BrandArena: January 2022

Monday 31 January 2022

PRCA Africa launches flagship state of industry survey

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) Africa has launched its inaugural study examining the state of the PR and communications industry in Africa.

Is your Work From Home office harming your health?

It’s uncertain how long remote working will still be in force, but if a recent survey by Flexjobs, a US jobs listing site is anything to go by, it may be for some time. The survey showed that an astonishing 65 percent of pandemic remote workers want to keep on working from home, with 58 percent saying they’d look for a new job if they had to return to the office.

Procter and Gamble Announces Partnership with Irede Foundation for the Advancement of Inclusive Education

…supports school with two sign language teachers and basic hygiene supplies

In furtherance of its commitment to promoting Equality and Inclusion, leading consumer good company, Procter and Gamble has partnered with The Irede Foundation to launch the maiden edition of the #Limitless Project at an event which took place at the Ikeja Junior and Senior High School.

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Set to Advance Customer Assets in 2022

In a bid to develop the Nigerian capital market and enhance the economy, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, is set to advance customer assets in 2022 with its bouquet of investment solutions.

Thursday 27 January 2022

International Day of Education: 9mobile Announces Future-CEO Initiative

In commemoration of this year’s International Day of Education, Nigeria's telecom provider and youth-friendly brand, 9mobile, has announced its Future-CEO initiative, aimed at stimulating the interest of young students of secondary school age in business and leadership.

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Kirsten Plonner Returns to FleishmanHillard as Global Managing Director

FleishmanHillard has appointed Kirsten Plonner to lead the agency’s financial and professional services practice as global managing director.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Appoints Board of Trustees

...Four New Members Join Co-Chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates Shape Foundation Governance and Increase Impact

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the appointment of board of trustees, with Strive Masiyiwa, Baroness Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, Thomas J. Tierney, and Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman joining co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates as members. The board members will work alongside Gates and French Gates, bringing independent and diverse perspectives to help strengthen the foundation’s governance.

APCON inducts Redwood Consulting MD as a Fellow of Advertising

The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has inducted Hannah Oyebanjo, the CEO of Redwood Consulting as a Fellow of the advertising profession in Nigeria.  

Ogilvy Elevates Devika Bulchandani to Global President

Ogilvy has promoted North America CEO Devika Bulchandani to global president.

Bulchandani, who is also the global chairwoman of advertising, will expand her responsibilities in the newly established post to include oversight of all five of Ogilvy's business units: PR, advertising, experience, health, growth & innovation. She'll collaborate with regional leaders to update the agency's capabilities while continuing to support client work.

Red Star Express Plans to Commission Multi-billion Naira Cargo and Truck Facilities

Red Star Express Plc, Nigeria's leading courier and package delivery company, has reaffirmed its commitment to complete and commission its multi-billion Naira cargo warehouse and trucking facilities before the end of 2022.

LG XBOOM 360 Delivers Premium Sound with Stylish Design Anyplace, Anytime

The new LG XBOOM 360 speaker (model RP4) from LG Electronics (LG) features a conical-cylindrical design and delivers authentic, omnidirectional audio that is perfect for any space or occasion. Pleasing to the eye, the speaker’s unique form factor enables LG XBOOM 360 to radiate sound in all directions for a lifelike performance with impressive power and clarity. Ideal for today’s lifestyle focused on small social gatherings, this stylish speaker is available in Nigeria Market.

Monday 24 January 2022

Redefini Appoints Tayo Oyedeji as New CEO... Ken Onyeali-Ikpe Transitions to Non-Executive Director at Troyka Holdings

Redefini, the leading creative consultancy and integrated marketing communications company in West Africa, has announced the appointment of Dr. Tayo Oyedeji as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Shell powers talent pipeline with SAP Young Professionals Program

As African enterprises continue their digital transformation initiatives accelerated by the pandemic, talent is once again in the spotlight.

Ardova commends Stanbic IBTC’s support for LPG storage project

AP LPG terminal, a fully owned subsidiary of Ardova PLC, on Wednesday, 19 January 2022, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 20,000 metric tonne Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage terminal at the project site in Ijora, Lagos. The ceremony signified the official commencement of construction activities which is expected to be completed in December 2022.

ADVAN Set to Elect New Excos at 19th AGM

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has concluded plans to host its 19th annual general meeting at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja Lagos State on the 3rd of February, 2022.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Twitter Nigeria in a football frenzy as the Super Eagles proceed to the AFCON knockout stages

Nigeria Twitter is buzzing with anticipation, as the Super Eagles progressed into the knock-out stages of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Qualification from Group D was assured after making light work of the group stage, dispatching  Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau with three decisive, back-to-back triumphs.

Thursday 20 January 2022

Network International launches Tap on Phone in partnership with Mastercard expand digital payment acceptance across Middle East & Africa  

An estimated 500,000 new merchants across the Middle East and Africa will soon be able to benefit from simple, seamless and convenient digital payment acceptance via Network International’s Tap on Phone technology, which enables mobile phones to act as payment terminals. The initiative marks a new milestone between Mastercard, a technology leader in the global payments industry, and Network International, a leading enabler of digital commerce.  

Omolara Adebiyi set to open HighPoint Event Centre in Lagos

Few years at the helm of affairs at ADDAS Mall, Omolara Adebiyi has proved to be the quintessential Chief Executive Officer with her string of achievements.

100 Million Naira Worth of Prizes to be won in Bigi Sponsored Nigerian Idol Season 7

Organizers of the most anticipated music reality show, Nigerian Idol have revealed that One Hundred Million Naira worth of prizes is up for grabs in the 7th edition which premieres on Sunday, February 6th, 2022 on DStv and GOtv.

Sad Girlz Luv Money hitmaker Amaarae joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

Spotify yesterday announced that Ghanaian breakout star, Amaarae, has joined its EQUAL Music Programme as January’s Artist of the Month. The red-gold-green nation’s global sensation is the cover of Spotify's EQUAL Africa playlist, which compiles music from "the fiercest African women making waves".  

Bybit Announces Launch of NFT Platform With Mystery Boxes of Monster Galaxy NFTs

...Exclusive Artworks Curated by ONBD and REALY Apparel

Bybit, one of the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges, announced the launch of the Bybit NFT Marketplace, a non-fungible token (NFT) platform that aims to streamline digital ownership and support the development of blockchain gaming and the metaverse.

Netflix Commits $1 Million towards Scholarships in Africa

Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service, has announced a commitment of US$1 million towards the newly-established Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film and TV students in Sub-Saharan Africa. The scholarship fund forms part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund launched in 2021 to be allocated to various initiatives over the next 5 years with the goal of developing a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.

NdaniTV Releases 5th Season of Real Talk Show! [PHOTOS/VIDEO]

NdaniTV has released new photos and a teaser video from the 5th season of its Talk show, Real Talk. The production company has also unveiled the multi-talented, Bisola Aiyeola, as the host for this season and if the teaser video is anything to go by, we are in for an exciting season! 

Turkish TV tycoon, Acun Ilicali Completes £30Million Takeover of Hull City

Turkish businessman and TV personality, Acun Ilicali has completed his 'dream' takeover of the English second-tier football team, Hull City.

Biggest Video Game Deal in History: Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard for $69 Billion

Tech giant Microsoft has announced the biggest video game deal in history, acquiring Activision Blizzard Inc., a leader in game development and interactive entertainment content publisher for a whopping $68.7 Billion.

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Homecoming Concert: Flavour, Phyno, Funnybone, others thrill Consumers of Life Continental Beer in Anambra

The New Year started on a blistering note in Umunze, Anambra State, as Flavour’s Homecoming Concert thrill thousands with dazzling sparks of entertainment. Apart from the rousing musical performance of the headline artiste, Flavour of Africa, other entertainers such as Funnybone, Phyno, Ada Ugoccie, Odumeji, Whitemoney, DJ MClord, NYD Crew also shutdown St Augustine’s field Umunze recently with scintillating performances.

RAK Foundation Pioneer CEO Fulfills His Promise, Rebuilds House Burnt Down in Badagry

It was a moment of joy as the pioneer of Real Acts of Kindness (RAK) Development Foundation, Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende on Friday handed over a new house built by his NGO to the family of Mr Felix Fagbeji, a cotton weaver, who lost his house and property to fire outbreak at Sakpo community in Badagry on Dec.17 around 8:30p.m

LIRS Announces January 31 Deadline For Filing of Annual Tax Returns by Employers of Labour

As the new year begins, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) wishes its esteemed taxpayers a prosperous 2022.

SAP names Emmanuel Raptopoulos Regional President of EMEA South

SAP has appointed Emmanuel Raptopoulos as the new President for SAP’s EMEA South region, which comprises Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this capacity, he will report to Scott Russell, SAP Executive Board member, Customer Success. With presence in 75 countries, 24 offices and ~5000 employees across the region, EMEA South is at the forefront of SAP’s transformation to the cloud.

Thursday 13 January 2022

Stanbic IBTC Capital Shines at AIHN 2021 Investment Banking Awards

Stanbic IBTC Capital, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has emerged as the winner in five out of ten award categories at the Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria’s (AIHN) 2021 Investment Banking Awards ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, 24 November 2021.

Step Up this New Year and Experience Unbeatable Entertainment With GOtv

The new year comes with positive resolutions to do better, try harder, offer more, and be better.  This year, GOtv is offering unmatched entertainment, fantastic programming, a breathtaking lineup of programs, and more diverse content for everyone. From sports to music, movies, telenovela, and kiddies’ content, whatever your entertainment needs are, GOtv’s got you.

Cold Stone’s tasty new year with mouth-watering offers

Yayyy!!! Cheers to a prosperous year!!! A fantastic start for you and all of us at Cold Stone Creamery. Having locked it down throughout the festive period and the long holidays, we are back to making your taste buds happy with tasty, sumptuous flavours and creamy moments. Yasss! You heard right. It’s all year round of excitement, fellas!

Fintech Farm raises late Seed round of $7.4M to launch neobanks in 8 countries

Fintech Farm, a British fintech company creating neobanks in emerging markets, has raised a $7.4M investment to develop its new project. The company is going to launch neobanks in 8 countries during the next two years. The round was led by Flyer One Ventures and Solid, while Jiji, TA Ventures,, and AVentures Capital also participated. 

Emirates super jumbo lifts Real Madrid for Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid is all set for their epic match against Barcelona. The Emirates A380 emblazoned with the blue Expo 2020 “mobility” livery lifted one of the most popular clubs in global football all the way from Madrid, Spain, to defend their title at the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals on July 12. 

Prudential Announces Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Sponsorship

Prudential Africa has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to become the official insurance partner of the 33rd edition of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.

Tuesday 11 January 2022

HP Strengthens Portfolio with its Largest Launch at CES 2022

...Unlocks power of hybrid work experiences with intelligent collaboration and creation technology

HP Inc. today unveiled new devices and solutions designed to enhance collaboration and creation experiences so people can work and create wherever they are.

Stanbic IBTC Insurance Covers Super Eagles as Nigeria Commences AFCON Battle

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has taken the bold step to ensure the Super Eagles of Nigeria wins the ongoing African football tournament, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), in Cameroun.

LinkedIn Set to Launch Clubhouse-Style Audio Events with Video Version

According to emerging reports, LinkedIn will debut a Clubhouse-style audio event function with a twist. Users will be able to use video in this situation as well. The feature is still in its early stages of development. With over 800 million people using Linkedin to enhance their careers, the company is now taking things a step further to encourage users to spend more time on the network.

Bolt raises $711 million in a new funding round valued at $8.4 billion

Uber's main competitor, Bolt has raised 628 million euros ($711.40 million) in fundraising headed by Sequoia Capital and Fidelity Management and Research Co, valuing the company at 7.4 billion euros ($8.38 billion).

Amazon Prime Video Signs Agreement With Nigeria’s Anthill Studios

Anthill Studios, a Nigerian production company, has inked a multi-year licensing agreement with Amazon Prime Video. Starting this year, the streaming service will hold exclusive worldwide distribution rights to Anthill's slate of theatrical productions, including Progressive Tailors Club.

NITDA, JICA Launch iHatch Incubation Programme To Support Youth-driven Innovation

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will develop iHatch, a start-up incubation program aimed at expanding the number of Nigerian youth-led innovation-driven businesses.

Instagram testing a new “Edit Grid” feature

The grid on your Instagram profile may soon contain more than just a collection of your most recent posts.

Saturday 8 January 2022

Stanbic IBTC Enlightens Nigerians on Stockbroking

Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, recently hosted a virtual session to enlighten Nigerians on the potentials of investing in the stock market.