Friday 31 July 2015

Akon Reveals Project To Light-Up Africa!

Africa's R & B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer and  businessman, Akon, met with young entrepreneurs from the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Lagos - Nigeria.

In his speech at the event which took place at the UBA House, Marina, the music Icon told the entrepreneurs what informed his "Akon Lighting Africa" project,  as he took all on his journey to success. 

From a humble back ground during his growing up years in Senegal, and later the United States of America, from prison, into the music industry, and as an entrepreneur. 

"Akon Lighting Africa" is a project set up by Akon and his partners  Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, to bring electricity to millions of house holds especially in the rural areas, across Africa. 

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Below are some inspiring quotes extracted from his speech:

"My success was built on accepting the fact that I am African"

"Success is the only place left for you to go"

"We are our biggest capital here (Africa)"

"Why are we waiting to seek aids from somewhere else, when we are the ones doing the aiding"

"We should be more intelligent enough to know that our history shouldn't define our future"

"Ultimately, if we are not united as a people, we can never move forward"

Our faith is one of the strongest elements in our systems"

"If I don't do anything, I want to be able to produce basic electricity to the rural parts of Africa". 

"Our minds together is unbeatable" - Akon

Photo credit: Tony Elumelu Foundation

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Fraud Alert- Dodgy Job Alert Mails On The Rampage!

Readers beware, this 'dodgy"Job Alert" email was sent to a blog reader.
At the moment, we do not know how authentic this is, but with the 'mouth watering' offer attached to it, it sure bears the 'scammers signature'.

The mail below:

"Dear Applicant!

Please be advised that Global Trust LLC, one of the leading logistics experts, is currently seeking for an organized
and energetic person to join its growing team as a Distribution Manager. We have found your resume on Career Builder
site and announce that there are no particular requirements for applicants with the exception of their dedication,
enthusiasm and desire to work hard and develop their skills.

Vacancy Details:

Job Title: Distribution Manager
Location: USA, all states

US $1725/month + bonuses (paid by the end of the first month)
US $2590 /month + bonuses (paid biweekly after the first month)

Benefits: Flexible hours, paid sick & vacation leaves (after 6 months)


O  Tracking and receiving company’s merchandise delivered during business hours;
O  Visual inspection of  items and preparing them for the re-shipment to its designated team members or customers;
O  Shipping packages via an appropriate courier service as instructed by the supervisor within 12 hours of its delivery to claim the bonus;
O  Ensuring excellent communication channel with company’s representatives via phone, emails and control panel/virtual workplace.

Employment training will be provided.


In order to accept our offer, you are requested to RESPOND to this email with accurate and complete PERSONAL INFORMATION (below), which is SECURELY maintained and kept strictly CONFIDENTIAL. This information helps our HR Department to contact you in a timely manner for a PHONE INTERVIEW (within 1-3 working days) and answer your questions, if any.

1) First Name:*
2) Last Name:*
3) Address:*
4) City:*
5) State:*
6) Zip:*
7) Phone:*
8) Cell:*

On the successful completion of the phone interview, we will prepare a CONTRACT for you with further
job instructions and give you an access to your control panel/virtual workplace.

We look forward to hearing from you soon with the above-mentioned requested information to take this
job opportunity to the next level.

If you are interested in this position please give a email back.
You could reply to

Sincerely yours,

HR Manager
Global Trust".

In as much as the adverse economy is affecting especially the youth, let's try not to fall prey to this.....

To be fore-warned, is to be fore-armed!

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Read Buhari's Article On Fighting Corruption And Terror!

Read President Buhari's  article on fighting corruption and terror, as published in Washington Post just before his meeting with U.S President Barrack Obama.

The article below:
"This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria's army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.
These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.
Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.
While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.
Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long.
As I meet with President Obama today— the first time a president of the United States will encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the peaceful transfer of power in a contested election in our history — I will be discussing my plans for critical reforms. So, too, will I discuss why the formation of my administration is taking time and, crucially, why it must. Already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.
When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.
I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.
There are too few examples in the history of Nigeria since independence where it can be said that good management and governance were instituted at a national level. This lack of a governance framework has allowed many of those in charge, devoid of any real checks and balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek Obama's assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is testament to how badly Nigeria has been run. This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.
Indeed, the failure of governance, it can be argued, has been as much a factor in Nigeria’s inability thus far to defeat Boko Haram as have been issues with the military campaign itself.
So the path we must take is simple, even if it is not easy: First, instill rules and good governance; second, install officials who are experienced and capable of managing state agencies and ministries; and third, seek to recover funds stolen under previous regimes so that this money can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all of our citizens.
We seek the support and partnership of the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and largest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S. businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we will be positioned to benefit from increased investment — particularly in energy and electricity — from the United States.
I was elected on a platform of change. I know this is what the people of Nigeria desire more than anything else. I know they are impatient for action. I realize the world waits to see evidence that my administration will be different from all those that came before. Yet reforming my country after so many years of abuse cannot be achieved overnight. In our campaigns against both Boko Haram and corruption, we should remain steadfast and remember, as it is said: “Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.”

Buhari Appoints Rtd. Brigadier General Paul T. Boroh As Coordinator Of Amnesty Programme For Former Niger Delta Militants!

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday, 28th July, appointed Rtd Brigadier General Paul T. Boroh as coordinator of the Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.

Rtd. General Boroh replaced Kingsley Kuku, former Special Adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme. Boroh's appointment takes immediate effect.

Monday 27 July 2015

WAEC Mass Failure, What Do You Think Is Responsible?

With less than 45%  of 2015 set of West African Senior School Certificate Exams (WASSCE) applicants scaling through with credit grades and above. A trend that has been on since 2013, despite faster and broader access to information via the new media, what do you think is responsible for this decline?

....Lack of preparation on the students side
....Lack or inadequate teaching aids
.....Few number of quality teachers.
Readers, please send in your thoughts on this very disturbing trend.

Late Whitney Houston's Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Passed In A Georgian Hospital!

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown, passed Sunday July 26th, aged 22, after life support was taken off her, in a hospital in Duluth, Georgia, U.S, surrounded by her family. 

In a scene described by the Police as "drowning" January 31st, Bobbi, Kristina Brownwas found unresponsive in a bathtub, faced down, with bruises on her face and body, in the suburban Atlanta home she shared with Nick Gordon. 

Until Sunday, Bobbi was placed in a medically-induced coma since June 24th, and had been breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

May her soul.....R.I.P

Commercial Bus Plunged Into A Ditch Along Lekki Express Way!

Lagos: A commercial bus swayed off the road, plunging into a ditch just before Lekki phase 1 foot bridge in the early hours of Monday, July 27th.

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Friday 24 July 2015

Obama Arrives Kenya For His Two Day Visit!

United States President Barack Obama arrived Kenya today for his two day visit. He was greeted by his half-sister Auma Obama and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta as he arrives aboard Air Force One.

See Pictures below:

Picture source: Getty Images

Nigeria Will Not Accept Part Time Degree Certificates From Any Offshore University - NUC!.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) in a press conference held in Abuja, Nigeria's capital Thursday,stated that Nigeria will not accept part time degree certificates from any offshore University.

This was known by the commission, while addressing Journalists on series of inquiries made by some Nigerian students on the quality of education obtained from a university in the Republic of Niger, the Maryam Abacha American University

Thursday 23 July 2015

Buhari Goes After Corrupt Ministers And Government Official In Jonathan's Administration!

For years, Nigeria has suffered from the 'curse' of her number one natural resource (crude oil), rather than being blessed by it. Since independent, government officials seems to care more about enriching themselves with impunity, than utilizing the crude resource for development. Regimes come and go, all with good agenda for the nation, but it seems as soon as they step into Dodarn Barracks, and later the Aso Rock villa, something stronger than the 'still voice of good conscience' beclouds them into going the exact opposite direction. 

Although Nigeria rose to become the largest exporter of crude oil in the 70s, there appear to be little for the populace to boast about. 

This rather unfortunate situation  was best described by Swiss weekly "Die Weltwoche" editor, Daniel Ammann, in his book "The Secret Lives of Marc Rich, The King of Oil", as thus:

"The West African Nation (Nigeria) provides a good example of the sad phenomenon known as the "resource curse". The nation's immense oil riches never trickle down to benefit the wider population"

A situation he attributed then to the nation's history of coups, "after which the ruling elite would pillage the treasury and fill their coffers with the nation's wealth".

Nigeria's legendary corruption allegations on almost every exiting government or one out-stead by coup, must have prompted Transperancy International to rank her in 2014 as "the 136th most corrupt nation in the world, and 3rd in West Africa". 

Latest developments in the Buhari/ Osibanjo's administration however suggests that there might be hope for Nigerians who never gave up in the fight, and believe that Nigeria will be liberated from "resource curse", when all who contributed to this stereotype  would have been brought to book, and made to return that which they siphoned.

Peharps, it is in this line of thought that President Muhammadu Buhari stated on Wednesday, 22nd July, that he is currently receiving documents that indicted some top government officials and ministers in the Jonathan's administration, of oil theft and massive fraud.

According to the president, the documents in question exposed the activities of the affected government functionaries, who used their elevated offices to move as much as one million barrels of crude oil per day for their personal purposes.

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Buhari/ Ubama Meeting - Nigeria Maintain Stand On Same Sex Marriage!

Despite the much anticipated outcome of the meeting between Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and his U.S counterpart Barrack Ubama, on the issue of 'same sex/ gay rights' relationships, Nigeria continued to maintain her 'zero-tolerance' stand on same sex relationships. 

This was made known in a statement released by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Nigerian President, Femi Adesina via his twitter handle Wednesday, July 22nd. 

The twit below:
"The same sex marriage issue came up at the joint session of Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs, not in direct talks with Obama".

"Talks shifted to another matter once PMB emphatically stated Nigeria's stand on same sex marriage. The issue was not pushed".

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According to U.S Secretary of States John Kerry, talk between the two nations were instead focused on  "many areas of cooperation, from counter terrorism to energy".

Beware Of Fraudulent Emails To Update Your BVN!

As Nigerians are engrossed in the rush to obtain their bank verification number (BVN), to uniquely verify the identity of each bank’s customer for ‘know your customer’ (KYC) purposes.

Here's to notify the public to beware of 'phishing emails' sent to customers, prompting them to click on a link to update their BVN.

Please disregard and delete such emails as they are fraudulent. 


To be forewarned, is to be forearmed.

Friday 17 July 2015

Anadach Holds Workshop On Intellectual Property!

The role of Intellectual Property in social and economic development, by analyzing selected successful use of IP tools in developing countries to stimulate innovation and growth was the theme of the recently concluded seminar organized by the Anadach Consulting Group in Lagos.

The workshop which took place at the Four Points hotel between the 14th and 16th July, 2015, attracted stake holders in the Nigerian burgeoning economy, from government's representatives to private players from the banking sector, to entertainment, to health, to academics, and agriculture.

Other more developed countries, like the United States, were not left out, as their representatives highlighted their supports and efforts  towards  stimulating innovation and growth through IP tools in developing countries, using the Nigerian society as instance.

Participants were dully informed  through the various speakers, who did justice to related topics assigned to them.

Lagos Water Ways Transportation, Providing Succor To Ikorodu Residents!

These men and women reside in the fast developing Ikorodu area of Lagos state, but work with various organizations in Victorian island, Ikoyi and Lekki 

With the relative low cost housings, lands and serenity enjoyed by residents of the Ikorodu community, compared to what is obtained in most parts of the Lagos metropolis, Ikorodu is on a daily basis attracting more people.

A major challenge that confronts these residents however, is the heavy traffic situations especially at peak periods , usually between 5am - 9pm on most working days.

This challenge is turning into a thing of the past due to the emergence and gradual popularity of the ferry means of transportation, which transports workers to and fro Idi-Oro, CMS, Lekki and Ajah axis on a daily basis. 

These workers obtain a receipt for a token, pack their car at the parking lot located near the ferry take off terminals in the morning,  and simply get into their rides after they alighted from the ferries in the evening at the terminals which is gradually turning into a bee-hive of commercial activities. 

Ikorodu area is separated from Lagos Island by the Lagoon.

Sunday 12 July 2015

50 Cent Slammed With $5Million Law Suit For Rick Ross' Baby Mama Sex Tape!

50 Cent has been slammed a $5million law suit by a Manhattan Court for civil rights violation, and using Lavonia Leviston, Rick Ross’ baby mama's image without her permission.


The suit stated that 50 inflicted damages and emotional distress" on Leviston when a sextape he shared of her , went viral on his website

The 40-years - old rapper who was absent during the hearing, might be ordered to pay more money.

Inspiring African Entrepreneur At TEEP 2015 Boot Camp!

Delegates and guests at the Tony Elumelu 2015 boot camp were treated to a question and answer segment, where questions sent in from delegates were treated by a panel of professionals.

Clockwise: Mo Abudu, Nimi Akinkugbe, Arunma Oteh (moderator) Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Rasheed Olaoluwa

Inspiring quotes from members of the panel:

"Remain in Africa and build Africa" - Omotola

"You never know anything, research, research, research..." - Omotola

"Your ideas makes sense as at today (2015) what is relevant today, might become irrelevant in two years time" - Rasheed Olaoluwa

"To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to pursue your business as the only thing and nothing else, you can not afford a plan B" - Rasheed

"Stay focused and become the best that you can be in your chosen entrepreneur" - Nimi

"I am in support of every woman going out there and achieving her dream" - Mo Adudu

"For an entrepreneur, CASH IS THE KING" - Oteh

Tony Elumelu Raising Africa's Next Generation of Entrepreneurs!

There are young, greatly inspired, Africans, from Congo, Benin Republic, Kenya, Togo, South Africa, Madagascar, Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Ghana. The list goes on, from across 51 African countries.

Cross-section of participants at the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurial Foundation Boot camp

TEP Beneficiaries, at the Boot camp

TEP Beneficiaries, at the Boot camp

All winners of the $10,000  Tony Elumelu 2015 Entrepreneurship Seed Fund, part of Tony Elumelu’s $100 million commitment, to empowering African entrepreneurs.

TEP Beneficiaries, at the Boot camp

Delegates from all African countries, united at the first Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Boot-camp, held at Covenant University Ota, Ogun state, between 10th - 12th July, 2015.

2015: The Tony Elumelu Foundation's First Boot camp, at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria

2015 TEP Beneficiaries at the Boot-camp, Ota

2015 TEP Boot-camp, Ota
2015: TEP Boot-Camp, Ota

After a painstaking task of selection, from 20,000 applicants, down to the best 1000, who went through an intense 12 weeks tutelage and tasks, under close supervisions of experienced mentors. There was great joy, as these 1000 entrepreneurs, were inducted into the Tony Elumelu Alumni Network.

2015: Feeding time at TEP Boot-camp, Ota

Cross Section Of Dignitaries at the 2015 TEP Boot-camp, Ota

2015 TEP Entrepreneurs at the boot camp, in Ota

2015 TEP Entrepreneurs at the boot camp, in Ota

2015 TEP Entrepreneurs at the boot camp, in Ota

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Olise To Come Up With A Five-Year Developmental Plan For Super eagles, As He Replaces Keshi!

"vast experience and immense knowledge of the game" were the words used by Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick when he described Sunday Oliseh, the new  Super Eagles coach, as he (Olise) replaced Stephen Keshi, who was sacked on Sunday, July 5. 

"He (Oliseh) has bought into our vision and objectives towards the development of Nigerian football,"

"He will command the respect of the players and we trust he has the temperament to work harmoniously with the technical and development committee, the technical directorate and the technical study group.

"On our part at the NFF, we will give him all the support to succeed as we have been giving to all our coaches." said Pinnick.

Sunday Oliseh is expected to come up with a five-year developmental plan to fashion a unique playing and coaching philosophy for all the national teams. 

Man Arrested For Assaulting Female Travelling Companion On-Board!

Following reports that a female passenger was assaulted by a 48-year-old male travelling companion, a Houston bound British Airways flight from London, was on Wednesday, July 8, diverted to Boston Logan international airport.

Authorities said troopers arrested the man, identified as Darren Halliwell, from Aspull, Wigan, at about mid-day, after reports the passenger had assaulted his travelling companion before being restrained by multiple passengers.  Halliwell was later charged with interfering with a flight crew. Authorities said more charges could be filed.

A Foreign Office statement said: “We are aware of reports of the arrest of a British national at Boston Logan international airport and stand ready to offer consular assistance as necessary.” After the arrest, the plane continued to Houston.

Nicki Minaj Shares New Photo!

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Friday 3 July 2015

FG To Boost Technological Ties With Japan!

As part of its efforts to improve the unemployment challenge in the country, President Muhammadu Buharii said that his administration will take actions towards significantly improving the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria.

This was revealed in a statement made available by the Special Adviser to the president, Femi Adesina, while receiving the new Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, on Thursday, July 2, in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria

President Buhari stated the Federal Government, will welcome greater investment inflows from Japan and other developed nations in support of its plans to revitalize the Nigerian economy and create more jobs, under his leadership.
The President further assured Mr. Kusaoke that his administration will particularly welcome more trade and economic cooperation with Japan in the manufacturing, technology and agricultural sectors.
"I was very impressed with the role your Prime Minister played at our talks with G-7 leaders in Germany. He had a deep understanding of the challenge in the North-East of Nigeria and how it is affecting our economy.
"We look forward to a stronger partnership with your country in many areas, especially in technology, which is now the major driver of job creation across the world today,’’  Buhari said.
President Buhari received the letters of credence of the new Ukrain's new Ambassador Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk and the new High Commissioner of Pakistan, Lt.- Gen. Agha Muhammed Umer Farooq.
The new envoys assured the President that they will work hard to maintain and strengthen the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and the countries.