Ten Nigerians have emerged in the monthly draw of the DiamondXtra savings scheme season eleven initiated by Access Bank.
The presentation which took place in various states across Nigeria saw Samuel Ebu, Stanley Igwe, Olusina Fadare, Amos Tochukwu, Orungbala Anna amongst others winning N1Million naira each.
Samuel Ebu, a businessman, could not hide his joy, having become a million naira richer, said, “I feel so good and excited to have N1 million with Access Bank and I have had a DiamondXtra account for three years now and since I started banking with the Bank, everything has been perfect, no complaints whatsoever as they are reliable.
I had initially thought their call was a mistake because I did not think I could win but here I am, a winner of N1Million. I want to encourage Nigerians to partake in this initiative and bank with Access Bank”.
Another customer, Stanley Igwe, an IT professional thanked Access Bank for the opportunity and called on Nigerians to participate in the rewarding scheme.
Speaking during the cheque presentation to winners, Head, Products Insights and Capabilities, Access Bank, Robert Giles, revealed that the initiative has paid off immensely in which over N5 billion have been given out to winners while adding that DiamondXtra savings scheme has not only transformed lives in short term but will do that for years to come.
According to Giles, the DiamondXtra rewarding scheme has improved year-in-year-out and Access Bank remains in constant engagement with its customers on what they would like in subsequent season of the rewarding scheme.
“The initiative has been very successful for the bank and when we have happy customers, we have happy numbers. so customers who use DiamondXtra stay with us a lot longer and they do more with us because effectively our customers get rewarded for something they were doing before, they save and in addition to them keeping their money, they build for the future and getting interest on their savings, we give them the opportunities to win more amazing prizes, so it is a win-win situation for the bank.
We have millions of customers now on DiamondXtra and so we are no longer counting in hundreds or thousands because the initiative is a lot bigger and much more improved now”.
Giles further said: “You can come to the bank, open a Diamondxtra account in any one of our access bank branches accross the country or you can call us and we will send an agent to you, then fund the account with N5000. Every N5000 you have in that account, you have an opportunity to be in draw to win salary for life, education allowance for 5 years and so many prizes”.
DiamondXtra is an interest yielding hybrid account which allows deposit of both cash and third party cheques. Hybrid means a combination of both savings and current account features. The DiamondXtra reward scheme was launched in 2008 and has been running till date.
Mr Nelson Idija, an information technology expert has admonished internet users to be careful before downloading the viral FaceAPP so as not to fall victims of internet fraud.
Idija, the founder of CenterHub, specialist in developing online security software, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Speaking on the wake of the FaceApp which has gone viral among internet users, Idija cautioned that internet scammers were in the habit of taking advantage of periods where there is a worldwide download of a particular App to gain access to people’s data.
NAN reports that FaceApp is a mobile application developed by a Russian company, Wireless Lab which uses artificial intelligence to generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs.
The app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or change gender and has been around since 2017 but recently gained popularity and went viral with millions of people downloading it.
“Just like every other downloaded APP that has gone viral, FaceApp application has attracted scammers who want to make some quick profits and also gain access to people’s data.
”Internet scammers have been using a fake professional (Pro) version of the application of the currently viral app on the Google play store.
“ Another type of scam includes the use of YouTube videos to generate download links for a (Pro) version. One of the fraudulent YouTube videos currently has over 150,000 views,’’ he said.
According to him, some of the YouTube videos contain download links that point to apps whose only function is to make users install various additional apps which will drain their data and also lead to links that could cause their device to malfunction.
The expert whose hub is based in the FCT urged internet users to install a reputable security app on their mobile devices to help prevent some negative consequences like hacking, internet fraud, data leakage etc.
He also urged internet users to avoid downloading apps from sources other than official app stores to avoid being victims of internet fraud.
He stressed that it was important for internet users to know vital information about the app they want to download, such as the developer, ratings and reviews from other users and number of downloads. (NAN)
Another great organisation, GUBA FOUNDATION partners the 3rd edition of Ghana Event Awards – 2019 with expectations of making this year’s awards ceremony bigger and better.
GUBA Foundation is made up of a group of professional volunteers who run a non-profit organisation (Charity registration No: –1149303). It has been established to support the Ghanaian and African communities in the UK and abroad on issues around disabilities, health, educational attainment and the relief of poverty.
Its main aim is to provide support, training, guidance and to build awareness where there is a need for it within the Ghanaian and African communities.
GUBA Foundation’s current campaign is called ‘Autism; I am not a Stigma’.
The seed that birthed the vision for GUBA Foundation was sown whilst organising the GUBA Awards. They were recognising talent within the African community and realised that although there are many achievements to highlight, there are also many needs to address.
For more information about the GUBA Foundation, please visit www.gubafoundation.org
The Presidency has ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to be vigilant over alleged importation of poisonous tomato paste from Iran.
Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, the Director of Public Affairs, NAFDAC, made this information known in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had raised the alarm over expired and low-quality tomato paste in circulation across the country, saying its consumption is harmful to human health.
In a memo to various agencies signed by DCG (Tariff & Trade Department), TM Isa, the NCS said that instead of brix 27-29 recommended, brix 20-22 was allegedly imported into the country by MTV Investment Limited.
Jimoh, therefore, said that the Presidency had given the agency intelligence information to mount surveillance on importation of the alleged poisonous tomato.
He added that the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, also gave marching orders to officials in the field to go round the country and ensure that such tomato did not come into the country.
He said that the surveillance would not only be limited to the alleged Iranian tomato paste but would be extended to other products to forestall any harmful goods coming into the country.
He explained that the Presidency gave NAFDAC the clue on the alleged poisonous tomato because Nigerians residing in Iran raised the alarm that such product might find its way into the country.
Jimoh added that NAFDAC had been up and doing to ensure that no poisonous or substandard product considered harmful was brought into the country.
The director said that Nigerian embassies abroad had been useful in the fight against drug and food poisoning, adding that they had remained the eyes and ears of Nigeria.
He said “whenever they get information, they quickly inform appropriate quarters to take action, we were notified of the poisonous tomato.”(NAN)
- Buhari, Fayemi, Dangote to the rescue
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, shook hands at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
The duo have been in the news in recent times over the crisis in the Edo house of assembly.
A faction of the assembly is behind the governor while the other is on the side of the APC national chairman who is Obaseki’s predecessor.
Efforts to bring the duo together had failed on different occasions but on Wednesday, the two of them stood together after the presidential policy retreat at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, joined them.
It is not clear if this is an indication that the hostility is over or the politicians will return to the less desirable path after the encounter at Aso Rock.
The Nigerian government has introduced a new Federal Marriage Certificate for all types of marriages in the country.
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, disclosed this on Wednesday at a stakeholders conference on the conduct of statutory marriage in Abuja.
She said existing couples who do not have their certificate issued by the Ministry of Interior are advised to visit the ministry’s website to re-certify their marriage certificates.
According to Mrs Ehuriah, not all places of worship are permitted to conduct marriages. She advised Nigerians to ensure that their marriages are conducted in places licensed by the Ministry of Interior.
“This is for the marriage to be credible and registered in the National database of legally certified marriages,” she said.
“If the certificate is not printed and delivered by the principal registrar of marriages, then it is illegal and can not serve the desired purpose”, she said.
“Arrangements are ongoing for couples whose certificates were not issued in line with the Marriage Act of opportunity to bring them to conformity.”
Speaking on the benefits of the certificate, Mrs Ehuriah said it will be recognised by all foreign embassies during visa application.
She advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accept the certificate for the guidance of foreign embassies in Nigeria and Nigerian missions aboard.
Ms Ehuriah said conducting marriages by places of worship not duly licensed by the ministry will be considered a breach of the Marriage Act.
“Presently, only about 4,689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior; 314 have renewed their licenses to conduct statutory marriages,” she said.
She said the ministry is building a database for all statutory marriages conducted in Nigeria.
“It has also developed a database for all places of worship licensed for celebration of marriages ”
This will enable the ministry to be in a good position to respond to enquiries from various interested parties from within and outside Nigeria, Mrs Ehuriah said.
She said documentation process for the licensing of places of worship has been automated to facilitate submission of application for licenses by interested places of worship.
“Administrators of places of worship are encouraged to meet the requirements to satisfy their members.”
She said government at all levels has the responsibility of ensuring the sanctity of marriage by supporting any initiative aimed at promoting compliance with the Act.
The director, citizenship and business at the ministry, Stephen Okon, said it is important to educate the public on the key requirements of the Marriage Act.
“Sometimes citizens are denied their rights because of the manner their certificates of marriage was documented”, he said
He said Nigerians do not conduct statutory marriage even after traditional and church marriage “despite the growing popularity of Registry marriage”.
Youths and adults alike are in for a great time at the #UBAMarketplace2019 as UBA’s award winning online network, REDTV, has lined up a number of exciting acts to keep visitors and participants entertained during the two-day event which will take place on July 26 and 27.
The UBAMarketplace2019 will be held on the sidelines of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum – the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa.
The over 20,000 expected guests will be treated to a lot of entertainment, panel sessions, fashion, fun, comedy, relaxation and will have the unique opportunity to meet with some of their favourite stars and celebrities.
Africa’s star boy Wizkid will sit with UBA’s GMD, Kennedy Uzoka, in a fireside chat with the theme ‘Stars & Suits: Afropop meets High Finance’ as Richard Mofe Damijo, the top Nollywood icon, will sit in a movie panel session with Cynthia Nassardine, Cote D’ivoire’s darling; top Movie producer/director, Tunde Kelani to discuss the theme ‘The Big Picture: Business of film making’ and how entrepreneurs from Africa can benefit from the enterprise. The panel will be moderated by REDTV’s Executive Producer and Group Director for Communciations at UBA, Bola Atta.
The music industry will not be left out at the UBA marketplace as Dj Cuppy, Dj Neptune and Pheelz the Producer will discuss on the theme ‘Booth to Bank: How the beat becomes the profit’.
Uzoka, who spoke about the event, stated: ‘UBA has always been at the forefront of entrepreneurship across Africa, undertaking many projects aimed at contributing to and supporting Africa’s growth and economic integration. The birth of the UBA marketplace and this entrepreneurial fair is a testament to our commitment to African SMEs’
Uzoka added that with the fair, UBA seeks to touch base with small business owners and to continue to positively affect the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond’. “I think everyone realises that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude’ he said.
Other side attractions at the Redzone will be the screening of the Lion King Movie and Bling Lagosians; fashion shows; treasure hunts, Kiddies corner as well as a Founder’s Day pitch event, where beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation will be presented a platform to pitch their businesses with a grand prize of a grant, courtesy of UBA.
REDTV is UBA’s dynamic online lifestyle channel that puts the spotlight on Africa with a distinct global appeal. Its award winning series, The Men’s Club Season 2, is currently airing on YouTube.
It was a character she internalised with aplomb. Ibidun Allison played her role as chatty Amebo in a popular television sitcom,Village Headmaster with such sublime proficiency that earned her national acclaim.
Her character was true to the meaning of “amebo”, a bastardisation of the original Urhobo word “avwebo” which means the favourite wife in a polygamous home and the gossip who ensured the husband was kept abreast of happenings within his homestead.
The popular programme still holds the record as the longest running television drama on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) having been on air for 20 unbroken years from 1968 to 1988.
The “Amebo” character has now been brought back to life by data transformation company, Globacom, in its latest television commercial to promote “Glo Amebo”, a mouth-watering offer that gives subscribers five times the value of their recharge. The television commercial celebrates the talkativeness of “Amebo” who still looks quite delectable for her age.
Chief Allison plays the talkative beads seller who puts a call through to her daughter, played by Yvonne Jegede in the theatrical television commercial. The phone conversation begins in the morning and goes uninterrupted till evening when Amebo suddenly looks up to discover that not only has darkness fallen on the market but other traders have closed for the day. When a customer acted by musician Ego Ogbaru complains about the endless call, Chief Allison (Amebo) retorts “Na you be Glo wey dey dash me credit anyhow?” It was her classic way of showing that when you subscribe to the Amebo tariff plan on the Glo network, you would enjoy a seemingly endless talk time with little recharge.
The television commercial underscores the unprecedented volume of call time available to customers to call, chat and network with family and friends on the Globacom network.
“Glo Amebo” is available on all recharges while customers can recharge with 555PIN# to get five times the value of their chosen recharge.