Monthly Archives: September 2017



The House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market and Institutions on Tuesday held a closed door meeting with the Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo, regarding the SEC’s lingering enquiry on Oando, following petitions brought by Ansbury Inc. and Mangal.

Oando Foundation Plays Pivotal Role in Nigeria’s Primary Education


Education plays a vital role in the development of a society and is a catalyst for other forms of enduring development. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, the education sector, since the colonial era has grappled with recurring challenges mitigating the actualization of the country’s Universal Basic Education goals. These challenges include inadequate budget allocations by the federal, state and local governments, which has led to a shortage of quality staff, dearth of infrastructure, inadequate and deplorable facilities in public schools, low remuneration and untrained teachers.

Oando Foundation Partners with Fashion Vie: Raises N43.8m for Girl Child Education


Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charity with a mission to create conducive learning environments in dilapidated public primary schools in Nigeria, partnered with Fashion Vie New York to raise funds towards the education of the Nigerian ‘girl child’on Thursday, 14 September, 2017. The Foundation was selected as the first beneficiary from Africa to receive proceeds fromThe Dream: Fall 2017 Benefit Fashion Show and Silent Auction where it successfully raised N43,800,000 for the girl child education.

Through its Adopt a School Initiative, Oando Foundation has steadily provided access to improved quality education in Nigeria, with a focus on girls in the Northern region. The Foundation’s holistic programmes have increased the number of young girls enrolling in its adopted schools through the provision of hygiene and sanitary facilities in schools, scholarships to deserving females to transit to secondary school, mentorship programmes, training of female teachers, and partnerships with International Development Organisations.

With over 6.3 million out-of-school girls in Nigeria, Oando Foundation’s commitment is reinforced in the words of Angelique Kidjo, “Everyone wins when children — and especially girls – have access to education. An educated girl is likely to increase her personal earning potential and prepare herself for a productive and fulfilling life, as well as reduce poverty in the whole community. Investing in girls’ education also helps delay early marriage and parenthood. Our booming economies in Africa need more female engineers, teachers and doctors to prosper and sustain growth.”

Fashion Vie an annual charity fashion show which runs alongside New York Fashion Week is inspired by the life of its organiser, International Fashion Designer and founder, Chuks Collins whose career began in Nigeria. The event which took place at the famous Angel Orensanz, hosted by Claudia Jordan, actress, model, TV and radio personality. The organization utilizes the creative industry to support social justice and worldwide human right issues, by gathering audiences for a contemporary experience of fashion and art, while highlighting the incredible work of local, national, and international non-profits.

Speaking at the event, Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation said; “The partnership with Fashion Vie comes at a critical time when Oando Foundation is scaling up its Girl Child intervention under the Adopt-A-School Initiative. The funds raised will directly support the educational and social needs of girls in our adopted schools, providing them opportunities for a better future.”

The theme for this year’s event, ‘Girl Child Education,’ is a cause close to both partners. The Foundation will use proceeds from the event to further improve access to and provide quality primary education in its adopted schools. It plans to focus on access to education, provision of potable water and sanitation in public primary schools, information and communication technology (ICT) education, scholarships, and safe spaces for girls.

Oando Foundation has successfully adopted 80 public primary schools across 23 states in Nigeria, renovated 30 of these under the infrastructure development component; established 17 ICT centres and 3 Early Child Care Development Education (ECCDE) centres. In addition, the Foundation has donated over 5,000 books and learning materials across intervention communities. The Foundation has successfully supported community involvement by strengthening the capacity of over 300 School Based Management Committee (SBMC) members, awarded scholarships to 907 pupils and facilitated training of 1,700 teachers. 60,000 students now have access to improved learning environments including improved sanitary facilities through the direct intervention of Oando Foundation.

Speaking at the event, Mr Chuks said “This year, Fashion Vie has chosen to return to Nigeria, where my story began. We are inspired by the important work of the Oando Foundation, providing interventions for marginalized Out-Of-School-Children and those unable to cry out for the justice of accessible education in Nigeria.”


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Fashion lovers all over the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled fashion experience as the 2nd edition of the GTBank Fashion weekend is set to hold on the 11th and 12th of November, 2017. The 2-day event will treat attendees to an enthralling journey across a wide variety of Africa’s finest styles and trends whilst offering small businesses in the Nigerian Fashion Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their consumers as well as experts in their industry.



The recently launched Chi Exotic Nectar “I love the Taste” communication campaign currently being deployed on terrestrial television stations, digital platforms and Out of Home channels has continued to elicit reactions from consumers across Nigeria. While some have commended the campaign’s high aesthetic quality, clarity of message and effectiveness of communication channels, the main thrust has been the consensus on the product’s superior taste that has endeared it to them.