2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward

The 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place from 02-04 May 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

This means that Indaba has been brought forward by four days.

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced in his state of the nation address that the national election will take place on 08 May 2019. This would have coincided with Indaba.

A task team was set up by the CEO of South African Tourism (SA Tourism), Sisa Ntshona, to explore all available options and it was decided that moving Indaba forward was the best possible option.

The task team comprised of representatives of the following organisations:

  • SA Tourism
  • Department of Tourism
  • Durban ICC
  • Tourism KZN
  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)
  • eThekwini

The task team took into account various factors and permutations in reaching the new date.

“The national election is the cornerstone of our democracy and is a celebration of our freedom in South Africa,” says Ntshona.

“It’s an important date and occasion for all South Africans and we need to acknowledge and respect the date.”

“At the same time, I must express my heartfelt gratitude to the Tourism industry for their understanding of the situation, I have received many calls, emails and texts with advice and support. I am really impressed to experience how the tourism sector gets together. I also want to thank the Indaba Organising Committee involved with Indaba – they are Tourism KwaZulu Natal, ICC and eThekwini (Durban Tourism) – for being accommodating with regards to the change,” added Ntshona.

“From a Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) perspective, we presented comprehensive views of the sector to the task team and ultimately the key thing for us was to get a new date as quickly as possible,” commented Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO at TBCSA.

“We will now work with all our trade partners to ensure that there is smooth transition into the new date as many would’ve had plans in place already for the previous date. We still have a key role to play in achieving Indaba’s objectives of selling South Africa and the continent to the rest of the world.”

Indaba is the African continent’s biggest travel exhibition show.

Last year over 7 000 delegates attended from 80 countries.

Registrations for buyers and exhibitors are still open. For more information, visit www.indaba-southafrica.co.za

UK Announces Winners of ‘Go Global Competition

Last Friday at the British residence in Lagos, the British Deputy High Commission today hosted the Nigerian leg of the 2019 Go Global Africa Programme. 15 start-ups, selected from an unprecedented 340 entries, presented their pitches to a combined Nigerian and British panel of tech experts at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s Residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.   The winning entries will now travel to the UK in late March for a two-week immersive programme of support.

 The businesses who pitched are all active in fields aimed to create a better future for Africa, with a specific focus on Water, Connectivity, Digital Health, Fintech and Agritech.

UK Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils said:

“I am delighted to host the 15 pitches today.  The huge Nigerian interest in Go Global shows just how much huge entrepreneurial talent and potential already exists in Nigeria’s digital economy.  I’m committed to bringing together the best of the UK’s tech sector with Nigeria’s tech entrepreneurs. This is a win-win for both our economies. The Go Global programme is the first of many support programmes, particularly in the areas of tech and financial inclusion that we will be working with Nigeria on, following the commitments made last August when the Prime Minister visited Nigeria.  “

She also added that due to the volume and quality of applications received in Nigeria the number of Nigeria, two additional slots had been awarded, bringing the number of winners up to 7 from 5.

The winning Nigerian entrepreneurs are : RemindMe, an app by Innovation corner that would use USSD and text to remind new mothers of vaccination dates, Piggybank; an automates savings and investment solution, Social Lender; a money lending solution that uses social media platforms, Thriveagric; a program that lowers the entry barrier for people willing to invest in agriculture by connecting farmers to crowdsourced finance, Helium Health; a hospital management software, Helpmum; an app that provides healthcare information to combat maternal and infant mortality, and eTrash2Cash; an online platform that will help low income & marginalized women earn & save cash benefits for gathering trash for recycling.

Prominent UK tech sector leader Gary Stewart, Director of Wayra UK and a panel judge, said: “I’ve been deeply impressed by the quality of the Nigerian start-ups pitching today.  The UK’s tech sector thrives on international collaboration and I look forward to seeing more Nigerian companies look to the UK for finance and business opportunities.”

Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to support Nigerian start-ups and entrepreneurs to build their businesses and develop solutions to global challenges. I congratulate those firms chosen to participate in this exciting and intensive programme in the UK. It is an integral part of the deep UK-Nigeria tech partnership announced during Prime Minister May’s visit to Africa in August and will be a real boost to those using technology to improve people’s lives.”

The UK is ideally placed to be Nigeria’s go to tech partner. The UK has produced 1 in 5 of the continent’s billion-dollar tech unicorns and is home to the big European tech investors, with 7 of Europe’s 10 leading unicorn venture capital hunter funds. More than 2.1 million people work in the UK’s digital economy.   The scheme aims to boost both countries’ economies and help the UK achieve its aim of being the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business.

Moët & Chandon’s “The Film Gala” honoring up and coming short filmmakers in the Nigerian film industry.

LAGOS – The inaugural edition of The Film Gala®, hosted by Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade,  2010 Miss Black USA Pageant winner and acclaimed actress, and by Toni Tones, singer, songwriter and actress, at the Wings Tower, Victoria Island, and presented by Filmhouse Cinemas, in partnership with Moët & Chandon, was held on the 26th of January, 2019. Filmhouse Cinemas, the premiere movie/film platform in Nigeria and Moët & Chandon, the official champagne of the Golden Globes, collaborated to bring to the forefront of the Nigerian film industry bodies of work that are breaking the norm in contemporary Nigerian cinema and inspiring really creative pieces of art. And as such, it was no surprise that the theme of the night was “Married To The Arts.”

 

Gracing the purple carpet of The Film Gala was the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry. The likes of Ngozi Nwosu, Chinedu Ikedieze, Shaffy Bello, Dakore Egbuson, Alex Ekubo, Kemi Adetiba, Iretiola Doyle, Oyeka Udoka, Waje, Omawumi, Abimbola Craig and Timini Egbuson were among the celebrities in attendance. Many more A-list industry stars, music luminaries and the upper echelon of Lagos society made their way to the gala in the most elegant fashion.

The Film Gala was curated to celebrate and honor the works of our game changers and groundbreaking members of our ever-blooming film industry. The gala featured the best of Nollywood and various initiatives that left strong imprints in the industry, and society as a whole. Most importantly, it was an event that reflected the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity and growth that the community has given to Nigeria’s growing film industry. In that same vein, the Film Gala awarded Michael Akinkunle Akinrogunde, an AFP Alumnus and filmmaker with Accelerate TV,  with a One Million Naira cash prize from VISA and Filmhouse Cinemas, a distribution deal on his first feature-length film, and with The Lady®, its official statuette, for his short film, “Penance.” The young filmmaker was voted ‘best short film director’ and his film voted ‘best short film’ by the audience via live visual audience votes after his film and other incredibly outstanding shorts, carefully selected and nominated, were viewed.

The Film Gala was curated to celebrate and honor the works of our game changers and groundbreaking members of our ever-blooming film industry. The gala featured the best of Nollywood and various initiatives that left strong imprints in the industry, and society as a whole. Most importantly, it was an event that reflected the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity and growth that the community has given to Nigeria’s growing film industry. In that same vein, the Film Gala awarded Michael Akinkunle Akinrogunde, an AFP Alumnus and filmmaker with Accelerate TV, with a One Million Naira cash prize from VISA and Filmhouse Cinemas, a distribution deal on his first feature-length film, and with The Lady®, its official statuette, for his short film, “Penance.” The young filmmaker was voted ‘best short film director’ and his film voted ‘best short film’ by the audience via live visual audience votes after his film and other incredibly outstanding shorts, carefully selected and nominated, were viewed.
Seyi Tinubu, CEO of Loatsad Promomedia, presented the award to Michael Akinrogunde, while the representatives of Filmhouse Cinemas, Lolu Desalu and of Moët & Chandon, Elizabeth Oputa, addressed the audience on this groundbreaking artistic partnership that will ultimately redefine award season in the industry and the film industry as a whole. Moët & Chandon has a long-standing affair with cinema and this innovative partnership with the foremost cinematic platform in the Nigerian industry, Filmhouse Cinemas, is sure to make luminous the magic in all the budding talent and art within the industry.

The team behind the gala, Filmhouse Cinemas, and Moët & Chandon, definitely brought the theme of the event to life with the decor and ambiance that depicted classical art and opulence. They also presented fine dining to their guests through the exquisite and sumptuous dishes of chef extraordinaire, Chef Eros. Guests were served a four-course meal consisting of Lobster Bisque, Duck Salad, Poached Chicken and an assortment of desserts. All the meals were paired with the finest selections of champagnes within the Moët & Chandon’s range.
The post-gala after party followed immediately after this exclusive event, which was held by the waterside of the Wings Tower, a specially extended section outside the main auditorium the gala event was held in. It began with an explosion of fireworks as guests danced and mingled, popping Moët and Chandon champagne and Hennessy bottles, revelling in the magic and grandeur of the lit night sky. And what a beautiful night it was!

LOVE AND DINE WITH YOUR HEART AT MARRIOTT HOTELS IN NIGERIA

Romantic getaways, great meals, exceptional offers

In the famous words of Henry David Thoreau “There is no remedy for Love but to love more”, in this spirit, Sheraton Hotels in Lagos and Abuja have created the perfect ambience for a Romantic staycation or dinner with loved ones to make your valentine’s day truly special.

According to Barry Curran- General Manager for Marriott Hotels in Nigeria “Our hotel teams have truly “gone beyond” to create unforgettable love filled moments for all who come in through our doors.

Sheraton Lagos Hotel with its location at the epicentre of Ikeja’s bustling area, is delighted to celebrate the most magical time of the year with exceptional packages for both classic and club rooms. Rates will start from N66,000 and those who book these rates will get inspirational valentine gifts.

To add more spice to your day with us, a photo booth will be set up beside our Pumpkin Leaf Restaurant where lovers can take pictures and selfies. We then encourage our Guests to head up to our Pumpkin Leaf or Italian Restaurants for a delightful Valentine’s Day dinner; specially curated to spark up the evening and all-inclusive of a valentine’s day welcome cocktail at N16,500 per person and N33,000 per couple.

Our ingenious Executive Chef and his expert team have come up with a variety of sumptuous dishes and our customers are sure to delight their palates with offerings such as smoked Norwegian salmon, shrimp cocktail with tropical fruits, prawns bisque, prime beef fillet, heart shaped potatoes, whole oven roasted ram, roast chicken a l’orange, jollof rice, white forest gateau and more.

We will offer roses to the ladies, a live band to keep diners entertained and to top it off, 20% discount dinner vouchers will be handed over to each couple who dines at our Italian Restaurant during the Valentine’s evening.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel teams have put together a unique collection of Valentine’s Day experiences. The packages include special Valentine’s day offers for diners at all our four restaurants, a transformational arrival through a Love tunnel as well as free rose stems for the first 80 ladies to arrive.

To ignite the reason for the season; we will set up a cozy love photo booth for those pictures and selfies that create long lasting memories.

Couples are welcome to enjoy an elevated buffet dinner at our continental Papillon Restaurant or indulge in an inspiring waterfront buffet dinner experience at our Pool Bar & Restaurant all-inclusive of a complimentary glass of mocktail on arrival and live music entertainment for just NGN11,000 Per Person.

We are also happy to offer an original taste of Italy at our Luigi’s Italian Restaurant for our patrons looking to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at just NGN22,000 Per Couple with a free glass of wine on arrival.

While at NGN30,000 Per Couple you can enjoy an enriching 3 course set menu at our Obudu Grill steak house restaurant and a complimentary bottle of prosecco.

A complimentary proposal package is available for our customers who call on or before the 8th of February 2019 for pre-arrangements.

All Diners will stand a chance to win either a couple’s weekend get-away or a couples Steam & Sauna session at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel

Our accommodation package is not left as you can equally relax over a staycation with us from the 14th – 17th of February for just NGN39,999 Per Night all Inclusive of taxes & breakfast for 2 Adults.

Sheraton Lagos and Sheraton Abuja will be beautifully decorated to reflect the valentine spirit as we look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day with everyone” says Barry Curran

At our Sheraton Hotels in Lagos and Abuja we go beyond in our efforts to create long lasting memories and by doing this we believe that we have strengthened our place not just as a hotel for business travelers but as destinations that create experiences for leisure seekers too.

Seun Ayeni recreates Ekiti song in ‘Olorun Abo’

Taking a trip down to his Ekiti origin, Seun Ayeni fondly called GGG (Godly Gorgeous Genius) releases a new gospel track titled ‘Olorun Abo’

The song is a remake of a household gospel song originally written generations ago in Ekiti dialect.
With verses sung in English language and chorus in Yoruba, the song is bound to make you appreciate God’s guidance and protection over your life.

Nigerian growth companies lead representation in LSEG’s ‘Companies to Inspire Africa 2019’ report

  • 2019 report identifies a new cohort of fast growing and dynamic private businesses across Africa
  • 360 companies selected from 32 countries
  • 97 Nigerian companies included in the report: largest representation of companies featured, constituting 27% of the featured firms in the report.
  • Strong emphasis on Industry and Technology & Telecoms in Nigeria, with just under half of their companies coming from these sectors
  • Exceptional growth rates for Nigerian firms reflected in featured CAGR of 47% revenue CAGR and average employee CAGR of 23% over 3 years
  • 22% of Nigerian companies in the report are led by women

 

Today, London Stock Exchange Group launches the second edition of its ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report, identifying and celebrating some of Africa’s most dynamic growth businesses. David Schwimmer, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group was joined by International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt to welcome guests including the CEOs of featured companies, African government representatives, Africa-focused investors and trade groups to the Group’s London headquarters. Also, in attendance were official partners to the report, the African Development Bank, Asoko Insight, CDC Group and PwC, together with sponsors Instinctif Partners and Stephenson Harwood.

International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said:

“Africa is going through a period of enormous change. Five of the world’s fastest-growing economies are African and by 2050 a quarter of the world’s population will live there. This growth presents unique opportunities for us all.

“The Companies to Inspire Africa report highlights the leading private companies operating in Africa, which have the most inspiring stories and the strongest growth potential

“By combining African-led ambition with British expertise we can unlock investment and create more jobs for Africa and the UK. This is a win for Africa and a win for the UK.”

David Schwimmer, CEO, LSEG, said:

“London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report showcases inspirational and entrepreneurial businesses from across the African continent, representing a wide variety of industries and countries. It is particularly encouraging to see the increasing influence of women in leadership roles in these fast-growing companies, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of African business.

These high growth companies have the potential to transform the African economy and become tomorrow’s job creators.  At LSEG, we are committed to helping companies realise that potential and we are pleased to highlight and celebrate the company success stories behind one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”

Uyi Akpata, West Africa Regional Senior Partner, PwC, said:

“We are extremely honoured to partner again with London Stock Exchange Group for the second series of the ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report. At PwC, we view private businesses as a critical catalyst to job creation, economic growth, and innovation. Initiatives such as this help expose these companies to a global audience, and we hope will lead to further collaboration across border with London-based investors and strategic partners. It is also great to see the public sector represented here. It is an important testament to their commitment to supporting the private sector and continuing to drive improvements in ease of doing business.

We are also looking forward to hosting the Lagos launch, especially given Nigeria has the single largest representation with 97 of the 360 companies. We at PwC are committed to supporting private businesses and applaud London Stock Exchange Group for this initiative.

Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria said:

“I am delighted to see that a large number of Nigerian companies feature in this year’s Companies to Inspire Africa (CTIA) report. This shows the innovation and talent of Nigerian business men and women, and the opportunities that the country offers for Small and Medium Enterprises. I look forward to meeting as many of these businesses as possible over the years to come. They will have a key role to play in economic development and job creation in Nigeria.”

 The 2019 report in numbers:

  • The 2019 report identifies 360 companies from 32 countries across the African Continent with 7 major sectors represented.
  • Revealing exceptional rates of growth amongst this year’s cohort, with average revenue Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) at 46% and average employee CAGR at 25%, over three years, the report highlights the entrepreneurial and dynamic landscape of the African private sector.
  • Companies featured include small entrepreneurial businesses through to well-established corporations
  • Nigeria (97) and Kenya (66) led the countries represented in the report this year
  • Nigeria further built on its leading position established in the 2017 Report with strong representation from the Industry and Technology & Telecom sectors
  • The East-West African axis dominates this year’s Report with 130 companies from Western Africa and 147 from Eastern Africa
  • 23% of the companies are led by women, almost double the proportion in the 2017 report: Standout sectors where senior female executives are having a big impact are Healthcare & Education and Financial Services, with 39% and 31% are led by women CEOs
  • Agriculture remains an important sector for the continent with 53 companies, almost 15% of those featured
  • The companies in this year’s report are creating significant employment opportunities across Africa with each company employing an average of 363 people

The report was produced in partnership with African Development Bank Group, CDC Group, PwC and Asoko Insight who contributed their insight and expertise to select the featured companies, and the report is sponsored by Instinctif Partners and Stephenson Harwood.

A comprehensive searchable database of all the companies along with a downloadable PDF of the publication is available online at www.lseg.com/inspireafrica.

London Stock Exchange Group has a long history of supporting the development of African capital markets and investment in African companies. To learn more, click here.

 

Preparations heighten for Amuwo Carol 2018

Preparations for the 13th edition of the annual Amuwo Odofin Community Carol tagged Newness has gained momentum as the event comes up in few days.

The theme ‘Newness’ for this year’s edition was gotten from Isaiah 43:19 according to the SOP Initiative President and chief host of this event – Seun Ayeni.

Banners will start appearing in nooks and crannies of Amuwo Odofin estates while we sponsor social media posts to take care of those who may not come around before the D-day, Dare Ayeni, the Corporate Affairs team lead explains.

This year, we also plan to broadcast the event live, just to make sure those who no longer live in or those who by chance are not going to be in the area on the 24th of December are carried along.

The new set of SOP Initiative EXCOs who were just sworn in at the beginning of this year are excited with the challenge ahead and they hope to make the best of it says Funmi Amugo – Vice President of the group also known as the True Worshippers Family.

Details of the event which hopes to features resident ministers and guests like Adeyinka Praise, Praise Aglow, Osho shot and many more can be gotten on the official website of the event (amuwocarol.sopinitiative.org) and it’s social media pages – @amuwocarol.

Adekunle Gold, Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor, Stephanie Coker, Joselyn Dumas, Kemi Adetiba and more Experienced Gauteng, KZN and the Free State in Style With Great Wave of Excitement For the Global Citizens Concert

There is something about South Africa that makes each experience worth the trip… the scenic beauty of its landscape, the ever welcoming people, their rich cultural heritage and the variety of wines and cuisines. Best believe it is the perfect holiday destination. Need extra proof?
South African Tourism in partnership with Inifinix Nigeria hosted, Nigerian Singer, Adekunle Gold, Nigerian TV Presenter and Influencer, Stephanie Coker, Ghanaian Actor and Actresses, Joselyn Dumas and Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor critically acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, Bloggers and OAPs from Nigeria and Ghana, Tosin Ajibade, Noble Ezeala, Ono Bello, Ameyaw Debrah, Osi , Kemi Smallz, Lexis Bill, Eugune, and Francis Doku and Media Guru, Colette Otutesho on a 10 day trip to explore the offerings of South Africa.


One thing you are sure to experience in South Africa is luxurious accommodation with views that just starts your days right. From the Drakensberg Sun Resort in Drakensberg with the mountain views to Protea Hotels in Clarens with the swimming pools and the Davinci Hotel in Nelson Mandela Square – J’Burg which is perfect for shopping.


In South Africa – there’s something for everyone, you can relax, stay in beautiful properties, as well as experience wines and cuisines that will leave you coming back to South Africa again and again.
With South Africa only 6 hours away, the group arrived Johannesburg and set off on a road trip to ‘home’ for the next few days; Drakensberg Sun Resort. With fresh mountain air and awestruck views, the resort is situated high in the dramatic landscapes of Drakensberg also known as ‘the dragon mountain’.


After time spent on a plane and on a bus, rejuvenating spa sessions with complimentary drinks at the Champagne Sport Resorts was the perfect welcome to kickstart the vacay. After the pampering, came the food; the in-house cuisine at the Drakensberg Sun Resort was absolutely amazing and quintessentially South African.


What better way to take in the awe-inspiring and truly magnificent landscape of Drakensberg than going on a horse ride through the area. The group was definitely excited about the horse-back riding experience and was even more thrilled to go on a canoe ride on the Drakensberg’s lake.


Next stop for the group; Cathedral Peak Wine Estate. A must do when in South Africa is wine tasting, and when in Drakensberg, a must visit is the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate – the vineyards of this wine estate is simply magnificent, and the view is even more magical. The group got to sample some of the best of South African wine served with cheese and grapes over happy talks and bonding. For Adekunle Gold and Stephanie Coker, the wine tasting was the highlight of their trip.

This year being the Centenary of Nelson Mandela, the group took a long walk on the path to freedom as they visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. In 1952, Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts and a cultural and historical exhibition was set up at the site in his honor. The sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site comprises of 50 steel columns that were laser cut to form an image of Mandela when viewed at the correct angle. The walk to the capture site was a monumental moment for the group as they got a deeper insight on the fight of Mandela for the freedom of the people of South Africa.


Ready for another road trip, the group was back on the tour bus and it was goodbye Drakensberg and hello! Clarens. The small town of Clarens – just a 3 to 4 hours drive from Johannesburg- is situated at the foothill of the magnificent Maloti Mountian. Clarens welcomed the guests with beautiful sun kisses, and something to get the blood pumping – Quad Biking and Zip Lining at Clarens Xtreme. Dear adrenaline lovers, this has got to be your first stop when you visit Clarens and the best part of it is you do not have to break a bank. Most activities are as little as a half-/full day R250/350.


From a time of adventure, to a time with the people of the Basotho Cultural Village. The Basotho Cultural Village, located at the foot of huge sand stone mountains would take you through time, highlighting the lifestyle of the people of South Sotho from the 16th century to the present. The group was welcomed into the “khotla”, the gathering place of men and had a sip of the traditional beer offered as a gesture of the Basotho hospitality.


Ready to explore more, the crew hit the beautiful streets of Soweto, where Adekunle Gold couldn’t help but beatbox to the music of one of the locals… music is a universal and no matter your country, the music always unites us all.
Next stop was the Mandela House, also known as the Nelson Mandela National Museum. The Mandela family’s four-roomed Soweto home houses various memorabilia, artworks, awards and honorary doctorate conferred on Nelson Mandela and his family, as well as photographs of the family dating back to the 1950s. Mandela had lived here from 1946 to 1962, and the now museum houses the history on the life of Mandela featuring his works on promoting human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the people of South Africa. The group couldn’t help but feel the spirit of Mandela still lived on.

This year had been a long walk through history for the people of South Africa as it marked the 100th year of the birth of Nelson Mandela and to further honor his legacy, the Global Citizens Festival put together the Mandela 100 concert at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg as part of one of the biggest campaigns to end extreme poverty across the world. With Trevor Noah as the host and performance by A-list artists such as Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, and our very own Wizkid, Femi Kuti, D’banj, Tiwa Savage and many more. The ever welcoming and hospitable people of South Africa hosted over 70,000 visitors from different parts of the world for the festival. The guests were thrilled to be a part of such historical event.


No better way to end a fun filled trip than a time out shopping at the beautiful Sandton Mall.
The beautiful moments and memories made on the trip were also captured on the Infinix Zero 6 and we are officially looking forward to seeing South Africa through the lens of the Zero 6 as this ground-breaking device is set to launch in Nigeria January 2019.

See all the adventure on Instagram @travel2Sa @infinixnigeria
#MySAExperience #DiscoverSAwithZero6

Indomix, African China, GT da Guitarman, Seun Ayeni push community service through Battle of the Sounds Amuwo

Artistes, celebrities, influencers and their friends have come together to execute a community service and youth empowerment in Amuwo Odofin via an initiative created by BizzybodyNG – an event tech solutions company headed by Seun Ayeni.
Seun Ayeni delivering the Opening Speech at BOTS2018

             

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The initiative – Battle of the Sounds is a month long music competition which had over 60 contestants battle in five popular and vibrant genres of music including Reggae-Dancehall, Fuji, Afropop, Acapella and Hardcore Rap.
In a statement by Seun Ayeni, he said, “This concept was born out of the same objectives we hoped to achieve with sports when we started the Mini Sports Festival tagged AmuwoGames in 2017. The energy is out there, the youths are ready to dissipate it, we just need to create a positive media to channel this energy. Music is as good as sports when it comes to getting these objectives achieved, and so, here we are”.
The Grand Finale of the Battle of the Sounds held on November 25th at an Amuwo Odofin Community playground sharing borders with the popular Amuwo Odofin Primary School in Jakande Estate, Mile 2.
Resident celebrities like GT da Guitarman, Indomix, African China and Kpeace and their friends were present as judges and special guests at the Grand Finale and on different days of the competition. Faze, who was also a judge at the opening was unavoidably absent at the finals due to logistic reasons. Other celebrities at the closing were Lafup the Comedian, Babahkay, Kobi Mighty and others.

Performances at the ceremony included music acts by Sheun Natural, Runnjozzy, Pablow and many other resident artistes in Amuwo Odofin.
The presence of the Amuwo Odofin LG boss – Engineer Valentine Buraimoh was also felt through out the competition, as he was represented by delegates at different times, especially by Hon ‘Aquarium’ Ojomo who was also present at the closing ceremony which witness a huge crowd of about 2000 persons.
Prizes of N100,000, recording deals given to contestants were further augmented by prizes which also included cash from African China’s – Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the five categories, Indomix and Kobi Mighty’s cash prize for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the Hardcore Rap categories, recording and studio session deals from Indomix, 4th April Beats and Festac Mag’s bosses – Destiny Orimidu and Ameen respectively and free music video shoot for one of the Acapella groups.

Other prizes presented included Samsung Nigeria’s mobile phone gift for three outstanding persons in the competition, Instant cash and t-shirt souvenir prizes by Baudex – a resident social media influencer to freestyle winners on competition days, Globacom’s freebies to audience at the opening ceremony and FestacOnline’s discounted social media promo package for all contestants.
It was indeed a novel initiative and should be replicated in various communities if possible says the Publisher of Inside Watch Africa – Seyi Adegoke-Adeyemo.
For more news, videos and pictures from the event, please visit battleofthesounds.com or just follow @battleofthesounds or @bizzybodyng on social media.

SAHCOL MD/CEO Inducted Into The Institute Of Directors (IOD) Nigeria

The Managing Director of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd, (SAHCOL) Mr. Basil Agboarumi has been inducted into the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria.

The event which took place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was in the presence of Directors from various sectors of the economy.

At the event, which also witnessed the presentation of the keynote paper of the day by Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, with the title ‘Our Stochastic World: Measurable Innovations in Nigeria’s Development’, inductees were reminded of the importance of adhering to the principles of Corporate Governance, for effective and successful running of organisations. He went on to emphasize that the success of companies and organisations depends on the performance and competence of directors, their integrity, fairness and vision as well as the ability to balance the interest of all stakeholders in the society.

As a result, the new inductees were requested to be good ambassadors of the Institute, which have a core focus of institutionalizing good business practices in Nigeria. Basil Agboarumi started acting as the Managing Director/CEO of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd in December 2017 before his confirmation in September 2018.

Basil joined the Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited in 2000 when it was a subsidiary of the Nigeria Airways Limited, as the Pioneer staff/Head of the Public Affairs Unit. After the privatization and subsequent takeover of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited by the SIFAX Group in 2009, he was appointed the Head of Corporate Communications, with a mandate to spearhead the re-branding of the new company (Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited).

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) and an Associate Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (arpa). An Aluminous of the School of Media and Communications of the Pan-Atlantic University. He was one of the Nigerian delegates to the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World public Relations Forums, in Madrid – Spain, Nairobi – Kenya, and Toronto – Canada, respectively.

Basil is also the recipient of a Special Recognition Award by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), for his “distinct industry and outstanding contributions impacting positively on Nigeria’s Reputation”, is result-oriented, a good team player, motivator, with excellent people’s skill who has a successful track record in Leadership, Public Relations/ Communications.

He was the General Manager, Corporate Communications before he rose to become the Acting Managing Director and finally the Managing Director/ CEO due to his impressive performance at the helms of affair of the company as an Acting Managing Director.

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited is a SIFAX Group IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified Aviation Ground Handling Company, providing services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Training Services, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.