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Top Media Firm BHM Announces New Appointments

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Top Media Firm BHM Announces New Appointments

By Dipo Olowookere

One of the leading media and marketing communications consulting firms in Nigeria, BHM, has announced the appointment of two new Executive Directors, Femi Falodun and Moruff Adenekan to its Board of Directors.

The new board was strategically constituted in line with the company’s corporate governance structure and is expected to steer BHM in the right direction towards realizing its corporate mission and vision.

Femi Falodun is currently the Chief Digital Officer for BHM. Under his leadership, BHM launched its digital agency, ID Africa, which became profitable within two years, establishing itself as a force to reckon with in digital communication and creative content marketing on the African continent.

Reacting to his appointment, Femi said, “I feel deeply honoured to take on this new role at BHM. It is a fantastic opportunity to contribute more at a strategic level to the realisation of our corporate vision and mission. I eagerly look forward to working with the Board and excellent staff across different units to strengthen BHM’s standing as an industry leader.”

Femi has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry, an MBA, and post-graduate diploma in Marketing. Before joining BHM in 2014, he spent 6 years at Zenith Bank Plc, working in Operations, Marketing and Consumer Banking functions.

Adenekan who was just recently announced as the new General Manager/COO of BHM was before his appointment, Head of Operations at C&F Porter Novelli Lagos. Prior to C&F Porter Novelli, Adenekan had worked with Chain Reactions Nigeria, Medallion Consulting, Commstrat Associates and Campaign & Concept Advertising and serviced clients in sectors such as fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, media, utilities, government among many others.

In his comment, Moruff said: “I am excited to join the BHM Board; the company has done well for itself. The task ahead is to take the firm to the next stage of growth and development. I look forward to working with other members of the Board and creating a proactive, productive and energetic team.”

In a statement confirming the appointments, Founder and CEO, BHM, Ayeni Adekunle said, “We are confident that the new people coming on board will add great value to our Board of Directors and that BHM will benefit from their experience, insights, judgment and counsel”.

In addition to these board announcements, BHM has also announced the official appointment of two new business heads, Jide Taiwo and Philip Ugbah.

Jide Taiwo was appointed as the Executive Editor of the company’s internet media and entertainment division. Jide started his career as a freelance journalist in 2008 and became Editor for Bubbles Magazine where he was for three years.

Jide commented on his appointment saying, “I am honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading NET and her other titles in consolidating on all the gains made in the last seven years of our existence. In the postmodern era in which we all live in now, the media’s role is more important than ever and the team and I are excited to be in the forefront of shaping Nigeria’s entertainment, news and lifestyle subcultures.”

Jide brings with him a strong storytelling background and will lead the media teams- including Newsroom, Nigerian Entertainment Today 234Star.com and others into the exciting future of media and content distribution.

Philip Ugbah was named Head Corporate and Financial Services of BHM. He joined BHM early 2015 and has since worked on some of Nigeria’s biggest brands, specializing in corporate and financial services.

In the last three years, Philip has successfully stabilized the corporate business unit of BHM, winning and running business in Nigeria and overseas.

Before joining BHM, Philip worked as a project management consultant, delivering projects in FMCG and downstream Oil and Gas servicing sectors.

A graduate of University of Benin, Philip has undergone various trainings in PR, Business Strategy, communication and general management including Project management. In his day-to-day, he will lead the team of experienced PR executives in the management of all corporate and financial services accounts within the agency’s portfolio.

Confirming this next step in his career, Philip expressed his excitement at the opportunities it holds, saying, “Being selected to lead a team of brilliant minds is indeed a great honour. I am excited at this next step in my career, I look forward to the challenges that come with the new position and the opportunities it avails me to learn and contribute at a strategic level to the business growth of clients as well as the attainment of the company’s goals”

Further commenting on these appointments, Ayeni said, “We are building our company for the next 50 years and as is reflected in our mission, we want to be the world’s most innovative media and marketing solutions organization using methods and techniques that were thought impossible and solutions that put people first. The focus on people is the cornerstone of this strategy. With the requisite investment in our people, we are structuring the company to achieve its mission and deliver value above and beyond the expectation of our clients.”

BHM is a media and marketing communications consulting company headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. The company works with partners and customers from diverse market segments, the public, and hitherto uncultivated audiences to deliver the best possible results in a system that’s full of promises.

In the same vein, Nigerian Entertainment Today has confirmed the appointment of Njideka ‘Enjay’ Akabogu as the Editor of the fashion, ladies and lifestyle platform, 234Star.com.

She officially assumes her new role on September 4, 2017 and will be responsible for driving 234Star to achieve business goals and objectives as well as spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes for the platform.

Having worked in different capacities in fashion and lifestyle journalism, Njideka will be bringing her skills, talent and experience to her new title at the NET News LTD-owned platform.

The Information Science graduate and fashion enthusiast reacted to her appointment saying, “Not to sound cliché, but being entrusted with this platform is a dream come true for me. For a girl who grew up buried in the pages of old fashion and lifestyle magazines, actually being called upon to head one is such a big deal and I look forward to working with the team to build a bold, fun and super chic platform that will feel like home to every Nigerian and indeed, African woman.”

Prior to her appointment, Miss Akabogu was a content and community manager at Lagos-based digital agency, ID Africa where she created content and worked on projects for clients including 7Up, Lagos State Government, MTV Base and Accelerate TV among others.

Before her eventful stint at ID Africa, she worked as an editor at OnoBello.com where she oversaw content creation and worked on very successful PR campaigns for a number of fashion brands.

234Star.com is a fun platform set up to connect the world with the best of African women, fashion, beauty, weddings, relationships, sex, food and lifestyle in general through stories, videos, photos and games that cut across different demographics and social strata.

234star.com was initially built as Star.Ng in July 2015 and officially in launched in August 12 2015.

It rebranded to 234star.com in June 2017 and currently has a database of nearly 20,000 users with 5,000 new users per month. On social media, the platform has a cumulative monthly  reach of over 700,000.

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 dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Abiola Bawuah Emerges First Female UBA Africa CEO

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A Ghanaian national, Mrs Abiola Bawuah, has been appointed as the first female chief executive for UBA Africa, a statement from the financial institution has said.

With her appointment, she joins the group board as an executive director, overseeing the organisation’s operations across the African continent, outside Nigeria.

According to the disclosure from the lender, the appointment of Mrs Buwuah demonstrates its commitment to diversity, bringing the total number of female directors in the UBA Group Board to eight.

Prior to her appointment, Mrs Bawuah was Regional CEO of West Africa, supervising the group’s operations in nine subsidiaries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. She previously held the role of the CEO of UBA Ghana.

“Abiola has contributed significantly to the growth of UBA Africa for close to a decade. She brings a wealth of experience in commercial banking and stakeholder engagement.

“It also gives me great pleasure that with her appointment, the UBA Group Board has now become a majority female board,” the Group Board Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr Tony Elumelu, said.

Also, UBA Group has appointed Mr Chris Ofikulu as the Regional CEO of UBA West Africa. The appointee has over two decades of banking experience spanning corporate, commercial, and retail banking.

In addition, Mr Uzoechina Molokwu will take on the role of Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of UBA Ghana, subject to local regulatory approvals. He was previously the Executive Director for Business Development at UBA Côte d’Ivoire and has over 23 years of banking experience.

Further, Mr Ayokunle Olajubu has been asked to take charge of UBA Liberia, subject to local regulatory approvals. He currently drives compliance across African subsidiaries and comes with 30 years of banking experience in Nigeria and other African countries, including Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire and the Gambia.

In the statement, UBA disclosed that Ms Theresa Henshaw has been appointed as CEO of UBA UK, subject to local regulatory approvals. She was previously the DMD, Business Development, UBA America and joined the Group as ED, Business Development at UBA UK.

Similarly, Mr Usman Isiaka, currently the CEO of UBA Sierra Leone, will be the Deputy CEO of UBA America, subject to local regulatory approvals, while Mr Adeyemi Adeleke, the former CEO of UBA UK, is now the Group Treasurer. He will be working to unlock the immense value in the Group’s multi-jurisdictional balance sheet, leveraging on its presence in 24 countries within and beyond Africa.

Meanwhile, UBA has announced the retirement of Mr Samuel Oni, an independent non-executive Director, from the board following the expiration of his tenure.

He joined the UBA Group in January 2015 and served on the board of the group for eight years.

In the statement, Mr Elumelu thanked him for his commitment, leadership and extensive contributions to the UBA Group, wishing him the best in all his future endeavours.

UBA operates in 19 African countries beyond Nigeria, in addition to global operations in New York, London, Paris and the UAE. The company provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting-edge technology.

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How to Improve the Efficacy of Your Remote Workforce

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With the increasing prevalence of remote work, companies are looking for ways to make the most of their remote workforce and maximize its efficacy. As such, businesses must understand how to improve the performance of their remote teams and find effective strategies to ensure successful outcomes.

1. Effective Communication

Clear and consistent employee voice needs to be included in improving the efficacy of a remote workforce. Employers should incorporate feedback from their employees, such as through hosting employee surveys or questionnaires, to get an idea of what is working, what could use some improvement, and how they can make the remote working experience better for everyone.

It is standard employee input that will help to eliminate any potential issues before they arise. Additionally, employers should aim to foster a sense of community amongst their team members by organizing virtual meetings or check-ins where issues can be openly discussed and reliably addressed. This fosters meaningful communication between teammates and encourages creative ideas that benefit the team.

2. Appropriate Training

Another way to enhance the performance of your remote workforce is by providing appropriate training and development opportunities. Companies should ensure that all remote workers have access to the same educational materials they would receive if they worked in an office environment.

By giving employees access to online classes or webinars, businesses can ensure that their employees are up-to-date with the latest advancements in their field. Companies should also consider offering incentives or rewards when goals are met to give staff an extra incentive for performing better than expected.

3. Creating a Sense of Community

Something else employers should focus on when trying to improve the efficacy of their remote workforce is creating a sense of community amongst team members. Although this may be harder due to the physical distance between members, there are still plenty of ways for organizations to foster workplace friendships and build trust within teams – holding virtual happy hours or game nights are just some examples of what can be done remotely. Regular catch-ups allow team members to get comfortable with one another, encouraging collaboration and creativity when working together on projects.

4. Track Employee Progress

In addition, employers should consider taking measures that keep track of employee progress so they can more accurately measure performance levels among individuals regularly. Utilizing time-tracking apps or automated attendance reports are just some solutions businesses can implement which help them identify any potential issues early on with greater accuracy. Setting clear objectives and measurable outcomes also provides teams with something tangible they can aim toward while helping managers identify areas where additional support is required.

5. Keep Morale High

Employers must keep morale high amongst their remote staff by recognizing successes often while acknowledging challenges they face along the way – big and small wins! Showing appreciation through compliments or praise goes a long way towards making staff feel appreciated even though they might not physically be present every day like those who work out of an office environment would be.

Employers can also create awards programs that recognize outstanding performances throughout different departments or particular milestones achieved by individuals. These initiatives not only help boost morale but can also act as motivation for others striving towards achieving similar feats within the company too!

6. Access to All the Appropriate Tools

Finally, ensure your remote workers have access to all the tools to do their job effectively and efficiently. This means having a reliable internet connection and up-to-date hardware such as computers or laptops. Investing in cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox or Google Drive can enable collaboration among team members worldwide.

Furthermore, if certain applications or software programs are required for certain tasks, make sure those are readily available for your employees so that there won’t be any unnecessary delays or roadblocks along the way.

Conclusion

Improving efficiencies amongst your remote workforce requires careful consideration from both employer and employee alike – it’s crucial for companies who wish for success out of this venture! With technology growing ever more advanced every day now more than ever before, there exists plenty of solutions available that facilitate better communication and collaboration amongst teams no matter where each member may reside geographically. Taking advantage of such advances will go far towards helping organizations reach greater heights quicker than they thought possible beforehand.

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JTI Nigeria Remains Top Employer for 4th Consecutive Year

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Top Employer in Nigeria JTI Nigeria

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

For the fourth consecutive year, the Nigerian subsidiary of Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Habanera Limited, has been recognised as a Top Employer, while the parent firm retained its position for the 9th consecutive year.

This latest certification recognises the excellent working condition provided at the organisation as excelling in each of the assessment categories, which included outstanding HR policies and practices, employee well-being, diversity and inclusion and exceptional learning and development opportunities.

Speaking on this year’s recognition as a Top Employer in Nigeria, the General Manager of JTI’s entity in Nigeria, Mr Thomas Adams, said, “We are extremely delighted to be recertified by Top Employer Institute as a Top Employer both in Nigeria and globally. This award is a confirmation of the efficiency of our people policies, which continue to create an optimal environment for our talents to grow, thrive and fulfil their potential.”

Mr Adams further stated that, “At JTI, investment in our people is at the heart of everything we do. From the provision of equal opportunities, an open environment, and development programmes to general employee well-being initiatives, we continue to offer the right resources for our people to attain their personal and career aspirations.

“This latest award will push us to continue prioritising our people by keeping them safe, engaged and inspired towards ensuring JTI remains a great place to work for our valued talents and an attractive destination for future talents.”

The Top Employer certification is awarded by the Top Employers Institute, which conducts an annual international audit of leading employers around the world.

The research firm assesses participating companies in nine key areas: talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, and leadership development.

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