Sunday, July 31, 2016

Update On "Lagos in Motion" Tourist Documentary Film


The official worldwide release of "Lagos in Motion" tourist documentary film and special director's cut "It's Always Summer in Lagos" with the travel photo book of the film is now next Sunday, on August 7, 2016.

I give Almighty God JEHOVAH all the Glory for the abundance of His infinite Grace for our progress, success and victory all the way.
Thanks to my beautiful cast and wonderful crew; Ace cameraman and editor Adesina Mutiu-OKEDIRAN, Production Manager, Felix Omokagbo Jegede, Assistant Production Manager, Franklin UcheChukwu Eke, Production Assistants, Stella Chibuzor Okoro, Emmanuel Jegede and the  beautiful cast of Nunnsi Ojong, Meg Masha, Franca Aide, Celina Ideh, Cynthia Godson, Tony Godson Uche Okeke and Raphael Aloysius Onyejegbu, aka 2MS for the music for the intro and closing credits of "Lagos in Motion".

The local and international premieres will take place as Almighty God brings us the generous cosponsors. And thanks to both the individuals and corporate organizations supporting me, including Afrinolly, Mr. Femi Odugbemi, Mr. Bisi Daniels and Dr. Phil Osagie.
"Lagos in Motion" is making history as the first Nigerian documentary film to be released with the travel photo book edition in paperback, hardcover and  Amazon Kindle versions worldwide.
Cheers everyone!

Best regards,
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Nigerians Report Online


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hotel Market in Nigeria To Grow To US$507 Million By 2020 ~ PwC Outlook

The hotel market in Nigeria has not fared as well as South Africa with stay unit nights dropping 12% and room revenue down by 3.6% over the past two years.

There are a number of new hotels planned or under construction and we forecast an additional 4 700 rooms to be added in Nigeria during the next five years. Hotel room revenue is expected to grow to US$ 507 million in 2020 from the US$321 million achieved in 2015, due to increases in both stay unit nights and average room rates.

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South Africa’s Hotel and Tourism Sector Set for Steady Growth as Visitor Numbers Continue to Grow: PwC Outlook


South Africa’s Hotel and Tourism Sector Set for Steady Growth as Visitor Numbers Continue to Grow: PwC Outlook

The new visa regulations had a sharp impact on the South African tourism industry

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Human Trafficking is the Third Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

Fellow delegates, human trafficking is the third biggest criminal enterprise in the world.

As long as ISIS is selling girls for $165, and parents in Nigeria are left with nothing but bows and arrows to chase the terrorists who steal their daughters in the middle of the night, we will never have a just and good world. Because when women are held back, democracies falter.

~ By Honorable Amy Klobuchar at 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari is Fighting Corruption in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best in fighting corruption in challenging circumstances.
The fact that several looters have been arraigned and they have agreed to return their I'll gotten loot is enough proof of his progress.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan never fought against corruption. He was complicit in the looting.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Verizon To Acquire Yahoo’s Operating Business for Approximately $4.83 Billion

Verizon to acquire Yahoo's operating business

Transaction will create a new rival in mobile media technology reaching over 1B users* with a roster of the world's most beloved brands

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today announce they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Enough Is Enough: A Letter From Mohammed Zakzaky, Son Of Shiite Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky

Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky's Letter To Nigerians by shehu313: 12:55am On Jul 23
Passionate Letter From Zakzaky's Oldest And Only Surviving Son To Nigerians

Enough Is Enough: A Letter From Mohammed Zakzaky, Son Of Shiite Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey and Others Call On World Bank President Kim To Step Down

Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey and Others Call On World Bank President Kim To Step Down

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly sixty inflamed leaders from environmental and human rights organizations, including Foundation Earth, called on World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to resign and not seek a second term. They state that the world and the World Bank needs new leadership.

For the past four years of his five-year term President Kim has failed to lead, instead proceeding with problematic large projects that paradoxically will increase poverty rather than reduce or eliminate it. World Bank projects are contributing to the 6th Great Extinction.
NNIMMO BASSEY, Earth Rights International (Nigeria): President Kim has continued with the types of projects that harm people and ruin the environment they depend on for their survival.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Solar-powered airplane : Aquila's First Flight: a Big Milestone Toward Connecting Billions of People


Aquila's First Flight: a Big Milestone Toward Connecting Billions of People
Aquila's first flight is part of Facebook’s overall commitment in overcoming the remaining barriers to universal connectivity

Neglected Hunger Crisis Surges behind Front Lines of Fighting Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria

© UNICEF/UNI193663/Esiebo A young girl is screened for malnutrition in the Dalori camp for internally displaced people in Borno State, Nigeria.

Neglected Hunger Crisis Surges behind Front Lines of Fighting in Northeast Nigeria
Humanitarian community races to assess needs in areas cut off from aid for about two years

L’Oréal Accelerates Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa


L’Oréal Accelerates Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa Thanks to New Research & Innovation Center

It hosts product development, evaluation and advanced research teams and will employ scientists from the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, physiology, cosmetology and biochemistry

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nigeria Records Largest Rise in Output of Oil Export Since 2008


The largest rise in output came from Nigeria, where production rose 150,000 b/d to 1.57 million b/d, due largely to the return of its largest export grade, Qua Iboe, as production and exports resumed at the end of May.

Nigerian production hit 30-year lows in May as militancy continued in the country's oil rich Niger Delta.

June OPEC Output of 32.73 Mil. Barrels of Crude Per Day, Highest Since Aug. 2008: S&P Global Platts
Click here for the full report.

The Population of Lagos is Now More Than 21, 300, 000

Lagos’ Resilience Challenge

This bustling megacity must cope with rising sea levels and coastal erosion that threaten to undermine its growth.

Lagos has over 21 million inhabitants and is the cultural and economic heart of Nigeria. With financial, commercial, and tourist centers located on islands in the Gulf of Guinea, Lagos is especially susceptible to damage from rising sea levels and coastal erosion, which have already led to a decline in water quality, the destruction of drainage infrastructure, and an increase in incidences of water and vector borne disease. Coastal erosion has also hurt indigenous communities that depend on coastal resources for survival.

Coastal flooding from storm surges has forced the relocation of resorts, businesses, and artisans from the popular tourist destination of Victoria Island. Recent initiatives involving private sector partners have already led to the reclamation of some coastline on the island, providing a model for future efforts to protect Lagos’ vulnerable shores.

See more details on 100 Resilient Cities.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Orange Completes Acquisition of Mobile Operator Airtel in Sierra Leone


Orange completes acquisition of mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone

Orange completes acquisition of mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone

Airtel is the leading mobile operator in Sierra Leone with over 1.3 million customers.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Highest Paid Bank Bosses in the World

Jamie Dimon.

The Highest Paid Bank Bosses in the World.

Last year, chief executives at the world’s biggest banks saw their pay increase 7.6 percent with each of them taking home just over $13 million on average, according to research conducted by the Financial Times. U.S. bosses did particularly well, earning twice as much as their European counterparts. The chief executives at JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley earned an average of $20.7 million last year, while the bosses at 11 banks in Europe brought home $10.4 million.

Lloyd Blankfein.

Bill Winters.

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon was 2015′s best-paid bank boss, earning an impressive $27.6 million. Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs came second with $23.4 million while the head of Standard Chartered, Bill Winters, rounded off the top three with $22.4 million.

Source: Statista.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Malala Yousafzai! And We Say #YesAllGirls!

Today Tues‌day is Malala's 19th birthday — and she’ll spend it traveling to one of the toughest places in the world to be a girl. 
Sign up to be the first to know where Malala lands on her birthday. 

Four years ago, the UN named Jul‌y 1‌2 #MalalaDay. And Malala uses her birthday to shine a spotlight on girls struggling to go to school. But she can't do it alone.

Support Malala as she travels to meet girls around the world.

At 17, Malala visited families of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram and told Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to do more to bring them home.

At 18, she opened a school for adolescent Syrian girls in Lebanon who fled their homes to escape war and violence.

This year, Malala's birthday is happening in the midst of the largest refugee crisis in 70 years.

More than ever we need you to join Malala and declare that #YesAllGirls deserve an education.

Wherever Malala goes, our supporters have been beside her -- acting as a megaphone to amplify the voices of girls struggling to go to school.

This Malala Day, help Malala remind the world that they have promised 12 years of school to all girls, #YesAllGirls, everywhere.

With gratitude,
 Malala Fund Team

Monday, July 11, 2016

Xiaomi Introduces Affordable Super Mi Drone for Indie Filmmakers

Xiaomi Introduces Affordable Super Mi Drone for Indie Filmmakers

The news that’s been flying off the tech radar is Xiaomi’s announcement that they’ll be launching the Mi Drone. It will cost $456 for the 4K version, and $380 for the 1080p.

Xiaomi said that the Mi Drone can fly for 27 minutes per session thanks to a 5,100 mAh battery and to a range of 3km. It also includes a 360-degree camera that can shoot 4K video, and handheld remote which has the option of attaching a smartphone for a live-feed view from the drone. The pieces seem to be modular, which means replacing them — and the battery — is possible.

For the Price, the Mi Drone comes loaded, and it pretty much matches the DJI Phantom 4 drone, the current leader in the segment, without having to shell out $1,300 for it.

You can trace Mi Drone's position via GPS and once the Mi Drone fly out of the connected range then it will automatically fly back to the original position where it take off.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Brexit Challenges Present New Growth Opportunities for Automotive Players in Africa

Brexit Challenges Present New Growth Opportunities for Automotive Players in Africa, says Frost & Sullivan
Mobility workshop on how to address upcoming challenges will take place at GIL 2016: Africa 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

6 Questions To Help Consumers Decide When To Purchase Travel Insurance

Vacationers Concerned About Extreme Weather, Political Unrest, Viruses Can Turn To Travel Insurance For Financial And Personal Assistance
Six Questions To Help Consumers Decide When To Purchase Travel Insurance

NEW YORK, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Travel insurance can't prevent bad things from happening on a vacation, but it may be able to protect your financial investment, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Friday, July 8, 2016

ICONIC Celebrates Lagos State at 50 with 50 Leading Businesses in Nigeria

As the Commercial Hub of Africa, Lagos State, Turns 50, ICONIC Releases its Business Ranking Report on the 50 Leading Businesses Upholding Nigeria's Economy

Brexit Impact On Africa

Brexit Impact On Africa

African markets will suffer from market volatility. Long-term implications subject to global agenda

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 8, 2016/ -- The short-term implications of Brexit for African economies will be mainly noticeable through market volatility. However, according to Control Risks ( and NKC African Economics, the longer-term impacts on Africa from Brexit are speculative and depend as much on the attitude of future British governments as on the terms of exit. The longer term implications – both economic and geopolitical – hinge on what the terms of Britain leaving the EU are, and how this feeds through transmission mechanism to Africa through trade, aid and soft power and political influence.

4 PR Lessons from Donald Trump and Britain's Exit Vote from EU

4 PR Lessons from Donald Trump & Britain's Exit Vote from EU

The polls and the media can fool you! There are valuable PR lessons to learn from the The Brexit NO vote, the Trump surprise and many more!

As the saying goes, the bigger they come, the harder, they fall! The decision by the people of Great Britain to leave the Euro is still sending shock waves around the world. The 400 wealthiest people in the world lost over $200 billion in two days and global markets recorded a paper loss of over $3 Trillion.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

12 Year-Old Togolese Houseboy Blinded By His Madam in Lagos

A 12 year old houseboy, identified simply as Peter, has been blinded by his ‘madam’ at the Ikeja area of Lagos State. It was gathered that residents, who could no longer stand the violence meted out on the boy by his ‘madam,’ decided to raise the alarm. The latest cruelty meted out on Peter, leading to injuring in his eyes, was said to be over improper washing of kettle.

The yet to be identified woman resides at No. 14 b, Olu Akerele Street, Balogun Bus Stop off Awolowo Way, Ikeja. According to neighbours, how Peter, a Togolese, was employed by the woman was not clear.

What is clear, however, is that Peter was always being subjected to constant beating. A resident, who gave her name simply as Tayo, said: “We feared the unexpected with the manner the woman used to beat the boy. He has a deep sore on his leg. When I asked him about it, he said it was from burnt from fire. He said the swollen eye was caused by beating from his madam for not washing a kettle properly.“ He has been subjected to violence for a long time. You know everybody used to mind his or her business in the compound.

When I saw the boy last, he was looking sickly. Hence I decided to seek help from the appropriate agency.” Another resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the woman was well known for being violent. He said everyone on the street used to keep the woman at arm’s length . He added: “If the boy comes to watch television with them in the parlor, he would be beaten.

On school days, you will see the boy leaving home around 9.30a.m . This is an ideal case of child abuse and child labour. We need the intervention of child protection network in his case.”

When our correspondent visited the compound to seek the woman’s response, the gate was not opened after repeated knocking. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmos, was yet to respond to a text message sent to her mobile line on the issue at press time.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan Without Makeup

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan Without Makeup

Former President Goodluck Jonathan likes living in denial of his failures from when he was deputy Governor to Governor of Bayelsa and achieved nothing to when he was stage managed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to be Vice President to the late Umaru Yar' Adua, whom Jonathan succeeded and became President of Nigeria from 2010 to May 29, 2015. And left Nigeria in chaos of his maladministration caused by his corrupt and incompetent cabinet.
He spent millions of dollars on making up himself to deceive the ignorant followers who were beneficiaries of the multimillion dollars government contracts he shared among them whilst he was the Head of State.

Frida Umuhoza, Rwandan Genocide Survivor Opens Up About Her Anger and Forgiveness

FEATURE: After two decades, genocide survivor opens up about her anger and forgiveness 

NEW YORK, 01 July 2016 / PRN Africa / -- “Being a hero is being able to give a smile to the person who sold you death,” said Frida Umuhoza, who was barely a teenager when her entire family – including her grandparents, parents and five siblings – were killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

4th July Expenses To Reach $6.8 Billion in 2016 - Statista

This year, an estimated 214 million Americans are going to celebrate Independence Day, according to figures compiled by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The vast majority of them, 65 percent, are going to make a barbecue, cookout or picnic the focus of their Fourth of July celebrations. The amount of money Americans splurge on food every year is evidence of how seriously they take their traditional Independence Day cook out. The NRF report that each American adult will spend approximately $71.34 on food items this year. Overall expenditure on food across the nation is going to reach around $6.8 billion.

42.6 percent of people are also going to attend a fireworks display or community celebration. Independence Day fireworks displays are always spectacular and so are the numbers behind them. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, just over 285 million pounds of fireworks are used during the holiday with revenue amounting to about $1.09 billion.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lagos is Not Catching Up With Us. Rather, We May Be Catching Up With Lagos

Lagos Wide & Close


Because filming has long been restricted in Nigeria, few images of Lagos exist. Based on research by The Harvard Project on the City under the direction of Rem Koolhaas, this DVD represents a unique engagement with a hardly documented city, capturing multiple perspectives of a volatile moment in its evolution. In 2002, Bregtje van der Haak, in cooperation with architect Rem Koolhaas and The Harvard Project on the City made Lagos/Koolhaas, a documentary on self-organization and urbanization in Nigeria. As a sequel to the documentary, Bregtje van der Haak together with designer Silke Wawro, developed the DVD: Lagos Wide & Close, an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City. The DVD contains an interactive video documentary (60′), edited from 55 hours of unused material that brings the viewer closer to the explosively growing megalopolis Lagos. With bus driver Olawole Busayo, the viewer moves through the city and has a choice of a distant (‘wide’) or an involved (‘close’) perspective, at any random moment in the documentary.
Director: Bregtje van der Haak  
Designer: Silke Wawro  
Camera: Alexander Oey  
Sound: Rik Meier

See the complete documentary film on
Thus, for Koolhaas and his team, Lagos is a case study of a city at the forefront of a globalizing modernity: "Lagos is not catching up with us. Rather, we may be catching up with Lagos . . ."
"Highly Recommended! Excellent production values... easy to view and understand. Rem Koolhaas has done it again." —Educational Media Reviews Online

“The juxtaposition of empirical descriptions of the city life with theoretical insights is ideally suited for classroom screenings in urban studies, qualitative research methods, geography, anthropology, global studies, Africa studies and virtually any other branch of the social sciences that is devoted to in-depth qualitative empirical research. It is one of the best documentaries I know that can demonstrate in a compelling and sophisticated yet accessible way how to embark on research projects. Highly recommended!” —Anthropology Review Database (January, 2010)


Friday, July 1, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan Teams Up with Nonprofit Stop Ivory to End Poaching

In this new PSA launched by Stop Ivory, in partnership with Warner Bros., Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, are raising awareness about the harsh truths of ivory poaching, revealing that, without immediate action, the remaining forest ...  

The Legend of Tarzan Teams Up with Nonprofit Stop Ivory to End Poaching
New PSA featuring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie Elevates the Plight of Endangered Elephants; Introduces the Pristine Landscape of Gabon, Africa 

 NEW YORK, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since the Victorian era in which The Legend of Tarzan unfolds, the overall population of elephant species in Africa dropped from 19 million to just 500,000, stresses a new PSA by nonprofit group Stop Ivory featuring the film's stars, Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. The organization is raising the volume on the plight of endangered African elephants, a magnificent species hunted for their ivory.

Inside Nigeria Today in Pictures

Four children showing the different characters of the four regions of Nigeria.
Credit: Nairaland.