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Transcorp Hilton Abuja celebrates 30 year Anniversary




The award winning Transcorp Hilton Abuja hotel in Nigeria is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having officially opened its door to its first guest on the 21st of April, 1987. The iconic hotel, which has through the years, hosted Royalty, Presidents, Global leaders, celebrities and other dignitaries, gathered friends, partners, clients, its board members and staff to commemorate its legacy and rich history as a pioneer in Nigeria’s hospitality sector.


Built on 20 hectres of land, the 670 bedroom 5-star hotel began operations as Nicon Noga Hilton Hotel, a member of the Hilton family of brands.


To commemorate this milestone, Transcorp Hilton Abuja hosted a cocktail and dinner with an array of entertainment and activities, highlighting and celebrating the impact of Transcorp Hilton as an iconic landmark in Nigeria.


Speaking at the dinner, Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East and North Africa, Hilton Worldwide commended the Transcorp Hilton stating that its contribution to the brand equity and perception of Hilton Worldwide has been recognised all over the world.


“I would like to commend the entire hotel team for their incredible passion and commitment to delivering excellent experiences for our guests from around the world” he said.


Since its opening Transcorp Hilton Abuja, has played host to numerous high-profile and celebrity studded events, such as the ECOWAS, World Economic Forum Africa, Miss World Pageant, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), amongst others.

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Opening the anniversary event, Tony O. Elumelu, chairman of Transcorp Plc owners of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, thanked guests and shareholders for begin a part of the journey so far. “On behalf of the board of Transcorp Plc, thank you for your custom, patronage and your good will. You are the reason we are celebrating today,” he said.


Elumelu added that Transcorp Hilton has transcended the description of being just a hotel to becoming one of Nigeria’s most valued icons. 


“Transcorp is not just a company owned by people but an iconic institution owned by every Nigerian. Transcorp Hilton Abuja is beyond the Transcorp franchise; it is a national icon,” he concluded.


In line with its strategic goals, earlier this year, Transcorp Hilton Abuja embarked on a $100million renovation project to deliver on its promise of customer excellence. In 2016 alone, the hotel has won 11 awards and nominations on customer service and innovation.


The exclusive dinner was well attended, guests included Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the honourable Minister of state, Petroleum Resources; Simon Vincent, Executive Vice-President, Hilton, Europe, Middle-East and Africa; Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment; Chika Balogun, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR); Adim Jibunoh, CEO/President, Transcorp Plc. and Valentine Ozigbo, CEO, Transcorp Hotels Plc. amongst others.


West African Idol winner, Timi Dakolo graced the stage, launching the Transcorp Hilton anthem. Kaffy, Waje and K-Cee also entertained guests.

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Jumia Implements “Contactless” Delivery And “Cashless” Payments In Response To The COVID-19 In Africa 



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The delivery and payment methods of the e-commerce platform ensures safer transactions for riders and consumers


Lagos (Nigeria), 31st March 2020: Africa’s leading eCommerce platform Jumia has announced the implementation of ‘contactless’ delivery for prepaid packages on the platform. The company is taking additional measures to keep consumers, delivery agents and partners safe in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.


To drive the initiative, the ‘contactless safe delivery’ option has been implemented on JumiaPay, the payment platform. This enables consumers to make prepaid payments for products online and get it delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the delivery agent.


 “The health and safety of our customers and delivery agents is our absolute priority. We are uniquely positioned to step up and be part of Africa’s response strategy in this challenging time. We have implemented a “Contactless” delivery option, which eliminates any possibility of physical contact. Convenience, social distancing and cashless measures are woven into one solution to combat the current situation.”  said Apoorva Kumar, SVP Logistics at Jumia.

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Jumia’s delivery agents have been trained to enforce necessary standards during delivery. They are instructed to call or text when they arrive at the customer’s place and drop off the package at their doorstep, then step back to the safe distance limit and will wait for the customer to take the package before leaving.

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Consumers are strongly encouraged to pay “cashless” on Jumia through JumiaPay. This will ensure less physical cash coming into contact with delivery riders and  the wider population and will in turn help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.


Jumia “Contactless” delivery payment option is available on all JumiaPay/ Prepaid Packages and all cashless delivery modes that are contactless such as mobile money.


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Jumia is a leading e-commerce platform in Africa. It is built around a marketplace, Jumia Logistics, and JumiaPay. The marketplace helps millions o

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Union Bank Ramps Up Support for the Fight Against COVID-19 in Nigeria  



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 Union Bank today announced additional donations totalling Three Hundred Million Naira (N300million)as part of its multi-pronged approach to tackle the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.


As part of the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, Union Bank has contributed Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N250million) into the fund set up by the coalition to raise N120bn (One Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira) to fight the outbreak in Nigeria.


In addition, the Bank also made a further donation of Fifty Million Naira (N50million) to the Lagos State Covid-19: Emergency Food Response programme which was set up to support low-income families who will be directly impacted by the state-wide restrictions in place to limit the spread of the disease. Lagos State currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

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Commenting on the Bank’s active efforts to tackle COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, said:

“The fight against Covid-19 requires all hands-on deck with close collaboration between the public and private sector. Union Bank is committed to supporting Nigeria’s response to ensure the country avoids a pandemic. We will especially be looking to support ordinary Nigerians who will be disproportionately impacted economically at this time.”

Last week, as part of its immediate response to the outbreak, the Bank made an initial donation of N50,000,000 ($130,000) into a $500,000 fund set up by 54gene, African genomics research, services and development company working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to fight the COVID-19 menace.

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Prudential Zenith Life protecting its customers during the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic



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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown, Prudential Zenith Life Insurance is rolling out a range of services to help customers cope with the lockdown.

The new services include a range of additional COVID-19 insurance cover enhancements, without additional premium charges, and a waiver for ‘pandemic’ exclusions as contained in its policy language.

In line with the recent pronouncement of the federal government, the company will be temporarily locked down and has therefore set up a dedicated claims team with remote working capabilities, to enable customers make and receive claims virtually.

According to the statement from the insurance company, the claims procedure will be simplified to allow customers make claims through the WhatsApp channel.

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This development makes it possible for customers to buy insurance products without any physical interface with sales personnel or visit to a physical branch.

Commenting on the changes, Prudential Africa CEO Matt Lilley said, “we realise this is a worrying time for everyone and we want to reassure you that protecting the health and wellness of our customers, employees and partners is our primary concern.

“At Prudential, we have been delivering promises for over 170 years and this time will be no different. I am proud of the measures we are announcing today and I know that they will provide our customers additional peace of mind.”

He added that the waiting periods for new cover have been reduced, and the company is providing additional training and incentives to sales personnel to continue providing advice and access to insurance, even as they work remotely.

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He encouraged Nigerians to stay safe and adhere to the directives from the Ministry of health, Nigerian centre for disease control (NCDC) and other relevant authorities.

“We are going to get through these trying times together” he assured.

What you should know

Prudential Zenith Life Insurance was born when Prudential Plc, one of the oldest and most strongly capitalized life insurance companies in the world, acquired a majority stake in Zenith Life Assurance.

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