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International Volunteer Day – Oando Foundation renews commitment to adopted school through Art and Craft

Oando Foundation led a team of Oando PLC employee volunteers to engage with pupils of Metropolitan Nursery and Primary School, Sari-Iganmu.

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In commemoration of the 2019 International Volunteer Day, Oando Foundation led a team of Oando PLC employee volunteers to engage with pupils of Metropolitan Nursery and Primary School, Sari-Iganmu, Orile; an Oando Foundation adopted school. The initiative themed “Trash to Art” was aimed at refurbishing the Early Child Care classes in the school, providing age-appropriate educational materials, and increasing creativity among learners through arts and crafts using fun-based activities such as still-life drawing, class painting, creative collages, sketching and coloring, amongst others.

Mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1985, the International Volunteer Day (IVD) held annually on 5 December, is a global observance that offers organizations and individuals the opportunity to promote volunteerism; encourage Governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. It is viewed as a unique opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among communities and other spheres of influence.

Oando Foundation, through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI) continues to support the Federal Government’s efforts towards the actualization of the Universal Basic Education goal. However, there still exists a plethora of challenges directly impacting the quality of teaching and learning in primary schools including the absence of early childcare classes to cater to the needs of young learners aged 0-5 years in most public primary schools. Where available, these classes are mostly ill-equipped, lacking the requisite human and material resources to stimulate learning in a child-friendly and age-appropriate environment.

International Volunteer Day – Oando Foundation renews commitment to adopted school through Art and Craft

This year’s Volunteer Day presented a unique opportunity for Oando’s employee volunteers to make a lasting impact by working with teachers and pupils of Metropolitan Primary School to refurbish their early childcare classes for better learning outcomes, whilst also equipping them with relevant skills in arts and crafts to promote individual creativity. Pupils engaged in various activities ranging from class painting and redesign to sketching and colouring, decorative paper chain making, face painting, still-life drawing, and card making. In addition, Oando donated age-appropriate furniture and instructional materials to support the students’ learning needs. At the end of the event, pupils showed off their individual and group creations with great excitement, eager to share their newly acquired skills with others.

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Speaking on the visit, the Head of Oando Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke noted, “On this year’s International Volunteer Day, we are reminded how fortunate we are as an organization to have such dedicated individuals willing and able to volunteer their time and resources in enriching the lives of others, especially those in our adopted schools. We believe in the power of collaboration through volunteerism in actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 4 which remains Oando Foundation’s key focus. We are hopeful that today’s donations and engagement with the students have positively inspired them, and more importantly will help improve their future learning experiences for better outcomes”.

It is interesting to note that research from different bodies have shown that there are tremendous benefits to corporate volunteerism such as increased self-awareness among staff, improved collaboration, impact on revenue, and an excellent way to motivate millennial talent who are eager to give back in more tangible ways.

The Chief Compliance Officer, Oando Plc, Ayotola Jagun who also volunteered for the event appreciated employees for the impressive turnout, emphasizing the relationship between this action and Oando’s core values. “With the amount of volunteers that came out today to support the Foundation’s drive, it is evident that Oando’s core values have been embedded in our DNA. As Humans of Oando, we will continue to support the Foundation’s efforts in mobilizing resources to raise the standard of basic education in Nigeria”.

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Expressing gratitude for the goodwill extended to the school by the Foundation, the Head Teacher of Metropolitan Primary School, Mr. Abiodun Julius said: “We truly appreciate Oando Foundation for adopting our school. The Foundation has been our partner for many years; they have supported us in training our teachers, providing a perimeter fence for improved security, awarding scholarships to our students, and giving us teaching and learning materials to help our teachers and students perform better. We are very grateful for what they have done today for our students, especially those in the nursery classes”. 

Oando Foundation, through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI) is committed to designing and implementing multi-dimensional education interventions that support schools, communities, and the Nigerian Government in realizing the Sustainable Development Goal 4. To date, the Foundation has impacted over 160,000 lives across 88 schools communities in Nigeria.

About Oando Foundation

Oando Foundation is an independent Charity launched in 2011 to support the Nigerian Government to achieve its Universal Basic Education (UBE) goal. The Foundation’s vision is to create a sustainable and successful educational system in Nigeria that educates and empowers every child. Its mission is to improve learning environment in primary schools by holistically creating world-class basic education systems to the communities.

Oando Foundation is committed to transforming the educational system in Nigeria through the Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI). AASI is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) designed to improve the deplorable state of public schools and quality of education offered through an integrated and holistic approach aimed at upgrading adopted schools to acceptable standards. The AASI is focused on improving the overall quality of basic education in public primary schools in Nigeria. The programme seeks to create a sustainable, replicable and scalable model for effective teaching and learning in all adopted schools. AASI was initiated in 2007, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) in line with Oando Foundation’s mission of transforming lives through education.

Oando Foundation has adopted 88 schools across 23 States – Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, and the FCT Abuja.

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Trading club in Nigeria for US stock investors

The clubs’ mission is to simplify complex financial information and decisions so that individuals have the confidence to trade & invest better.

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Trading club in Nigeria for US stock investors

30%Club, a trading club created for modern-day investors, wants every Millennial and Gen Z to invest in US Stocks. The club aims to be the go-to platform for educational and advisory resources for stocks and crypto investing. By breaking the knowledge barrier, we serve as a learning bridge for anyone looking to trade these markets. The US Stock market is the largest in the world and so every shrewd investor wants a slice of it. Now anyone can invest on any of the three regulated US Investment apps in Nigeria.

Thanks to the recent wave of fintech startups innovating brokerage services, tech-savvy millennials now have seamless and affordable access to the US stock markets. The timely introduction of Fractional Shares means folks can invest just $10 in their favourite companies effortlessly, from their smartphones. This new breed of enthusiastic investors will be naturally overwhelmed with the technical jargon and confusing terms, so there is a need for an educational bridge.

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The clubs’ mission is to simplify complex financial information and decisions so that individuals have the confidence to trade & invest better.

Business Data Analyst Femi Adeoye notes that according to the data, amateur, retail investors have flooded into the US stock market in droves this year, with popular apps in the States reporting huge spikes in younger users.

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Mirroring the trend in America, globally first-time investors in Asia, Latin America and Nigeria are trading popular stocks like Amazon & Apple, as well as Tesla, Zoom and high-growth companies.

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Users who sign-up with 30%Club have access to a dashboard with educational content, real-time market data, charting tools, instructional videos and podcasts. The platform is free for all to sign up while premium members are charged a fee for access to market intelligence from a few pros like Jim Cramer.

The club is non-custodial which means members handle & manage their capital personally. 30%Club does not invest nor trade on behalf of the public.

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Seyi Atere-Roberts, the clubs’ founder, believes there will be a gradual explosion in active trading among young folks, even though this may begin as a side-hobby or hustle, with a potential for appetite to significantly increase as a regular monthly income. DIY Investing will become the norm, especially with the rising number of investment schemes failing to deliver their promised returns.

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What every Nigerian business owner ought to know about bouncing back from 2020

While there is indeed access to several business tools on the internet, none have quite the contextual precision of SME Shop.

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It’s been said a thousand times already, 2020 was bad. But for those in business with a go-getter spirit, the question isn’t whether 2020 was bad or not, the question is how can 2021 be better? The answer to that question is SME Shop. If 2020 proved anything, it’s that having a great product, funding, and a group of people willing to buy what you’re selling, simply isn’t enough. You need to have knowledge, the kind of knowledge that defies pandemics, protests, and economic upsets. The kind of knowledge that SME Shop provides to MSMEs for free. SME Shop is the product of a collaboration between elite advertising agency TBWA Concept and Ford Foundation, which enlists industry experts in the delivery of lectures spanning marketing, distribution, best COVID-19 business practices, and so much more. It’s essentially a free, virtual masters in business. But how is SME Shop any different from the plethora of business gurus and hacks that exist online?

TBWA Concept assures that while there is indeed access to several business tools on the internet, none have quite the contextual precision of SME Shop. SME Shop’s lectures are delivered by the very people you look up to in business. It consists of leaders in fashion, tech, advertising, agric, and almost every industry you can conceive of. More so, because these are doers and not merely speakers of the word, you are afforded a learning curve that takes into consideration the many unique aspects of doing business in Nigeria, things like how to overcome the bureaucracy in accessing funds and grants. “Funding is important, but knowledge is better” says a TBWA Concept rep, the knowledge of how to access and apply those funds. And perhaps yours is an unconventional business, one made possible by the emergence of new media. Tik Tok, Influencer marketing, comedy, and content creation are quickly becoming viable businesses to pursue in Nigeria, but TBWA Concept insists that “Just because it’s a new business, doesn’t mean it won’t face the same old problems.” So it isn’t merely enough to know your craft, you must know the best business model to sell it.

TBWA Concept puts forward the example of the prosperous bubble that many businessmen in Nnewi lived in whilst the rest of Nigeria roiled in recession. It indicates that almost no market forces are beyond your control. With knowledge, all things are possible, so if you’re ready to innovate your way to business growth, this is it.

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Cititrust Holdings rewards outstanding staff

The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the Staff of the Year Award to Mr Chuks Osuya by the Group Chief Executive.

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Cititrust Holdings rewards outstanding staff

Leading pan-african financial and investment conglomerate, Cititrust Holdings Plc, has held its annual award ceremony to reward outstanding employees across its subsidiaries and divisions for their hardwork and dedication.
This year’s event was held on Friday, November 13, at the banquet hall of Lilygate Hotel, in Lekki, Lagos.

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The occasion was witnessed by ranking members of the company’s management team, including Mr Yemi Adefisan, Group Chief Executive; Mr Ikechukwu Peter, Country Chief (Nigeria); Mrs Imade Edah-Dike, Country Chief (South Africa); Mr Afolabi Martin, Group Executive Director, Finance and managing directors of subsidiaries across Africa.
Adefisan in his remarks said Cititrust Holdings considers employees its most prized assets hence its continuous investment in their welfare.
“We consider our human resource as our most important asset. That is why we spare no cost in ensuring that they are well motivated and appreciated at all times. This has been our philosophy, which reflects on our employee productivity numbers year on year,” Adefisan said.
Also commenting on the company’s annual CEOs Retreat, which preceded the awards ceremony, Adefisan said the retreat afforded the executive management team the opportunity to strategise for the next financial year 2021.
According to him, the company has successfully undertaken a “critical reassessment of our current business models and have identified the required adjustments necessary to significantly boost our value propositions to investors and stakeholders, and also ensure the realisation of our strategic agenda”.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the Staff of the Year Award to Mr Chuks Osuya by the Group Chief Executive.
Other award categories include, Award for Excellence, Division of the Year, Best Performing Company of the Year, Award for Prudence, Product of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Managing Director of the Year.
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