BrandArena: June 2021

Wednesday 30 June 2021

PMI Announces 2021 Future 50 List Celebrating 50 Young Rising Leaders Changing the World

Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced its second annual Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on and a special issue of PM Network magazine, represent a new generation of fearless, young innovators who drive transformation and create positive social impact across the globe. 

LG Introduces Smart Features for Refrigerators and Washing Machines

To advance the functionality of today’s home appliances to a whole new level, LG Electronics is set to deliver an unparalleled level of performance and convenience into the home with enhanced features to present consumers with a more enriching smart home experience. 

Stratech Properties reiterates commitment to 1m Homes Project in Nigeria

...mark 12th year anniversary 

Stratech Properties Limited, a notable real estate firm in Nigeria reiterates its commitment towards 1 million homes project to reduce the housing challenges in the country. This was unveiled recently during the company’s 12th year anniversary celebration in Abuja.

Carbon teams up with Visa to enable payments across Africa

Carbon, a pan-African fintech company providing access to basic financial services for Africans, has today announced a strategic five-year partnership with Visa, the world leader in digital payments, to offer both digital and physical issuance of Visa cards to its customers.

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Facebook Partners Cybersafe Foundation to provide online safety tips for parents

Facebook, in collaboration with Cybersafe Foundation, a leading non-governmental organization in the information security ecosystem in Nigeria, recently hosted a parents roundtable event designed to gather insights on the kind of safety tips parents need; determine how they would like to receive these tips and equip them with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world.

AREWA24 celebrates anniversary with new programming

AREWA24, the leading Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle television channel and production studio in Nigeria and West Africa, celebrates its 7th anniversary by giving its viewers the largest slate of new Hausa-language programming in the channel’s history. 

Rugby sevens pools announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympic rugby sevens pools announced with less than a month to go; The 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams are in three pools of four teams; Reigning men’s gold and silver medalists Fiji and Great Britain will face hosts Japan; Women’s Olympic champions Australia to play USA, China and Japan; Rugby sevens set to thrill fans from 26-31 July at Tokyo Stadium.

9mobile Raises Awareness on Hypertension in 2nd Edition of Health Talk Series

In line with its commitment to refocus attention and inspire action around health and wellbeing, Nigeria’s caring telecoms brand, 9mobile, recently held the 2nd edition of its virtual Health Talk Series, themed ‘Responding to the rising challenge of Hypertension in a pandemic depressed world’.

Celtics name Ime Udoka 18th Head Coach in Franchise History

The Boston Celtics have named seven-year NBA veteran Ime Udoka the franchise’s next head coach, making him the 18th head coach in the organization’s 75-year history. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Friday 25 June 2021

Chaka Gets Nigerian Govt's First Digital Securities Trading License

Digital Investment Platform, Chaka, has announced its recent acquisition of the Digital Sub-Broker/Sub-Broker Serving Multiple Brokers Digital Platform License by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Nigeria, in line with the digital platforms determination to ensure regulatory compliance. 

Thursday 24 June 2021

Enyo Announces second edition of its Open Ideas Competition

….challenges creatives on innovative recycling

As part of its commitment to support the sustainable development goal of combating climate change and enhance creativity among young minds, leading fuel retailing company, Enyo Retail and Supply Limited has announced the second edition of the Enyo Open Ideas Competition (EOIC), an annual competition that aimed at giving Nigerians the opportunity to express their creativity by providing sustainable solutions to the environment. 

Winners Emerge in Zedvance-Sponsored Bookville Reading Competition

Winners have emerged in the fourth edition of the Bookville Reading Competition, organized by one of the foremost bookstores in Nigeria, Bookville World and sponsored by leading consumer finance company, Zedvance Finance Limited.

Emirates ramps up operations over summer to serve strong demand

...Operates to 124 destinations in July, close to 90% of pre-pandemic network

Emirates is ramping up its operations and expanding services across its network to meet strong leisure travel demand over the summer, as entry restrictions ease for travellers. The airline has been gradually and safely rebuilding its route network and advancing its strategy to optimize its presence in key markets to serve leisure and growing business travel demand, as well as segments of travellers visiting friends and relatives. Today, Emirates serves 115 global passenger destinations, and by the end of July, it will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic network, operating 880 weekly services across 124 cities.

FPMA and Speak Up Africa announce Africa Young Innovators for Health Award shortlist

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa announce the 15 shortlisted applicants who are now in the running to win the African Young Innovators for Health Award. 

Nokia launches next-generation AirScale 5G portfolio powered by ReefShark technology

Nokia’s new, industry-leading 5G portfolio covers baseband, radio, and massive MIMO antennas offering huge 5G capacity, coverage, and easy deployment; Introduces industry’s lightest massive MIMO units at 17kg enabling simplified deployments and faster time to market.

Senegal Commits to African Energy Week 2021

A strong delegation of industry leaders from Senegal have committed to the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) first-ever African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, to be held in Cape Town on the 9th-12th November 2021. With official attendance confirmations made by H.E. Aissatou Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Senegal’s national oil company, Petrosen, and the strategic organizational committee COS-Petrogaz, AEW 2021 is expected to drive industry growth, built against a backdrop of regional cooperation and partnerships.

South Sudan launches First-Ever Oil and Gas Licensing Round

South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum (MoP) officially launched the country’s first-ever oil and gas licensing round in Juba on Wednesday; Hosted by the MoP and attended by industry executives and international stakeholders, the event signifies an historic moment in the country’s budding oil and gas sector. 

African Banker Awards lauds winners’ innovation and resilience

Standard Bank Group was on Wednesday named African Bank of the Year by a leading publication in recognition of the banking giant’s achievements in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and empowering women.

TECNO to re-define PHANTOM as a flagship sub-brand

TECNO is said to be on the verge of redefining and launching PHANTOM as a separate sub-brand; The relaunch of PHANTOM brand marks TECNO's ambition for a higher-end market section of smartphone industry and to rival for the market leaders’ position in global emerging markets; PHANTOM X, as the first device of the new PHANTOM brand, is said to offer several firsts in the industry from premium design and innovative technologies and features in its segment.

Gree AC unveils Stephanie Linus as Brand Ambassador

Choice International Group (CIG), manufacturers of Gree Air conditioner and a leading home appliances brand has introduced Stephanie Linus as its brand ambassador in Nigeria. The event was graced by investors and the brand's business partners from Nigeria and China, who were delighted to witness the spectacular beginning of a new phase.

ETI formally opens the market at the London Stock Exchange

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the Lomé based parent company of the Ecobank Group, was hosted yesterday by the London Stock Exchange for a market opening virtual ceremony to celebrate the successful listing of the Tier 2 Sustainability Notes on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) main market. This represents the first ever Tier 2 Sustainability Notes by a financial institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Refreshing new addition: The new GROHE Tempesta 250 head shower

GROHE, the leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, has created the GROHE Tempesta 250 Head Shower, a Shower that offers a generous spray with 250 mm diameter and an integrated water flower limiter GROHE EcoJoy which offers ustaunable water usue without compromising on the customer’s shower experience.

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Road Safety, LASTMA Laud JCI Ikeja on Defensive Campaign

The Ikeja Local Organisation of Junior Chamber International has been commended for sensitizing unit members of the Ikeja branch of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers on the global best practices of using the roads and safe driving.

Sustainability: CSR-in- Action receives minister’s endorsement for report

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, has expressed support for the 2020 Corporate Sustainable Investor Report (CSIR), a research document that analyses the sustainability progress of companies in Nigeria.

Qatar Airways to Operate Double-Daily flights to Lagos

In response to high demand, Qatar Airways has increased its service to Nigeria’s financial centre, Lagos, to two daily flights starting from 1 July 2021. Operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, this frequency increase will offer passengers even more flexibility to travel on board with the highest standards of hygiene measures and to enjoy a seamless travel experience on board at Hamad International Airport. 

Mastercard Foundation Appoints Robin Washington to Board of Directors

The Mastercard Foundation announced changes to its Board of Directors. Robin L. Washington was appointed to the Board and long-time Board member President Festus G. Mogae will be retiring.

Tokyo 2020 qualification up for grabs on final day of Olympic Repechage tournament

We look ahead to day three of the Olympic Repechage tournament in Monaco, on which three teams will book their ticket for next month’s Olympic Games.

Eko Innovation Centre Partners Africa Agility To Train 10,000 Girls In Tech In Lagos

In furtherance of its commitment to bridging the technology gap and ensuring more inclusion of women in technology, Eko Innovation Centre has partnered with Africa Agility and Impact Lagos to train 10,000 girls in Lagos in the next five years.

Enyo reopens retail station at Isheri

...delights customers with free fuel

As part of efforts to extend positive customer service and experience, leading fuel retailing company, Enyo Retail and Supply Limited has reopened its Isheri retail station in Lagos which was initially closed due to road reconstruction. To celebrate this feat, the company gave out free fuel to the delight of customers who visited the station during the early hours after reopening. 

Monday 21 June 2021

Emirates Skycargo Expands GDP Compliant Pharma Facilities

Emirates SkyCargo has invested in expanding its GDP compliant pharma facilities in Dubai. The air cargo carrier had set up a dedicated GDP certified airside hub in Dubai for COVID-19 vaccines in October 2020, and has also partnered with leading Dubai based entities and UNICEF for the rapid transport of COVID-19 vaccines to developing nations through Dubai.

Saturday 19 June 2021

Africa Agility Concludes 2nd Edition of The Lagos Girls in Tech Bootcamp

...Empowers 100 undergraduates and unemployed female graduates

Africa Agility Foundation in collaboration with Lagos State Government, Impact Lagos and Eko Innovation Centre recently concluded the 2nd edition of ‘Lagos Girls in Tech - It’s bigger than coding’ intensive Bootcamp for 100 undergraduate and unemployed females in Lagos from 28th May to 11th June 2021. The Bootcamp aimed at intentionally closing the gender gap in tech by empowering the young female with a strong foundation towards building a career in Tech, Agile, or becoming a techpreneurs.

Bolt launches Vehicle Financing Programme for Drivers in Nigeria

Africa’s leading ride-hailing platform, Bolt, has launched a vehicle financing programme that will enable drivers to own a car with low equity repayment. This first-of-its-kind offering in Nigeria is part of Bolt’s commitment to improving earnings for drivers while allowing them to maintain flexibility as vehicle owners. 

DLM Capital Group Retains Position as Best Structured Finance & Securitization Team in West Africa

Prominent Developmental investment bank, DLM Capital Group have emerged winner at the Capital Finance International (CFI) 2021 awards as the best structured finance and securitization team in West Africa. 

Judges Thrilled as Contestants Battle For the Big Prize in Bigi Soft Drink Backed Nigerian Idol

As the contest on Nigerian Idol heats up, the astonishing rendition of the five contestants in the last edition was highly commended by the judges, who also encouraged them to put in their best as the show continues.

Spotify Announces Grammy Nominee Somi to Join Its EQUAL Music Program

Spotify has announced Rwandan-Ugandan jazz singer and songwriter Somi as the latest African singer to join its EQUAL Music Program. Spotify created EQUAL as a  global initiative  to cultivate gender equality in music and support female creators under one brand.

Riches of the Land: A Solo Art Exhibition by Judah Jibrin holds in Iwalewa Gallery

Ogirikan Art gallery, a boutique of arts for medium and miniature paintings and drawings by emerging artists hold a solo art exhibition to showcase Judah Jibrin’s visual notation on culture, unity, and identity themed “Riches of the Land” in collaboration with Iwalewa Gallery of Arts in Lekki, Lagos between June 12th -26th, 2021.

9mobile empowers journalists in second edition of media workshop

…trains 50 newsmen on reporting analytics

In keeping with its commitment to strengthen and advance the growth of Nigeria’s media profession, 9mobile recently held the second edition of its capacity-building session for journalists drawn from across different news desks.

Samsung Retains Its Top Position As A Leading African Brand

Samsung has proven its enduring popularity in Africa with the release of the latest Brand Africa 100 list. It is the first and most comprehensive Pan-African study and ranking of brands in Africa. Samsung was acknowledged as the third Most Admired Brand in Africa, across all categories and number one in the electronics/computer category. 

Wednesday 16 June 2021

NCC Begins Review of Telecoms License Structure

In demonstration of its responsiveness to global trends and the dynamics in the Information and Communications Technology ecosystem, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has initiated the process for the review of the existing licensing structure in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

PwC announces new strategy to help clients build trust and deliver sustained outcomes

US$12 billion investment over the next five years, creating over 100,000 new jobs; Initial commitments include new ESG Centres of Excellence, Leadership Institutes, accelerated deployment of emerging technologies and increased investment to support audit quality; Strategy focuses on helping clients build trust and deliver sustained outcomes.

World Rugby launches ‘This Is How We Sevens’ campaign ahead of Olympics

World Rugby has launched a major new rugby sevens campaign – “This Is How We Sevens” – as excitement builds towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which kicks off in under 50 days.

The Loeries expends 2021 entry deadline to June 30

The Loeries 2021 entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday, 30 June to enable applicants the time to craft Loerie-worthy entries. The Loeries, a non-profit company, is Africa and the Middle East's premiere initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry. 

LG OLED partners ViacomCBS to provide premium content for its teeming consumers

...MTV Base, BET, CBS to showcase LG OLED  across platforms

LG Electronics, one of the global leaders in consumer electronics and global multimedia entertainment powerhouse, ViacomCBS Networks Africa have officially announced and formalized their advertising and sponsorship deal, at an event on Wednesday 16 June, 2021.

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated launches US$350 million 10NC5 year Tier 2 Sustainability Notes

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the Lomé based parent company of the Ecobank Group has successfully raised US$350 million Tier 2 Sustainability Notes - becoming the first-ever Tier 2 Sustainability Notes by a financial institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

AfDB Group appoints Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 1st July 2021.

Health: Lagos Kicks Off 3rd Edition of BOSKOH with Volunteers’ Training

The 3rd Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu & Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat Healthcare Mission International (BOSKOH) commenced at the weekend with Volunteers’ Training at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos.

Gerety Awards named Insight Publicis 2021 Nigerian Agency of the Year

Prior to the shortlist announcement due Tuesday, June 15 and following the Nigerian judging session, the Gerety Awards, the only creative prize to reward the best in advertising from the female vision, announces that Insight Publicis is the Nigerian agency of the year.

Thursday 10 June 2021

Facebook Set to Enter Smartwatch Market With Two Cameras for taking Photos and Videos

Facebook is planning an entry into the smartphone market with two cameras and a sensor for heart rate measurement that will be announced in the summer of 2022, according to emerging reports.

Opera launches Hype, an in-browser chat service for Opera Mini users in South Africa, Zambia and Ghana

Opera has officially launched Hype, an in-browser chat service for Opera Mini users, in Africa, specifically South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. Hype allows users to easily set up an account and start chatting with secure end-to-end encryption. Users can browse the web, chat with friends, and share self-created memes, stickers and GIFs with other Hype users, all in one app.

Denver’s Nikola Jokić wins 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić is the recipient of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.