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Nestlé Improves Livelihood, Commissions Another WASH Project In Ogun State School

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Nestlé Improves Livelihood, Commissions Another WASH Project In Ogun State School

…“We recognize the fact that water and sanitation are essential to life and wellbeing” – Uwadoka

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Learners and Educators of the All Saints Primary School Owode now have access to water and sanitation as Nestlé recently commissioned WASH facilities in the school.

The facilities will serve over 500 individuals including educators, learners, and families within the community is further evidence of the company’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life and building thriving communities closest to her operations.

Speaking at the event, Nestlé Nigeria’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka, said, “We recognize the fact that water and sanitation are essential to life and wellbeing. They are, therefore, at the core of improving livelihood in any community. This is why Nestlé Nigeria has been at the forefront of actions to increase access to water and sanitation facilities in the communities closest to its operations, especially in the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) beneficiary schools.

The project we are commissioning today brings the total number of Nestlé donated Community WASH facilities in Ogun State to 14. This is one more step towards attaining our objective of making access to water a reality in every school within the N4HK program in support of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG-6), which is ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. We will continue to work with our partners, especially the Ogun State Universal Education Board, SUBEB to increase availability.”

Nestlé for Healthier Kids is a school-based nutrition and health education program built on four pillars: Healthy Nutrition, Healthy Hydration, Physical Activity, and Hygiene. Victoria explained that Hygiene, being one of the pillars of N4HK, cannot be taught or practiced without basic water and sanitation facilities on site.

In his remarks at the commissioning, the Board Chairperson of Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, said: “It is gratifying to note that this worthwhile project which is one of many embarked upon by Nestlé in continuation of the company’s commitment to ensure that all the 20 schools within the Nestlé for Healthier Kids program are provided with water and sanitation facilities to promote healthier lives among the children.”

Dr. Majekodunmi then called on the PTA as well as the school authorities to judiciously utilize and ensure that the facilities are well secured and preserved for continuous use.

On his part, the Honorable Commissioner of Education, Science, and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, ably represented by Mr. Oluwatosin Sofoluwe, DeputyZonal Education Officer for Obafemi Owode, while commending Nestlé for partnering with the Ogun State Government on the provision of facilities for public schools, stated that children’s ability to learn can be affected by inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions.

Nestlé Improves Livelihood, Commissions Another WASH Project In Ogun State School
Leaners of All Saints Primary School Owode in Ogun State, using the newly commissioned facility.
Nestlé Improves Livelihood, Commissions Another WASH Project In Ogun State School
Left-Right: Mr. Oluwatosin Sofoluwe, Deputy Zonal Education Officer for Obafemi Owode, representing the Ogun State Honorable Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu. Mr. Sola Ogunbo, Program Manager, Ogun State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, Executive Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications, and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Gbenga Oladunjoye, Factory Manager, Nestlé Flowergate Factory.

Also speaking at the event, the Program Manager, Ogun State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Mr. Sola Ogumbo commended Nestlé’s support and investments in building thriving communities, particularly in the WASH sector of the state. He stated that this aligns with the commitment of the Ogun State Government to meet SDG goal 6, ensuring water and sanitation for all by 2030.

On their part, the primary 5 students of the school expressed their appreciation of the provision of WASH facilities within the school premises.

Know More About Nestle: Nestlé is the Good Food, Good Life company that has been a force for good since its inception over 150 years ago. In line with her creating shared value principles, Nestlé Nigeria touches thousands of lives across her value chain daily. The Company invests in various projects to improve livelihoods within the communities closest to its operations.

An estimated 100 million Nigerians are said to still lack basic sanitation facilities and 63 million do not have access to improved sources of drinking water, underscoring the need for consistent multi-stakeholder action to increase access.

Over the past 3 years, Nestlé Nigeria has delivered projects aimed at providing clean and safe drinking water as well as WASH facilities for individuals, families, and communities where the company operates. In this period, 11 WASH projects have been donated in Ogun State and Abaji within the FCT.

In 2021 alone, the company commissioned four water and sanitation facilities in schools around her operations, reaching over 1,600 learners and educators.

Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 59 years, the company has been delighting consumers around Nigeria by consistently delivering high-quality nutritious food.

With a staff strength of over 2,200 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices, and a head office located in Lagos, the company produces and markets several iconic brands including NESTLÉ PURELIFE, GOLDEN MORN, MILO, MAGGI, and NESCAFÉ.

Nestlé’s purpose is to unlock the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.

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2022 Pitcher Awards: Noah’s Ark Emerged Best Agency In Nigeria, Second In Africa

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Noah’s Ark Emerged Best Agency In Nigeria, Second In Africa

…clinches 29 awards

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Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Nigeria’s leading creative powerhouse and one of the most awarded communication agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, has once again proved its creative dexterity by emerging as the best agency in Nigeria and second in Africa at the just concluded 2022 Pitcher awards.

The award-winning agency carted 29 laurels in different awards categories, winning 1 Grand Prix, 1 Gold, 9 Silver, and 18 Bronze medals to emerge as the second-best decorated agency in Africa and the agency of the year in Nigeria. The feat also saw the agency adjudged as the Entertainment Agency of the Year.

Some of the campaigns that won the laurels for the agency include Terrible Teens, a webcomic, Ten Commandments Ad, Rainmaker and Home Broadband Ghost for Airtel, Independence Candle, and Airtel Family Plan-Know Your Size, and Detty December for Hypo Bleach among others.

Noah’s Ark Emerged Best Agency In Nigeria, Second In Africa
Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Lanre Adisa

The World Toilet Day Ad for Hypo won the Grand Prix in the Use of Music category, while Rainmaker Ad won Gold in the entertainment film for Airtel’s Data is Life campaign.

Speaking on the achievements, the Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Lanre Adisa, attributed the success achieved by the agency to its resilience and unwavering commitment to delivering creative works for its clients, as well as the steadfast support and collaborative disposition of the clients.

“We are highly excited about this big win. This means a lot to us as an agency, and we are proud of the clients we have worked with to deliver these excellent works. We are grateful to them for providing the necessary support to churn out creative ideas that have won us these awards. This achievement is significant to our quest to change the face of advertising in Nigeria and globally”, Adisa said.

He expressed profound appreciation to the team for their readiness and dedication to push beyond the limits of creativity in delivering solutions that meet the clients’ business needs.

While applauding the clients for creating the enabling environment for the agency’s ideas to thrive, he explained that it would continue to partner with clients to help their businesses grow and deliver expected returns.

In his remarks, Executive Creative Director, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Abolaji Alausa, described the milestone achievement as a huge honour that would motivate the agency to continue raising the bar of excellence in Nigeria and the global advertising community.  

Noah’s Ark Emerged Best Agency In Nigeria, Second In Africa
Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Lanre Adisa

Also speaking on the growing exploit of the agency, Chief Operating Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Ekeno Eyo, noted that this achievement is a clear testament to the superior value and quality of the creative work that the agency has brought to bear on the businesses of its clients, noting that these awards would, no doubt, etch its name in history as the most outstanding creative agency in Nigeria.

The Pitcher Awards are part of activities to celebrate Creativity Week in Africa as a precursor to the Cannes Lions Festival program of CHINI Production that brings together professionals and students from all spheres of Marketing Communications in Africa. 

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Milo Basketball Championship Central Conference Ends In Ilorin As Benue, FCT Win

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Milo Basketball Championship Central Conference ends in Ilorin as Benue
and FCT Win

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Akpur College, Gboko, Benue State, and Government Secondary School, Karu, FCT have emerged champions in the girls and boys categories respectively at the Central Conference of the 22nd Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

In the girl’s category, Akpur College, Gboko, Benue State defeated their Queen Amina College, Sabon-Tasha, Kaduna State counterparts 35 to 31 to emerge champions while the boys from Government Secondary School, Karu, FCT outclassed their Father O’Conel Science College, Minna, Niger State opponents 34 to 23 in a thrilling encounter.

Milo Basketball Championship Central Conference Ends In Ilorin As Benue, FCT Win
Funmilola Oyewole – Category Development Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC addressing participants of the Central Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship at the Ilorin Township Stadium.

Speaking on this 2nd of the four series Conferences, Category Manager for Beverages, Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji said, “At MILO, we believe that through participation in sports, children learn grit and imbibe values that help them on their journey to success in life. We are therefore committed to the MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship in Nigeria. We are delighted that we are able to return to the Championship after a break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to developing talents, enforcing a healthier lifestyle, and instilling values and lessons for success in life through this Championship. The MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship will continue to provide opportunities for developing qualities including leadership skills, ability to work in a team, perseverance, courage, self-belief, and respect in these young ones who participate. We are grateful to our partners – the Nigeria Schools Sports Federation (NSSF) and the National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NCSF) for their support over the last 22 editions”.

The Chairman of the Kwara State sports council Bolakale Adisa Mogaji, who was a special guest at the Conference finale said “I am a beneficiary of MILO sports development in Nigeria myself. I participated in the now rested MILO Squash Championship in Lagos many years ago. MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship is a very good development for all basketball players. As these students have gathered from different states for a bigger competition, they will be encouraged to take the sport more seriously and enjoy all the benefits of playing and participating. We thank MILO for continuing to be a pillar of sports in Nigeria.”

Milo Basketball Championship Central Conference Ends In Ilorin As Benue, FCT Win

The Central Conference was hosted at the Ilorin Township Stadium in the Kwara State capital from the 14th-20th of May 2022. The States that make up these Conferences are Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, and the host Kwara. Others are Benue, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto, and the F.C.T (Abuja). The Champions in both the male and female categories of this Conference will compete with winners from the Savanna Conference held in Kano from the 7th to 13th of May as well as the other two future Conferences – Equatorial Conference, Enugu: 21st – 27th May and Western Conferences, Ibadan: 28th May – 3rd June in the national final at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium in Surulere, Lagos from June 25 to July 01, 2022.

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, using the Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship as a platform.

Milo Basketball Championship Central Conference Ends In Ilorin As Benue, FCT Win

Nestlé will continue to support grassroots sports development in Nigeria in line with 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 22nd Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship – Equatorial Conference – will take place in Enugu from 21st-27th May 2022.

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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

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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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