BrandArena: February 2021

Saturday 27 February 2021

Arvind Pathak, Deputy GMD of Dangote Cement Takes A Bow

Dangote Cement Plc has announced the resignation of its Deputy Group Managing Director, Arvind Pathak. His resignation takes effect from the 25th of February 2021.

VP Osinbajo disagrees with CBN, calls for crypto regulation

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has called for Crypto regulation, stating that the role Crypto plays in the global financial ecosystem evidently shows that digital currency is inevitable.

Cadbury Nigeria rewards Bourn Factor Season 2 winners

Cadbury Nigeria, a part of Mondelēz International, and producers of the iconic Bournvita, a cocoa beverage drink, has rewarded the top three winning schools in the second edition of the Bourn Factor School Talent Hunt Competition, which took place nationwide, in 2020.

StanChart partners with Vetifly to Provide convenience for Clients

Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria entered a unique partnership with Vetifly. This on-demand helicopter service flies from Victoria Island to Ikeja International airport and vice versa for as low as $150 per seat.

Thursday 25 February 2021

Brands must own customer data to survive without cookies, says Elo Umeh

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Terragon Group, Mr. Elo Umeh has explained the critical role, ownership of Customers First-Party data plays to Brands, and the exponential value they add in Online Advertising.

VFD Group GMD, Nonso Okpala, buries dad

VFD Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Nonso Okpala, has bid farewell to his father, Nze Okpala Chude Onyemauche, in Uga, Anambra state.

Evercare Begins Operations of its State-of-the-Art Hospital in Lagos provide quality, specialist health services to all

Evercare Hospital Lekki, a private multispecialty tertiary care facility, has commenced operations in Lagos. The purpose-built state-of-the-art 165-bed multispecialty, tertiary care hospital is part of the Evercare Group, a leading impact-driven healthcare group in emerging markets operating hospitals, clinics and diagnostic facilities across Africa and South Asia. 

EXMAN Empowers Members On Tax, Pension Compliance

In a bid to ensure compliance and work within the details of the law, the Experiential Marketers' Association of Nigeria (EXMAN) empowered its members on taxation and pension scheme and how they can also take advantage of the opportunities inherent.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Facebook Partners with JA, Empowers Young People with Digital Marketing Skills

JA Nigeria announced a partnership with Facebook in line with the vision of raising a generation of digitally-inclined young business leaders, This new partnership will result in the incorporation of a Digital Marketing module into JA’s flagship Company Program to empower young people with Digital Marketing skills.

SAP Young Professional Program helps build more collaborative digital workforce in East Africa

The Young Professional Program, SAP's flagship digital skills build initiative, has welcomed the graduation of 27 SAP Associate Consultants in East Africa following their successful completion of an all-virtual training program.

Time for a digital scale-up in Africa to unlock the continent’s untapped creative economies - AIF Panelists

Digital platforms in Africa should scale up to take advantage of the continent’s surging demand for creative content, said Africa Investment Forum Senior Director Chinelo Anohu, adding that the African Development Bank flagship entity is providing advisory services and investment support to creative players.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Nestlé recognized as a Top Employer in Central and West Africa

People in Central and West Africa who are searching for the next step in their career can find inspiration in organizations with the exceptional work culture and people-first, HR best practices.

PwC’s Family Business Survey 2020: Why family businesses need to act now to protect their legacy tomorrow

Leading professional services firm, PwC, has released its 10th global bi-annual survey of family business owners, which reveals the current thinking and outlook of 2801 family business leaders across 87 territories including Nigeria.

Mouka Presents Customised Mattress to Afeez Agoro, Nigeria's Tallest Man for a Healthy Sleep

Mouka has presented a customised Wellbeing Regal orthopaedic mattress to Afeez Agoro, Nigeria's tallest man, for the quality sleep he desires for his 7 feet 4.58 inches frame.

Agile Practitioners Association of Nigeria Roll Out Plans For 2021 Conference

The Agile Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Nigeria’s largest Agile professional body, announced on Monday, February 22, 2021, plans to host the 4th edition of the Annual Agile Nigeria Conference 2021, themed “Strategic Agility – Market Creating Innovations”.

Ibadan welcomes 4G LTE Service from 9mobile

Nigeria’s leading customer-focused telecommunication company, 9mobile, has announced the deployment of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the ancient city of Ibadan.

Who should measure PR?

By Queen Nwabueze

In public relations, just as you and I can’t deny that PR starts and ends with research, we have agreed that Ad value equivalencies, impression counts, and clicks ALONE don’t measure awareness and other outcomes.

Monday 22 February 2021

Industry experts seek to decipher corporate social investment conundrum at Industry Evening Summit

...Awosika, Ogunkoya, Badejo-Okusaya, Eiremiokhae to be honoured with LIFETIME awards

The Industry Evening Summit, a flagged platform to discuss the marketing and marketing communications industry in Nigeria, has concluded plans to host its second edition of the event to discuss the balance question in the management of corporate social investment by big corporations.

Emirates SkyCargo partners with UNICEF for vaccines distribution

Emirates SkyCargo is partnering with UNICEF as part of the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to expedite the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. UNICEF recently launched the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative, and Emirates airline was one of the 10 leading airlines to sign agreements with UNICEF  to support the prioritization of delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices and other critical supplies to respond to the pandemic.

Brazzaville’s FIFA Regional Development Office inaugurated

Another FIFA Regional Development Office, on this occasion in Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of the Congo, has been inaugurated, furthering FIFA’s commitment to supporting its member associations on the ground in the delivery of infrastructure, competitions, development and education projects.

9mobile Advocates Indigenous Languages Preservation with Int’l Mother Language Day

Nigeria’s telecommunication company, 9mobile has thrown its weight behind efforts to preserve Nigeria’s indigenous languages and cultural diversity with the celebration of International Mother Language Day, a United Nations initiative to encourage the preservation and protection of all languages.

Friday 19 February 2021

IFMA Nigeria reaffirms partnership with the University of Lagos to up-skill Facility Managers

In a bid to strengthen the capacity building and professional development of Facility Managers, the International Facility Management Association, IFMA, Nigeria Chapter reaffirmed her partnership with the University of Lagos towards the training of more professionals in the country. This was highlighted during the courtesy visit of the association led by the President, Mr. Segun Adebayo and other members of the Council. 

WhatsApp extends date to accept its new terms to May 15

WhatsApp has announced that it is extending the date to accept its new terms and conditions to May 15 - three months from its initial cut-off date (February 8).

Invesco Appoints New Managing Director, Africa

...Africa will be the investment story of the 21st century, says Invesco

Invesco has announced the appointment of Gwendolyn Ansah Smith as Managing Director, Africa reporting to Zainab Kufaishi, Head of the Middle East and Africa.

Thursday 18 February 2021

CBN Issues Regulatory Framework for Open Banking in Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in line with its mandate to promote financial system stability, has issued the Regulatory Framework for Open Banking in Nigeria.

Peter Najarian appointed to NaturalShrimp's Advisory Board

NaturalShrimp, Inc., an aquaculture Company which has developed and patented the first commercially operational Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) for shrimp, announced today that it has appointed Peter Najarian to its advisory board. 

FIFA President kicks-off African visit with stadium inauguration in Mauritania

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the first stop on an itinerary that will see him visit FIFA member associations in several African countries along with heads of state and African Union (AU) Chairperson Félix Tshisekedi over the coming days.

World Bank Group appoints Makhtar Diop as IFC Managing Director and Executive Vice President

World Bank Group President, David Malpass, has announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop as Managing Director and Executive Vice President to head the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with effect from March 1, 2021. His appointment was revealed in a press statement that was released by the World Bank Group on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Lagos NIPR Congratulates Okonjo-Iweala On Her Appointment As DG, WTO

...says it for the good of the world

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has commended and celebrated the decision of the Board of the World Trade Organisation appointing Nigeria's Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its Director-General concluding a long and arduous process with merit trumping over politics. 

Eko Atlantic: Building a Smart City For Business and Leisure

With the aim of transforming one of Africa’s busiest commercial cities - Lagos into a new economic capital and financial powerhouse, South Energyx, the project planners and designers of Eko Atlantic City, is defying all odds and proving all those doubting Thomases wrong with its unwavering commitment to deliver one of the continent’s largest infrastructural projects.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

P&G, FMITI, BoI, and Others Empower Hundreds of SMEs in Nigeria During the 2021 P&G - BoI SME Academy

Leading consumer goods company in Nigeria, P&G, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment (FMITI) and the Bank of Industry (BoI), provided access to trainings for over 700 SMEs during the 2021 P&G – BoI SME Academy. The first day and launch of the Academy took place on the 12th of February 2021.

Visa Expands Practical Business Skills – Free Education Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Visa Inc. has announced the expansion of Practical Business Skills, a global digital platform delivering free education resources to help small and micro business (SMB) owners make confident, informed decisions to grow their businesses. 

Red Star Express Shows Resilience In The Midst of Turbulence

After a turbulent 11 months of contending with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the events that plagued the Nigerian business environment, Red Star ExpressPlc is hopeful about the future as it is gradually but steadily making remarkable progress in its financial performance. This was reiterated upon by the Chief Executive Officer of the company during a recent interview in Lagos.

Japan, African Development Bank Group, sign JPY 73.6 billion loan agreement

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the African Development Fund (ADF) – the concessional arm of the African Development Bank Group – on Tuesday signed a loan agreement of 73.6 billion Japanese yen ($668.1 million) to support the 15th replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF-15).

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Cold Stone Creamery Goes Digital... Unveils Mobile App and E-Commerce Platform

As part of the ways to further offer satisfaction to customers, Cold Stone Creamery, the leading Ice cream brand across the world, has launched a mobile application and an E-commerce site for Nigerians. It is simple, fast, easy to use, and offers indulgence on the go. 

Afro-Tech Girls Hosts Maiden Event to Commemorate International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Afro-Tech Girls, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging and empowering females in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), recently hosted a conference, in partnership with IHS Nigeria, to commemorate   the International Day of Women and Girls in Science themed ‘Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.’

Mastercard partners MTN to empower millions of consumers in Africa to make payments on global platforms

Mastercard and MTN on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership to enable millions of consumers in 16 countries across Africa to make global e-commerce payments safely and securely.

2021 Anzisha Prize applications open as need for job creation soars during pandemic

The Anzisha Prize launched the 2021 call for Africa’s biggest award for young entrepreneurs between, 15 and 22. Applications have now opened for the latest cohort, with successful entrepreneurs standing a chance to win a shared prize of US$100 000 and join the prestigious Anzisha Prize fellowship program. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the world, young entrepreneurs are building opportunities for their communities and peers.

StanChart hosts clients to Companies and Allied Matters Act and Finance Act 2020 roundtable discussion

Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited in conjunction with leading law firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (UUBO) hosted clients, Global investors, Custodians, Bankers and Institutional investors to a review of the major changes in the CAMA and Finance Act 2020 and its impact their businesses.  

Zedvance Rewards Loyal Customers with Valentine's Campaign

In celebration of love and brand loyalty, leading consumer finance company, Zedvance Finance Limited on Sunday, February 14, 2021 paid surprise visits to some of its customers in Nigeria. Through a specially-designed campaign themed #WithLoveFromZedvance, several customers received exciting gift items in commemoration of the Valentine season. 

Friday 12 February 2021

2021 Outlook: FBNQuest Research sees modest GDP Growth for Nigeria

...Forecasts another positive year for equities

After slipping into its second recession in 5 years, Nigeria’s economy is projected to expand by 2.0% in 2021 on the back of a modest fiscal stimulus and targeted private investment. This is the view of the Research team at FBNQuest and was a key talking point during the Leading Conversations with FBNQuest webinar hosted by the firm to elaborate on its 2021 Outlook report published earlier this month.

The Epic New Galaxy S21 Is Now Available

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S Series has received amazing reviews around the world. It is clearly Samsung’s greatest Galaxy yet. The new Galaxy S21 5G series builds on its impressive legacy to offer a premium flagship experience that makes everyday epic. And starting from today, Galaxy S21 5G will be available in stores Nationwide. It is available in a variety of models, including Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which has the fastest processor on a Galaxy and its smartest and brightest display ever.

African Union and FIFA commit to build on positive results and to accelerate collaboration

Two years to the day of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, African Union (AU) Chairperson Félix Tshisekedi and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have discussed an action plan that will accelerate several aspects of the agreement aimed at contributing for the benefit of African society, and, in particular, younger generations.

Ecobank Nigeria announces the pricing of its Senior Unsecured $300 million bond

Ecobank Nigeria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading pan-African banking giant, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the parent company of the Ecobank Group, announced that it has successfully priced its USD 300 million bond issuance maturing in February 2026, with the settlement of the bond to take place on 16 February 2021.

Thursday 11 February 2021

Mohammed Mijindadi Appointed as President for General Electric in Nigeria

GE has announced the appointment of Mohammed Mijindadi as President of GE Nigeria. In this role, Mohammed will focus on strengthening GE’s impact in Nigeria, building strong stakeholder relationships across Power, Healthcare, Aviation and Renewable Energy sectors, and supporting the businesses to develop and execute the market strategy.

Nigeria’s IROKO reveals plan to go public on London Stock Exchange

Nigerian-based media company, IROKO has revealed plans to go public on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market in 2022.

Visa and GIG Logistics partner to enable eCommerce delivery

Visa has announced a partnership with logistics provider, GIG Logistics (GIGL), to introduce special eCommerce Tariff for Small Businesses in Nigeria. The collaboration allows merchants who have signed up on the Visa Small Business Hub access to a discounted tariff plan for their logistics needs with the foremost logistics provider.

Accept Travel Documents, Refugee ID For Transactions, CBN Orders Banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks and other financial institutions to accept Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRCTD) and Refugee Identification Card, as means of identification for financial transactions.

Tuesday 9 February 2021

The search for income in 2021

by Manpreet Gill

Over the last decade, low bond yields and major central banks’ zero interest rate policy have been rough for investors looking for income.

Bolt Facilitates Online Safety for Taxi-Hailing Riders in Nigeria

...Donates equipment to the Lagos Vehicle inspection service centre
In a bid to ensure the optimum safety for all riders in Nigeria, Bolt, the fastest-growing ride-hailing platform in Nigeria, recently donated office equipment to the Lagos State Ministry of Transport’s Vehicle Inspection Service Centre. This donation is aimed at assisting the centre in the seamless adoption of the new ride-hailing regulations by the Lagos State Ministry of Transport, providing the necessary documentation for ride-hailing drivers in the State.