Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Isha Sesay's "Beneath the Tamarind Tree" Full of Many Lies - Nigerian Government


The Nigerian government says former CNN's top news anchor Aisha Sesay lied in her new book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree.


Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity in a statement on Monday, said Sesay's book was laced with many untruths.

Persecution of Christians in China, Nigeria and Other Countries: Foreign Secretary's Speech Following The Final Report



Persecution of Christians in China, Nigeria and Other Countries: Foreign Secretary's Speech Following The Final Report

LONDON, 08 July 2019 / PRN Africa / Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt  thanked Bishop Mounstephen for his report about Foreign & Commonwealth Office support for persecuted christians.

Good morning ladies, gentleman. Welcome to the Foreign Office.

TriciaBiz Launches Online Business School for Entrepreneurs in Africa



L-R:Tricia Ikponmwonba, Lead Trainer, Business Lab Africa; Jimi Tewe, CEO The Jimi Tewe Company; Romoke Oladejo Community Manager, Business Lab Africa and Funke Bucknor, CEO Zapphaire Events at the media unveil of Business Africa Lab in Lagos.

TriciaBiz Launches Online Business School for Entrepreneurs in Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 13, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Business coach and trainer, TriciaBiz has launched an online business school, Business Lab Africa with the aim of helping entrepreneurs in Africa  succeed in business. The school, which offers a new approach to learning, is subscription-based and is geared towards providing quality content at a price MSMEs can afford.

Space in Africa Closes Investment Round; Expands Staff to Eleven People Across Five African Nations




Space in Africa Closes Investment Round; Expands Staff to Eleven People Across Five African Nations

-  News and research company covers the rapidly growing African space economy which has already seen eight nations launch 35 satellites in the last two decades – and 15 satellites in just the last 4 years.

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 16, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Space in Africa, the authority on news, data, and market analysis for the African space industry, has successfully completed its seed funding round. While the terms were not disclosed, the funds raised are being used to hire additional reporters and analysts to expand coverage for its subscription news service and specialised industry reports.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Groundbreaking Tech Disruption of Cable TV and OTT Networks in Nigeria in 2019



Groundbreaking Tech Disruption of Cable TV and OTT Networks in Nigeria in 2019

There is going to be a groundbreaking tech disruption of the Nigerian film and TV industry before the end of 2019 that will change the consumption of entertainment in Africa's largest market. It will be a quantum leap into the future of motion picture in Africa by the digital acceleration of film and TV distribution and exhibition in the global entertainment industry.
This technological development will be the next level of the 60 years of TV broadcasting in tropical Africa. Subscription fees for cable TV and OTT platforms will be reduced by 200% on all the cable TV and OTT networks in Nigeria from DStv Nigeria to Startimes and Netflix.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Happy Birthday Prof. Wole Soyinka, The Lion of African Literature



Happy 85th Birthday To our very own WS, Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká, The Lion of African Literature. The first black winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature; iconic Philosopher, Writer and Filmmaker.
One of the greatest humans I have met and the only one I gave the first copy of my book, "The Prophet Lied" that arrived Nigeria from the United States of America. He is one of the greatest humans who have inspired me as an artist, poet, dramatist, novelist and human rights activist.
Icon of African culture and literature.
Indisputably, the greatest African writer.


Click here for his biographical information.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

International Congress of Youth Voices Brings Together Authors and Activists in Puerto Rico



International Congress of Youth Voices Brings Together Authors and Activists in Puerto Rico
Founded by Author and Activist Dave Eggers, Congress Features 130 Accomplished Young Writers from Around the World August 7 through 11

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 8, 130 accomplished young writers from around the world will meet with activists, political leaders, and other changemakers to learn and collaborate as they seek to make a positive impact in their communities. The summit, co-founded by author and activist Dave Eggers and nonprofit leader Amanda Uhle, is in its second year and will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to best-selling Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, winner of the National Book Award, the gathering will feature several other speakers. They include authors David Wallace-Wells, Chinaka Hodge, Alia Malek, and Nyuol Lueth Tong, along with Palestinian peace activist Huda Abu Arqoub, senior officials from Puerto Rico, and local activists such as Carla Rodriguez and Rosa Colon.

The delegates participating in the Congress hail from 26 countries around the globe, including Zambia, Iraq, Cuba, Uganda, Ireland, Burundi, Syria, Australia, Russia, Tanzania, Canada, Thailand, Pakistan, Denmark, India, Somalia, France, Nepal, Palestine, Ecuador, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Colombia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala To Speak At The First-Ever European Innovation Festival



Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, economist, international development expert and former Finance Minister of Nigeria is among the leading global leaders and celebrities who will headline the  First-Ever European Innovation Festival in July.


Fast Company Brings First-Ever European Innovation Festival to Milan and Florence Powered by Gucci
THEME: THE DAWN OF SUPERINTELLIGENCE

NEW YORK, June 24, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company today announced the line-up for its European Innovation Festival (FCEIF) —the first-ever global thought leadership summit of its kind. The three-day event, powered by Gucci, will take place from July 9-11 in Milan and Florence. The Festival, titled "The Dawn of Superintelligence," will highlight the potential for collaboration between man and machine as society sits on the precipice of a new era of technological advancement and artificial intelligence. The Festival will bring together a high profile collection of global thought leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges that come from marrying the precision and analytics of computers with the sensitivity of humanity.          




Speakers for the Festival include: Yuval Noah Harari, historian and author; Darren Aronofsky, screenwriter and director; Jared Leto, tech investor, actor and musician; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, economist, international development expert and former Finance Minister of Nigeria;  Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," technology policy expert, and senior innovation advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-A-Porter and co-founder and managing partner, Imaginary Ventures; Riccardo Sabatini, scientist and entrepreneur; Jessica Brillhart, immersive director, writer and founder of Vrai Pictures; Dustin Yellin, contemporary artist; Chloe Macintosh, chief creative officer, Soho House, and cofounder, Made.com; Massimo Bottura, chef patron and Food for Soul founder; Marian Goodell, CEO, Burning Man; Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, and Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Okoronkwo Takes Pharmacy to Another Level



Okoronkwo Takes Pharmacy to Another Level

Steve Okonkwo’s Principles of Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria comes handy for Pharmacy students and practicing Pharmacists.

Experts say the book is a valuable manual for quality practice and study of the profession. A product of painstaking research, Principles of Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria will be launched on 27th June 2019 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

ITUC Global Rights Index 2019: Democracy in Crisis as Brutal Repression Used to Silence Age of Anger



ITUC Global Rights Index 2019: Democracy in Crisis as Brutal Repression Used to Silence Age of Anger

BRUSSELS, 19 June 2019 / PRN Africa / -- The systematic dismantling of the foundations of workplace democracy and the violent repression of strikes and protests put peace and stability at risk, according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Extreme violence against the defenders of workplace rights saw large scale arrests and detentions in India, Turkey and Vietnam.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation said, “From Hong Kong to Mauritania, the Philippines to Turkey, governments are attempting to silence the age of anger by constraining freedom of speech and assembly. In 72% of countries, workers had no or restricted access to justice, with severe cases reported in Cambodia, China, Iran  and Zimbabwe.”

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ford Foundation Appoints Marca Bristo and Gbenga Oyebode to its Board of Trustees



Ford Foundation Appoints Marca Bristo and Gbenga Oyebode to its Board of Trustees


20 JUNE 2019
New York, 20 June 2019 — The Ford Foundation announced today that Marca Bristo and Gbenga Oyebode have been elected to serve as members of its Board of Trustees.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Political Title is Not a Legacy


From left: The late Chief Awolowo, Dr Azikiwe, Alhaji Balewa, Dr E. M. Endeley and Alhaji Bello at the constitutional conference in London before the Independence in 1960.

Nigerians are so obsessed with political title chasers that they continue to be their ass lickers without asking for their achievements and legacies to posterity?


A political title is not a legacy.
Who remembers the past Presidents of the Nigerian Senate; Dennis Osadebay (1960-1963 NCNC); Nwafor Orizu (1963–1966 NCNC) and Joseph Wayas (1979–1983 NPN)?
How many past senators and representatives do Nigerians remember?


The greatest Nigerian political philosopher, Chief Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀; GCFR ( 6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was the first Premier of the Western Region and one of the founding fathers of the independence of modern Nigeria. He never became the President or Prime Minister, but he achieved more than the Right Honourable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; P.C. (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), who was Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966 and the Right Honourable, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; P.C.(December 1912 – 15 January 1966) who was the only Prime  Minister of Nigeria.
In fact, no other President and Head of State has the outstanding legacies of the great Yoruba sage till date in the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa among the comity of nations in the world.

He was the first African political office holder to introduce free primary education for all and free health care for children which he launched as the  Premier of the Western Region; he established the first television service in Africa in 1959 and the most prolific author among political leaders in the world with over nine books on contemporary political leadership, democracy and good governance.

- By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,
Author of "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream" and other books. https://www.amazon.com/author/ekenyerengozimichaelchima.


Friday, June 14, 2019

The Lancet: One in Five People Living in an Area Affected by Conflict Has a Mental Health Condition



The Lancet: One in Five People Living in an Area Affected by Conflict Has a Mental Health Condition

GENEVA, 11 June 2019 / PRN Africa / -- New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlight need for increased, sustained investment in the development of mental health services in areas affected by conflict.

From Myanmar To the Middle East, from Vienna to Nigeria, Support Pours in for KAICIID After Austrian Vote



From Myanmar To the Middle East, from Vienna to Nigeria, Support Pours in for KAICIID After Austrian Vote

Jun 14, 2019, 19:15 WAT
VIENNA, June 15, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Following a motion passed on Wednesday in Parliament seeking Austria's  withdrawal from the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)'s Council of Parties, messages of support for the Centre have poured in from all areas of its operations across the world.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Newly Elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President Pledges Focus on ‘Peace and Prosperity' for the Most Vulnerable


UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Ambassador Tijjani Mohammad Bande, newly-elected President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (4 June 2019).

Newly Elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President Pledges Focus on ‘Peace and Prosperity' for the Most Vulnerable


NEW YORK, 04 June 2019 / PRN Africa / -- Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria's current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to head the world body by acclamation on Tuesday in the General Assembly Hall in New York  and will succeed Ecuador's Maria Fernanda Espinosa.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce Vacates Senate Seat; Expands Silverbird Group



Dream Magic Studios Dream Team: L-R (Jesse Combs, Jonathan Murray-Bruce, Davina Douthard, and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce)

Nigerian Senator Ben Murray-Bruce Vacates Senate Seat; Expands Silverbird Group Film Ventures
Greenlights Production of Nigerian Comedic Drama DNA in Association with LA's Dream Magic Studios

LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Nigerian business magnate and politician, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, announced the expansion of Silverbird Group  ventures in association with Los Angeles-based production house Dream Magic Studios. With his June 6 departure from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Murray-Bruce returns to his roots in entertainment, greenlighting several film productions. The first film slated is Nigerian-based comedy, DNA, with an anticipated worldwide 2019 holiday release.

A Question of Talent: How Human Capital Will Determine the Next Global Leaders




Research Report:
A Question of Talent: How Human Capital Will Determine the Next Global Leaders
2019 Global Cities Report
The Global Cities Index and Outlook reveal the world’s top-performing cities and those with the most potential.

Friday, June 7, 2019

CREATING THE FUTURE - Femi Odugbemi



CREATING THE FUTURE:
Keynote address presented by Femi Odugbemi, at the Lagos International Animation Festival on 6th June 2019 at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

Let me begin by offering my hearty congratulations to my brother Muyiwa Kayode and the organizing team of the Lagos International Festival of Animation. Its a herculean task to run a creative festival. I should know. I am a Co-Founder of the IREP International Film Festival we have held for 9 years. I understand the vision to create but it takes character and toughness to organize a festival of creativity every year successfully. Especially in a dynamic industry of young creatives like Nollywood. Well-done to the team.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Agari Exposes Nigerian Cybercriminal Kingpin and His Growing Gang



Agari Exposes Nigerian Cybercriminal Kingpin and His Growing Gang
From start-up to criminal business email compromise enterprise, a mastermind 'CEO' staffs up to defraud more people


FOSTER CITY, Calif. and LONDON, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A West African-based scammer gang dubbed "Scattered Canary" has evolved from a one-man, start-up operation to a multi-faceted, scalable, "corporation" with 35 "employees" targeting individuals, businesses, and government agencies, according to the new Threat Actor Dossier published today by Agari, the next-generation Secure Email Cloud that restores trust to the inbox.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Nigerian Government was More Competent and Efficient During the Military Administrations



The Nigerian government was more competent and efficient during the military administrations.
The most competent and efficient military administrations in the political history of Nigeria since independence were the regimes of Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

We Welcome The New Governor Of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu



This is the official portrait of newly sworn-in Governor  of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He shared the photo with the caption, 'to God, we give all the Glory, Honour and Praise. Kindly allow me re-introduce myself to you'.


More Than 200 Philanthropists Have Now Joined the Giving Pledge



More Than 200 Philanthropists Have Now Joined the Giving Pledge
Committing to Give at Least Half Their Wealth to Charitable Causes

International philanthropy group reaches 204 total signatories from 23 countries


SEATTLE, May 28, 2019 /CNW/ -- Today the Giving Pledge  announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Welcoming Remarks By The Deputy High Commissioner of Canada, Ryan Ward At the Nigerian Premiere of “In the Name of Your Daughter”


Welcoming Remarks By The Deputy High Commissioner of Canada, Ryan Ward At the Nigerian Premiere of “In the Name of Your Daughter”

May 23, 2019, 10am – 2pm, Silverbird Cinemas, Victoria Island, Lagos



Good morning and welcome. It is an honour to host you here today at the Nigerian premiere of the award-winning film, “In the Name of Your Daughter.” The film is an inspiring story of strength and courage, in which young girls stand up for their health and rights, and fight to end female genital mutilation / cutting in their community.

We are also honoured to welcome Canadian filmmaker, Giselle Portenier, who created this important documentary and is joining via live feed. (To the screen). Thank you Giselle for making it possible to screen this pertinent film in Lagos today.

New Accreditation Requirements Restrict Press Access To Nigeria's National Assembly



New Accreditation Requirements Restrict Press Access To Nigeria's National Assembly

NEW YORK, 21 May 2019 / PRN Africa / -- Authorities in Nigeria  should withdraw new media accreditation requirements for accessing the National Assembly, the country's legislature, and ensure that future regulations do not unduly limit freedom of the press and access to information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Photographs of the Nigerian Première of "In The Name Of Your Daughter"



Photographs of The Nigerian Première of Giselle Portenier's "In The Name Of Your Daughter"




Nigerian première of Giselle Portenier's award-winning film, "In The Name Of Your Daughter" held yesterday, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Silverbird Cinemas in the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. From 10am - 2pm.


The amiable Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Ryan A. Ward gave the goodwill message. Over 260 secondary school girls and boys came with their teachers with the approval of the Ministry of Education of Lagos state.