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Bridging the digital divide: Wale Ghazal’s journey in technology and media innovation

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In an exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect, Quadri ‘Wale Ghazal, a rising star in the world of IT and Media Innovation, shares his inspiring journey from his early days in Lagos to becoming a sought-after professional in his field. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria, Ghazal’s childhood played a significant role in shaping his character and values. He began his academic journey at Saint Joseph Secondary School, where he excelled in his studies and developed a keen interest in science and technology.

Ghazal’s thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Ibadan, a B.Tech in Computer Science from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), and an MSc in Cybersecurity from the University of the West of Scotland. His diverse academic background positioned him as a well-rounded and highly skilled professional in the IT and Media Innovation space.

Ghazal’s passion for IT was sparked during his time as an errand boy at a local computer school. Fascinated by the potential of technology, he began experimenting with system components and graphic design. His growing expertise led him to repair computers for friends and acquaintances and secure an internship at the University of Ibadan ICT unit. These early experiences laid the foundation for his future success in the IT industry.

Throughout his career, Ghazal has been involved in groundbreaking projects and collaborations with renowned organisations such as Google, Yahoo, WordPress, CompTIA, Microsoft, IBM, Kaspersky, Cisco, and Linux. He has also worked with publications like Encomium Magazine and BeaconX Magazine, exploring the impact of technology on Nigerian society.

Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to make a difference, Ghazal founded ArtinudaFX, specialising in branding projects and IT consultations for academic institutions and universities. Following the success of ArtinudaFX, he took on the role of Publisher at Pan-African University Press in Nigeria, participating in high-profile projects and collaborating with Professor ToyinFalola on the TFInterviews Series.

Recognising the importance of continuous learning and growth, Ghazal made a strategic decision to transition from being a multi-faceted professional to a specialised expert in Networking and Systems Security Solutions. His current work with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom involves leveraging his expertise in IT systems, cybersecurity, and data management to support the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services’ critical infrastructure.

Ghazal has recently been selected to spearhead the “Immersive Nigerian Cultural Heritage Experience Through Media Technology” project, which aims to create a platform that showcases the richness and diversity of Nigerian culture to a global audience. This project targets the Nigerian diaspora as well as UK and European audiences, promoting tourism, economic growth, and fostering a greater sense of understanding and unity between nations.

Looking to the future, Ghazal is committed to using technology for social good, bridging the digital divide, and empowering communities. He envisions a world where technology is a means of empowering people and communities, and he is dedicated to working with like-minded individuals and organisations to create solutions with lasting impact.

When asked what advice he would give to young people interested in pursuing a career in technology and media innovation, Ghazal urges them to follow their passion, work hard, learn continuously, and surround themselves with mentors and collaborators who can help them grow.

Wale Ghazal’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to using technology for good. With leaders like him at the forefront of the technology and media innovation landscape, the future looks bright indeed.

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Heirs Holdings inaugurates HH Group Directors’ annual summit

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…Convenes over 100 HH Groupwide Board Members –Celebrates “HH Impact”

Heirs Holdings (HH), the leading pan-African investment company, convened over 100 board members from acrossall HH investee companies, at the HH Group Directors’ Annual Summit.

The HH Group Summit,held at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abujafrom June 13 – 16, 2024, drew on the experience of board members of investee companies from sectors where HH invests: healthcare, power, energy, technology, financial services, hospitality, and real estate. Also present were trustees of the Group’s philanthropy, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which catalyses young entrepreneurs across Africa.The convening providedthe opportunity to reinforce the Group’s strong governance practices and identify opportunities for innovation and impact, as well as celebrating business achievements.

Speaking at the HH Group Summit, Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, emphasised HH’s mandate to ‘build to last’ and to “build for impact”. He said: “Over the past decade, we haveinculcated in our business thecriticality of strong corporate governance practices. We only invest for the long term, strategically and patiently. These twin commitments are fundamental to our success; we are indeedbuilding to last, redefining success in every sector we operate in, and demonstrating our purpose to improve lives and transform Africa”.

The HH Group Summit culminated in a closing ceremony and dinner, hosting influential figures across Nigeria’s public and private sectors, including the Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Senator KashimShettima, GCON, Federal Ministers, Ambassadors, policy makers and leaders of civil society.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Vice President Shettima remarked, “When the history of Nigeria and indeed Africa’s banking history and revolution will be written, one name will stand out – having carved a niche for itself and engraved its name on the walls of banking and Africa’s entrepreneurship.

Tony Elumelu has become an enigma, a banking colossus, a power industrialist, and a force that cannot be ignored. He is one of our own who believed in Nigeria and threw his heart into it. He is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur and indeed a philanthropist, who has given life meaning to millions of Nigerians and Africans.”

The successand impact of Heirs Holdings reflectsthe philosophy of Africapitalism, the belief that the African private sector can change the course of African development, but that it must be committed to doing good and doing well.

To date, HH investee companies employ over 40,000 people across 20 African countries, the United Kingdom, UAE, France, and the United States of America. The HH portfolio includes investments in Heirs Energies Limited, Africa’s leading indigenous-owned integrated energy company, that produces over 40k bpd, which is transforming resource-based value chains, making African resources work for Africa; Heirs Insurance Group, championing financial inclusion and leading the digital transformation of the insurance ecosystem in Nigeria, with a mission to democratise access to insurance; United Capital Plc, a leader in Investment Banking, Asset Management, Trusteeship, Securities Trading, Wealth Management, and Consumer Finance;Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp Group Plc, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading producers of electricity in West Africa and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand; our healthcare brands, Avon HMO and Avon Medical, which are providing Nigerians with access to quality healthcare; Afriland Properties, a real estate investor and developer; technology brands, Redtech and Heirs Technologies, championing digital transformation; and the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Africa’s Global Bank, which serves more than 45 million customers globally, across four continents.

The HH Group also boasts three NSE listed stocks each worth over N1trillion (SWOOTs) within its portfolio and manages an investment portfolio size worthN10.6trillion/USD7.1billion.

Heirs Holdings’ philanthropy, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, has impacted 1.5 million young Africans, and disbursed US$100 million in seed capital to 20,000 young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries, whose businesses have created over 400,000 jobs.

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SIFAX Shipping partners ECU Worldwide to boost LCL export

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By Seun Ibiyemi

SIFAX Shipping Company Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has sealed a partnership deal with ECU Worldwide, the world’s number one LCL player, to boost export activities from Nigeria.

Less-than-Container Load (LCL) is one of two main types of containerised transportation services.

The other is Full-Container Load (FCL). LCL is optimal when an entire container isn’t filled up. LCL allows the transportation of small cargo volumes without paying for the whole container.

The partnership will help business owners and exporters whose consignments are less than container load to access the international market.

According to MD, SIFAX Logistics Company Limited,  Paul Linden, this service was offered in response to inquiries from various customers who are desirous of exporting their products but do not have the required huge volume.

He said, “We know that many SMEs and business owners are desirous of accessing the international market, but are hampered by their lack of large volume.

“This service is designed particularly to address this concern. It will boost Nigeria’s export and be a game changer for our small and medium-scale businesses. We have put all facilities in place to ensure the business runs smoothly in partnership with ECU Worldwide.”

AGM, SIFAX Shipping, Adekunle Owobamirin, noted that all arrangements have been perfected to make the service a success.

“Our partners from ECU have inspected our warehouse and we have already assigned dedicated staff who would work on this service.

“ECU Worldwide and SIFAX Shipping is the first consolidator partnership to offer dedicated LCL export services from Nigeria to the world. Our partners have established 2,400 direct trade lines with a presence in over 180 countries.

“This will allow all our customers to export their goods anywhere in the world,” Adekunle said.

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RIFAN applauds NAICOM,  IGP over compulsory insurance enforcement

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The Retail Insured Family Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), the country’s largest community of insurance consumers, has praised the Commissioner for Insurance, Olusegun Omosehin, and the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, for their recent efforts to enforce mandatory third-party insurance.

RIFAN’s major aim is to restore public confidence in insurance policies.

This commendation follows a meeting on June 11, 2024, where Omosehin visited Egbetokun at Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters in Abuja to discuss the enforcement of compulsory third-party insurance.

Omosehin highlighted the illegality of driving without valid motor insurance and announced that the benefits attached to third-party insurance have increased to N3 million.

Responding to Omosehin’s request, Egbetokun committed to deploying the Deputy Inspector General of Operations to ensure the enforcement of this mandate.

RIFAN’s Director General, Ali Theophilus, expressed support for this initiative and indicated RIFAN’s readiness to collaborate on enforcement and public awareness.

He emphasised that proper enforcement could significantly boost premium income for the insurance industry, facilitating easier claims payments and enhancing public confidence in insurance.

He said getting the enforcement done is also in line with the Road Traffic Act for any vehicle plying Nigerian roads to have 3rd party motor insurance.

Theophilus commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for his proactive steps towards enforcing third-party motor insurance and urged him to extend this message of hope to all police officers and relevant law enforcement agents.

He emphasised that third-party insurance benefits every vehicle user, including law enforcement personnel, regardless of their career or social status.

He pointed out that many law enforcement officers neglect this insurance under the guise of “Esprit de Corps,” which does not cover damages in the event of an accident. This negligence costs the insurance industry over N15 billion annually, which could otherwise be added to premiums to facilitate claim payments.

Theophilus reiterated the importance of third-party insurance, explaining that while it does not cover personal vehicle damage directly, it covers damages caused to other vehicles due to negligence. This coverage can help settle such claims, benefiting all parties involved.

Furthermore, Theophilus urged the IGP to enforce licensing for insurance agents through an initiative he called “Operation Show Your Licence.” This would reduce the prevalence of fake agents and help NAICOM reach its goal of increasing licensed insurance agents to three million by the end of the year.

He called on the Nigeria Police Force and all law enforcement agents to join RIFAN to unite in restoring public confidence in the insurance industry. He stated RIFAN membership benefits, including easy access to claims payments, unique insurance covers, and professional advice etc.

Theophilus also announced plans to collaborate with underwriters to create a funeral insurance policy as an additional membership benefit, particularly in Southern Nigeria, where funeral expenses are significant. RIFAN plans to hold town hall meetings to educate grassroots communities about the importance of insurance.

Theophilus called on the IGP, law enforcement agencies, the Commissioner for Insurance, the Director General of NIA, and underwriters to register with RIFAN to help build the insurance industry of Nigeria’s dreams and restore public confidence in insurance.

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