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Carsbazr rolls out first franchise outlet in Lagos



In a trail-blazing move aimed at empowering small business owners and car dealerships, Carsbazr, has officially opened its first franchise outlet in Lagos on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the car lot, located on Allen Avenue, Ikeja is in partnership with HCS Autos.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cars45, Etop Ikpe, enthused at launch that “the launch of this first franchise lot with HCS Autos is an official milestone for us and we are excited about it, seeing that all of our previous lots are owned by the company.

“Carsbazr serves as a retail point for the Cars45 brand and provides consumers with the opportunity to buy cars online and offline.

“This is the first time that we are extending this opportunity to a reputable car dealer who has traded with us for a while to own a franchise lot where all the values that undergird our operations are extended to this new setup.’’

Also, the CFO, Cars45, Olajide Adamolekun, restated Carsbazr’s grand vision to make cars affordable and available to the Nigerian populace.

“As a milestone on our journey to be the gold standard for the automotive industry in Nigeria, we have recently partnered with CFAO Motors to push their new Suzuki cars to market.

“We pay careful attention to customer service qualities and ensure that we deliver peerless experiences to all consumers,’’ he said.

On the significance of the launch, Adamolekun said that “car dealers and end-users can now have access to a rich variety of cars that have been properly verified and checked, accompanied by a standard inspection report.

“What we are bringing to the market isn’t just availability but access to cars with the right information such that consumers can make the right decision.’’

The opening attracted community leaders, top ranking business officials and Cars45 dealers.

The special guest at the event, CFO ProvidusBank, Adeoye Ojuroye, noted that Cars45 had been able to create an opportunity for people to dream and earn a means of livelihood beyond selling cars.

“When people earn a living, it means that we can do much more — support families, communities and achieve our dreams.

“As a bank, we can support this kind of aspiration that empowers, enriches the lives of people and help businesses to prosper,’’ he said.

CEO HCS Autos, said the franchise beneficiary, Kunle Kosile, noted that Cars45 had given opportunities to a lot of young people in Nigeria and built a solid marketplace for buying and selling cars.

“I have partnered with them for a while and I can attest to the value they have brought to the market.

“This inaugural launch is just a tip of the ice-berg and I expect the franchise lots to exceed the set target of 50 before the end of the year.’’

Carsbazr currently has its operations spread across Lekki, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Oshodi and Amuwo Odofin areas of Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.

With a rich bouquet of products which includes dealer financing that has empowered many cars dealers to increase their transaction volumes, Cars45 has been hailed as the indispensable company that encapsulates the ecosystem of verified used cars in Nigeria.


Banky W to auction car for charity after being trolled



Nigerian Music star, Olubankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W says his nine- year old Range Rover Sports will be auctioned for charity.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the car had been a subject of ridiculed when two ladies released a video `dragging and stalking’ Banky on social media for driving an old car in spite of his class and status.

The music star and actor disclosed this in a video posted on his Instagram page, stating that the car had served him for nine years and it was time to let it go for charity course.

He said that the money would be donated to “Vocational School for the Blind” in Oshodi, Lagos and the “Pink Oak Cancer Trust Fund”.

“This Range Rover has been so good to my Madam and I, but this Saturday, Nov 24 we are auctioning it to raise money for The School for the Blind, and for @pinkoaktrust…

“If you’re looking for a used Car, buy this piece of Nigerian Pop Culture history instead. It has been in more videos and movies than any other option out there lol.

“It was also the subject of a stalker video some months ago. Point being, it’s famous, and these charities need our help.

“So come through on Saturday and bid on this and many more cars… Hit up @cars45ng @carsbazr with any questions #Carsbazrliveauctuon #Cars45BankyWCharityChallenge #BuyBankysRange #hope19,” he captioned the video.

“Also, it is a 2008 Range Rover Sport, not a 1999. Amen and Lol. Oh, and additionally, it’s currently for sale to the highest bidder.

“I had decided last month that I’d sell it, and whatever I got for it, I’d hand over to the “Vocational School for the Blind” in Oshodi and the “Pink Oak Cancer Trust Fund.’’

Banky W further explained that the car would be auctioned online with autograph of his celebrity friends to enable him raise funds to support his aunt, who works as a volunteer in the school.

“You see, I’ve never found it necessary to own more than one car. Mostly because I can only ever DRIVE one car at a time; and when I bought the car in 2011, I promised myself that I would never buy another car until I owned the home I live in.

“To me, owning a nice car might help me LOOK like I was doing okay, but owning a nice home would help me KNOW. The way my mind is set up…what good is owning a Rolls Royce, if I’m still paying rent on the house I park it in?” he wrote.

He started singing at a young age in the church choir and started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while still studying.

After moving to Nigeria in 2009, he established the label in Lagos.

Banky W has signed artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales and Wizkid to the label at the time.

His breakthrough debut studio album, Back in the Building was released in 2005.

He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”.

Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Ekemini Ladejobi

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