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Copyright Commission Set for Regulations to Sanitize Book Industry

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More regulatory interventions for total compliance with the book chain will soon be introduced for publishers, printers and booksellers in the country.

Dr. John O. Asein, Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), disclosed this during a consultative meeting with the new President of the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Chief Uchenna Cyril Anioke and the immediate past NPA President, Mr. Adedapo Gbadega at the NCC Headqaurters in Abuja recently.

Dr. Asein indicated that the Commission’s interventions were geared at sanitising the book industry by creating an effective regulatory regime for protection and development of the creative industry.

Noting that the national antipiracy campaign could not be worn by Government alone, he reassured that the Commission, in collaboration with all stakeholders, was determined to reduce the scourge of piracy to a single digit.

The Director-General assured of adequate consultations with NPA members and other stakeholders in the publishing industry before the regulatory interventions would be rolled out for the benefit of all. He tasked the NPA that the future of the creative sector in Nigeria could not be guaranteed until all stakeholders were committed to a collective copyright regime for the book sector.

Dr. Asein reiterated NCC’s commitment to synergy with the NPA to ensure that the Association fulfilled its vision of giving clear direction in the book sector by ensuring that quality books were made available to Nigerians to sanitise the sector.

“We can partner to protect the book sector, to ensure there are safe corridors for genuine copyright works and make input to the sustainable development goals”, he stated.

He noted that the Commission’s collaboration with sister Government agencies has paid off, adding that all hands must be on deck to reduce piracy to the barest minimum. He indicated that in the coming year, stakeholders would see more regulatory interventions in the book sector.

The NPA President, Chief Anioke, hinted that the Association would join other stakeholders in lobbying the National Assembly for speedy passage of the Executive Copyright Repeal Bill into law.

He observed that the Commission has become a force to reckon with in the creative industry and commended the DG for NCC’s efforts since his assumption of office. He assured of NPA’s continued support towards boosting the achievement of the Commission’s mandate.

Chief Anioke noted that the new partnership that NCC initiated with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on behalf of publishers was working. He expressed publishers’satisfaction with the Commission’s recent anti-piracy interventions in the publishing industry and copyright protection campaign in schools.

The NPA President assured the NCC of publishers’ adequate support and noted that if the tempo of the Commission’s antipiracy campaign was sustained, pirates would be brought down on their knees. He prayed for God’s guidance for operatives of the Commission because of the herculean task of fighting pirates.

“Pirates are now on their toes. We can win the war against piracy. God will continue guide you and NCC personnel because your mandate is delicate”, he stressed.

Dr. Asein used the opportunity of the NPA executives’ visit to congratulate Nigerians on the nation’s upcoming 61st Independence Anniversary and tasked Nigerian authors and stakeholders in the sector to write and publish more books to showcase Nigerian values and legacies for the next generation.

“Hope Government can rely on the publishing industry to disseminate good values and showcase the legacies of Nigeria as we look forward to a wonderful 61st Independence Anniversary”, he remarked.


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Glo Battle of the Year Nigeria Audition: Thursday is D-day

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After a successful call for entry exercise which involved thousands of youths across the country applying to participate in the Glo Battle of the Year Nigeria, the auditions formally kick off on Thursday at the Federal Capital city of Abuja.

The Abuja regional audition according a Globacom statement will take place at Hotel Interconnect, Abuja, starting on Thursday, December 2. The first day will feature Kaduna contestants while Abuja contestants will take the centre stage on Friday, December 3

Globacom said, “We are a brand that taps into the passion and lifestyle of the Nigerian youth, and we know there are many gifted youths who need support to excel.

“Dance is a core passion of many Nigerian youths who are also our customers. We are, therefore, excited to unleash the unlimited potential of Nigerian dancers and provide the platform for them to showcase their abilities on the world stage”,

The company which said the exercise is meant to select the most talented dancers and dance groups who will represent the region at the finals of the competition called on interested Abuja residents to visit Gloworld shops at Aminu Kanu Crescent Wuse 2 and Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja and Suleja to get an invitation to interact with the celebrity judges and Glo ambassadors including sensational singer, Simi of ‘ Duduke’ fame.

The show, Globacom added will parade top judges including Poco Lee, Pinky Debbie, Izzy Odigie, Big Flo, Maxbuck, Dunamis, Franc Okwara, JC Jedor and others from different parts of the world including Poxy (Cameroon), Gidnasty (USA), Menno (Netherlands), and Manuela (Germany).

Contestants will compete across seven dance categories in Glo Battle of the Year Nigeria and the winners will  go home with mega millions and other mouth-watering prizes. Whilw the overall winners will also represent Nigeria at the international Battle of the Year competition.


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Wabi2b Launches in Nigeria, Sets to Digitise Traditional Trade Channels

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Wabi, an ecommerce ecosystem that seeks to transform the way consumers buy their products, has launched Wabi2b in Nigeria to digitise the existing traditional trade channels and empower women. The launch was held at the Nigeria Bottling Company, Mushin.

L-R: Ogunfowoke, Adeniyi Ayuba, PR Strategist, Chimezie Ugwuzie, Head of Wabi2b, Bayo Adepoju,Wabi2b Wholesaler, and Omolara Adagunodo, Country Manager, Wabi Nigeria.

Wabi2b the B2B arm of the business, is a marketplace that allows all wholesalers and distributors in the FMCG space to sell their products directly to retailers and traditional stores.

A McKinsey report titled “Africa’s growing giant: Nigeria’s new retail economy” estimates that from 2008 to 2020, there is a $40 billion growth opportunity in food and consumer goods in Nigeria.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), at least 142 million people work in the retail sector in developing countries. Retail employment accounts for an average of 10 to 15 percent of the job market in any given country.

Considering that the retail industry is vital to Nigeria’s economy, the opportunities would be doubled down by bringing the traditional stores online.

Omolara Adagunodo, Country Manager, Wabi Nigeria, said: “Wabi2b is a brainchild of the Coca-Cola Company but the benefits are not limited to coca cola. We aim to digitise route-to-market for all FMCG companies. Most importantly, we want to help our retail partners including the small shops on the streets who are selling FMCG products.

“These are the people we are most focused on because they are the ones that need help in being digitised first. When we think back to the COVID era, people were too scared to go visit stores to shop. As such, it was convenient for them to shop online. This puts small grocery shops at a great disadvantage. They were not online and because of this, they lost to businesses who had the capability to be online and sell/buy products.

“Wabi2b is therefore an ecosystem that was designed for such a time as this will ensure that all retailers no matter how small have access to transact online. We are doing this to empower millions of families and women across Nigeria. 95% of our retail partners are women.

“These are the people who need to buy and sell on a daily basis. These are the people we work tirelessly to make their purchasing process seamless so that they can increase their revenue and become competitive in a digital era.

“We operate in Lagos with plans to expand to other states next year. You can download our app on Google Play Store.”

Chimezie Ugwuzie, Head of Wabi2b, said: “Wabi2b is a digital platform where wholesalers can sell directly to retailers. We have over 10,000 retailers on the platform.

“We promise them 48 hours delivery. Also, on the platform, retailers can compare prices and make profit. So Wabi2b gives retailers the opportunity to buy at the best price and as a result, they make incremental sales.”

On the impact of Wabi2b on businesses, a Wabi2b Wholesaler, Bayo Adepoju said, “If you are familiar with the FMCG industry, you would know that it is a game of numbers. It is all about targets and at the end of the quarter, we get little profit.

“However, since we started working with Wabi, we have had an increase in month-on-month sales. Wabi has created a niche for us to reach retailers. We are excited to be partnering with Wabi Nigeria.”

 

 


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Flavour, Darey Art Alade, Teni, DJ Big N, Bovi to Headline TD Africa’s Celebrating You 2021

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All is set for the 10th edition of Celebrating You 2021, a showpiece celebratory event hosted by TD Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost distributor of tech and lifestyle products.

Hosted annually, Celebrating You 2021 is a glamorous Dinner Party and Awards night which remains arguably the most eagerly anticipated celebratory event in the Nigerian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem.

This year’s edition holds on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Livespot Entertainment Centre, opposite Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos. With the theme – #WeRise, the event will celebrate the courageous and collective Nigerian spirit which has remained indefatigable in the face of the encumbrances wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of the attendant lockdown on businesses, individuals, communities and social life.

‘‘Having been forced to shelve plans for last year’s edition, Celebrating You 2021 offers us a unique opportunity to toast the resilience of our collective spirit in the face of huge challenges,’’ disclosed Mrs. Chioma Chimere, Chairman of the Celebrating You 2021 committee, who doubles as Coordinating Managing Director at TD Africa.

Together, we have all passed through some of the toughest months we have ever encountered in recent times. Yet, not only have we embraced the new normal, but we have also shown that through it all, we can thrive. So, We Rise,’’ she enthused.

A glamorous, well-attended occasion, Celebrating You is arguably the only event which brings together the major local and international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other stakeholders in the Nigerian technology industry under one roof in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

The event also attracts the crème of personalities including bank CEOs, captains of industries and other heavyweight representatives of the biggest brand names in Corporate Nigeria.

Equally important, Celebrating You 2021 will toe the path of other instalments of the high-profile event by recognizing and celebrating TD Africa’s partner ecosystem, including a host of globally renowned OEMs in the technology space.

A night of world-class entertainment, the event will be headlined by multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Flavour. Also expected to perform at Celebrating You 2021 is energetic and exciting female singer, songwriter and entertainer, Teni.

The event will be hosted by Darey Art Alade, a multi-platinum Afro R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, with renowned stand-up comedian expected to thrill the audience to his repertoire of rib-cracking jokes, while popular Nigerian hip hop DJ and Mavin Records star, DJ Big N will oversee the music policy at the event and subsequent after-party.


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