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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Open City Lagos 2017 Symposium and Workshop on Urban Resilience

Tamilore Oni, Project Coordinator at the Nsibidi Institute speaking on the way forward in continuity of the outcomes of the symposium and workshop.
Ore Disu, Executive Director of Nsibidi Institute.

Open City Lagos 2017 Symposium and Workshop on Urban Resilience

Open City Lagos 2017 Symposium and Workshop hosted by Heinrich Boll Foundation and Nsibidi Institute exploring urban resilience in Africa's largest megacity.

Resilience has emerged in the global development sphere as the buzzword of the day, much like the urban design concepts of sustainability, smart cities and green design that came before it.

While trending concepts are useful in disseminating and simplifying complex issues, are they truly effective strategies for addressing the challenges that face our cities?

This year’s edition of Open City Lagos is unpacking resilience; reaching for a deeper understanding of the concept, its implication and importance to the success of inclusive urban development; highlighting current initiatives that implement resilient strategies at multiple scales. And also aiming to explore ways diverse urban agents can incorporate resilience in everyday practice and city operations.

Date: Tuesday 25 July, 2017
Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Venue: Art Afrique, Villa Angelia, 20 Oju Olobun Close, off Bishop Oluwole St. Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

This week, nearly 500 urban resilience leaders from cities around the world, including 80 Chief Resilience Officers, will gather in New York City to share ideas and innovations from their cities, collaborate on new solutions, explore New York as a living laboratory for urban resilience, and to together chart the course of the movement we are building.
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New Buharism and the Political Optimism of Patriotism

New Buharism is defined by the Political Optimism of the positive minded followers and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari in national patriotism for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the comity of nations in the world.
New Buharism is a political movement to counteract the political pessimism of the negative minded Nigerians who are irrationally opposed to the national leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Majority of the pessimists are still bitter over the loss of their political benefits of being members and supporters of the defeated and disgraced former national ruling party, People's Democratic Party (PDP). They are very bitter losers; and have decided to become political spoilers and enemies of progress; to launch a political campaign of calumny against the new national ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Majority of them are from the south eastern and south-southern states whose political opinions are based on their tribal bigotry and misguided political ambitions. They have ambiguous and erroneous opinions on the national leadership of Nigeria. They are afraid of the political leadership of the predominantly Hausa Muslims of northern Nigeria. They will prefer their own independent republics where they believe their future will be more secure. Their political pessimism makes them to reject the political optimism of national patriotism.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream", " The Prophet Lied", "In the House of Dogs" and other books distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu and other booksellers worldwide.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lagos: The Miracle Megacity of Africa

The Miracle City: Pentecostal Entrepreneurialism and the Remaking of Lagos

In the extant literature on African cities and urban lifestyles, one component of Lagos’ megacity makeup is noticeably absent.  This often overlooked or under-represented feature is that Lagos is truly a “Miracle City” – a city sited at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a manifest peril of being swallowed up hovering over it like the Sword of Damocles. Known for its infrastructural challenges, Lagos survives and thrives on the ingenuity, pragmatism and creativity of its more than 21 million inhabitants. For its intensely pious dwellers from a variety of religious traditions, Lagos is a city where God is alive and at work making and remaking lives, shaping and reshaping destinies.

It is not surprising then that perhaps the single most popular, most pervasive product of Lagos is miracle. The miraculous is at the heart of Nigerian Pentecostalism, and Lagos, more than any other city in Africa, merits the title of being the global capital of Pentecostalism.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Film Financing is Not the Priority for the Nigerian Film Industry

The Nigerian film industry has no film market. Nigeria does not buy or sell films. We went to Cannes and Toronto and returned without selling or buying any film. And we lie that Nollywood employs 1 million people. Where?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FG Suspends NHIS Chief Executive Officer

FG Suspends NHIS Chief Executive Officer
~ By Amanda Echianu ,
 July 14, 2017.

ABUJA (Health Ministry’ Report)- The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the Executive Secretary / Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf to proceed on three months suspension with immediate effect.

According to the statement released to the press by the Director, Media and Public Relations of the Ministry, the directive was contained in an official communication signed by  the Minister.

According to the directive, the suspension was as a result of various allegations and petitions against him.

The Minister also said he has directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look in the various allegations in accordance with the Public Service Rules.

The suspension became necessary to allow for an uninterrupted investigation. Prof. Usman Yusuf was however directed to handover to the next most Senior General Manager in the Agency.

Members of staff of the agency are advised to be law abiding, vigilant and safeguard all Government properties including valuable documents.

Mandela Day 2017 Welcomes Founder and CEO of Generation Success James Adeleke

Mandela Day 2017 Welcomes Founder and CEO of Generation Success James Adeleke

LONDON, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Global history serves as concrete affirmation that human nature is intrinsically fuelled by rage, jealousy and greed. As a direct consequence of such ill-fated motivations, societies all around the world have unjustly suffered at the hands of violence, discrimination and racial prejudice. It is incredibly easy for us to focus solely upon the negatives that encompass our world and negate any notions of positivity, but for the sake of a better tomorrow it is crucial to appreciate that the mist of darkness and disparity that has been created by some, has built a platform upon which the true heroes and martyrs are able to stand. #MandelaDay, the annual celebration hosted on the 18th July dedicates itself towards this! The day celebrates the bravery, strength and devotion of Nelson Mandela; a man who selflessly dedicated his life towards fighting to end racial discrimination in South Africa, a man who became a global advocate for human rights and a man whose legacy will forever live on. Mandela day teaches contemporary society that we all have the capability and responsibility to better our world and enact real change.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanism for Expanding Megacities: Lagos and other Cities

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanism for Expanding Megacities: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York City, and Rio de Janeiro.

Tactical urbanisms are temporary, bottom-up interventions that aim to make cites more livable and participatory.

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Inside Lagos City By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity

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Monday, July 17, 2017

We Need Database of Nollywood and Kannywood Movies

Who is the director of "The Flute"?

Writing comprehensive analyses on Nollywood and Kannywood can cause migraine, because of the lack of records of many of the movies online and offline.

One of the best Nollywood movies, "Igodo", 1999, the epic directed by  former President of DGN, Andy Amenechi and Don Pedro Obaseki is poorly documented that an ignorant writer for Pulse Nigeria said it was directed by Andy Amechi.  Well, Andy Amenechi is the right name.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Alain Gomis' French drama,"Félicité" Tops 2017 AMAA Winners

Alain Gomis' French drama,"Félicité" that won the Jury Grand Prix award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and also won Award for the Best Feature Length Film at FCAT 2017, has won the Best Film and five other awards at 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last night at the Eko Hotel & Suites Convention Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Eco-Tourism Will Increase the Incomes of Millions of Nigerians

Eco-Tourism Will Increase the Incomes of  Millions of Nigerians

Another of the areas of tourism that is doing particularly well in Nigeria at the moment is eco-tourism. The Yankari Game Reserve in south-central Bauchi State can draw over twenty thousand visitors from a hundred different countries within the space of a single year and is regarded as being one of the world’s most tourist friendly nature reserves. Foreign tourists are attracted to the idea that they are witnessing conservation in action and enjoy marvelling at rare wild animals that they would not find in their home countries.

Photos from Lekki Conservation Park in Lekki, Lagos State.

Eco-tourism has an advantage over conventional tourism in that a larger percentage of the money that is generated goes to the Nigerian people. Regular, all-inclusive package tours usually deliver around a fifth of revenues to local companies, whereas Nigerian-based eco-tourism operations that hire workers locally pump up to ninety-five percent of the money that is generated back into the local economy.

Photos from Finima Nature Park on Bonny Island in Rivers State.

The country has everything from wildlife and breathtaking scenery to one of the world’s best film industries so it is high time that it became a hub for foreign visitors. Perhaps this could be the boost to Nigeria’s economy that will alleviate the poverty that grips some of the nation.

~ Laura Chapman

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