BrandArena: November 2021

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Applications for US Embassy TechWomen 2022 Open

TechWomen, a professional exchange program that aims to empower, connect and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has announced a call for application for its 2022 initiative, which will allow participants realize their full professional potential.
When applying, women will select one of six tracks:  information technology, green technology, science, internet, biotechnology, or telecommunications.

Asia Africa Chamber of Commerce Kicks Off, Appoints Africa President, Unveils Take-off Projects

“Malaysian and Asian exporters should not lose sight of the US$3.4 trillion markets that Africa, via Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), has to offer,” said Mr. RJ. Liow, Chairman of the newly founded Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia - Asia Africa Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

NSSF Innovation Strengthens Social support to Kenyans

The events of the past eighteen months have cast a spotlight on the ability of states to support vulnerable citizens during times of crisis. 

Jack Dorsey Resigns as Twitter CEO... Why Parag Agrawal Takes Over

Twitter co-founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced today his departure from the microblogging network services. The company confirmed that CTO Parag Agrawal would succeed him and take a seat on the board, effective immediately, while Bret Taylor is taking over as the board’s new chairman.

Thursday 25 November 2021

The Black Friday Culture: Jiji Nigeria Stands Tall

The Black Friday culture which is now associated with online marketplaces has become quintessential for e-commerce in Nigeria and internationally. Originating from the United States and used as a term to define the Friday after Thanksgiving, many stores would offer highly discounted sales in celebration of the holidays. 

Together4ALimb: Stanbic IBTC holds Seventh Edition

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, recently held the seventh edition of its flagship Corporate Social Investment Initiative to create awareness for children living with limb loss.

Wednesday 24 November 2021

ALAT by Wema Emerges 2021 Most Outstanding Digital Bank Brand

It was another night of recognition for Nigeria's first fully digital bank, ALAT by Wema as it was awarded the 'Most Outstanding Digital Bank Brand of the Year Award' at the 2021 Brandcom Awards.

Spotify launches Ad Studio in Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Spotify’s self-serve ad platform, Ad Studio, launched this week in Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, making this innovative advertising medium available to even more artists around the globe. 

Al Jazeera partners with Arewa24 to dub documentaries, series into Hausa for 40 million viewers in northern Nigeria

Al Jazeera English documentaries and series, dubbed into the Hausa language, will soon be available to AREWA24’s 40+ million viewers in Northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon through a new Distribution Agreement recently concluded between Al Jazeera and AREWA24.

Brandcom 2021: Fearless Energy Drink Wins Brand of the Year Award

The market leadership position of Fearless energy drink has been validated with the laurel of the "Most Outstanding Energy Drink Brand of the Year" at the 2021 Brandcom Award which placed the premium brand ahead of others in its category.

Monday 22 November 2021

NBA, ExxonMobil, PanAfricare Marks Power Forward Anniversary with Donation of Sports Kits to Schools in Abuja

In its drive to positively impact youths in Nigeria through Basketball and other ideas, Power Forward, a youth development initiative of ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the international NGO, PanAfricare recently held its 8th anniversary in Abuja with Basketball competition amongst schools.

McEnies Global Communications, Perfect Clicks and Ruby Models Launch to Offer Integrated Solutions for Nigerians

In its commitment to the process of brands engagement and detailed brand storytelling, McEnies Global Communications has officially launched as a 360-degree marketing communications powerhouse with cross-solution services delivered by two new other businesses – Perfect Clicks Signature, a creative visual production firm and modelling services agency, Ruby Models. The three-in-one businesses were unveiled on Friday, November 19th, 2021 at a grand event held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Thursday 18 November 2021

Red Star Renews its SON certification to enhance delivery

Foremost Nigerian logistics company, Red Star Express Plc has recently successfully renewed its Standards Organization of Nigeria ISO 9001:2015 certification. 

Enugu Progress Tour: Flavour of Africa thrills Consumers at Life Continental Lager Concert

It was an electrifying atmosphere at the prestigious Polo Mall, Shoprite, Enugu as Nigerian High-life superstar, Flavour of Africa and other music maestros delivered spectacular performances during a live concert organized to celebrate consumers of Nigeria’s leading beer brand, Life Continental Lager Beer. 

Budweiser Game of Kings Team Managers Eager to Coach John Terry, Roberto Carlos

Two lucky fans have emerged managers of the two teams that will feature international football legends, John Terry and Roberto Carlos and football stars from the Nigerian Professional Football League in the Budweiser Game of Kings match scheduled to hold in Lagos this weekend.

Rite Foods’ Application on NBC’s MD Committal for Contempt Adjourns to December 1 for Ruling

The legal tussle on the contempt application filed by Rite Foods against the Managing Director of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) and Mathieu Seguin on an alleged contempt of court has been adjourned to December 1, 2021.

Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation Flags-Off Free Diabetes Screening For 10million Nigerians

As part of activities to mark the World Diabetes Day, the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) has flagged-off its free diabetes screening campaign for 10million Nigerians across the country. The ceremony which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex Abeokuta, Ogun state attracted dignitaries from all works of life.

DLM Capital Group Adjudged “Development Finance Solution Company of the Year” at 2021 BAFI Awards

Prime Developmental Investment Bank, DLM Capital Group has been recognized as the winner of the “Development Finance Solution Company of the Year Award 2021” and for “Corporate Transformation of the Year for the Acquisition of Links Microfinance Bank” at the prestigious Banks and other Financial Institution (BAFI) Awards 2021, held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 13th November 2021.

Friends rain money on Davido as superstar opens ALAT account

Nigerians continue to show brand love for Nigeria's leading digital-driven financial institution, Wema Bank, with music superstar, Davido being the latest to identify with the bank.

Bybit Becomes the New Global Main Sponsor of the Argentina National Football Teams

Bybit, one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges with operations around the world, is the new global main sponsor of the Argentina national football teams, including the men’s international football side captained by Lionel Messi. 

Red Star Freight, Arik Air sign GSA Contract to enhance cargo movement

Leading Nigeria's logistics company, Red Star Express Plc has entered into a partnership with Arik Air as the General Sales Agent (GSA).

LG Electronics Drives Healthy Living launches Free Wash Centre in Oyo State

LG Electronics, a global leader in consumer electronics has reiterated its commitment to driving healthy living through nationwide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and extension of its ‘Life’s Good with LG Wash’ intervention to Ibadan, Oyo State. The company has commissioned four Free Wash Centers across the country namely; Port Harcourt, Lagos, Benin and Kano with the aim of supporting communities lacking adequate water to efficiently carry out laundry activities as well as encourage proper hygienic living.

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Ufot, Badejo-Okusnaya, Adetu, Oluwatosin For 2021 Brandcom Awards’ Hall Of Fame

The organizers of Brandcom Awards, Nigeria’s leading brands and marketing publication,  has concluded plans to induct four outstanding achievers into the prestigious Brandcom Awards Hall of Fame at this year’s award holding on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Monday 15 November 2021

Media Intelligence Agency spearheads AMEC Measurement Month in Nigeria

As the year is coming to a close and organizations are continuously having conversations around thriving in a post-pandemic era, the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC), an international association for communications measurement and evaluation practitioners is organizing its annual AMEC Measurement Month (AMECMM) 2021 this November.

Farouk Manzo Emerges as Winner in LG OLED TV Gaming Grand Finale

...Goes home with 65’’ OLED TV and 1.5 million Naira Cash Prize As LG Thrills Gamers and Viewing Public with new range of OLED TVs

It was a major celebration in Lagos as top eight finalists of the LG OLED TV Gaming Challenge for 2021 from Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Warri, Abuja, and Owerri converged and battled for the Grand Finale prize at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.

Flutterwave Acquires Disha in Massive Boost to Global Creator Economy

Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company, has acquired Disha, a platform that enables digital creators to curate, sell digital content, portfolios and receive payments from their audience worldwide. Flutterwave’s acquisition aims to improve the process of digital content creation for Disha users, enabling them to earn value for their creativity using the platform’s new payouts and collections solution. Disha has acquired over 20,000 users organically over 12 months. 

Thursday 11 November 2021

Pat Utomi, Olalekan Fadolapo, Others To Speak At Brandcomfest 2021

Popular Political Economist and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Prof Pat Utomi will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Brandcomfest scheduled for Thursday, 18th November at the D’Podium Event Center, Ikeja, Lagos.

Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2021-22

The Emirates Group yesterday announced its half-year results for its 2021-22 financial year. Group revenue was AED 24.7 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) for the first six months of 2021-22, up 81% from AED 13.7 billion (US$ 3.7 billion) during the same period last year. This strong revenue recovery was underpinned by the easing of travel restrictions worldwide and the corresponding increase in demand for air transport as countries progressed their COVID-19 vaccination programmes.

‘ADVAN Awards’ evaluation, selection process, based on global best practice’

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria, ADVAN has argued that the evaluation and selection process of the ADVAN annual awards, which is in its 10th edition, and scheduled for November 21st, 2021 in Lagos, meet global best practice and standard and can be accepted anywhere in the world.

Heritage Bank, CBN adopt novel approach to boost wheat production capacity

…To add 750, 000MTs via rain-fed cultivation, reduce annual import by 60%

In a bid to meet high demand amid poor production capacity of wheat, the Central Bank of Nigeria and Heritage Bank Plc have adopted a novel but more robust approach to boost local production and reduce dependence on importation.

Zedcap Partners Bags Best Brokerage Service Award for the Third Year in a Row

Leading and largest inter-dealer brokerage (IDB) firm in Nigeria, Zedcap Partners Limited (ZPL), has been adjudged “Best Brokerage Service Firm of The Year” at the FMDQ Gold Awards 2021, held on Friday, November 5. This win marks the third consecutive year Zedcap Partners takes home the coveted award, in recognition of its exemplary brokerage service in the Nigerian fixed income, currencies and derivatives markets.  

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Spotify EQUAL Music Programme welcomes Nigerian rising superstar, Ayra Starr

Spotify celebrates Ayra Starr, the newest artist to join the EQUAL Music Programme as the EQUAL Africa Artist of the Month.

9mobile Rewards Customers for Outage

Customer-centric telecommunication company 9mobile has rewarded its subscribers with free airtime and data as compensation for the outage witnessed over the weekend.

Meta launches Business Coach tool on WhatsApp to help SMBs in Africa grow online

Today, Meta announced the launch of Facebook Business Coach, an innovative and easily-accessible way for owners of small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya and other English speaking countries to learn more about how to grow their business online with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Saturday 6 November 2021

AIMS launches applications for the fourth intake of African Master’s in Machine Intelligence

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has launched applications for the fourth intake of its unique African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI), a one-year intensive foundational master’s program that provides brilliant young Africans with state-of-the-art training in machine learning and its applications.

World Quality Day 2021: African firms jostle for global quality excellence awards

Organisations across Africa are jostling to be recognised and awarded the most compliance company in Nigeria, West Africa and Africa and other categories at 2021 World Quality Day, scheduled to hold on 11th November 2021 at Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island Lagos.

Spotify hires Irvine Partners as PR agency for Sub-Saharan Africa

Irvine Partners, a multi-national public relations and integrated marketing agency, has been awarded the Spotify communications account in Sub-Saharan Africa. They commenced work last month, heading up all PR activities in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Nigeria must focus on youths to drive inclusive economic growth - Stanbic IBTC

Stanbic IBTC Holdings Chief Executive, Dr. Demola Sogunle, stated in a recent interview that at Stanbic IBTC, we consider infrastructure development as a key driver of economic growth and development. This is one of the reasons behind the launch of the Stanbic IBTC N100 billion Infrastructure Fund. 

Insight Publicis Awarded 2021 Nigerian Agency of the Year by Gerety Awards

...For Keystone Bank’s “Make It Happen” Campaign Ads -  “Mom-in-Law” and “Junior”

Insight Publicis, Nigeria’s largest and leading creative agency and a member of the third largest global marketing communications network – Publicis Groupé has been announced Nigerian agency of the year by the Gerety Awards. This comes after a selection of finalists by executive juries of agency and brand leaders who ensure that only the very best work is awarded.

Chenist Communications Presents Quarterly Newsletter

Fast-rising marketing communications company, Chenist Communications, has launched the maiden edition of its quarterly newsletter, titled, Chenistry.

LASUTH Begins LASER Treatment for Kidney Stones

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has again led public health institutions as it successfully performed its first LASER Lithotripsy on the 28th of October, 2021. LASUTH, being the only State tertiary institution now has a full upper tract endoscopic and LASER facility which can be accessible by the residents of Lagos states and its environs. 

Emirates Recognized for Excellence in Digital Customer Experience

Emirates’ marketing team has been recognized by Sitecore, one of the world’s leading digital experience platforms, for “Best Use of a Customer Data Platform (CDP)”. The award was presented to Emirates at the recent edition of GITEX, Dubai’s technology trade exhibition, for demonstrating excellence in the delivery of its digital customer experience (CX) utilising the Boxever platform.

Monday 1 November 2021

PRnomics now launched as Nigeria’s first-ever PR and Economics resource hub

PRnomics, Nigeria’s first-ever combined public relations, economics digital platform and resource hub has officially been launched into the global market.

P+ Measurement Services Marks Sixth Anniversary, Rebrand for Robust Operation, Clients’ Satisfaction

P+ Measurement Services, Nigeria's foremost Independent Public Relations measurement and evaluation agency celebrate its sixth year of effective operation with qualitative offerings for its numerous clients, as it rebrands with a new business logo, website, and office to deepen penetration.

Standard Bank Group Selects Flutterwave to Drive Digital Transformation Efforts across Africa

Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, has partnered with Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company, to enhance digital payments experiences for its customers in Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Mauritius, Cote D’Ivoire and Malawi. Flutterwave and Standard Bank are collaborating to build e-commerce, card issuing, payments, collections, USSD, lending, and buy-now-pay-later capabilities for millions of Africans. 

Wema Bank Announces Growth of 135.8% in Profit Before Tax

…Total Assets now above ₦1trillion Naira

Wema Bank PLC has announced its unaudited 9M 2021 financial results. Commenting on the results, the Chief Finance Officer Mr Tunde Mabawonku said, “we are delighted to announce the Bank’s 9M 2021 results which shows strong growth in key financial metrics despite the challenging macro-economic environment arising from heightened inflation, supply chain disruptions and the continued pass-through impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

WIMCA 2021 Conference Charts Course on Marketing to Females, Smashing Glass Ceilings That Impede Women Empowerment

Experts in the business of brands and marketing communications in Africa gathered recently to chart a new course for businesses targeting female consumers, on how best to reach and engage them in these challenging times. They also proffered solutions on how the female gender can maintain a work-life integration in their quest to smash the glass ceiling that seem to prevent them from reaching their peak in their different fields.