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Plaqad names Gbenga Sogbaike as CEO, following Time& Ink merger

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Plaqad, a social network connecting brands and individuals to bloggers, news websites, publishers and social influencers (micro-bloggers), today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Gbenga Sogbaike as Chief Executive Officer.

“Gbenga brings to Plaqad a solid track record of value creation,” said Ayeni Adekunle, Chairman and Founder of Plaqad.

“He has consistently delivered superior returns through his vast knowledge of the market, coupled with strong execution. He is young, brilliant and hungry and we’re confident he is the right leader to take Plaqad through its next stage of growth and achievement.”

Meet Gbenga Sogbaike

Gbenga has a strong background in content marketing, digital PR and communications having worked five years in different capacities in Marketing and Tech industries. He was at one time Marketing and Communications Officer at Jobberman, and has also worked independently with different brands and agencies including BHM, Glassdoor, and Insidify among others.

Gbenga also contributes to top international publications like The Huffington Post, Bizcommunity, Business2community.com and Glassdoor.com. He recently launched Time&Ink, a content marketing agency in 2016 and already worked on a number of very successful campaigns for some of Nigeria’s biggest brands. Gbenga is an alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology.

“The opportunities available to Plaqad are enormous and I feel deeply humbled to be called upon to lead the early phase of the business. I am focused on speeding up the innovation and execution required by our customers and also ensuring that we deliver on our promise of seamless, efficient and effective influencer marketing, content development, and syndication for all our users,” he said.

Plaqad is also concluding a merger with Time&Ink, a content marketing agency founded in 2016. The merger follows Plaqad’s resolve to strengthen the company to better and more efficiently cater to all content marketing and digital communications needs of its users, strongly underpinned by the best-in-class technology.

About Plaqad 

Founded in 2017, Plaqad helps individuals, brands and agencies run effective and very affordable marketing campaigns by connecting them with top publishers and influencers around the world. In just over six months since it launched, Plaqad has completed over 120 orders, signed on nearly 1000 influencers, partnered and worked with over 100 publishers and has already become the go-to platform for content placement and influencer marketing in West Africa. Plaqad has paid out over 5 million naira within this period. Interestingly, it has also been able to attract patronage from foreign brands in countries including UAE, US and UK.

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Christopher B. Pemu has a degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos. He joined Nairametrics in 2014 as News Editor and later as Managing Editor. He currently serves as the General Manager of Nairametrics. He takes pleasure in traveling, enjoys world politics and in sport, he loves watching football and tennis.

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Furera Jumare resigns from Union Bank Board following appointment by Jigawa State

Mrs. Furera Isma Jumare has resigned her role on the Board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.

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Following her appointment as Director-General of the Jigawa State Investment Promotion Agency, Mrs. Furera Isma Jumare has resigned her role as Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. This in line with regulatory guidelines precluding certain categories of public servants from serving on boards of banks and other financial institutions.

Commenting on the Mrs. Jumare’s resignation, Board Chair, Mrs. Beatrice Hamza-Bassey, said:

“Since joining the Board in May 2017, Furera has been an invaluable voice in the Boardroom. Her experience and professional counsel directly contributed to our wins in recent years and in helping us navigate challenging times. She also served studiously as the Chair of the Board Governance Committee and Member of the Board Audit and Risk Management Committees. On behalf of the Board, I thank her for her diligent service and wish her much success as she answers the call of service to her State.”

Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Emeka Emuwa, said:

“Furera’s appointment is a clear acknowledgement of her experience and accomplishments in her long career including in her role as Director with Union Bank. The Board and Management are grateful for her service and wish her the best in her new role.”

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 Mrs. Jumare’s resignation is effective immediately.

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Our website not shut down – First Bank of Nigeria Plc

The management of First Bank of Ni has dismissed rumours alleging that its website was shut down.

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FirstBank Agric Expo sets to promote new agribusiness opportunities

Our attention has been drawn to the tweet making the rounds on social media on shutting down the FirstBank website following a false tweet that the Bank prevented staff from joining the ongoing protests in the country.

As the largest banking institution in Nigeria, it is not unlikely that we may be seen as a target in circumstances such as these. This is rather unfortunate as we believe far-reaching reform is necessary and we have said as much on a number of occasions across our platforms.

In the process of change, some pain will be borne by all and some anger may well be misdirected. We understand this as a part of the process of the struggle.

We have a large staff strength and an even larger customer base who may be affected by any disruption and this would be a pity as a number are also contributing in many ways to ensure that voices are heard and required action is taken.

We have been consistent in our message on the need to end all brutality and carry out necessary reforms. We will continue to lend our voice accordingly.

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NSE to host industry leaders at Oil and Gas sector webinar

The Exchange is set to host key players across the entire oil and gas value chain at its Oil and Gas sector webinar. 

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “The Exchange”) will host an Oil and Gas sector webinar on Tuesday, 20 October 2020.

With the theme, Perspectives of Operators and Industry Experts Post-COVID-19the webinar will bring together key players across the entire oil and gas value chain to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector as well as its reactions to global trends, government policies, funding dynamics, key challenges and potential shifts. Interested participants can register to attend at  http://bit.ly/nse-oilandgas-webinar.

The event will be headlined by the Honourable Minister for State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva; the Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Lamido Yuguda; and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari. It will feature a stellar line-up of global speakers across the public and private sector who will analyse global trends and insights that will shape the future of the Nigerian oil & gas sector, provide recommendations for policymakers, and identify opportunities for long-term growth and expansion.

Speaking about the webinar, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON, noted that, “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt across diverse industries globally and the oil and gas industry is no exception. Today, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated what was already shaping up to be one of the industry’s most transformative moments, the impacts of which will likely be felt throughout oil’s global supply chains and ripple into other parts of the energy sector. Nonetheless, oil and gas will remain a multi-trillion-dollar market for decades given its role in supplying affordable energy. The question of how to create value in the new normal is therefore fundamental and one that we hope to discuss in this webinar. We envision that the insights gathered at the forum will lead to actionable solutions that can chart a more sustainable future for the oil and gas sector.”

Some of the other confirmed speakers for the event include  CEO, Seplat, Mr. Roger Brown; CEO, Niger Delta Exploration and Production, Dr. Layi Fatona; Chief Investment Officer, Global Energy, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr. Olivier Mussat;  Deputy Director, Securities and Investment Services, SEC, Mr. Abdulkadir Abbas; President Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria/CEO Vetiva Capital Management, Mr. Chuka Eseka; Executive Chairman, Àrgentil Capital Partners, Mr. Adekunle Adedeji; CEO, Ardova Plc, Mr. Olumide Adeosun; CEO, Eterna Plc (Rtd), Mr. Mahmud Tukur; CEO, Axxela Group, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya; Co-Founder/Partner, Verod Capital, Mr. Eric Idiahi; CEO, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Mr. Funso Akere; Head, Oil & Gas Coverage Renaissance Capital UK, Mr. Alex Burgansky; Oil and Gas Industry Expert, Ms. Rolake Akinkugbe Filani; and Partner and Energy Industry Leader for West Africa, PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), Pedro Omontuemhen.

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