L-R: CSR Lead, Airtel Nigeria, Chioma Okolie; Beneficiary/Founder, She Writes Woman, Hauwa Ojeifo and Vice President, Indirect Sales, Airtel Nigeria, Oladokun Oye during the handing over of a rented and fully furnished apartment to She Writes Woman in Lagos, as part of the on-going Airtel Touching Lives Season 4 prize presentation.
Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel has handed over a fully furnished centre for mental health care to She Writes Woman, a non-governmental organization, which focuses on providing care, support and advocacy platform for Nigerians with mental health disorder. The centre, which was handed over on Thursday, August 2, 2018 was part of the telco’s on-going prize presentation to beneficiaries through its CSR initiative, Airtel Touching Live season 4.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, founder of She Writes Woman, Hauwa Ojeifo, applauded the telco for its commitment to building a better world, stating that the impact of Airtel’s support is unquantifiable as it will go a long way to provide relief to many Nigerians suffering from mental health disorder.
“I am very grateful to Airtel for this amazing opportunity and I feel so happy. The support rendered will definitely empower us to help rehabilitate more mentally demoralized people. We have a support group where we meet patients and this is an amazing place to bring people together for counseling.”
“With this initiative, we will meet more people, train more people on what we do, and impact the lives of those who need help for their mental, emotional and psychological well-being,” she said.
One of the stakeholders present at the event, Mrs. Victoria Oriafo-Oyakhilome, also expressed her gratitude to Airtel.
“I am so delighted about this donation and I have no doubt that the centre will make the best use of this facility to help more people and the level of impact would not be lesser than expected. Thank you so much to Airtel for Touching Lives”, she stated.
Airtel also provided the centre with 32’inches television sets, air conditioner, refrigerator, projector and screen, standing fan, white board marker, water dispenser, inverter, tables and chairs amongst other items.
Airtel says the donations were in line with its commitment of connecting more Nigerians with quality healthcare as well as empowering underprivileged persons across key communities where it operates.
The mental health care centre is located at 17, Yinusa Adedeji Street, off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
Airtel Touching Lives season 4 Episode airs on Sundays on Africa Magic Urban from 6:30 – 7:00pm; on Arewa 24 TV from 7:00 – 7:30pm and on Africa Magic Family from 8:00 – 8:30pm.
For more information about the Airtel Touching Lives intervention, kindly visit www.airteltouchinglives.com.
Transcorp Hotels Plc appoints Owen Omogiafo as MD/CEO
Transcorp Hotels Plc, the hospitality subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) and owners of the award-winning Transcorp Hilton Abuja and the iconic Transcorp Hotels Calabar hosted a farewell/welcome dinner in honour of its immediate past Managing Director/CEO, Valentine Ozigbo who has been elevated to the role of the President/CEO of Transcorp Plc and Owen Omogiafo the current MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc.
The Black-tie event held at the Congress Hall of the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Abuja was indeed a night of farewells and welcomes as the outgoing and incoming General Managers of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Etienne Gailliez and Kevin Brett were also celebrated. The glamorous event featured different presentations from Classical music, award presentations, and vote of confidence speeches from notable personalities who were present to honour these icons including Professor Charles Soludo, former Governor and Chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Jan Van Der Putten, Vice President Operations, Africa and Indian Ocean, Hilton Worldwide, Professor Osita and Dr. Ogugua Ogbu, Alhaji Dikwa, Chief Collins Chikeluba, Former Director, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Anslem Tabansi, Sabi Bar-Noy, Chairman of Nairda, Iheanyi Nzekwe, Chairman, Teknokleen Group, dignitaries from the Diplomatic Communities and several CEOs and Captains of the industry.
Valentine Ozigbo in his appreciation speech alluded his excellence and success as the MD/CEO of Transcorp hotels Plc to his background and great mentors whom he served under their tutelage, according the highest accolades to the Chairman of Transcorp Plc, Tony O. Elumelu for years of mentorship. Speaking about his successor, Owen Omogiafo, Valentine said: “I couldn’t have found a better person to succeed me and I am confident that she will do better, I have seen her strong execution skills and I can attest that she will do even better than me.”
The Chairman of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Emmanuel Nnorom in his remarks appreciated Valentine for maintaining and deploying high-level of corporate governance and for driving positive transformation in Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar. He further charged him on the new responsibilities at Transcorp Plc and admonished him to carry on the good works. Speaking about Owen, he stressed her affinity with the vision and mandate of the Transcorp Plc group and expressed his confidence in her ability to take the company to enviable heights.
Owen Omogiafo in her remarks appreciated the immediate past MD/CEO, Valentine Ozigbo and the Hilton management team for leaving behind a solid foundation for her to build on. “I am well aware that I am stepping into big shoes, but they are solid shoes and they have a strong foundation, I am also aware of the company’s responsibilities to all its key stakeholders and I’ll be working with the team members to execute them excellently.”
The event ended on a high-note as all present were serenaded with high-life tunes from one of Nigeria’s best musicians, Flavour.
Microsoft 4Afrika partners FirstBank to support SMEs
On 18 January 2019, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, together with Microsoft 4Afrika, will host a free-to-attend event for SMEs in Nigeria, designed to promote technology adoption and skills development.
The event will serve as an official launch of the new partnership between Microsoft 4Afrika and FirstBank, following a memorandum of understanding signed earlier in June 2018. The partnership seeks to build the capacity of local SMEs andaccelerate their digital transformation, by providing them with exclusive and tailored non-financial solutions. Participants will be exposed to skills development resources, access to business networks and an educational platform.
According to Taiwo Shonekan, Head Customer Experience and Value Management, First Bank of Nigeria Limited: “This partnership with Microsoft enables us to deliver a portfolio of non-financial solutions to our SME customers. We have over the last 125 years supported SMEs in building their business, whilst contributing to the national economy. This partnership is a landmark step in our quest to leverage the influence of technology in businesses, especially in today’s digital age.”
“With this partnership, FirstBank customers can buy Microsoft products at discounted rates in the local currency – the naira – as this seamlessly aids technology adoption, skills and capacity development among SMEs in Nigeria,” she adds.
Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative and the keynote speaker for the event says: “For SMEs, integrating technology into their operations is no longer an option, but a necessity for future growth and success. We’re looking forward to engaging in discussions that explore how technology can extend reach to new markets and improve productivity, which results in better customer service, more competitive offerings and the ability to act with agility.”
Across the continent, Microsoft 4Afrika is forging partnerships with several players in the SME ecosystem – from banks to telcos – to enhance SME offerings and reach a broader audience.
“Technology and the relevant digital skills today play such an integral role in business success. We’re working with organisations to extend this support to as many SMEs as possible, ensuring not only their success, but the growth and competiveness of our continent in an increasingly digital world.”
Access Bank, Diamond Bank to unveil new identity after merger
The corporate identity of Access Bank Plc may have to change after the conclusion of its merger with Diamond Bank Plc in June 2019, Mr Herbert Wigwe and Mr Uzoma Dozie, CEOs of Access Bank and Diamond Bank respectively hinted in Lagos recently
While addressing customers of the financial institution, Mr Dozie said Access Bank will retain its name after the merger, while Diamond Bank will definitely lose its.
However, he disclosed that the new corporate identity of the new enlarged bank will reflect individual identities of the two merging lenders.
Late last year, Diamond Bank, a tier-1 one lender and Access Bank, a tier-2 financial institution, confirmed that they were coming together to become one.
This came after both companies had initially denied media reports that they were planning such move.
At the customer forum in Lagos, Mr Dozie, while responding to a question on whether the enlarged bank will have a new name, said, “I believe that the name will be Access Bank, but the identity will be the one that is recognised by both Access Bank and Diamond Bank.
“So, it will be……just as we have come here today to inform you of what we are doing and get your feedback, we are also going to have a customer forum to help us decide what is the best identity that when people see, they will say this is Diamond Bank, this is Access Bank.”
Giving more insight into Mr Dozie’s point, Mr Wigwe said, “Let me just add to that point, if you go to global banks like Barclays Bank and HSBC that have gone through mergers and acquisitions, you can keep an identity, but you can also make sure you reflect the identity of the different institutions and what they do.
“So, the retail will look like what you see in Diamond Bank so you don’t lose your connection; that is how it happens.
“If you look at the corporate logo and how things will come out, you will not see that you’ve not lost anything.
“Same thing for Access Bank customers, because you know we were also at the corporate end. We also have to be mindful of these customers as well.
“So, we have to do something that will sit nice for Access Bank customers and also sit nice for the retail business of Diamond Bank.”
At the moment, Access Bank logo has ‘access’ written in white colour on a blue background strip with three orange colour ‘>’ sign placed at the end of the word (access>>>).