Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Dear Mother Nigeria!

Happy Birthday Dear Mother Nigeria!
I wish you many happier returns of the day with long life and more prosperity to the Glory of our Almighty Baba God JEHOVAH! Amen!
Keep rolling forward in progress, success and victory!
Cheers all the way!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Femi Odugbemi's "Gidi Blues" and Africa Creative Agency Shine at 2016 UrbanWorld Film Festival

caption: Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men Origins), Founder of Edits Talk, Nomndeni Mdakhi, ACA Co-Founder and CEO, Colin Gayle, Urbanworld Founder, Gabrielle Galore and editor of Quartz Africa, Yinka Adegoke. (PRNewsFoto/Africa Creative Agency).

Africa Creative Agency Shines at 2016 UrbanWorld Film Festival

Africa Creative Agency Shines At 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival And Sparks Vital Discussion About Lucrative Opportunities In Africa
 Femi Odugbemi.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Africa Creative Agency (ACA) represented the motherland to the fullest at the 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, held in New York City this past weekend. The continent's first Pan-African Talent, Digital Marketing and Branding firm, premiered the critically acclaimed Nollywood film, Gidi Blues, at the AMC Empire Theater on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Africa Initiative for Governance launches Public Sector Scholarships


Africa Initiative for Governance launches Public Sector Scholarships

Advisory panel debates obstacles to public sector performance in Africa

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Income Inequality Between White And Black Americans is Worse Under President Obama Than in 1979

Construction company workers in America. Photo credit: EBONY Magazine.

Income Inequality Between White And Black Americans Is Worse Today Than In 1979
~ By Niall McCarthy | Statista" <>

Back in 1979, white Americans earned an average hourly real wage of $19.62 compared to $16.07 for blacks, making for an 18.1 percent wage gap. While the gap narrowed in the late 1990s, it began to expand again in 2000. According to new research by the Economic Policy Institute, in 2015, the racial wage gap stood at 26.7 percent, with whites taking home an hourly real wage of $25.22 on average, compared to $18.49 for blacks. The gap is especially wide for young black women and black male college graduates, both of whom trail their white counterparts’ earnings by a significant distance.

Nigerian Government Support Can Help Small Businesses Thrive in Recessionary Times

Nigerian Government Support Can Help Small Businesses Thrive In Recession
Nigerian Government Support can help Small Businesses thrive in Recessionary Times

Small & Medium Businesses in Nigeria face challenging times, even as the economy slides

LAGOS, Nigeria, September 22, 2016/ -- With the Nigerian economy in recession, support for Small & Medium Businesses could be one of the key ingredients to carrying the country through these tough times. Assisting them should become a priority for big business and government.

New United Nations Study Shows How Nigeria and other Countries Can Create Digital Economies

New United Nations Study Maps Top 10 Ways Governments and Companies Can Create Digital Economies 

For the first time, new evidence from 25 countries shows how governments and companies can move away from cash, as McKinsey Global Institute reveals a potential $3.7 trillion GDP boost

Click here to read the full report.

Nigeria Entertainment and Media Industry Made US$3.8 billion in 2015 - PWC

Mark Zuckerberg, Cofounder and CEO of Facebook posing with top Nigerian entertainers at Afrinolly Space during his visit to Nigeria last month.
Nigeria has one of the fastest-growing markets in the entertainment and media industry. In 2015 it saw 15.7% growth to reach US$3.8 billion, and with all segments forecast to rise over the forecast period, an 11% CAGR is anticipated. Internet advertising will see the fastest growth over the forecast period, and will come predominantly in formats designed for mobiles, in keeping with the prevailing method of Internet access in the country. TV advertising is also benefitting from strong economic growth and an emerging middle class with a higher disposable income.

A World of Differences: Five Shifts Set to Shape the Future of Africa’s Entertainment & Media Industry

The Outlook presents annual historical data for 2011 – 2015 and provides annual forecasts for 2016 – 2020 in 11 entertainment and media segments for South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya

Nigeria Leads 14 Countries in Road and Rail Construction Projects in the Middle East and Africa

Nigeria leads the 14 countries in terms of the total value of all sectors, with a project pipeline valued at US$151.6 billion and also for railways projects valued accounting for US$119.3 billion.

- Nigeria has three of the top ten projects the highest value being the US$59 billion Trans-West African Railway which is planned to start in 2018. Click here to read the full report.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When It Comes To Corruption, All the Tribes in Nigeria Are Guilty

When It Comes To Corruption, All the Tribes in Nigeria Are Guilty

Today, looking for an incorruptible person in Nigeria is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
The most endangered species in Nigeria are the incorruptible men and women of integrity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Anti-Corruption and Happiness Go Hand in Hand - Space for Transparency

Anti-corruption and happiness go hand in hand
Transparency International, September 20, 2016
~ By Kateryna Tysbenko

At Transparency International Ukraine we compared the scores of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in a country, with the Index of Economic Freedom, the Happy Planet Index and the level of tolerance of corruption in ten European countries.

For Nigerian Girls, Education is the Key that Opens Doors To Progress

For Nigerian girls, education is the key that opens doors to progress. 

Raised in Nigeria, with hard-won scholarships Nnenna Agba graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; she also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Affairs. Nnenna is supporting the education of her four sisters in Nigeria, and is the face of Kechie’s Project, an NGO that provides scholarships to girls from Nigerian schools. 

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child | UN Women – Headquarters

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rev. Kólé Olówôfóyèkù and Experts Tackle Emotional and Domestic Violence in Nigeria

Rev. Kólé Olówôfóyèkù, President of Nigerian Development Foundation, Mrs. Laila St. Matthew-Daniel, Founder and President of ACTS Generation with Ms. Funmi Johnson, Founder of Born2BeBeautiful, Dr. Orode Doherty, Country Director of Africare in Nigeria, Dr. Cheluchi Onuobia, Executive Director of CHELD,  Ms. Nwanne Okafor, Head of Support Services, Lagos Court of Arbitration and other VIPs at the Curbing and Tackling Emotional and Domestic Violence forum organized by the Apostles in the Market Place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Monty Buffet on Karimu Kotun Street on Victoria Island, Lagos

Emergency Cases Hotlines in Nigeria

Ministry of Women's Affairs, Lagos State

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Health Concerns Are Serious, Say Most Doctors in AAPS

Hillary's Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). About 20% said concerns were "likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records." Only 2.7% responded that they were "just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern."

McKinsey Research Shows Total Consumer and Business Spending in Africa Could Hit $5.6 Trillion by 2025

McKinsey Research Shows  Total Consumer & Business Spending in Africa Could Hit $5.6 Trillion by 2025

Although Africa's growth has slowed, the long term  fundamentals are strong, big business opportunities lie ahead and the overall outlook is positive.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

After Mark Zuckerberg's Visit, Tech and Media Heads Meet in Lagos


Tech and Media Leaders Meet in Lagos to Assess Investment and Growth Strategies

Poised to become the technology and investment hub for Africa – Lagos, Nigeria will play host to the event for the first time

LAGOS, Nigeria, September 14, 2016/ -- Leading strategy and investment heads from technology and telecom giants including Google, Uber, Intel, Africa Internet Group, Vodacom, Airtel, Nokia and Etisalat are meeting in Lagos on September 20 to discuss strategies for investment and regional growth at TMT Finance Africa in Lagos 2016

Poised to become the technology and investment hub for Africa – Lagos, Nigeria will play host to the event for the first time, which will see more than 150 regional and international telecom, media and technology leaders, investment bankers, investors, advisers and government representatives meet for a series of panel debates, networking sessions and private roundtable discussions.

“Nigeria is fast becoming one of the most innovative and dynamic places in the world for technology and mobile connectivity, and we are delighted that household names such as Google, Uber, Intel and Africa Internet Group will be represented at the conference alongside some well-known Nigerian tech and media companies such as Sliide, iRoko and Andela, which is backed by Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” said Ben Nice, Director, TMT Finance Africa in Lagos. “However, there are still many challenges that some of these companies face, including a lack of access to adequate financing, which is where TMT Finance Africa in Lagos should help to plug the gap and get the dialogue going between the genuine decision makers,” Nice added.

Leading investment banks will be represented by key institutions such as Standard Bank, Citi, IFC, Barclays, Africa Finance Corporation, Access Bank and FNB, while private equity firms speaking at the conference include: Convergence Partners, African Capital Alliance, ECP and Carlyle.

Over 80 C-level speakers are confirmed for the conference, and only a limited number of tickets are still available, and can be purchased on the website

Innovation and technology investment will form a key part of the agenda, including specific sessions on: Investing in Innovation, eCommerce Africa, Media and Content Strategies, Venture Capital Africa, Connecting the Unconnected, Africa Mobile Payments and Digital Africa.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival Complete Films Lineup


The following films were selected:

Gala presentations
A Monster Calls by J. A. Bayona
Arrival by Denis Villeneuve
Deepwater Horizon by Peter Berg
The Edge of Seventeen by Kelly Fremon Craig
The Headhunter's Calling by Mark Williams
The Journey is the Destination by Bronwen Hughes
JT + The Tennessee Kids by Jonathan Demme
LBJ by Rob Reiner
Loving by Jeff Nichols
The Magnificent Seven by Antoine Fuqua
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer by Joseph Cedar
Planetarium by Rebecca Zlotowski
The Promise by Terry George
Queen of Katwe by Mira Nair
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America by Paul Dugdale
The Secret Scripture by Jim Sheridan
Snowden by Oliver Stone
Strange Weather by Katherine Dieckmann
Their Finest by Lone Scherfig
A United Kingdom by Amma Asante

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lagos is A Country

  • Lagos is currently the 5th biggest economy in Africa.
  • Lagos city is Africa's largest megacity with the highest GDP.

  • The immediate former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji ­Fashola, SAN, once dropped the following bombshell so calmly it would have been easy to miss: he believes the city’s optimum population is 40 million. ~ Fashola, The Man Who Transformed Lagos - Matthew Green Of Financial Times - Politics - Nigeria
  • Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the current Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi said:
“As it stands today, Lagos’ role on the economic future of Nigeria is critical than what people think of the Niger Delta region.
He said Federal Govern-ment can learn from Lagos policies formulation that boost business and attract investors, adding that the Lagos example can bail the country out of its economic woes.
  • Lagos is developing new cities with the Eko Atlantic City already in progress and Lagos Smart City project on the drawing board.
  • Dangote Group is building the largest refinery in Africa in Lagos.
  • A new international airport and new seaport are in progress in Lagos.
  • Lagos attracted Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Cofounder and CEO of Facebook in his first trip to sub Saharan Africa in August, 2016. He is investing in ICT startups in the technological ecosystem of Lagos State.
  • Lagos has more international five star hotels than any other country in West Africa.
Watch out for more in "Lagos is A Country" documentary film by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the producer and director of "Lagos in Motion: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity".

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The Aso Villa Demo Day Was A Political Public Relations Scam

The Aso Villa Demo Day Was A Scam: How Mark Zuckerberg and Airtel Were Misled By Organisers - Says A Finalist.

The Real Truth About The Aso Villa Demo Day.

Click here to read the full report.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Visits Nigeria and Sees the Digital Future of Nollywood

Mark Zuckerberg Visits Nigeria and Sees the Digital Future of Nollywood 
Mark Zuckerberg with Chike Maduegbuna, CEO of Afrinolly and his staff.

It was a very tranquil Wednesday afternoon on August 31, 2016 when Mark Zuckerberg, the famous Co-founder and CEO of Facebook came to Afrinolly Space in Oregun, in Ikeja on the mainland of Lagos, Africa’s largest megacity and the commercial hub of the continent. Mark and his Facebook team wanted to see the digital hub of Nollywood, Nigeria’s phenomenal film industry. Afrinolly is like the Silicon Valley of Nollywood created as a dynamic ecosystem for the provision of creative platforms and economic opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers (Content creators), mobile technology developers, innovative voices (Screenwriters), animators (Graphics and VFX), contemporary artists and the cultural industries.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Nairobi To See Kenyan Innovation in Action


Facebook CEO visits Nairobi to see Kenyan Innovation in Action

Zuckerberg is in Kenya to see how technology innovation is changing the country

LONDON, United Kingdom, September 1, 2016/ -- Facebook ( CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Kenya this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the iHub technology hub in Nairobi, meet with developers and partners, and explore how the country’s pioneering mobile money ecosystem is evolving.