1,000 entrepreneurs storm Heritage Bank’s Next Titans audition in Lagos

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Lagos audition of the Heritage Bank Plc’s foremost entrepreneurial reality TV show, popularly called the Next Titan, was held with no fewer than 1000 contestants in attendance. The enthusiastic contestants trooped to Excellence Hotel, Ogba, venue of the audition weekend, with expectation that luck would smile on them to win.

Overwhelmed with the turnout, Chibuike Agu, Head, Digital and Content of the Bank, commended the participants for their determination to take part in the annual contest. He advised the contestants to open their mind to the opportunities that would come their way while the reality show lasts.
According to him, contestants would gain immensely from the programme; as he assured that no matter how short they may stay on the show, the experience gained would be useful in growing their start-up businesses. Agu therefore, described the reality TV show as a veritable platform, through which business ideas of young entrepreneurs are given the impetus required to take them to the next level. He said that was in agreement with the focus of Heritage Bank to assist Nigeria in growing small and medium scale businesses in different parts of the nation in attaining self sufficiency status and thereby create jobs for citizens and other residents. He assured that the financial powerhouse would not relent in supporting any investment initiative that shares characteristics with the Next Titan.

In his remarks at the occasion, Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, Next Titan TV Reality Show, commended Heritage Bank for its strong support to the annual reality show. He described the bank as a strong pillar behind the continued success of the generally-accepted TV reality show, which has impacted on numerous lives since its inception. Kunle-Akinlaja then charged the contestants to put in their best, as they have equal chance to emerge winner. He disclosed that the team for the programme this year is: Brains, Charisma and Audacity.

Among the contestants who participated in the audition with high expectation are: Babayemi Ade-Balogun, an indigene of Ijumu Local Government Area in Kogi State but resident in Lagos State; Ifechukwu Ikenkwalu, an indigene of Anambra State and Olumide Ajilore from Ilesa, Osun State.

The ambitious entrepreneurs need to demonstrate their entrepreneurial acumens with unbeatable business ideas, commercial insight and business savvy to stay out of eviction to win N 5,000,000 and a brand new car for the support of their businesses.

The regional auditions had held in Abuja and Port Harcourt before the train berthed in Lagos. The top 50 would be called to the booth camp before the emergence of 16 finalists later in the year. The finalists will live together for 10 weeks in the same house and will battle one another over 10 tough business tasks to produce the overall winner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.