ONGA, from the stables of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, thrilled its social media advocates, fun seekers and upcoming chefs to exciting moments with enlightenment on food recipes at the fourth edition of the ONGA Foodies Hangout in Abuja.
The event which was well attended at City Park in Abuja took place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. This came after the Lagos Jollof Showdown, with subsequent Jollof Challenge in Ghana, where the winner of the Lagos competition who represented the country emerged as the first runner–up.
At the event, the Brand Manager for ONGA, Ms Sophiat Bello said as the Seasoning of Naija, a brand with national outlook, ONGA is poised towards promoting food culture that is based on excellence and prepared with the finest locally sourced ingredients which gives great taste and aroma.
She said the initiative which debuted in Lagos in 2018, was also aimed at bringing consumers of the brand together to be enlightened on recipes of local and popular delicacies, and how to use the range of ONGA products in preparing them. “It is also a time to entertain ONGA consumers, educate and let them have pleasurable moments on what the brand offers,” Bello affirmed.
The audience were treated to various games, music and delicacies served with the ONGA brand.
It also saw four seasoned chefs locked in the cooking competition with seasoned chefs outwitting the other with skills to clinch the winning prize. After thorough screening based on taste and presentation, Chef (Mrs) Idowu Owoyemi emerged the winner of the ONGA Jollof cooking competition with the prize of a refrigerator and other gifts.
Commending ONGA, Owoyemi said the initiative was laudable and has enhanced her skills as a caterer on local delicacies like the jollof spaghetti which formed the basis of the contest. “I came up with my best to surpass others and l am highly elated to be selected as the winner. With ONGA, l believe Nigerians will have the best of delicacies,” she affirmed.
ONGA Seasoning with the catchphrase, Mama’s Helping Hand, is available in powdered format with flavours which include classic, stew, chicken and the special mix of ginger, onion and garlic while Onga cubes is available in chicken and beef flavours.
In commemoration of the World Jollof Day held in Accra, Ghana, Chef Sika Mortoo emerged winner of the maiden edition of ONGA Jollof Battle clinching the prize of $2,000, while Bukola Abass, aka Chef Turay, the Nigerian representative who was the first runner up received $1,000.
Chef Turay contested after being selected the winner of the jollof rice cooking competition held during the ONGA Foodies hangout in Lagos in July.
As part of efforts aimed at expressing appreciation to its loyal customers whilst engendering a good savings culture in the country, Keystone Bank Limited has launched a new savings promo tagged ‘Keystone Growbiz Account Save and Win Promo.’
The promo which is open to both new and existing customers of the bank and scheduled to run till November 30, 2019 will see lucky winners walk away with cash prizes and gift items such as refrigerators, television and lots of consolation prizes.
To participate in the promo, the lender, in a statement explained that new and existing customers of the bank are to grow their Keystone Growbiz Account balance by N50, 000 and maintain it for 90 days to qualify for the raffle draw.
The Keystone Growbiz account is designed to meet the needs of business owners and organizations; sole proprietors, partnerships & limited liability companies. The product is available in two variants: GrowBiz Gold Account (with minimum balance); GrowBiz Classic Account (without minimum balance). Each variant is broken down into three segments Individuals, SMEs/Traders and Corporates.
Speaking on the initiative, Executive Director, North & Public Sector of Keystone Bank, Mr. Lawal Ahmed said that the objective of the campaign is to empower its customers by rewarding them with cash and gift items, whilst at the same time promoting the savings culture, in line with the financial inclusion drive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“We believe that it’s time to reward our loyal customers because they are invaluable to all that we do. It’s imperative to acknowledge their contributions to the growing fortunes of the bank,” Ahmed noted.
Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.
Viewers on DStv and GOtv will enjoy some scintillating football from the SkyBet English Football League Championship this coming weekend, with two matches live on 4 and 5 October 2019.
The Championship is widely regarded as one of the most entertaining and unpredictable leagues around Europe, with its marathon nature (there are no less than 24 teams) and breakneck speed making for incredible football entertainment.
The first of two live Championship matches for SuperSport viewers to enjoy this weekend arrives on Friday evening, with the 7:45pm kick-off between Birmingham City and Middlesbrough from St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium (LIVE on SuperSport 9 and Select 3).
Birmingham come into the game from a midweek clash away to Wigan Athletic and looking to get their supporters back on side after losing their last home match, which was a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Preston North End on September 21.
Boro, meanwhile, have endured a tough start to the 2019/20 campaign and will be looking to lift themselves from the lower half of the log. Fans of African players can keep a look out for DR Congo striker Britt Assombalonga, who is Middlesbrough’s leading scorer with three goals thus far.
The next Championship match available to SuperSport viewers is the Saturday 12:30pm kick-off between Fulham and Charlton Athletic from Craven Cottage (LIVE on SuperSport 10/SuperSport 11 and Select 2).
This London derby revives a rivalry which has not been played for more than three and a half years, with the Cottagers looking for a repeat of their 3-0 win over the Addicks from the teams’ most recent meeting in February 2016.
Charlton have been one of the surprise packages of the season thus far, while Fulham are scrapping for all they’re worth to get back into the upper echelons and give themselves a chance of an immediate return to the Premier League.
The full round of Championship action over the weekend also includes high-flying West Bromwich Albion tackling Cardiff City, Leeds United face a tough trip away to combative Millwall, and Swansea City will fancy their chances of extending Stoke City’s misery down in the lower regions of the log.
Don’t miss the 2019/2020 football season on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
SkyBet EFL Championship fixtures, 4-5 October
Friday 4 October
7:45pm: Birmingham City v Middlesbrough – LIVE on SuperSport 9 and Select 3
Saturday 5 October
12:30pm: Fulham v Charlton Athletic – LIVE on SuperSport 10/SuperSport 11 and Select 2
Mathematics as a subject, has its own language known as the formula, which is simply a concise way of expressing its information symbolically.
This is the submission of Miss Aminat Lawal, a contestant in the on-going Season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
Lawal, a student of Seolad International College, Mowe, Ogun State explained that Mathematics is straight forward, unlike other subjects that one needs to memorise.
“All that is needed is to know the formula to the mathematical problem. In brief, mathematical formulas provide two things: reusable frameworks and the ability to quantify veracity. Apart for accuracy and speed mathematical formulas brought me this far”, she said.
Lawal, who qualified alongside with Samuel Eziukwu of Dority International Secondary School, Aba Abia State in the junior category, Group H (week 8) contest last weekend, was hopeful of a good outing as the competition progresses.
The victory by the duo sent four of their colleagues out of the contest. These include Fredrick Ereremena of Challenge Academy, Warri, Delta State; Muhammad Abubakar from Blue Crescent Secondary School, Mabra, Sokoto State; Olaoluwayinmika Bada, a student of Model Secondary School Obaile, Akure,Ondo State and Gwaknan John of Nigerian Tulip International College Kaduna, Kaduna State.
In the senior category, Master Paschal Ohagwu of His Grace High School Enugu, Enugu State and Master Tochukwu Enyinna of University of Nigeria Secondary School Nsukka Campus, Enugu State outclassed the others to grab the two available semi-final tickets.
Those who could not cross the hurdles include Chukwuka Tochukwu Charlse of Arch Deacon Nwosu Memorial Secondary School Ozubulu, Anambra State and Asika Chino of Marist Brothers’ Juniorate, Uturu Abia State.
Others who dropped out of contention include Abdurrashid Hashim of Abubakar Sadiq School Complex Kano, Kano State and Yusuf Khalid of Gobarau Academy Katsina, Katsina State
Ohagwu affirmed that speed and accuracy are important in the contest but his reliance on mathematical formula was what gave him an edge. He prayed to win and emerged the champion to make his parents very proud.
This year’s edition is living up to its billing in terms of excitement and reward as promised by the organisers in line with the goal of “nurturing great inventors”. The quiz show will run for 13 weeks and divided into nine preliminary stages and three semi-finals before the grand finale in November 2019.
Aside the N2 million grand prizes, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson disclosed that the winner in each of categories, (junior and senior) will enjoy an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country at the end of the initiative.
In addition, the first and second runners-up in each category will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
The 2019 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematic TV Quiz continues this weekend. It will be aired on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.
MD/CEO, Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo , has stressed the need for the federal government to work towards creating a credible and strong identity management towards expanding access to credit in the country.
Sekibo noting that while the Bank Verification Number (BVN) has been able to create a form of identification in the country, it has not been able to address some of the issues around identity management in the country. Speaking at the 2019 Annual Conference of Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) at the weekend, the Heritage Bank MD noted that the ability of individuals to relocate from one place to another without notifying anyone was a major issue in access to credit.
Represented by divisional head, Strategy and Business Solutions, Mr Segun Akanji, Sekibo said the dearth of effective and standard identity management infrastructure made access to credit for the SMEs in Nigeria tough as banks only see unmitigated risks.
“I am talking about identity management challenge. That is the biggest collateral to lending and that is what is missing in this economy. The day banks can verify where you live, everybody will get loan with ease, because you cannot run away,” he stated. He explained that “the problem is this, I don’t know where you live.
The address of the company is not where you live. And you can wake up in FESTAC today, but tomorrow you move to Ajangbadi or Victoria Island. You don’t have to tell me. And that is a huge problem for banks.
“People take a loan from banks and change accommodation, run away to Ibadan and you cannot find them. That must change. But how do you do that? It is very simple. You lose all the benefits that is allocated to you as a person, the day you relocate like that, you are as good as dead.
“Like when you live abroad, once you misbehave with your identity, you cannot bank, your credit goes bad, you cannot go to hospital and everything else goes bad and you cannot do anything. So, you have a responsibility to yourself and the country that supports you to report yourself.
“There is no value in our identity management as we have it. So, it is not just about banks, it is about the holistic structure where there is no value to the person that each of us will represent. ”He gave instances about developed economies such as the US where if one changes accommodation, they must notify all relevant institutions that they deal with because of the inherent value in the system.
“Just like they do abroad, when you are changing accommodation, you will be the one going to your bank, hospital, everywhere, you will dedicate a day in a week until you go around to everyone and inform them of the address change,” he said.
“Why? There is value to where you live. That’s where your mail, pension, cheque comes. Everything attached to you comes to that address. So, there is value. We need to get to that and then no one will be needing collateral to get some minimum amount to do business.”
Sekibo also observed that although the banks had pushed the government to some form of identity management system through the bank verification number, BVN, it has not been enough to solve the problem of the identity constraining lending in the country.
“You can argue that the banks have driven the government to some identity management system through the BVN, but the problem is that the infrastructure that will keep everybody in the homes where they live and not just change is non-existent,” he said.