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NBC Launches Plastic Recycling Bank in Lagos

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As part of its commitment to driving its global World Without Waste agenda, the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) on Thursday June 17, in partnership with RecyclePoints, a waste recycling and social benefit organization, commissioned a Plastic Recycling Bank.

The recycling bank, which is located at its Ikeja Manufacturing Plant in Lagos, will help ensure that post-consumer PET plastics are collected and recycled.

The company, along with its partner, Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd, has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle the challenge of improperly disposed plastic waste in the country; forging partnerships and alliances with waste collectors, industry leaders, governments, NGOs, waste aggregators, development agencies, and consumers to address the issue.

Speaking at the Recycling Bank launch event, Managing Director of NBC, Matthieu Seguin, said “The world has a packaging waste problem, and our ‘World Without Waste’ vision aims to help address it, and we want to help lead the way. Our position is, we want our bottles back. For every bottle we produce, we want it back. It has many advantages for the environment. We believe every package has value and life beyond its initial use and should be collected and recycled into either a new package or another beneficial use.”

He further highlighted some measures that the company has taken to support its World Without Waste agenda saying, “we have taken steps such as light weighting our beverage packaging to conserve materials and reduce our packaging footprint, we have invested in redesigning all our primary and secondary packaging materials to be 100% recyclable.

Recently we changed our Sprite Bottle from Green to clear bottle to make it 100% recyclable and easier to recycle.

Thirdly, we are driving the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) initiative, in collaboration with other industry stakeholders under Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA). We will be scaling up this intervention, with the establishment of more recycling banks in other parts of the country. This is the first of seven recycling banks which NBC will be commissioning this year alone”

Seguin, who is the current chairman of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), an industry coalition dedicated to building a sustainable recycling economy for food and beverage packaging waste, also made a case for sustainable partnerships, noting that the collaboration with RecyclePoints is also helping to bridge the unemployment and gender inclusion gap in Nigeria. Seguin explained that, “our partnership with RecyclePoints, will create about 2,000 new jobs, the majority of which would mostly be taken up by women and youth in the society”. 

Also speaking at the event, Managing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Alfred Olajide, remarked on Coca-Cola’s plan to address the improper plastic disposal challenge. “Working in partnership with NBC, our bottling partners and the Coca-Cola Foundation we have made giant strides towards making sure that we help rid the world of the menace of plastic packaging problems”.
“We have invested directly and indirectly in initiatives that help drive a circular economy for plastics through investments in recycling banks, by enabling recyclers to expand their activities and so on. This all stems from our commitment that by 2030, we want to collect back an empty bottle or can for each one that we put in the market. What we are doing here today is a demonstration that this goal is possible,” Olajide said.

He commended NBC and RecyclePoints for the partnership which he noted will lead to a cleaner Nigeria. “What is delightful for me is that we are walking the talk with this initiative.
The Assistant General Manager, Special Duties, who represented the Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Kemi Sulaiman, echoed similar reports.

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Pepsi Naija Spices Up AMVCA Runway Show with Confam Fashion

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Pepsi Naija Spices Up AMVCA Runway Show with Confam Fashion

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As part of its contribution to driving pop culture in Nigeria, Pepsi Naija in partnership with Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) showcased a Pepsi-inspired collection at the first-ever AMVCA Runway show.

Ten super talented young fashion designers who participated in the show designed a Pepsi-inspired collection. Their designs incorporated the brand colors, logo, and other elements that represent the brand – authenticity, passion, and youth.

The keenly contested show saw Sophie Nwabunike and Obinna Omeruo emerge, as winners, each taking home, a N1 million cash prize to the delight of fashion designers, influencers, content creators in attendance, and Nigeria’s ace designer, Mai Atafo, who was the host of the event.

In addition to the spectacular display of fashion, Pepsi Naija in its usual style brought Confam Gbedu to the event with a thrilling performance by R&B group, Styl Plus. They got the crowd singing along to their classic hits.

Some of the attendees at the event were BBNaija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; Nigerian Fashion guru, Denola Grey; popular model and TV presenter, Idia Aisien and on-air personality, Stephanie, Noble Igwe, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, and Adebayo Oke-Lawal.

Pepsi Naija sponsored AMVCA Runway Show to celebrate and promote ingenuity among African fashion creatives. Pepsi Naija is renowned for its age-long affiliation with Nigerian music and growing pop culture. Going by the colorful delivery of the Runway Show, the initiative is undoubtedly one that will further endear the brand to entertain audiences across the country. 

The AMVCA Runway Show is part of activities leading up to the 8th AMVCA Night scheduled for Saturday, May 14. You can tune in live on Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv, from 400 pm WAT.

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Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

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Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

…“At Glo, it is all about empowerment and value addition,”

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Globacom, the telecommunications powerhouse, has brought renewed excitement to television screens and online platforms with its recently unveiled suite of adverts.

The adverts provide information on how subscribers can link their National Identity Number (NIN) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) on the Glo network.

Commenting on the launch of the adverts, the company noted that the Glo NIN Offer is a one-time bonus offer applies only to customers who were barred from making outgoing calls on the Glo network as directed by regulatory authorities due to NIN non-compliance.

Once subscribers link their NIN to their SIMS, they will get a N20,000 bonus which can be used to call, browse and text on the network.

At Glo, it is all about empowerment and value addition,” the statement continued. ”This is our welcome package to subscribers we have missed on the network.”

The adverts see a return to form for the telecommunications company with celebrity and influencer-led commercials that are heavy on humor.

Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

Riding on a mix of the old and modern, the adverts mine the town crier trope to great effect while the use of celebrities helps to heighten viewer engagement.

The adverts that are enjoying airplay on television and online platforms feature actors and actresses like Tina Mba, Patience “Mama Gee” Ozokwor, Victor Osuagwu, Mercy Johnson, Osas Ighodaro, Damilola Adegbite, Odunlade Adekola, Timini Egbuson, Yvonne Jegede and Jide Awogbona amongst others. Comedians Gordon, Funky Mallam, Dan D Humorous, and MC Forever are featured alongside skit maker, Broda Shaggi. At the same time, musical artists Simi, Teni, and Dija are also part of the cast of the funny, riveting, and highly informative adverts.

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Adamawa, Jigawa Shine In The Savanna Conference Of The 22nd Milo

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Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Two outstanding teams – Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State, and Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State have emerged champions in the boys and girls categories respectively at the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

The girls from Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State, outclassed their Government Girls Secondary School, Bukavu, Kano State counterparts 20 to 8 to emerge champions in the girl’s category while the boys from Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State won by 51 to 23 against the boys from Nigeria Tulip International College, Yobe, Yobe State in the boy’s category.

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship
Funmilola Oyewole, Category Development Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC addressing participants of the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Arinze Nancy Nicholas, coach of Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State sharing her excitement on behalf of her team for emerging winners of the competition, said “I have had the dream of winning this trophy since 2016, and today, I am happy that this dream has come to pass. I am also happy that we have qualified for the finale in Lagos. We are optimistic that we can also come to Lagos to win in the national finals.”

Category Manager for Beverages, Nestlè Nigeria, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji, reiterated Nestle’s commitment to developing talents, enforcing a healthier lifestyle, and instilling values and lessons for success through sports. He said, “MILO, firmly believes that through participation in sports, children learn life values that help them on their journey to success.

“We are therefore happy to continue to provide this opportunity of the MILO Secondary School Basketball Championship where these young ones can continue to find the opportunities for developing qualities including leadership skills, ability to work in a team, perseverance, courage, self-belief, and respect through their participation. In a nutshell, ‘the GRIT you learn in sport, you keep for life’. We are grateful to all who supported us to make another successful championship.

The Savanna Conference was hosted at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano from the 8th to 12th of May 2022. The States that make up this Conference are Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Zamfara, and host Kano. Others are Gombe, Katsina, Bauchi and Jigawa.

The Champions in both the male and female categories of this Conference will compete with winners from the other three Conferences (Central- Ilorin: 14th – 20th May, Equatorial – Enugu: 21st – 27th May, Western Ibadan: 28th May – 3rd June) in the national final at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium in Surulere, Lagos from May 26 to June 30, 2022.

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship
Wassim El-Husseini, MD/CEO Nestlé Nigeria PLC.

For over 2 decades, MILO has emphasized the importance of grit to teach schoolchildren vital life values such as determination, tenacity, endurance, perseverance, teamwork, and self-confidence. These values help them on their journey to succeed in life.

Nestlè will continue to spearhead grassroots sports development in Nigeria through its purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come. The next conference of the Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship – Central Conference – will take place in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital from 14th – 20th May 2022.

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