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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nigeria Will Post the Second Largest Global Rise in Population at 220 Million in 2050

Nigeria Will Post the Second Largest Global Rise in Population at 220 Million in 2050

PRB Projects 2050 World Population at 9.8 Billion

Youth Population to Reach 1.4 Billion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2017  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up 31 percent from an estimated 7.5 billion now, according to projections included in the 2017 World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

Countries with the largest populations 2017 and 2050
PRB's 2050 projections show Africa's  population will more than double to 2.6 billion by 2050 and account for more than half (57 percent) of the global population increase by that date. The number of people in Asia will rise about 750 million to 5.2 billion, while Europe  (including all of Russia) is headed for a population decline from 745 million to 736 million. The population of the Americas is seen increasing to 1.2 billion from 1 billion now, and Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand) would rise from 42 million to 63 million.

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Why I Love Yorùbá People

I love Yorùbá people, because they have proved to be more faithful and grateful to me and my family since my great father, Sunday Eke was brought to Lagos city from Umuahia in Abia state of eastern Nigeria in 1930.  He was only a 9-year-old boy who had just lost his father in a bloody land dispute and his own life was threatened being the oldest son. To save him, his uncle who was a police officer brought him to Lagos.
After primary school of standard 6 of those colonial days, he learned how to drive and with his driver's license he later joined the Royal West African Frontier Force and fought in Burma during the Second Chindits operation of 1944.
My uncles told me how my father returned as a hero, because he was one of the two soldiers from Ohuhu in Umuahia who fought during the Burma Campaign of World War II in 1943–1944. They said two of them would visit each other, marching in their uniform and blowing their bugles aloud to the administration of the villagers.
They were proud of them.
The last Chindit left Burma on August  27, 1944. Annually,  August 15 is celebrated as V- J Day anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, because Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945; because of time zone differences,
on August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.

Troops of the Nigeria Regiment, 3rd West African Brigade (Thunder), board an RAF Dakota.

Read more in Bugles and a Tiger: My life in the Gurkhas (Cassell Military Paperbacks).
Click here to read "Remembering Nigeria’s ‘Burma Boys’" published by Nsibidi Institute.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

$450 Billion Oil Discovery Could be a Game Changer for US Oil Industry

 $450 Billion Oil Discovery Could be a Game Changer for US Oil Industry News Commentary

LONDON, August 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

A surprise discovery coming out of Utah and Colorado's  Paradox Basin oil field has captured the attention of the petroleum sector today. Over 9 billion barrels equivalent (BOE), to be exact, which if fully realized in today's oil price structure comes at a value of $450 billion.

Two Rwandan Start-ups in the Running for a Prize of Half a Million Euros

Two Rwandan Start-ups in the Running for a Prize of Half a Million Euros

AMSTERDAM, August 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

ARED and EarthEnable are through to the finale of the global sustainability competition.

A cash prize of €500,000 is at stake in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest sustainable enterprise competitions in the world. The start-ups ARED and EarthEnable from Kigali in Rwanda are two of the five green pioneers still in the running for the prize. ARED has developed the Shiriki Hub, a mobile kiosk with solar panels, a WiFi router and mobile phone charging stations. EarthEnable offers a sustainable and inexpensive solution for cement floors, which are very CO2-intensive. During the exciting finale on 14 September, the teams will be up against three other finalists: Glowee from France, Lightyear from the Netherlands and Pond from Denmark. During the finale, the winner of the grand prize of half a million euros will be announced.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Investing in Women Key To Sustainable Peace in Nigeria and DR Congo – UN Deputy Chief

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses Security Council meeting on ‘peace and security in Africa.’ UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Investing in Women Key To Sustainable Peace in Nigeria and DR Congo – UN Deputy Chief

NEW YORK, 10 August 2017 / PRN Africa / -- Investing in women and girls must be central to global efforts towards sustainable peace and development in both Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations deputy chief said today.

“Both have dismayingly low levels of women's political participation and are experiencing conflicts marked by extremely high levels of sexual- and gender-based violence,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed as she updated the Security Council on her recent trip to the two African countries.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nigeria Set to Benefit From Deep Sea Mining – Dr. Dakuku Seeks Support on Capacity Building


Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA): Nigeria Set to Benefit From Deep Sea Mining – Dr. Dakuku Seeks Support on Capacity Building

LAGOS, Nigeria, August 11, 2017  /PRNewswire/ --

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that Nigeria is set to benefit from the deep sea mining through effective harnessing of the opportunities by working with the International Seabed Authority (ISBA).

The NIMASA DG who made this known at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISBA) held in Kingston, Jamaica said that irrespective of the numerous resources in Nigeria, there was the need to work more closely with the ISBA in the area of seabed resources exploration.

Dr. Peterside who led the Nigerian Delegation to the event commended ISBA on its role in the optimal utilization of seabed resources among maritime stakeholders and solicited for assistance in the area of capacity building to survey deep sea and establish data base of mineral resources available for the benefit of all mankind.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Without the Biafran War, 10 Million Igbos Would Not Have Been Born

Without the Biafran War, 10 Million Igbos Would Not Have Been Born
(In memorial tribute to all those we lost in the Biafran War.)

If the unforeseen circumstances that caused the tragic Biafran war of 1967-1970 did not occur, the history of Nigeria would have been different from what it is today.
More than ten million Igbos would not have been born, including the most celebrated Nigerian celebrity gossip blogger, Linda Ikeji, Bella Naija, Laila Ikeji, Don Jazzy, Flavour, PSquare, Yemi Alade, Nwankwo Kanu and J.J.Okocha.

Major-General Aguyi Ironsi would not have been the unfortunate first military Head of State of Nigeria; Colonel Yakubu Gowon would not have become the second military Head of State; Generals Murtala Mohammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, the late Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar and successors would not have become Heads of State or Presidents; there would not have been creations of 36 states and Abuja would not become the federal capital; Mr. M. K. O. Abiola would not have become a billionaire and presidential nominee and no June 12 Crisis; there would not have been an Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, because he would not have been a Senator, Governor of Lagos State or Asiwaju.

Dates of Attacks On Igbos and Christians in Northern Nigeria and the Biafran War

Dates of Attacks On Igbos and Christians in Northern Nigeria and the Biafran War

1945 Jos Riots:- Hundreds of Igbos killed

1953 Kano massacre:- Hundreds of Igbo massacred

July 1966:- Over 300 Igbo officers of the Nigerian Army murdered

1966:- Over 50,000 Igbos, men, women and children massacred all over the North

1967-70:- Over 3 million souls lost in the civil war in the name of 'one Nigeria'

Other situations where Igbos have been killed are:
Kano, 1980
Maiduguri, 1982
Jimeta, 1984
Gombe 1985
Zaria, 1987.
Kaduna & Kafanchan, 1991.
Bauchi & Katsina, 1991.
Kano, 1991.
Zangon-Kataf, 1992.
Funtua, 1993.
Kano, 1994.
Kaduna, 2000.
Kaduna, 2001.
Maiduguri, 2001.
Maiden Crisis-Setember, 2001
Kaduna, 2002.
Jos-November, 2008.
Beheading of Gideon Akaluka in December of 1996 in a POLICE STATION in Kano
Saint Moritz killed December 2001
25. Post April, 2011 Presidential Election: 10 youth-corps men & women and numerous citizens murdered because a Christian Southerner was elected.
Jos Christmas Eve 2010.
Madalla Christmas day 2011.
Mubi January 6, 2012.

The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Top 10 U.S. Feature Film Production Locations in 2015 and 2016

The film and TV industry supports 1.9 million jobs in the U.S. and generates $121 billion in wages–  including $50 billion in wages for jobs directly related to the industry — according to the MPAA’s latest data.
 Top 10 U.S. Feature Film Production Locations in 2015 and 2016

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the last 2 years, film and television production has amounted to over 950,000 jobs and some $56.9 billion in wages.

A total of 513 feature films between 2015 and 2016 shot the majority of their production in the United States.  With 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently offering some form of production incentives, IFTA Research tracked feature film production (both independent film and studio productions) in the U.S. for 2015 and 2016 to determine what the Top 10 primary shooting locations were over the two-year period.

Accounting for 29.4% of total U.S. feature film production and creating more than 198,000 total jobs amounting to $21 billion in wages (37% of total wages earned for the state), California held strong as the number one state with 151 feature film productions calling Los Angeles and other regions of the state their primary shooting location.
New York followed close behind at number two with 101 features taking advantage of the Empire State’s offerings.  These films accounted for 19.7% of feature film production and provided more than 90,000 total jobs and more than 53,000 production jobs totaling $10.2 billion in wages earned.
The Peach State, Georgia has long been a popular shooting location.  Over the two-year span, it reined the top southern state for film attracting 65 features (12.7%), which allowed for 28,656 direct jobs and 12,518 production jobs, which amassed to $1.9 billion in earnings.
The second most popular southern state for production, Louisiana, which offers one of the most attractive production incentive packages in the U.S., had 28 film productions call the Bayou State home.  These productions created 11,547 direct jobs, 7,667 production jobs and $505 million in taxable wages -- much needed for its local economy.

While the top four – California, New York, Georgia and Louisiana -- together accounted for two thirds of the primary production locations in the U.S. (345 films), three states tied at number five -- Massachusetts, New Mexico and Ohio. Each boasted an impressive 19 films over the two-year period and combined were responsible for 14,101 direct jobs. Massachusetts saw the biggest job impact with 10,228 direct jobs and 3,421 production jobs with earnings of $587 million.  Ohio also saw a substantial increase in production growing from three films in 2012 to nine and 10 films in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Texas came in at number six on the list with 9 features, but ranked number three in terms of direct jobs created with 40,993 accounting for $1.831 billion in wages.  Pennsylvania and Utah were next on the list at number seven and eight with eight and seven productions respectively.  Pennsylvania’s productions created 14,756 direct jobs with earnings for the Keystone State accumulating nearly $794 million.

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FOCUS 2017 for International Film Productions

FOCUS 2017
The Business Design Centre, London, UK. 5-6 December, 2017.

Do you produce content for film, TV, advertising and interactive entertainment?  Then FOCUS is an unmissable event in your industry calendar. It’s designed to help you get your productions made and grow your business. And it’s completely free to attend.
Network with professionals in the creative screen industries
Attend two days of industry seminars, workshops, panel discussions and presentations.
Explore a world of location filming, production support services and facilities.
Meet with international film commissions, locations and production services
Get up to speed on the latest film incentives from around the world
Pre-schedule meetings using our online scheduler
Relax and enjoy a drink in the FOCUS Lounge and LIMELITE and ARIZONA – SNEAKY BIG STUDIOS bars!
See the 2016 programme here.

At FOCUS 2016 there were over 160 exhibitors, including location providers, film commissions and production service companies from 55 countries. Territories represented included:


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