BrandArena: July 2021

Friday 30 July 2021

Samsung Launches Neo QLED TV and Other Consumer Products

Samsung Electronics Nigeria has launched its 2021 consumer products range. The launch, which held at the Capital Club in Victoria Island, Lagos, showcased its groundbreaking and innovative Neo QLED 8k Television along with Bespoke Refrigerators, WindFree Air Conditioners and Grande Washing Machines.

Thursday 29 July 2021

P&G Nigeria Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in the Supply Chain

As part of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) diversity and inclusion efforts, the leading consumer goods company in partnership with WEConnect International has expanded its Supplier Diversity initiative with the third edition of the Women Entrepreneur Development Program (WEDP). The program seeks to include more women-owned businesses in the supply chain by training female entrepreneurs, providing them with the skillsets necessary for competitive advantage,

WhatsApp to soon allow transfer of chat history from iOS to Android

Following the rising concerns of smartphone users across the world, WhatsApp is finally working on a new way to allow users to transfer chat histories from iOS to Android.  

Former President Barack Obama Joins NBA Africa As Strategic Partner

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the appointment of former US President Barack Obama as a strategic partner of NBA Africa.

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Nigerian Idol Winner, Kingdom and Other Top Contestants Hosted at Rite Foods Limited

Bigi, the proudly Nigerian favorite carbonated soft drink with twelve variants, recently played host to the winner of the Nigerian Idol season 6, Kingdom Kroseide, and other top contestants at its corporate headquarters in Lagos. It was the first visit by the winner and top contestants to the company since the conclusion of the music competition.

Bolt Launches New Payment Feature to Improve Driver Liquidity

In a bid to further improve the customer experience for their drivers, leading ride-hailing platform, Bolt, has launched an on-demand cash withdrawal option to provide early access to cash earned on the platform from cashless payment methods and other earnings. The new early cashout service enables drivers to easily withdraw earned cash whenever they need it. 

Monday 26 July 2021

Nigerian travellers can now enjoy trips to Miami from Dubai

Nigerian travellers moving to Miami on business or leisure trips can now enjoy their travels with ease as Emirates made a debut of its Dubai-Miami route on Thursday, July 22nd 2021. Emirates connected its global business and leisure travellers with its first-ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami on this day with the touchdown of the inaugural flight at Miami.

Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce Holds AGM, Installs New President

Nigeria's foremost bilateral Chamber of Commerce, The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, held her 42nd Annual General Meeting last Friday at the Chamber’s recently commissioned Multipurpose Plaza in Lekki.

Sunday 25 July 2021

Bigi/Silverbird Cinema Exclusive Partnership: Nollywood Celebrities Thrill Fans With Cinema Tickets Giveaways

Prominent Nollywood celebrities, Eniola Badmus, Kunle Remi, Tobi Bakre, Uzor Arukwe,  and event anchor Toppy Banks, thrilled the crowd consisting of consumers of  Bigi brands and shoppers with cinema tickets giveaways and multiple rewards at the Bigi and Silverbird Cinemas exclusive partnership announcement event held at the Ikeja City Mall, in Lagos, recently.

EXMAN Elects New Executives, Rewards Outstanding Agencies and Individuals

The Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN) has elected a new executive that will oversee the activities of the association for the next two years at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently in Lagos. The association also had its annual Brand Experience Summit and honoured outstanding agencies and individuals with awards at the two -day event.

Stanbic IBTC Provides Guidance On Investing in Uncertain Times

As part of efforts to continually enlighten the investing public about the available safe and transparent investment options, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, recently organised a webinar themed ‘Investing in Uncertain Times’ via Instagram, as part of the Stanbic IBTC #BlueTalks series.

Nigerian Women in PR set for its Inaugural Reverse Mentorship Workshop for Senior PR Professionals

Nigerian Women in Public Relations (NGWiPR) has announced its inaugural Reverse Mentorship Workshop, with the theme: Leadership Visibility. Leveraging Trends. Managing Complex Teams. The global virtual event, designed for senior professionals with at least 15 years’ experience, will hold on July 28 - 29 from 11am - 1pm WAT.

And the Winner of The Voice Nigeria Season 3 is… Esther Benyeogo!

After 18 weeks of breathtaking performances, #TeamDarey‘s Esther Benyeogo on Saturday, 24 July 2021 emerged as the winner of season 3 of the international talent show, The Voice Nigeria.  

Thursday 22 July 2021

Market formation framework, driver to optimally develop solid mineral sector - Sekibo

MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has said that market formation framework is the key to optimally exploit Nigeria’s precious metal and solid minerals endowments. 

Emirates expands IATA Travel Pass implementation, partners with Alhosn to enable even smoother journeys

Emirates, one of the first global airlines to pilot the IATA Travel Pass in April, now offers the IATA Travel Pass solution to customers flying to 10 cities and plans to extend it to all routes across its network in the coming weeks. In addition, Emirates has also partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for COVID-19 related contact tracing and health documentation, to offer its customers greater convenience and smoother journeys.

Enyo Celebrates Special Eid -el- Kabir Event with customers

To appreciate customers for their patronage, loyalty, and support, leading fuel retailing company, Enyo Retail and Supply Limited recently celebrated its annual Ileya special event at Enyo service station, Meiran. The event reiterates Enyo’s commitment as customer-centric and showcasing community support.

Monday 19 July 2021

Nigeria should Seek Ways of Harnessing its Sporting Talents and Go Global – Adegunwa, Rite Foods MD

Seleem Adegunwa, Managing Director of Rite Foods Limited, makers of Bigi carbonated soft drinks and official beverage sponsor of the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon 2021, has said that Nigeria is great at sports and must therefore seek ways to harness its sporting talents and go more global with it.

SBC emerges true-to-Naija entrepreneurial spirit as its ready to take on Africa

...Reinstates commitment to continuously inspire great ideas

SBC, manufacturers of the world’s most-loved beverages in Nigeria and makers of trusted personal and homecare brand, 2Sure, has refreshed its corporate identity to reflect a renewed strategic vision to become the biggest consumer goods company in Africa. The contemporary new look and identity, which came into effect on July 1, 2021, mark a renewed commitment to fostering innovation for the endless possibilities of an inspiring future.

Friday 16 July 2021

Stanbic IBTC Bank Identifies Opportunities for SME Growth in Nigeria

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, recently hosted a webinar where it reiterated its zeal and commitment to assisting the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem in Nigeria.

Wakanow Unveils State of the Art Experience Center in Lekki amidst Rising Travel Demand

As travellers adapt and social interactions slowly return to normalcy, Wakanow, the largest online travel agency in Africa has once again has taken the lead by opening up an experience center in Jubilee Mall, Admiralty way, Lekki, Lagos as it positions to deliver an unparalleled immersive travel experience in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. 

PMI Launches Free Online Course to ease Project Execution

Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for project professionals and changemakers, recently announced the launch of KICKOFF , a new, free online course and tool kit to help introduce anyone doing project-based work to the best practices and tools needed to effectively manage projects from ideation to execution.

Bedroom Makeover Worth N1 Million up for Grabs as Mouka Launches New Campaign

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading brand of mattresses and pillows has launched a new campaign to encourage consumers to buy the right Mouka mattress based on their unique needs.

Netflix: Family Time Gets an Upgrade With Two New Kid-Friendly Features

Shows and movies are an important way for kids to connect with the world - helping to teach them about new places, create bonds with family or friends and understand other perspectives.

What Miriam Olusanya appointment mean to GTCO Plc

The recent appointment of Miriam Olusanya, as the managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) by the parent company, GTCO Plc has been the most talked-about news within the private sector in Nigeria over the last 48 hours. Her promotion broke the bank’s gender leadership structure for being the first female managing director since the launch of the financial institution.

Thursday 15 July 2021

HAPAwards 2021: Organizers Honor Princess Toyin Kolade

Organizers of the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards), recently celebrated a renowned socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist - Dr. (Mrs.) Toyin Kolade on her birthday.

Cold Stone Creamery Unveils New Mobile App

Cold Stone Creamery has made July extra special for indulgence lovers with its new and easy-to-use mobile app, as you can now satisfy all your sweet cravings with a simple tap of your screen. Whether it is mouth-watering flavours like Cake batter, Cheesecake or the more adventurous signature creations like the Chocolate Devotion or the Founder’s Favourite, with a few easy swipes and taps, you can enjoy all your favourite ice cream, Milkshake and ice cream cake treats with the New Cold Stone Mobile App!

AA Holdings to Sponsor the Petroleum Club’s Annual Business Meeting

AA Holdings, a proprietary investment company, is set to sponsor The Petroleum Club’s 2021 Annual Business Dinner as part of its commitment towards the growth of the upstream Oil and Gas sector. The dinner will host leaders in the petroleum industry in Nigeria to discuss the present state of the industry and its future. 

Coca-Cola's Brian Nick Joins Fox Corporation As Chief Communications Officer

Fox Corporation has hired Coca-Cola’s Brian Nick as its executive vice president and chief communications officer, reporting to Fox Corp. chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch.

Three African Entrepreneurs Beat over 1,000 Applicants to Win Prestigious SEED Award be awarded matching grants of between EUR 10,000 - 15,000

A Botswanan company which trains farmers to use bees to stop elephants destroying their farms, a Zambian business which promotes sustainable bee-farming, and a Malawian start-up which turns leftovers into cooking gas have won the SEED Awards for Climate Adaptation (SEED Awards). SEED was founded as part of a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Hapag-Lloyd completes acquisition of Africa carrier NileDutch

Hapag-Lloyd has successfully closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch). After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.

Huawei team up with Mondia Pay to enable digital payment options for users in Algeria and Tunisia

Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) inked a partnership with Mondia Pay – a leading digital payment provider, that is set to provide Ooredoo Algeria and Orange Tunisia users with safe and convenient payment options. Huawei device users can now pay for their monthly services, latest games, and favourite applications seamlessly on HUAWEI AppGallery using Direct Carrier Billing services (DCB).

Ogilvy names Kim Johnson Global CEO of Ogilvy Health

Ogilvy Health has announced that health industry leader Kim Johnson has been appointed Global Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy Health. Widely respected for her marketing leadership in the health and wellness sector, Johnson has worked at the forefront of global health and science innovation on both the agency and client side throughout her career. 

Vantage Capital announces the launch of its fourth mezzanine fund

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today the successful first close on its fourth mezzanine fund. With US $207 million of commitments from European and US-based commercial investors as well as development finance institutions (DFIs), including IFC, CDC Group and SIFEM, Vantage Mezzanine Fund IV is on track to reach its target total fund size of US $350 million.

Bigi Sponsored Marathon Frenzy Grips Ijebu- Ode, as Preparation is in full Gear

There is much excitement in Ijebu-Ode as the Bigi sponsored Ijebu Heritage Half marathon scheduled for Saturday, July 17, draws near, with lots of global athletes indicating their willingness to participate in the competition which will also see youths in the land being involved.

NGX Welcomes Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc with Closing Gong Ceremony

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, on Tuesday, July 13, marked the listing of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc’s (“GTCO Plc”) shares with a Closing Gong Ceremony on the main floor of the exchange. This follows the completion of all regulatory requirements for the corporate reorganization of the leading financial institution into a holding company structure and the listing of GTCO Plc, on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited and the London Stock Exchange, replacing Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Cellulant Introduces Tingg, a Digital Payments Platform for the Retail Sector in Zambia

Payment technology over the years has completely transformed how retailers operate. Thirty years ago, most retailers across Africa did not accept credit cards, and mobile money was still an idea. Over the past decade and a half, mobile money has transformed how African consumers access and use their money to pay for goods and services.  But the most significant shift in the use of digital payments has happened in the last year, where the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digitisation for the retail sector.

NBC, Rite Foods suit resumes September 22

A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday adjourned till September 22, proceedings in the suit between Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc and Rite Foods Ltd.

Friday 9 July 2021

Ogilvy Africa Grows Creative Leadership, Appoints Alex van Niekerk As Group Creative Director

Leading marketing and brand communications network, Ogilvy Africa, has named Alex van Niekerk as Group Creative Director. Based in Nairobi, Alex joins the network’s creative leadership team to a portfolio of brands managed by Ogilvy Africa from Kenya and select countries across SSA. 

Thursday 8 July 2021

Microsoft Rewarding Employees With $1500 Pandemic Bonus

Microsoft is dolling its employee a $1,500 pandemic bonus. The software company says it wants to recognise with its staff the unique and challenging fiscal year it just completed. 

Perfect for Cinema, Sports & Gaming, LG OLED TVs Rolls Out in Key Markets

LG Electronics the world leader in OLED TVs, is raising the bar again in with new LG OLED models led by two new art-inspired GX Gallery series 4K Ultra HD TVs, 77 and 65 inch class. The new LG OLED TVs – and new 8K and 4K LG NanoCell LCD TVs – are designed to deliver stunning picture quality and innovative design with upgraded performance and artificial intelligence-enabled features that bring movies, sports and video games to life like never before imagined.

Mastercard Economics Institute: Rebound in Ground Travel for Some Markets in Middle East & Africa; International Travel Lags Behind

After flights were largely grounded and travelers stayed home in 2020, the return to travel has become one of the most anticipated — and uncertain — activities of 2021. Mastercard released Recovery Insights: Ready for Takeoff?, a view into key travel trends in the air and on the ground, around the world. While the global travel recovery remains uneven, a rebound in ground travel and pick-up in domestic flight bookings are showing encouraging signs. 

Travelport and Emirates reach agreements on un-surcharged content, NDC distribution and IT service extension

Worldwide leader in travel retail, Travelport, and one of the world’s largest international airlines, Emirates, today announced they have reached a commercial agreement that will allow Travelport-connected travel agencies to avoid the airline’s surcharge on bookings via Global Distribution Systems (GDS) which took effect from 01 July 2021.  

Red Star’s ‘Click & Ship’ Enhancing e-Commerce Logistics

One of Nigeria's foremost logistics solutions providers, Red Star Express Plc, has further improved its e-commerce service with the new Click & Ship Mobile Application. This innovation is the latest in a long list of developments aimed at making the company's service more accessible to its customers.

Wema Bank Rewards Customers in 5 For 5 Promo

Leading innovative financial institution, Wema Bank, is fulfilling its promise to make this year as exciting as possible for its customers with the commencement of its newly launched reward scheme, 5 for 5, in which customers stand an excellent chance to win amazing prizes over the next nine months.

VBank hosts half-year finance webinar with Tosin Olaseinde

Being resilient, having multiple streams of income, and building emergency funds, have been identified as key attributes of an individual on their way to financial security.

LG Interactive Digital Boards Feature UHD Display, IPS Panels

LG Electronics with its range of Commercial grade and Enterprise ready Solutions is developed to improve performance, productivity, delivery and work experience. This product revolves around Interactive Digital Boards, Signage, Video wall, Hotel TVs and LED solutions.

Wednesday 7 July 2021

DFA Commends CBN’s Oversight Functions on NIRSAL’s Operations

The Development Finance Advocates (DFA), a network of individuals who believe and support the adoption of development finance strategy in growing the Nigerian economy has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for effectively performing its statutory oversight functions on the activities of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Microfinance Bank) as regards the disbursement of funds meant to catalyse the flow of finance and investment into fixed agricultural value chains.

Tuesday 6 July 2021

Terragon Secures Growth Investment From Vestedworld

Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group recently announced that it had secured an undisclosed investment from VestedWorld, an Africa-focused early-stage investment fund manager. VestedWorld has invested in Terragon to further increase the company’s geographic reach, expand its product suite and develop new partnerships. 

Who will emerge as the Season 6 Nigerian Idol winner on Saturday?

As the popular reality show, Nigerian Idol, proudly sponsored by Bigi drinks, culminate on July 11, the rendition of the top two, Kingdom Kroseide and Francis Atela, who made it to the final round, performed exceptionally to outwit one another with striking talent, all in a bid at clinching the prize of a recording contract with a leading record label and N50, 000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) worth of prizes.

Opera Incorporates Interest-Based Social Clubs in its Chat Service Hype

Opera is launching Hype Clubs, public and interest-based group chats in Hype, the new chat service built into the Opera Mini web browser. Hype is currently available and quickly gaining popularity in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria, and other English-speaking African countries.