award named after David’s chief musician), a brand-new car and N5 million.

Facebook announces its New Office in Lagos, Nigeria

As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook on Friday, September 18, 2020 announced plan to open an office in Lagos, Nigeria - its second office on the African continent. Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Boomerang’s Magic Makers Marks Nigeria’s Independence Day with 60 Reasons to Celebrate

The time has come to raise the flag, sing the national anthem, and observe a key moment in Nigeria's history. With 60 years since Nigeria gained independence from Britain, the country has more than enough reason to celebrate on the 1st of October! True to Nigerian culture, one can either go big or go home!

Thursday 17 September 2020

FG Unveils Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary Logo, Theme and Year-long Activities

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday rolled out the 60th independence anniversary celebration plans. Unveiling the logo and theme for the anniversary at the Council Chambers of the State House, President Muhmmadu Buhari said the celebration would be low-key this year, assured that his administration would henceforth ensure more inclusiveness.

Anzisha Prize Announces Top 20 Very Young African Entrepreneurs as part of 10th Year Celebration

The Anzisha Prize has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on the 27th of October, where the programme will be celebrating 10 years of supporting very young entrepreneurs.

Ladies Wing of Yoruba Tennis Club Donates Palliatives to LASUTH

In a bid to appreciate the effort of frontline workers at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), the women wing of the Yoruba Tennis Club has donated palliative items to frontline health workers and members of staff who got infected with the coronavirus.

Facebook and Vice President of Nigeria to host Fireside Chat at UN General Assembly

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and Facebook’s Vice President of Policy and Communication, Nick Clegg, are set to hold a virtual fireside chat on Facebook LIVE, on the 18th of September, 2020.

GIFA 2020: TAJBank Wins Best Islamic Bank for Marketing & Growth Strategy

TAJBank has won the award for Best Islamic Bank for Marketing & Growth Strategy at the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) 2020. 

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Alleged Abule Egba ATM Fraudster Is Not Our Staff - Stanbic IBTC Bank

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC has rebuffed the news making the rounds about the alleged arraignment of staff of the Bank on charges bordering on the theft of customers deposits. 

Tuesday 15 September 2020

SEC proposes rules regulating Blockchain and Crypto investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Nigeria has issued regulatory guidelines for digital currencies and crypto-based companies or startups to protect investors and create standards for ethical practices. 

Paxful Aims To Offer Easy And Affordable Global Payment Solutions

Leading peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, Paxful, has said it is making international payments more accessible and more affordable for Nigerians using modern DeFi technology.

Monday 14 September 2020

War Against Drugs: NDLEA Commends Red Star

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has commended Red Star Express Plc, one of Nigeria’s foremost logistics solutions providers, for its collaboration, professionalism, as well as the synergies with NDLEA officers posted to the establishment to ensure that every package passing through the system is without drugs or any counterfeit item.

Heritage Bank, FAMO provide succor for 300 private school teachers, SMEs

As part of efforts to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 on the education sector, Heritage Bank Plc in partnership with Honourable Fatima Mohammed (FAMO) foundation has provided succour to over 300 affected private school teachers and small-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Nigerian Sickle Cell themed movie Awarded 2020 International Best Film

Following the announcement of STRAIN earlier in the year, the yet-to-be-released Nigerian movie has won the award for the Best International Film 2020 at the Urban Film Festival in Miami USA.

Former Weber Shandwick Senior Executive Appointed as APO Group Vice President of Media Relations

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy on Monday, September 14, 2020 announced the appointment of Fathima Ebrahim as Vice President of Media Relations.

Angola Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition Returns to Luanda

Angola’s leading energy event organized by Africa Oil & Power returns for its second edition; On June 15-16, 2021, the key players of the Angolan energy industry will converge for the year’s biggest event, with two days packed with expert debates, networking opportunities and deal-making rounds; Angola Oil and Gas 2021 is expected to outdo the enormously successful first edition of 2019.

Kwik Delivery releases WooCommerce plugin, enabling 2-Hour Deliveries for Online Merchants

Kwik Delivery announces today that it has become the first African last-mile delivery platform to release a WooCommerce plugin, enabling thousands of Nigerian online merchants to integrate seamlessly its delivery service to their WordPress online stores. 

Mahmood Ahmadu conferred the Forbes ‘Best of Africa’ Award

In a virtual ceremony held on September 11th 2020, Mr. Mahmood Ahmadu – founder of Africa’s leading multi-business IT conglomerate - was one of three celebrated business leaders to be presented the Forbes Best of Africa Award for 2020. 

Thursday 10 September 2020

How Zimvest is Leveraging Technology to Demystify Wealth Creation for Individuals, HNIs and Corporate Clients

Digital Wealth Management Firm, Zimvest (Zedcrest Investment Managers) sets to make investing stress-free for Nigerians through its self-service wealth management platform.

HP Unveils Z Portfolio, World’s Most Secure, Manageable Workstations

HP Inc. has unveiled new additions to the Z by HP portfolio, the world’s most secure and manageable workstations designed to deliver all-out, uncompromised performance for users in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

Infinix launches its new X1 smart TV in Africa

Infinix, a global leader in consumer electronics market, launched its new X1 smart TV in September 7 with their flagship phone ZERO 8. With Android TV™, the high-quality viewing experience, and the AIoT technology, the new smart TV will develop the new business line for the company and take the entertainment of local customers to a new level.

Online Health Company Limited Launches A Telemedicine App

Online Health Company Limited on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 launched a one-stop hospital for all through a telemedicine app called “Ohealth Odoctor “ that bridges the gap between health consultants and the public bringing both parties together on-air for effective health delivery.

ITFC and Mizuho Bank Malaysia Sign US$100 million Trade Financing Deal

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signed a US$100 million Murabaha-structured line of trade finance with Mizuho Bank in Malaysia, a subsidiary of Mizuho Bank Japan. This financing will help ITFC extend its support to the member countries under its COVID-19 Response Plan that is targeted towards supporting both in public and private sectors.

Commonwealth marks 40 years of promoting democracy through election observation

The Commonwealth Secretariat is commemorating four decades of international election observation and its contribution to democracy.

Djembe Consultants and AfriLabs Partner to Produce Insights Report on Building a Resilient Innovative Africa in a COVID-19 World

Djembe Consultants, the award-winning African-focused communications consultancy, has partnered with AfriLabs,  the largest pan-Africa network of 225 technology and innovation centres across 47 countries in Africa, to develop a report on the future of African innovation amidst a backdrop of a global pandemic. The Report is themed ‘Building a Resilient Innovative Africa’ in line with the focus of the 5th AfriLabs Virtual Annual Gathering from October 12 to 14, 2020, where highlights from the Report will be unveiled.

Silverbird TV to Broadcast English Premier League Matches courtesy of a Sub-License Deal with Integral

One of Nigeria’s most entertaining TV stations, Silverbird Television (STV) has signed on to broadcast one live English Premier League match per week over the course of the 2020 – 2021 season. This deal was agreed with Integral, the current free-to-air rights holder for the Premier League matches in Nigeria.

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, leads the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced yesterday.

Emirates Collaborates with Huawei to Bring Enhanced Mobile App Experience and Benefits to Users

Emirates has announced a collaboration with Huawei, one of the world’s top smartphone brands, to promote the Emirates app to Huawei phone users and build a more convenient and rewarding experience for passengers as travel demand recovers in the post-pandemic era.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Visa Introduces new Loyalty Program and Cashback Offer to Reward Nigerian Cardholders

Visa has announced the launch of a loyalty program to reward 28,000 cardholders in Nigeria with 10% cashback when they spend up to N25, 000 using their Visa credentials online or via Point of Sale (POS) terminals. The offer will last till 30th of September, 2020.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

WGI and GE aim to bring literacy to millions through launch of new education platform

Lyra will initially teach users how to read and write in English, and will be offered for free to people in need of literacy skills the most; The app was co-developed by WGI and GE (, as part of their ongoing partnership; 20-year-old WGI CEO Chance Wilson and GE seek to expand literacy in many underserved communities around the world

9mobile gives away N20million, over 1000 smartphones in first three weeks of Mega Millions Promo

Leading customer-focused telecommunication company, 9mobile, is making good on its promise to put smiles on the faces of its customers. When the mobile operator announced the landmark national campaign tagged Mega millions promo three weeks ago, not many customers had any inkling that they would become millionaires.

PwC Loses Deputy Senior Partner, Tola Ogundipe

The management of PwC Nigeria has announced the passing on of its Deputy Senior Partner, Tola Ogundipe.

Airtel Launches ODU Smartbox

...To Boost Internet, Improve Home Broadband Experience 

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has taken another definitive step to significantly enhance Home Broadband experience for its customers as it announces the introduction of its new Home Broadband Internet booster dubbed the Airtel ODU (Outdoor Unit) Smartbox.

Paxful Boosts Operations in Nigeria by Expanding Local Footprint

Global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, Paxful, has plans to strengthen operations in Nigeria with a physical presence in Lagos which will be manned by employees dedicated to the Nigerian market. The country is the company’s leading market in terms of volume and number of users.

Monday 7 September 2020

Ray of hope as Nigeria's COVID-19 figures dwindle.

With the continuous increase in the rate of recovery from the dreaded Coronavirus, Nigeria appears to be winning the war against the pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the globe.

Emirates Brings Back Lagos and Abuja to its Route Network

Emirates has announced it will resume passenger services to Lagos from Monday, September 7 and Abuja from Wednesday, September 9 in Nigeria. The resumption of flights to both Nigerian cities takes Emirates’ African network to 13 destinations, as the airline works hard to help its customers travel safely and confidently, implementing industry-leading health and safety measures at all points of the travel journey.

Mouka Reaffirms Commitment to Consumers’ Wellbeing, Quality Product

Mouka, Nigeria’s foremost manufacturer of mattresses and beddings has restated its commitment to consumers’ Wellbeing by delivering quality products which enhance sleep and ultimately sound health.