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As the panel of judges for the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year, MTOTY firms up assessment of the entries, the finalists for the coveted prize will emerge on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

The finalists, who will be chosen from the 33 candidates that will emerge as champions of their respective states to face the jury for a final interview. The 10 best entries will thereafter be invited for the grand finale where the panel will further subject the 10 finalists to rigorous scrutiny in order to determine who truly should be named the Maltina Teacher of the Year.

The winner and the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year, MTOTY will be finally unveiled at a grand ceremony on Thursday, October 20th, 2016, in Lagos.

As the deadline for the submission of entries closed on Friday, 22nd July, the panel of Judges met in Lagos on August 30th to deliberate on the assessment scheme for the initiative.

The jury made up of distinguished professionals after their meeting agreed on the core assessment parameters

The Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Kufre Ekanem explained that the project received hundreds of entries from across the states of the federation. However, the entries were shortlisted and validated to compete for the initiative’s coveted prize by the stringent project assessors who trimmed the entries down after a thorough and painstaking examination.

After scaling the project assessors’ hurdles, Ekanem informed that the valid entries would be subjected to further scrutiny and thorough assessment process by the Panel of Judges, charged with determining who emerges the Maltina Teacher of the Year.

Like last year, the Maltina Teacher of the Year 2016 will get one million naira instantly, plus one million naira every year for the next five years. The package also includes a development training opportunity abroad and a block of classrooms to be built at the school where he/she teaches.

“It is our hope that through the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative, we can inspire this nation to accord our teachers their deserved credit and bring back respect to the teaching profession in Nigeria,” Ekanem averred

The MTOTY initiative with prizes worth N50 million annually, is done on the platform of NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund.  Ohiwerei is a former Chairman and CEO of the leading beverage conglomerate which has been operating in Nigeria since 1946. The Trust Fund was established in 1994 to contribute to the development of educational sector in the country.

Over the years, the company has used the fund to assist over 20,000 students, built over 250 classrooms and 22 libraries in both primary and secondary schools across 49 communities in the country.

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Kenneth Ize Pays Courtesy Visit To Zenith Bank

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Mr. Kenneth Ize, a joint winner of the Arise Fashion Week Award for “Designer of the Year” paid a courtesy visit to Zenith Bank Head Office in a show of appreciation for its support to the Fashion Industry.

He was received by the GMD/CEO (Designate), Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu and Executive Director, Mr. Dennis Olisa.

The GMD/CEO (Designate) congratulated the organizers of the show (Thisday Arise Team) for putting together an outstanding show and commended the designer for a comprehensive show of talent and creativity.

He announced that Zenith Bank is proud to be part of the partnership and willing to offer credit facilities and business advisory services to further grow the creative industry.

He assured that the partnership will continue and advised that creative entrepreneurs can kindly contact Lanre Oladimeji/Group Head, Retail Banking on his Mobile Number; 07040000336 or Email Address: Emmanuel.Oladimeji@zenithbank.com to complete all necessary documentation to enjoy our services.

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Signal Frabrics Opens New Branch In VI, Lagos [PHOTO]

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Labake Adeola, the industrious fashion entrepreneur has carved a niche for herself among fashion buffs. According to her, being rich shouldn’t be confused with possessing panache but many a deep-pocket mistake extravagance for elegance.

“You do not have to be extravagant to be elegant. At Signal Fabric, everyone is classic. Its not the price of your fabrics that stands you out, its what you make with it and how you can spice it up that translate to elegance; it is what differentiates the commoner from the classical.”, and that’s what SIGNAL FABRICS is known for.

Style becomes the essence of every woman, according to Labake. Thus like an emperor of immeasurable chic, her fascination with good fabrics and elaborate lines comes alive in her range of bespoke latest and talk of the town attires. Although her specialty encompasses formal and informal female clothings.

There is no gainsaying Labake’s love for classy couture blossomed quite early in her youth; according to her, she developed a fascination with fashion when she started over 20 years ago and have customers across board. “We started over 20 years ago and have customers across board and we have been able to keep them all these years”.

“Anything you do it’s always best to be upright, sincerity, openness and customer satisfaction has been our key factors for sustenance”.

Labake’s love for fashion and taste for quality was copied from her mum, whom they both started Signal Fabrics from Alade Market in Ikeja Lagos, but the mother did not live long to see it blossom.

Signal Fabrics officially opens its new branch to clients from all over, penultimate Sunday, located on Ajose Adeogun street, Victoria Island Lagos, with its head office at Martins Street, Lagos Island.

The event had in attendance her family, friends, long time customers, society women, and well-wishers who came out to celebrate with the mother of three wonderful boys.

Amongst the guests were, Yeye Yetunde Ogbemudia of Nodony Fashion House, Olori Tokunbo Eko, Socialite Wosilat Seriki, among other several faces at the event.

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American Singer, Bobby V, Arrives Nigeria For ‘Style By Zenith’ Fashion Fair

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Bobby Wilson, an American singer better known as Bobby V, is in Nigeria to perform at a fashion fair tagged ‘Style by Zenith’.

Bobby V arrived Lagos on Thursday alongside members of his crew ahead of the fair scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The fair, which will take place at the Open Ground by Four Points Hotel, is a two-day lifestyle, beauty, fashion, accessories, and entertainment fair.

‘Style by Zenith’ is a collaboration between Virtual Xchange Limited and Zenith Bank Plc.

Speaking of the event, Kaycee Kennedy, CEO of Virtual Xchange Limited said: “The collaboration with Zenith Bank to develop the ‘Style by Zenith’ platform not only emphasizes our resolve to build and strengthen the fashion ecosystem but to drive the business of Fashion.

“We need to heed the call to focus on Fashion Trade, by making fashion Africa’s biggest export to the world.”

‘Style by Zenith’ will feature runway shows headlined by Nigerian and international models who will be accessorised by top designers and beauticians.

There will also be an exhibition of beauty and lifestyle products, food and confectioneries, as well as performances by top Nigerian artistes.

The Zenith model search, an initiative billed to unfurl in 2019, will also be launched at the fashion fair.

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