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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is rapidly making its way to a Silver Label Road Race

If you needed proof that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is the biggest singular sporting event in West Africa you need not look any further than the recently concluded fourth installment which happened on February 2, 2019.

100,000 runners. 4,000 international runners. 20 elite runners. The athletes: 42km runners; 10km runners; wheelchair racers; first timers; veterans, runners who came from far and wide. Then there were those who came to watch just to be a part of something incredible. There were sponsors. There were vendors. There were artistes. There was the GMD of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe and the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

It’s not often that a single event touches so many in so many different ways.

There are many reasons to celebrate this year’s marathon. In the four years Access Bank has partnered with the Lagos State Government to organize the marathon, we’ve seen the attitude of Nigerians change towards sports, personal health, green initiatives, and even national pride.

This year’s edition brought the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon closer to its short term goal of becoming a Silver Label Road Race. Suntayahu Legese of Ethiopia won the competition overall, after a dramatic finish that saw him overtake Joshua Kipkorir of Kenya, the front-runner for most of the race, in the final leg.

William Yegon who is also Kenyan completed the trifecta of male winners for the main event. Ethiopian, Dinke Meseret dominated the women’s race getting to the finish line before Almnesh Herepa and Kabena Chala. Nigerian winners, Sunday Manasa and Deborah Badung both came in at 6th in the overall rankings, with better times than Iliya Pam from the first Marathon who came in 17th overall, and Olude Fadekemi who came 12th overall in the women’s category during the 2017 race.

With a total cash prize of up to $400,000, and prize categories that rewarded not just the male and female winners of the marathon, the Access Lagos City Marathon is one of the most inclusive marathons on the continent.

A major event like the Marathon has attracted interest in long distance running as a preferred form of exercise. Even as a Bronze category race, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has put the world on notice of the amazing athletics spectacle coming out of Nigeria. With each edition, lessons are learned and improvements are made, and there is no doubt that soon enough the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will achieve the Silver Label status it deserves.

Isime Esene appointed Chairman Policy Think-Tank of boys to MEN Foundation

 

Isime Esene has been appointed Chairman Policy Think-Tank of boys to MEN Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to developing boys and men into responsible, ethical gentlemen with integrity through a range of programs, initiatives, and activities. 

 The Think-Tank is set up to periodically review the Foundation’s programmes and activities, leading the consideration on new lines of thought to birth initiatives that will keep the Foundation relevant to citizens.

 Founded by finance and business advisor/analyst and immediate past chairman of WimBiz Board of Trustees, Ifeoma I. Idigbe, the organization aims at increasing knowledge, and developing skills and character with the intent to address the social consequences of value systems decline in male youth.

 A thoroughbred professional with special interest in harnessing the power of media for holistic development, Mr. Esene is experienced in leadership and team management garnered from years working as managing editor of leading online news and pop-culture platform, Y!/YNaija.com; quality control lead of Red MediaAfrica, and member of the management board of the media group, RED.

 Speaking on the appointment, Mr. Esene expressed gratitude to the Foundation while stating his dedication and commitment to achieving its ultimate goal of developing boys and young men into global leaders of integrity in all spheres of life and endeavour.

First photos: Ethopian national, Sintayehu Legese wins 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

 

Ethopian National, Sintayehu Legese is the winner of the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which held today, 10 February. 

Legese completed the 42km race in a record time of 2hours 17mins making him the winner of the $50,000 prize money.

Joshua Kipkoror came second by completing the 42km race in 2hours 18mins while Wilson Yegon came third in a record time of 2hours 19minutes.

Kenyan-born Hepta young emerged the first female athlete to finish the 42km race winning the $50,000 prize for the first female. She completed the race in a record time of 2hours 37minutes.

Gideon Goyet is the first Nigerian to finish the race at 3hours 20minutes making him the winner of N3million and a brand new Kia Rio.

Other exciting highlights of the event was musical performances by some of Nigeria’s A-list artistes including 2face, Dbanj, Teni Entertainer, and Slim Case.

Lagos City Marathon is a Bronze IAAF League marathon race organised annually by Nigeria’s leadjbgy financial institution, Access Bank in partnership with the Lagos State Government.

Access Bank has been the major sponsor of the Lagos City Marathon since its inception in 2015 and has continued to show even greater support to athletes and fitness enthusiasts all around Africa through this platform.

Find photo highlights of the event above.

Ghana’s New Tribe: The Future Awards Africa unveils 50 outstanding young Ghanaians

 

Ghana’s New Tribe: The Future Awards Africa unveils 50 outstanding young Ghanaians

Africa’s biggest youth awards, The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has unveiled the coveted list of young Ghanaians with outstanding achievements in 2018.

The Future Awards Africa seeks to acknowledge inspiring young people aged 18 to 31 making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and innovation.

The recognition of Ghana’s New Tribe is part of the country by country awards series which focuses on finding bright spots across the continent and identifying the innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, and leaders who have built, or extended models of growth and change regardless.

Over the years, inspiring young Ghanaians such as Regina Agyare, Anne Amuzu, Sarkodie, Sangu Delle, Lily Kudzro, Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza, David Asiamah, and others have been nominated for the Awards. These are exceptional young people who understand that the future can only be shaped by ideas and secured by action.

The categories and nominees are:

LIST OF TFAA 2018 GHANA HONOUREES

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Acting

  1. Helen Asante
  2. Joseph, Otsiman
  3. Kofi Siriboe
  4. Naa Ashorkor
  5. Maame Serwaah

 

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy

  1. Ametepey Emmanuel
  2. Elijah Amoo Adoo
  3. Jamal Musah
  4. Sara Nana Yeboah
  5. Alfred Nyasem

 

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture

  1. Ababio Kwame
  2. Adowarim, Lugu
  3. Awim Peter
  4. Abraham Nii Omani Quaye
  5. Shadrack Frimpong

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Business

  1. Adu Amani Vera
  2. Emmanuel Nyame
  3. Fatima N. Adamu
  4. Yasmin Kumi
  5. John Armah

    The Future Awards Africa Prize for Community Action

  1. Alhassan Ziblin
  2. Deborah Ahenkorah
  3. Edmund Duodu Atweri
  4. Seth Kwame Boateng
  5. Kingsley Kwaku Pinkrah

    The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education

  1. Freda Nyame
  2. Divine Komla Kpe
  3. Josephine, Marie Godwyll
  4. Sylvanus Bedzrah
  5. Tom Chris

    The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion and Design

  1. Papa Oppong
  2. Akosua Afriyie-Kumi
  3. Jermaine Asiedu
  4. Steve French
  5. ELISHA BOIE

    The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music

  1. Dennis “Kidi” Dwamena
  2. Richard “Fuse ODG” Abiona
  3. Gregory “King Promise” Bortey
  4. Kwame Eugene
  5. Michael “Sarkodie” Addo

 

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology

  1. Kofi Genfi and Nii Osae Dade
  2. Prince Boadu
  3. Raindolf Owusu
  4. Isaac Sesi
  5. Derick Omar

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year

  1. Bernice Dapaah
  2. Eric Vondee
  3. Sean Drake
  4. Audrey Esi Swatson
  5. Alloysius Attah

Africa needs more active citizens making a marked difference for the development of the continent. We look forward to highlighting their achievements and measurable impact to serve as inspiration to others.

For more information, visit awards.thefutureafrica.com. Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA. The official hashtags are #GhanasNewTribe #TFAA.

RED CEO, Adebola Williams joins Africa’s richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos; European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani; Zimbabwean minister, Mthuli Ncube, others to speak at the European Parliament

Adebola Williams, the chief executive officer of RED, will join Africa’s richest woman and Chairperson, Unitel, Isabel Dos Santos; European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani; Domenico Rosa, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission; and Rt. Honourable Mark Simmons to speak at the European Conservatives and Reformists Group Africa Summit 2019 which holds today, Wednesday 9 January, 2019.

The event will provide a high-level platform for in-depth policy and political discussion on the future of the socio-economic relationship between the European Union and Africa.

Bringing together industry leaders across the world, the summit provides an opportunity to exchange best practice in key areas, such as democracy, security, economy, health related issues, emergent technologies, the use of development aid, and developing a future relationship on trade cooperation, expanding on areas of cooperation and highlighting key challenges in order to strengthen the European Union’s collaborative and effective partnership with African nations.

Adebola Williams will present a paper at the conference to highlight the impact of youth culture on socio-economic development and the work of Statecraft Inc., the nation-building company under RED, in advocating for democracy and good governance in Africa. He will later join a panel session on ‘Democracy Building and Good Governance in the 21st Century’ with Aleksandra Gadzala, senior fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Professor Nicholas Cheeseman, Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham, and Mark Demesmaeker, Member of the European Parliament.

Founded in 2009, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group is a political group in the European Parliament, with a common cause to reform the European Union on the basis of euro-realism, respecting the sovereignty of nations, and focusing on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness. From its eight founding member-states with 54 MEPs in 2009, the group has grown to become the third largest group in the European Parliament with over 70 members from 19 EU countries hailing from 26 different political parties.

First Photos: Kate Henshaw, Tobi Bakre, Kaffy, Lamide Akintobi, DJ Consequence and others turns out for the Opening cocktail of TEXA 2019






 

Kate Henshaw, Tobi Bakre, Kaffy, Lala Akindoju Chef Fregz and Lamide Akintobi were some of the dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony of The Event Experience Africa (TEXA) that held today Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 at Landmark event centre, Victoria Island. Also in attendance were some of the key Speakers, International event icons, Ziad Nassar (Lebanon) and Chioma Nwogu Johnson (Houston, Texas).

Tagged, ‘Be More…Do More’ Inspiring New Frontiers, the inaugural edition of the conference is aimed at helping businesses understand and implement the right structures required to thrive in the events industry.

The conference is set to feature curated classes, network session and panel session with a diverse set of speakers and topics including business component of events management, leveraging technology in the events industry, hospitality and the art of creating memorable events experience, events marketing and more.

The opening cocktail featured several interesting activities such as performances by various prominent live bands such as Eboni Band etc, games, face painting, dance sessions and many more.

 The Event Experience Africa is a brainchild of one of Nigeria’s foremost events entrepreneur and founder of Zapphire events, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe.

 

RED CEO, Adebola Williams joins Africa’s richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos; European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani; Zimbabwean minister, Mthuli Ncube, others to speak at the European Parliament


Adebola Williams, the chief executive officer of RED, will join Africa’s richest woman and Chairperson, Unitel, Isabel Dos Santos; European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani; Domenico Rosa, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission; and Rt. Honourable Mark Simmons to speak at the European Conservatives and Reformists Group Africa Summit 2019 which holds today, Wednesday 9 January, 2019.

The event will provide a high-level platform for in-depth policy and political discussion on the future of the socio-economic relationship between the European Union and Africa.

Bringing together industry leaders across the world, the summit provides an opportunity to exchange best practice in key areas, such as democracy, security, economy, health related issues, emergent technologies, the use of development aid, and developing a future relationship on trade cooperation, expanding on areas of cooperation and highlighting key challenges in order to strengthen the European Union’s collaborative and effective partnership with African nations.

Adebola Williams will present a paper at the conference to highlight the impact of youth culture on socio-economic development and the work of Statecraft Inc., the nation-building company under RED, in advocating for democracy and good governance in Africa. He will later join a panel session on ‘Democracy Building and Good Governance in the 21st Century’ with Aleksandra Gadzala, senior fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Professor Nicholas Cheeseman, Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham, and Mark Demesmaeker, Member of the European Parliament.

Founded in 2009, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group is a political group in the European Parliament, with a common cause to reform the European Union on the basis of euro-realism, respecting the sovereignty of nations, and focusing on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness. From its eight founding member-states with 54 MEPs in 2009, the group has grown to become the third largest group in the European Parliament with over 70 members from 19 EU countries hailing from 26 different political parties.

The Event Xperience Africa maiden edition set to hold this January


The inaugural edition of The Event Xperience Africa (TEXA) is set to hold from 15 – 17 January, 2019 in Lagos. Tagged BE MORE…DO MORE…INSPIRING NEW FRONTIERS, the conference will bring together professionals from across Africa to discuss industry imperatives, growth opportunities, and global trends.

The conference which is targeted at event and allied industry professionals and beginners, will feature curated classes, networking sessions, and panel sessions with speakers and topics which include the business components of event management (finance, legal, branding and marketing), leveraging technology, professionalism beyond craft and creativity, hospitality and creating memorable events, attaining global excellence and more.

Organized by Nigeria’s pioneer event planner and founder of Zapphaire Events, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, TEXA is designed for event planners, designers and decorators, concert and show producers, bakers/caterers, audio visual experts (lighting, cinematographers, photographers, screens etc.), entertainment specialists (musicians/bands, dancers) and other service providers in the event space. Other professionals poised to benefit from the conference are corporate stakeholders such as brand and corporate communications managers as well as experiential marketing companies.

Speakers include Ibukun Awosika, the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc., and international industry veterans such as Lebanese wedding planner and designer,

Ziad Nassar (Once Events); United States-based event planner, Chioma Dure (Dure Events), and Dubai-based wedding planner, Zainab Alsalih (Carousel Weddings and Events).

Also speaking are industry icons such as Yewande Zaccheus, Edi Lawani, Steve Babaeko, Jide Odukoya, Bovi, Dj Obi, DJ Spinall, Tosan Jemide (of Cakes by Tosan), and other renowned speakers.

For more information and registration details, please visit www.texaafrica.com

First female Nigerian to be appointed General Manager Sales Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea, Lufthansa Group

 

 

As of January 1st 2019, Mrs. Adenike Macaulay will be the newly appointed General Manager Sales Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea, Lufthansa Group. Mrs. Macaulay will be responsible for all the commercial and sales activities of the Lufthansa Group Airlines in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, being the first female and Nigerian to take this position.

Ms. Macaulay started her career at Lufthansa in 2009 as a business analyst for West Africa, responsible for regional results analysis, market and ad-hoc reporting, competitor monitoring and sales planning. In 2010, she took over leadership of the team as Regional Marketing Manager, directing marketing activities as well as business analysis, pricing and sales support across seven regions in West & Central Africa. Five years later, Mrs. Macaulay assumed the position of Senior Manager, Customer, Products and Marketing for Sub-Sahara Africa, directing customer relations, product management and marketing activities across Sub-Sahara Africa. In 2017, her position transitioned into Head Sales, Products and Programs, where she was responsible for the development and optimization of sales products, B2B incentive programs, sales promotions and sales service processes, across the Sub-Sahara Africa region.

“I look forward to a co-operative relationship with our trade partners and continuing the good work of my predecessor in serving our esteemed passengers” says Mrs. Macaulay, General Manager Sales, Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea, Lufthansa Group.

In her new appointment, Mrs. Macaulay will be based in Lagos, succeeding Mr. Robin Sohdi, who held this position since the beginning of January 2016. Mrs. Macaulay will report to Mr. Philippe Saeys- Desmedt, Senior Director Sales Sub-Saharan Africa, Lufthansa Group based in Brussels, the new regional Headquarters for Lufthansa Group Sub-Sahara Africa.

The Lufthansa Group offers 15 weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt via Frankfurt to over 200 destinations in Europe, USA, Canada and beyond.

Lifebuoy further spreads hygiene message, visits Markurdi IDP camp




In a bid to further spread the message of hygiene and disease prevention through handwashing, Lifebuoy today visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Dauda Camp, Makurdi, Benue State.

With over 80 percent of IDPs in the camp exposed to menacing diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia – which are preventable by regular handwashing with soap – the representatives of the Lifebuoy brand brought the behavioural change message of hand-washing to the camp with the hope of reducing these health risks by two-thirds come 2020.

According to Lanre Odupe,Lifebuoy brand manager : “Nigeria has one of the largest child mortality rates in the world. We were the country with the 3rd highest number of new-born deaths in 2016 and is projected to overtake India by 2021. Such unpleasant statistics are a reminder that the local corporates have a role to play in raising awareness for interventions such as hand washing to reduce child mortality, and generally improve the health of as many families as possible.”

Benue State First Lady, Dr. Eunice Ortom, who was present at the visit further added that although the state government is doing a lot in responding to the needs of the IDPs by providing relief materials and facilities at the camps, there has also been a need for private organizations to play active roles in furthering their wellbeing through health education and the provision of materials as demonstrated by Lifebuoy and Unilever.

“The influx of persons into the camps owing to unfortunate circumstances increased the number of IDP camps and the population of these camps have continued to grow. The state government is doing all within its power to see that there is no lack in the camps. Hence, it is great to see corporates like Unilever step up and not only educate the internally displaced persons on proper hygiene practices, provide items that will go a long way in improving the standard of living in the camps,” she said.

This outreach is in keeping with Lifebuoy’s ambition reach 1 billion people with handwashing behaviour change messages by 2020.

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