BrandArena: May 2021

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.

Spaces is here, let’s chat

Last year Twitter introduced Spaces: live audio conversations on Twitter. Since then, the tech giant has been building and testing with a limited group and have found that hearing people’s voices bring conversations on Twitter to life in a completely new way.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Okonjo-Iweala announces appointment of four Deputy DG for WTO

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has announced the appointment of four new deputy director-general for the international trade organization.

African Energy Downstream Committee to drive African competitiveness, jobs, local content

...Downstream Specialist Philippe Cohen to Join Advisory Board

Further, Swiss-based downstream expert Philippe Cohen has joined the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board. Philippe will be mentoring and supporting the work of the African Energy Chamber by spearheading the newly established Downstream Committee. 

Domino's Re-Introduces Pan Pizza As The “DEEPER DEEP PAN PIZZA”

It's a good thing Domino’s didn't follow the old saying, "if you love something, let it go", No! They heard the people and have re-introduced our beloved Pan Pizza as the DEEPER DEEP PAN PIZZA. Softer, fluffier, and thicker! The REAL taste of Pan!

Verizon offloads media assets AOL and Yahoo to Apollo for $5 billion

Verizon Communications said on Monday it has agreed to sell its media assets, that includes Yahoo and AOL, to Apollo Global Management Inc for $5 billion, as it channels its focus on 5G. Under the terms of the deal, Verizon will receive $4.25 billion in cash, preferred interests of $750 million and retain a 10 per cent stake in Verizon Media.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Kaspersky strengthens West African footprint

As part of its strategy to grow its business in West Africa, Kaspersky has partnered with value-added distributor DataGroupIT who will provide the global cybersecurity company with access to new markets in Nigeria and Ghana.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Union Bank announces confirmation of Hamza Bassey as Board Chairman

Union Bank of Nigeria (Plc) has announced the confirmation of Mrs Beatrice Hamza Bassey as the Chairman Board of Directors of the bank.

Why Rite Foods’ Bigi Brand is Sponsoring Nigerian Idol Season 6 – Adegunwa, Rite Foods MD

Rite Foods Limited, a truly world-class and proudly Nigerian Food and Beverage Company, through its Bigi premium brand, is sponsoring the highly exciting Nigerian Idol Season 6, to pave way for the discovery of music talents among young Nigerians as well as the promotion of the entertainment industry in the country.

We acted in what we believed to be in the best interest of FBN - Awosika

The immediate past First Bank Chairman, Ibukun Awosika has finally reacted to the sack of the bank's board by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over bad loans, corporate governance issues and other related issues in a post on her Instagram account.