The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria Patrick Akinwuntan says the bank will support the nation’s movie industry, which he believes is the most suited in the task of reinventing the Nigeria of our dreams and project everything good about her.
Speaking at the premiere of the movie ‘The Bling Lagosians’ in Lagos, Akinwuntan said Ecobank is determined to support the creative industry in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) vision to support the creative industry through a Financing Initiative.
Ecobank, he assured, is passionate about Africa and its cultural renaissance, and its partnership with Bolanle Austen-Peters, a renowned African culture promoter, sits perfectly with the Pan African brand.
The bank, he stressed, will continue to leverage its digital offerings to facilitate a more seamlessly connected Africa through flagship products like EcobankPay and Ecobank Xpress ecosystem, which he believes will remain in the forefront as key enablers of digital payments across the continent.
In a bid to signpost readiness for the partnership, Akinwuntan handed over the sum of N.5m to the best-dressed person at the premiere, which is the climax of the ‘Eko for Show’ dress code for the event. Guests were encouraged to dress spectacularly to win cash prizes sponsored by EcobankPay, the lifestyle digital payment and collections service of Ecobank Nigeria, which has been designated the payment solution for the premiere of the much-anticipated movie.
EcobankPay is a convenient digital QR code that enables payments using the mobile phone, without the need for a plastic card. The uniqueness of the platform is that it has MasterPass, MVisa, and Mcash embedded in the merchant identity QR Code. This enables each customer to transact across the three platforms not minding the bank cards they are holding.
“The Bling Lagosians,” featuring stars like Jide Kosoko, Elvina Ibru, Denola Grey, Monalisa Chinda, and Helen Paul among others, according to a statement by the bank, is a story that centres on the lifestyle of a Lagos family that is presently living in their past glory.
Although, not as wealthy as before, they want to continue living that lifestyle they once used to: host the talk-of-the-town kind of parties, wear the best designers and ride the fastest cars even if they are neck-deep in debt. The movie, the organizers explained, is intended to show how people go the extreme to keep up appearances in public.
Photo Caption: Patrick Akinwuntan, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria 2nd right(right), presenting a cheque to Daala Oruwari (2nd left) and Teni Oluwo (second right), joint winners of the best dressed individual award sponsored by EcobankPay at the premiere of the movie “Bling Lagosians’ in Lagos. With them is Carol Oyedeji, Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Ecobank Nigeria.