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MTN Music + app: Don Jazzy, Tiwa, Kcee, Sound Sultan, WizKid, Ras Kimono, Praiz, Diana King and Others Make Launch party a Star Studded Affair….

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Mavins Record Boss, Don Jazzy, Reggae legend, Ras Kimono, Limpopo crooner, Kcee and the legendary Reggae fusion singer, Diana King were among the celebrities out in force at the Federal Palace Hotels & Casino on Friday, July 11, to witness the launch of the most anticipated and biggest music app ever, MTN Music+ App. Celebrity power couples, Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz as well as Wizkid and Tania Omotayo were also spotted at the glamfabulous bash. It was a roll call of stars as other celebs sported at the show-stopping party include, Dr. SID, Sound Sultan, OritseFemi, Kennis Music Boss, Kenny Ogungbe, Celebrity Designer, Emmy Collins, Uber celebrity stylist, Lilian Unachuwku, UK based music artist, Waliyah Abiola and Paul O prime, MD, Up close and personal management group.

The strictly-by-invitation event which was hosted by Beat FM OAP, Olisa Adibua had electrifying performances by DJ Sose and DJ Neptunes had guests swaying to great music all night long. Other celebs who came out to shine that night include – Sean Tizzle, Harry Songz, Skales, Saeon, Gbenro Ajibade Gideon Okeke, Tee Y Mix,  Vina, Stephanie Coker, Destiny Amaka, Nedu and YAW of Wazobiafm, Fashion Publicist, Ono Bello as well as MTN Project Fame alums, Olawale, Monica and Immaculate.

The event saw scintillating performances OritseFemi, HarrySong, Olawale, as well as the official release of NaijaNinja, Sound Sultan’s latest effort, Ishe  which sees him collaborating with Ghanaian rap champion, Sarkodie.

The high point on that unforgettable night was the performance by Nigerian R& B vocalist, Praiz, and International Dancehall & Reggae artiste Diana King. The duo performed the remix of Mercy, the well acclaimed hit single originally done by Praiz and had received massive airplay.

MTN’s new app – Music+ It is a converged music streaming and download platform, optimized for mobile and online access and is socially enabled to accommodate cross-user activity.

To download the MTN Music+ App. SMS MUSIC to 5900 for a free download and one month’s free subscription (including free data allowance for music download and streaming)!

Check out all the fun photos below from the launch. It was an amazing night!

 

 

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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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