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Diamond Bank Rewards S/E Customers With N25m, SUVs

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Diamond Bank has once again shown appreciation to its customers by giving out a total sum of N25 million and a brand new SUV to its customers in the South East Region.

This took place at the eight season of its annual Diamond Xtra Savings account draw held at the New Berry Park, Enugu State. A total of 40 winners won cash prizes of 500,000 and N1million Naira whilst a lucky winner went home with the grand prize of a Sports Utility Vehicle (popularly called a Jeep).

Diamond Bank stated that the 40 customers that were made millionaires through its regional draw is a reflection of its commitment to growing the financial asset value of its loyal customers. This is coming on the heels of its Mid-year draw held in the Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos in which 30 customers also emerged as millionaires.

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The Enugu Regional draw had in attendance many industry stakeholders, customers, potential customers, shareholders, journalists and top management of the Bank to make it a festive and lively occasion.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Osita Ede, the Diamond Bank’s Head, Mass Market stated today’s event was unique because it was targeted at Diamond Banks customers located in the South Eastern Region. It was just for the branches in Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia and all the other States in that region.

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He said the Diamond Xtra reward scheme was no longer a promo as it had become a part and parcel of Diamond Banks efforts at rewarding its loyal customers. He said it was important to note that the campaign continues because, every month a lucky Diamond Bank customer could emerge as the recipient of Diamond Banks “Salary for life” no matter where his or her account was opened.

This meant that the lucky individual would be entitled to the sum of N100, 000.00 every month for Twenty years irrespective of the region. This happened every month for customers with a Diamond Xtra account across the country. He further said every month a total of 15 customers were selected from those having a Diamond Xtra account, with 1 customer winning N2 million, 13 customers winning N1 million in addition to the lucky winner of the Salary for Life.

The winner of the Star Prize of the SUV, Mr. Ugwuozor Tochukwu Emmanuel from the Port Harcourt Road Branch, Onitsha when contacted on phone, after initially conveying doubts about the authenticity of the call was eventually convinced that it was genuine. He expressed his gratitude and could not contain his excitement as he burst into his native dialect to ask when he would receive his prize and if he could start coming immediately to pick it up.

Officials from KPMG and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission were also on hand to vouch for the authenticity and transparency of the promo.  Speaking at the event, Mr. Eke Michael representing the Lottery Commission confirmed that Diamond Bank had fulfilled all its necessary obligations and satisfied the commission.

One of the past winners at the event, Mr. Casper Ibe, a Catholic Clergy also confirmed that indeed, the promo was genuine as he was one of those who won the N1 million cash prize from the Owerri Branch in 2012.

DiamondXtra was launched in 2008 by Diamond Bank to reward its loyal customers. The Bank has paid out over N4 billion to over 4,500 of its customers and has allocated N600 million for winners this year.

Some of the other customers that won N1 million at the draws are; Eneh Peter, Perpetua Anyanwu, Cyracus Chukwudi Chidozie, Ulonnam Nkechinyere Joy and Onwuka Jemaima Uzoma.

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Transcorp Group Announces Significant New Executive and Non-Executive Board Appointments

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Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) has announced significant appointments to its Board and Executive Management. Transcorp is Nigeria’s leading listed industrial holding company, whose interests include Transcorp Power, Nigeria’s largest power generator, Transcorp Hotels, owner of the iconic Transcorp Hilton, and significant upstream oil and gas assets.

Owen Omogiafo has been appointed as President/GCEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, with effect from March 25, 2020. She succeeds Valentine Ozigbo, who is retiring to pursue a career in public service, having served Transcorp for close to a decade. Owen is currently the MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc and has over two decades of corporate experience in organizational development, human capital management, banking, change management and hospitality. She holds a B.Sc. in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Benin, an M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School, Spain. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK and a Certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, USA. She has received multiple awards and been named as one of Africa’s top 100 Female CEOs.

Dupe Olusola has been appointed as the MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc, effective from March 25, 2020. She is currently the Group Head, Marketing at United Bank for Africa Plc. She has over 21 years of corporate experience including MD/CEO of Teragro Juice Concentrate Plant. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Kent. She is a certified Project Manager, with qualifications in PMP and Prince 2. She has received numerous awards and was named by the Ventures Africa’s as one of the 10 Most Influential Nigerian CEOs of 2015.

The Board of Transcorp Hotels Plc has also approved the appointment of Helen Iwuchukwu as an Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of the company. She is currently the Group Company Secretary of Transcorp Plc. She holds an LL. B. (Hons) degree in Law and was enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1993 (BL Hons) and holds a Master of Laws degree (LL. M.) from Middlesex University Business School, London. Helen is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, with over 25 years in legal advisory, corporate law, corporate governance, administration, human capital management, and government relationship management.

Christopher Ezeafulukwe has been appointed as the MD/CEO of Transcorp Power Plant, Ughelli and was the Executive Director, Business Development & Legal, Transcorp Plc. He has over 21 years’ experience in business development, legal advisory, and company secretarial roles. He holds an LL.B from the University of Lagos, a B.L from the Nigerian Law School, an LL.M from the University of Lagos and further LL.M in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and was a member of the Executive Council of Association of Power Generation Companies of Nigeria.

The Board of Transcorp Power Ltd has also approved the appointment of Okaima Ohizua as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Transcorp Power Ltd. She is currently Executive Director, Customer Services at Transcorp Hotels Plc. She has over 25 years of working experience and has been key to the continued service transformation at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, since joining the Board and Management in 2013. A graduate of law from the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School, Okaima also holds an Advanced Management Program certificate from the Pan-African University – Lagos Business School.

The Board of Transcorp Plc also announced the appointment of Valentine Ozigbo as a Non-Executive Director, following his resignation as MD/CEO of Transcorp Plc.

Speaking on these appointments, the Chairman, Transcorp Group and Heirs Holdings, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, expressed his confidence that the newly appointed chief executives and non-executive directors will further, strengthen Transcorp’s mission of improving lives across Nigeria.

“These appointments demonstrate our commitment to nurturing talent and rewarding success. We have a deep pool of highly qualified and dedicated employees, who can be challenged with more responsibility in attaining our corporate vision. We remain committed to diversity and inclusion; are delighted by the depth and quality of experience that this leadership team brings to our group. These appointments further indicate our internal succession capacity and strong corporate governance practices”.

Mr. Elumelu thanked Valentine Ozigbo for his achievements as CEO. He highlighted that the Board of Transcorp will continue to implement its defined strategy, which has led its investee companies being leaders in their chosen sectors and has seen the significant transformation, since Mr Elumelu’s holding company, Heirs Holdings invested in 2011.

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USAID, United Bank For Africa Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Advance The Two-Way Trade And Investment Goals Of Prosper Africa

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U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Prosper Africa initiative is partnering with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa.

This partnership ensures businesses are equipped with the technical and financial tools they need to enter into new trading and investment relationships in Africa and the United States.

USAID will provide technical assistance and advisory services to prospective businesses through its Trade and Investment Hubs, and will connect UBA with African Diaspora business groups working across the United States. The MOU enables UBA, the only sub-Saharan African bank licensed to operate in the United States, to expand access its reach and extend financing to American companies in the United States looking to do business with African nations.

Recognizing tremendous growth opportunities, USAID and UBA are collaborating to advance Prosper Africa’s goal of substantially increasing two-way trade between Africa and the United States. By working together, they will extend financing and technical assistance to businesses that will strengthen the American economy, grow African economies, and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

The two institutions entered into this agreement as part of the opening ceremony of the Tunisia Prosper Africa Conference, co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia. The event facilitated U.S. and African business-to-business connections and featured remarks by key representatives from the U.S. Government and the U.S. and African private sector.

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Zenith Bank Introduces e-Token

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Leading financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc has introduced a new product called Zenith e-Token to enable its customers enjoy seamless banking services.

The Zenith e-Token App allows you to generate one-time passcodes on your mobile device to authenticate your transactions.

The Zenith e-Token app is available for Android and iOS devices.

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