Monday, November 30, 2015

Quantum Global Advisory Board Hosts Symposium of Female Entrepreneurism in Africa

 Symposium Speakers: Far left Bineta Diop (African Union Chairpersons special envoy for Women, Peace and Security and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité), second from left Andia Chakava (Co-founder of Alpha Africa Asset Managers), fourth from left Sophia Bekele (Founder of Yes2dotAfrica campaign) and third from right Rolake Akinkugbe (VP & Head Energy & Natural Resources of Lagos based investment bank, FBN Capital) 

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 30, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ --On 19 November 2015, Quantum Global (  played host to the group’s second Advisory Board Symposium during an event which reflected recent work conducted by both the African Union and G7 in looking at female empowerment. The high level moderated panel discussion addressed the impact, health and likely trajectory of female entrepreneurship in Africa and its impact on markets, civic society and the Continent’s overall leadership narrative.

The event, an important component of Quantum Global’s fledgling thought leadership programme, brought together an authoritative, all African female panel comprising Bineta Diop, the African Union Chairpersons special envoy for Women, Peace and Security and Executive Director of International NGO-Femmes Africa Solidarité-an organisation committed to promoting gender parity within Africa. Joining her on the panel was Sophia Bekele, successful international entrepreneur and named in New Africa Magazine as ``one of Top 50 African Trailblazers” and by Bloomberg as ‘’one of the two leading ladies in Africa’s ICT sector.” Accompanying them on the panel was Andia Chakava, a decorated and African female fund manager (one of the first in Kenya) and awarded one Africa’s Most Influential Women 2014 (Financial Services Category) by CEO Magazine.

The Symposium, expertly moderated by Rolake Akinkugbe, VP and Head Energy & Natural Resources of Lagos based investment bank, FBN Capital and a successful entrepreneur in her own right, tackled a raft of issues associated with the influence of female leadership at both micro and macro levels in African business and society as well as highlighting the challenges and the hurdles which remain in place for inspirational female leaders in African societies.

The Quantum Global thought leadership platform, characterised by the Advisory Board Symposia and other planned activities and events, reflects the group’s desire to engage with real life issues confronting its African partners, friends and clients. Under the auspices of Founder, Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais, the thought leadership platform will seek to make constructive and significant contributions to Africa’s developing success narrative through the provision of informed, expert and sympathetic discussion and debate associated with contemporary African narratives.

With planning already underway for the 3rd Advisory Board Symposium to take place in June 2016, the twice yearly Advisory Board Symposia will adopt a variety of formats each seeking to reach diverse professional and expert audiences tackling a variety of key contemporary African issues.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Quantum Global Group.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

March On Forward To A New Nigeria of Our Nigerian Dream.


Our future is greater than our past.
Runners who keep on looking back end up the last finishers in the race.
We look on ahead as we march on forward in the nation building of a New Nigeria of our Nigerian Dream.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:2King James Version (KJV)

Run with Perseverance
1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
◄ Hebrews 12:2 ►

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AIDS is the Top Cause of Death Among Adolescents in Africa

AIDS is the Top Cause of Death Among Adolescents in Africa. Photo Credit: INQUISITOR.

 Adolescent deaths from AIDS have tripled since 2000, warns new UNICEF study

NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years with 26 new infections occurring every hour, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today and warned that “it is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support.”

Thursday, November 26, 2015

There Is A Sociopolitical Sickness Afflicting Majority Of Nigerians

There is a sociopolitical sickness afflicting majority of Nigerians from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich, but they are living in denial of their predicament.

If you are a good analyst of the comments posted daily on different topics on Nairaland, news reports and articles on Vanguard newspapers, The Punch newspapers and posts on Facebook and Twitter by majority of Nigerians online and use them to analyze the mental state of majority of the so called educated Nigerians, then you will know that something has gone wrong with them. The sociopolitical malaise of educated Nigerians is the reason why even a change of government has not changed their negative attitude to the appreciation of life beyond their greed and they cannot inspire or motivate the uneducated majority, because they are not good examples worthy of emulation.

It is very difficult these days to tell the difference between the informed and uninformed in Nigeria. And partisan politics in Nigeria is still as bad as the days of the violent First Republic. Nigerians are trapped in a vicious circle of fallacy and hypocrisy in religious bigotry and tribal bigotry. The calamity of it all is the hypocrisy of Nigerian churches led by those who have lost their way in the mission of the Great Commission and are making more noise than commonsense. They are just fishing in the troubled waters of the vicious circle. Outside the walls of their mega church buildings and private universities, it is back to business as usual and their lifestyles are not different from those they call "unbelievers". Their hypocrisy is awesome.

As I have said before, the delay in the appointment of ministers by the administration of the new ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been justified, because with the exceptions of three of the ministers, the others are puppets of their political leaders. And three of them would fare better as state commissioners and not as ministers. Some of the appointments look like selections of a Student Union Government where posts are shared among buddies and not based on competence. The loudest "Alariwo" becomes the publicity secretary of the union just for knowing how to make noise on campus. I will advise that the government should send him on a special course at the European Commission, because his portfolio is more than that of mere publicist of an opposition party. Nigerian embassies have had the worst information and culture departments, because both ministers of foreign affairs and information and culture were clueless on the executive administration of our embassies. They should learn from the American and European embassies in Nigeria. The portfolio of a minister of information and culture is more than being an attack bulldog of the ruling party and making noise in the local press. Now millions of Nigerians are clapping hands for the ministers based on religion and tribe and not based on competence and if they are not checked, it would be business as usual from Lagos to Abuja and the vicious circle continues until the next general elections and the sociopolitical sickness afflicting majority of Nigerians will not be cured. And what is the solution?

The government needs a Marshall Plan and the model of an effective Marshall Plan can be seen from the United of America during the Great Depression or that of transformation of Singapore in the 1960s - 70s under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew,, which President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet can study and adapt for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa. After the century of the emergence of the Asian Tigers, Nigeria can lead the emergence of the African Lions in the 21 century.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mindshare Appointed in 60 Markets as Unilever Finalises Global Media Agency Review

LONDON, SINGAPORE and NEW YORK, November 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

WPP media agency Mindshare has been appointed by Unilever to 60 markets in its global media agency review.

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The review was held in line with Unilever company policy to evaluate media agency arrangements periodically.

Mindshare has been confirmed as Unilever's media agency partner in Europe, North America, South East Asia, South Asia and Africa.

Mindshare will operate for Unilever in:

    Europe: UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Macedonia, Kosovo and Turkey
    North America: US, Canada and Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago)
    Asia: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
    Africa: South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Ethiopia, and Cote D'Ivoire).

Omnicom media agency PHD has been appointed as Unilever's media agency in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

IPG media agency Initiative has been appointed as Unilever's media agency partner for Latin America and Greece.

Nick Emery, Global CEO Mindshare, said: "Unilever is not only one of the world's largest advertisers, it is one of the most progressive. It is a great privilege and also a great reflection on our teams that we now work with Unilever in 60 markets across all continents."

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SOURCE Mindshare  

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President Buhari and Linda Ikeji Among New African's 100 Most Influential Africans of 2015

President Buhari and Linda Ikeji Among New African's 100 Most Influential Africans of 2015 

President Muhammadu Buhari and the most celebrated Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji are among the Nigerians dominating New African's 100 Most Influential Africans of 2015 list.

Linda Ikeji.

LONDON, United Kingdom, 23 November 2015, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The annual "100 Most Influential Africans of 2015" presents the continent's definitive power list and profiles the continent's top game changers in eight different fields: Politics (22); Public Office (4); Arts and Culture (21); Business (21); Civil Society (11); Technology (9); Media (7); and Sports (5). Among the 30 countries represented, Nigerians and South Africans dominate the list, with 20 and 16 personalities respectively. Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon also feature strongly with eight, six and six entries each respectively. Of the top 100 personalities 65 are men and 32 are women, with the other three being groups of people. South Africa's students, for example, were recognised this year for their role in South Africa's #FeesMustFall and #Rhodesmustfall campaigns.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nigerian Young Parliamentarians Form A National Group

The Nigeria chapter will work to empower young MPs and boost youth participation in democracy.  
Nigerian Young Parliamentarians Form A National Group

BRUSSELS, 19 November 2015 / PRN Africa / - The Forum IPU young parliamentarians inspired the creation of parliamentary groups of young people in national parliaments. A Nigerian group was established within the Forum on the initiative of the Presidents of Parliament and the Parliamentary Raphael Igbokwe Council member of the IPU Forum. The training aims to increase the participation of young people in political life, giving young parliamentarians the means to act and to guarantee in Parliament the presence of a group of influence youth-led and dealing with matters of interest to the youth. The IPU works to bring young people into the fold of formal democratic processes, both young parliamentarians supporting and promoting youth participation in political and electoral processes. In 2014, only 1.7% of parliamentarians worldwide were under 30 years. The IPU is convinced that the under-representation of youth and sub-commitment are a threat to democracy and a loss of critical contribution to public life.

SOURCE Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)  

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Universal Children’s Day: Stop Violence Against Children

Today is the annual Universal Children's Day in every member nation of the United Nations.
The theme for this year is "Stop Violence Against Children."

With more than 10 million children out of school in Nigeria and thousands of them are innocent victims of Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers, ritual cultists, child labour, sex traffickers, pedephiles and rapists, we must see the predicament of these children as humanitarian emergency, because we must rescue our helpless and powerless children from dangers and dangerous people in Nigeria.

Nigerian school children. Photo Credit: The Trent Online.
To celebrate this important day, TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla presents for the first time on a Nigerian website, Innocent Children: Morning Tears by Tao Wright, Partner and Executive Producer at the Shanghai-based production company Black + Cameron. It is a must see short film that you will never forget after seeing it.
In a darkened building we hear a couple fighting. We see their shadows as the argument escalates. Hidden in a child's bedroom is a kite, a metaphor for the scared child who we can hear breathing. A bottle breaks and the father falls to the ground, pushing the child's bedroom door and ripping the kite.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 of Nigeria Raises $2 Million Seed Fund Barely 6 Weeks After Launch

Nigeria's Raises $2 Million Seed Fund Barely 6 Weeks After Launch
Onyeka Akumah (CCO, Travelbeta) (PRNewsFoto/Travelbeta & Tours Limited)
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --, Nigeria's version of Expedia and newest online travel agency has raised a $2 million in seed funds barely six weeks after its website went live on the 1st of October, 2015. Travelbeta & Tours Limited, the controlling company of the flights and hotel booking platform, began operating as a physical agency in July 2015 before switching online in October 2015 and has generated $522,000 in revenues since.

Hausa "Okada" Motorcyclists in Lagos Had Prior Information on Kano Suicide Bombings

Some Hausa "Okada" motorcyclists in Lagos had a prior knowledge of the plans of Boko Haram to attack Kano's popular GSM market yesterday. 
Monday night, I overheard a group of Hausa "Okada" motorcyclists in Lagos whispering about Boko Haram and Kano and I alerted the nation on Nairaland and sent alerts to Aso Villa through Twitter three hours before the terrorists' attacks last night in Yola, the Adamawa State capital in northern Nigeria, because Boko Haram and ISIL are now working with precision one step after the other. A Boko Haram attack follows after any ISIL's attack and Nigeria was mentioned on their Twitter accounts after their attacks on Paris.

Community security intelligence gathering and widespread security surveillance will increase military intelligence to prevent further terrorist attacks by Boko Haram's sleeper cells, because like ISIL in the Middle East, Boko Haram has an extensive network of sleeper cells in various communities from the north eastern states to the middle belt and Lagos. Boko Haram's spies are always a step ahead of Nigerian security forces in military intelligence.

If the Nigerian and foreign intelligence agencies had followed my reports on Boko Haram's movement since 2011, on Nigerian Times,, the terrorists would not have increased so far. But failure of military intelligence has caused the failures in the operations against Boko Haram and ISIL. See the following report on
2015 Global Terrorism Index: Deaths From Terrorism Increased 80% Last Year to the Highest Level Ever; Global Economic Cost of Terrorism Reached All-Time High at US$52.9 Billion


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boko Haram Has Overtaken ISIL As World's Deadliest Terrorist Group

2015 Global Terrorism Index: Deaths From Terrorism Increased 80% Last Year to the Highest Level Ever; Global Economic Cost of Terrorism Reached All-Time High at US$52.9 Billion

  LONDON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
  •     32,658 people were killed by terrorism in 2014 compared to 18,111 in 2013: the largest increase ever recorded 
  •     Boko Haram and ISIL were jointly responsible for 51% of all claimed global fatalities in 2014
  •     Boko Haram has overtaken ISIL as world's deadliest terrorist group
  •     Countries suffering over 500 deaths increased by 120% to 11 countries
  •     78% of all deaths and 57% of all attacks occurred in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria 
  •     Iraq continues to be the country most impacted by terrorism with 9,929 terrorist fatalities the highest ever recorded in a single country
  •     Nigeria experienced the largest increase in terrorist activity with 7,512 deaths in 2014, an increase of over 300% since 2013 

Airtel Africa and Facebook launch Free Basic Services in 17 African countries


Airtel Africa and Facebook launch Free Basic Services in 17 African countries

Free Basic Services will provide access to services like health, educations, jobs, communication and local content at no additional cost

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 17, 2015/ -- Free Basic Services will provide access to services like health, educations, jobs, communication and local content at no additional cost

The launch in all markets to be completed by March 2016

Bharti Airtel Africa (, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 17 countries across Africa, today announced its partnership with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) ( which will see the launch of Free Basics in Africa.

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Funds To Help Tackle Causes of Migration

A study conducted by UC Irvine Sociology professor Jen’nan Ghazal Read and Rice University Professor Michael O. Emerson, found that immigrants from Africa were generally far healthier than their peers immigrating from European countries. The study also suggests that the group tends to be healthier than African-Americans.  
~ 8 Amazing Facts About African Immigrants Excelling In The U.S.
New Funds To Help Tackle Causes of Migration
LONDON, 12 November 2015 / PRN Africa / --

Prime Minister announces 200 million pounds to help tackle causes of migration, and 2 million pounds UK contribution to the EU's Africa Trust Fund.

The UK is providing a further 200 million pounds in bilateral aid to Africa to tackle the root causes of migration, the Prime Minister announced, as European and African leaders gathered in Malta to develop a coordinated approach to address the migrant and refugee crisis.

The UN estimates there are almost 15 million forcibly displaced people in Africa, including three million refugees. So far this year around 140,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea – the majority from African countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan.

The new funding, announced at the EU-Africa Valletta Summit, is part of the UK's comprehensive approach to address the migration crisis.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening, said:

"If we are to stop people risking their lives by making dangerous journeys to Europe, we need to tackle the root causes of problems such as instability and lack of opportunity that drive people to move in the first place.

"If people don't have access to basics like clean water and healthcare, education for their children and the dignity of a job to support themselves and their family, they will try to find a better situation somewhere else. So creating better lives and opportunities, helping the countries that people want to migrate from develop, is the only long term solution to help lessen the drivers of migration.

"On top of our existing work in Africa, our new support will create jobs in East Africa, give food and water to people in Sudan who have fled their homes, and provide education and training in Ethiopia. It stands alongside all our other work responding to the Syria crisis where our help on food, shelter, health, water and education is giving people a better option to stay in the region. We are also ensuring those who have already made the journey to Europe have basics such as shelter, food and water as winter approaches."

The 200 million pounds package is made up of:

- 15 million pounds to provide life-saving aid and humanitarian assistance for those forcibly displaced by recent crises in the Sahel and Sudan

- 125 million pounds to give refugees in Ethiopia displaced by protracted crises access to education, healthcare, water, shelter and training programmes so they can build a better life for themselves

- 27 million pounds to build resilience and mitigate the impact of environmental pressures such as El Niño in areas of Africa that are particularly vulnerable, including in Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and the Sahel

- 33 million pounds for economic development programmes in Somalia and East Africa which will boost private sector investment in agriculture and high value industries and create tens of thousands of new jobs.

The UK is also contributing around 2 million pounds to the EU's 1.3 billion pounds Africa Trust Fund which will focus on tackling the root causes of migration in the Sahel, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

The funding will be used to tackle the lack of jobs, growth and opportunities for people in their home countries and in the region. The UK's contribution will be allocated to countries in the Horn of Africa – the largest source of migration into the UK from Africa.

The latest support builds on the UK's work in Africa to bring stability, jobs and livelihoods to irregular migrants' countries of origin, helping tackle the root causes of the pressures to migrate.

Our support is helping register refugees in Ethiopia and providing food vouchers for refugee camps in Sudan along the border with Eritrea. We are also investing in employment programmes for young people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Somalia which has created thousands of jobs.

SOURCE UK Department for International Development  

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dear Nollywood, Before Your Next Movie, Consult A Media Planning Director

90% of Nollywood movies bomb, because both the executive producers and producers either don't have a media plan or are clueless about a media plan for promoting and marketing their movies. Making noise about a movie does not mean you have a media plan. And I see more of opportunism than pragmatism in Nollywood.

After two major films financed by the NEXIM Bank and Bank of Industry bombed (flopped) woefully and left the executive producers in debt, the banks have not reviewed the reasons why their films failed and they preferred to live in denial. All they know about is asking for collateral and it is business as usual in Nollywood. Again, those they are engaging as film distributors have also failed to perform.

Now, they give you a loan to make a movie and then pass on the movie to the distributor and exhibitor they also gave loans to set up distribution and exhibition platforms and none of them has a Media Planning Director. Any film without a media plan will fail whether in Hollywood, Bollywood or Nollywood. And I have never seen any film production in Nollywood with a media plan. Their best knowledge of a media plan is to print posters and look for wherever to paste them on the street, publish some news on the movies in some columns in newspapers, spam Facebook and other free to use social network websites. End of story. And then sit back and expect box office hits and smiling to the banks only for the pirates to pounce on their movies and show them How To Market Movies 101.

Another bank has come forward on film finance for Nollywood without any media plan or even research on why previous movies financed with bank loans failed and left the executive producers in debt.
They heard that "30 Days in Atlanta" made more than US$500, 000 at the cinemas in Nigeria and someone is actually bragging about that when the executive producers are not celebrating.
Has anyone found out how much they spent on making the movie?

Nollywood has not even thought of Film Merchandise that is a multi-billion dollar money spinner in the film industry.
Walt Disney's "Frozen" made with a budget of US$150 million made more than U$1.274 billion from the box office worldwide. But guess how much it made from film merchandise. "Frozen made a whopping US$5.3 billion from the sales of the toys, T-Shirts and other gift items.
Walt Disney's "Cars" that made only US$462 million from the box office went on to make US$10 billion from film merchandise and the biggest of them all, "Star Wars" franchise has made US$12 billion from film merchandise so far. The multiple award winning best family movie in Nollywood Champions of Our Time would have made millions of naira from the film merchandise of the T-Shirts, Face-caps, mugs, etc.

When NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® says "See The Big Picture", it is not mere hype. It is the REAL DEAL! If you cannot see the big picture, then you will only end up with the miniature of the film industry. And planning is everything and everything is planning in advertising and marketing for movies.

The recently launched Afrinolly Marketplace can make the first US$1 billion for Nollywood before the first year anniversary. How? Media planning will make all the difference.

Here are what a Media Planning Director can do for you.
Responsibilities of the Media Planning Director:
The overall objective of the role is to provide the fantastic film client with a best-in-class media agency service - conceiving & creating engaging, innovative strategy decks, & managing all areas of the Comms planning process - pulling on consumer insight, category analysis, research & reporting & managing the briefing process for both internal teams & external media owners/ suppliers/ partner agencies from inception through execution
*To understand how media strategy fits into overall marketing and advertising strategy

See 11 innovative movie marketing campaigns on

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES.   
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Dear President Buhari, the Missing Chibok School Girls Are Still Missing

Dear President Buhari, the Missing Chibok School Girls Are Still Missing

Lest we forget that 219 of the 276 kidnapped Chibok school girls are still missing and President Muhammadu Buhari seems to have ignored them.
Many other countries in the world, including China, Canada, UK, USA, Israel, France and Iran are still concerned about these missing girls. But it is business as usual in Nigeria. Life goes on.

It is going to two years since they were kidnapped midnight of 14–15 April 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists from their dormitory at Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, after their principal, teachers and matrons abandoned them and fled. And the Nigerian government since the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to date is becoming less concerned about them as the new ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and new opposition party, People's Democratic Party (PDP) and others are busy contesting for bragging rights over ministerial appointments of sharing the national cake, taking and sharing selfies in social media of their red carpet events from Lagos to Abuja to Adamawa. None of them has bothered to talk about these precious missing daughters of fellow citizens of Nigeria, because their own children are not among them.

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is still leading the the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, but the first ladies and their privileged daughters who should have joined the campaign are busy competing for celebrity status on Instagram and Nairaland. 

Have we lost our humanity in the insanity of the vanity of celebrity ego trips and greed for political power? 

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MIA and Jumia Bring Xiaomi, China's Most Popular Smart Phone To Nigeria

Xiaomi's Phones Have Conquered China. Now It's Aiming for the Rest of the World

MIA Launches Xiaomi Smartphones In Nigeria Through Online Partnership With E-Tailer Jumia
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Top 10 Nigerian Films Waiting To Be Made and the Recommended Directors

Top 10 Nigerian Films Waiting To Be Made and the Recommended Directors

1. Arrow of God, the film adaptation of the classic novel by the great Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe of blessed memory. Arrow of God is the second most highly acclaimed novel of Achebe and in fact I rate it higher than his debut novel Things Fall Apart that made him famous. He said he could not choose between Arrow of God and Things Fall Apart, because both novels were too precious to him.
The novel centers on Ezeulu, the chief priest of several Igbo villages in Colonial Nigeria, who confronts colonial powers and Christian missionaries in the 1920s.
The phrase "Arrow of God" is drawn from an Igbo proverb in which a person, or sometimes an event, is said to represent the will of God. Arrow of God won the first ever Jock Campbell/New Statesman Prize for African writing
Recommended Director: Newton Aduaka

2. Man of the People, the film adaptation of one of the first novels on modern politics in Nigeria by Chinua Achebe. Click here for more on the novel.
Recommended Director: Zik Zulu Okafor

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Education Program Targets 2 Million Children in Nigeria

New Education Program Targets 2 Million Children in Nigeria 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2 million children in three critical Northern Nigerian states will be the target of a new program to improve reading skills and increase access to basic education, Creative Associates International announced today. (
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year program called the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) will improve states' ability to provide both greater access and higher quality basic education in formal and non-formal schools—especially for girls, out-of-school children and other marginalized groups.

Led by Creative Associates International, NEI+ will be implemented in the Northern states of Bauchi and Sokoto. A third state will be announced.

"By strengthening the educational system itself and working closely with teachers, parents, communities and civic society organizations, NEI+ will ensure both short-term and long-term benefits to schools and the students they serve," says Creative's Semere Solomon, who will direct the program.

Solomon notes that 30 percent of school-aged children in Northern Nigeria do not have access to basic education. This is attributed to a combination of cultural beliefs, lack of educational facilities and insecurity as a result of the insurgency.

Learning outcomes are also poor for a variety of reasons. For example, pre-service institutes in Nigeria do not have early grade reading instruction in their curriculum. Furthermore, existing educational materials—which are already in short supply—do not incorporate modern pedagogical approaches.

Federal, state and local education authorities have agreed to participate in the five-year NEI+ project. More than 30 Nigerian local nongovernmental organizations will be involved in the program.

Partnering with Creative are three U.S.-based international organizations—Education Development Center, Florida State University, Overseas Strategic Consulting—and four local organizations—Value Minds, Association for Education Development Options, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All and the Federation of Muslim Women's Associations in Nigeria.

Creative's years of work in Nigeria

Creative has been working on a variety of specialized development projects in Nigeria for more than a decade.
"NEI+ builds on Creative's programmatic and operational strengths in the region, including our extensive relationships with communities, NGOs, traditional and religious leaders and government officials," says Creative President Leland Kruvant. "We are honored that USAID selected Creative to carry out this important project in this vital region of Africa."

In addition to NEI+, Creative is also implementing a USAID-funded initiative to support internally displaced students in three Nigerian states. More than 2.2 million Nigerians have been displaced from their places of origin, the largest concentration in Africa, as a result of the insurgency.

Launched in 2014, Education Crisis Response program is expanding access to quality and protective non-formal education and alternative education opportunities for out-of-school children ages 6 to 17 and reducing the burden on local schools already stretched thin by limited resources.

It is implemented by Creative and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), along with local nongovernmental organizations, such as Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All and the Federation of Muslim Women's Associations in Nigeria.

To learn more and view videos, please visit the multimedia special report. (

About Creative
Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace.

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 15 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.

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CONTACT: Michael J. Zamba, Senior Director of Communications, Creative Associates International,,

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The Time for the Establishment of Endowment Fund in All Nigerian Universities is Now

The Time for the Establishment of Endowment Fund in All Nigerian Universities is Now

Times are changing fast in Nigeria and with the unpredictable future in our economy, the Federal and State governments are faced with competing priorities as it relate to share of funding and resources.

Nigerian higher institutions, the public universities in particular, for far too long the government remains the main source of university funding. Now that the nation is experiencing severe economic downturn, our universities must begin to look inward and outward for alternative sources of funding to meet the cost of running a quality university.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Basic Policy and Practice Tips for Ministers of the Buhari Administration

Basic Policy and Practice Tips for Ministers of the Buhari Administration

Just as President Muhammadu Buhari looks to new partnership with the Nigerian people our hope is that in your capacity as a CHANGE Minister you will help to thoroughly bring reform and plant real democracy within the society.

Travel and Tourism Generated More than US$7.6 Trillion and Created 277 Million Jobs

Travel & Tourism Generated More Than US$7.6 Trillion and Created 277 Million Jobs

WTTC Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2015

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. WTTC promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity.
Travel & Tourism’s impact on the economic and social development of a country can be enormous; opening it up for business, trade and capital investment, creating jobs and entrepreneurialism for the workforce and protecting heritage and cultural values. To fully understand its impact, however, governments, policy makers and businesses around the world require accurate and reliable data on the impact of the sector. Data is needed to help assess policies that govern future industry development and to provide knowledge to help guide successful and sustainable Travel & Tourism investment decisions.

For 25 years, WTTC has been quantifying the economic impact of Travel & Tourism. This year, the 2015 Annual Economic Reports cover 184 countries and 25 regions of the world, including, for the first time, the Pacific Alliance.

Travel & Tourism generated US$7.6 trillion (10% of global GDP) and 277 million jobs (1 in 11 jobs) for the global economy in 2014. Recent years have seen Travel & Tourism growing at a faster rate than both the wider economy and other significant sectors such as automotive, financial services and health care. Last year was no exception. International tourist arrivals also surged, reaching nearly 1.14billion and visitor spending more than matched that growth. Visitors from emerging economies now represent a 46% share of these international arrivals (up from 38% in 2000), proving the growth and increased opportunities for travel from those in these new markets.

The sector faces challenges every year and this year is likely to be no different. The weakness and potential volatility of many currencies against the US dollar and a deep recession in Russia, a key outbound market, will slow outbound spending in line with slower world trade overall in 2015. However, falling oil prices will
bring significant improvements for net oil importers in 2015, easing upward pressure on living costs, increasing disposable household incomes and domestic consumer spending, and lowering air fares. As a result, Travel & Tourism expansion is forecast to continue at a stronger rate than last year, with the total contribution to GDP expected to increase by 3.7%. New destinations and investment opportunities will also continue to emerge as tourism becomes increasingly affordable across the developing world. This growth will require countries to adopt a concerted and coordinated approach to talent planning and development between their industry, governments and educational institutions to ensure they fulfil their potential in the years ahead. WTTC is proud to continue to provide this clear and empirical data in order to help both public and private bodies make the right decisions for the future growth of a sustainable Travel & Tourism sector.

David Scowsill
President & CEO

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