Sunday, January 31, 2016

Transfast Executives To Speak at Remittance and Mobile Money Expo, Nigeria

Transfast Executives To Speak at Remittance and Mobile Money Expo, Nigeria 
Finalist for "Best Remittance Service" Award 

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Transfast, the global funds transfer company, announced that two of its executives will speak at the 6th Annual Remittance and Mobile Money Expo, to be held Feb. 2-3 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Komal Rathi, COO of, will speak on "Remittance 2.0: The Digital Customer's Journey for Value," and Global Marketing Director Jay Vix will address attendees on the topic of "Digital 2.0: Be Social, Think Global and Respond Local."

My Dear Brother In-Law, Former President Goodluck Jonathan, You Failed Nigeria

My Dear Brother In-Law, former President Goodluck Jonathan, stop all these your PR Stunts overseas arranged by PR agents for your image laundering.
You failed woefully and was rejected at the presidential election on March 28, 2015. And made history as the incumbent president to lose at a presidential election in the political history of Nigeria.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Igbo Obioma Itinerant Street Tailors in Lagos Are Disappearing Every Day

Igbo Obioma itinerant street tailors in Lagos are disappearing and many Hausas from northern Nigeria are now seen with the traditional Singer 99K sewing machines carried on their shoulders on the streets of Lagos.

During the recce for my "Sights and Sounds of Lagos" tourist documentary series, I met one of the remaining Igbo Obioma tailors in Lagos on December 29, 2015 who said Hausas are taking over their traditional Obioma street tailoring business, because many of them have outgrown the business and the younger generation of Igbos don't find it attractive and lucrative in the fast developing world of the 21st century. But he said the few of them still in the street tailoring business are making more money than the monthly salaries of many graduates with diplomas and degrees. He said a hard working Obioma can make as much as N2, 000 daily from about 30 customers, because there are many poor people with torn clothes to stitch and it is the safest affordable trade that does not require power supply or fuel and they are not harassed by street touts or law enforcement agents who extort money from other self employed professionals like transporters, street traders and others.
The Obioma itinerant street tailors became very popular after the Nigerian civil war in 1970 and "Obioma" which is the Igbo word for kindness or kind heart became a household name especially in Lagos where many of the returnees from the eastern states of the former Republic of Biafra flocked to in search of means of survival. They moved from place to place with the popular Singer 99K sewing machines often used by housewives to stitch torn clothes. Almost everyone living in the lower class and lower middle class homes patronized the Obioma.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Olúṣẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́, Father of Modern Democracy in Nigeria

Chief Olúsẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́,GCFR, is the Father of Modern Democracy in Nigeria.
As the first Yoruba Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he conducted a peaceful presidential election in 1979 and restored Nigeria to democratic rule with the Second Republic after more than 12 years of military rule. 

Chief Olúsẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́'s Books

On 1 October 1979, Obasanjo handed power to Shehu Shagari, a democratically elected civilian president, hence becoming the first military head of state to transfer power peacefully to a civilian regime in Nigeria. In late
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Have An Attitude of Gratitude

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“Africa's Next Challenge”: In TV Debate, Adesina, Kagame and Desalegn Underscore Urgent Need To Power Africa

“Africa's Next Challenge”: In Televised Debate, Adesina, Kagame and Desalegn Underscore Urgent Need To Power Africa  

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 28 January 2016 / PRN Africa / -- “Electricity is like the blood in your body. If you have blood, you live. If don't have blood, you don't live.” These were the opening remarks made by African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, on Thursday, January 21 in Davos, Switzerland, during a live televised debate on “Africa's Next Challenge”.

The Bank President was joined on the panel by Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Hans Vestberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group; and Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President of Nigeria.

A day earlier, Adesina presented the African Development Bank's New Deal on Energy for Africa, which aims to provide universal access to energy by 2025. Also present at the January 20 launch of the New Deal and the Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa were global political and business leaders, including Kagame, Desalegn, Kofi Annan, Nigerian businessman Tony Elumelu, and singer-songwriter and philanthropist Bono.

“One hundred and thirty-seven years after Thomas Edison developed the lightbulb, the simple lightbulb, Africa is in the dark. It doesn't make sense,” Adesina said Thursday. “With electricity, you can have industrialization, you can create jobs, create SMEs. Then Africa will not be known for the darkness of its cities. Everywhere will be bright.”

Kagame said there was political will behind the New Deal, and underscored the key role of private sector investment in lighting up and powering Africa. “Leaders in government and leaders in business are speaking the same language with a sense of urgency, that something must be done,” said the Rwandan President. “Energy can lead us to many other things, whether it is in manufacturing, or growing of industries in different sectors. Energy is essential. In Africa, we have huge potential in various sources of energy. All the ingredients are there. We need to move very fast.”

For his part, Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said the lack of universal access to energy was holding back Africa's development potential. “Africa has huge opportunity and it is becoming a global pole for growth. Energy is the main challenge in Africa. The main challenge is to have a quality, reliable energy source that makes industrialization possible. In my country, we have witnessed double-digit growth for the past 12 years. The need for energy is growing by 25-30%, which is beyond the growth rate in the country. It means that we need to move very fast in energy development if we want to move even faster in development.

“I appreciate what the African Development Bank has launched, the vision of the President,” Desalegn continued. “Africa has huge green renewable resources. We have to harness this potential at this time. We need the private sector to come in and engage in developing this potential.”

Hans Vestberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the Swedish telecommunications giant, which has been doing business in Africa for 120 years, said two things are crucial for economic growth and sustainable development on the continent. “One of them is universal access to electricity, which is extremely important. The other is the technology, which is spreading across the whole continent. Right now 80% of Africans have a mobile phone, which is amazing considering how quickly it has gone. But that is slow compared to what we are going to see in the next five years. We'll go from 70 million people in Africa having access to the internet to 700 million in 2021.”

This technology leapfrogging is enabling Africans and African governments to start using technology to transform industry and transforming society, through the provision of digital healthcare, digital education – all key elements to inclusion. “It is a unique opportunity that Africa has at this moment,” said Vestberg. “That's why I'm excited.”

But, first and foremost, the need for universal access to electricity on the continent must be addressed, the panelists agreed.
“Roughly 645 million people [in Africa] do not have access to electricity,” said President Adesina. “An additional 700 million people do not have access to clean cooking fuel. These are numbers we know. And we think that this is not acceptable.”

SOURCE African Development Bank (AfDB)  

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If PDP is Full of Wolves, APC is Full of Wolves in Sheep Clothing

He who comes into equity must come with clean hands, but APC cannot come with clean hands. 
If PDP is full of wolves, APC is full of wolves in sheep clothing. 

Now you wonder why Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo who is a lawyer is speechless over the unconstitutional arrest and detention of Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, leader of the Shi'a Muslims Islamic Movement of Nigeria after his sons and hundreds of his followers, including harmless children and women were attacked and massacred by the Nigerian Army on December 12, 2015.  

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo-Motorola and Xiaomi Top Global Smartphone Shipments

Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Hit a Record 1.4 Billion Units in 2015  

BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually to hit a record 1.4 billion units in 2015. Samsung maintained first position and captured 22 percent global smartphone marketshare.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

T.B. Joshua Visits South Sudan to Foster Peace

T.B. Joshua Visits South Sudan to Foster Peace
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- President Salva Kiir Mayardit formally invited T.B. Joshua to visit the land locked and young country of South Sudan.  Since 2013, South Sudan has been plagued with food shortages for almost 4 million citizens as well as an estimated 2 million citizens being displaced. The warring country is infamous for mass killings, violent gang rapes and the kidnapping of women and girls as a war strategy. Even UN Peace Keepers have reported being consistently attacked, intimidated, and detained while being stationed in the country.

T.B. Joshua, an international televangelist, on this past New Year's Eve, discussed his 2016 New Year's Prophecies on Emmanuel TV (one of Africa's most watched Christian networks), including, "I encourage the governments of all nations to invest in Agriculture and to grant loans to deserving citizens to augment this effort. There will be large scale scarcity and shortage of Food. As a state, country, continent, we have to go back to the farm to arrest and to alleviate the forthcoming situation."

T.B. Joshua has accepted the invitation by President Mayardit and will pray with all parties involved to help bring calm to the nation. Since T.B. Joshua and his church organization, The Synagogue, Church of All Nations are well known for their international humanitarian initiatives, Prophet T.B. Joshua plans on providing Humanitarian Aid to the country as well as his spiritual support.
T.B. Joshua is in South Sudan today and is set to stay through the 27th of Jan. 2016.

About Prophet T.B. Joshua:
Prophet T.B. Joshua is the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations based in Lagos, Nigeria and Founder of Emmanuel TV.  Emmanuel TV is in its 10th year in operation and is one of Africa's most watched Christian Networks. Most recently Emmanuel TV official YouTube channel received over 100 million views. 
For more information please visit: www.Emmanuel.TV
Contact information: Info@Emmanuel.TV

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Monday, January 25, 2016

All set for World's Biggest Communication Forum in Davos Switzerland

All set for World's Biggest Communication Forum in Davos Switzerland 

All is  set for the World's biggest Communication Forum in Davos Switzerland,  from 8-9 March, 2016. Communication professionals, CEOs, representatives of ministries, global media practitioners and some of the world's most influential PR and marketing communications personalities will get together to discuss the key trends in the field of global communications at the WCF Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

4th Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16 announces line-up - Feb 10 to 14, 2016


4th Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16 announces line-up - Feb 10 to 14, 2016 

Toronto's biggest celebration of Diversity on screen during Black History Month through Cinema and so much more!

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the programming line-up for the 4th edition of the festival, presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, running February 10-14. Coinciding with Black History Month, the TBFF is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, exciting panels and special events.
"TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues," said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. "Festival-goers will have the chance to see actors and directors from here and abroad sharing their passions. There's something for everyone!"

Could Political Uncertainty be Helping to Drive America's Stock Markets Down?

Could Political Uncertainty be Helping to Drive America's Stock Markets Down?

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Since January 1, the political fortunes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have soared, while U.S. investor sentiment has taken a sharp bearish turn, with the Dow and S&P each down more than 10 percent.

Iran Remains World's Chief Sponsor of Terrorism - Saudi Foreign Minister

Saudi Foreign Minister: Iran Remains World's Chief Sponsor of Terrorism

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir denounced Iran's support for terrorism and said the U.S. is well aware of Iran's mischief. Minister Al-Jubeir made the remarks today during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry following the meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers, which was held in Riyadh.
"Iran remains the world's chief sponsor of terrorism," said Minister Al-Jubeir. "Iranian government institutions are still designated as terrorist organizations. And Iranian officials, including in the security services, are wanted for terrorism."
"I think the United States is very aware of the danger that Iran's mischief and behavior...I don't believe the United States is under any illusion as to what type of government Iran is," he added.

During his visit, Secretary Kerry also met with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SOURCE Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office
CONTACT: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office, Washington, D.C.,  

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Ghana: The Bumpy Road To Economic Recovery

Inside Ghana. Photo Credit: The Today Post.

Ghana: The Bumpy Road To Economic Recovery 

WASHINGTON, 21 January 2016 / PRN Africa / -- The IMF has approved a third disbursement of $114.6 million to help tackle Ghana's economic recovery.

The financing arrangement in place since April 2015, could provide the country with more than $900 million over 3 years to help the country rebound after years of increasing debt, high inflation, and currency depreciation.

UN Women's HeForShe IMPACT CEOs from Fortune 500 Companies Reveal Gender Data

UN Women's HeForShe IMPACT CEOs from Fortune 500 Companies Reveal Gender Data

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten of the world's leading companies have released new workforce gender diversity figures, including details on leadership roles and board membership, in UN Women's inaugural HeForShe Parity Report. The unprecedented disclosure was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where many of the firms' heads gathered alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The 62 Richest People Are As Wealthy As Half The World

The 62 Richest People Are As Wealthy As Half The World The shocking extent of financial inequality around the world has been laid bare by a new report from Oxfam. It found that in 2015, 62 individuals owned as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. It also criticised the amount of money being kept in offshore tax havens. That comes to an estimated $7.6 trillion - more than the GDP of the UK and Germany combined. 

~  By  Niall McCarthy, Data Journalist +49 (40) 4134 989 17 
Source: Statista.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gameloft Opens New Office in Nigeria To Reinforce its Business Presence in Africa

Gameloft Reinforces its Business Presence in Africa with the Opening of a New Office in Nigeria 

 PARIS, January 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Gameloft, a leading digital and social game publisher, continues its strategic expansion into Africa with the announcement of a new trade office in Nigeria. This new addition will allow Gameloft to reinforce its presence in the fast-growing mobile telecommunications market that is Africa.

Emirates and Boeing Launch ‘View from Above’

Emirates and Boeing launch ‘View from Above’
One of the largest branded aerial filming projects to date spanning 18 global destinations

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — DUBAI, U.A.E., 21 January 2015: Emirates and Boeing have partnered together to sponsor ‘View from Above’, one of the largest aerial filming projects ever conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. Filming was conducted in 18 destinations on five continents including Emirates’ hub in Dubai and Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ home, Seattle. Footage for Dubai was provided by Dubai Film.

All of the films can be viewed here on the ‘View from Above’ site, enabling visitors to spin the globe to one of the 18 destinations, and be taken straight to their desired video.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Akon Joins Governments From South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt and Nigeria for Energy Access' at Powering Africa: Summit in Washington D.C

Akon Joins Governments From South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt and Nigeria to Discuss 'Energy Access' at Powering Africa: Summit in Washington D.C. Next Week 

LONDON, January 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Understanding the level of energy access required across such a diverse continent as Africa remains an on-going challenge for potential investors to determine project bankability. Senegalese musician Akon and his partners Samba Bathily and Thione Niang have launched Akon Lighting Africa, an innovative initiative focusing on beyond the grid investment in Africa.

Nigerian Children Have Become the Worst Victims of Terror

 Boko Haram girl child suicide bomber. Photo Credit: Lagos Today.

Nigerian children have become the worst victims of terror in every region in the country.
Boko Haram terrorists have attacked, kidnapped and murdered hundreds of them in the north; kidnappers have kidnapped many of them in the south and scores have been raped.

Girls as young as 10 years have been used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram.
A 9 year old  girl was kidnapped and raped to death last week in the south east.
An 8 year old girl was raped to death in a toilet in her school during school hours!
More than 6 million girls from poor families are  out of school.
Defenseless, helpless and powerless girls have become preys of predators on the prowl in Nigeria and we are going on with our respective lives without raising any alarm over this state of emergency.

Children hawking in Nigeria. Photo Credit:Nairaland
Primary school pupils in Kaduna, 2016.Thousands of Nigerian children from poor families go to schools where they have to desks and no seats. Photo Credit: Nairaland.
The President of Nigeria, the Ministers, Law makers, State Governors, Commissioners, Heads of Local Government Areas, Bishops, Pastors, Imams and other authorities have not responded to this emergency of the daily attacks on our innocent helpless children God has given us!
No child asked to be born poor to suffer in horrible living conditions, become unfortunate victims of domestic violence and political conflicts. 
We asked for them for procreation, but we have failed to guaranty their safety and welfare.

The rich don't care about the children of the poor. The best they can do is to use them as housemaids and house boys and in most cases deprive them of going to school and prevent them from the realization of their dreams to fulfill their destinies. And we say we are true Christians and Muslims and Patriots?
How can we develop our nation when we fail to secure the future of our children who will succeed and survive us?  
This is a state of emergency and we must all join hands to rescue and save the most threatened children in Nigeria from poverty and political crisis.

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