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Comviva Gets More Global Recognition



Comviva SMS Firewall Vendor

Comviva has continued to soar higher and recently, it was mentioned in a market guide for the second consecutive time.

The global leader in mobility solutions was recently recognized by the world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner, in its two reports.

The firm was mentioned as a Representative Vendor in the recent Gartner Market Guide for Digital Banking Multichannel Solutions. It was also recognized in Payment Gateways and Processors category in the Gartner Digital Commerce Vendor Guide, 2020.

This recognition validates that Comviva is one of the leading vendors in digital banking and payments space both on issuing and acquiring side of the business.

According to the Gartner Market Guide for Digital Banking Multichannel Solutions, “Customer service capabilities are being digitally enabled into multichannel customer journeys, complementing mobile and online banking.

“Bank CIOs should evaluate these solutions by assessing channel-specific functions, curation of common APIs and availability of metrics to support best practices.”

Comviva (mobiquity® Banking Suite) has been recognized as a Representative Vendor for Digital Banking Multichannel Solutions in the report.

It provides a comprehensive solution to banks and financial institutions to build, manage, optimize and deliver the multi-channel banking experience, as well as continuously iterate and engage the consumers, through instant configuration capability, personalization and experimentation engine.

The platform also provides one digital backend delivering optimized APIs for every front-end channel, enabling multi-channel experience.

This empowers banks to deliver a consistent, unified and hyper-personalized experience, thereby enhancing the consumer’s value, and, subsequently, profitably transition to the digital age.

According to The Gartner Digital Commerce Vendor Guide, 2020, “Digital commerce technology is critical to organizations investing in a digital business strategy.

“Application leaders should study this guide to understand the vendors and solutions supporting digital commerce technology, with a view to prioritizing areas of investment.”

Comviva (payPLUS) has been recognized in ‘Payment Gateways and Processors’ category in the report. payPLUS is a white-labelled payment acceptance platform for digital merchants and merchant acquirers, which enables merchants to accept payments, across different channels such as online and in-store, and through different payment instruments such as cards and digital wallets.

payPLUS has a Smart Payment Gateway functionality which is explicitly built to process online payments.

payPLUS Smart Payment Gateway captures online transaction details, processes it, routes it to the concerned party for further actions and communicates the transaction status to the merchant and consumers.

Payment details are captured by the payPLUS checkout forms, which will be utilized by the merchants depending on the type of applications they own.

payPLUS web checkout forms can be integrated with merchant web applications. payPLUS in-app checkout forms SDK, Apple Pay SDK and Android Pay SDK can be integrated with merchant mobile applications. payPLUS has a special Smart Routing module which provides merchant with the ability to set up transaction routing rules on a console to achieve lowest MDR costs with the highest success rates.

Speaking on the recognition, Srinivas Nidugondi, EVP and COO, Mobile Financial Solutions, Comviva said “We are thrilled to be listed by the world’s leading research and advisory company Gartner in their Market Guide for Digital Banking Multichannel Solutions and The Gartner Digital Commerce Vendor Guide, 2020.

“I believe these mentions are testimony to the fact that we are delivering world-class digital financial solutions to our clients.

“We are proud that our digital financial solutions power financial services of over 110 banks, financial institutions and telecom operators catering to more than 1 billion consumers globally, processing over 7 billion transactions valuing $160 billion annually.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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Mediacraft’s John Ehiguese to Head Lagos NIPR Education Committee



Mediacraft’s John Ehiguese NIPR Education Committee

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Chief Executive Officer of Mediacraft Associates Limited, Mr John Ehiguese, has been appointed as the chairman of the Training and Education Committee of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

“I am delighted to inform you that the Executive Council of the Lagos State Chapter has approved your appointment as the Chairman, Training and Education Committee of the Chapter,” a letter dated January 17, 2022, and signed by the chairman of the PR body, Ms Comfort Nwankwo, stated.

It was stated that Mr Ehiguese was chosen for the position because of his leadership, passion and contributions to the advancement of quality education and training for communications professionals in the country. The NIPR Education Committee has a total of 10 members.

“In constituting your committee, the painstaking effort has been made to choose discerning, bright and knowledgeable professionals of impeccable character, professional accomplishments having held long-time leadership roles representing significant stakeholder groups,” another part of the letter stated.

“By this appointment, we are confident that you will bring your deep knowledge and invaluable experience to bear on this exciting assignment,” she added.

In his remarks, Mr Ehiguese expressed his appreciation for the appointment, promising to put in his best to help strengthen the institute’s training and master class programmes.

“I am deeply honoured to be appointed to head such a critical committee. I am confident that as a committee, we will put in our best to further strengthen the institute’s training and education programmes,” the renowned PR practitioner said.

Mr Ehiguese, who founded Mediacraft, a leading PR firm in the country, over 18 years ago, has close to 30 years of experience in public relations and communications.

A consummate professional, Mr Ehiguese has contributed immensely to the development of PR in Nigeria. He was at one-time president of the Public Relations Consultant Association of Nigeria (PRCAN). He is on the Board of Management of International Communications Consultants Organization (ICCO) and has functioned in the ICCO as a judge for the body’s Global PR Award.

He remains a strong advocate of support by the government for local PR players through patronage and partnerships.

Last year, Mr Ehiguese instituted a training and mentorship programme for mass communications undergraduates and prospective PR practitioners, as part of his contributions to the growth of the industry.

In recognition of his invaluable contributions, Mr Ehiguese has won several industry awards, including the Best Public Relations practitioner in 2019 and a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2021 Lagos PR Industry Gala & Awards (LaPRIGA).

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Power Black Aims to Disrupt Nigerian Energy Drinks Market



Power Black Energy drink

By Adedapo Adesanya

Power Black Energy drink, a Turkish energy drink with a presence in over 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, has landed in Nigeria, being the first and only energy drink in Nigeria with a hygienic cover.

Speaking at a recent launch, the Marketing Manager of Frisson Nigeria Limited, the sole distributor of Power Black Energy Drink in Nigeria, Mr Ojotobor Samuel, said Power Black Energy Drink is a premium energy drink that offers Nigerians needed the power to achieve their goals with class and finesse.

Mr Ojotobor said as the first and only energy drink with a hygienic cover in Nigeria, Power Black seeks to encourage healthy consumption of energy drinks whereby consumers do not have to finish the can of drink at a go as it can be preserved with the hygienic cover all day long.

The Frisson Nigeria boss said Power Black Energy Drink is made with clean water, sugar glucose syrup, carbon dioxide, acidity regulator (Citric acid & Sodium citrate), Taurine, Vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6. These ingredients, according to him enrich the human body with desired energy and account for the positive effect on the cognitive performance of every individual.

He added that there is no negative side effect to Power Black energy drink if consumed in moderation and advised Nigerians that it is healthy to consume everything, including water in moderation.

Validating the claims of the distributing firm, a representative of the manufacturer, Ares Gida Manufacturing-Turkey, Mr Recep Yildiz said Power Black Energy drink is made with finest of ingredients and purest of water and it guarantees good health and energy for Nigerians.

He added that the brand is the leading brand in the energy drinks market of countries like Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mali.

As the latest entrant in the Nigerian market, the company has noted that the brand will soon take its leadership position in Nigeria.

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Customers to Enjoy Free Delivery on Jumia Express Orders



Jumia Express orders

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Customers of Jumia will enjoy free delivery of goods shopped on the prominent e-commerce platform via the Jumia Express orders.

A statement from the company said this offering is part of its Free Delivery campaign designed to incentivize consumers to shop online, especially on the platform.

The Free Delivery campaign on Jumia Express orders is mainly available for consumers in Lagos and Abuja.

According to the firm, the deal will be valid for all Jumia Express (items stored at the Jumia warehouse) orders above N4,999 in Lagos and Abuja, excluding large items.

The campaign, one of the first for the year, is among several initiatives the company is putting together to encourage consumers to continue shopping on the platform while enjoying a rewarding online shopping experience.

Commenting on the initiative, the chief executive of Jumia Nigeria, Mr Massimiliano Spalazzi, stated that, “We want Nigerians to conveniently shop online without having to worry about delivery fees.”

“That is why we are introducing the cost-saving promo to enable them to buy more while spending less,” he further stated.

Jumia is unarguably the biggest online shopping platform in Africa, with operations in Nigeria and other countries.

It is also one trust e-commerce company used by online shoppers to purchase different ranges of items, including raw and cooked foods.

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