Mouka CCO, Dimeji Osingunwa; with Mr. Emmanual Chima, of Starbiz Lynk Ventures, a Business Partner; Mr. Raymond Murphy, CEO, Mouka; Olamiji Odutayo, of Tolulobi Stores, a Business Partner; and Mr. Femi Fapohunda, (Photo: Supplied).
Mouka has rewarded its Business Partners with over N111,000,000 worth of scholarships, high-end laptops and educational materials for their children. In addition, 15 junior staff of Mouka went home with scholarships to the tune of N5,000,000 as an act of goodwill from the company.
The award presentation ceremony was held at D’Podium International Event Centre in Lagos. It was well attended by its Business Partners, staff, gentlemen of the media and other key stakeholders on February 5, 2022. Where accolades were showered on the leading brand in the industry.
Speaking at the event, Mouka’s CEO, Raymond Murphy, praised the Business Partners who have stayed committed and contributed immensely to the company’s growth trajectory. In his words, Ray Murphy said, “Their unwavering commitment is evident in their sales and distribution of Mouka’s portfolio of quality products to millions of consumers across the country. They have demonstrated an immense commitment to this partnership and Mouka’s revenue growth despite Nigeria’s economy for our mutual benefit. With extensive collaboration on many initiatives, they have made our brand a household name in Nigeria in pursuance of our mission of adding comfort to life”.
According to the Managing Director of Mouka, Mr Femi Fapohunda, Mouka continues to look for ways to add comfort to the lives of its stakeholders, including its Business Partners. “Mouka, for many, is a generational business passed from parent to child. Mouka seeks to empower the next generation of Business Partners through this initiative. We are safeguarding the future of our business by investing in our loyal Business Partners, their businesses and their families”, Fapohunda said.
The Company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Dimeji Osingunwa, said without the Business Partners, Mouka could not achieve such impressive brand penetration. A factor that has earned it the industry’s leadership position. To reward the continued commitment of these Business Partners. Mouka has consistently showered them with various gifts to expand their businesses while also safeguarding their health and wellbeing.
“In the recent past, we have presented trucks to our partners to ease the burden of distribution. Likewise, most of our Business Partners and their families are on various health plans fully catered to by Mouka. This year, we thought to ourselves, how else can we add comfort to the lives of these people whose dedication knows no bounds? We decided to reward them with over N111 million naira worth of educational support for their children to ease the burden of tuition. We believe this would further strengthen our relationship even as we continue to partner to ensure the Mouka brand remains Nigeria’s leading brand in this industry.”
Speaking on the scholarship presentation to junior staff, Ifeoma Okoruen, Mouka’s Head of Human Resources, said. “Mouka is a company that indeed values its people, continuously looking for ways to do right by them. From investing in training programs with the Lagos Business School to various welfare packages and incentives. Mouka always puts the needs of its people first. As an act of goodwill from the company, we decided to support our junior staff with scholarships for their children to lessen their burdens. The response from our people to this gesture has been simply overwhelming.”
Eulogising the management of Mouka for the laudable scheme, Nollywood legend and Mouka brand ambassador, Sola Sobowale, said, she is proud to be associated with such a brand that indeed cares for its people, partners and consumers. She also shared her experience with the brand since childhood while encouraging others to join the Mouka family. The A list celebrity also narrated how sleeping on Mouka has helped safeguard her wellbeing to ensure she stays on top of her game in the movie industry.
Similarly, the beneficiaries commended Mouka for the goodwill, which would relieve them of the stress of tuition fees. They said this came as a surprise, applauding the market leader as the huge gesture is unprecedented in the industry.
talabat Egypt Partners with Ibrahim Badran Foundation, Facilitate Donations to Healthcare in Remote Villages
In accordance with its long-term commitment towards benefiting the entire ecosystem and all segments of society, talabat, the region’s leading food delivery and quick commerce company, announced its newest corporate responsibility partnership with Ibrahim Badran Foundation for charitable medical services.
The partnership aims to use tech for good, by facilitating donations through talabat’s platform in order to support Ibrahim Badran’s medical care and treatment services, in addition to equipping and running medical convoys and clinics in remote Egyptian areas. Customers can additionally donate to finance medical examinations, purchase medicine and medical suppliers, as well as contribute to paying for needed surgeries.
Commenting on the partnership, Hadeer Shalaby, Managing Director of talabat Egypt, said: “Doing by our tech for good philosophy, we are proud to be cooperating with Ibrahim Badran Foundation, which has an exceptional track-record of field work in effort to make quality medical care accessible to all communities. As we value the health and wellness of Egyptians, it brings us pride that we are enabling our customers to have an impact on remote communities from the comfort of their homes. We are also hopeful that donations facilitated through our platform will enable the Foundation to continue their on-ground work in areas most in need of high care standards.”
From her side, Ola Ismail, Founder and Chair of Ibrahim Badran Foundation, said: “At IBF, we believe that medical care is a basic human right. That is why our mission resides in providing high-quality healthcare to marginalized communities wherever they may be. Our work is made possible by partnering with organizations such as talabat, who share our goal of achieving better health across the country and using modern technologies for good. Given that our scope at the Foundation revolves around field-work in remote Egyptian areas, we are excited for this partnership to bring us closer to people who share our vision and want to contribute to a better future for healthcare.”
Ibrahim Ahmed Badran Foundation was founded in 2014 by the late doctor Ibrahim Ahmed Badran’s family and friends, who decided to keep his memory alive by creating a foundation under his name, with a vision to reach and treat the less fortunate. Today, the foundation has successfully organized more than 600 medical convoys in 120 villages in 16 Governorates across Egypt, examined more 395,000 patients in rural areas. In those 8 years, the foundation received help from more than 1600 volunteers alongside the support of our medical team who specialize in more than 15 medical specialties and resulted in 1200 life-changing successful surgeries.
Nile University Abuja Becomes Beneficiary Of Mouka Award Of Excellence
Mouka Memuna Idegwu, Trade Marketing Manager with the Leadership of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja; and Israel A. Anjorin, a beneficiary from the Department of Computer Science; at the Cheque presentation Ceremony to Best Graduating students of the institution’s faculties, recently (Image: Supplied).
As part of the company’s 5th CSR pillar called “Skills For Life”, Mouka birthed this initiative three years ago to recognise and promote academic excellence while advocating the role of quality sleep in the equation.
Okano and Colleagues (2019) showed that longer sleep duration, better sleep quality and greater sleep consistency improved academic performance. This study also revealed that students who deprive themselves of sleep while preparing for exams suffer blackouts while writing the examination itself. Another research also shows that students who sleep well are more ‘likely to develop innovative ways of solving complex issues mathematically than those with sleep deprivation’. Based on these research works and many more, the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy encourages students to prioritise quality sleep.
To this end, Mouka has recognised and rewarded the best graduating students from all faculties of the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, with cash grants at the school’s convocation ceremony held recently.
Commenting on the Mouka Award for Excellence initiative, the Company’s Brand Manager, Yemisi Obadina, stated that the scheme, which was flagged off in 2020, is intended to encourage students to strive for academic distinction while also prioritising quality sleep on their Mouka.
Speaking on the initiative, Mouka’s Head of Sales, Oladimeji Alabi, called on other institutions to enroll in the Mouka Award for Excellence program by contacting the company through their customer care lines or Regional Sales Managers.
The beneficiaries include Aisha Adebayo from the Department of Economics; Faruk Ladan, from Petroleum and Gas Engineering; Nana Aisha Alhassan Sule, from Public and International Relations; Chidinma Vivan Odoh, Public Administration; and Israel Ayomide Anjorin, from Computer Science
In his commendation speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Osman Nuri Aras, said through their goodwill, Mouka has demonstrated that it cares about the students’ efforts in their quest for a better future and that the grants would support them in achieving their future goals.
Funke Felix-Adejumo shines at Commonwealth Africa Summit, Advocates for Gender Inclusion
Funke Felix-Adejumo (Middle)
Funke Felix-Adejumo, a female enthusiast and philanthropist extraordinaire has taken the challenges of African women to the global centre stage stressing the need for a more realistic gender inclusion. The author of the celebrated book, “More Than A Woman”, was at the recently concluded Commonwealth Africa Initiative which was held in London, England. Where she extolled the virtues of African women, and raised other issues affecting the productivity of women among which is gender inequality.
During the Plenary Session 6: Commonwealth women in Leadership During The COVID-19 role in building back better. Felix-Adejumo, alongside leading African voices such as Southern Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Fatimah Mohammed Habib, Founder/Executive director of Advocacy For Humanity, advocated for a more inclusive policy that will engender women participation in policymaking, religious circles, health, education, among other critical subjects.
“Let’s bring more seats and tables to involve more women in policy-making, education, religion, health and in all areas that God has empowered women to contribute to the socio-economic development of Africa,” said the Gender Champion when she mounted the stage as a distinguished Speaker.
Her commitment to promoting values and issues stifling the socio-economic development of women was again brought to bear when the renowned Reverend stressed that over the years, women have been made to sometimes feel inferior by various institutions. Saying women’s self-esteem has been bruised and subdued by forces beyond her immediate control. She referenced her own personal experiences where she suffered prejudice and bias as a woman. And how she was able to break through with support from a rich community of other women and men to be where she is today.
She encouraged women that are placed in positions of leadership by God to not pay attention to noise-making because there will always be criticism. She cited the Wright Brothers, the pioneers of aviation who suffered grave criticism from critics as a case in point, saying, women, and indeed everyone will always be criticized. However, they must be determined to forge forward.
Meanwhile, the reverend who has consistently supported the causes of widows and is regarded as a mentor to women across the country, was decorated with a prestigious Commonwealth Award for her contributions to women empowerment. With the peerless example of the president of Felix Funke Adejumo Foundation, it appears the space is looking brighter for all the women in leadership across Africa and in the Commonwealth. The woman crusader was with Councillor Trish Fivey, The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton, who was in attendance.