Piers Morgan counts down the ten most memorable moments of 2013

Piers Morgan

As Piers Morgan took the chair for the final time in this calendar year, on Thursday evening the CNN host set aside some time for reflection, highlighting ten of his program’s most memorable moments from 2013.

Having asked viewers to vote during the day, and welcoming an eclectic panel tasked with reviewing various video clips, the face of “Piers Morgan Live” counted down, starting with moments ten through seven.

Serving as a cornerstone for his first grouping, Morgan went back to July, reminding viewers of the night guest Rachel Jeantel explained the modern day usage of the “N” word:

“That mean a male,” explained Trayvon Martin‘s friend, as a live studio audience hung on her very word. “Any kind of male … Chinese can say n***a.”

Having watched the clip, Nischelle Turner said that although Jeantel’s narrative was uncomfortable, it at least served to move an important conversation forward:

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BlackBerry is gradually waking up from the ever changing and complex technological realities, one of which is to start installing it on phones whether or not their users actually want it.
LG and BlackBerry have announced that the BBM app will come pre-loaded onto LG phones out of the box, starting with the LG G Pro Lite.
BlackBerry Messenger launched in full for iOS and Android in October, and BlackBerry said it was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 24 hours.
Apparently, people like the messenger app – this announcement with LG also noted that it’s extremely popular in the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia.

Global messaging

“People across the globe are using BBM to connect with each other and the enthusiasm has been phenomenal,” BlackBerry Executive Vice President for BBM Andrew Bocking said in the announcement.
BlackBerry announced in November that BBM would begin to come pre-loaded onto smartphones in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East, though only on regional OEMs initially.
LG is the first major OEM to give BBM the same treatment, and it’s likely more will follow.

BBM voice and video are coming

BBM arrives pre-loaded first on the LG G Pro Lite, though other LG phones will definitely follow.
The 5.5-inch, dual-SIM LG phone provides “an optimized BBM experience,” today’s announcement said, thanks to its high-quality display and included stylus.
The existing BBM app features one-on-one and group messaging, plus photo, file and voice note sharing.
BlackBerry promised that its Messenger app will “continue to evolve for Android and iPhone users” and re-iterated that BBM voice and video calling will arrive “in the coming months.”
The same goes for BBM Channels, a new service that “intimately” connects BBM users to communities with shared interests. BBM Channels is already available on Blackberry devices, and should arrive on Android and iOS soon.

Culled from: http://www.techradar.com

The Heir

Untold Stories




−This is my land, Eric Dooh states. His face shows no signs of the pride you could expect from a man who inherited a fish farm, a bakery, a school and acres of farmland from his father. We are in the village of Goi in southern Nigeria, one of the villages that have paid the highest price for the country’s oil drilling. In 2004 a massive oil-leakage upstream from Goi forced the villagers to move out.

−Everything was contaminated. The water we used to drink, the river we used to fish in, the soil where we grew our crops – everything was damaged. I heard talks of 10.000 barrels of oil leaking out in only one week; Eric says and looks at the river where the pollution still is visible in the rainbow-colored layer of oil that floats on top of the water. The smell adds to the misery. Crude…

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Mandela Mania

Untold Stories




− Madiba is a legend. A hero for all Africans, and for the rest of the world, Kenneth Emyenghemoe says, turning his head to see the poster of Nelson Mandela. We’re in the yard of Mandela car wash in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. While mourners and 91 world leaders gather in South Africa to unite in tribute to a man who became a global symbol of reconciliation, in one of the biggest send-offs in history, the Nigerians pay respect to “Madiba” their own way. His name is on everyone’s lips and his face on every newspaper front page and every tv-screen.

Kenneth is a driver waiting to get his car washed by Mandela’s men.

−The owner of this place loved the South African legend so much they nicknamed him Mandela. When the guy wanted to start his own car washing business, it just had to be named, Mandela, Kenneth explains. His…

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Shell for Shell: Real Life in the Niger Delta

The state of my Nation #Nigeria #NigerDelta #CrudeOil #Shell #Environment #CrudeOil #Communities #Survival #Masses #NoFuture

Untold Stories



The fishing boat cuts the silent water like a knife. Zemano and Grace are out looking for periwinkle shells. They left home at seven o’clock this morning hoping to fill a bucket or two with the small, black, cone-shaped shells.

−This is our only source of income, Grace tells us while she is paddling towards the shore where, in theory, the shells are to be found in the riverbank mud. So far the two women have been looking in vain. The mud where mangrove forest once grew used to be full of periwinkle, but after the major oil spills in 2008-2009 life in this part of the Niger delta is as good as extinguished.

−We used to fill our buckets in no time, and could earn a decent amount of money from selling the shells. These days we’re lucky if we get enough to feed our children. Zemano is seven…

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MTN among Top 100 Global Valuable Brands 2013


BrandZ, the world’s leading brand management tool, released the 2013 Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. As Africa has over the years become investors hub for investments and business growth, African business have continually strived for global presence and prominence in terms of value and financial disposition. In this light, MTN Group, formerly M-Cell, a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Middle Eastern countries with its head office in Johannesburg has surfaced on among Top 100 Global Valuable Brands 2013 according to BrandZ at 79th position ahead of Airtel, Yahoo, JP. Morgan, KFC amongst others.

Both brands and consumers have continuously adjusted to constant uncertainty and sober expectations about economic growth. They fit into the calculus of consumption the impact on the natural environment, personal health, and human wellbeing along the supply chain.

According to Eileen Campbell of Millward Brown, ‘We continue to see many technology brands at the top of our ranking and there is little doubt that technology has become the lifeblood of our modern economy. That said, these brands struggled to deliver value growth in 2012. Over the past couple of years, mobile devices have sky-rocketed, but at the expense of personal computers. Likewise, hardware manufacturers have had to adapt to shifts to a more service based business model as more and more has shifted from physical equipment to cloud based solutions. As always, the ability to adapt remains paramount in this ever-important category and the nimble will inevitably be rewarded.

And it’s not just technology brands that must adapt. Increasingly, we see consumers holding brands to higher standards. Reputation has never been more important as buyers expect brands to operate in accordance with higher ideals and greater responsibility. The best brands understand and appreciate more than just what people buy. Instead, they seek to understand and deliver what people buy into. So aligning your brand’s values with those of your customers isn’t just about doing good; it’s about good business.

Shaped by these considerations, brand value appreciated. The value of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rose 7 percent to $2.6 trillion last year, compared with a flat performance a year ago. All but two of the 13 categories analyzed in this report improved in brand value. Technology and oil and gas declined modestly.

These results indicate that strong brands continue to regain value lost during the recession and now, in some cases, surpass their prerecession levels.

The total brand value of the BrandZ Top 100 Strong Brands Portfolio has improved 77 percent since 2006. In addition, the BrandZ Top 100 Strong Brands Portfolio, comprised of diverse public companies, appreciated 58 percent during that eight-year period, compared with a market value gain of only 23 percent by the S&P 500.

Despite a sharp decline in the growth of its brand value last year, Apple remained number one in the BrandZ Top 100 ranking, on the strength of the meaningful difference of its brand. Google moved to the number two position, marginally surpassing IBM, which continues to be the world’s most valuable B2B brand.

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Starcom Media Wraps up 2013 in Grand Style, Clinches Etisalat & Nestle


Starcom Media Nigeria wraps up 2013 with Etisalat & Nestle accounts. Reports coming from industry sources say two of Nigeria’s big spending advertisers have moved their media planning and buying to Starcom. First is Etisalat, Nigeria’s third biggest telecom network and one of the industry’s biggest spenders. The Etisalat account which until recently was housed by Media Reach OMD, moved over to Starcom following a global pitch involving the Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG) and the incumbent OMD.

While basking in the euphoria of this big win comes Nestle, the food and beverage giant, marketers of Maggi seasoning, Milo cocoa drink, Pure Life Water, Nescafe and several other resilient brands in the FMCG category. It was gathered that the Nestle business was delivered by a local pitch which saw the business moving from Media Share.

The Etisalat and Nestle wins are happening less than 12 months after the agency cornered the Coca-cola Nigeria account from Universal McCann and 24 months after Heineken consolidated its businesses in Nigeria with Starcom including the behemoth Nigerian Breweries Plc with an array of 10 media-busy brands in the beer, malt and carbonated soft drink categories. The Heineken Nigeria account also includes Consolidated Breweries Plc which came under the Heineken umbrella following the Dutch company’s acquisition of majority shares in 2010.

This colossal consolidation of new businesses places Starcom on the platform of a duel for the No.1 media agency in Nigeria in terms of billings, upsetting the table that had been a contest between Carat Media Perspectives and Media Reach OMD. To be No.1 in this market an agency needs to have one of the telecom businesses and a major brewery, two product categories that dominate the top 5 table of big spenders.

The development also leaves some agencies in a fight for survival. Media Share which recently after a long contractual business disagreement between its Prima Garnet group and Ogilvy Africa lost the Airtel business and the agency may have lost over 85% of its business with the flight of Nestle from the agency. For Media Reach OMD which still shows off accounts such as Guinness, Reckitt Benckiser, Promasidor and GSK, losing Etisalat may not be an end of the road but it sure points to a significant shift in the position of the agency and in 2014, more accounts are billed to be thrown to pitches.

Happy Holidays.

Culled from: Brandworknigeria.com