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Aba Hackathon Challenge Opens Application Portal for Startups

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The application portal for ‘Aba Hackathon Challenge’ opened for Startups and teams with great ideas on how to add value to the Aba manufacturing clusters.

 

The Hackathon Challenge is an extension of the Proudly Made in Aba Campaign by TBWA in partnership with #StartupSouth and funded by Ford Foundation.

 

The portal will close on February 26, 2018 with the main event scheduled for March 16, 2018.

 

The initial campaign brought more attention to the Aba manufacturing clusters – exposing the great innovative and resilient spirit of the traders/manufacturers.

 

It also exposed the challenges and deficiencies as well as steps required to fully actualize the mandate of the campaign which is to inspire a revolutionary growth of the Aba manufacturing clusters through re-energized interest in their products from both within and outside Nigeria.

 

Proudly Made in Aba Campaign Insight

Some of the insights from the campaign revealed that over eight hundred thousand (800,000) pairs of shoes, three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) Belts, Bags and other leather goods are manufactured everyday in Aba.

 

Also, another One Million, Five Hundred Thousand (1,500,000) Clothing items are manufactured every week in Aba.

 

This is excluding other manufacturing activities around industries such as upholstery, metal, machine and automobile repairs and fabrication.

 

Some of the challenges identified range from access to market, distribution/logistic difficulties, lack of marketing/branding knowledge to lack of modern manufacturing equipment and processes to mention just a few.

 

The Right Teams / Who Should Apply

The Hackathon Challenge is seeking passionate teams familiar with and knowledgeable about issues mentioned (and others not mentioned) here and building a solution that can solve any or all of the problems.

 

To be successful, teams should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the problem, the impact of their solution to the stated problem area and the experience of their team.

 

Virgin ideas may apply, however, ideas with traction backed by experienced teams stand a better chance.

 

A shortlist of 10 teams will be pre-approved to proceed to the Hackathon camp and made to present to a panel of judges comprised of multi-disciplined seasoned business leaders.

 

About #StartupSouth

#StartupSouth is a Startup Ecosystem development project by Havilah & Hills with a mission to expose, connect and attract investment to startups/founders in the South-South and South-East. Please see www.startupsouth.org for more information

 

About TBWA\Concept 

TBWA\Concept is part of a global network of 300 agencies in over 100 countries committed to helping brands find strategic and creative white space with the main objective of achieving growth through our proprietary strategic tool, Disruption. Please see www.tbwaconcept.com for more information

 

About Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation is an international philanthropy organisation dedicated to the advancement of human welfare through reducing poverty and promoting democratic values, peace, and educational opportunity.

Please see www.fordfoundation.org for more information

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102.3 Max FM Ranked No.1 Music Station in Lagos

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It’s official! 102.3 Max FM is now rated the No.1 music station in Lagos with over 1.6 million listeners every day.

Figures just released from the official industry – wide All Media & Products Survey (AMPS) show that 102.3 MAX FM increased its audience share from 14% in March to 26% in April (+85%).

In pure thousands, 102.3 MAX FM increased its number of daily listeners from 846,024 in March to 1,607,782 in April, an increase of 761,758 listeners, or a staggering 90% increase month on month.

The Max Breakfast show with Debbie and Mark, from 5am to 10am, is now on course to attract one million listeners per day, as the April AMPS research records 930,289 listeners per day (17% share).

TVC Communications Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hanlon said; “These figures are astounding and an acknowledgement that the unique sound of 102.3 MAX FM, which was only launched in October 2017, is a huge hit with 15-34 year old listeners in Lagos.

The research results also demonstrate that 102.3 MAX FM is now one of the most successful radio launches, not just in Lagos, but throughout Nigeria and that our target demographic loves our format of less talk and more hit music. We now look forward to rolling out the MAX FM brand throughout the major cities of Nigeria and in particular the launch of MAX FM Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) in just a few weeks from now.  A big thank you to all our advertisers, our brilliant presenters and staff and of course, our loyal listeners.”

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NBC Closes Reach FM Linked to Okorocha, Imo Gov.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has closed down indefinitely Reach FM, a newly established radio station allegedly owned by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state for operating without licence.

 

Alhaji Bugudu Almalik, director, Media Operation Unit of NBC, said in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, that neither the name of Rochas Okorocha nor any member of his family was issued with radio operating license.

He wondered why individual could resume operation of a radio station when neither his name nor his agent reflected in the board of trustees of the firm that applied for Reach FM.

 

According to him, having failed to secure a radio license, the owner connived with some NBC workers to locate owners of approved licenses that were not in operation, saying that when NBC found one that was not in use, the owners bought over their license in the form of partnership, describing it as an action that is not allowed by NBC laws.

 

Furthering, he added that following their lack of regard for due process, the owners in connivance with one Mr. Kennedy Zanders commenced broadcasting in the station without NBC visitation, confirmation nor approval

 

The NBC director expressed bitterness that the act drew the anger of the NBC which since ordered the immediate closure of the station with an ongoing probe on how he obtained Reach FM license.

 

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Channels TV Reporter Dies in Yobe

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Jonathan Gopep, Channels TV reporter in Yobe state, is dead. He died after a brief illness at Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu on Thursday.

 

Aged 47 years, the late Gopep was a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri.

 

Late Gopep who was a reporter of Yobe State Television (YTV) joined Channels Television out of passion, at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency.

 

He was described by his colleagues as an excellent reporter and a perfect gentleman.

 

Our correspondent also gathered that he was managing himself for two weeks after being diagnosed with liver infection.

 

“Two days ago, his health condition continued deteriorating. He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon where he died few hours later,” his neighbour, Musa M Buba disclosed.

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