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M-I-NA AMBASSADOR

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated the Publisher of THISDAY Newspapers and Chairman, Arise News, Prince Nduka Obaigbena on his 62nd birthday.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former President, Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) who clocked 62 on Wednesday as a good manager of human and material resources, considering how he has built THISDAY Newspapers and Arise News from the startup to enviable positions in the media industry.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Wednesday, congratulated the Duke of Owa kingdom on his remarkable roles and contributions to the growth and development of the media industry in Nigeria.

 

He said Obaigbena’s efforts in social and political spheres as well as the economy in Nigeria have positioned him as one of the most respected journalists, publishers and entrepreneurs in the country with a network of friends and associates that cut across different parts of the African continent and the world.

 

The Governor also commended Obaigbena for his visionary and adventurous leadership style and positioning of two major media organisations – THISDAY Newspapers and Arise News, to provide a strong platform for informing, educating and entertaining Nigerians about various events in the country and the world at large.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu also felicitated with family, friends and associates of Prince Nduka Obaigbena, as well as the entire media industry, especially THISDAY Newspapers and Arise News on the 62nd birthday of the media mogul.

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M-I-NA AMBASSADOR, Sport

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala on Sunday became the first African to win the Uefa Women’s Champions League. The 26-year-old striker was part of the winning team as Barcelona defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the final of the 2020-21 edition.

 

The English team conceded four goals in the first 36 minutes; Melanie Leupolz scores an own goal inside 33 seconds; Alexia Putellas scores from the spot; Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen both score from close range to secure Barcelona their first Women’s Champions League title in Gothenburg.

 

Barcelona became the first club to win both the men’s and women’s Champions League, and this was the biggest ever winning margin in a women’s final.

 

Oshoala was introduced for Spanish midfielder Jennifer Hermoso in the 71st minute as Barcelona search for more goals.

 

Asisat Oshoala in 2020 helped FC Barcelona women to emerge Spanish league champions for the first time in five years, scoring 20 goals in 19 appearances. The celebrated Nigeria striker previously played for Liverpool and Arsenal in England.

 

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M-I-NA AMBASSADOR, Sport

Two Nigerians, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were part of the winning team on Saturday, when Leicester City lifted the English FA Cup for the first time in their history with victory over Chelsea.

Youri Tielemans scored the only goal in the closely contested encounter with a spectacular right-foot drive that flew beyond Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into the top corner from 25 yards in the 63rd minute.

The game was played in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley. It was the biggest gathering of supporters inside a stadium since the coronavirus pandemic began – and the fans were treated to incredible drama in the 140th FA Cup final.


It is the first English FA Cup victory for the Nigerians who are key members of the historic Leicester City team. They also joined a list of Nigerian players that have won the prestigious trophy during their career.

Other Nigerian players that have won the English FA Cup include; Daniel Amokachi (Everton, 1995), Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea, 2000), Kanu Nwankwo (Arsenal, 2002, 2003 and Portsmouth, 2008), John Utaka (Portsmouth, 2008), Mikel Obi (Chelsea, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, 2017) and Victor Moses (Chelsea, 2018).

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M-I-NA AMBASSADOR, Manufacturing
Dangote Cement Plc’s huge investment has been described as one of the major contributors to the development of the Senegalese economy. Besides, the Cement plant located in Pout, 60 kilometres away from Dakar, has greatly assisted in strengthening the business relationship between Senegal and Nigeria.

Dangote Cement Senegal currently holds a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year, producing higher quality cement to meet the country’s demand as well exporting to neighbouring countries around Senegal.

Charge D’Affaires, Embassy of Nigeria, Senegal, Mr. A.K Zanna, who spoke on the contributions of Dangote Cement’s investment in Senegal at his office in Dakar recently, called on Dangote and other interested investors to explore the investment opportunities available in the Senegalese Salt Mining and Real Estate industry.

According to him, Dangote’s Cement investment in Senegal is contributing significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), through its export revenue from neighbouring countries and social investments in the country. “I think the company has done a lot in strengthening the existing relationship between Nigeria and Senegal,” he added.

Zanna stated, “As one of the biggest foreign investors in the Senegalese economy, Dangote Cement is contributing significantly to the country’s economic development. We are proud to associate with the company as a Nigerian brand. The company has done a lot in Senegal since its establishment in 2015. It has created huge employment for the Senegalese; it has created both direct and indirect employment opportunities for many people in Senegal.

He said Dangote Cement is contributing significantly to the relationship between Nigeria and Senegal. “Unfortunately, most of the trade relations between Nigeria and Senegal are in the informal sector. However, with the ways things are going, there is going to be improvement in economic activities between both countries. Already, we have two Nigerian banks operating in Senegal. And Many Nigerian companies have signified interests in investing in the Senegalese economy. This will further improve the business relationship between the two countries,” he said.

The Envoy also commended the company for contributing to the well- being of its host and surrounding communities in Pout, Senegal. “Dangote is involved in corporate social responsibilities programmes. The company has done a lot for the communities where it is located. The company’s community development in Senegal is assisting the government’s responsibilities to its citizens.

“I know that the company has built maternity clinics, health centres, schools, awarded scholarships to students, and created avenue for poverty eradication in the country. The company is also fully involved in women empowerment. Dangote Cement’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes are having direct positive impact on the host communities. So, by extension, the company is shouldering some of the responsibilities of the Senegalese government.”

He also urged investors from Nigeria to invest in Senegalese Real Estate industry. “Senegal is becoming a vibrant economy and the country building a new city at Diaminadio. There is opportunity for investment in real estate in the Senegalese economy. Apart from that, maybe by 2023, Senegal will start production of crude oil and many opportunities will be available for Nigerians with technical expertise in the oil sector.

Country Manager, Dangote Cement, Senegal, Luk Haelterman attributed the success of the company in Senegal in the past five years to the company’s investment in quality production and introduction of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Senegallisation’ Policy.

According to him, the company’s introduction of 42.5-degree brand of cement to the major market in Senegal upon entry has enabled the company gain the desired market share in the country.

He stated, “The success of Dangote Cement is coming from quality planning based merely on the improvement on the quality of cement to 42.5R that was not available everywhere and certainly not to everybody at affordable price in Senegal. Introducing this into the market was a guarantee for us to gain the market share that we needed.

“Secondly, without any doubt, is the creation of a very good team spirit and passionate involvement in aiming at continuous improvement towards excellence. When we entered the market, it was characterised by 32.5-grade cement. We supplied 42.5-grade cement at affordable price. Putting up quality gave us a chance to enter the market.”

Luk also disclosed that Dangote Cement Senegal has developed a culture of supporting local employees and prioritising local hiring, which allows local country employees have the necessary knowledge, experience, and support to take up key roles within the company.

He said the policy aims to gradually reduce the number of expatriates employed by the business by enhancing the skills and capacity of Senegalese employees to take up leadership positions.

“We have ensured that our image has been aligned with two key principles from day one: maintaining high quality, and taking a local approach in everything that we do,” he said.
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ICT, M-I-NA AMBASSADOR
Airtel Africa plc, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in Nigeria and 13 other countries across Africa, announces Olusegun “Segun Ogunsanya, Managing Director and CEO Nigeria is to succeed Raghunath “Raghu” Mandava, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer following Raghu Mandava’s informing the Board of his intention to retire. Segun Ogunsanya will join the Board of Airtel Africa plc with effect from 1 October2021.

Segun Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 as Managing Director and CEO Nigeria and has been responsible for the overall management of our operations in Nigeria, our largest market in Africa. Segun has more than 25 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms. Before joining Airtel in 2012, Segun held leadership roles at Coca-Cola in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya (as MD and CEO). He has also been the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (Coca-Cola Hellenic owned) and Group head of retail banking operations at Ecobank Transnational Inc, covering 28 countries in Africa. He is an electronics engineer and also a chartered accountant.

Raghu Mandava will be retiring as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, as a Director of Airtel Africa plc and as a member of the Market Disclosure Committee on 30 September 2021. Arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Following his cessation of employment at Airtel Africa, Mr. Mandava will be available to advise the Chairman, the Airtel Africa Board and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for a 9-month period.

Appointment of Managing Director and CEO Nigeria

An announcement naming Segun Ogunsanya’s successor as Managing Director and CEO Nigeria will be made soon.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman said: “We are delighted to appoint Segun Ogunsanya as the Group’s next Chief Executive Officer. He has displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution, and operational efficiency. It is this commitment, together with his industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus and proven record of delivery that will enable him to continue to deliver our strategic objectives and to lead the Group in the next stages of its development.”

On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Raghu Mandava for being instrumental in successfully leading and transforming Airtel Africa into a powerhouse telecommunications and mobile money company. Throughout that time, Raghu has worked tirelessly first to repair and then to strengthen Airtel Africa’s business and to champion our stakeholders. As we look forward to Segun assuming his new role in October 2021, we do so from a position of great strength as a result of Raghu’s highly effective stewardship. Raghu will retire from the Board with our very best wishes and sincere appreciation for everything he has achieved.”

Raghu Mandava said: “I am thankful to Airtel Africa for providing me and my team the opportunity to transform the business and fulfil our responsibility to the countries in which we operate. It has been a privilege to serve in the African continent and I cherish my time here. Airtel Africa is a remarkable business with fantastic people. Having been at Bharti Airtel for 13 years and at Airtel Africa for 5 years as Chief Executive Officer, I feel now is the right time to take a sabbatical.

The last five years have been an exhilarating journey where we have been able to turnaround and transform the business into a strong high growth and profitable company.We have been able to build the business with our unique management and problem solving approach to bring in substantial performance improvement. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past 5 years in Africa, and I look forward to seeing the Company make even greater progress over the coming years.”

Segun Ogunsanya said: “Having been part of the Airtel Africa journey for the past nine years, I am looking forward to taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer. On a personal note, as an African, I feel honoured to have the opportunity to lead a Group that continues to make a difference to millions of people, bridge the digital divide and expand financial inclusion. This is an exciting opportunity to position Airtel Africa for further success in a dynamic continent full of potential. I look forward to building on the achievements of the last five years during Raghu’s leadership.”
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