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INTERVIEW WITH PARADISE MED SPA CEO……. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THA MOST SORT AFTER SPA IN TOWN!

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JENNIFER ENGELS IS THE CEO OF PARADISE MED SPA, ONE OF THE MOST SORT AFTER MASSAGE PARLOR AND SALON IN LEKKI LAGOS. IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH SOCIETY REPORTERS NG, SHE TOLD US THE MOST UNIQUE FACTORS OF PARADISE MED SPA AND WHY NIGERIAN CELEBRITIES PREFER THE SPA TO MANY OTHERS…………… ENJOY!

Let us know more about Jennifer Engels?
Answer: I am a very creative person with a genuine love for people and a passion for anything beauty and fashion. I have been in the beauty industry for 20 years and am one of those lucky people who knew intuitively what I wanted to do with my life at a very young age.

Why do you love hair styling?
Answer: I view hair styling as sculpting. I have always been hungry for inspiration and love creating things with my hands. I believe hairstylist are artist and visionaries. I become overjoyed when I am able to assist a client and help to transform their look. The look in the client’s eyes when they are finished; so happy; feeling beautiful and attractive. Some even walk differently when they are thru and hold their head up just a little bit higher. That is just a peak at some of the reasons I love my job.

Why did you decide to set up Paradise Medspa and what are your expectations?
Answer: It has always been my husband’s dream to one day return back to his roots and share all of his knowledge, education and experience that he gained while living and working abroad as a physician in the states. So when we felt the timing was right we took the plunge. We came up with Paradise Salon, Medspa and Medical Center as a way to combine our passions and talents. His for medicine and cosmetic medical procedures and mine for beauty, fashion and complete wellness. Our expectations are to grow and add value within our community and offer the people here in Nigeria excellent medical care, all the cosmetic services people usually have to go abroad for and of course a High, Upscale, American standard brand of hair, skin and wellness that people can rely on.

Can you state some of the challenges you have faced as a new business in Nigeria
Answer: So far we haven’t had any major challenges. If I had to name one it would be learning how to deal with the electricity differences from where I come from.

Compare the beauty business between Nigeria and US?
Answer:To be honest there really aren’t that many differences other than styles and products. Beauty is universal and people everywhere like to look and feel their best.

What services can one get on the spot when he/she walks into Paradise Medspa Lekki?
Answer: Clients have many fabulous options to choose from for a last minute stop to our facility. You can opt for a facial, hairstyling, fixing, weaving, braids, retouch, Mani/Pedi, Massage, Barber cut, wax and teeth whitening just to name a few.

You are also a cosmetologist, tell us about it?
Answer: Being a master cosmetologist, I specialize in many areas of beauty not just hair. My training was very extensive.

What are the common beauty mistakes Nigerian women make and how do you think they can correct it?
Answer: The use of bleaching cream. I see so many clients per day regarding their stretch marks and how we can help to remove them. But when we do our consultation we find out that most of the time it is a bleaching cream that they have used that has broken down the collegen production and has caused them to develop severe stretch marks. They can correct it by first stopping the use of bleaching cream to prevent further damage and then come see us for stretch mark removal.

You are married to a Nigerian, tell us what you love most about your husband?
Answer: There are so many qualities I love and admire bout my husband that is it difficult to pick just one. He is sincerely the most intelligent man I have ever known and I find that very attractive. Also his passion for helping people makes me love him so much as we share that common trait.

What are your expectations for Paradise Medspa in the near future.
Answer: My expectations for Paradise Salon, Medspa and Medical Center are to get rooted in our community and be of maximum service to our clients.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike

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The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

 

The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

 

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

 

It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.

 

The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.

 

The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.

 

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

 

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

 

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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