Families, friends, political associates, professional colleagues and well wishers hoping to place congratulatory advertisements in newspapers for Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who turns 55 on Thursday, have been advised to forget it.
In a press statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu said such resources should be channelled to take care of the needy and vulnerable in the society.
Promising to spend the day attending to important state matters, Sanwo-Olu said he would however continue with his tradition of reaching out and sharing love with the needy in the society.
“This is to inform friends, families, professional colleagues and political associates of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu that no congratulatory advertisements should be placed in newspapers to celebrate his forthcoming birthday.
“The Governor wishes to continue his tradition of reaching out and sharing love with the needy in the society.
“Mr. Governor believes that an occasion of one’s birthday, especially a milestone such as the age of 55, should be a day to reflect on one’s purpose of existence in life and, this according to him, is “to serve the humanity”.
“Apart from the outreach, Mr. Governor is scheduled to spend the better part of the day to attend to many important State matters,” the Governor said.
He thanked his numerous supporters and well wishers, who may have planned to celebrate with him, advising them to use same resources to touch the lives of the most vulnerable people in their spheres of influence.
Football fans on DStv and GOtv will witness the continued return of live sport across the globe, with the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, FA Cup, EFL Championship.
The games, scheduled to hold from 24-28 June, will be broadcast live on SuperSport to DStv and GOtv subscribers this weekend
The midweek action commences on Wednesday with fascinating game lies in prospect in the Premier League as Liverpool host Crystal Palace at the Anfield Stadium. The game kicks off at 8:15pm and will be aired live on SuperSport 1 and 3 to DStv subscribers
Other key matches for the day include Atalanta v Lazio at 8:45pm, live on SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv: and Real Madrid v Mallorca at 9pm live on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 4 on GOtv
More football action comes on Thursday from the Premier League and LaLiga, with the respective top games being that of Chelsea and Manchester City, which will air at 8:15pm live on SuperSport 3 on DStv; and Real Betis v Espanyol at 9pm, live on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 4 on GOtv
The weekend games start on Friday with action from England’s second tier, the EFL Championship, with Brentford and West Bromwich Albion battling it out at 8:45pm live on SuperSport 3 and 11 on DStv and on SuperSport Select GOtv 3.
Defending Serie A champions, Juventus will also be in action at home to Lecce at 8:45pm on SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv. Also, Sevilla and Real Valladolid will face-off in La Liga at 9pm. The match will air live on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 and 4 on GOtv.
Football fans will be in for further action on Saturday with the resumption of the FA Cup. Norwich City host Manchester United at Carrow Road for the first three quarterfinal clashes this weekend. The game will be aired live on at 5:30pm on SuperSport 3 on DStv.
Other matches schedules for the day include a crunch match for promotion hopefuls, Leeds United against Fulham in the EFL Championship. The match will air live on SuperSport 3 and 11 and SuperSport Select GOtv 3 at 3pm. There is also a Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at 12:30pm on SuperSport 33on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 on GOtv.
Celta Vigo host LaLiga title contenders, Barcelona at 4pm. The game will be aired on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 4 on GOtv. Serie A cclash title hopefuls, Lazio host Fiorentina. The match will air live at 8:45pm on SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv.
The FA Cup completes its quarterfinal stage with three matches on Sunday. Sheffield United and Arsenal battle it out at 1pm on SuperSport 3 on DStv, Leicester City versus Chelsea at 4pm on SuperSport 3, and Newcastle United versus Manchester City at 6:30pm on SuperSport 3 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 on GOtv.
Other games on Sunday include an EFL Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town at 2:15pm, live on SuperSport 11 on DStv and SuperSport Select 3 on GOtv; a Premier League clash between Watford and Southampton at 4:30pm on SuperSport 4 on DStv; Parma v Inter Milan in Serie A at 8:45pm on SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 and 5 on GOtv; and a key LaLiga clash between Espanyol and Real Madrid at 9pm on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select Go 4).
For the full football experience, reconnect or subscribe to any of these packages; DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga, and GOtv Max and Jolli for selected matches.
Dr Ope Banwo, the CEO of the American Internet Business School, has said that the reputable business school will be organizing a free 7-Day Workshop for artistes, musicians, comedians, producers and entertainment executives as part of a digital business empowerment and awareness initiative for the entertainment industry. Tagged ‘Digital Business Survival Workshop’, the programme which kicks off on Monday June 29th and ends on Saturday July 4th, 2020, Banwo said, would be a lifetime opportunity for entertainers using the internet to create multiple income streams for themselves from their talents, catalogue, and brand and fan base.
In this interview, Dr Banwo declares that his team of time tested internet business experts will be breaking down one digital business income stream specific to the entertainment industry and providing attendees with the blueprint on how they can get started in monetizing their skills, creative assets and fan base as entertainers or entertainment executives.
He provides more insights below…
You are organizing what you call a digital empowerment workshop for entertainment practitioners, how do you plan to convince skeptics of the essential gains of the project?
Frankly, I don’t think I need to convince skeptics at all. I am not interested in those who automatically distrust any initiative to help them. No one can help anyone with a closed mind, so I don’t bother to try anymore. I have learnt over the years that it sucks too much energy and costs too much wasted time trying to convince doubting Thomases about any new initiative that can help them. Instead, I have learnt to focus all my energy on those who are looking for what I am offering. In order words, those creative artistes who doubt that the internet can help them maximize their brands and create alternative income streams for their careers, catalogue and brand, do not interest me at all. They are free to continue burying their heads in the sand about the amazing possibilities that are emerging from the digital marketplace and exploding all around them. Rather, I mostly try to download everything I know to help those who are curious, interested and longing for understanding and knowledge about how to exploit the benefits of the internet to improve their bottom-line as entertainers.
So, where does that leave the doubters?
One thing I have learnt in my lifelong career as an innovator and ideas catalyst is that the skeptics would come running once some of the other people have started manifesting the possibilities explained in my workshops. I have also deliberately made it 100% free to attend so the entertainers have nothing to lose by attending and, hopefully, they will learn one or two things.
Do you envision 100 percent success of the workshop considering that your targets are not all acquainted with this type of package?
I always consider my workshops to have been 100% successful as long as, at least, one person attended and benefited from whatever I have to share or teach. As long as there was internet connection and I was able to deliver the little I know, then it’s successful. Those who are skeptical about my wild ideas today and mock when I first come up with them often end up begging to pay for the content a few weeks or months after the launch. It has happened to several of my workshops in the past in different industries and these new monetization ideas I’m sharing with the entertainment industry would not be an exception.
Tell us more about the empowerment workshop that could be beneficial even to readers.
Topics that would be discussed during the programme are; ‘Affiliated Marketing Income Stream for Creative Industry’, a blueprint for using social influence, brand and following to generate affiliate marketing income online with other people’s products. Day two will cover ‘Info-Marketing Income Stream for Entertainers’ meant to create profits with brands and creative skills as well as launching info-marketing products. Day three will discuss ‘Freelancing Income Stream for Creative Artistes, which focuses on how to sell creative skills and services online for massive incomes for professional creative artistes in the global freelancing marketplace. Also, to be discussed is ‘Celebrity Dropshipping Income Stream’. This focuses on how to create a sustainable commercial line of client celebrity-themed products in 30 days or less with dropshipping without putting personal funds at risk, no investment, no inventory or distribution challenges. Day five will discuss ‘Celebrity Membership Sites Income Stream’, aiming to teach how to create and sustain a recurring income stream as a creative artiste with valued-added membership sites for fans and brands. The topic for Day six is ‘Social Media Income Stream for Entertainers’. This is said to be discussing simple strategies for turning social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter into bigger, more consistent and more sustainable income generation avenues.
So, interested participants should key into the free workshop through www.Aibsonline.com/nolly Like I have said earlier, this is an online workshop where we will be sharing some of the digital business strategies we have learnt over the years that any creative artiste or executive can also use to create multiple streams of additional income for their brand, creative works and fanbase.
Our American Internet Business School recognizes that even before the Covid-19 pandemic came and decimated the finances of many individuals and companies in virtually every industry, many creative artistes have struggled to understand how they could generate extra incomes from their talents, artistic catalogues and huge fan bases without huge investments of capital, technical skills or digital business experiences.
Do you particularly expect a large turnout at this new idea?
I do not measure my conferences or workshops by number of attendees, though we, of course, would love huge turnouts. Realistically, we know the majority of the creative artistes and entertainers will not show up and would be too busy for the opportunity to learn new things. That’s why the majority of artistes, in fact in any industry to be fair, are earning well below their potential all over the world. You can’t generate new income streams if you refuse to learn new things. Only the serious and the determined can make meaningful progress and those are the ones I excitedly look forward to seeing at the workshop. I also know that it takes a while for great ideas to be accepted by people, so skepticism is expected and I don’t use that as a barometer of my success or failure. It would have been 100% successful as long as some people catch the vision and start implementing some of what they would be learning at the workshop.
The aim of the workshop, obviously, is premised on the challenges that might arise post Covid-19, what are the long term returns for participants?
While the workshop is meant to help artistes to generate new sources of income for their brand, participants will learn to, one; create new streams of incomes from their existing and future repertoire. Two, creative artistes will learn something better to create recurring streams of income to protect themselves for years and years or come. Three, they will learn how to provide enhanced values for their loyal fans as well as monetize their fame in a way that will long outlast Covid-10.
You’re known to have a knack for planning multiple online-based events simultaneously, how do you set key milestones that result in smooth running of these plans?
The digital workshop for the entertainment industry is just a training camp to allow creative people understand some of the income stream opportunities that they can exploit. Since I understand the value of follow-up and further coaching for ultimate success, I always provide several follow-up opportunities that would be open to all attendees depending on their needs. To be frank, since I am not the government or a charity organization, those follow-up opportunities are mostly not free. In each of my presentations, after breaking down the blueprint of what people need to do to create the sustainable income streams, I always offer them an opportunity to go to the next level of implementation by themselves, or work with me and my organization.
In essence, the workshop is not 100% free…?
(cuts in)… The workshop is free but most follow-ups will only be for the very serious and mostly not free but they are there for anyone interested enough on going to the next level. The workshop is about creating multiple streams of additional income for creative artistes and as far as I know, any stream of income is about putting food on the table, and having clothes to wear. So, that’s our focus.
How do you derive the energy to keep working out ideas round the clock?
We can only give God the glory for the energy and good health to function at this level. For me, there is no secret. I have always believed that if you are operating in your calling and what you are doing matches what God has created you to be, you will always wake up with boundless energy everyday regardless of your age. When you love what you do, the energy to sustain it will always come. I believe I have been created to be an innovator and a catalyst. So I wake up each morning ready to innovate or catalyze ideas.
Nigeria’s leading video entertainment provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, recently commissioned Accenture, a top accounting and consulting firm in Nigeria to measure the socio-economic impact of its business in Nigeria between 2015 and 2019.
According to the report, MultiChoice Nigeria had contributed an estimated US$2.1bn to the Nigerian economy within the period under review. Accenture estimated that the company had specifically spent over $428 million in developing local creative talent, as a result of sourcing and producing local content for DStv, GOtv, M-Net, SuperSport, and Africa Magic, and investing in building local production infrastructure.
This investment has greatly helped to support the Nigerian movie industry, ensuring that Nollywood movies are available across Africa and the rest of the world.
According to Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), Chairman MultiChoice Nigeria, “The report illustrates MultiChoice Nigeria’s total economic impact in Nigeria, including direct, indirect and encouraged influence on the country’s GDP. The statistics provide further information on the considerable positive socio-economic impact that our operations have made in the development of the communities in which we operate.”
Also speaking on the report, John Ugbe, CEO MultiChoice Nigeria said “As Nigeria’s leading video entertainment provider that delivers great entertainment to our customers, we understand that we have a responsibility to provide socio-economic value through our core business activities. This Socio-Economic Impact Assessment report aims to quantify and articulate the contribution we have made to the Nigerian economy during the Financial Year 2015/16 to 2018/19.”
Through their business operations, investments in technology, local infrastructure, Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives and local partnerships, MultiChoice Nigeria has enriched an estimated Two million lives each year through initiatives such as MultiChoice Resource Centres, MultiChoice Talent Factory, GOtv Boxing, Sickle Cell Foundation, the Let’s Play initiative, among others. MultiChoice Nigeria has spent US$34.8m in supporting these initiatives.
From its portfolio of grassroot sporting programmes to organising award events that celebrate excellence, and diverse investments in educational and entertaining content, it is evident that MultiChoice Nigeria has evolved from being the small company that opened shop in Lagos with 30 employees in 1993, into being one of the most impactful and admired brands in the country.
As part of its effort to provide access to finance for SMEs to grow and expand their businesses, Access bank Plc has launched a digital lending portal, ” Cashflow Loan by Access”, which is a solution for business owners to access loans easily from the comfort of their homes via an online platform while staying safe. This new service, is accessible to all Small and Medium Enterprise customers who have established sufficient cashflow records with the Bank.
Speaking at the launch of the digital lending portal, Victor Etuokwu, Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank Plc, reiterated the Bank’s commitment to impact SMEs positively. “In a period like this, when we need to be more present and relevant in the lives of our customers than ever, we have risen to the challenge to ensure business owners have easy access to funds to sustain and expand their businesses while keeping safe. We are committed to not only providing uninterrupted service but superior service to meet the needs of all our customer segments.
“To deliver on our promise to continually give our customers ‘MORE’, we have developed this efficient digital lending platform which will make loan application more convenient with flexible collateral, favourable interest rates, application tracking, robust customer service and much more. We have been focused on providing solutions targeted at boosting the economy because we believe it is our responsibility to contribute to the stimulation of economic growth. With the launch of Cashflow Loans by Access, we are renewing our committment to providing the much needed financial support to SMEs,” Victor concluded.
Access Bank Plc is recognized as one of the most innovative financial institutions in Africa. With over 40 million customers and 600 branches nationwide, it offers a range of products and services tailored to suit needs and lifestyle of its customers across multiple segments.
In line with NCDC recommendations, the bank’s management has continued to encourage its customers to remain safe by washing their hands regularly with soap and water or use of alcohol-based sanitizers and to ensure they wear masks to protect themselves and those around. Wearing face masks is a mandatory requirement to access public places including the bank premises.
To access and learn more about Cashflow Loans by Access, please click HERE.
Nigerians have been advised to move from the realm of denial, anger and accept the reality of the ‘new normal’ occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic by properly articulating their goals and developing a financial plan based on available resources.
This was the submission of investment and financial experts at the Ecobank Webinar on the topic: ‘Personal financial stability in a changing environment: achieving balance in the new normal’, held in Lagos last week.
In his presentation, Olufela Popoola, Managing Director, EDC Fund Management Limited, a subsidiary of Ecobank Group, pointed out that though commodity prices are stabilizing and stock markets are recovering globally, Nigeria is in recession mode with increasing inflation, pressure on exchange rate and increased government borrowings.
He posited that individuals and businesses should worry less about the current realities, but start to think differently as they positively forge ahead. Specifically for individuals, it was time to carefully review their life’s goal and objectives and thereby; – review/develop a financial plan, align this plan to the current financial realities and their expected future resources and ensure that these plans become a reality by having structured investment programmes to achieve same.
“To adapt and stabilise, rethink your business culture. Focus more on goals, not (necessarily) processes, listen more to customers & respond quicker, change working style –flexibility, Study what competition is doing –be more professional, Improve internal communication & information sharing and Change working conditions to be more employee oriented.
This is not the time to procrastinate. Don’t think you have too little or too much funds to start a plan, but rushing to start an investment may not be the best for now. You need to consider risk, returns and time horizons. As a matter of fact, this is the time to speak to experts like us at the EDC Fund management. Investment options and plans include corporate bonds, government securities, private equity, Eurobonds, life insurance, real estate, commercial papers, and managed portfolio, among others’’.
Also speaking, Okey Okere, Country Manager, Hofstede Insights Nigeria, made a case for people to rethink their lifestyle and business culture to adapt and stabilise under the ‘new normal’.
According to him, “there are countless speculations about changes to the whole-world as we know it, but we can’t really tell how COVID-19 will change the world forever, what the “new normal” will eventually be, how long it will last and the impact on the world, Nigeria, businesses and our personal finances. But one thing is sure, we need to make changes.”
Okere listed the businesses that that are making gains despite COVID-19 pandemic as ICT services, e-commerce companies, personal care products, agriculture, food retailers and local delivery companies, adding that sectors such as aviation and shipping, consulting and professional services, education, financial services, manufacturing (non-essentials), real estate, automobile, and others are negatively impacted.
He counselled businesses to focus more on goals and not necessarily processes, listen more to customers and respond quicker, change working style, study what competition is doing, improve internal communication and information sharing and change working conditions, stressing that if the effects of the pandemic hurts too badly, there might be need to wind down business entirely.
This edition of the Ecobank Webinar series is an initiative of Ecobank Consumer Banking Segment, aimed at deepening conversation on the new normal for businesses and how individual can harness new opportunities in the face of COVID-19.
The virtual engagement attracted participation from amongst Ecobank Personal Banking customers comprising, individuals and business owners from different sectors of the economy and financial experts who joined across virtual platforms and social media handles.
Ecobank’s unique and largest pan-African platform is designed to help unlock the opportunities of the continent and for the continent, through standardization, fueling regional integration, trade and investment across borders.
Due to its sterling performance, the bank has been severally recognized; As ‘Best Retail Bank in Africa 2019’ at African Banker Awards and also as Most Admired Financial Services Brand in Africa 2019 by Brand Africa 100”.
Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, has called on the government to implement and enforce the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP), which gives protection to widows in the country. She stressed that the government needs to create more awareness about the act for widows to know their rights and also for people to tread with caution.
Speaking with newsmen through virtual conference in Lagos on Tuesday in commemoration of the 2020 United Nations’ International Widows’ Day, the founder of the foundation, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, said the call became necessary following the rise in cases of rape, sexual harassment, confiscation of properties, violence, dehumanization, discrimination, poverty and all manners of molestations suffered mostly by women, especially the widows and their children.
According to her, “Nobody wishes to lose a loved one; losing someone is never easy and having to live life without your partner is even harder.
“For women all over the world, the loss of a spouse is even bigger as they have to struggle for their basic needs, rights and dignity. As we mark International Widows’ Day 2020 today, June 23, I implore us all to take a closer look at our immediate environ, culture/tradition, families, history and significance of the day.
“According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten lives in extreme poverty. Apart from that, 2.7 billion women are denied access to the same choice of jobs as men due to certain unconfronted restrictions, and lots face gender-based violence even today.
“The issue of rape, sexual harassment and all manners of molestations are suffered mostly by women not to think of the most vulnerable amongst them – the widows.”
She added that sufficient evidence suggests that widowed women “are severely affected financially, psychologically, sexually and socially and these are rooted in cultural and traditional practices as well as the socialization processes that condition women to dependence. These conditions have erected enormous difficulties for women to creatively initiate new robust relationships with both men and women in social and economic spheres upon widowhood.
“It’s even sadder that widows are not looked after by families, private sectors , governments etc. and to worsen the matter, societies curse them.
“Their children also face several problems like being withdrawn from the school and becoming more vulnerable to abuse. The CBA Foundation has joined to lend its voice for the past five years.”
CBA added that there was a need to develop policies and programmes to address the problems that widows face in the world, which is the reason she founded the CBA Foundation.
“The day is important as it brings about awareness among the public the problems that widows face all over the world. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women. It is also a day to draw the attention of the people to take action and provide full rights and recognition for widows. The purpose for marking this day is clear – to care for widows and their children, and to change the culture that discriminates against them.
“We are therefore calling on well-meaning Nigerians to join us today to give them hope, stop dehumanization and injustice towards them,” Bode-Akinwande said.
International Widows Day is a United Nations-ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependants in many countries”. Established by The Loomba Foundation, the day takes place annually on 23 June. This year, the theme is ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’, which is aligned with UN Women’s new multi-generational campaign, Generation Equality.
Established in 2015, the CBA Foundation, under its 5-point agenda, has reached out to thousands of underprivileged widows and children through skills acquisition training, health intervention, business start-ups and provision of clothing, nutrition and tuition fees for the children.
In breakdown, 5,600 widows have been empowered through its women empowerment and capacity building initiative; over 3,500 underprivileged widows have received health intervention; over 3,500 have also received food items.
The foundation has also reinstated 45 children in school, empowered 120 widows financially to start a business of their own and also, provided palliative to 250 widows during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down.
More about CBA Foundation on www.cbafoundation.org
Nigeria has announced 452 fresh cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 21,371.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave the figure on Tuesday night through its official Twitter handle.
The NCDC said that the new cases were from 14 states.
It said that the country recorded seven deaths on June 23.
The NCDC said that Lagos State had the highest number of the new cases with 209 cases, followed by Delta with 37 cases and Ogun – 36, FCT – 22, Abia – 20, Enugu – 16, Bauchi – 15, Kaduna – 8, Ondo -8, Osun – 7, Imo – 3, Benue – 3 and Borno 1.
The NCDC said that as at June 23, 21,371 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the country, with 13,285 active, 7,338 treated and discharged, 117, 569 samples collected and 533 deaths recorded.