Ecobank Nigeria will host the maiden edition of its “Fintech Breakfast” series on Friday 22 April 2022. The hybrid event scheduled for 800am will have physical attendance at Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) on Victoria Island, Lagos, and streamed live on select social media platforms. The registration link to participate is https://cutt.ly/EcobankFintech
Two major topics to be examined at the seminar – “How bank-Fintech collaborations can drive ecosystem growth” and “Pan-African expansion opportunities and challenges”. Key speakers for the event include Founder & CEO, Paga Group, Tayo Oviosu; Co-founder & CEO, Bankly, Tomilola Majekodunmi; Africa Partner, QED, Gbenga Ajayi and Group Head, Payments, Cash Management & Client Access, Ecobank Group, Isaac Kamuta. The event is organized in partnership with Techcabal, a digital media and publishing firm based in Nigeria and the proceedings will be moderated by its acting editor-in-chief, Koromone Koroye.
Commenting, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Bolaji Lawal said “the Fintech Breakfast series is conceived by Ecobank to provide a platform for banks and Fintech to explore areas of mutual interests and opportunities with a view to building a stronger ecosystem. More collaboration is needed between Fintech and banks. We need to strike a balance. Many believe banks and Fintech are competitors. That is not true. This seminar will focus on how Fintech firms can find and nurture partnerships with banks, and how they can leverage these partnerships to grow and expand across the continent. It provides the opportunity for Fintech founders and executives to say what they are looking for from banks. It will also deepen skills for businesses and grow knowledge of the financial services industry.”
Lawal called on operators of Fintechs and industry players to make deliberate effort to be part of the seminar, stating that the outcome would impact on their operations, performance and service delivery.
Ecobank Group, the parent body of Ecobank Nigeria, is widely acclaimed for its Open Banking strategy and for nurturing Fintech as partners. The Group runs several initiatives to foster Fintech development across Africa, including its flagship annual Fintech Challenge, which hundreds of Fintech firms globally have participated in. The bank created the pan-African banking Sandbox, where Fintech firms may test their Application Programming Interface (API) in a safe environment and has developed several award-winning digital solutions.
Ecobank’s flagship pan African switch connects countries where it operates across Africa. This centralized switch allows easy integration, enabling instant transfers between 33 African countries. This provides huge opportunities especially with the advent of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Ecobank Group is also the Gold Sponsor of the Africa Fintech Summits for 2022 scheduled for April 21 in Washington, DC to further demonstrate its continuous support for Fintech to help transform digital finance and banking across Africa.
Oluwatosin Olatujoye, Zylus Group International Chairman Wins 2022 Royal African Young Leadership Forum Awards
Oluwatosin Olatujoye, Zylus Group International Chairman has emerged as the winner of the 2022 Royal African Young Leadership Forum Awards.
Naijaonpoint reports that Oluwatoyin Olatujoye, the serial entrepreneur who is currently the chairman of Zylus Group International, a privately owned and internationally recognized Business conglomerate has been honored with the Royal African Young Leadership Forum Award by His Imperial Majesty, Oba, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, OJAJA II, Ooni of Ife.
The Royal African Young Leadership Forum (RAYLF) Award is “one of the largest historical congregations of young people in Nigeria”, said Nigeria’s Youth and Sport Minister, Mr Sunday Dare. It is a platform where His Majesty The Ooni of Ife “honors the sterling and fnest endeavors of selected 100 young Nigerians”.
The award ceremony is a youth centered annual event under the Global Outreach Initiative of His Imperial Majesty as part of his efforts to celebrate and award selected outstanding young people across the African continent.
Dr Oluwatoyin Olatujoye who was an awardee was honored for his astral achievement in the private sector as an astute entrepreneur who chaired Zylus Group International, has today become an household name in the country. Under the auspices of Oluwatosin Olatujoye, Zylus Group international has metamorphosize into a parent company with over 10 subsidiaries. Among the company’s subsidiaries are: Zylus Homes and Property Limited, Zylus Investment Limited, Zylus Transport and Logistics Limited, Zylus Property Development Limited, Zylus Travels and Tour Limited, Zylus Designs and Print Ltd, Zylus Media Hub, Zylus Farmvest Ltd, Zylus Property Management Ltd and Zylus Advertising Agency Ltd.
The awardee has acquired skills that have been instrumental to the growth of his career over the years. He has about two decades of sales and marketing, Public Speaking, Management, Human Resource, Project Management, Negotiation experience which has prepared him to come up with solutions to solving the housing deficit problems in Nigeria.
On Saturday, 21st May, 2022, Dr. Oluwatoyin Olatujoye alongside 99 other outstanding young personalities covering all five pillars of governance and leadership, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment, creative culture, and academic excellence were honored with the Royal African Award and inducted into the “Royal Court of The Kingdom of Ife” at the
third edition of the RAYLF award ceremony which recently took place at the Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Other outstanding youths awarded include Tunde Onakoya (Founder, Chess in Slums Africa), Samuel Otigba (Product Marketing Strategist, Meta), Olamilekan Massoud(Laycon), Rinu Oduala, Samuel Ajiboyede (Founder/CEO, Zido Capital, Ayodeju Balogon (CEO AFEX Commodities), Abubakar Nur Khalil (CEO, Recursive Capital), Hassan Dantata ( Founder/CEO of Raven & Macaw Ltd) among others.
LAWMA destroys 400 carts to check indiscriminate dumping of refuse
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has destroyed over 400 carts confiscated from pushers in bid to check indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.
The Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the exercise which would be a continuous one, became necessary to weaken the ability of the cart pushers to return to business, and to decimate the cart population defacing the cityscape.
Odumboni who spoke during the exercise which took place at LAWMA’s Ogudu facility, maintained that the activities of cart pushers across the Lagos metropolis remained banned, saying he observed that cart pushers posed a threat not only to environmental sustainability but to the security of residents, as many cart pushers harbour dangerous weapons like knives, machetes and others, to perpetrate criminal activities.
“Cart pushers are about the biggest threat to our effort at attaining environmental sustainability. We will not allow anyone or group of persons to derail the ongoing efforts to make the environment better. Criminal elements have hidden under this guise to carry out heinous crimes. If there are no carts to push, they will get other jobs.
“They pose as much threat to the environment as to the security of the citizens. It will shock you to know that many of them keep weapons like knives, machetes, etc, in their carts to attack and dispossess unsuspecting persons when the opportunity presents itself. One of such cart pushers was tried and jailed last week, having been apprehended at Victoria Island, vandalising and stealing government’s iron rods. There have been many reported cases of theft of movable items from people’s compounds traced to them”.
The LAWMA boss disclosed that opportunity was open for repentant cart-pushers, to step forward, get registered with LAWMA, given proper orientation, and trained as pickers and off-takers of recyclables, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.
Odumboni maintained that the government was not interested in taking away their means of livelihood, which however has to be within the confines of the law