BrandArena: April 2021

Friday, 9 April 2021

Africa’s largest inter-university hackathon brings students together on Zindi for data science, for good

UmojaHack Africa 2021 was an unprecedented success, bringing more than 1000 students from 126 universities across Africa to compete on Zindi in a virtual machine learning hackathon on the weekend of 27-28 March. More than $10 000 USD in prizes were awarded to data science students from 9 African countries, and more than 8500 submissions were made to solve three real-world machine learning challenges on Zindi.

Netflix partners with the GRAMMY Museum to present Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues

In celebration of the Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Netflix in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum present Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues, a half-hour television special about the music icon and trailblazer. 

FIFA, FECOFA and DRC sign historic MoU for African schools football competition

Yesterday in Kinshasa, FIFA, the Congo DR Football Association (FECOFA) and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed an historic MoU that will see the creation of a schools football championship.

Canon unveils CJ17ex6.2B – a 4K-capable BCTV lens with wide focal length range

Responding to the growing requirement for broadcasters to upgrade from HD to 4K, and the need for a 4K workflow to suit a range of budgets, Canon Europe ( today announces the launch of the CJ17ex6.2B. This versatile, compact, lightweight and optically excellent lens for 2/3” 4K cameras, is Canon’s latest addition to its UHDgc series of portable 4K broadcast zoom lenses. 

Partners in Progress: MTN Nigeria sponsors 50th ICAN Conference

In support of the accounting profession, MTN Nigeria sponsored the 50th Annual Accountants’ Conference that held from April 5 - 9, 2021 at the Abuja International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, Nigeria.

Court Grants CBN Request To Freeze 11 Company Accounts Pending Investigations

Justice A.R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has granted the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) request to direct First City Monument Bank Limited to freeze forthwith, all transactions on the bank accounts of 11 companies and individuals for 45 days, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

Eat’N’Go Expands to East Africa with the Acquisition of Domino’s Pizza and Coldstone Franchise in Kenya

...projects a total of 180 stores in Africa by end of 2021

Eat’N’Go Limited, the leading Quick Service Restaurant operator in Nigeria and Master Franchisee for world-class food brands - Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, today announced its expansion into East African market. This comes after the successful acquisition of the franchisee which operated Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza in Kenya.

Upgrade your Netflix Experience with these Hacks

Ever wondered if you’re making the most out of your Netflix experience or if there are features or tricks you didn’t know about? Well, even if you hadn’t we thought we’d also help you level up your Netflix skills with these pro tips: 

SEC warns Nigerians against investing in unregistered online trading platforms

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) has again warned Nigerians against investing in unregistered online investment and trading platforms which purportedly facilitate direct access of the investing public in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to securities of foreign companies listed on Securities Exchanges registered in other jurisdictions. 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Tomisin Fashina Named as Group Executive, Operations & Technology at Ecobank

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the parent company of the Ecobank Group, announces that Tomisin Fashina has been appointed as its new Group Executive for Operations & Technology, a position he will now hold in addition to his existing role of Managing Director of eProcess International.

Verdant Capital raises USD 9.9 M Series A equity capital for Tugende, a technology-enabled MSME lender in East Africa

The transaction is the most recent for the award-winning fintech and financial inclusion investment banking franchise of Verdant Capital. Partech Africa, a member of the Partech Group, a leading global technology venture capital fund, and Enza Capital invested in the USD 3.6 million extensions round - agreed and structured in 2020 - bringing the total Series A volume to USD 9.9 million. 

African presidents and global leaders support bold action on climate change adaptation for Africa

In a historic and united show of solidarity for a continent that contributes only 5% to global emissions, more than 30 heads of state and global leaders committed to prioritize actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and “build forward better.”

Driving Digital Inclusion to Promote Global Equality

Covid-19 has accelerated the rate of digital technology adoption around the world, but also revealed the depth of the digital divide worldwide. For millions of people living in Africa, who do not have access to the internet or laptops and smartphones, the pandemic has resulted in greater social and economic isolation.

DLM Capital Group to Tap into Nigeria’s Fintech Opportunity, Acquires MFB License

Leading developmental investment bank, DLM Capital Group, has announced its plans to expand into Nigeria’s million-dollar fintech sector following its acquisition of Links Microfinance Bank.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Rite Foods supports Environmental Initiative, Rid Lagos of 1,767.2kg of Waste

As part of its commitment to environmental protection, Rite Foods Limited, a world-class proudly Nigerian Foods and Beverages Company, has sponsored the cleanup of the Alpha beach, in Lekki, Lagos, where 1,640kg and 127.2kg of solid and recyclable waste respectively, were cleared, as part of efforts at preserving the environment and in support of the Lagos State Government cleaner-Lagos initiative.

Mouka Celebrates Easter with Consumer Promotion, Launches Luxury Mattress

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of branded mattresses, pillows and other bedding products, joins its consumers as they celebrate Easter.

Entries Open For 2021 Canon Student Development Programme

...250 students to participate across EMEA in September

Canon Europe has announced the 2021 Canon Student Development Programme, now in its fifth consecutive year. Running from 1st – 4th September 2021, Canon will offer 250 students from across Europe, Middle East and Africa the exclusive opportunity to participate in its bespoke educational programme designed to enhance students’ visual storytelling skills and advance their careers.  

Nigerian PR Measurement Agency launches "Get-Report" for Public Relations Consultants

P+ Measurement Services, Nigeria's leading Independent Public Relations (PR) measurement and evaluation agency, has introduced “Get-Reports” a product that allows the purchase of PR performance audit reports. It is the first of its kind in the Nigerian Public Relations industry.

Facebook research unveils tips for Nigerian businesses to plan and adapt during Ramadan

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the way people live, connect, shop and discover. This was more evident during Ramadan, a period of introspection and celebration for nearly 2 billion people. During Ramadan, people want to come together, whether virtually or socially distanced, to share joy with loved ones. Despite inevitable differences in recent years, we will see the emergence of new discovery and shopping behaviours.

Emirates Skywards launches exclusive double Tier Miles offer for members

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, has rolled out an exclusive offer to help members fast-track to higher tier status. Members can automatically earn double Tier Miles on all Emirates and flydubai flights booked from 1 April until 30 June, for travel between 1 April and 30 December 2021.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Award-winning movie Eyimofe returns to Nigeria after successful run at world’s top film festivals

GDN Studios, part of The Guardian Group, has announced the premiere and cinema release of its debut film Eyimofe (This is My Desire), following an extensive tour of the global film festival circuit. The movie will have its Nigerian premiere on Sunday, April 18, just days before opening in cinemas on Friday, April 23.

Ntaganda case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms conviction and sentencing decisions

On 30 March 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgments confirming, by majority, the decision of Trial Chamber VI (“Trial Chamber”) of 8 July 2019, which found Bosco Ntaganda guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2002-2003. Furthermore, the Appeals Chamber unanimously confirmed the Trial Chamber’s decision of 7 November 2019, by which Mr Ntaganda was sentenced to a total of 30 years of imprisonment. The conviction and the sentence are now final.

Ermanno Zanini Named as Regional VP and GM of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hospitality company, has announced the appointment of Ermanno Zanini to the role of Regional Vice President and General Manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, its flagship hotel in the United Arab Emirates.

API and African Energy Chamber sign First MoU to expand Natural Gas and Oil Industry Standards and Initiatives

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the African Energy Chamber (AEC) ( have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on capacity building initiatives and standardization to enhance safety, environmental protection and sustainability in African countries producing natural gas and oil.

COVID 19: Driving Organizational Success Through Project Management

A recent report published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) from its 2020 Pulse of the Profession data, shows that on average, about 11.4% of investment is wasted as a result of poor project performance. According to the research, many companies lack mature project management as a strategic competency for driving change, exposing them to failure two times more than the companies that are efficiently managing their projects.

Eat’N’Go Expands its Footprint to Northern Nigeria

Eat’N’Go Limited, leading franchisee for world-class food brands, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has launched two new outlets in the Northern part of Nigeria – Kano state. 

CADAM Graduates 49th Set of Beneficiaries

A Non-Governmental Organisation with a focus on substance abuse and rehabilitation, Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) has graduated not less than 36 people -31 male and 5 female - who make up its 49th set of beneficiaries at a graduation ceremony held over the weekend.