Thursday, November 30, 2017

Archbishop Tutu Fellows Condemn Slavery of Nigerians and other Africans in Libya



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Statement from the Archbishop Tutu Fellows to African Heads of State and the International Private Sector, Civil Society and Multilateral Organisations on the Great Stain of Slavery in Libya

Slavery in Libya is a crime against humanity and immediate action is required by all stakeholders, including African governments

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 30, 2017/ -- Statement from the Archbishop Tutu Fellows to African Heads of State and the International Private Sector, Civil Society and Multilateral Organisations on the Great Stain of Slavery in Libya:


Your Excellencies, leaders of private sector and civil society organisations, policy makers at the United Nations and the African Union and fellow Africansm

Slavery in Libya is a crime against humanity and immediate action is required by all stakeholders, including African governments, to put an end to this outrageous practice and hold responsible parties accountable.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Folorunso Alakija Inspires 300 Women at Prestigious 2017 Flourish Africa Conference


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Folorunso Alakija Inspires 300 Women at Prestigious 2017 Flourish Africa Conference

The 66-year-old business magnate has persistently championed the causes of women in Nigeria from her work with widows and orphans


LAGOS, Nigeria, November 28, 2017/ -- Folorunso Alakija, one of a handful of successful female entrepreneurs on the continent listed as one of Forbes most powerful women in the world, attended the Africa conference. The 66-year-old business magnate has persistently championed the causes of women in Nigeria from her work with widows and orphans through the Rose of Sharon Foundation which Alakija uses as a medium to empower thousands of impoverished women and their children through Flourish Africa (http://FlourishAfrica.com) which is the first platform of its kind designed to create an impact on the lives of women in Africa by providing the tools they need to fulfill their God given potential. Through a series of conferences, workshops and mentorship programs, the platform hopes to bring women from all walks of life together to share in their unique experiences and become who God has destined for them to be.


Initiatives designed to give them a better standard of living

As CEO of Famfa Oil (www.Famfa.com), one of the largest indigenous oil companies in Africa, she has built schools, science labs, roads as well as providing scholarships to thousands of young students all over Nigeria. Her philanthropic work continues this year with the launch of the women empowerment platform, Flourish Africa.

AfDB Launches Youth Advisory Group To Create 25 Million Jobs



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AfDB Launches Youth Advisory Group To Create 25 Million Jobs


The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims at creating 25 million jobs and impacting 50 million youth over the next ten years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, November 28, 2017/ -- The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, has launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to provide insights and innovative solutions for job creation for Africa’s youth, as outlined in the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy (JfYA) (http://APO.af/nRtVAs).

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stephanie Linus and Ivanka Trump To Speak at the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India


Celebrated Nollywood diva, Stephanie Linus will speak alongside Ivanka Trump at the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India.

The star actress and filmmaker, Stephanie Linus will be attending the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India where she is expected to speak alongside Ms Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the US President; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other prominent dignitaries.

The Summit which will take place from November 28 to 30 in the city of Hyderabad is jointly organized by the United States and the Republic of India. This is the first time that the Summit is being held in South Asia.
This year’s Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs, solving 21st century challenges, and fostering economic growth globally.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Answer To Nigeria’s Power Needs Will Be Found in Your Mobile Phone


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The answer to Nigeria’s power needs will be found in your mobile phone

The Lumos service is combining the power of the sun and your MTN mobile phone to bring a new type of power to Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, November 24, 2017/ -- The complex dilemma of how to power Nigeria dominates politics and economics, yet hundreds of thousands of people are discovering the answer is to literally take power into their own hands.

This week, the Lumos (www.Lumos-Global.com) Mobile Electricity Service deployed its 60,000th Y’ello Box, an at-home solar electricity device that lets users gain access to reliable electricity at an affordable price. The Lumos service is combining the power of the sun and your MTN mobile phone to bring a new type of power to Nigeria.

A New Report Says Nigeria is the ‘World’s Most Mobilized Country


 Nigerians are fascinated by Mobile phones.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dangote Cement Stirs Industrial Revolution in Africa with the Commissioning of Mfila Plant in the Republic of Congo


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Dangote Cement Stirs Industrial Revolution in Africa with the Commissioning of Mfila Plant in the Republic of Congo
The new plant estimated at $300 million has potentials for about 1000 direct employment and thousands of several other indirect jobs
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 23, 2017/ -- Africa’s largest cement Company, Dangote Cement Plc (http://APO.af/mCqnZz) yesterday added fillip to the on-going efforts at economic emancipation of Africa when it formally opened its 1.5mtpa capacity cement plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville, amid ecstasy by the government and the indigenes of the Country.
L-R: Representative of President Mohammadu Buhari, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, at the commissioning of 1.5MMTPA Dangote Cement Plant, Congo, held in the Republic of Congo on Thursday November 23, 2017.
L-R: Representative of President Mohammadu Buhari, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso; Prime Minister of Congo, Clement Mouamba and the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelemah at the commissioning of 1.5MMTPA Dangote Cement Plant, Congo, held in the Republic of Congo on Thursday November 23, 2017.

The new plant estimated at $300 million has potentials for about 1000 direct employment and thousands of several other indirect jobs.

Undoubtedly the biggest plant in Congo, its President, Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso while inaugurating the plant said the investment was an industrial revolution, sort of, within the Economic Community of the Central African States (CEMAC), saying his country was happy to host the investment.

Five Reasons To Be Bullish On Nigerian Real Estate in 2018

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Nigerian real estate to turn the corner in 2018
Five Reasons to be Bullish on Nigerian Real Estate in 2018
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 23, 2017/ --
  • The picture looks brighter for occupational and capital markets as the economy improves
As the city gears to host the globally recognised real estate-focused West African Property Investment Summit (WAPI) (www.WAPIsummit.com) next week, there is a renewed sense of investor confidence in the Nigerian real estate sector.


Tom Mundy, Head of Advisory for Sub-Saharan Africa at JLL (ir.JLL.com), and one of the speakers at the event, believes 2018 will be a year of consolidation and recovery. “Nigeria is finally coming out of recession. Of course, there will be the usual lag between economic recovery and market recovery, but real estate, which has suffered from a sharp supply demand imbalance, widening vacancy rates and falling realised rents, looks close to bottoming. Yes, it will take time for confidence to return fully but there is sound cause to be bullish on Nigeria going forward.”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Facebook Launches Nigeria Initiative in its Ambition to Drive Innovation, Skills Development and Economic Impact


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Facebook Launches Nigeria Initiative in its Ambition to Drive Innovation, Skills Development and Economic Impact
Facebook to open its very first Community Hub space on the continent, in addition to a series of long-term impact training programmes for 50,000 Nigerians
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 22, 2017/ -- Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria (http://APO.af/2y13ue) to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.

Remarks By John J. Sullivan at the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Meeting in Abuja




U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on November 20, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America.

This year’s BNC focused on advancing U.S.-Nigerian shared prosperity, including discussion on three areas of focus:

  • Security Cooperation,
  • Economic Growth and Development, and
  • Governance and Democracy

Africa / -- Thank you for your warm welcome, Foreign Minister Onyeama.

 John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

WASHINGTON, 20 November 2017 / PRN

It is a pleasure to be here in Nigeria and an honor to lead the U.S. delegation to this year's U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission.

I am joined by colleagues from the State Department, USAID, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and our Trade Representative. As the interagency makeup of our delegation makes clear, the U.S.-Nigerian relationship is broad and deep. The United States is committed to expanding our cooperation as we look to the future.

Two Off Grid Projects To Electrify Rural Communities in Nigeria


Two Off Grid Projects To Electrify Rural Communities in Nigeria
Two off grid projects were recently announced in Nigeria, one consisting of a partnership between Pan Africa Solar and BBOXX (PAS BBOXX), adding to the growing momentum of the off grid sector across Africa


LAGOS, Nigeria, November 22, 2017/ -- The first project - headed up by Pan Africa Solar (www.PanAfricaSolar.com) – is an 80MW utility scale Photovoltaic Power Plant located in Katsina State, near the town of Kankia. The project focuses on a stable state in the north of the country, where – due to lack of available hydro resources and gas supply – renewables are the only long term sustainable option. The project will integrate panels mounted on tilting structures that track the path of the sun throughout the day, constructed on 210 hectares of land.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nigeria's Purple Capital Receives US$12.5 Million Funding from Vantage Capital



Vantage Capital provides $12.5 million of funding to Purple Capital, a leading Nigerian property development company
Purple Capital represents the 24th transaction executed by Vantage across three generations of mezzanine funds with aggregate capital deployed to date of $277 million (R4 billion)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 21, 2017/ -- Vantage Capital (www.VantageCapital.co.za), Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today that it has provided $12.5 million of funding to Purple Capital (www.PurpleCapng.com), a prominent Nigerian real estate company and financial service provider. Purple Capital is the developer of the iconic 6,000m² Maryland Mall (www.MarylandMallng.com), a neighbourhood shopping centre in the Ikeja district of Lagos.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Access Power and FMO Launch Second Edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects


Access Power and FMO Launch Second Edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects
Submission window opens as Solar Projects Compete for US$ 100,000 Grant to Develop their Projects
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2017/ -- FMO (www.FMO.nl), the Dutch development bank, and Access Power (www.Access-Power.com), a leading developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, today announced the launch of the 2018 FMO Access Power Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition following the competition’s successful first installment in 2016 at the ‘Making Solar Bankable’ conference. The initiative is aimed at helping local solar power developers that require development support to make their innovative solar projects more impactful.

'Unity, Solidarity and Collaboration' Can Turn Tide On Terrorism Says UN Chief


'Unity, Solidarity and Collaboration' Can Turn Tide On Terrorism, Bolster Human Rights, Says UN Chief 

NEW YORK, 16 November 2017 / PRN Africa / -- Noting that at least 11,000 terrorist attacks occurred in more than 100 countries last year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed on Thursday that “terrorism is fundamentally the denial and destruction of human rights.”

“Terrorism has been unfortunately with us in various forms across ages and continents,” Mr. Guterres said in a lecture on counter-terrorism and human rights at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ecobank Group Research Reveals Three Key Emerging Trends for Africa


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Ecobank Group Research Reveals Three Key Emerging Trends for Africa
Digital innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa is being driven by the explosion in mobile phone usage, enabling African consumers to leapfrog existing business models and technologies

LONDON, United Kingdom, November 16, 2017/ --

  • Rebounding economy after a trying year
  • Gas is West Africa’s new oil
  • Africa’s evolving role in FinTech leadership

The 2017 version of Ecobank Research’s Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) Guidebook, which provides expert knowledge and analysis on African markets for investors and businesses, was launched today at AfricaFICC. Indicating a positive outlook for the continent, three key trends are forecast to take hold during the next 12 months.

BBM Messenger Driving Instant Messenger Growth in Nigeria


PRESS RELEASE – 16 NOVEMBER 2017


BBM Messenger Driving Instant Messenger Growth in Nigeria
Youth market dominate growth statistics

The United Nations predicts that by 2050, Africa will have the largest population globally. With 15,5 million smartphone users in Nigeria, the market is burgeoning with growth opportunities, particularly in the youth segment.

Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, recently hosted its first Digital and Mobile Innovation information session in Nigeria. Well attended by mobile marketing players in the industry, delegates were eager to understand and learn more about BBM Messenger’s mobile ecosystem and the power of Instant Messaging (IM).

Adam Pattison, Vice President for the Americas and EMEA at BBM Messenger.
Feyl Olubodun, Managing Director/CEO of Insights Publicis.

Youth segment: innovators and trend drivers
Feyl Olubodun, Managing Director/CEO of Insights Publicis, shared powerful perspectives on the next stage in the digital and mobile space in Nigeria. Olubodun said that the trend is an exciting one given that Africa will soon have the largest youth demographic globally.


“The youth market is not only the larger sector, but they’re also innovators and trend drivers,” Olubodun said. The prominence of social media is a good example. “The majority of social media users globally are millennial, and it’s no different in Nigeria. In reality, by 2025, the youth segment will make up 75% of the African workforce and they will have considerable purchasing power.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nigerian Officials Join Global Big Shots in China Hi-Tech Forum Held at CHTF 2017

Nigerian Officials Join Global Big Shots in China Hi-Tech Forum Held at CHTF 2017

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The China Hi-Tech Forum hosted by the 19th CHTF will be held at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center from Nov.16 to Nov.21, 2017. The forum is composed of the following five parts: China Hi-Tech Opening Forum, Innovation Upgrade for Supply Quality Forum, Innovation and Future Technology Forum, Technology Transforming Our Lives Forum, and Future Technology Summit. China Hi-Tech Forum will include topics on international cooperation in science and technology, the Belt and Road Initiatives, industry restructuring led by science and technology, science and technology's influence on lifestyles, and other hot topics.

As a vital part of CHTF, China Hi-Tech Forum is famous for its high profile and authoritative guest speakers. Focusing on the popular topics, well-known domestic and international guest speakers are invited this year, including senior officials from Nigeria, Argentina, Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit, Chief AI Advisor of Lenovo, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, 2010 Turing Award Winner. Prof. Konstantin Novozolov, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Physics will also present to share the secret stories behind graphene. Meanwhile, senior managers from famous enterprises, such as Google, Huawei, and representatives of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Renmin University of China will deliver speeches.

Visa Welcomes the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team to Team Visa for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018


Visa Welcomes the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team to Team Visa for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 

 Inspired by their determination, Visa helps pave the way to PyeongChang for this group of Olympic hopefuls

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and SINGAPORE, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Visa (NYSE: V) today announced the addition of three athletes who make up the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team to Team Visa, currently training to become the first ever African representatives, men or women, to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of Bobsled. Together, Bobsled pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, combine their elite track backgrounds to chase their bobsled dreams.


Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to perfect their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed 'The Maeflower.' Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang. Upon discovering the page, Visa was inspired by their story and determination to carve out a place in history and pledged to help solidify the team's trip to the Olympic Winter Games.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde dominate the West African Hotel Pipeline with 77% of the Total Planned Hotel Rooms


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Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde dominate the West African Hotel Pipeline with 77% of the Total Planned Hotel Rooms
W Hospitality Group’s 2017 Hotel Chains Pipeline report shows that hotel groups need to tackle lengthy development periods in West Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 14, 2017/ -- West Africa has been at the heart of the continent’s growth and economic transformation in recent years. Notwithstanding the sharp slowdown experienced in 2016 and 2017, the region’s economy is expected to rebound in 2017 onwards. Commodity-based economies, like Nigeria, are slowly recovering from the fall in oil prices and oil production, while countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal have shown economic resilience and sustained growth. As many of the countries continue to stabilize - politically and economically - the region will be better integrated from a local and international context. This increased integration raises the need for quality travel and accommodation infrastructure.

Shared Value Movement Founder and Business Icon Mark Kramer To Headline 2018 Africa Shared Value Summit


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Shared Value Movement Founder and Business Icon Mark Kramer To Headline 2018 Africa Shared Value Summit

The Summit will focus on the implementation and impact of Shared Value, as well as how the private sector, government and civil society across the continent can work together using Shared Value to tackle the Goals


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 14, 2017/ -- The Shared Value business model enables business to contribute towards the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the betterment of society to the long-term benefit of their bottom line. In 2018, the Africa Shared Value Summit (www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com) – taking place on 24 and 25 May at The Maslow in Sandton, Johannesburg – will be showcasing how businesses from across Africa and around the world are “Meeting the Challenge” through creating Shared Value. The Summit will focus on the implementation and impact of Shared Value, as well as how the private sector, government and civil society across the continent can work together using Shared Value to tackle the Goals. Its aim is to highlight the importance of not only embracing Shared Value as a concept but also taking action to implement it as a business strategy.


Headlining the Summit in 2018 is Mark Kramer, co-author (with Prof. Michael Porter) of the seminal Harvard Business Review articles that catapulted the concept of Creating Shared Value to global renown. As co-founder and MD of FSG Social Impact Advisors, he has continued to educate businesses about the vital strategic shift that must be made to ensure a better future not only for business, but for society as well. He is also a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “What people don’t often realise is, Shared Value is really about competitive strategy,” he has noted. “It’s about how you find new ways to position your company and to differentiate it from other companies because of the social impact that your company is having.”