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Vybing with FirstBank: An unforgettable VIP experience

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It was a night to remember on Saturday, December 22 as fans of the eighties boy band, New Edition, watched four of its original members perform in  their own cut-out group.

Bobby Brown, Ronnie Devoe, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, using the group name RBRM, thrilled the audience with hits by New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe and Bobby Brown.

FirstBank, as part of its December tickets giveaway tagged #FirstBankIssaVybe and #DecemberIssaVybe sponsored two lucky followers of its social media pages to the premium event. The lucky winners who got VIP tickets got to sit right in front of the stage and enjoy free drinks from the event sponsors.

The ageless boyband showed they still got it displaying energetic choreographed moves to hits such as My Prerogative (Bobby Brown), Roni (Bobby Brown), Mr, Telephone Man (New Edition), Hit Me Up (New Edition) and BBD’s Poison.

The audience displayed great enthusiasm as they were  taken down memory lane back to their teenage years not just with the songs but the dance moves. There was loads of running man, the cabbage, stepping and line dancing. The group was hugely delighted to hear their songs issue from lips they never imagined they would hear it from.

As Devoe said, “When we first started as kids in Boston, Massachusetts almost forty years ago, we never thought that we would be standing one day in front of a crowd in Lagos, Nigeria.”

FirstBank’s VIP guests could not express their gratitude enough for the beautiful experience.

The FirstBank #DecemberIssaVybe and #FirstBankIssaVybe giveaway fest is driven to reward old, new and potential customers with tickets to premium events around Lagos. Follow FirstBank on its respective social media pages, thus on Facebook: First Bank Nigeria Limited, Twitter: @firstbankngr and Instagram: firstbanknigeria and get lucky to win tickets for A-list events happening in 2019. Among the A-list events partnered for a vybe with FirstBank include Burna Boy Live, Davido Live and many more including the stage play, Oba Eshugbayi and Moremi.

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Shareholders laud Transcorp Hotels Plc for Impressive performance, approve 15k per share as dividend

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The Shareholders of Africa’s leading hospitality brand, Transcorp Hotels Plc, have extolled the Company for its impressive financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. The congratulatory remarks were made at the Company’s 5th Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Congress Hall of the iconic Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Following the company’s 26% increase in turnover, the Shareholders have unanimously endorsed a final dividend of ₦1.14bn for the 2018 financial year.  The final dividend translated to 15kobo per ordinary share, which is a 20% improvement over the 12kobo per ordinary share for 2017.

Speaking on the Company’s growth milestones, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Emmanuel N. Nnorom said “Transcorp Hotels Plc has exceeded the bar with an impressive turnover of ₦17.4billion from ₦13.8billion recorded in 2017, representing an improvement of 26%. This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Company. It is a further demonstration of our ability to adapt quickly to a changing business environment while keeping pace with global best standards in hospitality.”  The Chairman also thanked the Shareholders for their continued support and faith in the Board and Management of the Company.

Commending the company for its overall performance, Patrick Ajudua, President, New Dimension Shareholders Association said that Transcorp Hotels Plc is an embodiment of what privatisation in Nigeria should be. He further stated that good Corporate Governance and the presence of a focused Management team who are concerned with giving returns to shareholders are some underlying factors behind the company’s continued success.

The Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo reiterated the company’s commitment to quality and global standard customer experience, drawing on the varied international awards conferred on the Company. She said “We are redefining the hospitality landscape in Africa and positioning our continent as a preferred destination for local and international tourists. Our numerous awards and recognition are proof of this.”

On the prospects for 2019, Mrs. Omogiafo noted that “Transcorp Hotels will continue to leverage on its unique value proposition and proven strategies to exceed 2018 performance.”  She further said that growth and efficiency underpinned by a strong culture of service excellence and cost optimization will drive the company.

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r-l: Chairman, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; and Executive Director, Ms Okaima Ohizua; at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

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R-L: Executive Director, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Ms Okaima Ohizua; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; Chairman, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Company Secretary, Ms Helen Iwuchukwu; and Director/President of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

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r-l: Chairman, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; and Executive Director, Ms Okaima Ohizua; at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

 

 

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FIRSTBANK MARCHES ON, BRINGS THE WORLD TO A STANDSTILL

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Nigeria’s Premier financial institution and iconic banking Brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited had the world stand still on Friday, 1 March 2019, as it held its symbolic flag hoisting ceremony across Nigeria and other countries where it does business. The celebratory flag hoisting officially flags off the bank’s commemoration of attaining the milestone year of 125.

The event was also to reinforce the Bank’s continuous march to greatness; a march that exemplifies tenacity, doggedness, viability, socio-economic impact and commitment across the length and breadth of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

The flag hoisting ceremony was held in honour of the Bank’s illustrious journey that started 125 years ago, a journey that encompasses more than half a dozen nations across Africa, Europe and Asia; notably Ghana, DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, China, UK and France.

The distinctively designed anniversary flag comprised the Bank’s iconic logo – the elephant head in the yellow gold dynamic shape; the figure 125 written in The Dreamer Font with the number “5” chipped out of an elephant tusk; the weaving needle; the embroidered fabrics from different cultures – Yoruba Adire, Tiv Lishi, Ghana Kente, the Scottish kilt to illustrate the diversity of a brand that transcends beyond borders and across Continents.

In the course of the event, the symbolic flag was presented to the Oba of Lagos, his Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, in recognition of his traditional leadership of Lagos, the State where the journey began 125 years ago; the Chief of Naval Staff, represented by Rear Admiral Adebari, in recognition of the movement across the waters by the Bank’s founders from the United Kingdom; the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Adebisi Shonubi represented by Director of Banking Operations, Dipo Fatokun as the event is not just about FirstBank but to pride the industry as one that has impacted the Nation through a century and a quarter years and lastly, the Chief Executive Officer, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar N. Onyema, signifying the Bank as the oldest listed company.

In the welcome address delivered by the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, he noted that the flag symbolises the identity, impact, permanence and reverence of a long-standing institution which predates Nigeria as a unified entity and added that FirstBank is entrenched in the nation’s development; woven into the very fabric of society, with the Bank’s involvement in every stage of national growth and development.

Reinforcing the Bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, whilst forging ahead into the future, across its business location, Adeduntan said “Supporting our host communities to promote sustainable development and of course, putting You First, in all our business activities are some of the many secrets of our long existence. We are now building for the next 125 years and beyond; purposefully blazing the trail in our industry and ensuring that we maintain our leadership position.

Expressing his goodwill message to the Bank, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar N. Onyema OON buttressed the Bank’s impact on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He said “FirstBank is one of the very first companies to be listed on the Exchange and they have become a bellwether for us when you look at the Banking industry.

In addition Onyema identified the leadership role by the Bank in the NSE stating that “They have also produced a number of Presidents of the Council of the Exchange; from Oba Otudeko to Asabia and other captains of industry that FirstBank has offered to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Also speaking, Mr Adebisi Shonubi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, represented by Director of banking operations, Dipo Fatokun lauded the bank for its achievement in the development of the financial sector and Nigeria as a whole.

Shonubi said that the history of the Central Bank of Nigeria cannot be written without the name of the Bank, FirstBank, lettered in gold, as the Bank has impacted the nation at large.

Other eminent personalities and dignitaries at the event include the former Managing Director of FirstBank and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Joseph Sanusi; immediate past Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya; Former Nigerian Minister of Industry and former President of the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Nike Akande and former Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson.

Horse guards parade by the Nigeria Police were at the venue to add to the glitz and glamour of the event as well the military band who were on ground to provide music throughout the event, thereby instilling the Bank’s resolve to foster its support to customers, Nigeria and other locations across Continents where the Bank operates.

The anniversary flag and flag of countries where the Bank does business were hoisted at the Bank’s headquarters to represent the nations, peoples and the diversity the Bank represents.

The 125 anniversary celebration will continue all through the month of March and through the year with other activities which include the Bell Ringing at the Nigerian Stock Exchange; a religious thanks-giving to be held in churches and mosques across Continents and locations of its business activities; the Anniversary Lecture; the Anniversary Gala Dinner & Command drama Performance by the famed Bola Austen Peters group among others. Staff and customers of the bank will also have the opportunity to participate in the milestone ceremony with donations and volunteering efforts as part of the bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiative, SPARK (Spreading Acts of Random Kindness)

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FirstBank rewards customers with cardless financial transactions

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FirstBank, Nigeria’s premier financial institution, has announced its ongoing Visa on mobile (QR) payment promo to reward customers with various discounts for using the QR payment on the FirstMobile App while carrying out transactions with select partner merchants. The promo is billed to end on 28 February 2019.

The Visa QR payment on FirstBank’s Firstmobile is a smart and convenient way to carryout transactions without the use of cards. All that is needed is for the customer to have a Firstmobile (the FirstBank mobile banking application) installed on his or her phone

To carryout Visa on mobile (QR) payment, the customer opens the mobile app (Firstmobile), selects pay with QR code, scans the displayed QR code at the merchant location after which the merchant’s detail is displayed for a validation and enters the transaction amount and PIN on the FirstMobile App, then submits to consummate the transaction

Customers are encouraged to use the Visa QR payment on FirstBank’s Firstmobile at select merchant outlets to get the discount benefits such as 20% off movie tickets capped at N300 at Ozone cinemas; N500 off movie tickets atFilmhouse Cinemas Surulere Mall; up to 10% discounts at Marcopolo Oriental Cuisine, Lekki and lucky dip at VTL Store, Lekki; Foodco Limited Bodija, and Evron Food Store, Lekki.

According to the Group Executive, e-Business and Retail Products, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Chuma Ezirim, “FirstBank has over the years since its founding 125 years ago been a leader and pioneer at promoting excellent customer service delivery in its business transactions and with the Visa QR payment on FirstBank’s Firstmobile, we remain committed to putting our customers first in terms of convenience, security and ease of doing their financial services transactions.           

 

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