Wednesday, February 26, 2014


It was an all-star ensemble starring the likes of Whiz Kid, Banky W, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan and Harry Song. One of Nigeria’s finest disc jockeys, DJ Exclusive, was also on hand to dish out hit tracks from his wheels of steel. The event was the SWAG concert, sponsored by Diamond Bank PLC, to commemorate the end of the 24th edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA).

Fast rising comedian, Seyi Law, ensured that there was no dull moment as he treated the audience to rib-cracking jokes. The students of the host university, ObafemiAwolowo University (OAU), were not left out as some of them were invited on stage to exhibit their artistry.

Thereafter, the main acts stepped on stage one after the other to perform to the delight of the audience,belting hit track after hit track. The audience swayed to the beats of the artistes, miming many of their songs, much to the elation of the artistes. Banky W, who was performing for the first time at OAU, hailed the crowd for the warm reception accorded him. Whiz Kid was so thrilled at the students’rendition of his songs that he exclaimed, “It seems I have a choir here!”

The SWAG concert, which was held at the institution’s Amphitheatre, was indeed a night of music, comedy and dance, laced with a huge dose of fun and excitement as the students savoured the performances of the artistes.
The concert was earlier declared open by Mr. Uzoma Dozie, Executive Director –Retail Banking, Diamond Bank Plc. He said: “This is not an evening for long speeches rather, we are here to relax and have fun. However, I would like to thank you all for embracing the Diamond SWAG (Students With A Goal) Account and for all the support we have received from the students of OAU in putting this event together. I have no doubt it’s going to be a night of pure fun, so please relax and enjoy the event”.

According to Mrs. Ayona Trimnel, Head of the Bank’s Corporate Communications Division, the concert was put together to help the students relax and unwind after 10 days of intense sporting activities at the NUGA tournament.

She said, “This is our little way of appreciating the youths who embraced our new proposition, the Diamond SWAG Account in their thousands while the Games lasted. We thought we should create this atmosphere of relaxation and fun to help them unwind after 10 days of intense sporting activities.”

The Student With A Goal (S.W.A.G) Account, which was launched during the just concluded games by Diamond Bank, is designed with the objective of providing Nigerian youths with the right support to help them achieve their financial goals.

 The NUGA games which kicked off on February, 12 was brought to a close on February 22, 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014


The ongoing Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) competition has entered day 6 and the excitement continues to build up towards the closing ceremony scheduled for Saturday, 22 February 2014.

This year’s competition is proudly sponsored by leading retail bank, Diamond Bank PLC, and a musical concert is being planned to round off the tournament. Already billed to perform are Whiz Kid, Wande Coal, Banky W and Kcee.

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Monday, February 17, 2014


MY HOPE, MY NIGERIA by Abdulrahman Jogbojogbo

The stressful day was telling on me, I noticed signs of puffiness under my eyes as I oiled my suku, wondering if Danjuma would still say: "Nkechi, you look beautiful" en route to Iwediran, the newspaper vendor.

At the vendor's, I argued with Effiong over Yaya Toure's football award, the cat and dog power tussle; his logic was good, but my jokes always win the arguments.

I came back home to eat amala, heated a stainless plate and ironed my blouse with it. I was going for my sixth job interview, but I smiled still, optimistic that this would be my breakthrough (This story was edited).

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L –R: Head, Consumer Propositions, Diamond Bank PLC, Olumide Akindele; hip hop musician, Wande Coal; Executive Director –Retail Banking, Diamond Bank PLC, Uzoma Dozie; hip hop musician, Whiz Kid; Head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank PLC, Ayona Trimnell; and R & B musician, Banky W during a courtesy visit by the musicians to the Bank as part of preparations for the Diamond SWAG concert holding on Saturday, 22 February 2014 at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Diamond Bank Plc., Nigeria’s leading retail bank, will be the lead sponsor of the 24th edition of the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) competition.
The event, which will hold between February 12-22, 2014 at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, will attract over 60 universities and 7,000 athletes that will feature in 15 different sports, includingTrack & Field, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Handball and Judo. Others are Hockey, Football, Swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis and Volleyball.
According to Mrs Ayona Trimnell, Head of Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank Plc, the bank’s support for the event is part of its sponsorship programmes targeted at supporting the dreams and aspirations of Nigerian youths.
She said: “As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognise the role competitive sports play in developing well-rounded youths. The NUGA Games provides that needed platform forsportsmanship and competitiveness, hence our decision to add it to our sponsorship portfolio to ensure that the youths get the best of the experience.”
In order to create better awareness for the Games beyond the vicinity of the host university, the bank has finalized plans for the airing of the daily highlights on: Supersport, CoolFM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info FM. The daily highlights will include news, interviews, results, side attractions, among others.
Trimnell added that the NUGA Games would also provide the bank a good platform to launchDiamond S.W.A.G., its newly designed product meant for the youth segment.
She said: “We have just developed a new product called the Diamond S.W.A.G. which we expect to create value for our young customers; to enable and empower them for the future. We see the NUGA fiesta as a good platform to launch this product and partner the students in building a secured future.”
Trimnell also informed that Diamond Bank has lined up a number of activities and side attractions to add to the fun and excitement of the event.
“The Bank is instituting a daily ‘NUGA Challenge’ at the Arena where interested students can come and ‘rep’ their respective universities”.  Also participants will stand a chance to win N50k or N100k in the DiamondXtra Special NUGA draw at the Diamond S.W.A.G. Concert, plus lots of exciting giveaways, including a VIP ticket to the Diamond SWAG Concert which will feature a mystery guest artiste on the 22nd of February 2014,” she added.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Jude Anele, Head, Retail Banking, Diamond Bank Plc, addressing participants at the ICT Training for Women Entrepreneurs program, organized by Diamond Bank PLC, at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University in Lagos … Wednesday, February 5.

In a bid to support women entrepreneurs to run thriving businesses, Diamond Bank PLC, a leading player in the Nigerian Retail Banking space, has provided ICT training for women functioning within the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector.

At the two day program, which held at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University on Wednesday, 5 and Thursday, 6 February 2014, the entrepreneurs were taken through different topics including: Why businesses need IT, Creating a Facebook Business page, Social Media for business, etc.

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Monday, February 10, 2014


MY WIFE, MY NIGERIA by Auwal A. Ahmad

There are days I rise before her and others she before me; but every morning I set my eyes in the marks on her face, I see familiarity and beauty. 

The colourful wrappers she wears and ties on her emphasizing her roots. The gleeful manner she celebrates with mild Hausa dances and religious praises when she hears good news, catching her off guard with her long thick braids singing a Fulani song in front of the mirror, teasing her with criticism even when I know her Tuwo is delicious. I do love Sa'adatu, she is my Nigeria.

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