Green Africa Airways, a new airline start‐up founded in Lagos, has been granted an air transport
license. Mr. Babawande Afolabi, the founder and CEO of the airline, noted, “We are really thrilled
about the approval of our license. This new development hopefully puts us further along in our
journey to profitably build an enduring and credible Nigeria‐based airline.”
The new airline is part of a gradual renewed interest in the untapped opportunity in the Nigerian commercial aviation market. The country’s population of over 170 million people and its strategic location on the western part of the continent offers a strong platform for a well thought out Pan African strategy.
“As a nation with the largest economy on the African continent and a rising middle class that is beginning to value time more than ever before, Nigeria’s commercial aviation industry presents an attractive investment opportunity,” said Professor Mike Ogbeidi, a senior business strategy lecturer at the University of Lagos.
He continued, “More broadly, a robust aviation sector will be crucial to realizing the economic potential of the African continent and connecting the region to the rest of the world.”
Meanwhile, despite the flurry of interests in the industry, many still worry about the viability of
existing and incoming operators. Nigeria currently has very few, if any, airlines that can stand the test
when measured on international benchmarks. Lack of reliability, safety concerns and poor customer
service (just to name a few) are some of the issues passengers are routinely forced to deal with when
flying domestic airlines. Though there are unique systemic issues local airlines have to deal with, many
observers contend that operators need to get their own houses in order.
Asked what will set Green Africa Airways apart, Mr. Afolabi, the founder and a former Morgan Stanley
banker, responded, “…our customers and employees are going to be at the core of everything that
we do. Our guiding philosophy, the scope of our business plan, the top‐notch quality of our team and
the depth of our global relationships will differentiate us in the marketplace.”
Some industry veterans who are close to the new airline start‐up seem to believe in its future
prospects. Captain Roy Ilegbodu, a well‐respected airline operations expert with over 30 years of
industry experience asserted, “We’ve definitely seen many airline start‐ups come and go but there is
something fundamentally different here which gives me the confidence that we may finally have the
team that will build a truly competitive airline that will make Nigerians proud.”
Professor George Parker, former member of the Board of Directors at Continental Airlines (now
United Airlines) and former Senior Associate Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business,
commented, “It has been a pure delight watching Green Africa Airways grow from just an idea to this
pivotal phase. Having advised several entrepreneurs around the world, I strongly think Babawande
and his team have the bearings of industry disruptors. I could not be more excited for the future of
their new airline company.”
Mr. Tom Horton, immediate past Chairman and CEO of American Airlines and former Chairman of
Oneworld Alliance, also shares similar optimism, “There have been many successful start‐ups of high
quality airlines in developing regions of Asia and Latin America, and the same will occur in Africa.
Green Africa Airways has a great opportunity to serve that role in Nigeria and in the broader region.”
Quizzed on when the airline will start flying, Mr. Afolabi answered, “We are operating with a sense of
urgency and we’d rather concentrate on getting things right for now than committing to a timeline.
That said, we look forward to hopefully welcoming you onboard sometime soon!”
BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church
An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.
The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.
According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.
Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff
Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.
The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.
This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.
TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities
The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.
The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.
Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.
The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.
The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.
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