Linda Ikeji gives birth to Baby Boy

Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji, has given birth to a baby boy.

The baby was born on Monday at a hospital in Atlanta, US.

She posted this image on her Instagram  page to announce his birth and went on to reveal that he was born today, the 17th of September, 2018.

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5 Big Announcements at the Apple Event

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Apple has launched the new iPhones (iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max) at its Cupertino headquarters in California on 12th September. The company with a market capitalisation of $1 trillion also unveiled a relatively affordable iPhone: iPhone XR. So, for those who missed the event, we highlight some of the key announcements.

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1. iPhone XS and XS Max

For the event, Apple launched three new main versions of the iPhone including iPhone XS, XS Max and a third phone: iPhone XR. These iPhones are sleek, sophisticated and you will definitely get value for your money. Below are the key specs for the new phone:

  • Both the XS and XS Max have two 12-megapixel lenses on the back. It also has a new feature called Smart HDR, which seamlessly blends several different image frames into a single image. The function is intended to make photos look sharper and have more natural light.
  • A new chip: The “A12 Bionic” chip is said to make the iPhone more powerful than ever.
  • Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are offered in three colours: gold, silver, and space grey.
  • There are three storage options for each: 64GB, 256GB, and for the first time in an iPhone, there is the  512GB option.
  • Both the XS and XS Max will  support a dual-SIM card system,
  • The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, with 64GB of storage, and goes all the way up to $1,499 with 512 GB of storage.
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2. iPhone: The iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR is a bit similar to the iPhone 5S. Coming in at $749 to start, it’s not exactly inexpensive. It is, however, comparatively less expensive than the iPhone XS ($999). It’s also, size-wise, directly in between the new iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen.

The LCD bit is important because it’s part of the reason the XR costs $250 less than the XS. The iPhone XR is internally nearly identical to the more expensive XS and XS Max. It’s got the same A12 Bionic chip, powered by the same supporting hardware. It’s got a similarly powerful battery that should carry most users through at least one day of use.

It loses 3D Touch, perhaps another measure of the LCD screen and it only has one of the two 12 megapixel cameras found on the back of the iPhone XS and XS Max. But, it has one incredible feature that neither the XS or the XS Max has: It comes in yellow.

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3. The Apple Watch Series 3 Upgrade

If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch, and you’re looking at the Apple website’s comparison page trying to make up your mind, it’s hard to argue with hard numbers: The Apple Watch Series 3 is $120 less expensive than the equivalent Series 4, and it’s nearly identical. Better still: It’ll get the update to WatchOS 5 when the new software arrives next week before the Series 4 is even available.

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4. The Apple Watch Series 4

There are two new versions of the Apple Watch in two new sizes: 40 and 44 mm. The screens are 30% larger, according to Apple and they stretch further to the edges than ever before. The Apple Watch Series 4 is an update, but not a major one. It’s got a new, more powerful chip (the “S4”) at its core that promises “up to two times better performance.” The accelerometer has been improved to detect drops and can auto-dial emergency services when necessary.

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5. Bonus: iOS 12 will launch on September 17th

With iOS 12’s arrival next Monday, September 17, Apple is making some major upgrades to its mobile operating system. Perhaps most importantly of all, iOS 12 brings a major boost to older iPhones: 40% faster app launches, 50% faster keyboard pop-up, and a 70% speed increase in camera opening. In short, it will make older iPhones feel new-ish again.

Zainab Ahmed: 5 things you should know about acting Finance Minister

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Here are five things you probably don’t know and which you should know about acting finance minister, Zainab Ahmed.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed as the acting Minister of Finance and there are five things you should know about her.

Zainab Ahmed was announced the acting replacement for the 23rd finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, who resigned after a certificate forgery scandal.

Born 55 years ago in Kaduna State, the acting finance minister was appointed state minister, Budget and planning by President Buhari in 2015.

Here are five things you probably don’t know and which you should know about acting finance minister, Zainab Ahmed.

1. Aspiration to become Nigeria’s accountant general

In 1982, the acting Finance Minister joined Kaduna State Ministry of Finance as an accountant with an aspiration of becoming the state’s Accountant General.

 

2. Highest educational degrees

Zainab Ahmed holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and an MBA from the Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye.

3. A date with September

The 55-year-old acting minister rose to become Chief Finance Officer of Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications, MTEL, after joining in September, 2005. And 13 years after, she has been announced acting finance minister in September 2018.

4. One of Kaduna’s brightest

Zainab Ahmed was appointed the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company by Governor Patrick Yakowa in March, 2009. From Kaduna state Governor, Nasir Elrufai to Bashir Ahmad President Buhari’s personal assistant on new media, Zainab Ahmed has been judged one of Kaduna’s brightest and finest. During her ministerial screening, Bashir had tweeted,Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is very intelligent, I like all the answers she has given so far. MinisterialScreening”

5. A certified account

Ahmed holds the Fellowship of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

ITTF Africa: Aruna Quadri leads Team Nigeria to Gold in Mauritius

ITTF Africa: Aruna Quadri leads Nigeria to Gold in Mauritius

Team Nigeria experienced mixed fortunes at the ongoing ITTF Africa Championship as the team event came to a close on Wednesday evening.

Reigning ITTF Nigeria Open Champion, Aruna Quadri led team Nigeria to a 3-1 win over Egypt accounting for two of the three wins recorded by the team. The Portugal based player defeated Egypt’s Saleh Ahmed and EL-BEIALI Mohammed 3-2 while veteran, Segun Toriola overcame Assar Khalid as Nigeria emerged African Champion in the male team event.

In the female event former African Champion, Funke Oshonaike did well to recover from her first set loss to defeat Abdel-Aziz Farah but it wasn’t enough as Dina Meshref inspired the Egyptian ladies to a 3-1 win over Nigeria.

Asides winning the men’s team Gold medal, Nigeria will return to the ITTF World Team Cup for the first time since 2010 where they will represent the continent in the 2019 World Team Cup set to hold in Japan.

Finally, the veteran duo of Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike defeated Kherouf Sami and Loghraibi Lynda of Algeria in the mixed doubles event 4-1 to qualify for the semifinals.

Nigerian Journalist Saves Youths from Boko Haram and Tells Their Stories

Journalist Philip Obaji Jr. has documented Boko Haram activity over the last few years and interviewed Boko Haram victims about life at an Internationally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Madinatu last month.

 Obaji tells the story of Abba, a 17-year-old boy whom Boko Haram abducted in 2015 and one of the childhood victims Obaji gave psychological counseling to in Maiduguri, where Boko Haram originated. Abba told Obaji how he witnessed Boko Haram teaching child soldiers how to rape women and how they shot his brother after he defended Abba from becoming kidnapped.

The group eventually took Abba to the Sambisa Forest, where they separated boys from girls, flogged them with electric wires, tortured them, and forced them to carry out errands.

Obaji continues explaining how Abba noticed a guard fell asleep, whom he then knocked unconscious with a large stick. Abba ran to the IDP camp, where Obaji helped rehabilitate him.

Obaji also recently thwarted a trafficking scheme. 17-year-old Sarah, a Boko Haram victim, hoped to begin a new life in Europe, but a trafficking ring in Benin City planned to smuggle her through Italy to the Mediterranean. Obaji immediately became suspicious and investigated the situation.

 “They told her they were going to get a job for her once she arrived in Italy,” Obaji said. “I knew it wasn’t true, and, so, I decided to find out who these people really are.”

 In a recent article for Ventures Africa, Obaji discussed how Boko Haram kidnapped, raped, and abused Sarah in the very same Sambisa Forest as Abba. She escaped after 21 days in captivity and found refuge at the IDP camp. However, the camp does not provide adequate basic needs, so she was forced to survive through prostitution.

“It was the easiest thing to do,” Sarah said. “I had no money on me, and so I couldn’t start a business.”

 A woman named Agnes later told her she could find a job in Italy, and Sarah understood the implications of this offer. “It’s possible that I may end up being a sex worker [in Italy],”she said. “Whatever job it is, I’m going to do it.”

 According to Italian authorities, a record 171,000 migrants – 36,000 from Nigeria – crossed the Mediterranean between January and November 2016. The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) also stated that over 11,000 women crossed to Italy in 2016.

 “About 80 percent of these girls are possible victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation,” IOM spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo told Obaji.

 Obaji later traveled to Benin City, the place Sarah ventured to, and found her at a temple. As a result of Obaji’s article, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) upped its surveillance in IDP camps.

 “We have given [the security actors and international NGOs] our numbers, and asked them to inform us if they suspect any act of human trafficking in IDP camps,” an official from the NAPTIP said. “We’ve also met with road transport workers in Borno state, and have asked them to report to us any person they see suspiciously conveying or carrying any children or women in their vehicle.”

 Obaji and organizations like the NAPTIP have increased awareness about the devastation Boko Haram has caused and about the prevalence of human trafficking. Although the problems aren’t completely solved, improvements have occurred within the last couple of years and survivors’ stories continue surfacing.

CREDITS: Culled from New York Minute Magazine

About Philip Obaji

Philip Obaji Jr. is a journalist, human rights educator, and the founder of Up Against Trafficking campaign which educates displaced persons in Nigeria about the dangers of human trafficking, and assists survivors of human trafficking in Internally Displaced Persons camps on their journey towards wholeness. An alumnus of the International Center for Human Rights Education, Montreal, Canada, Obaji is the winner of the 2014 Future Awards Africa Prize in Education and the 2015 Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year.

Nigerian Airline Inaugurates First All-Female Flights to Domestic Routes

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Nigerian airline, Air Peace on Thursday launched an all-female flights on the Lagos-Abuja, Abuja-Owerri, Owerri-Abuja and Abuja-Lagos routes.

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According to reports, the flights were in honour of its first female captain, Sinmisola Ajibola.

Air Peace’s Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah, said Captain Sinmisola’s achievement was a testament to Air Peace’s avowed commitment to gender equality and promotion of Nigerian women in aviation as possessing the requisite skills to distinguish themselves anywhere across the globe in their chosen career.

 

He said that although women occupied most of the airlines’ top positions, “Sinmisola’s elevation is a great milestone in our effort to grow capacity for women in the cockpit.”

Sinmisola, who was in command of the four-leg flight, was assisted in the cockpit by Senior First Officer, Quincy Owen.

The all-female crew flight took-off from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at 1310 hours, and arrived to a water salute at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1420 hours.

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Special praise for the ALL-FEMALE, all-Nigerian aviators and crew members who operated the Air Peace Boeing 737-300 flights from Lagos-Abuja-Owerri-Lagos on Thurs 5 July. A historic feat, and great inspiration to millions. Congratulations!!!

Abayi records first TEDx event in Abia State

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The first independent TEDx event in Abia State Nigeria was successfully held recently in Abayi on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Eldorado Event Center in the industrial capital of Abia State with the initial theme “Build The Future”.

The novel event attracted Students, youths, entrepreneurs, academia and technocrats.

Some of the distinguished personalities who spoke at the event included Clinton Tochukwu Chukwueke, Inventor and change agent; Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder Opportunity Desk; Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli, Content Strategist and Medical Laboratory Scientist; Laiza Elizabeth Kalu, Founder MANIFEST Network; Akudinobi Tony George Chidi, Visual Thinker and Founder Hammerhead Group; Emeka Nobis, Thought leader, writer and coach.

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The speakers in line with the theme discussed Narrative Medicine: The power of storytelling and the future of healthcare; Erasing limitations: Building the future with your voice and influence; Changing the future through building ideological movements; Build the future: objects of African Heartsong; amongst others.

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Abayi  has joined major cities in the likes of Owerri, Marrakech, Euston, Paris, Silicon Valley, Oxford, Lagos and 1600 other places that have held TEDx conferences, all organized by passionate volunteers.

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TEDxAbayi is licensed by TED, a US-based not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of ideas worth spreading. It celebrates and spreads locally-driven ideas in technology, science, entertainment, design and business, through conferences in more than 100 languages across the world. In January 2017, Omotayo Olorunfemi was licensed to host TEDxAbayi as a standard TEDx event for Abia.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect.

 

Young African leaders arrive in the United States for 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship

20 June, 2018 – 700 young Africans arrived the United States to participate in the fifth cohort of the summer-long 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

Fellows were warmly welcomed in Nebraska

These young people (ages 25 to 35) from sub-Saharan Africa are up-and-coming community leaders in their home countries, which is why they were selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, to participate in the highly competitive Young African Leaders Initiative.

25 Students were placed in Wagner College, New York

The YALI program — 6 weeks of study, service, fun and fellowship – empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement. Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has brought 3,000 young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa to the United States to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaborations with U.S. professionals.

60 young Nigerians were selected for Cohort Five

The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows will be hosted at 28 institutions focused on public management, business and entrepreneurship, and civic leadership across the United States this summer. They will meet at the end of their Institutes in Washington, D.C. for the fifth annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

After the Summit, 100 competitively-selected Fellows will join private, public, and nonprofit organizations across the country for a six-week Professional Development Experience, which are substantive, short-term placements that allow Fellows to contribute their skills and insights to American organizations. From 2014 to 2016, Fellows contributed nearly 80,000 work hours to 173 U.S. host organizations across the country.

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Nnadi Ebuka Emmanuel is placed at Rutgers University.

Nigeria’s fellows represent the largest cohort from any one country. Nnadi Ebuka Emmanuel is one of the 60 young Nigerians to make the fellowship. He said:

“I am very excited to be one of the young Nigerian leaders to be selected for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in the United States of America. This is indeed, a dream come true after three consecutive attempts. Now, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges this program would present. But one thing is certain, victory is assured; because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows will continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through regional conferences, professional practicum experiences, and mentoring opportunities. Fellows may also apply for their American colleagues to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship and the larger YALI program embody the U.S. government’s commitment to investing in the future of Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HURRAY! WE ARE 5 TODAY!

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 Today marks Iheanyi Igboko News Blog’s fifth anniversary and we are excited to share this special occasion with over 200,000 readers around the world. 

When we first launched five years ago, all we had was an idea and a dream. Looking back, it is incredible to see how far we have come. We saw how news about Nigeria has become a diet of scandals, filled with negative narratives and without little or no positives to celebrate. We decided to turn the tide. Five years later, thanks to you – our readers – Iheanyi Igboko News Blog’s dreams are coming true.

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You are in every Nigerian state, read from many corners of the world, or come from 190 different countries where our blog posts are read daily. Your continuous insightful feedback and unending passion to read, acknowledge and celebrate positive news with us has helped make Iheanyi Igboko News Blog what it is today.

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We asked you to tell us how our blog has shaped the news from our shore and we were overwhelmed by your responses:

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We are so happy to celebrate this milestone with you today. As you continue to read, acknowledge and celebrate positive news with us, that is all the impetus we need to continue to dig deep, research and promote ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our shores. Thank you for all your love and support throughout the years. Here is to many more years of exploring together!

P.S: This blog is dedicated to the memory of the pioneer Editor of CAMPUSLIFE, Mrs Ngozi Nwozor-Agbo who passed away on May 28, 2013. May 28 comes with a blend of emotions – grief, sorrow and tears. It is a day that will linger in our minds, for it is no ordinary day. We have not forgotten how she groomed young Nigerian reporters and writers, who are taking over the media and development space – Fisayo Soyombo, Ajetunmobi Ridwan Olawale, Hannah Ojo, Femi Asu, Ngozi Marion, Tosin Oluwalowo, Dayo Nigeria, Dayo Ibitoye, Shola Ilesanmi, Jumoke Awe, Citizen Tosin, Mutiat Alli, and others too numerous to mention. May she continue to rest in Peace.

 

 

5 Gas Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

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Do you use a gas cooker or keep a gas cylinder at home?

No doubt, you are one of those who have found great benefit in using gas cookers and have experienced how efficient and convenient it is to use. This is most especially true after graduating from the usage of kerosene stoves and fire woods.
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However, one of the biggest problems associated with using a gas cooker which is now affordable is the issue of safety. If you are careless about using it, it can lead to a catastrophe. As such, we share gas safety hacks you must know.

1.Keep your appliances well maintained

Gas appliances should be safety checked and serviced at least once every year, unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. A thorough service on your boiler and gas supply will include a range of tests and checks to ensure that the appliance is operating safely.

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2. Have a carbon monoxide (CO2) alarm installed

Carbon monoxide is not only a potentially dangerous gas. It’s also incredibly hard to detect as it is both odourless and colourless. Carbon monoxide alarms detect and alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas, and should be fitted in your home.

3. Ventilation

Store gas cylinders upright in a well-ventilated area that is situated away from open flames, power outlets and electrical appliances. Also, if the ventilation of your room is hot, endeavour to open your windows.

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4. Be careful when cooking

Today, gas cookers and cookers are found in almost every home because it is now inexpensive. So, when cooking with it, don’t sit or stand too close to the gas heater or cooker when it is in use, as this can be hazardous or result in gas burns.

5. Never light a naked flame if you smell CO2

Ensure you refrain from lighting a match, cigarette lighter, or any other source of flame or spark whenever you smell or perceive carbon monoxide. If you do, you are at risk of burning down your home as a result of an explosion.