Soulcomms Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Unveils New Chief Operating Officer

Soulcomms, a leading Strategic Communications and Engagement Agency has marked a significant milestone – its 20th anniversary. This momentous occasion not only commemorates two decades of excellence and innovation but also signals a new chapter with the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer. The company’s 20th anniversary celebration was marked with an exclusive Cocktail event with the theme, “20 Years of Soulful Engagement.” Clients, Industry Stakeholders, former staff of the company, and other esteemed guests graced the colourful occasion.  The highpoint of the occasion was the unveiling of Soulcomms’ 20th Anniversary…

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WOMEN LEADERS MEET FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN KENYA

Strong indications have emerged that this year’s international women’s day conference will be the biggest gathering of international women leaders across the globe. This is because of the enthusiasm the conference has recorded in the last few months. The conference which is being organised in conjunction with the Centre for Black Arts and Civilisation CBAC is a transformative event celebrating women’s achievements and addressing barriers to their progress. It is scheduled to take place from April 17 to 20, 2024, at the prestigious Weston Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya and expected…

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Announcing the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival… A Celebration of Authentic Flavours

The countdown has begun to the 7th edition of the most anticipated culinary festival in Africa and Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) is excited to announce dates for the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, set to take place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, at GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos. The GTCO Food and Drink Festival is widely recognised as the continent’s biggest food and drink festival, bringing together millions of food lovers and entrepreneurs to celebrate the rich and diverse…

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Adaora Umeoji becomes first female CEO of Zenith Bank

Dr. Adaora Umeoji has been announced as Zenith Bank’s new Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. This appointment was disclosed on Tuesday, in a statement signed by the company secretary, Michael Otu, which was filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited. Umeoji’s appointment will take effect from June 1, 2024, following the expiration of office of the current GMD, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, on May 31, 2024. “Dame (Dr) Adaora Umeoji is the first female GMDCEO since the inception of the bank, and her appointment is consistent with the bank’s executive…

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767 manufacturers shut down in 2023 – MAN

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said that 767 manufacturers shut down operations while 335 became distressed in 2023. This came against the backdrop of exchange rate volatility, rising inflation and other economic challenges that have worsened the investment climate. MAN stated this in a statement in which it condemned the recently introduced Expatriate Employment Levy by the Federal Government. The association said it was struck with disbelief, seeing that the levy runs contrary to President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda and the kernel of his Fiscal Policy and Tax…

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Squad powers OmniPay’s trade business to simplify payments for FMCG industry

In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc. This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible…

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Lagos Lagoon Water Carnival receives boost from ATBOWATON

The Lagos Lagoon Water Carnival event, billed for April 2024 has received a boost from the managing director of Tarzan Marine Engineering Services, Dr. Ganiyu Balogun who is also the National President of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON). In a chat with Mr. Olumuyiwa Adesanya, the initiator and founder of Lagos Lagoon Water Carnival, he said, “our aim is to boost the socio-economic trade activities of the state in an exciting manner, and we have had the privilege of reaching out to the…

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Bakers to commence strike Tuesday

The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria announced on February 14 that it is poised to begin a nationwide strike on February 27 unless the Federal Government honours the agreement made with the association in 2020. It also called for the temporary suspension of all types of taxation on the bakery industry at the federal, state, and local government levels. In a statement announcing the strike, the National President of AMBCON, Mansur Umar, said, “The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria have critically accessed the state…

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Three Teams Emerge Winners in HabariPay’s Take-on-Squad Hackathon 1.0 for University Undergraduates

After days of intense collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving, three teams – Team Within, Team X, and Team Storepoint – emerged winners in the inaugural Take-on-Squad Hackathon 1.0 coding event held at the state-of-the-art GTCO Training Complex, Tayo’s Plaza, Abeokuta, Ogun State, from January 18th to 20th, 2024. Team Storepoint, represented by Haruna Faruk and Ladipo Samuel from the University of Lagos, secured third position and a prize of N1 million. Their winning solution, Storepoint, facilitates quick access to an online marketplace for local shops and small businesses within 5 minutes,…

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Manufacturers list conditions to slash rising cement price

Cement Manufacturers have agreed to sell a 50kg bag of cement at a retail price between N7,000 and N8,000, depending on location nationwide. However, the manufacturers stated that the price drop from the current market price would depend on the fulfillment of certain government interventions to ameliorate critical challenges faced in the industry. The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, announced after a meeting with leading cement manufacturers on Monday in Abuja adding that Nigerians will feel the impact in 30 days. The meeting was against the backdrop of the ballooning…

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