Leading video entertainment, MultiChoice Nigeria is giving customers on its GOtv platform something to smile about this new year with the launch of GOtv ‘Top Up’ campaign.
Starting Tuesday, 15 January till Monday, 15 April, 2019, all active and disconnected customers on GOtv Plus, Value and Lite will get upgraded to GOtv Max when they pay a reduced fee of N2,500 while GOtv ‘tops up’ with N700.
Meanwhile, active and disconnected GOtv Max customers can also take advantage of this limited time offer to renew their subscription for only N2,500.
This offer will give GOtv customers on Plus, Value and Lite an opportunity to experience the exciting premium content available on GOtv Max including La Liga, Serie A, FA Cup, BET, Fox Entertainment, StarLife, ROK 2 and CBS Reality and more.
Speaking on the campaign, Martin Mabutho, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, said the offer is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to rewarding its loyal subscribers and providing more value in 2019.
He said: “We are pleased to launch this first-of-its-kind offer that will give our customers the opportunity to experience the exciting programming available on GOtv Max at a lower price while we top up the balance”.
Mabutho urged customers on the GOtv Max, Plus, Value and Lite packages to take advantage of the campaign offer and enjoy the best of sports, latest news, local movies, series and general entertainment in the first quarter of the year.
In consolidating its ongoing focus on the youth and in delivering on its strategic objectives as a digitized customer-centric universal financial services organisation, Stanbic IBTC, has unveiled plans to raise the bar at this year’s edition of the Social Media Week Lagos. In a statement, the financial institution confirmed it will be joining other thought leaders, innovators, business practitioners, entrepreneurs, and pop culture enthusiasts from Nigeria and around the world to participate at the Social Media Week Lagos 2019 with a reloaded package.
Stanbic IBTC said it will be rising above and beyond its core financial services specialization as this is in line with its value commitment to meaningfully contributing to the development of the nation and uplifting the socio-economic living conditions of its citizenry through strategic focus and investment in initiatives that fall under three key pillars of Social, Economic and Environment (SEE). Stating that rather than leveraging on the annual Social Media Week Lagos platform to sell, it will be highlighting tools and basics of formal career development, entrepreneurship drive and business management aimed at wealth creation and securing a promising future the Nigerian youths.
The annual weeklong conference and exhibition will hold this year from February 4 to February 8 with the theme “With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility”. The event, renowned for eliciting interesting conversations and bringing together diverse perspectives, has gained popularity as a platform to discuss the most productive ways to harness social platforms to drive thought and innovation, improve consumer experiences and foster collaborations.
According to the organizers, SMW Lagos will focus on ideas, trends, insights, inspiration to help both individuals and businesses across the creative, technology and financial industries understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world and engender good business practices and policies that leverage technology to transform industries and communities across Africa. The event also featuresa mixture of keynotes, panels, workshops, masterclasses and presentations on a wide range of topics, including business, entertainment, education, technology and politics, all aimed at advancing the use of social media, and an area dedicated to co-working and interactive installations.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni, said the organization’s participation and sponsorship of this year’s Lagos Social Media Week is a clear expression of its determination and commitment towards availing young, vibrant Nigerian youths, irrespective of background and current position in life, requisite mentorship and guidance to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. He added that this essential career management, wealth creation and preservation tools, principles and basics, undoubtedly transcends financial knowledge and status.
Sanni disclosed that Stanbic IBTC will be showcasing a number of renowned resource persons including career counselling and employability training specialist, Dr. Dipo Awojide – a Lecturer in Strategy at the Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom and founder of the BeenThereDoneThat Hub (BTDT Hub) whom has built a global reputation for career coaching and counselling. Also featuring are genuine success case studies to reinforce and underpin the importance of key career growth attributes like dedication, consistency, proactivity, resilience, adaptability, positivity, hard work, etc. and wealth generation experts amongst other keynote speakers.
“I hereby seize this opportunity to invite members of the general public especially the young, vibrant and enterprising and the larger social community to join us at Social Media Week Lagos 2019, as we promise all our guests a very enriching interaction and engagement,” Sanni said.
The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has announced a goal to move Nigeria into the top-100 on the 2020 World Bank Doing Business Index (DBI).
Jumoke Oduwole, the secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), disclosed this at the 10th presidential quarterly business forum which held in Abuja last week.
Oduwole, who doubles as senior special assistant to the president on industry, trade, and investment, said “we know it is bold, but we are quite clear on what our mandate is and are motivated by the impact we know these reforms will have on the lives of Nigerians”.
She said PEBEC will be pursuing the amendment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and other regulatory reforms to achieve the plans.
“This year, we intend to strengthen the collaboration with MDAs and partners to consolidate and build on the work done,” Oduwole said.
“We will be pursuing the implementation of much-needed legislative reforms, specifically the passage of the CAMA and Omnibus Bills; the expansion of the regulatory reform program started with NAFDAC and NAICOM to include other regulators; the establishment of a National Trading Platform for ports; and the concession of our major international airports.
“We will also continue to cascade the EoDB initiatives down to the sub-national level working with the state governments, and will release the first sub-national survey report in April 2019”.
The forum was attended by leading members of the organised private sector and other key stakeholders; and had seven ministers, including Industry, Trade & Investment, Finance, Budget & National Planning and Power, Works and Housing present to share detailed progress reports with representatives.
The DBI is an annual ranking that objectively assesses prevailing business climate conditions across 190 countries based on 10 Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) indicators.
The Index offers comparative insights based on private sector validation of reforms delivered in the two largest commercial cities in countries with a population higher than 100 million, and the report consequently features Lagos and Kano states for Nigeria.
The World Bank has reported an improvement in Nigeria’s Distance to Frontier (DTF) score by more than 11 basis points over the past three years.
This means that Nigeria has improved its business regulations as captured by the doing business indicators, and is narrowing the gap with global regulatory best practice.
This success has been driven by the implementation of over 140 reforms by PEBEC over the period, which also resulted in the country moving up 24 places in the rankings.
“We remain firm in our conviction of the immediate and long-term benefits of the PEBEC reforms,” Oduwole added.
“We have put in place frameworks for improved communication and engagement between government stakeholders and private sector players, as we intend to ensure the reforms are validated to enable us achieve our sub-100 place in the rankings”.
Since its establishment in 2016, PEBEC in collaboration with MDAs and other public and private sector partners, has systematically worked to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks faced by businesses in Nigeria.
The council has focused on reducing the time, cost and procedures of doing business, and some of its successful reforms include the ability of stakeholders to reserve a business name within four hours and complete the registration of a company within 24 hours online; apply for and receive approval of a visa-on-arrival electronically within 48hrs; file and pay all federal taxes online; and access specialised small claims commercial courts in Lagos and Kano States, to mention a few.
The World Bank also reported in 2018 that 32 states improved in their EoDB environment led by Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra.
PEBEC is chaired by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and the minister of industry, trade and investment as vice chair.
The council has nine other ministers, head of civil service of the federation, governor of CBN and representatives from the national assembly and private sector as members.
Ecobank Nigeria, has disclosed plans to bring banking operations closer to Nigerian neighborhoods by expanding its agent banking locations to 50,000 before the end of 2019.
Managing director of the bank, Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan, who disclosed this during a media chat with journalists in Lagos, explained that the move is in line with the vision of the Pan African Bank to ensure the financial inclusion of all Nigerians.
According to him, the bank has 400 physical locations in Nigeria, and the aim is to let every household have access to Ecobank services “We have presence in every state in Nigeria. We have a customer base of 9 million in Nigeria, with 400 branches. More interestingly, more than 4,000 agency locations known as Ecobank Xpress point which is our approach to bringing banking to every neighborhood.
“Our ambition is to have 50,000 of such locations this year such that in every neighbourhood you can access Ecobank Xpress point to do cash deposit, withdrawal and actually make it more convenient for customers to open an account, get an instant card and participate in financial economy. Across the group, we have about 4,000 ATMs. In Nigeria we have 2,000 ATMs and we are still expanding the ATM network,” he said.
Speaking on the contribution of Ecobank to Nigerian and African economy, Akinwuntan said the bank has recorded many firsts in the banking industry revolution and introduction of EcobankPay is one of them.
He said: “We have introduced EcobankPay which has brought together all three QR codes available in the country on one platform. EcobankPay accepts and make payment with Masterpass, Mvisa and Mcash. You can have 100 QR codes at no additional cost. You don’t require different number, just one number and you are able to transact. We bringing this digital solution into the economy will enable small businesses to participate more effectively, enables faster savings, reduces risk of insecurity.”
Akinwuntan added that Ecobank will be bringing message of the combination of its POS, EcobankPay, Express Point, ATMs, Ecobank Omni, and Ecobank Omni light to markets and households to enable people interact with the products.
Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin has come out to explain her relationship with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and deny reports that the monarch may have taken her as his new wife.
According to the actress, ‘for those that are curious that maybe I’m his wife, for your information, he can’t marry a woman that is not a virgin. Alafin is not OBA shakushaku’.
She went on to say, ‘for those that don’t like me or pick on me it’s because your internal and spiritual eyes are not functioning. A born ruler and authentic king can easily identify his/her fellow young or old and the chemistry always work like a magic.
Save your energy from curiosity and pray for who will love you like that. Just leave me and that baba alone. His love for me is something I can’t explain because am too young and I no get kobo for hand ..He is the one giving me and it shows my parent are not sleeping Abeg help tell him that his daughter(Princess Lizzy Anjorin aishat eganmidogo Adeyemi)is heading to Italy’.
A famous health and fitness consultant, Dr. Bisi Abiola has said that fruit juice could reduce the risk of high blood pressure (BP) if taken regularly.
Abiola stated this during the January edition of the monthly healthy living dialogue, an event sponsored by Chi Limited. The platform gives experts an opportunity to x-ray the benefits of 100% fruit juice.
The fitness coach said that drinking a glass of fruit juice gives an individual the opportunity to get at least eight per cent of daily potassium, which neutralises sodium and helps to lower BP.
She explained: “The overall amount of sodium and potassium in your diet affects your BP. Sodium makes it go up while potassium offsets sodium and helps to lower BP. Researches have shown that consuming more potassium reduces BP in people with hypertension; and this has huge benefit for consumers as long as they do not suffer from kidney disease”.
“Most of us only get about half of the recommended dietary allowance for potassium. What many people do not know is that taking a glass of orange juice allows you to get at least eight per cent of your daily potassium,” she stressed.
While many hypertensive individuals resort to medication, Abiola stated that “medication is not the only way to control high BP, otherwise known as hypertension. Lifestyle and diet also play an important role in managing such a health challenge”.
According to her, fruit juices from trustworthy brand like Chivita produces bioflavonoids such as hesperidin – functions as an antioxidant and can help to lower cholesterol.
She continued: “When healthy, reasonably overweight men drink orange juice daily for four weeks, and their diastolic BP goes down, the researchers who were searching for hesperidin’s role concluded that the bioflavonoid was probably linked to the beneficial effects. Another study confirmed that regular consumption of hesperidin helps to prevent hypertension.”
Abiola also reiterated that B vitamin folate from fruit juice also helps to prevent hypertension. In her view, individuals who consumed folate from their early adult age are at a lower risk of high BP later in life.
“A number of reputable authors have concluded that 100% fruit juice or whole fruit is not significantly associated with increased risk of hypertension or diabetes. Evidence indicates a modest but consistent reduction in BP with 100% fruit juice,” she said.
It was a night of farewells and welcomes as Transcorp Hotels Plc, the hospitality subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) and owners of the award-winning Transcorp Hilton Abuja and the iconic Transcorp Hotels, Calabar hosted a farewell/welcome dinner in honour of its immediate past Managing Director/CEO, Valentine Ozigbo who has been elevated to the role of the President/CEO of Transcorp Plc and Owen Omogiafo the current MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc.
During the Black-tie event held at the Congress Hall of the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Abuja, the outgoing and incoming General Managers of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Etienne Gailliez and Kevin Brett were also celebrated.
The glamorous event featured different presentations from Classical music, award presentations, and vote of confidence speeches from notable personalities who were present to honour these icons including Professor Charles Soludo, former Governor and Chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Jan Van Der Putten, Vice President Operations, Africa and Indian Ocean, Hilton Worldwide, Professor Osita and Dr. Ogugua Ogbu, Alhaji Dikwa, Chief Collins Chikeluba, Former Director, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Anslem Tabansi, Sabi Bar-Noy, Chairman of Nairda, Iheanyi Nzekwe, Chairman, Teknokleen Group, dignitaries from the Diplomatic Communities and several CEOs and Captains of the industry.
In his appreciation speech, Valentine Ozigbo alluded his excellence and success as the MD/CEO of Transcorp hotels Plc to his background and great mentors whom he served under their tutelage, according the highest accolades to the Chairman of Transcorp Plc, Tony O. Elumelu for years of mentorship.
Speaking about his successor, Owen Omogiafo, Valentine said: “I couldn’t have found a better person to succeed me and I am confident that she will do better, I have seen her strong execution skills and I can attest that she will do even better than me.”
The Chairman of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Emmanuel Nnorom in his remarks appreciated Valentine for maintaining and deploying high-level of corporate governance and for driving positive transformation in Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar. He further charged him on the new responsibilities at Transcorp Plc and admonished him to carry on the good works.
Speaking about Owen, he stressed her affinity with the vision and mandate of the Transcorp Plc group and expressed his confidence in her ability to take the company to enviable heights.
Meanwhile, Owen Omogiafo, in her remarks appreciated the immediate past MD/CEO, Valentine Ozigbo and the Hilton management team for leaving behind a solid foundation for her to build on.
“I am well aware that I am stepping into big shoes, but they are solid shoes and they have a strong foundation, I am also aware of the company’s responsibilities to all its key stakeholders and I’ll be working with the team members to execute them excellently,” she said.
The event ended on a high-note as all present were serenaded with high-life tunes from one of Nigeria’s best musicians, Flavour.
eTranzact International PLC, Africa’s premier electronic payment solutions provider has gotten the express approval of Shareholders of the company to raise its Authorized Share Capital from N2.1 Billion Naira to N9.1 Billion Naira.
The capital raise proposal of N7 Billion was tabled by the Mr. Wole Abegunde, Chairman of eTranzact, at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company held in Lagos recently. He stated that the decision to raise additional capital became imperative considering the need of the Company to expand its operations, deepen its market share and to remain competitive in the financial technology industry.
According to Mr. Abegunde, the capital to be raised will be used to upgrade and enhance the Company’s technology infrastructure and network security systems and also to improve on its service delivery. He further stated that the Company will also invest in its Agent Network Expansion Program, Human Resources and Employee Development.
Also, speaking with journalists at the EGM, the Managing Director/CEO of eTranzact, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope, believes that the injection of additional equity will enable the Company’s Management to strategically maintain the Company leading position as a key market leader within the electronic payment industry.
The eTranzact boss affirmed that eTranzact will acquire state-of-the-art infrastructure, ensure that the Company retains the best skill set available, achieve a fast response rate, reduce downtime, and expands its service offerings and market reach.
Founded in September 2003, eTranzact is Nigeria’s first award winning, multi-application and multi-channel electronic transaction switching and payment processing platform. It has evolved into a brand with global reach with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa, with expansion inclination to more countries in the world.
Since Inception, eTranzact has deployed mobile payment solutions to banks, non-bank financial institutions and was recently granted license by the CBN to provide Mobile Money services to individuals with a special focus on the unbanked.
A 27-year-old man, Emmanuel (surname withheld) has lost an eye in his quest for spiritual powers to help him win lottery games somewhere in Delta state.
He reportedly sought help from a witch doctor in Ishiagu village, near Ogwashi-Uku in Delta, to acquire spiritual sight to see lucky numbers.
A friend of the victim, Osita, told NAN on Sunday in Ogwashi-Uku that the incident occurred on January 12, 2019.
“He went to see a juju man to help him acquire spiritual sight so that he could be wining lotto games, popularly known as ‘Baba Ijebu.’
“He once told me that he was worried that he had been playing lotto games without success,” Osita said.
According to him, Emmanuel later sought the help of a witch doctor who assured him of spiritual solution.
Osita narrated how Emmanuel later went to the witch doctor who reportedly prepared some concoctions for him.
He said the witch doctor gave Emmanuel the prepared substance to drink and to also rub on his eyes.
“He never told anyone what he did, but when he started feeling some discomfort in his left eye, he cried out.
“I heard about it from one of our friends; so, I went to see him, that was when he told me what transpired.
“He was taken to the hospital following a swollen eye, but no solution. Right now, he has lost his left eye,” Osita said.
An elder brother to Emmanuel, Justin, told NAN that the family is devastated by the incident.
“We don’t want to say anything about it. We are really shocked by Emma’s desperation. For now, we want to forget about the whole incident. He has his life to live,” Justin said.
The witch doctor, whose name was not given, has since gone into hiding.
…she died from ‘family mismanagement’ –Youngest son
Business mogul and legal practitioner, Jimoh Ibrahim, on Sunday gave an insight into the death of his mother, Theresa Jimoh, describing her as “a mother we will always love to have at all times.”
According to him, the death is “a big loss” because she was “somebody you won’t like to part with.”
Ibrahim, who spoke with The Punch from the United Kingdom, said “death must occur; something must cause death.”
He stated, “I’m not in Nigeria; I’m at the Cambridge University and not yet home. As a PhD student, I need to get the permission of the university to travel. All I can say is that mama will be given a befitting burial; she is right now in the mortuary.
“When the family announces the date for the burial, we will make it known. Her family will have to handle that because in our culture, I am to do nothing. The family takes charge and decides. At this time, I don’t do anything. I will have to wait for family instructions. So, her immediate elder brother is the one in charge.
“But we thank God that we were able to recover her remains from the fire. Her body is right now in the mortuary, but she will be given a befitting burial. She was a great mother; she did her best and was well taken care of too. My mother was once kidnapped.
“She was a lovely mother; one we will always remember and the mother we will always love to have at all times. Her words are left behind; we will take care of the training she imparted in us and what she did to us when she was alive. The death of my mother is a big loss; she was somebody you wouldn’t like to part with.
“But death must occur; something must cause death. You cannot control that; some people die while asleep or in a plane crash. Something must cause death; it doesn’t just happen. Something must cause it. The greatest thing is that we are happy that she left a good legacy.
“She usually had her prayers as a Catholic. What I was told was that she was having her prayers. She had an altar where she prayed and she lit a candle at that altar. I think that on this occasion, the candle must have ignited the window blind. She had aides; she has her own house where she stayed with a house boy, house girl and security guard.
“By the time rescue came, the fire had already had a serious impact. My mother was 78 years old; she couldn’t survive much stress because of the impact of carbon monoxide on her. We’ve taken everything like that; but the good thing is that we were able to recover her remains. What if there was fire and we couldn’t see her? That would have been more painful.”
Ibrahim’s brother, Dipo, however, said their mother died as a result of family mismanagement.
“Dipo has promised to face any heavy weight individual or group, which plans to misinterpret or confuse the populace about the root cause of his mother’s death. My mother died as a result of family complications and mismanagement.”
When The Punch called him for further explanation, he said he would not make any further comments for now.