Media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu, graces Glo-sponsored African Voices

Media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu, is guest on this week’s edition of CNN African Voices Changemakers  sponsored by Globacom.

Born in London in 1964, Abudu is reputed as one of those pushing the frontiers of film and television in Africa. She  created Moments with Mo, an educative and entertaining programme which was on television for many years until 2006 when  she founded  EbonyLife Television. The station airs in Nigeria as well as in 49 other African countries, the Caribbean Island and the United Kingdom.

The resourceful and unrelenting entrepreneur  has produced or been  executive-producer of several television drama series including  Desperate Housewives Africa in partnership with Disney, Sons Of The Caliphate, Castle & Castle, On the Real and The Governor, all of which have aired on ELTV.

She established EbonyLife Films in 2014 which has produced  fantastic films such as  The Wedding Party which was adjudged  the highest-grossing title of all time in the Nigerian film industry;  The Wedding Party 2, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Chief Daddy, Your Excellency  and Òlòtūré.

For her myriads of achievements, Abudu, has been rewarded with several awards among which is the  Forbes Africa recognition  as the first African woman to own a Pan-Africa TV channel  in 2013. She was also  listed as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013  and was a  recipient of  the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Work in New York  in 2014. 

Glo customers to get 22 times value on every recharge

To further give its customers a delightful experience, national telecommunications company, Globacom, is availing all inactive prepaid customers who have not used their lines for 30 consecutive days with 22 times value on every recharge of N100 and above.

With the 22X offer, subscribers who recharge with N100 will be credited with N2,200 value. First, they will receive the N100 recharge amount in their main account, which they can use on any Glo product as they wish. In addition, they will receive a bonus value of N2,100, which can be used for voice calls to all networks in Nigeria and for data. Similarly, customers who recharge with N1,000 will get N22,000 worth of value comprising N1,000 credit in their main account, which they can use on any Glo product as they wish and a bonus value of N21,000 for voice calls to all networks in Nigeria and for data.

Globacom  in a statement in Lagos on Thursday stated that subscribers can enjoy an unprecedented 5GB free data and hundreds of bonus minutes every month for 3 months, depending on the amount recharged, adding that this is by the far the biggest of such bonus being offered by any operator in the market.

“The plan which empowers customers to satisfy their browsing and calling needs is another effort by Globacom to give its subscribers more value for their money. The customer does not need to dial any USSD code to migrate or memorize a special recharge string, rather they will get the offer automatically when they simply recharge their lines with N100 or more. What’s more, the customer still gets the full recharge amount in his/her main account, with 100% freedom to use it the way he or she wants”, Globacom said.

It added that the voice and data bonus received on each recharge is valid for seven days from the recharge date. Value credited to the main account does not expire.

The 22X benefit applies to both physical and electronic recharges. Confirmation messages will be sent to customers’ phones after every recharge. Where confirmation message is not received, customers can dial #122# to view their bonus.

Globacom called on all its subscribers who have not been using their Glo lines to make utmost use of the opportunities provided by the 22X offer to recharge their lines and avail themselves of this amazing benefit for the next 90 days.

‘We have reasons to be thankful’, Glo says in New Year message

Globacom has congratulated Nigerians on the dawn of the New Year, saying that there are reasons to be thankful despite the daunting challenges of 2020. 

The company in a New Year goodwill message said,  “We believe we should be grateful for getting through  the year as individuals, families and nation in spite of the challenges occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. We were able to survive the challenging times to witness the New Year together”. 

Globacom advised Nigerians to be positive about the future, and to embrace the New Year with hope, determination to win and a commitment to forge ahead and achieve great feats for self and for the nation.  

“As we strive to achieve personal accomplishments in 2021, let us also embrace one another and aspire to expand the social and economic frontiers of the country in an atmosphere of love, peace and unity,” Globacom added.

The telecommunications giant restated its resolve to continue to invest in technology and innovation in 2021, and reminded Nigerians to take advantage of its bouquet of voice, Short Messaging Service (SMS) and data products to enable them to achieve their goals in the New Year. 

It equally assured its subscribers across the country of seamless services during and after the New Year holidays, encouraging them to avail themselves of the 10% bonus offer on E-Top Up recharges it recently unveiled. 

Glo Rolls Out Additional NIN Update Channels

Nigerian telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has rolled out additional channels for its customers to seamlessly complete the National Identity Number (NIN) update process.

The update is in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for subscribers to link their SIMs to their NIN.

According to Globacom, “We have further simplified the process for our esteemed customers to link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers by giving them more options to conduct the process. Firstly, they can simply text their NIN to 109. Alternatively, they may dial *109# or *109*your NIN# directly. Customers can also call 109 to update their NIN via voice call.”

Customers who do not have their NIN can dial *346# to retrieve the number if they have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The company noted the newly announced update options were part of its commitment to ensuring that customers have uninterrupted experience on its network, and a demonstration of its support of Government’s efforts to create a secure and sustainable industry.

Customers without a NIN are reminded to visit any NIN enrollment center to get one.

Globacom subscribers with additional enquiries are equally encouraged to contact any of its customer contact channels or visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin for further support.

Glo International Calling Bundles now available on E-Top Up, Direct Recharge

Glo customers can now subscriber to its popular International Direct Dialling (IDD) bundles for international calls via E-Top Up channels and Direct Recharge.

The Glo International Calling Bundles allow subscribers to enjoy high quality international calls at very competitive prices. They are available for existing and new prepaid subscribers.

 For the Direct Recharge option, the customer is required ddial *605* recharge PIN#, while the E-Top Up can be made via electronic channels such as bank USSD codes, Bank ATMs, Mobile Banking Applications, Online/web payment platforms and PoS terminals.

 Subscribers can also buy the Glo IDD bundles by dialing *777# or through the Glo Café app.

 Glo IDD bundles include the N100 pack for 9 minutes with 3 days’ validity, the N200 for 19 minutes with 7 days’ validity, N500 for 43 minutes with 14 days’ validity and N1,000 bundle which is for 93 minutes and is valid for 30 days.

The bundles can be used to call popular destinations such as the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Porto Rico, South Korea, Israel, Romania, Denmark, Mexico, Luxembourg, Magnolia and Norway.

Glo felicitates with Nigerians, urges them to share love at Christmas


Leading telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom, has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas, charging them to spread love, joy and peace which are the focal points of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

In a goodwill message released in Lagos on Thursday, Globacom charged Christians to be exemplars of the true essence of Christmas, as demonstrated by the love of God for mankind through the birth of Jesus Christ.

“Christ came to the world in human form to show the love of God towards mankind.  His love and concern for humanity are shown  by the sacrifice He made by leading man back to God. Jesus made himself a perfect example of the values of love, humility, kindness, righteous living and fruits of the spirit which would guarantee eternal life”, Globacom said. 

“We all should allow the birth of the Prince of Peace to engender progress and amity in the society by displaying acts of good neighbourliness, selflessness and unity amongst citizen”, it added.

The telecommunications solutions provider further committed to providing seamless voice, data and Short Messaging Service (SMS) during and after the Christmas and New Year holidays, encouraging all its customers to take advantage of the 10% bonus offer on E-Top up recharges it recently announced.  

Glo Rolls Out Short Code to Assist Subscribers with NIN Registration Update

 Following the recent directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for all SIM registrations to be paired with a National Identification Number (NIN), Globacom has announced a shortcode for its subscribers to seamlessly complete the process.

 According to Globacom, “all our esteemed customers can now link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers by simply sending ‘UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName’ to 109. For example, send ‘UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola’ to 109.”  

Customers can dial *346# to retrieve their NIN if they have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). 

The company noted in its announcement that it was rolling out this measure to make it easy for subscribers on its network to comply with the new directives of NCC and as part of its commitment to ensuring customers have uninterrupted access to the various service offerings it provides.

Globacom also advised customers without a NIN to visit a NIN enrollment center to get one. 

Last week, the Federal Government licensed 173 centers and 30 State Governments/Public Sector Institutions to conduct the enrollment of the National Identity Number (NIN) across the country.  

Glo subscribers with additional enquiries are encouraged to contact any of its customer contact channels or to visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin for further support

Anthony Joshua again demonstrates resilience of Nigerians – Glo

Leading telecommunications operator, Globacom, says Nigerian–born British boxer, Anthony Joshua, has again demonstrated the resilient spirit of Nigerians through  the successful defence of his world boxing titles on Saturday. 
Reacting to Joshua’s defeat of Bulgarian challenger, Kubrat Pulev, in the 9th round of the fight held at SSE Arena in London, Globacom praised the boxer for his focus, tenacity and boxing prowess which earned him the victory. 
“We are indeed very proud to have him as one of our brand ambassadors,” Globacom said in a statement.
By knocking out Pulev, Joshua, who became a Glo brand ambassador last year, retained his four world heavyweight titles, International Boxing Federation  (IBF),World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation (WBO), and International Boxing Organisation  (IBO). 
Globacom said that Joshua’s win underscored the message, “Champions go the distance and they go further”, in its advert, “Heart of a Champion“, which it released a few days before the fight.  
“Like you stated in the television commercial, ‘I was born hungry for success, it’s the Nigerian way’, you clearly demonstrated, right from the start of the fight, the determination to excel, the resilience and the ‘can-do’ spirit which Nigerians are known for,  thus achieving the remarkable victory”, the company said. 
With this victory, Anthony Joshua’s professional boxing record has now moved to 24 fights, 23 victories, with 22 knock outs and one loss.
His next fight is expected to be a heavyweight unification bout against World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, which will determine who becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world.

U.S. Consulate Announces Application for 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The United States Consulate General in Lagos on Monday announced a call for applications for the 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.

For the second annual AWE, we will select 120 female entrepreneurs from across southern Nigeria to receive virtual and in-person training and mentoring. To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, we will select 20 female returnees to take part in the program.

During the intensive program scheduled to run from November 2020 to March 2021, successful applicants will receive lessons on business management, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors, and learn the practical skills required to create and run successful and sustainable businesses.

United States Consulate Acting Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz explained that the goal of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is to teach women around the world to become successful entrepreneurs.

According to her, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, the U.S. Consulate General aims to work with the AWE participants to develop their businesses.

“One of the U.S. government’s goals is to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. Through the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, we are doing just that by giving ambitious businesswomen the skills they need to take their ventures to the next level. For this year’s program, we encourage motivated and self-driven female entrepreneurs to apply,” Acting Public Affairs Officer Foltz said.

Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the workshops. In addition, participants will receive access to DreamBuilder, a blended business-training course developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

The U.S. Consulate General has partnered with Ascend Studios Foundation to administer this program. Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Studios Foundation, Ms. Inya Lawal, said “We are excited that the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with us for the second time to implement this important program tailored for women’s economic empowerment.

“With the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, a lot more women are looking for new ways to pivot their businesses, and AWE is on the lookout for such women.”

Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program can apply at no cost by filling out the application form via shorturl.at/bqGT6. Application closes on November 8, 2020.

The AWE is a component of the White House Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, designed to empower women worldwide to fulfill their economic potential, thereby creating conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all. The first edition of the program was held in Lagos in September 2019.

Telling Untold Stories: Streaming service ‘Hissbox’ launches with a grant of $25,000 for young filmmakers

A brand-new streaming service Hissbox, is set to launch on the 11th of September 2020. With a focus on ‘telling untold stories,’ the streaming service offers over 400 pieces of content including world-class originals, blockbuster films, series, documentaries and much more.

According to the Nigerian born, Los Angeles based CEO Chinecherem Eze, “The concern with streaming services today is that despite an extensive volume of offerings, there is still a lack of diversity in available content. We are very excited to say that Hissbox is here to fill this gap.” She said.

“Our focus from inception has been a platform where everyone can find content that reflects their uniqueness. We are telling, sharing and searching for exceptional stories from every corner of the world; there is a waiting audience for those stories and Hissbox will reflect that reality.” She added.

To kick off their search for ‘unique stories’ across the world, Hissbox has also announced ‘The Hissbox Grant’, funded by the Hissbox Diversity Film Fund (HDFF) which gives producers up to $25,000 in funding for the production of TV series, Feature Films and Documentaries. The HDFF looks out for filmmakers from diverse backgrounds with emphasis that stories are expected to be exceptional: stories with creative risks, which inspire dialogue, and are rarely seen on public media. More information about the grant can be found on https://www.hissbox.com/.

Starting with free 1 month access on the platform, Hissbox provides a tiered offering that gives subscribers broad access to Hissbox across web, mobile and connected-TV devices. Hissbox is also very pocket friendly with monthly subscriptions from $3.99 only.

About Hissbox

Founded by Nigerian born, L.A based serial entrepreneur Chinecherem Eze, Hissbox is a streaming platform, film production and distribution company primarily focused on projecting untold, neglected and less told stories. The platform aims to change the narrative of how stories are told by funding original content, collaborating and networking with industry leaders, filmmakers and relevant organizations. It is supported on all devices including connected Television screens Desktop, Laptops, Tablets and on Mobile devices.

Nigerian musician, two change activists on Glo-sponsored African Voices Compilation edition

The compilation edition of African Voices Changemakers, Globacom-sponsored magazine programme on CNN, airs this weekend. It will feature two Nigerians, ace musician Mr. Eazi and an equal-opportunity agent, Orondaam Otto, as well as South African beauty queen, Zozibini Tunzi.

Banku music exponent, songwriter and music star, Oluwatosin Ajibade, popularly known as Mr Eazi, will acquaint viewers with the story of how he pioneered Banku music, a collage of Nigerian rhythms and Ghanaian highlife.

A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Mr. Eazi started his musical career in 2012 with his rhythm and blues single titled “Pipi Dance”. He has had collaborations with other A-list acts including  Ghanaian R&B star, Sarkodie;  Lil Kesh,  and Burna Boy who are both  successful Nigerian music  merchants. His hit singles include “Leg Over” and “Tilapia”

 The second feature on the programme is 32-year-old Nigerian, Otto, a Human Anatomy graduate of University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria who is committed to seeing an African continent whose potentials are maximized and one which will be celebrated for the innovations and uniqueness of her people. He is also focused on seeing that every African Child gets good education.

 A social reformer and development enthusiast, Otto leads as executive director, a team of 40 managers and hundreds of volunteers at Slum2School Africa which provides equal opportunities for disadvantaged children in every nook and cranny of Nigerian slums.

 Lastly, Zozibini Tunzi, South African model and beauty pageant who is the current   Miss Universe, has a National Diploma in public relations management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The 26-year-old teaches and encourages young girls and women to assume leadership positions in order to extend their frontiers of influence in South Africa’s national life.

The 30-minute magazine programme comes up on CNN on DSTV Channel 401 on Saturday at 9.00 p.m; Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m with a repeat broadcast on the same channel on Monday at 5.30 a.m

Mr. Eazi, Nigerian music sensation, makes Glo-powered African Voices

Nigerian songwriter and music entrepreneur, Oluwatosin Ajibade, popularly known by the stage name, Mr Eazi, will this week grace African Voices Changemakers, a personality magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by telecommunications service giant, Globacom.

Born July 19, 1991, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the 29-year-old read Mechanical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, from where he began his musical career in 2012 with his rhythm and blues single entitled “Pipi Dance”.

The single garnered huge traction online culminating in more high-profile recordings for him. These included  “Skin Tight”  which featured Efya in 2015. This  gave rise to further collaborations with other notable artistes including  Ghanaian R&B star, Sarkodie;  Lil Kesh,  and Burna Boy who are both  successful Nigerian music  merchants.

In 2017, Mr. Eazi released the mixtape, Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1: Accra to Lagos, which featured guest appearances by Big LeanTeknoPhynoDJ Cuppy, and others. The album contained singles like “Leg Over” and “Tilapia” which became instant hits with music lovers across the African continent.

He will be telling viewers how his music traversed Nigeria to Ghana leading to him pioneering Banku music which is a rare fusion of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and rhythms.

African Voices Changemakers will be on DSTV Channel 401 on Saturday at 9.00 p.m. and on Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. The programme will be repeated on Monday at 5.30 a.m.

Glo rolls out new tariff plan, charges 11k per second for calls to all networks

Digital Transformation Leader, Globacom, has unveiled a new tariff plan that makes it possible for its subscribers to make calls to any network in Nigeria at 11 kobo per second.

This is the latest in a series of moves by the telecommunications giant to give its subscribers more value for their money, especially at these trying Corona virus pandemic times.

Subscribers on this new tariff plan will be able to make calls to all networks in Nigeria at 11 kobo per second after paying a N7 access charge, which is billed together with the first call of the day. Every call they make to any network in Nigeria for the rest of the day will be billed at 11 kobo per second (exclusive of tax). If a customer does not make any call but only receives calls throughout the day, he or she will not have to pay the access fee of seven Naira.

According to a press release from the corporate headquarters of the telecommunications company in Lagos on Monday, the new tariff plan is open to both existing and new prepaid customers.

All that is required for a customer to access the new tariff plan is to dial *311# and he or she will be automatically migrated to the Glo 11k per second plan.

Existing rates for SMS and international calls remain the same as customers on the new tariff plan will pay the standard SMS and IDD tariff. However, customers can purchase any IDD Pack of their choice to enjoy a better international call rate on the Glo network.

“It is our desire to continually delight our customers with innovative products and services at the most competitive rates in the country,” Glo said in the statement, adding, “This new tariff plan is another manifestation of that burning desire to add value to the lives of our customers and make it more convenient and affordable to communicate with one another”.

Davido, Tiwa Savage, Naira Marley and Mayorkun to perform in 4KHD at Africa’s largest E-concert, NairaWin Live

Four of Africa’s biggest music stars; Davido, Tiwa Savage, Naira Marley and Mayorkun will be performing live at as Africa’s Largest E-concert, NairaWin Live E-concert, streaming worldwide on August 15, 2020, on Nairawin.ng. The groundbreaking online concert, which will be hosted by popular Nigerian comedian Bovi, promises a one of a kind concert experience even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the news, Olusegun Edu, the Executive Director for Nairawin, said, “As an innovation-driven digital platform, we are always committed to providing access and new experiences to everyone. Even though the entire world is in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, they still want the experience of a lifetime and we are bringing that in 4K High definition with the Nairawin e concert. It would be like having a concert in your living room, your bedroom or anywhere you choose to stream from!”

Fans of the star performers will also have a chance to win cash prizes on the NairaWin Live challenge, where four winners will get the opportunity to perform live on the same stage as their favourite artiste or win 100,000 weekly, using the social media hashtag #NairaWinLiveChallenge from July 15to August 8, 2020.

With hundreds of thousands expected to stream live from www.nairawin.ng/econcert.  Tickets for the concert cost 1000 Naira only for Nigerian residents and $5.99 for those outside the country.  Naira Win Live e concert is powered by Nairawin, Nigeria’s foremost bidding platform.

Glo slashes cost of international calls by up to 55%

In a move to help its subscribers stay in touch with their loved ones abroad at a much more affordable cost, national telecommunications operator, Globacom, has slashed international call tariffs by as much as 55%.

According to a press statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, Globacom said the reduced tariffs, which come without any subscription fee, cover calls made to major destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, Spain and Saudi Arabia. Other countries affected by the reduction are Cameroon, Niger, Benin Republic, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. The specific tariffs for each country vary, but are the most competitive in the market, the company stated. 

For instance, calls to the United Kingdom which used to cost between N30 and N130 per minute now cost between N24 and N100 per minute depending on the network the call is being terminated on.  Similarly, calls to Spain and Italy have been reduced to N75 and N60 per minute from N90 and N130 respectively.

Also, calls to South Africa will now attractive N85 per minute instead of N150, while calls to Saudi Arabia will now be charged at N55 per minute, down from the former N60 per minute. For France and Ireland, the tariff has been slashed to N50 and N40 respectively from N65 and N60, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Togo and Niger N150 instead of the old N200  per minute rate.

Globacom urged subscribers to take advantage of the tariff slash to connect and talk at a cost-effective rate with their friends and relations in the countries covered by the offer especially in view of the prevailing international lockdown caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic. 

“We understand the need for our subscribers to stay in touch with their friends and family overseas now more than ever before. With the ban on international travels imposed by most countries because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are unable to travel to reunite with loved ones. They now rely heavily on efficient and affordable telecom services to communicate with them. We have, therefore, reduced tariffs to these major destinations to make our subscribers still feel at home even when they are thousands of miles apart from their loved ones,”Globacom noted.

“With these reductions, calling your loved ones abroad has never been more affordable,” the company stated.

It added that its rates to other major destinations such as the United States, India and China are still the most competitive in the market. “Subscribers can enjoy premium quality calls to these countries for just 50 kobo per second,” the company concluded.