By Sodeinde Temidayo David
Nigerian digital compliance and security company, Identitypass, has secured $360,000 in pre-seed funding, which would be used to expand the team, serve and get more customers including research and development.
The funding round saw the participation of CCHub, Midlothian Angel Network, D Global Ventures Fund and other Angel Investors.
Launched in January 2021 by Mr Lanre Ogungbe, Mr Niyi Adegboye and Mr David Obi, Identitypass has been noted to deliver seamless identity verification solutions to various businesses.
The platform provides easy-to-use compliance and data security platform that allows businesses online to easily authenticate and validate the genuineness of a transacting party.
This is done through the existing forms of identification ranging from personal traits to government-issued identity cards to every bit of data that can help uniquely identify individuals and businesses while dealing with people, money and data in an easy, secure and faster way.
With a variety of products that include identity checker, Identity graph, Identity form and biometrics technologies, Identitypass is currently powering the verification engine or solution for over 170 businesses but hopes to power more businesses in the coming quarters with upcoming verification products.
The firm has also established strategic partnerships to make its product usage kick off in multiple continents, such as America and Asia.
According to the company, its operation is set on a vision is to build a world-class compliance and security infrastructure for Africa free from identity theft and compliance bottlenecks.
And the new fund generated would be used by the company for customer acquisition, research and development, and team expansion.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Identitypass, Mr Lanre Ogungbe, noted that the organisation aims to achieve more with modern products that do not only keep businesses secured but also secures every internet user in the region.
NW Tech Capital Appoints Stella Damasus to Help Boost African Expansion
By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigerian veteran actor and singer, Stella Damasus, has been appointed as the lead Consultant for talent acquisition of Las Vegas-based company, NW Tech Capital (NWTT) Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.
In a statement, the company said, “NW Tech Capital and TROPICSLAB is pleased to announce that award-winning Nollywood celebrity Stella Damasus, has joined us, as lead Consultant for talent acquisition of the company’s Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.”
It was disclosed that she will be tasked with the responsibility to expand the company’s tentacles by acquiring the best talents to fulfil the vision of establishing a flurry of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands across Africa.
NW Tech Capital, a publicly traded diversified holding company that was founded in 1996, is actively involved in the acquisition and investment of small, mid-size, and development-stage private businesses in varied industries.
Based on Tropicslab’s clinically tested formula, over the next five years, NWTT projects to invest at least $100,000,000 in Africa, in Skincare research and development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing, to generate substantial revenue for our shareholders and to help combat skin cancer for people of colour.
Speaking on the projection, NWTT CEO Mr Cedric Yengo said – “Stella brings with her a wealth of experience and refined skill in talent acquisition that is almost unparalleled in today’s market.
“With her extensive connections in the industry and her acumen for strategic alliances, we believe that Stella will help us to position ourselves as the premier Beauty and Wellness Company, in the nearest future”.
According to Ms Edith Delight CEO of Tropicslab, “The Task Force led by Stella Damasus will begin accepting applications from celebrities immediately, for the creation of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands”.
Orazulike Joins Ecobank Nigeria Board as Non-Executive Director
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A seasoned business magnate, corporate administrator and philanthropist, Mr Nnaeto Orazulike, has been appointed to the board of Ecobank Nigeria Limited as a non-executive director.
A statement from the financial institution disclosed that the appointment of the founder and Group Managing Director of Genesis Group took effect from April 2022.
Genesis Group is a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in restaurants, cinemas, hotels, food production and oil & gas services and production.
The businessman would be expected to the board his wealth of experience from similar positions in the past as he had previously served on the board of Fidelity Bank Plc between 2008 and 2017.
He is the National Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Trade Group on Tourism and Hospitality. He also currently sits on the boards of various companies and organizations including Shelf Drilling Nigeria, West African Metal Processing Co. Ltd., Fate Foundation, and Spiritan University, Nnochi Imo State.
Mr Orazulike is a graduate of the University of Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Executive Training Program. He was also awarded the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Port Harcourt in 2015
It was stated that he was picked for this position because he has distinguished himself as a leader in his various endeavours, pioneering and promoting professions through the growth of indigenous talents in Nigeria and beyond.
It was said that the appointee embodies the pan-African vision of the bank and brings with him the wealth of experience, professionalism, and integrity which has earned him national and international acclaim.
Adewale Oyerinde Takes Over as New NECA DG
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde as the Director-General of the association, effective on Monday, August 1, 2022.
NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale in September 2021.
Mr Adeniyi said that Mr Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for and take it to greater heights.
Prior to his ascension, Mr Oyerinde was the Deputy Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.
Mr Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the association.
He has over 16 years of experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Federation/Business Membership Organisation Management.
Mr Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer
He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.
Mr Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), among others.
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