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Nigeria: 2014 Lagos State Sports Festival Torch Tour Begins

23 Apr


The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2014 Lagos State Sports Festival, tagged ‘Ibile Games’ on Sunday presented the Games’ ‘Torch of Unity’ to ‘Conference 57′, to mark the commencement of the Games.

Conference 57 is made up the 20 LGAs and the 37 LCDAs, in the state, headed by Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon of Bariga LCDA.

A statement released by the LOC said the torch would be taken through all the state LGs and LDCAs, before the commencement of the Games.

The Ibile Games has been scheduled to run from April 30 to May 10.

It also said that Hakeem Adisa Bamgbola, Secretary of the Joint Allocation Committee (JAC), who received the torch during their meeting, said it symbolised the beginning of the Games.

“I think IBILE Games 2014 just started with us receiving the torch, before it travels to all the local councils in the state,” said Bamgbola, who is also the Executive Chairman of Itire/Ikate LCDA.

According to the itinerary of the tour released by the LOC, the torch tour will begin on April 21 with visits to Iru-Victoria Island, Lekki, Eti-Osa, Eti- Osa East, Ibeju Lekki and Ikoyi-Obalende.

On April 23, it would be the turn of Coker-Aguda, Itire-Ikate, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye, Mushin, Onigbongbo, Shomolu, Bariga, Kosofe, Agboyi-Ketu and Ikosi-Isheri.

On April 24, the torch would tour Oshodi-Isolo, Isolo, Ejigbo, Igando- Ikotun, Egbe-Idmu, Agege, Alimosho, Ayobo-Ipaja, Agbado-Oke Odo, Ojokoro, Mosan-Okunola, Orile-Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojodu.

It would also tour Amuwo-Odofin, Ojo, Iba, Otto-Awori, Oriade, Ifelodun, Ajegunle, Apapa and Apapa-Iganmu.

On April 28, the torch would visit Ikorodu Central, Igbogb-Baiyeku, Ikorodu West, Ikorodu North, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island East, Lagos Island, Ikeja and Surulere.

On April 29, it would be the turn of Epe, Eredo, Ikosi-Ejirin, Imota and Ijede.

The torch tour would be rounded off on April 30, with visits to Badagry, Badagry-West and Olorunda. (NAN)

Meet Adeola Ariyo: Elizabeth Arden’s 1st African Ambassador

19 Apr

Adeola Ariyo

It is no longer news that Nigerian model, Adeola Ariyo, was selected as the first ever African Ambassador for Beauty company Elizabeth Arden. But what is news, however, is that the 28 year old will be taking over the duties of the Elizabeth Arden South African Ambassador Lerato Moloi, whose reign centered only in South Africa.

Listed among her new job description would be featuring in Elizabeth Arden’s campaigns for Skin Illuminating, Visible Difference and Perfectly Nude SPF15, all while she is under the mentorship of Lerato Moloi.

At a the special announcement event which took place at Krammerville, Sandton, South Africa, Adeola was joined by Lerato and the Elizabeth Arden team.

Managing director of the brand, Corne Nel said the brand is committed to the belief that “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman” . “As a company we want to celebrate each woman’s unique beauty through individuality, diversity and original expressions of beauty“. “Adeola has all of these qualities and as a prestige beauty brand we wanted to choose a spokesperson that African women could identify with” he added.


Born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and Ghanaian father, Adeola started her modelling career at the age of 13. She has since been on the runway for shows like the London Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week, Lagos, Johannesburg Fashion Week and Cape Town Fashion Week. She also participated in the 2005 running of Face of Africa where she was part of the top 5 finalists and has featured in Marie Claire, Elle, True Love and Glamour Magazines.

“Being chosen as an Elizabeth Arden Brand Ambassador in Africa is an incredible honour.” says Ariyo. “Elizabeth Arden herself was an entrepreneur, women’s advocate and a champion for holistic beauty, inspiring women all over the world. I am proud to be associated with a brand that embodies such important values”.

Elizabeth Arden has already expanded to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and this year will be moving to Nigeria, Kenya and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

Pakistan president leads 70-man delegation to Nigeria

19 Apr

Pakistani President

President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan will begin a three-day working visit to Nigeria from Monday, April 21, the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner, Ahmed Sirohey said in Abuja.

The visit is the first of a Pakistan’s president to Nigeria in 32 years and Hussain is leading a 70-man delegation, Sirohey told reporters.

According to him, the delegation is mainly made up of government officials and businessmen from the country’s textile industry.

He said Nigeria and Pakistan had enjoyed excellent diplomatic relations in the past four decades, but has not reflected in the economic sector.

“Trade relation is still low with current annual bilateral trade of about 70 million dollars.

“Our president is coming with the hope of strengthening economic and trade relations between both countries and where any of the two countries have expertise we should support each other.’’

The Pakistani envoy said both countries would also explore cooperation in the field of petroleum resources and energy, adding that Pakistan could help Nigeria address its domestic gas challenges.

“We have huge pipe-to-gas across the country and there are about eight million customers served by our Natural Gas Company and they are provided gas in their houses.

“Bills are sent to customers at the end of the month and the bill for a house of six people is not more than N300 per month.

“If it is a big house like you have in Maitama district in Abuja it is not more than N1500,’’ he said.

He said improved cooperation with Nigeria in the areas of food security, agriculture and the textile industry would strengthen President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.

He recalled that in 2012 Jonathan and Hussain had discussed the issue of reviving the textile industry in Nigeria on the sideline of the D8 meeting in Islamabad.

Later, Sirohey confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria that the issue of Prisoners Transfer Agreement between both countries could come up for discussion during the presidential visit.

He said no fewer than 30 Nigerians were currently serving in Pakistan prisons while at least two Pakistanis were in Nigeria prisons.

“We have sent the PTA to Nigeria if it is ready for signing, maybe the agreement would be signed,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the presidential visit is coming barely two weeks after Nigeria requested for Pakistan’s cooperation in the fight against insurgency in some parts of the country.

Nigeria’s request was mentioned in a communiqué issued on April 8 in Abuja at the end of the Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Nigeria-Pakistan Joint Commission.

Nigeria and Pakistan have an existing cooperation on defence, which has facilitated the training of Nigerian military officers in Pakistan’s military institutions.

“Last year, 120 military officers from Nigeria attended various courses in Pakistan and this year at least 40 are currently undergoing training in various areas,” Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Malam Dauda Danladi, told NAN recently.

Why 4-3-3 is Nigeria’s best option in Brazil

19 Apr


Despite Stephen Keshi’s recent experimentation with a 4-4-1-1, the 4-3-3 formation still represents the Super Eagles’ best bet at the World Cup, according to this feature.

By Ude Ikenna Ezekiel

The 2014 World Cup, the biggest football showpiece on the planet, is not more than 64 days away.

Stephen Keshi, from taking the job until the international friendly against Italy, had been playing with a 4-3-3 formation. It was this same formation that won him the AFCON trophy 13 months ago in South Africa, and which he employed at the Confederations Cup.

However, due to the loss of form of Sunday Mba, such an important component of that formation, the coach was left with no option than to try out few other players in that position with no one making a strong claim to that ‘Third Man’ role. Against Italy at Craven Cottage, Keshi introduced the old 4-4-1-1 formation in order to limit the effect of the unavailability of the third man in the midfield.

In the above formation, the two central midfielders were both involved in breaking down their opponents attacks and as well building up the Eagles’ own offensive. Going by the ‘End justifies the Means’ theory, the pattern did pay off as both the main striker and the supporting striker in the original No. 8 role scored to secure a 2-2 draw.

However, the 4-4-1-1 formation itself has many tactical shortfalls. Not only does it encourage a team to be reactive, it also creates a wide gap between the midfielders and the supporting striker upfront. This is because before the central midfielders can supply the player in the No. 8 role, they not only have to win the ball from their opponents but must also move forward across the half-way line, thereby exposing the centre-backs.
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For a team with mobile and fast central midfielders, the 4-4-1-1 might be a good option but considering the fact that Ogenyi Onazi, who is mobile, has to be paired with John Obi Mikel, who is not, this is not an approach that sits comfortably with the players available to the coach.

With Sunday Mba now back in form in the French Ligue 2, and given the risks of the 4-4-1-1 pattern, now might be the best time to revert back to the 4-3-3 formation.

Not only does this formation provide the much needed attacking frame for the team, it also limits any effects of a lack of mobility that could affect the team’s transition from defence to attack. Given the attacking promise of the three aforementioned midfielders, the 4-3-3 will afford any of them the opportunity to spearhead the team’s counter-attacks as soon as the team regains possession.
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Mba’s fine strike against Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON quarter-final was a fine example of how this is possible. Bright Dike’s goal against Catalonia ahead of the tournament is another glowing example.

Should Nigeria progress beyond the group stage, they will likely encounter teams who possess great attacking menace—in these instance, attack might be the best form of defence. The 4-3-3 allows the Super Eagles to cause problems for the opposition and hopefully disrupt their offensive ambitions.

This was evident during the Confederations Cup, when Keshi’s 4-3-3 caused problems for Spain; La Roja, typically accustomed to teams who defended against them, appeared taken aback by the Super Eagles’ adventure.

This formation gives the Eagles defensive balance as well as an attacking balance, and should the players hit the World Cup in form, Keshi’s team should be in a good position to beat the weaker teams and, at least, give themselves a fighting chance against stronger opposition.

All in all the formation will create a greater opportunity to score goals even when under severe attack from their opponents owing to the possibilities that exist for speedy counter attacks. With the above formation in place, the Super Eagles fans should prepare to see their team travel deep into the competition at the elite footballing showpiece.

Nigeria: The Politics of Life and Death

19 Apr


The Pendulum By Dele Momodu, Email:

Fellow Nigerians, these are not the best of times for our long-suffering country. I don’t even know where to start from. I have been in this state of stupor and confusion since the bomb blast of last Monday near Abuja. The location did not matter to me because it could have been anywhere. Any serious analyst would have known by now that the brains behind such an audacious act with maximum impact wouldn’t lack the capacity to detonate their massive explosives at any location of their choice and pleasure.

We are obviously at their complete mercy and must make bold to admit our failure and confess our helplessness. There is no point pretending to be a heavyweight when you are truly a featherweight. If we cannot take the battle to their conclaves wherever it may be, we must be ready to surrender. Those saying we shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists are speaking bollocks and should urgently have a rethink before these guys obliterate us out of the world map, or deplete the population of Nigeria beyond recognition and redemption. There is nothing shameful about accepting and managing your limitations in life. It is one of the grand rules that if you are not able to move forward you must know how to retrace your steps. We won’t be the first nation to do so.

As for our apparently overstretched soldiers, let no one blame them for doing the needful by dodging bullets, premature deaths and unnecessary heroism. Ours is a peculiar nation of oddities. Strange things do happen here. Our soldiers have perfected the science of killing but not the art of dying for a thankless country. They are like our footballers who have learnt the wisdom of not breaking their legs in the field of play because when you get injured, you are on your own. And your career is over. Pronto.

And for our Police, don’t even go there. They are poorer than church rats. I’m not trying to make excuses or provide a ridiculous hiatus but just being realistic and practical. I used to abuse them for taking bribes with reckless abandon. But I have since reconsidered my stance. It is impossible to survive on the pittance they receive as salaries and the filthy environment many are conditioned to live and operate. They are not adequately protected against potential dangers and other vicissitudes of life. They are ill-equipped and lack the modern appurtenances of policing and crime prevention. Let us start with the most basic of police equipment. Not just arms and ammunition but wearing apparels and communication gadgets that cost next to nothing these days. How many times have we seen policemen wearing bathroom or rubber slippers on duty? I can’t even tell. And these men and women are meant to chase burglars not to mention armed robbers and then terrorists in such disgraceful gears. This is why they have become sitting ducks!

Give it to the Americans they are experts at packaging death. They make it look so attractive and inviting. From the Commander-in-Chief to the smallest man, everyone participates in the rites of passage. Their nation stands ramrod for the fallen heroes. Dying for America is so prestigious that you may wish to die in advance of your real terminal date. The honour it brings to your family is immeasurable. And you are readily accounted for unlike in our clime where we don’t even know how to count our casualties let alone give them decent burials. Our matter is a sorry case. We know what to do but lack the will to do it right.

There is nothing worse than dying a worthless death. Many have laid their lives down for Nigeria but are soon abandoned and forgotten. Only the families are left to bear the brunt of the suffering that naturally follows. Attempts are even made to rubbish the memory of the dead by good-for-nothing characters seeking to justify every act of chicanery. Sixteen years after Chief Moshood Abiola died for the democracy we are bastardising today, we are still debating whether he deserves any honour or not. What nation argues over such obvious martyrdom except Nigeria? The reason is not far-fetched. Ours is a politics of life and death. Those who can never contribute anything tangible in life would always try to belittle every act of valour. That is the crux of the matter.

Many of us always try to hide behind one finger and as Abiola himself would have put it, it is nothing but a futile effort. If we must situate our present predicament properly, we missed our boat on June 12, 1993, when we refused to uniformly insist on the restoration of the mandate voluntarily given to Abiola. Abiola’s feat was never an accident but a product of assiduous hard work by an unrepentant and unapologetic bridge-builder. The passion of Abiola for the unity of Nigeria was uncommon and salutary. Other would-be Abiolas have only been paying lip-service to such lofty ideals. There was no religious consideration on June 12, 1993. Ethnic jingoism was buried on that day. Political rascality was jettisoned on that occasion. No skulls were broken. Everyone voted in peace and not in pieces.

Nigeria was on the march again. There was no question about it. We believed fervently that hope was about to return to our nation. Mass poverty was going to vamoose. And prosperity was going to follow. All the fabulous excuses later offered for terminating the fantastic election and suspending its results were nothing but mere after-thoughts. There was no reason to put our unprecedented progress in reverse gear. It was a victory worth exploring. But some powerful clique thought otherwise. We shall continue to remind our people of how we got things wrong lest we forget as usual.

Nigeria died the day June 12 was killed. Like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, that was the day we murdered sleep. What’s worse is the fact that we’ve refused to accept the collective stupidity and unbridled selfishness that gave birth to such irrational decision. It is all the more painful when we see what Nigeria has become since then. It is the same egocentricity that has given fillip to our present debacle; the attempt by a few control freaks to always want to be in charge. Abiola was considered too strong and would not be malleable or manipulatable. That was his only sin. And for that nothing was too sacred to be wasted.

Nigeria has continued to throw up all manner of leaders, the good, the bad, the ugly. We are blaming the wrong people for not performing. A man cannot give what he doesn’t have. We should place the blame appropriately at the doorsteps of the godfathers and Mafia dons who have continued to hold Nigeria by the jugular. I’m no longer under any delusion or illusion that this crazy trend and evil pattern would end very soon. I believe we have crossed the Rubicon. As we move closer to 2015, the situation will in fact get far worse. Sorry if I sound irredeemably despondent and like a prophet of doom. You can’t blame me. Experience is the best teacher. We have reached that point zero and except something very extraordinarily drastic happens, our situation will not get better. For once my dose of optimism has expired and I doubt where the next supply would come from.

If you think I’m being excessively jittery, please consider the following. Our politicians are already warming up for the next electoral battle and getting their dangerous arsenal ready. Everything else is immaterial. Those blaming our President for going to Kano for the PDP unity rally, and Ibadan to felicitate with our royal father, The Olubadan, on his centenary birthday, are missing the point. The ubiquitous scammers in the corridors of power have succeeded in doing “wash-wash” for our dear President.

They have sold him the dummy that he needs to visit every part of Nigeria ahead of his declaration for a second term in office. Such advisers are never in short supply. They are always in place to mislead every leader. The budgets for such contracts are usually hefty. Otherwise, how could anyone have gone on such flights of fancy a day after such a calamitous event occurred in Abuja? Shortly after, so many young girls were abducted from their school in Borno State. Yet life continued as normal as if these were normal occurrences. Whilst the world media sought to update us with news of both gruesome events our own friends especially downplayed the events. Even our soldiers threw honour to the winds and began to concoct fiction. The whole world watched in utter disgust and amazement as we bungled the opportunity to show the humane side of us.

We also failed to rally our leaders together as one at a time we needed to stand strong and confront a national tragedy and an international embarrassment. Our politicians have been busy trading blames and fighting like kids over cookies. Our military too have been speaking from both sides of their mouths. And information has become a scarce commodity. To whom then do we turn in this season of stark raving lunacy? The solution is not going to be as simple and straight-forward. I will offer a few simple ideas in good faith.

Our President and Commander-in-Chief should, in the name of God, resist the demons of power and suspend the PDP jamborees until further notice. Everything has a season. This time calls for sobriety. I’ve said it before. The President’s body language is the thermometer with which we measure the temperature of the nation and the tachometer for measuring the speed or inertia of governance. I sincerely sympathise with our President who seems to be receiving unkind bashings from every angle. This barrage of attacks is beginning to take its tolls on him. This was palpable in Kano where the President exploded in public and resorted to the use of expletives. I wish to plead that he should resist such temptation in the future, no matter the degree of provocation. What he’s carrying on his head is heavier than the elephant and he should not worry about crickets on the ground.

The President needs to convince our beleaguered nation that he truly cares about protecting every inch of the Nigerian land mass and that he’s not a tribal warlord. We have reached the stage where we must swallow our pride and call for foreign input and help without further delay. Our first port of call should be the United Nations, where Nigeria had always contributed immensely to missions of peace-keeping abroad. We must urgently get our armed forces and UN peace-keepers to occupy the most porous parts of our borders. There is no doubt the challenges faced by our security forces, Immigration and Customs have made it difficult to keep away the invading marauders. To complement them we must deploy technology to monitor our land borders. For some reason we seem scared of employing scientific solutions to assist us in the area where we need it most. We embrace biometrics in every other sphere of our lives, even in breach of the constitutional rights of our citizens to private life. But in the case of security where the constitution allows such intrusion we shy away from the use of such technological tools that would have helped us stem some of this madness.
We must saturate the areas most affected with surveillance equipment particularly CCTV cameras. These must be monitored round the clock. We need to employ, mobilise and deploy far more security personnel than the few we are sending to war at this time. We must overwhelm the battle fronts with so many well-equipped Army, Air force, Navy, Secret Service agents, paramilitary forces. The proliferation of security forces would aim at intimidating intending troublemakers. The ease with which those guys saunter in and out suggests a superior firepower. This cannot continue unchecked.

Governments at all levels must intensify efforts at ameliorating the suffering of most citizens in Nigeria. Crime and criminality will increase when people are driven to the walls with no hope in sight. The seeming indifference of our politicians to the plight of the people must change. The people are not asking for too much. What they want are the basic necessities which Nigeria can definitely afford. Our students should enjoy quality and affordable education. Incessant closure of schools must be discouraged by fulfilling government promises and agreements to academic unions. Our chronic infrastructural decay must be speedily addressed. The daily hardship faced and the agony suffered by Nigerians has become too unbearable. They are enough to keep most people on edge. The issue of mass unemployment is the most desperate. There are just too many jobless youths floating around. We should not be surprised if some become easy prey and ready recruits for terrorists.

There are many more ways in which we must combat these heinous activities of a few bitterly disgruntled elements. They include use of state and community police forces, greater involvement of our traditional rulers, education of the citizenry, social awareness, use of cultural beliefs and above all dialogue with the approachable ones in these terrorist groups. We will continue to amplify on these measures in the near future.

I wish I could say Happy Easter but there is too much sorrow in the land.

Nigerian filmmakers seek tie-ups with Indians to take on Hollywood

18 Apr


Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest nations and its most populous, is keen to collaborate with the over $2-billion Indian film industry to promote better understanding between the two countries and provide competition to Hollywood.

“I am just excited at the prospect of a future collaboration between a Nigerian filmmaker and one from India,” Femi Adeniye, a Lagos-based Nigerian film producer remarks.

“Indian filmmakers have the know-how and the experience and that can combine to be a threat to the Hollywood industry,” added the filmmaker.


Recently, Abuja hosted the first Indian Film Festival and screend a number of Hindi movies including “Lagaan”, “Pardes”, “Chak De! India”, “Stanley Ka Dabba”, “Jodhaa-Akbar”, “Sholay”, “Devdas”, “Dhoom 2″ and “3 Idiots”.

Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria A.R. Ghanashayan sees a vast scope for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in filmmaking by virtue of complementing comparative advantages and experiences.

He believes the hosting of the film festival in Nigeria would lead to a reciprocal Nigerian Film Festival in New Delhi.

India is currently Nigeria’s second largest trading partner. With a population of 168 million and considerable revenue from oil exports, Nigeria is the largest trading partner of India in Africa.

Bilateral annual trade turnover was over $17.3 billion in 2011-12, registering a growth of 34 percent. Last financial year, Indian exports showed a further increase of 1.33 percent even though bilateral trade fell to $16.8 billion.


Nigeria is also the largest market in Africa for Indian exports with a large number of Indian companies operating in the country and some of them making substantial investments.

India is one of the largest film producing nations in the world and Indian films have also been a part of the country’s history and are very popular in Kano, Kaduna and other northern States, and local channels regularly telecast Indian films.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Lady Patience Faka Jonathan, who attended the film fest, opined that the two countries have a shared relationship and similarities in an enterprising film culture.

She feels the film industry provides an avenue for growth for the two countries and says: “Just like Nigeria with a population of over 160 million people, India is equally blessed with a huge population of over 1.2 billion people. We can therefore imagine what this translates into economic terms.

“There is the possibility of stakeholders in the film industry from Bollywood and Nollywood (Nigeria’s film industry) engaging in partnerships or exchange programmes that will yield mutual benefits and promote better understanding between our two countries.”

A further boost to relationship between the two countries in films is likely to increase trade between the countries. Some of film producers are already looking at collaboration between Nigerian and Indian film makers.

Nigeria’s Chiney Ogwumike Goes No. 1 in WNBA Draft

18 Apr

Chiney Ogwumike

Nigeria-born Chiney Ogwumike capped off an excellent season by earning the number one selection in this year’s WNBA draft.

The 6’4 power forward who led Stanford to the final four of this year’s Women’s NCAA tournament was overwhelmed with joy as she heard her name being called to the podium on Monday night.

Ogwumike will join the Connecticut Sun as she looks to make an impact straight away, she averaged 26.1 points, 12.1 rebounds per game, and had 27 double-doubles.

This season she became the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer with 2,737 points, and is ranked No. 5 on the NCAA’s all-time rebounding list with 1,567, she is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and a three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was recently awarded this year’s John Wooden Award, the award that recognizes college basketball’s most outstanding player.

Chiney continues a strong family dominance after older sister Nneka was also picked number 1 in the 2012 WNBA draft, they became the first ever sisters in a major American sport to be drafted number one, and the second pair of siblings to be drafted No one overall.

”When someone told me that I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s pretty cool,’ ” Chiney Ogwumike said. “We fell into the sport and found our passion in it and now it’s life. To share that moment with my sister, she’s the reason I play, and to be called a No. 1 draft pick is inconceivable.”

Chiney's family

Another athlete with Nigerian roots Natalie Achonwa was taken ninth overall by the Indiana fever, Achonwa who had 4 stellar years at Notre Dame averaged 15.4 points and 8 rebounds this season, she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in the NCAA Women Tournament and is on her way to recovery.

Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos generates $2bn annually to Nigerian economy – ICT Minister

18 Apr

computer village

The Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, generates about two billion dollars (N300 billion) to the economy annually, Mrs Omobola Johnson, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, has said.

Johnson disclosed this at the Monthly Breakfast Meeting of the Nigerian-South Africa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in Lagos.

According to the minister, the revenues come mostly from the cloning of phones and the exploration all sorts of software applications.

“I think I am the first ICT minister that has taken time to visit the place and we have seen that the operators have great skills.

“The place consists of wonderful sets of youths who are generating employment for themselves, while inventing new ICT skills.

“We have encouraged the operators to come out with local brands to support the growth of the economy,” the minister said.

Johnson said that the ministry was working closely with the executives of the market association to ensure that the operators’ skills were harnessed to generate more revenues.

She said that the ministry had plans to ensure that 60 per cent of rural dwellers had access to personal computers and the Internet by 2015.

“We plan to empower the youths at the Computer Village to fulfill these targets and to create more jobs,” the minister said.

Source: NAN

Abuja explosion: Nigeria Government releases names, details of injured victims

18 Apr


The Nigerian government on Thursday released a list of 126 victims admitted in various hospitals after the bomb explosion in Nyanya, Abuja, on Monday morning.

At least 75 people were killed in an explosion that rocked a populous motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The explosion is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The explosion, which occurred on Monday morning, also left over 100 people injured; some of who are receiving treatment in various hospitals within and around Abuja.

The list was made available by the Senior Information Officer, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Batti. Some of the victims have, however, been discharged from the hospitals.

The federal government had earlier given approval for hospital authorities to release the corpses of the dead to their families.

Nyanyan General Hospital
Emmanuel Oduma
Charity Enang
Pius Nwaonuan
Clifford Nwafor
Attah Friday
Chidozie Iyoke
Peter Omeh
Ibrahim Salisu
Shamsu Hussein
Adamu M Bello
Osaretin John

Asokoro District Hospital
Hamza Ibrahim
Rakiya Suleiman
Saidu Ayinde
Adamu Abbisi
Inuwa Musa
Arimiyawa Saidu
Ebele Ibezim
Oguike Charles
Samson Udo
Sani Ismaila
John Atanyi
Blessing Aghi
Auwal Harun
Sani Nafiu
Usman Yinusa
Dada Je-Ogbade
Umar Murtala
Isiaka Abdul
Adeoye Busayo
Jim Anthony
Job Daniel
Aungwa Saater
David Igho
Georg Ediae
Exra Gowimina
Baby Goodness John

Maitama District Hospital
Precious Samuel
Monday Oshile
Pat Umar
Simon Peter
Vera Ojochide Jaja
Chibuzor Oshouagwe
Gabriel Peter Ibrahim
Olowokere Taiwo
Yohanna Ibrahim
Gabriel Enyinnaya
Paul Tanko
Mustapha Abdullahi
Oke Adedaya Stepheh
Esther Paul
Mohammad Shehu
Godwin Jane
Jerry Mako
Idoko Onyekozi
Bello Mohammed Ali
Stephen Chukwuka
Salome Emezue Jim
Irera Ibrahim

Pan -Raf Hospital
Abugu Samuel
Ukpokwu Mercy
Frank John
Uzoakpunchi Loveline
Elizabeth Ailabojie
Franca Aguele Ailabojie
Nathaniel Ailabojie
Christabel Ailabojie

National Hospital
Ogunyemi Tosin
Bala Hamidad
Adejoh Omachi
Salisu Ashiru
Usman Shehu
Bello Ali Mohammed
Olalekan Adeleke
Ogbadu Danjuma
Esther Paul
Babana Saleh
Ahmed Shishar
Isah Kolawale
Gabriel Thankgod
Ramdur John
Hamza Zaharadeen
Yushau Ibrahim
Paul John
Yohanna Ibrahim
Bako Gerema
Halilu Ibrahim
Omale Emmanuel
Omokhoba Emmanuel
Abdulazeez Aliyu
Iloha Valentine
Adamu Idris
Abdullahi Mustapha
Zungven Kefas
Bassey Ekong
John Saidu
Aliyu Abubakar
Chibuzo Osuagu

Mararaba General Hospital
Samuel Abudu
Abdulahi Ayuba
Rayiamu Yusuf
Gamba Gamba
Abubakar Ibrahim
David Mayaki
Usuman Abibu
Nfua Anumise
Customs Hospital
Njoku Victor
Victor Habila
Christian Ogbuji
Suleiman Abdullahi
Samuel Opara
Abba Umaru
Daniel Williams
Idris Samaila
John Alice
Rabiu Umaru
Physically Challenge
Gift Godwin
Dorcas Opawoye
Jimmy Aniete
Abigal Muliki

Abuja Clinic, Karu
Nweze Uche Silas
Bankera Julie
Abubakar Ibrahim

Source: NEMA

Nigeria Dominates MTV Africa Music Awards Nominations

18 Apr


Africa’s number one music authority, MTV Base has announced the nominees for this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards.

The announcement, which was made on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at an impressive nominations party at The Sands in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year’s nominations prove that Nigerian music has fast taken over Africa. Out of fifteen different categories, Nigeria has been nominated in eleven categories and includes some of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry including Omotola Jalade, Chimamanda Adichie, 2Face, PSquare, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Flavour among many others.

The different categories, which include Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year has also broadened the scope of the MAMA awards franchise as achievements in non-music fields will also be recognized. They include “Personality of the Year” and “Transform Today by Absolut”, an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative talents who use their imagination to fuel social transformation and bring positive attention to the continent.

Davido Bags Highest Number of Nominations

Davido has the most nominations this year with four nods for Song of the Year, Best male, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration. Following closely behind with 3 nominations is dynamic duo, P Square with Best Group, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year while Wizkid receives two nods for Best Male and Best Collaboration.


Other Nigerian nominees include 2Face, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Flavour, Ice Prince, KCEE, May D, Olamide, Phyno and Tiwa Savage.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “We congratulate all the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. This year, the MAMA offers a stunning platform for African artists, it also celebrates the young personalities, leaders and creatives who are making a positive impact on the continent.”

Full list below:


Best Male:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Donald (South Africa)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Chidinma (Nigeria)

DJ C’ndo (South Africa)

Efya (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group:

Big Nuz (South Africa)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

P Square (Nigeria)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Heavy K (South Africa)

Phyno (Nigeria)

Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act:

2face (Nigeria)

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Flavour (Nigeria)

Dr Malinga (South Africa)

Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration:

Amani ft. Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)

Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)

Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)

R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)

Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year:

Davido (Nigeria)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

P Square (Nigeria)

Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year:

Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)

DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)

DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)

DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)

Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)

KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)

Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)

Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)

P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)

Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)

Best Hip Hop:

AKA (South Africa)

Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Khuli Chana (South Africa)

Olamide (Nigeria)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Pop:

Danny K (South Africa)

Fuse ODG (Ghana)

Goldfish (South Africa)

LCNVL (South Africa)

Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative:

Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)

Michael Loman (South Africa)

Nakhane Toure (South Africa)

Parlotones (South Africa)

Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)

Ferre Gola (DRC)

Toofan (Togo)

Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

JD (Angola)

Lizha James (Mozambique)

Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)

Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)


Personality of the Year:

Chimamanda Adiche (Nigeria)

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)

Trevor Noah (South Africa)

Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)

Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire)

Transform Today by Absolut

Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)

Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

Leti Arts (Ghana)

Rasty (South Africa)


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