Showing posts with label Money. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Money. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

I Need Your Support


Due to unforeseen circumstances and the emergency lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 
I have become very broke and homeless and still in self-isolation in a guest house in Lagos where I am owing thousands of naira. 
The guest house will be shutdown tomorrow, because of lack of business and I will be stranded in Lagos 

The lockdown worsened my precarious situation by stopping my sources of incomes in the Nigerian film industry. Debtors who are owing me have become unreachable and not responding to my calls and messages.

All I need is N500, 000.

I am desperate and it is better to be a beggar than be an armed robber. 

Please, I need the support of every kind hearted person who can contribute whatever amount you can give me to survive my present ordeal.
My GTBANK current account number: 0016426297
Account name: EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima

My foreign currency bank account:
Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
Address- 635, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Bank identifier/SWIFT CODE- GTBINGLA
SORT Code - 058152353
Account number- 0016426307

I will be grateful.

Michael Chima,
Publisher and Editor,
247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter

Friday, April 1, 2011

Five Steps toward Financial Wellness

Five Steps toward Financial Wellness

Money Management International Offers Actionable Tips for Improving Finances

Houston, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Between rapidly increasing prices in gas and food along with sluggish economic growth, consumers are feeling more pinched each week. In fact, according to a recent survey by Career Builder, 77 percent of American consumers are living paycheck to paycheck.

Financial Literacy Month offers the perfect opportunity for individuals and families to change their financial situation by learning about important financial matters like creating and managing a budget, paying down debt while saving for emergencies, and creating achievable financial goals. Here at Money Management International (MMI), we care about your financial future. We are committed to bringing you the financial education you need to reach your financial goals.

The following five steps will help you on the path toward financial wellness:

1. Make a commitment – Changing your relationship with money is not an easy task; it takes hard work and a strong commitment. Visit and take the pledge to start on the path toward financial security.
2. Assess your financial situation – A simple quiz can help you understand your current financial position. Knowing where you are today will help you determine the best path toward meeting your financial goals.
3. Get organized – Getting your financial house organized is a great way to begin on a clear path toward financial wellness.
4. Set priorities – Understanding the difference between needs and wants will help you establish financial priorities and set realistic goals.
5. Live on a budget – Spending less than you earn is easier said than done, but a solid budget is the most important element of any successful financial plan.

“Changing your financial habits and your relationship with money can be hard work, but the payoff is priceless,” said Kim McGrigg, community and media relations manager for MMI. “The important thing to remember while on your journey to financial freedom is to stay flexible. Revisit your financial plan often and make changes as needed.”

About Money Management International

Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958. MMI helps consumers trim their expenses, develop a spending plan and repay debts. Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet. Services are available in English or Spanish. To learn more, call 800.432.7310 or visit

Let’s keep in touch!

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Media Contact:
Tanisha Warner
Media Relations

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nigerian Girls Who Do Juju

Majority of Nigerian prostitutes on and off campus do juju.

Nigerian Girls Who Do Juju

I have met and befriended about three of them and they were all well educated and from comfortable families. Those who were close to them would never believe that such beautiful ladies were members of cults they joined when they were students at different universities in Nigeria. One of them even made sacrifices at the lagoon of the UNILAG. The second used special candles for rituals and the third one confessed that a python once came out of her vagina and said she was no longer in the cult. But her close female friend told me that she lied, because she was still keeping her white ritual plates. I made sure I never slept with anyone of them. I always had my Holy Bible whenever I passed the night with one of them. My friend dated another one who soon showed him her true colours one fateful day as they slept after making love. She suddenly got up and started singing and dancing in a strange ritual.

Majority of Nigerian prostitutes on and off campus do juju.

These are not rare cases, because many girls and ladies in Nigeria are ritualizes and pretending to be "Christians". They practice juju which they use in their relationships with men.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Britain's Top 2011 Resolutions Revealed

30 Dec 2010 15:59 Africa/Lagos

Britain's Top 2011 Resolutions Revealed

DUBLIN, December 30, 2010/PRNewswire/ --

- New Research Suggests Young People Want to be Smarter Savers and New Year's Priorities Differ by Region

An online poll of over 2000 British men and women released today from PopCap Games revealed Britain's top new year's resolutions for 2011.

While some of the resolutions may not come as a surprise, what is surprising is that, of those who plan to make a new year's resolution in 2011, the top resolutions are almost exactly identical for both men and women:

1. To lose weight/keep fit - 38% (35% men; 41% women)

2. To reduce stress and enjoy life more/have more fun - 23% (24% men; 23% women)

3. To save money - 15% (15% men; 15% women)


While men and women are agreed on these three resolutions, there is a marked point of difference among the age groups when it comes to their top priority resolution. Of those polled who plan to make resolutions, young people aged 18-24 are Britain's most committed savers (29%) but they are least committed to reducing their stress or having more fun (16%); while people aged 55+ are the most committed to reducing stress or having more fun (31%) and those over 55 least concerned with saving (9%). In fact, across all age groups who are planning to make resolutions, the research revealed a rough trend that as people get older they are less concerned with saving money as their top priority resolution and more committed to reducing stress and enjoying their lives:

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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Short List of Money-Minded Resolutions for 2011

23 Dec 2010 00:02 Africa/Lagos

A Short List of Money-Minded Resolutions for 2011

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 22, 2010

CHICAGO, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At year's end we often find ourselves faced with good intentions that just never happened. Something we wanted to do, but never got around to it. The Illinois CPA Society suggests it's not too late. Make the financial move you planned on making in 2010 your New Year's resolution for 2011. Check this short list from the Society for things you might want to do in the year ahead:

* Find a way to save. Could you take the $50 you just spent on that sweater and save it instead? Cut back on downloads or dining out? Look at what you spent this year for ideas.
* Set a reachable goal. Whether it's getting out of debt or buying a home, plan to accomplish something with your money in 2011. Put away a small amount each month towards your goal.
* Start a rainy day fund. Prepare for a layoff or health emergency by working towards having three to six months worth of living expenses socked away.
* Make a will. Not pleasant to think about, but you want to make things easier on your family and protect your assets. State rules may apply if you don't have a will. And who would have custody of your children?
* Check your credit report. You've been meaning to check it, but perhaps afraid to look. Use it as a starting point to get your credit in good shape. Go to for a free report.
* Take steps toward retirement. Begin to contribute to your 401K plan at work - at least enough to get the match if one's available. If you're already contributing, consider an increase of 1 or 2 percent.

Need a little support? Turn to the Society's Find a CPA Directory online at to locate a CPA in your community and to Twitter, @thriftitude, for money management tips from the Illinois CPA Society.

About the Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state CPA society in the nation, with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization that represents CPAs in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.

SOURCE Illinois CPA Society

CONTACT: Judi Kulm, Communications/Media Manager, Illinois CPA Society, +1-312-993-0407 ext. 251,

Web Site:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Secure Mobile Wallet Solutions at AITEC Banking & Mobile Money West Africa Conference

12 May 2010 11:00 Africa/Lagos

CellTrust Corporation Showcases SecureSMS Messaging and Secure Mobile Wallet Solutions at AITEC Banking & Mobile Money West Africa Conference

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- CellTrust Corporation, the world's largest provider of SecureSMS for mobile phones (, announced today the company will showcase its SecureSMS messaging solution in the Mobile Money Hub at the AITEC Banking & Mobile Money West Africa conference, May 11-12, 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria. The company will also highlight the special features of its data-based and menu driven Secure Mobile Wallet.

CellTrust's SecureSMS platform has gained a strong foothold in Africa. The platform will enable banks and even other payment system providers to meet the stringent, new transmission channel security requirements of the Central Bank of Nigeria. In February of this year CellTrust launched its SecureSMS Mobile Banking and Payment Pilot for the African region through its partnership with Maxim-Pro Ltd. (, based in Lagos, Nigeria, to provide consumers the ability to make secure mobile cash transfers, payments and securely access other microfinance banking products.

"CellTrust's secure mobile banking platform is gaining significant momentum in Africa, where banks are cracking down on fraud and enforcing new security requirements for mobile financial management," said Sean Moshir, Chairman and CEO of CellTrust. "CellTrust's Secure Mobile platform brings significant value to the financial industry, as well as consumers in Africa, providing a secure and simple way to transfer money and make payments."

CellTrust SecureSMS provides end-to-end privacy on the mobile device via a highly encrypted, tamper-proof process while enabling message sizes up to 5,000 characters. CellTrust SecureSMS Appliance is the first global enterprise appliance to offer secure SMS communication for Handset to handset and enterprise applications to handsets with highly encrypted end to end security in compliance with HIPAA, FISMA, and Sarbanes-Oxley, ensuring that information is kept private and only delivered to the intended recipient. CellTrust's award winning SecureSMS(TM) Appliance and Gateway reaches 200+ countries and over 800 carriers.

About CellTrust Corporation

CellTrust is a leading provider of secure mobile messaging and applications. CellTrust's patent pending SecureSMS Gateway(TM) featuring the SecureSMS(TM) Appliance and a suite of mobile applications provide advanced secure mobile messaging and information management across 200+ countries and over 800 carriers. CellTrust ensures the secure and trusted exchange of information on mobile devices to the financial services, healthcare, government, education, energy, information technology, marketing, and travel, among other global industries. For more information about CellTrust's Global, African, North American and Australian operations:

Media Contact:
Lora Friedrichsen
Global Results Comms (GRC) for CellTrust
+1 949-608-0276

Source: CellTrust Corporation

CONTACT: Media, Lora Friedrichsen of Global Results Comms (GRC),
+1-949-608-0276,, for CellTrust

Web Site:

Friday, March 12, 2010

President Obama Donates $125,000 of Nobel Prize Money to American Indian College Fund

President Barack Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

12 Mar 2010 01:35 Africa/Lagos

President Obama Donates $125,000 of Nobel Prize Money to American Indian College Fund

DENVER, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama announced today that he will donate $125,000 of his $1.4 million 2009 Nobel Peace Prize monies to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund). In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said of the Fund and nine other charity organizations that received donations from the president, "These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need. I'm proud to support their work."

"We are thrilled that President Obama has chosen to publicly acknowledge the work the American Indian College Fund is doing in Indian Country by sharing $125,000 of his prestigious Nobel Peace Prize award with us," said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. "As a result of President Obama's vision and leadership, through his donation to the Fund along with nine other outstanding charities, he is setting an example for how all Americans can help those less fortunate. The gift will be used to support Native scholarships at America's 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities."

According to the White House Statement, these charities include Fisher House, which provides housing for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers; the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, which raises money for long-term relief efforts in Haiti after its earthquake; College Summit, which partners with elementary and middle schools and school districts to increase college enrollment and student preparation; the Posse Foundation, a scholarship organization which identifies public high school students with academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes; the United Negro College Fund, which helps 60,000 students yearly to attend college through scholarship and internship programs; the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization; the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, which supports and enables young Appalachians to pursue higher education though scholarship and leadership curriculum; AfriCare, which supports health and HIV/AIDS, food security and agriculture, and water resource development projects in 25 countries; and the Central Asia Institute, which promotes and supports community-based education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

About the American Indian College Fund

With its credo "Educating the Mind and Spirit," the American Indian College Fund is the nation's largest provider of private scholarships for American Indian students, providing an average of 6,000 scholarships annually for students seeking to better their lives and communities through education and support to the nation's 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

Source: American Indian College Fund

CONTACT: Dina Horwedel, Director, Public Education, +1-303-430-5350
(direct), or +1-720-394-8073 (cell),

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Worst Scandal of 2009: Big Money in Politics

23 Dec 2009 16:30 Africa/Lagos

The Worst Scandal of 2009: Big Money in Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Common Cause and Public Campaign:

What was the biggest scandal of 2009?

Blagojevich trying to sell a Senate seat? Senators, governors, and their mistresses? Allegations that lobbyists were lining up defense earmarks in exchange for straw donations?

No, the biggest scandal of 2009 was that the entire pay-to-play system that dominates Washington and occupies Congress' time and attention sidetracked bold policies.

One year after President Obama was swept into office on a ticket of change, a wall of big money from the health interests, banks, and Big Oil thwarted, slowed, or deep-sixed legislation in Washington. Special interests were on track to spend $3.3 billion to shape policy outcomes, according to a recent story in Politico. Despite the voters' mandate for change, the underlying problem of Washington - what author and Washington Post reporter Robert Kaiser calls "too damn much money" - remained unaltered and in many ways, more powerful than ever before.

The bottom line is that America will not see the significant change that a majority of people are demanding until we change the way we pay for political campaigns by getting special interests out of the business of paying for our elections.

"Yes we can" has been blocked by "no you don't."

Here are some facts to consider:

-- The health care debate is a perfect example of all that is wrong.
Everyone agrees health care must be made more affordable, and that
more people need coverage. But with the health care industry spending
more than $1 million a day this year to lobby for their bottom line,
and contributing more than $200 million to candidates for Congress in
the 2008 election cycle and first nine months of 2009, it's not a
surprise that reform proposals were watered down.
-- At the beginning of December, the U.S. House passed legislation to
reform the financial regulatory industry. The vote came fifteen months
after the collapse of the financial sector and the $700 billion
bailout of Wall Street banks. Reform of Wall Street shouldn't have
been so hard -- these firms exploited a weak regulatory regime to
wreak havoc on our economy -- but throughout 2009, financial, real
estate, and insurance interests poured $85 million in campaign
contributions into Washington, D.C. They succeeded at watering down
sections of the House bill, and have declared all out war on the
Senate bill.
-- As the climate change conference in Copenhagen comes to a close,
President Barack Obama's hands were tied not just by China and India's
unwillingness to negotiate far-reaching agreements. He was also hemmed
in by the politics of passing climate legislation through the U.S.
Senate - and the stranglehold that Big Oil and coal companies have
over our elected officials. The energy sector has contributed more
than $4.5 million to Senators just this year - an off-election year.
Senators like Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) have declared that any action on
climate change in the Senate faces an uncertain future. Inhofe has
received more than $1.2 million in contributions from oil and gas
interests during his career.

The swamp of special interest money is rising in Washington and Congress needs a way out.

The Solution: The Fair Elections Now Act

One year later, it's become clear that change doesn't come simply with the election of a new president or new members of Congress. To dramatically change the way Washington works we need to change the way campaigns are financed in this country.

It's time for the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R. 1826), legislation that would sever the ties between big money campaign contributors and members of Congress. With Fair Elections, candidates would be able to run a competitive race for congressional office with a blend of small dollar donations and limited public funds. Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), this voluntary system would put people in office unencumbered by special interest influence. In addition to Rep. Larson, the House bill has the broad bipartisan and cross-caucus support of 124 members.

There have been a lot of political scandals and intrigue in Washington this year, but the worst of them all is the sordid impact of money in our political process. The scandal is what is legally permitted day in, day out, in Washington, D.C. It is time to change the system and pass the Fair Election Now Act.

Learn more at

Source: Common Cause and Public Campaign

CONTACT: Adam Smith of Public Campaign, +1-202-997-8929,

Web Site:

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Unregulated Money in Politics Is Greatest Corruption Threat Globally, Study Finds

18 Feb 2009 16:00 Africa/Lagos

Unregulated Money in Politics Is Greatest Corruption Threat Globally, Study Finds

Iraq and Somalia Included For First Time in New Report Assessing Anti-Corruption Mechanisms and Government Accountability in 57 Countries

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Regardless of income levels, the #1 corruption threat facing a majority of countries is the unregulated flow of money into the political process, a new report finds. The report, a major investigative study of 57 countries, was released today by Global Integrity, an award-winning international nonprofit organization that tracks governance and corruption trends globally.

"For the third straight year, poor transparency around the financing of political parties and candidates was the weakest element of most countries' anti-corruption frameworks," said Global Integrity's Managing Director, Nathaniel Heller. "If we're serious about rolling back corruption and abuse of power in both the developed and developing worlds, more effective safeguards to curb the influence of money in politics are desperately needed. The Rod Blagojevichs of the world are just the tip of the iceberg."

The Global Integrity Report: 2008 covers developed countries such as Canada, Japan and Italy as well as dozens of the world's emerging markets and developing nations, from Argentina and China to the West Bank and Iraq. Rather than measure perceptions of corruption, the report assesses the accountability mechanisms and transparency measures in place (or not) to prevent corruption through more than 300 "Integrity Indicators." Gaps in those safeguards suggest where corruption is more likely to occur.

Global Integrity's new Grand Corruption Watch List, introduced as part of the 2008 report, includes Angola, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Iraq, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Serbia, Somalia, the West Bank, and Yemen, all countries viewed at serious risk for high-level corruption. The Watch List identifies countries where the lack of effective conflicts of interest regulations, unregulated flows of money into the political process, and poor oversight over large state-owned enterprises combine to pose a systemic risk of large-scale theft of public resources. "Watch List countries are unfortunately characterized by a toxic mix of corruption risk factors that should be cause for alarm," said Heller.

Other major findings of the report include the following:

-- The most significant anti-corruption failure in much of the Arab world
is poor access to government information. While the countries in the
Middle East and North Africa assessed in the 2008 Report struggle to
match global medians on many factors, their comprehensive lack of
effective access to government information is virtually double those
countries' deficit on any other issue assessed by Global Integrity.

-- Several key countries experienced gains or backsliding since 2007.
Important anti-corruption improvements were noted in Bangladesh and
Nigeria; in China, a more positive assessment was linked to the
introduction of a new regulation granting citizens access to
government information. Noticeable decliners included Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Ecuador; Georgia also slipped for the second straight
year and continues to struggle consolidating democratic gains since
the 2003 Rose Revolution.

-- Corruption and transparency challenges appear to be worsening on the
Horn of Africa, threatening to exacerbate tensions in an
already-fragile security situation. Drops in performance in Kenya and
Ethiopia, combined with Somalia's ignominious honor of boasting the
worst-ever overall Global Integrity country score, do not bode well
for establishing the kinds of checks and balances in all three
countries that could promote good governance and improve stability.

"The country assessments that comprise the Report offer among the most detailed, evidence-based evaluations of anti-corruption mechanisms available anywhere in the world," said Global Integrity's International Director, Marianne Camerer. "They provide policymakers, investors, and citizens alike with the information to understand the governance challenges unique to each country and to take action."

The report is the product of months of on-the-ground reporting and data gathering by a team of more than 260 in-country journalists and researchers who prepared more than a million words of text and 20,000 data points for their respective countries. The 2008 report covers the following diverse countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
D.R. Congo
Kyrgyz Republic
Macedonia (FYROM)
Solomon Islands
South Africa
West Bank

To access the Global Integrity Report: 2008, please visit

The Global Integrity Report: 2008 was generously supported by the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Legatum Institute, and the World Bank.

Global Integrity is a leading international non-profit organization that tracks governance and corruption trends around the world. Working with a network of several hundred in-country journalists and researchers in 92 countries, we aim to shape and inform the debate around governance and anti-corruption reforms through in-depth diagnostic tools at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Our information is regularly used by aid donors, civil society advocates, and governments alike to press for governance reforms in both the developed and developing world. For more information about the organization, visit

Source: Global Integrity

CONTACT: Nathaniel Heller, +1-202-449-4100,, or Jonathan Werve, +1-202-449-8123,, both of Global Integrity

Web Site:

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