PHOTO NEWS: Obasanjo, Fayemi Storms Rivers to visit Wike

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo alongside former Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has visited the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Obasanjo’s visit on January 26 is the latest in a series of visits to the country home of Wike by politicians across party lines.

Wike, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, has been at loggerheads with the main opposition party leadership after the presidential primary that produced Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate.

Wike and other aggrieved PDP governors tagged G5 have been calling for the resignation of PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

Qatar 2022: Morocco makes history as the first African country to reach the Semi-Finals

Celebrations are in order, as finally, football is coming to Africa.

Morocco have achieved the unexpected by reaching the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ semi-finals after beating both Spain and Portugal in the knockout rounds. If little was expected of them prior to the tournament, the Atlas Lions have overcome every obstacle thrown in their way and have shocked the world in the process.

Morocco became the first African team to reach the semi-final of a World Cup on December 10.

They beat Portugal 1 – 0 to book their slot in the tournament’s Top 4.

Youssef En-Nesyri gave Morocco the lead in the 42nd minute.

Rabat – Morocco’s national football team is set to lock horns with France at the Qatar World Cup’s semi-finals after the European country defeated England in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The pair will play against each other on December 14 at 8:00 pm at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.

France clinched a 2-1 victory against England at the Al Bayt Stadium, with the two teams displaying a strong performance.

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HEFWAYE Sensitized Nigerians on All You Need to Know About Cancer [ PHOTOS ]

In a bid to reduce the ignorance around Cancer diseases among Nigerians, Heritage For Women and Youth Empowerment Initiative (HEFWAYE) on Friday 25th November 2022 organized a Cancer Seminar tagged: ” CANCER: What you need to know, Staying Alive and How to Beat It”.

The event which was held at Tomaville Events Center, Penthouse Estate- Piccassa, Lugbe Abuja had representatives from the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Health and Humanitarian Affairs, and Disaster Management.

Speaking, Pst. Mrs. Tope Omage (Visioner and Convener of HEFWAYE) a thoroughbred professional who retired as the first-ever female Director of Finance at the Central Bank of Nigeria and doubles as CEO of Tomag Consulting., noted that a lot of people especially women are struggling with the scourge of cancer and that with proper awareness and treatment, cancer is treatable.

In the same vein, she stated that she started HEFWAYE to get Nigerians informed about how to prevent, live with, and how to cure cancer and enjoy life to the fullest. She added that though HEFWAYE is not big on overheads they have carried out impactful projects across communities in Nigeria.

Some of such projects include the building of blocks of Classrooms, empowerment of women, disbursement of grants to entrepreneurs, paying school fees, and helping the less privileged to learn skills they can monetize. She reiterated that the NGO needs financial support from well meaning Nigerians, Volunteers, and gifts from corporate organizations.

Other Speakers at the seminar include Pharm. Bola Imana Abumere (Former Registrar Pharmacy Council of Nigeria), Dr. Jimeta Tuko (Consultant Radiation and Clinical Oncologist), Dr. Hadiza Shehu Idris (From The Federal Ministry of Health), Dr. Nnedinma Iwueke (From the Teroka Wellness Foundation), and Machi Florence (From the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs & Disaster Management).

The event which was also streamed live on Zoom also had medical practitioners who carried out Free Medical screening on HIV, Hepatitis B, and Blood Pressure for participants present.

At the end of the sensitization program, the conclusion was that everyone needs to watch what they eat, drink, and their lifestyle, and though cancer drugs are not over-the-counter drugs and must be prescribed by a doctor, Cancer itself is treatable and not a death sentence.

Pst. Mrs. Tope Omage making a presentation to Dr. Jimeta Tuko

You can watch a special documentary video about the event on the link below-

Unicaribbean Business School Celebrates Its 10th Year International Anniversary in Abuja in Grand Style

The Unicaribbean Business School celebrated its tenth anniversary and award ceremony on November 26th, 2022 at Grace Point Resort Hotel, Wuse Zone 6 In Abuja. The theme of this Year’s award ceremony was “A vision for the future Education in Africa”.

Founder and President of the Unicaribbean Business School, Amb. Dr. Olufemi Rasheed in his opening remarks spoke about the little beginnings of the school at the University of Lagos and how the Unicaribbean Business School has grown exceedingly in ten years and is well-known for its vibrancy and impact.

Amb. Dr. Olufemi stated that “Foundation Matters”, and went further to inform the gathering of the UBS New proposed Campus in Lagos State Nigeria, and declared that Hostel Buildings in the New Proposed Campus would be named after distinguished awardees of the business school and Nigerians. He, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the big vision of the Unicaribbean Business School.

Also speaking, Amb. Dr. Roy Oamien (Group CEO of August Eye Security Services Ltd) noted that Africa needs people with bold visions to push its development; stating that consistency and integrity are the fuelings needed to grow a big vision.

He went further to bemoan the challenges facing Nigeria, such as corruption, unemployment, insecurity, and political godfatherism.

Awardees of the Business School include Amb. Dr. Abdulsalam Ogbemudia, Comrade Dr. Segun Felix, Dr. Adewale Sanni, Dr. Kazibwe Sophia, Prof. Dr. Alex Bashasha from Uganda, Amb. Dr. Roy Oaimen, Amb. Engr. Dr. Martha Ikhalo, Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola (MFR), and Prof. Dr. Dileep Kumar.

Watch this special documentary anniversary video about the Unicaribbean Business School:

Netflix: We’ve invested N9bn into Nollywood

Netflix, America’s streaming giant, says it is investing heavily to ensure its subscribers enjoy the same quality content.

Shola Sanni, director of public policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, Netflix, made this known at the second Nigeria digital content regulation conference held in Lagos on Friday.

The event had in attendance stakeholders in the local and international streaming services, independent producers, free-to-air, pay TV operators, telcos, content creators, and other operators in the film industry.

Speaking at the event, Sanni said the company has invested N9 billion in the Nigeria film industry from 2016 to 2022.

She said this was done through converting local film titles, capacity building and infrastructure development in the industry.

According to Sanni, Netflix had invested in over 200 local licensed titles, co-produced and commissioned original film content.

She added that 125 films and television series are available on Netflix as at November 2022.

The aim of the investments, Sanni said, was to ensure that all subscribers across the world enjoyed the same content at will.

“We love Nigeria and believe in it and that is why we are investing in the Nigeria film industry to entertain Nigerians and the world, with the best-in-class stories from the country,” she said.

“We are poised to tell stories that are not only interesting in Nigeria, but in 189 other countries where Netflix is present.”

On his part, Adedayo Thomas, executive director, National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB), said the conference was an avenue to discuss regulations in the film industry, with focus on streaming services.

Thomas said the event, which started last year, was geared towards bringing balance and equity to the ecosystem, especially with the disruption of the digital era.

“The overall goal of this conference is to create a platform for robust dialogue between the government, through the regulator and the video-on-demand (VOD) platforms,” he said.

“This is led by the over-the-top Streamers, as the government strives to oversee, monitor, moderate and balance the digital phenomenon for all players.

“As the shift from traditional to digital content consumption and the operations of local and international over-the-top (OTT) streaming services continue to impact on the growth of the local film industry in Nigeria, it has become imperative to convene the second edition of this conference.”

Also speaking at the conference, Sunday Ododo, general manager and chief executive officer, National Arts Theatre, Nigeria, commended Thomas for his tenacity in pushing for a robust awareness on what the industry is doing.

Ododo said the massive ongoing construction of over 100 million at the National Theatre was geared toward making the venue super exotic for performances and exhibitions.

“Work has reached an advanced stage, and part of the facility ready. We will do a test run between November 14 and Noember 18, 2022,” Ododo said.

PHOTO NEWS: Buhari visits freed train passengers in Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train who recently regained their freedom from captivity.

On March 28, an attack on a train on its way to Kaduna from Abuja resulted in killings, injuries, and abductions.

61 persons were said to have been kidnapped during the attack.

The abductees have been released at various intervals, including 11 freed in June, seven in July, and 12 persons in August.

On Wednesday, Usman Yusuf, secretary, and chief of the defense staff action committee (CDSAC), announced the release of the 23 passengers who were still in captivity. 

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari paid an impromptu visit to the 23 freed passengers at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) hospital in Kaduna. 

The president had earlier attended the passing-out parade for cadets of the 69 regular course of the NDA in Afaka, Kaduna state. 

TheCableng reports “Before boarding NAF 001 back to Abuja from the Kaduna International Airport, President Buhari detoured to the hospital, where he also thanked the Nigerian military for their brave services in securing the safe release of the hostages from Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement reads.

“Members of the Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee, led by Maj.-Gen. Usman Abdulkadir (Rtd), who facilitated the release of the train victims, was present at the hospital.

“Others are Maj.-Gen Adamu Jalingo (Rtd), Brig.-Gen. Abubakar Saad (Rtd), Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai, Ibrahim Abdulllahi, Amb. Ahmed Magaji and Prof Yusuf Usman, Secretary.

“The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. LEO Irabor had earlier introduced the Committee members and briefed the President.”

Praises for The Oyelades at Book Launch, Thanksgiving

It was an evening of glitz and glamor for the Oyelades on Saturday 3rd, September 2022 as the family converged at the Provincial Headquarters, Desire of Nations of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to celebrate 10 Years of God’s faithfulness and the Launch of Two Inspiring Books by Pastor (Mrs) Halima Oyelade and daughter, Miss Stephanie Oyelade.

Undoubtedly, the evening best indicates God’s steadfast faithfulness and support as men of timber and caliber from the Church, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Family Members, Friends and Relatives Graced the Occasion.

The outpouring of testimonies, eulogies, and praises best describe the fact that the Oyelades is indeed a God-sent family and one that everyone is glad to reckon with.

The Continental Overseer and Assistant General Overseer (Education and Training) Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi described Halima Oyelade as a true Christian woman.

In his words, “Halima has shown to us what it takes to be a Christian woman, including her children, I have no doubt within me that one of the reasons that God has sent her to the world is to reveal to us that God is faithful no matter what one is passing through”.

Without mincing words, gestures, laughter, and smiles from attendees show that if time permits they also have tonnes of testimonies to speak of concerning the Oyelades.

Halima Oyelade’s book titled Blessed Beyond Reproach was written out of a desire to basically help people that have gone through challenging and difficult times.

Halima said people lose many which take them through dark moments in life but Infer that the book is not just for people that have gone through difficult times but had suffered reproach.

“So I just want to give people hope and tell them not to let other people or situations define them, if I could walk through it, they too can walk through it”

Halima advised other widows to look up to God, as God is an unfailing companion, she noted that trusting and walking in faith will ensure victory rather than being a pity party or begging for survival.

Beaming with smile and life, Halima Oyelade assured of a better and bigger next 10 years, In her words, she said “You cannot walk with God and retrogress, the next 10 years will be a celebration of something bigger and better because God told me that I will forget my yesterday”.

Miss Stephanie’s joy too knew no bounds as she attributed her inspiration to writing her book “Good, God Grief” to a way of encouraging people that are going through difficulty that God is good regardless of what they are passing through.

Stephanie who also took inspiring spoken words that got the congratulatory emotion stated that her story exemplifies how she was able to pull through.

In her words, she said, “For going through a lot, it’s right to cry and be emotional, but I want them to draw strength from God and remember that he understands your pain and you will find comfort in his hands”.

Highlights of the event included a formal launch of the books, thanksgiving, and photo sections of everyone trying to have a photoshoot with the Oyelades.

Halima Oyelade, An Outstanding Christian Woman – RCCG

The Continental Overseer and Assistant General Overseer (Education and Training)of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi has described A/P Halima Oyelade as an example of a true Christian woman.

Odeyemi while speaking over the weekend at Oyelades Book Launch and the Evening of Thanksgiving stated that despite the demise of her husband she stood faithfully with God and God showed up for her.

“Halima has shown us what it takes to be a Christian woman, including her children, I have no doubt within me that one of the reasons that God has sent her to the world is to reveal to us that God is faithful no matter what one is passing through”.

Explains, Odeyemi “In our society, I have learned my own little experience that anytime something negative happens to you there are those who wants to scorn you, but putting your faith in Christ that God is alive is important”.

He added that it is only when the problem surfaces that is when we know how strong our faith is, “this family has been able to show to us that you can overcome when Jesus is on your side”.

Odeyemi advised that the most important lesson learned from the Oyelades is that it does not matter what one is confronted with, one should make sure to always be on God’s side and he will never disappoint such a faithful one.

In the same vein, Pastor in Charge, Rccg, Throne Room, Pastor Laniyi Benjamins described late Oyelade as a good organizer, hard working and highly dedicated to God’s work.

“This man taught me how to be organized, how to manage my time and money, he taught me commitment, he taught me that freedom comes with responsibility and also how to play basketball and where the kits can be gotten”.

Laniyi, appreciating halima noted that she made late Oyelade a happy man during his lifetime and after life.

“So I want to thank you Aunty Halima for making my brother a very happy person in his lifetime, you brought joy into his life, and particularly after his demise. God Bless his soul forever”.

OPINION: Atiku Abubakar: Many times a hit

Atiku Abubakar almost glided ever so easily into the ticket this time around. It didn’t look like he broke any sweat on his way to picking up the presidential primary ticket of the main opposition party, the PDP.

His closest rival, the garrulous but very ambitious governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, came a not too close second in an exercise that was fraught with anomalies and an unprecedented comic turn. Immediately after, came the knotty issue of a running mate. Against all odds, Atiku went for the quiet and inexperienced Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta state.

It was obvious he was looking at the electoral cost in making a decision instead of a more bankable candidate.

Presidential elections in Nigeria is a money game. You can never have a prayer especially at these economically perilous times when debt servicing has now over taken revenues and the poverty rate is at its highest which has led voters to more than ever vote according to the dictates of their stomach rather than a more sensible approach.

Atiku, in choosing Okowa, had looked at the oil receipts of Delta state and Okowa’s willingness to throw it into the race as a bulwark against a more sellable candidate like say Donald Duke or an equally oil-rich but less controllable Wike in going for the one I would deem the silent knight.

Along the way to this emergence by Atiku, he had created for himself a dubious reputation of being seen as a ‘runaway’ Nigerian because of his penchant of moving to a Middle Eastern country to continue a seemingly never ending vacation after each election circle.

While still battling to redeem that image, he runs into myriad of media storm the most engaging being his take on the brutal killing of citizen Rebecca by alleged Islamic zealots.

He first threw out a ‘positive’ position which drew the ire of a cross section of Muslim voters. This made him not only capitulate but also made him throw his media people under the bus as he ran from the media storm.

This showed him a weak leader and one who could be cowardly in some instance.

The Obasanjo hemlock still bites him and threatens to drown him with the weight of the accusations while also daring him to confront the torrent of allegations all bothering on a corrupt nature .

Atiku continues to forge ahead in a campaign he simply believes would end in glory.

Nigeria of today is fraught with many challenges. Challenges brought about by the incompetence of a leadership that started rudderlessly and seems to be pacing very assuredly to a certain place in the history books as the most self effacing one this country has seen.

This has thrown up additional worries apart from the seasonal worry on the economy. Today we have a country racked with a powerful insurgency, insecurity and a very terrible case of banditary which is inching close to the nation’s capital.

This has led to the almost collapse of vital sectors of the economy – agriculture, solid minerals, transportation to mention a few.  Its impact on jobs, inflation and all what not including foreign business confidence can only be talked about in hushed tones.

Today, oil majors are running away, no real FDIs or FPIs are coming in and investments in the real sectors are all but gone. The only major investment one can think of today is the giant Dangote refinery and may be the huge Marriott Hotel and Obi Cubanna’s Odowgu spirit.

The economy has all but grinded to a painful halt with its attendant impact on jobs, living standards and the rest.

So for me, a dispassionate look at the front runners becomes imperative.

It is in this light that I want to look a little bit more closer at Atikus credentials and experience in this regard viz a viz the other candidates.

Tinubu comes to the table with a much heralded performance as the governor of Lagos state. To be fair, he has shown a clear understanding of expansionist economy which is most needed at this time.

However, his shady pedigree and his image as the main driver that fostered on us this epileptic dispensation just may be his archilles heel.

Already the courts have okayed a trial on perjury and fraud. This maybe a major distraction and the elections in Osun throwing up the stark reality of the unraveling of his hold of the politics of the south-west a major weapon in his arsenal.

Peter Obi comes to the table with the inexperience that comes with a curious teenager in a whole house. His outlook is pedestrian and his penchant for throwing up economic data will not resonate with the millions of voters in the falavas and ghetto strongholds all over the country.

His campaign only resonates with digitally connected urban youths who although would justle a better showing in this circle than in previous ones but would still not be strong enough to register in the Richter scale that is a presidential run.

This leaves us with the prospect of an Atiku presidency. While not wanting to whole heartedly endorse him, I would say this prospect is looking very practical from all fronts.

His steady experience fed from a marathon stay in and around government at the highest levels gives him a quick advantage over his immediate opponents.

His understanding of the inner working of all levels of government would ease out the learning period Tinubu and Obi would be tackling upon emergence.

The situation is dire and we certainly do not need an orientation period before building a team and moving against the fire.

Atiku has shown that he can put a multi faceted team in place in less than 24 hours. Infact work starts on Monday morning. He has shown capacity to tackle the insurgency through other means rather than a puriel military engagement which seems not to be achievening anything.

His understanding of the economy as shown in his headship of the economic council during the OBJ years also gives him good leverage.

During his tenure, Nigeria saw the most robust and profound privatization exercise. Although he has been accused of selling to cronies or short selling, the fact still remains that till date, there has been no credible continuity in that space.

The seeming implosion of APC is another leverage. Daily we see decapments of strategic people from the ruling party to PDP. This would continue to better his chances.

But his best bet is the errant performance of the APC owned federal government. It’s weakness and inability to contain insecurity and a parlous approach to governance will strengthen Atikus campaign as we head up to the elections.

The naira free fall, petroleum subsidy, double digit inflation and a nepotistic approach to governance and massive corruption at the highest levels of government with the auditor-general’s case in point all seem to work in favour of an Atiku presidency.

So do I then cast my little weight on him? I will say not yet. I have no candidate and may abstain simply because I do not see any messiah in these three but if I am to look very dispationately at the three leading lights, I would throw my distressed naira at Atiku Abubakar this morming.

Atiku in my own estimation looks more like the candidate to beat of the three.

He looks more like the best qualified under the circumstances to lead the country at these times and just may snag it if he is able to rise above his seeming penchant for derailing at very critical points of the journey.

Simple.

Opinion by Duke of Shomolu

Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development Organizes Sallah food Outreach in Karamajiji, in Abuja

Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development a leading volunteer-driven organization providing & promoting Health, Peace, and empowerment through education & provision of benefits on Monday, July 11 organized a food drive to celebrate Sallah with physically challenged residents of Karamajiji in Abuja, Nigeria.

At Queen Zara a Foundation for Human Resources Development, they believe givers never lack, and giving back in third-world Nations can be really impactful. Its mission is to focus on making the maximum positive effort for our communities. Their members & volunteers provide the needed push that helps us affect the needed societal change.

According to Country Representative Danielle Anetor Ngerem, the nonprofit gave out free multiple packs of noodles to over 500 persons including men, women, and children in Karamajiji to commemorate the celebration. She said these donations are consistent with the other give-back programs we organize quarterly.

Karamajiji is one of the biggest slums within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It also has a high concentration of physically challenged persons and is located behind the Military Cemetery a few kilometers to the City Gate and home to internally Displaced persons (IDPs). The majority of the residents live in Ruga (Makeshift settlements).

Established by renowned Philanthropist Ms. Joyce Roberts, Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development has been engaged in numerous medical outreaches, election monitoring, and food drive in the past.

In a November 13th, 2021, the foundation distributed relief Materials including foodstuffs, liters of cooking oil, bags of rice, garri, salt, cartoons of seasoning cubes, hundreds of branded shea butter, black soap, refreshments, and toiletries for over a hundred beneficiaries at FCT Vocational Rehabilitation center, Kuchiko-Bwari, Abuja.

In March 2021, the foundation also embarked on a free blood pressure screening for over 500 residents of Maitama in Abuja. The beneficiaries expressed joy and prayed that God Almighty would reward the nonprofit for its humanitarian gesture.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Spokesperson of the people Yusuf, noted that the organization had written its name on gold for engaging in such a Laudable idea.