Showing posts with label Nigerians. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigerians. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2011

70% of 12 million Nigerians Overseas Are Igbos

Majority of Nigerians overseas are in the US and UK.

Do you know that 70 percent of 12 million Nigerians overseas are Igbos? And 30 percent of them are from Abia State. Moreover, these Nigerians abroad remit over N23 billion every year according to Dr. kalu Kalu Diogu, leader of the Abia State Indigenes in Diaspora and a past Chairman of World Igbo Congress (WIC)

Last year 30 million Africans across the globe invested $40 billion into the continent's economy. And Nigerians accounted for about 55 percent of the money. Nigerians in in Diaspora remitted total of sum of $18 billion in 2009.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Del-York International is not ripping off Ignorant Nigerians

The goal of Del-York International has always been to raise sponsorship to cover full tuition, feeding and accommodations for all participants of the training program from Nigeria's public and private sectors.

While we recognize that the price for world class training by the New York Film Academy is a shock for most Nigerians, we have been able to raise support from Local companies who are invested in building the capacity of our nation's youth in the creative industries, which was recently recognized by the World Bank to have great potential for job creation and poverty alleviation.

This year we received the generous support from our partners: NDDC, Edo State Government, Riverdrill Group, Pepsi and NAFDAC to sponsor 96% of the students currently attending the program in Lagos.

We hope that this group of students will exceed the success rate of the graduates from the 2010 training program in Abuja, where 122 of the 400 graduate are presently employed in the entertainment industry, with some on the BBC film crew, and others already creating jobs for many by opening their own production studios.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

We invite you to visit our training facilities in Isolo and observe our trans formative operations.


Chinaka Iwunze
Head, Media and Communications
Del-York International

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Boko Haram Terrorism Threats in Nigeria

Boko Haram Terrorism Threats in Nigeria


Dr. Deji James, Human Rights Group: writing from Abuja, it is emphatic that the Boko Haram issue is far from being just a ‘northern’ phenomenon, but nationwide crisis.

One of the greatest challenges President Goodluck Jonathan's administration faces is the growing insecurity across the country. Nigerians are said to now be living in perpetual fear of falling victim to the spate of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and other acts of terrorism in the country.

Boko Haram, in its fifth straight day of violence, overran a police station in Toro Council in Bauchi State and carted off arms and ammunition. Elsewhere, a heavy explosion followed by bursts of sporadic gunfire hit Maiduguri, where the Islamic fundamentalists have also been waging a campaign of terror.

The Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria (CENN) has said the nefarious operations of the Boko Haram sect must be considered as an act of war and terrorism in the class of a foreign invasion against the country, "and must be drastically confronted as such by the security agencies to prevent further international embarrassment to Nigeria and further loss of Nigerian lives and property".

Governor Obi of Anambra State described the actions of the Boko Haram sect which has resulted in killings of innocent Nigerians in parts of the country, as unacceptable and must be tackled.

Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi, representing Ekiti North Senatorial district of Ekiti State, has justified the recent deployment of soldiers to Abuja to combat the menace of terrorism by Boko Haram, describing the move as a sure way to curtail the activities of the terrorist group. He assured Nigerians that members of the National Assembly will open debate on the matter after recess, saying the issue of terrorism in the country has reached a feverish pitch and needed utmost urgent attention.

Boko Haram has announced its Jihad in Nigeria and its intent on causing further mayhem until its goals of setting up a nation under Sharia is met. For many Nigerians, this is a serious threat, and must be taken very seriously by this President. Boko Haram has basically declared war on the Federal Government of Nigeria, and it is important to evaluate the situation carefully in the coming days on whether to initiate A-grade operations in the North to root out this threat now or allow it to fester and create a growing, inoperable cancer. It is better now to excise the tumor before it spreads.

The Boko Haram menace has taken a new and deadly twist, with the dreaded group issuing threats to eliminate all Christians and even Muslims currently serving in the Federal government. In the statement released by the group last week, it said: “This is a government that is not Islamic. Therefore, all its employees-Muslims and non-Muslims are Infidels.

While the deadly Maiduguri based terror group, Boko Haram, continues to maim, murder and destroy properties, the Nigeria state officials, security agencies are simply at sea as to how to curtail these strings of mayhem. The police most times try to minimize the magnitude of destruction.
Boko Haram’s Terrorism Does Not Threaten Only Nigeria. The Nigerian government has imposed a curfew on the national capital city, Abuja, following recent attacks by Islamist militants. Nightclubs, beer parlours, and cinemas must close by 10pm local time (2100 GMT) and public parks that admit children should close by 6pm. Abuja city’s administration said it has also banned parking of vehicles on two roads where most government offices are located. The security problems bedeviling Nigeria must pique our interest because of its implications for the entire West African sub-region.
To confront this problem we need to have a full understanding of the notion BOKO HARAM. Its direct translation in English means "Western Education is Forbidden" this notion is a very eccentric idea which takes its roots from the colonial era when the British having subdued the fulani's with their artillery batteries in Sokoto had implemented a system of indirect rule in Northern Nigeria, a system which allowed them to pursue their imperialist plans indirectly through the emirs taking full advantage of the existing feudal system.

This grievance has led to mass protests in the north and also the ruling Peoples Democratic Party losing a lot of seats to other political parties. The elite themselves are not safe at all as a result of the spate of high profile assassinations in the country by the dreaded Boko Haram sect. It is very obvious that there is a high level of entropy and ambiguity in the North. The real danger is not in the present but what is yet to come that is why the government must do its best to address the issue of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy in the North.

This time around Nigerians are faced with a problem in the form of terrorist jihadist militants going by the name of Boko Haram which means Western Education is forbidden in the Hausa dialect. The kidnapping of people and blowing up of government infrastructure is one thing but the act of suicide bombing whereby the aggressor is willing to risk his own life by blowing up himself and the intended target to oblivion is a whole different thing entirely.

The recent suicide bombing attack on the National Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force which is the heart of our nation’s civil security outfit is such an unfortunate event. What even makes the situation more alarming is that it was a suicide attack, the first of its kind in our nation’s history.

This is a war that cannot be won by confrontation because these people live among us and for every terrorist that is killed there will be more to eagerly replace them so it is important that the authorities attack this problem from the roots so that our beloved nation will not follow other countries like Somalia, Afghanistan and the rest.

This is a report of how the fear of Boko Haram is threatening to change night life in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. It is a season of a long list of forbidden activities after 10pm- including weekends. The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, acting on intelligence and sound security advice, is toeing the path of caution.

Barely an hour after a local government council chairman was shot dead on Sunday evening in his house in Maiduguri by suspected members of the Islamic fundamentalists, Boko Haram, the group was reported to have bombed another local drinking joint at Wulari mammy market in Borno state capital leaving several persons dead and many others injured.

AFGHANISTAN! That was what it called its based in Kanamma, Yobe State. It uses guerrilla tactics as a means of doing devilish things, yet it professes Godliness. Drive-by and ride-by sporadic shooting of police officers and innocent passers-by have become another way of wreaking havoc. Bombs have recently come in handy, and bombs are being deployed with maximum effectiveness. This is the world of Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that appears to be fast replacing the militants of Niger Delta.

The issue of security should not be left alone to government. From my own point of view, government alone cannot stop the activities of terrorists which have left thousands of innocent Nigerians either dead or wounded. People in their thousands are relocating from Maiduguri to their villages and other neighbouring states they consider safe, as the city has been turned into a war zone. When our correspondent visited some motor parks across the metropolis, thousands of people, including students of the University of Maiduguri which was closed on Monday, were seen trying to flee the embattled city.

Death & Destruction, Thy Name is Boko Haram
The members of this sect do not spare royalty or religious leadership. Take: On May 30 this year, suspected members of the sect shot dead Abba Anas Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the younger brother of Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi. Also, a renowned Islamic Scholar, Shiekh Ibrahim Gomari Airport ward in March.

There was stampede in Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Abuja, Jos, Kogi, Adamawa, Yobe, and Suleja over Boko Haram terrorism acts on Monday when news of incessant killings and bombing by Boko Haram with military forces were announced.

‘’We want people to know that the Federal Government fought us and therefore by the grace of Allah, we would continue fighting until we succeed or die in the process,’’ he said the sect spokesman. Abu Zaid said the sect members would continue to trail former governors of Borno and Bauchi states, Christian preachers as well as all the enemies of God.

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have arrived Nigeria to help in the investigation of the 16/6 bomb attack on the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja. The FBI is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency (counterintelligence).

The University of Don said that despite the threats by the police and army to crush Boko Haram, the group has continued relentlessly to attack and kill policemen and military-men with ease. The manner in which they went to attack police headquarters in Abuja underscores the fact that they have intelligent people behind them.

However, it is time for government to act before it is too late!

Dr. Deji James, writing from Abuja, Human Rights Group.

Monday, April 11, 2011

These uncivilized Nigerians are not ready to practice democracy

INEC Polling Centre in Nigeria

From field reports all over Nigeria, the National Assembly Elections of last Saturday April 9, 2011, have not been really free and fair.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega has shown that he has been overwhelmed by the herculean task of conducting free and fair elections in a nation that is ruled by corruption at all levels of public administration and the unscrupulous citizens prefer ignominious ways of life to honourable and noble values and virtues of a civilized society and they would rather practice kleptocracy instead of democracy.

One of the shocking cases of corruption is the current political drama in Anambra State over the polls in the Anambra Central Senatorial District where Mr. Alex Anene, the returning officer/collation officer of INEC alleged that his life has been threatened by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the state government, because he refused the offer of N10million, a duplex and a car to falsify the result in favour of APGA's candidate Prof. Dora Akunyili and deny the actual winner Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

These are the agonies and ironies of President Goodluck Jonathan's Nigeria as vividly captured in Jekwu Ozoemene's The Anger of Unfulfillment: Three Plays Out of Nigeria as he aptly addressed the dreams and nightmares of Nigerians confronting the contemporary challenges of life in the most populous country in Africa. A nation so well endowed with great human and mineral resources, but abused and misused by corrupt rulers.

In civilized nations, the omissions of the names or logos of any duly registered political party on the ballot are enough to cancel the entire election. Therefore, let us stop all these mischievous gerrymandering of electoral fraud and do the right thing or annul the whole April elections until further notice.

I will not join in the bandwagon of political sycophants and opportunists to flatter the so called winners or pat Professor Attahiru Jega on the back until I see political equity and electoral justice in every state in Nigeria.
Whatever is worth doing at all, should be done well.

These uncivilized Nigerians are not ready to practice democracy.

This is my final verdict on the NASS polls.

~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lest you forget, what happened in Port Harcourt

Victims trampled to death in a stampede at an election campaign rally for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

© 2011 Reuters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and presidential candidate President Goodluck Jonathan cannot protect the lives of the citizens of Nigeria.

Violent crimes and ethnic-religious riots have been worse under the PDP.

Do you want these nightmares to continue?

Monday, February 28, 2011

There is no Progress in Darkness

Photo Credit: Eyes Witness News.

Every Nigerian is gifted in one way or the other but due lack of energy we cannot realize our potentials.

Any government in power that cannot provide 24 hours light for Nigerians is worthless because there is no progress in darkness.

~ By Hope Obioma Opara,
The Publisher/CEO, Supple Magazine,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nigerians, Ivoriens and Koreans finish last on Valentine’s Day Calls

Nigerians, Ivoriens and Koreans finished in the bottom three when it came to increase in call volume during Valentine's Day. In fact, among each of these three countries, the average daily call volume actually decreased by 41 percent on Valentine's Day.

* Valentine's Day 5th on List of Most Popular Calling Holidays: Valentine's Day ranks 5th on the list of holidays for callers from across the world, with an average daily increase of 9 percent in call volume on that day compared to normal days. Christmas is the most popular calling holiday with an average daily call volume increase of 55 percent, followed by New Year's (37 percent), Mother's Day (33 percent) and Father's Day (14 percent).

* That's Amore!: The study finds that, when it comes to making phone calls on Valentine's Day, Italians are the most committed, with a 144 percent increase in call volume on that day compared to a normal day, more than any other country in the world.
* Europeans Love Valentine's Day : It's not just Italians that "love" Valentine's Day, but Europeans, in general. According to the report, the top expat communities that call home the most on Valentine's Day after Italians are France with a 127 percent increase in call volume on that day and Spain with a 116 percent increase in call volume.

* Korea, Ivory Coast and Nigeria "Heartbreakers" on Valentine's Day Calling List: The study finds that Korea, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria finished in the bottom three when it came to increase in call volume during Valentine's Day. In fact, among each of these three countries, the average daily call volume actually decreased by 41 percent on Valentine's Day.

* Mama's Boys and Girls: While two African countries ranked in the bottom three when it comes to calling home during Valentine's Day, African countries dominated the list of those who called home most frequently during Mother's Day. Expats from Ghana, South Africa and Cameroon finished in the top three communities to call home during Mother's Day, with an average 86.3 percent increase in call volume on that holiday.

Click here to see VIP Communications 2011 Expat Valentine's Day Holiday Calling Report.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dear Nigerians, Pastor Tunde Bakare is a Brave Man

Pastor Tunde Bakare

Dear Nigerians,
I have seen that many of you are really confused over the controversial decision of the popular radical Pastor Tunde Bakare to be the running mate of retired General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Muhammad Buhari

The man has taken a decision and he has the constitutional and fundamental human right to do so.Accept it or take a walk and go round the bend if you like.

The man is brave to take such a plunge.He is better than the noise makers who prefer to throw stones from the sidelines without taking the bulls by the horns.

The problem with the majority of those attacking him is THEY DO NOT READ OR THEY HAVE BEEN READING THE WRONG BOOKS. So, they have either misunderstood the teachings of the Holy Bible by misquoting and misinterpreting it or they have low intelligence to understand the astute and resolute Pastor Tunde Bakare whose pragmatic personality is not in doubt.

To separate the goats from the sheep, I repeat that there is absolute nothing wrong with Pastor Tunde Bakare’s decision.

“1″, In Nigeria the worst of us are leading the best of us!,

2, Umaru yar’adua our first Nigerian graduate/lecturer president is a round peg in a square hole, he is totally unfit to lead this nation!,

3, Yar’adua could not careless whether Nigeria is sick or healthy as he is battling with his own health, an honest man would have thought that he owes his nation the duty to say that he does not have the mental capacity or the energy to continue to lead,

4, I am still watching and waiting to see where, this tree of ibori will fall, until those daylight robbers who have stolen this nation blind are dealt with don’t listen to anyone who says there’s a campaign against corruption,

5, The PDP will be derailed one of these days, ” ~ Pastor Tunde Bakare, Nairaland, 22 Nov 2009.

Pastor Tunde Bakare is a patriotic Nigerian of candour, honour and valour.

Every one who registers to vote is already involved, including the other ministers of God who are hiding behind the pulpit and afraid to declare where they stand.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Sunday, January 2, 2011

86% of Nigerians opposed to excessive remuneration for National Assembly Members

86% of Nigerians opposed to excessive remuneration for National Assembly Members

Abuja, Nigeria. December 8, 2010 – An overwhelming majority of Nigerians are opposed to the huge salaries and allowances, which are currently being "earned" by members of the National Assembly. That is a major finding of the November edition of the groundbreaking monthly Snap Poll conducted by NOI Polls, the nation's leading opinion polling organisation. The poll also revealed that a significant proportion of Nigerians are very much aware of the controversial remuneration, which the media has labelled "jumbo pay."

Specifically, 88% of respondents in the survey say they object to the payment of huge amounts to the National Assembly members. Respondents were asked the question 'Have you heard about the recent controversy regarding the earnings of the National Assembly Members?' 79% answered 'Yes' while 20% said 'No.'

The findings are coming against the background of the high profile disagreement between Central Bank Governor, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Senate over the actual percentage of the national budget devoted to servicing the National Assembly. The senators had objected to Mr. Sanusi's statement that a quarter of the country's overhead costs is spent on the national legislature, a claim from which the Central Bank Governor has refused to back down.

The findings suggest that beyond the specific issue of what the exact budgetary provision for the National Assembly is, there is widespread dissatisfaction in the country regarding what is generally perceived as excessive remuneration paid to members of the National Assembly.

Survey Methods

Respondents for the snap poll were randomly selected from a database of phone-owning Nigerians aged 15 and above, compiled by NOI Polls. 1,012 people took part in the telephone interviews from the 15th to 17th of November 2010. For a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

See other important NOI Polls:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

President Goodluck Jonathan, Stop Fooling Nigerians On Facebook

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, majority of Nigerians are not on Facebook and do not care whether you are on Facebook or not.
Being on Facebook is not what they need.

They want to see you address the brazen acts of corruption in your office and the National Assembly.

They want to see you order the IG to stop the illegal toll-gates called police check-points on the streets and highways in Nigeria.

They want to see you prosecuting your corrupt political godfathers who have been indicted for corrupt practices in the Halliburton Bribery Scandal, Siemens Bribery Scandal, your wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan involvemement of 104 million naira and 13.5 million dollars money laundering case and others you have ignored while you have been chasing shadows on Facebook.

They want to see you addressing the endless cases of pensioners who are suffering and dying.

They want to see an end to doctors going on strike.

They want to see an end to collapsing public schools at all levels of education.
Where did IBB, OBJ and AA get the millions of dollars for establishing private universities?

Do not squander and waste billions of naira on 50th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.
Spend the billions of naira on modern health care services for Nigerians who cannot afford foreign medical trips.

You do not need new planes for your Presidential Fleet.

Your current Minister of Information and Communications is a square peg in a round hole. She seems confused and would be more competent in the Ministry of Health.

The list is endless.


President Goodluck Jonathan is only fooling Nigerians on Facebook.

Let him face our realities on the streets, towns and villages.

Being on Facebook is not adding anything to our GDP or GNP.

Being on Facebook will not eradicate corruption in Nigeria.

Stop pretending on Facebook and come down to the streets of Nigeria and face the realities of the crimes and evils of your ruling party.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the most corrupt political party in the history of Nigeria and Nigerians would be better and safer without the PDP.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

So, Are You One of Them?

Nigeria is the way she is today in terrible mess, because majority of Nigerians think from their loins and not from their brains.
Nigeria is what Nigerians are.

Where people do not read, there will be more morons in the land.

Majority of Nigerians in Nigeria think and bahave like dogs, monkeys and pigs.
So, Nigeria is ruled by humans who behave like domesticated animals following their animal instinct and the few people of great intellect are now hostages of the brutes on rampage in the country.

The brutes are posing and posturing to be civilized, but by their brutish actions, they cannot pretend for long before they are exposed in public.

As Jesus Christ our Messiah said, by their fruits you shall know them. So they are manifesting their clannish and fiendish characters.

Their conceit and deceit are being exposed daily on the pages of our newspapers, magazines, books and other meda online and offline.

So, are you one of them?
Where do you belong?
Those who think and act with their brains or the beasts among us who think and act from their loins.

We must separate the sheep from the goats lest you would be mistaken as one of them.
Show me your works and I will tell you who you are.
Facts do not lie.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

An Open Letter to Nigerian Christians and Muslims on the Violence in Nigeria

The Nigerian Armed Forces failed to prevent recurrent violent sectarian attacks in Nigeria.

An Open Letter to Nigerian Christians and Muslims on the Violence in Nigeria

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Dear Christians and Muslims in Nigeria,

As much as many people have tried to dismiss the sectarian motives and implications of the political crisis plaguing Nigeria, the facts have shown that religion has become a political weapon in Nigeria and the worst hit have been innocent Christians in the northern states and middle belt of Nigeria.

Most of the accused have been identified as the Hausa Fulanis in Nigeria.
Please, see the full page public announcement of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) with the title “For how long will this continue”, published on page 26 of The Punch newspaper of Friday March 19, 2010.
This was not the first time that the PFN would raise such an alarm in the news media because of the recurrent violence in Plateau state and unprovoked incessant Attacks on Christians lives and properties in northern states. We have all seen before our very eyes that the Nigerian government has failed woefully to stop these sectarian attacks and should be held responsible for the loss of thousands of lives and properties over the years.

The political jobbers and political contractors in power cannot save us; therefore we must save ourselves before it is too late.

We have a Muslim receptionist named Aisha and she respects me as much as I respect her and I often remind her of Jumat every Friday and tell her to pray for me. And God knows that I can do anything to protect her even though I am a bona fide Christian.
Most of the security guards in Lagos are Muslim Hausas and I ask that if we can rely on them for our security, then why should we not make those in the middle belt and northern states of Nigeria reason with us?

These horrifying and terrifying sectarian clashes and attacks were uncommon during the regime of Gen. Yakubu Gowon who is from the middle belt of Nigeria.
Nigeria was at peace after the civil war until the coup of July 29, 1975 led by the late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed (November 8, 1938–February 13, 1976). That unfortunate coup was the beginning of the nightmares of Nigerians and since then Nigerians have never enjoyed peaceful co-existence till date.

The horrible and terrible evils of the past will continue to haunt us, but the most important thing is for us to face the truth.
We are either our best friends or worst enemies.
We either learn to live and work together in peace or break up in pieces.
The choice is ours and not that of any political party or government.
Except we are accursed fools, then we can continue to fool ourselves by preaching lies and practicing terrorism and making false allegation and accusations like devils. Because only accursed devils continue to do evils in rebellion against love and peace.
No pastor or prophet has sent us to attack and kill innocent people.

Our destinies are not in the stars, but in our own hands.

In conclusion, may I share the following letter from my good friend Rev. David Smith of Australia, because the message will help us in Nigeria.

Hi Michael,

I'm sorry it's been so long since I touched base.

I'm afraid I've just been flat out of late, As you probably know, I've been spending a lot of timetrying to support my mate, the local Islamic Sheikh. We've had very positive media coverage in Australia,with two interviews on ABC TV and feature articles inall the major Australian newspapers, and we've startedto get the attention of the international media too.

The further I go with this the more mysterious it gets.I currently have three Middle-Eastern men who want tomeet with me privately to show me previously-undiscosed doc.uments relevant to this case.

I'm being advised by all my mates (including Sheikh) to watch my back. But I don't want to sacrifice the chanceto uncover the truth about where the accusations against my mate really originated from.

Anyway, I've been tracking all updates in the media on

Check in there to take a look at the latest TV segments, links to articles, etc.

I'll also be confirming on that site the details of our'Save the Sheikh BBQ', scheduled for Palm Sunday arvo (March 28th) and a Prayer Vigil that we intend to hold here on Easter Saturday - praying for justice for the Sheikh and for relationships between Christians, Muslims and people of all faiths and cultures in our community.

And of course I'm doing my best to put all this together in a new ezine for you. I really had hoped to have it in your virtual hands by today, but keep an eye on your inbox and hopefully I'll have something for you in the next couple of days. :-)

And keep my in your prayers. As you can probably guess, standing up for a Muslim cleric is not the most popularthing I've ever done. I'm losing track of the number ofnasty emails and phone calls I've received (all fromChristian people) but no one has threatened to take my life or hurt my family as yet, so I must be thankful. :-)

God willing, I'll be in contact in the next day or twowith that new ezine! Until then, may the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Yours in the Good Fight,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Two Nigerian Inventors Among the Recipients of Next 25 TED Fellowships

Two Nigerians inventors are among the next 25 TED Fellows who will participate in TED2010.
Mubarak Abdullahi is an Aircraft-engineer who at 24, built a homemade helicopter out of old car and bike parts and Ndubuisi Ekekwe, an engineer, inventor, author and founder of the African Institution of Technology, an organization seeking to develop microelectronics in Africa.

The following is the full report on the 25 TED Fellowships.

14 Dec 2009 15:01 Africa/Lagos

TED Announces Recipients of Next 25 TED Fellowships

Newest TED Fellows to participate in the prestigious TED2010 Conference in Long Beach, CA

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the TED Conference announced today the 25 TED Fellows who will participate in TED2010, TED's annual conference in Long Beach, CA, February 9 - 13, 2010. The TED2010 Fellows join the TED community as the most recent additions to the TED Fellows program, joining the TED, TEDGlobal and TEDIndia Fellows from 2009.

The TED2010 Fellows reflect both geographic and discipline diversity. From Israel to Brazil to Malaysia, these innovators excel in the technology, entertainment, design, science, film, art, music, entrepreneurship and nonprofit worlds. The group also includes filmmakers, engineers, artists, scientists and musicians.

"We are thrilled to embark upon our second year of the TED Fellows program with these 25 individuals. They represent a spectacular concentration of cross-disciplinary talent in the arts and sciences, entrepreneurship and engineering, education and new journalism. We look forward to their contributions to the TED community and the amazing collaborations that are sure to occur among them," said Tom Rielly, TED Fellows director.

In addition to participating as full members of the TED2010 conference audience, each TED Fellow will participate in a two-day pre-conference, where they will receive world-class communication training, deliver a short TEDTalk, and collaborate with their peers, among other benefits. The Fellows will also participate in the TED community throughout the next year, by telling their ongoing stories on the TED Fellows blog, being featured in the online Fellows directory and participating in a private social network.

The TED Fellows program seeks individuals of age 21-40 (though anyone over age 18 is eligible) who demonstrate remarkable achievement in their field of endeavor. The program focuses on candidates from five regions: Asia/Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. The TED Fellows program is made possible by the visionary support of the Bezos family, Sherpalo Ventures, the Harnisch Foundation, the Case Foundation, private donors and Nokia.

Meet the TED2010 Fellows:

Mubarak Abdullahi (Nigeria/UK) - Aircraftengineer who, at 24, built a homemade helicopter out of old car and bike parts

Milena Boniolo (Brazil) - Chemistand PhD student at Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, who is developing methods to detect emerging contaminants in the environment

Premesh Chandran (Malaysia) - Co-founder and CEO of, an independent Malaysian news website

Perry Chen (US) - Co-founder and CEO of, a web platform offering people a new way to fund their creative ideas and endeavors

Anita Doron (Ukraine/Israel/Canada) - Surrealist filmmaker and documentarian

Ndubuisi Ekekwe (Nigeria/US) - Engineer, inventor, author and founder of the African Institution of Technology, an organization seeking to develop microelectronics in Africa

Saeed Taji Farouky (UK/Palestine) - Documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer focusing on human rights in the Middle East and North Africa

Jessica Green (US) - Professor at the University of Oregon's Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, whose research focuses on microbial diversity

Benjamin Gulak (Canada/US) - Inventor of the Uno, a "green" electric street bike, and founder of BPG Motors

Robert Gupta (US) - Violinist and youngest member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic whose area of study also included neurobiology

Cesar Harada (Japan/France/UK) - Coordinator of the Open_Sailing project, working to develop open-source technologies to intelligently inhabit the oceans

Susie Ibarra (US/Philippines) - Composer, percussionist and co-founder of Song of the Bird King, a production company using music and film to preserve indigenous culture and ecology

Jennifer Indovina (US) - Founder of Tenrehte Technologies, a semiconductor company developing wireless smart-grid applications

Mitchell Joachim (US/Canada) - Architect and co-founder of Terreform ONE + Terrefuge, non-profit design groups that promote ecological design in cities

Raffael Lomas (Israel) - Sculptor and teacher of creative visual workshops for the blind

Kate Nichols (US) - Artist-in-residence at the Alivisatos Lab who synthesizes nanoparticles that exhibit structural color and incorporates them into macroscale art pieces

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan/Canada) - Documentary filmmaker and founder of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, an educational institution and heritage center established to preserve Pakistan's history.

Sarah Jane Pell (Australia) - Artist-researcher, diver and founder of Aquabatics Research Team initiative (ARTi)

Manu Prakash(India/US) - Junior Fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows, physicist and inventor pursuing research in the field of physical biology

Kellee Santiago (US) -President and co-founder of thatgamecompany, a video game company working to create games that communicate unique emotional experiences

Durreen Shahnaz (Bangladesh/Singapore/US) - Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a social stock exchange for Social Enterprises to raise growth capital

Gavin Sheppard(Canada) -Founder of I.C. Visions and co-founder of The Remix Project, a youth program acting as an arts and cultural incubator in Toronto, Canada

Hugo Van Vuuren (South Africa/US) - Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fellow at The Laboratory at Harvard, co-founder of Lebone - asocial enterprise working on off-grid technologies

Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium) - Biologist, filmmaker, and visual artist creating large-scale collaborative art installations

Daniel Zoughbie (US) - Founder and CEO of the Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP), an organization working to prevent and manage diseases in the developing world using low-cost behavioral interventions

Details on each Fellow and the program are available at To support the program, or to receive more information, please contact Logan McClure at +1 212.346.9333 or via email at Follow the TED Fellows blog at

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where three exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action, and TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world. Follow TED on Twitter,, or on Facebook,

TED2010, "What the World Needs Now," will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, along with TEDActive, a simulcast conference of TED2010, in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Re: Do Nigerians Read?

Re: Do Nigerians Read?
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Yes. Nigerians read.They read headlines of newspapers at the bustops.They read gossip tabloids more than their church magazines.They read how-to-get-rich quick pirated books and most of them read text messages more than their text books.

Tour of 'Yinka Shonibare

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy 49th Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians

Happy 49th Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians.

Happy Otober 1!

We must keep faith with our destiny as one nation under one God and continue to do our best for Nigeria. God will help us in the nation building of a New Nigeria of a good people and a great nation.

What we believe is what we shall achieve.
Therefore, let us believe in the best and greatest things in human civilization.

God bless Nigeria.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Welcome To Re-Branding Nigeria Clubs on Facebook

I have put Re-Branding Nigeria Clubs on Facebook for all the members of the Re-Branding Nigeria Clubs in primary schools, secondary schools, Colleges of Education, polytechnics and universities to use Facebook to link to Re-Branding Nigeria Clubs and report progress of their respective Re-Branding Nigeria Clubs events and network with others locally and globally.

I am using my duly incomporated limited liability company, International Digital Post Network (IDPN) the largest Nigerian news media on the Internet to promote our Rebranding Nigerian project.

Yours proudly Nigerian,

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
The Publisher/Editor

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Please, there is No Time to hate…Because I Love You

Please, there is No Time to hate…Because I Love You

Life is the romance of human existence on planet earth and the kind of romance you have can affect your existence positively or negatively.
I have noticed that most of the ills plaguing humans are caused by hatred and the causes of the hatred are the erroneous and ambiguous notions we have about life and the wrong notions have made majority of us to have bad ways of life or evil lifestyles.

I have heard and read of horrible and terrible things humans do to attack and harm themselves in their desperate competition for the lusts of the flesh.
A guy pours acid on the elder brother of a girl who refused to marry him. Why?
He alleged that the elder brother advised his sister to reject him.
A jealous girlfriend shot and killed her boyfriend whilst he was still sleeping and then shot and killed herself lying beside him in bed. Why? She suspected him of dating another woman.

I have seen men engaged in do or die competition over a woman in Lagos.
They did evil things to acquire and possess the cash, posh cars and palatial mansions to impress her.

A stinking rich Internet scammer told a poor young man to give up his fine girlfriend and even offered him lump sums of cash for her. The angry young man rejected the indecent proposal and swore to kill the big man if he snatched his girlfriend.

A guy actually stabbed one of my cousins with scissors and killed her for refusing to go out with him.

The list is endless and most of these horrible and terrible acts of hatred leave me depressed.

If someone does not want to go out with you, please move on and let the person be.
Love is not by force.
Hatred has bred monsters of destruction in Nigeria. Hatred caused by envy and jealousy as greedy Nigerians compete for the status symbols of the Joneses in the Nigerian society.
Hatred is the cause of the things presently wrong with life in Nigeria as poverty has left the majority in adversity and this is a great pity. The state of romance is not what you would have loved it to be as depression is common and many people are actually shadowed by the spirit of melancholy. But the love that would have rescued and saved many people is not being truly practiced as majority of Nigerians are caught in the matrix of the rat race. Avarice, caprice, malice, prejudice and injustice plague millions of Nigerians and have made the country worse as observed in the foreign media and it is as if Nigerians have lost all sense of human dignity and integrity.

If only we could obey the simple commandment of Love Your Neighbor as Yourself, but most of us are desperately competing with ourselves and ironically the most guilty are the so called Christians who should be the best example of what God commanded and Jesus Christ emphasized as the pillar of true Christianity which is Charity.
The last time I checked, what God said has not changed from Love Your Neighbor as Yourself and not compete with your neighbor as yourself.
What is killing most people in Nigeria are competitive opportunism, selfish individualism, antagonism and egoistic impressionism of the rat race, because Nigerians cheat, lie, steal and kill in their desperation for the selfish acquisition and avaricious possession of the so called status symbols of the society for their bragging rights.

Matriculation is a competition.
Admission is a competition.
Graduation is a competition.
Getting a plum job is a competition.
Getting a fancy girlfriend or trophy wife is a competition.
Building a mansion is a competition.
Becoming rich-quick is a completion.

I wonder why getting an education should be a competition?
Hello! Getting an education is not a competition.
If you need any sort of education for a profession, please have it and use it for your own benefit and the benefit of others and it is not an ego-trip or selfish yardstick to prove a point to your peers or anyone at all. Hello! Grow up!
Who do you think is your competition?
Stop boasting and fooling yourself.

A guy recently bought a new house and some of peers are hissing about how he made his millions of naira to buy the mansion.
Getting a lovely girlfriend also causes envy too.

You wonder why most Nigerians want dream jobs?
To love their neighbors as themselves?
No! To compete with the Joneses..

Wo! If I do this, dem go see me and bow!
Yo! If I get that babe, dem go dey trip.

These childish and foolish bragging are common among most people in Nigeria in different forms and dialects.

The manners and ways Nigerians go about competing among themselves are the causes of the horrible and terrible evils plaguing Nigeria and have left millions of Nigerians suffering and dying in misery. Many Nigerians have become devils in their desperation for the perishable fancies and trophies of the rat race.
Devils do evils and evils cause the ills of the society, because evil makes you ill.

Love. Love. Love.Stop hating and hurting today and start loving every day by day.

Friday, June 26, 2009

24 Million Nigerians Ignored and Neglected By Nigerian Banks

A Nigerian Bank

24 Million Nigerians Ignored and Neglected By Nigerian Banks

24 million people in Nigeria have been ignored and neglected by Nigerian banks according to the latest 2009 HSBC Global Report. These millions of people who are not yet included in the banked population can boost the growth of Nigerian banks in spite of the adverse effects of the global economic meltdown.

“The potential for growth among Nigerian banks is sizeable and largely untapped as studies indicated that up to 24 million people have yet to be included in the banked population, which given both the country’s demographics and income dynamics, leaves the banks with considerable potential to capture new customers.”
~ HSBC Global Report on Nigerian Banks, June 2009.