Explore the United States with special fares from Emirates

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Emirates, the world’s best airline, according to TripAdvisor, is offering Nigerians the opportunity to explore all its 11 destinations in the US with special fares on Economy Class and Business Class tickets.

Whether you want to enjoy the relaxed feel of the West Coast, or taste the amazing and affordable cuisine in San Francisco, or even take a “tech-tour” of the Silicon Valley, the United States has something for every traveller. `

All inclusive, Business Class fares from Lagos to Boston (BOS) starts at USD6,349 while Economy Class fares to same destination starts at USD1,249. From Lagos to Chicago starts at USD 6,349 for Business class while the Economy class fare for same destination starts at USD 1,349. From Lagos to Dallas/Fort worth (DFW) starts at USD 6,349 for Business class while the Economy class fare for same destination starts at USD 1,349. From Lagos to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) starts at USD 6,349 for Business class while Economy class fare for same destination starts at USD 1,499. From Lagos to Houston Bush Intercontinental (HOU) starts at USD 6,349 for Business Class and USD1,349 at Economy class. From Lagos to Los Angeles (LAX) starts at USD 6,349 for Business class while the Economy class to same destination starts at USD 1,499. From Lagos to New York (NYC) starts at USD 6,349 for Business Class and Economy class starts at USD 1,249. From Lagos to Orlando starts at USD 6,499 for Business class while the Economy class starts at USD 1,399. From Lagos to Seattle (SEA) starts at USD 5,999 for Business class, while the Economy class starts at USD1,449 . From Lagos to San Francisco (SFO) starts at USD 5,999 for Business Class, while the Economy class starts at USD 1,449. From Lagos to Washington Dulles (WAS) starts at USD 5,999 for Business class while the Economy class starts at USD 1,249.

Tickets must be booked between 12 September and 22 September 2017, while travel must take place between 12 September and 9 December 2017 and from 22 January to 22 March 2018.

Emirates’ US destinations include: Boston(BOS), Chicago O’Hare(CHI), Dallas/Fort Worth(DFW), Fort Lauderdale (South Florida)(FLL), Houston Bush Intercontinental(HOU), Los Angeles(LAX), New York JFK(NYC), Orlando(ORL), San Francisco(SFO), Seattle(SEA) and Washington Dulles(WAS).

Emirates offers excellent onboard service from an international cabin crew who come from 135 nationalities and speak over 60 languages.  With lie-flat beds in Business Class, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy class at 13.3 inches and more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates provides quality products and value for money.

Those travelling with children can take advantage of the extensive family offering from priority boarding across all airports to special kid’s meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board. Emirates is the only airline to operate an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet, further elevating the passenger experience on board through a modern, state-of-the-art wide-body fleet.

Emirates flies daily between Dubai and Lagos and with direct connections to over 150 destinations in 84 countries.

For more information, including fares and how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions for this offer, visit www.emirates.com.Terms and conditions apply

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Stephen Odey: The GTBank Seed That Is Growing into an Oak

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Every season, the Nigerian Professional football League (NPFL) pitches a new star. Stephen Odey of MFM FC is the man of the moment for the year 2017.

His striking form, which has left opposing teams in tears and sorrow, has placed MFM FC as a major contender among the possible league leaders and has earned them a continental ticket next year.

The sudden resurgence of the club appears to be tied to the magical boots of Stephen Odey whose goal count hits 18. This striker did not just drop from the moon, he is a product of the GTBank Principals Cup, a grass root football development programme of Guaranty Trust Bank.

Steven played in the second edition of GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup where he was the captain of the winning Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege. He also topped the list of the GTBank 13-man All Star Team of the Year. It is therefore no surprise that the little mustard seed is fast growing into an oak.

In January 2017, Stephen received the NPFL Bloggers’ Award as the most valuable player of the month. Also, in the current season, he was the first player to score a hat trick among over 200 players in the league.

He scored five goals for the MFM FC in the 2015 season of the Nigeria National League, helping the club to gain promotion into the elite Nigeria Professional Football League. In the Season 2015/16, he scored 9 goals to become his club’s top scorer. In the current season, he has scored a total of 18 goals.

In some instances, 14 goals was what some players scored to emerge the top scorers for the entire season. In the days leading to the last friendly match the Super Eagles had in London, March this year, Odey’s name kept coming up as a domestic league player who should have been employed for the Super Eagles’ assignments. However, his exploit led to his invitation to the Super Eagles CHAN Team double header qualifiers against Benin Republic in August.

The former school boy sensation in the GTBank Principals Cup has a big burden on his neck. He will have to prove that unlike the ‘kings’ before him, he will not be a one season sensation.

Stephen’s impressive performance has now led him to signing a four year contract with Swiss club-FC Zurich, this may not be a big surprise considering the GTBank football tournaments growing profile of football future stars.

The 18-goal mark he set in 36 matches is even higher than what most of his predecessors scored in the entire 38-match seasons in the past.

Consider the goal-chart below:

Past Top Scorers of Nigerian League

  • 1990-Ishaya Jatau (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 17 goals
  • 1991-Richard Ojomo (Bendel United), 12 goals
  • 1992-Arthur Moses (Super Stores), 10 goals
  • 1993-Tony Nwigwe (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 13 goals
  • 1994-Olumide Harris (Shooting Stars), 14 goals
  • 1995-Ben Agadah (Gombe United), 12 goals
  • 1996-Peter Anyiolobi (Enyimba), 9 goals
  • 1997-Paul Kpoughoul (Jasper United/BCC Lions), 16 goals
  • 1998-Hassan Minda (Gombe United), 14goals
  • 1999-Emmanuel Agbo (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 14 goals
  • 2000-Peter Ijeh (Julius Berger), 14 goals
  • 2001-Uche Okereke (Enugu Rangers), 13 goals
  • 2002-Joetex Frimpong (El-Kanemi), Victor Ezeji (Dolphins), 16 goals
  • 2003-Chibuzor Ozurumba (Iwuanyanwu), Endurance Idahor (Julius Berger) 12 goals each
  • 2004-Kabiru Alausa (Berger), 13 goals
  • 2005-Timothy Anjembe (Lobi Stars), Joseph Akpala (Insurance), Charles Omokaro (Sharks), 12 goals each
  • 2006 -Ibenebu Ikechukwu (El Kanemi), 10 goals
  • 2007 – Ameh Aruwa (Kaduna United), 10 goals
  • 2007/2008 – Abubakar Babale (Wikki Tourist/Sunshine Stars), 14 goals
  • 2008/2009 – Akarandut Orok (Akwa United), 17 goals
  • 2009/2010 – Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars), 18 goals.
  • 2010/2011 – Jude Aneke (Kaduna United), 20 goals
  • 2011/2012 – Sibi Gwar (Niger United), 17 goals.
    2012/2013 – Victor Namo (Nasarawa United) 18 goals.
  • 2013/2014 – Mfoh Udoh ( Enyimba) 23 goals

 

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Nigerian Mummy Blogger Departs For Dubai Courtesy of Emirates Airline

DSC_0030.JPGPix 1 :Emirates Airport Service Agent, Mrs Kuti Eyitomini; Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Mr Afzal Parambil; Nigerian Mummy Blogger, Mrs Funke Osae-Brown; Emirates Airport Service Manager, Mr George Ikpekhia; and Emirates Airport Service Agent, Mr John Ayoade, at the departure of the Mummy Blogger to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates at the Muritala Muhammed Airport recently in Lagos.

DSC_0036.JPGPix 2: Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Mr Afzal Parambil; Nigerian Mummy Blogger, Mrs Funke Osae-Brown; Emirates Airport Service Manager, Mr George Ikpekhia; at the departure of the Mummy Blogger to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates at the Muritala Muhammed Airport recently in Lagos.

 

DSC_0042.JPGPix 3: : Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Mr Afzal Parambil handshakes the Nigerian Mummy Blogger, Mrs Funke Osae-Brown; ; at the departure of the Mummy Blogger to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates at the Muritala Muhammed Airport recently in Lagos.

 

DSC_0049.JPGPix 4: Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Mr Afzal Parambil, the Nigerian Mummy Blogger, Mrs Funke Osae-Brown, and her two kids, at the departure of the Mummy Blogger to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates at the Muritala Muhammed Airport recently in Lagos.

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Emirates Becomes Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup

emirates-2.jpgEmirates and the European Tour have renewed their existing European Tour Agreement for four years until 2021. The new deal includes Emirates becoming an Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup. The 48th edition of The Ryder Cup, scheduled to be held at Le Golf National in France in September 2018, will host 24 of the top golfers from Europe and the USA.
The agreement renewal means that Emirates will continue to be a sponsor for the existing nine European Tour events which culminate in the prestigious DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, these being the BMW PGA Championship, the Nordea Masters, the D+D Real Czech Masters, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, the Portugal Masters, the Italian Open, the Joburg Open, the South Africa Open Championship and the Nelson Mandela Championship.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “We’re pleased to announce our continued partnership with the European Tour. Golf is one of the world’s most popular sports and Emirates proudly links golfers and fans alike to top golfing events and destinations around the globe.
“As the Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup in France next year, we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the European Tour as well as engaging with millions of golf fans around the world.’’
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Emirates on the European Tour until 2021 and we also welcome them on board as an Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup.
“I have no doubt our continued partnership with such a well-established and iconic global brand, and one which has vast experience in the sports sponsorship market, will be hugely beneficial not just to the European Tour but also to The Ryder Cup.”
Emirates currently supports nineteen events on the European Tour International Schedule, as well as the Race to Dubai. The 2017 European Tour will feature the ninth edition of the Race to Dubai, the winner of which will be crowned European Number One at the end of the season. The reigning Race to Dubai champion is Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, while other players to have held the honour include former World Number Ones Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy.

 

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GTBank holds Football Development Camp for Students and Coaches…

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Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to sponsor 40 outstanding young talents discovered at its football tournaments as well as 60 school coaches on an all-expense paid intensive player development and coach-training programme tagged “Camp GTBank.”

Camp GTBank is a football and educational development initiative designed to train and develop outstanding football talents discovered at the GTBank football tournaments which include the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup and the GTBank Masters Cup. Since its inception in 2011, Camp GTBank has helped kick start the careers of more than 120 footballers, some of whom have been selected to represent the country in international tournaments at various levels, and are currently playing in both domestic and foreign league clubs.

Holding in Lagos from the 21st to the 28th of August, 2017, this year’s edition of Camp GTBank will help prepare the outstanding talents for successful football careers whilst building the capacity of the coaches to improve the quality and potential of grassroots football. The 8-day residential camp will feature renowned coaches such as Augustine Eguavoen, the former coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Jolomi Atune, coach of the Nigeria’s U-15 Future Eagles, and Ajuma Ottache, the only female coach of a professional male football team in Nigeria, amongst others.

The coaches will take the players through all the aspects of the game, expose them to modern rules and regulations and improve their physical and metal conditioning to position them for a professional career. The coaches will also offer expert coaching lessons to the school coaches and sport instructors over a two day period to develop and enhance their knowledge and technical competence.

Commenting on the Camp GTBank, the Managing Director/CEO of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said “Given the amazing talents shortlisted for this programme and the quality of the coaches overseeing their development, I am confident that Camp GTBank will be a seedbed for the emergence of professional footballers who will go on to have very successful careers. This goes to the heart of our sports education initiatives, which are aimed at actively engaging the youths through sports whilst identifying, nurturing and grooming young football talents.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports in order to help more youths actualize their dreams and to also grow their personal confidence and make them become better team players.”

Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports Education programmes in-classroom, Out-of-Classroom, infrastructure development, students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.

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Dettol Nigeria Advocates for Proper Hygiene during Breastfeeding

NMP 2.JPGThe World’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) makers of Dettol has urged nursing mothers to embrace good hygiene practice during breast-feeding. This was reiterated upon at a Breast-feeding workshop, titled ‘Sustaining Development Together’ which was carried out in partnership with Save Our Children International, Nigeria Branch, at Shomolu, Lagos, recently.

This event was organized to mark the World Breast-Feeding Week which is celebrated between August 1st and 7th in more than 170 countries. It had in attendance over 500 nursing mothers from the Shomolu local Government in Lagos, Nigeria, and they were taught proper hygiene for themselves, their babies and the whole family. They were also each given Dettol antiseptic liquid, and a book on hygiene to help practice this.

DSCF0371.JPGAccording to the Marketing Director, RB, West Africa, Aliza Leferink, “at RB, we reach an average of 700 thousand mothers yearly through our New Mum’s Programme where we educate about proper hygiene for mothers and their babies”. “Breast Feeding is all about giving babies a healthy life, and at RB, we are committed to providing products such as Dettol Antiseptic Liquid and Dettol Soap that can help mothers have healthier lives and happy homes”. She went on to add, “Hygiene is very important when it comes to eliminating illnesses, and nursing mothers should always wash their hands and clean themselves up before breast feeding their kids. Reckitt Benckiser is proud to partner with the Save The Children in “The Stop Diarrhea Initiative” (SDI), and educating nursing mothers on proper breastfeeding habits is a part of that”.

Also, speaking at the event, the Chief of Party, Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Save the Children International, Nigeria Chapter, Mr. David Atamewalen stated that “It is good to breast feed babies in the first 6 months after delivery. I appeal to all men to encourage and support their wives to breast feed their babies exclusively for the first 6 months of life. When they do this, their babies will not come down with diarrhea, cholera, and other illnesses”.

On the other hand, the Advocacy Advisor, Save The Children International Nigeria chapter, Mrs. Folake Kuti, elucidated more on the breast-feeding campaign. “Breast Feeding should be encouraged in organizations. Men are implored to give their support to the success of breast feeding in their various capacities. We are celebrating this year’s Breast Feeding Week to remind us that we still have a long way to go in terms of babies dying of diarrhea and cholera”.

DSCF0324At the event, participants were also taught proper hand washing steps to ensure they stay germ free, and how to clean their environments with Dettol Antiseptic Liquid.

RB’s vision is a world where people are healthier and live better. The company purpose is to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. Over the years, RB Nigeria, has been in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Medical Association and Save the Children International to actively and consistently promote the message of good health and hygiene in Nigeria

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GTBank Releases 737 Moments, Music Video of its Popular 737 Theme Song

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Teeming with colorful scenes, groovy beats and a melody that you won’t forget easily, the video of GTBank’s 737 theme song 737 moments has all the staples of a hit. Its purpose, though, is not to climb into the charts and claim the number one spot (where it rightly belongs) but to highlight the simplicity of 737 and its availability to every Nigerian at every moment in time.

737 Moments is a celebration of every moment—at home, in the office or on the go—when the bank’s customers have dialed *737# to buy airtime, transfer funds, pay bills or complete any of their transactions. Bereft of a super star cast and featuring people from all walks of life, the 737 Moments Video emphasizes the simplicity and universality of 737 with its promise of Simple Banking for Every Nigerian.

 

Watch the video and feel free to share your own 737 moment. #737moments

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