“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos”- National Museum of African Art launches Global Presence in Lagos

The first NMAFA event under new director, Ngaire Blankenberg whose strategy is a 21st Century Global African Arts Museum had its first stop in Lagos, Nigeria on November 6.

Held on the 6th of November 2021, “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” was a collaborative interactive art experience in partnership with Art X Lagos, the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) and David Adjaye designed venue Alára to bring together the international, Nigeria and African diaspora through the worlds of film, art, photography and fashion with “Taste! 24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos”

Taste! Curated by former Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow Temitayo Ogunbiyi, it is a multisensory, participative art experience which involves the use of sound, photography, and food by sound artist Emeka Ogboh, New York based photographer Iké Udé and Temitayo Ogunbiyi in collaboration with chef Renèe Chuks.

Kicking off with Taste! Mystique, on Friday, November 5, Iké Udé held a masterclass for a group of Lagos-based photographers in collaboration with the African Artists’ Foundation. A select group of young artists were tutored by Udé in his signature style, mystique at the intersection of harmony and the unexpected. The participants then took portraits of Nollywood actor, producer, and creative entrepreneur Enyinna Nwigwe next to evocative “props.”

The NMAFA board reception followed on November 6, hosted by Ghenga Oyebode at Nok. He expressed his excitement that this was the first Smithsonian experience in Africa, with Lagos as the first stop.“This is the very first Smithsonian event on the continent, proud for Lagos to lead and excited about what lies ahead.”

In the same vein, Director Ngaire Blankenberg spoke about their plans for new collaborations across Africa to create and build new immersive art experiences.

The “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” main event was held on Sunday November 7 featuring the Taste! Transformation, Taste! Mystique, Taste! Sound and Taste! Memory experiences. Visitors, influencers, Nollywood stars and artists including Noble Igwe, Enyinna Nwigwe, Saga Adeolu, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Ugonna Ibe, and others were able to visit and, participate in Taste! held simultaneously at the David Adjaye designed venue Alara.

Emeka Ogboh’s ‘Sounds of Lagos’ playlist ushered in visitors with a mix of upbeat, soulful and melodic sounds inspired by the streets of Lagos.

This was followed by the Taste! Mystique portrait exhibition by Iké Udé featuring dynamic portraits of muse Enyinna Nwigwe by young Nigerian photographers from the previously held masterclass.

The Taste! Memory experience featured locally grown botanical bites prepared by Chef Renee Chuks and Temitayo Ogunbiyi reminiscent of their childhoods in Lagos.

The Taste! Transformation panel discussion featuring Azu Nwagbogu, Director Lagos Photo Festival, and AAF; ArtX founder, Tokini Peterside; AFRIFF creative director, Chioma Onyenwe; and director Ngaire Blakenberg.

The Art experience wrapped up with The African International Film Festival Opening Cocktail Party. At the cocktail event, new, and established talents of the Nigerian cinema such as Sharon Ooja, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kate Henshaw, Denrele Edun, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Ini Dima-Okojie, Diane Russet, Ojy Okpe, Colette Otusheso and others  took part in the Tableau Vivant created by conceptual artist, Iké Udé featuring regal models in ensembles by the Nigerian Grand Dame of costumes, and Chief Nike Okundaye-Davies as an addendum to his Nollywood Portraits.

“Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” will open at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. February 5, 2022.

National Museum of African Art To Present “24Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is partnering with Art X, the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation and Alára to bring together the U.S., Nigeria and African diaspora through the worlds of film, art, photography and fashion. “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” will feature “Taste!” a multisensory, participative art experience at Alára Sunday, Nov. 7, from 12h00-18h00 WAT (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST). “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” comes during an ongoing explosion of creativity in Lagos and Nigeria and helps mark the end of Art X and the beginning of AFRIFF.

Curated by former Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow Temitayo Ogunbiyi, “Taste!” will include experiences by sound artist Emeka Ogboh, photographer Iké Udé and Ogunbiyi in collaboration with chef Renèe Chuks. Using sound, portraiture and food, the three artists question assumptions concerning culture, geography and identity. The experience will culminate in a living installation in which many of the celebrities featured in the upcoming exhibition “Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” and others become works of art by posing for photographs alongside Udé’s exuberant sets at the opening night of the African International Film Festival. 

“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” is the launch of the National Museum of African Art’s global presence under newly appointed director Ngaire Blankenberg.  

“Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” will open at the  National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2022. 

About the Artists

Iké Udé  

Udé is a Nigerian American conceptual artist who has been creating work since the 1990s that complicates notions of identity and perception. He uses photography to draw attention to how individuals portrayed in highly posed “performances” can reveal more truth than contrived poses that aim to be natural. Udé’s work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of African Art, Sheldon Museum, RISD Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and many private collections. His forthcoming solo exhibition “Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” will open at the National Museum of African Art Feb. 5, 2022.

Emeka Ogboh 

Emeka Ogboh uses sound and gastronomy to create installations that have included music, soundscapes, limited editions of artisanal beer, sculpture and collaborations with chefs. He increasingly uses these works to examine how visual art can catalyze conversations about the environment. Having exhibited at documenta 14 (2017), the Venice Biennale (2015) and the Dakar Biennale (2014), he is an internationally acclaimed artist with works in major collections worldwide, including the National Museum of African Art. In September 2020, Ogboh presented a medley of his installations capturing Lagos at the Élysée Palace in Paris to mark the close of Afrique 2020. 

Renèe Chuks  

Chuks is a culinary innovator and entrepreneur specializing in combining local and diasporic ingredients to support more sustainable and empowering food chains. She is the cofounder and CEO of Aldente Africa, an artisanal food and beverage company, an executive academic director and lead chef instructor at the Umami Center for Culinary Arts. Chuks trained as a classical French chef, graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas.  

Temitayo Ogunbiyi 

Ogunbiyi creates works on paper, paintings, sculptures and ambitious installations. In addition to exploring plants as they live around her, she also aims to record the socioeconomic conditions that exist within and how they are transformed in a wide range of culinary traditions. Ogunbiyi has received a 2020–2021 Digital Earth Fellowship, a 2018 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and a 2014 Ford Foundation Fellowship. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Madre Museum in Naples, Italy, the 2019 Lagos Biennial, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, among other venues. She is also a director of Yinka Shonibare CBE’s Guest Artist Space Foundation.

About the National Museum of African Art 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to the collection, conservation, study and exhibition of Africa’s arts across time and media. The museum’s collection of over 12,000 artworks spans more than 1,000 years of African history and includes a variety of media from across the continent. For more information, call (202) 633-4600 or visit the museum’s website. For general Smithsonian information, the public can call (202) 633-1000. Follow the museum on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

WildFlower PR and Company Bags Award for Most Reliable Quality Strategic Communications Company of the Year 2021

WildFlower PR and Company has won the award for the most reliable quality strategic communications company of the year at the National Award for Excellence and Achievement 2021 organized by the National Quality Conference.

The event, which was held on Monday, 11th October, 2021, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos had in attendance several brands and top industry leaders. The NQC used the event   as an avenue to celebrate companies for their resilience in constantly innovating and delivering outstanding products and services to their highly esteemed customers in spite of the harsh global economic realities, the international shut down occasioned by Covid-19, and national security.

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The award for the most reliable quality strategic communications company of the year was presented to WildFlower PR and Company by the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Femi George in recognition of its effort in providing quality and innovative services to its highly esteemed customers.

 “At WildFlower PR and Company, innovation, quality and attention to detail are our watchwords. We believe there is always a fresh angle to every strategy. Our keyword is quality and we have our eyes focused every step of the process and will never relent in providing quality services to our customers.” Founder and Principal Consultant WildFlower PR, Oma Areh said represented by, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwuanyi.

Guest Speaker at the event, Mr. Patrick Okechukwu highlighted continuous improvement of skills, quality appraisal, and ability to strategize and improve quality of service in the Covid-19 era as the basis for celebrating companies at the event.

He stressed on the importance of quality management in an organization; “An organization is as strong as its strongest unit, and as weak as its weakest unit,” … Therefore, For every organization to achieve quality the whole organization must see it as a way of life. The whole organization must be integrated,” he said.

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WildFlower PR is a fully integrated agency that prides itself in a blend of innovative solutions and proven result-oriented methods when addressing clients’ goals.

The agency represents leading entities in Telecommunications, Energy, Aviation, Government, Technology, Entertainment and Non-profit. Their client base ranges from global corporations and government agencies, growing businesses to some of the biggest entertainment personalities on the African continent today.

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Glo-sponsored African Voices features 2 Nigerian changemakers

This weekend’s edition of Globacom-sponsored African Voices Changemakers on CNN International will have two change agents of Nigerian origin as special guests.

According to a vignette of the magazine programme released by the telecommunications company, the guests are Chuks Collins, a fashion designer, and Adenrele Sonariwo, an art curator. 

Collins, who is based in the United States, launched his fashion business in 2010. He says his goal in the industry is to style people in a manner that will give them respect and a sense of pride.

Despite two serious setbacks in 2012, a major accident and a kidney problem that required a kidney transplant, Collins was not discouraged. He had his debut collection ‘Survival’ and two more collections named ‘The Journey’ and ‘The Dream’ in quick succession.


He has become a major participant in fashion shows in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. He has also made a mark for himself in Canada and Belarus designing for Ralph Lauren and other notable fashion labels in New York.

The second guest, Sonariwo, is the founder of Rele Arts Gallery which she established in 2010. She has two offices – one at Onikan, Lagos, and the other in Los Angeles, United States of America.

She won The Future Awards for Arts and Culture in 2016 and was on the Power List of influencers in culture in 2016 and 2017. In March, 2017, she was listed as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She has participated at TEDx events, and was also a member of the jury at the 208 Dak’art Biennale.

Viewers can watch the interesting edition on CNN on DSTV Channel 401 on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. Repeats of the programme will be beamed on Sunday at 7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 7.30 p.m., 11.30 p.m. and on Monday at 5.30 a.m.

REGISTER YOUR NIN EASILY WITH GLO APPOINTMENT MANAGER

To make it easy to register for the National Identity Number (NIN), telecommunication solutions provider, Globacom, recently launched Appointment Manager, an app designed to assist subscribers to book appointments online for the registration.

Globacom said in a press statement that, through the app, subscribers are able to choose when and where to carry out the process of NIN registration devoid of stress. This will conserve their time and also simplify the registration process in a safe and Covid-19-compliant environment with fewer people in attendance.

With the Appointment Manager, subscribers can choose the day, time and Gloworld outlet most convenient for them to visit for the exercise.

To use the appointment manager app
1.      Enter the URL https://ninappt.gloworld.com on any browser and enter
phone number in this format: 08050000000.
2.      Click on the date icon to select available dates for the month,
select desired state, Glo world outlet, and desired time.
3.      Verify you are a human with a number code on the app
4.      Submit.
5.      Customers will then receive an SMS notification with an ID, Scheduled
date and Gloworld outlet to visit which will be presented at the outlet.
For subscribers yet to link their NIN with their mobile number, text NIN to 109 or dial *109*NIN# to submit your NIN or call 109 to update NIN via voice call. For further inquiries, contact 121 for pre-paid and
200 for post-paid or visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin

Wildlife preservation in focus as Glo-sponsored African Voices airs

As the Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices Changemakers goes on air this weekend, the issue of wildlife and the importance of preserving them will be discussed by two conservation enthusiasts.

Kenya’s Sheila Funnell and South Africa’s Marumo Nene are the two guests on the program who will be talking about the need for the protection and preservation of the African continent’s animal life.

Funnell is a research manager at the Grevy’s Zebra Trust who dedicates her time to the protection of zebras as she believes that the conservation of the animals will help sustain the livelihoods of the people. Grevy’s zebras are important in the Samburu culture where she hails from as they lead the way to water during droughts, alert herders and livestock to the presence of predators. They also believe that their presence signifies the coming of the rains.  

Similarly, Nene works with South Africa’s Wildlife ACT team and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife as part of an Alien Plant Removal project in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve.  She completed her Community Guide Training, worked as an assistant on the African Wild Dog monitoring project, and as a Community Environmental Educator.

African Voices Changemakers will be on air on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. on DSTV Channel 401 and on Sunday at 3.30 a.m., 6.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., and 6.30 p.m. The last repeat edition is at 4.30 a.m. on Monday.

Girls with Period Initiative

KINDNESS UNHINDERED PARTNERS WITH GIRLS WITH PERIOD (GWP) INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE MENSTRUAL HYGIENE!

Kindness Unhindered, a not-for-profit organization that supports projects which contributes to the growth and development of young people across Africa recently organized and hosted an event at Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba with Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative on the 23rd of February, 2021. The event focused on educating female students in the school about menstrual hygiene, menstrual health, self-esteem and the misconceptions of period.

In attendance at the event were female students of the school, Founder of Kindness Unhindered, Dr Ralu Onubogu, Actress & member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, Founder of WildFlower PR & Company and Chairman of Board for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Oma Areh, amongst others.

Dr Ralu Onubogu, Founder of Kindness Unhindered expressed her excitement to be part of the momentous event stating;

I am happy to be part of this life-changing project that aims to eliminate period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene, self-esteem, amongst others. As an organization that focuses on supporting sustainable projects and organizations like the Girls With Period Initiative, this event is one of the many ways we hope to reach and impact people across Africa for a better tomorrow.

Dr Ralu Onubogu, Founder of Kindness Unhindered

Speaking at the event, Actress and member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie shared her view on period stigmatization and also demystified the myths and misconceptions of period.

Period is nothing to be ashamed about and it’s very important for boys to be included in period conversations to know more about this natural phenomenon. As women, we need to understand that we should never be ashamed of the things that make us a woman. That is why this event is important to show every girl child out there that period is nothing to be ashamed about and they are no longer in this journey alone. We are here with them.

Actress and member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie

At the event, students and guests were educated about menstrual hygiene, self-esteem and the misconceptions of period. A Q and A session was also conducted and the Founder of WildFlower PR & Company and Chairman of Board for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Oma Areh enlightened the students on their questions ranging from menstrual hygiene, period misconceptions, self-esteem, amongst others. She also encouraged them to be confident about their period and practice proper menstrual care.

We need to be hygienic during our periods and practice proper menstrual care. We also need to be confident and comfortable about our period. Period is normal and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Every woman and girl deserves a healthy and hygienic period. Through this event and many others, we plan to reach and impact more girls and women across Africa.

Patricia Vin-Okopi, Founder and Project Manager of Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative expressed her delight for the successful event and the impact it made to eliminating period poverty stating;

This event means a lot to me and I’m really thankful for the support from Kindness Unhindered. We need to let girls and women know that they are no longer alone in their period journey. We will continue to provide menstrual sanitary kits to women and girls across Africa and educate them on menstrual hygiene, self-esteem as well as fight for free access to sanitary pads across Africa.

In concluding the event, menstrual sanitary kits were distributed to students and guests to promote menstrual hygiene and health. Covid-19 safety protocols were also observed during the event.

ABOUT KINDNESS UNHINDERED

Kindness Unhindered, a non-profit organization supports positive and life-changing projects that contributes to the growth and development of Africans. It focuses on bringing change to the lives of young Africans through quality empowerment and support. The organization partnered with Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative to promote menstrual hygiene, self-esteem and also eradicate period poverty. For more details, contact at +2348116009977

ABOUT GIRLS WITH PERIOD (GWP) INITIATIVE Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative aims to completely eradicate period poverty across Africa by providing and distributing menstrual sanitary kits to women and girls as well as educate them on menstrual hygiene, self-esteem, amongst others. It has been able to impact over 10, 000 women and girls across Africa since its establishment. To support the Girls with Period (GWP) Initiative, contact at +2347065694161 or info@girlswithperiod.org.

NCC, NBS data show Glo contributed the highest in telecom industry growth in 2020

A new report from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that Globacom recorded the biggest percentage increase in data users, thereby contributing mostly to the growth chart in the telecommunications industry in Nigeria in year 2020.

This correlates with an earlier report by  the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which showed that Globacom led  in internet subscriber growth in the telecommunications sector in the third quarter of 2020. 

NCC indicated on its website that the telecommunications  sector grew by 22percent with  28,145,458 new internet users from 125,728,328 at the end of December 2019 to 153,873,786 in December, 2020. 

According to the commission, this growth in internet subscriptions and consequently in telecom sector culminated in  the quick recovery of the nation’s   economy from its recent  recession with a contribution of 12.45% to the Gross Domestic Product. 

Globacom garnered the most percentage growth from  28,934,439 data users at the end of 2019 to 40,106,659 at the end of 2020, an addition of 11,172,220 new data subscribers or 39% growth in its data subscriber base. The growth outstrips the 22 percentage growth recorded in the sector in the year under review.

MTN was  second on the growth chart with a   21% growth, while Airtel recorded 20% increase to place third with  9mobile suffering  a loss with a 12% drop in its  data subscription figure.

Industry watchers disclosed that Glo data services are buoyed by the huge capacity international submarine cable called Glo1, a wholly owned facility that brought unprecedented bandwidth from Europe to Nigeria and other West African countries.

 It is the only  operator in Nigeria with integrated domestic and International network, while its high speed optic fibre network spans thousands kilometers covering almost the entire Nigerian landmass.

Globacom has a history of consistent network upgrade  which is recognized as one of the factors which  enhances data service delivery to Glo  subscribers who enjoy  attractive data packages with unmatched value.

Glo’s Appointment Manager further eases NIN registration

The hassles encountered by Nigerians in registering for the National Identity Number (NIN) were further reduced on Tuesday as Globacom launched an app that makes it possible for people to choose a day, time and location convenient for them to undergo the process.

According to Globacom, the app, tagged Appointment Manager, was “unveiled to help our numerous subscribers and Nigerians in general to reduce the stress involved in the NIN registration process”.

The Company added that, through the utilization of the app, customers will go through the process hassle-free, which saves them time and also ensures the registration is done in a safe and Covid-19-compliant environment, with fewer people in attendance.

To use the app, Glo said the customer will “Enter the URL https://ninappt.gloworld.com/  on any browser and enter phone number in this format: 08050000000. This will be followed by clicking on the date icon to select available dates for the month, followed by selection of desired state and shop. Next is the selection of the desired time to be followed by entrance of the number provided by the app to ensure the customer is indeed a  human being, after which he or she will click on Submit.”

The company added that, “Customers will then receive an SMS notification with an ID, Scheduled date and shop to visit which he will present at the shop”.

Globacom which urged its subscribers to make utmost use of the app for the registration, also advised those who are yet to link their NIN with their mobile numbers to text their NIN to 109, adding that they can also dial *109*NIN# to submit their NIN or  call 109 to update their NIN via voice call.

For further enquiries, the company urged members of the public to contact its customer contact channels, 121 for prepaid and 200 for post paid, or to visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin

Why we launched Youtube Time-Based Plans – Glo

National Telecommunication Company, Globacom has stated the new Youtube Time- based Plans were unveiled to enable all its esteemed customers to enjoy exciting Youtube content at a much cheaper rate than they are typically used to.

In a statement in Lagos, the company said that the new plan will also allow more subscribers to access its products and services, in addition to expanding its bouquet of innovative and affordable price offerings.

With the new Youtube time-based plans, Globacom said its numerous subscribers will have more opportunities to stream their favourite YouTube videos.

The new package, according to the company, consists of four different price plans. The first is N50 for 1 hour, the second, N130 for 3 hours, the third, N50 for 5 hours (Night) and N200 for 7 hours (Night). It assured customers that fair usage policy will apply on each of the plans with fixed volume.

“These new plans have been uniquely developed so that each price pack has a streaming time allocated to it. For example, on the N50 plan the customer can use the 1-hour streaming in sections of 10 minutes or 20 minutes, all within 1-day”

GLO ANNOUNCES BONUS DATA BUNDLES IN PROMO

Huge bonus data bundles await Globacom’s subscribers as the telecommunications provider announced a new season of Smartphone Festival which will give up to 36GB of data to customers who buy two smartphones from its sales outlets across Nigeria.

Globacom disclosed that the models of handheld devices available for purchase include iPhones, Samsung, Tecno, Vivo, Infinix, Nokia, Imose and Itel. It stated that subscribers should “be rest assured  of the genuineness of the phones which come with warranties and after sales support from the manufacturers”, adding that the prices at the Gloworld outlets are also the most competitive in the market. 

The company which said in a press statement  that  the data bonuses will be enjoyed by customers who buy two smartphones from Gloworld shops across the country disclosed that it was delighted to  excite  its customers with the mouth-watering promo.

Globacom disclosed that the data slabs on offer range from 3G to 36G spread over six months  depending on the choice of smartphone devices picked by customers. 

According to the company, the offer is its way of adding flavour to its customers’ Valentine seasons enjoyment.  “We expect that our customers will be engaged in a lot of online activities on  February 14 and the days after, so we decided to make it easier for them to buy devices at affordable prices for themselves and their loved ones. They will also use the free data bundles accruing from the promo to access their loved ones to express their feelings of love and commitment,” Globacom added.  

The offer starts on February 8th and ends on February 22nd,  2021.

Glo-sponsored African Voices ChangeMakers engages two social re-orientation campaigners

Two social re-orientation activists of African descent are guests on this week’s African Voices ChangeMakers, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by telecommunications services provider, Globacom.

The duo of Kennedy Odede, a Kenyan  social entrepreneur and canvasser for free education,  and Stephen Asante, a mental health advocacy campaigner, will be engaged on the programme.

Odede, 37, a polyglot who is fluent in six languages, founded Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) which makes clean water and medical care accessible to urban slums across Kenya. He also runs free education   for girls in the densely populated demographics of the country as well as helping individuals start small businesses.  

He is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum and an Obama Foundation Africa Leader. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author who was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, and listed on the Forbes Under-30 Top Social Entrepreneurs in 2014.

On his part, Asante is the founder of a non-governmental organization, Mental Health Advocacy Foundation, in Accra, Ghana, which promotes the prevention and control of mental illnesses in Ghana and fights to change perceptions on mental health in the same country by providing education and advocacy for the mentally challenged and their families.

His organization equally collaborates with the Ghanaian government to improve mental health services while working with local organizations to reduce the stigma associated with mental afflictions in the country.

African Voices ChangeMakers will be on DSTV Channel 401 on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. Repeats of the edition will be aired  the same Saturday at 12 noon; on Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m. and  7.30 p.m. and on Monday at1.30 a.m.

Pink Box Project

We intend to reach tens of thousands of girls and women across Africa – Oma Areh

Girls With Period Initiative (GWP) recently launched ‘the Pink Box project’ at the Tejuosho Shopping Complex on the 2nd of December, 2020. The Pink Box project seeks to provide and distribute free sanitary pad dispensers at public places such as malls, schools and churches to counter the emergency period issues of girls and women across Africa.

In attendance at the socially distanced event were Secondary school students, young girls and women, amongst others.

Speaking at the event, Founder and Project Manager for Girls With Period Initiative (GWP), Patricia Vin-Okopi said;

This project and event are so dear to me because of my own personal experience. There are many times women and girls have had to hide or feel embarrassed due to seeing their period unexpectedly in public places. Asides from us providing the sanitary pad dispensers, we also want to encourage women to never be ashamed of their period through this event.

Actress and member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie also encouraged women to never hide or feel ashamed about their period.  In a statement to the attendees, she said;

Being a part of this project is really important to me, mostly because it’s one of the many projects we plan to work on to eliminate period poverty. A girl child or woman is out there somewhere with little or no access to proper menstrual hygiene and with this project, we hope to reach them and provide the proper and necessary menstrual care they need. I urge parents to do better in educating their children about periods and never make them feel it’s something they should hide or be embarrassed about. We need to normalise periods and stop projecting it as something dirty, strange or shameful.

Founder of WildFlower PR & Company and Chairman, Board of Directors for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, ‘Oma Areh addressed the stigma attached to periods and how GWP is tackling them.

Our goal with Project Pink Box is impacted; we intend to reach tens of thousands of girls and young women across Africa who are still dealing with less than sanitary periods. Our goal is to ensure that whenever a girl gets her period, she will be able to walk into a public place and pick a pad for free. This year, through the Pink Box Project, we want everyone to realise, understand and contribute towards ensuring that every girl deserves a free sanitary pad.

At the event, guests were educated on menstrual hygiene, including the stigma associated with women and periods. The men were not left out as they were also taught on how to approach and assist women that might have found themselves in an emergency period situation in public. A Q and A session was also conducted while the first Pink Box was stocked and displayed for the audience.

ABOUT GIRLS WITH PERIOD INITIATIVE (GWP)

Over 10,000 young girls across Africa have received menstrual kits courtesy of the Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative (GWP). GWP is on a mission to completely eradicate period poverty across Africa through the provision and distribution of sanitary pads to women and girls. It is a social movement that also educates women and girls, especially the underprivileged about menstrual hygiene, self-esteem and sex education. Notable trustees include Actress and Movie Producer, Mercy Johnson-Okojie. Advocates include Reality Star, Khafi Kareem and Princess Ekeinde.

To support the Pink Box Project, contact at +234706594161 or info@girlswithperiod.org.

NIN registration commences at Glo retail shops

Registration of citizens for the National Identification Number (NIN)  has commenced at several of  Globacom’s one-stop  retail shops across Nigeria.

The company disclosed in a press release issued on Friday that it has already deployed devices aligned with NIMC standards and kick-started  the exercise in several Gloworld shops, while arrangements have been concluded for retail outlets  in other parts of the country to join presently.

This is sequel to the approval licence granted the telecommunications giant  by Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for the enrolment of Nigerians  who are yet to register.

The statement said it had commenced the exercise in several Gloworld outlets,  adding that arrangements are being concluded for retail outlets that are not live yet for NIN enrolment to also begin soon.

“Subscribers who  have secured  their NIN but have not linked them with their mobile numbers can do so by simply texting their NIN to 109. Alternatively, they may dial *109# to submit their NIN. Customers can also call 109 to update their NIN via voice call,” Glo said.

The total telecommunications solutions provider enjoined those  having additional enquiries to contact any of its customer contact channels or visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin​ for further support.

It equally restated commitment to seeing to it that customers enjoy seamless experience on its network while pledging continued support for Government’s efforts geared towards creating  a secure and sustainable communications industry in Nigeria.

Glo propels growth in telecoms sector in Q3, 2020

Data grandmasters, Globacom, drove the growth in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry in the third quarter of 2020, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The data showed that the sector grew substantially in the quarter propelled by data subscriptions which rose by 23 percent year on year to stand at 151,063,413 million subscribers at the end of September, 2020. The figure for the corresponding period of 2019 was 122,792,291.

While Globacom recorded a 33.2 percent growth in its internet subscriber base between September, 2019, and September, 2020, MTN which came second had a growth percentage of 24.5 during the same period. Airtel, on its part, recorded 21.4% growth year on year. On the other hand, the NBS report showed that the fourth operator, 9mobile, witnessed a decline during the period under review. The network suffered a 14% slide in its internet subscriber figures between September, 2019, and September, 2020.

Glo data services are powered by the huge capacity international submarine cable called Glo-1, a wholly owned facility that brought unprecedented bandwidth from Europe to Nigeria and other West African countries.

Globacom’s remarkable performance in the sector is believed to be a result of the continuing network upgrade which has enhanced data service delivery to its subscribers. Company sources say Globacom is also continuing the extension of its massive fibre routes pan Nigeria at an accelerated pace so as to further improve broadband penetration and the range of Glo 4G+ data services to all parts of the country.

In addition to this, Globacom offers subscribers attractive data packages with unmatched value. For instance, 7GB goes for only N1500, while N10,000 gives the subscriber 50GB. It also has the Mega Data plans meant for Home Broadband users such as Small Office Home Office (SOHO) and SME customers as well as high end customers who have the need for higher data benefits with longer validity periods. Apart from these, Globacom also has numerous social data plans which meet every customer’s social needs.