Top Nigeria’s integrated marketing communication industry practitioners are gearing up to attend the 2020 Industry Evening with Goddie Ofose summit, a platform designed to bring all the integrated marketing communications practitioners within the agencies and corporate organisations together to discussing developing issues in the industry.
The event, which is the creation of Goddie Ofose, one of the most renowned and revered brand journalists in the country, is scheduled to hold on March 6, 2020 at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos.
Some of the key players who have confirmed their attendance include the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, who is attending as the special guest of honour.
The theme of this exclusive industry evening event is “Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story”.
Others are the chief creative officer of Noah’s Ark Communication, Mr. Lanre Adisa, the chief executive officer of Oracle Experience, Dr. Felix King Eiremiokhae, chief executive officer of Frutta Juice, Mr. Kachi Onubogu, the group head, corporate communications and external affairs, Access Bank Plc, Amaechi Okobi, the vice president CSR and Corporate communications, Airtel Nigeria Mr. Emeka Oparah, the chief commercial officer of Multichoice Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, president Public Relation Consultants Association of Nigeria Mr. Israel Opayemi, chief executive officer of Modion Communication, Mr. Odion Aleobua, former chief operating officer of Leo Burnett, Mr Lekan Lawal and the registrar/chief executive officer of APCON, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha.
The event, according to Goddie Ofose, the convener was designed “to bring together industry leaders that I have interacted with over the years in the quest to rev up conversations that will move the Nigerian Marketing and Communications industry forward”.
Ofose also believes with theme of the night -Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story- the speaker, panelists and all other stakeholders present will explore the overriding engagement benefits derivable in deepening the Nigerian social-cultural content in Advertising.
The programme which is scheduled to be an annual event will attract stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry, corporate organisations, young practitioners and students from selected universities and other higher institutions in the country.
Ofose also feels weaving the conversation round the Nigerian story will not only deepen the evening’s conversation but will equally throw up ideas that will bolster the corporate image of brand Nigeria and raise the national consciousness of industry players, young practitioners, students and other stakeholders in all ramifications.
In the opinion of some industry commentators, programmes like this in the long term, will inspire increased awareness on ways advertising and marketing can stir up businesses to grow the value of Brand Nigeria; states and city destinations as well as x-ray and deepen the relevance of marketing communications in all Nigeria’s economic and political sectors.
A special awards presentation segment will take place immediately after the summit at the Industry Evening with Goddie Ofose.
There is no reprieve yet for the Wema Bank Plc and its seven officials cited for contempt, as a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria reinforced its order compelling the said official to appear before the court on Tuesday to explain why committal to prison order should not be made against them.
When the matter was mentioned on Monday, only the Secretary of the bank, Johnson Lebile was present.
Other officials of the bank charged for contempt are Ademola Adebise, managing director; Moruf Oseni, deputy managing director; Wole Akinleye, executive director and Folake Sanu, executive director.
Lebile told the court that the chairman of the bank, Babatunde Kasali travelled abroad, why other Directors ordered to appear before the court today are not available.
He explained to the court that the bank refused to obey the order of the court to pay the judgement sum because the bank had filed an appeal against the ruling of the court and also filed stay of execution of the judgement of the court.
However, the lawyer to the bank officials cited for contempt, Mr. Wemimo Ogunde, suggested to the court that he could advise Wema Bank to pay the judgement sum into the account of the Chief Registrar of the court, since there was appeal against the judgement of the court and application for stay of execution of the said judgement and other pending application so that the outcome of the appeal would not be made nugatory.
However, the counsel to Heritage Bank, Chief Ajibola Aribisala SAN, in a counter argument told the court that the business of the day was for the parties cited for contempt to appear before the court to explain why they should not be sent to prison for flagrant disobedience of order of the court.
He urged the court to issue bench warrant against those officials that were not in court, while the Company’s Secretary present in court should be sent to prison to show that the court was not a toothless bulldog.
In his reaction, Ogunde, while citing certain rules of the court said last Friday, the court issued order compelling the officers of Wema Bank cited for contempt to appear before the court and that by virtue of the rule of the court Sundays and public holidays were not to be counted, saying that in view of this provision, the time for them to appear would expire tomorrow.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has again asked the United Kingdom to extradite Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources.
The anti-graft agency has filed charges of alleged money laundering against the former minister who left the country for the UK shortly before the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The EFCC started a process to extradite the former minister in November 2018 but Magu later said the agency has been having challenges effecting the former minister’s extradition.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, Magu alleged that Alison-Madueke stole not less than $2.5 billion.
“I was in London this year, we did investigation together with the UK team, and anywhere I go I always call for extradition of corrupt Nigerians to return back the money,” the EFCC boss said.
“This woman has stolen so much, not less than 2.5 billion dollars, but unfortunately she has generation of looters who are supporting her. This is not good.
“We are in touch with the international community, she is under protective custody, otherwise, we would have arrested her, return her to Nigeria.
“We will not allow corruption to work here in Nigeria because it is destructive and disastrous. We blocked several accounts.”
In 2017, a federal high court in Lagos ordered the forfeiture of N7.6 billion allegedly linked to her to the federal government.
A federal high court in Abuja had later threatened to strike out fraud charges brought against Alison-Madueke over the continued absence of the accused. (The Cable)
New participants coming on board the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme later this year will join over 9,000 current beneficiaries, from 54 African countries, for business training, mentoring, a non-refundable $5,000 of seed capital and global networking opportunities.
Six years on, the entrepreneurship development programme for the whole of Africa has not only attracted more partners but also lived with the times to bolster its sustainability and impact.
Only last week, the foundation disbursed the first tranche of a $5m partnership commitment from African Development Bank.
The foundation had congratulated the bank and its president, Akinwumi Adesina, on their commitment to African entrepreneurship with the disbursement of $2.5 million seed capital to the AfDB-sponsored beneficiaries of the 2019 TEF Entrepreneurship programme.
The AfDB commitment follows the recent $8.5 million disbursement from the United Nations Development Programme to 2,648 entrepreneurs in the Sahel region and Africa more broadly, to accelerate economic empowerment generated by the Foundation.
In 2019, the foundation increased the scale and reach of it impact, with the number of beneficiaries of its flagship entrepreneurship programme increasing from its annual commitment of 1,000, to 5,150, in collaboration with global and African partners.
Other partners of the foundation in the drive to train African youths for their contribution to the development of a continent, which slow growth in the face of its enormous resources have made it a paradox of some sorts are the ICRC, the US consulate, Anambra state government and Indorama.
Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO of the foundation, said of the enhanced programme: “We are excited to announce that the Tony Elumelu Foundation has made strategic improvements to the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme Cycle.
“These improvements will provide more value across the continent and achieve our mandate to transform the African continent through entrepreneurship.
“These enhancements, which took effect from January 1, 2020—the launch of the 6th cycle of the programme—will achieve the Foundation’s mandate to transform the African continent through entrepreneurship.”
Most prominent among the enhancements are the new dates in the programme cycle, its emphasis on providing thousands of entrepreneurs with business training, and its focus on leveraging technology to optimise the application and selection process as well as personalise the journey of each applicant in the programme tailored to their knowledge and business stage.
Also, the programme cycle has been updated to place more emphasis on getting more entrepreneurs through the business training.
Hence, she said, the announcement of the finalists, who will ultimately be inducted into the TEF Alumni network, will no longer be on March 22 but will be made at the TEF Forum – the largest entrepreneurship conference in Africa.
Maximising the value derived from the programme, applicants will now receive instant feedback on their progress to the next stage of the programme, following their applications.
Shortlisted applicants will receive business training tailored to their business stage and for those who move to the next stage mentorship; and finally the top performing entrepreneurs from each country will proceed to the business pitching competition, which will determine the finalists to receive seed capital and an induction into the foundation’s fast-growing alumni network across 54 African countries.
The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is the $100 million commitment by investor and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, through his investment company, Heirs Holdings.
Established in 2010, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is Africa’s private-sector-led philanthropy championing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs across the African continent.
According to Elumelu: “What we do at the Tony Elumelu Foundation is to create a platform for African youths, give them the opportunity to interact with our leaders and give them seed capital to help them prove their ideas so that our young ones don’t go to the grave with their ideas. We want to see them succeed and I am happy that everyone is on board about prioritising them, about supporting them, about providing extra capacity to enable them to become our true future leaders.
“To us, this is the changing narrative, and this is the changing mindset we would like international development institutions should have; that the way to intervene and support Africa.”
The Head of Wuhan hospital Dr Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital, has today died of Coronavirus, according to Chinese media.
Dr Liu Zhiming’s death was confirmed by People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Communist Party. The paper tweeted the news, writing;“Liu Zhiming, director of #Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died on Feb. 17 due to the infection with #COVID19. He is the first hospital director that died from #coronavirus. #RIP.”
In what Red Star News called a ‘sacrifice’, Dr Liu died in the fight against novel coronavirus, while a doctor who worked at Wuchang Hospital told the paper that he was saddened by Dr Liu’s death.
It’s the latest in a string of medics who have fallen victim to the disease, which has so far infected a reported 71,450 people.
According to Daily Mail, a Hubei health official, has denied the death of Dr Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital, saying he was still being rescued after media reported he had died of the novel coronavirus.
The conflicted reports resemble the coverage of the death of Dr Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm over the coronavirus and lost his life to the disease earlier this month.
Dr Li’s hospital denied reports of his death, only to declare his passing in the wee hours the next day.
The move caused an outpouring of fury from the public, who accused the hospital of covering up truth.
The overall death toll is currently sitting at 1,776, with all but five of them in China
A Federal High Court has ordered the arrest of former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko over his continued failure to attend court to answer to a charge of fraud brought against him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, noted that his lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN) who, on the last adjourned date, promised to ensure that his client attends court today, only turned around to present a medical report, claiming Dikko was critically ill and on admission in London.
Justice Ojukwu stated that Dikko’s address, as shown on the medical report – No: N6 Amhed Musa Crescent Jabi, Abuja – did not support his lawyer’s claim that Dikko was on admission in a London hospital.
The judge however noted that should the prosecution, in executing the bench warrant discovers that Dikko is actually on admission in a London hospital, the execution shall be suspended.
The judge added that otherwise, the prosecution should arrest Dikko and produce him in court on March 16, 2020, which is the next adjourned date for arraignment.
The warrant read; ”In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019, Dikko is named with two others – a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer, and owner of Capital Law firm – as defendants.
Dikko, Makarfi, and Hussaini are, among others, accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service”.
Hussaini was said to have distributed the money into various other bank accounts and for his part in the deal, he was rewarded with the sum of $3 million.
SuperSport viewers on DStv can look forward to a breathtaking football treat on the midweek of 18-19 February 2020 as the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 games get underway. There will be four fixtures across the Europeans.
The UEFA Champions League action resumes for the first time in 2020 with a potential thriller between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on the evening of Tuesday 18 February.
This clash could be a goal-laden affair, with two hugely attack-minded teams and a bevvy of stars on display. PSG boast the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi, while Dortmund’s youthful promise is highlighted in the likes of Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and January signing Erling Haaland.
The latter player has made a huge impact at BVB since his move from Salzburg and will be looking to add to the eight goals he has already scored in the competition while on the books of the Austrian side.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” Haaland said in regard to scoring in front of Dortmund’s famous Yellow Wall, the largest standing terrace in Europe. “It’s just a fantastic feeling that I haven’t had before.”
Tuesday also sees reigning European and world champions Liverpool return to the scene of their UEFA Champions League final triumph from last season, the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, to face hosts Atletico.
While the Reds have been absolutely imperious across all competitions virtually through the whole of the season thus far, this has been a tough campaign for Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos, who are very much in a transitional phase. Yet if any team can find a way to stymie Liverpool’s awesome attack, then it is surely Atletico.
SuperSport viewers will be treated to their next double dose of UEFA Champions League action on the evening of Wednesday 19 February, with Atalanta hosting Valencia at the San Siro at the same time that Tottenham Hotspur tackles RB Leipzig in London.
La Dea are one of the most free-flowing and attacking teams in Europe and their recovery from a position of virtual elimination in the group stage is one of the best fairytales of this season’s UEFA Champions League, but they may find Albert Celades’ Valencia a tough nut to crack.
At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, former UEFA Champions League winner Jose Mourinho and highly-rated young coach Julian Nagelsmann will have a fascinating battle of tactical wits. While Spurs have become more direct and pragmatic under ‘the Special One’, Leipzig are a well-drilled attacking team, though their confidence has taken a hit with some poor recent results and it will be interesting to see how Nagelsmann lifts his player for a clash against Spurs.
UEFA Champions League fixtures, 18-19 February – Broadcast details
Tuesday 18 February
21:00 WAT: Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain – LIVE on SuperSport 3,
SuperSport 5 and SuperSport 12
21:00 WAT: Atletico Madrid v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport 3
Wednesday 19 February
21:00 WAT: Atalanta v Valencia – LIVE on SuperSport 3
21:00 WAT: Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig – LIVE on SuperSport 3
Alhaji, a stage play by Nollywood veteran, Bimbo Manuel, is themed around the rarely discussed issue of how erectile dysfunction affects men.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the persistent difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection sufficient to have sex. Organic causes are usually the result of an underlying medical condition affecting the blood vessels or nerves supplying the penis.
In the play, Alhaji, the main character, played by Yinka Akanbi, finds he suffers from this ailment and is unable to discuss his medical problem with his three wives or anybody at all for fear of losing face.
Bimbo Manuel, the writer of the play, says Alhaji is a conversation about a serious matter, inviting enthusiasts to come and have a good time at the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The play, starring Monalisa Chinda-Coker, Hilda Dokubo, Funmi Awelewa, Yinka AKanbi and Bimbo Manuel himself, will show on Sunday March 1, 2020, and will run every Sunday until the 29th.
Tickets will be on sale on www.terrakulture.com; regular tickets cost N10,000 while VIP tickets are on sale at N15,000. Early birds will have an opportunity to buy regular tickets at N5,000.
Alhaji is produced by Joseph Umoibon with Bolanle Austen Peters as executive producer.