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Pepsi Partners EMPIRE To Launch Pepsi Music Academy


Lagos, Nigeria – Pepsi Nigeria, a leading cola carbonated soft drink beverage at the forefront of driving contemporary pop culture, in partnership with leading independent record label and global music industry giant, EMPIRE, has announced the launch of the Pepsi Music Academy (PMA) to bolster the development of the music industry  in Nigeria.

The announcement was made yesterday by the GM. Marketing, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye, at the press conference held in Lagos. According to him, PMA is designed to cater for the discovery and incubation of talents across various facets of the music industry and to further support and enable the entire music ecosystem

Ogunleye explained that the music artistry component of the academy will expose participants to intense industry education from a carefully selected faculty of music business leaders who have contributed immensely to the global growth of Afrobeats and the Nigerian music ecosystem.

He also disclosed that three finalists from the academy will receive brand new SUVs, a living allowance for 2 years, have the opportunity to be a Pepsi Influencer, get their music produced by grammy award winning producers Sarz, Masterkraft, Blaisebeatz and P.Prime, a music video production sponsored by the brand and a 2 year developmental recording deal with EMPIRE.

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“Pepsi has been one of the most prominent promoters of Afrobeats, and we are keen to sustain and expand the current success recorded by enabling a structure that would maintain the global dominance of Afrobeats.

“Afrobeats which is now exported globally, has become more unaffordable for the average Nigerian and with PMA, we will be raising the next set of industry talents to grow Afrobeats and continue to make fun moments more accessible to our consumers. This is the reason we have partnered with a global music entity, EMPIRE to birth the Pepsi Music Academy (PMA).

The Pepsi Music Academy will be a gamechanger for the music industry because it will not just be a platform to discover, nurture and empower music talents, it will also provide a rounded education for young individuals who are interested in other aspects of music such as A&R., legal, public relations and marketing, sound engineering among others.

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“Our faculty will include seasoned producers such as Masterkraft, Sarz, Blaisebeatz, P.Priime among other notable industry heads who are globally recognized for their contributions to the dominance of Afrobeats and music business,” Ogunleye added.

EMPIRE’s Regional Head of West Africa, Mobolaji Kareem, affirmed that the partnership with Pepsi is a landmark project for the next generation of talents in the music industry who will further expand Afrobeats dominance globally.

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“We are happy to partner with Pepsi to continue to foster talent and develop the music ecosystem in Nigeria” he said. “Together, we ensure that music talents from the country are able to actualize their dreams and become global superstars”.

“At EMPIRE, our underlying goal is to empower the entertainment ecosystem in Nigeria and fortify the value chain from beginning to end. This aligns perfectly with Pepsi’s actions and initiatives, and the DNA that flows through the company,” added Ezegozie Eze, EMPIRE’s VP of Strategy & Market Development for Africa.

Clergyman Allegedly Snatches, Impregnates Member’s Wife


Ekiti, Nigeria – The founder of Christ High Commission Church, Pastor Noah Abraham has been accused by one of his church members of snatching and impregnating his wife.

According to Vanguard reports, the church choir master, Dare Ikuenayo made the allegation.

In his exact words; “I joined the church in Kabba, Kogi State, but one day, the pastor called me and notified me that my wife had a gift of prophecy that I should allow her to stay with him for a month and work for God which I obliged.”

“Suddenly, I noticed that my wife was not even willing to see or talk to me. While I was trying to raise my eyebrows, the pastor announced in the church that he had taken my wife and no one could take her from him. I tried my best to no avail until he impregnated her and moved her into his house fully.”

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The Christ High Commission Church is situated at Araromi-Ugbesi in Omuo-Oke, Ekiti State.

Ecobank Unveils ‘Save & Score Promo’ For All-Expenses Paid Trip To Cote d’Ivoire


Lagos, Nigeria – Ecobank Nigeria has flagged of its, “Save and Score” promo, which is inspired by the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Côte d’Ivoire from January 13 to February 11, 2024, and is intended to reward loyal and prospective customers of the bank.

Ecobank Unveils ‘Save & Score Promo’ For All-Expenses Paid Trip To Cote d’Ivoire

Interesting, 10 customers stand a chance of winning an all expense paid trip to watch the final match of the AFCON tournament in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire while 50 customers stand a chance of winning N25,000 monthly.

The promo which will run between November 15, 2023, and January 6, 2024, is open to new, existing, and dormant account holders. Customers who make a single deposit of N100,000 and above, maintain a minimum account balance of N100,000 for 30 days, are carded and transact on any of the bank’s digital channels stand a chance of winning.

Speaking at the launch of the promo, Head, Consumer Banking, Korede Demola-Adeniyi, stated “As a sports-loving Pan African bank, we understand the interest and enthusiasm that comes with AFCON, the biggest football tournament on the continent,” . As a result, we have created this window for our football-loving customers to come and watch the final AFCON match in Abidjan, Code d’Ivoire.

Furthermore, she stated that “prizes will be distributed to the winning accounts based on points.” Your chances of winning increases when you make multiple N100,000 deposits and maintain higher account balances since you will receive more points. She advised those who are yet to open an account with the bank to do so to participate in the promo and begin to enjoy the bank’s digital offerings and bouquet of products and services.

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Prospective customers can open an account on its website (aop.ecobank.com ) or any of its branches with a valid ID and recent utility bill. They can also reactivate their account and obtain a card in any of the bank’s branches and then make a deposit via any of the available channels.

Ecobank Nigeria is a subsidiary of the Ecobank Group, the leading pan-African banking group with operations in 33 African countries and an international presence in four locations (London, Paris, Beijing, and Dubai).The financial institution is a major player in the distribution of financial services in Nigeria, leveraging digital platforms including Ecobank Mobile App and USSD *326#, Ecobank Online, Ecobank OmniPlus, Ecobank Omnilite, EcobankPay, Ecobank RapidTransfer, ATMs, POSs and an extensive distribution network of over 250 branches and over 50,000 agency banking locations.

AMACOS‘94/’99 Alumni Donates Items To SOS Children’s Village


Lagos, Nigeria – The Association of Mass Communication Students Alumni (AMACOS) of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) 1994/1999, on Thursday, 23rd November, 2023 consolidated its Annual Reunion activities with the donation of gifts to the SOS Children’s village in Isolo, Lagos.

AMACOS‘94/’99 Alumni Donates Items To SOS Children’s Village

This corporate philanthropy gesture forms part of the week-long activities marking the association’s Annual Reunion, even as it sets to hold its Grand finale at the Landmark Beach in Lagos on Saturday, 25th November, 2023.

The week-long reunion activities, with the theme: ‘Recalibrating for Greater Togetherness,’ which commenced on Monday, 20th November, 2023 hit its highlight mid-week with donations to orphanage homes amongst other philanthropic projects in Lagos.

A statement signed by Mr Lanre Oyegbola, the President of the association said that apart from being a gathering of old schoolmates, friends and a renewal of old acquaintances, the group had within the week been giving back to society by donating various items to orphanage homes and others.

Oyegbola explained that the 2023 edition of the annual gathering would be with a different as mates would gather at the Landmark Resort and Beach to unwind after rigorous weeklong activities.

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According to him, there would also be a Jumat Prayers for the participants on Friday, while a thanksgiving service would be held on Sunday for all members.

“Overall, we also want to use this season to recalibrate for greater exploits, enhanced friendship and greater opportunities in our togetherness.”

He said: “This year, it has been a weeklong event that is culminating in a beachside event on Saturday, Jumat prayers on Friday and thanksgiving service on Sunday.

“This period has also been used to remember the less privileged in our society and reach out to our members’ immediate families who for one reason or the other are not within reach of their immediate families. Also, we use the season to remember the families of our deceased mates.

He recalled that the past editions of the reunion activities saw the set donating various gadgets, including multimedia equipment to the Department of Mass Communication, MAPOLY and other organisations within the country.

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Another highlight of the event would be the release to the members of the association the result of the online election conducted within the week by the ad-hoc three-man electoral committee.

The election would usher in new sets of leadership for the association.

Oyegbola has been the President of the set since 2019 and has performed creditably well within the period, positioning the 994/1999 set as a pacesetter among other sets.

Chef Dammy Release On Bail After Arrested By Police


Akure, Nigeria – Following a petition filed by Prophet Adegoke Jeremiah, operatives of the Ondo State Police Command have arrested Damilola Adeparusi, popularly known as Chef Dammy.

Chef Dammy Release On Bail After Arrested By Police
Chef Dammy | Courtesy

On Thursday, Chef Dammy was arrested and interrogated by operatives of the Police AIG Zone 17 in Akure.

The spokesperson for Zone 17, DSP Adeoye Hakeem, explained that the police received a petition against Chef Dammy and she was invited by the police, Vanguard reports.

Also, the Zone in a statement on ‘X’ said: “A complaint was received by the office of AIG Zone 17 via a written petition against chef Dammy.

“She was then invited for interrogation which she honoured today as she came with a female staff from the office of Her Excellency, the First Lady of Ekiti State. Dammy was later released to her as the investigation will continue.”

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Chef Dammy and her pastor, popularly known as Billionaire Dollar Prophet came into the limelight when the former started her cook-a-thon ‘test run’ on 11 June and continued until 15 June, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.

The 24-year-old said it was motivated by her pastor, as many Nigerians held that her motive was to beat Hilda’s feat, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records.

However, she said it was a test run as the 120-hour cook-a-thon was to push her abilities rather than aiming to break any record.
The fallout between the chef and the cleric ensued when the young woman cried out that Billionaire Pastor should be held responsible if any harm befalls her, a statement the cleric found outrageous, which might made him seek her arrest.

Three Police Officers Nabbed Over Alleged Murder Of Landlord


Port Harcourt, Nigeria – The killing of a landlord, Nyebuchi Eke, in Woji community, Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has sparked protest and arrest of three police officers involved in the crime.

According to information at hand, the arrested officers were said to have arrested the deceased from his residence following an altercation he had with his tenant whose name is yet to be ascertained.

It was gathered that after late Eke threw his tenant’s personal belongings outside a rented apartment in Woji community on Saturday, the tenant invited his brother, a policeman to arrest his landlord.

Although it is still unclear what caused the landlord’s death, it is speculated that it may have been as a result of torture that followed his arrest.

It took the efforts and pressure of the community monarchs to prevail on the said policemen to reveal the whereabouts of the landlord, where it was recovered from an uncompleted building in Chokocho in Etche Local Government Area of the state.

A development that sparked a violent protest from youths in the area, who attacked police operatives in the area with stones and broken bottles, as well as looting shops in the process.

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In an attempt to quell the protests, the state Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, visited the community on Tuesday, assuring that justice was going to be served in the matter.

In his exact words, “Justice will be served. Those involved have been arrested and investigations are ongoing. I assure her [Eke’s widow] justice will be served.

“As for the youths, the elders have spoken. Let us give peace a chance. This is what the IGP has been talking about, partnering with the community and stakeholders.

“That has made it easy for us to solve this issue at hand. The elders and traditional rulers came out and assisted the police in dousing the tension.”

World Bank Suspends Access To Unwithdrawn Loans In Liberia


After Liberia defaulted loan repayments by 60 days under the administration of outgoing president George Weah, the World Bank has suspended its access to “unwithdrawn loans” in the country.

As per Africanews redaction, the decision to suspend access was conveyed in a letter on November 15 to Liberia’s Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, from the Vice-President of the Western and Central Africa region at the World Bank, Ousmane Diagana.

The suspension comes as Liberia ushers in a new administration led by Joseph Boakai following presidential elections on October 10.

The country’s right to withdraw from the Disbursing Loans and specific Trust Fund grants is now temporarily halted until the debt to the Bank is serviced.

For the incoming administration, the suspension will have a serious impact on Liberia’s capacity to borrow from other lenders and will require the new leaders to negotiate repayment timing with the World Bank.

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While the World Bank says that Liberia’s economy grew by 4.8% in 2022, the country’s fiscal position worsened with its deficit estimated to have risen to 5.6% of GDP in 2022, up from 2.4% in 2021.

It adds that, with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 53.4, the west African nation is at “moderate risk of external debt distress and high risk of overall debt distress”.

Househelp: My Madam Tortured Me With Hot Water


Imo, Nigeria – A houshelp has narrated how her employer Ijeoma Ifeanyi, popularly known as Bishop Lilian who works at a radio station allegedly bathed her with hot water for preparing a watery pap.

Househelp: My Madam Tortured Me With Hot Water

Chioma, narrating her ordeal in a video seen by SaharaReporters, said that her mistress poured hot water on her after the pap turned watery when it was prepared.

In her exact words, “She (her mistress) poured me hot water. I went and bought pap (akamu in Igbo language). I did not check well from the woman I bought the pap from, so it happened that the pap I bought was not good. When I prepared in the morning, it was watery and she became angry and shouted at me. She asked why it was watery and I told her it might be because the water was too hot.

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“In the afternoon, I prepared it and it was also watery. She became angry and then prepared another by herself and the one she prepared was the same but a little bit thicker than the ones I did.

“She asked if I bought all the Paps at the same place and I told her yes. She then asked why the one she prepared was thicker than mine and I said that I did not know; then she poured the hot water in the kettle she had on me.

“I quickly raised my cloth from my breast with force and that was when the wound on my breast opened. The wound on my lap (thigh) did not open immediately. It swelled up later and opened into a big wound.”

The girl said the mistress refused to treat her till night when she poured white vitamin C on her wounds.

Rite Foods Rids Lagos Shoreline Of Plastic Waste, Empowers Youths


Lagos, Nigeria – Rite Foods Limited, renowned for its commitment to eco-friendly initiatives, has joined forces with students of the University of Lagos and Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in a groundbreaking environmental protection program.

This initiative, a cornerstone of Rite Foods’ award-winning environmental sustainability partnership with Popbeach, RiteontheBeach, aims to combat ocean plastic pollution, improve literacy, and create employment opportunities by facilitating the exchange of waste plastic for education scholarships.

The company’s ongoing dedication to clearing plastic waste from Lagos’ coastal communities aims for a more habitable and greener environment. On Saturday, 18th November 2023, Rite Foods Limited supported the “Residency” environmental project by Lagos Eco-Resort’s Popbeach Club, themed “Future Proof – How do you secure the Future?”

The third edition of this year’s “Residency” commenced with a symposium featuring insights from Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, shedding light on the state’s environmental laws and their implications.

Highlighting the significance of the Ilashe clean-up project, Mr. Adedotun Ajibade, Rite Foods Limited’s Media and Insights Manager, emphasised its pivotal role in fostering a healthier environment and preserving Ilashe Beach as a critical tourist destination. He stressed the importance of recycling collected plastics, stating its impact on job creation and preventing these materials from threatening aquatic life in the ocean.

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Founder of Popbeach Club, Mr. Akin Disu, highlighted the success of this year’s ‘Residency’ scheme, wherein participants designed beach combing aids from locally available materials for efficient plastic collection. Additionally, the collaboration with the Lekki Bird Club recorded local fish species and birdlife, enriching the project’s ecological impact.

“Through the ‘Residency initiative’, we’ve removed 150,000 PET bottles from Ilashe and Ibeshe beaches, offering jobs and scholarships to locals. This has spurred a community-based cleaning scheme in Tarkwa Bay, furthering our impact,” stated Mr. Disu.

Commending Rite Foods Limited for its beach cleaning and ecological conservation efforts, students and NYSC members praised the company’s customer-centric approach and lauded its steadfast sustainability plan.

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Rite Foods Limited, a prominent figure in the food and beverage industry has an  unwavering commitment to environmental conservation which remains a top priority alongside its product achievement.

Unity Bank, Cashtoken Partner To Reward Customers


Lagos, Nigeria – Unity Bank Plc and Cashtoken, have announced a partnership to deploy a patronage reward product that will see the Bank’s customers winning millions of Naira in cash rewards, guaranteed instant cashback, and offer a life-changing opportunity.

Cashtoken is a Cash Reward-as-a-Service company that operates a loyalty programme designed to power customer engagement and improve customer satisfaction. For Unity Bank, the partnership offers it the opportunity to migrate customers – old and new, to a platform that will continually create exciting rewards and appreciation for loyalty.

To be part of this reward scheme, customers are to onboard onto any or all of the Unity Bank digital banking platforms including the Unifi mobile banking application, the *7799# USSD platform or activate their Unity Bank Verve Card and transact on any e-payment terminals across Nigeria.

Each card transaction, as well as the onboarding on the digital platform, earns customers a cash token, which can be redeemed instantly while qualifying the customer to enter the monthly Cashtoken Rewards draw to stand a chance of winning up to One Million Naira cash.

Speaking at the media launch in Lagos, Unity Bank’s Head of E-Business, Eghomware Iyamu said the collaboration with Cashtoken is meant to boost the ways in which Unity Bank customers are appreciated.

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Iyamu said, “We are excited to announce this strategic partnership with Cashtoken which reinforces our commitment to recognizing and rewarding loyalty. Through this collaboration, we are taking customer appreciation to new heights, offering millions in cash rewards as a token of gratitude for choosing Unity Bank.”

He added: “This partnership will create an unparalleled experience for Unity Bank’s customers by leveraging the impressive reward platform built by Cashtoken Reward. This collaboration has therefore set the stage for an exciting journey of appreciation, as Unity Bank customers can now look forward to bountiful cash rewards, making every interaction with the bank a rewarding experience.”

The Bank believes that this initiative will not only reward existing customers but also attract new ones with a rewarding banking experience when they pick up and activate a Verve Card and transact on the Bank’s digital banking channels.

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On its part, Cashtoken stated that the fulfillment of its mandate under the partnership allows it to create more excitement for customers, and an even greater bond among families and businesses by constantly rewarding patronage and loyalty.

It further stated the Unity Bank/Cashtoken partnership being launched will, from the outset, begin to deliver brand engagement and customer experience that will, in many ways, replicate loyalty rewards in cash prizes.

The partnership announcement comes on the heels of a similar partnership with the payment processor, Verve Card Services Limited which has seen Unity Bank customers, Nmeregini Chukwuebuka and Sharif Yusuf Mohd winning 500,000 and 150,000 naira respectively in the ongoing Verve National Consumer Promo.