…As Isedowo Climaxes
Fifteen more artisans have been empowered by Isedowo, Goldberg empowerment scheme launched last August to uplift and support artisans and entrepreneurs in the Southwest. The new set of beneficiaries received their reward of ₦300,000 each at the climax of the initiative in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Friday, February 9, 2018.
With the conclusion of the activations across the southwest region, Isedowo has now fulfilled its promise by giving N30 million cash grants to 100 artisans in Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo and Ogun States.
Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, said that he is impressed with the thousands of artisans that showed interest in the scheme during its maiden edition and that it demonstrated the willingness and drive of youths to start their own businesses.
“With this first edition of Isedowo, artisans and entrepreneurs have experienced the elimination of poverty and unemployment by offering business grants that would help to grow local businesses,” he said.
Agu further revealed that the second edition of the empowerment scheme would start in few months, and charged entrepreneurs and artisans in the southwest to be alert and ready for the opportunity as more local businesses would spring up in the economy with the ₦300,000 business grant to each beneficiary.
Gbenga Ogundairo, a shoe cobbler and one of the beneficiaries in Abeokuta, said that “being an entrepreneur is paying off in Nigeria at last.” He commended Goldberg and Nigerian Breweries Plc for making Nigeria a better place to invest in, particularly by helping to promote small scale business owners. “With a scheme like Isedowo, it pays to be an entrepreneur and be very good at what you do, so that when opportunities like these arise, we can tap into them to grow our value chain,” he stated.
“Nigerian Breweries Plc and Goldberg have contributed to growing small businesses in Nigeria, and their efforts should be emulated by other corporate bodies for our economy to grow. I thank Nigerian Breweries Plc for the support,” he further said.
Sesan Ayanlowo and Adegboyega Joseph, another set of beneficiaries, also commended Nigerian Breweries for the Isedowo initiative, saying that the scheme would encourage not just the “ready-made” business owners, but also prospective businesses through the credible platform of empowerment that Isedowo has offered the business environment.
Azeez Lawal, an auto mechanic, said that Isedowo would make the vision of Nigeria to be reckoned with as an industrial superpower possible as it has supported more businesses in the economy these past few months. “It is very difficult to start up and sustain a business in Nigeria. However, with an initiative like Isedowo, youths can make the effort and be better at their craft and pray that someday, a business grant like that offered by Isedowo would come to support them,” he said.
It was a mirthful night as most small business owners, artisans and indigenes in Ogun State and its environs trooped to the venue to witness the celebration of hard working artisans and entrepreneurs in the state. Popular Afro hip hop sensation, Seriki thrilled the audience, while star actor, Odunlade Adekola spiced up the night with comic performances as the host.
L-R: Josiah Akinola, Assistant Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands, NB Plc; Ayodeji Oke, Regional Trade Marketing Manager, Ibadan, NB Plc; Ibrahim Odunjo, one of the beneficiaries in Ogun State; Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands, NB Plc and Guest Artiste, Ibiyemi Seriki, popularly known as Seriki at the Ogun State activation of Goldberg Isedowo empowerment scheme on Friday.
R-L: Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mosebolatan Olalekan, one of the beneficiaries in Ogun State and Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc at the Ogun State activation of Goldberg Isedowo empowerment scheme on Friday.
Chinedu Uwajeh, Head Brewer, Lagos Brewery, Nigerian Breweries Plc (right) leading a team from the Nigeria Customs Service on tour of the Lagos Brewery during a courtesy visit of the Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos Industrial Command to Nigerian Breweries Plc on Wednesday.
Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Oladunni Morenike, Customs Area Comptroller, Lagos Industrial Area Command, Festac during a courtesy visit of the Nigeria Customs Service to Lagos Brewery on Wednesday. With them is Grace Udensi, Public Affairs Manager, Lagos, Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Oladunni Morenike, Customs Area Comptroller, Lagos Industrial Area Command, Festac; Patrick Olowokere, Corporate Communications and Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Ajuziego Maureen, Deputy Comptroller, Enforcement, Lagos Industrial Area Command, Festac, during the courtesy visit of the Nigeria Customs Service to Lagos Brewery on Wednesday.
Twenty five artisans who received N300,000 each during Isedowo activation in Ibadan, Oyo State have commended Goldberg, premium quality lager beer from the stable of Nigerian Breweries, for the empowerment scheme which intervened in the financial challenges facing their businesses.
The event, which was well attended by a cross-section of artisans and citizens of the state with diverse interests, was held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.
The beneficiaries included auto mechanics, fashion designers, caterers, hair dressers, panel beaters, cobblers, traders and dry cleaners, all chosen through a rigorous but transparent process.
At the end of the empowerment campaign, 100 artisans across the Southwest region will be rewarded by Goldberg with N300,000 through Isedowo. Activations have been successfully concluded in Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States where 60 artisans received similar grants.
Expressing his joy at the cheque presentation ceremony, Orimadegun Ishola, one of the beneficiaries, said the scheme is laudable and worth emulating.
Ishola, a trader in bags and shoes, stated that he could now expand his business by buying more products for sale. “The empowerment scheme is timely and a huge relief,” he said.
Bukola Dare, Regional Business Manager, Ibadan, Nigerian Breweries Plc (third left standing) with some of the 25 beneficiaries of the N300,000 grants each, during the presentation ceremony of Isedowo empowerment scheme in Oyo State, held at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Mainstream Brands (first right), and Bukola Dare, Regional Business Manager, Ibadan (middle), both of Nigerian Breweries Plc; with some of the 25 beneficiaries of the N300,000 grants each, during the presentation ceremony of Isedowo empowerment scheme in Oyo State, held at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.
From left: Bukola Dare, Regional Business Manager, Ibadan, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Tijani Akinola, winner of N300,000 grant; and Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc; during the presentation ceremony to 25 beneficiaries of Isedowo empowerment scheme in Oyo State, held at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Bakare Michael Taiwo, a panel beater, praised Goldberg for creating wealth and job opportunities in the Southwest. He said the grant would enhance his business as he would now be able to purchase additional working tools and build a workshop he had longed to have.
He affirmed: “Isedowo has taken that burden off me and has put smiles on faces of people in distress.”
Tolulope Soremi, a dry cleaner, who also extolled the brand, said he would buy a washing machine with the grant, while an elated Folake Sunday Christiana, a caterer, stated that she would buy an industrial oven used for baking about 300 meat-pies and a cutting machine with the grant. She added that Isedowo has made 2018 a blessed year for her. “I can now run my business with ease,” she said excitedly.
Commenting on the scheme, the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout brands at Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Emmanuel Agu said the entrepreneurial intervention is part of Goldberg’s strong resolve to eliminate poverty and unemployment among people of the Southwest, especially artisans who have little or no capital to invest or expand their businesses.
According to him, Isedowo would in no small measure improve the living standard of people in the region. “Goldberg through Isedowo has deepened its connection with the people of the Southwest by supporting their economic aspirations,” Agu said.
He disclosed that the next Isedowo empowerment scheme will take place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Friday, February 9, 2018.
To benefit from the initiative, interested participants are expected to showcase their business ideas and how they impact the society.
…As deadline approaches
With the February 11 deadline for registration fast approaching, secondary school authorities across the country are besieging the Cowbellpedia Registration Portal to enlist their students for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show.
The qualifying examination takes place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at designated centres nationwide.
According to Abiodun Ayodeji, Marketing Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell – Our Milk and sponsors of the competition, registration for this year’s Cowbellpedia competition is strictly online via the website: www.cowbellpedia.ng, and it is absolutely free.
Each participating school, he further explained, is entitled to put forward five candidates who must be between 10 and 18 years old for each of the junior and senior categories. To encourage Girl Child Education, Mixed Schools are expected to nominate a minimum of two (2) girls for each category to represent such school.
As an added value, the first 1,000 schools to complete their registration will be entitled to a free copy of the Cowbellpedia Compendium, a compilation of questions and answers of past editions of the competition. This is to improve proficiency of students in Mathematics and commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics.
While urging schools and students to avail themselves of the opportunity ahead of the deadline for registration, Ayodeji advised that each school should nominate their best students to boost their chances all through to the final.
In registering their students, the schools should visit www.cowbellpedia.ng, and click on the link ‘Register your school’ for new schools to fill and submit the form while for schools who have registered from previous editions they should click on the link ‘Log In’. Ayodeji stated: “Ensure that you fill all the required fields and an email will be sent to the school and primary contact email address provided when filling the form. The link in the email received would be used to verify the email address. On successful login, click on ‘Add Candidates’ under ‘Candidate Management’, fill in the candidate’s information, upload the candidate’s picture and click the ‘Save Draft’ button. Save the draft information for five (5) candidates for each category before you submit their registration.”
To mark the occasion of 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, Promasidor has increased the prizes tremendously such that the winner in each of the senior and junior categories will now receive =N=2,000,000 (Two million naira), instead of N1 million previously. In addition to that is an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country for the respective category winners.
The first and second runners-up in each category will be rewarded with =N=1,500,000 (One million Five hundred thousand naira) and =N=1,000,000 (One million naira) respectively, up from the previous prizes of N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.
Teachers of the first prize winners will win =N=500,000 (Five hundred thousand naira), while those of the first and second runners-up will receive =N=400,000 (Four hundred thousand naira) and =N=300,000 (Three hundred thousand naira) respectively.
Homework Development and Properties Limited has restored the trust foreign investors once had on the Nigerian real estate sector.
This is the major outcome of the recent conference, organised by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, where the Lagos-based leading real estate company showcased its affordable products and promoted the recent positive developments in real estate industry in Nigeria.
Reflecting on the conference attended by several hundreds of physicians and other professionals, the Director of Homework Development and Properties Limited, Architect Jide Adekola said it provided a platform that helped to change the perception that foreign investors would not get value for money or might get scammed in Nigeria. It also created the awareness that there are professionals in the sector who are able to provide quality products in due time.
“The change in perception, which we have created, would in no small measure boost businesses and increase the volume of foreign direct investments that can engender increase in gross domestic product of the country, “Adekola said.
L-R: Dr. Nnamdi Maduabum; Dr. Olusola Oyemade, both members of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA); Architect Chima Emerueh and Architect Jide Adekola, both Directors of Homework Development and Properties Limited; during the annual conference organised by ANPA in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
He affirmed that ANPA members, who have benefited from the unswerving services of the company, specifically requested that Homework should participate in the conference in order to take the Nigerian success story to the outside world.
According to Adekola, the event has exposed Homework to ANPA’s publications, increased networking and sales leads, the needs of customers and the property market, increased trust in foreign investors in the Nigerian real estate market, and has boosted awareness that there is a unique selling point in the company’s products which are delivered by professional architects.
He explained that the real estate sector, which is inundated with issues of trust, lack of finance and presence of charlatan, can be saved if government subsidises the cost of land for credible developers who have the capacity to provide affordable housing.
Adekola added that Homework would also take part in the annual conference organised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America and other subdivisions within the United States. This would enable the company reach out to other professional associations and more Nigerians in the globe.
Homework is also planning to hold similar exhibition and talks in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries with large population of Nigerians.
…As registration closes Feb. 11
Public and private secondary schools across the country have been urged to register their best JSS 3 and SSS 2 candidates for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Senior Secondary Mathematics Television Quiz Show on or before the deadline of Sunday, February 11, which is just about three weeks away.
At the press conference to flag off the 2018 edition, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell milk, announced a 100 percent increase in the star prize from N1 million to N2 million, in addition to other incentives. It was the highlight of activities to commemorate 20 years of partnership between Cowbell and Mathematics.
Registration for this year’s Cowbellpedia competition is strictly online via the website: www.cowbellpedia.ng and it is absolutely free, with each school entitled to put forward five candidates who must be between 10 and 18 years old for each of the junior and senior categories. In order to encourage girl child education, mixed schools are advised to nominate at least two female students in each of the categories.
Speaking about the registration process, Abiodun Ayodeji, Marketing Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited makers of Cowbell – Our Milk and sponsors of the competition explained: “The guidelines require the candidate/school to do the following: Go to www.cowbellpedia.ng, click on the link ‘Register your school’, fill the form and submit. Ensure that you fill all the required fields and an email will be sent to the school and primary contact email address provided when filling the form. The link in the email received would be used to verify the email address. On successful login, click on ‘Add Candidates’ under ‘Candidate Management’, fill in the candidate’s information, upload the candidate’s picture and click the ‘Save Draft’ button. Save the draft information for five (5) candidates for each category before you submit their registration.”
Ayodeji further said that when all the data had been completed for all the candidates (a maximum of five per category), the “Register” button should be clicked to complete the registration process. “A confirmation slip will be generated to download and will also be mailed to the school, candidate or parent/guardian’s email address. Print the confirmation slip and have it stamped and signed by the school principal. The confirmation slip will be required for admitting candidates at the examination venue,” he explained.
The Marketing Manager emphasised that each school should nominate their best students to boost their chances all through to the final.
All the candidates with confirmation slips will sit for the Stage 1 Qualifying Written Examination at their designated centres nationwide on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
To mark the occassion of 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, Anders Einarsson, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, announced a quantum leap in the prizes for this year’s edition, stating that winners in both categories would now receive =N=2,000,000 (Two million naira) each and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country.
The first and second runners-up in each category will be rewarded with =N=1,500,000 (One million Five hundred thousand naira) and =N=1,000,000 (One million naira) respectively.
Teachers of the first prize winners will win =N=500,000 (Five hundred thousand naira), while those of the first and second runners-up will receive=N=400,000 (Four hundred thousand naira) and =N=300,000 (Three hundred thousand naira) respectively.
Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, is passionate about the development of Mathematics. In addition to the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show, Cowbell, which has become synonymous with quality and value, also sponsors Cowbellpedia Radio Programme, a five-minute interactive radio Mathematics programme on major stations pan-Nigeria. It has also launched Cowbellpedia Mathematics Mobile App, available on Google Play Store and Apple Store through which students can test and sharpen their knowledge of Mathematics.
- Introduces New Initiatives To Mark 20 Years Of Support For Mathematics.
The 2018 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and the search for the next inventor commenced on a high noteon Tuesday in Lagos as Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, announced an expansion of the initiative to mark 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, Mr. Anders Einarsson, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria, explained to journalists that this year’s prize money has been doubled as winners in both categories would receive =N=2,000,000 (Two million naira) with an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country for the winners in both categories while 1st and 2nd runners up will receive =N=1,500,000 (One million Five hundred thousand naira) and =N=1,000,000 (One Million naira) respectively.
The teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded =N=500,000 (Five hundred thousand naira) while those of the first and second runners-up will receive =N=400,000 (Four hundred thousand naira) and =N=300,000 (Three hundred thousand naira) respectively.
The competition is sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
In addition, Einarsson informed that the company is launching the Cowbellpedia Academy, a workshop for students and teachers in partnership with a top foreign university to expose participants to new and up-to-date learning techniques required to achieve and improve academic excellence.
To further sustain the growing interest in Mathematics by the relevant groups, Einarsson disclosed that the company came up with the Cowbellpedia Compendium initiative, which was launched at the event, as part of the 20th anniversary commemorative activities.
The Cowbellpedia Compendium is a compilation of solved questions from the past Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show editions for each category. This is to improve proficiency of students in Mathematics.
“This Compendium is our 20th anniversary gift to all students across Nigeria and is available both in hard copy and electronic version.
Like in the previous editions, the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show is open to students in JSS 3 and SSS 2 from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time secondary education in both public and private schools across Nigeria, entry to the competition is free.
The competition is divided into two phases – Stage 1 Qualifying Written Examination and Stage 2 TV Quiz Show.
The Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show is divided into two sections – Stage 1 Qualifying Written Examination and Stage 2 TV Quiz Show.
From Left to Right: Mr. Festus Tettey, Commercial Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Master Jesse Uche-Nwichi, Winner, Junior Category, 2017Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show; Mr. Anders Einarsson, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Master Ernest Eze-Munachi, Winner, Senior category, Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show; Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, Director Quality Assurance, National Examination Council, NECO and Abiodun Ayodeji, Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited at the press briefing marking the flag-off of the 2018 edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Lagos on Tuesday.
From Left to Right: Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, Director Quality Assurance, National Examination Council, NECO; Mr. Anders Einarsson, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Mr. Festus Tettey, Commercial Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited at the press briefing marking the flag-off of the 2018 edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Lagos on Tuesday.
From Left to Right: Master Jesse Uche-Nwichi, Winner, Junior Category, 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show; Mr. Anders Einarsson, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Master Ernest Eze-Munachi, Winner, Senior category, Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, Director Quality Assurance, National Examination Council, NECO at the press briefing marking the flag-off of the 2018 edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Lagos on Tuesday.
“For the Stage 1, we are continuing with the initiative that we started in 2016 for mixed secondary schools to nominate a minimum of two girls for each category to represent such school. This is our own little way of encouraging the girl child to take interest in education especially the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses,” he said.
The Promasidor boss also assured that the company would continue to stimulate the interest of young Nigerians in the study of Mathematics as “Cowbellpedia is a demonstration of our commitment.”
In his remarks, Abiodun Ayodeji, Promasidor’s Marketing Manager, maintained that the journey of the past 20 years had been remarkable for the company and the students. He announced that registration for this year’s edition is strictly online and the portal is open for registration up on tillFebruary 11, 2018 when it would be closed, while qualifying examination nationwide is on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at various designated centres.
Also speaking at the event, Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, Director of Quality Assurance, who represented the Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), commended Promasidor for the initiative which he said has been of tremendous benefits to Mathematics education in Nigeria.
The 2017 winners, Munachi Ernest-Eze and Jesse Uche-Nwichi also praised Promasidor for the opportunity given to them to horn their Mathematics skills through the Cowbellpedia Mathematics Quiz Show.
What do you see when you fix your gaze upon the indigents and less privileged? Some would see a people requiring your pity while others would see the fierce urgency to grow, perhaps financially, materially and otherwise, in order to be the change they want to see in the world.
You might think that all they require is your unrestrained show of sympathy and the giving of alms and hand-outs. Yes, they do require these things and more. However, that is not all you can do. Rather than your perpetual pity or periodic pittance, they will be glad to have support to enable them evolve and manifest their potential and latent possibilities. By helping out in this direction, you will not only have and possess enough to make substantial contributions to assuage their plight, but your story and presence will automatically give them the opportunity and permission to do the same.
Charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives – fighting diseases, protecting children, and giving hope to thousands of people. In Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti State, one of its illustrious sons, Funso Ayeni celebrated his 40th birthday and offered to inspire the less privileged. The celebration attracted indigenes as well as relatives, friends and well-wishers from far and near who trooped to rejoice with the philanthropist on the occasion.
Among the series of commemorative activities was a town storming by the indigenes tagged ‘Walk for Hope,’ an annual early morning activity of the Funso Ayeni Foundation (FAF). “It is one of the many ways we foster unity, rekindle hopes and reinforce the benefits in togetherness. The fifth anniversary of this activity coincides with my 40th birthday celebrations, hence the entire family and the FAF Boards of Trustees decided to increase the scope this year,” Ayeni explained. Over 30,000 participants were involved in the Walk for Hope event.
Speaking about how he feels at 40, Ayeni confessed that he was overwhelmed by the show of love from friends, relatives and indigenes who stormed the town from far and near to celebrate the new chapter in his life. “Forty has dawned on me to count God’s blessings in my life. I realise age is not just a number, but the fulfilment of purpose on earth. It’s been so fulfilling, exciting and more rewarding,” he admitted.
Ayeni celebrated by intensifying his humanitarian efforts to give hopes to thousands of indigenes and improve their life through gifts and other opportunities for youths’ expression in the community. The activities were coordinated by the FAF. “I believe so strongly that we are created for a purpose. Conceived to serve as many as possible, FAF’s Hope for All initiative seeks to renew the hope of the common man and helps to rekindle the optimism in their existence. “Through the initiative, many ‘HOPES’ have been restored and many reawakened,” the celebrant affirmed.
The foundation is increasingly gaining and gradually achieving its desired objectives. Ayeni said that it would continue to do more in the near future to raise the standard of living of indigenes and others in the society. “Through the supports from families, friends and other charity organisations, we introduced ATEWO ENI to support the ‘active poor’ in the society. Through this, we aimed at alleviating poverty by encouraging those that can work and make a living for themselves doing petty trading rather than begging. It is a continuous programme and we hope to touch as many as we can before the next annual celebration,” he revealed.
Some of the beneficiaries and indigenes expressed delight at the initiative and commended the celebrant for coming to the aid of the community to make an impact. They prayed for him to have prosperous years in good health and wealth to champion the causes of the foundation. Hundreds have benefited and the Foundation is increasing the number daily.
It was indeed an atmosphere of love and sharing with loads of entertainment that featured the popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi thrilling the crowd. Popular afro pop singer, Iledare Oluwajuwonlo, known by his stage name of Jaywon, was also present to spice up the occasion with his rhythmic melodies. Other fuji and pop stars also lightened up the occasion with popular Nollywood star Odunlade Adekola as the compere.
His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II was represented at the event, while other notable personalities included High Chief Tunde Ogunleye, Ekiti State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr Deji Adesua and the 24 Obas in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
L-R: Femi Ayeni, Osasona Tope (Beneficiary), Funso Ayeni, Founder, Funso Ayeni Foundation and Funmi Ayeni during the presentation of the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira to Osasona Tope, a beneficiary of the Funso Ayeni Foundation.
Courtesy visit of Funso Ayeni and members of the Walk For Hope team to His Royal Majesty, Oba Adewumi Ajibade Fasiku, the Elekole of Ikole, and the paramount ruler of Egbeoba Kingdom
WAEC Fee presentation by Funso Ayeni Foundation to students (beneficiaries) in Ikole Ekiti.
TPT International Limited, Nigeria’s foremost PR consultancy, is closing 2017 on a glorious note with two awards within a week by the governing bodies of the public relations industry in the country.
At the Presidential Dinner Award of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Lagos, TPT International was conferred with the “Corporate Practitioner of Excellence 2017” award. Last Thursday, NIPR Lagos chapter announced TPT International as the “Best Agency to Work” at a gala night in Lagos. The result was the outcome of independent surveys conducted for the award organisers.
On the “Corporate Practitioner of Excellence 2017” award, NIPR President, Dr Rotimi Oladele said TPT International beat other competitors to win the highly-coveted honour because of its “innovative, excellent, professional and creative” approach to campaigns and contribution to the growth of PR practice in the past two decades.
NIPR Lagos chapter Chairman, Mr. Olusegun McMedal, explained that TPT International was selected as the ‘Best Agency to Work’ through a survey of agency employees, which scored the organisation high on a range of parameters such as integrity of senior management team, quality of professional development, creativity, empowerment, risk-taking, staff welfare, mobility, retention and emolument.
L-R: Chief Operating Officer, TPT International Limited, Muyiwa Akintunde; former President, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Mazi Mike Okereke; Chairman/Lead Strategist, TPT International, Adetokunbo Modupe; and Chairman, NIPR, Lagos State Chapter, Olusegun McMedal, at the presentation of the ‘Best Agency to Work’ award to TPT International by the Lagos State Chapter of NIPR at a gala night held in Victoria Island, Lagos… Thursday.
Former NIPR President, Mazi Mike Okereke, who presented the ‘Best Place to Work’ award to TPT International, described the agency’s approach as innovative and pace-setting. The foremost PR practitioner said TPT International is renowned as a dream agency for practitioners, which is a proof of its leadership position.
Lead Strategist of TPT International, Adetokunbo Modupe, who dedicated the awards to his team, described the recognitions as a validation of the company’s focus in managing clients’ perception in line with global standards and result delivery, as well as its determination to emerge as one of the most-sought reputation managing firms in Africa.
“In today’s PR world, story-telling driven by creative and persuasive content generation has become a major driver for perception management, which my team and I have used in firming our belief in innovation and professionalism in our practice. Our edge in the industry is our creative solution to clients’ briefs,” he said.
Toks, as he is fondly called, said his firm would continue to innovate ideas to make PR practice more relevant to brands and the economy. This, he said, “is confirmed by our philosophy in challenging the logic and subjecting existing principles and processes to intellectual and rigorous scrutiny with a view to delivering better results.” He added that the company was test-running new mechanisms that would revolutionalise the Nigerian PR practice.
Other recipients of NIPR awards included the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Dr. Tunde Fowler; Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Tony Ojobo; and Chevron, while Okereke delivered the dinner lecture urging PR professionals to rise up to the challenge of rebranding the country.
TPT International and Modupe are serial award winners. Earlier in the year, Modupe, a former Secretary General of Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), won the Outstanding PR Personality of the Decade at an industry-based recognition event organised by Marketing Edge Awards.
Other awards in the last decade included the Most Friendly PR Agency of the Year, PR Agency of the Year, Outstanding PR Agency of the Decade, Most Outstanding PR Campaign of the Year and PR Company of the Year.
Founded by Modupe almost 20 years ago, TPT International is a perception management firm with a globally aligned structure. It is unarguably one of Africa’s most sought-after PR agencies.
It provides strategic PR and communications services to high-flying companies in several sectors of the economy – manufacturing, brewery, FMCG, food and beverages, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, tobacco, banking and finance, real estate, media, education, construction, health, government, etc.
TPT International maintains practice areas in media relations, crisis management, brand PR, corporate communications, lobbying, lifestyle communication, public affairs, social media conversation management, etc.
Some of the companies it has worked for and still working for include: Nigerian Breweries Plc, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Lagos Business School, Buildcon Global Services, mediaReach OMD, Reckitt Benckiser, General Electric West Africa, Heritage Bank, Lenovo, WFM 97.1 Radio Station, British American Tobacco Company, Pfizer, MTN Nigeria, Lagos Lotto, Guinness Nigeria, Procter & Gamble West Africa, British Council, Starcomms Plc, MasterCard, and many others.