Olashore International receives 2018 Africa Top Schools CEO Award

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The School Principal, Mr Derek Smith

The Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Olashore International School, Iloko Ijesa, Mr. Derek Smith has received the 2018 Outstanding Schools CEO Awards by Africa Brands Review.

The award was presented at the 2018 Africa Top Schools conference which held in Lagos.

One of the key criteria for the award is that the school must have an excellent track record of producing first class degree students in top ranked universities globally and must have produced same in the last five years.

At Olashore, in line with its mission statement, each student is given a strong academic foundation and they are groomed to become dynamic global leaders for the 21st century. Graduates have gone on to study in top universities locally and internationally. In 2017, the school produced a number of first class graduates among who are Chinazo Peace Eze, Abdul Hafiz Alako, Oluwatobi  Agbaje and Oluwatunmike Olowe.

The School Library

Chinazo Peace Eze graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a first class degree in Geology and is also the school’s 2017 Outstanding Graduate. Abdul Hafiz Alako graduated with a first class degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Lancaster University in the U.K. and is the recipient of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) Best Project Award in Mechatronics Engineering. Oluwatobi  Agbaje also graduated from Lancaster University with a first class in Accounting and Finance. In Nigeria, Oluwatunmike Olowe graduated with a first class from Redeemers University, Ede.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Smith said, “This is a validation of the school’s commitment to giving each student an all-round education that allows them to go on to be successful in higher education both in Nigeria and abroad.”

The Chairman, Board of Director, Olashore International School, Prince Abimbola Olashore

The performance of a school’s graduates speaks volumes about the school and the quality of education being provided. Not only do Olashore graduates do well in school and higher education, they have gone on to be successful in their careers with many becoming senior managers after just a few years on the job. An example of this is Mrs. Kikelomo Banjo, a pioneer student who is currently Operations Manager for Maersk Line in Nigeria. When asked what led to her success in a traditionally male dominated industry, she stated, “It all comes down to my formative years at Olashore, being taught and allowed to lead at a very young age.” The 2018 Africa Top Schools Awards by Africa Brands Review seeks to celebrate excellence among secondary schools in Africa.

Established in 1994, on 60 acres of land, Olashore International School is a co-educational school which offers high caliber education in a wide range of subjects in partnership with Lancaster University. Over the past 20 years, the school has succeeded in creating a community of world class services around the school including a first class hotel, a golf course and Leadership training centre that all combine to give the school a unique identity. The school is particularly appealing to discerning Nigerians at home and abroad, as well as expatriates residing in Nigeria, who desire a school with a strong value system, demonstrable track record and a clear sense of purpose.

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GTBANK’S YOU READ : Olubayode Reads Aloud for 122 Hours to Promote Reading and Set New Record

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In a bid to reignite the interest in reading across Nigeria and beyond, a 40 year old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi, , read aloud for 122 hours at a Read Aloud Marathon Session organized by the YouREAD Initiative, a CSR initiative of Guaranty Trust Bank. The Read Aloud Marathon, which had renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer as the official timekeeper, held from 1:30pm on Monday, February 26th, 2018 to 3:30pm on Saturday, March 3rd at the Herbert Macaulay Library Yaba, which was recently remodeled into a state of the art facility by GTBank.

Olubayode, who read aloud 23 published books within 5 days and 2 hours, set out to achieve a personal goal of reading for 120 hours as well as play for the Guinness World Record. However, any claim to breaking the current World Record of 113 hours and 15 minutes (held by Deepak Sharma Bajaan from Nepal) is subject to confirmation by Guinness World Record in London, after verification of evidence of this attempt, in line with the guidelines set out by the organisation for every record breaking attempt. His challenge for the Guinness World Record however garnered huge public interest, with hundreds of well-wishers visiting him at the Herbert Macaulay Library and thousands more cheering him on across social media platforms.

Speaking on his remarkable feat, Olubayode said; “I would like to thank GTBank first for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt, and most importantly, for all the Bank has been doing to support education and promote the culture of reading. I would also like to thank the Governor of Lagos State, Lagos State Officials and Nigerians everywhere, who sent me messages of support physically and across social media; together, we are making reading famous again. I hope that this effort will raise our consciousness on the importance of reading and also help change the narrative that making money and being famous can only come from entertainment and sports. Those two are great, but so too is excelling in education, and hopefully the younger generation will find in my attempt the inspiration to read and study more.”

Commenting on the Read Aloud Marathon, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said; “We are proud to have supported Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi’s trial to make history through one of the most positive human activities—reading. His personal commitment to promoting a reading culture will hopefully put Nigeria on the global map as a nation that is passionate about books, it will also serve as a source of inspiration to everyone in the country and beyond to adopt and maintain an active reading culture.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we are passionate about rekindling the interest of young Nigerians in reading and will continue to create and support innovative ways to promote an active reading culture within and outside the academic environment.”

GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.

The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.

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GTBANK’S YOU READ INITIATIVE: Olubayode Bids for Guinness World Record after 122 hours Read Aloud Marathon

file1-1After taking a giant step in reading for 122 hours at a Read Aloud Marathon Session organized by the GTBank’s “YouREAD Initiative”, a 40 years old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi, is bidding for a Guinness World Record having read 6 more books and approximately 9 hours longer than the current world record holder

“YouREAD Initiative”, is a CSR initiative of Guaranty Trust Bank which seeks to reignite the interest in reading across Nigeria and beyond.

Olubayode Treasures read aloud 23 published books from 1;30pm on Monday February 26th, 2018 to 3:30pm on Saturday March 3rd at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, which was recently remodelled into state of the art facility by GTBank. The Read Aloud Marathon, which had renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer as as the official timekeeper, will be will be sent to the offices of the Guiness World Record in London who will confirm is Olubayode has broken the record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud.

Since 2008, Deepak Sharma Bajaan, from Nepal, has held the Guinness World Record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud after he read a total of 17 books in 113 hours and 15 minutes. Now, Olubayode is taking a shot at breaking the world record having read 6 more books and approximately 9 hours longer than the current world record holder. His challenge for the Guinness World Record garnered huge public interest, with hundreds of well wishers visiting him at the Herbert Macaulay Library and thousands more cheering him on across social media platforms.

Speaking on his remarkable feat, Olubayode said; “I would like to thank GTBank first for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt, and most importantly, for all the Bank has been doing to support education and promote the culture of reading. I would also like to thank Nigerians everywhere who sent me messages of support physically and across social media; together, we are making reading famous again. I hope that this effort will raise our consciousness on the importance of reading and also help change the narrative that making money and being famous can only come from entertainment and sports. Those two are great, but so too is excelling in education, and hopefully the younger generation will find in my Guinness World Record attempt the inspiration to read and study more.”

file-1Commenting on Olubayode’s Guiness World Record attempt, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said; “ We are proud to have sponsored Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi’s brave attempt to make history through one of the most positive human activities—reading. His stunning feat will not only put Nigeria on the global map as a nation that is passionate about books, it will also serve as a source of inspiration to everyone in the country and beyond to adopt and maintain an active reading culture.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we are passionate about rekindling the interest of young Nigerians in reading and will continue to create and support innovate ways to promote an active reading culture within and outside the academic environment.”

GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.

The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.

 

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Jsp and African Blind Foundation launch Food &Love program at Blind School

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JSP Communications, one of Nigerian’s leading Public Relations agencies has teamed up with the African Blind & Restoration Foundation to commence a long term food support program for the Bethesda Home of the Blind, Mushin, Lagos.

The program was specially launched in February, the month of love. The first round of food supplies was formally presented to the blind school at a well attended ceremony.

Under the Food & Love Program, JSP will arrange a steady supply of essential foods through the African Blind Foundation to the Bethesda Home of the Blind at periodic intervals. This will ensure the food and nourishment needs of the blind students in the school, are met to a large extent.

Speaking at the food presentation event, JSP Executive Director, Ronke Adebule stated that, there could be no better time than now to make this love offering. We are highly impressed that the blind students at Bethsaida have approached life with great faith, confidence and optimism despite their obvious challenges.

Steve Ajayi, the Programs Manager of the African Blind and Restoration Foundation pointed out that the Foundation has remained in the forefront of providing moral, educational financial and vocational support to Nigerians living with blindness.

The Foundation Advisory Board member Mr Michael Fadeyi explained that: “We are starting this love and food program at Bethsaida blind school because of the huge needs here. We plan to extend the program to other Centres for the blind. We hope more good hearted Nigerians and organizations will emulate Jsp and join us in this campaign and give concrete support and hope to the blind and needy.”

The Founder and Administrator of Bethesda Home of The Blind, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe applauded both organizations for their support and encouragement.

She remarked that the African Blind Foundation are not just paying lip service to helping the blind. They just don’t talk. They are taking specific actions. We are most delighted and grateful that the Foundation chose our Centre to launch this great initiative of food and love. The Foundation has provided us in the past with essential school supplies and also offered university scholarships to some of our students.”

Chioma used the occasion to announce that some of their students recently gained admission into top universities in Nigeria.

The Bethesda Home of the Blind (BHB) is a voluntary and non-profit making boarding school for the visually-impaired in the society. It focuses on providing specialized secondary school education for young blind students, preparing them for the JAMB exams and helping to get them into universities.

The students are also offered other vocational skills, home management skills and motivational life lessons, to give them all round preparations for life. Chioma added that, “it gladdens our hearts that the African Blind Foundation is not just touch and go. Their long term food support and consistency is vital for our long term survival. “

 

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Emirates gives travellers a special treat for Valentine’s Day.

1200x1200.jpgEmirates is celebrating with its customers on board and on the ground to mark Valentine’s Day across its global network.
To sweeten air travel during this period, Emirates is giving out heart shaped milk chocolates on all flights from Dubai on the 14th of February. The premium single origin coverture Belgium chocolate will be served alongside the main course for Economy and Business Class customers exclusively for one day only.
Cake and champagne packages are also available in Economy Class for those wanting to celebrate with their loved ones on board. Customers can choose either a vanilla or chocolate cake accompanied by a 200ml bottle of Moët et Chandon Brut NV for USD 43. The packages are available on flights from Dubai and can be pre-ordered via Emirates call centre agents.
In First Class, customers will find their goodie baskets transformed for Valentine’s Day. In addition to the usual treats of snacks and mints, a duo of heart shaped Belgian chocolates as well white chocolate coated blackcurrant-infused liquorice balls will be added for two days only from 13th February.
Prior to boarding, customers can enjoy Moet & Chandon Rosé Impérial from the 13th of February across all seven Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport. The limited edition champagne will be accompanied by specially created Valentine’s Day desserts including a berry treat filled with blueberry yoghurt mousse & mixed berry compote; a white chocolate raspberry delight prepared with white chocolate mousse and raspberry jelly; chocolate Valentine’s truffle prepared with dark chocolate mousse filled with raspberry jelly and an almond caramelised orange cake prepared with orange mousse stuffed with caramelised almond.
The lounges in Dubai International Airport are complimentary for those travelling in Business or First Class as well as Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members. Emirates Skywards Blue members looking to impress their Valentine’s dates can also pay to access the lounges. Emirates’ network of lounges worldwide are also serving sweet treats on the 14th of February including heart-shaped Red Velvet cakes and mud cakes.
Customers in need of a last minute Valentine’s gift are in luck as there is a Duty Free sale on board from the 10th – 18th February offering a 20% discount on all purchases over USD 95. Items on sale include perfumes, jewellery and accessories.
Valentine’s Day is the latest occasion Emirates is celebrating with a special offering on board and in the lounges. The airline has previously developed seasonal menus for Christmas, Diwali and Oktoberfest among other holidays.

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Gtbank Launches The Dusty Manuscript Contest

DA-9813LAGOS: Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has launched the Dusty Manuscript Contest( csr.gtbank.com/dustymanuscript ) to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts. Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okada books and Farafina, the contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD initiative which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading.

The Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank initiatives geared towards promoting the appreciation of Art and supporting creative potential. In 2017 the Bank remodelled the old Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba into a state of the art learning and recreational facility that would give people in the community and beyond the opportunity to build capacity, gain exposure and connect with the world. The remodelled library has been the venue of regular book readings and art expositions organized under the YouREAD initiative.

With the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the Bank is seeking to address the challenges indigenous writers face getting their books published.The top 3 entries in the contest will be rewarded with publishing contracts with Farafinaas well cash rewards. The top 10 entries will get their books e-published by Okadabooks, including book cover design, book editing, and publicity. The top 25 book authors will also get a 2-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding.To submit a manuscript, interested writers are to visit csr.gtbank.com/dustymanuscript .

The entries in the Dusty Manuscript Contest will be assessed by a panel of four judges which includes EghosaImasuen, the author of widely acclaimed novel, Fine Boys, and Yejide Kilanko, a poet and therapist in children’s mental health, Dr AinehiEdoro-Glines, an Assistant Professor of English Language and Toni Kan, a writer and PR executive whose collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, won the NDDC/Ken SaroWiwa prize for literature.

Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr SegunAgbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. He further added that; “By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire and develop the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The Bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.

 

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Emirates celebrates holiday season with special Christmas treats

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Emirates is spreading the festive joy with treats across all cabin classes this December. Customers travelling for the holidays will enjoy several Christmas specials both on the ground and on board from food to entertainment.

Festive menus are back

In addition to the regionally inspired cuisine served on board, Emirates is bringing back its Christmas menu with a more extensive offering of holiday favourites. Emirates’ seasonal menus are a key component of its dining offering and the Christmas menu is one of the main highlights.

The festive meals are available throughout December for customers travelling from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom and those travelling from the UK to Dubai.

Customers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy rolled turkey buffé served with cranberry jus lié, mashed potatoes, Vienna chicken sausages and seasonal vegetables. For desserts, customers will be served festive sweets such as a lemon cranberry cake with cream cheese frosting or a cocoa cake with white chocolate chips and raspberry coulis.

Those travelling in First and Business Class will start with king prawns marinated with lemon and herb and served with cocktail sauce and a fennel salad, and enjoy a main course of rolled turkey buffé served with chestnut and apricot stuffing, cranberry jus lié, pumpkin mash and creamy brussels sprouts with turkey bacon.  A variety of desserts is available on the different routes including Ginger bread roulade, Chocolate Mint dome and Yule log.

As a special treat, First Class customers, can look out for Santa-inspired macaroons and hot chocolate served with marshmallows and gingerbread. Young fliers in First Class will be surprised with snowman-inspired marshmallow biscuits.

Besides Dom Pérignon , Veuve Cliquot and Moët & Chandon champagnes available on board to celebrate the holidays, those travelling to Europe or Africa can pair their meals with the premium vintage Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1985  – a rare treat available in December in First class.

Premium customers can also get into the holiday spirit before the flight departs at the seven Emirates lounges found in Dubai International Airport and over 30 Emirates lounges worldwide. From mid-December, traditional sweets such as Basler Leckerli gingerbread cookies, Christmas cake and Stollen cake are being served as well as roasted turkey in the First Class lounges.

Holiday gifts for all

Emirates is also making sure customers’ Christmas stockings are filled with special goodies. Across all classes, newly designed amenity kits are being introduced for December.

A new range of Bulgari amenity kits are being rolled out in First and Business Class. There are 16 brand new designs for men and women which can be re-used to keep electronics or make-up. The laser-cut pattern is inspired by Bulgari’s design archives with a touch of Middle Eastern influence inspired by Dubai, Emirates’ hub. The exclusive designer kit bags include new signature Bulgari fragrances and lotions, along with other pampering essentials. The latest kits feature Bulgari’s White Tea fragrance and are available on long-haul night flights and on flights over 10 hours.

The Economy Class amenity kit bags are also getting a refresh in time for the holiday season. The six new designs are inspired by EXPO 2020 which will be hosted by Dubai. Emirates is the Official Airline Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai. The collectable bags feature the key subthemes of EXPO 2020 – Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. When arranged together, the kit bags form an image that represent the collaborative spirit of Expo 2020 and the key theme of connecting minds and creating the future.

The kit bags are given out on ultra-long haul flights and feature travel essentials such as socks, matching eye mask and a toothbrush.

In addition, parents travelling with infants will receive an amenity kit especially for baby. The newly designed pouch features Emirates’ iconic Little Traveller characters and contains essentials such as a bib, spoon, baby wipes, changing mat, diaper rash cream and small diaper bag for a comfortable journey.

Special treats for young flyers

Young flyers are given special attention when travelling on Emirates. Kids will enjoy a specially created festive menu with roast turkey, sweet potato mash, carrots and peas, as well as a moist chocolate brownie with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate lollipop.

As part of the Emirates Fly With Me Animals range, a special limited edition character will greet young travellers. Noel the polar bear, decked out in a festive red scarf, will be introduced on board to coincide with the Christmas season and will only be available in December.

Noel will be available as a Travel Buddy which comes with a plastic toggle allowing the toy to be hung in the car, on a pram or in the cot and the Carry Buddy, a dual purpose toy and blanket.

Christmas classics on ice

To get travellers into the spirit of the holidays, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, will feature Christmas classics for the month of December. These include movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone and Scrooged, as well as TV specials including The Office and Family Guy Christmas shows.  Customers can enjoy over 2,500 channels of entertainment including Christmas number 1s music playlist for the first time this year and dedicated kids’ TV channels. Special programmes for kids include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Snowman.

Emirates offers customers across all classes 20MB of free Wi-Fi data to keep connected with friends and family, and Emirates Skywards members enjoy special benefits depending on membership tier and class of travel.

For those looking to brush up on a new language in the New Year, the airline has added 10 new u Talk language channels including Japanese, Swedish, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Turkish.

Last minute holiday shopping

The Emirates Official Store has a range of new Christmas inspired products for those still looking for gifts. These include a limited edition red First Class blanket, and Christmas sweaters and festive pyjamas for the whole family. Other gifts include  Santa teddies, tree decorations and greeting cards. These are also available in stores and online at http://www.emirates.store.

Last minute shoppers can also get gifts on board with brand new products and special offers in the Emirates duty free collection. Shoppers will find over 100 new items in the collection as well as Emirates official merchandise. Special deals include discounts when purchasing 2 or more fragrances.

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