Tuesday, May 30, 2017

UNFPA Ambassador Stephanie Linus Visits Democratic Republic of Congo on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

UNFPA Ambassador Stephanie Linus Visits Democratic Republic of Congo on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

As part of her commitment to raising awareness on maternal health issues, the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West and Central Africa Stephanie Linus visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in commemoration of the International Day to End Obstetrical Fistula.

The theme of this year’s commemoration was tagged “hope, healing and dignity for all”, and it featured several activities aimed at giving hope to girls and women around Africa. From 23rd to 25th May, Mrs. Linus participated in a span of activities which included the screening of her award winning movie ‘DRY’, a private luncheon with African Ambassadors in the DRC and a visit to women repaired of fistula at the Biamba Marie Motombo Hospital in Kinshasa.

While speaking to the Ambassadors, Mrs. Linus requested them to work through their governments to do more for the girl child with emphasis on education, ending child marriage, ending obstetric fistula, improving access to health care.

The over 300-persons audience at the private viewing of DRY consisted of African Ambassadors in the DRC, Donors, Regional Director of UNFPA for the East and Southern Africa Region, UN heads of Agencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers and High Ranking Government Officials, Young parliamentarians of DRC, Representatives of International and National NGOs, Members of the Civil Society and various media representatives. During her address, Mrs Linus declared that the theme of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula “hope, healing and dignity for all” is food for thought and that it is time to act and actively seek ways to do more to change unhealthy behaviors, to improve health systems, and improve human rights for all. “Women should not die while giving life. Girls have rights that need to be respected-education, decent jobs, chose who to marry and when to have children and how many of them. Every woman and girl has a right to be treated with respect and dignity”, she stated.

She challenged the audience to constantly ask themselves the question – What is it that I can do more and do better?

Mrs. Linus also met young artists in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa whom she encouraged to look around, pick up the issues that are affecting the society and pass messages to end those ills through arts, music, movie and drama.

Stephanie Linus was named the UNFPA Regional Ambassador in March 2017 in recognition of her far reaching advocacy for the rights of girls and women. As Regional Ambassador, Mrs. Linus will help advocate and raise awareness on maternal health issues across Africa, whilst encouraging policies and laws that protect the rights and dignity of the girl child.

Future of Africa's Youth Does Not Lie in Migration To Europe, Adesina Tells G7

Future of Africa's Youth Does Not Lie in Migration To Europe, Adesina Tells G7

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 29 May 2017 / PRN Africa / -- The future of Africa's youth does not lie in migration to Europe, but in a prosperous Africa, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has said.

Adesina, who spoke at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, at the weekend, stressed the need for African countries to create greater economic opportunities for its youth to stay home and live a meaningful life.

“We must turn rural areas from zones of economic misery to zones of economic prosperity. This requires new agricultural innovations and transforming agriculture into a sector for creating wealth. We must make agriculture a really cool choice for young people. The future millionaires and billionaires of Africa will come initially from agriculture,” Adesina said.

Monday, May 29, 2017

DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH: Acting President Osinbajo Lists the Achievements of President Buhari in Two Years


Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

1. Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

2. Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

3. In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

DigitalPR-Wire Emerges Official Media Partner for Nigeria Innovation Summit 2017

DigitalPR-Wire Emerges Official Media Partner for Nigeria Innovation Summit 2017
LAGOS, Nigeria, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

DigitalPR-Wire's innovative approach to media and PR strategy has gained more attraction as the platform has been selected as the official media partner for Nigeria Innovation Summit (http://innovationsummit.ng/).

NIS is an annual event that brings together stakeholders from different sectors of Nigeria's  economy to share ideas, trends, and opportunities around technology, innovation and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria, and scheduled to hold from September 7-8, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear Reno Omokri, Igbos Have Never Been Marginalized in Nigeria

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Pastor Reno Omokri.

Pastor Reno Omokri,
I read your ignorant political commentary, "Igbos Are Being Marginalized And This Is Evidence" posted on Nairaland

Let me address your ignorance with the following simple facts.

You were a prominent member of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government that ruled the Federal Government for 16 years of which your kinsman (my brother in-law), former President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan was in power for 8 years and his government built airports in other states,  but failed to build one in his home state of Bayelsa.

The South East region has three airports and five other airports nearby in the south-south region.
Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri; Akanu Ibiam International Airport ; Asaba International Airport; Port Harcourt International Airport; Margaret Ekpo International Airport,  Calabar; Akwa Ibom International Airport , Uyo; Warri Airport and Benin Airport.
Port Harcourt to Aba is like driving from Ikeja to Lekki in Lagos city. So the Port Harcourt International Airport serves Aba. The Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri is also not far away from Aba. Asaba International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu are enough to serve Anambra as well.

Please, try to be reasonable and logical in your political commentaries.

 Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as the first black Governor-General of Nigeria.
 Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, first President of Nigeria.
Major-General Aguyi Ironsi, first black General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Nigerian Arny and first military Head of State of Nigeria.

Igbos produced the first black rulers of Nigeria after the British Rule.
Igbos had the first and only Nigerian Governor-General, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who was also the first President and first Senate President: Igbos had the first black General Officer Commanding (GOC) and first military Head of State, Major- General Aguyi Ironsi; Igbos have produced 8 of the 13 Senate Presidents of Nigeria since independence and there are more Igbo federal civil servants than any other Nigerian tribe.  Therefore, Igbos have not been marginalized in Nigeria.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima. Author of
The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election

Click here to order paperback edition.
Click here to order Amazon Kindle version.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MFM is Working, Nigeria is Moving

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) road construction in progress on Olasimbo Street in Onike, Yaba, Lagos state. MFM is actively contributing to the development of Lagos, Africa's largest megacity.

 The people loved to walk on the new road.
School children on the new road.

MFM is featured in the LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity (Volume 1). MFM is also featured in the documentary film. See video clips from the documentary on the Screen Naija YouTube channel.

Click here to order from Barnes & Noble.

©2017. Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima. International Digital Post Network Limited. All rights reserved. No duplication, reproduction or publication of this Intellectual Property in any format of media without the authorization and permission from the copyright owners, except for extracts to be used for reports and reviews.

HOME: A United Nations' Virtual Reality Documentary on Humanitarian Crises

In 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to more than ten countries in five months to draw global attention to the urgent needs of some 130 million people severely impacted by armed conflicts and natural disasters. A VR crew was granted unprecedented access to capture the journey.

Released in Mr. Ban’s final weeks in office after a ten-year term, Home offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Ban’s visits to communities where people are suffering in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. This is the first time the UN Secretary-General has been featured in a virtual reality film.

An avid technology enthusiast, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that, “Virtual reality is a fascinating immersive technology. It has the power to make people perceive and feel one another’s reality and, in so doing, can help create empathy and compassion in a world that needs it more than ever.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Geography and History of Biafra

 Encyclopedia : "The Bight of Biafra, or Mafra (named after the town Mafra in southern Portugal), between Capes Formosa and Lopez, is the most eastern part of the Gulf of Guinea; it contains the islands Fernando Po [Equatorial Guinea], Prince’s and St Thomas’s [São Tomé and Príncipe]. The name Biafra-as indicating the country-fell into disuse in the later part of the 19th century."
Coordinates 2°50′N 8°0′E
River sources Niger
Ocean/sea sources Gulf of Guinea
Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
Max. length 300 km (190 mi)
Max. width 600 km (370 mi)

The Bight of Biafra extends east of the Bight of Benin from the River Delta of the Niger in the north until it reaches Cape Lopez in Gabon. Besides the Niger River, other rivers reaching the bay are the Cross River, Wouri River, Calabar River, Ndian, Wouri, Sanaga, Nyong River, Ntem, Mbia, Mbini, Muni and Komo River.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dele Momodu Appeals To Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua Not To Leave Nigeria

Ovation Magazine CEO, Otunba Dele Momodu has written a touching and overwhelming letter to the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet T.B Joshua who has threatened to leave Nigeria for Israel.

Read full later below...

My dear Prophet, I’m very certain this letter must come to you as a big surprise. But that is the nature of this column. It is in the character of Pendulum to swing in the direction least anticipated. Today, it has chosen to navigate itself towards you, my dear man of God.

For avoidance of doubt, please, permit me to quickly explain a point so that mischief-makers may not attribute spurious motives to this epistle. I’m not a member of your congregation. I have never been. You and I have never discussed religion or worship. I have never approached you for special prayers or miracles. But I have been a great fan of yours nonetheless, for very exceptional reasons. I shall explain in a jiffy why I admire you warts and all.