" ITREALMS: September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Panasonic’s Sustainable Living, Smart Solutions to debut @GITEX’14

The Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa (PMMAF), has advanced plans for the launch of the company’s latest, unique and exciting sustainable living and smart business solutions at GITEX Technology Week 2014, reports ITRealms

This, ITRealms gathered is aimed at providing customers with interesting insights about Panasonic’s plan for the region with some top executives, senior management officials and product managers from Panasonic lined up in attendance.

Also, ITRealms learnt will provide ideal opportunity to review the industry leading products and solutions from Panasonic stable.

Just as the event would happen at Sharjah D Meeting Room at the World Trade Center, Dubai, on Sunday, October 12, 2014, while experience center has been set up at booth A3-5 at Hall 3.

Remmy Nweke
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Kelechi Okorie emerges 2014 Journalist of the year @Telecom Awards

The City People’s Kelechi Okorie was named the Telecom Journalist of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Nigerian Telecom Awards, reports ITRealms.

According to the organisers of the awards which took place at the Incubator Event Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, Kelechi was picked as a result of his unique coverage of the telecommunications industry.

In a citation read at the event, “Kelechi Okorie has been able to create a niche for his medium in telecommunications reportage in the country, making City People Magazine a point of reference for not only the main news, but the news-behind-the-news in the telecommunications sector”. “He brings in an interesting perspective to every story he writes and coverage he does, making otherwise abstract stories, quite appealing to the teeming readers of City People Magazine which has a pride of place as Nigeria’s number one print magazine. No wonder every telecommunications operator craves for coverage of its events by City People Magazine”.
 The Telecom Journalist of the Year award category was presented to Okorie by the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Dr. Josephine Olatomi Soboyejo, former Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Development in Ogun State.
Categories that were awarded on the night include Best in Mobile Banking, Telecom Financing Bank of the Year (Capacity), Best Mobile Money Operator of the year, Card Innovation Bank of the year, Best Mobile Money Bank of the Year, Technology Bank of the Year, Best in Online Banking and Telecom Financing Bank of the Year. Other categories were Indigenous Social Media Application of the year, Telecom CEO of the year, Society Friendly Telecom Operator of the year, Youth Empowerment Telecom Operator of the year, Telecom Innovation Operator of the year as well as several other categories.
Awardees include Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga (jnr), Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airtel Nigeria, Globacom, Etisalat and Spring Bank.
The Nigerian Telecom Awards is the singular most important and popular event in the Telecom sector and has been consistent in recognising credible individuals and organisations that are contributing towards national development through the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools. The awards entered its 10th year in 2014.
Kelechi Okorie was also selected as the Brand Writer of the Year 2012 by the Nigerian Media NiteOut Award.


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Pix: courtesy Kelechi Okorie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Econet's Strive Masiyiwa leases N6.5m luxury apartment in New York

Founder and chairman of Zimbabwean Econet Wireless Group, Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, has leased a luxury apartment in New York City at a United States Dollar (USD) of $40,000, about N 6.5m per month, reports ITRealms.

Econet Wireless is a global telecommunications conglomerate well rooted in Zimbabwe.

ITRealms also reports that Mr. Masiyiwa moved into a five bedroom luxurious unit at Manhattan otherwise known as 737 Park Ave, New York.

New York Post confirmed that Masiyiwa’s 12th-floor rental features five bedrooms, 7½-bathrooms, a windowed chef’s kitchen, a master suite with a windowed dressing area and two spa bathrooms.

The 4,850 square-feet luxury apartment, was originally asking for USD $49,500 a month and was purchased by a private individual who is now leasing it out to Masiyiwa. This is a prudent move as Masiyiwa’s eldest daughters are now attending university in the United States. 

Masiyiwa in addition sits on the board of trustees for the New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation, which brings him to the city frequently.

Developed by leading New York City real estate developer and investor Harry Macklowe, Masiyiwa would have to pay approximately USD $25 million to own the property. 

Built in 1940 by notable architect Sylvan Bien, according to Macklowe Properties website, the 737 Park Ave has been transformed into a glamorous contemporary condominium residence that offers approximately 60 luxurious private residences, many with private elevator landings and separate service entrances.

Masiyiwa’s New York City apartment is along Manhattan’s premier residential corridor, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one of the most affluent neighborhoods and home to the world’s most wealthy, powerful and influential families and individuals.

ITRealms gathered that Nigeria’s richest woman and billionaire, Folorunso Alakija maintains a luxury apartment on the Upper East Side. 

And with the Central Park in close proximity and access to some of the most famous museums in the world, diplomatic missions, great dining and high-end stores, the Upper East Side is favored by old, new and international money.

Remmy Nweke with additional reports from New York Post
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*Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Iyanya, Naeto C, J.Martins others for TD-Mobile launch

TD-Mobile, the digital lifestyle and highly mobile products distribution arm of Technology Distributions Limited, the acclaimed No.1 ICT value added distributor in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be formally launch on September 29, 2014, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, ITRealms reports.

In a press statement made available to ITRealms by Gbenga Ajayi stated that TD-Mobile has already signed distribution agreements with world-class mobile products manufacturers like Lenovo, Nokia, HP, Zinox, Toshiba, Dell and so on.

He quoted the Marketing Head, TD-Mobile, Mrs. Gozy Ijogun, as saying that TD-Mobile is everything about original digital mobile products like smart phones, phablets, tablets, laptops and mobile printers from world class manufacturers for all highly upwardly mobile resellers and partners across the country, who really deserves the best with peerless aftersales services.

Also, Mrs. Ijogun said that what differentiates TD-Mobile from other distributors is that they are focused on digital mobile products direct from manufacturers and we take responsibility for all our products.

“The market is full of fake products and we thought we should define this market for the good of the country. We have in the past six months hired smart and well educated Nigerians with style to drive the vision of the founders of Technology Distributions.In a nutshell, we are everything about digital lifestyle mobile products distribution and this forthcoming launch is a statement of intent to provide ready access for all to cutting edge mobile technology for business and pleasure,” she said, stressing that they have invited selected partners nationwide for this great evening which promises to be an eye opener to modern digital lifestyle mobile products distribution.

“Trust me, TD-Mobile will be a rewarding experience for the whole of Africa,” she declared.

She further revealed that the Nigeria leading musician, Iyanya, will be leading other Nigerian artistes such as Naeto C and J. Martins, who have been confirmed to perform at this event which kicks off at 6.00pm.

As affirmed Mr. Ubi, Iyanya’s Manager, Iyanya will make it a night to remember.

“As you know, Iyanya is associated with digital lifestyle and he thinks this is one of the greatest companies emerging in Nigeria this century to take the entire populace to another level in digital evolution” he said.

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Pix: Iyanya.

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