BrandArena: February 2022

Friday 25 February 2022

JAC Motors unveiled as official automobile partner to The Voice Nigeria Season 4

Season 4 of the popular music talent show, The Voice Nigeria will be a smooth and comfortable journey, with JAC Motors (Elizade JAC Autoland) throwing its weight behind the show as the Official Automobile Partner.

Love Like This: New series on NdaniTV

After weeks of teasing fans on social media, NdaniTV is set to release a brand-new web series titled, Love Like This. Posters and a preview of the series can be seen on the production company’s Instagram page @NdaniTV.

Thursday 24 February 2022

Life Continental Beer Deepens Market Penetration with “Hope for Imo” Empowerment Initiative

Life Continental Beer has increased its market penetration within the South-east region of Nigeria through its partnership with the Imo State government to empower 2,700 youths at the just-concluded “Hope for Imo” Valentine Concert. At the Concert, the historic Heroes Square arena was a beehive of activities as Life Continental Beer gave consumers scintillating end-to-end experiences with live performances by Phyno, Perruzi, DJ Neptune, Kcee, Chinenye Udoma and Flavour N’nabania.

Gupshup team up with Truecaller to help enterprises improve customer experience and enable trust in business communication

Gupshup, the leader in conversational engagement, announced a technology partnership with Truecaller, the leading global platform for verifying contacts and blocking unwanted communications, to empower enterprises with access to advanced business identity solutions. With this partnership, brands will enable a secure voice communication ecosystem to better engage with consumers and improve their overall calling experience.

JCI Nigeria Announces Young Entrepreneur Awards, Calls for Entries

In a bid to improve and position Nigeria’s young entrepreneurs among the world’s best young and innovative entrepreneurs, Junior Chambers International, Nigeria has announced the Creative Young Entrepreneur Award to young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

OVH Energy Marketing Promotes Quality Education and Capacity Building With its University Scholarship Scheme

…awards 30 beneficiaries with scholarship grants

Nigeria’s leading indigenous marketer of choice, OVH Energy Marketing, through its University Scholarship Scheme, has offered scholarships to students in universities within its host communities for the 2021/2022 academic calendar. 

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Abbey Mortgage Bank lists additional 3.69bn ordinary shares on NGX

One of the foremost financial services institutions, Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc, has announced on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) it's listing of additional shares of 3,692,307,692 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each via a rights issue.

New Kenyan Microwork Pilot Demonstrates Power to Drive Financial Inclusion

A new microwork pilot project in Kenya by Celo Foundation and Mercy Corps Ventures has helped hundreds of Kenyan youth access digital jobs with greater earnings than ever before. The pilot demonstrates the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies to drive financial inclusion by creating new digital employment opportunities, reducing the cost of cross-border micropayments, and incentivizing saving among low-income youth.

Zimvest to Reward New Users in Savings Campaign

…Excites TFAA audience with freebies, brand experience at the 16th edition 

Digital wealth and investment management firm, Zedcrest Investment Managers (ZIMVEST) on Sunday, February 20th, 2022 announced a 7-day savings reward campaign to promote a healthy savings culture and reaffirm its commitment to enriching lives at the 16th edition of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) held in Lagos. 

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Red Star valentine challenge produces ten lucky winners

Ten winners have emerged in the recently concluded social media campaign themed 'Red Star Valentine Challenge', which ran from 10-15th started on the 10th of February as a special valentine activation for its loyal clientele.

Nigeria’s Canza Finance raises $3.27 Million in Seed Funding

Nigerian emerging markets neobank, Canza Finance has announced the completion of its $3.27M seed round led by Fenbushi Capital, with participation from Dominance Ventures, Bixin Ventures, Consensys, Protocol Labs, Emergo Ventures, MEXC Global, NGC Ventures, XanPool, Hashkey, the founders of Celo, and others.

Stanbic IBTC to connect with youths at Africa NXT

As part of its commitment to youth development, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank, has concluded plans to sponsor Africa NXT, formerly known as Social Media Week.

CDC/BII partners with FirstBank to support women and small business owners with a US$100 million credit facility

CDC Group, the UK Government's development finance institution, announced today a US$100 million finance facility to First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank). This new facility will direct funding to women-owned and led businesses as well as to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.

Samsung Announces Teni the Entertainer as the new A-Series Ambassador

Samsung Nigeria has signed one of Nigeria’s burgeoning artiste, Teni the Entertainer, as ambassador for its A-series range of mobile phones in Nigeria. The announcement was made official after Teni signed a memorandum of understanding at Samsung office in Lagos.

9mobile FutureCEO Initiative: Telco Unveils Judges, Announces Top Entries for Finale

Nigeria's youth-friendly telco brand, 9mobile, has unveiled three judges and announced a shortlist of 10 entries for its FutureCEO speech competition initiative in collaboration with the District II of Lagos State Ministry of Education. The unveiling is in preparation for the grand finale scheduled for March 1.

Wema Bank MD Counsels Accountants on Cyber Security, Data Protection

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc, Mr. Ademola Adebise, has advised accountants to store data safely and protect them against cybersecurity threats and other criminal breaches.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Becomes WhatsApp’s First Global Partner

WhatsApp has announced a new partnership with basketball prodigy Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2021 NBA All-Star MVP.  Antetokounmpo is WhatsApp’s first-ever global partner, and this NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland — the site of Antetokounmpo’s sixth career All-Star Game, no less — is just the start for this partnership that will reveal itself over time. 

9PSB CEO Calls for Targeted Content to Accelerate Nigeria’s Financial Inclusion

The Chief Executive Officer, 9PSB, Branka Mracajac has emphasized the need to pay close attention to content creation as an important factor in driving and accelerating financial inclusion in the country, stating that it is capable of enhancing the future of digital banking in the long term.

Fearless Energy Drink Powers Pillions Hangout With Bikerz in Lagos

The city of Lagos was agog all weekend of the week ending February 18, 2022, with a biker fest of top power bikers’ clubs and non-bikers from across Nigeria who stormed the historic venue of Freedom Park, Lagos Island in a revving power bike show that energized the city all weekend.

9mobile Advocates Technology Adoption for Multilingual Learning

Nigeria’s telecoms service provider and caring brand, 9mobile, has lent its voice to the global call to adopt technology for multilingual learning. The telco provider made the call to mark this year’s International Mother Language Day with the theme, Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges and Opportunities”.

Why Insight Publicis Changed Its Visual Identity - Tayo Oyedeji

Insight Publicis, Nigeria’s leading advertising agency, has unveiled a refreshed visual identity, heralding a new era for the company. Insight's new look and brand symbol represent a commitment to innovation and a renewed focus on digital and tech-first solutions.

Sunday 20 February 2022

LG Provides Business Solutions With Smart And Healthy Premium Products

… Showcases Cutting-edge Technological & Energy Saving Innovations to Stakeholders

It was an exhibition of the best of technological innovation in Commercial Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers and Stylers at the LG Electronics (LG) conference of Real Estate Developers, Consultants and Hoteliers held in Lagos on Saturday, February 19th, 2022.

Friday 18 February 2022

Universal Music Group Partners with Curio to Develop NFT Fan Collections for Its Record Labels and Artists

Universal Music Group (UMG) has partnered with Curio, the leading Non-Fungible Token (NFT) platform for entertainment businesses and musical artists, to create NFT collections for its labels and artists.

How Airtel Kenya settled license dispute out of court, agreed to pay the sum of $17.5 million

For the past seven years, Airtel Kenya has been in a license dispute with Kenya's Communications Authority. Outside of the court action, both sides have decided to end the litigation. As a result of the agreement reached last week, Airtel Kenya has agreed to pay Sh2 billion ($17.5 million) to the telecom regulator for the renewal of its licenses.

Meta renames Facebook's 'News Feed' to 'Feed' after 15 years

Meta has announced the changing of Facebook's ‘News Feed’ to ‘Feed’. News Feed is the main view that highlights information including profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays, among other updates. The News Feed name was first introduced more than 15 years ago.

Thursday 17 February 2022

New Instagram Update: Now you can “Like” Stories

Users can now like videos and photos posted on their Instagram Story without having to send them a message. Instagram is currently testing a new feature called Private Story Likes.

Ikeja Electric donates medical items to Ifako General Hospital

Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution company, has donated medical items to Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, Lagos, to mark this year's Valentine Day. This charitable gesture is in line with objectives of its Personal Corporate Social Responsibility (P-CSR).

Experience The Luxurious Aesthetics of LG Artcool Inverter Air-Conditioner

…Delivers Exceptional Energy Efficiency, promotes Health Care Features

LG Electronics (LG) continues to wow Nigerian consumers with cutting-edge Air Conditioners powered by its innovative inverter technology. Highly evolved and well-regarded around the globe, LG’s inverter tech significantly boosts energy efficiency and performance. Energy efficient air conditioners are becoming more common across the globe, driven by rising electricity costs and eco-friendly consumers.

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Obi Cubana trending on Twitter after Abba Kyari’s arrest

Following the arrest of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, billionaire business mogul Obi Cubana has been trending on Twitter.

ISN Products Nigeria rewards 14 customers for 2021 performance

ISN Medical, a leading supplier of medical diagnostic products and services in Nigeria has rewarded its loyal customers for optimum performances in the 2021 business year with a 2022 brand new Hyundai Santa Fe, high-end refrigerators, 6.5KVA generators, microwave ovens and stocks worth millions of naira.

Developing economies need a fair energy transition strategy - Chairman, Stanbic IBTC

Technology is rapidly advancing, competition is getting stiffer, and the regulatory environment is changing. Mr. Basil Omiyi, chairman of Stanbic IBTC in this interview says the industry is generally looking out for improved ways to grow scale and remain relevant in society as more organizations to focus on fair energy transition strategy. 


IBMN to focus on new brand strategies for success in 2022 at 11th West Africa Brands Awards

Leveraging new brand strategies for success in 2022 will form a major focus of discourse at the eleventh West Africa Brands Excellence Awards hosted by the Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria (IBMN).

Codix Pharma Deepens Healthcare Delivery with Launch of New Facility

Codix Pharma Limited, a fast-growing pharmaceutical company in Nigeria, has unveiled a new head office complex in Ilupeju Lagos, as part of efforts towards complementing the efforts of the government in the health sector.

Friday 11 February 2022

Samsung Unveils Its Latest Premium S Series – Galaxy S22, S22+and Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung has announced the release of the Galaxy S22, S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra. These ground-breaking new editions to the S Series feature premium cameras, superfast connectivity, long-lasting batteries, and innovative new ways to share — everything the Galaxy name is known for — to make mobile experiences better and easier.

"Failure to participate in the political process is the reason we have been cursed with leadership by the worst of us" – Folarin Falana

Folarin Falana (Falz), Musician, Actor, and Entertainer has reiterated the need for the teeming youths to be involved in their future by actively participating in the electoral process. “Votes don’t count is the big lie politicians sell to those whose votes cannot be bought so that only those whose votes can be bought will come to the polling units”, he noted.

Wednesday 9 February 2022

Why GTCO Plc Acquired The Mutual Fund And Pension Subsidiaries of Investment One Financial Services Limited

Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO Plc or the Group), a diversified financial services provider, yesterday notified the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) and the investing public that GTCO Plc has concluded the acquisition of the 100% equity stake in Investment One Pension Managers Limited (IOPM) and Investment One Funds Management Limited (IOFM) (together, the Companies) held by Investment One Financial Services Limited (IOFS or the Seller).

Stanbic IBTC Opens New Branch in the Lekki Free Trade Zone

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has opened a new branch in the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), Ibeju-Lekki axis of Lagos State. The new branch will serve the banking and pension needs of the financial institution’s current and prospective clients along the LFTZ corridor and environs. 

Emirates kicks off the Valentine with romantic getaway package

For a very Valentine’s celebration, Emirates is inviting travelers to enjoy a romantic break, adventure out to cooler or warmer climates or simply rekindle some quality time with their loved ones. There’s no better time for UAE travelers to book their next holiday and get 25% off when they travel with their loved ones or friends to select destinations.  

Monday 7 February 2022

Abbey Mortgage Bank capitalized at 6bn with CBN’s approval of Capital Injection

Abbey Mortgage Bank has been further capitalised to N6bn following the approval issued by the apex bank of N3.03bn equity capital raised during the last right issue exercise of the bank.

LG InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator: The Unbeatable, Nothing Compares

A refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in every household. These large appliances have undergone a lot of improvements and upgrades over the years. And a good side-by-side refrigerator is definitely the in thing right now that you should get your hands on.

NBA Africa and Hennessy Launch First Floating Basketball Court in Africa

NBA Africa and Hennessy celebrated their partnership with the launch of the first basketball floating court on the continent when NBA Crossover tipped off at Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria last night.  The floating court will be on display for the next two days until the Crossover concludes at Lagos’ Landmark Beach this weekend.  

Sunday 6 February 2022

100,000 registered attendees see LEAP22 leapfrog into first place in international technology events

The inaugural edition of LEAP has set new records for a debut technology event, attracting over 100,000 registered attendees from more than 80 countries. Over 700 exhibitors including the world’s leading technology companies and over 1,500 of the most innovative start-ups, along with more than 500 international speakers joined LEAP22, which concluded yesterday in Riyadh, making it the largest ever first edition for a technology event.

Entries for Wema Bank Hackathon 3.0 Begins!

The year 2022 may still be fresh, but Wema Bank has something fun for every innovator. We urge you to get your creative juices flowing with the announcement of the third edition of Hackaholics.

Mouka Rewards Business Partners, Staff with Over N111 Million Worth of Educational Support

As part of its yearly Business Partner Awards, Mouka has rewarded its Business Partners with over N111,000,000 worth of scholarships, high-end laptops and educational materials for their children. In addition, 15 junior staff of Mouka went home with scholarships to the tune of N5,000,000 as an act of goodwill from the company.

Friday 4 February 2022

Uwubanmwen, Ajene, Atere, Others Elected as ADVAN New Exco

The commercial director of Biogenerics Limited has been elected as the new President of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria, (ADVAN)at the sectoral group’s 19th Annual General Meeting held at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja GRA Lagos yesterday.

Thursday 3 February 2022

Gupshup Acquires AI-Powered Voice Leader, Knowlarity, Strengthens Conversational Engagement Portfolio

Gupshup, the global leader in conversational engagement, has announced the acquisition of Knowlarity Communications, a global leader in cloud communications, offering cloud telephony, contact center automation, AI-powered voice assistants and speech analytics solutions to over 6,000 customers across 65 countries. 

Wednesday 2 February 2022

Nigeria’s AltSchool Africa raises $1m in pre-seed funding round

AltSchool Africa announced that it has secured $1 million in a pre-seed funding round to scale its efforts. Investors include Olugbenga “GB” Agboola, Flutterwave co-founder and CEO; Shola Akinlade, Paystack co-founder and CEO; Folarin Falana, a Nigerian artist popularly known as Falzthebahdguy; and Akitoye Balogun, a Nigerian artist known as Ajebutter22. The VCs in the round include Voltron Capital, Nestcoin, Pledges and Odba VC.

Paxful Drives Financial Inclusion With Financial Education Centers

Financial literacy is a key component of economic growth and development in any country. While emerging markets are leading in Bitcoin adoption, there is still a wide knowledge gap on the opportunities Bitcoin can offer for financial freedom. 

Duke of Shomolu Productions Promotes its 2022 Stage Plays, Institutionalises Corporate Support for Nigerian Theatre

On Thursday, 3 February 2022, Nigeria’s foremost theatre production company, Duke of Shomolu (DOS) Productions will host entertainment and corporate Nigeria at Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

YouTube's Mobile App is Getting a New User Interface Experience

YouTube mobile app is rolling out a new design that makes it easier to access controls when you’re watching videos in full-screen mode.