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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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Video: Soldiers of Fortune: Nigeria Under the Military Regimes of Buhari and Babangida

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
Head of State of Federal Republic of Nigeria; December 31, 1983- August 27, 1985.

Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, GCFR.
Head of Federal Republic of Nigeria; August 27, 1985 - August 27, 1993.

Records have shown that military administrations were more efficient than civilian administrations since the independence of Nigeria on October 1, 1960 to date.

Military regimes have produced the most competent and efficient state governments and federal ministers.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Future Is Looking Bright For Tourism in Nigeria

The Future Is Looking Bright For Tourism in Nigeria

The report by World Travel Market and Euromonitor International states that the amount of foreign tourists making their way to Nigeria is predicted to rise by at least three percent each year until 2016. The amount of people booking trips to the country is set to rise by four and a half percent by the end of 2013. This means extra money for the hotel, entertainment and travel industries. According to a recent study, Nigeria ranks first in the world for rate of hotel construction, with over forty new hotels set to open within the next half decade.

Lagos has emerged as the main site for holiday accommodation, with numerous luxury hotels in the works. Hopefully within the next decade, Nigeria will be one of the world’s premier vacation destinations. 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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LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity

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Warning To Irresponsible Nigerian Parents To Protect Our Children

There are many irresponsible Nigerian parents breeding children who grow up into irresponsible adults, because of bad parenting.

Nigerian churches and mosques should not only preach and quote the holy Scriptures, but must teach good parenting. A stitch in time saves nine. Well bred children grow up to become responsible adults and not juvenile delinquents and criminals.

Underage children sent to hawk on the streets.
Many children are maltreated and assaulted by wicked parents, guardians and predators.

Irresponsible Nigerian parents send their underage children on errands and expose them to  dangers on the streets.
Irresponsible Nigerian parents suffer their children gladly as underage housemaids and hawkers on the streets.
Several unfortunate children have been lured by kidnappers, rapists and ritual killers lurking around as predators in different parts of Nigeria.
Irresponsible Nigerian parents let their underage children go to school alone without escorting them. I have seen irresponsible parents risking the lives of their innocent children in the hands of housemaids. I have seen  housemaids struggling to take little children across the streets facing the dangers of reckless drivers.

Only irresponsible parents will leave three to four little children for an housemaid to take to and from school while their mother is at home pretending to do chores, but watching TV or chatting and gossiping with her mobile phone.

Parenting is the foundation for nation building.

There is nothing more important to a family than the children. Don't risk their innocent lives no matter the circumstances of their birth. If you are too poor and insecure to take good care of children, please don't have them. If you cannot make children happy, please don't have any child.
No child asked to be born poor and underprivileged.

Nation building begins from the cradle and not until you get to the corridors of power.
Parents are the ones who nurture well bred children to become well bred leaders of the future.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream by Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi (Paperback) - Lulu

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Without Film Treaties Nigeria is Lagging Behind South Africa in the Global Film Industry

Without film treaties, Nigeria is lagging behind South Africa in the global film industry.

South Africa has so far signed co-production treaties with the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Ireland and Australia.
Establishing the legal framework for international co-productions is more important than repeating publicity stunts on CNN, because showcasing Nollywood and Kannywood on CNN or Al Jazeera is nothing new since they have been done before.
Don't waste the money on such unnecessary hype.
Let us stop misplacing our priorities in the sustainable development of the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Who are the 20 notable filmmakers the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture wants to showcase on CNN?
Based on which criteria?
Lancelot Imasuen has been on both CNN and Al  Jazeera.
Jeta Amata has been on CNN.
Femi Odugbemi, Mahmood Ali-Balogun and other notable Nigerian filmmakers have been on Al Jazeera.
You can see the video on

If you are showcasing 20 notable Nigerian filmmakers, don't forget the best Nigerian female directors noted on
Then also highlight the best tourist locations for film productions in Nigeria as shown on

Let us establish the priorities in the development of the Nigerian film industry. 

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Publisher/Editor NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series
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