BrandArena: March 2022

Thursday 31 March 2022

Precious, Joel Got Evicted From Bigi-sponsored Nigerian Idol as Show Heats up

The award-winning Bigi carbonated soft drink has again, reinforced its inexorable commitment to talent discovery and nurturing as the brand refreshed the contestants to stardom with a captivating performance at the Nigerian Idol Season 7 second live show, with its ownership of the mics which depicts its 13 variants, from the stable of Rite Foods.

Chrisland Schools Wins 34 Medals at 2022 World School Games

Athletes representing Chrisland Schools won a total of 34 medals across various competitions and categories at the 2022 World School Games which took place in Dubai from March 10 and March 13, 2022.

Introducing the 22 African Women Who Have Served as Head of State

The role that women should play in shaping Africa’s present and future was a key theme from speakers of the Women Heads of State Initiative, co-convened by and Coca-Cola Africa. The event introduced the world to the 22 women who have served as president or prime minister of an African country, five of whom spoke at the event. The virtual event comprised talks from current and former female heads of state, as well as thought leaders, who drew a picture of where African states should be focusing on if they want to move the continent forward.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Emerges Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Nigeria

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has emerged as the Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Nigeria at the 2021 edition of the International Finance Awards.  

No Extension of Deadline for Filing Individual Annual Tax Returns, LIRS Warns

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has announced that there is no plan to extend the deadline for filing individual annual tax returns beyond its statutory date of March 31.

Mastercard, Network International and NBS Bank Plc Partner to Accelerate Digital Payments Adoption in Malawi

Mastercard and Network International yesterday re-affirmed their shared commitment to drive the adoption of digital payments and support emerging markets’ transition to a cashless economy by announcing a strategic partnership with NBS Bank plc in Malawi. This will be the first implementation of an innovative digital payment’s platform launched by Mastercard and Network International last year.

Heritage Bank promotes Financial Literacy to commemorate Global Money Week

In alignment with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Financial Literacy Day, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria's Most Innovative Banking Service provider has joined the rest of the world in the celebration of 2022 Global Money Week.

Nile University Abuja Becomes Beneficiary Of Mouka Award Of Excellence 3rd Edition

As part of the company’s 5th CSR pillar called “Skills For Life”, Mouka birthed this initiative three years ago to recognise and promote academic excellence while advocating the role of quality sleep in the equation.

LG ThinQ Technology in ACs: Bring a New Intelligence to Human Connected Lifestyle

The role of technology has evolved into one of intelligence and connectedness, capable of effectively managing all of our everyday demands, providing remote control access to all of our home devices and appliances, and serving as a virtual assistant.

Friday 25 March 2022

Entries Now Open for 2022 Africa's Business Heroes Prize Competition

The “Africa’s Business Heroes” (ABH) prize competition, one of the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic programs spotlighting and celebrating Africa’s entrepreneurial talent, has opened applications for its fourth annual edition.

Unconditional Love: Free BRT Rides to Mothers Across Lagos

Mothers play unique roles in the family; they are the critical unifying factor that bond a family and are considered incredible pillars of family love and support. As a token of appreciation of their love, an anonymous brand took the 2022 Mother’s Day celebration a step further to honour and celebrate mothers' love by offering them free BRT bus rides across different locations in Lagos. 

Red Star Express confirms Auwalu Babura, New MD/CEO

The Board of Directors of Red Star Express Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Auwalu Badamasi Babura (FCA), the incumbent Executive Director (Finance and Administration), as the new Managing Director/CEO of the company effective April 1, 2022.  

Thursday 24 March 2022

OPPO Nigeria Launches A96, A Perfect Mid-Range Smartphone

OPPO Nigeria announced the launch of OPPO A96 in Nigeria yesterday 23. March 2022. OPPO A96 is equipped with the 5000mAh long-lasting battery and 33W SUPERVOOCTM flash charging, complemented by the OPPO Glow Design that allows the phone to be scratch and fingerprint resistant, 6.59-inch 90Hz Colour-Rich Punch-Hole Display with 96% NTSC wide color gamut that is managed by the OPPO’s self-developed Adaptive Refresh Rate Technology to deliver an immersive viewing experience.

9mobile Trains 100 Kano Teachers on Innovative Teaching Skills

Following a successful maiden edition in Lagos, Nigeria’s caring telecom brand, 9mobile, has organized a one-day train-the-trainer workshop for teachers in Kano in partnership with the Kano State Ministry of Education. The workshop had in attendance teachers across the state drawn from both the Junior and Senior secondary schools.

Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, Others to Perform at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy has expanded its lineup for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards with current nominees Jon Batiste, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Nas, and Chris Stapleton and a special In Memoriam performance featuring songs of Stephen Sondheim by GRAMMY winner Cynthia Erivo, current nominee Leslie Odom Jr., current nominee Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler. 

Season Finale of Come Play Naija Airs This Weekend

The season finale of Africa Magic’s popular game, ‘Come Play Naija’ holds this Friday, 25 March from 10:00 pm till the morning of Saturday, 26 March on DStv channel 199 and AM Family. Since the show’s debut in March, there have been 11 exciting and entertaining episodes where contestants have won millions of Naira and 120 lucky DStv and GOtv subscribers have also won 50,000 Naira each in the Home Play Edition.  

Securex returns to Lagos to inspire, engage and reconnect its community

Securex West Africa returns in May, to reunite its community and act as a catalyst in kicking off business sales in the new normal. West Africa’s leading exhibition and conference for the security, safety, fire and facilities management sectors promises to engage, inspire and connect its more than 3,000 audience members over three days from the 10th – 12th May 2022 at the Landmark Centre, Lagos.

MTN Group announces Senior Leadership Shakeup in Nigeria, Sudan, Iran

Telecommunication giant, MTN Group has announced new senior leadership appointments to operating companies in Nigeria, Iran, and Sudan. The appointments are effective 1 April 2022. 

SwiftaCloud relaunches, announcing revamped cloud platform promoting Everything as a Service

Fast-growing tech solutions provider, Swifta, today announced the relaunching of its SwiftaCloud platform with the addition of a wide range of affordable enterprise and B2B solutions ranging from Software-as-a-service (SaaS) to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-service (Paas); with more to its suite of offerings.

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Stanbic IBTC Tasks Nigerian Investors to Tap into AfCFTA to Boost Intra-Africa Trade

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Standard Bank Group, has urged Nigerian investors and business owners to harness and maximise the business opportunities that are inherent in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. This will help boost intra-Africa trade beyond the current level of 17 per cent as well as promote industrialisation and the economic growth of the continent. 

Toxic Workplaces Are Not Rites of Passage

Nigeria’s Twitter space was agog with an investigative report from TechCabal this week – it was an expose into the startup culture of Bento Africa. This story stirred up an explosive conversation on Twitter about toxic workplaces in Nigeria with the hashtag #horriblebosses in which there were mentions of numerous companies.

Tuesday 22 March 2022

The Happiness Center commemorates International Day of Happiness, Inducts Happiness Ambassadors

The United Nations designated International Day for Happiness March 20, was celebrated in grand style by ‘The Happiness Center’ as the organization inducted its first-ever Nigerian Happiness Ambassadors, as part of its activities to commemorate the day. The event which took place at the Lagos head office of the organization on March 20th, 2022, also presented an opportunity to showcase the center’s health packages to all and sundry, including the dignitaries present.

Africa Magic Unveils Eight Days of Events for 8th AMVCAs

Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice, has announced an eight-day series of events to herald the 8th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) set to hold on May 14, 2022.

ADVAN Ignites to bring imc together for unforgettable evening

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria, (ADVAN) has concluded plans to host integrated marketing communication and marketing stakeholders to evening cocktails, canapés, conversations and networking.

Cellulant, UBA extends payments services for merchants and consumers across the African continent

Leading Pan-African Payments Company Cellulant and Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, have announced a partnership that will extend payment services for merchants and consumers across 19 key African countries in which UBA operates. These countries include Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

ILMMD Holds Investiture Ceremony, Confers Doctorate Degree on Elochuckwu Adibo, Others in Lagos

The Institute of Leadership Manpower and Management Development (ILMMD) recently held a Formal Investiture and Induction Ceremony at Ikeja Airport Hotel, Ikeja Lagos. 
At the occasion, ILMMD, Nigeria’s professional body for development experts, specialists, and practitioners conducted the investiture for 27 distinguished fellows/doctorate awardees, 19 doctoral fellows, and 28 fellows.

Funke Felix-Adejumo shines at Commonwealth Africa Summit, Advocates for Gender Inclusion

Female enthusiast and philanthropist extraordinaire, Funke Felix-Adejumo has taken the challenges of African women to the global centre stage stressing the need for more realistic gender inclusion.

9PSB to Support Nigeria’s Agribusiness Sector with Digitized Payments Solutions

Nigeria’s pioneer and foremost Payment Service Bank, 9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB) has committed to growing Nigeria’s agriculture value chain by supporting the payment needs of farmers, through accessible, easy and inclusive payment solutions.

'Watch & Win Promo': Bigi Rewards Consumers With a New Car and Other Prizes

Bigi gave away a brand-new Bigi branded automobile and other scrumptious prizes in its 'Watch and Win Promo' on Saturday at the Silverbird Cimena in Lagos, capping off a 12-week period of renewed excitement and enthusiasm for Bigi consumers and moviegoers in Lagos and Abuja.

Heritage Bank, LCFE explore opportunities in commodities ecosystem to support CBN’s $200bn FX repatriation

Heritage Bank Plc, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange (LCFE) and other participating financial institutions explored opportunities on export revenue from the Commodities Ecosystem as part of its supports to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) to raise $200billion in foreign exchange repatriation from the non-oil exports over the next three to five years.

Bending the Rules of Design: LG SIGNATURE OLED Rollable TV boasts an ultrathin screen that transforms into a speaker

LG SIGNATURE OLED R rollable TV was officially launched in Nigeria in December, 2021,  each LG Signature OLED R rollable TV is custom built to order, meticulously assembled and finished with top quality craftsmanship by LG's most experienced production professionals. The epitome of exclusivity, LG SIGNATURE OLED R has been lauded as a triumph in engineering and user-centric design. The 65-inch flexible OLED display is created from one sheet of glass and features self-lit pixels and independent dimming control.

Thursday 17 March 2022

GTCO Food And Drink Festival is Back!

The Food and Drink Festival, hosted by Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO Plc), will be held again this year. This year's headline event will take place at the GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos, from Sunday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Mouka, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy Urge Nigerians to Stay Healthy in Commemoration of World Sleep Day 2022

Mouka, Nigeria’s leading brand of mattresses and pillows, has collaborated with the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy in spreading awareness for the importance of quality sleep as a foundational pillar for human health.

3 Reasons to Jump on GOtv’s ‘Max Enjoyment For Less’ Offer

What can you do with 6,500 Naira? Quad biking with friends? Or a nice lunch at your local restaurant perhaps? As good as those options may be, with 6,500 Naira you can get more value when you take up the latest GOtv limited-time-only discount offer.

CSR: Ikeja Electric upgrades Electrical Workshop at Govt Tech College to boost Technical Education

Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution company, Ikeja Electric (IE), has renovated and upgraded the Electrical Workshop at Government Technical College (GTC) in Ikorodu, Lagos as part of efforts to support the improvement of technical capacity building in Lagos State.

Bigi Powered Nigerian Idol Season 7: Top 12 Contestants Set for Live Show on March 20

The theatre week of the favourite music reality show, Nigerian Idol Season 7, has ended with the top 12 contestants ready to showcase their talent, after weeks of audition that led to the selection by the judges, with the live show to commence on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

GoNigeria Digital Poetry Challenge for Youths - One Million Naira up for grabs

As part of this year's World Poetry Day marked globally on 21 March, Nigerian youths of voting age, who constitute over 80 per cent of the electorate, have been urged to be part of this celebration by participating in the GoNigeria digital poetry challenge.  There is a fabulous first prize of One Million Naira Grand to be won by the best entry, whilst the first and second runners-up will receive N600, 000 and N400,000 respectively.

AFRIMA Mourns Veteran DJ Rab Bakari

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has expressed “great sadness” over the tragic death of veteran Ghanaian disc jockey, Rab Bakari, aka DJ Rab, “whose artistry shone so brightly that it illuminated the entire African country.”

GTCO Announced as Headline Sponsor of NUGA 2022, Receives Torch of Unity From UNILAG

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) has been announced as the headline sponsor of the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), at a ceremony in Lagos. The bank was presented the Torch of Unity by the host institution, the University of Lagos (UNILAG). The higher institutions sports fiesta kicked off yesterday, March 16, 2022.

Africa No Filter and Meta announce the winners of the Future Africa Grant for Extended Reality Creators

Africa No Filter and Meta are excited to announce today the six finalists of the ‘Future Africa: Telling Stories, Building Worlds’ programme - focused on harnessing and investing in the next generation of Extended Reality (XR) creators in Africa. 

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Winners of the Netflix & Unesco ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ Short Film Competition Announced

After launching a groundbreaking competition to find some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s up and coming filmmakers, entitled  ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ Netflix and UNESCO can now announce the six winners. 

Red Star Promotes Total Wellness for All, Celebrates Women

Red Star Express Plc. has once again demonstrated its readiness to lead the global discourse and promote activities aimed at ensuring the complete physical, mental and social wellbeing of humanity. The logistics company celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with a week of activities that included a Health Talk, physical examination, and blood sugar tests. Other tests designed to ensure that its staff, irrespective of gender, remained in top form, included blood pressure check, hepatitis b screening, vaccinations, and a workout session among others.

Onyeka Akumah Takes a Bow After 5 Years As Chairman, Exits Farmcrowdy

Farmcrowdy, a worldwide Agri-tech firm dedicated to fixing inefficiencies in the agricultural value chain, has announced Onyeka Akumah's departure as Chairman and Shareholder.

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Abbey Mortgage Bank launches Mobile Banking App

Abbey Mortgage Bank once again blazed the trail in the financial services industry with the launch of its data-friendly mobile banking application. The App launch which took place today at the company’s head office in Victoria Island, Lagos, will provide customers with easy access to their account as well as the ability to perform transactions seamlessly without the need for in-person banking. Over the years, the bank has been at the vanguard of pioneering innovative solutions to enable its customers achieve their strategic objectives.

Mastercard Executive, Kari Tukur, Joins DLM Capital Group’s Board Of Directors

Prominent Development Investment Institution, DLM Capital Group, has appointed Ms. Kari Tukur, Vice President of products at Mastercard Sub-Saharan Africa, to its board of directors.

Thursday 10 March 2022

9mobile Offers Free International Calls, SMS to Ukraine

Nigeria’s caring network, 9mobile, has announced free international calls and SMS to Ukraine to enable Nigerians to seamlessly remain in touch with their loved ones in the Eastern European country, amidst the ongoing military invasion. The free International Calls and SMS Offer to Ukraine will run till March 31.

LG Self–Sufficient Lifestyle For a Better Tomorrow

…The LG Vision Omnipod Concept Wants to Put the Metaverse Inside Your Car

To give consumers a better tomorrow to look forward to, LG is constantly working on innovations for the future. These inventions will one day change the way we live for the better.

Tax Dispute: FIRS, MultiChoice Nigeria Agree to Resolve Tax Dispute

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and leading pay television service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, have agreed to an amicable resolution of their pending tax disputes which led to a series of lawsuits.

Gamr Africa, NUGA Signs Partnership Deal to Expand E-Sport in Nigeria Universities

In the interest of expanding the frontier for E-sport in Nigeria and across Africa’s eco-system. Africa’s biggest e-gaming company, Gamr Africa, an online subscription platform that allows gamers to interact with each other has signed a partnership deal with Nigeria University Games (NUGA) to introduce e-sports to all Nigerian Universities.

Wednesday 9 March 2022

Google to Acquire Mandiant, a Cybersecurity Firm, for $5.4 Billion

Google on Tuesday, March 8, announced one of its largest acquisitions, securing a deal of about $5.4 billion for the cybersecurity company Mandiant. This comes less than a month after Venture Beat revealed that Microsoft was in early talks to acquire Mandiant. Google appears to have gained the upper hand in the cloud computing competition.