Gaming and entertainment firm Western Lotto Nigeria Limited has raised the stakes in the gaming business in Nigeria with the introduction of Powerball Max, one of the latest games in the franchise. Powerball Max, a US lottery, offers winnings of up to N14b ($26,000,000.00). Western Lotto Nigeria Limited is the official partner of the lottery. Powerball is the wealthiest lottery in the world, offering an N562billion jackpot. Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday in the US or Thursday and Sunday Nigerian time. The Managing Director of Western Lotto Nigeria Limited, Mr Yomi Ogunfowora, said the gamers on the platform could tap into the nine ways through which to win prizes. Jackpots never fall below N14billion at any given time. Winners share from a large pot. According to him, Western Lotto added the Powerball Max to its rich bouquet of games in line with its pledge “to bring world-class entertainment to Nigerians”. Participation in the Powerball Max cost only N200 per game. The frontline gaming platform allows Nigerians the opportunity to play and win millions of dollars offered by other renowned games like Mega Millions, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot and the UK Lotto. Ogunforowa said: “We are committed to bringing undiluted world-class entertainment and this is a major one for us. For someone to participate directly in these international games is a huge opportunity. Nigerians are intelligent and fun-loving. Hopefully, the world will soon celebrate a jackpot winner in this country." He disclosed that over 18,000 gamers had won different cash prizes at www.westernlotto.com, including Dorcas Nwagbara, who won N15million in September 2017. “Our platform is synonymous with winnings. We have had people win N100, 000 N500, 000, N1million and other mouth-watering cash prizes. Last September, a graduate of Imo State University, Dorcas Nwagbara, won N15million. “We have many other games on our portal, including the fast-paced Lotto Race . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
Nigeria’s daily crude oil export is set to receive a boost as the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline Project (AEPP), a joint venture (JV) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Pan Ocean Oil Corporation is scheduled to come on stream before the end of 2017. The project will increase crude export by 160,000bpd. According to the Chairman of Pan Ocean, Dr Festus Fadeyi, the AEPP is going to be a major export line. “This great achievement means that Pan Ocean has an alternative line to export her crude and create an opportunity for others who have been using Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) to export their crude without disruption. This project will help the country to continue to export crude oil and keep the economy alive”, he stated. Dr Fadeyi further said that Pan Ocean, operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Pan Ocean Joint Venture awarded the contract for the construction of Amukpe-Escravos Pipelines Project (AEPP) to Fenog Nigeria Limited, an indigenous company, based on the need to encourage alternate field production potential of exploration and production companies and boost capacity of indigenous companies. The contract, which involves installation of 20 inches pipeline across the 67 kilometers route, will have capacity to handle 160,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) with remote manifolds to accommodate third party crude oil evacuation to the Escravos tank farm. He commended Nigerian banks which provided funding for the project and said that completion of the project is a reward for their years of patience and support, as well as confidence in Pan Ocean. John Okusolubo, Senior Pipeline Engineer and Project Lead, AEPP stated that the pipeline project will offer an option to the “much troubled” Trans Forcados Pipeline for crude export from mid-western oil producers in the Niger Delta. “The primary objective of AEPP is to ensure that there is no disruption to crude oil export like the scenario we experienced on the TFP . . .
Republic of Congo – November 22, 2017: LCB Bank, a subsidiary of BMCE Bank Of Africa Morocco Group, and Mastercard announced their and partnership focused on digitising the Republic of Congo’s financial economy in support of the countries desire to financially empower its citizens. The partnership agreement will strengthen the payment landscape through the introduction of relevant solutions, thus encouraging the introduction of new digital solutions which will promote further innovation in the sector. Modernising the local payment sector will result in all citizens gaining access to a wider selection of convenient, secure and easy to use payment solutions. EMV Chip and Pin enabled Mastercard payment cards will be introduced including prepaid, debit and credit, followed by solutions such as Masterpass QR. “We, LCB Bank together with Mastercard are dedicated to providing access to affordable financial services to all citizens in the Republic of Congo. Through our relationship, LCB Bank is now licensed to provide a wide range of Mastercard products and services, giving both locals and foreigners the ability to pay for goods and services more securely and conveniently, both regionally and globally” said, M. Mohamed TAHRI, General Manager of LCB Bank. With focus on delivering against the countries goals of developing a more inclusion economy, access to locally relevant financial services will become a reality for all citizens, coupled with the power of acceptance at locations across the country, and millions of acceptance locations across the world. “The Mastercard – LCB Bank relationship forms part of our commitment to financially empowering 100 million people across Africa by 2020, and will help ensure that we are able to offer customers continued support across the country,” explains Mohamed Elbelamachi, Area Business Head, Francophone Sub Saharan Africa, Mastercard. Elbelamachi concluded by saying, “We are pleased to be part of this transformation . . .
Worried about the slow rollout of broadband infrastructure across Nigeria, advocacy group, Broadband 2018 Coalition has called on the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the country’s five year broadband plan that was developed and submitted by the presidential committee on broadband in 2013. In a statement released yesterday, the Broadband Coalition said broadband has played an outsized role in transforming societies and economic opportunities across the world, facilitating education and knowledge dissemination, enabling trade and commerce and contributing to growing entrepreneurship across the world. The Coalition is urging that the five-year National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) should be diligently implemented to spur economic growth and help Nigeria prepare for a post-oil economy. The group quoted the Minister, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Mr. Bolaji Akinremi, who had said that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is key to Nigeria’s quest towards attaining a sustainable development by 2030 when he delivered Nigeria’s statement on ‘ICT for Development’ at the UN General Assembly. The group also noted that Nigeria has declined on the broadband adoption and internet use index: Affordability Drivers Index (ADI), ranking 13th place (out of 58 countries surveyed) from 12th place ranking Nigeria earned in the 2015-16 Index in the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4aI) 2017 report. The Coalition expressed concern at this decline, reiterating the fact that every 10 per cent increase in broadband growth in developing countries, results in a commensurate increase of 1.3 per cent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stressed the criticality now that Nigeria is trying to come out of a recession. The group is raising concerns about the implementation status of the National Broadband Plan and wondering why the government has provided no updates on their plans. The National Broadband plan was developed by a . . .
Centrespread GREY, one of Nigeria’s renowned marketing communications agencies, has added to its award cabinet after bagging the ICONIC Brand Agency of the Decade Award at the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards. The honour which came in the Customer Services Excellence Category, attests to the agency’s professionalism and numerous achievements in the Nigerian marketing communications industry for over three decades. The coveted Nigeria Brand Awards, in its seventh edition, is an annual event designed to honour outstanding achievements and innovation in the marketing communications space. At this year’s edition, awards were given in about twenty-five categories across different market segments. Chairman Award Committee, Mike Samson in his address said the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards was geared towards encouraging greater innovation and customer service excellence in the private and public sector. Speaking on the award, Managing Director Centrespread GREY, Mrs. Tola Obi said the laurel is an acknowledgement of the agency’s track record in client service and business management. “The award is a testament to the fact that in our over three decades’ journey as an agency, we pride ourselves in co-creating with the client to identify what matters most in order to offer bespoke solutions to address the business needs and achieve the desired return on investment for our clients,” she said. Centrespread GREY commenced its operation in the Nigerian market in1982 and has over the years, built up a formidable reputation as one of the country’s most successful marketing communications entities. It recently signed an affiliation with GREY Communications Network in April 2017. The agreement grants the Nigerian agency access to global tools and resources from the GREY network. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sixteen hotels across six cities BON Hotels continues its dominance in the Nigerian hotel space with the recent acquisition of an additional four properties, bringing the total up to sixteen hotels under management agreements within only 18 months. This makes the Company the largest hotel operator in Nigeria, including hotels in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Namibia. Following through on their commitment to Nigeria and the development of its hotel and tourism segment, coupled with the recent economic upswing and official end of the recession, the group is continuing to extend their footprint in the region, showing remarkable growth in a short space of time. They anticipate a further two hotels to be signed before the year is out, and twenty in total by early next year. The four hotels recently acquired will be 4-star graded and of an international standard. BON Hotel Tripod Owerri, will provide a 70-room hotel catering to the corporate and leisure markets which is due to open early next year. BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu, a 4-star, 120-room hotel primed for the business traveller will open its doors to the public in January 2018. BON Hotel Newland Abuja is in Wuse 2 and BON Hotel Airport Enugu are still under construction and due to open in 8 – 12 months. Nigeria 1. BON Hotel Grand Tower, Abuja 2. BON Hotel Lekki, Lagos – under construction 3. BON Hotel Elvis, Abuja- opening within the next 3 months 4. BON Hotel Apo, Abuja- under construction 5. BON Hotel Ekiti – opening within the next 6 months 6. BON Hotel Owerri- under construction 7. BON Hotel Tripod Owerri – opening within the next 4 months 8. BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu- opening within the next 3 months 9. BON Hotel Abuja, in Maitiama 10. BON Hotel Grand Pela, Durumi, Abuja 11. BON Hotel Delta, Warri 12. BON Hotel Stratton Asokoro, Abuja 13. Protea Hotel Ikeja, Lagos, operated by BON Hotels. 14. Protea Hotel Victoria Island, operated by BON Hotels. 15. BON Hotel Airport Enugu, . . .
SEAMFIX, Nigeria’s leading provider of identity management solutions, has announced plans to unveil an innovative data management solution to the Nigerian market. BioRegistra (www.bioregistra.com) is a state of the art, KYC (Know Your Customer), online platform provided as-a-service. It was developed primarily for individuals and corporates (business owners) with the goal of enabling them to easily and effectively capture any kind of data, store this data, and have access to the data at any time as they may desire. The solution allows a fully automated process that ensures seamless execution of all KYC business processes, thus enabling faster customer on-boarding and increasing customer satisfaction. Commenting on the solution ahead of the launch, Chimezie Emewulu, Managing Director of SEAMFIX described BioRegistra as a game changer in data capture and management. According to him ‘With BioRegistra, the difficulty associated with knowing and identifying your customers is a thing of the past. The Platform enables you to capture and store your customer KYC details or information and further allows you access and to view the captured information or data whenever required. Your customer in this context is not limited to any sector. Emewulu further highlighted some of the benefits of BioRegistra and the competitive advantage. According to him, BioRegistra system has an intelligent quarantine engine designed to detect fraudulent and fictitious records and prevents them from being processed by running the records through security and inbuilt validation checks. He further stated that the solution helps to save cost for users. ‘BioRegistra is a huge cost saver for individuals and companies. It rides on a pay-as-you-capture scheme which drastically cuts cost as it is more economical to leverage on the online platform rather than purchasing custom and bespoke enterprise applications which are way more expensive. A customer only pays for what has been captured or . . .
Johannesburg—September 21—It was a star studded night at Sandton’s L’Opulence last night as the Africa Leaders 4 Change Awards (ALCA) hosted a listening session to their theme song. The song features a mix of rich African talent such as Akon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Jah Prayzah, Peter Square, Fally Ipupa, Danno Peterson, Themba Mhinga and many more. The event, hosted by South Africa’s darling, Nonhle Thema was full of surprises. Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah, sang part of the song live, on stage, to a dancing crowd. He also sang his most famous hit “Mdhara vachauya” bringing the entire room of about 60 guests to their feet. “I am so excited to see Jah Prayzah here. He is one of Africa’s most rising stars. With his magical voice, I want to take him to the world because everyone must know his music,” said music producer Hakim Abdulsamad, who also shared a song on stage. Hakim, one of Akon’s top producers, also wrote and produced “The Song for Africa” which united the crowd yesterday. “The challenge was to try and fit all the great voices together, making sure people go into studio and record and then mixing and mastering the song but when working with artists as these, it can only be great,” said Hakim. The event was also attended by multi-talented music producer and entrepreneur, Mbacke Dioum, Ntsiki Mazwai and Chi Mhende. Themba Mhinga, Johnross Jamela Vuma, Jared Joshua Fray, Danno Peterson also entertained the guest with life performances. The song will be officially released and performed for the first time at the ALCA award ceremony on November 21. Those who attended the event were also surprised with free tickets to attend the show. The ALCA Award ceremony will honour and recognise initiatives making a breath-taking difference and adding a positive meaningful impact in and around the African continent without any financial reward. “There is a lot of good work being done by Africans for Africa and our hope is not only to celebrate those who are . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .