BrandArena: May 2021

Monday 31 May 2021

Mouka Gives the Gift of Comfort to Babies Born on Children’s Day in Lagos, Oyo, Other State’s Hospitals

As an advocate of a healthy sleep culture from the cradle, Mouka continues to raise awareness for the importance of quality sleep, especially in children, as this is necessary for sound physical and mental development.

Friday 28 May 2021

OldEnglish boss, Akogun Lanre Alfred rewards staff with Car gift

Handwork doesn’t go unnoticed, and someday reward will follow, and a reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

In a bold move to reward excellence and dedication to duty, the CEO of OldEnglish Supermarket and veteran media mogul, Akogun Lanre Alfred, has given a car gift to his longest standing staff member, Obafemi Ajayi otherwise known as Kanu, as a birthday gift.

Emirates wins record 8th consecutive Best Airline Worldwide award

...Bags three honours at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2021

Emirates has been voted ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ for the eighth consecutive time by the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2021. The airline also took home accolades for ‘Airline with the Best First Class’ and ‘Airline with Best Economy Class’.

Thursday 27 May 2021

Spotify Premium Launches Exciting Offer for Free and First-Time Nigerian Users

This is the best times for Nigerian music lovers as Spotify is launching new offers for its free and first-time users to enjoy the benefits of a Premium account.  

9PSB Says Start Them Young!

Happy Children’s Day!

Special treats and gifts are second nature to children and so much more so on Children’s Day. They expect to be pampered and shown some extra care. Beyond the treats, the day could serve as an opportunity to teach them important life skills.

Dominican College Abuja: A Time To Build

As part of efforts toward unveiling the ultra-modern educational facility, the Dominican Order held a press conference to bring the press and the public up to speed on the readiness of Dominican College Abuja to commence academic activities and to seek financial support.

A-List Nollywood Superstar Shares Her Testimonial After Sleeping On Royal Luxury Pillow Top Mattress By Mouka (VIDEO)

Nollywood celebrity, Chioma Akpotha, gives the first-class rating to the latest product launch by Nigeria’s leading brand of mattresses, Mouka. When expressing her first impressions about the mattress, the superstar said she thought Royal Pillow Top Luxury Mattress was imported because of its super-premium look and feel.

African brands retain 13% share of the Top 100 most admired brands in Africa

...Nike, Dangote, MTN, DSTV and GTBank ranked the most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has unveiled the 11th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands 2021 rankings of the Top 100 most admired brands in Africa in a virtual event hosted by Brand Africa, Publics Africa and Uganda Investment Authority.  

HP Inc. Launches ‘Digitally Advanced Schools’ Programme in Africa, Middle East

Today HP Inc. launched its new, comprehensive, digital teaching and learning programme, HP Digitally Advanced Schools, in key markets in Africa and the Middle East. The initiative brings together the complete education ecosystem by integrating three components: devices, solutions and capabilities, all under the HP brand.

Heritage Bank partners Silverbird to empower young creative Nigerians

… Train 1st batch of Ynspyre Project

 Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria most innovative banking service provider has joined forces with Silverbird Group to empower and deepen its supports to young entrepreneurs in the Nigeria creative and entertainment industry.

Monday 24 May 2021

GroupM and Choreograph Expand Audience Origin Offering to 12 Markets in Africa

GroupM SSA and WPP’s Choreograph announced today the expansion of proprietary Audience Origin data service into 12 markets in Africa, in response to a growing need from clients for better quality of data and insights around consumer attitudes, preferences and behaviour.

Friday 21 May 2021

‘Indomitables Eat and Win’ promo winners hit 1,500

The ‘Indomitables Eat and Win’ Promo which kicked off a couple of weeks ago has recorded 1, 500 winners so far as an additional 250 winners joined the winning team over the weekend.

Nigerian Women in PR Encourages Undergraduates to Pursue a Career in PR it delivers the fifth edition of the Public Relations Student on Campus Summit at LASU

Nigerian Women in PR (NGWIPR) over the weekend successfully delivered the fifth edition of its virtual Public Relations Students on Campus Summit which was held exclusively for students of the Lagos State University, Ojo. An initiative of the social impact organisation, the PR Students on Campus Summit is designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to interact and learn from young female public relations professionals, with the aim of providing practical and actionable information to help undergraduates make an informed career decision.

Thursday 20 May 2021

LG Racks Up 31 Red Dot Design Awards

...Recognized Again for Excellence in Product Design by Industry Experts

LG Electronics (LG) has once again been recognized for its strength in consumer and industrial design, earning an impressive 31 product design accolades at this year’s Red Dot Award, one of the design industry’s top honors. Introduced at CES 2021, LG’s designer appliances was honored with 5 awards which includes InstaView® Door-in-Door® refrigerator, Fridge and Freezer pair, CordZero stick vacuum, air conditioner and Styler.

#FacebookCreators: Owning their narratives and fueling success with passion

The ongoing Facebook Creators campaign which features eight creative artists from Nigeria and Ghana, has been an interesting exposé into the life of the creatives, producing great insights into their creative process, and highlighting how Facebook has provided the platform to positively impact their audiences.

IITA, Premier Agribusiness Academy sign MoU for Capacity Building, Food Security in Nigeria

Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA), Nigeria’s leading centre for learning and transferring innovative competencies required for sustainable investment in all allied industries of the agri-sector has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Africa’s leading agricultural research institute, The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for the purpose of the private sector and farmer capacity building.

Bybit to Launch Ether Futures Contract

Cryptocurrency exchange Bybit has announced today it will launch Ether futures contract on May 20, further diversifying its offerings of the leading altcoin.

Vertiv Introduces New Plug-and-Play Micro Data Center System for Edge Computing in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, today introduced the Vertiv VRC-S, a fully factory-assembled micro data center designed for fast, easy installation at the edge of the network and other small IT sites. Available now in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Vertiv VRC-S incorporates a rack power distribution unit (rPDU), the Energy Star 2.0 certified Vertiv Liebert GXT5 uninterruptible power supply, monitoring sensors and software, and the latest Vertiv VRC rack cooling system in a highly-efficient, all-in-one IT rack.

How LG is Championing SDGs through Environmentally Friendly Products and Collaboration

Achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is a Grand Challenge, especially for businesses. The SDGs provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world – laying out where we collectively need to go and how to get there.

Monday 17 May 2021

World Telecoms and Information Day - 9mobile Reaffirms Support for Nigeria’s Digital Transformation

As the world marks the 2021 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, with the theme: "Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times", telecommunication service provider, 9mobile has restated its commitment to drive the pace of digital transformation in Nigeria, through strategic investment in digital infrastructure.

RECYCLAN and EMPOWER partner to supply traceable, blockchain secured feedstock of Post Consumer PET

RECYCLAN, the market leader in sustainable recycled PET supply from Africa today announces a partnership with EMPOWER to set a new standard in transparent and traceable supply of certified post consumer and post industrial PET plastic from Africa. Empower is a blockchain enabled platform that generates value out of plastic waste - enabling collectors, recyclers, brands and consumers to make a real impact on the environment.

ExperientialNG Academy Lecture: Experts Tasks Marketing Leaders on Strategic Thinking

Experts want marketing leaders in Africa to pay close attention to strategic thinking if they want to maintain the competitive edge in today's very challenging business environment. This advice came at a free strategic training programme organised by experientialNG Academy for top marketing executives across West Africa.

Friday 14 May 2021

World Facility Management Day: Facility managers call for synergy towards an excellent built environment

As professionals in the Nigerian built environment converged in Lagos to mark this year's 'World Facility Management Day', facility managers and other stakeholders have called for synergy among players in the sector towards achieving an excellent built environment. 

Visit Rwanda and RwandAir Join Basketball Africa League as Official Partners

Visit Rwanda Designated a Founding and Host Partner; RwandAir Becomes the League’s Inaugural Season Official Airline; Inaugural BAL Season Will Take Place May 16-30 at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

Mouka Wins Most Outstanding Foam and Mattress Company of the Year Award

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of mattresses, pillows and other bedding products, has won the Most Outstanding Foam and Mattress Company of the Year at the Nigerian Real Estate and Property Awards 2021 held in Lagos recently.

LASUTH Surgeons perform Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer in the Head and Neck

…remains the only Nigerian hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Surgeons at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) have performed a successful Microvascular Tissue Transfer in the Head and Neck on a patient thus eradicating large disfiguring defects. The hospital has continually made giant strides in improving lives with its vision to be a center of excellence in healthcare delivery.  

Mastercard launches SME Dining Series Campaign “Start Something Priceless”

Mastercard has announced the launch of its SME Dining Series in support of small businesses in Abuja and Lagos. The initiative calls on people who have an appreciation of local good food, to join Mastercard in supporting small businesses, local restaurants and community livelihoods in Abuja and Lagos.

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Does Fintech Need the Nigerian Financial Markets?

The relationship between the Fintech Industry and the Financial Markets is a symbiotic one in that they both stand to gain tremendously from each other. Fintechs in Nigeria primarily need the capital markets for capital mobility. However, most of the Fintechs in Nigeria are startups, and the capital markets generally favours investing in already established companies that have a performance history and proof of concept. 

Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative held a digital launch for its E-Learning Platform

Children are the future; for Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative this understanding drives their forward-thinking approach to tackling challenges in the education sector in Nigeria. Since its inception, the initiative has prioritized non-conventional ways of teaching and learning.  

Anxiety, Excitement as Final 11 Contestants Compete in First Live Performance of Bigi Soft Drink Sponsored Nigerian Idol

The first live performance of the widely acclaimed Nigerian Idol reality show Season 6, screened on Sunday signposts the numerous music talents that abound in the country, as the 11 contestants demonstrated they have the capability to outwit each other for the winning prize.

South Africa’s Largest Fund Administrator Goes Live with Temenos

Temenos Multifonds Global Accounting platform enables Curo Fund Services to deliver seamless back office service; Curo is a third-party administrator for 3,000 funds with assets under management in excess of $150 billion; Agility and scalability of Temenos ( platform supports Curo’s large multi-client fund base and rapid pace of product evolution in the investment industry.

AppZone’s New HQ: The Hub for Africa’s Brightest Talent in Tech

On Friday, 30th April 2021, leading stakeholders from Nigeria’s banking and payments industry gathered in Lekki, Lagos, as AppZone Group, the leading fintech company in Sub Saharan Africa, launched its ultra-modern headquarters. The launch of the new AppZone office follows a decade of stealth operations, as the company has diligently congregated some of Africa’s best and brightest talents to build the de facto operating system for the continent’s banking and financial services industry.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Opens Call for Mentors

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries, is calling on exceptional individuals with a minimum of five years of business or professional experience to apply here for a chance to mentor young Africans through its US$100M TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. This call-to-action feeds into the Foundation’s mission to empower a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalyse economic growth, drive poverty eradication and ensure job creation across all 54 African countries.

Emirates to showcase its Premium Economy Seats for the first time at Arabian Travel Market 2021

Emirates will be showcasing its Premium Economy seats for the first time at Arabian Travel Market 2021 (ATM). The region’s leading travel and tourism exhibition will run from 16-19 May, and will be the first in-person travel industry event to take place since the onset of the pandemic.

Orange leads solar panel deployment across Africa and the Middle East

Orange is accelerating its solar projects in Africa and the Middle East to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2040. Across the entire region, many sites are not connected to the electricity grid and when they are, the quality of the grid often requires alternative backup solutions. To avoid using generators that run on fuel (fossil energy that emits CO2), Orange is putting in place several initiatives such as solar panels.

Olympic excitement builds ahead of World Rugby Sevens Repechage draw

World Rugby Sevens Repechage draw to take place at 10:00 BST (GMT+1) on Tuesday, 11 May; Monaco set to host the final Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification event on 19-20 June; 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s teams to compete for the final two women’s and one men’s places at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics; Fans can follow the draw live on World Rugby digital and social media platforms here.

Listing on LCFE: Heritage Bank-Dukia Gold set to unlock N344trillion market worth of gold

Heritage Bank for being part of valuable private sector collaboration with Dukia Gold & Precious Metals Refining Co. Limited is set to unlock the over N344trillion market worth of gold investible instruments in the solid minerals sector with the concluded plans of being listed on the Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange (LCFE).

Wema Bank Unveils Hackaholic 2.0 Bootcamp Winners

…Doles out over N8m seed fund to all winning start-ups

Wema Bank's Hackaholics 2.0, an acceleration aimed at helping startups scale and gain entrance into the market, came to an exciting end as the finalists were unveiled on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at the Bank’s corporate head office in Marina, Lagos.

Emirates launches India humanitarian airbridge to transport urgent COVID-19 relief items

Emirates has set up a humanitarian airbridge between Dubai and India to transport urgent medical and relief items, to support India in its fight to control the serious COVID-19 situation in the country.

Friday 7 May 2021

Heirs Oil & Gas Announces CEO and Board Appointments

...Welcomes former senior Shell executive, Osayande Igiehon, as CEO

Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), the leading African integrated energy company, has announced the appointment of Osayande Igiehon as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2021, together with a distinguished non-executive board, bringing together leading industry figures, with considerable global and regional experience.

Sanwo-Olu Unveils Creative Lagos Under Delyork Academy, Charges Creative Trainees to be Globally Competitive

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has said that his administration is giving a cutting-edge opportunity to practitioners in the creative sector to compete favourably with their contemporaries across the globe in the area of directing, cinematography, acting and in all the processes of film production from script to screen.

OVH Energy Announces O-Gas Giveaway to Reward Customer Loyalty

OVH Energy, the licensee of the Oando retail brand and Nigeria’s leading provider of trusted petroleum products and services, has announced its month-long giveaway to reward customers’ loyalty at select LPG Skid plants in various locations across Nigeria. The O-Gas lucky dip giveaway is a customer give back activation from the brand.

Thursday 6 May 2021

Animation films are the stars of the 8th edition of the NollywoodWeek film festival

The 8th edition of the NollywoodWeek film festival which will be launched online from May 6th to 9th is showcasing a record number of entries in the animation category. This year, NollywoodWeek, one of the leading forums for the discovery and distribution of high-quality productions from Nigeria has expanded to receive films from other African countries as well as the African Diaspora. Animation has made a stellar entrance into the festival according to festival director Nadira Shakur. 

Mastercard New Payments Index: Consumer Appetite for Digital Payments Takes Off in Nigeria

...78% of consumers in Nigeria say digital payments methods help them save money

As the world went into pandemic lockdown in 2020, consumers shifted their spending habits to embrace contactless tap-and-go payments and online shopping. As stores closed and social distancing took hold, retailers worldwide moved their businesses online, embraced e-commerce and explored the potential of new ways to pay. More than a year later, research from Mastercard shows that the adoption of new payment technologies is rising, and consumer appetite for new, fast and flexible digital experiences continues to grow.

Wednesday 5 May 2021

BON Hotels: Success Story of Hospitality Business Amidst COVID-19

Nigeria’s leading stakeholder in the hospitality business, the management of BON Hotels are obviously not resting on their oars to remodel, re-strategize, and expand their reach for efficiency and ultimately to meet the demands and satisfaction of their customers despite the worst hit of the deadly covid-19 pandemic which took a heavy toll on every aspect of human endeavours across the globe.

BIC Art Master: Search for 2021 best pen artists begins in Middle East and Africa

BIC, a world leader in Stationery, Lighters and Shavers, announced the launch of its continent-wide Art competition. The Stationery giant is searching for talented ball pen artists to submit their exceptional artwork for an opportunity to be named the Art Master of the Middle East and Africa.

Airtel Nigeria gets new Chief Executive Officer

Following the elevation of the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya to the position of CEO, Airtel Africa Plc; the telecom giant has the appointment of Mr C. Surendran to fill the role of the outgoing MD/CEO in Nigeria with effect from August 1, 2021.

Renewables supplied only a third of Africa’s electricity demand growth

An analysis of global electricity revealed that wind and solar showed resilient growth in 2020 despite the pandemic, forcing a record fall in global coal power. The Global Electricity Review published by energy think tank Ember analysed electricity data from every country in the world to give the first accurate view of the global electricity transition in 2020. 

Bybit to Launch Cloud Mining to Democratize Ethereum Mining

Cryptocurrency exchange Bybit will launch in May Bybit Cloud Mining, a mining-as-a-service (MaaS) product that gives users instant access to ether (ETH) mining from as little as $100. 

Applications across Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya now open for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program

Facebook has invited community leaders from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya to apply for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program — a program that offers participants training, mentorship and up to $50,000 USD in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.