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ZENITH TECH FAIR 2.0 ENDS ON A HIGH AS HACKATHON FINALISTS ARE REWARDED WITH N53M

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ZENITH TECH FAIR 2.0 ENDS ON A HIGH AS HACKATHON FINALISTS ARE REWARDED WITH N53M

ZENITH TECH FAIR 2.0 ENDS ON A HIGH AS HACKATHON FINALISTS ARE REWARDED WITH N53M

 

 

A total sum of N53 million in prize money was won at the end of a keenly contested hackathon session at the Second Edition of the Zenith Tech Fair, themed “Future Forward 2.0”, which was held onWednesday, November 23, 2022, at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

 

The prize money was shared among eleven finalists who emerged from the over 500 contestants that took part in the hackathon, with Ecotutu, a cleantech company making cooling affordable and accessible for businesses, especially in the agricultural sector, emerging as the overall winner and taking home the grand prize of N20 million. This is in addition to a mentorship programme with Seedstars, a company dedicated to implementing high-quality capacity-building programmes for entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

 

 

The first runner-up, Foris Labs, an app-based platform that allows students to conduct science experiments individually and in groups interactively via their mobile phones, won N15 million and a mentorship programme with Seedstars, while the second runner-up, Finva, a start-up which helps creditors offer credits at low risk, won N10 million as well as a mentorship programme with Seedstars. Other finalists who took home N1million each include Sanwo, Itinu -Ev, Eduvacity, Green Bii, Zion Robotics, Sono Care, Base, and I grow Africa.

 

 

Speaking during the presentation of the prize monies, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, congratulated all the finalists for coming this far in the competition. He reiterated the bank’s readiness to provide all that is necessary to make the budding entrepreneurs succeed. According to him, “all finalists would be enlisted into our incubation lab for grooming and mentorship. Our expectation is that we are going to scale and grow them just like the zenith brand. So, looking at what we have gone through, I can tell you that so much iron has been loaded on fire. The only thing left is to activate the digital talents, tech skills and entrepreneurship that would culminate in a new digital economy for Nigeria”.

 

 

Described as a huge success by participants, the two-day Tech Fair featured presentations on the leading technological innovations that cut across different aspects of life, such as Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Robotics, Big Data, FinTech, Augmented Reality, Data Analytics, 5G and Communication Technologies, with the keynote address, “The Future of Banking: Digital Transformation Journey”, delivered by Brett King, the renowned futurist, bestselling author, award-winning speaker, Founder of Moven and Author of Bank 4.0.

 

 

The event also featured a goodwill message by Jim Ovia, CFR, Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank and opening remarks by Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc and Chairman of Body of Banks’ CEOs, Nigeria. Other eminent IT practitioners from top global brands who also made presentationsinclude;Tarik Alatovic, Senior Partner, McKinsey; Juliet Ehimuan, West Africa Director, Google; Ola Williams, Country Manager, Microsoft Inc.; Andrew Uaboi, Vice President/Head, Visa West Africa; Mrs Rakiya Mohammed, Director of Information Technology, CBN; Chris Lu, Managing Director, Huawei Technologies Nigeria, and Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, amongst others.

 

 

The fair featuredthree panel sessions. The first panel, which examined “The future of payments: what next and how can we get there”, had Prof. Yinka David West of Lagos Business School as the host, with four discussants, including Agada Apochi, Managing Director, UPSL; Olu Akanmu, Managing Director, Opay; Premier Oiwoh, Managing Director, NIBBS; and Kari Tukur, V/P & Head of Products East/West Africa, MasterCard.

 

 

The second panel explored the theme “What are the main challenges of digital transformation in the financial industry? How do we solve them?”. It was hosted by Brett King and had four discussants, including Tosin Eniolorunda, Managing Director, TeamApt; Obi Emetarom, Managing Director, Appzone; Dr. Babatunde Obrimah, COO, FintechNGR; and Olugbenga Agboola, Founder/CEO, Flutterwave.

 

 

The third panel discussion, titled “Driving the global trade revolution with technology: current transformation trends”, was hosted by Samuel Eze, Founder/CEO, Ourpass, and had five discussants, including Mike Ogbalu III, Managing Director, PAPSS; Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Interswitch; 

 

Massimiliano Spalazzi, Country Manager, Jumia; and Dr. Ozoemena Nnaji, Director of Trade & Exchange, CBN.

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Giving.NG Partners Shoprite Nigeria on 40 Days of Giving Campaign

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Giving.NG Partners Shoprite Nigeria on 40 Days of Giving Campaign

 

 

 

 

Giving.NG is partnering with Shoprite Nigeria on “40 Days of Giving” campaign, aimed at inspiring people and organizations to spread kindness and treat it as an everyday thing, rather than a seasonal activity.

 

 

 

Giving.NG Partners Shoprite Nigeria on 40 Days of Giving Campaign

 

 

 

Giving.NG, Africa’s first and only free crowdfunding platform, has announced that it will begin a campaign in November to assist less privileged Nigerians and honor organizations and people carrying out exceptional, social impact work nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The campaign, themed “40 Days of Giving,” is being launched in partnership with Africa’s largest fast-moving consumer goods retailer, Shoprite Nigeria, and is expected to span the Christmas season and into the New Year.

Traditionally, the Christmas season is known to be a season of giving, with statistics showing that most donations are made during this time. Most people use the season to appreciate people who have been there for them all year round or give back to the less privileged. The 40 Days of Giving campaign plans to tap into this existing trend in a way that encourages people to give and creates a chain of giving that goes beyond the festive season.

Speaking about the campaign, Sterling One Foundation’s CEO, Olapeju Ibekwe explained that this was a much-needed campaign considering how tough the year has been, alongside the huge loss by the recent flood crisis in at least 32 states of the country. In her words;
“This campaign is about getting as many people as possible to join us in lending a helping hand to vulnerable Nigerians while supporting those changemakers who have been on the frontlines doing the same all year round. For each day of the campaign, we want to support at least one person, selected through an online nomination with their next meal, resources to restart their small business or just new clothes. We just want to spread kindness to many people daily.”

The 40 Days of Giving campaign is expected to kick off on November 29, 2022, the last Tuesday of November, is recognized globally as Giving Tuesday and runs until January 7, 2023. As part of the campaign, people can donate money to a fundraiser on the Giving.NG platform or items at designated points, including Shoprite stores nationwide.

Commenting on their partnership to execute this, Shoprite Nigeria’s Head of Marketing, Kunle Abiola stated that the campaign is a laudable initiative that has a lot of potentials to bring change into people’s lives. In his remarks, he said;
“Beyond want the items donated can do for the beneficiaries, we are keen on the hope that these acts of kindness can spread among Nigerians. We are giving our shoppers an opportunity to be part of a very noble initiative and we know they will buy into it.”
With this partnership, shoppers can buy items at any Shoprite store across the country and drop them off at designated points in the store from where they will be collected and redistributed to selected NGOs or given out in-store as a paid-forward gesture to other shoppers. Some of the beneficiaries nominated online will also receive shopping vouchers which they can redeem at any Shoprite store closest to them.

Both brands are also hopeful that they can grant as many wishes as they can from the nominations and requests they will receive, even as they look forward to having Nigerians join them in playing ‘Everyday Santa’ and spreading kindness.

 

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Glo draws new winners in Festival of Joy promo

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Globacom on Monday hosted a draw ceremony to pick a new set of winners in the ongoing Festival of Joy promotion in the Lagos area.

 

 

Glo draws new winners in Festival of Joy promo

 

 

 

 

The draw event, held at Gloworld on Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, had as witnesses media houses, Glo subscribers, and the Head of Legal Services of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Gloria Ireka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lucky subscribers include the winner of a brand new Kia car and winners of sewing machines, generators, and rechargeable fans. Globacom, in a statement, said the winners who emerged from the draw would receive their prizes at a presentation ceremony to be held at the same Gloworld venue tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globacom is giving out 20 houses, 24 brand-new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines, and 1,000 rechargeable fans in the Festival of Joy promo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To participate in the promo, subscribers are required to dial *611# and keep recharging (voice and data during the promo period) in order to be eligible to win the prizes on offer.

“If you would like to be the next winner of a house in the Festival of Joy promo, you are required to make data subscription(s) of at least N20,000 during the promo period, while those who are interested in winning cars should make a monthly recharge of N10,000; N5,000 monthly recharge for power generators, N2,500 monthly recharge for sewing machines and N500 weekly to win rechargeable fans”, Globacom explained.

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Transcorp Hilton Abuja wins Seven Stars Luxury & Lifestyle Award for the 5th time in 7 years

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Transcorp Hilton Abuja wins Seven Stars Luxury & Lifestyle Award for the 5th time in 7 years

Transcorp Hilton Abuja wins Seven Stars Luxury & Lifestyle Award for the 5th time in 7 years

Transcorp Hilton Abuja is Africa’s Best Luxury Business Hotel

Transcorp Hilton Abuja has been named the Best Luxury Business Hotel at the 2022 Seven Stars Luxury & Lifestyle Awards. The hotel, which is the flagship property of leading hospitality brand Transcorp Hotels Plc, had earlier won the award in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

 

 

Transcorp Hilton Abuja wins Seven Stars Luxury & Lifestyle Award for the 5th time in 7 years

 

 

The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards (SSLHLA) is the most exclusive award for the luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle industry. According to organisers, SSLHLA is designed to identify and separate the exceptional from the absolute best.

Mrs. Dupe Olusola Managing Director/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, while commenting on the award said, “We are honoured to be recognised as the Best Luxury Business Hotel in Nigeria for the 5th time in seven years.

“We are proud to add this award to many other prestigious awards we have won this year. This achievement is evidence of our success in consistently delivering on our customer promise, as we continue to innovate and provide our guests with unparalleled experiences at all our touch points.”

Transcorp Hilton Abuja recently won 5 major categories of the World Travel Awards, including Africa’s Leading Business Hotel. The hotel also won the World Luxury Hotel and Restaurant Awards, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, and Booking.com Traveller Review Award, among other recognition, received this year.

With 667 rooms and suites – including 30 presidential suites – spread over 10 floors, Transcorp Hilton is the choice hotel for heads of state, captains of industries, royalties, and global celebrities. The hotel boasts a choice of 8 restaurants and bars including the 24-hour Piano Lounge, 24 meeting rooms, a Business Center, and a 1200-person capacity Congress Hall. The hotel is also constructing a world-class convention center.

Leisure facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, as well as volleyball and basketball courts.

Apart from Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Transcorp Hotels Plc also owns Transcorp Hotels Calabar, and Aura by Transcorp Hotels, an online platform for booking homes, hotels, and experiences. Transcorp Hotels is also working on a new property in Lagos, as it continues to expand in line with its vision of becoming Africa’s leading hospitality brand.

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