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Zain’s Loyalty ‘Rewardz’ Programme Pulls 1.5 Million Nigerians



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Over 1.5 million customers have enrolled for the Zain Nigeria Loyalty Rewardz Programme barely three months after it was launched by the telecommunications company.
Customers who have joined the Rewardz programme have accumulated over N80 million worth of ‘rewardz’ points which can be redeemed immediately from the Zain’s Rewards list of prizes.

Those who have attained the Silver and Gold membership status in the Rewardz scheme programme are now enjoying special discount rates at select Zain ‘Rewardz’ Points such as Marcopolo, Victoria Island, Lagos and the VIP Lounge of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and other fantastic locations in other parts of Nigeria. While some other customers are swapping their points for instant airtime reward.

The points gathered in the Zain Rewardz Scheme also allow customers redeem other prizes, including: return tickets to Dubai, the United Arab Emirate, a weekend in Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross Rivers, Plasma Televisions, refrigerators, airline tickets, iPods, among others.

The points also give users an opportunity to enjoy special discounts and privileges such as 30% discount on accommodation at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island; access to Airport VIP Lounge and priority check-in at the international wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport; enjoy discounts at exclusive restaurants and receive first-class priority service at all Zain Shops, amongst other benefits.

Shamel Hanafi, Zain’s chief commercial officer while speaking on the success of the scheme, said the loyalty scheme programme was created to reward customers for their loyalty to the Zain network.

Shamel explained that “beyond providing telecommunications service to our customers, we seek creative ways to delight them and the Rewardz programme is not just an industry first, but it is unique and designed to give the customer reason to believe in us.”

He urged customers who have not signed up for the offer to do so by texting REWARDZ to 797 or ‘yes’ to 797 as they also stand to reap immense benefits from the on-going Zain Talk for Love promo.

Zain customers who choose to participate in the scheme can earn points by using airtime through voice calls, SMS (short message services) or data download/upload. The prizes to be redeemed by customers are determined by the number of points earned.

For every N10.00 spent on any Zain service, a customer earns a REWARDZ Point. Usually the points will be added after 24 hours. The number of REWARDZ Points earned can be verified by sending an SMS containing the word: POINTS to 797 or by dialling *141*797*2#.

Under the terms of the programme, customers can choose to accumulate “REWARDZ Points” and “Level Points” and therefore, redeem big tangible rewards.

To redeem any item in the ‘Zain Rewardz Catalogue’, customers are required to SMS “RD” followed by space, then, “PRODUCT CODE” of the item(s) of choice to 797” e.g. send RD 0000 to 797.

Customers who redeem non-GSM items will receive “Voucher codes” via SMS which they can present at designated Zain ‘Rewardz Partner Stores’ to receive their item of choice. All vouchers are valid for up to six months.

On the other hand, Zain will send SMS to customers who redeem GSM related items such as airtime, SMS and data bundle, confirming the transaction and their phone number would be credited directly with the right amount of airtime redeemed.

Registered customers are classified into Bronze, Silver and Gold categories depending on the number of points (‘Level Points’) they have earned or accumulated.

By default, all newly registered customers are placed in the Bronze category and can move to other categories as they use more airtime. Level point of 3000 will earn the customer a Silver card while 6000 points is required to reach the Gold category. 

Silver and Gold Card carriers get additional 20% and 50% extra on all REWARDZ Points and can confirm their Level Points by sending ‘LEVEL to 797 or by dialling *141*797*3#’.

To enjoy discounts and privileges at all Rewardz Points, eligible customers will be required to present their Silver or Gold membership cards and another valid means of personal identification.

The programme which is both a loyalty plan and reward scheme is open to both pre-paid and post-paid customers.


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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 and 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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