Nigerian music diva, Tiwa Savage, is guest this week on African Voices Changemakeres, Globacom-sponsored magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN).
The programme will also feature Gambian Kora great, Sona Jobarteh.
Tiwa began her music career doing backup vocals for artistes as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.
Reputed for her blend of Afrobeat, hip hop and pop, she released her debut studio album Once Upon a Time in 2013. It was supported by seven singles: “Kele Kele Love”, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado”. The album was nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and for Best R&B/Pop Album at The Headies 2014.
Tiwa won Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards, becoming the first woman to win in that category. She won the Best Female West Africa Award in 2017 and 2018 and the Soundcity MVP Award for African Video of the Year in 2020, among others.
She has an interest in youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects and has raised funds to build schools in Nigeria.
The second guest on the programme, Jobarteh, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the cello, guitar and traditional kora which is a 21-stringed harp-like instrument. She is also a composer.
Born in 1983, Jobarteh is the first female professional kora player to come from a family of celebrated griots. She attended the Royal College of Music in the United Kingdom where she studied cello, piano and harpsichord. She also went to the Purcell School of Music, England, to study Composition.
Her debut album was Afro-Acoustic Soul which contained songs about bittersweet love and social themes.
The programme airs on Saturday DSTV channel 401 at 5.30 p.m. and is repeated on Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m.,12.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and on Monday at 5.30 a.m.
Hope PSBank To Deliver Digital Banking Experience To Customers
Hope PSBank offers a competitive edge among the lot as it delivers financial services to customers with ease, convenience, affordability and access unhindered.
The management of Hope PSBank-a subsidiary of Unified Payment Services Limited and Nigeria’s premier digital-first bank has assured customers-unbanked, underserved and banked of its readiness to deliver seamless digital banking experience to them as part of efforts targeted at promoting and driving financial inclusion in the Nigerian banking ecosystem.
The assurance came during the launch of the company’s brand identity on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in Lagos following the approval of license as a Payment Service Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in August 2020.
In his opening remarks at the occasion, the Chairman, Hope PSBank, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar described the launch of Hope PSBank as one that would not only revolutionalize the banking sector but help a great deal in shaping and advancing the future for financial services generally in Nigeria.
Abubakar noted that it was heartwarming that a new bank like Hope PSBank was stepping into the fold to give banking access to millions of Nigerians including those that are unbanked.
He explained that the setting up of the bank was largely driven by the need to ensure that a vast majority of Nigerians have access to financial services.
The bank Chairman noted that its logo represents the optimism and dependability which the brand espouses.
“It is not just semantics that the name of our bank is ‘Hope’, rather this is symbolic as we bring the message of hope to millions of Nigerians that are unbanked or underserved,”, Abubakar explained.
He revealed that the payment service bank offers a unique and unparalleled experience for customers as the wallets/accounts are opened end to end without any human intervention.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Hope PSBank, Mr. Ayotunde Kuponiyi expressed the company’s aspiration to give hope to Nigerians.
He stated that the bank is ready to redefine financial and payment services by driving inclusion through the leverage of digital technologies.
Kuponiyi added that the setting up of the bank was in line with the objective of the Central Bank of Nigeria to enhance financial inclusion
“When the inclusion rate in an economy is high, the citizens of that economy will have access to credit/finance, will be able to save, have access to insurance, grow cottage industries, employ more staff, unemployment rate is reduced, the employed citizens are able to pay tax, Government will have more revenue to provide infrastructure and this will generally improve the standard of living of the citizens,” he said.
He explained further that beyond financial inclusiveness which the bank hopes to achieve, it would serve as a platform to empower the people with many becoming agents thus leading to job creation and alleviation of poverty.
“We support Medium Small and Medium Enterprise(MSME) and Small and Medium Enterprise(SME) with our Hope Market Place by giving them an “online real estate” to display their shops thus giving them more visibility and exposing them to more consumers,” Kuponiyi said.
“At Hope PSBank, we have redfined the concept of open banking and the boundaries of competition by offering our unique financial and payment services and solutions to customers of other banks who are not required to open or maintain account with our bank. All transactions on our platforms are gladly settled into accounts of our community of users and customers with any bank of their choice”
According to him, Hope PSBank offers a competitive edge among the lot as it delivers financial services to customers with ease, convenience, affordability and access unhindered.
“This is a bank that leverages technology by bringing financial and payment services as well as tailor-made solutions closer to everyone across different channels regardless of economic or social status and location,” he added.
Also speaking, the Chief Marketing Officer, Hope PSBank, Mrs Kathleen Erhimu said the bank is unique from other players in the market “At Hope PSBank, every mobile telephone user can easily enjoy instant digital financial and payment services with his or her phone number as account number and also a means of payment across all channels – person-to-person on personal devices, web, merchants’ points of sale, automated teller machines and agency outlets. No cheque-book is required, no payment card of form factor.”
About Hope PSBank
Hope Payment Service Bank Limited (Hope PSBank), Nigeria’s premier Digital-first Bank was incorporated in September 2019 to leverage digital technologies to deliver inclusive financial services. The company believes that everyone irrespective of education, social or economic status and location should have access to financial and payment services with ease and convenience. We seek to provide the 4As – Accessibility, Affordability, Availability and Awareness of Digital Financial Services.
With Hope PSBank, every mobile telephone user can easily enjoy instant digital financial and payment services with his or her phone number as account number and also a means of payment across all channels – person-to-person on personal devices, web, merchants’ points of sale, automated teller machines and agency outlets.
TECNO’s POVA is the best smartphone for the fast lane
No matter how fast and busy your world gets, TECNO’s POVA is the innovative partner strong enough to stay with you all the step of the way.
The fast lane is the new normal. Everyone and everything is always on the move. Even while sitting in one position, our smartphones take us on trips, literary bouncing us from country to country, from one social app to another, and from one source of entertainment to another.
When we aren’t taking trips on our phones and are instead having fun and making memories with friends and family, our smartphones come in handy again. With these magical gadgets, we lock down beautiful memories with the cameras that come with them. I mean, who has time and energy to carry around a digital camera everywhere they go? And how awkward will it be to always whip the camera out to take selfies or take pictures of that beautiful plate of Thai food?
So, you know how infuriating a smartphone with a low battery life can be. You know how maddening a slow smartphone is. And you definitely know how a smartphone with a dead camera is. You will be having the time of your life and your phone will suddenly go kaput on you. Or, imagine your phone freezing incessantly and running at the speed of a snail just when you need to urgently grab an information off it. And imagine meeting your celebrity crush all of a sudden, and yes, you take a picture with him. But. You can’t even post that picture on your Instagram page because it looks like it was pulled out of the 90’s!
Without a doubt, the battery capacity, speed and camera of a phone is highly crucial. And not just in mediocre levels. I mean, any smartphone worth its name these days have these features. I am talking about in levels that are off the chart.
Well, TECNO’s POVA is that phone that breaks the chart. No kidding. You see:
- TECNO POVA has a super-duper battery capacity of 6000mAh, with a standby time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. . Like I earlier mentioned, smartphones have become the sole entertainment hub so much such that without it, it will seem like our life took a sad, empty pause and wouldn’t kick back into action until our phone kicks back on. Now, take a minute to imagine how different things will be with a 6000mAh battery and an 18W Dual IC Flash charger. Your life never has to take a pause.
- TECNO POVA has a system turbo that runs on Helio G80 processor and ET-Engine 1.0 (Evolving Tech). These significantly upgrade the phones performance; elevate and optimize the sustained gaming experience, network, power consumption, enhance graphic fluency, timely screen response and even image quality. TECNO POVA offers you a lot at the speed of light. You literally breeze through life. TECNO POVA has a hyper engine technology that ensures that your phone always keeps up with you no matter what you are doing or how many apps you have running at the same time.
- Fantastic Photography Features. TECNO POVA is equipped with 13MP AI Quad Camera, making images that are very vivid and clear even when blown out into a big picture frame. With this device, you will seamlessly capture memories that you will treasure for many years to come.
No matter how fast and busy your world gets, TECNO’s POVA is the innovative partner strong enough to stay with you all the step of the way.
Wealth.ng launches Ola – A personal wealth advisor on WhatsApp
Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot solutions like Ola make it easy to interact with users by providing virtual assistance 24-7.
Wealth.ng has announced the launch of a personal Wealth Advisor – Ola an AI-powered conversational investments chatbot developed to optimize Investment service delivery via WhatsApp, the preferred social and communication network. Ola aims to make it easy for Wealth.ng customers to Invest and manage their portfolio easily via social media.
WhatsApp allows its users to communicate using less data while protecting shared data (conversations, media content, banking details, etc). Ola also processes authenticated transactions via one-time-passwords (OTPs) sent to users’ registered phone number or email.
Users can chat with Ola through the dedicated WhatsApp Chatbot number +234 904 444 8652 or via the link – https://bit.ly/ChatwithOla. You can perform pretty much all the Investment Services such as: Creating a Wealth.ng account, link your Wealth.ng account, browse investment products, Fund Cash Balance, Invest, View your Portfolio, View Market Summary, Check Order Status and ask Ola a question.
Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot solutions like Ola make it easy to interact with users by providing virtual assistance 24-7, just as a human would.
Here is Ola’s Profile
- I am Ola – a Chatbot on WhatsApp By Wealth.ng
- My name Ola means “Wealth”
- I am an investment strategist.
- I am easy to chat with; I am able to understand English, as well as other local languages, including pidgin and French. If you speak a bit of Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo to me, I’ll understand that too!
- I’m your 24/7 chat buddy. You can talk to me any day and at any time.
- I never take breaks or vacations. My goal is to make investing easier for you.
- I can tell you all you need to know about Investment products and services available on Wealth.ng
- I’ll help you create a Wealth.ng account, link your Wealth.ng account, browse investment products and view Market Summaries and you can ask me any question.
- For security purposes, I verify transactions via an OTP (one-time password) sent to your registered phone number and email.
- I am always professional, polite and friendly in my responses to you.
- What’s more, I’m a fast learner and I gain new skills from past interactions (much faster than your average customer service support)
- Chat with me (Ola) on WhatsApp Now….
Speaking on the initiative, Wealth.ng Digital Marketing Manager, Ifeoluwa Apampa mentioned that the decision to deploy the service is part of Wealth.ng’s strategy to deliver optimum customer experience through technology while also increasing the investment participation of customers by providing a scalable and efficient service for managing their investments and portfolios.
She further mentioned that African tech users like to be guided, to know what it is all about and how it can benefit them. They also want quick answers to their questions and Ola is well positioned to render assistance to users by helping them understand and navigate Wealth.ng and manage their investment portfolios smoothly.
Ola will augment Wealth.ng’s existing customer touch points and be available to receive multiple queries and promptly respond with relevant investment information to various customers at the same time. However, customers cannot call the number since it is only reachable through WhatsApp chat.
Wealth.ng offers premium investment products such as Treasury Bills, Stocks, Bonds, Eurobonds, Agriculture and Wealth Cash and you can get all these done with your buddy Ola.
- Have an account on Wealth.ng and want to view your portfolio? Link your Account with Ola
- Don’t have a Wealth.ng account yet? Let Ola help you get started.
- Already Investing and want to do more? Ola is just a chat away.
Ola promises to deliver a consistently great experience every time you chat with her, so if you have any questions, need investment advice or guidance, she’s got you covered!
Chat with Ola on WhatsApp Now
Here’s how to chat with Ola
All you need to do is:
- Save the number +234 904 444 8652 to your phone contacts or use the link – https://bit.ly/ChatwithOla
- Search for Ola Chabot on your WhatsApp
- Say hi to Ola
- Accept Terms and Conditions
- Get chatting with Ola and invest on the go
It is our desire to ensure that we put Ola everywhere, but for now Ola has been rolled out to customers on WhatsApp and will soon be available on other platforms such as Facebook Messenger and Telegram to guide customers through the wealth building journey.
Based in Lagos, Wealth.ng is your personal finance platform that gives you access to diverse investment options. It is a user-friendly Self-service platform set up to equip the everyday person with simple tools and advise needed to create wealth while meeting your short and long-term finance needs.
Launched over a year ago, Wealth.ng has over 68,000 customers to its belt, 3 partner Integrations and processed over N4 Billion Investment Transactions.
To learn more about Wealth.ng, please visit www.wealth.ng
Ola is powered by WealthTech, an entity registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Advisor. All investments on Wealth.ng are carried out by Sankore Securities Limited, a Fund/Portfolio Manager as registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ola is the 3rd AI (Artificial Intelligence) chatbot from the stables of WealthTech Limited (A Subsidiary of Sankore Securities), besides Diamond Bank ADA – launched in March, 2018 and FCMB Temi launched in 2019.