Heineken Emerges ‘Brand Of The Year’ At ADVAN Awards For Marketing Excellence 2017

Heineken, the international premium beer brand under the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc., emerged as the ‘Brand of the Year, West Africa’ at the ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence on Saturday, 11 November, 2017.

The brand also took home the award for ‘Campaign of the Year’, while Obabiyi Fagade, Brand Manager, Heineken, got the much-coveted ‘Brand Manager of the Year’ award.

Held at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, Heineken won top prizes at the event for demonstrating strong leadership and innovation, excellent consumer perception, and most importantly, a seamless execution of the credential campaign ‘There’s More Behind The Star’ with international artiste, Jidenna.

Speaking shortly after the event, Mr. Fagade dedicated the awards to the Heineken team, describing it as a worthy recognition of its hard work and passion.

“We are really honoured to receive these awards, and coming off such as wonderful campaign with the Heineken global team, this serves as an inspiration to us in building on innovation that opens the world to our consumers, and also brings people together to share world-class experiences,” he said.

With Heineken’s ‘There’s More Behind The Star’ credential campaign, the brand brought stories of the world’s No.1 international premium beer to life, taking a bold step to launch a country-focused campaign that gave consumers an interesting glimpse into the secrets that make its five-point red star iconic – from ingredients to the way it is brewed.

With Jidenna, the brand captured Nigerians in enthralling and relatable stories about culture and norms while emphasizing what makes the brand important to its loyal consumers.

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Jumia Travel, Jumia Food To Reward Customers Big At Black Friday Concert

Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, Jumia Travel and Nigeria’s number 1 online food ordering website, Jumia Food have revealed plans to reward both their new and returning customers with fantastic giveaways and deals at the upcoming Jumia Black Friday concert scheduled for November 18, 2017 at the King’s College, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The companies made the announcement through their Head of Public Relations, Olukayode Kolawole while addressing journalists in Lagos on the expectations from this year’s Black Friday festival which will kick off November 13th and end December 13th, 2017. “This year’s Black Friday will be the biggest sales event ever experienced in the country as there are as high as 80% discounts across all the Jumia platforms: Jumia Mall, Jumia Travel, and Jumia Food,” Kolawole said.

The exclusive 2-in-1 concert and shopping event will feature Nigeria’s finest artistes including Simi, Falz, Wande Coal, 9ice, Mayorkun, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Skales, Lil Kesh, Pencil, Jimmie DJ Consequence, DJ Cuppy, Nedu to thrill attendees to exclusive app flash sales and lots of exciting giveaways including a N500,000 shopping voucher.

Speaking on some of the special offers on Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, Managing Director of Jumia Travel said there will be up to 80% discount on hotel & flight bookings; over 20 holiday packages to choose from (local & international) and lots of fantastic deals. “There will also be lots of giveaways at the concert, such as a free night stay at a 4-star hotel in Lagos, a free return ticket from Lagos to Accra and many more,”Adagunodo added.

On the other hand, Jumia Food Managing Director, Olamide Bada described the deals that will be available on Jumia Food as mouth watering. “We have a long list of vendors on our platform who have offered us amazing discounts and giveaways in the spirit of the Black Friday festival. While many of our customers will have direct and face-to-face interactions with us at the concert, others who might not be able to attend can still benefit from these offers. For instance, we will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free on Sharwama & Co between 11th  November through Dec 12th; 30% off the entire menu at Beleful; and many more.”

“There will also be lots of offers on Jumia Party. For instance, you can buy one Martell Blue Swift and get 24 Apparel Hat with Purchase; Martell XO – Free Holiday Bag with purchase; Chivas Extra – Free TT Dalk Wallet or card holder with purchase,” Bada added.

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House Of Tara To Host National Beauty Entrepreneur Summit ‘’1000 Voices’’

Leading cosmetics brand, House of Tara International is set to host ‘1000 Voices’, a national beauty entrepreneur summit on the 8th of November, 2017 at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event, which brings together beauty entrepreneurs, retailers, re-sellers, make-up artists, investors and other stakeholders to celebrate entrepreneurial excellence within Nigeria’s beauty space, builds on House of Tara’s 2013 ‘100 Voices’ campaign, which focused on celebrating individuals contributing to the development of the ecosystem, despite the odds.

Over the years, the industry has experienced tremendous growth amidst economic fluctuations due to efforts of pioneers such as House of Tara, leading to an increase in demand and supply of beauty products. House of Tara currently works with over 10,000 beauty entrepreneurs annually, with these individuals massively contributing to the growth of the cosmetics industry.

Speaking during the announcement, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Founder/ CEO, House of Tara International said, “I am always excited when we get to have a large number of our beauty representatives, make-up artists, re-sellers and other stakeholders gathered, all for a collective mission.”

“These group of people consistently play important roles in the development of the beauty industry, and this summit provides us the opportunity at House of Tara to engage, share ideas and learn from them. It also always reminds us of the primary reason why we started this business”, she added.

The summit features an impressive line-up of speakers including Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank; Linda Ikeji, media entrepreneur and Tara Fela-Durotoye, covering diverse topics on social media, finance, branding and makeup, as plenary sessions will also be held with Google Nigeria, First Bank, Bimpe Onakoya of Maybelline, and hosted by social media entrepreneur, Olorisupergal.

The event rounds up with an awards ceremony to recognise individuals helping to create a new reality in the beauty industry.

The summit is supported by MTN, First Bank PLC, Nestle, Google, Fayrouz, MainOne, LSETF, Arik Air, Businessday, Renodio Synergy, Dolps n Bolps, , Linda Ikeji TV, EbonyLife TV, Olori Supergirl, GiGM.com, Baby Lounge, Greater Washington, TDegree, Levitate Creative, Golden Horse Cosmetics, Maybelline, among others.

100 seats are available to Non-Tara Beauty Entrepreneurs for #5,000 and #2,000 for Tara Beauty Entrepreneurs. To register, contact 08022922922 and 08099010234.


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UNTOLD FACTS: Arit Okpo, Damilola Ajayi Discuss The Intricacy Of Homophobia Through Cultural, Religious And Societal Backgrounds

The latest episode of Untold Facts, the innovative online series that seeks to clear common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity in Nigeria, featured renowned medical doctor and co-publisher, Saraba Magazine, focusing on the effects of cultural, religious and societal backgrounds on homophobic traits and attitudes among Nigerians.

Hosted by Arit Okpo, Damilola Ajayi explained that homophobia is an abnormal and persistent irrational fear for homosexuals which could be caused by a psychological and emotional feeling from our various thoughts and beliefs.

With homophobia infiltrating and eluding the values of human rights in Nigeria, the guest contended that due to backgrounds and orientation towards sexual minorities, Nigerians express homophobic traits and attitudes through verbal, physical and emotional aggression.

The duo concluded that the effect of homophobia on sexual minorities is alarming in Nigeria, and advised that the society should educate themselves on the possibility of a country where sexual orientation is seen as part of an ever-evolving human nature rather than where citizens feel the need to marginalize and discriminate against sexual minorities.

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Kogi Govt Hails Mercy Johnson Over Inikpi Movie, Pledges Support

The Chief of Staff to Kogi state government, Edward Onoja has commended the Senior Special Assistant to the state Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie for her strides in driving the entertainment industry in the state to a global recognition.
Onoja gave the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Inikpi movie  location in the outskirt of Lokoja where the Actress is playing host to other top  Nollywood actors, and upcoming stars she had discovered during her talent hunt in the state.
Mercy Johnson resumed location about 8 days ago alongside Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saheed Balogun, Paul Obazele and others, to tell the story of Inikpi, the legendary Igala princess warrior, in a movie directed by Frank Rajah Arase.
The Chief of Staff described the movie as a veritable platform to put the talents discovered into practical and positive use.
“You don’t just discover talents for the sake of discovering talents, you need to put them into some practical use to see if the choices you made can really bring out something for the global audience.
“Very clearly, I’ve seen that it was not just all talk, but actions have also matched the talk,” he said.
While eulogising the actress for stepping into the assignment, and driving it, Onoja stated that Inikpi is just one of many other things that would come out in Kogi’s entertainment industry, in collaboration with other people from outside the state.
According to him, in the face of division threats embattling the nation, the confluence state will through the industry, champion Nigeria’s unity.
He encouraged the cast to put in their bests, pledging the support of government to the project.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Veteran Actor, Sam Dede thanked the Chief of Staff for finding time to visit the location, and giving their colleague his full supports.
The time of oil is gone, now people are thinking about how to also enjoy and put money into their pockets. We enjoy what we do here and at the same time, we serve a purpose.
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Theodore Abiwu Wins 2017 Emerging Speakers Challenge

Young Ghanaian speaker, Theodore Abiwu has been declared the winner of the first edition of Ghana’s public speaking competition for young upcoming speakers dubbed Emerging Speakers Challenge.

The challenge which lasted for 8 weeks hosted 30 participants to a rigorous public speaking training and activities in a bid to groom and select the best emerging speaker for 2017. Finalists of the Emerging Speakers’ Challenge headlined the Emerging Speakers’ Conference which doubled as the Grand Finale of the Challenge.

The winner, Theodore Abiwu who was declared the 2017 Emerged Speaker had stiff competition from co-contestants but managed to sail through various prepared and on the spot presentations at the admiration of the audience and judges.

The program, held on the theme: Raising the next generation of powerful speakers with empowering voices; echoing change and transforming minds had Godslove Angela Kwabi, student of Ghana Institute of Journalism, Joseph Hagan, student of University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa and Naomi Maama Boakyewaa Kokuro emerging as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runner-ups respectively.

A select jury and faculty of renowned speakers including Ekow Mensah, Kwame A. A. Opoku, Amma Serwaa Bonsu Ampofo, Mabel Blankson, Prince Akpah and Josephine Fafa Doegah provided the support, resources, training and coaching needed to fine tune the contestants’ presentations, enhance their appearances and build their confidence.

Prize packages for the winner of competition include; Speaking Opportunities at Igniting Dreams Conferences and other SBA and partner conferences, Personal Branding Support, Publishing Support, Mentorship, Networking Opportunities, Personal Website, Online Branding, One on One Coaching, Professional Photoshoots, Virtual Office Space at Empower Office Suites and Premium Membership in Speakers Bureau Africa.

The event was hosted on 28th October 2017 at the UDS Guest House in Accra and saw the patronage of parents, families and friends of various finalists in the 2017 Emerging Speakers Challenge.

More information about the challenge and related initiatives are available here www.speakersafrica.com

The program which was organized by Speakers Bureau Africa in association with Ekow Mensah Consulting was sponsored by Ekow Mensah Investments, IConceptsPR, Avance Media, Speakers Bureau Africa, Mary & Mary Global, Straight Brain Consultancy and Empower Office Suites.

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TV Personality, Vimbai Mutinhiri Signs With Temple Management

Lagos-based Zimbabwean TV personality, Vimbai Mutinhiri is breaking new career boundaries by teaming up with pan-African talent agency based out of Nigeria, Temple Management Company (TMC).

The beautiful former co-host of the Africa Magic Viewers Award (AMVCA) sealed the new move when she recently signed a management agreement at the corporate headquarters of the company in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Having established herself on the continent as one of the most sought-after TV and show hosts, Vimbai now forges a new alliance with the fast-growing African creative powerhouse to help take her brand to a whole new level of success and accomplishment on the continent and globally.

Speaking after signing the dotted lines, Vimbai said, “I am excited, it is a new journey for me. It is a new season of my career that I am looking forward to. You get to a stage in your career when you had to partner with like-minded people who have the experience and network to take you to where you want to go.

Founded in March 2016, TMC has become a top-of-mind creative and management livewire incorporated in Nigeria and expanding with strong international affiliations across Africa, North America, and Europe.

Focusing primarily in key areas such as entertainment, sports, media and art sectors, TMC represents some of Africa’s top talents in West and East Africa including Iyanya, 9ice, Mavin Records Group, Seye Ogunlewe, Marylove Edwards, Shaffie Weru, Blinky Bill among others.

Welcoming Vimbai to its fold, Mark Redguard, Head Of Entertainment at Temple Management reiterated the vision of the organization to maximize African talents to become global brands.

“Vimbai’s aspiration is in view of what we set out to achieve at Temple Management Company (TMC) and we look forward to a very successful journey,” he added.

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Heineken Connects Music Lovers With Outstanding Music Experience At The Live Your Music Parties

The Heineken, ‘Live Your Music’ party, delivered an exceptional music experience to music lovers and consumers in Abuja and Lagos, as guests in both cities witnessed the best of music and entertainment.

Hosted by Jidenna, the first event was held on 27 October in Abuja, while the finale, which served as the after-party for the Heineken-headlined Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017, was held at the Eko Atlantic, Lagos on Saturday, 28 October, 2017.

With a fun ambiance marked with bright lights, excited whistles, loud speakers and all night sing-alongs, the event was a perfect depiction of music experience built on complete consumer satisfaction.

The finale in Lagos kicked off with DJ Big N and DJ Neptune dropping hits from Nigeria’s biggest entertainers to set the tone for an exciting night of music.

Anchored by the popular hype man Do-2d-tun, the special feature of the night, the Takeover session – provided guests the opportunity to ‘live their music’ as the crowd had the chance to openly vote for their favourite songs through the Heineken Live Your Music wristbands they wore. The songs with the highest votes were played in real time from the DJ set to the delight of the crowd.

Excited choruses, bright lights, interesting dance moves were all in the fun mix as Jidenna led the crowd into pulsating sessions of good music.

Jidenna took the crowd on a jolly ride as he performed his monster hits ‘Classic Man’, ‘Little Bit More’, ‘Particular’ and a premiere of his latest single ‘Boomerang’. It was undoubtedly a classic one from the Chief.

Musical performance was also provided by Mavin artiste, Tiwa Savage.

The party kept on till the early hours of Sunday, 30 October, 2017, as guests were fully entertained.

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Skye Bank Offers Free Breast Cancer Screening For Over 330 Women

To mark this year’s breast Cancer month, Skye Bank Plc is offering free, all-expense paid breast cancer screening for over 330 women under the aegis of its women focused initiative, Skye Pearl.

In a statement  to mark this year’s World Breast Cancer Month, the bank’s Group Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, described cancer as one of the leading causes of death worldwide, especially in the developing countries where inadequate medical care and lack of awareness about the disease have combined to make it very deadly.

According to Mr. Abiru, “In line with our commitment towards the fight against the high incidence of cancer, especially breast cancer, we are working  together in partnership with our NGO partner, Care Organization Public Enlightenment (C.O.PE) to provide free breast cancer screening opportunities for over 330 women to facilitate early detection of the disease”, he explained.

The Skye Bank CEO pledged that the Bank would continue to support worthy social causes especially in the health sector to improve the wellbeing and healthcare of Nigerians, saying a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

In the last twelve years, Skye Bank has intervened to combat the deadly breast cancer scourge through regular public awareness programs and initiatives; as well as provision of free breast cancer screening opportunity for both female customers and the general public.

For instance, through its women-focused program, SkyePearl, the Bank has empowered hundreds of women, across all classes and social strata with valuable information on health and lifestyle proposition; organizing trainings, symposia and providing a veritable platform to support women in different spheres of life.

“To qualify for the comprehensive free all-expense paid breast screening, Nigerians are advised to visit: www.skyebankng.com/skyepearl and sign up to be benefit from the exercise”, he disclosed.

Skye Bank is Nigeria’s leading retail bank with wide-ranging electronic solutions promoting consumer lifestyle and e-commerce experience for its customers.

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Oya Media UK Announces Season 2 of #AskFunmi Series By TV Icon Funmi Iyanda

Oya Media UK today announced the launch of the Season 2 of #AskFunmi Series by TV Icon Funmi Iyanda.

The Season 2 will debut on Tuesday, 31st October 2017.

Funmi Iyanda established a precedent of truth and openness in the thoughts and views of her guests in the first season of Ask Funmi. And in season 2 she invites a new set of guests onto her couch, delving deeper into their lives, uncovering their views on work, society, and life, and revealing things that have never been shared, which makes for entertaining and thought-provoking watching. She also offers her unusual perspective on some big issues.

Highlights of season 1 included the viral Yoruba Demons deconstruction video and interviews with economist and writer Feyi Fawehinmi, YouTube star and beauty guru John Maclean as well as comedian and Fitness expert Wale Gates.

Season 2 guests include Game of Throne Star Ellie Kendrick, Nigeria’s fastest man and Olympian Seye Ogunlewe, Satirist, Author and Crime Novelist Leye Adenle, popular Sex Historian Kate Lister and many more.

In her word words, Funmi promised that “The Second Season will feature “forward thinking” which is part possibly Funmi code for stirring the hornet’s nest.

They can ask questions using the Hashtag #AskFunmi or by email askfunmi@funmiiyanda.com

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Mercy Johnson, Saheed Balogun, Others Resume Location For Inikpi

Having successfully scaled through the hurdles of identifying acting potentials in Kogi State, the Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has resumed location for the shooting of “Inikpi,” a tale of the legendary Igala princess warrior.
Speaking with newsmen before the commencement of shooting on Thursday 26th October 2017, media aide to the veteran actress, Isyak Alex-Adeiza stated that the movie was one of the two objectives the actress intended to actualize with her “GYBTalentHunt” programme which she successfully concluded about two months ago.
“Apart from top veteran actors like Saheed Balogun, Sam Dede and others, the bulk of the talents casted for this epic movie are people who proved themselves beyond every reasonable doubt during the talent hunt. This is a case of hurling one stone to kill two birds.
“While we were hunting for the best talents with prizes attached, we also took note of the other assets for this movie project, and they are here today starring as actors and actresses in a Kogi folklore going to the world,” he said.
Revealing that the winners of the talent hunt would be announced during the movie premiere slated for next year, Alex was optimistic that the premiere will not only project the folklore to the international community, but also launch the upcoming talents selected to take roles.
“With the support of the state government to this project, we are also glad that the paramount ruler of the Igala Kingdom, HRH Michael Ameh Oboni II has given us a nod to take one of the legendary stories in the state to the world.
“Last week, the movie team led by Ace Producer, Frank Rajah, embarked on a tour of related historical locations in Idah, where the Attah Igala delegated one his own as a guide to the Inachalo river, Inikpi’s statue, Omadoko statue and other sites,” he added.
Also speaking, the award winning screenwriter, Amoto Okomanyi shared his experience while plotting the movie, describing it as an incredible adventure any writer would want to explore.
He said: “There are several phenomena in the past that bares upon human sacrifices, but the inikpi event is an exceptional one that tells not just an unconditional love for her father and the people, but also courage and willingness to die in order to save her people.
“The inikpi story is an incredible one that any writer would want to explore because it is rich,  comprehensive and could be told from various angles. Through the process of research, I was abashed with shock about my findings. I discovered from a new perspective, the intricate luxury of the African cultural heritage, absolute reverence for authority, high moral values and their Belief systems.
“More importantly l learned that the Igalas as well as their Bini counterparts were well organized and long civilized even before Egypt and Europe. It is a pleasure therefore and a great opportunity to be a part of this project.”
However, he noted that the pertinent idea is to unite not only the Kogi people, but also the various groups in the country.
Amoto Okomanyi wrote 76, the biggest winner at the 2017 AMVCA award.
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