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Sterling One Foundation partners Live Abundantly, British High Commission on gender based violence



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Sterling One Foundation, in collaboration with Live Abundantly and the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has officially launched the 2023 edition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

L-R: Dr. Ama Onyerinma, Founder, Live Abundantly; Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health; Olapeju Ibekwe, CEO Sterling One Foundation; Jonny Baxter, British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, an annual United Nations initiative held annually from November 25 to December 10 (International Human Rights Day), aims to eradicate violence against women.

The global campaign, established in 1991 by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, has expanded to include violence against both girls and boys.

It is used as an organisational strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of the initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General launched in 2008 the campaign UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism.

Since its inception in 1991, over 6,000 organisations from approximately 187 countries have participated in the campaign.

The event, held at the EbonyLife Place in Lagos, featured a film screening titled “Chatroom,” produced by Mrs. Olapeju Ibekwe, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling One Foundation.

According to Mrs. Ibekwe, statistics show that one in three women and one in six boys have experienced violations. She emphasised the urgent need to eliminate gender-based violence, calling for advocacy and action from individuals, private sector players, and development organisations to address and find solutions to the pervasive issue.

She added that it is important to escalate discussions on gender-based violence into the living rooms of the citizenry.

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Jonny Baxter, in his goodwill message stressed the importance of legislative measures to protect human rights and urged collaboration between the government and the public.

In her goodwill message, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, Founder of Live Abundantly, observed that the provided statistics may not fully capture the reality due to underreporting, adding that there is a need for people to use their voices to amplify awareness about it. She noted that when gender-based violence is not reported there can be no social justice for victims, no better awareness, no protection and no advocacy.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi affirmed Lagos State’s intolerance of gender-based violence, citing the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) as part of its commitment to tackling the issue under its THEMES Agenda.

Goodwill messages were also shared by Dr. Adewale Oyerinde of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association and Pearl Uzokwe of the Malala Fund in Nigeria.

Dr. Oyerinde highlighted the multi-dimensional nature of the issue and outlined efforts by the private sector to ensure the safety and protection of their workforce.

Mrs. Uzokwe commended the multi-sectoral partners gathered. She added that all citizens have a part to play and commended the sustained efforts of the Lagos State Government in prioritizing the elimination of gender-based violence.

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Access Bank Unveils DiamondXtra Season 16, Dangles N200m, 3 SUVs



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The sixteenth season of DiamondXtra, a savings and reward account where customers of Access Bank are rewarded with several prizes, have been unveiled in Lagos.

Access Bank Unveils DiamondXtra Season 16, Dangles N200m, 3 SUVs

 L – R : Doris Okpara, Product Manager, DiamondXtra; Ngozi Igboanugo, Regional sales Manager Festac 1&2 & mainland Access Bank; Bolarinwa Animashaun, Regional Sales Director Lagos 2 Access Bank ; Emeka Ezikeugo, Diamondxtra N200,000 Onsite winner; and Adaeze Ume, Head Consumer liabilities, Access Bank during the launch of Diamondxtra Season 16 held at Alaba International Market Lagos yesterday.

The Season 16th of the special interest yielding hybrid account which allows deposit of both cash and third-party cheques has been upgraded as customers will win prizes to the value of N200 million and three SUVs, amongs other mouthwatering prizes.

Speaking at the unveiling in Alaba International Market, Lagos, Mr Bolarinwa Animashaun, regional sales director, Lagos, said the new season will bring more goodies to the customers as the bank has taken their interest at heart.

“In the last fifteen years, we have been able to ensure customer loyalty, reward committed customers over time and show that we are a bank that is ready to empower people and partner with people.

“If I take it into specific figures, we have rewarded 26,696 customers and we’ve given a total sum of N6.5 billion over the period.

This Season16is interesting, because, we have seen a lot of opportunities to expand into digital opportunities and this time around, we will be rewarding 15,786 customers, and 10,000 of them will be digitally rewarded.

“This is almost half of what we have done over the last 15 years. So that is what is making it special. We have takenit into the possibilities of how technology can expand our business and reward customers”.

The draws for the new season are going to be the same like the previous ones as it will be held in different regions.

“So, we start from the monthly draws, quarterly draws and the annual draws. What makes it extremely interesting this year is that we will be rewarding with up to N200 million in prizes and we have added some very interesting gifts. We will be given out three SUVs as part of the N200 million price for this year”, Animashaun added.

At the unveiling, Access Bank conducted onsite draws where 48 customers who have DiamondXtra accounts and were present at the unveiling won cash prizes ranging from N20,000 to N200,000.

Breakdown shows 40 customers won N20,000 each, five customers won N50,000, two customers won N100,000, while one customer went home with N200,000.

Among winners of the N20,000 prize was Mr Victor Edobor, who said he opened the DiamondXtra accounts 24-hours before the draws.

One of the two winners of the N100,000 prize, Mrs. Maureen Nneka Oforka, said she was surprised to have won at the well-attended event as that was her first time winning any prize.

She said, “I have never won any prize in my life. This is my first. I came here reluctantly and thank God, I am here and I am a winner of N100,000 which has already been paid into my account.

The grand prize winner of N200,000, Mr. Emeka Ezikeugo, a trader in Alaba, said. “I will forever be grateful to Access Bank for the prize as I was not expecting it. I thank the bank for showing leadership among its peers”.

To be part of the winning train and qualify for the DiamondXtra season 16 which is open to both new and existing customers, new customers are required to open a DiamondXtra savings account with just N5,000 by dialling *901*5# or walking into one of our branches to open the account.

However, the more multiples of N5,000 both new and old customers save, the higher their chances of winning at the monthly, quarterly and annual draws.

DiamondXtra is an interest yielding hybrid account which allows deposit of both cash and third party cheques. Hybrid means a combination of both savings and current account features. The DiamondXtra reward scheme has given away over N6.5 billion in cash and household items to over 15,000 loyal customers over the last 15years.  Please click HERE to learn more.

















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Lafarge Africa Launches Girls-in-Tech Programme to Empower Women Innovators



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Recognising the underrepresentation of women in the technology sector, Lafarge Africa Plc, has launched the Girls in Tech Program, a pioneering initiative aimed at empowering young women in technology.

Meticulously crafted to bridge the gender gap in tech and empower 10 young females between the ages of 18-25 years from Lafarge Africa Host communities in Cross River State, the program is poised to make a significant impact in the region.

The Girls in Tech Program seeks to harness the unique talents of these young women and introduce them to the dynamic world of technology. By providing them with essential skills and opportunities, the initiative aspires to equip them to become self-reliant as well as problem solvers in society.

In collaboration with Aptech and Arena Multimedia,globally recognized leaders in technology incubation and opportunity, as well as The Bridge Leadership Foundation, the boot camp promises to be a transformative experience for the participating girls, who are eager to make their mark in the tech industry.

Speaking during the onboarding to flag-off in Calabar recently, the Plant Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc, Sotirios Valsamakis, who was represented by the Human Resources Business Partner, Lafarge Africa Plc; Barong Ita, revealed that the program was in line with the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

She also added that the initiative is designed to ignite a spark of inspiration, hope, and possibilities in the heart of the selected girls across the host communities.

“As an organization, people are an integral part of our sustainability drive, and we are invested in building lasting progress by empowering members of our host communities. We also recognize the need for greater and greener diversity and inclusivity within the tech sector.”

Today’s event is not just about launching a program. It is about igniting a spark of inspiration, hope, and possibilities in the hearts of these young women. It is about challenging stereotypes.”

Also speaking at the event, the Cross Rivers State Commissioner for Science, Innovation & Technology, Justin Beshel represented by Edwin Adie, Technical Senior Advisor, Cross Rivers State Ministry of Science & Technology commended Lafarge Africa for the initiative adding that it is in line with the State government’s plan towards science, technology and innovation development.

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Hydrogen, CCHub Partner to Encourage Fintech Startup Success



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As the country faces economic challenges, the need for adaptive strategies in the fintech industry becomes paramount. In line with this, leading Fintech startup, Hydrogen Payment Services Limited (‘Hydrogen’), has teamed up with Co-creation Hub (‘CcHub’) to host an insightful event themed, ‘Adapting Fintech Business Models to Economic Climes’.

The event, set to take place on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 12:00 WAT at the CcHub office in Sabo, Lagos, will delve deep into the intricacies of Nigeria’s economic challenges and how these influence the fintech ecosystem.

Participants will gain actionable insights on how to adapt fintech business models to volatile economic conditions by prioritising flexibility, agility, and customer-centricity.

This collaboration underscores the shared commitment of both entities to empower aspiring founders venturing into the Fintech space amidst economic uncertainties.

By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, Hydrogen and CcHub aim to equip emerging entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to thrive in today’s dynamic economic conditions.

Emeka Awagu, Chief Technology Officer at Hydrogen, commented on the strategic partnership with CcHUB: “Our alliance with CcHUB amplifies our shared commitment to pioneering transformative solutions in Nigeria’s fintech sector.

“By leveraging Hydrogen’s technological expertise alongside CcHUB’s innovative approach, we are primed to set a new standard for fintech excellence and drive impactful change across the industry.”

The event will feature a distinguished panel of industry experts and thought leaders, including, Ina Alogwu, Group Director, Digital Transformation, ARM HoldCo; Emeka Awagu, Chief Technology Officer, Hydrogen, and Miracle Ezechi, Digital Marketing Manager, Hydrogen.

The panel discussion will be moderated to encourage an engaging and insightful conversation on the strategies and innovations required to thrive in Nigeria’s Fintech landscape amidst economic challenges.

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