Battle of the Sounds Amuwo

10 Things you Need to Know About Battle of the Sounds – Amuwo

1. It is created by Bizzybody NG, the same outfit that created the Mini Sports Festival Concept tagged AmuwoGames that held its first edition in 2017.

2. It is a month long music contest that will run from November 3-25, 2018. See calendar on www.battleofthesounds.com 

3. Five music genres will be contested in. Rap, Afropop, Fuji, Reggae and Acapella

4. Judges and Coaches will be drawn from celebrities living in or that have lived in Amuwo Odofin including: Faze, African China, Indomix, GT da Guitarman, K Peace and more.

5. Prizes summing up to N500,000 naira will be won along with recording deals in this edition.

6. Registration to participate is free. Click here to register: bit.ly/battleofthesounds.

7. This Amuwo Odofin edition is held in partnership with major community outfits like Den Visuals and Management, Digits Sounds, Lumiere Multimedia and so on.

8. Battle of the Sounds competitions will be held outdoor and in 5 locations within Amuwo Odofin. These locations include:

  • Golden Tulip,
  • Amuwo Odofin Primary School Play Ground,
  • JKings Basketball Court in Festac Extension,
  • 23 road Basketball Court in Festac Town and
  • SuperBee Place also in Festac town.

Details of venues for each competition day can be seen on the competition calendar published on www.battleofthesounds.com 

9. Contestants will be grouped into 8 teams to represent their hood. These hoods are,

  • Mile 2 zones A,B,C
  • Mile 2 zones D,E,F
  • Festac Extension
  • The Amuwo GRAs
  • Festac Town 1st and 7th Avenues
  • Festac Town 2nd Avenue
  • Festac Town 3rd and 4th Avenues
  • Festac Town 5th and 6th Avenues

10. Battle of The Sounds is majorly a community and youth Development project – and a CSR initiative, community and youth Development project – and a CSR initiative

EFInA Launches Capacity Building Porgramme for Media to Increase Financial Inclusion

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), Nigeria’s leading financial sector development organization organized a media forum to discuss the role of media in driving Financial Inclusion.
As part of its mission to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria EFInA desires to improve the existing financial awareness and literacy of the un(der)banked through the existing media infrastructure so that  Media can play  an increasing role in the efficient adoption of financial services in Nigeria.
Giving the welcome address, EFInA Board Chair, Segun Akerele, emphasized the importance of collaboration amongst all stakeholders including the media to reduce the rate of financial exclusion.
Temitope Otumara, Communication Specialist for EFInA said that financial inclusion and inclusive growth aren’t just policy choices, but are policy imperatives, which determine the long-term financial stability and sustainability of the economic and social order, going forward. Temi further explained we need to ensure that all of us are collectively willing to walk that extra mile to ensure that our fellow countrymen get easy access to the financial system by leading the initiative and spreading our message far and wide.
EFInA Grants Manager, Suzanne Adeoye said no organization can drive financial inclusion alone so EFInA will be working with the media to increase financial services awareness and literacy to the un(der)banked during her presentation on “Introduction to EFInA” .
During a presentation at the event Nimi Akinkugbe laid emphasis on the 3 core purpose of the media is to inform, influence and entertain. She further explained that an improved Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy effort from the media could result in more discerning choice of investment and other financial products by consumers which would make financial institutions respond innovatively to consumer demand, leading to a more efficient financial system.
Nimi Akinkugbe, Money Matters with Nimi
Nimi concluded her presentation stressing the fact that a better-informed public will exert greater scrutiny over the risks of financial institutions and the quality of their products and services.
Presenting on the Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion, Editi Efiong, Ceo of Anakle educated the Marketing managers of different banks, fintechs and journalists from different platforms including Channels TV, Wazobia, Businessday, EbonyLifeTv, CNBC, Naira-Metrics amongst others about the essence of simplifying the message for the un(der)banked. Editi further explained that the messaging will need to be localized on a community basis to drive adoption in the rural areas as most of these people still have low trust in the financial system based on little or no understanding on how it works.
The event involved a panel session where panelists including Nimi Akinkugbe, Aisha Isa- Olatinwo Head Banking & Payments CBN; Arese Ugwu; Founder SmartMoneyAfrica, Adia Sowho; Managing director Mines, Ugo Dre Okechukwu; founder NairaMetric, Lehle Balde; Businessday strategist and Folasade Agbejule; EFInA Payment Specialist  discussed issues relating to: The Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion.
The panel, moderated by Tunji Andrews and Temi Otumara identified improved Trust, financial awareness and literacy as forces affecting adoption of financial inclusion that can only be changed by the media.
L-R: Aisha Isa Olatunwo, Nimi akinkugbe, Temi Otumara, Folasade Agbejule
ABOUT EFInA
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. Established in 2007, its vision is to be the leader in facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive growth promoting financial system. EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s department for International development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. 

RadissonBlu Anchorage partners Remy Martin For Exquisite Guests Experience

RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos has partnered Remy Martin in Nigeria to continue to give its guests exquisite hospitality experience second to none.

At an exclusive cocktail event at RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, guests and selected dignitaries of the hotel got a taste of the world famous French distilled cognac brand, Remy Martin XO, VSOP and 1738 Accord Royal.

Stephen Jimba, Brand Ambassador of Remy Martin brand in Nigeria took the guests through the historical age and production of Remy Martin in France as well as gave insights on special tasting techniques that leaves the taste buds with exquisiteness.

According to Kevin Kamau, General Manager, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, the partnership with Remy Martin provides an opportunity to leverage on the rich history and global acceptability of the brand to continue to enhance service quality to guests of the hotel.

“Remy Martin is a premium brand that has got a rich history and global pedigree that the RadissonBlu brand is proud to partner in giving our guests a superlative experience,” Kamau mentioned.

Also, Ahmed Raza, Manager-Food & Beverages, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos stated that Remy Martin is an established brand that will complement the delicious cuisines offering of the hotel which will ultimately result to guests loyalty.

L-R: Manager, Food & Beverage, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Ahmed, Raza; Country Manager, Nigeria, Remy Cointreau, Mr. Xavier Carbonel; General Manager, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Kevin Kamau; Remy Martin Brand Ambassador, Mr. Stephen Jimba; and Director of Sales & Marketing, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Wellington Mpofu, at the Remy Martin cocktail, in Lagos… on Wednesday. Photo: Odutayo Odusanya

Xavier Carbonel, Remy Cointreau Country Manager Nigeria says buying Remy Martin brand represent legacy and rich culture of fine premium French distillery. “The Remy Martin brand distillery is superior giving you same taste irrespective of the time in history. This uniqueness of the brand gives us an edge,” Carbonel affirmed.

The partnership between RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos and Remy Martin will see staff of the hotel travelling to France to learn the unique culture of the cognac brand to be replicated in enriching and elevating guests experience of RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Nigeria.

South African Airways Celebrates Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day With Orphans

South African Airways (SAA) celebrated Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary at the Arrows of God Orphanage in Lagos by donating food materials and goodie bags to the children of the home.

As part of the airline’s commitment to Nigeria and the less privileged, SAA donated customised cake, gift bags, drinks, noodles and other food stuffs to the Arrows of God Orphanage to ensure the children of the home are not left out of the celebration mood of the Nigerian nation as it clocks 58 year of Independence.

Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, South African Airways National Sales Manager in Nigeria led the staff of the airline to share the joy and hope of Nigeria’s Independence with the orphans.

“As part of our corporate social responsibility and giving back to the people, we are celebrating Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day with our long-time friends at the Arrows of God Orphanage. We are optimistic and committed to the Nigerian market and will continue to provide necessary support accordingly,” Kemi stated.

The National Sales Manager used the occasion to announce SAA will continue to prioritise the Nigerian market as it marks the milestone of 20 years of service in Nigeria this year.

The children and teachers of the Orphanage expressed their appreciation to the SAA team for their continuous support in putting smiles on the faces of the children always.

Recall that South African Airways began flight service between Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1998.

All About the Upcoming Creative Nigeria Summit 2018

All is set for the Creative Nigeria Summit 2018, a 2-day summit held annually to bring together international and indigenous experts, thought leaders, industry players and renowned professionals within the Nigerian Film Television Industry to discuss issues affecting the Industry.

Topics will address the growing changing TV environment in Nigeria; discuss available technologies; highlight the latest trend in TV services and OTT solutions in the industry; focus on the essential elements necessary for providing excellent content, content marketing, acquisition and distribution.

Some speakers at the event include:

 

  • BADA AKINTUNDE-JOHNSON (MEDIA AND CREATIVE EXPERT)
  • SANJAY SALIL (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • MO ABUDU (MEDIA PROPRIETOR AT EBONYLIFE TV&FILMS)
  • JEFF KALLIGHERI (ENTREPRENEUR & TV / FILM PRODUCER)
  • ANAHITA KHEDER (SNR VP, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, SOUTH EAST EUROPE AT FREMANTLEMEDIA)
  • EMMA SMITHWICK (OF 40 PARTNERS UK)
  • ED WALLER (EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT C21)
  • LINDSEY OLIVER (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • ODIRI IWUJI (FOUNDING PARTNER & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR C21 MEDIA)
  • KUNLE FALODUN (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • OBI ASIKA (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • NEIL G. OYENEKAN (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)

Is this Event for you?

If you fall within any of the under-listed categories, then this summit is expedient for your appropriate perception, comprehension and leveraging of the Media Industry. Television, Film Music Professionals Producers Bankers Production & Post-Production Executives Entertainment Attorneys Owners and Executives Finance & Tax Executives Digital Distribution Executives Film Distributors Studio Executives Filmmakers Channel Owners Advertising Agencies Artists and Media Artisans And Students in the Creative Industry.

Who are the Organizers?

This event is brought to you courtesy the Ministry of Information and Culture, in conjunction with Think Tank Media and Advertising in a bid to build a structure which leaves behind a sustainable legacy as an initiative of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s efforts to develop the creative industry and diversify the Nigerian economy.

What Should You Expect from this Summit?

At the end of the summit, it is expected that the discussions and workshops will trigger relevant ideas, strategies and recommendations to build policies, drive actions for building proper structures; and help businesses within the Nigerian Television Industry to clearly understand and adjust to the realities and dynamics of content for building viable TV and media production businesses.

The Event will hold at EKO HOTEL & SUITES, 1415 ADETOKUNBO ADEMOLA STREET, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS from 16th to 17th of July, 2018.

This 2-day Summit is absolutely free to register and attend!

L-R Wunmi Aboderin. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, British Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, Mrs Sola Salako Aluko, and Hon. Nkoyo Toyo.

Women For Women: British Deputy High Commissioner hosts Sola Salako, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Nkoyo Toyo, Prof Remi Sonaiya, Dr Elishamah Ideh to conversation on women’s participation in politics.

British Deputy High Commissioner facilitates brainstorming session between business, civil society and media stakeholders on barriers to women’s participation in politics

O Monday evening at the British residence in Lagos, the Deputy High Commissioner hosted a diverse array of stakeholders to a conversation on the role of women in politics. The event began with a panel of 4 women: Sola Salako; founder of the Consumer Advocacy Forum, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; a political activist and CEO of Rise Networks, Honourable Nkoyo Toyo; founder of the Women for Women movement, and Wunmi Aboderin; chairperson of Wimbiz. The discussion was moderated by the Deputy High Commissioner who posed thematic questions to the panellists based on the areas in which they worked.

 

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, a youth and civic rights campaigner, on why women and youth matter said  although in their rigorous domestic training they have learnt valuable leadership and management skills, women often have to be 10 times better than the men to get what they are due. Speaking on the importance of male allies especially in intimate relationships, said ‘the best career choice a woman will make is the man she marries, because when she has someone who can validate the dreams she has at night, it gives her the confidence to go out into the world to make it happen.’

Sola Salako, a consumer protection and civic engagement campaigner, on the underestimated impact of civic engagement said ‘In Nigeria they don’t let you do anything except you are from that place. Go to your hometown, gather the women there and listen to their needs. It costs very little to solve these needs for them, but the social capital you acquire from that goes a long way.’ Addressing the fact that many women’s political ambitions are hampered by lack of funding, she stressed the potency of social capital as an alternative to monetary capital.

Hon. Nkoyo Toyo, a veteran women rights activist and Founder of the Women for Women movement gave the room a crash history course in the evolution of women movements dating from the military era. Speaking from her decades of experience she stressed the importance of women joining the current political system however unsavoury it seemed to bring about change from within.  ‘Every existing political party is like a family. You need to understand the nuances to make them work to your advantage.’ she said, also calling on women never to say that politics was not for them.

Wunmi Aboderin, on the role of business in supporting women highlighted the importance of support structures whether through finance, networking or administration. She also gave an account of programmes Wimbiz had implemented in the past to support women in politics.

Asides from the panellists, two women germane to the topic;  Professor Remi Sonaiya, and Dr Elishama Ideh, the first and current female presidential aspirants in the 2015 and 2019 elections respectively, were asked to comment on their experiences.  Professor Remi Sonaiya, who made history in 2015 as the first woman to run for the highest office in the land started by requesting the audience to rise up and give a  minute of silence for the victims of the Plateau massacre on Sunday. Reflecting on her decision to run for office, she said that it was the repeated barrage of tragedies like this drove her out of the university and into politics, because she realized that ‘politicians are the people who determine our quality of life as a nation,’ She concluded by saying that the race never ends, and she is and will continue running.

Dr Elishama Ideh, who is a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections, commented on the unique traits women possessed that made them better leaders. She admitted that it could sometimes be intimidating when in the company of male politicians, even though they were often louder, she often had a perspective that enabled her see aspects of problems they could not.

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

The discussion was then thrown to the floor, where members of the audience including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, gave their perspectives on the topic. In her closing address, the Deputy High Commissioner charged the audience not to feel powerless, reminding them that they didn’t need to look to the West for inspiration but Rwanda, a fellow African country. She thanked the panelists and audiences for their passionate contributions, noting that it was clear that what was needed was a way harness the energy through strategic organization. She also expressed hope that the coming elections would bring a new tide for the plight of women in Nigerian politics.

UPBEAT Centre – Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos

Have you heard of the new wave in Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos? A world class infrastructure with modern facilities that give you an out of the world experience. Let’s tell you about UPBEAT Centre.

 

UPBEAT Centre is West Africa’s first trampoline park and recreation centre in Nigeria. Located at 11 Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, UPBEAT Centre was conceptualized by Moyo Ogunseinde; creative director and developed by Uraga Real Estate limited. UPBEAT was borne to fill a gap in the market, establishing a world class, fun sports and fitness recreation centre in Africa for the benefit for all in the community.

The Upbeat Centre amenities include an indoor trampoline park, an outdoor basketball court, a Five-a-Side football pitch, retail spaces for lease and other fun and fitness facilities for leisure and training. Daily, we deliver a unique experience through our Facility, our people and our products, to make UPBEAT your number one destination for fitness and fun. We provide excellent quality service in a safe environment.

The quality and design of the UPBEAT facility include sustainability and world class safety measures as well as the various activities which set it apart from any existing recreation facility in Nigeria and West Africa.

At UPBEAT, we host parties, corporate team bonding sessions, events and gatherings, themed to your taste and requirement for an unforgettable & eventful experience.

UPBEAT Centre has hosted several events and also partnered to bring some events to life. The Ball-Off Homecoming soccer event, Adekunle Gold’s “About 30” listening party, Society of Petroleum Engineers Charity walk, just to name a few have been held at the UPBEAT Centre. Multinationals like Shell, Chevron, Mobil, KPMG & Stanbic trust us with their corporate team bonding sessions, with great reviews too.

UPBEAT is set to be a household name in Fun & Fitness recreation in Nigeria and West Africa, with plans of spreading across the country to bring the experience closer to people and families outside Lagos. The future is bright, the future is UPBEAT!

So, are you looking for that UPBEAT experience? Come let’s UP YOUR FUN, YOUR FITNESS & YOUR LIFE!

South African Airways awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

Confirming the airline’s status amongst the best airlines in the world

South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both Business and Economy Class, for a 16th consecutive year.

“This win will surely strengthen our global position for once again being awarded a 4-Star ranking. Awards demonstrate that SAA is standing its ground as one of the leading airlines in the world,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

The SAA stations audited this year were South Africa: ORTIA, Durban, and Cape Town; regional – Mauritius and international: Hong Kong, UK, Perth, and São Paulo. “We were also fortunate to have had our new Airbus A330-300 audited this year amongst our aircraft fleet. The A330-300s are state-of-the-art aircraft and the latest acquisition in our fleet,” said Tlali.

The Skytrax 4-Star ranking is a seal of quality approval awarded to airlines supplying good quality performance across a range of product and service-delivery rating areas. Skytrax assessed the rating after detailed product and service standards audits for each featured airline and not connected to any customer ratings.

A 4-Star Airline rating signifies airlines providing a good standard of product and staff service across all travel categories, including cabin seating, safety standards, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, tax-free sales, reading materials, in-flight entertainment, and staff service.

Skytrax, an independent, global airline-rating organisation, awarded the 4-Star rating placing the airline amongst other international and partner airlines. SAA has maintained quality levels throughout what has been another challenging year for the airline, delivering an excellent product and service standards to our customers, making this 4-Star Airline ranking well deserved.

Skytrax commented: “The South African Airways product and service standards continue to perform at a standard that is meeting 4-Star levels and this applies to long-haul, regional, and domestic flights.”

“SAA operates in a highly competitive environment with other African airlines such as Air Mauritius, Royal Air Maroc, Air Seychelles, and Ethiopian Airways also achieving 4 Stars. Winning awards inspires us to seek further opportunities for service excellence and act as an important motivation for employees to keep doing their best and further improve the travel experience of the millions of customers who choose to fly with SAA,” said Tlali.
SAA recently also won four of the six APEX Regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs) for Best Seat Comfort, Best Cabin Service, Best Food and Beverage, and Best Overall in Africa for airlines operating in the Africa region. The airline won the Best in Region – Africa award twice before, in 2012 and 2011.

 

Major awards SAA received in 2017:

  • SAA retained a 4-Star Skytrax rating in both Economy and Business Class for 15 years in a row. The airline is the proud holder of the Skytrax award as Best Airline in Africa for 14 years running.
  • SAA’s in-flight magazine Sawubona won the award for Africa’s Leading In-flight Magazine for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards™, voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.
  • A Voyager member, Dr Sheng Chun Wen, with Gold status, won one million Voyager miles with his composite image as part of the Star Alliance competition offering one million miles from each of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes. The competition was in celebration of Star Alliance’s 20th anniversary.
  • Readers of the Business Traveller magazine chose SAA for the 11th consecutive year as Best African Airline at the Business Traveller Awards 2017.  The awards are widely regarded as the market’s benchmark for excellence.
  • SAA was named winner in the African Long-Haul Airline category at the Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards in September, an event for the South African business travel trade, which is held in association with Business Traveller magazine.
  • SAA again took first place in the Domestic Airline category at the Sunday Times Top Brand Awards, which are based on research conducted by leading market research company, TNS, and reflects consumer and business perspectives on brands in South Africa.

 

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs

About South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low-cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Africa category; this shows that our customer-facing employees are our true brand ambassadors who made a difference to millions of travelling customers.

BREAKING THE SILENCE AND CHANGING ATTITUDES; BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSION HOSTS WARIF, STAKEHOLDERS, TO RECEPTION ON SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

As the first of a 2 week span of activities to mark International Women’s Day, the British Deputy High Commission hosted WARIF and a diverse selection of stakeholders from government, the entertainment industry, and civil society to a reception on Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls, on Tuesday evening. The event, organized in collaboration with the Women at Risk Foundation WARIF; held at the British residence served as a platform for stimulating conversation from various perspectives on the topic of violence against women, but also how individuals and corporate bodies could play their part in its prevention and eradication.

It started with the screening of a theatre performance, a medium found by the WARIF centre to be an effective way of communicating to youth about the problem. This was followed by a sobering video testimonial of Brenda Uphopho, a rape survivor who after multiple incidents of sexual assault, was speaking for the first time about the experience on camera. In her video, she stresses the importance of the medical, legal and psychosocial support provided by centres like WARIF in helping survivors heal after such incidents. Another emotional moment was the address given by Kikelomo Woleosho, a young sexual assault survivor who overcame the negative history to write a book; ‘ Kikelomo ;The Memoir of an Abused Girl’,  and uses her experience to educate people who work with youth, on spotting the telltale signs of abuse.

In her address, the Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, acknowledged that it was often a difficult subject to talk about, but stressed the importance of breaking the silence around the topic, so that more dialogue and progress could be made. ‘I want to thank guests for coming as it is an issue that is a priority not just for the UK Government, but for me personally; especially the men present today. It is vital that we have male allies to amplify the voices of the inspiring people who are working in this regard, so we can record greater impact’

Other emerging themes from the reception included the fact that it was a problem faced not only by the poor but wealthy members of society, as highlighted by an instance given by Mrs Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate President. Dr. Joe Odumakin reflecting on her experience of dealing with over 1,000 rape cases said that despite the stigma and awkward around the topic, survivors who managed to speak up always found it incredibly cathartic, which had the ripple effect of encouraging more people to do the same. Uzoma Dozie, the MD of Diamond Bank and a supporter of WARIF, spoke about the importance of including and communicating zero tolerance for sexual assault into corporate policy, adding that the only way to be sure of the future was to invent it. Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru also revealed that although disproportionately affecting girls, statistics show that it was is an issue that affects boys as well. According to these figures, while one in every 4 girls where affected, one in every ten boys were victims as well.

Dr. Ibru, Founder, WARIF said ‘The WARIF organisation has observed the great empathy and commitment for social change shown by the British High Commission; specifically Ms. Laure Beaufils and her team to the plight endured by the disenfranchised group of women and children subjected to acts of gender based violence and sexual abuse across communities in the country every day. We hope this event will galvanise those present and beyond to our call to action  which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – to ‘Press for Progress’ in decreasing the prevalence and preventing  these issues; thereby changing the lives of the may affected young girls and women across Nigeria.”

It was an evening of frank, action provoking dialogue, and harnessing that momentum, the Deputy High Commissioner asked guests to write down on commitments cards, what they would do henceforth to help eradicate sexual violence.

 

ABOUT BDHC’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ACTIVITY

International Women’s Day, which has as its theme this year ‘Press For Progress’  is an opportunity for the UK Government to promote gender parity in different spheres of life. This year, the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos has planned a series of activities dedicated to the International Women’s day which will cover a range of topics from sexual violence, to women participation in politics, quality education for women, women in business and domestic violence. In the evening of the 6th of March, the British Deputy High Commissioner will host a reception on Sexual and Gender based Violence. On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day itself, a joint video address by The Deputy High Commissioner and High Commissioner Paul Arkwright on the importance of IWD to the UK government will be shared on social media. On the 12th of March, the BDHC’s Deputy Head of Mission, Andrew Davidson, Political adviser in Lagos, Adewale Adebajo alongside with Prof Pat Utomi, and Toyosi Ogunsiji, will be speaking on radio about the importance of the participation of women in Nigerian politics.On the 13th of March, the Deputy High Commissioner will be launching ENGINE II, Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises programme. This is a 3 year) Adolescent Girls’ Education Programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through its Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. And to wrap up the on 21st of March, an event on Modern Slavery will be held at the Residence with the launch of a book called: Bilateral Cooperation and Human Trafficking written by Dr. May Ikeora.

 

ABOUT WARIF

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization that was incorporated in December 2016 in response to the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria. WARIF was founded by Dr. Kemi Dasilva Ibru, who is an obstetrician and Gynaecologist and has worked in Lagos State in this space for over 10 years. The Foundation was established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures to reduce the prevalence of this problem. The hallmark of all our initiatives are “Impactful”, “Measurable” and “Sustainability” even after we leave the communities we serve.

PHOTOS: New 100% Nigerian Event Solutions mobile app ‘BIZZYBODY’ Launches in Style

techA 100% Nigerian Event Solutions mobile app ‘BIZZYBODY’ launches in grand Style in Lagos over the weekend. The BizzyBody Mobile App is now available for download on App Store and Google Play.

With the app:

For Event Owners (Producers, Promoters, Organizers, Artistes, etc.):
– Publish and Promote your own event
– Sell Event Tickets and Monitor Sales
– Interact in new ways with your audience
– Get valuable feedback about your event

For Event Attendees (Average Nigerians):
– Find and attend events around you
– Chat in real time with other event attendees
– Get deals on event tickets

Check out exclusive photos from the launch event below: