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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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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

Olushola Okunlade Writes

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

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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