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Lancaster University Honours Valentine Ozigbo, MD/CEO Transcorp Hotels

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–University Vice Chancellor – He Makes Alma Mater Proud

The Managing Director/Chief Executive, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, was on Friday conferred the award of a Distinguished Alumni of the Lancaster University. The award was conferred on him at a special convocation ceremony of the university held at its Ghana Campus.

The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mark Smith, who spoke during the event, praised Ozigbo for his laudable achievements recorded over the years since he graduated from the university.

He said, “Your extraordinary achievements in both the banking and luxury hospitality industries are impressive, as is your passion for promoting youth empowerment through initiatives such as youth leadership forums.

“This award is therefore to appreciate these achievements as we believe that your contribution to your field will be an inspiration to current Lancaster University students and their parents,” he noted.

Ozigbo who expressed delight over the honour accorded to him by his alma mater, commended the ideals of the school, which according to him contributed immensely towards molding him to the heights he had achieved till date.

He said, “My studies at Lancaster University laid a solid foundation in my life for the progress I achieved, because soon after my graduation, I started off with then Standard Trust Bank (which became United Bank for Africa), and was charged with the responsibilities that had global outlook in nature, including managing investment banking clients, embassies and multilaterals and later on global expansion.

“So, the fact that this was a top international University and the specialized discipline I majored in, among others, contributed to the decision to work in these international areas. I excelled in each of these areas because Lancaster University exposed and prepared me well. Therefore, I give credit to Lancaster University for my modest achievements,” he said.

Ozigbo, a Chevening Scholar, graduated in 2004 from the Lancaster University Management School England with an outstanding Masters Degree in Finance, with Distinction. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Accounting (1994), emerging the best Student in the faculty, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Banking and Finance (2000), both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He is a fellow of many professional bodies, notably Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Since leaving Lancaster University in 2004, Mr. Ozigbo has achieved a lot in both professional, personal and community life. He spent a total of 17 years in the banking industry rising to the level of General Manager before transitioning to the hospitality industry where he led the positive transformation of Transcorp Hotels Plc for over 7 years, winning many awards locally, regionally and globally, including Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality CEO of the Year Award (presented at a global event in Spain).

Ozigbo is also known for his youth empowerment works. Apart from leading the effort, with another friend of his in donating books from Lancaster University to the University of Nigeria, where they first graduated from, he has been involved in a number of mentorship, youth empowerment and community development initiatives.

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The Exposition Event Set to Celebrate the Beautiful, One

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The Exposition, For the Beautiful, One is the 2018 edition of the Exposition annual event which brings together art and culture lovers, and a crème of professionals into an ambience of Spoken Word Poetry, visual arts and music. The 2018 Exposition Event is set for Sunday 16th of December, 2018 at the 25 Moore Road, Yaba (Gerald Chukwuma Studios) by 5PM. Admittance is by book purchase.

This year’s Exposition event is an intimate culture picnic for friends and lovers of all ages which will serve as a meet and greet, as well as an experience that will make friends and like minds fraternize with people and brands. The event is curated by Beige and Crow and REZthaPoet (Adebola Afolabi), a prolific, Spoken Word poet, culture curator and author of Exposit (2015) Spoken Word album, the Beautiful, One, a poetry coffee book (2018),
REZthaPoet noted that “For the Beautiful, One edition will stimulate lovers and friends through the exploration of the intimate, sensual and powerful reading of the ‘Beautiful, One’ book”. The book is a collection of love poetry which engages existential questions on love, loss, lust in contemporary times. He also said that the event is “a conscious blend of visual art impressions, musical performances and Spoken Word poetry which promises to make it an unforgettable experience”.

For the Beautiful, One edition will also avail fans and friends of the poet the access to private conversations and autographs with the author on the new book.

The Exposition Event is an annual poetry, music and live performance event curated by REZthaPoet and Beige and Crow. The performance event will serve as an end-of-the-year culture picnic for art lovers, and professionals interested in networking a buoyant demography of people who value the arts. The first edition of Exposition, The Exposition, opened last year and it kept its promise to garner professionals, nerds, and artists in one space where felicity met friendship and where brands made quantifiable impressions on the people.

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Heirs Holdings Signs $600 million Facility Deal with Afrexim Bank, to scale its Energy Investments

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As a further demonstration of the African Export-Import Bank’s (“Afrexim”) mandate to facilitate the growth of intra-Africa trade and support the development of African businesses, Afrexim today, signed financing facilities totalling US$600 million with the Heirs Holdings Group, a pan-African proprietary investment holding company. Heirs Holdings has significant investments across Africa, in the financial services, resources, real estate and hospitality and power sectors. The facilities will further support the Group’s power, oil and gas strategy, as it positions itself as an African leader in integrated natural resources. The signing ceremony took place at the Afrexim Intra-Africa Trade Conference taking place in Cairo, Egypt.

The proceeds of the facilities will assist the Heirs Holdings Group vision of creating a dynamic resource based division, focused on ensuring value creation occurs on the African continent and that value chains are developed, that directly benefit the broader African economy and consumer.

Commenting at the ceremony, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afrexim who signed on behalf of the Bank, stated that the investment by Heirs Holdings would play a key role in addressing some of the fundamental challenges that have affected the power and energy sectors in Africa. He stated that “A world class energy sector is fundamental to the sustainable growth of businesses in Africa. If we do not deal with these basic matters, growth of trade and exports will always be limited”.

Mr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, commented that “We are delighted to be partnering with Afrexim. The Bank continues to play a critical role in the economic and social development of the continent. Together, we illustrate that Africa can create world class institutions, which are capable of successfully making the long-term investments necessary for Africa’s economic transformation and catalyse the enabling environment that will unleash Africa’s potential”.

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P+ Measurement extends partnership with Global Communications Agency

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Media monitoring and evaluation agency, P+ Measurement Services has announced an extension of its media monitoring and evaluation partnership with global communications firm, Burness Communications for 2019. The extension will enable P+ to continue providing print, online, TV and radio monitoring and evaluation services to Burness in the Ghana market.

In a bid to continue the successful rollout of the partnership signed in 2017, P+ will continue to handle Burness Communications client public relations monitoring and evaluation activity while supporting their organizations objectives. Burness Communications specializes in advocacy campaigns, media relations, public policy engagement and event planning and P+ will help the brand maximize its communications objectives by providing real-time, high-quality media monitoring and evaluation services.

Speaking about the partnership extension, Lead Consultant P+ measurement services Nigeria, Philip Odiakose said. “We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Burness Communications to improve the availability of reliable, cost-effective media monitoring services across Africa.

The media monitoring and evaluation market is a growing market and with the right frameworks and experts in place we believe we are on the right path to redefining the market with quantitative and qualitative analysis that adds value to marketing communications.“

“As we said at the start of this partnership, it remains true that the media monitoring and analytics market offers huge potentials to stakeholders.

With the right partners providing support in the areas of media planning, analytics and reporting we believe we can help our clients make a difference in their business”. He continued.
Nigeria’s fast-growing media intelligence agency P+ Measurement Services continues to spur a PR measurement and evaluation literacy campaign for brands and government agencies in a bid to standardize a procedure that enables stakeholders to understand that implementing the right measurement and evaluation program will help companies get a clearer understanding of consumer habits and sentiment toward brand products and services

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