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FCMB Wins “Best SME Bank in Africa” Award

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB), a foremost financial services provider in Nigeria, has been voted as
the Best SME Bank in Africa. The Bank won the prestigious award at the Asian Banker Middle East and
Africa Regional Awards held virtually on November 5, 2020. The development is another confirmation of
FCMB’s outstanding performance in offering exceptional services, including funding, capacity building
and other value-added supports, to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).

The Asian Banker is an authoritative platform for strategic business information for the financial services
industry worldwide. The annual Awards organised by the firm is one of the most comprehensive,
transparent and respected in the industry covering the full spectrum of topics and areas that constitute
the financial services system.

According to the Asian Banker, FCMB emerged as the Best SME Bank in Africa following, "series of online
surveys across the region to gather feedback from thousands of customers per market. In the survey, we
also asked customers to rate how well their main Banks have helped them during the crisis. The results
and rankings are a true reflection of the voice of the customers".

The organisers further stated that, “FCMB has introduced various digital initiatives into the SMEs
segment, such as digital loan products (Quickloans) and its New Mobile banking platform. In addition,
the Bank launched a platform, which was a first of its kind, to help women owned businesses scale up,
by leveraging access to financing schemes, mentorship programmes, as well as training and networking
opportunities. FCMB has equally helped SMEs to enhance capacity, thereby improving their business
operations, connect with peers and access to trusted service professionals. The Bank has a 25% market
share in the SME business, and in 2019 had more than 300,000 new accounts in this segment. We
commend FCMB for its incredible contributions towards ensuring the growth and sustainable
development of SMEs within the region”.

Commenting on the award, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, described it as another
milestone and a clear demonstration that the various strategic initiatives and solutions offered by the
Bank are yielding the desired results and appreciated in Nigeria and internationally.

According to him, “we are excited to have been recognised by the Asian Banker for our market leading
propositions and support to SMEs, which continue to make real impact on businesses and the economy
in general. This award is another validation that we are on track in our customer-centric approach to
financial services delivery. We will continue to expand the frontiers of our innovation and go the extra
mile to deploy offerings that consistently enhance customer experience. We thank the Asian Banker and
the respondents for considering us worthy as the Best SME Bank in Africa. We dedicate this award to
our customers who have made FCMB what it is today’’.

Speaking while receiving the award, the Executive Director, Business Development, FCMB, Mrs. Bukola
Smith, stated that, “as a resilient, inclusive and responsive institution, we have continued to deploy
solutions to transform the challenges posed by COVID-19 to opportunities for our customers by
leveraging on our robust technology, digital transformation drive and highly professional team. Our SME
Banking offerings have significantly changed lives through job and wealth creation, among other
benefits. This is because, we believe that the only way we can succeed is when our customers succeed.
We are very proud to be the Best SME Bank in Africa, particularly coming after KPMG rated us as the best SME Bank in Nigeria in the 2019 Nigeria Banking Industry Customer Experience Survey report. This latest award will undoubtedly inspire us to perform better”.

For more information about FCMB and its propositions for SMEs, please visit www.fcmb.com/business-
banking.

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Infinix Note 8 on celebrity talk show Rubbin minds with Ebuka, first smart phone in Nigeria

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Last Sunday, the Rubbin minds show took an unexpected but totally pleasant turn as popular presenter and
anchor of the show, Ebuka featured Infinix Content Manager, Kevin Olumese, on a special edition for the recently
launched Infinix Note 8.

If you’d cast your mind not so far back, you’d remember that Infinix set a record with the Note 8’s predecessor
(Note 7) earlier this year when it was launched in a short, Infinix-customized show which was studded with
celebrities. On Sunday, Infinix set another record as it became the first smartphone to be launched on the
celebrity talk show- Rubbin Minds.

If there’s anything that’s more interesting than the sound of this new achievement, it surely will be how exactly the
show went down.

As usual, Ebuka drilled deep into the business of his guest which, on this show, was the Infinix Note 8. No
questions were spared and Kevin, Infinix’s representative, did well to provide precise answers to every question
asked as regards the Infinix Note 8 and the Infinix brand on the show. And, as usual, both the anchor, guest and
most certainly, the viewers at home had a great time sharing laughs and conversation around the Note 8. The
show got off to an early start as Ebuka asked why the Note 8 was codenamed the Night Shot King. Kevin’s
simple answer to the question was “Simply put, it takes awesome shots at night.” However, he did us one better
as he explained in more detail what the Note 8’s night shot camera has to offer.

According to Kevin – and, backed up by several reviews online – the Note 8 comes with a 64MP Ultra HD, Nights
shot camera that introduces adequate lighting into low-light scenes and makes it possible to capture beautifully lit
images with true-to-life beauty and rich colours during the night time.

Kevin posited that this device could not have come at a better time than now. His reason for holding that position is that if the pandemic has thought us anything it’d be to cherish the moments that we get to share
together. Luckily, the lock-down has been eased all over the world and lovers, friends and people in general are
beginning to meet and hangout with themselves once again. Because these meetings are more special than they
used to be, it’s only apt for us to want to have them captured and saved up regardless of the time and the Note 8
makes sure that this is achievable at any time round the clock.

Among other features of the Note 8 that was discussed on the show was the device’s 6.95inch HD+ screen. The
super-wide screen is good for mobile gaming, Netflix or YouTube binging, bantering on social media and
consuming every form of visual content.

Other features include the 16Mp dual selfie camera that sits right in the top left corner of the devices screen, eliminates the upper notch, and captures crisp images. The device also comes with a mobile game-dedicated
processor called the MediaTek Helio G80 processor and runs on a 5200mAh battery.

During the course of the show, Kevin also revealed other things like why the brand adopts the type of designs
and uses the colour options that it currently uses for its product. He also shed some light on why Infinix has
Davido as its brand ambassador and why the brand has a keen interest in entertainment. This was a very
expository moment on the show.

Towards the tail end of the event, Infinix announced two of its empowerment activities that are already ongoing.
The first is the Storm X challenge, designed for young entertainers who can either dance or sing. Infinix has
promised to reward the winner of the challenge with the opportunity to feature one of Nigeria’s leading artiste.

The other empowerment activity is called the #EmpoweredByinfnixNote8 campaign and is targeted towards
young entrepreneurs. At the end of the campaign, lucky entrepreneurs will walk away with 1million naira
empowerment fund.

Interested participants can follow @Infinixnigeria on Facebook, Twitter r Instagram to get more details on any of
the empowerment activities.

This special edition of the Rubbin minds show was truly insightful and engaging and Infinix is set to entertain
viewers once more as they also announced that they’d be the lead sponsor of the second edition of the Turn Up
Friday which is set to kick off later this month.

Infinix has always devised means to connect better with their fans, and they seem to be intensifying their efforts
during this final quarter of the year. Hopefully, this move will yield great dividend for them as they prepare for the
end of the year.

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Hit the Infinix Global Jackpot and you might win a brand new car!

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There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a big win. This year, Infinix will be giving its customers the opportunity to win big this festive season.

Infinix, premium online-driven smartphone brand, will be launching the “Infinix Global Jackpot” for the first time. The leading smartphone brand has decided to do this as a way of appreciating brand loyalists for their support over the years. Premium gifts, such as cars, refrigerators, home appliances and other grand draw prizes will be given out during the festive season.

Before you start making room for that brand new car, here’s what you need to know about the Infinix Global Jackpot.

The promo is set to start on the 27th of November and will end on the 13th of January. During this period, anyone who purchases any of the Infinix Note 8 series, Hot 10 series, Zero 8 series, or the S5 pro will be entitled to participate in an online raffle draw. At the end of the raffle, emergent winners will walk away with one of several amazing prizes including a brand new car.

Concerning the promo, Mr. Philip Pan, Infinix Global GTM and Retail Management Director said, “Infinix has achieved great milestones over the years and we couldn’t have done it without our customers. This is why we have made it a culture to continually show them our appreciation in the best way that we can. The ‘Infinix Global Jackpot’ is another gesture of appreciation from us to our beloved customers in Nigeria.”

There are three ways to benefit from this promo.

1. Offline purchase
Walk into any authorized retail store and buy any of the earlier mentioned devices i.e. Infinix Note 8 series, Zero 8 series, Hot 10 series or the S5 pro and stand a chance to win branded gift items like bags, flasks, umbrellas etc.

2. Join the Infinix community – Xclub
If you’re not a part of the Xclub and you own an Infinix device, you can simply register byaccessing the Xclub application on your smartphone application list. If you do not own an Infinix device, there’s nothing to worry about. You can also join the community by registering here.

Participate in Xclub activities after registration to stand a chance of winning discount coupons to purchase any Infinix device at a discount. Lucky individuals might also get to win one unit of the Infinix Zero 8 for free.

3. Participate in the raffle
The biggest winners will come from the raffle draw. Participants will stand a chance to walk away with selected home appliances and the Grand prize – one new car.

Here’s what you need to do to participate;

1. Get a ticket when you buy any of the Note 8 series, Hot 10 series, Zero 8 series, or S5 pro from offline stores to qualify for the raffle draw.

2. Follow @Infinixnigeria to get updates on the promo.

3. Watch out for your raffle ticket number during the raffle draw winner announcement.

Promo runs from November 27th till January 15th . So, get ready to see some wonderful surprises roll in from now till the New Year. The draw dates are as follows.

  • Lucky Prize:11 December 2020 – 13 January 2021 Live Draw.
  • Mega Jackpot:11 December 2020 – 5 January 2021 Draw date: 8 January 2021.
  • Super Jackpot:6 January 2021 – 13 January 2021 Draw date: 15 January 2021.

For more information, please visit Infinix on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @Infinixnigeria.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

Nyesom Wike

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.

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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.

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