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Eko Akete Fashion Week Holds In May 2015



Following the consecutive two-year success of the Native & Vogue International Fashion Week in Port-Harcourt, organizers of the event, Neo-Mantra and Bunor Creazioni, have announced the hosting of the Eko Akete Fashion Week in May 2015.
This revelation was made at the recently-held Style a la Carte evening, hosted by the two companies for prospective corporate sponsors at the upscale Jade Palace Chinese Restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos.
At the evening of style rendition Nkiru Oguadinma, Managing Director of Neo-Mantra and Frank Osodi, the renowned designer and Creative Director of Bunor Creazioni, took the corporate community through an evening of testimonies, to witness the astounding success of the Port-Harcourt event and the gains and prospects of sponsoring the Lagos version.

Mr Kayode Oluwo, Commercial Planning and Activation Manager, Diageo Brands; Tunji Olugbodi, MD, Verdant Zeal; Olufemi Ashipa, Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria; Nkiruka Oguadinma, CEO, NeoMantra Ltdand Frank Osodi, Partner, Bunor Creazioni at a dinner to unveil 2015 Eko Akete International Fashion and Design Show logo in Lagos.

Explaining that Eko Akete Fashion & Design Week, is coming to Lagos due to popular demand by those who witnessed the successful hosting of the Port-Harcourt events, Nkiru said: “Neo-Mantra and Bunor Creazioni are the creative brain force behind Nigeria’s biggest fashion show in Port-Harcourt- Native & Vogue International Week, which has, in just two years, featured over 50 designers, stylists, music acts and well over 200 models, thus bringing Port-Harcourt under the global fashion spotlight.”
“And, riding on that success, we are pleased to present to you the Eko Akete Fashion & Design Week, which will arguably be the most definitive rendezvous in Lagos, designed to transform local fashion potential into a major economic export, she added.

Taking guests through the Native & Vogue runway in a video clip, Frank Osodi also revealed: “We have in the past featured international front line designers such as Paul Van Zyl from South Africa, Shaldon Kopman of Naked Ape Fashion SA, Kosibah (UK), KLUCK CGDT (SA ), Frank Osodi of House of Bunor, Ade Bakare UK, and international models like Agbani Darego, Millan Magese, Rob Evans and the list goes on.”


Abiola sobowale-Sanni;, MD/CEO, Queens Bridge Group; Eyitemi Taire, Customer Marketing Director, Guinness; Mr Tunji Olugbodi, MD, Verdant Zeal and Nkiruka Oguadinma, COO, NeoMantra at a dinner to unveil 2015 Eko Akete International Fashion and Design Show logo in Lagos.



According to him the international mix has “grown our local fashion week tremendously by giving us global visibility thereby creating an avenue that brands can leverage on.”
With the coming of Eko Akete Fashion Week 2015, Nkiru told guests that “a great
opportunity as regards partnership abounds and what we are offering is an uncluttered medium to position your brand as a major player in Nigeria’s emerging fashion industry, and an avenue to contribute to human and capital development.”

Apart from the runway video clips, Osodi also explained that the previous shows have not only showcased established designers, but had been an avenue to discover new talents through the Young Designers Competition. A living witness was Ibiteim Thompson, winner of the second edition who came all the way from Port-Harcourt to attend the event.
Others at the evening of style included the young models discovered in the garden city, some designers and makeup artists, who have also been part of the successful outings of Native & Vogue in Port-Harcourt.

Frank Osodi, Partner, Bunor Creazioni; Nkiruka Oguadinma, CEO, NeoMantra and Uti Nwachukwu at a dinner to unveil 2015 Eko Akete International Fashion and Design Show logo in Lagos.


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Wema Bank Emerges Best Performing Bank in Half year 2022





Nigeria’s most innovative bank, Wema Bank Plc, has emerged the best performing bank in the first half of year 2022 financial year with a weighted average score of of 2.83 points, beating 12 other bank’s.


According to a special report on the Nigerian banking performance in the first half of 2022 prepared by Nairametrics, Wema Bank ranked first in one category, second in three categories and third in one category. Stanbic IBTC and First Bank came second and third respectively..


The key metrics considered in the report are total asset growth, loan book growth, profit growth, cost-to-income ratio movement, and return on average equity.


The 13’reviewed banks which are listed on the Nigerian Exchange posted a net profit of N1 trillion in 2021 from N887.1 billion recorded in 2020.


The 13 reviewed banks are Wema Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, FCMB, GTB, Jaiz Bank, Access Bank, and Stanbic/IBTC. Others are UBA, Sterling Bank, Unity Bank, Union Bank, Zenith Bank, and Fidelity Bank.


During the first six months of 2022, the thirteen banks posted an aggregate of N501.1 billion as profit after tax, representing an increase of 13.1% compared to N443.17 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021


The banks grew their bottom line despite headwinds ravaging the global economy as the energy crisis triggered a significant surge in the operational costs of businesses operating in the country, while some banks were forced to ration their operating hours in a bid to manage the rise in the cost of operation.


Wema Bank came first in the category of

Leading bank’s by customer deposits growth . The bank recorded ±30.2 percent customer deposit growth during the review period, followed by Fidelity Bank and Access Bank with +13.1 percent and +12.8 percent respectively.


Wema Bank came second in three other categories – total assets growth rate (+13%), loan book growth rate (+19.9%) and profit after tax growth rate {+47.8%}.


Stanbic IBTC , the second place winner, ranked first in total asset growth rate and leading bank’s by cost to income ratio growth rate

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Again! FCMB Lands IN Serious Trouble Over False Claim…… As Court Orders Bank To Pay N540m Damages.



First City Monument Bank (FCMB) is in hot soup as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ordered the bank to pay N540.5 million in damages to Pastor Emmanuel Omale of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry and his wife, Deborah over false claim that they laundered N573 million for former chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Delivering judgement in the suit, Yusuf Halilu, the judge, held that the bank breached its “duty of care to the claimants,” the Omales and their church.

The judgment was on the suit marked: FCT/HC/CV2541/2020 filed by Mr. Omale, his wife and the church.

The judge held that the evidence before the court showed that the bank admitted error in its report to the NFIU of entries in the account of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry which was accused of laundering money on Mr. Magu’s behalf.

Mr. Halilu also said the bank claimed that the purported N573 million was wrongly reflected as credit entry in Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry’s account by its reporting system, which it recently upgraded.

The judge held that FCMB admitted the error, which brought incalculable damage to the reputation of the claimants both within and outside the Nigeria – depleting their church’s membership.

Mr. Halilu said the claimants provided sufficient evidence to establish case of negligence against FCMB.

Consequently, the judge awarded N200 million as aggravated damages; N140.5 million as specific damages and N200 million as general damages.

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More Troubles For Dangote Cement As Kogi Govt Demands 10 Per Cent Share, Orders Immediate Seal Off



However, Dangote Cement is facing allegations of sharp practice from Kogi State government, Kogi Assembly as well as Akwa Ibom State.Already, the Kogi State House of Assembly has ordered stoppage to the activities of the company in two Local Governments in the State while investigations continue.

To make the claim possible, Kogi State House of Assembly ordered the management of Dangote Cement company to provide all necessary documents that have to do with the transfer of Obajana Cement Company owned by Kogi state government to Dangote Cement Company.

The House also directed that the documents signed at the establishment of the Company and relevant receipts of dues it claimed to have paid to Kogi State Government available at the next adjourned sitting date.

The speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, gave the order after interim reports of the ongoing investigative hearing on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which was submitted by the ad hoc committee led by Hon. Isah Tenimu Umar, Member Representing Lokoja I Constituency and deliberated upon at the plenary on Wednesday.

Kolawole said this has become important in view of the claims and counterclaims between the Chairman of Kogi State Internally Generated Revenue Service (KGIRS) and representatives of Dangote Cement as the acting chairman of KGIRS, Salisu Enehe had earlier accused Dangote Cement Plc Obajana of forging its tax receipt during the investigative hearing by the State House of Assembly.

According to the State Revenue Boss, most of the figures the company claimed to have paid are totally incorrect, urging the company to check its record.

He added that despite the billions of Naira that company is making from the state monthly, it has failed to pay taxes that are due to the state and Lokoja Local Government Area.

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Nigerians Getting ₦1,593,247 Per Week From ₦99,000.

In another development, Following the unrestrained environmental degradation in Ankpa and Olamaboro local government areas, Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, directed the Commissioner of Police and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) to seal off operations of Dangote Plc in the affected areas of the State.

The House gave the order during a public hearing on activities of Dangote Group in the state, especially on the the massive exploitation , environmental degradation and non compensation to the affected owners of the land and without revenue accruing to the state government.

The Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, charged the NSCDC commandant to ensure immediate implementation pending when the ad hoc committee on revenue clarifies some grey areas. Kolawole, who lamented the environmental degradation caused by mining activities on Kogi by the Dangote group and its subsidiaries, accused the multi national business concern of making billions in the state but yet fails to give back to it.

Akwa Ibom is also finding it difficult to collect its entitlement from the Dangote Group. According to reports from the place, the Itu Local Government blocked Dangote premises with their trucks because the company has refused to pay tax for more than two years despite pleas and series of warnings.

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