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Nigeria’s leading financial institution, has said it is committed to supporting the annual Ake Books and Arts Festival because it sees Nigeria as part of a larger world and believes that Nigeria’s ultimate competitiveness lies in its energy. Executive Director at Sterling, Yemi Odubiyi, who disclosed this over the weekend in a goodwill message at the opening of the 10th edition of the Ake Books and Arts Festival said Nigeria can become a leader in the world and its creative people as part of its competitiveness.

 

Odubiyi continued by saying that “Nigeria enjoys a comparative advantage in the arts and culture domain, and Sterling, being focused on promoting the development of human capital and improving national competitiveness, is thrilled to have been a part of the festival for the past six years and plans to continue to do so.” Also speaking, Founder and Director of Ake Books and Arts Festival, Lola Shoneyin said, “I’m often amused when people say they can’t believe how long we’ve been doing this. I believe it has been 10 years.

It has been 10 years of bringing brainwaves to life, 10 years of learning, 10 years of celebrating the incredible work that so many of you have done and are still doing and 10 years of making lifelong friends.” She said ‘Homecoming’ was chosen as the theme of this year’s festival because, “We were going back to Abeokuta where it all began, and it was time to reconnect with our ancestral roots.

The main reason ‘Homecoming’ was so perfect is that we couldn’t wait to have you back at Ake after the COVID-19 pandemic”.

She said, after two years of lockdown and online festivals, the festival is back again as participants can mingle, catch up on news and strengthen their friendships.

 

Adding that this moment, this feeling, is what has kept them going. The Founder said the priority has always been to ensure that guests feel at home since the very first edition of the Ake Festival. Consequently, during this year’s edition of Ake Review, guests were asked to express what home means to them, and the common responses were:

 

A place of love; friendship and a sense of belonging, she said. Shoneyin thanked the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, Professor Abdulrazaq Gurnah and his wife, Professor Denise Gurnah for honoring the invitation to attend the festival in person.

She also thanked the headliner of this year’s festival, Professor Veronique Tadjo, for finding time to be a part of the festival. Other highlights of this year’s festival include the hosting of Directors of the Global Association of Literary Festivals while many of the panel sessions explored different aspects of the theme. Some of the sessions focused on why home exerts a pull on us, stirs our creative impulses, influences our creative expressions, evokes profound sentiments, and shapes our perception of the outside world.

Others explored the impact of conflict, capitalism, and climate disasters as well as what it means to be displaced, to live away from home and, of course, to return. The festival also featured book discussions on the idea of a home and how for some people, the home might not be a place of safety, but a place of violence, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service by the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s supports. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year's International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow".

The event was opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group's key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: " Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children". 

Continuing, he said: "The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today". 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people's lives. 

He said: "It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people's lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow's Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects."

"We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphan and the less privileged in the society," he added.

According to Osundele, the bank's support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  "It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in the society," he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

"The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows' children, among other things," she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

"I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loan from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeeded in whatever craft or business they are doing, so that they will not continue to depend on people," she said. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZenithBank Plc has emerged as Bank of the Year in Nigeria in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2022.

 

The award, which was announced by The Banker Magazine, Financial Times Group, United Kingdom, during the awards ceremony held in London on December 1, 2022, was in recognition of Zenith Bank's strong management, sound business model and strategy, support for small businesses and efforts to cut energy consumption. According to the Banker, Nigeria's Bank of the Year award was among the continent's most hotly contested this year, befitting the country's status as Africa's largest economy.

 

This is coming on the heels of the award as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital by The Banker won by Zenith Bank earlier in the year.Commenting on the award, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said: "winning the Bank of the Year attests to our tenacity as an institution despite a very challenging operating environment exacerbated by persistent macroeconomic headwinds. Indeed, being recognised by The Banker – the world’s longest running international banking title, is an acknowledgement of the resilience of the Zenith brand as the leading financial institution in Nigeria and the West African sub-region."

He lauded the Founder and Chairman, Jim Ovia, CFR, for his guidiance and pioneering role in laying the foundation and building the structures for an enduring and successful institution, the Board for their outstanding leadership, the staff for their commitment and dedication as well as the Bank’s customers for their unflinching loyalty to the Zenith brand over the years. Regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence,

The Banker's Bank of the Year award is contested by the world's leading financial institutions, with winners chosen across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Western Europe.

ZenithBank's track record of excellent performance has continued to earn it numerous awards, including being recognised as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 13th consecutive year, in the 2022 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine; Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria 2021 and 2022 in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022; Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, by the Ethical Boardroom; Best

Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation In Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards. Also, the Bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021, Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and Retail Bank of the year, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

 

Similarly, Zenith Bank was honoured as Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020 and emerged winner in four categories at the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility (SERAS) Awards 2021, carting home the awards for “Best Company in Reporting and Transparency”, “Best Company in Infrastructure Development”, “Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, and the coveted “Most Responsible Organisation in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Says Action Confirms a Fascist Agenda

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in strong terms the constant brazen attacks, threats and negative labelling of the Media in Nigeria by the flustering and frustrated Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organization.

 

Nigerians are appalled by the inflammatory declaration of hostility, animosity and labelling of Arise News TV by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign as part of its scheme to intimidate the Media in Nigeria from carrying out its Constitutional duty of providing Nigerians the legitimate and credible platform to examine, review and interrogate the policies and programmes of those aspiring to hold the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

The action of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign is an unpardonable display of intolerance, aversion and hatred for the Media and a direct affront to Section 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

 

This confirms apprehension by Nigerians of APC’s plot to discount critical sections of our Constitution to stifle the Media, erode free speech and foist a fascist system in our country.

 

The PDP invites Nigerians to observe that while asserting that the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has the right to “decide where he goes and events to participate in” the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign exposed its proclivity towards fascism by seizing the constitutional freedom of association of other Nigerians particularly their spokespersons and supporters from exercises their right to appear in media or platform of their choice. 

 

Nigerians know that Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign is desperate to shield Asiwaju Tinubu from answering questions on his numerous alleged issues of perjury, certificate forgery, treasury-looting, inconsistencies in name, age, ancestry, educational qualification as well as his reported involvement in trafficking in narcotics for which he forfeited $460,000 through an Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction in the United States.

 

The Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign should know that evading Media invitation at home in Nigeria and running to Chatham House in London cannot save Asiwaju Tinubu. Nigerians are demanding that he should address them at home and not in London.

 

Our Party holds firmly that as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, the Media has a duty under the Constitution to act as the watch dog of government, public officials and those aspiring to hold public offices. 

 

In that regard every media platform in Nigeria has the obligation to ensure that those who aspire to public offices, especially the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must make themselves available for the Nigerian people to examine, review and interrogate their policies and programmes for the nation. 

 

Our fear is that the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign’s threats to the media is capable of inciting APC thugs against media practitioners and journalists in Nigeria and intimidate them from carrying out their Constitutional duties.

 

The PDP draws the attention of the Inspector General of Police to the threat by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign towards the Media and take steps to ensure that the Media has a conducive environment and freedom to discharge their duties to the nation.

 

Our Party however charges the Media not to be intimidated but remain firm and resolute within its professional ethics in the discharge of its duties especially ahead of the 2023 general elections.

 

Signed: 

 

Hon. Debo Ologunagba 

National Publicity Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of its contribution to the growth of the real estate sector in Nigeria, luxury property development company, The Address Homes has thrown its weight behind the 3rd Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibition put together by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority, LASRERA.

 

The event, which would be in the form of a Town Hall meeting with the theme: “The Lagos Real Estate Emerging Markets – Mitigating Potential Risks,” has been scheduled for Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December 2022 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu is expected to declare the event open on Tuesday 6th of December, 2022.

 

Seasoned speakers are billed for this year’s Conference and Exhibition to deliberate on potential risks in Real Estate Transactions, Laws that protect Real Estate investment Transactions, and Policies and Guidelines about Lagos State Real Estate Sector.

 

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on 7th of February, 2022, signed into law the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) bill in the bid to regulate, sanitise, protect individuals from illegal real estate transactions and fraudulent persons/organisations, monitor the activities of real estate transactions and ensure real estate transactions in the state conform to global best practices.

 

In a statement by The Address Homes, in view of its strategic role in the overall real estate business as a leading real estate company engaged in the acquisition, development and management of luxurious contemporary homes across Nigeria, it is supporting the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority, the agency in charge of the conference and exhibition to curb unscrupulous practices and promote global best practices and investment opportunities in the sector.

 

Speaking on the Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibition, Mr Segun Ogunbiyi, Marketing Manager, The Address Homes, noted, “The partnership between Address Homes and Lagos State Government on this conference and exhibition would further propel the already existing collaboration to promote integrity, professionalism, customer satisfaction and safety in real estate industry in Nigeria.”

 

Apart from its sponsorship role at the conference, The Address Homes will also be a major exhibitor, showcasing real estate development with a combination of high-class contemporary architectural design and high-level finishes with respect to designs and styles that meet consumer passion, taste and comfort.

 

Since its maiden edition in 2020, the real estate firm has consistently been a major supporter of LASRERA’s Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibition.

 

The Address Homes Limited is a leading real estate company engaged in acquiring, developing and managing luxurious contemporary homes across Nigeria.

 

With its pragmatic approach to solving problems and prioritizing customers’ specific needs in real estate in Nigeria, The Address Homes has continued to change the face of real estate development in Nigeria by delivering homes that combine high-class contemporary architectural design with high-level finishes as they are highly diversified with respect to design and styles.

 

From its inception, The Address Homes has made the policy of building the best homes at the most economical prices throughout Nigeria, thus delivering optimum value for money.

 

Some of the projects of The Address Homes include The Luxuria, located on Alexander Road, Dan and Dan located on Banana Road, Ikoyi, Osapa London, e.t.c

 

Presently, the firm has extended construction to Ikeja, GRA at Harold Shodipo and Aunty Ayo, Keffi Street, Ikoyi aimed at contributing 101 units to South West Ikoyi by 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residents of Oluyole Federal Constituency on Sunday said House of Representatives member, Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has matched her promises with achievements in three years of representing them in Abuja.

 

The residents who trooped out in their numbers to show support to the Oluyole Federal representative in Ibadan, said they are happy with her re-election bid. 

 

Pledging their continued support for her, the residents claim she is a tested and trusted Representative, who has ensured the progress of Oluyole.

 

The residents, in separate interviews with the newsmen in Ibadan, described Akande-Sadipe as a “worthy Representative,’’ given her good performance in the past three years.

 

Akande-Sadipe, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress is seeking re-election as a House Representatives member in the 2023 general election.

 

A resident, Mr. Akin Adesanya from Orisunmibare community said the Oluyole Federal representative has ensured her impact is felt in all communities within Oluyole Federal Constituency.

 

He said apart from the different empowerment programmes she has brought to the doorsteps of many, Akande-Sadipe has facilitated installation of transformers in over 16 communities within Oluyole.

 

Recounting her different light-up Oluyole initiatives, another resident, Mrs. Ibiduni Ologuneru said Akande-Sadipe has facilitated installation of 500KVA Transformers in 12 communities including: Orisunmibare-Pegba Ward3, Alagba-Olomi Ward7, Adewole Ward10, Unity Estate-Idi-Ayunre Ward5, Arogo Ward1, CRIN Odo-Ona Ward5, Iyaloja Ayegun Ward7.

 

Other communities that benefitted from her 500KVA transformers are: Irepodun Abbey Technical Ward2, Egbeda Atiba Ward3, Kolajo-Agric Ward7, Lafiku Ward1 and Odo-Okun Ward10.

 

She added that over four communities have equally gotten 300 KVA transformers in Oluyole, courtesy the Representative.

 

Expressing confidence in her re-election, the Director-General of Akande-Sadipe's Campaign in Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Idowu Oyewale, said residents would vote for her because they had seen her good works in the Federal Constituency and communities she represents.

 

“Oluyole has witnessed uncommon transformation in the past three years during her tenure as their rep", he said.

 

 

E-signed:

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Olamilekan Olusada,

S.A Media & Publicity. 

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