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Nigeria’s first fully digital bank, ALAT is set to unveil the third edition of Hackaholics (3.0) themed Building the Future, a pitch event where innovators and tech enthusiasts are welcome to pitch groundbreaking solutions to some fundamental societal challenges.

The 2022 Hackaholics pitch event will be inviting applications from creative tertiary students and youth from every corner of the country who can exhibit/present exciting solutions that can help deal with problems associated with Financial Inclusion, MSMEs, Healthtech, and Lending.

According to a statement from the bank, the official call for entries will be announced by the bank on all its official social media accounts for candidates to apply and stand a chance to get funding for their solutions.

“We are excited to announce that Hackaholics 2022 will commence in few weeks. This year, we are looking for innovators and creative individuals with technological solutions that will meet immediate and future needs”, the statement said.

Hackaholics 2.0 with themed “Connecting Worlds” hosted in 2020, recorded over 500 applications with only twenty(20) participants shortlisted for a final pitch. Ten(10) startups eventually qualified for the bootcamp hosted in early 2021. The finalists were drawn across five industry pillars – Fintech, Edutech, Agritech, Gaming, and Health tech.

Four(4) winners emerged after a four-week Bootcamp that featured a best-in-class acceleration curriculum delivered by seasoned faculties and tech specialists from GreenHouse Capital, official partners for Hackaholics 2.0. The Bank presented the four(4) startups with N2,187,500.00 each as support funds in addition to other non-cash benefits to help scale their businesses at the end of the Bootcamp.

Wema Bank’s Hackaholics program remains an annual technological skill exhibition aimed at supporting tech startups with both financial and non-financial resources needed to scale and gain entrance into their respective markets.

 

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Fidelity Bank Wins Best SME Bank Nigeria at Global Banking & Finance Awards 2022

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Fidelity Bank Plc, has been announced as the 2022 Best SME Bank in Nigeria by the Global Banking & Finance Review at its Annual Global Banking & Finance Awards which held in London, UK recently.

 

Global Banking & Finance Review is the leading online, digital, and print magazine for the banking and financial sector. The website receives over 7 million page views each year thanks to its balanced views and informative, independent news centered on the financial sector. The Global Banking & Finance Awards was created to recognize companies of all sizes that are prominent areas of expertise and excellence within the global financial community.

 

“Global Banking and Finance Review is privileged to honor those financial institutions that have achieved outstanding results and who stand out in their particular area of expertise in the banking and finance industry. Global Banking & Finance Review would like to congratulate the award winners and look forward to their continued success.

 

“The awards were created to recognize companies of all sizes that are prominent in particular areas of expertise and excellence within the financial community. They reflect the involvement of leading financial organizations and recognize the accomplishment, achievement, innovation, strategy, and progressive and motivating changes taking place within the financial sector”, reads a statement on the Global Banking and Finance Awards website.

 

Commenting on the award, MD/CEO Fidelity Bank Plc, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said, “We are grateful for this recognition and dedicate the award to our customers who rely on us to provide the right support for scaling their business. Receiving this award at the beginning of the year, provides us with increased motivation to do more in helping our clients achieve their strategic business goals.”

 

Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria with over 7.2 million customers serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank was recently recognized as the Best Private Bank in Nigeria and Best Private Bank Digital Solutions for Clients in Africa in the Global Finance’s World’s Best Private Banks 2023 Awards; as well as the Best Commercial Banking Brand in Nigeria by the Global Brands Magazine Awards. The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

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Buhari Will Commission Dangote Refinery Before May 29 -Dangote Group

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The attention of Dangote group has been drawn to some misleading reports regarding the commissioning of its Dangote Refinery during the present working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Lagos State.

 

In a terse statement signed by the Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Anthony Chiejina, the Group averred that “We want to state categorically that our 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) Refinery project was never part of the President’s programme on projects to be commissioned.

 

“For the record, the projects slated for commissioning in Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR include: Lekki Deep Sea Port; 32-Metric Tonnes Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction Express road; John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Onikan, Blue Line Rail (Phase 1) commissioning (Marina to Mile 2); Groundbreaking for the Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko), and MRS Lubricant, a private project in Apapa.

 

However, our Refinery will be commissioned before President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.”

Before this statement today, Business Hilights recalls that there had been a fake news in an unverified twitter handle saying President Buhari will among other things commission the refinery which the company debunked and described as fake.

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