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.

Glo-sponsored African Voices brings back Mo Abudu, 2 others in compilation edition

The compilation edition of African Voices Changemakers, the Globacom-sponsored magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN), this week brings back to viewers media mogul, Mo Abudu, and two other talents who are positively affecting the African continent.

The two others are 30-year-old Elijah Amoo Addo, a Ghanaian chef and food stylist who has become a social entrepreneur through his creation of “Food for All Africa”, and Karabo Poppy Molestane who in 2019 made the Forbes list as one of Africa’s Foremost Under 30 CEOs.

Abudu hit the limelight with her talk show, Moments with Mo, on which she brought many issues to public attention through interviews with top personalities, the needy and citizens with mental health issues. In 2006, she founded her own TV channel, Ebony Life Television, which is received by viewers in over 49 countries across Africa, the UK and the Caribbean.

Ghana-based Addo uses advocacy and a food-sharing mobile phone app to feed thousands of vulnerable children through food recovery and redistribution. In collaboration with local restaurants, supermarkets, food distribution companies and rural small-hold farmers, Addo’s organization collects leftover food or unwanted food that is close to its ‘use-by’ date and redistributes it to disadvantaged children in orphanages, hospitals and low-income schools.

Born in Vereeniging, South Africa, Molestane is a multi-award-winning Illustrator, graphic designer and street artist who is committed to the preservation of her cultural heritage. She is renowned as a Nike shoe designer and basketball court murals artist who has equally worked with the Wall Street and on Netflix’s Strong Black Lead season.

 African Voices Changemakers shows on DSTV CNN Channel 401 on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. Repeat broadcasts will be aired on Sunday  at 4.30 a.m.,   7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 7.30 p.m. and on Monday at 12.30 a.m. and  5.30 a.m.

Subscribers to enjoy another season of Glo Rewards Cashtoken

Globacom has unveiled another season of its recharge-based loyalty programme, Glo Rewards Cashtoken. It is open to all existing and new Glo prepaid subscribers.

The first season which ended in October, 2020, recorded many winners across the country including  a Civil Engineering student of  Cross River State University, William Ubi, who won  N200,000; Warri-based Anthony Iyemi who smiled home with N100,000; Mohammed Tijani, a Kaduna-based farmer, who picked N20,000 as prize; Ugochi Nwaobikeze, a businesswoman in Onelga, Port Harcourt, N20,000 and Sarah Sadiq, a student of  Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, N20,000.

Globacom, in a statement released in Lagos, said that the new season was unveiled to further delight Glo subscribers, particularly those who missed out on prizes in the first season. It added that subscribers participating in the Rewards Program, just like in the first season, will earn Cashtokens each time they recharge their lines and that each Cashtoken will give an assured cashback.

Globacom added that subscribers also stand a chance to win between N5,000 and N100 million in weekly lottery draws.

 “To enroll for GloRewards, subscribers will Dial *777*6# and start recharging to earn Cashtokens. However, welcome Cashtoken awaits new customers on first recharge of N200 only, after which they will earn more Cashtokens on every cumulative recharge of N1000 during a calendar month”, Globacom explained.

For existing customers, the company said that they will earn Cashtokens on every N1000 cumulative recharge within a calendar month.

According to Globacom, subscribers will continue to earn and accumulate Cashtokens as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Thus, there is no upper limit to accumulating Cashtokens. All cashtokens will be credited in a virtual wallet that is linked to the customer’s mobile number.

“Subscribers will be able view and redeem their cashtokens by dialing *6700# to purchase airtime/data, pay electricity bills, pay CableTV bills or other payments. They can also transfer their accumulated cash tokens to the bank and cash out the equivalent value”, Globacom explained.

The second season of Glo Rewards Cashtoken runs from 18th December 2020 to 31st March, 2021.

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.