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NOVVA Media and Communications presents a business session targeted at SMEs and entrepreneurs starting new businesses.

The topic of the program is ‘Public Relations and Branding as a tool for business growth’.

The program will be divided into three sessions and facilitated by top experienced consultants, Marketing and Branding Specialist Wale Olajubu, MD DWA Nigeria, Moremi Elekwachi Lead Publicist Euphorique PR and Business Strategist Nkechi Alade, CEO Elvaridah

This is one business session you do not want to miss.

Date – Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Time – 10am
Location – Lagos
Register to attend for free.

TRACE IN THE CITY 2.0 is back, bigger and better. TRACE brings exciting and unique experiences to youths across Nigeria with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that will last a lifetime. Last year we brought the fun to 7 cities, this time we are excited to meet our fans in 11 cities.

TRACE in the city aims to give each city a chance to connect with TRACE, showcase talented young people and to encourage creativity and special talents by offering them the perfect environment in which to express themselves and make the most of their talents.

TRACE In The City provides a platform for young creatives to express themselves; from aspiring musicians and dancers performing on the stage to content creators sharing their content with a wider audience via the NTA content fest segment. The campaign also impacts students with skills through its volunteerism initiative.

The tour which spans 6 weeks from 23rd July to 3rd September 2019 would bring together the hip and jiggy peeps from Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja, down to Kaduna. The tour would continue to galvanized the young and cool in Port Harcourt, Enugu, Owerri, Calabar, Uyo and Benin, dishing out the finest ensemble of urban music, games and cinema flare.

Artistes to rock the stage include Falz, Skiibi, Teni, Oxlade, Mayorkun, Victor Ad, Zlatan, Rema, King Perry, Dj Neptune, Blaqbonez Zoro, Ceeza Milli, T-Classic, Niniola, Vanessa Mdee.

TRACE In The City 2 is proudly sponsored by Indomie Nigeria, Pepsi, Munch It, Tom Tom and T-ONE.

Join in the #TRACEINTHECITY2 experience by clicking here to pre-register for your preferred city. Follow the conversation on all our Social media platforms using @tracenaija on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or by using the Tag #TraceInTheCity and #TraceInTheCity2

Get ready for a blast!

Peer Icon Partners Limited, a strategic communication company based in Lagos Nigeria, recently held Bestseller, the Impact Branding Seminar that was attended by top social media influencers in Nigeria. The goal of Bestseller is to introduce participants to the concept of “Impact Branding” as a marketing tool that will equip them with the principles needed to building a truly impactful brand generating positive returns to the society beyond being “for profit”.

Influencer marketing can be traced back to the early 20th century. Over time it has evolved from product-centered marketing to value-centered marketing with the rise of social media platforms and the consumer being encouraged to participate to create content of their own. With the flood of information available to the consumers, the need for social media influencers became justifiable as they exude trust through the content that they create.

Speaking at Bestseller, the facilitator, Nosa Emma-Iyamu, Principal Strategist, Peer Icon Partners, said that, “The challenge with social media influencers in Nigeria is that majority of them are not “niche” but “me-too” brands used only as media channels. Only a few can be categorized as opinion leaders and experts in a field.” He further said that, “Social Media Influencers have the potential to drive impactful change in their communities and the Nation at large; establishing a recognized brand as they do so.”

Participants at the Bestseller Impact Seminar expressed their appreciation to Peer Icon Partners; noting that the information received at the seminar was greatly needed and unmatched. Bestseller hopes to be that seminar that introduces the participants to the concept of branding as well as brand building strategies that shift from sales driven campaigns to a business model based on incorporating a social purpose.

After a successful first edition, Nigerian Female designers Mona Matthews, Delabique and Proverbs Creations returns with Style Express 2 and added to this mix is The Bespoke Royal Tailor, a men’s wear label founded and run by Shadrach Haozume.

Style Express is a Pop-up-Boutique Experience where customers pain points are addressed. From getting the right outfits and perfect fit irrespective of shapes and sizes to getting quality made in Nigeria clothes, shoes, to handbags, jewelry, fascinators etc.

The event is also a great place to connect with friends, meet like-minds, network, make new connections and experience quality shopping like no other in a relaxing and cosy environment.

Style Express holds on 30th of June 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Isaac John Street GRA Ikeja Lagos.

Time is 12noon till late.

Nigeria has some of the lowest blood donation rates in the world, with just 10% of the population donating freely. That makes it crucial that what blood there is arrives safely and timeously where it’s needed.

Underlining the need for blood donations is the fact that Nigeria has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate in the world, accounting for 19% of all maternal deaths globally. Postpartum haemorrhaging (the loss of too much blood following birth) is the leading cause of such deaths. The lack of infrastructure to get crucial blood supplies in Nigeria compounds this problem.

One organisation doing vital work in addressing this issue is LifeBank, which is not only working to get more Nigerians to donate blood, but also to get blood safely to the patients who need it most urgently.

The second of these mandates is fulfilled using a digital platform, which sorts orders based on urgency, location, and price. Dispatch riders move blood in boxes that are padlocked and can only be opened by the recipient using a Bluetooth connection or key.

By designing a system to connect blood banks to hospitals via Google Maps Platform, LifeBank has been able to decrease delivery time from 24 hours to less than 45 minutes.

“In the race to get blood to patients, every second counts,” says LifeBank founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun. “Donated blood has a shelf life of just six weeks. Often, it expires before it is ever used because doctors are unable to locate the type of blood that they need. The doctors who need the blood and the blood banks who are discarding blood needed to somehow find a way to communicate with each other. Using the Google Maps Platform to create an interface for these once-disconnected entities by mapping each location involved in blood distribution across Lagos from hospitals to blood banks to the delivery drivers has given us a solution.”

To date, LifeBank has signed up over 5,800 new donors, moved over 13,800 pints, served 300-plus hospitals, and saved more than 4,000 lives. Today, as part of the build-up to the World Blood Donor Day, Google is using its voice to highlight the need for people to donate blood through a spotlight campaign showcasing the work done by LifeBank and Giwa-Tubosun. Google announced it is also supporting the creation of a short documentary due to be released later this year.

Says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, Google Sub-Saharan Africa: “Organising information and making it accessible is at the heart of Google’s mission. LifeBank’s system shows just how much magic can happen when universally accessible tools and information meet human creativity, aspirations and resilience.”

WANDE COALIt was a blissful evening characterized by amazing cocktails, candies, snacks and music at Wande Coal’s edition of TRACE Live as guest trooped in to Terra Kulture on Wednesday to experience the vocal gem perform carefully selected tunes from his catalogue.

 

Wande who was at home on the stage brought a combination of excitement and nostalgia as he opened the show with hits off his Mushin2Mo-Hits album from a decade ago which got the crowd up on feet. He kept the audience in a dancing frenzy all through the show and they were only able to rest for a few minutes when he paused to share stories about his journey to stardom.

 

In the storytelling bit of his performance, Wande left no stone unturned; First, as a spontaneous singer from his undergraduate days in The University of Lagos; then as a Back-up dancer for famous Nigerian artiste-KONGA; and ultimately his meeting with the duo of Don Jazzy and Dbanj of the now defunct Mo-hits Record whom he performed “OLOLUFE” to for the first time in his singing career.

 

Like a true Vocal Gem, Wande superseded expectations in a laid back, yet admirable manner as he delivered a spectacle of a show with the support of his highly-entertaining band and younger brother T-Josh as his back-up singer; they mesmerized the audience with Wande Coal’s All-time favorite tunes. Songs such as Born D Maga, Ololufe, Rotate, Shey Na like this, The Kick, Isskaba, Baby Hello, Ahismapayin, Gentility amongst others caught the audience spell-bound.

 

Notable guests in attendance included Charles Aigbe of Fidelity Bank, Orezi, Lynxx, Harrysong, Reekado Banks, Skiibii, Mayorkun, Dj Spinall Moweezy, Obi Aiska, Deji Awokoya of Beat FM, Bizzle Osikoya, Asa Asika and a host of many others.

 

Just like the coal, Wande gave us a night of substance.

Fast rising nollywood actress, DAMILOLA ADEGBORO cordially invites your reputable media organizations to her 2-in-1 movie launching titled: “HIDDEN MONSTER” & “EWO NIFE”, scheduled for SUNDAY 19th MAY, 2019 at ARCADE HALL EVENT CENTRE (popularly known as Deborah Lawson Event Centre), 1 Bamako estate, Hotel Bus Stop, Omole, Lagos by 1pm prompt.

HIDDEN MONSTER & EWO NIFE was directed by ace movie director; ADEBAYO TIJANI and starring top actors like: ODUNLADE ADEKOLA, LATEEF ADEDIMEJI, FEMI ADEBAYO, JAYE KUTI, BIDEMI KOSOKO, AYO MOGAJI, AKIN LEWIS, AINA GOLD, MADAM SAJE, JERRY SMART, ROTIMI MOORE, SAMUEL ROTIMI, DAMILOLA ADEGBORO herself and many more.

Music performance by TOSIN TONES & DJ GIMMIE and MC of the day is OLAYINKA BABS with lots of side attractions & paparazzi from nollywood celebrities and industry key players. The event promised to be an amazing one as packaged by TOYEEN EMPEROR with ANKARA as the entry/gate pass.

FCMB Group Plc is on a stronger pedestal and will continue to provide superior performance that would add significant value to stakeholders in a sustainable manner in spite of the challenging macroeconomic and regulatory environments. The financial institution added that its subsidiaries are well positioned to deliver more cutting-edge solutions that would provide the best customer experience in their respective target markets.

The assurance was given at the 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of FCMB Group Plc, a holding company comprising eight entities, namely First City Monument Bank Limited, FCMB Capital Markets, CSL Stockbrokers Limited, CSL Trustees Limited, Legacy Pension Managers Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited, First City Asset Management Limited and Credit Direct Limited, held on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Lagos.

Going by its audited accounts for the year ended December 31, 2017, FCMB Group Plc recordeda gross revenue of N169.9 billion and a profit before tax (PBT) of N11.5billion, while profit after tax (PAT) was N9.4billion. In addition, deposits grew to N689.9billion as at the end of December 2017, an increase of 5%, from N657.6billion in the previous year.

The Group’s capital adequacy ratio also improved to 16.9% from 16.7%, just as asset base increased to N1.19trillion, compared to N1.17trillion at the end of 2016. Non-interest income as at the end of 2017 was N32billion, while loans and advances stood at N649.8billion.

Presenting the Chairman’s report, Mr. Oladipupo Jadesimi said:

‘’We will continue to shore up the capital of the bank through profit retention in preparation for the growth opportunities that we expect as the economy recovers’’.

The new Chairman of the Board of FCMB Group Plc expressed gratitude to shareholders for their continuous support, adding that:

‘’Although we met with a number of challenges as a Group in 2017, I am pleased to say that we were able to surmount them, thanks to the commitment of all the personnel of our Group companies’’.

Also speaking at the AGM, the Group Chief Executive of FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Ladi Balogun, said:

‘’In spite of the reduction in headline numbers, Group performance is an improvement over the previous year after adjusting for the significant FX (foreign exchange) revaluation income enjoyed in 2016. The key drivers of the Group’s performance include increase in income from our non-banking activities, lower impairment charges from the bank and its subsidiaries, and improved operating efficiencies through more pervasive use of technology’’.

Mr. Balogun assured that FCMB Group Plc’s successful acquisition of majority (88.2%) stake in Legacy Pension Managers Limited will go a long way to help achieve further diversification of service offerings and consequent earnings within the FCMB Group.

He said: “ We see significant growth opportunities in the Pension management industry in Nigeria as it is yet to achieve maturity and will support and facilitate strategic organic and inorganic growth initiatives that will position Legacy in the top-tier of its industry over the next few years’’.

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The popular film, “Hidden Figures” has inspired a TV series currently in development by Nat Geo, Variety reports.

The movie, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe, which grossed $235 million, told the story of 3 black women, who were instrumental to the rise of the US Space Program.

The movie, based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, was nominated for 3 Oscars.

The series is reportedly already in development, and will share the same executive producers as the movie – Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping. We can’t wait to see the series.

Popular Nigerian artiste and musician, Gabriel Afolayan has gotten married to his heartthrob Banke, in a traditional wedding ceremony on the 5th of April, 2018.

The exquisite traditional wedding ceremony, took place in Oluyole Ibadan and it was attended by lots of celebrities in the Industry. Celebrities including, Tunde Demuren, Sunday Omobolanle, Banky and Adesua Wellington, Kunle Afolayan, Adeniyi Johnson, Mocheddah, Wole Ojo, Moji Afolayan and a host of others.

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