Microsoft in conjunction with Endive Projects provided an opportunity for potential job seekers to meet with career experts and recruiters at the 2015 Career and Employment Fair, held in Lagos over the weekend. On display at the Fair were over 10,000 job openings.
The Fair presented highly practicable learning opportunities, on the spot job assessment for attendees and networking opportunities for both job seekers and recruiters.
It was also an avenue for job seekers to understand the job market, be better positioned and to take advantage of available jobs.
Oluyomi Alarape, business group director, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft Nigeria, in his presentation at the event said Microsoft partnered with others on this project as a way of contributing to national development.
“Primarily, we have engaged in this strategic partnership for obvious reasons. That is, a collaboration in providing a connective platform for job seekers to acquire the required skill sets that organisations are looking for and positioning them well for prospective job opportunities.” We found that technology is pivotal to youth employment and so we have invested in training the youth and to ensure that we have a curriculum that will make sure the youths are relevant after school. That is part of what we have done to accelerate youth employment. We also have the youth employability portal to ensure that youth have requisite skills to get jobs and to be relevant.”
Speaking at the end of the fair, Ibukun Onitiju, Regional Training Manager, Fistolas Limited; a High Performance Technology Training Company presented a workshop session on CV writing and according to him “I held nothing back. I dissected my personal CV template and explained the psychology behind my CV writing styles which is responsible for delivering top level CVs for my clients in many well-known organisations who pay up to N40, 000 to get me to write their CVs.”
Debo Ajayi, CEO, Endive Projects said the Fair was a way of giving back to the society and by attending the Fair, participants will get top priority listing on Jobberman. According to him, “Though unemployment is rampant, there are jobs out there but people do not know how to get them. What we are doing is to engage with job seekers and teach them what to do and empower them with information that will enable them get great opportunities to be gainfully employed and productive.”
There were also presentations from Ayo Jaiyesimi, Former Group Head, Human Capital Management & Development, First Bank, Jimi Tewe, CEO, Inspiro Consulting, Tayo Opatayo, Group Head, HR, Rainoil among others.
Ayo Daniels, founder and COO of The Lighthouse emphasized the importance of youth development in Nigeria and the mandate of The Lighthouse through her activities to continually raise leaders who can create employment in different sectors of the economy. “We are called to resolve societal issues and we will not relent in creating opportunities for the youths of Nigeria through our various empowerment initiatives,” he asserted.
“We are partners with Microsoft and our role is to match candidates with their dream jobs. What we do is to let people know that there are opportunities and they need to be qualified enough to get these roles. It is more than applying for the jobs, you need to ensure that the skills and experiences you have match the criteria the recruiter is looking for,” said David Jaiyeola, Partnership Coordinator, Jobberman.
Other partners on the Fair are Fistolas Limited, The Chosen Breed, the Future project, Jobberman, The Lighthouse, MTN, AppliedPMT, Radio Continental, Rainoil, JobMag and others.
Commenting on the Fair, Maria Osobanjo, a participant said “It is a wonderful program. There were many things I did not know about CV writing before now, which I learnt today. I’m glad I was able to make it here as every minute spent was worth my while.”
Commending the organisers of the project, another participant, Olamide Olaegbe spoke about his learning, “Among others, I was taught to explore opportunities as well as pre-package myself in readiness for unforeseen job opportunities.”
Jumia Partners Reckitt Benkiser, Nokia, Others to Enable Consumers Access Quality Products
Jumia has launched a Brand Festival campaign in partnership with top global brands such as Reckitt Benkiser, Unilever, Nokia, Intel, HP, Nexus, Hisense, Sharp, Samsung, Binatone, XIAOMI, ABSOLUT, Dettol, and Logitech.
The campaign which is scheduled to run from September 21st to 27th, will provide consumers access to top quality products directly from the manufacturers, eliminating all third parties, thereby reducing the cost of the products, which will enable consumers to save money.
Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said: “The aim of the campaign is to enable our consumers to save more money while getting the best quality products directly from the brand manufacturers. Consumers today are more conscious of the quality of the product they buy on Jumia, and at the same time want to save money while shopping.
In the wake of COVID-19, we have continued to strive to operate so that consumers can continue to stay at home, use e-commerce to shop, and stay safe in this trying time. We are proud to partner with Unilever, Nokia and other top brands as part of our commitment to provide customers easy access to quality products directly from the manufacturers at best prices.
Head of Key Accounts and e-Commerce at Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Ltd, Afam Onwordi, stated that: “We have enjoyed a good and healthy relationship with Jumia in the last couple of years.
“As our fight in RB is making access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right and NOT a privilege, we would therefore always seize the opportunity of every major event like this (Brand Festival) to reward our consumers with interesting offers and deals across our wide range of products.”
Senior Business Manager at HMD Global, Emmanuel Ossai, said: “For us at HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, we are very excited to be supporting Jumia on this festival for authentic brands in Nigeria.
“We have a commitment to continuously deliver value and believe that this partnership will afford Nigerians more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of quality hardware and the secure Android experience that we offer across our range of Nokia smartphones.
“Interestingly, we have new exciting devices that will be unveiled to our Nigerian customers in the coming weeks and we cannot wait for you to have a feel of hardware magic carefully combined with software excellence. So, keep watching this space.”
TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech
Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.
According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.
Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.
This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.
On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.
Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.
As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.
Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.
“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.
“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”
“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.
“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.
“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”
Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others
inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.
It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.
Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.
Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.
“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.
According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.
“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is 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,” Chime said.
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