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DR. (MRS.) OBIAGELI (OBY) EZEKWESILI – PRIDE JEWEL OF INESTIMABLE VALUE AWARDEE 2018

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Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili will be awarded the two 2018 Jewel of Inestimable Value Award at the Pride Women Conference taking place on Friday, May 18, 2018. The award is in recognition of her concern and empathy for the well-being of the ordinary Nigerian citizen/ championing the Bring Back Our Girls campaign over the past few years and ensuring that the missing girls are not forgotten by the powers that be.

The Jewel of Inestimable Value Award is given to women who in the opinion of the Pride Nigeria Awards Committee have positively impacted the society. It is awarded by the Committee to any person living or dead who has contributed in no small measure to the betterment of the human race.

The recipients of last year’s awards were Dr. Mrs. Maryam Babangida for her contributions to the welfare of her family, her nation and humanity through her Better Life Program for Rural Women, and Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, whose personal sacrifice prevented a national catastrophe in a country of 190 million people.

The Pride Women Conference aims to outline strategic objectives and actions for the emotional and the material well-being of the 21st century woman, her family and the society. Please visit www.prideconference.org for more information.

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Glo Sends Felicitations To Nigerians At 60

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Telecommunications company, Globacom its felicitations to Nigeria on the
occasion of her 60th Independence Anniversary.

In a press statement released from its corporate head office in Lagos, the company
said as the nation celebrates on October 1, compatriots at home and abroad
should embrace peace, unity and brotherliness as enshrined in the national
anthem while upholding the virtues which the country’s heroes past struggled for,
regardless of the challenges currently battling the nation.

“Nigerians as a people should consider the unity of the country as a project that
must be upheld by all of us irrespective of our diversities. In the same vein, the
continued wellness and security of all compatriots from all tribes and religious
divides should be of utmost importance to everyone,” Globacom added.

Globacom noted that Nigerians have reasons to celebrate the country’s continuing
status as one cohesive nation bound in freedom, peace and unity for the past 60
years in spite of its various challenges, adding that the nation’s nature as a country
of 300 peoples of diverse traditions, cultures, inclinations and beliefs should enrich
and unite rather than polarise the nation.

“All Nigerians should emphasise more on the values that unite us and ignore those
that put wedges of attrition between us. We must love and respect one another
and hold dear the sanctity of life of every Nigerian in all nooks and crannies of the
country; we must relegate our tribal and religious differences, and hold dear the
harmony, safety and progress of the nation and its peoples,” the company further
averred.

Recalling its achievements as second national carrier in Nigeria’s
telecommunications market, Globacom seized the opportunity to applaud Nigeria
for inspiring it to score its gamut of firsts.”

The network further disclosed that it was exciting that digital telephony has
enhanced the life experiences of Nigerians with Globacom pioneering innovative
solutions, world class products and services as well as affordable offerings.

Globacom reiterated its support for educational endeavours, culture,
entertainment, sports and other worthwhile engagements and wished the
country and her peoples more years of enhanced development and growth.

It also promised its subscribers seamless voice, data and Short Messaging Service
(SMS) during and after the Independence Day holiday.

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GTBank Fashion Weekend Returns for the 5th Year, Holds Nov. 14-15 …Call for Exhibitors Now Open

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September, Lagos.

Foremost financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank plc has confirmed that the 5th edition of
Africa’s premier fashion event, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, will hold on Saturday,
November 14, and Sunday, November 15, 2020. The two-day event, will feature fashion-
leaders and industry experts from around the world, whilst providing hundreds of
indigenous small fashion businesses with the opportunity to expand their online presence,
reach new markets, and position their businesses for sustainable growth.

Themed “The Future of Fashion Retail,” the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend event will
feature a hybrid of online and physical experiences, including Online Master Classes, an
Immersive Online Shopping Experience with Free Delivery Nationwide and a Runway Show.

In line with its vision of Promoting Enterprise, the Bank will provide an e-commerce
platform that will allow hundreds of small businesses connect with thousands of consumers
that are online, whilst providing fashion lovers with an immersive online shopping
experience. The Bank will provide custom-built online retail stalls for free and, at the same
time, fully sponsor all promotional activities to drive visibility and sales for all the fashion
brands that will be a part of the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend.

In addition to its innovative fashion retail experiences, the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend
will feature a series of online masterclasses facilitated by renowned fashion industry
experts. A “must-attend” for entrepreneurs and fashion enthusiasts, the masterclasseses
have been designed to deliver the same quality in content and engagement as previous
years, through interactive webinars that will focus on exploring new and exciting ways to
build and sustain fashion brands in these times and the future.

The Runway Show will also keep its place at the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend. Designed
with current realities in mind, the Runway Show will feature a carefully curated ensemble of
bold and enthralling fashion statements by Africa’s Finest Fashion Brands, delivered in a
socially distanced environment.

Commenting on the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Managing Director and Chief
Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said; “Fashion is more than just art or endeavour, it is a
way of life, and as we make adjustments to how we live in these new realities, we are also
reimagining how we create value for small businesses, the local fashion industry and our
customers through the GTBank Fashion Weekend. This year, key parts of our fashion
experience will go online, but the focus remains the same; to drive the growth of our
fashion industry by promoting enterprise for small businesses in the sector.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to lend the full weight of our franchise
to safeguarding lives and livelihoods not only by leading the fight to curtail the Covid-19
outbreak, but also creating and championing initiatives that help businesses and individuals
thrive.”

Launched in 2016, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the biggest fashion experience
in Africa, drawing over 250,000 attendees annually and featuring renowned industry experts
such as style connoisseur Dapper Dan, Burak Cakmak of Parsons School of Design, Roksanda Ilincic, Make-Up extraordinaire Sir John, Stylist to the stars Law Roach, Vanessa Kingori MBE, Jay Alexander, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jay Manuel, Huishan Zhang, Adesuwa Aighewi and several others. Geared towards Promoting Enterprise, the GTBank Fashion Weekend is one of Guaranty Trust Bank’s social initiatives aimed at offering small businesses real
commercial opportunities and empowering them with the expertise, networks and
resources to realize the full potential of their businesses.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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