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Nestlé Nigeria Empowers Rural Women, Moves Project To South East

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Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” is our way of improving the livelihoods of women in the rural areas” – Khaled Ramadan

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In August 2021, Nestlé Nigeria launched “Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” which aims to help rural women retailers within the company’s value chain scales up their businesses to increase their household incomes.

The program was recently launched in Nsukka and Obolo-Afor, both in Enugu State to reach an additional 50 women retailers. This brings the number of beneficiaries to 150.

“Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” is designed to equip female distributors at the end of the pyramid to scale up to three times the size of their existing business over 3 months and to sustain the new level.

Speaking on Nestlé’s contributions to empowering women within her value chain, Mr. Khaled Ramadan, Commercial Manager for Nestlé Nigeria, said: “At Nestlé, we believe that by contributing to the health and wellbeing of our communities, we create shared value for all stakeholders while contributing to the growth of our business. “Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” is our way of improving the livelihoods of women in the rural areas by helping them scale their businesses to three times its current volume within three months. Our ambition is to empower 300 of these women who are retailers within our distribution channel.”

“We have received very positive feedback from the first 100 beneficiaries of the program that are based in the suburbs of Abuja and Osogbo. They are reporting faster turnover and increased revenue as well as stronger visibility of their business outlets within their locations. We are therefore confident that our intervention through training, mentorship, and product grants are the right mix for success. By improving the household incomes of the rural women, Nestlé is helping to improve their access to adequate nutrition, good healthcare, and good quality education for their families.”

The beneficiaries of the “Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” receive grants by way of Nestlé products valued at 300% of their current monthly sales. They also participate in training and mentorship programs that equip them with the requisite skills to scale up and sustain their businesses. These programs are delivered by the implementation partner, FDConsults which also works with each retailer over 3 months post-training to help them succeed. Each beneficiary retailer is linked to a one-on-one mentor for guidance and consistent support.

Nestlé Nigeria Empowers Rural Women, Moves Project To South East
Participants at the program.
Nestlé Nigeria Empowers Rural Women, Moves Project To South East
Nestlé Nigeria’s Commercial Manager, Khaled Ramadan.

Speaking on the outcome of the program so far, Mr. Phranklin Audu, Lead Trainer & Head of Partnerships at FDConsults, said: “It is a delight for me to see the progress already made by the beneficiaries of “Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project.” The reports of an increase in turnover and profit are very encouraging. Following the successful implementation of the first and second phases, I am happy that 50 more women are joining the program today.

FDConsults is privileged to be a part of this success story and remains focused on helping each beneficiary attain her highest potential. I encourage each participant here today to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to grow her business.”

FDConsults has a track record of helping rural dwellers access information and skills to improve their standards of living.

Mrs. Peace Eze, a beneficiary from Obolo-Afor in Enugu State, said: “I am very happy to have been selected to benefit from this program. I am going home with good news. With what we were taught today, I now have the knowledge to support my business to grow. With the help of the goods that Nestlé is also giving to us, I have everything I need to make my business succeed. I thank Nestlé for this important initiative, it will help all the women benefiting from the program a lot.”

The first phase of the “Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” which was launched in the suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory in August 2021 reached 50 beneficiaries while the second phase launched in Osogbo in October 2021 added 50 more women to the program. With this launch in Enugu State, the program now includes 150 beneficiaries, halfway to the target the company set for the initiative.

“Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria project” is one of the Company’s Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiatives to contribute towards building thriving communities by improving livelihoods.

Know More About Nestlé Nigeria: 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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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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Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

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…“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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