BrandArena: November 2022

Wednesday 30 November 2022

UBA Foundation Rings in the Yuletide Season, Lights Up Lagos Marina

Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season.

Stakeholders Lead Conversations on Financial Inclusion at the Maiden Edition of IFIC 2022

Nigeria, on 24th and 25th November 2022 hosted the largest convening of the Global Financial Inclusion ecosystem since the launch of its National Financial Inclusion Strategy in 2012. The 2022 International Financial Inclusion Conference organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its partners within the financial inclusion governance committees themed: “Financial Inclusion for all: Scaling Innovative Digital Models” had in attendance over 5000 participants from at least 78 countries around the world.

Parthian Partners wins Inter Dealer Broker of the year, lauded for pioneering IDB model in Nigeria

Parthian Partners Limited, Nigeria’s first interdealer broker and founder of i-invest, the first fixed-income investment app in Nigeria, has won the BusinessDay Banks and Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards for the ‘Interdealer Broker of the Year 2022’ in recognition of its impact and contribution to the overall growth and stability of the fixed income market, its financial performance - credit rating affirmed Bbb+, as well as its innovativeness and growth across different product lines.

Paradise Game, Visa Launch “The Money Kings”, a Gamification Program to Promote Financial Education

Paradise Game, a beacon for esports and edutech in Africa, initiated with VISA, a regional program to promote financial education to equip 200,000 young Africans with economic, budgetary and financial knowledge. The official launch was held during FEJA (Festival of Electronics and Video Game of Abidjan), a major gaming event on the continent, on November 26th and 27th 2022 at Cosmos Yopougon.

Meta Unveils First-of-Its-kind 360 Campaign Focused On Metaverse Entry Points for African Creators in Nigeria

In a first for Meta in Africa, Facebook's parent company - Meta recently unveiled a 360-degree campaign focused on the metaverse and entry points for creators in Nigeria, and across the region.

IHS Holding Limited completes $600 Million Three-Year Bullet-Term Loan

RMB acted as Mandated Lead Arranger & Bookrunner for IHS Holding Limited’s (NYSE: IHS) (“IHS Towers”) $600 million syndicated term loan facility. RMB was one of the lead banks on the transaction and applied its in-country expertise and global market knowledge in the structuring of this facility.

Evolving Industry: Crypto Exchange Bitfront Shuts Down

Bitfront, a U.S. crypto exchange backed by Japanese social media firm Line Corp, said it has suspended new sign-ups and credit card payments and will cease operations in a few months despite efforts to overcome challenges in the rapidly evolving industry.

Domino’s Pizza Nigeria adds Chicken & Rice to its menu

...set to be the largest chicken menu provider in QSR industry

Domino’s Pizza Nigeria, the country’s largest Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) has announced that it’s adding Chicken and Rice to its menu, and it is launching on November 21st & 23rd, 2022 across its outlets nationwide. The new menu will provide additional satisfaction to customers, making Domino’s the largest chicken menu provider within the QSR industry in Nigeria. 

Kaspersky supports INTERPOL operation to combat cybercrime in African countries

Kaspersky has contributed to INTERPOL’s Africa Cyber Surge Operation (ACSO) by sharing data, comprising of indicators of compromise (IoCs) on various cyber threats and types of cybercriminal activity targeting African countries. This evidence provided the grounds for a series of operational and investigative activities against the threat actors behind the cybercrimes and their malicious infrastructure.

Data Analytics Company, Periculum Launches Utambuzi in Kenya

Utambuzi has launched in Kenya. Utambuzi, which means ‘insights’ or ‘diagnosis’ in Swahili, is a personal finance management product that leverages machine learning to track income and expenses, and plan budgets while providing valuable insights on financial behaviour to help users better align their expenses with their financial goals. Also, with this product, there is zero room for fraudulent transactions; the machine learning model is designed such that it detects suspicious transactions, alerting the user.

Afrobarometer receives major boost with $6 million grant from Sweden

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has announced a three-year, 66 million Swedish Kronor grant (approximately US $6 million) in support of Afrobarometer’s new 10-year strategy to extend its reach and illuminate the way forward for Africa’s development. The grant is Sweden’s largest to Afrobarometer since the survey research network was launched in 1999.

UK, Nigeria Trade Volume Hits £5.5 Billion

The United Kingdom (UK) and Nigeria said the trade volume between the two countries stood at 5.5 billion pounds, according to a joint statement issued in Abuja.

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Appzone Rebrands to "Zone" to Power Global Payments with its Regulated Blockchain Network

Appzone, one of Africa’s leading Fintech Software Providers,  has rebranded to “Zone”, a regulated blockchain Payment Infrastructure company. By building Africa’s first layer-1 blockchain network, Zone will enable payments and the acceptance of digital currencies for Financial Service Providers globally. Zone’s regulated blockchain network enables direct transaction flow between financial service providers without an intermediary, bringing reduced transaction costs, instant dispute resolution, and absolute reliability across Africa’s payment borders and beyond.

Saturday 26 November 2022

World Cup Games on More Packages: Enjoy all the Show-stopping Moments from Qatar with DStv and GOtv

In keeping with the commitment to provide customers with the best World Cup experiences, MultiChoice Nigeria has opened all World Cup games on SuperSports to DStv Yanga and GOtv Jolli packages starting from Saturday 26th November 2022. 

Friday 25 November 2022

Zedvance Obtains Nigeria Data Protection Regulation Compliance Status

Leading consumer lending company, Zedvance Finance Limited has again received the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) compliance status for the implementation of statutory requirements in accordance with its regulatory guidelines.

Thursday 24 November 2022

Expert urges marketers to solve social, commercial exclusion through innovative models

The President & Co-CEO, Opay, Olu Akanmu has tasked organisations as well as marketers to begin to responsibly find innovative ways to solve the large social and commercial exclusion and unlock the potentials of these excluded markets with innovative service and business models that could make them profitable.

9mobile Partners Nigeria Volunteers Network to Host 17 Stories Fest Winners

Nigeria’s telecom service provider and youth-friendly brand, 9mobile, has partnered with Nigeria Volunteers Network to host 17 winners of the storytelling competition and other book lovers, keying into the 2022 Lagos Book and Art Festival, which was held recently at Freedom Park, Lagos.

Bolt Awards Winners of Driver League Challenge Brand New Cars

Leading mobility platform, Bolt, rewarded two drivers operating on the platform with brand-new cars in the recently concluded Driver’s League Challenge. The 3rd edition of the competition, held for eight weeks, rewarded drivers in Nigeria with prizes worth an overall value of N20 million, including brand-new cars and various home appliances.

LIRS Boss Bags Innovative CEO of The Year Award, Promises to Sustain Tax Revolution in Lagos State

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr Ayodele Subair has been conferred with the Most Innovative CEO of The Year Award 2022 by the New Telegraph Awards 2022.

mediaReach OMD To Present Top Trends 2023, Partners LBS & Geopoll on Webinar Session

mediaReach OMD, Nigeria’s leading media independent agency and pioneering thought leadership in Nigeria, in partnership with the prestigious Lagos Business School of the Pan-Atlantic University and Geopoll West Africa, is set to present a Webinar on the top trends to watch out for in 2023 as the current year draws to a closing. 

Technogym launches new showroom

Technogym, the premier world leader in the design of fitness and wellness equipment recently announced the launch of its new outlet located in the Victoria Island area of Lagos state, increasing the number of its existing centres in Lekki and Abuja respectively.

Pivo Raises $2 Million in Seed Fund Round to Ease Supply Chain For SMEs

Nigerian fintech startup Pivo has secured $2 million in a seed found with participation from Precursor Ventures, Vested World, Y Combinator, FoundersX and existing investor, Mercy Corp Ventures. 

Multichoice Extends Its Africa Accelerator Program to Nigeria and 7 Other Countries

Following the success of the last program, which last year helped six developing entrepreneurs get $16 million in funding, the Multichoice Africa Accelerator has been expanded to eight more African nations.

Domino’s Pizza Nigeria Team Up With 9Mobile to Launch New Call Center

In a bid to increase customer satisfaction and provide excellent service delivery, Domino’s Pizza Nigeria, the market leader in the quick service restaurant sector in Nigeria has launched its new Call Centre in collaboration with Nigeria’s telecommunication giant & long-term service provider, 9mobile. 

Idris Elba to Join in Conversation at the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend in Abidjan

The Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND 2022), taking place from 25 – 27 November 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, will feature international superstar Idris Elba. The actor is scheduled for the “When giants speak” Fireside Chat on Saturday 26 November, among other activities.

Tuesday 22 November 2022

HFN urges Nigerian government to create enabling policies for diaspora doctors

The President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria, (HFN), Dr. Pamela Ajayi, has called upon the Nigerian Government to implement policies that will create enabling environment for Nigerian doctors in the diaspora to return home and help revamp the healthcare system. She made this call at the Doctors For Change (DFC) convention that was held in Lagos recently.

Monday 21 November 2022

IFIC’22: NIBSS to join industry stakeholders to discuss financial inclusion

The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) is set to join other industry stakeholders to examine the opportunities, identify concrete solutions, and interventions that would ensure the achievement of the nation’s financial inclusion objectives at the International Financial Inclusion Conference on the 24th and 25th of November 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria. Themed “Financial Inclusion for all: Scaling Innovative Digital Models”, the conference is the first to be held since the country launched its National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in 2012. 

Sunday 20 November 2022

Airtel Africa, UNICEF partner to scale-up digital learning for children

Airtel Africa and UNICEF have announced a five-year pan-African partnership to help accelerate the roll-out of digital learning through connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms across 13 countries. By providing equal access to quality digital learning, particularly for the most vulnerable children, the partnership will help to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.    

SBI Media Set For Annual Media Workshop’ In Lagos

  • Call for entries open for interested participants

SBI Media, the multiple award-winning media agency, has announced its 3rd annual media workshop and training for Nigerian youths slated for the 3rd of December 2022 with the theme “Media In A Blockchain Era” at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.

Africa Tech Summit London: Industry leaders and investors to connect at London Stock Exchange

African tech leaders, corporates and investors will connect at the London Stock Exchange for the sixth Africa Tech Summit London, taking place on November 24th.

Egbin Power Bags Safety Excellence Award of the Year

Egbin Power Plc has received the Utility Power Generation Company of the Year at the 2022 Afrisafe HSE Awards, a prestigious Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) industry award held to honour outstanding individuals, corporate organizations and laudable initiatives in the safety industry across Africa.

Yemi Alade, Nadia Nakai, Six Others to Perform at AFRIMA & CANEX WKND Closing Concert

All is set for Creative Africa Nexus, CANEX WKND 2022, coming up from 25th to 27th November, 2022, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, as creatives, investors, industry leaders, creative industry businesses and government representatives, gather for a 3-day event with a strong focus on sharing skills and best practice from sectors across Africa’s creative and cultural industries. 

Cadbury Nigeria Launches New Cadbury Bournvita Biscuit

...Delivers chocolatey, crunchy, and tasty goodness to Nigerian families

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Mondelez International, has announced the introduction of Cadbury Bournvita Biscuit into the Nigerian market. The announcement was made at a launch ceremony held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA on November 10, 2022. Cadbury Bournvita Biscuit is the newest addition to Cadbury's growing portfolio and the first biscuit brand in the history of the Company.

Mouka Rewards Best Graduating Students of Elizade University During its Sixth and Seventh Convocation Ceremony

Mouka, the leading manufacturer of mattresses, pillows, and other bedding products, has rewarded the best graduating students from all faculties of the prestigious Elizade University, in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, with cash grants of One Hundred Thousand Naira each, at the sixth and seventh convocation ceremony of the institution, held recently.

Brandcomfest, Brandcom Awards Take Centre Stage November 24, 25 in Lagos

The two most prestigious annual events organized by Brand Communicator, Nigeria’s leading brands and marketing publication, are set to take place this November at D’Podium Int’l Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. According to the organisers, Brandcomfest, an annual conference that caters to the most contemporary and topical business and communication issues will hold at the D’Podium Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, 24th November, 2022.

Call For Registration Opens as AFG Launches 2022 Africa@Scale Summit in Cape Town

AFG (Africa Foresight Group), the tech talent platform with the largest network of freelance consultants in Africa, has officially announced the launch of its 4th annual Africa@Scale Summit on 1 - 2 December 2022. Held at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, this year’s exclusive event brings together visionary business leaders from across Africa to forge strategic connections and innovative strategies, which will be leveraged to pursue global growth opportunities from the continent. Requests for official invitations can be made via the following link. 

IFIC’22: Nigeria convenes global stakeholders to accelerate financial inclusion

The National Financial Inclusion Steering Committee headed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will host Nigeria’s maiden International Financial Inclusion Conference (IFIC’22) on the 24th and 25th of November 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria. Themed “Financial Inclusion for all: Scaling Innovative Digital Models”, the conference is the first to be held since the country launched its National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in 2012.

World’s largest soil carbon project in Kenya receives award during COP27

The Northern Kenya Rangelands Carbon Project (NKRCP) is the world’s largest soil carbon removal project and proof of concept for rangelands restoration and community run development through the carbon market. It is the first ever project that uses rangeland activities in community conservancies to generate revenue for local communities. It is anticipated to remove 50 million tons of CO2 over 30 years – the equivalent of the annual emissions from over 10,000,000 cars – and generate millions of dollars for local communities.

Friday 18 November 2022

Zedcap Partners Dedicates 2022 FMDQ Gold Award to Clients

...Bags Best Brokerage Service Accolade for 4 Years in a Row 

Leading and largest inter-dealer brokerage (IDB) firm in Nigeria, Zedcap Partners Limited (ZPL), has dedicated its 2022 FMDQ Gold Award for the Best Brokerage Service to its clients for their unflinching support, trust and loyalty through its five-year journey of providing outstanding brokerage service in the fixed income, currencies and derivatives markets. 

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Nigerian Marketing Awards: TPT International Wins PR Agency Of The Year, Reputation Management Recognition Award

In recognition of its performance in setting standards of excellence in Public Relations response and implementation outcomes, as well as providing value-added and sustainable communication services to discerning clients in the West African sub-region, TPT International Limited, a full-service Public Relations Agency has won the PR Agency of the Year Award in the Industry Category,  and Reputation Management Recognition Award under the Industry Recognition category respectively, at the first edition of the Nigerian Marketing Awards, held in Lagos, Nigeria.

FBNBank UK, a subsidiary of FirstBank Group stands tall at 40

FBNBank UK, a member of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries had London, the United Kingdom painted blue as it celebrated its 40th anniversary, themed Partnership Beyond Borders, on Friday, 11 November 2022.

Meta hosts Creators Day in Lagos to Support and Empower Creators

Meta recently hosted its first Creators Day in Lagos Nigeria, attended by over 50 creators across tech, lifestyle, entertainment, travel, beauty and fashion creator territories.

VP Osinbajo Recounts Surgery Experience At Duchess Hospital

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has spoken publicly for the first time about his experience as a patient on admission at the Duchess International Hospital, Ikeja in July this year for surgery to repair a stress fracture sustained to his right leg.

President Macky Sall Meets AFRIMA President, Pledges Support for the ‘Teranga’ Edition

Ahead of the highly anticipated 8th edition of the All-Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) tagged ‘Teranga Edition’ scheduled to hold in Dakar, Senegal on 12-15 January 2023, the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency, President Macky Sall, over the weekend, at his official residence in Dakar, hosted AFRIMA’s Executive Producer/President, Mr Mike Dada, assuring him of the government of Republic of Senegal’s unwavering support towards a successful hosting of AFRIMA in Senegal.

Monday 14 November 2022

Spotify Talks Africa to Help Drive the Continent’s Music Industry

The African music industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years due to a variety of factors, including collaborations with local and international artists, music streaming, and social media. However, only a select number of artists are enjoying this success, and many talented creators are still struggling to break through. This is why Spotify has launched Spotify Talks Africa, a video series that brings the continent’s music industry stakeholders together in conversation. 

LG Electronics Showcases latest Soundbar, XBOOM at the Korean National Day & Cultural Festival in Abuja

South Korea’s Electronics brand LG Electronics showcased the best of their innovative range of products at an event held on Monday, marking the National Day of Korean Republic.

Thursday 10 November 2022

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu meets first set of Finalists for the Lateef Jakande Academy Fellowship

…Nigerian youths benefit through mentorship after an extensive assessment process

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at an interactive session yesterday, met with the first set of finalists identified for the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy. The academy, which officially commences in January 2023, is a leadership and mentorship programme of the State Government, with the vision to develop tomorrow leaders today for public service and governance in Africa.

Host Communities laud Egbin Power as over 4000 Residents benefit from Medical Outreach

Thousands of residents in Ijede, Egbin and Ipakan communities have benefitted from a health outreach organised by Egbin Power Plc, which offered free a three-day medical outreach as part of its continuous effort towards promoting quality health and sustainability in communities where it operates.

Wednesday 9 November 2022

DLM Capital Group Shine at BAFI 2022

Leading Investment Bank in Nigeria, DLM Capital and its subsidiary – Sofri (Sofri, powered by Links Microfinance bank) have bagged awards of recognition and excellence at the just concluded BusinessDay Banks’ and Financial Institutions (BAFI) awards 2022. The Award Ceremony which was held on 5th November 2022 at the Lagos Continental Hotel was graced by the crème de la crème of the Nigerian banking and finance sector.

Netflix Rolls Out a New Interactive Trivia Experience, Triviaverse

Netflix has released an interactive game that you can play with the trivia-loving members of your family these holidays.