- Appreciates guests for over 10,000 mobile app download
Nigerian carrier, Dana Air has opened more sales and ticketing outlets in Abuja and Uyo to provide more convenient booking options for its guests.
The airline in a statement by its Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa said the outlets which will be officially opened on the 2nd of June 2019, is to meet with growing requests by its guests to have more outlets outside the airport.
‘’We are pleased to announce that on the 2nd of June 2019, we shall be opening more outlets in Abuja and Uyo in fulfillment of the requests of our guests for us to have more outlets outside the airport for booking, reservations and other ticketing and sales activities.
‘’Opening the outlets is the precursor and having reached the peak of our plans for further strategic expansion, we felt the need to open more outlets to provide more options and convenience for our teeming guests.
‘’The new outlets in Abuja are located at Silverbird entertainment center, central area Abuja, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama Abuja, and KIA Plaza Utako, Abuja and in Uyo, the new outlet is located at number 81 Oron road, with more to come in the next quarter.
‘’We wish to also thank our guests for massively downloading our user –friendly mobile app and for taking advantage of all convenient check-in and booking ideas that we make available like the smart booking on WhatsApp (07051190363), self service kiosk located at departure hall of mma2 and the Dana Air mobile app available for download on Play store and Apple store and our guests can perform any flight related activity on the go.
At the moment we have over 10k downloads and we can only appreciate our guests for choosing the smartest ways to book.’’
Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Owerri. The airline is reputed for its unrivaled on-time performance, innovative online products and superior in-flight service.
Promasidor Nigeria Limited celebrated over 2,000 children from 50 schools in Lagos with funfair in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day. The event, tagged Promasidor One Love Family Fest was held at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Lagos, on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
The day kicked off with a fun run which was a mini marathon for children within the ages of 5-15 years old. The children were split into three different categories based on their age groups:
The first category was for children between the ages of 5-8years old, who ran in the 1.5 kilometres race while the second was for those within 9-12years old who partook in the 3.4 kilometres race. The third category was for children between 13-15 years old who participated in the 4.4kilometres race.
The maiden edition of the One Love Family Fest by Promasidor, makers of Cowbell Milk, Loya Milk, Miksi Milk, Top Tea, Onga, and Sunvita Cereal was endorsed by the Lagos State Sports Commission, whose officials were present to conduct the mini marathon.
It was an enjoyable event for the children, and they expressed delight for being exposed to a mini-marathon at their early stage, a situation that would spur interest in sports in future. Gifts such as school bags, writing materials and products were given as reward to winners, both in the boys and girls category.
While presenting the medals to the winners, the Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limted, Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji said it was part of the company’s effort in celebrating children as it is a household of brands that caters for the needs of the family.
He stated that the initiative is aimed at reinforcing Promasidor’s love for the family, letting them know that it cares about them as an integral part of its activities.
This was demonstrated through samples of its products which were provided for consumption at various points for the children.
Elated for being the overall winner in the 4.4 kilometres race, Sulaiman David, a student of Wonder Gate College, Agbado, said the marathon was fun for him. “I am pleased that Promasidor has put this together for us to experience what a mini marathon is all about,” he stated.
Also, David Chukwudi, a student of Morality College, Egbeda, could not hide his feelings as he lifted his gifts in excitement saying, Promasidor has done well for children. “I am happy for being given these gifts,” he said.
On the success of the marathon race, Ayodeji affirmed that the traffic was well managed by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), officers of the Nigeria Police Force and members of the Lagos State Neighboured Corps (LNSC).
He explained that the One Love Family Fest would be a three-series engagement platform, comprising the Children’s Day celebration held at Kanu Ndubuisi park; the Eid-El-Kabir Fest dubbed Meat and Greet, which will take place in Ilorin, Kano and Kaduna to celebrate with the Muslim faithful; and the Mingle and jingle for Christians during the Christmas celebration.
Commending Promasidor for the fun filled event, the Principal of Christ the Corner Stone International School, Ikeja, Oshalaiye Olukayode said it was a good interactive platform for children and urged the company to sustain the programme.
One of the parents, Mrs. Judith Chukwura applauded the company for the love shown to the family, especially children, as it gave them the opportunity to interact with their peers from other schools, learn new things and ideas on issues affecting them, and also kept them physically fit.
She added: “The children were given lots of gifts ranging from products, writing materials, bags and taste of the company’s products which were made available at the park.”
However, Promasidor has been at the forefront of promoting children’s well-being. For over 20 years, Cowbell has encouraged secondary school students to develop interest in the subject area of mathematics through Cowbellpedia Secondary School TV Quiz Show.
Also, Its Loya Milk brand has nurtured swimming talent among students through the Loya Swim Meetcompetition, which has been held in various cities across the nation.
Nigeria is now ranked number 1 on the list of highest marijuana consuming country in Africa.
The new report on what African country consume marijuana the most has been revealed in Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook.
Nigeria is the highest in Africa in marijuana consumption followed by Ethiopia.
According to the report by New Frontier Data, an analytics company specializing in the cannabis industry, Nigeria tops the list in the continent with 20.8 million Cannabis users.
Top 10 List of Highest Marijuana Consuming Countries in Africa
The report ranked Nigeria number one in Africa with marijuana consumption by 20.8 million users followed by Ethiopia’s 7.1 million.
The report further ranks Egypt and DR Congo third and fourth with 5.9 million and 5 million users respectively.
In seventh place is Sudan with 2.7 million weed smokers followed by Madagascar’s 2.1 million users. Ghana has 2 million marijuana users.
New Frontier Data notes that
“the purpose of the report is to support operators and investors in guiding business strategy by providing a macro view of cannabis use and legalization trends globally.”
Sudan, which is ranked seventh has 2.7 million marijuana users followed by Madagascar’s 2.1 million users. Ghana has 2 million marijuana users.
Least marijuana consumers in Africa
The African countries with the least number of marijuana users include Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger and Zambia with 1.1 million, 1.2 million, 1.2 million and 1.4 million users respectively
Attention has been drawn to the pathetic state of the Obizi Community secondary school in Ezinihite LGA, Imo state, Nigeria.
Students of the school are subjected to classes taught in dilapidated buildings or under trees. The buildings are in such a state of disrepair that when it rains, water gets into the classrooms.
To compound issues, the classrooms lack adequate furniture and some students are forced to stand while being taught.
The surroundings of the school are no better. Overgrown grasses can be seen creeping up the walls of the school building.
A staff of the institution who got in contact with LIB appealed for intervention from good-willed Nigerians. He revealed to LIB that there are no functioning libraries or classrooms. As a result, he said students are exposed to a number of risks including rape and abduction of students.
Appealing for help to rebuild the school up to standard, the staff told LIB: “We are appealing to good Nigerians to come and assist us rebuild this school and bring back standard education to the poor community.”
Below are photos of the school.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday announced Mr. Gboyega Akosile as his Deputy Chief Press Secretary.
The governor is yet to announce who the substantive Chief Press Secretary, CPS.
Akosile holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Performing Art at the University of Ilorin between 1991 and 1996 and bagged and a Master in Business Administration, MBA degree at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU between 2008 and 2010.
He was the Head of Reportorial Desk at Minaj Broadcasting International between 2006 and 2008 where he directly supervised reporters; scheduled reports and other assignments for the reporters, involved in the management decision and policy formulation for the station, directly supervised, coordinated and organized the reportorial staff and the news room, planned and produced the daily editorial schedules, planned and produced special programme and documentaries for the station and Involved in policy formulation and executive for the Station.
Between 2010 and 2011, he was at Super Screen Television, where he directly supervised the daily news bulletins, supervised, coordinated and organized the news staff and the news room, planned and produced the daily editorial schedules, among others.
He left Super Screen to become the Chief Executive Officer, Bridgeworld Communications Company, in 2009 and had been their till he was appointed Deputy Chief Press Secretary.
Akosile has skills in video production, video editing, public relations and corporate communications, broadcast, social media, branding, digital marketing, among others.
As part of its efforts to support Nigeria’s aspiration and roadmap to become a leading Information Communication Technology (ICT) Hub in Africa, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider has doled out $40, 000 grants to winners of the maiden edition of HB Innovative Lab.
The maiden edition of Heritage Bank Innovation Lab Accelerator programme (HB-LAB) tagged, ‘Demo Day,’ is a 12-week programme, expected to provide technology start-ups seeking additional investments to progress and accelerate market introduction/adoption of their solutions with co-working and internet resources, guidance and mentorship with finch start-ups founder and seed funding. However, the bank’s commitment is to create enabling environment, resources and support required to innovate and accelerate impactful solutions with the potential to radically improve financial Inclusion/Intermediation, health, automobile, agriculture, and other related problems affecting critical sectors of the economy.
At the grand finale of the programme, of the seven groups, Trep Labs-Real Drip emerged the winner with the most compelling solution won the N10million, whilst Ladipomarket.com.ng won the N5million prize, as the 1st runner-up, which is equivalent of $40, 000.
Speaking at the event, the MD/CEO of the bank, Ifie Sekibo, said the bank knew it was in the best interest of the country to pay attention to the development to the technology and industrial sector. According to him, “the future of the country lies in the hands of its youth. Our youths are talented, and Heritage Bank is committed to harnessing this talent to grow the economy.”
He noted that although in Nigeria, technology startups still account for a relatively small share of all businesses, but they have an outsized impact on economic growth, because they provide better-paying, longer-lasting jobs than other start-ups, and they contribute more to innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.
Sekibo explained further, “Newly starting up a business is part of the most difficult stage of the business, you would need to source for capital and manpower. Considering the fact that you are a new business those items are not so easy and cheap for you to acquire.
“However, the presentations we have seen today shows how gifted Nigeria is with human resources, our youths have demonstrated that the country still has a beautiful future.
“I am impressed with the start-ups, after six weeks of drilling and grooming they have been able to develop up to this point; everyone is a winner tonight as far as I am concerned.
“Based on the success of this maiden edition we are going to continue this initiative, we would go back to our laboratory and create something bigger for the upcoming editions.”
When asked what he felt about Artificial Intelligence being used in banks, he explained: “Technology has been playing a key role towards enhancing the banking sector. Thus, we saw the need to create an Artificial Intelligence product called Octopus, which has been piloted and its second edition is almost ready for launching.
On his part, the Co-founder TREP Labs, Alayande Abiola, said, “Emerging as first place and winning the ten million naira is going to help the growth of our clinical solutions.
“Now we would be able to complete our clinical trials, optimise our products development and also provide enough healthcare solutions that are battling with the country.”
Earlier, the bank’s Divisional Head Innovation and Partnership, Ikenna Imo, explained: “Twelve weeks ago we welcomed seven talented and diverse start-ups, at that time our intentions were clear that we were ready to create distinctive propositions that solves issues facing the country currently.
“Today, I have no doubts that the start-ups we have assembled after a selective and competitive process have what it takes to accomplish that.
Over the last 12 weeks, the HB Lab has hosted a number of business leaders and founders within in the tech ecosystem who shared the experiences and evolutions of their respective businesses with the aim to inspire and impart business knowledge in the young minds looking to start out their own tech-enabled businesses.
Some of the mentors at the program include; Gbenga Awe (Heritage Bank Plc), Tosin Eniolorunda (TeamApt), Abolore Salami (Riby), Deji Oduntan (Gokada), Muyiwa Faulkner (Mines.io), Shile Owoka (Smile Identity), Moses Sule (Oradian) to mention a few.
Heritage Bank Plc remains committed to championing sustainable value creation, leveraging technology to ensure a culture of innovation and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Peak Milk, Nigeria’s supreme dairy brand has begun a crusade on the importance of a healthy breakfast – and why it is the ideal tool enabling your day to start and end well. The campaign is aimed at creating a counterculture through series of experiential and media-led activities which reinforces the breakfast custom.
As a part of awareness campaign and build up to 2019 World Milk Day on the 1st of June, the flagship product from dairy giant, FrieslandCampina WAMCO stormed key cities in Lagos, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Abuja, and Oyo states, where children were surprised and served with sumptuous breakfast banquets during the Children’s Day parades across the country.
In a statement about the campaign, Marketing Manager for Peak Milk, Maureen Ifada said, “A lot of working-class Nigerians do not bother about having breakfast and most of those who do often do not find the time. Therefore, in our steadfastness to supporting Nigerians to be unstoppable, our brand is committed to cultivating a breakfast tradition which sets the tone of your day, from start to finish.”
Also, as a tribute to the local dairy farmers whose raw milk is purchased and used in the production of Peak Milk, executives from FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) visited and served breakfast to dairy farmers and pastoralists in Iseyin and neighbouring communities in Oyo state.
Being pioneers of the Dairy Development Programme (DDP) in Nigeria, the Peak Brand prides itself as a product being sourced through an initiative which emphasises gender inclusion and is significantly improving food and nutrition security in the country.
According to Ifada, by choosing a balanced breakfast, people can get off to the right start and fill-in the gaps likely to be missing in their diet. “Milk is a perfect breakfast complement, as it remains one of the richest natural sources of vitamins and minerals; enhancing growth and development of mental and physical performance. So, enjoy a Peak breakfast today – your guaranteed enabler to start well and end well,” Ifada concluded.
- .School fetes hundreds of Muslims, non-Muslims at second Ramadan program
The Platforms Montessori School (Facebook: @ThePMSOta), Ota, has surged its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it offered free medical test and drugs to 320 Muslims and non-Muslims in its catchment areas of Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.
The act, which attracted eulogies from beneficiaries and other stakeholders, was a part of the second annual Ramadan Program of the school, where hundreds of fasting Muslims and other participants were also given free Iftar (food).
Chief Imaam, Daarul Istiqaama Fil Kitaabu Wa Sunnah, Sheikh Abdul Waheed Eleha, who delivered the first lecture, stated that the spate of killing, kidnapping and other vices in Nigeria is a result of failure on the part of religious and political leadership in the country.
He maintained that the religious leaders have abandoned the divine duty of calling people to righteousness.
The political leaders too, he said, have little or no mercy for those who they govern.
There is little or no difference anymore between religious and political leaders. The two groups have failed the people in assisting them to get favours, which God wants for them.
“While some political leaders have taken their heartlessness to a new height, the religious leaders who are supposed to bring succor to people also confuse them that prosperity is a sign of righteousness. Hence, people tend to do anything to get rich quick,” he said.
Tasking people to put their absolute Trust in Allah alone, the cleric maintained that only this could save them from disappointment inherent in putting trust in human being.
Pouring eulogies on management of PMS, Sheikh Eleha called on other schools to emulate the feat recorded by the school in providing free medical test and drugs to Muslims and non-Muslims as well as free food to fasting Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
Proprietress of the school, Hajjia Fateemah Adeola-Yusuf, noted that the school – known for its academic standard across the Ota axis – stands higher far above its peers in instilling morals and practical life training in pupils.
“Allah, Subhanahu Wataala, used us (The Platforms Montessori School’s – PMS – second Annual Ramadan Program) to cater for over 320 Muslims and non-Muslims. We are overwhelmed,” she said.
“We pray onto Him, Aaza Wa-Jaala, to cleanse our intention, which is basically for Him alone, and to accept this effort as an act of Worship from us. Aamin.
“We also express profound gratitude to our esteemed parents, diligent teachers, lovely pupils, guardians and stakeholders for being useful parts of the successful story.
“Through your efforts and ours, well over 320 fasting Muslims were offered free Iftar; hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslim received free medical test and Drugs; as well as spiritual diet (lecture) on TAWAKUL – Absolute Trust (in ALLAH) by A-Sheikh Al-Imaam Abdul Waheed Eleha.
“The feedback we got over these and others, which include health talks by Dr. AKIN from British Standard Hospital, is overwhelming. And we say, TO ALLAH, ALONE, BE ALL THE GLORY! Alhamdullilah waShukran Jameelan,” she said.
… Nigerian Army Director of Chaplain Services Applauds Initiative
Kenneth Ekhuemelo, the inaugural winner of Hymnodia, has been presented with a brand-newcar, the star prize of the triple ‘E’ (entertainment, education and edification) reality television show created around hymns and worship.
The presentation, which attracted jubilant worshippers, took place at the All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, Abalti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos, on Sunday, where Ekhuemelo is an organist.
Hymnodia organisers had promised the winner of the competition a brand new car, in addition to the ASAPH, the main prize specially designed and named after King David’s chief musician, as well as N5 million.
Hymnodia was a keenly contested show as Ekhuemelo battled with Olumide Dada, another brilliant and leading performer at the grand finale. But a winner had to emerge, and that was Ekhuemelo, the bassofundo.
The hymncert ended the 14-week show piece that was aimed at reigniting the almost-forgotten hymn culture among young Nigerians.
Explaining the rationale for the presentation at the church, KufreEkanem, Managing Director of Philosoville, initiator of Hymnodia said the reality show redefined the art of worship and that since hymn has its foundation in the church, it was wise to bring the car to worship with Ekhuemelo.
“Ekhuemelo is an organist in All Saints Cathedral, and this also shows that the members are part of his success story,” he explained.
On what inspired Hymnodia, Ekanem said “we had thought over the idea of Hymnodia for 10 years. This had to do with the concept itself and the rigours of how it would work, what would be the processes, the protocol of developing the content and sustaining its essence over a 14-week period and beyond. When we finally started on it last year, we were blessed with a group of fantastic people who put their efforts into Hymnodia as if they had the dream themselves. They were dream enablers and I appreciate their great works and sacrifices” he narrated.
Commending Hymnodia for the novel initiative, Rev. (Col.) Bante Kauche, Director, Chaplain Services, Nigerian Army, eulogised Ekanem for the initiative which was thoroughly planned and executed to an appreciable standard.
He said Hymnodia has tremendously enhanced the talent of the 14 hymntestants, including Ekhuemelo, as well as young Nigerians who watched the programme.
Also, Rev. (Major) Baba David, Vicar General of All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, said Ekanem has taken hymns rendition beyond the ordinary and prayed God to strengthen him in order to sustain the programme. “I am highly elated because a member of this church emerged the winner and prayed for him to be fortified with the Grace to continue in this stride,” he said.
Receiving the car prize with joy written all over him, the bassofundo thanked the initiator of Hymnodia for the opportunity to learn new skills on hymns writing and rendition at the Hymnstitute and for the fulfilment of the prize.
“I am very delighted to receive the car and it came as a surprise to me to see it being delivered at the church today. I see this as a divine blessing from God and I really appreciate Hymnodia. At the Hymnstitute, I boosted my talent through teachings on the fundamentals of hymns writing and singing,” he further said.
Hymnodia was flagged-off at a colourful event with a 30-member choir last December at the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos. Live audition for over 200 shortlisted candidates from over 1,500 applications was held at the Lagos Television (LTV8), where 14 hymntestants (contestants) were selected to the Hymnstitute for a 14-week show.
It culminated on April 24 with the grand finale at the MUSON centre where Ekhuemelo was declared the winner via a combination of public votes and a panel of credible judges. The judges included legendary musician, Onyeka Onwenu; singer, songwriter and voice coach, Dupe Ige Kachi (popularly known as Ige Sings);Sunday Olawuwo the Music Director of Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja and Nigeria Country Director of the Royal School of Church Music; and Seun Owoaje, the Music Director of Hymnodia.
Hymnodia was first aired on February 3, 2019, as a one-hour programme on Lagos Television (Channel 256 on DSTV, Channel 90 on GOtv and Channel 113 on Startimes) with a magazine show on same channels every Thursday.
It was streamed live online via the LTV App available on the app store and on the dedicated YouTube channel, Hymnodiahq. The show was also viewed on eight additional stations around the country for wider coverage. They included GITV, Kaduna; Anambra Broadcasting Service, Onitsha; Ondo State Radio/TV, Akure; ITV, Abuja and Cross River TV, Calabar.
Others were Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC); Kwara TV, Ilorin and Plateau Radio TV, Jos.