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COVID-19: ViacomCBS Networks Africa, YouTube Celebrates Africa Day to Raise Funds for Food &Health Assistance

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To celebrate Africa Day on Monday 25th May 2020, ViacomCBS Networks Africa and YouTube in partnership with Idris Elba are hosting an “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home”.

This programming event will be aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All proceeds raised from the benefit concert campaign will be donated to support food and health needs for those most impacted on the continent.

The Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home will be a 2-hour special streamed and broadcast to millions of viewers in Africa and around the world on MTV channels and on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel.

Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will bring together a star-studded line up of some of the hottest names Africa has to offer.

Viewers can look forward to seeing superstars Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, STONEBWOY, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more.

In the weeks to come, more artists are set to join to make this a monumental experience. The benefit concert will also be made available after Africa day to encourage people and organisations to donate. Further details on how to donate and the facilitation partners will be made available in the days to come.

Idris Elba says, “Taking a moment to shine a light on African arts to benefit the African homeland and its people. A continent of this size should find a way to dig deep and stand up for one another at a time like this. It’s important for the future and history will not forget.”

Alex Okosi, managing director of Emerging Markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at YouTube said, “Music is a powerful tool that connects Africans and this Africa Day concert is a great way to bring people together and support a great cause.

“We are honoured at the opportunity to bring the power of YouTube to support this great initiative.”

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President for ViacomCBS Networks Africa Youth, Music & Entertainment Channels commented “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of millions across the continent and is going to require a massive collaborative effort if we are to make it through.

“ViacomCBS Networks Africa is proud to partner with YouTube and Idris Elba as we lead the efforts for immediate food and health assistance on the continent at the Africa Day Benefit At Home concert. We are coming together as Africans to take care of our own.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many and disrupted economic activity which has increased the threat to food and health security on the continent. All donated proceeds will be funneled towards tackling this humanitarian crisis.

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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CCMON Cries Out, Says Patronage of Foreign PCs Is Sabotage against Nigeria

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Indigenous computer makers under the aegis Certified Computer Manufacturers of Nigeria (CCMON) has said that the continuous patronage of foreign made Personal Computers is sabotage against Nigeria.

CCMON Cries Out, Says Patronage of Foreign PCs Is Sabotage against Nigeria

The computer manufacturers, at the weekend, also expressed concern about what they called none implementation of the federal government’s local content policies.

Engr. Mrs. Adenike Abudu, president, CCMON in a virtual press conference said that government was not effectively monitoring the implementation of her policy directives on local content in public procurement.

Recall that the Nigeria’s local content policy directs all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to patronize made in Nigeria computers as a priority choice.

But all the five Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Nigeria certified by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)  have been crying of non-patronage from the MDAs

Foreign brands of PCs are continuously and publicly been embraced to the detriment of local companies, she said.

Abudu, said the continued disregard of the presidential Executive Order 3 and Executive Order 5 in preference for foreign brands was stifling and killing local capacity and growth.

This, she said, is a development that may, if not checked immediately, lead to the extinction of the local OEMS with the attendant loss of jobs and capital flight that will otherwise have been retained in the country for growth and development.


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Vodacom Nigeria Appoints Chime as New MD

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The board of Vodacom Business Africa (Nigeria) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group has appointed Mr Valentine Chime, as the new managing director for its operations.

Vodacom Nigeria Appoints Chime as New MD

Mr Valentine Chime

A statement signed on Monday by Mrs Onyinye Ago, Senior Account Executive, said Chime joins the Company from Aruwa Capital, a private equity company investing across West Africa.

Ago stated that Chime would drive the Company’s vision of becoming Africa’s leading cloud and digital service provider.

She quoted Chime in the statement as saying “Vodacom Business Africa (Nigeria) Limited is well-known and very respected in the industry, and I look forward to taking up this mission.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and we are perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and technologies to our clients.

“We are about simpler, seamless solutions; I look forward to building on this and growing the business.”

Ago said that Chime had earlier held various C-suite positions in a number of portfolio companies in different sectors.


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Atlas Petroleum Resumes Development of OML109 in Nigeria

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Over the weekend, Atlas Petroleum International has resumed work over activities and well interventions on OML 109 in Nigeria in order to enhance production from the Ejulebe marginal field.

Awarded to Atlas Petroleum International in 1991, the block entered into production through the development of the Ejubele discovery in September 1998.

OML 109 comprises 14 identified and mapped prospects and leads, and an un-risked resource potential in excess of 500 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Its low cost operating environment in shallow water and proximity to existing oil and gas infrastructure such as the Escravos Terminal make it one of the most attractive assets in the Niger Delta, with significant untapped and under-explored hydrocarbons potential.

“The renewed development of OML109 will bring a boost to local content development in Nigeria, and support the industry’s recovery following the Covid-19 crisis.

As Nigeria multiplies efforts to build domestic capacity and develop the Nigerian content, we intend to live up to expectations as one of the country’s major indigenous player”, declared Prince Arthur Eze, Executive Chairman or Atlas Oranto.

“We expect the ongoing wells interventions on OML 109 to deliver quick wins on the recovery and enhancement of production from the field, and express our thanks to the Department of Petroleum Resources for facilitating all permits,” he concluded.

Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum represent one of Africa’s largest Nigerian and privately-held exploration and production group. The companies currently have an extensive footprint across the African continent, holding 22 oil and gas licenses in 12 jurisdictions.


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