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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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FCTA uncovers illegal oil refining warehouse in Abuja




In continuation of the city cleaning exercise, Authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with operatives of security personnel have uncovered an illegal oil refining warehouse in Mabushi, opposite Mobile filling station on Ahmadu Bello way in Abuja.


The Director, Department of Development Control, FCTA, Mukhtar Galadima after the operation on Thursday, said the illegal refining site was discovered during the continuation of the city cleaning exercise.


According to him, about three to four plot of lands designated for commercial purposes have been converted to an area where oil and diesel are being adulterated and circulated to other parts of the city.


Galadima explained that the city sanitation task force will look into the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration for further actions on the plots used for the activity.


He said there was no arrest but the items used in carrying out the illegal refining have been impounded.


Galadima said, “During the continuation of our city sanitation exercise in Mabushi opposite Mobile filling station on Ahmadu way, we discovered an illegal refining site where oil and diesel are being adulterated, we have done the needful by moving the items to Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.


“From what we have seen so far, about three or four pilot of lands designated for commercial purposes have been converted to unapproved activities, which we believe the owners are fully aware, there will be consequences.


“We are going to look at the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration”


He said the administration will continue to go tough on activities being carried out without government approval,  especially revocation of the titles.


Collaborating, Head, operations FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Service (DRTS), Deborah Osho said the city management team during the exercise also discovered that most of the areas in the Nation’s capital have been converted to illegal car mart and motor parks.


She disclosed that fifteen vehicles have so far been impounded since the operation commenced about two days.

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Central Bank To Freeze Accounts Without BVN, NIN From April 2024




The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said on Friday that it will freeze accounts without a Bank Verification Number (BVN) or National Identification Number (NIN) from April 2024.

This is according to a Friday circular by the apex bank which said a BVN or NIN verification will be “conducted shortly”.

It also said all BVN or NIN attached to accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024, according to the circular by the CBN Director of Payments System Management Department Chibuzo Efobi, and the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department Haruna Mustapha.

More details later….


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Adebayo Alli: Guinness Nigeria gets new Managing Director, Its first Nigerian CEO since 2015 …..




Guinness Nigeria has announced the appointment of Mr Adebayo Alli as its new Managing Director, its first Nigerian MD since 2015.

The appointment comes after John Musunga, the now erstwhile MD of Guinness Nigeria moved to become Diageo Africa’s Managing Director for Southern, West, and Central Africa.

The announcement was given after the company’s board meeting held on Monday, November 27, 2023.

According to the corporate filing on NGX’s website signed by the Company Secretary, Abidemi Ademola, Adebayo Alli would resume his new role within the company on January 1, 2024.

Profile of Adebayo Alli …..

Adebayo Alli, a mechanical engineer by training, holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and an MSc in Advanced Process Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.

He joined Diageo, owner of Guinness Nigeria in 2005 as a Packaging Operations Support Manager. Since then, he has gone on to work as project lead for a business transformation project in Meta Abo Brewery Limited, Ethiopia, another of Diageo Africa’s businesses. In 2014, he became a plant manager at the Meta Abo Brewery, and in 2015, Supply Chain Director.

Upon his return to Nigeria in 2017, he assumed the role of Operations Director at Guinness Nigeria before shifting his focus towards general management, venturing into multiple senior commercial sales positions within Guinness Nigeria PLC.

His trajectory saw a brief tenure between 2019 and 2020 as the Director for IPS, Reserve & Modern Trade. Subsequently, in 2020, Bayo ascended to the role of Commercial Director at Guinness Nigeria.

What you should know….

Guinness Nigeria’s last Nigerian MD was Seni Adetu who served between 2012 and 2015. Since him, John O’Kefee an Irish man became the MD, followed by Peter Ndegwa, a Kenyan, Baker Magunda, another Kenyan, then John Musunga, also another Kenyan.

Guinness Nigeria Plc is majorly owned by Diageo Plc with a 58% stake. In the past, Diageo’s only footprint in Nigeria was through Guinness Nigeria and the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria also doubled as the head of the Diageo brand in the country.

However, after Diageo announced a discontinuation of its import deal with Guinness Nigeria, which meant Guinness Nigeria would no longer import Johnnie Walker and Baileys into Nigeria, it was also announced that Diageo was creating a new “wholly owned spirits-focused business” to manage the importation and distribution of those premium spirits brand in West and Central Africa. Presumably, John Musunga is resuming to head this new business.

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