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Technology firm Hewlett Packard (HP) plans to step up the battle against grey and fake HP products in the English West African region.
While grey and fake computers is a global issue, Africa is an area where organized fake and grey markets are rampant,  prompting Hewlett Packard and Microsoft to develop a comprehensive defense strategy to alert consumers about the dangers of partaking in the purchase of grey and fake products.
“Grey Market is the illegal selling of HP products where the company did not intend to sell them. Due to the extremely high level of consumers that buy from the grey & fake market, this costs Nigeria the loss of job opportunities, foreign direct investment in businesses as well as a loss of research and development funding,” says Chioma Iwuchukwu – Nweke, Personal Systems Group (PSG) General Manager of the English West African region.
According to Akunna Abadom, Marketing Manager Personal Systems Group (PSG), “HP is launching an all out campaign against the grey & fake market. The campaign will include a consistent rotation of advertorials, press briefings /releases and radio advertisement on educating consumers in the English West African region. The objective of this campaign is to enhance awareness on the acceptable means of purchasing HP computers. A successful execution of this much needed initiative will result in a direct reduction in consumers patronizing unauthorized sellers of unauthentic HP products in the region. HP also is in the process of training their preferred distributors, retailers and partners on the importance of selling authentic HP products. This awareness is meant to further enhance HP’s message to the HP preferred partners (resellers) & consumers that HP cares about the consumer and the way HP products are being represented and sold in the English West African region.”
In addition to the grey and fake advertisements, HP has taken a further step to protect and insure the authenticity of their computers by developing an ultra sensitive certified security tag. HP computers and accessories purchased from the authorised channels will be clearly marked with this certified security tag in order to alert consumers that they are purchasing an authentic HP product. Purchasing from the HP authorized channel will insure consumers that the product being purchased is authentic and the product will receive all of the after sales services and support that it is entitled to.
In conjunction with HP’s campaign, Microsoft Nigeria is also joining in the fight against unauthentic products. Microsoft is currently driving several initiatives to curb software piracy in the Nigerian market. These initiatives are hinged on educating both end users and Microsoft partners on the value of using “Genuine Products”.
Early this year, Microsoft launched the Clean Dealer programme where partners went into an agreement to promote the sale of Genuine Software and committed to staying away from selling counterfeits.
“Microsoft is supporting such resellers by promoting them as primary sources for our software especially in the very popular Computer Village in Lagos” said Uzo Okpaka, Channel Compliance Manager, Microsoft Nigeria.
Microsoft is focusing on educating the end users by initiating a Certificate of Authenticity campaign which is currently running. The Certificate of Authenticity is a physical way of identifying if genuine software has been installed in a PC. It is a sticker that is visible underneath or on the PC as the case may be.
This year, Microsoft has trained over 800 partners on the value of genuine software and how to become trusted advisors to their customers.
The company is actively working to protect customers who have fallen victim of software pirates and who have reported such cases to Microsoft.  By working closely with the local enforcement agency Nigeria Copyright Commission it enables Microsoft to carry out legal actions against the perpetrators.
“In March we have gone a step further by opening an Information Centre in the Computer Village at Ikeja that will give customers and partners, access to information on where to buy “Genuine Products” from, also serve as a training centre for our partners who are located in the village” said Uzo Okpaka’s
HP Nigeria is also working hand and hand with law enforcement authorities to identify and seize counterfeit products, cut off distribution routes and prosecute fraudsters. Globally from 2005-2008 HP conducted 4620 investigations in 55 countries resulting in 3,528 enforcement actions (raids and seizures by authorities) seizing a total value of more than $795 million USD worth of counterfeit HP supplies products. 
With the complete cooperation and support of laws enforcement authorities, both HP and Microsoft are confident that these campaigns will be extremely successful, and will result in a significant reduction in grey/fake/piracy activities in the region.

 


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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.


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Facebook to Open Office in Lagos

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As part of its continued commitment and on-going investment in Africa, Facebook announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent.

Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.

Providing outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa, the SBG office supports Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programmes – all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.

“Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”, commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa. “Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures and helping businesses to grow locally, regionally and globally.

This includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa, aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, as well as its ongoing training programmes across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”


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Victor Osimhen Set Make His Debut For Napoli As Lampard Up Against Familiar Foes

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Football fans will enjoy another great weekend of football action as the new football season in Europe continues this weekend on DStv and GOtv.

The pick of Premier League matches this weekend is the meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 20 September, which will air live at 4:30pm on SS Premier League.

The Reds completed a league ‘double’ over the Blues last season, with the teams’ most recent meeting a 5-3 win for the Merseyside club in July.

Liverpool supporters have been concerned at their club’s relative lack of action in the transfer market (certainly compared to Chelsea, who have recruited heavily and brought in world-class talent such as Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, for example), but manager Jurgen Klopp insists he prefers working with a smaller group of players.

Lille’s Victor Osimhen in action during a UEFA Champions League soccer group stage match between Valencia CF and OSC Lille at Mestalla stadium on 05 November 2019. EPA/Kai Foersterling

Elsewhere, Manchester United will open their campaign with a clash at home to Crystal Palace in the early-evening kick-off on Saturday 19 September, on SS Premier League at 5:30pm.

It will be the first chance for new Red Devils signing Donny van de Beek to have a taste of competitive English football.

Also on Saturday, Everton will face West Bromwich Albion at 12:20pm while Leeds United will face Fulham at 3pm with the day closing off with Arsenal vs West Ham United at 8pm, all on SS Premier League.

The Premier League matches for the weekend will continue on Sunday 20 September with Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur at 12pm, Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion at 2pm and Leicester City vs Burnley at 7pm, all live on SS Premier League. On Monday 21 September, Aston Vila vs Sheffield United will air at 6pm and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City at 8:15pm both live on SS Premier League.

This weekend’s La Liga sees the return to action for champions Real Madrid, who open the defence of their title with a match away to Real Sociedad at Sam Sebastian on the evening of Sunday 20 September showing live on SS La Liga, SS GOtv La Liga and SS GOtv Football at 8:00pm.

La Liga is packed this weekend with other exciting matches airing live on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Getafe vs Osasuna will air at 8pm on Friday 18 September, while Villarreal v Eibar at 3pm and Celta Vigo vs Valencia at 8pm will both air on Saturday 19 September.

On Sunday 29 September, Huesca will clash with Cadiz at 3pm and Granada will face Deportivo Alaves at 5:30pm. GOtv will crown the weekend matches with Real Betis vs Real Valladolid at 8pm on Monday 21 September

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (left) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The headline match from Italy’s topflight this weekend sees champions Juventus open the defence of their title with a match at home to Sampdoria in the late kick-off on Sunday 20 September at 7:45pm on SS Football, SS Variety 3 and SS GOtv Select 1.

All eyes will be on new manager, Andrea Pirlo, who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the head of the Bianconeri in the off season.

Another key game this weekend will give Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen the chance to make his competitive debut for Napoli when they face Parma on Sunday afternoon, having joined the club for a huge fee from Lille a few weeks back. This will air at 11:30am live on SS Football, SS Variety 3, SS GOtv Select 1 and SS GOtv Football.

SuperSport remains the only platform to get English commentary from the legendary La Liga.

Don’t miss the 2020-21 football season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstvafrica.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade and join in on the excitement. While you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.

 


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