A charismatic young leader tries to calm ethnic tension in Ethiopia

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IN ITS three decades of existence, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has gone through only two leaders. Neither came to power through a competitive vote. So it was with a sense of novelty that Ethiopians awaited the outcome of a secret ballot held on March 27th to determine the new chairman of the coalition and, by extension, the country’s prime minister. The result was also historic. Abiy Ahmed (pictured) won the backing of 108 party bigwigs, while 59 went for Shiferaw Shigute, his closest rival. On April 2nd Mr Abiy was sworn in as prime minister, making the 42-year-old Africa’s youngest leader. He will also be the first in modern Ethiopian history to identify as Oromo—from the largest, and lately the most rebellious, of the country’s ethnic groups.

FOBTOB hails court judgement against Union busting firms

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The National President, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), Comrade Quadri Olaleye, has applauded the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC), ordering two Jos-based firms to recall 28 workers who were sacked three years ago for engaging in union activities. The court ordered Grand Cereals Nigeria Limited and Spring Waters Nigeria Limited, both subsidiaries of United Africa Company Nigeria Plc (UACN) to recall the sacked workers and pay them salary and allowances owed in arrears dating back to their termination and up till the date of the court judgement, less any amount that might have been paid as redundancy or terminal benefits when their employment were terminated. The companies were also ordered to pay the union (FOBTOB) dues owed in arrears going ba...

Life Continental Lager sponsors ‘Hi-Life Fest’ in the South East

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Life Continental Lager Beer, a brand from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc, has introduced “Hi-Life Music Fest”, a musical competition aimed at celebrating and promoting highlife music in South East, Nigeria. The music competition which kicked-off with the first set of auditions in Owerri this month, held its first regional finals at Cubana Lounge. Auditions and regional finals will later hold in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Aba with the grand finale set to hold in Onitsha. Speaking at the media launch, Mr. Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream and Stout, Nigerian Breweries Plc., described the initiative as one of the various ways the brand seeks to ensure that its consumers live a progressive life filled with opportunities, and are conversant with the iconic sound of their environm

Nestle Nigeria restates its commitment to Ogun State

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Nestle Nigeria Plc, has reaffirmed its resolve to the development of Ogun State, host of two of its three factories in Nigeria. The consumer goods and beverage company restated its commitment while marking the 4th Edition of Ogun State Investors Forum, which is a collaborative effort between the company and the host government. The purpose of the forum is to consolidate on the gains of the present administration while accelerating growth. Nestle Nigeria which is the sponsor of the summit said it has maintained its continued contribution to the development of Nigeria through local sourcing of raw materials, job creation, capacity building and community development for the past 57 years. In his opening remarks, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun explained that his government...

Coca-Cola Nigeria launches “Win a Trip to Russia” Promo

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Coca-Cola has unveiled a ‘Drink a Coke and Score a Trip to Russia’ Promo. The soft drinks giant said it will be taking 22 individuals from Nigeria to go watch the games at the FIFA World Cup Tournament in Russia later this year in the Coca-Cola “Win a Trip to Russia” Promo that is currently going on. All the consumer needs to do is buy a bottle of Coke and look at the code under the crown. Then text the code to 5453 and follow the SMS responses that they will get. It’s that simple! According to the company, draws will be held weekly and the more bottles of Coke you get the more chances you have to obtain under the crown codes. Six weekly draws will be conducted for trips to Russia from 23rd March, 2018.Powered by WPeMatico

‘You give her gonorrhea and you get HIV back’

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Festus Odimegwu The former CEO of Heineken in Nigeria engaged sex workers to promote beer. The company benefited from its close relationship with the president. In an interview with a Dutch Newspaper, Odimegwu talks about his days and exploits at the helm of Nigerian Breweries Plc. The text was translated from Dutch to English using google traslate. Please pardon us for any lost translation. Festus Odimegwu lives in a lush neighborhood of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. In his village of origin he is traditionally king and his villa in the city is also a lavish palace. A footman from Benin – staff from the French-speaking neighbor is considered chic in Nigeria – serves champagne. Odimegwu was head of Nigerian Breweries between 1999 and 2006, the culmination of a glorious career that began i

Heineken accused of not doing enough to protect female sales agents from sexual abuse in Africa

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Dutch brewer Heineken said it will do more to protect is sales agents in Africa after a Dutch newspaper, NRC published allegations of widespread sexual abuse of sales agents in 10 countries where the company operates. According to the report, Heineken indirectly employs about 2,000 women as “promotional girls” in Africa out of a 15,000 women global sales force based on internal research done in 2007. The sales agents job involve going around to bars, cafes and restaurants with promotional crates to persuade owners to stock the company’s brands. The report says that many of the female sales agents were sexually assaulted or propositioned by bar staff in the course of their work. The report also alleges that some prostitutes combined beer promotion with their regular work to win new clients