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Unity Bank, Kitian Training Hub Partner to Empower Over 300 Youths with Digital Skills

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CAPTION: A cross-section of the participants of the Skill Up training programme

 

Lagos.14.11.22. In a bid to promote SDG 8 for decent work and economic growth, Nigerian lender, Unity Bank Plc is collaborating with Kitian Training Hub, an Ibadan-based career advice and skills acquisition training centre to empower no fewer than 300 youths from Oyo State with different knowledge and skills designed to better equip beneficiaries to make career advancement.

 

 

 

With the intervention, the Bank is providing support for sponsoring the youth training programme at the Kitian Training Hub set up to facilitate technical and vocational courses and thus drive digital skills acquisition among Nigerian youths and prepare them for job opportunities in the bourgeoning technology sector.

 

 

 

 

 

The fully-funded, “Skill Up” training programme focused on both digital and non-digital skills training, including graphics design, web design, UI/UX design, fashion design, domestic electrical installations, MS Word suite and data analytics.

 

 

 

 

This partnership further underscores the Bank’s ongoing commitment to boosting capacity for the digital economy through strategic digital skills training programmes and empowering the youths to acquire critical skills required to play an active part in the thriving digital economy.

 

 

 

 

 

Recall that the Bank earlier this year collaborated with Alternate School Africa, a software training school in Lagos, as part of activities to celebrate International Women’s Day and empower young female engineers looking to acquire core software development skills and pursue a career in the information technology sector.

 

 

 

 

 

To enrich the content of the Kitian Training Hub “Skill Up” programme, the Bank anchored training on financial intelligence and business development for the beneficiaries, thereby preparing them for a life of entrepreneurship through the training.

Unity Bank’s Head of Retail & SME Banking, Dr. Opeyemi Ojesina who anchored the session exposed the students to the rudiments of managing and growing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Unity Bank, Kitian Training Hub Partner to Empower Over 300 Youths with Digital Skills

CAPTION: From left: Mr Adekunle Rafiu, General Manager, Kitian Training Hub; Hon. Victor Olojede, Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Oyo State on Students’ Affairs; Mrs Taiwo Oshunniyi, CEO, Kitian Training Hub and Dr. Opeyemi Ojesina, Head, Retail & SME Banking, Unity Bank Plc at the opening ceremony to kick off the Skill Up training programme in Ibadan recently.

 

 

 

 

In his further assessment of the collaborative initiative, Dr. Ojesina was satisfied with the content of the programme which according to him is not only scenario-based learning but also a well-packaged delivery style effective to close the gap between theory and practical; adding: “it will change the mindset of participants to easily take on the next big thing in their lives”.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Bank recognises that technology and innovation form the bedrock of the workforce that can take on the future, which is why we keep collaborating with relevant institutions that are moving in this direction” Mr Opeyemi quips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you look at Unity Bank’s strategic initiatives and collaborations over the past few years, from corpreneurship, which is for fresh graduates; to a partnership on building capacity in the blue economy, and then to the most recent partnership with Alternate School Africa for female software engineers, you would realise the pattern of the Bank’s intervention and commitment to the society, especially to the youths: that buttresses what the Bank stands for.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Chief Executive Officer of Kitian Training Hub, Mrs Taiwo Oshunniyi, commended the Bank for the partnership, stating that the partnership has helped the Hub to meet its objective of closing the widening skill gap within the economy.

Oshunniyi said, “We appreciate all our partners, especially Unity Bank Plc. The training should fill some unemployment gaps. Some of our students picked courses in which they already have an interest, and with the knowledge, they will gain here, they will enhance their skills and even provide employment for other people.”

                                                               

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ZENITH BANK WINS “BANK OF THE YEAR, NIGERIA” IN THE BANKER AWARDS 2022

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ZENITH BANK WINS “BANK OF THE YEAR, NIGERIA” IN THE BANKER AWARDS 2022

 

 

 

 

Zenith Bank Plc has emerged as Bank of the Year in Nigeria in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2022. The award, which was announced by The Banker Magazine, Financial Times Group, United Kingdom, during the awards ceremony held in London on December 1, 2022, was in recognition of Zenith Bank’s strong management, sound business model and strategy, support for small businesses and efforts to cut energy consumption. According to the Banker, Nigeria’s Bank of the Year award was among the continent’s most hotly contested this year, befitting the country’s status as Africa’s largest economy. This is coming on the heels of the award as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital by The Banker won by Zenith Bank earlier in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZENITH BANK WINS “BANK OF THE YEAR, NIGERIA” IN THE BANKER AWARDS2022

 

 

 

Commenting on the award, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said: “winning the Bank of the Year attests to our tenacity as an institution despite a very challenging operating environment exacerbated by persistent macroeconomic headwinds. Indeed, being recognised by The Banker – the world’s longest running international banking title, is an acknowledgement of the resilience of the Zenith brand as the leading financial institution in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.” He lauded the Founder and Chairman, Jim Ovia, CFR, for his guidiance and pioneering role in laying the foundation and building the structures for an enduring and successful institution, the Board for their outstanding leadership, the staff for their commitment and dedication as well as the Bank’s customers for their unflinching loyalty to the Zenith brand over the years.

 

Regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence, The Banker’s Bank of the Year award is contested by the world’s leading financial institutions, with winners chosen across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Western Europe.

 

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn it numerous awards, including being recognised as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 13th consecutive year, in the 2022 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine; Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria 2021 and 2022 in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022; Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, by the Ethical Boardroom; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation In Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards. Also, the Bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021, Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and Retail Bank of the year, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

 

Similarly, Zenith Bank was honoured as Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020 and emerged winner in four categories at the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility (SERAS) Awards 2021, carting home the awards for “Best Company in Reporting and Transparency”, “Best Company in Infrastructure Development”, “Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, and the coveted “Most Responsible Organisation in Africa.

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Bloom Buddy redefines Nigeria’s executive health and forges strategic corporate alliance

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Bloom Buddy redefines Nigeria’s executive health and forges strategic corporate alliance

 

 

 

Bloom Buddy, Africa’s first autism tele-consultation service was joined by NBC Coca- Cola, I-Fitness, Pediatic Partners Hospital, Lakeshore Cancer Center, MyCover.ai, and other notable institutions to explore new health strategies for Nigerians.

 

 

Bloom Buddy redefines Nigeria’s executive health and forges strategic corporate alliance

 

 

 

 

 

Bloom Buddy held the first-ever Well Health Conference in Lagos, to a full capacity audience. It showcased a panel of health and wellness speakers in expert-led sessions focused on preventive healthcare practices, integrated wellness, general wellness, neurodevelopment in children, physical fitness, mental wellness strategies, nutrition, personal life coaching and access to healthcare insurance coverage.

 

Exhibitors included representatives from healthcare providers, health tech companies, a pharmaceutical company and natural cosmetics company.

 

The event also featured a zumba and african dance workout session hosted by I-Fitness, West Africa’s First and Fastest Growing Fitness Chain, blood pressure checks by Pediatic Partners Hospital, and access to breast cancer screenings by Lakeshore Cancer Center.

 

Affordable health insurance coverage signups were offered by MyCover.ai, an autism screening station educating parents about early screenings and intervention for children by Bloom Buddy, while the nutrition center and a hydration station were sponsored by the Nigerian Bottling Company.

 

Bloom Buddy is at the forefront of advocating for new mind set and new behavior for Nigeria to develop a healthier workforce and ensure long term prosperity.

 

According to World Health Organization and data from the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Nigeria is ranked 187th out of 195 countries for life expectancy with an average life expectancy of just 54 years. 1/4 of Nigerians (26%) are estimated to be overweight or obese with only 1/3 of Nigerians engaging in regular physical activity.

 

Even more alarming statistics is that nearly 60 million Nigerians suffer from various mental illnesses according to the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) with suicide being a leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years and only 1 in 10 people with mental health problems receiving treatment. Even more staggering is the dearth in health safety net coverage with a mere 3% of Nigerians being covered by health insurance causing many families to expend more than 70% of health expenses from out-of-pocket.

 

These statistics reveal the great need for initiatives like the Well Health Conference, a first of its kind in Lagos that brings together the public to build awareness and empower the community on living well, choosing healthier choices and making small changes that can have a big impact on overall health which aligns with Bloom Buddy’s mission to improve access to healthcare improve the lives of children and their families.

 

Sola Fatoba, CEO of Bloom Buddy, explained that “the state of wellness in Nigeria is far from where it needs to be for us and our children. We hope that today’s conversation will be a starting point for enlightenment and change for many of Nigerians on improving health and wellbeing.

 

“One of our key guiding principles at Bloom Buddy is that the health and wellbeing of a child must be approached from a holistic angle and must begin with and be supported at the community level to ensure inclusivity in the society. This means that both the community and the child must be healthy to best support each other. So everyone of us as a part of the community has a part to play in the wellness and development of children in our communities, and it starts with owning our personal wellness and wellbeing.”

 

Bloom Buddy is a complete ecosystem that connects parents & caregivers of children with Autism to licensed specialists and board-certified interventionists. It has a full range of resources at: www.thebloombuddy.com

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NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL TAKES THE BUSINESS OF FOOD TO PORT HARCOURT

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NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL TAKES THE BUSINESS OF FOOD TO PORT HARCOURT

The importance of canteens and ‘bukas’ who serve those with limited disposable income in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. Yet, these food vendors and caterers who help to meet the nutrition needs of busy urban communities every day, do not always get the support they need to build successful businesses.

The business of food goes beyond just cooking. Nutrition, pricing, styling, taste, hygiene, are essential to the growth of the business and the safety of the consumer.

To help bridge this gap, Nestlé Professional’s food and product education workshop which held for the first time with over 200 Canteen and food Vendors in Ibadan, Oyo State in August 2022, was packaged to equip food vendors and caterers with the knowledge needed to optimize their food business while using MAGGI powders effectively.

Nestlé Professional Business, Nestlé Nigeria’s Out of Home business arm, took its Business of Food roadshow to Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, to deliver food education to over 300 canteen and food vendors in collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors.

Participants in the workshop received tips on how to grow their food service businesses. The caterers and food vendors were shown how to cook tasty meals that will delight their customers as experts shared knowledge and techniques for managing the complexities of food systems. Topics included Food-Preneur, Food Styling and Food Plating.

“The women of Port-Harcourt are amazing, and we are super-excited to be here,” said Funmi Osineye, Manager, Nestlé Professional Nigeria. “The Business of Food workshop is an initiative we developed in response to the need to provide the support micro, small and medium scale food vendors need to scale their businesses. We are also conscious of our responsibility as the Good Food Good Life Company, to contribute towards increasing knowledge of the role food plays in improving Nutrition, Health, and Wellness.

We have brought these two objectives together in the Business of Food which we are hosting in Port-Harcourt today. Our customers and other stakeholders can count on us to consolidate this partnership with caterers and food vendors to ensure better services in the industry.”

In the words of Chef Oroma, a member of the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors and CEO of Oromski Kitchen, “We have been looking for a platform like this for a long time and are excited that Nestlé Professional Business of Food has come to Port-Harcourt today. We would like this workshop to continue so we can encourage and train the upcoming chefs from the rural areas.

This will help us create more employment to take our youth off the streets.”

The workshop combined knowledge sharing with a lot of fun, engaging activities to make it memorable for the participants. It kicked off with a masterclass, followed by a cooking demo where Chef Lilian demonstrated how to prepare native jollof rice.

Then came the exciting, cooking competition! The meals presented by the groups were judged based on Tasty Meal, Me

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