Nigerian Stock Exchange suspends trading in 7-Up shares

By Tonye Peterside
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The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, has announced the suspension of trading in shares of 7-Up Bottling Company Plc.

According to a suspension notice dated January 12, the NSE said trading in the shares of 7-Up Bottling Company Plc has been placed on full suspension.

The notice, signed by Godstime Iwenekhai, Head, Listings Regulation Department, said the suspension was necessitated by the need to ascertain the company’s majority shareholder.

“The suspension is for the purpose of determining the shareholders who will qualify to receive the Scheme consideration following the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, Affelka S.A (“Affelka”), to acquire all outstanding and issued shares of 7-Up Bottling Company Plc that are not currently owned by Affelka,” the NSE said in its notice.

It explained that the company’s shareholders passed a resolution to this effect at the Court Ordered Meeting of the company held on Thursday, January 11.

The scheme will result in the voluntarily de-listing of 7-Up Bottling Company Plc from the Daily Official List of The Exchange, the notice said.

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Nigerian Stock Exchange trading succumbs to profit taking, index down by 0.33 percent

Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index on Friday bowed to profit taking halting the six-day price rally with the All-Share Index dropping by 0.33 per cent.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the index lost 142.64 points or 0.33 per cent to close at 42,898.90 compared with 43,041.54 achieved on Thursday.

NAN reports that the market indices had remained upbeat since January following renewed investors confidence.

An analysis of the price movement table indicated that International Breweries recorded the highest price loss to lead the losers’ table, dropping by N2 to close at N60 per share.

Zenith Bank trailed with a loss of N1.75 to close at N31.26, while Flour Mills Nigeria was down by N1.65 to close at N31.35 per share.

Nigerian Breweries shed N1.63 to close at N151.05, while Julius Berger declined by N1.18 to close at N28.22 per share.

Conversely, Nestle topped the gainers’ table with a gain of N39.54 to close at N1,490 per share.

Mobil Oil followed with a gain of N9 to close at N190, while Guinness improved by N3.78 to close at N108.99 per share.

Lafarge Africa increased by N2.30 to close at N56.90, while Stanbic IBTC gained N2.14 to close at N44.94 per share.

A breakdown of the activity chart showed that Transcorp maintained leadership as the most traded, accounting for 222.90 million shares worth N500.12.

Diamond Bank followed with a turnover of 153.46 million shares valued at N418.32 million, while FBN Holdings traded 133.41 million shares worth N1.58 billion.

FCMB Group sold 112.24 million shares valued at N300.11 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 85.92 million shares worth N269.30 million.

In all, investors staked N15.37 billion on 1. 39 billion shares transacted in 11,385 deals compared with 1.62 billion shares worth N17.38 billion in 8,968 deals.

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Ex-husband of 72-yr-old British grandma married to Nigerian, 27, BREAKS SILENCE

MR. DONALD NEATE, ex-husband of the 72-year-old British grandmother of six, who married a Nigerian man 45 years her junior, says she will “have to deal with the consequences” of her action at some point.
Neate, 71, is quoted by the Daily Mail of London, as also calling her “quite gullible”.
He said Mrs.Angela Nwachukwu has “got herself into a problem that she will have to deal with.”
Mrs Nwachukwu, from Weymouth, Dorset, is fighting for a visa for new husband CJ Nwachukwu, 27, who she married three months after he added her on Facebook and struck up a conversation.
They live 6437 kilometres (4000 miles) apart and met face-to-face for the first time on their wedding day.
His application for visa to move to Britain to live together with her has been refused even after retired taxi driver Mrs Nwachukwu has spent £20,000 on him, including lawyers to help with the visas and flights to visit him.
Nwachukwu, according to his wife, has already repaid £10,000 of the amount.
Mr Neate and Angela parted ways in 1999, the former lorry driver from Bristol said.
“We separated 18 years ago and haven’t had any contact since,” he said.

Mrs Nwachukwu

“The first time I knew about it was when I read the papers. She has done it now and will have to deal with the consequences.”
Mr Neate has remarried twice since his five-year relationship with Mrs Nwachukwu ended.
Mrs Nwachukwu said she couldn’t help but fall for her lover from Nigeria, when they started talking, and is devastated that their applications for visas have failed.
She said she had been left lonely and isolated after the breakdown of her marriage, six months before they met online.
One day she found a message and a friend request from Mr Nwachukwu, and couldn’t see the harm in striking up conversation.
She said: “He was so handsome, with big, brown eyes and a body to match. We chatted for hours about our families and hobbies. It was like we’d known each other for years. Before I knew it, we were messaging daily.
“Despite our huge age gap, we got on really well. I couldn’t help it and began to develop feelings for him. I tried to stop myself.”

He proposed to her on Skype, and she gleefully accepted.
The pair wed in Lagos, and have since seen each other twice, as she has flown there to visit him.
Mr Nwachukwu has been denied a tourist visa to see his wife, and their applications have been turned down because it’s thought they won’t have financial backing.
Mrs Nwachukwu refuses to accept suggestions that the marriage is a scam.
She is convinced he will be able to get a student visa for a Masters degree in the UK.
British citizens can apply for a Family visa to move their partners to the UK.
The Home Office charges £1,464 for people applying from outside the UK to joining their partners or spouses, and nearly £1,000 for extensions.
Spouses applying to move to be with their partners have to prove they can support themselves and their partners, and they have to have been living with them for two years.
Partners will then be given permission to move for around two and a half years and should extend this after that time.
Mr Nwachukwu has to be able to show he can support himself or be supported to be granted a Marriage Visitor visa, by the rules of the Home Office.
Under the visa for visitors, the trip must be no longer than six months, and applicants should prove they will leave at the end.

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Sia clocks 42 – Things you should know about her

Award winning pop star, singer, song writer, record producer and music director Sia Kate Isobelle Furler clocks 42 on Monday 18th December 2017.

Sia who was born in 1975 in Adelaide, Australia, is a pop artist who adds a little bit of Soul and Hip-hop sometimes.

The Australian songstress has been making waves in the music industry over the years due to her unique style of appearance and outstanding voice.  She has this signature of blonde and black wig with either a big bow worn on it or a hat. The wig serves as a covering for her face.

When confronted with the question as to why she covers her face, she replied “music is meant for the ears, not the eyes”.

Before she started covering her face, she showed her face a couple of times in her videos and even on the red carpet.

It is obvious from her pictures, that she is more or less obsessed with red lipsticks and not a fan of accessories.

Sia, in an interview with the National Public Radio (NPR), mentioned that she doesn’t hide her face because she is shy.

Although, in the year 2016, Sia came out as bi-sexual, however in 2015, She got married to filmmaker Erik Anders.

Her marriage to Erik dissolved after two years over irreconcilable differences.


The pop artist has written numerous songs that were hits in the past years which includes”Cheap Thrills”, “Titanium”(with David Guetta), “Chandelier” “Diamonds” (for Rihanna), “Pretty Hurts” (for Beyonce) and many others. She has collaborated with Zayn Malik, The Weeknd, Celine Dion, Eminem and many others.

The album, “1000 Forms of Fear” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, selling over 52,000 copies then.

She has also been involved in movies like Annie (2014), Transparent (2015), Zootopia (2017), Lion (2017), Wonder Woman (2017), Fifty Shades darker (2017) providing melodious sound tracks.

As an activist, Sia’s kindness could be seen in her love against aids on World Aids day and LGBT, she campaigns against aid, provide homes for homeless pets (especially dogs) and many other things. It is no doubt that Sia is a lover of dogs as she has pictures of dogs tattooed all over her hands.

As an award winning singer, Sia has been nominated for series of awards and has won many of them. She has won eight APRA Awards, ten ARIA Awards, MTV Video Music Awards among many others.

Sia is known for her stupendous lyrics, poetry, contemporary dances (with Maddie Ziegler as her main muse), weird song titles like Elastic Heart, Hostage, Fire meets Gasoline and so much more.

Cheers to a fabulous new year for the pop artist.


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NSE places 44 companies on red alert

Posted By: Taofik Salako

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) authorities have placed 44 companies on red alert, raising a caution to investors to beware of underlying corporate governance abuse.

The latest tracker report on corporate governance, regulation and compliance obtained by The Nation at the weekend indicated that 44 companies have pending and unresolved compliance and governance issues that place them below the high standards required of quoted companies.

The report, however, underlined an improvement from the previous number of 49 companies to 44 companies.

The number of companies placed on red alert represents about a quarter of the total number of quoted companies at the NSE.

The report was based on the Compliance Status Indicator (CSI) of the NSE, which uses three-letter code to mark out companies that fall below the post-listing requirements at the Exchange. The tracker is updated regularly with addition of newly deficient companies and release of newly compliant companies.

The  companies under the red-alert warning included Union Bank of Nigeria; Skye Bank; Transcorp Hotels; Resort Savings and Loans; Evans Medical; Academy Press; Nigerian-German Chemicals and Caverton Offsshore Support Group.

A breakdown of the compliance report indicated that about half of the companies were flagged for failure to submit their earnings reports within the scheduled timeline while others were tagged for free float deficiencies, delisting process, restructuring and other compounded regulatory issues.

The flagged companies included Capital Hotel; Chellarams; Interlinked Technology; Infinity Trust Mortgage; E-Tranzact; Omatek Ventures; Roads Nigeria; Multi-Trex Integrated Foods; Aso Savings & Loans; Ekocorp; Ikeja Hotel; Union Homes and Savings; Deap Capital Management & Trust; International Energy Insurance; Afrik Pharmaceuticals; Anino International; African Paints; Goldlink Insurance and Thomas Wyatt Nigeria.

Others included Golden Guinea Breweries; FTN Cocoa Processors; Austin Laz & Company; Daar Communications; Juli; Great Nigerian Insurance; Capital Oil; Union Dicon; Union Diagnostics; Universal Insurance; Premier Paints; Afromedia; Paints and Coatings Manufactures; Tourists Company of Nigeria; DN Tyres & Rubber and Smart Products Nigeria.

The NSE uses 10 codes to tag companies with regulatory and compliance issues in order to draw attention to the unresolved deficiencies as part of efforts to enhance market integrity and ensure investors have full and transparent disclosures to make their decisions

The code-Below Listing Standard (BLS) comprises all deficiencies regarding continuing listing standards. Missed Regulatory Filing (MRF) implies that the company missed regulatory filing deadline. Delisting Watch-list (DWL) relates to companies that have been served with a delisting notice but the delisting process has been put on hold because they have received a stay of action from the Exchange for a defined period during, which they undertake to cure the issues that led to the issuance of the delisting notice. If they fail to cure the issue within the defined period or any extension thereof, the hold on the delisting process will be lifted.

Also, Delisting in Progress (DIP) defines companies that are in the delisting process, mandatory or voluntary. Usually, the delisting process commences with a notice of intention to delist from The Exchange to an issuer, in the case of mandatory delisting, or to the Exchange from an issuer, in the case of voluntary delisting. Awaiting Regulatory Approval (AWR) implies that the companies that are awaiting the approval or no objection of their primary or another government regulator before releasing their audited financial statements.

Other codes included Restructuring (RST), which relates to companies that are in the process of restructuring; Below Listing Standard and Missed Regulatory Filing (BMF), companies that  missed regulatory filing and were below listing standard; Below Listing Standard and Awaiting RegulatoryApproval (BAA), companies with below listing standard and awaiting regulatory approval; Below Listing Standard and Restructuring (BRS), below listing standard and restructuring; Missed Regulatory Filing and Restructuring (MRS), missed regulatory filing and restructuring; and Below Listing Standard, Missed Regulatory Filing and Restructuring (BMR), which defines companies with below listing standard, missed regulatory filing and restructuring codes.

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IdeaPad 110 Laptop (15)

Lenovo Ideapad 110 (15, Intel)


Get the features you need without the big price tag from this value-priced laptop: dependable processing power, good memory, lots of storage, an attractive display, and integrated graphics.
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    Windows 10 Home

    It’s the familiar feel of Windows, only improved. The Start menu is back, better than ever �?expand it, customize it, make it yours. Work with more of the devices you care about, like printers, cameras, USBs, and more. And enjoy additional security features that help to safeguard you against device theft and malicious software.

    Lightning-Fast Web Browsing

    802.11 a/c WiFi connectivity comes standard on the ideapad 110, making it perfect for for blazing-fast browsing, streaming, and downloading. 802.11 a/c WiFi delivers up to 3 times the connection speeds of 802.11 b/g/n.

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    Optical Drive
    Built-in DVD Recordable Drive
    WiFi 802.11 a/c
    Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo with WiFi Card
    • 1 x USB 3.0
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    • 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1 x HDMI™
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You can now search to know if you have not mandate your Registrars for E-Dividend Crediting into your Bank account HERE

Note: all investors whose name(s) appear, are advised to URGENTLY download and fill their respective Registrar’s e-mandate form and submit same at the nearest branch of their Bank or Registrar to register for the collection of their unclaimed dividends and subsequent dividends electronically; as well as for the proceeds from their secondary market transactions, to be credited to their preferred Bank Account (Direct Cash Settlement).

The Commission also wishes to remind the investing public on the deadline of 30th June, 2017, which will mark the end of issuance of physical dividend warrant, with a view to mitigating the risks associated with physical dividend warrants and improving investors experience.

Furthermore, the 30th June, 2017 deadline will see the end of free registration of e-dividend, being bank-rolled by the Commission since the inception of the exercise in November, 2015. Hence, members of the investing public are encouraged to urgently key into the on-going free registration.

REMINDER: All investors in the Nigerian Capital Market are please advised to take advantage of the on-going free registration and register by approaching the nearest branch of their Bank or Registrars for enrollment before the deadline.

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7 Wonders of the Modern World

 The American Society of Civil Engineers selected Seven Wonders of the Modern World, engineering marvels that exemplify the abilities of humans to construct amazing features on Earth. The following guide takes you through these Seven Wonders of the Modern World and describes each “wonder” and its positive impact.

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Channel Tunnel

Channel Tunnel

 Trains enter the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone, England. The Channel Tunnel is a 50 km long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Straits of Dover, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England to Coquelles near Calais in northern France. Scott Barbour/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The first wonder in alphabetical order is the Channel Tunnel. Opened in 1994, the Channel Tunnel is a tunnel under the English Channel that connects Folkestone in the United Kingdom with Coquelles in France. The Channel Tunnel actually consists of three tunnels: two tunnels carry trains and a smaller middle tunnel is used as a service tunnel. The Channel Tunnel is 31.35 miles (50 km) long, with 24 of those miles located under water.

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CN Tower

CN Tower

 The CN Tower appears on the left-hand side of this photo of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada skyline and waterfront. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a telecommunications tower that was built by Canadian National Railways in 1976. Today, the CN Tower is federally owned and managed by Canada Lands Company (CLC) Limited. As of 2012, the CN Tower is the world’s third largest tower at 553.3 meters (1,815 ft). The CN Tower broadcasts television, radio, and wireless signals throughout the Toronto region.

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

 The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Getty Images

When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world — standing at 1,250 feet tall. The Empire State Building became an icon of New York City as well as a symbol of human success in achieving the impossible.

Located at 350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd and 34th Streets) in New York City, the Empire State Building is a 102-story building. The height of the building to the top of its lightning rod is actually 1,454 feet.

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the city of San Francisco with Marin County to its north, was the bridge with longest span in the world from the time it was completed in 1937 until the completion of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York in 1964. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and about 41 million trips are made across the bridge each year. Prior to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, the only mode of transportation across San Francisco Bay was ferry.

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Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Dam

 Water flows over the spillway of Itaipu Dam on the Parana River, bordering Brazil and Paraguay. Laurie Noble/Getty Images

Itaipu Dam, located on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, is the world’s largest operating hydroelectric facility. Completed in 1984, the nearly five mile-long Itaipu Dam impounds the Parana River and creates the 110 mile-long Itaipu Reservoir. The electricity generated from Itaipu Dam, which is greater than the electricity generated by China’s Three Gorges Dam, is shared by Brazil and Paraguay. The dam supplies Paraguay with more than 90% of its electrical needs.

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Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

 Aerial image of the old church of Wierum (well below sea level), with the North Sea in the background. Roelof Bos/Getty Images

Nearly one-third of the Netherlands lies below sea level. Despite being a coastal nation, the Netherlands has created new land from the North Sea through the use of dikes and other barriers to the ocean. From 1927 to 1932, a 19 mile-long dike called Afsluitdijk (the Closing Dike) was built, turning the Zuiderzee sea into the IJsselmeer, a freshwater lake. Further protective dikes and works were built, reclaiming the land of the IJsselmeer. The new land led to the creation of a the new province of Flevoland from what had been sea and water for centuries. Collectively this incredible project is known as the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works.

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The Panama Canal

Panama Canal

 Locomotives help maneuver a ship through the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal as it is lowered into the lock. John Coletti/Getty Images

The 48 mile-long (77 km) international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles (12,875 km) from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. Built from 1904 to 1914, the Panama Canal was once a territory of the United States although today it is part of Panama. It takes approximately fifteen hours to traverse the canal through its three sets of locks (about half the time is spent waiting due to traffic).

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