BrandArena: May 2023

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Cola-Cola Releases New Anthem For Coke Studio Season 2, Harps on 'Real Magic'

Coca-Cola has released the first original song to kick off the second season of its COKE STUDIO global music platform, which brings the most exciting emerging and breakthrough artists from all corners of the world together to create 'Real Magic'. The new song, "Be Who You Are (Real Magic)," was written and performed by Grammy-winning American songwriter and musician Jon Batiste, and features NewJeans, J.I.D, Camilo, and Cat Burns. 

10 Contestants Lock Horns in the Bigi Sponsored Nigerian Idol to Beat the Knock-Out Stage

As the Live Show edition of the ongoing Bigi-powered Nigerian Idol Season 8 kick-off, the top 10 contestants came ready to battle and gain not just the backing of the judges but also the love and votes of viewers.

CAF Hires Insight Redefini as Communication Strategy Partner deliver commercialization strategies for 2023 AFCON, Women’s Football Tournaments

Insight Redefini, a member of Troyka Holdings and Publicis Groupe Africa, has once again cemented its position as Africa’s preferred communications partner, following its win of the highly coveted CAF pitch, which adds to its already rich portfolio of global and local brands. This comes after a rigorous process of technical and commercial pitching that resulted in the selection and appointment of the marketing communications powerhouse as the preferred partner for the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF), across its geographical footprints, for the upcoming AFCON 2023 and the CAF Women’s Football Tournament.

Tuesday 30 May 2023

REVEALED: Why Crypto Marketplace Patricia suspended withdrawals

Patricia, a cryptocurrency marketplace, has announced a tentative suspension of withdrawals on its app (mobile and web) owing to a recent security issue. It reported that the intrusion only affected Patricia Personal, the retail trading app and that BTC and Naira assets were compromised.

Spotify Data reveals Nigerian Gen Z's unwavering love for mellow music

In the world of music genres and emotions, there exists a unique space for mellow beats, effortlessly transporting us to tranquillity and introspection. Among Gen Z listeners in Nigeria, one trend shines brightly—their unwavering love for mellow music. From Lo-Fi and sad melodies to chill vibes and easy-listening anthems, the younger generation has wholeheartedly embraced these soothing sounds to navigate life's complexities in a fast-paced world.

Intra-African Trade Fair 2023 is now set for 9-15 November in Cairo

The Egyptian capital city of Cairo will play host to the third edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2023) which will now take place from 9 to 15 November 2023, the Advisory Council has confirmed.

St. Lauren reiterates commitment to support its trade partners in Port Harcourt, Abuja

...Unveils new look for its wine bottle 

St. Lauren, a premium non-alcoholic sparkling wine brand, introduced the new look bottle wine to Port Harcourt, River State, and Abuja, where it promised trade partners an unmatched profitable relationship in wine sales for 2023.

Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund unveils an upgraded Iga Idunganran Primary Healthcare Centre

Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund (RLTF), a non-profit, public-private partnership (PPP) also referred to as “The Fund” or “RLTF” has recorded another significant milestone in the portfolio of its six flagship projects--the completed rehabilitation and extensive upgrade of the Iga Idungaran Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC).

Sunday 28 May 2023

Egypt’s Al Ahly Wins 2023 Basketball Africa League Champions

...Anunwa “Nuni” Omot Named BAL Most Valuable Player

Egypt’s Al Ahly defeated Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 to win the 2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL) Finals, which took place at BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda and reached fans in 214 countries and territories in 17 languages.

Arla Foods Opens State-of-the-art Dairy Farm in Kaduna, Nigeria

…Aim at 4 million kg annual Milk Production Access Multimedia Content

Arla Foods, the parent company of Dano Milk, has opened a modern dairy farm in Kaduna as part of its efforts to ensure sustainable milk production in Nigeria. The farm, which is located in Damau village, Kubau Local Government Area, was inaugurated on Thursday, May 25, 2023, by the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

African Banker Awards 2023 winners announced

The African Banker Awards 2023 Gala Ceremony, the most prominent event in the African banking calendar, took place rcently on the fringes of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings at the Rixos Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Over 300 of the continent's top bankers, regulators, and officials attended the ceremony.

Prostate Cancer Survivors Share Experiences of Painless Surgery at Reddington Hospital

No fewer than 50 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer were successfully operated at Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos in the last 12 months even as some of the survivors gave accounts of how they were saved from premature death after undergoing laparoscopic surgery (a non-invasive pinhole surgery). 

African brands slip to 14% of the Top 100 most admired brands as global firms entrench their position

...Nike retains #1 ranking for 5th consecutive year in a relatively unchanged Top 10 ranking 

Today, on Africa Day, Brand Africa released the 13th list of the most admired brands in Africa based on a survey and rankings conducted by Geopoll, Kantar and Brand Leadership, across 32 African countries that account for more than 85% of the continent’s GDP and population.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Introducing the Revolutionary LG TwinTub Washing Machine - The Ultimate Laundry Companion

…The new LG 6kg & 7kg Washing Machine with Magic Filter & Durable Rust-Proof

In a world where convenience and efficiency are paramount, one household appliance has quietly undergone a remarkable transformation. When it comes to your busy lifestyle, you need the latest appliances that can keep up with all your needs and investing in LG TwinTub washing machine which comes in 6kg and 7kg is all that your laundry needs.

Chandon Vintage Brut: Emirates tantalising global sparkling wine treat in Premium Economy

Emirates passengers can now sample an exceptional sparkling wine onboard Emirates.  Welcome Chandon Vintage Brut 2016, a global exclusive to Emirates that brings the distinctive travel experience of Premium Economy Class to more destinations, including New York JFK, San Francisco, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, and Melbourne. 

CBN takes eNaira sensitization drive to women in UNILAG

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has taken the sensitisation drive of eNaira to women during the Law Ladies Day programme at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Yaba Lagos.

Africa Investment Forum showcases $1.475 billion in green and renewable energy deals at AfDB 2023 Annual Meetings

The Africa Investment Forum presented four renewable energy and sustainability projects worth approximately $1.5 billion to investors on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) 2023 Annual Meetings.

WARC Media's Platform Insights: YouTube’s global advertising revenue is set to rise 4.0% in 2023 to reach $30.4bn

Despite being severely impacted by the digital ad business decline, YouTube remains popular with consumers. It reaches half of the world's internet users (2.07 billion) and holds a commanding lead in the online video advertising business, according to the latest media platform insights report by WARC. 

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Africa Fintech Summit to Celebrate 10th Edition in Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia would play host to the 10th edition of Africa Fintech Summit which would take place on November 2-3, 2023, the event organizers have confirmed. The summit will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, and other stakeholders to explore, debate, and pave the future of the financial technology industry across the African continent and the globe.

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Adobe Brings Generative AI to Photoshop for Image Extension and Object Editing

Adobe Photoshop is introducing a new generative AI tool that will allow users to swiftly extend photos and add or delete objects with text suggestions. The new feature, tagged Generative Fill is one of the first Creative Cloud products to take advantage of Adobe's AI picture generator Firefly, which was introduced as a web-only beta in March. Generative Fill is available in beta today, but Adobe claims it will be fully released in Photoshop later this year. 

Netflix upgrades 'My List' with new Filters for mobile users

Netflix has introduced new filters for its 'My List' feature on iOS and Android devices. 'My List' allows users to build a customised section in which they can save films and TV shows that they plan to watch. The addition of these filters will let users sort through their bookmarked titles that they haven't yet watched.

INTELCOM to Participation in GITEX Africa 2023

INTELCOM S.A, a subsidiary of the Spanish multinational SATEC GROUP, has announced its participation in the first edition of GITEX Africa  Morocco 2023, organized from May 31 to June 2, 2023 in Marrakech by the Ministry of Digital Transition and the Reform of Administration, the Digital Development Agency and the Dubai World Trade Center.

Monday 22 May 2023

Dentsu Africa wins big at 2023 Pitcher Awards

Creative agency, Dentsu Africa on Saturday, 20 May, 2023 bagged 32 honours at the sixth edition of the Pitcher Awards held at the MUSON Centre Lagos. 

WINB Africa Education First Series: Women Charged on Active Participation in Nation Building

Nigerian women have been charged not to get intimidated or deterred in their participation in political and nation-building activities.  

IFPMA and Speak Up Africa launch second edition of award programme supporting young health innovators across Africa

...Four winners will receive financial and in-kind support 

On the sidelines of the 76th World Health Assembly, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Association (IFPMA) in partnership with Speak Up Africa have launched the second edition of their flagship project, the African Young Innovators for Health Award. 

Microsoft Africa Development Centre Hosts EnterpriseCEO Media Master Class

In an effort to improve media training in Africa, Microsoft Africa Development Centre will host this year's EnterpriseCEO Media Master in its state-of-the-art facilities in Ikoyi, Lagos. 

Media Intelligence Report on “Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon” 2023

Leading Media Intelligence Consultancy, P+ Measurement Services, conducted a media performance audit on Hilda’s Baci (Hilda Bassey Effiong) Cook-a-thon, which got her into the Guinness World Records, making her the world's longest-cooking champion. The audit critically examined and revealed the media sentiment, media reach, media share by countries, and sponsorships of Hilda Baci’s Cook-a-thon.

Insight Redefini appoints Simisola Hughes-Obisesan as Executive Creative Director

Redefini, West Africa's leading integrated marketing communications group and an affiliate of Publicis Groupe, the world's third most valuable marketing communications group, has announced the appointment of advertising expert Simisola Hughes-Obisesan to the group's position of Executive Creative Director. In her new role, the international, award-winning creative powerhouse will supervise all of the group's local and global businesses.

9mobile Recognized for Excellence at the SABRE Africa Awards 2023

9mobile, Nigeria's customer-friendly brand, has been recognized at the prestigious SABRE Africa Awards for its innovative efforts, exceptional achievements, and contributions to the telecommunications industry. The certificates of excellence were presented recently at the SABRE Africa Awards dinner ceremony in Lusaka, Zambia.

Buhari Commissions Dangote Refinery as Nigeria Seeks to End Fuel Imports

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Project, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited owned by Aliko Dangote, was commissioned today, Monday, May 22nd, by President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari at the Free Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. The 650,000 barrels per day oil processing facility was designed to process crude oil grades from the three continents of Africa, Asia and America.

Saturday 20 May 2023

LG Electronics, Fouani Nigeria Partner with RelianceHMO to Provide Medical Insurance to Over 100 Dealers, Families

LG Electronics, a leading consumer electronics company alongside their authorized distributor in Nigeria, Fouani Nigeria Limited has teamed with RelianceHMO, a leading health insurance provider, to provide medical cover for its over 100 dealers and their families in Nigeria. 

Mike Salawou Named AfDB's New Director of Infrastructure and Urban Development Department

The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced the appointment of Mike Salawou as Director of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department, effective May 16, 2023.

Khensani Nobanda appointed as board member of Loeries

Khensani Nobanda, group executive for marketing and corporate affairs at Nedbank, has been named to the Loerie Awards' board of directors. The firm is a non-profit organisation that handles top brand communications events for brands in the Middle East and Africa.

Fearless Energy Drink Powers A Thrilling Season Of Fast and Furious 10 Movie Premiere

Leading energy drink in Nigeria from the stable of Rite  Foods Limited, Fearless has again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the entertainment industry with its sponsorship of the premiere of season 10 of Furious Movie at the Silverbird Cinemas in Lagos. 

LG Electronics Sponsors the Launch of Fabricare Professionals and Drycleaners Association

…Showcases Its New Products Specially Designed For the Laundry Industry

Nigeria's number one home appliances and consumer electronic company, LG Electronics was the headline sponsor of the Fabricare Professionals and Drycleaners Association (FPDA) launch on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 in Lagos.  With the theme of the event; Raising Global Champions in the Drycleaning Industry in Nigeria, LG Electronics reaffirmed its commitment to partner with the association and any registered body to promote an active structure and system that supports growth, unity, excellence and high competence in Fabricare and dry-cleaning business.

Friday 19 May 2023

Airbnb team up with Stripe to Boost Bank Payments

Airbnb has partnered with financial infrastructure, Stripe to enable its customers to pay with a linked bank account. The collaboration will allow Airbnb guests to use Stripe Financial Connections to securely and instantly add their bank account as a payment method. 

Esosa Osagiede, Deputy Creative Director at Publicis, to participate in 2023 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity

Esosa Osagiede, Deputy Creative Director of Leo Burnett Lagos, has been named as a cohort member of the 2023 Cannes Lions Festival of Talent (also known as the 'See It Be It' talent initiative).

BREAKING: Founder of FCMB, Otunba Subomi Balogun is dead!

The founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Otunba Subomi Balogun has passed away.

Thursday 18 May 2023

AfDB approves $15 million loan for InfraCredit to support infrastructure financing in Nigeria

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $15 million subordinated loan to Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Limited (InfraCredit) to strengthen its capital base and help close Nigeria’s infrastructure financing gap.

Meta celebrates Africa’s ‘Rising Stars’ in its 2023 ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’ campaign

As part of the Africa Day celebration on 25 May, Meta announced the third iteration of its pan-African 'Made by Africa, Loved by the World' campaign. Themed "Rising Stars", this year's edition aims to amplify the voices and stories of eight rising talents from across Africa, who are building a global presence and changing the way Africa is viewed on the international stage.

Access Bank Opens in Paris to Strengthen Trade and Investment Links Between Africa and Europe

Access Bank Plc, one of Nigeria's biggest financial institutions, has created a new subsidiary in Paris, France, as part of its strategic initiatives to enhance commerce and investment between Africa and Europe.

Tizeti to tackle broadband underdevelopment in Cote d’Ívoire with Microsoft

Tizeti, a leading internet service provider in West Africa, announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft to address the issue of broadband underdevelopment in Cote d’Ívoire and bring internet access to almost five million people.

Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie Joins a Fun-Filled Slate of New Kids and Family Films and Series on Netflix this Summer

As part of the Netflix Family Summer lineup featuring new kids and family films and series every week this summer, Netflix will debut the first animated feature film based on the popular Miraculous series with Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie on July 28. More superheroes join the summer slate with Netflix’s first original animated series from Africa, Supa Team 4, about four teen girls who happen to be undercover superheroes living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka (July 20). For the baking connoisseurs, The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge is the latest instalment in the celebrated Nailed It universe and will emerge fresh out of the oven later this summer.

Tuesday 16 May 2023

Phillips Consulting provides insights to boost employee retention rates, inclusivity

Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.) in its new report titled ‘Talent Management, A New World Order: Shifting Paradigms’, has charged organisations on reimagining talent experience and retention to reconsider employee engagement at the HR Directors Network (HRDN) quarterly Meetup.

Monday 15 May 2023

Made to Live Africa hosts health, wellness and fitness expo November 16th-18th

The premier event management company, Made to Live Africa has concluded plans to host an Africa-wide health, wellness and fitness expo in Lagos where participants would meet to gain insight into the health industry, get new knowledge on innovations about wellbeing and be inspired to live healthier.

HP hires Mitsumi as authorized distribution partner in West and Central Africa

HP Inc. (HP) has appointed Mitsumi Distribution, one of the Middle East and Africa's largest distributors of information technology (IT) products, as one of its authorised HP distribution partners in more than 20 francophone nations in West and Central Africa. 

John Lewis appoints first CEO, Announces New Leadership Shakeup

For the first time in its 94-year history, John Lewis Partnership has engaged a CEO to help the company survive for another century. Nish Kankiwala, a non-executive director in the partnership for the past two years, is the boss in charge.

Just Eat appoints new UK chief from John Lewis

Just Eat has hired John Lewis’s Customer Director, Claire Pointon, as its new Managing Director for the United Kingdom & Ireland.

Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci, sets new Guinness World Record for ‘longest cooking marathon by an individual’

Hilda Baci, a Nigerian chef, has broken the Guinness World Record for "longest cooking marathon by an individual." She broke the previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes set by Lata Tondon, an Indian cook, in the early hours of Monday.

Eight Startups Emerge Winners at Lagos Roadshow Gitex Pitch Competition

Eight startup businesses have emerged winners of the Gitex Pitch Competition, Lagos Roadshow edition which was held at the Eko Innovation Center, Ikoyi on Friday.