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Trading house Aiteo is behind on its payments to its financial partners meaning its role as operator of OML 29, bought in 2014 for $2.5 billion from Shell, could be on the line.


According to our information, on December 31, Aiteo was unable to pay an instalment on its loan from a group of Nigerian banks, which the trader still owes over $1 billion. As we revealed, the 18-month grace period Aiteo founder and chief executive officer Benedict Peters was able to negotiate with the banks in 2016 expired in June 2018. The trader was able to clear its June and September instalments but failed to pay in December. Peters, who has been based in Accra since Muhammadu Buhari‘s arrival to power in 2015, appears confident about the chances of keeping the block and being able to renegotiate new terms with the banks. The company CFO, Razak Shittu, who previously worked for United Bank for Africa (UBA), will be helping Peters handle the file.

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In the interim, Aiteo could be facing a much more bothersome obstacle. As it stands, the company’s contract for OML 29 will expire on July 1. To validate a 20-year extension, Peters first needs to pay outstanding royalties, set at 18.5%, to the Nigerian state. These are regularly paid after the deadline. Once again, Peters seems certain that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) will grant him an extension. The tycoon’s extensive network has far from vanished under Buhari’s administration although he no longer has the advantage of the good relations that he enjoyed with former president Goodluck Jonathan and his powerful petroleum resources minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

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Aiteo also continues to be hit by increasing levels of crude oil thefts, now said to be in the realm of 40% of an output of 80,000 bpd. When the situation began to reach critical levels four years ago, the business magnate did not find a solution. No significant measures were taken to secure an alternative route to the Nembe Creek Trunk Line that connects OML 29 to OML 18 and the Bonny terminal controlled by the Dutch major Shell.

The businessman did hold several meetings with specialists on what could be done to bypass this theft-prone pipeline prone.

Aiteo appears to have not been working any of the potential alternatives. Yet, even production figures are to be taken with caution as it seems there is no reliable meter installed at the wellhead.


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Ugo Set To Take Music Industry By Storm





German-based Nigerian music artiste, Ugo, has started the year with a bang, as he recently dropped a new single titled ‘Life Is Banana’.

The song is currently receiving positive reviews among Afrobeat music lovers.

Off the current rave from ‘Life Is Banana’ single, he has also revealed plans for future collaborations.

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Known to have consistently dropped singles since making his debut in 2014, the Ihitenansa, Imo State-born artiste is proud of his roots, as he maintains his real name, “Ugonna” and plays a vibe which crisscrosses between local and international vibes.

Already working on an RnB song likely to be released on 14 February, there is no doubt that lovers of good music will be hearing more from the artiste this year through his thrilling melody and sensational rhythm that has seen him maintaining his consistency.

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Galaxy Of Stars As Adenuga, Otedola, Wigwe Shine





The trio of Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, and Herbert Wigwe share one thing in common, they are excellent in their individual businesses.

Over the years, Adenuga has turned Globacom into one of the leading telecommunication outfits in Africa, while Otedola has gone from being a success in the oil and gas industry to forging new frontiers in the energy industry.


Otunba Mike adenuga, CEO Globacom Limited

On his part, Wigwe has led Access Bank from a mere middle-level bank to an enviable financial institution providing support for the most elitist businesses.

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Such is the achievements of these men that they couldn’t have gone unnoticed.


The business and personal excellence of the trio got celebrated recently when they picked up medals at the prestigious Thisday Award presentation.

While Adenuga was celebrated as Entrepreneur of the Decade, his firm, Globacom won the brand category. Otedola and Wigwe were celebrated with the former emerging Philanthropist of the Decade. Access Bank’s Wigwe emerged Banker of the Decade as his financial institution.

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has been named 2019 “Best Mobile Banking App” and “Fastest Growing Retail Bank” winner  by Global Business Outlook. The Global Business Outlook Award recognises and rewards excellence in business in companies across the world, both in the public and private sectors. The award rewards innovation, creativity and the drive to create value.

FirstBank earned the Fastest Growing Retail Bank recognition because of its leading role in promoting financial inclusion in the country, a drive which has resulted in its 44,000 Agent Banking network designed to complement the provision of bespoke financial services at its over 750 branches nationwide.

It also won the Best Mobile Banking App award thanks to its Firstmobile banking app’s capability at performing a wide range of financial transactions in a safe, adaptable, futuristic and efficient manner. The user friendly app is widely renowned for its ease of navigation and state of the art security features to mitigate risk against fraud.

In the course of 2019, FirstBank bagged numerous awards across various areas of its business operations. The awards comprise Women Empowerment Category – Sustainable Banking Awards by CBN Bankers Committee, Best Private Bank in Nigeria 2019 by Global Finance Magazine and World Finance Magazine respectively; Best Process Automation Initiative, Application or Programme by Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services; Best Banking Brand Nigeria 2019 by Global Brands Magazine; Best Retail Bank in Nigeria by Global Banking and Finance Review and Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards respectively; Cashless Driver: Highest Volume in Bill Payments and Highest Transaction Volume in Real-Time Payments by CBN Electronic Payments Incentive Scheme (EPIS) – Efficiency Awards; Long Service Corporate Award by Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Best Financial Inclusion Program – Nigeria 2019 and Bank of The Year – Nigeria 2019  by International Investor, amongst many others.

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Speaking on the awards, Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Bank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications said, ”We appreciate the recognition of these awards by the respective awarding bodies. The awards are dedicated to all our customers across the globe as their continued patronage of our services is appreciated. We remain steadfast and would not rest on our laurels at rendering bespoke financial services tailored to meet the financial needs of our valued customers, irrespective of where they may be.”


About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa with its impact woven into the fabric of society. The Bank which has been sustaining its development-oriented services for over 125 years as the region’s foremost financial inclusion services provider, offers a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services through more than 44,000 business outlets to over 17 million customer accounts.

As a national icon and an international player, FirstBank is one of the most enduring financial services brands in Africa with international footprints extending through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

FirstBank has been nimble at promoting a digital economy in Africa and has issued over 10 million cards, the first bank to achieve such milestone in Nigeria. FirstBank’s financial inclusion and cashless transaction drive have resulted in over 228 million users on its USSD banking service through the nationally acclaimed *894# banking service and over 3.4 million users on its Firstmobile platform.

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Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers, focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank, one of Africa’s most sustainable financial services brands, provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for eight consecutive years (2011 – 2018) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

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