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My Bank. My Wife and The New Social Order

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One thing that attracted me to the firm was its legacy. Its founder, Chief Subomi Balogun was a hero of sorts to young Stockbrokers like myself. He had built the institution from his boot straps to the behemoth it is today with over 50,000 Shareholders.

My first day at work, I was taken in a ride by the then Managing Director Ladi Balogun on his way to a meeting with Aliko Dangote and in those few minutes he perfectly situated the values that drove the institution. Ethical standards and integrity were the words he kept repeating as he stressed the need for me to join as he attempted to reclaim market share in the Local Securities market.

I stayed with the Bank for over 15months and having worked in several financial instutions including about four Banks and several stockbroking and Asset Management Firms, I can safely say that the ethical standards at FCMB stand shoulder high above its peers. The FCMB woman is well regarded, with access to the very top to discuss her issues. They even have the FCMB Woman Platform which seeks to build cohesion and gives the FCMB woman the much needed push to fulfil whatever it is is her career goals.

That said, the news of the alleged dalliance between the well regarded MD Mr. Nuru and the former staff leading to the supposed siring of two kids by him while still in her marriage and ultimately leading to her husbands passing has captured the imagination of Nigerians powerfully.

Daily the keen observer is assailed with all sort of social media commentary, memes and the rest on the matter. I hear an online petition has been in circulation with varied numbers being quoted as signatures asking both the FCMB and the CBN to act on the matter. A memo allegedly sent out by Group Managing Director Ladi Balogun quoting that the issue could derail the achievements’ of the Bank in the just concluded year is leaked, fueling calls for his removal.

All these have thrown up very important questions on the ethical behaviors of Bankers and its effect on the Bank’s public image and much more importantly the profitability of the Bank on the one hand and the safety of public funds in its custody on the other. It is also putting the regulator to task on the issue.

But tarry awhile. Why all these fervor on an unsigned petition innocuously posted on social media. How do we move against a Man based on a mere allegation without anybody coming out to own up to the allegations. Up until this point as I write, I have not seen a signed petition accusing the man of all of these allegations. What we are seeing so far are online petitions from people on the back of the anonymous triggerr post. Should we now then hang a man based on this? Based on public push which is as is the case quite emotional.

The arbitrariness of this matter and others like this especially on social media is scary. What this portends is that if Nuru falls then anybody can fall based on any story thrown up there just by anybody. Before I am castigated, please note that I am not taking a stand as to Mr. Nuru’s innocence or not or if he breeched Banks ethical rules or what not. All I am just saying is that there has been no concrete complaint from either the Mr. Thomas accusing this man of this heinous crime, nor an official complaint from the Woman alleging rape, forceful sex or any type of abuse using his power as a boss over her. We have not even seen DNA certification confirming the parentage of the children. All that is in the public domain are pictures of children who have an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Nuru. Are there sufficient factual and legal evidence to begin to push for the Mr. Nurus head.

In the last five years, Nigerians have witnessed the growth of what some of us have called digital mobs who unlike their physical counterparts who roast with used tyres and bonfires, these ones do thier with words on social media. The arbitrariness and disregard for processes and institutionalized structures for arbitration continues to weaken the levers that hold society together pushing us closer to anarchy.

The FCMB I know have well tested and well-ordered structures for getting relieve if your rights have been trampled. I have gone through it as a boss. I had lost my temper during a heated meeting and unwittingly threw a pencil at a junior staff. She went through the process and I faced a disciplinary Committee and was found guilty. The system didn’t care that as at that time I Was number 3 in hierarchy in our subsidiary and that this lady was very near the bottom in hierarchy, I was made to face the music. Same I am very confident would be the case if there is an official approach to this matter by any complainant even if it is me being Mr. Thomas Landlord.

 

The major issue here is not even Mr. Nuru and his supposed errant private member but our societies’ eagerness to throw caution and common sense into the gutters in matters like this while putting on the toga of arbitrariness in pushing this types of issues. I fear that our institutions for fear of Market share can bow to public pressure and take decisions that would further weaken them and infringe on the human rights of their people.

Please in conclusion, where is Mrs Thomas in all of these for only she can solve this problem. Her position would either indict or free Mr. Nuru, she has to answer some very salient questions – was she in an affair with Mr. Nuru while at FCMB, was she in that affair willingly or not and who truly is the father of the child and where she has no answer to the last question, would she willingly take a DNA test on this matter.

My advise to FCMB is to stand firm by its rules, do not be pressured to take hasty decision by a fickle social media crowd who will move on to the next hot gist, while you would have destroyed not only the career of a man who is possibly innocent and in the same vein destroy the fabrics that hold your institution together. Seek the facts and base your decision on those facts.

I wish you a fruitful review of the matter. But will I close my account with FCMB cos the MD has two children with a married staff? I think not. Thank you

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oraimo Toast PD Pro: How Your Phone will go from 0-60% in 30 Minutes with new Fast Charge Technology

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Here’s the reason Power Delivery (PD) Technology on oraimo Products is a Game Changer

Being connected mean much to us, which is why being in a position where there is no power and our phones and power banks running out of juice is unacceptable. To solve these problems, Nigeria’s Tech giants and no.1 premium smart accessories brand oraimo has introduced its new power bank model the launch of the oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro (20W 10000mAh power bank).

 

Powered by ‘AniFast’ technology, this is one of the fastest and most compact power banks available in the market today, owning one of these will put an end to all your power problems. It’s 16mm super slim design boasts of a smooth 3D Hexagon texture, triple output, various protection features and worldwide compatibility. oraimo Nigeria has outdone themselves with this one!!!!

Here are reasons why oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro is the best power bank to buy in Nigeria:

It’s powered by AniFast Technology

Equipped with an Intelligent identification IC chip, oraimo exclusive designed, the Toast 10 PD Pro can charge your devices faster than any other power bank on the market. The Toast 10 PD Pro can recognise your device, identify its charging protocol, and charge it at full speed. This works for phones, smartwatches, electric toothbrushes etc.

This is a feature to look out for as it redefines the way you look at power banks in general as other manufacturers promise all sorts of charging speeds that are not tested and trusted.

It supports latest PD3.0 & QC3.0 Technology

PD (Power Delivery) and QC(Quick Charge) support is becoming increasingly common in modern smartphones like iPhone, Samsung. Before PD and QC, most charging frameworks were simply ready to utilize 5V and 3A to create the greatest force yield of up to 15W. With PD and QC, the power devices can handle higher current, and voltage compared to older devices, allowing for faster charging times. This is the place where oraimo’s 20W power bank proves to be useful.

oraimo Toast PD Pro is compatible with PD 3.0 & QC 3.0 quick charge protocol, which supports basically all the quick charge protocols in the market, that will charge your latest devices at full speed. It charges 3 times faster than your average power bank and this means it will charge your latest iPhone 12 from 0 to 60% in 30 minutes with 20W power. Just 30 minutes and you are good to go No more spending time waiting for your phone to charge before leaving the house or office. oraimo has got you covered.

It recharges itself fast as well

As if that is not enough, the Toast 10 PD Pro also charges itself at record 18W speeds. In just over 3 hours, your Toast 10 PD Pro will be fully charged which is mind blowing compared to other 5W power banks that can take as much as 8 hours to charge fully.

It has durable and ultra-fast` cable

The power bank also comes with 3A ultra-fast Type-C cable that assures the most rapid charge possible. The connector is reinforced with SR structure to make it more durable and withstand thousands of stretches and bends.

It is Safe

If a power surge has ever blown your electronics, you will know how important safety is. The oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro power bank is protected from power surges and other electrical problems with 6 advanced safety features such as temperature resistance, input overvoltage protection, surge protection and short circuit prevention, keeping you and your gadgets safe.

…and it is flexible

If you want to multitask, this is the power bank for you. Gone are the days when you could only charge one smartphone at a time; the oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro features dual charging ports with fast charging technology, which allows you to charge two devices at once without sacrificing charging speed. It’s also compatible with a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smartwatch, electric toothbrush, earphone, etc.. Plus, it comes with Type-C and Micro USB recharging ports! So, you can charge or recharge your power bank with just one cable!

Where to buy the oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro 10000mAh Power Bank

Don’t worry, we know that other power banks don’t offer any of these things, so we will tell you where to find oraimo. It’s everywhere!!!!! You will find this fast-charging power bank available in all authorised dealer stores nationwide, it is sure a solid accessory that offers more than what you pay for!

To learn more about oraimo, visit ng.oraimo.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Finally, the oraimo Toast 10 PD Pro is backed by a 365-day warranty. If your power bank develops an odd fault after ten months of use, you can exchange it for a new one. Try to keep your receipt to enjoy the guarantee.

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ENTRY INTO TECNO’S CAMISSION CLOSES IN 3 DAYS AND 4,000,000 NAIRA IS UP FOR GRABS!

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For this season of TECNO’s CAMission contest, 4 lucky winners and an all-paid trip abroad worth N4,000,000 is what is on the field of play!

 

The first edition of the CAMission was so huge we all just assumed it was a one-time project. But apparently not. The second season is in full gear, with just 3 days left to submit your entry!

Arnold Chukwujekwu, Barineka Divine and Fatai Arowolo, winners of the #UnlockCAMission competition in 2019

Let’s pump the breaks a little, and tell a short background story.

TECNO’s Camon series flagship is renowned for being camera-centric. The Camon phones are made to help users lock down colourful memories. But beyond that, they are great tools to photography lovers in a fast-growing world of mobile photography.
In line with that, TECNO birthed a campaign tagged #UnlockCAMission. The campaign’s intention was to increase conversations around the participation of young talents in mobile photography, as well as put the impressive camera qualities of the Camon series to test.
Now that the Camon series has a new instalment – the Camon 17, TECNO is once again calling on young photography enthusiasts to come put the new phone’s camera features to the test.

4 Winners from the campaign will win an all-paid trip to Europe or get an equivalent cash prize worth N4million (Cash prize is an alternative ONLY If the new lockdown policy hinders travels.)

Close to 1000 entries have been received and counting, with young Nigerians expressing their talents in many creative ways. Not to worry though, you still have a chance to get on that train, and fast.

The 20 contestants will go through rigorous and also fun photography tasks and a series of evictions will take place for the last 4 to emerge winners of 1m each or a trip abroad with a mentorship programme with one of Africa’s best photographers.

Compensation Prizes of the CAMON 17 smartphone will also be given, as well as Tool kits to help contestants start their journey to achieve their dream.
Here is all you need to know;
The theme for this season is “TIME TO STAND OUT”. To participate,
• Shoot a very creative lifestyle, fashion, portrait or nature picture or a short creative video or movie that stands you out.
• Visit https://tecnocamission.com/ to submit your entry.
• Using the share button or copying your entry link, share your entry with the hashtag #TECNOCAMission #TimeToStandOut on TECNO’s social media pages.
You can also;
• Post your entry as a comment under TECNO’s pinned activity post with link to your entry and both hashtags on the brand’s official Facebook page.
• On Twitter or Instagram, submit your entry on your page using both hashtags. The link to your entry should be added on Twitter and IG on your bio.
• Invite your friends and family to like and vote for your entry using the VOTE BUTTON on the website.
• Follow ALL of TECNO’s social media pages for your entry to be valid.
• Ensure that your login details, especially your phone number, are correct.
Note that 20 contestants will be selected based on creativity FIRST, followed by highest number of votes.
There you have it! Remember, you have till the 24th to get your entry in.
Good luck!

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Play With Power! itel Debuts itel P37 Smartphone in Nigerian Market

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The itel P37, a big battery smartphone designed to help users get more fun and playtime at a reasonable cost, comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, 6.5’ HD+ FullScreen Display coupled with a 2.5D screen design, a slim and fashionable look, as well as other unique features its users will definitely fall in love with.

Preceding the itel P37’s debut at the launch, itel recounted its growth story over the years and showed audiences that the brand is all out to satisfy the needs of its consumers, provide innovative offerings, and also give users value for their money. As a result, the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) report for 2020 recognized itel as the Number One Smartphone Brand under $75, and the Number One Feature Phone Brand in the global market. The IDC also rated the brand as the Number One Smartphone and Feature Phone Brand in Africa under $75, and the Number One Smartphone under $75 in India by regional market share.

For smartphones in the budget range, most users complain that the battery capacity is not large enough, that the memory is not enough, and that the product’s features are similar to others in the same range. However, itel went all out to solve these consumers’ pain points with the itel P37- they have given users more power (5000mAh battery), more memory (32GB of storage), and more features to play with. The itel P37 comes with trendy technology, convenient and practical functions for consumers on the go, as well as a beautiful and stylish design that users want, thereby solving their pain points.

itel P37 is a big gratification for users who love big battery phones and longer play time. Users can enjoy videos, music, and connect with friends and family all day and all night without worries. itel P37 has 16 days of super-long standby, 1.5 days of calling, 3.5 days of music playing, and more than 6 hours of game time.

Safe Charging and Better Security for Everyone
itel also guarantees quality with the inbuilt lithium polymer battery design of itel P37. This offers better protection from liquids and dust while retaining the efficiency of the battery to more than 85% even after multiple charges and discharges. To sweeten the pot further, itel also built in a safe charging feature into the itel P37; this feature turns on automatically to guarantee your safety and your family’s while charging.

Easy Play, Easy Fun Without Worries
Visual freedom is often underrated but it is one of itel’s key offerings with the P37. A 6.5’ Waterdrop Fullscreen that is up to 90% with 2.5D edges makes having fun with itel P37 bigger, better, and more three-dimensional.

“The itel P37 is not just a device to us, it is for us, at itel, an affirmation that we will always offer products that will help our consumers enjoy a better life… at pocket-friendly prices.’ said Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager for West Africa at the launch of the smartphone.

The itel P37 is available nationwide from May 22nd, 2021.

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