- Herbert Wigwe discusses expansion plans, FinTech in Bloomberg interview
Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank, during a recent interview with Bloomberg, reiterated the Bank’s plan to be Africa’s gateway to the world and expand into 22 countries over the next five years.
Wigwe discussed the Bank’s scope for expansion in Africa as a diversified retail bank, as well as its plan to provide cutting-edge digital payment solutions across the continent, saying, “We want to have subsidiaries across 22 countries over the next five years, with strategic plans to be present in the major trade corridors in the African continent. Building on our successful expansion into Kenya, we will also be making entries into Angola and Mozambique.”
“At the moment, Access Bank does not have a presence in the Francophone region of Africa, and we will be working to see that this is changed in the coming years. By 2023, Access Bank will have consolidated its position as Africa’s gateway to the world with about 100 million customers in Nigeria and an additional 20 million customers across our African subsidiaries,” Wigwe said.
Wigwe attributed his growth projection to the Bank’s innovative payments solution, saying that “Access Bank is set to revolutionize the payment and banking landscape in Africa. We would soon be introducing a new payment system that would allow users enjoy a secure, seamless and convenient service when making payments at Merchant locations without cash or card.
When launched, the system would help Access Bank’s drive towards bridging financial literacy gaps in Nigeria and indeed Africa, as the elderly or underserved individuals who cannot cope with the complexities of internet banking and mobile applications will be able to transact with ease.
Here goes a link to the interview: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-03-03/access-bank-aims-to-be-africa-s-gateway-to-the-world-ceo-says-video
Obsessed with the Dragon Ball series? Well, Son Goku’s adventure from the blockbusting classic anime continues in the follow up, Dragon Ball Super, on the #1 kids channel on the continent, Cartoon Network, from Tuesday, 16 March 2020.
The Dragon Ball series, based on the shonen manga created in 1984, initially aired in Japan in 1986 and crash-landed on Cartoon Network in the US in the late 1990s. With a total of 675 episodes, 20 movies, and more than 250 million manga sold across the globe, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise remains one of the most popular anime of all time, and the mega fandom all over the world can attest to the popularity of this show.
Ever since defeating the evil Buu, Goku and his friends have been living peaceful lives. However, their happiness is short-lived when Beerus, the God of Destruction comes to challenge Goku. With all of humanity hanging in the balance, Goku must get his friends’ help to become the legendary Super Saiyan God and meet this new threat. Their battle is just the beginning in this sprawling adventure. Dragon Ball Super reconnects fans with their favourite characters while introducing new storylines beyond imagination – including the reveal of 12 universes … each with their own God of Destruction!
The Dragon Ball saga hooked in an entire generation like no other anime at the time. Many young adults will have very fond memories of Dragon Ball, and now, another new generation of fans will be rushing home from school and straight to their TV screens in the hope that they are just in time to catch the next episode of Dragon Ball Super where Goku will lead the battles against much stronger opponents than they ever faced before.
“Cartoon Network goes to great lengths to carefully select the best programming for its fans, thereby emerging as the leading kids’ PayTV channel across Africa. The global popularity of Dragon Ball Super is the perfect match to reach our African households and anime fans,” says Ariane Suveg, Director of Kids Content, Africa. Dragon Ball Super is the dawn of a whole new Dragon Ball era and we know that a whole new group of kids will now be attempting to go Super Saiyan with their friends!”
Catch the exciting sneak peek of Dragon Ball Super on Saturday, 7 March 2020, at 07:40 WAT, when Cartoon Network Africa brings you four brand new episodes, back to back. Tune in from Tuesday, 16 March @ 15:45 WAT to watch the God of Destruction and Golden Frieza Sagas on DStv, channel 301
Football fans are in for a treat this weekend as games from the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A will be broadcast live on GOtv.
The games, scheduled to hold from 6-8 March, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.
This weekend’s broadcast begins with the Premier League encounter between Arsenal and West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The game kicks off at 4pm and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 2.
Arsenal are enjoying a resurgence under manager Mikel Arteta and are currently placed in 10th position. The Gunners are, however, miles away from a European spot but will hope that a continuous winning streak can take them closer to a UEFA Europa League spot. On the other hand, West Ham moved out of the relegation zone following their home win over Southampton last week. However, a loss could send the Hammers back into the relegation zone.
A fascinating game lies in prospect in the Serie A when the defending champions, Juventus will travel to face Bologna Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Sunday. The game will be aired live on SuperSport Select 5 at 6pm.
Juventus have not been in action since losing to Lyon in the Champions League on February 26 and manager Maurizio Sarri will galvanise his Old Lady troops to return to winning ways and overtake Lazio as the league leaders. Bologna, however, have enjoyed a respectable performance this season and are eyeing for a European spot. A win for I Rossoblù at home against the defending champions will definitely bolster Joey Saputo’s team for the remainder of the season.
Also on Sunday, Real Betis will host Real Madrid at Benito Villamarín Stadium. The game kicks off at 9pm on SuperSport Select 4.
Real Betis have been struggling this season, losing two and drawing three of their last five games and placed in 14th position. Manager Joan Francesc Ferrer Sicilia, popularly known as Rubi, will be hoping that his team can begin to win games and avoid dropping into the relegation zone. Los Verdiblancos will, however, meet a Real Madrid side that wants to consolidate its league position as table-toppers following their win over Barcelona last week. Los Blancos have bounced back from a temporary setback and manager Zinedine Zidane and his team have the chance to pick three points ahead from the game and reemphasise their title intentions.
Don’t miss out on the ‘Step Up To The Max’ deal!! Football fans on Lite & Value can upgrade to JINJA and get stepped up to JOLLI, whilst fans on Plus can pay for JOLLI for only N2,400 and get Stepped up to GOtv Max to watch these games and other matches in the LaLiga, Serie A and the Premier League.
To subscribe or upgrade, visit www.gotvafrica.com or use MyGOtv app on mobile phones, which is available for download for iOS and Android users.