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First set of MTN donation of 1.4 million doses of Vaccines received by Nigeria

First set of MTN donation of 1.4 million doses of Vaccines received by Nigeria

Delivery is part of the allocation from the African Union (AU) Vaccination Programme in collaboration with MTN

The Nigerian government has taken delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the AU. The vaccines are a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, and from the African Union’s (AU) COVID-19 vaccination programme, towards which the MTN Group contributed $25 million. The vaccines will be distributed amongst health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

Commenting on the vaccines, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) said, “On behalf of health care workers in Nigeria, we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the African Union in the fight against COVID-19, and we thank MTN for their collaboration. The arrival of these vaccines is a major step, as we try to stay ahead of the virus. We need all the collaboration we can get, and I implore more organisations to join this drive for the Nigerian people.”

Also Speaking, Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu expressed appreciation on behalf of the government. “The donation of COVID-19 vaccines is truly helpful, and we are grateful. We can only succeed against COVID-19 when we fight together. These vaccines will go a long way in protecting health workers, who are on the frontline, and need all the protection they can get at this critical moment, hence the prioritisation of their vaccinations.”

Expanding on the power of partnership and collaboration, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola said, “I thank the Nigerian government and the African Union for the opportunity they granted MTN to collaborate and contribute towards the delivery of these vaccines. The ongoing threat of COVID-19 requires a vast and accelerated effort by both the private and public sectors. Partnerships like this practically demonstrate what can achieved when we work together for Africa’s (and indeed Nigeria’s) progress. We are truly privileged to have been able to play our part in contributing towards government’s efforts to protect and save lives.”

At the start of the pandemic , MTN Nigeria collaborated with government to curb the spread of the virus, in large part via the introduction of MTN’s Y’ello Hope platform. Y’ello Hope encompasses a broad range of interventions and programmes valued at approximately N25 billion, that are designed to offer relief where it is needed most. These are aimed at supporting Nigeria’s people, customers, communities and the various levels of government.

Through Y’ello Hope the company provided free-to-access services (including SMS and data) to the most vulnerable, facilitated zero­rated access to healthcare websites, deployed the ‘Wear-it­for-me’ campaign

to help create awareness around the importance of wearing masks, and made a N1 billion donation to the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 CACOVID).

In addition, the MTN Foundation delivered more than 70,000 pieces of essential Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria, through MTN’s collaboration with its key partners, is another step taken as part of the Y’ello Hope platform, and MTN will continue to seek out ways to make a meaningful difference in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria launches robust customer engagement platform

MTN Nigeria launches robust customer engagement platform

…set to transform SME business transactions

MTN Nigeria has launched a new unified customer engagement platform, EnGauge, designed to enable small-to-medium enterprise business owners to seamlessly administer transactions with customers, potentially increasing their productivity significantly.

Developed in partnership with Ajua™, a leading African start-up, MTN EnGauge is an agile application that offers innovative customer management solutions, including digital payments using a unique USSD code, CRM tools, customer feedback channels, debt management and tracking, business, and product promotions through mobile and social media channels.

The solution is downloadable on the Google Play store and only available on the MTN network (for now) with a monthly subscription of N500 and a yearly subscription of N5,500. Following installation and registration, businesses are automatically provided with a unique USSD code that allows their customers to interact, transact and communicate with them in real-time.

With MTN Engauge, entrepreneurs can securely receive payment, track transactions with each of their customers, and glean valuable insights to serve them better based on their preferences and buying behavior. “MTN EnGauge is the ideal platform for business owners and entrepreneurs to thrive in the ‘new normal.’ Entrepreneurs have had to re-organize their core business models through backward and forward integration to maintain relevance. The EnGauge mobile application helps make this possible and seamless,” said Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria.

To showcase the platform, MTN held a live demonstration session via Zoom, where business owners were presented with the benefits of adopting the solution.

“The fundamental engine of business growth is customers. By design, MTN EnGauge solves most of the challenges SMEs experience, from digitally engaging their customers to cash management,” said Kenfield Griffith, the Founder and CEO of Ajua. “With MTN as a partner and their reach across the continent, we believe MTN EnGauge will have a positive and impactful trajectory, driving transformational business growth for SMEs,” he added.

MTN EnGauge was launched to the Y’ello 200 in February, beneficiaries of MTN’s Revv Programme, thus fulfilling the telco giant’s promise that the SMEs will be first to enjoy solutions from her stable.

MTN partners with African Union on COVID-19 vaccinations

MTN partners with African Union on COVID-19 vaccinations

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 28 JANUARY 2021: In a unique public/private partnership, MTN, Africa’s leading mobile network, has announced a donation of US$25 million to support the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The donation will help secure up to seven million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent, which will contribute to the vaccination initiative of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“The devastating impact of COVID-19has been unprecedented and profound. Public and private partnerships are needed if we are to succeed in the fight against the pandemic and restore social and economic norms for our continent and our communities,” says Ralph Mupita, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTN Group.

On 14 January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, announced that the African Union had secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses on behalf of its Member States, through advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers by the African Export-Import Bank.

This was an important milestone in efforts to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Africa’s people. However, with a population of about 1.3 billion, Africa requires many more doses to achieve at least 60 percent herd immunity. Contributions by private organisations, like MTN, are therefore essential to help the continent reach its target.

“Our goal is to ensure that all those who need the COVID-19 vaccine have access to it very quickly, but the biggest hurdle in Africa has been financing of the vaccines, and the logistics of vaccinating at scale. We therefore welcome the right partnerships, like the one with MTN, to achieve our minimum 60 percent vaccination target,” says Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, MTN has made significant contributions to help limit the spread of the disease and save lives and livelihoods within its African market.

This donation is another example of MTN’s efforts to help find lasting solutions to solve the challenges facing the continent and to guarantee a healthy Africa, for all Africans.

“We believe ongoing collaborations with key stakeholders across sectors are essential as vaccines are deployed in all our markets, with communication tools, technology and digital services being vital support infrastructure for a successful mass vaccination programme,” concludes Mupita. “In the coming months, MTN Group will look at similar support commitments for the markets in which we operate in the Middle East.”

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About the African Union

The African Union is a continental body that leads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with the 55 Member States, the Regional Economic Communities, and African citizens. The vision of the African Union is to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous, and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission. Learn more at http://www.au.int/en

About Africa CDC

Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programs. Learn more at www.africacdc.org

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is Africa’s leading mobile network operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code ‘MTN’. We are pursuing our strategy with a major focus on growth in data, fintech, and digital businesses in Africa. www.mtn.com

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Showmax and MTN partner to bring more entertainment to Nigeria

Showmax and MTN partner to bring more entertainment to Nigeria

Streaming provider Showmax and MTN Nigeria have launched a special data deal for Showmax Mobile subscribers that includes the monthly subscription and 2.5GB data – enough to stream 25 hours’ worth of movies, sports, series, kids’ shows, and more.

A Showmax mobile subscription gives access to the full Showmax catalogue on a data-enabled mobile device and is available for N1250, including MTN data. Sports fans can get Showmax Pro Mobile and MTN data for N2100. Showmax Pro features all Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga matches plus a wide range of live sport from SuperSport including pro boxing, international marathons, and IAAF athletics on top of the full Showmax entertainment catalogue.

“Keeping up with our digitally savvy, always-on-the-go customers is an exciting challenge that is made easier with partners like Showmax,” says Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria, Srinivas Rao. “This alliance could not have come at a better time.”

Showmax also includes Nigerian series and movies express from Africa Magic, like telenovelas Riona and Enakhe and new seasons of Date My Family, Unmarried and My Siblings and I. Look out for Akin Omotoso’s The Ghost and the House of Truth, and 20 Pound Dream by Andy Amadi Okoroafor. Coming soon is Showmax’s first Nigerian Original series, I AM LAYCON, starring BBNaija S5 winner, rapper, and songwriter Olamilekan “Laycon” Agbeleshe.

“Mobile streaming is an important consideration throughout Africa,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group, “which is why Showmax offers mobile-only versions of Showmax subscriptions. We’re proud to have an extensive collection of the continent’s most-loved original African content to share with MTN’s customers and to introduce them to the world of streaming on Showmax.”

International shows feature the best of HBO like Game of Thrones and Insecure starring Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, Emmy nominees Succession and Watchmen, and popular series like Power and Siren. Kids’ favorites include Paw Patrol and Henry Danger. Hollywood blockbusters include Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr, epic war movie 1917, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The deal is available from January 2021 to 31 March 2021. To get this offer via USSD, dial 131*8*4# or go to www.showmax.com/mtn for more.

About Showmax

Showmax is an internet TV service. What sets Showmax apart is a unique combination of hit African content, first and exclusive international series, the best kids’ shows, and live sport from SuperSport. For a single monthly fee, get unlimited access. Start and stop when you want. No ads. Cancel anytime.

Stream Showmax using apps for smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, media players, and gaming consoles. Manage data consumption using the bandwidth capping feature. No internet? No problem – download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch later offline.

Showmax was born in 2015. The service is available throughout sub-Saharan Africa and to selected diaspora markets worldwide. For a free trial, visit www.showmax.com

MTN hosts webinar on virtual learning possibilities with G Suite for Education

January 4, 2021

MTN hosts webinar on virtual learning possibilities with G Suite for Education

Close on the heels of the Revv Programme and in a bid to make educational processes easier for teachers and students, MTN Nigeria hosted a webinar where Google’s robust education platform: ‘G-Suite for Education’ was showcased as a tool to support virtual learning and improve efficiency for schools.

The virtual event had in attendance stakeholders in the education sector – school administrators, proprietors and consultation firms.

‘The G-Suite for Education’ platform provides an array of free Google tools and services, built to help enhance collaboration, communication, productivity and organisation, transforming the way schools work.

Commenting on the suite, Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria, explained that school administrators can leverage MTN’s data solutions to benefit from virtual learning.

“We encourage education service providers to adopt ‘G-Suite for Education.’ The platform will help to evolve the operations of the school while maintaining data control and improving efficiency. With MTN’s data solutions, you gain access, at affordable bundle package rates, anytime and anywhere.”

Schools can share the large data bundles to teachers and students either through the MTN self-service portal or Data Coupons in weekly or monthly data plans.

The ‘G Suite for Education’ tools includes Gmail, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms and more. The platform can be accessed on any device and allows for efficient management of student and teacher accounts under a school’s domain, keeping data safe and can be scaled as needed.

Joshua Agboola is MTN mPulse Hackathon Champion

January 4, 2021

Joshua Agboola is MTN mPulse Hackathon Champion

Joshua Agboola, a 12-year-old JSS 2 student of Bellina College, Akoka, Lagos has emerged winner of the MTN mPulse Hackathon themed ‘Beyond Covid.’ He won the competition by creating ‘Kagukar Study Buddie,’ a home-schooling, remote education and learning solution. Using Artificial Intelligence, it works as an interactive voice-activated robot that assists students to study, practice tests, learn from stories while providing entertainment with games, riddles and jokes.

Joshua Agboola received one million naira in funding support, 100,000 Naira cash voucher, portable electronic devices worth over N120,000 and mPulse back-to-school items. “I feel excited. Thanks to MTN, I have been able to show my potential towards changing the world and impact lives positively with my solution,” he said.

The first runner up, Abeedah Alabi of Jakande Estate Comprehensive Senior College, also in Lagos and second runner up, Amarahi Ogbu of Government Day Secondary School, Abuja also received 500,000 Naira in funding support, 100,000-naira cash vouchers, portable electronic devices worth over N120,000, and mPulse back-to-school items.

The top ten finalists will participate at a six-week virtual MTN GAP Boot camp, an incubation program to further refine and accelerate their winning solutions to market in collaboration with TechQuest STEM Academy.

Speaking at the mPulse Hackathon finale, Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria, said, “Technology has bridged the gap between our children and the future, positioning them to lead the charge to a bold new world. At MTN, we believe in that future and are taking deliberate steps to guide young people in developing solutions for all. The MTN mPulse Hackathon is part of our wider contribution towards this aspiration, consistent with our commitment to champion innovation.”

In 2018, the company unveiled mPulse, a proposition for teens and tweens designed for kids between ages 9 and 15. The mPulse package comes with a voice plan and a fun, educative website which hosts a wide variety of courses and study aids to help children from Primary 1 to SS3 excel. The portal also provides a bouquet of single and multiplayer games as well as life skill videos.

Dotti is Nigeria’s Y’ello Star!

Dotti is Nigeria’s Y’ello Star!

The maiden edition of MTN Y’ello Star, a music skill-building initiative for talented young Nigerians, came to a grand conclusion at the finale last weekend with Dotti (Oladotun Okeowo) emerging winner of the keenly contested competition.

The top 14 contestants had engaged in a series of vocal battles over six weeks at the live-in training quarters – the Y’ello Hub. The finale saw the top six contestants display their musical prowess, performing in front of a live, socially-distanced audience and panel of judges following which Dotti was crowned the 1st MTN Y’ello Star.

Sharing his thoughts on the entire experience, Dotti said, “I am sincerely grateful to MTN for the rare chance to develop my talent. I could not have done this alone. The coaching and business training I have received through MTN Y’ello Star from the Berklee College of Music and the Henley Business School will help my career immensely.”

Dotti’s  winnings include a house with an in-built studio, a new car and five million naira cash prize. He will also write and record a song under the professional tutelage of six-time Grammy award winner, Malik Yusef, at the Power Studio in New York. The top six finalists will attend the summer music programme at the Berklee College of Music in the United States.

Commenting on the successful completion of the premiere season of MTN Y’ello Star, Anthony Obi, Acting Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to developing the capacity of Nigerian youths.

“We believe in Nigerian youth and are happy with the outcome of the project. Creativity is crucial to the overall development of the nation and they are the human resources for achieving this. We are committed to continuing work to turn up the drive to succeed,” he said.

MTN upskills Young Entrepreneurs with ICT and Business Training

With all hands on deck working to accelerate financial inclusion and youth development in the country, committed to playing its part, MTN Nigeria has trained over 800 young entrepreneurs across Abia, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Katsina and Borno States in ICT and business skills. The one-month programme commenced on Monday, November 9, 2020, ending Friday, December 11, 2020.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was ably represented by the Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry, Mr. I. O. Momoh said,

“The MTN ICT and Business Skills Training is a laudable project and it is an initiative that is particularly important to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development because it is not only youth-focused but it is designed to promote skill development, employability, as well as entrepreneurship which is an important alternative pathway to employment.”

Through the MTN ICT and Business Skills training programme, Nigerians were exposed to the latest development and technological innovations to aid individual and entrepreneurial development. The training took a course and instructor-led approach in partnership with MTN ecosystem partners – Google, Oracle and Cisco.

We applaud the participants of the programme. These young Nigerian entrepreneurs showed up and attended the sessions with great expectations and zeal. We remain committed to helping empower and develop young start-ups with the digital skills required to achieve the success they truly deserve.” Nonny Ugboma, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation said.

Over 2,700 Nigerians in Kano, Nasarawa, Oyo, Imo, Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Katsina and Borno States have been trained since the programme’s inception in 2018. The Foundation has invested over 21 billion Naira in projects across the 36 states and FCT since its commission in 2005.

Introducing ‘Zigi’ MTN Nigeria’s new digital online assistant

MTN Nigeria is set to launch ‘Zigi,’ an online assistant chatbot designed to enhance customers’ digital interactions with the brand, and provide speedy and secure marketing, sales, and technical support.

Customers will be able to interact with the chatbot on multiple channels including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, the official MTN website, and myMTN App. It will provide a wide range of services including account balance checks, airtime, data purchases, and answers to frequently asked questions. The chatbot will also have the ability to transfer customers to a live agent. These channels and varying features will be rolled out in phases as ‘Zigi’ continues to evolve to offer comprehensive support and services to all customers interested in interacting with MTN through ‘Zigi’.

Commenting on the launch of ‘Zigi,’ the Chief Customer Relations Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ugonwa Nwoye, said, “Zigi offers personalized, intuitive, and prompt service to our customers. Her introduction will not take away the customer’s access to live agents but will serve as the first point of contact for customers who choose to interact with Zigi.’ We believe that ‘Zigi’ will ensure increased convenience which translates to better experiences for our customers, which is at the core of our purpose as a business.”

On his own part, the Chief Digital Officer, MTN, Srinivas Rao, says the launch of ‘Zigi’ aligns with MTN’s digital transformation objectives. “We now live in a fast-paced digital age with new technological advancements driving the constantly changing landscape. This is why at MTN, we are determined to lead digital transformation which will provide easy-to-use connectivity solutions; improve customer experience and maintain the highest quality of service for everyone in our ecosystem,” he said.

MTN Visitor SIM – Connections Made Easier

LAGOS, NIGERIA – MTN Nigeria is pleased to announce the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country. The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles. This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN Visitor SIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff. Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry. They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD. For more information about this service, please visit https://www.mtnonline.com/visitors-sim-plan or dial *123*7*1# to locate the nearest MTN store.