Google launches People Cards to help Africans boost Google Search visibility

Google people card

Google today introduced a new mobile-only feature that makes people more discoverable on Google Search.  People Cards allow people to create their presence on Search in the form of a card (similar to a Google Search Knowledge Panel) that includes all the details they want other people to have about them. “For many people,“ says Olumide Balogun, Head of Consumer Apps, Sub Saharan Africa at Google, “whether they’re content creators, business professionals, or just wanting to stand out from the crowd — having an online presence is important. “For those…

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Ecobank to empower 100,000 entrepreneurs with SME agency banking campaign

ecobank

Ecobank Nigeria has launched Smart Small And Medium Enterprise (SME) Agency Banking campaign targeted at empowering 100,000 entrepreneurs under the Ecobank SME and Agency Banking proposition. Emeka Agada, head of SME, Ecobank Nigeria, said the initiative was introduced in line with the bank’s commitment to support the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) vision for financial inclusion across the country. Aside improving financial inclusion, he said the campaign also aims to create self-employment for new entrepreneurs and help diversify income streams of existing small businesses across Nigeria. Agada…

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Minister: FG waives N1.3trn in import duty, VAT

Minister: FG waives N1.3trn in import duty, VAT

The Federal Government yesterday, said it has waived import duty and Value Added Tax, VAT, valued at about N1.3 trillion in addition to other incentives in nine years to 2019. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this during a one day sensitization seminar on automation of the Import Duty Exemption Certificate (IDEC) processes organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service in Kano. The Minister, represented by the Kano State Commissioner of Finance, Shehu Na’allah, while giving the breakdown, said within…

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Qatar begins flights to Abuja, invests in fuel-efficient planes

Qatar Airways has commenced flight services to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in a three weekly frequency from Doha. This becomes the carrier’s sixth new destination by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the pandemic. The Abuja service will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. Qatar Airways Vice-President, Africa, Mr. Hendrik Du Preez, said: “We are excited to land in the capital of Nigeria today, our second destination…

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Investdata’s Golden Stocks For 2020 Returns 28.7% On Average

Golden Stocks by Investdata

Ahead of its Invest 2021 Summit slated for December 5, 2020, tagged “New Opportunities and New Paths To Profit,” Investdata Consulting Ltd at the weekend said its Golden Stocks recommended to participants at last year’s edition has returned 28.7% average, despite the economic downturn seen in the period under review. The summit, slated for December 5, 2020, will hold virtually from 10am prompt. Growth champions among the recommended stocks, included seven that yielded 30% and more returns, led by United Capital, which made its shareholders 109.21% richer. Specifically, United Capital’s share…

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Africa’s aviation sky could clear before other markets; expert explains why

Africa’s aviation sky could clear before other markets; expert explains why

The global health crisis continues to take its toll on the aviation industry, creating uncertainty for airlines around the world. However, the African market is primed to be well-positioned for recovery. A former Africa World Airlines (AWA) COO, Sean Mendis, spoke about how carriers across the continent would fare following the pandemic. Notably, African governments and airlines had to improvise on a home-grown solution, and they began to do that by June 2020 with a travel testing regime. Over 40 African countries have now been able to open their borders…

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NSE opens week with N82bn gain

Investors gain N8.21trn

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) opened the week with positive trading on Monday resulting in N82 billion gain for investors in the domestic equities market. Specifically, the All Share Index (NS) which is the tracker of share prices in the market notched a 0.45 per cent increase to close 35,042.14 basis points while the aggregate value of equity investment in the market hit N18.31 trillion. The performance was supported by significant interest in AIRTELAFRI (+10.0 per cent) from foreign investors, as they exploited the fungible stock as a means of…

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New Telegraph’s Akintaro wins Most Outstanding ICT Reporter of the Year

ADA Awards

The Head of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), E-Business Desk of New Telegraph Newspaper, Samson Akintaro, has been named the Most Outstanding of the Year at the 2020 edition of the Africa Digital Award (ADA). At the award ceremony which was held in Lagos at the weekend, Akintaro emerged the winner after a thorough assessment of the quality and depth of ICT reportage by ICT reporters in Nigeria across publications. ADA is a Pan-African award that recognises outstanding contributions to the development of the ICT industry. Attended by the creme de…

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NSE migrates 4 companies from ASEM to Growth Board

How local investors stimulate N1.03trn share deals in 2020 – Onyema

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has migrated four listed companies from the Alternative Securities Market (ASeM) to the Growth Board as it launched launch the associated Growth Board Index on Monday. The migrated companies are Chellarams Plc, Living Trust Mortgage Plc, McNichols Plc, and The Initiates Plc. The management of the bourse explained in a press statement made available to Business Metrics that the migration follows the receipt of applications from the companies requesting to be migrated from ASeM, and consequent screening and approval by the National Council of The…

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UBA gets double honours at BAFI Awards

UBA at BAFI Awards

Wins Best Bank of the Year, International Bank of the Year _____________________________ Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, carted two highly coveted laurels at the BusinessDay’s Bank and other Financial Institutions Awards (BAFI) winning the Bank of the Year and the International Bank of the Year at the glamorous event held over the weekend. The bank beat other strong contenders – Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and First Bank – to clinch the two top categories in a well-attended ceremony comprising of Bank CEO’s, Captains…

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