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Heritage Bank empowers elderly caregiver with N15m in “The Next Titan Season-8”

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As part of its continued supports to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative Banking Service provider has again empowered an entrepreneur winner of The Next Titan Season-8 with sum of N15million.

Adausu Emuobo Taiwo, an expert in elderly care and the brain behind Teezee Elderly Care emerged the Winner at the grand finale of The Next Titan Season-8, held yesterday in Lagos.

Of the top 18 Contestants of the foremost Entrepreneurial Reality TV show tagged, “The Uncaged,” Taiwo competed with four others- Joy Badaki, Dolapo Quadri, Esin Mariah and Victor Emaye to emerge the Winner.

During the premiere of the over 20, 000 participants who applied, only 18 contestants emerged of the 75 who made it through auditions from six major cities in Nigeria which are Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan, and Lagos. After the Boot Camp the 18 who qualified made it into the Titan House for 10weeks to compete against top-notch young entrepreneurs.

 

L-R: Lekan Olakunle, Experience Centre Manager, Corporate & Specialized Banking; Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank; Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Mide Akinlaja, Executive Producer of The Next Titan, during the presentation of N15million prize at the grand finale of The Next Titan Entrepreneurial Reality TV show Season-8, headline sponsored by Heritage Bank Plc, held in Lagos recently.

Meanwhile, top 1000 contestants with good business ideas, and those whose businesses are already registered, have been shortlisted for N3 million in funding from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD).

However, the Winner who highly commended the headline sponsor-Heritage Bank Plc for its continued support of entrepreneurs and sponsorship of the Next Titan, said, “Heritage Bank is an amazing bank that has stood strong on this show. My love for Heritage Bank stems from the fact that this support would provide Teezee Homes with the tools and resources to help older adults, as improved health and sanitary conditions have contributed to the rise in life expectancy.

 

L-R: Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank; Mide Akinlaja, Executive Producer of The Next Titan; Kyari Bukar Founder/CEO Trans-Sahara Investment; Winner of The Next Titan Season-8, Adausu Taiwo; Lilian Olubi, CEO, EFG Hermes Nigeria and Chris Parkes, Chairman/CEO, CPMS Africa, during the presentation of N15million prize at the grand finale of The Next Titan Entrepreneurial Reality TV show Season-8, headline sponsored by Heritage Bank Plc, held in Lagos recently.

Speaking at the Grand Finale, MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo stated that the partnership with entrepreneurs and MSMEs show the focus and strong belief of our enterprising brand in the strength of youths to possess the capacity to build a robust economy in Nigeria.

“The programme easily aligns with the primary focus of the management of Heritage Bank to promote every laudable entrepreneurial idea meant to broaden economic thr horizon of the country for the benefit of citizens and other residents” he said.

Sekibo represented by the Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ozena Utulu assured the contestants of Heritage Bank’s readiness to leverage seamless support to the growth of their businesses.

According to her, our doors are open; we remain your Timeless Wealth partner.

He indicated that as a catalytic institution in the empowering of entrepreneurs in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, Heritage Bank has continued to make relentless efforts in this space to empower entrepreneurs in Nigeria through championing several empowerment initiatives.

The MD also encouraged the contestants to explore the eNaira option as it is something to look out for in the business world come 2022.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Producer of The Next Titan, Mide Akinlaja commended the headline sponsor- Heritage Bank and others for their partnership and support which have positively impacted on the generality of young people who have shared their testimonies regarding the programme causing a paradigm shift in their mind-sets to moving from Jobs -Seekers to Jobs-Creators.

The programme paneled by technocrats with a perfect blend of entrepreneurial requisite skills trained each participant on enriching, rigorous and intellectually learning journeys to equip them with the fundamental competencies required of seasoned entrepreneurs.

The weekly boardroom judges are from different spectrum of entrepreneurial fields – Kyari Bukar Founder/CEO Trans-Sahara Investment; Lilian Olubi, CEO, EFG Hermes Nigeria; Chris Parkes, Chairman/CEO, CPMS Africa and Tonye Cole, Founder, Sahara Group and a guest Judge, Mrs Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Olatorera Consultancy Ltd are top business personalists. 

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FIRSTBANK REWARDS CUSTOMERS IN TRANSACT AND WIN PROMO

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Getting rewarded for spending money is a dream that is probably going to remain exciting for many people, but not for the Firstmonie Wallet users. In a two-month Transact and Win campaign that started on November 22, 2021, First Bank of Nigeria Limited is rewarding several customers for carrying out transactions on its Firstmonie Wallet application. 

The e-wallet is useful for conveniently paying utility bills, purchasing airtime and data, transferring and receiving money, and many other digital transactions. Just for using the mobile-friendly wallet app, Customers got rewarded with mouth-watering prizes both in cash and kind. The number of transactions done on the app determines the price a user could win.

100 customers who had done 1-15 transactions through Firstmonie Wallet within the month won N10,000 cash price; 53 25kg bags of rice and 50 units of standing fans were also won by customers who carried out 16 – 30 transactions with the Firstmonie Wallet; 2 units of power generating sets, 1 unit of Air Conditioning systems and 1 unit LED Televisions went to customers who carried 31 – 50 transactions; while 2 units of iPhone 12 were won by customers who had carried out over 50 transactions on the app within the month.

Victor Nnanna Onyedikachi, a student of the University of Abuja was one of the winners of the iPhone 12, and while receiving his gift, he admitted that he did not expect to win the prize.  “I used the Firstmonie Wallet App, and just like that, I was told that I had qualified. I did not believe it until I saw it myself. I am truly grateful to FirstBank” he said.

Other winners also expressed their pleasure at being rewarded for using a completely user-friendly app. “There is no issue of service error when using it for any transaction. The service is seamless and the app is easy to use” one of them said.

The Group Executive, e-Business & Retail products, Mr Chuma Ezirim had noted that the promo was targeted at appreciating customers for their patronage; and in line with the Bank’s December-is-a-Vybe campaign. “This promo is hinged on the need to appreciate our customers for their patronage, especially as we have had an increased engagement and usages of the various services offered by our mobile-friendly wallet product,” Ezirim said when the promo was being launched.

Interestingly, the promo also includes new customers and users of the app. By simply downloading the mobile app from the play store, or using the *894# USSD string to sign up, anyone can qualify for the promo. The promo runs till January 22, 2022, so what are you waiting for as you could be the next winner of any of these fantastic prizes.

As the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 127 years, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has remained at the forefront of promoting digital payment in the country, and the Firstmonie Wallet is one of the channels for digital transactions.

Little wonder FirstBank was named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” and “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International.  FirstBank also bagged the Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years.

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PRUDENTIAL ANNOUNCES AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2021 SPONSORSHIP

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…Sponsorship underscores the life insurer’s commitment to grow and to invest in Africa

Prudential Africa has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to become the official insurance partner of the ongoing 33rd edition of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.

At a press conference to announce the sponsorship, Eric Mboma, Chief Representative Officer, Prudential Northern Africa Region noted that the sponsorship underscores Prudential’s commitment to the African continent.

“As we grow our business in Africa, we also want to support the passion and talent of its people. Africans share a common love for football and we are honored to be part of a tournament that unites the continent and brings together the brightest talents of African football”, he said.

Mr. Mboma added, “Through sports, Prudential wants to encourage people to stay active and lead more healthy lifestyles. As a life insurer, we believe that health and wellness are important for people to live fulfilling lives.”

Commenting on the partnership, Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Secretary Mr. Véron Mosengo-Omba said, “We are excited and pleased to have on board Prudential as a partner. We share a common purpose in our commitment to developing local talent as well as driving prosperity for the people of Africa.”

AFCON 2022 started on January 9 and will run till February 6, 2022 with Cameroon as the host nation.

Prudential is a global financial services group providing life insurance, pensions and asset management products and services to approximately 20 million customers in Asia and Africa.
Prudential has life insurance operations in eight countries across Africa: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria. For nearly a decade, the life insurer has been providing affordable insurance and health solutions. Today, it serves more than 1.7 million customers through a distribution network of more than 13,000 agents and 600 branches.

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‘WHY CLUB INVOGUE REMAIN THE BEST IN TOWN’: CHRIS ERONDU SPEAKS

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In the last couple of years, the adverse effect of the Coronavirus pandemic has indeed eaten deeply into the economy around the world. In Nigeria, particularly in Lagos State, the entertainment industries like Lounge and Night Clubs have been one of the most strangulated, due to the restriction placed on re-opening of Clubs by the government to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Most entertainment places like Night Clubs only started skeletal operations some months back. Club In-vogue and Lounge owned by one of the best entertainment sensations in town, Chris Erondu is one of those affected in this regard. The entertainment hub has adhered strictly with Lagos State government rules and protocol against the spread of Covid-19.

Regardless of the situation, the Club formerly known has Page-Night Club, tucked inside the serene downward of Opebi, Ikeja, has continued to experience huge patronage and turn-up regularly by nightcrawlers who seek the best atmosphere to unwind, especially on the mainland. Club In-Vogue which boast of the best environment, exquisite three different dance floor, classy big bar and a mini eatery has carve a niche needed to relax & have fun.

According to the quiet dude around behind the effervescent haven, Chris Erondu who has maintained the longest reign as a Club owner in Nigeria, “ by God grace, Club In-Vogue has continued to wax stronger because we don’t only plan for today, we always planned ahead years to come. Bringing newness to your brand at every point is what can edge you ahead of your competitors and this is what we have been doing even before the name was changed from Page to In-Vogue”

 

Speaking on the toll taken on the industry by the spread of Covid-19, Erondu says “ we practically shutdown like a year, we are law abiding company that obeys the rules of where we operate, hence, we followed Lagos State Government dictates, even now, we observed all covid-19 protocols and tried as much as possible to control influx of crowd to the club, especially on weekends”

Mr Erondu also disclosed that, “ things were slowed down at some point here because the brand was in Owerri, Imo-State to situate a branch of our Club there, when the time comes we shall give you more details about that. We shall also be re-launching Club In-vogue soon, where we shall invite our friends in the music and entertainment industry to grace the day. It will serves as part of our rebranding”

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