BrandArena: September 2023

Saturday 30 September 2023

Medic West Africa Celebrates a Decade of Excellence in Bringing Healthcare Community Together

Medic West Africa, the largest gathering of healthcare professionals in the region, recently concluded a successful three-day run on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at the Landmark Center in Lagos, Nigeria. Medic West Africa brought together regional healthcare experts, policymakers, and service providers who are dedicated to knowledge-sharing, networking, and commercial partnerships to develop West African healthcare infrastructure, with over 3,600 attendees and 161 exhibitors from 32 countries.

Thursday 28 September 2023

Meta Connect 2023 Presents Quest 3, AI Advances, Next-Gen Smart Glasses, & the Road to the Metaverse

For the 10th anniversary of Meta Connect, Mark Zuckerberg presented the impact of the metaverse and emerging AI technologies on how customers interact with the real and virtual worlds, as well as the advancements made by Meta in the areas of AI and augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Entries Now Open for Google’s N75 million Hustle Academy SME Fund

Google has formally launched the Hustle Academy SME fund application process, making N75 million available to 15 Nigerian entrepreneurs. Notably, this fund has no equity requirements, reiterating Google's commitment to encouraging the development of businesses in Nigeria.

MultiChoice celebrates African finalists in The Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize has announced the 15 Finalists for this year’s Prize at the second Earthshot Innovation Summit, an event held alongside the UN General Assembly, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, to celebrate and champion innovators focused on solving our most pressing global climate challenges.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

NIPR Calls For Registration For 8th Lagos Digital PR Summit

Lagos NIPR, in collaboration with Upticomm Marketing Company, has called for registration for the 8th Lagos Digital Public Relations Summit, which will take place at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel from October 18–19, 2023, with the topic Reinventing Public Relations Proficiencies with AI.

Wealthtech startup, Risevest Acquires Digital Trading Platform, Chaka

Wealthtech startup Risevest has completed the acquisition of digital trading startup Chaka, the founders of both firms have confirmed. Risevest and Chaka will continue to function as distinct products, although the transaction's price was not made public. The two businesses will collaborate in Nigeria's tech environment in order to improve their respective product lines.

Fabien Bortoluzzi Named Managing Director, Thales Western & Central Africa

Sales and account management expert, Fabien Bortoluzzi has been appointed managing director of Thales operations in Western and Central Africa, according to Thales. He will be in charge of leading Thales' civil and defence business in the area in this capacity. 

Pixels Solution Adjudged Africa’s Most Outstanding Technology Company of the Year

Pixels was announced as Africa’s Most Outstanding Technology Company of the Year 2023.This prestigious Award was presented at the African Brands Congress 2023, which took place on Friday, September 15, 2023, at Victoria Island's Civic Centre.

Opera Mini celebrates 18 years of existence, hits 1 billion global downloads

Opera Mini, a mobile browser, has reached an impressive milestone: 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. This outstanding accomplishment is proof of the browser's enormous popularity and the confidence that users all around the world have placed in it. 

Monday 25 September 2023

International Breweries Showcases Facility to Stakeholders, Commits to Environmental Sustainability

International Breweries Plc (IBPLC), a subsidiary of AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, has been applauded by its stakeholders for aligning its brewing operations with best global practices and focusing on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) agenda.

Why UEFA is inviting startups to create sustainable solutions for Champions League sponsors

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) recently announced the introduction of 'Champions Innovate,' a programme that invites sustainability-focused entrepreneurs to develop solutions and ideas for problems identified by Champions League sponsors PepsiCo, Mastercard, and Just Eat Takeaway. But what was the reason for this?

NCC introduces new fixed-line numbering format

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) declared that the country's fixed-line numbering format has been changed from 8 to 10 digits by simply adding a "02" prefix before the existing fixed number. The telecoms regulatory agency noted that the adjustment was in accordance with its responsibility to manage Nigeria's numbering resources under the enabling statute, the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.

Rite Foods Partners with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry on International Trade Fair

…Set to Display Award-winning Refreshing Brands

Rite Foods Limited, a leading food and beverage manufacturer in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, has partnered with the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) for the 37th Annual Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF) and is fully prepared to exhibit its distinctive brands that have been the hallmark of distinctiveness in their market segment.

Why Cisco acquired cybersecurity firm Splunk for $28billion

Cisco is placing a major bet on cybersecurity by acquiring Splunk. The newly disclosed transaction is valued at approximately $28 billion in cash for $157 per share, making it the network equipment giant's largest acquisition to date. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said in a statement that the transaction would help "drive the next generation of AI-enabled security."

TECNO joins CAF as official sponsor of TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2023

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced TECNO as the official smartphone sponsor for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d'Ivoire 2023.

LIRS Chief Clarifies Stamp Duty, Says It’s Revenue Stamp, Not Postage Stamp

The Special Adviser to the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Mr Tokunbo Akande has explained the confusion concerning stamp duty, stating that it is a revenue stamp and not a postal stamp.

AFRIMA Mourns Mohbad, Calls For Institutionalization of Africa's Music Industry

All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has reiterated the need to regulate and institutionalise the music entertainment business as it joins millions of African youths and music fans in mourning the death of Nigerian musician, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba aka Mohbad.

Thursday 21 September 2023

CBN Set to Host Second Edition of International Financial Inclusion Conference

...To Converge Stakeholders on 5th and 6th of October in Lagos 

The International Financial Inclusion Conference (IFIC2023), Nigeria's premier Financial Inclusion event, will host its second edition on the 5th and 6th of October 2023 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, with the topic "Financial Inclusion for All: Global Insights for Local Impact."

Application Now Open for the $5,000 NEFT Emerging Film Talent International Short Film Competition

NEFT Vodka Nigeria has announced the debut of its prestigious short film competition, NEFTI, in a celebration of creativity and cinematic storytelling. Aspiring Nigerian filmmakers are urged to grab this unique opportunity and shine on a global stage.

AfDB, KEITI sign agreement to deploy environmental and climate-resilient technologies in Africa

The African Development Bank and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITTI) have signed a technical cooperation agreement to increase investment in low-carbon and climate-resilient technology. This will eventually help many African countries with their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Truecaller Introduces a New Brand Identity and Improved AI Identity Features to Combat Fraud

The revised logo represents a renewed and strong focus on consumer privacy and better communication safety; the overall design retains the characteristic 'True blue' hue with an emblem that establishes a distinct identity, thereby protecting our users from impostor and copycat apps.

Africa Money and DeFi Summit team up with Amazon Web Services to drive digital transformation in Africa

The Africa Money and DeFi Summit, the creators of the Africa Tech Summit, are excited to announce their collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of, to advance digital change in Africa.

9mobile Appoints John Vasikaran as Chief Operations Officer

9mobile has announced the appointment of John Vasikaran as its Chief Operations Officer. Vasikaran is joining a reinvigorated leadership team as part of the strong commitment by the board and management to aggressively repositions for growth and transformation.

NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari to Outline Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Prospects as Keynote Speaker at 2023 African Energy Week

Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil and gas producers, and it is a key actor in the continent's efforts to achieve energy security, sustainability, and economic progress. Nigeria, with a well-established energy sector, is determined to expand exploration and production even further, and it is asking global investors and regional partners to invest in the country's sustainable energy future.

Emirates to increase London Heathrow flights from October

Emirates, the world's largest international airline, is set to introduce a five-weekly flight service to London Heathrow beginning 31 October 2023 and ending 30 March 2024. This temporary service will meet market demand during the hectic winter season and provide passengers with more travel options.

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Instagram’s global ads revenue expected to reach $71bn by 2024 - Study be driven by innovations in AI targeting and Reels monetisation

Instagram is recovering faster than its social media counterparts, despite the adoption of Apple's App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy in 2021 and a consequent weakening of the digital ad market. according to WARC Media, the most rigorous and accurate benchmarks for media planning and strategy in the world. 

Meet the Finalists for 2023 Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Awards

The panel of Judges for the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) 2023 Awards have selected twenty-four (24) finalists across eight (8) categories. These outstanding women founders and business leaders operate in a diverse range of sectors and represent companies from fourteen (14) different African countries: Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Afreximbank announces US$500,000 support for earthquake relief in Morocco

Following the devastation caused by a massive magnitude 6.8 earthquake, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a $500,000 donation to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the Kingdom of Morocco, particularly to the hard-hit regions of Al Haouz, Chichaoua, Taroudant, Amizmiz, and Marrakesh. 

Sixth Edition of GTCO Fashion Weekend Set to Hold in November

The GTCO Fashion Weekend returns for its sixth edition in November, promising another thrilling experience for the fashion industry. The event is set to take place on November 11th and 12th, 2023, at the GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

Alyssa Henry takes a bow as CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey steps in

As current CEO Alyssa Henry prepares to step down, Square, a financial services platform established by Block, Inc., has turned to Block Head Jack Dorsey to take the reins at the company.

Turaco acquires MicroEnsure Ghana to extend insurance coverage across Africa

Turaco, Africa's leading tech-enabled affordable insurance firm, announced its takeover of MIC Global's MicroEnsure Ghana, a pioneering microinsurance company. MicroEnsure will rebrand as Turaco Ghana and retain the experience of its current staff and leadership. Turaco's acquisition is part of the company's long-term goal of providing simple and accessible insurance to 1 billion people.

All set for inaugural SuperBridge Summit in Dubai

...investors wielding US$500 billion in capital eye new opportunities

All is now set for the inaugural SuperBridge Summit, taking place from 16-17 October 2023 at Dubai’s iconic Museum of the Future, a unique platform converging more than 500 investors, business, government, policy and cultural leaders from 20 countries to accelerate investment and co-creation opportunities in hitherto untapped and under-explored markets.

IFA 2023: New LG Appliances Aim to Reduce Your Power Bill

The convenience and peace of mind that come with Smart Home (or Smart Living) devices and appliances are driving the adoption of these products and solutions, subsequently spawning the development and growth of the Smart Living industry globally. Just imagine the convenience of being able to control and monitor your household appliances—like the refrigerator or washing machine—remotely via an app on your phone while away from the house.

Friday 15 September 2023

Manchester United Agree Front Shirt Sponsorship Deal With Qualcomm

Premier League club Manchester United has agreed and expanded its association with Qualcomm Technologies, with the Snapdragon brand becoming the club's front-of-shirt sponsor beginning with the 2024/25 season.

Meet the Top 10 Finalists of 2023 Energy Investment Village

Africa’s boldest and most ambitious cleantech start-ups will participate in the Energy Investment Village, a riveting deal-pitching event at the Green Energy Africa Summit, which will be hosted on 10-11 October at the CTICC2 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Thursday 14 September 2023

Coca-Cola System donates $1.4 million to support Morocco in the Wake of Earthquake

...Foundation provides $1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Following the recent earthquake in Morocco, the Coca-Cola system has committed $1.4 million to relief operations. The Coca-Cola Foundation also made a $1 million donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and $200,000 from a previously approved grant to CARE was used to fund relief operations in the devastated areas.

Angola Oil & Gas 2023 Awards Winners Announced

Energy Capital & Power (ECP) has announced the winners of the prestigious Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2023 Awards, which were presented during the fourth edition of the AOG conference and exhibition in Luanda, Angola.

Two African Startups, 21 Others Selected in Morgan Stanley’s 2023 Global Cohort of the Inclusive Ventures Lab

Morgan Stanley has announced the 2023 global cohort of the Inclusive Ventures Lab, which will include 23 businesses from North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), more than doubling the number of prior cohorts. The Lab provides a five-month in-house accelerator programme for minority founders of technology and tech-enabled firms in the post-seed to Series A investment round stage.

Apple unveils the iPhone 15 series, Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra

The much anticipated iPhone 15 series, Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra have finally been launched. The new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are made of aerospace-grade titanium, which is both durable and lightweight, making them Apple's lightest Pro models yet. 

African Development Bank announces investor calls for inaugural USD Global Benchmark Sustainable Hybrid Capital transaction

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced upcoming investor calls and meetings in New York, London and Paris ahead of the first USD Global Benchmark Sustainable Hybrid Capital transaction.

WhatsApp expands Channels to over 150 countries

WhatsApp announced the introduction of its new Channels feature in over 150 countries today via its official blog, as well as the inclusion of thousands of new channels. WhatsApp Channels have been in development since earlier this year, with the goal of providing users with a private channel to receive information from organisations, sports teams, artists, and famous personalities.

Azule Energy and Sonangol Sign Decarbonization Agreement at 2023 Angola Oil & Gas Conference

Azule Energy, an international energy firm, and Sonangol, Angola's national oil corporation, struck an agreement to collaborate on Angola's decarbonization programmes.

Korea and Africa to raise more funds and technology for universal energy access, transform Africa into world's breadbasket

The 7th Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Ministerial Conference began on Wednesday in Busan, Korea's second-largest city, with a forceful request for extra resources to help African countries attain universal access to energy and transform the continent into the world's breadbasket.

Tuesday 12 September 2023

Everton 'close' to takeover by American firm 777 Partners

Premier League strugglers Everton are on the verge of being sold to Miami-based investment firm 777 Partners, according to emerging reports.

28th Annual Webby Awards Now Open For Application

...Tobe Nwigwe, Marian Croak, Shigetaka Kurita, Law Roach, Dr Alondra Nelson Named As Judges 

The Webby Awards, the premier award celebrating Internet excellence, announced its 28th Annual Call for Entries today, introducing a new panel of judges to assess and choose the industry's most innovative work. Friday, October 27, 2023 is the early entry deadline for Websites and Mobile Sites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps and Software; Social; Podcasts; Games and Metaverse, Virtual and AI.

WhatsApp Working to Enable Cross-Platform Messaging

WhatsApp is attempting to make cross-platform chatting possible to comply with the EU's newly passed Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Nigeria, UAE announce Joint FX Liquidity Program and Bilateral Agreements

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu yesterday announced a joint foreign exchange (FX) liquidity program with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a high-level meeting with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

AMEC Selects Philip Odiakose, Sarah Ball, 22 Others as Jury for 2023 Global Awards

The Association of Measurement and Evaluation for Communication (AMEC), a renowned international organization dedicated to advancing the field of communication and PR measurement, has announced the selection of Philip Odiakose, Chief Analyst at P+ Measurement Services, and Sarah Ball, Head of Research at UNICEPTA UK as part of the distinguished judges for the prestigious 2023 AMEC Global Awards.

9PSB Takes Financial Literacy Campaign to Solid Teens Foundation

Nigeria’s foremost digital payment service bank, 9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB), recently took its financial literacy and career mentorship to Solid Teens Foundation to enlighten the teenagers who participated in the 2023 camp activities. The aim was to ensure they are well-equipped with fundamental financial knowledge and make sound career decisions in their future aspirations.

Xiaomi Excites Customers With the Introduction of Redmi Note 12 Series Mega Discount Promo

Xiaomi, a fast-growing global consumer electronics and smart manufacturing firm, has announced a Mega Discount Promotion for September on all Redmi Note 12 Series. From August 28th to October 8th, 2023, prepare for an amazing shopping fiesta that promises incomparable deals on Xiaomi's extensive Redmi Note 12 Series.