BrandArena: December 2021

Friday 31 December 2021

Assault: The Albatross of LASUTH Healthcare workers


The spate of physical violence in our society has increased tremendously, daily; the media is inundated with the news of all forms of assaults. It seems as if people have not taken lessons from all this reportage as it keeps rising astronomically. Unfortunately, this ugly trend has not spared healthcare workers and this is a dangerous position that must be discouraged. 

Heritage Bank, LASG shows commitment to sport development

Heritage Bank plc has reiterated its commitment to promoting sports in Nigeria, in partnership with Lagos State Government to back the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis championship.

Why Mouka Changed Ownership to Dolidol

...How the brand is making a smooth transition for sustainable market leadership 

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading brand of mattresses, pillows and other bedding products, recently announced its change of ownership to Dolidol, the market leader in Francophone Africa based out of Morocco.

Friday 24 December 2021

NYSC Honours BATN Foundation, Others for Youth Empowerment

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has been recognized as one of the organisations empowering National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to develop a culture of self-reliance for sustainable job creation towards national development. This recognition was given at the 2021 NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) festival, which took place at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja.

Thursday 23 December 2021

Emirates SkyCargo transports 600 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

...More than 21 million doses flown to Nigeria

Emirates SkyCargo has announced that it has crossed a major milestone in the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines with  600 million doses flown on its flights since October 2020, the carrier has transported more than 2.8 million kilograms (2800 tonnes) of COVID-19 vaccines from 35 origins to over 80 destinations.

Titian Trust Bank acquires 89.39 percent stake in Union Bank

The Board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (Union Bank) on Thursday, December 23, notified the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) that its investors - Union Global Partners Limited, Atlas Mara Limited, and other shareholders have reached an agreement with Titan Trust Bank Limited (TTB) to sell their shares in Union Bank to TTB.

LG Launches World’s First Rollable OLED TV in Nigeria

...The Most Innovative TV Technology in Decades, LG’s One-of-a-Kind TV

LG Electronics has officially launched the LG Signature OLED R, the world's first rollable television, in Nigeria featuring an unprecedented design.

Wednesday 22 December 2021

Nigeria’s Largest Telco, MTN, Launches RCS Business Messaging with Google and Dotgo

Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), MTN, is all set to launch RCS Business Messaging (RBM) Services in partnership with Google and Dotgo, a Gupshup company and a leading cloud communications provider of RBM Solutions.

Rite Foods Partners With Food Meets Naija Initiative to End Hunger in Nigeria

Rite Foods Limited, Nigeria’s leading food and beverage company has restated its commitment to end hunger in Nigeria with its sponsorship of Charity With Food (CWF 2021) where 1,000 children were fed in Lagos, with a novelty match organized to Kick Out Hunger at the Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island.

9mobile Trains Lagos Teachers on Effective Teacher-Student Communication

As part of efforts to enhance quality education and promote the development and wellbeing of the Nigerian child, Nigeria’s leading telecom provider and youth-friendly brand, 9mobile, organized a one-day train the trainer workshop for teachers within the Lagos State Education District III comprising Lagos Island and Etiosa local councils.

Jumia Nigeria Hires Damola Giwa as Head of JumiaPay

Seasoned digital payment and fintech expert, Damola Giwa, has been appointed by Jumia Nigeria to Head of JumiaPay to stir the company's drive to deliver a scalable and improved user experience of the product.

Monday 20 December 2021

Millionaires Emerge at the Stanbic IBTC Reward4Saving Grand Finale

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC rewarded 12 lucky customers with one-million-naira cash prize each for emerging winners at the Stanbic IBTC Reward4Saving promo grand finale.

Sunday 19 December 2021

Kickstarter to Launch its new company on Celo blockchain

Leading global creative crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter for over a decade has convinced the public to pay people to follow through on their ideas to fund a series of successful companies and startups to build a gadget, make a film or create a piece of art. 

CBN Approves Ahmad Abdullahi Appointment as Chairman of FBN Holdings

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the appointment of Ahmad Abdullahi as chairman of the board of directors of financial services group FBN Holdings Plc, after receiving the resignation notice of Remi Babalola.

Coca-Cola, Int’l Breweries, Zenith Bank shine at SERAs 2021

Zenith Bank plc, International Breweries and IHS have emerged as ‘Most Responsible Organisation in Africa’ at The SERAS CSR Awards Africa 2021, with a commutative point of 76, 67 and 62 points respectively.

Next Titan contestants explore product advantage of Heritage Bank’s Octiplus

Heritage Bank’s advanced all-in-one digital banking experience; Octiplus’ product benefits were explored by the Next Titan contestants for its groundbreaking innovative solution, crafted to meet the demands of the ever-growing active banking populace.

AB Rollings Set to Launch and Open a Pop-Up Store in London Today

Top fashionista, Abiodun Odukoya and his upscale fashion house A.B Rollings Clothiers is a fashion lover dream come true, because of ABR's ability to uniquely combine fast and slow fashion together, under the same umbrella and with great ease and precision.

Qatar Airways Begins Direct Flight to Abuja

Qatar Airways has commenced a direct flight to Abuja, the Nigerian capital starting from December 1, 2021. The direct flights to the Nigerian capital will no longer be linked to Lagos, offering direct connectivity between Abuja and Doha.

Insight Publicis, Quadrant MSL win ‘Iconic Advertising, PR’ agencies

Two of Insight Redefini agencies in creative advertising and public relations, Insight Publicis and Quadrant MSL, shone like a thousand stars at the recently held third edition of the Brandcom Awards with Insight Publicis winning ‘Marketing Agency of the Year’ and  ‘Iconic Agency of the Year’, while Quadrant MSL emerged “Iconic PR Agency of the Year’.

Redwood Consulting obtains franchise for eLeader Retail Store Execution Solution for Africa

eLeader, a global provider of mobile solutions that supports the implementation of sales strategy both on and off the field, is set to deliver global best practice services in Field Force Management (FFM) and Sales Force Automation (SFA) as it partners with Redwood Consulting in Nigeria.

Thursday 16 December 2021

Mastercard, Thales and Providus Bank launch a tokenization and digitization initiative in Nigeria

COVID-19 has led to more consumers and in-store employees avoiding physical contact and embracing social distancing. Mastercard and Providus Bank are extending the “contactless” payment solution alongside the growth of a low-touch environment, especially as more and more people are seeking safer and more secure ways to transact. 

Muthoni Drummer Queen joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

Spotify has announced that Kenyan rapper, drummer and cultural entrepreneur Muthoni Drummer Queen has joined its EQUAL Music Programme as December’s Artist of the Month. 

REVEALED: Why Reddit is filing paperwork to go public in 2022

On Wednesday, Reddit Inc., the social media network that fueled this year's meme stock craze, revealed that it has submitted a confidential draft registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.

Jack Dorsey Appoints Three Nigerians, One South African to the Board of his Bitcoin Trust Fund

Twitter Co-Founder, Jack Dorsey, has appointed three Nigerians and one South African as part of the board of his Bitcoin Trust (BTrust) Fund which will be explored for development in Africa and India.

AfCFTA drives optimism among Africa’s CEOs despite COVID-19 uncertainty

African CEOS expressed optimism about their business and economic growth over the next 12-18 months. A new survey of African CEOs from 46 countries conducted by PAFTRAC, the Pan-African Private Sector Trade and Investment Committee, found that found that CEOs were confident that their businesses will grow in the next year. A majority are also optimistic about the economic outlook of their industry. In addition, 87% of respondents believe that there will be in increase in intra-African trade as a result of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Sarchel Necesio among the 100 most influential people in Lusophony

The CEO of the Angolan portal, Platinaline, is on the list of the 100 most influential scraps of Lusophony. The results were released this Monday, December 13, in a list that brings together the most influential black personalities in Lusophony, an initiative of the digital magazine Bantumen.

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Association of Digital Finance Practitioners Launches Lagos Chapter

  • Elects Executive Committee Members
  • Reiterates commitment to deepen the DFS ecosystem in Nigeria

The Association of Digital Finance Practitioners (ADFP) in Nigeria has officially launched its Lagos State Chapter and sworn-in newly elected executive committee that would steer the ship of the association for the next year.

Tuesday 14 December 2021

AT3 Resources shines at BrandCom awards, emerges Young Public Relations Agency of The Year

AT3 Resources, a budding communications agency in Lagos has won the most outstanding Young PR agency of the year at the 2021 Brandcom awards. The annual event is organised by Brand Communicator, a credible and prestigious brand and marketing platform that recognises and rewards brands, agencies, and notable individuals for their excellent performance in the Marketing Communications Industry.

Economist Impact and Mastercard study reveals that Middle East and Africa is a fertile ground for the growth of super-apps

From ride-hailing services to grocery delivery, and financial services such as buy-now-pay-later to microfinancing, super-apps development in the Middle East and Africa is emerging fast as the region proves to be a potentially fertile ground for its growth.  

CBN earmarks N41bn through Heritage Bank for Dry Season wheat projects’ farming

In a bid to meet high demand amid poor production capacity of wheat, the Central Bank of Nigeria earmarked a whopping sum of N41billion, which is being disbursed by Heritage Bank Plc to farmers across multiple States for the expansion of wheat production project.

Stanbic IBTC Reaffirms Market Dominance at 2021 FMDQ Gold Awards

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, won six awards at the 2021 FMDQ Gold Awards recently. 

Bigi Vibes with Consumers At ‘Vybe With The Trybe’ Music Concert In Lagos

Bigi, Naija’s favourite carbonated soft drink on Saturday, December 11, 2021 refreshed some of the coolest teenagers, youths, music lovers and newest generation of tech-savvy consumers, popularly referred to as Generation Z (Gen-Zs) at ‘Vybe With The Trybe’ music concert in Lagos.  

Amazon to shut down global ranking website in May 2022

Amazon has announced its decision to shut down, a global website’s ranking and traffic analysis platform after 25 years. for more than two decades.

Friday 10 December 2021

The Lighthouse Network holds SheBlooms for the Working Girl

The Lighthouse Network, one of the leading female networking organisations in Nigeria has announced SheBlooms, a networking event specifically focused on the Working Girl.

Eko Shortlets Launches Holiday ShortStays Amid Expansion Plans

Consolidating its one-year anniversary, top Nigerian apartment management company, Eko Shortlets has announced the launch of Holiday ShortStays, the latest indication of its growth capacity and expansion plans.

Ford Foundation announces $3 million funding to strengthen natural resources governance in West Africa

Today, the Ford Foundation announced its commitment of $3 million to launch the Extractive Industry and Climate Change Governance Fund, a five-year initiative to promote and support a more equitable governance of natural resources that leads to sustainable and inclusive development in West Africa.

Swiss Pharma Nigeria leaps into 4IR capabilities with SAP S/4HANA deployment

With all eyes on the pharmaceutical sector to provide support and drive medicines innovation amidst a global pandemic, one of West Africa's leading medicines manufacturers chose SAP S/4HANA to transform its operations and establish a robust and integrated system enabling real-time decision-making.

Thursday 9 December 2021

Huawei gives over 600 students ICT training across Africa in 2021

Huawei has successfully trained more than 600 students through the “Seeds for the Future” program in 14 sub-Saharan countries covering emerging ICT technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, and AI, helping them get job ready for the digital economy era.

Stanbic IBTC Emerges Most Outstanding Commercial Bank Brand in Nigeria

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, was named the “Most Outstanding Commercial Bank Brand in Nigeria” at the 2021 edition of the BrandCom Awards which was held recently.

Meta Unveils its ‘Africa Year in Review’ for 2021

Meta has released its ‘2021 Africa Year in Review’, an infographic capturing some of the company's significant investments and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa this year - focused on driving innovation, connecting communities, helping businesses to grow and supporting the tech and creator ecosystem. The infographic highlights key Meta successes and milestones across the region, whilst reinforcing its continued commitment to Africa.

Grammy Museum Presents Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom

Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom, curated by the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, examines the role music has played in informing and inspiring social consciousness throughout American history. 

AFRIFF 2021: Theo Ukpaa Empowers Africa Filmmakers Through His Creative Industry Grant Session

The 2021 edition of the Africa international film festival (afriff) was held on 7 - 13 November, in Lagos. Themed Africans for Africa highlighted the journey of afriff through its first to the tenth anniversary, culminating in mutually beneficial partnerships with global film superpowers like Amazon Prime, and representation from a wide array of film and TV professionals from all over the world.

HealthPlus ePharmacy And First-Ever Digital Prescription Website Launched

HealthPlus, Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy has made history by launching West Africa’s first-ever ePharmacy and digital prescription Platform. Nigerians located anywhere in the country and indeed anywhere in the world can get a prescription from a certified pharmacist and have the medicines delivered promptly. 

Monday 6 December 2021

Red Star Express rewards customers with instant gifts

Red Star Express Plc announced on Monday that consumers who send parcels from their retail outlets will get instant gifts through its "Ship & Win Promo" to appreciate them. Terms and Conditions apply.

Burna Boy: Nigeria’s biggest export continues to dominate African markets in 2021

The global music industry is turning its attention to Africa, and Nigeria’s new generation of artists is quickly becoming its biggest success -- thanks to a combination that includes talented artists, exceptional producers, DJs, local and international promoters, leading entertainment PR and marketing professionals, and a growing local audience. 

Creating a more connected smart home with LG ThinQ

...Intelligent Technology from LG Connects Home Appliances for Better Functionality, Personalization and Ease

It’s no longer news to say that innovations and advances in technology can have a profound change in lifestyles. While smart homes and smart products have clearly been embraced by mainstream consumers, what hasn’t been clear is what benefits users are actually getting in return for their investments. LG Electronics (LG) aims to be a positive force in the new age of the smart home, illustrating the clear benefits of smart home technology via the LG ThinQ app.

BREAKING: Emirates Lands in Nigeria in Style [PHOTOS]

Emirates has today touched down in both Abuja and Lagos, marking the restart of daily services to Nigeria from Dubai. It received a spectacular water cannon welcome at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. 

Thousands Troop Out For Bigi Sponsored Nigerian Idol Season 7 Auditions

The refreshing journey to stardom has begun in Nigeria as over four thousand talented singers, young up-and-coming musical talents trooped en-masse to Colossus Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos, to audition for the Nigerian Idol season 7 music reality show.

Why Wema Bank Signed Davido as Brand Ambassador

Nigeria's leading digitally-driven financial institution, Wema Bank today announced the signing of Davido as Brand Ambassador for its digital bank, ALAT By Wema. The bank formalised the partnership at a ceremony on Friday, December 3 when the musician signed the dotted lines.

PSBs Are Critical to Financial Inclusion Drive - 9PSB CEO

The Chief Executive Officer, 9PSB, Branka Mracajac has stressed the importance of Payment Service Banks (PSBs) in supporting the country’s financial inclusion drive. She declared that PSBs offer last-mile delivery of financial solutions to the unbanked, under-banked and underserved who in most cases are neglected due to geographical and infrastructural barriers.