BrandArena: October 2020

Monday, 19 October 2020

Nokia secures $14.1m NASA funding to roll out 4G on the Moon

Finnish telecoms giant, Nokia has announced that it is working with the US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to ensure that the new wave of lunar astronauts will be able to post their experience to their Instagram account if they so desire.

Heritage Bank to engage 774, 000 jobs Special Public Works Programme November 1st

Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service providers is set to commence the account opening with Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) for the earmarked 774,000 participants of the SPW Programme in their branches, throughout the 774 Local Government Areas.

P&G partners National Centre for Women Development to Commemorate 2020 International Day of the Girl Child

…donates Pampers diapers and Always sanitary pads to promote hygiene management in Nigeria

Leading Consumer Goods Company in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, has partnered the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) to celebrate the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child. With this initiative, P&G has provided 4,000 Always sanitary pads and 20,000 Pampers diapers to promote health and hygiene management amongst young mothers and adolescent girls in the rural areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Cross River state. 

Thursday, 15 October 2020

#EndSars: I Ordered Closure of Flutterwave's Payment Channel - Chairman

Contrary to the news making the rounds that the Central Bank of Nigeria ordered the closure of Flutterwave payment channel, the Chairman of Flutterwave, Tunde Lemo, a former deputy governor of the apex bank, according to emerging reports directed the suspension of the fintech firm’s payment platform.

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets the Ikorodu Bois

Recently on African Voices Changemakers, CNN’s Arit Okpo meets the Ikorodu Bois, the Nigerian kids using their creative talent to take over social media and Hollywood.

Emirates Enlightens the world on Human Trafficking through ‘ice’

Emirates is proud to enlighten the world about the misconceptions and the reality of human trafficking and exploitation happening globally by supporting It’s a Penalty’s campaign’s newest global film “What is Human Trafficking?” which is now available on ‘ice’.

Understanding a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

The Limited Liability Company or LLC is an alternative type of business entity. A Limited Liability Company or LLC is like a corporation regarding limited liability, and it’s like a partnership regarding the flexibility of dividing profit among the owners. An LLC can elect to be treated either as a partnership or as a corporation for federal income tax purposes. Consult a tax expert if you’re facing this choice.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

How Artificial Intelligence helps Huawei build Green Data Centres

Data centres are being overhauled, revamped and modernised to support digital transformation and the power-hungry cloud deployments they contain.

9mobile in massive nationwide customer loyalty reward campaign

…over 59million naira, 3000 smartphones won in ongoing Mega Millions Promo

In a bold move to further strengthen its customer experience niche while also rewarding and empowering its subscribers especially in the wake of the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s leading customer-centric telecommunication company, 9mobile, has continued to reward customers with millions of naira and smartphones across the country. So far, the promo has rewarded over 59 customers with N1million each and given out 3,000 smartphones and counting to lucky winners. 

#EndSars: Lagos NIPR Call For End of Police Brutality

…Seeks Reorientation of the Men of the Nigeria Police Force

The Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations; Segun Mcmedal, on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 called for an immediate end to police brutality in the country.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Red Star Express Reports N10.5billion Turnover

One of Nigeria’s foremost logistics solutions providers, Red Star Express Plc, has again posted profits in its annual turnover. For the year ended in March 2020, the company recorded an impressive turnover of N10.5billion in the year under review which is a 5percent increase over the preceding year. This was announced at the 27th Annual General Meeting of the company held recently in Lagos.

Bringing Design to the East, Mbari Uno Forum Partners with NzukoLabs and Society of Igbo Professionals.

Mbari Uno Forum is proud to announce her partnership with NzukoLabs and its first project, Obodo Oma, the urban reimagining initiative by the Society of Igbo Professionals. The partnership is an endeavour that is poised to establish a platform that promotes collaborative problem solving through design innovation, invention, education, and collaboration. 

Olori Sekinat Elegushi Opens Multi-billion Naira Event Centre In Lagos

...holds a classy birthday party for Sanwo-olu’s aide

A woman with virtues will always find reasons to add more to her husband’s high-flying fortunes, and will continue to take great steps in this dimension, especially when her husband is in the vanguard of doing great things for his people.

Top 10 Finalists of “Africa’s Business Heroes” Grand Finale Announced

...Confirmed finale judges include Jack Ma, Ibukun Awosika, Strive Masiyiwa and Joe Tsai

Ten finalists, 50% female and from eight African countries, gear up for grand finale pitch in November; confirmed finale judges include Jack Ma, Ibukun Awosika, Strive Masiyiwa and Joe Tsai; ABH televised show featuring this year’s competition will air in November and December.

ENGIE appoints Gillian-Alexandre Huart to lead its Access to Energy business in Africa

ENGIE has announced the appointment of Gillian-Alexandre Huart as CEO of ENGIE Energy Access, its Access to Energy business in Africa, tasked with providing millions of households and businesses across the continent with clean and affordable energy.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Western Digital Redefines the Next-gen Gaming Experience with Expanded WD_BLACK Portfolio

Western Digital Corp. is helping gamers enhance their setups and adapt to the evolving gaming landscape heralded by the next generation of games with today’s introduction of three new and upcoming products for its WD_BLACK portfolio of storage solutions. These include its first NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) with next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology, a fully bootable Gen3 x8 add-in-card and a Thunderbolt 3-powered NVMe SSD gaming dock, each offering eye-catching RGB lighting options.

ICD Completes Pricing for a 5-Year USD 600 Million Sukuk Issuance

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, (ICD), a multilateral development financial institution and the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG), announces successful completion of the pricing of a five-year USD 600 million Sukuk issuance at MS + 140bps.  

Huawei Releases Banking Resilience Index for 2020 and Beyond

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2020, International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, along with Huawei (, have released a major White Paper titled “Banking Industry Rises up to the New Normal”. 

Smart Africa welcomes Orange’s collaboration on service and data security for end-users

Orange, a platinum member of the Smart Africa Alliance, supports the One Africa Network (OAN) project which has the aim of reducing the cost of communication and keeping the traffic generated and destined for Africa within Africa.

Phillips Consulting introduces Bite-Sized Micro-Courses to fuel the future of work in Nigeria

Work as we knew it was always poised to undergo a massive transformation driven by several developments. It was characterized by conflicting information and rooted behaviours for almost a decade.

Sanwo-Olu commissions N60 million COVID-19 Holding Bay, High Care Unit at LASUTH

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu today commissioned a self-contained 20 bed holding bay and high care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to isolate suspected Covid-19 patients/cases to avoid further exposure of other patients before their test results come out.

Time for an Ambitious Response to COVID-19 from Africa - FBNQuest

The international media have picked up on the theme that “Africa has done all right” in the fight against COVID-19. This is understandable in terms of the number of cases and deaths: 1.3 million cases out of 35.8 million globally and 37,000 deaths out of 1.0 million globally according to the EU’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. As many as 680,000 cases and 17,000 deaths have been reported from just one country (South Africa).

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Meet the Sarkin Yorubawa Funtua - Alhaji Murtala Sani Adeleke

In Katsina State, the history of Yoruba migrants and settlers can be traced to the pre-colonial era. Today, we still have a Yoruba Community in Funtua that unites and connects all the Yoruba resident, headed by Alhaji Murtala Sani Adeleke who was born in Funtua, Katsina State to the family of the then Sarkin Yorubawa Funtua Alhaji Sani Adeleke and mother, Hajia Fatima Aisha Adeleke. His dad, a very religious Muslim, who raised all his Children the Islamic way and ensured they all have the mandatory Islamic education which he also benefited from, before his enrolment into the conventional primary school. 

Zedcrest Group Celebrates Customer Service Week …Rewards Customers and Staff

New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Group celebrated the 2020 Customer Service Week with series of customer reward and staff recognition activities as a show of appreciation for their unalloyed loyalty to the group.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Emirates Launches New NDC-Powered Connectivity For Trade Partners

In order to ensure easy and direct access to Emirates’ rich content and other services, the airline has launched a suite of connectivity options for its trade partners around the world. Nigeria Trade Partners amongst others can now benefit from this Emirates Gateway, which was developed using IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) standards, and now available on the recently launched Emirates Partners Portal, a new state-of-the-art- online platform.

Paxful Strengthens Crypto Transactions With the Addition of the Naira Token

Global peer-to-peer crypto marketplace Paxful partnered with BuyCoins as part of its localization efforts to add Naira token (NGNT), a Naira pegged stablecoin, as a payment method to the platform. With this partnership, users will be able to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT) using NGNT.

Nigeria PR Measurement Agency Elevates Key Personnel For Optimum Efficiency

P+ Measurement Services, Nigeria’s foremost and fastest growing Independent Public Relations (PR) Measurement Agency, has elevated its key personnel to new positions for optimum efficiency and to maintain its stance as a thought leader in the Industry.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Breaking the Cycle of Neglect: New Report Highlights the Economic Benefits of Eliminating NTDs in Africa

...More than 1.7bn people require treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) worldwide, with over 40% of the burden in Africa

Over 560 million people across Africa remain at risk of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) - a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases, such as river blindness and intestinal worms. In the over 140 countries across Africa where NTDs persist, there is a great economic and social burden due to these diseases. 

Heritage Bank, 5 others receive FG’s letter of engagement to open 774, 000 SPW beneficiaries’ accounts

Following its commitments to teeming entrepreneurs and youths’ empowerment, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider has been engaged by the Federal Government to commence account opening for beneficiaries of the Special Public Works Programme through-out the 774 local governments.

mediaReach OMD Latest Newsletter Harps on Reimagination of Everything Amidst COVID-19

mediaReach OMD, Nigeria’s foremost marketing and media agency, in its latest newsletter, posits that the changes caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have led to the reimagination of everything in the media and marketing ecosystem in quest of new normal.

IAA Elects First African, Joel Nettey, as the Chairman & World President

Joel Nettey, a Ghanaian and the first African to hold such position, has been elected as the Chairman and World President of the International Advertising Association (IAA), the global compass for marketing and communications. His election was held virtually during the World Board Meeting of the International Advertising Association on October 5th 2020. Srinivasan Swamy has handed over the baton of the Chairman and World President to Joel E. Nettey, CEO, Innova DDB, Ghana.

Lagos NIPR Unveil Speakers For Digital Public Relations Summit 2020

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations today announced the confirmed speakers headlining the fifth Lagos Digital Public Relations Summit, themed: Shaping Virtual Brand Experience, holding from Wednesday 21st – Thursday 22nd, October 2020 online.

Emirates expands network in Europe

Emirates has announced it will resume flights to Budapest (from 21 October), Bologna (1st November), Dusseldorf (1st November), Hamburg (1st November) and Lyon (4th November), expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient connections via Dubai.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Fidelity Bank Nigeria Announces the Appointment of 2 Directors

Fidelity Bank Nigeria Plc has announced the appointments of Engr. Henry Ikem Obih as the Independent Non-Executive Director, and Dr. Kenneth Onyewuchi Opara as the Executive Director of the Bank, with effect from September 21, 2020 and January 1, 2021 respectively. Both appointments have been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Vantage Capital invests $28.0 million in Cliniques Internationales du Maroc Group Holding

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today that it has made a $28.0 million equity investment to acquire a significant minority shareholding in the Cliniques Internationales du Maroc Group (“CIM Santé Group”). 

Nigeria @ 60: Lagos State Partners Fly Africa to Put Nigeria on the World Map

It was all cheers and gleeful celebration at the indoor sports hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, as Fly Africa, an initiative of Outori Limited, in conjunction with the Lagos State Government, broke a Guinness World record in celebration of Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee Independence Anniversary. 

Cardiac Community Organizes Heart Dialogue to Stress the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

Cardiac community, a not for profit organization increasing awareness of cardiovascular disease and encouraging heart health organized the second edition of its annual heart dialogue conference to stress the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The event was held to commemorate World Heart day.

Heritage Bank celebrates 2020 Customer Service Week

In a bid to deepen its partnership and create wealth for their individual customers, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider joins the rest of the world to celebrate the annual Customer Service Week themed, “Dream Team.”

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Cellulant Nigeria CEO Bolaji Akinboro Resigns, 35 Staff Sacked Over Irregularities on Agrikore

Bolaji Akinboro has resigned as the CEO of Cellulant Nigeria and 35 members of staff were laid off due to irregularities observed with its Agrikore marketplace program.

Facebook is now merging Instagram and Messenger chats into one service

Facebook has announced that Facebook Messenger and Instagram users are now able to communicate between these two apps and it will also bring a number of Facebook Messenger features to the Instagram DM platform to improve the experience on the latter.

Heritage Bank joins in celebration of Nigeria @60

…Rewards Nigerians for “National Pledge” pidgin recitation

Heritage bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider joins the nation to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.

SAP technology makes New KCC 'cream of the crop' in East Africa

With low operational visibility, slow, outdated processes and a vision of growing its footprint, one of Africa's oldest dairy processor & distributor turned to technology to transform its operations and get it in shape for the 21st century digital economy.

Nigeria @60 Full Speech: Buhari’s Independence Day Address


Fellow Nigerians

I speak to you today as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch occasion of our country’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I wish to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me with your hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria.

Emirates expands network in Africa

Emirates announces it will restart services to Entebbe, Uganda on 1 October. The addition of Entebbe expands Emirates' African network to 20 destinations, enabling customers to safely and easily connect to destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, the Middle East and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.