Pan African Financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has announced that 10 of its loyal customers will get a chance to win N1,000,000 each, in the ongoing UBA Savings Promo which is scheduled to hold on to May 7, 2021 at the bank’s corporate head office, in Lagos.
The glamorous event, that featured dances, dance drama and initiation to stage, held at the Labi Oasis Theatre, Ikorodu, with a rich mixture of both the old and youngsters in the Nigerian movie industry, who came to lend support to one of their own.
The roll call of the mixture include the Director General of the National Film And Video Censors Board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Otunba Adebayo Salami, Prince Jide Kosoko, Segun Ogungbe, Rammy Shitabey and Tajudeen Gbadamosi (Coach).
Others are Eniola Ajao, Prince Adewale Ajayi, Keppy Ekpeyong, Peace Anyiam, Chief Mrs Oyewumi Esusi, Yemi Sonde, Kola Olaiya, Sesan Adio (Ojoge)
Also present were Kemi Korede, Adekola Tijani (Golugo), Olu Olowogemo (Harijan), Debo Alexander, Toyosi Adesanya, Taiwo Ibikunle and Wole Ojojolu, the Chairman of TAMPAN, Ikorodu chapter.
The event, according to Sola Kosoko Abina, was for her an epoch making one, as it is a major milestone in her journey to fulfill one of her major passion in life, developing talents and helping young people in the society to have a reason for living and building a lifetime career.
Speaking at the event, Sola Kosoko Abina said: “Dat Unique Academy is a culmination of years of my involvement in the training and development of youngsters in the movie industry, albeit informally.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity and privilege to mold the ambition and careers of several youngsters who have passion for the movie industry.
These youngsters usually approach me with their interest in the movie industry, and as someone with the heart to mentor the younger generation, I was always willing to take them in, make them follow me to locations, in what became an on the job training.
“At several times, I tried referring some to my colleagues for training but most times, these youngsters insist on learning through me.
I continued with this model for a long time but later decided to discontinue it because it became a big burden on me, as I had to constantly foot their bills, since many of them were indigent trainees. Things like accommodation for both male and female, feeding and at times transport fare were borne by me. It was indeed a great burden on my lean resources.
“As the informal training model was put on hold, the idea and urge to float a formal training school became more pressing in my heart. This is because I see the training of youngsters who have passion for our industry as my own way of giving back and impacting the society positively.
“I believe it is easier to stem youth restiveness and redeem some of our youths from going astray if we can get them trained and actively engaged in the industry.
So for me, it was a dream to ensure that our youth population have access to quality training that will equip them for a lifetime career, and also stop people who are not trained from dominating the industry and continue to constitute a nuisance as the case has been.
“After much foot dragging, I finally decided to set up the training with with the sole purpose of giving a comprehensive theatre training. It was founded in January 2020 and it is located in Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos.
“What we are doing today is the celebration of a vision; a vision to take our youths out of the streets and set them on a sure footing that will make them responsible members of the society and secure a platform to build a career that will last them a lifetime.”
The wave making actress however called on well meaning Nigerians, at home and in Diaspora to partner with the academy in fulfilling its mandate, which is youth empowerment and development. “I am therefore using this opportunity to call on Nigerians both at home and in Diaspora, who have the means to partner with Dat Unique Academy in the training of our youths.
The future of our nation rests squarely on this young people and whatever we can do to set them on a solid pedestal must be done. The vision of the academy is not what we can actualise alone, we need your support in anyway you can”, she said.
Speaking further on the next plan of the academy, Sola Kosoko Abina said a new session is billed to start before the end of April, 2021 for a six month course in Acting, Script Writing, Directing, Dance, Cinematography, Editing, Make up and Music.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
10 Customers Set To Become Millionaires In UBA Savings Promo
This unique promo intends to appreciate loyal customers of the bank, who have stayed with the bank over the years, and will also offer fresh opportunities for potential and intending customers to join the growing number of UBA millionaires who have in the past benefitted from the ongoing Promo.
To qualify for the draws, new and existing customers of the bank are expected to save N10,000 monthly or N30,000 at once for 3 months; before each draw date. Savings account holders eligible for this draw include Target, Bumper, Next Gen, Savings, Teens & Kiddies).
Some past winners who cut across all regions of the country and have previously benefitted from the promo include; Nnadumije, Ebube Dawn; Onwochei Christiana Okwukwe; Eze Mathias Nnaji; Christian N Orie; Uka, Okwudiri; Okata Stephen Uche; Okafor Onyinye Esther; Nwanekezi Chimezie Jude; Ayomide V Yahaya and Olanegan, Oyetunde Keji.
Others are Emmanuel Onu Chidozie; Mohammed Fatima; Aminu, Mustapha; James Nanre; Pahinti Albert; Emmanuel O Adeniji; Jaki Movihinze Mercy; Saminu Muritala Mohammed; Ezeh Raphael Uballa; Uchenna Iheji. Already the winners have claimed their cash prizes and are currently spreading the news so others can take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity.
Speaking ahead of the forthcoming draw, UBA’s Head, Personal Banking, Ogechi Altraide, said that without a doubt, UBA’s passion for the growth and overall success of its customers cannot be overemphasized, adding that this has consistently been proven in numerous ways. She explained that the bank has consistently invested in cutting edge technology to improve its service delivery and its overall aim of delighting customers.
She said: “With customer-centric promos like the UBA Savings Promo, we have created an ever increasing list of millionaires who continue to join the UBA customer millionaire club. For this edition of the promo, we decided to pick the month of May, which is the month that workers are celebrated across the world for their efforts at contributing to the growth of the economy. We know that this promo will put lasting smiles on the faces of our customers and will also assure them that UBA truly values them,” Altraide said.
UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke, spoke of UBA’s continuous commitment to give back to its customers especially during these challenging economic periods, where people need all the support they can get to make life more meaningful.
“With this in mind we decided to prioritise them in as we always do at UBA, by giving them plenty to cheer about and that is the reason for the Promo. I have been privileged to visit some of the customers who won in January, and we were more than fulfilled to see happiness and gratitude on the faces of the lucky ones when their cash prizes were presented to them. That feeling is special.
So I enjoin those who are yet to join the winning team, to do so. You never can tell, the next big millionaire could be you,” Aneke said.
United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-one million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.
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