TRISTA DEBUTS WITH A LOUD BANG! It’s official! The dreaded, all round Amapiano specialist and entertainer, Olatunde Atanda, A.K.A TRISTA, officially broke into the highly glamourous Nigerian Music and Entertainment scene yesterday 15th January, with nothing but promises of attaining the pinnacle of his career within a short time and impacting his name and greatness on the Nigerian Music industry’s hall of fame.
With TRISTA’s hit single “JAH” paving the way to glory and recognition as a classical work of distinction which only extremely gifted artistes like the soft-spoken but highly intelligent young man can put together.
According to him though, Nigerians, and indeed, the whole world should expect greater things from him as his versatility is sure to be certified soon in light of some other works which are currently in the pipeline. The artiste also made it known that a video for the hit song “JAH” will aslo be airing on all major Music Channels, and equally available for download and streaming on all major online platforms as well. It might also interest you to know that TRISTA’s song JAH is already available on all major online music platforms like SPOTIFY, AUDIOMACK, APPLE MUSIC, YOUTUBE, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, DEEZER, and also at www.dascenario.com for download and streaming.
According to Awesome Productions, the record label which is also making a come-back into the industry after a brief hiatus, the choice of the Label to work with TRISTA was predicated on the fact that he is very dynamic, gifted, creative, dedicated to his work and above all, his humility which seemed so far-fetched in this modern day of youthful over-exuberance.
The label stressed that humility is always very important in life and can get one to incredible heights in no time. As the charts begin to catch fire with the unique sound of JAH, Nigerians are in for a very interesting era in its musical history.
JAH is a thought-provoking song with a very important message for Nigerians while inspiring the body to move with a life of its own as the groovy beats hit one’s eardrums.
Awesome Productions is known for creating music with meaning. The Staywell world (Staywellworld is an innovative health programme which will soon debut on all major Nigerian TV stations and select DSTV Channels. Visit www.staywellworld.org for more) theme song is also another classical creation by the label which also features TRISTA, Black Soldiers, BJ, Bizzy Sax and some other talented artistes.
Chief Willy Amadi , Imo State PCC Commissioner, is in the news for filming himself nude while two young girls were making out on a king-size bed in a location which appears to be his bedroom/government quarters.
From speculations, chief Amadi seems to be the one who leaked the videos himself as he was the cameraman but other sources indicate that the video must have found its way into the clutches of hackers.
The twelve-second sextape which clearly documented the immorality that some of our so-called leaders perpetrate in private clearly displays Chief Amadi’s lack of sexual morality and respect for his political office.
Incessant efforts to obtain Chief Willy Amadi’s comments on the matter has proved abortive.
The video, which has now gone viral, can be watched here courtesy Wazobia Reporters:
Just like many who fell to the wily ways of disgraced former chairman of Skye Bank Plc, Tunde Ayeni, one of Nigeria’s foremost businessmen and founder and chairman of the Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, discovered his (Ayeni) true nature when it was a tad too late.
The Forbes-rated billionaire and former chairman of FBN Holdings PLC had almost sealed a multibillion naira deal involving the take-over of ALCON Nig. LTD, a Port-Harcourt-based Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) Contracting company. ALCON, with over 35 years of experience, is regarded as a highly esteemed organization providing services in the civil, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation fields with excellent performance and sound proven records of projects executed and under execution.
The deal looked like it was dropping on Otudeko’s laps and everybody around him saw it as the perfect icing on the cake of his many lucrative investments. Then, like a bolt from the blues, Ayeni emerged and bought over the company. It was a major business coup that had the old man reeling. He has not forgiven or forgotten that deep cut inflicted on him by a supposed younger friend. And it is one reason he has told anybody who cares to listen that Ayeni is like a devil and whoever wants to dine with him must come with a long spoon.
Effectively, Ayeni destroyed whatever pre-existing or prospective relationship Otudeko had with the company, just like he destroyed Aso Savings and Loans. It would be recalled that the financial services institution providing mortgage banking products and services was brought to its knees by Ayeni who was a majority shareholder and chairman of the institution before he was sacked. Among other offences bordering on money laundering and financial impropriety, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2015, arrested Ayeni for fraud involving the former Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed. He was asked to refund the N1billion his bank allegedly passed to Mr. Mohammed in unclear circumstances.
He was also accused of hiding N9.8bn belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria. According to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the money, realised from the sale of government assets, was illegally deposited in Aso Savings and Loans Plc which he embezzled.
Keystone Bank Limited has upgraded its digital banking experience through the launch of a truly customer-centric mobile application – ‘KeyMobile’ .
According to a statement issued by the bank, the upgrade is in demonstration of its commitment to deliver superior, convenient and innovative banking solutions to its customers, thereby promoting the bank’s unwavering commitment to enable its customers conduct all their banking needs in the comfort of their home/office.
The bank further disclosed the move towards branchless banking is also in response to the new realities of the corona virus (COVID-19) global pandemic and the need to ensure safer banking practices for its customers by leveraging technology to redefine and reframe the customer service delivery.
On the features of the KeyMobile App, the bank said: “With the new KeyMobile App, customers can now reactivate or upgrade their accounts by uploading the required documents online, they can equally open new accounts within 2minutes and get their debit cards delivered within 48hours.
“Transaction limits can also be increased or set to the customers preferred amount instantly using pin, debit card, token or customer indemnity. “Apart from allowing customers to withdraw cash from ATMs without the use of cards (careless withdrawals), KeyMobile also provide customers the option to schedule cash withdrawal or deposit requests at their nearest Keystone bank agent/branch locations thereby reducing their travel and wait time to withdraw or deposit cash. “To help customers manage their investments and expenses, the bank introduced the self-booking and liquidation of fixed deposits, scheduled bills payments, standing orders, cheque deposits and request features in the new App. “To promote inclusive Banking, customers can now send money to non-account holders through their phone numbers and beneficiary redeem the fund from their nearest Keystone bank branch or agent locations. Money can be sent to multiple beneficiaries with a single click,” the bank said.
To improve the security of its customers’ fund, Keystone Bank disclosed that the App can disable cards and accounts, change, or reset their transaction PIN if compromise is suspected.
“KeyMobile also enables customers to interact online with the bank’s service staff for enquiries and complaints, to report dispense errors on ATM, POS, WEB and get real-time resolution.
“The App is not only about seamless and enjoyable customer experience, it also about giving customers instant financial rewards when they refer their friend’s/family members to download the app,” the statement added.
Commenting on the development, group managing director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Olaniran Olayinka, expressed delight about the upgrade of the new mobile app, stressing that the bank would continue to invest in technology in its bid to provide cutting-edge, round-the-clock banking services to its teeming customers.
With the upgraded KeyMobile app, it is no longer a question of stepping out to the bank but about the convergence of innovative services, digital technology and Omni-channel platforms coming to us at breakneck speed.
“The app offers customers a simple, seamless and secure banking,” Olayinka added.
Driven by its promise to deliver unrivalled customer service to all its customers, Access Bank Plc has announced an extension of its customer education and complaint management activities.
Over the years, Access Bank has strived to reach all audience tiers and communities, communicating and simplifying information on how customer-related bottlenecks can be resolved.
According to Ogor Chukudebelu, the Chief Customer Experience Officer at Access Bank Plc, the institution’s efforts are borne out of the desire to “heighten the public’s consciousness and radically improve awareness of the vast array of resources available to them as we strive to improve their banking experiences.”
“In today’s fast-paced society, there is an increased demand for information. Information that not only helps draw the institution closer to its customers but also make banking convenient for customers . “As a customer-centric bank, we appreciate feedback from our customers to help us resolve any issues they have.
The feedback also serves to improve and enhance their banking experience. Therefore, we have various platforms where customers can lodge their complaints or give suggestions.
“We will continue to avail all customers with in the option of using their preferred complaint lodgment medium,” he added.
All Access Bank customers can henceforth have their complaints lodged and resolved swiftly through the following channels: I. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ii. Live chat: www.accessbank.com
iii. Social media: Facebook (@AccessBankPlc), Twitter (@accessbank_help) andInstagram (@myaccessbank)
iv. Tamada: tamada.accessbankplc.com
v. WhatsApp Banking: 08089019019vi. Contact center telephone: 07003000000, 01-2802500, 01-2712005-7
vii. Ombudsman: CC-ombudsman@ACCESSBANKPLC.com.
Access Bank is committed to giving its customers best -in-class services and providing a seamless banking experience for all its customers across the globe.
Leading Radio Station STAR FM 101.5 has leaked the hit song by Awesome Productions artiste Trista titled JAH, ahead of its scheduled 15th January 2021 release date.
The song which was played during one of its programmes, was recorded and sent to the Dascenario as proof of the impact the dreaded new King of the Amapiano and all round wonder, Trista, is already having on the highly competitive Nigerian music scene.
While reacting to the development, the GM, Awesome Productions, Mr. Mac Raymond said he wasn’t too surprised that the DJs couldn’t resist a sneak preview of the song as well not let the opportunity to say “We played it first!” pass them by. “Just proves the fact that our boy id hot”, he concluded. JAH, the hit debut by Trista is a song that Nigerians will soon be singing like the national anthem.
The thought –provoking lyrics laced over a funky and very compelling rhythm and beat is sure to set all club dancehalls on fire, as well as top the charts faster than Corona Virus spreads.
JAH would officially be available for download as from 15th January, 2021 on all major online music stores and streaming channels, including spotify, audiomack, e.t.c.
Click the link below to see the screen grab of the STAR FM 101.5 leak of Trista’s song JAH.
With many countries strategizing for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) that kicked off at the beginning of this month, Dangote Industries Ltd, has stated that its cement expansion plan and fertilizer investments will open new trade routes for the company and Nigeria under the trade deal.
Already, the cement company, despite an installed capacity of 29.3Mta in Nigeria, is targeting an expanded entity in-country and in Cameroon, while new plants will soon be ready for commissioning in Niger, Benin, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
According to President/Chief Executive, Dangote industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, Africa needs to deliberately improve its per capita consumption of cement in order to aid infrastructural development by stimulating further demand and forcing down the cost of the commodity.
With the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD) report for 2020 clearly stating that for the Africa free trade area to work, the deficit in infrastructure should be looked into, Dangote is hoping to leverage the deficit with his cement investment in the continent.
For Dangote Industries Ltd, moving goods like cement by road from Nigeria where they are manufactured to Ghana, where there is a big market, is “unviable”, hence the need for new plants that will open multiple trade routes.
Group Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, had earlier explained that the movement of products via road is expensive as the governments of Togo and Benin complained of the pollution that the trucks will bring to the environment as well as the toll on the roads.
With the success of the Doula plant in Cameroon, the company is already doubling its capacity in Yaoundé and targeting three million tonnes in the country to check competition as well as earn foreign exchange.
Last year, Dangote Cement’s Pan Africa performance has been strong for all its operations in terms of margin in local currency with a few exceptions due to Covid-19.
As the restrictions in many economies are lifted, the company is hopeful of improved performance and earnings.
In 2011, Dangote had announced plans to invest $100 million to build a cement factory in Cameroon, in a move that would come to check monopoly and impact the economy of the country.
Dangote however described the plant as “our largest Greenfield project in a neighbouring country with which we not only share a boundary but also a long history of brotherly relationship dating from our colonial days. Owing to the rich culture and history that we share, we have a better understanding of Cameroon.”
He had said: “Our desire to increase our investment with the Phase 2 project is based on not only the fast growth rate of the Cameroonian economy but also due to the warm welcome extended to us and the enabling environment created by the government of Cameroon.
“Our choice of Cameroon for this multi-million-dollar investment is quite strategic. Cameroon is the largest economy in Central Africa and is well endowed with abundant natural resources. The country also enjoys political stability, adequate security and growing infrastructural development.
In addition, President Biya has created an enabling environment that has continued to attract investors both from within and outside the African continent.”
He said that the desire to ensure that Africa becomes self-sufficient in cement production informed the signing of a $4.34 billion contract with Sinoma International Engineering Company Limited, a Chinese construction giant, for the construction of 11 new cement plants in 10 African countries, and Nepal in Asia.
Pioneer Country Manager, Dangote Cement Cameroon SA, Abdullahi Baba, stated that the journey in the last five years has been excellent, noting that it was not easy to oversee a project from the drawing table until full actualization.
“We came in and the market was already satisfied but we brought out high quality products at affordable prices. We are so proud at the way we have been received both by the government and the people of Cameroon and I want to say that as at today, we have become the household name and we have come to stay in the entire country.
“There are so many high points for the company. The first was that we came into Cameroon with the best technology available in the industry anywhere in the world. The other was that we introduced products that were the trailblazer in Cameroon as at that time because our quality was up there.
He however noted that though competition has been coming up fast in the country, the firm is not relenting on its oars, saying, “We are doing everything we can to ensure that we maintain this position, but the key thing is the market share, the profitability and the maximizing of the use of local raw materials in the production of cement.
“As we continue to work on volume increase and cost reduction, our current programme of alternative fuel system for all of our plants is will equally change the game. By leveraging alternative energy, we hope to bring down our cost as much as possible considering that cement production is a high-energy intensive activity”, he added.
Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Gabriel Dodo Ndocke stated that since Dangote Cement was established in Cameroon, accessibility to cement product, the price and the quality has been enhanced, adding that the impact of the company on the economy is huge.
“Today you can get cement everywhere and the price is accessible for everyone and the market has been open to other investors creating job opportunities.
“Dangote has thrown the market open and before he came to Cameroon, our market was with just one investor in the sector. The presence of other investors has made it easy for us to get cement in a good quality and at an accessible price”, he added.
The firm’s Country Manager, Bertrand Thaïs Mbouck, said the cement company is completing a period of induction, going by the sustainable approach towards growth.
“How I see our company is like a 20 to 25 years sustainable growth agenda. We have to ensure that our strategy is properly drawn and implemented by doubling our commitment, involvement, improving our attitude and everything we are doing. In essence, we are focusing on efficiency, performance and the right attitude in everything we do.
“What has really surprised us in this pandemic is that in comparison with other industries, the cement industry in Cameroon has been improving with positive outcome. We tend to see growth in demand for our product compared to other industries.
“What we have realised in this pandemic, people have focused on some important investments in their life like building a house, as they are not traveling like they used to do. Our team also gave us an additional edge compared to competition. Our workforce has been intensively tracing the customers, tracing the point of sale and that has given us an edge in the market”, he added.
The allegation by a former director of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS) Limited, Mr Tunde John Ayeni, that the company was hijacked by Captain Hosa Okunbo has been contradicted by a series of validly-executed company resolutions and other documents was obtained by our reporter which he (Ayeni) signed, transferring his shares in OMS and its other associated companies to Wells Property Limited.
Ayeni had, through his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the matter and had also raised issues of alleged financial misappropriation by his erstwhile business partner, Captain Okunbo. His narratives including the allegations most of which were not substantiated or backed up by documentary evidence, were contained in the nine-page petition dated December 7, 2020 and titled: “Request for investigation of stealing and criminal diversion of company fund”.
All the documents made available by the management of OMS in its defence clearly showed that Ayeni was part of the processes and meetings that culminated in his transfer of all his shares in OMS and its associated companies to Wells Property Development Company Limited.
Significantly, he and his wife, Abiola Ayeni, duly signed the special resolution of their Prime Union Investment Limited where he is Chairman Board of Directors/shareholder and with wife as Director/shareholder in respect of the sale of 30,000,000 ordinary shares in OMS to Wells Property Development Limited for a consideration of N2 billion only. was dated August 14, 2018. Here are some of the documents obtained.
All the shareholders had subsequently executed a share purchase agreement and other necessary documentations required to completely transfer all the shares held in OMS devoid of any liability or encumbrance to Wells Property Development Company Limited. The documents confirmed that as far back as 2018, Ayeni had ceased being a director and shareholders in OMS, having sold his entire shares in the company. The claim by OMS management is that Ayeni who is neither a director nor a shareholder in the company cannot allege financial misappropriation in a manner as to claim he was affected by its administration as he is just a meddlesome interloper in the affairs of the company. Besides, the EFCC had, in a letter to the Chairman and Board of Directors of OMS on June 25, 2019, confirmed with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that Ayeni had sold his entire shares and resigned as Director and shareholders of the company(Documents attached).
The letter signed by EFCC’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was tilted: “Re: Investigation Activities”. It read in part: “We refer to your letters dated 20th December 2018, 15th April 2019, 22nd May, 2019 and NNPC letter dated 28th December 2018 on the above subject. “We wish to state that in June 2017, a petition regarding infractions by the previous Board and Management of Skye Bank was forwarded from the Office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. “In the course of investigation, Dr Tunde Ayeni was invited and he volunteered a statement confirming the withdrawal of 29.5 billion naira cash from the Skye Bank. He, however, promised to refund the said funds to the bank and further claimed to have some interest in Ocean Marine and its subsidiary companies. “Based on the above, investigation was extended to the Corporate Affairs Commission where it was discovered that Dr Tunde Ayeni had on the 8th August, 2018 actually sold his 35 million ordinary shares in Ocean Marine Solutions Limited and 37.2 million ordinary shares in PPP Fluid Mechanics Limited to Wells Property Development Company Limited, a subsidiary of Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd….”
The EFCC had said that its investigation so far did not indict the Chairman of OMS and its subsidiary companies, Capt Okunbo(a copy attached).
Recall that Ayeni was once a non -Executive Chairman of defunct Skye Bank. Other documents directly relevant and/or ancillary to the validation of the legitimate acquisition of Ayeni’s shares in OMS are published hereunder, including a letter by Mr Ned Nwoko who Ayeni’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) mentioned in his petition to the EFCC.
Nwoko, in the letter to the Inspector General of Police, on the funding for Paris Club litigation said he did not know Ayeni and that he related directly and on personal basis with Capt. Hosa to the exclusion of OMS(Document included).
Also our Reporter obtained a payment instructions document from office of the Chairman, Ocean Marine Solutions Limited to effect #1 billion transfer to Ayeni’s company Olutoyl estate development and services Ltd owned on 26th November, 2018 and the balance was paid over a period of 2 years installment.
As part of efforts to drive sustainable social impact, Union Bank and its employees have established communal water boreholes in six underserved communities across Nigeria, directly impacting over 15,000 people.
The bank said this in a statement on Friday titled ‘Driving social impact: Union Bank and employees provide six communities with potable water’.
It stated that the donations, which provided the gift of water to one community from each of the six geopolitical regions of the country, formed part of activities to mark Union Bank’s 2020 Employee Volunteer Day. The statement said EVDay, which was introduced in 2019, reinforced Union Bank’s commitment to building a workforce conscious about giving back to the communities where they live and work.
It said that this year, the gift of water project was selected to provide more Nigerians in underserved communities with access to potable water supply, improving their quality of life and enabling them to maintain the proper handwashing routine advised by the World Health Organisation.
The statement said the communal boreholes were established in Ubulu Uku in Delta State; Gidan Dagachi Kureken Sani in Kano State; Kpebi-Sarki in Abuja; Ohubo Village, Ama Nkanu Community in Enugu State; Sari Iganmu, Orile in Lagos State and Abujan Amare, Gashua in Yobe State.
Commenting on the donations, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, said, “Union Bank is proud to lead the charge for social impact