Zus Bureau Gives World-Class Training On Client Service Skills Development

Mr Chris Doghudje, a former Chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and CEO, Zus Bureau Limited, Lagos, will on Thursday,  June 27, deliver lectures on client service skills enhancement at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos, by 9 am.
Mr Doghudje, who will be the key resource person at the programme, said he would be treating participants to the best of his over 25 years of advertising experience in which he functioned in the client service department.
He said, “Working in the Client Service Department, my experience came from rendering service to companies such as Unilever, Nigerian Breweries, Cadbury, Guinness, First Bank, and WAMCO among others.”
Doghudje, an adjunct faculty member of the school of media and communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, where he teaches Advertising Planning, said the programme would focus primarily on client service skills development.
He added that the training programme would be beneficial to Ad agencies and other service organisations, because their success depended strongly on the quality of their client service personnel.
“The success of an Ad agency or a service organization depends more on client service personnel than on executives from other departments.”

According to Doghudje, “the programme would cover key areas including: how to deal with a difficult client; qualities and skills the superclient service executive should possess; how to obtain/prepare a stimulating advertising brief; how to stimulate creative and media executives to deliver first-class results; assessing advertising proposals;  clients/ agency/media relationship: how to get best results among others.”

He said the programme would also be open to customer relations officers of service organizations such as media houses, radio/television production houses and financial institutions.

Zus Bureau can be contacted on 08023513708.


No One Belongs Here More Than You: Three Perspectives To Behold!

Exhibition Installation view by Jude Anogwih

The recent work ‘ No one belongs here more than you,’ put together by  three Nigerian artists, Nnenna Okore,  Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, was opened in an exhibition on June 15, at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos and would be on till September 14, 2013.
Supported by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), the collection of works present diverse perspectives on issues of the use of space and interactions; the feeling of having to deal with not belonging to a place;  the presence of women in public spaces and the interaction that develops.

'Hiding from the Sun' by Nnenna

 For the simple reason that all three artists live abroad and just happen to be back home in Nigeria at the same time, and decided to work together, is, according to the introductory note by CCA, “an experience that marks the onset of a journey of reintroduction, rediscovery and reconnection to their ancestral place of origin.”
Speaking with Ogunji on the inspiration that led them to bring their works together, she said, “ We thought it will be important for us to talk about the works that we are making right now in Nigeria, giving the fact that we don’t live here full- time.
“It is also important because we have different perspectives expressed through our works and sharing on them will be great.”
Ogunji sees the complexity  of the title as not particularly about them , but about who belongs where and what it means  to belong and who is referred to as the ‘you’ in  the title.

Performance by Wura-Natasha

Okore may have presented an installation work that has a strong expression of aesthetics yet, it makes a statement of definition as she aptly states that the works invite people to think about their role in the space and what gives them a sense of belonging. “The questions would be ‘why do you belong here or why shouldn’t you belong here; or what makes you a member of a particular space or place?”
 She underlines the broad discussion of the works, but recognises also that issues of identity come up in very subtle ways.  She says “Ruby and I especially think of how this place influences us and how we are connected to this place.”
'The Encounter' by Onyinyechi
For Ruby  Onyinyechi Amanze, it is a two-way experience. Though born of Nigerian parents, she was raised outside Nigeria, yet, she would not agree to be speaking from an outsider point of view even if she was considered as one.  She says, “it is more like working to see how you can balance two identities; being a foreigner on one hand and an indigene on the other.”
Interestingly, the works presented by each of these wonderful artists speak volumes of what they hold within them. Their efforts have expressed what they want to share with the world.

SYNC: Best Business Strategy,Google Nigeria says!

L-R;Titi Akinsanmi, Google Policy Manager; Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google Nigeria Country Manager;Omobola Johnson, Honorable Minister of Communication Technology; Sean Lefluer, Director ,Google Sub Saharan Africa, at the event.

Google’s Share Your Nigerian Content (SYNC) was a key highlight at its 3-day conference that brought together entrepreneurs, content developers and journalists on June 4. The crux of SYNC was aimed at enabling content creators embrace the power of the web to grow locally- relevant content online and drive monetization.
Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Country Manager, Google Nigeria, while giving the keynote at the event, said the sessions were held with a view to helping individuals from key communities to have better understanding of how to take advantage of the internet to boost content distribution. 
She said that, “the internet presents huge opportunities for Nigeria's creative and content production industry. We intend to work with this community as well as others to fully harness internet tools that have proven to be very successful across the world."
Lefluer and Ehimuan-Chiazor

 Launching the 'Impact of Internet' study on the first day of the conference examined how the  Internet  impact on, and contribute to, social and economic development in Nigeria. The launch event held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja where Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, gave the keynote address.
‘Music Out of Africa’ was also an important highlight of the event. It was a first of its kind 12-hour online musical concert via Google+ Hangouts. The online concert hosted many top Nigerian musicians like Dr Sid, YemiAlade, Nosa, Pryse, Endia 48 and many others, and they enjoyed the opportunity to bond with their fans from across the world.

The Data Journalism training session for journalists at the Civic Centre, Lagos.

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, expressed satisfaction that Nigerian artistes could make use of the online opportunity to engage with their fans. He said, “We are excited to see our local artists engaging and socializing via Google+. The level of excitement generated is a further proof that there is a global community of Nigerian content consumers who are constantly looking for fresh and entertaining content online.
Kola-Ogunlade hoped that the session would further inspire Nigerian entertainers and content creators to create and share a lot more local content online.

Some of the activities that held on the second day included the Data Journalism tools training for the Nigerian media, advertisers / publishers session and an E-commerce roundtable session with top players in the industry.

Etisalat Prize For Literature :Set To Promote Talented African Writers

L-R): Head, High Value Events & Sponsorship, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; Patron, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Dele Olojede; Chair of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Pumla Gqola and Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Press Conference, held at Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 The Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched in Lagos on June 5, to further boost African Literature and the publishing industry, promote young writers and foster value recognition.

Established as a platform to promote creativity and excellence in writing across Africa, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr Steven Evans said that the Prize was created to give recognition to indigenous works of literature, while also rewarding new entrants and encouraging further participation.

“We have initiated this important project to celebrate literary excellence and creativity in Nigeria and across Africa. We believe literature has the potential to effect change and serve as a catalyst for promoting a cultural revolution,” he said.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature has been described as the first ever pan-African prize to appreciate first time writers of published fiction novels. The prize will bring together high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the continent and beyond, to identify new writers of African descent irrespective of where they are resident.

Entry qualifications demand that works must be the writer’s first fiction novel of over 30,000 words and which has been published in the last twenty-four months.  

Entries for the Fiction Novel category opened on June 5, to publishers who have published a minimum of five authors in the last three years. All entries will be vetted and scrutinized by a panel of four preselected judges chaired by Pumla Gqola, associate professor in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and of South Africa’s most celebrated intellectuals.

Other judges are Zaks Mda, Professor of Creative writing at the University of Ohio and winner of the Commonwealth Prize, Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of Kwani Trust, of the literary Journal Kwani and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, writer and academic. These judges will work together to select the long list as well as a shortlist of three novels and finally the winner who will be announced in February 2014.

The two categories in which the Prize will be awarded are: the best full-length debut novel, with a minimum of 30,000 words published in English in the last 24 months, and for the best flash fiction work of less than 300 words ( also in English). 

During the proramme launch,  Gqola, disclosed that the Prize winner of the first category will be awarded a cash prize of £ 15,000; A Samsung Galaxy Note or iPad; Etisalat-sponsored book tour( book reading/singing) in three major cities; Scholarship/Fellowship at the University of East Anglia( a prominent school for creative writing) and an Etisalat-engraved Montblanc  Pen.
Mr Evans also stated that 1000 copies of the winning book will be purchased by Etisalat, and distributed to schools across Nigeria.

Accordingly, the winner in the second category will get a £1,000 cash prize; a Samsung Galaxy Note or iPad; and published e-book promoted online and via SMS.