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Get ready for career fair 2022

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Are you ready for unprecedented career advancement? Career Fair 2022 has been set up to equip you with the requisite knowledge for your elevation.

Theme: RISE: “Redefine – Invest – Strategize – Emerge”
Date: This Saturday June 18th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Pistis Conference Centre, The Elevation Church (TEC), along Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The Fair offers you a rare opportunity to interact with top recruiters from reputable organizations.

There will also be:
• C.V Assessments/ Reviews
• Career counselling
• Onsite/Virtual Interviews
• Identification of future talents for organization talent pool
• Opportunities for internships and fulltime roles

Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry partner with Oalnigeria for a business breakfast meeting

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The Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in partnership with @oalnigeria invites you to a Business Breakfast Session tagged; A BIRD’S EYE VIEW ON THE NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.

DATE: Wednesday 29th June, 2022
TIME: 8.00am
VENUE: Soul Longue, Lagos Continental Hotel VI

This event targeted at C-Level Executives will expose participants to undiluted facts around the Nigerian political and economic landscape leading to the 2023 election and especially what businesses should do.

Lead Speaker: Dr @oagbakoba SAN

Attendance:
Members : FREE
Non-Members: 15,000 naira

For registration , click on the link in our bio.

Please note that attendance is strictly by registration and for C-Level executives.

LAGOS FASHION WEEK RETURNS FOR ITS 3RD EDITION OF XRETAIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRIKREA

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For the 3rd consecutive year, XRetail in partnership with Afrikrea, will take place from July 8th-24th, 2022. 

Founded in 2016, Anka, formally Afrikea is the leading marketplace of #African Fashion and all things #MadeOfAfrica online, which has bridged thousands of sellers from Africa and all over the world.

This year, XRetail 2022 will address the ever changing nature of commerce and consumers by supporting African fashion, beauty, and accessory brands with physical pop-up opportunities in the key markets. 

Following three successful years across both physical and digital activations, XRetail has successfully supported over 150 independent brands across fashion, beauty and accessories in over 10 African countries such as– Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Côte D’Ivoire, with the last edition receiving over 3 Million views and sales from patrons around the world. 

XRetail, originally part of Lagos Fashion Week October S/S season, was given its first stand alone event in 2019 to provide tangible commerce opportunities to the fast growing ready to wear, high street market in Africa. 

Since its inception, the XRetail platform has focused on facilitating commerce and creating access to market opportunities for fashion entrepreneurs to enable their business(es) to generate sales. This is key to their growth and the industry’s ability to positively impact the economic landscape. XRetail will provide access to the market for brands across Africa through a digital shopping experience on Afrikrea.

Interested brands are invited to apply for free Here.  

Application deadline is on the 18th of June. 

For more information, kindly visit www.lagosfashionweek.ng.

Africa Soft Power Summit returns to real-world setting with Impactful 3-day Session in Kigali

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:Two-time NBA All-Star, Luol Ajou Deng; Founder & Creative Director, Africa Soft Power Project (ASP), Nkiru Balonwu; QC Matrix Chambers and Fmr Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder; Co-Founder and CEO, Enda Athletic, Inc,  Navalayo Osembo; Director of Daily Content, International Olympic Committee, Benny Bonsu; CEO, NBA Africa, Victor Williams and Former NBA Basketball Player, Charles Smith at the 2022 ASP “Africa Month” Summit in Kigali recently.

The 2022 Africa Soft Power “Africa Month” Summit, hosted an all-star cast of industry leaders, across the creative, cultural, knowledge and digital industries around the continent and global diaspora in Kigali to three days of impactful conversations, centered around the theme of “Africa & The Global Community. The New Face of Collaboration”.

Hosted by The Africa Soft Power Project (ASP)  from May 26th – 28th, the summit which was held at the prestigious Kigali Serena Hotel,featured sessions on sports, music, fashion, financing/digital infrastructure, tourism/trade and payments, with discussants highlighting how to leverage Africa’s digital, creative and knowledge economies to benefit the continent, the global diaspora community, and beyond.

President of the Basketball Africa Africa League, Amadou Gallo Fall; Two-time NBA All-Star, Luol Ajou Deng; Founder, Gina Din Group (GDG), Gina Din-Kariuki; Former Deputy Mayor of London and QC, Matrix Chambers, Matthew Ryder; Rapper,Founder & CEO TASCK, Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga; Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Ngaire Blankenberg; CEO, NBA Africa, Victor Williams; CEO, Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS), Mike Ogbalu III and Regional Director, East Africa, IFC, Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu were among the array of industry leaders at the 2022 Africa Soft Power Summit.

While declaring the event open, Founder and Creative Director of the Africa Soft Power Project, Nkiru Balonwu, expressed her excitement about the massive support received from discussants, partners and sponsors from within the continent and in the diaspora. “What we are witnessing today is evidence of what we can achieve for the continent, when we come together. Leveraging the power of collaboration, we are determined to build structures, talents and institutions that are long-lasting and survive us” Balonwu said.

Across music, sports, fashion, art, innovation and digital capabilities, The Africa Soft Power Project is committed to enabling progress for Africa and Africans, we are leveraging soft power to create respected African thought-leaders, unite the global black community and ultimately chart a sustainable course around how we can propel ourselves and the continent forward” Balonwu added.

President of the Basketball Africa League, Amadou Gallo Fall, during his goodwill message, lauded the quality of influential panelists and industry leaders present at the 2022 summit, adding that such collaborations will help advance the African narrative, not just for sports but across other industries.

At the Basketball Africa League, we are aligned with the objectives of the Africa Soft Power Project, around leveraging valuable collaborations to move the continent forward, which connects with what we are doing with the league. As you well know, basketball is a perfect sport, where fashion, music and sports come together and if you think about how the African “lifestyle” and popular culture have been an influence on the world stage, from music, to fashion and even the arts, you will agree that we have a great opportunity to bring all of that together around the BAL”.

Speaking on the role of collaboration in advancing Africa’s payment ecosystem especially for Nigeria’s creative, knowledge and technology industries, Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC) said that there was a need for valuable collaboration between financial institutions and the creative, knowledge and digital industries. “Banks and financial institutions will only finance projects that they have full understanding of, If they don’t understand it, they will not finance it. It is important therefore, that financial institutions make a deliberate effort to understand the different phases of creative and digital engagements alongside the value that will be derived from such investments.”

While delivering his Keynote address, H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, maintained that the recovery tool that Africa has at its disposal post Covid is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). “We expect that the recovery we want to see, whether in the service industry, trade in goods or digital trade, will be driven by trade on the African continent. We are committed to ensuring that we implement aggressively the AfCFTA, towards significantly reducing the barriers to trade and intraAfrica investment and ultimately, contributing to Africa’s overall GDP”  Mene said.

Celebrating Africa’s unique creative, knowledge and digital industries, the Africa Soft Power “Africa Month” Summit featured a fireside chat, alongside 8 impactful panel sessions on payments, economy of sports, scaling African talent, business of fashion, financing innovation and creative power, reinventing travel, tourism and trade, globalization of Africa’s music, culture and trends and women communicating Africa forward.

:Co-Founder, Mwungano ESG, Sophie Masipa; Founder, Gina Din Group, Gina Din; Head of Content, BellaNaija Style, Mary Edoro; CEO, Kepler, Nathalie Munyampenda andFounder & Creative Director, Africa Soft Power Project (ASP), Nkiru Balonwuat the 2022 ASP “Africa Month”” Summit in Kigali recently.

The event also featured a glam cocktail with a shoe show powered by Brazilian luxury brand Zeferino, performance by Rapper, Jude M.I. Abaga, a book signing by Gina Din and a session on the Power of Art, held in partnership with ARTSPLIT and FCMVA, alongside networking activities, and local events.

With stakeholders at the event collectively throwing their weight behind the announcement, Founder and Creative Director of the Africa Soft Power Project, Nkiru Balonwu, disclosed that ASP will continue to promote May as ‘Africa month’, as part of a deliberate global campaign aimed at propelling Africa forward, leveraging the continent’s creative, knowledge, cultural and digital industries.

Partners for this year’s summit, include: RDF; Afreximbank, Macif Group; Facebook; Africa Prosperity Network; FCMVA; Zeferino; Artsplit; CANEX; Kwahu Summit; Korapay; Latimer Energy; Fenchurch Group; TASCK; and BellaNaija.

This year’s event aligned with the playoffs and finals of the Basketball Africa League – a sports event highlighting Africa’s expanding sports economy.

 

Ili Art Exhibition Exclusive Viewing

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Saturday 28th of May, 2022 saw the opening of ili Exhibition, an expression of African art and culture at BoConcepts, 22 Adetokunbo Ademola street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The art exhibition which showcases interesting pieces using indigenous Nigerian fabric and the human body as canvas features the bold and colourful works of expressionist artist, Mary-Jane Ohobu, Minika and renowned photographer, Hakeem Salaam.

The ili Exhibition spots a cross section of fabrics across Nigeria such as  Adire, Igbulu, Akwo ocha, Asooke, Ukara, Akwete and a host of others. Each piece spotlights the beauty, history, processes, and the underlying connections within the Nigerian ecosystem.

Ili, which means “cloth” in Idoma, represents the middle, a significant point that binds all parts of the country. The word also means Ofong in Efik, Akwa in Igbo, Opa in Yala, Aso in Yoruba, Zane in Hausa and so on.

Art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts trooped in to see the ili pieces and were treated to a warm reception of food, drinks, music and networking.

The exhibition runs till the 11th of June 2022.

 I N T R O D U C I N G GOUDAR CHOCOLATE RE-ENTERS NIGERIA

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Born out of love and family, Goudar Chocolate is a manufacturer of premium quality chocolates, offering an exciting variety of products and flavors. The brand comes from a traditional Lebanese family’s passion for bringing people together. Made from the finest Belgian chocolate, the 10-year-old chocolate brand is being sold to several shops in Lebanon and exported to Dubai and now, Nigeria.



Goudar chocolate has the vision to become a widely-recognized and highly sought-after brand of premium chocolate that presents confectionery lovers with a whole new realm of delectable flavors and unique addition that enriches the offering of hospitality providers.




Since its inception, providing the “Taste of Art” has been a watchword, while innovating and investing in the finest ingredients, the most knowledgeable chocolate connoisseurs, and modern machinery, to remain at the forefront of the art and science of ‘chocolate making’. Goudar chocolate has now re-entered the Nigerian market after a hiatus of rebranding and tailor-making the Nigerian consumer needs.

New Products Alert: Zaron Cosmetics Launched Cheeky Liquid Blush + Lip Hydrating Therapy

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Zaron Cosmetics just launched not just 1 but 2 vibrantly fun products recently.

Cheeky is a weightless, easily-blendable and  buidable water-based liquid blush infused
with luxurious & colourful pigments that gives that soft and hearty flushed look.


Available in 6 vibrant & gorgeous shades;
Woowoo, Tutti Frutti, Rum Punch, Old-Fashioned, Negroni, Sangria.

Lip Hydrating Therapy is a luscious formula that glides on easily and instantly melts into your lips,thereby keeping them soft and moisturized all day. It relieves dry, dull and cracked lips.


It comes in 5 juicy flavours; Kutie Kiwi, Pinkerest, Bumble Bee, La La Lav, Blush Crush.

Kohler Bold Event 2022

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The 150-year-old iconic Brand KOHLER has expanded its presence throughout Africa to further its philosophy of ‘Gracious Living’ in this rapidly growing continent. Over the last one and a half century, Kohler has become a global multi-industry brand which designs personalized homewares, providing power solutions and most luxurious Hospitality Services. Kohler tries to provide an intimate and customized experience to all its users by designing their products as epitome of craftsmanship, comfort, and cutting-edge innovation. With their trusted and consistent history of quality and innovative designs, a new sophisticated matte black collection and Vive faucet design were unveiled at the recently held Kohler Bold event.

The first-ever Kohler Bold event held at The Wheatbaker Hotel on 12th May 2022 had a remarkable turnout with over 150 attendees including industry leaders, architects, designers, executives, and experts. The guests enjoyed an immersive experience of the Kohler brand and its latest additions. The event had a wide range of mind gasping attractions like the Virtual Reality Experience – an exploring virtual exposé of the exquisite world of Kohler, the Vive Ballet performance, the Kohler History Wall and many more.

With our compelling propositions, we will make it impossible for our customers to look beyond Kohler. If we can get our customer engagement right, we will automatically be the largest brand by value in the continent. But we are not obsessed with the outcome, we are committed to our customers and engage with them.” said Alan Orchard, Commercial Director Kohler Africa, and the Middle East.

Kohler enjoys standing warm relationships with the Architect and Developer community globally. It’s not different for Kohler Africa, and the brand intends to continue the well-entrenched engagement process.

We consider it our responsibility to keep our Architect and Designer partners in line and ahead of customer expectations. We ensure that they create masterpieces each time they sit to draft a proposal and that their creations are timeless. We ensure that they win.” Orchard added.

Kohler Africa boasts of 2 exclusive Kohler Experience Stores in Lagos. The experience store in Lekki is in partnership with Sweethome while the VI store is in partnership with WATCO. Each store spreads over 180 sq meters and exhibits the latest in design and technology. The experience stores aim to inspire customers and design enthusiasts to explore possibilities and transform their living spaces into a masterpiece. They flaunt some of the most premium categories that KOHLER has to offer

  • Breathtakingly Beautiful Artist Edition: This premium collection features the most beautifully crafted products of Kohler where artists have created literal show pieces with attention to every intricate detail. Products such as Marrakech Vessel, Antilia Wading Pool Glass Vessel and Derring Vessel designed so brilliantly that they make the whole bathroom space look spectacularly majestic.

  • Incredibly Intelligent Bathroom Products: Kohler has brought to your doorstep the whole range of intelligent bathroom products. Smart systems like DTV+ are built to uplift the sensory experience by fine-tuning water flow, temperatures, colour, and lighting.

  • Stately Free-Standing baths: Nothing looks more imperial than a free-standing bath in the centre of your bathroom. You can choose from a variety of options according to your style and preferences

  • The Matte Black Bathroom Collection: Matte Black is a daring choice that helps in making an unapologetic and uber bold lifestyle statement. With the 3C technology (Clean, Coat, and Cure) at the heart of the collection, this collection keeps customers in design trend. A 12-year warranty assures peace of mind.

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  • Modern Life Edge Collection: The Modern Life Edge collection boasts of being the slimmest bathroom suite in the World. The range has Contemporary aesthetics, with ergonomic comfort enabled by a specially designed seat and splash free vessel. The product is built to be 50% stronger, with higher chip resistance than normal ceramic.

  • Vive Range: Vive is a celebratory design for the contemporary bathroom that harmonizes beauty and functionality with charm and grace. Inspired by elegant human movements and gestures from dance, Vive’s fluid shape strikes a human like pose that seems to be in perpetual motion

Kohler has operations in all major countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa region including Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and the recently launched store in Ghana. Kohler is also the most preferred brand among the hospitality chains and that has been cornerstone of continued wins in the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, and Madagascar.

For more information, please visit https://www.africa.kohler.com/

Incentro renews Google Cloud’s Infrastructure Specialization

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 Incentro announced it has renewed its Infrastructure Specialization in Google Cloud Partner Advantage. The Google Partners Advantage program enables organizations like Incentro to gain access to training, support, and resources to set clients up to succeed.

This also allows Incentro to stand out from other partners as a reputable and trusted organization with the knowledge and experience to execute Google Cloud Platform solutions professionally. Part of this program includes the ability to specialize in fields of market interest ranging from education to machine learning. With an already robust client base and years of expertise within Incentro’s fold, the company has demonstrated once again as the regional experts for Google Cloud infrastructure. 

Infrastructure specialization is a recognition for proven expertise and success in building, deploying, and migrating solutions with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) technologies. This specialization is the highest level of expertise a partner can achieve in demonstrating Google cloud practice, client success, and proven technical capabilities. In other words: it really shows Incentro’s expertise. To achieve this, Incentro showcased excellence in these characteristics through a rigorous third-party audit. 

From a list of 38 various requirements, Incentro was able to show competencies in:

  • Capabilities
  • Security and reliabilities
  • Monitoring
  • Optimization
  • Reporting


This is all possible thanks to some of Incentro’s key GCP clients like Textbook CenterDohYangu and LendXS.

The Google Cloud’s Infrastructure Specialization confirms Incentro’s commitment to its expertise and have been recognized as such by Google’s Partner Advantage Program. This specialization communicates to Incentro’s existing and potential customers that not only is the company committed to this platform and its ability to execute these services to the highest of standards, but also have the full weight of Google behind it. This translates to confidence for Incentro’s stakeholders as the right partners to work with to help modernize, manage, and support their IT infrastructure on Google Cloud. Incentro is also granted funding to run pilot and proof of concept projects from Google within its market.

Dennis De Weerd, Sales Director, Incentro: “Our future is dependent on the success of our clients. Ensuring they get the very best in performance is paramount. Investing in our personnel guarantees we have the best skill sets and practices in the market. Our core belief is that in educating and offering the best opportunities to our consultants translates into offering the best to our clients. We are extremely proud to achieve the Infrastructure Partner Specialization. It validates the hard work from the team and our commitment to providing customers with the best practices that meet their unique requirements when it comes to Google Cloud Platform and positions us perfectly to grow with Google in the (East) African region.” 

What does the future hold with this development?

With the ever evolving nature of technology, staying up to date is fundamental to Incentro’s mission to be the number one cloud solutions provider. In the past few months, Incentro consultants have achieved various Google certifications in a never-ending bid to be the best at what they do. By having the best in class cloud architects, engineers and practitioners, Incentro continues to maintain quality in its service delivery and by expanding and enriching its staff, the company maintains a high level of proficiency in delivering cloud solutions and thus in turn leads to greater recognitions such as these. 

In the coming years, Incentro is confident that with this specialization, its existing and future clients will continue to be assured of best quality service delivery and support to guarantee their systems and applications are in the best hands.

About Incentro: 

With over 10 years of proven expertise in technical consultation and related services, Incentro, the only Google Premier Partner in East, West and Central Africa has become the go-to partner for successful business transformation in the continent.

From Enterprise Collaboration, Cloud Migration and Smart Application Development, we proudly serve over 26 countries in Africa and are growing. Whatever your ambition is, we’ll aim for maximum impact. We dive deep into your organization, challenge your plans, build solutions swiftly and make sure they work.

Ili Art Exhibition to Run From the 30th of May 2022 in Lagos

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In celebration of the 14-day “Ili” Art Exhibition, the public has been invited to the immersive experience set to run from the 30th of May to 12th June 2022, at BoConcept, 22, Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition will host like-minded individuals with a love for art, while exploring the beauty and development of fabrics.

Africa is rich in culture and diversity. Her indigenous art speaks of her history and tells the story of her journey globally. In her diversity, Africa possesses an obvious unifying artistic theme when considering how different cultures on the continent are presented.

In Nigeria, like it is in other parts of Africa, culture is viewed through art and folklore while drawing its inspiration for art from the heritage of the region. Sculpture, architecture, stone carving, textile making, pottery, glass blowing, and bronze casting are notable art forms across Nigeria and for more than a millennium, this has formed part of the culture of our people.

Textiles, as one of Nigeria’s traditional art forms, has a wide range of different fabrics from various ethnic groups. Each of these groups have their unique techniques for creating these fabrics to blend with their cultural heritage and this has been passed down from generations. The wide blend of techniques and cultural heritage in Nigerian textiles as an art form is what has given birth to the project ili.

ili brings to light an avenue for people to know and learn the process behind making these fabrics. The awareness and documentation of the traditional processes leads to sustainability and ensures preservation of its authenticity through coming generations.

ili draws attention to instilling values which translates and affects the fundamental sense of self. This promotes a sense of ownership especially to the younger generation as they get to know their origin. It also develops an emotional connection and balance amongst people. This collection promotes harmony and unity as it showcases the common techniques and ideas that go into the creation of fabrics from the different regions explored.

 ili, a visual expose of artistic expressions in Nigerian textiles is an augmented reality of the beauty in fabrics rich in cultural heritage. Using the human form as a canvas, these pieces present the Nigerian story through distinct markings on the subject’s body, creating a skin-deep illustration of

the body and the fabric in unison.

ili also means “cloth” in Idoma, a tribe in the middle belt of Nigeria, Benue. The middle is significant as it is the point that binds all the parts of the country together. In these parts and its diversities, ili explores the many colors and artistic expressions in the daily and social endeavors of Nigerian ethnic groups where there is an underlying connection deeply rooted in the various cultural, ceremonial, and even spiritual fabrics.

Beyond the relationship that exists between the cultures and fabrics, ili wants you to enjoy the beauty and intricacies of the fabrics as expressed by the cultures.

To attend the exhibition, RSVP here https://forms.gle/ZmPRurrggZcftoom8