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 . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng -- 07/26/2017 -- Great news for companies on the look-out for high performance workplace speakers and facilitators, who can inspire and transform their employees, team working, trust and organisational effectiveness and performance...sustainably! Tony Dovale’s Revolutionary Workplace High-Performance GO Mindsets business talks are different from other speakers, because he brings about a transformation in the consciousness AND mindsets of his audience, that help participant activate and perform to more of their potential. Tony Dovale, the founder and CEO of Life Masters: a Human Element Optimisation and Workplace Performance and Engagement Improvement company, points out that he is very different from other Business speakers because of his new MIND-GROW-TAINMENT talks and action learning team building TEAM-FLOW-GROW experiences, that bring about powerful shifts in the mindset and self-awareness of his audiences. Says Tony Dovale, "Times are getting tougher, so we need tougher top performance people…that's why our new Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace creates exponential impacts and brings about incredible results, that not only support people, teams, and leadership but also positively impacts organisational culture and profits as well. Unlike the short-lived impacts of motivational style speakers, the impact of Tony's business talks creates in the heads and the hearts of listeners, have potent positive and long lasting impacts on multiple levels. The Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace CLEARx High Performance approach His holistic high-performance framework under the Revolutionary Workplace System is called CLEARx. Tony is uniquely positioned, ahead of other motivational speakers, because his CLEARx high-performance Framework creates exponential results for people, planet and profits. Through his #FutureFit Mindset approach, he activates growth, resilience and courageous mindsets in his . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 10 July 2017 – BelServest has partnered with Servest Camp Management Services, a highly experienced provider of camp management services for mining, construction and energy projects in southern Africa. We are proud to have been awarded a three year contract by Debswana for their Jwaneng Diamond Mine Camp. Servest Camp Management specialises in remote site projects providing a camp or village which really has to be a home away from home. The underlining philosophy is that every person who lives in these villages should be at home there. This guides the creation of comfortable and homely environments to which people are happy to return after a hard day’s work. BelServest will employ around 180 personnel, and with a future planned camp upgrade and expansion project, it is anticipated that this will grow to around 210 personnel within the next 18 months. A comprehensive project to upgrade the accommodation, and dining, kitchen and recreation facilities of the Jwaneng Mine residents ‘village started in November 2016 and will be completed by August 2019. BelServest employs one expatriate regional manager responsible for the area, and the balance of personnel are all Motswana nationals. The camp has been operated for the past 4 1/2 years under the Servest Botswana banner and now under BelServest. BelServest Facilities Management Botswana is a full-service facilities management company, with a unique offering. For some of our clients we provide focused corporate advisory and business intelligence services; for others the all-encompassing management of a complete facility. Majority owned by a Motswana citizens group, BelServest FM has in-depth local knowledge and insight, with service delivery bolstered by our association with the Servest Group and its multinational track record. BelServest FM is 51% owned by a Motswana citizen group and 49% by Servest Multiservice Group Botswana. Through this partnership, our clients benefit . . .
The board of BON Hotels is delighted to welcome Paul Umoh, who has been appointed Executive Director of Operations at BON Hotels International West Africa, taking over from the late Pieter Bekker, who had mentored him over the past 13 years in various aspects of the business. Paul worked with Protea Hotels in numerous capacities from unit to regional to head office for more than 13 years and has been with BON Hotels International West Africa since inception. He is a prominent member of the community and brings a wealth of knowledge, understanding and expertise to this challenging position. His vision for the group is to grow a culture of Nigerian General Managers in line with international benchmarks, under the guidance of seasoned hospitality icons on the board, and at hotel level. Umoh adds, “It is our duty as BON Hotels to add value to both our hotels and owners, and our guests, by focusing on and training our people to perform to worldwide standards and give of their very best, and in so doing we will extract the value that our shareholders aspire to.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
After a record of 23 million fan subscriptions and 350+ celebrity sign-ups across multiple network carriers in Africa and Latin America, Kirusa’s InstaVoice Channels service is introducing ace Footballer prodigy, Didier Yves Drogba Tébily on its InstaVoice Channels Service. The all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast National team, Didier Drogba has joined Kirusa’s InstaVoice Channels service that connects mobile users with their favorite celebs and notable personalities from all walks of life. Drogba, who is Chelsea’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time, while on the InstaVoice Channels Service will leave voice messages for his fans, which they will receive directly on their mobile. His fans can expect to have a ‘voice twitter’ experience and get updates on his latest projects. Evelyne Masumbuko Founder, Abidjan4you, who coordinated Drogba’s association with Kirusa said: “It gives me immense pleasure to rope in the most celebrated persona in Ivory Coast for Kirusa and enable this experience for Drogba Didier’s fans. I am hoping that we will go a long way in delivering great value to all the stakeholders involved in future as well.” A delighted Didier Drogba commented, “I would like to congratulate Kirusa for having developed an intuitive platform for public figures to connect better with their fans and patrons. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful forum that lets me share my thoughts and feelings with my fans as well as reciprocate to them.” “We are overwhelmed that InstaVoice Channels will now host the much revered and idolized two-time African Footballer of the Year, Drogba Didier,” commented Vice President of Operations at Kirusa, Barinderpal Singh Mumick. He further said, “Not only is Didier an ace footballer, but also peace and goodwill ambassador for his country. His involvement in the peace process has led to him being named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine for 2010. His charitable . . .