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Sony, C.S.A. Partner to Develop New Talent in Africa

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Sony Joins Force With C.S.A. to Develop New Talent in Africa

Johannesburg, June 22, 2020 – Sony Music Entertainment Africa (SMEA) and Celebrity Services Africa (CSA) have announced a new joint venture which will facilitate existing artist-brand opportunities and develop new talent on the continent.

The first of its kind in Africa, the collaboration plays off the strengths of both companies in developing a 360 solution for artist support & brand integration, further affording artists greater influence in the creative economy.

“We’re excited about the partnership. There has never been a service dedicated to commercialising opportunities for artists in the African music industry outside of traditional channels and this venture does just that. CSA has a great track record working with some of the world’s biggest brands & entertainers while Sony Music Entertainment Africa is at the forefront of the music culture on the continent, from developing new voices into household names and as well as taking established artists to the next level in their careers,” says SMEA MD Sean Watson.

Artists on the SMEA roster include Kwesta, Mlindo, AKA, Shekhinah, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, Ndlovu Youth Choir, amongst many others.

With offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Lagos, CSA is one of the continent’s leading entertainment-brand agencies. The company’s brand consulting division is a marketplace pioneer, having successfully launched the likes of Cîroc Vodka across Africa and works with such brands as Budweiser and Vodacom, to develop topline strategies which afford brands cultural relevance.

At the epicenter of popular culture, CSA’s talent division works with top names such as NBA basketball player, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Hollywood Oscar nominated actor Djimon Hounsou and also manages media personality Bonang Matheba.

“The joint venture has been years in the making and historically we have had a great relationship with Sony, who represent some of the continent’s biggest artists,” says C.S.A. Executive Director Davin Phillips. “We’re thrilled about the partnership which intends reworking the entertainment market-place for Africa, connecting artists across the continent and unlocking the ambitions of the creative industry.  We look forward to working with Sony to ring-fence further brand opportunities, with artist interests at the fore-front.”

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Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries Can Now Access NEXIT Portal

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Exited Npower beneficiaries of batches A and B can now access the NEXIT Portal, according to Nneka Ikem, the Special Assistant, Media & Publicity to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq.

Here is how to register on the NEXIT

1. Visit the Official NEXIT Portal by clicking here

2. Then enter the email address you used for your Npower application.

3. Create and set up a new password on the NEXIT Portal

4. Now enter your name as registered on your Npower profile

5. Kindly input your Bank Verification Number

6. Finally, agree to the terms and policy and hit the submit button.

The next stage is to re-enter your email address on the activation page. Once that is done, go to your email and click the activation link sent to your e-mail.

Now login into the NEXIT portal with your credientials and complete the questionaire.

The portal was introduced to engage exited Npower beneficiaries through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s job options.

On Monday Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available to UK Resident on Dec 7

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The United Kingdom is planning to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a few days, according to government officials.

According to the officials, deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine would begin a few hours after authorisation and the first injections could take place on December 7.

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has named Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.

Britain said on Nov. 20 it had formally asked its medical regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for its suitability, the first step in making it available outside the United States.

The UK ordered 40 million doses of the two-shot product, which the preliminary data showed to be more than 95 percent effective.

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Npower News: CBN Job Options for Exited Npower Beneficiaries

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria has launched an online portal called N-Exit to enable exited Npower Beneficiarieas apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerement Options.

The ministry stated a statement signed by Bashir Nura Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, urged interested exited npower beneficiaries to log on to the portal and add other additional information required for placements into the CBN intervention options.

The minister also stated that the NEXIT Portal will determine the suitability of the interested exited beneficiaries of Npower for teh CBN affiliate programes.

The statement reads, “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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