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Nigerian Musicians Win big in AFRIMA 2014

29 Jul

Nigerian stars stole the show in the highly anticipated African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMA) held at the prestigious Eisemann Center with a galaxy of African stars gracing the city of Dallas.

The biggest African Music Awards in Diaspora had the big African Stars like Flavour, Diamond Platnumz , Togar Howard, Serge Bearnaud, Stanley Enow, Wyre, Alaine, Khuli Chana, the African King of Pop and International superstar T-pain dazzle on the stage with electrifying performances. Other performances on the night include Kukere master Iyanya, Khuli Chana, Kcee and more.

Red hot HKN ganga honcho Davido who has been blazing the trail in the African music industry carted home the Artiste of the Year award with Flavour and Diamond also winning big. Here is the full list of winners.

AFRIMA 2014 WINNERS

Best DJ Africa 2014- Dj Black (Ghana)

Best African DJ USA 2014 – Dj Josh (Kenya)

Best Video of the Year 2014- Flavour (Nigeria)

Best Male East Africa 2014- Diamond (Tanzania)

Best Male West Africa 2014- Davido (Nigeria)

Best Female East Africa 2014- Lady Jaydee (Tanzania)

Best Female West Africa 2014 – Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Male Central Africa 2014 – Fally Pupa (Congo)

Best Female Central Africa 2014- Gasha ( Cameroon)

Best Male Southern Africa 2014- Khuli Chana (South Africa)

Best African Group 2014- P-square (Nigeria)

Best Male Diaspora 2014- Fuse ODG (Ghana)

Best Female Diaspora 2014- Les Nubians (Cameroon)

Best Female Southern Africa 2014- Zahara (South Africa)

Best Dancehall Artist 2014 – Timaya (Nigeria)

Best Dance in a Video 2014- Iyanya (Lekwa Ukwu) (Nigeria)

Best Gospel Artiste 2014- Bahati (Kenya)

Best Traditional Artist 2014- Flavour (Nigeria)

Best Newcomer 2014- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Best Video Director 2014- Ogopa Dj’s (Kenya)

Music Producer of the year 2014- Dj Oskido (South Africa)

Best Dance Group 2014- Imagineto (Nigeria)

Best Rap Act 2014- Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Collaboration 2014- Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (Khona) (South Africa)

Song of the Year 2014- Kcee (Nigeria)

Artist of the Year 2014- Davido (Nigeria)

Leadership in Music Award 2014- 2face Idibia

Legendary Award 2014- Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Transformational Leadership Award 2014- Chief Dr. Godswill Akpabio

‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ takes Nollywood to a global audience

29 Jul

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Dedicated follower of film: Nollywood produces more films per year than any country bar India

An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on a screen at the offices of iRoko TV – an online platform commonly dubbed the “Netflix of Africa”.

In a corner of the room, facing the rest of the operation and separated by a glass partition, sits Jason Njoku, the company’s founder.

Born and brought up in London, Mr Njoku is now Lagos-based and building what is proving to be a revolutionary tool, as Nollywood – Nigeria’s Hollywood – moves on from DVD to digital platforms.

Since 2011, iRokoTV has racked up millions of views, its founder says, “connecting African films with fans globally” with its huge online catalogue.

The company pays filmmakers about $10,000 (£5,900) to $25,000 for the digital rights to stream their content for a period of time.

In fact, Jason Njoku says the group spends $3m-$4m a year on licensing and producing content, hoping to make back the money in two to three years.

Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $8 with unlimited access to movies from around Africa on the iRoko TV platform, although most productions come from Nigeria and Ghana.

“There’s always that star power thing…similar to Hollywood, similar to Bollywood, similar to any content industry around the world,” says Mr Njoku.

“You look at the stars, you look at the director…super important…you also look at the quality of the actual movies themselves, and we try to sync that with the audience, so, every ten movies we view, we only buy one or two of them.”

It is a model that not many would have thought about a few years ago, but today iRoko’s success has seen the emergence of other competitors.

One, Pana TV, secured the rights to the acclaimed film Half Of A Yellow Sun, which stars Hollywood’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

The industry is growing, and is said to be a major employer in Nigeria, contributing to 1.4% of the country’s GDP.

Lights, camera, action

In a quiet Lagos suburb, three dozen people, most of them in their twenties and thirties, crowd a room in silence, listening to a passionate prayer led by a man in the centre.

As soon as he is done, they disperse and work on the film set begins.

This is the making of The Calabash, an ambitious 100-episode film series that lawyer-turned-filmmaker Obi Emelonye hopes to get on-screen, including on iRokoTV, before the end of the year.

“It’s a very tasking, almost stupid episode to film 100 episodes in a go without $1bn, but we can show that with a good story, with dedication, with a committed cast and crew, with a bit of luck, you can achieve great things,” says Mr Emelonye, with a smile.

A power cut darkens the room and filming pauses.

In less than a minute a generator outside the building drones into life, the lights come back on, and production continues almost as if nothing happened.

The challenges on set are evident, but when the production is complete there are even greater challenges getting the films out to the viewers while still paying the filmmakers.

Nigeria’s film industry churns out some 50 films a week, surpassed only by India’s Bollywood.

Most of these are released on DVD, and sold cheaply on the streets around Nigeria, although the industry has now garnered a huge following across Africa and among Afro-Caribbean communities around the world.

But this is not necessarily good news for the filmmakers.

“Distribution is the biggest problem for Nollywood,” says Mr Emelonye.

“DVD is dying out and since we are still dependent on DVD then our industry suffers.”

This nation of 160 million people only has about 14 functional cinemas, which mostly screen Hollywood blockbusters.

Choosing the alternative

Weaving one’s way through a sea of human traffic in the Idumota section of Lagos Island, one of the older parts of the city, you see a series of shops peppered with posters of Nollywood titles like Funke The Illiterate and Brazil Return.

The DVD market is still thriving and there’s hardly a better example of this than in Idumota.

“Some films sell out very quickly… as soon as people know who the actor is they come and buy the copies,” says Kelechi Kene, a vendor.

He adds that although he has heard of digital platforms like iRoko, they do not pose any threat to businesses like his which sell films on DVD.

Filmmakers fear that outlets like these are not properly regulated and so pirates can use them to make a fortune.

Despite the growth and success of digital innovation observers feel the sector is far from achieving its potential without proper legislation on rights and distribution.

“Outlets like iRokoTV, Pana TV and Ibaka TV are only offering streaming services,” says Ayeni Adekunle, editor-in-chief of Nigeria Entertainment Today.

“We need to be able to buy these films online because the filmmakers need to make their money back and they are not doing that right now. Having said that, we see these platforms going beyond hosting films to now creating their own content, which is a good thing”

Connectivity is still a major problem for many viewers, with erratic internet connections that are still not affordable for most Nollywood fans.

Pay TV is also taking a large share of the viewership.

Africa Magic, for example, now has several channels that air African content including productions in Yoruba, Hausa and Swahili.

Despite their popularity, iRoko’s Jason Njoku doesn’t see them as competition.

“We have films that people can watch whenever they feel like, and pause, rewind or skip,” he says.

“You can’t do that with TV and that’s why we feel there’s so much to achieve here.”

Nigeria’s Gold medallist Chika Amalaha fails drugs test

29 Jul

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Nigerian gold medallist Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.

The 16-year-old won weightlifting gold with a combined total of 196kg in the women’s 53kg category.

Her ‘A’ sample was found to contain amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents.

Amalaha will have a ‘B’ sample tested on Wednesday.

The teenager won gold last Friday, as Dika Toua took silver to secure Papua New Guinea’s first medal of Glasgow 2014, with India’s Santoshi Matsa winning bronze.

Amalaha is the first athlete to fail a test at the Games, but Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams and 800m runner Gareth Warburton both missed the competition after being charged with anti-doping rule violations.

Both athletes deny knowingly taking any banned substance.

Commonwealth Games 2014: Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare takes 100m gold in Glasgow

29 Jul

Olympics Day 7 - Athletics
The fastest woman in Africa is now the fastest woman in the Commonwealth. Blessing Okagbare backed up a series of scintillating runs at Hampden Park to claim a stunning Commonwealth Games 100 metres title ahead of Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart on Monday night.

The Nigerian, who had gone in as the pre-race favourite, stormed away from the field at the gun and beat off a dogged effort from Campbell-Brown to prevail in a Commonwealth Games record of time of 10.85 sec, almost two-tenths of a second ahead of the Jamaicans.

The final had long been earmarked as a battle between Okagbare and the Jamaican trio of Campbell-Brown, Stewart and Schillonie Calvert.

Sandwiched between the three of them in lane five, Okagbare’s bright dyed blonde hair seemed to be boldly taunting her rivals on the startline, acting as a beacon for them to chase. Catch me if you can.

The Nigerian had already marked herself out as an inconspicuous target earlier in the evening with an utterly dominant semi-final performance.

Not since the Victoria Games of 1994 – when Mary Onyali and Christy Opara-Thompson completed a one-two – had Nigeria been represented on the Commonwealth medal podium in the women’s 100m. Yet ahead of her first Commonwealth appearance, Okagbare had confidently announced her plan was “to come back with two medals” in the 100m and 200m sprint events.

Almost a year to the day after setting an African record of 10.79 sec, the 25-year-old had done everything to suggest she would consign her nation’s plight to the history books, barely breaking a sweat in the build-up and qualifying fastest for the final in a season’s best time of 10.93 sec.

If anyone looked like catching Okagbare under the Hampden Park floodlights it was Campbell-Brown. In the twilight of her career, and in the absence of Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Campbell-Brown finally had the chance to win a first Commonwealth gold medal 12 years after her Games debut in Manchester. More importantly for the triple Olympic and double world champion, the competition was also an opportunity to put the controversy of 2013 behind her.

Rarely does a top-class sprint race take place anywhere in the world without being tarnished by the hand of doping to some extent and, ­courtesy of Campbell-Brown, the women’s 100m final here was no exception. Prevented from running at last year’s World Championships for testing positive for a banned diuretic, Glasgow 2014 marked the Jamaican veteran’s return to major outdoor international competition after having that suspension overturned.

Campbell-Brown had looked assured, progressing through both the heats and semi-finals second-fastest behind Okagbare, although a season’s best of 10.86 secs ominously suggested there was far more to come in the final.

HOUSE OF TARA LAUNCHES STUNNING VISUAL CAMPAIGN ‘COLOURBURST’ WITH BANKY W’S ‘JASI’ AS THEME SONG

28 Jul

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Africa’s leading beauty brand, House of Tara has launched a new campaign tagged ‘ColourBurst’ just in time for the summer. ‘ColourBurst’ puts on display the wonders colour can do for the African woman, and the rand
has teamed up with R&B star, Banky W, deploying his hit song, ‘Jasi’ to create a fun and colourful video.

ColourBurst by TARA is a visual campaign that celebrates the variety and versatility of the Tara product line. Made up of four stunning looks, each one represents a different personality and style of makeup. Using vibrant hues and modern techniques, ColourBurst demonstrates that every shade makes a statement.

“I am very excited!” said Temi Akingbe, who is brand manager for House of Tara. “The ColourBurst campaign has been a few months in the making and was really a combined effort of everyone at House of Tara but most especially the talented Makeup Artists. We are extremely proud of the campaign and it shows how far the Makeup Industry in Nigeria has come
because this clearly rivals any international standard. Most importantly, we wanted to capture the vibrancy of our product line and for everyone to have fun with it!”

Iheanacho a super star in the making

28 Jul

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Kelechi Iheanacho was always going to be a star. Most Nigerians never doubted his precocious and prodigious talent as soon as they watched him play for the Golden Eaglets-the country’s U17 team.

Along with Prince Izu Omego, Yahaya Umar, Ifeanyi Matthew and Success Isaac, Iheanacho was among the brightest sparks as Nigeria finished second at the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco.

However, powerful striker, Isaac was widely regarded at the time as Nigeria’s best player but fate was to play a role in Iheanacho’s rise to prominence.

Four goals in Nigeria’s opening game at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Mexico coupled with an unfortunate injury to Isaac in the next group game against Sweden meant the burden of expectations was now heavily laid on the shoulders of Iheanacho.

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He did not disappoint. He led from the front with several inspirational displays and also weighed in with his fair share of crucial goals as Nigeria won the U17 title for a record fourth time.

Iheanacho’s eye-catching displays did not go unnoticed as he was named winner of the golden ball-accolade reserved for best player of the tournament.

It was only a matter of time before he joined a big European side and Manchester proved to be his destination.

The City manager, Manuel Pellegrini is a wily, shrewd individual with a sharp eye for unheralded talent and he wasted no time in throwing Iheanacho into the deep and against Kansas City in City’s opening pre-season game.

Iheanacho did not let the Chilean down as he completely ran the show with a display that typified class, ease of movement, quick thinking and impeccable passing.

The teenager shone against Kansas, dictating play for City, testing the opposition goalkeeper with several blistering drives.

He struck the final nail in the coffin of the MLS leaders with a well-taken fourth goal as City ran out 4-1 winners.

The Nigerian youngster scored in his second consecutive game in Manchester City’s 5-1 win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup in Pennsylvania

The 17-year-old who was handed a starter’s shirt by manager Manuel Pellegrini got his side’s fourth goal in the 25th minute. With defenders in front of him, he toe-poked a shot and nestled into the bottom left corner that gave goalkeeper Agazzi no chance.

Pellegrini was effusive in his praise of the 17-year-old after the game as he described him as “the future’ of the club.

“Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future.

“He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent,” the former Real Madrid Boss said.

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Iheanacho excels as deep-lying number 10, and is seemingly most effective playing behind the striker. As he proved against Kansas City, he has a very keen eye for a pass and is blessed with wonderful creativity for a player so young.

He however declared that many felt he did not have a future as a professional footballer.

“A lot of the boys thought maybe I was too small, too skinny to be a good player. But I realised now with what I’ve done here that God is preparing something special for me,” he said.

If he continues on this path, Iheanacho will be stuffing tons of humble pie down the throats of his critics.

Bio Data

Name: Kelechi Iheanacho

Date of birth: 3 October, 1996

Birthplace: Nigeria

Club: Manchester City

Position: Midfielder/Attacker

International record: Seven Nigeria U17 caps, six goals

Africa woos domestic savers as a buffer against fickle foreign capital

26 Jul

Steve Caplin Pension Fund Money Box

Like many African workers Olalere Ojedokun’s only pension plan was sending his kids to school so they could take care of him in old age, but that changed when Nigeria introduced a contributory pension scheme that it hopes will cover everyone.

“I won’t have to look to my children for a pension,” Ojedokun, 45, a father of four who works in marketing, said.

“Having something to fall back on at retirement is motivation to be part of the pension scheme,” Ojedokun, who started contributing to his pension five years ago, added.

African economies seeking to diversify away from foreign aid or borrowing to fund urgent infrastructure needs are increasingly turning to their burgeoning pool of domestic savers.

The continent needs billions of dollars in financing to be able to build roads, bridges, airports and power in order to accelerate economic growth, currently hovering around 5.5 percent annually, and create jobs.

Long-term funds are scarce so pensions, long-term plays by nature, are seen by governments as potentially a major source of financing, although a lack of pensions’ cover is for now a capital constraint.

“The contribution of African pension funds to the growth of African economies is still rather low. It’s a low percent of GDP in many countries but it’s improving,” Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said at an Africa Pensions summit in Nigeria’s capital Abuja this month.

The 2008 financial crisis, and market volatility in the past year on signs the U.S. Federal Reserve would start cutting back on the cheap dollars that have flooded emerging markets, served as a reminder to African governments: the continent badly needs more domestic savings if it wants to stop being beholden to the whims of faraway financial centres.

“There’s general growth in savings … around Africa and I think that the drive for infrastructure is making governments realise that we need to grow our own local savings,” Edward Odundo, chief executive of Kenya’s pension regulator, Retirement Benefits Authority, said on the sidelines of the Africa Pensions summit.

Savings are coming from a low base, compared with more mature economies, but growth rates are fast, especially as economic growth deepens and the continent’s bulging youth population starts to enter the workforce.

Nigeria has pension assets of around 4.3 trillion naira ($25 billion) which make up only 5 percent of its recently rebased GDP and cover less than 15 percent of the workforce. Though the figure has grown from 1.6 percent of GDP in 2006.

Pension contributions make up around 20 percent of Africa’s GDP, Odundo said, with Kenya itself seeing the same ratio.

Contrast with the West, where in 2012, pension assets were 155 percent of GDP in the Netherlands, 104 percent for Britain and 74.5 percent for the United States, Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala told the summit.

“Coverage (in Africa) … is still very low because most of the people are in the informal sector,” Odundo, who also doubles as president of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS), an independent body involved in the supervision of private pensions, said.

Several African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda have seen companies set up contributory schemes, moving away from government schemes, as part of reforms meant to boost savings in a bid to mobilise long-term funds for the economy.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, reviewed its pension law this month to expand coverage to include companies that employ more than three people, to boost the savings’ rate and deepen long-term investment. Those companies would include small proprietorships, many of which do not even pay tax.

“We need to capture a significant proportion of our workforce, especially those in the informal sector. We need to encourage countries to switch to contributory schemes,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

Uganda announced plans last month to end a state pension monopoly and make civil servants contribute to private retirement funds.

INFORMAL ECONOMY

Foreign direct investment into Africa peaked in 2008 at $72 billion, according to a United Nations report, and then dropped to $59 billion the following year, when the financial crisis set in. It has started to pick up again but fickle portfolio investors buying equity, debt and commodities remain a much larger contributor to investment figures.

Hot money that can be whipped out in a flash is not the sort of thing African states can rely on for long-term infrastructure funding commitments.

“Pension savings are more reliable than foreign borrowing, more (reliable) than bank lending, and have the added benefit of providing security for workers when they reach retirement,” Charles Robertson, chief economist at Renaissance Capital, said.

Nigeria rebased its gross domestic product to $510 billion in April to overtake South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. But that rebasing exposed the reality that more than half of its economy was in the informal sector, which does not generate tax revenues – and most of its participants save very little.

Odundo said growth in pension savings was coming from only 20 percent of Africa’s workforce as the rest was employed in informal sector jobs. He added that Kenya was considering automatic enrolment for adults aged 18 years onwards.

Kenya’s biggest pension fund, National Social Security Fund, expects annual contributions from members to surge by more than 10 times to 118 billion shillings ($1.35 billion) in five years, and plans to invest in new asset classes like private equity.

Fiona Stewart, a pension specialist at the World Bank, said long-term savings were rising in Africa, a continent still regarded as too dependent on foreign aid to fix drains or pave roads.

Nigeria has started to allow pension funds to invest in more asset classes but less than 2 percent of funds are invested in infrastructure. By the first quarter of 2014, 68 percent were invested in government bonds and 13 percent in equities.

There is a now an allowance for pension funds to invest up to 15 percent of their assets in infrastructure bonds, said Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, director general, Pension Commission of Nigeria.

“However, owing to a dearth of these instruments, pension funds have not been able to make significant investments.”

That could be changing.

Nigeria’s ARM Infrastructure is close to raising $250 million in the country’s first infrastructure fund, to invest in transport, energy and utility sectors across West Africa, with much of the money coming from pension funds.

Pension managers will also have to develop expertise for deploying funds into longer-term investments that meet Africa’s infrastructure challenge. But first they need more savers.

Nigerian-born Ugo Ehiogu appointed coach of Tottenham under-21 side

26 Jul

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Tottenham have appointed former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender Ugochukwu Ehiogu as coach of their under-21s.

The 41-year-old, who made more than 500 appearances at club level and won four England caps, has been working part-time with the club’s academy.
He will be assisted by former Spurs academy player Matthew Wells, who steps up from coaching the club’s under-15s.

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On Wednesday, Spurs announced former captain Ledley King would coach their under-18 side on a part-time basis.
Tottenham finished 12th of the 22 teams in the under-21 league in 2013-14 as Chelsea’s youngsters took the title.

How Emzor Spreads Wellness in Nigeria

26 Jul

Emzor Products

For close to three decades, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited, a subsidiary of Emzor Chemists Limited, has continued to push the limits of innovation and premium service delivery as a home-grown brand committed to the manufacturing of high quality pharmaceutical products and medical consumables.

Apart from being driven by the altruistic motive of seeing to it that the greatest number of Nigerians, nay Africans enjoy wellness, the rapid growth of the company’s retail business propelled Emzor Chemists Limited to go into the importation and wholesale of assorted pharmaceuticals. Not long after however, the company felt a strong pull by manufacturing locally. This was the direct result of the need to develop local capability, create jobs and provide high quality pharmaceutical products and services to the Nigerian people at prices that won’t put holes in their pockets.

From its humble beginning, when it had only four products on its stable in 1987, Emzor now manufactures a large range of over 100 products at prices that offer unmistakable value.

In the words of the GMD/CEO, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mrs. Stella Okoli, “A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. This is our gift to our people, our nation and our world.” Explaining why the company holds the principle of WELLOCRACY so dear, Okoli said: “Democracy is a government of the people, for the people and by the people. But, where will the people be without wellness? So, we reasoned that with Wellocracy, we can extend unlimited wellness to everyone all over Nigeria and indeed Africa. This way, when the people are well, they are in the best of shapes to nurture democracy.”

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Maxwell, the wellocrat!

This, perhaps, informed the company’s decision, in practical terms, by unveiling on May 2nd, its brand icon called ‘MAXWELL, the Wellocrat’.
Determined to take the campaign of wellness into even more significant turfs, Emzor recently signed a deal with the Nigeria Football Federation which saw its flagship brand, Emzor paraceutamol emerge as ‘the official paraceutamol of the Super Eagles’.

According to Okoli, “the game of football emphasises wellness and is loved with passion by all Nigerians. In much the same way, Emzor Pharmaceuticals has been trusted and tested by the young and old for decades and as a company, we place a huge premium on maximum wellness.”

For its commitment to quality and premium service-delivery, Emzor has earned recognition and won numerous awards notable among which is ‘Best Indigenous Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’ by the Board of Fellows of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.
On how Emzor is to cope with the challenges of the ever mounting pharmaceutical needs of the Nigerians and indeed, the African population, the company’s Executive Director, General Duties/ Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said: “At Emzor, we have about 100 brands, including OTC medicines, prescription only medicines (POM ) as well as hospital equipment and consumables. Our installed capacity is the largest in the country.

“All Emzor products are approved and licensed by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Emzor obtained the ISO certification in 2009 and upgraded to the higher quality standard of ISO 9001: 2008 in 2010. Furthermore, we are expanding capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand of our people for Emzor brands of pharmaceutical products.‘’

Biden Honours Nigerian in U.S. Techwomen Training

26 Jul

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The United States of America Vice President’s wife, Jill Biden, has recognised a Nigerian woman, Saze Osayande, who was among the 78 women that gathered in Washington DC in the US, from across the world to take part in a five-week technology training organised by TechWomen, an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

TechWomen, launched by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in 2011, supports the United States’ global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world by enabling them to reach their full potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Mrs. Biden who was at the training session to mentor the women, posted her encounter with Saze on her blog shortly after the training session.

Saze who spoke to newsmen on her five weeks training experience in US, said she applied for the training, since TechWomen affords participants the great opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in technology as well as about rising trends in other emerging economies.

“I am also excited about experiencing Silicon Valley from the inside, ” she said.

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