ASEN Presents the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 February 2017 – Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN: is an umbrella non-government and non-for profit association of STEM charities, philanthropist and volunteers in Nigeria. The main objective of the association is to promote, develop and nurture STEM education and its application in Nigeria.

Competition Description:
Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. PARC 2018 challenges African student to devise solutions to provide access to quality Health services using science and technology – Surgical Robotics, Wearable Biosensors, Hand-held Point of Care Diagnostics, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare education, Organs on a chip, Internet of Things for Healthcare, Drug/Vaccine development, and manufacturing, etc. The PARC 2018 which takes place once a year will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The competition will be divided into four (4) categories:

  1. Tech League (Grades: 4 – 8), Age: 11 – 15 years, Challenge: It’s an Outbreak
  2. Stars League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Manufacturing Medicine
  3. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  4. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Brainiacs STEM & Robotics, Roboglobal Education Consultancy,, Aramex, DocuLand, Start-up Arewa and Young Innovators are collaborating with ASEN to organize Hackathon to select a team to join the ASEN’s Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for PARC 2018. The selection will focus on the following 2 categories as outlined in by PARC:

  1. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  2. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Refer to PARC website via this link for details of the rules and guidelines for the competition. Each team will be required to develop a solution in line with the theme and guidelines issued by PARC.

The Hackathon will hold on in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Kaduna ICT Hub, 47 Kanta Road, Kaduna

The Hackathon will hold on in Lagos as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: 78A Isale Eko Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The PARC Final Hackathon will hold in Kigali Rwanda as follows:

Day: 25th March 2018 – 28th March 2018
Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, KG 2 Roundabout, Kimihurura Kigali Rwanda

Winners of the Hackathon will be sponsored to join the Nigerian team under the ages of 15 and above.

How to be a participant: Interested students should form a team of 3 individuals and register here with the following information:

  1. Individual team member’s names
  2. Team name
  3. Names of schools/university
  4. Course of study (for university students)
  5. Name of team lead
  6. Short abstract of your team idea and
  7. Passport numbers.

Only selected teams will be allowed to participate in the hackathon. Registration for the hackathon closes on the 22nd February at 12 midnight Nigerian time.

How to get involved to be a team manager and/or coach: Volunteers interested in supporting and mentoring the winners ahead of departure to Kigali can register here and indicate how they want to support.

Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN

LCCI Holds Annual Security Meets Business Dialogue

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 02 February 2018 – The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the premier Chamber of Commerce and one of the leading voices in the organised private sector (OPS) in Nigeria has concluded plans to host its annual Security Meets Business Dialogue. As part of its public-sector engagement programs, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry initiated the “Security meets Business” dialogue session to create a platform for stakeholders in the economy to deliberate on the state of security in the country and its effect on the private sector.

The dialogue, which is billed to hold on Tuesday 6th February 2018 by 10:00 am at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, is expected to bring together key Security Agencies and major players in the various sectors of the economy, especially the organised private sector. The dialogue session would also explore collaboration possibilities between the Private Sector and the Security Agencies. The Forum will bring together Security Chiefs, leaders of the private sector, as well as members of the diplomatic corps to deliberate on issues of security and its effects on business.

According to Muda Yusuf, Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) “The security of lives and properties is crucial to a thriving business environment. The LCCI believes that through these engagements, the government and private sector can identify and address issues bothering on the security of lives and properties.’’

He added that “the way out of the present security and prevailing social crises for Nigeria is collaborative engagements such as this because there can’t be real economic growth without enduring peace, stability and security of lives and property.”


About LCCI

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the premier chamber of commerce in Nigeria. Founded in 1888 and incorporated in 1950 as a non-profit making organisation, the LCCI promotes, supports or opposes legislative or other measures affecting trade, Industry, commerce, and agriculture. The LCCI has over 1,500 registered members and is well known for its annual “Lagos International Trade Fair” which was launched in 1977.

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)

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Moses Umoru Appointed As The Director General Of The Franco-Nigerian Chamber Of Commerce And Industry

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 01 February 2018 – Mr. Umoru Moses was on Monday 29th of January, 2018 appointed as the Director General of the Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France-Nigeria) by the Board of the Chamber.

Umoru joined the France-Nigeria Chamber in January 2016 as the Programs/Communications director and due to his outstanding service, appointed as the Interim Director General in September 2016.

He worked as a research analyst for Forthright Securities and Investment Limited (Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange) in 2013 and moved to the Corporate Affairs department as the assistant head of Forthright Group of Companies. Upon working as staff of Forthright, Mr. Umoru bagged the best staff award for the year 2013 and 2014.

Umoru has a Bsc on Finance from the University of Benin, Masters in Project management, currently running his MBA from the Ahmadu Bello University, Holds several professional certifications in Finance, Strategic Management, and Communications and a member of various professional bodies.

CCI France-Nigeria

Samsung prepares for new phase of growth in Nigeria

The electronics manufacturer is streamlining its operations across the continent to achieve greater operational efficiencies

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – January 18, 2018 – Samsung Electronics West Africa (SEWA) is refocusing its vision and strategy for Nigeria, the West African sub-region and the continent in general. The exercise, the company said, is geared towards stimulating a higher level of operational efficiency, with the overarching objective of providing customers with the highest quality products, sales and services. Through this process, the company will shore up its market leadership position across the continent.

As a dynamic and innovative organisation, SEWA is constantly exploring ground-breaking ways of providing its customers with best-in-class products, sales, support and marketing functions, said President and CEO, Samsung Electronics, Africa, Mr. Sung Yoon.

“We wish to reiterate our commitment to this market and our focus on delivering the highest quality products, service, and support, for which our customers have come to admire us. We can assure all our stakeholders that, as an organisation, we have gained useful insights from events of our recent past, both positive and negative, and are confident that the lessons learned will help propel us into our next phase of growth,” he commented.

A Legacy of High Quality Products

Yoon said since Samsung began operations in Nigeria in 2005, it has created a niche for itself by offering high-quality products. This has impacted positively on the Nigerian economy in various ways, such as fostering knowledge/technology transfer and creating employment directly and indirectly for millions of Nigerians. The company has also been heavily invested in corporate social responsibility in areas such as education, environmental sustainability and economic empowerment, through the numerous CSR projects it has undertaken.

Investing in Education

In Nigeria, Samsung has invested significantly in its partnership with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, through which it is helping to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country.

The Samsung Engineering Academy enrolls over 1000 students yearly across various countries in Africa with the aim of closing the gap between skills and demand in the job market. Graduates have a 40% job placement track record, while others go on to pursue further higher education, training or start their own businesses.

“Samsung’s aim is to build successful partnerships in Nigeria to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country,” says Mr. Sung Yoon, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics Africa. He adds that the Samsung Engineering Academy revolutionizes traditional education by providing technical and vocational training for school leavers, tertiary students and unemployed youth.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

Samsung Electronics

Guangzhou Automobile Company (GAC Motor) Secures Exclusive Rights for the Second Season of FORBES AFRICA: My Worst Day with Peace Hyde

The show has one of the highest viewerships on the Pan-African business channel CNBC Africa

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – January 16, 2018 – Guangzhou Automobile Company (GAC Motor) (, one of the top five biggest Chinese automobile manufacturers, has secured the exclusive rights for the flagship FORBES AFRICA television show, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde. The partnership comes after the successful launch of the first season, which profiled some of the leading business moguls including Aliko Dangote, Folorunsho Alakija, Tonye Cole, Herman Mashaba, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi among many others.

“We are very pleased to have this new partnership with GAC Motor. The show has one of the highest viewerships on the Pan-African business channel, CNBC Africa (, and has set the benchmark as the most engaging program featuring some of the most successful moguls of our time. To be able to continue the next season with such a prestigious brand like GAC is amazing,” says Peace Hyde, the show’s host and Head of Digital Media and Partnerships and West Africa Correspondent for FORBES AFRICA.

“We are proud to be part of this historic moment with FORBES AFRICA. We believe the two brands share the same vision of excellence and through the My Worst Day show, we hope to assure Nigerians that, no matter what they go through, good or bad, they can always rely on GAC Motors,” says Chief Diana Chan, Chairman of Choice International, owner of GAC Motor franchise, Nigeria.

“The FORBES AFRICA brand is renowned for its quality and prestige and we believe the partnership with GAC sits well with the brand. These are the types of people you do not hear from on a daily basis and for one program to be able to pull them together at the same time is a feat worth celebrating,” says Frederic Van de vyver, Head of CNBC Africa, West Africa.

About CNBC Africa:
CNBC Africa ( is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries. Together with its companion site, CNBC Africa focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from sub-Saharan Africa. CNBC is available in 90% of sub-Saharan Africa through DTH and satellite TV operator, Canal Plus, DStv, Kwese, MultiChoice Africa, StarTimes Nigeria, Vubiquity and Black. You can also access CNBC Africa through our digital live stream. CNBC has bureaus in over 15 cities, including, Lagos, Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Accra, Kigali. CNBC currently has an estimated patronage of over 500,000 viewers in South Africa. Viewership data in other markets is not currently available.

About ABN:
ABN ( offers a holistic approach to telling Africa’s business story – first. With much-esteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and FORBES AFRICA providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN conglomerate also offers resources to organize world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Productions. The ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media training among many other courses, while ABN Digital is the company’s online presence for your up-to-date business and markets news. Through its sub-brands, ABN aims to be Africa’s leading aggregator and distributor of business and economic news.

CNBC Africa

ABN Group

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