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FirstBank Decemberissavybe: Top 11 Events To Rock Your December





Whenever the conversation is on financial inclusion in Nigeria, FirstBank leads the pack. With over 150,000 banking agents, a fully digital banking center, and other innovative solutions, the nation’s premier bank is surely doing a great job connecting Nigerians with access to convenient banking products and services.

But that’s not all. FirstBank is also enabling Nigerians to have the best of the yuletide and holiday season a year in year out. The bank is aiding its customers to create exciting memories and enjoy fun times with family and friends through their participation in glamorous musical shows, comedy, dance, drama, and other entertainment from A-list superstars and performers.

This is being coordinated via the FirstBank DecemberIssavybe initiative as it bankrolls top entertainment events for maximum pleasure throughout the month of December. 

To enjoy the premium concerts, stage plays, fashion, and food events; lucky customers and followers of the Bank’s social media pages – Facebook: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Instagram: @firstbanknigeria should look out for posts on how to participate in the ticket giveaways.

Here are the top 11 events that FirstBank is powering to rock your December.


Nigerian Grammy Award-winning superstar, Burna Boy will be at the Eko Convention Centre on Monday, December 27 lead other top singers to thrill music fans with many monsters hit songs like Kilometre, Questions, Ye, Want It All, and others.


Davido aka OBO will on Friday, December 24, shut Lagos down at his 10th-year anniversary concert at the glamorous Eko Convention Centre. David has been in the news for his extreme generosity which has got his fans loving upon him. The show will feature many other superstars. 


A 65 member (All Nigerian) cast and crew licensed adaptation of the global show live in Lagos showing between December 29, 2021, and Jan 2, 2022. It’s a show for the whole family; not just as the Only jukebox musical in Lagos this Christmas; it’s absolutely THE most “Ridiculously enjoyable” show to watch this holiday.


An adaptation of the original music created in 1998 by British theatre producer Judith Cramer, who engaged British playwright Catherine Johnson, to write a story woven around the multiple hit songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, composed by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The original story was carefully and skillfully adapted with a Nigerian nuance by seasoned theatre director Najite Dede. The Nigerian production is woven with shades of cultural colours, which are visible not just in the language and gesture but also in the costume, choreography, and characteristics, while the original soundtracks remain the same, this production infuses Abba’s music with local drums and percussions to deliver a distinctive Nigerian edition, resulting in an ecstatic euphoria from the Audience!


Live Theatre Lagos presents a musical stage play titled ‘A TrueChristmas Story’ which is an adaptation of the popular nativity story. This musical speculates how Joseph met Mary and the events leading to the birth of Jesus situating the story in our contemporary African milieu. The romantic comedy explores the themes of love, commitment, devotion, and communality. Christmas is a globally enjoyed holiday that traverses religion, gender, and age, and the play, A True Christmas Story captures the essence of the holiday which is love and sharing. This free-to-attend play provides fun for the audience and empowerment for the Cast and Crew.

#ATXS would feature brilliant thespians like Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka), Akah Nnani, NeduWazobiaFM. This epic theatre is interspersed with dance and spectacular music renditions ranging from Ballet to Soul, Acapella, Fuji, High Life, Funk, Galala, Shaku-Shaku, and Hip-Hop. It was held between 16th and 18th December 2021.


Africa Fashion Week Initiative of Nigeria is a catwalk, exhibition, and learning platform designed for the promotion of fresh and emerging designers. Africa Fashion Week Nigeria aims to revive the decline of local textile industries in Nigeria by the opening of the Adire Oodua Textile Hub in Ile-Ife, Osun State Nigeria.

The Adire Hub which was opened in March 2021, facilitates the production of natural dyes, locally sourced materials, old ancient methods, new technology to create Adire pieces. The Hub provides training to low-income women and youth in Ile-Ife and its environs. The Hub enables us to promote circular economies – from farm to fabric to fashion, to financing SMEs.


CULTURATI is a high-status fusion of cultural events, exhibitions, and award brands – cleverly tailored toward recognizing the tireless contributions of art luminaries in different creative endeavors. The 2021 edition was held on 3 December at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel.


The Black Tie Christmas Concert is a charitable event convened to raise funds for the music education of underprivileged children in orphanages that are of primary and secondary school age. The event was held on 19th December at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos.


The LivespotX Festival is a multi-day hybrid convergence of everything X-traordinaryX-citing, and Xclusive, that celebrates urban pop culture. We’re bringing a dynamic X-perience that is fully compliant with the current pandemic era we live in and targeted at a diverse audience with each concert day tailor-made to suit each group of attendees.

The festival includes a string of hybrid events (physical & virtual) that feature headline acts performing live, pristine sound, world-class lighting, immersive experiences, exotic cuisine, and much more. It is designed to meet and exceed the entertainment cravings of Nigerians especially during DettyDecember


In a very crowded entertainment market, Mainland laffs offers a refreshing approach to family entertainment. With this second edition, ML is establishing its number 1 position as the only comedy show in the country that is safe for parents and their wards. Tagged Family Comedy Show, which enables the entire family to enjoy an evening of fun, laughter, and entertainment with a variety of children virtuoso and comedic performances, stage plays, comic interludes, and much more…. Mainland laffs is a vision of the Trevent Company, and it is one of the fastest-growing family entertainment events in Nigeria. The event took place on 5 December at D’Podium International Event Centre, off Adeniyi Jones, Lagos


Fuji: A Opera explores the music genre and its sub-culture through archive footage, costume, memorabilia, and imagery. Fuji music takes centre stage at the maiden edition of Fuji: A Opera, which kicks off on Monday at the Alliance Francaise de Lagos/The Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. Pioneering Fuji founders such as General Ayinla Kollington, K1 De Ultimate, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, and other icons add colour at the commencement of the week-long event.


I Stand to Be Corrected is a stand-up comedy special targeted at the urban audience. Koffi Idowu-Nuel does a solo routine on subjects that relate to family, love, politics, education, etc. The event was held on the 11th of December at The Terra Kulture in Victoria Island.

Written by Bolaji Israel


Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors



Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of two directors to join its executive leadership team.

The company named Kemi Ariyo as the new Director of Information and Technology and Harmanpreet Singh Dhillon as Director of Network Transformation and Planning.

According to Airtel, both appointments are set to bring about a new era of innovation and growth within the business.

Speaking on the recent appointments, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Carl Cruz, said the notably experienced Kemi Ariyo will play a pivotal role in driving Airtel Nigeria’s digital transformation efforts and the company is pleased to elevate an excellent female leader within its ranks to the position.

On his part, Cruz stated that Mr. Harmanpreet will spearhead the telecom giant’s network transformation initiatives, geared towards strengthening its infrastructure and ensuring steady services for subscribers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kemi and Harmanpreet on board. Their in-depth expertise and experience will be invaluable in driving our technological transformation and delivering exceptional experiences to our over 60 million users. We are confident that, with their experience and expertise, Airtel will continue to innovate and stay ahead while developing cutting-edge solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” Cruz said.

Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors

Kemi Ariyo

Harmanpreet Singh Dhillon, the company revealed, brings an impressive background experience of over 23 years in the telecommunications industry and a passion for driving technological advancements.

Previously, he had served in various capacities across different organizations, including Vodafone, Nokia, Huawei, and was Chief Technology Officer at One Airtel in Karnataka, India, where he was responsible for leading the technology strategy, forecasting, expansion, operations, cost optimization, and capex planning for the networks team.

Kemi Ariyo also brings years of cross-industry and cross-continental career experience across the IT value chain with a track record of providing technical solutions geared towards service efficiency, customer experience, and business profitability.

Her contribution to Airtel started from her days as a Business Operations Analyst, under the management service at IBM, where she moved into several leadership roles until she fully joined Airtel in 2017.

Recall that Airtel recently completed the first batch of staff promotions for its financial year 2023/24. This promotion cycle saw the elevation of no fewer than 20 employees into senior leadership roles, out of whom three were women, and one out of these women was elevated to a vice president position.


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Airtel Nigeria Partners Top Device Manufacturers To Drive 5G Adoption



Airtel Nigeria Partners Top Device Manufacturers To Drive 5G Adoption

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Airtel Nigeria has announced its partnership with renowned manufacturers of 5G-enabled devices. The partnership is in line with Airtel’s commitment to enhance innovation, improve customer experience, and drive the adoption of 5G technology to transform various aspects of customers’ daily activities.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, the strategic partnership is not only to increase access to the latest technological advancements but also to encourage consumers to take advantage of the vast potential of 5G connectivity.

“Our partnership with leading 5G device manufacturers like Samsung, Tecno, and Infinix is a testament to Airtel’s commitment to providing our customers with access to the latest technological advancements. We believe that through this partnership, consumers will not only gain awareness about the potential of 5G but also access devices that enable them to fully embrace the benefits of this transformative technology,” he said.

A notable highlight of this partnership is the exclusive data package provided for users of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. For just 2000 naira, customers can enjoy a generous 10GB of data, allowing them to explore the vast potential of 5G connectivity.

Airtel’s partnership with smartphone manufacturers has also enabled the introduction of the lowest-priced 5G device in Nigeria such as the Samsung A14 5G, Samsung’s flagship fold and flip 5, Infinix Hot 30 5G, Tecno Camon 201 and Tecno Spark 101.


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Jumia Kicks Off Brands Festival 2023



Jumia Kicks Off Brands Festival 2023

…Consumers enjoy exclusive offers from several top brands

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Jumia, the leading e-commerce platform in Nigeria, has announced the launch of its annual brands festival campaign, targeted at promoting authentic products across a wide range of categories at the best prices directly from top brands on the platform.


The campaign tagged “Beta products, Beta savings,” starts on Monday, September 4th and will run through September 17th, 2023, offering millions of consumers nationwide the opportunity to buy original products from the official stores of several top brands such as Adidas, Oraimo, Nivea, Xiaomi, DeFacto, Tecno, Pernod Ricard, Infinix, Diageo, Itel, L’Oréal, Bacardi, Binatone, and Haier Thermocool.


In these challenging times, the essence of the Jumia Brands Festival takes on even greater significance. We are not only championing authentic products, but also making them accessible at the most competitive prices. We understand the constraints faced by today’s consumers – the need for quality products that don’t break the bank. Our collaboration with renowned international brands bridges the gap, ensuring that consumers can work within their budgets while obtaining genuine items,” said Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO Jumia Nigeria.


As a young Global Company, TECNO is in the process of rapid growth. Our target consumers are motivated and non-stop pursuing innovation. Bonding between brand and our target consumers, non-stop for Excellence,” said Thompson Ani, Brand Marketing Manager TECNO.


Consumers can take advantage of the amazing offers during the campaign by simply downloading the Jumia App. The campaign will feature Treasure Hunt, Brand Days, Deals of the Day, and Flash Sales, where consumers can get further discounts on a number of products. The campaign is also providing free shipping on a wide range of products to consumers within Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Warri, Benin, Abeokuta, Akure, and Port Harcourt.

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