Three industry giants in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry will be specially recognised for their evergreen outstanding achievements in the last decade at a special industry evening parley convened by Goddie Ofose, one of Nigeria’s top brand analyst.
The Event holds on March 6, 2020 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos and themed: “Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story”.
The three industry achievers are Udeme Ufot, CEO/GMD SO&U/former APCON chair, Lolu Akinwunmi, GMD, Prima Garner/former APCON chairman and Nn’Emeka Maduegbuna, CEO, C and F/foremost PR practitioner;
According to Tolulope Ogunjobi, Chairman Industry Recognition Awards Committee, the pedigrees of Udeme, Lolu and Nn’Emeka in the advertising and PR industry respectively stood them out though they were few others who merited the laurel but the committee could only limit itself to 3 most outstanding. .
“We want to congratulate all the winners of the awards and the industry for doing great things in 2019 and the last decade. We believe that this 2020 and the new decade will be greater” he said.
Apart from the three lifetime awards, and the best ad of the decade award that goes to Airtel data is life commercial, 16 other categories will be rewarded for great performances.
Ogunjobi explained that all other recipients were arrived based on key performances during the year under review.
These recipients indeed added something extra to their organisations and their personal career ladder, that is why they were selected among the pool of nominees,
Ogunjobi said, “For instance, we had difficulties arriving at the ad of the decade but the ad of the decade couldn’t have gone to any other but ‘Airtel Nigeria’s Data is Life’ , so this explains how Airtel’s ‘Life without Data’ featuring Gabriel Afolayan TVC by Noah’s Ark’ emerged as our ad of the decade:”
Preceding the awards segment is a special interactive summit at the same venue that would be hosted by Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the special guest of Honour at this special event.
The lead paper for the evening will be presented by Mr. Lanre Adisa, chief creative officer, Noah’s Ark Limited. Meanwhile members of the panel who will discuss the Adisa’s paper include: Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu, CEO, Frutta Juice and Services; Mr. Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Communications and External Affairs, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Oparah, Vice President, CSR and Communications, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, Chief Commercial Officer, Multichoice Nigeria, and Mr. Jaiye Israel Opayemi, chief executive officer, Chain Reactions/ president, Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria,
Others include Dr. Felix King Eiremiokhae, chief executive officer, Oracle Experience/convener The Startups Africa, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha, acting Registrar/CEO, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mr. Odion Aleobua, CEO, Modion Communications and Mr Lekan Lawal as the moderator for the segment.
The whole package, according to Goddie Ofose, the convener was designed “to bring together industry leaders that I have interacted with over the years in the quest to rev up conversations that will move the Nigerian Marketing and Communications industry forward”.
Ofose also believes with theme of the night -Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story- the speaker, panelists and all other stakeholders present will explore the overriding engagement benefits derivable in deepening the Nigerian social-cultural content in Advertising.
The programme which is scheduled to be an annual event will attract stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry, corporate organisations, young practitioners and students from selected universities and other higher institutions in the country.
The Awards Committee Members that picked the winners include Mr. Tolulope Ogunjobi, Business Editor- TVC News who served as chairman, Anietie Udoh, Executive Director, MarketingEdge Magazine, Daniel Obi, Media Editor, BusinessDay Newspaper and Lukman Ishau, Publisher, Marketing Space Magazine
Crisis rocked NNPC as 40 top executives proceed on compulsory retirement
Fresh crisis has rocked Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as top 40 executives proceed on compulsory retirement. We gathered that uncertainty currently pervades the NNNPC, following the forceful retirement of 40 top executives in the corporation.
Their retirement has been approved by Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari. Those affected by the retirement, according to Punch Newspaper are group general managers and general managers.
“The one that is raising concern at the corporation is that most all the top management staff from M-3 to M-4 who are due for retirement within a year were asked to leave yesterday (Wednesday).
“About 40 GGMs and GMs were asked to leave, as they were retired by the corporation yesterday (Wednesday). Most of those affected are also not happy because they felt they were not due for retirement. However, they were all asked to leave yesterday and that is raising dust and concern among staff at the corporation.”
“But ask yourself this question, how long will it take the upcoming staff to get to those positions? The system is currently heated up and employees from certain regions of the country are not happy about this. As at this week, the corporation witnessed a massive shakeup. The management had to readjust some prominent positions.
“One of such is the movement of a top chief operating officer from a position that he only assumed last year to another position of COO that is not comparable to his former office.
“Another issue is that in the corporation, we have two categories of subsidiaries, the ones considered as redundant and the ones considered as grade A subsidiaries, such as NAPIMS, NPDC, shipping, NNPC Trading, PPMC.
“Under the present dispensation, one would have expected some form of balancing in terms of postings to these subsidiaries. But as it is right now, most of the positions in these subsidiaries are headed by people from one region of the country.
” If we doing something, we will officially announce it. So let’s just leave it at that,” the source told Punch Newspaper
GOING!!!: ECOBANK SETS TO SELL OBA AKINRUNTAN’S ABUJA HOTEL OVER N5BN DEBT
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja, will on April 9 hear an application by Ecobank Nigeria for an order authorising it to sell the Abuja hotel belonging to Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited, owned by Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ùgbo Kingdom in Ondo State.
The bank said it has agreed with Obat Oil, which belongs to the monarch, to sell the hotel to offset N5 billion debt owed the bank by the hospitality outfit.
The hotel, Febson Hotels & Malls, is on Plot 2425 on Herbert Macaulay Way in Abuja.
Justice Hassan Babangida had adjourned to enable the parties to settle, but Obat’s lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said “not much had been achieved” in the settlement talks.
The bank’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Ogunba (SAN) of Insolvency Forte, said the talks had broken down completely.
He added that he was yet to receive any correspondence or document on an out-of-court settlement.
The bank, in its last October 18 motion, said the agreement to offset the N5 billion debt, is contained in a consent judgment of a Lagos High Court delivered on March 15, 2017.
It said the agreement between it and Obat Oil was adopted by the court as its judgment.
The bank, however, said despite the registered consent judgment, Obat Oil prevented potential buyers from paying for the hotel by demanding unrealistic sums.
But Obat Oil, in its counter-affidavit, said the bank, in an April 5, 2017 letter, assigned its rights and interests in the case to a third party, ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited, which is Ecobank Group’s debt recovery vehicle.
The oil company accused the bank of concealing the fact before the court.
The respondent contended that by the alleged concealment, the bank “no longer had any right or interest in the judgment-debt sought to be enforced before the honourable court”.
Justice Babangida fixed April 9 for definite hearing but noted that parties were at liberty to settle.
Access Bank ranked as Overall Best in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Nigeria
Access bank plc has been ranked as the overall best company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in Nigeria for the year 2019 as published in Forbes Africa, Prestige Magazine magazine gathered that ,The ranking was based on a result drawn from impact assessments of 910 organisations operating in Nigeria over the last 13 years.
According to the report, the ranking took into cognizance Access Bank’s participation in impactful national projects, its recognitions, and ratings from international award bodies, investment in CSR and sustainability in the period under review.Reacting to the ranking, the Head, Sustainability, Access Bank Plc., Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan said: “Access Bank has a corporate strategy and philosophy which places sustainability at its core. We ensure that our projects and initiatives are impactful and strategically linked with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.“Over the years we have recorded outstanding results by undertaking several initiatives across the country, and we are deeply honoured to be recognised as the overall best company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability,” Victor-Laniyan added.
Having launched the Nigerian Green Bond Market Development Programme in June 2018, Access Bank’s determination to promote sustainable growth through funding of projects at a lower cost of capital, led to the issuance of a N15 billion (USD41 million) corporate green bond in 2019. The issue is the first-ever Climate Bonds Initiative certified corporate green bond in Africa.
Additionally, it is worthy of note that Access Bank dedicates a minimum of one percent of its Profit-Before-Tax to Sustainability. The bank also championed the Malaria-to-Zero initiative, co-created the first disability inclusion hub in Nigeria, initiated and led the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles and has brought about social and economic benefits to host communities across Nigeria through its employee volunteering scheme.