Abayi records first TEDx event in Abia State


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.


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.


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.


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.









 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:

I have gone through your blog and I am excited. I am a Nigerian in diaspora and we see what other countries are doing and we know we have the capacity. Be brave, be cautious, be smart, be open and be prayerful and continue to fill our space with god tidings...” Fr Elias from USA

“We are glad to be part of your blog story. Thank you Iheanyi Igboko’s blog for putting Nsukka on the map for good.” Onyeka Bernard Asadu from Nsukka

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Stories like these fuel our passion for connecting readers with the news, people and resources that transform our world.

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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.

Here Is How To Formally Apply For Your Nigerian Passport

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An important travel document is your Nigerian passport. Without it, you cannot travel. In Nigeria, almost everyone thinks that you can never get your passport without going through the back door. This is wrong. There are laid down rules for applying for your passport. You only need to be patient or else you will be frustrated. By the way, you will save money and feel that you are doing the right thing.

This is how to formally apply for your Nigerian passport.

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1.Have all required supporting documents

The documents for a successful passport application include: Local Government letter of identification, Birth certificate/age declaration, 2 recent colour passport photographs, Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate /  High Court Judge, Parents’ letter of consent for minors under 16 years, Marriage certificate where applicable and police report in case of lost passport.

2. Fill the online application

Simply visit the Nigerian Immigration portal (https://portal.immigration.gov.ng), click on ‘apply for passport’, select type of passport and Processing country. When you are done with this, fill the online application with the correct information. Also, know that any false declaration on the form may lead to the withdrawal of the passport and/or your prosecution.

3. Make payment

After the approval of your online application, the next thing to do is make payment. You can use any of the available payment gateway provided. The fee for payment depends on your the number of passport pages and your age. For 32 pages- Age 0 – 17 (N8,750), 18-59 (15,000) and 60+ (N8,750) and for 64 pages, it is N20,000 for all ages. Besides, you will pay more if you go through the back door. If the page does not redirect you, go back to the NIS homepage, click on the “Query your Application Payment Status” and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference Number. Follow the instructions to confirm payment and endeavour to print your payment receipt.

4. Go for scheduled interview after confirmation of payment

Know that after you have confirmed your payment, the date and time of your interview will be generated. Attend the interview with all your documents at the Immigration office you have chosen on the portal.

5. Get your passport

The chances of receiving your passport after the interview are very slim. You will likely be told to come back for your passport.

Jumia Food Deepens Market Penetration in Port Harcourt

….partners Genesis; Jevinik; South 66; Menage, others

Nigeria’s no. 1 online food ordering platform Jumia Food, has announced its partnership with 6 new top restaurants in Port Harcourt, bringing the total restaurants active on the platform in the city to 35. The 6 restaurants are: Genesis; Jevinik; South 66; Menage; Casablanca; and Go Green.

In addition, Jumia Food has also partnered with the best pizza, burger, health food and local food restaurants in the city, and will deliver to major areas like Trans Amadi, GRA 1, 2 & 3, Old GRA, Rumogba, and Woji.

Managing Director of Jumia Food, Olamide Bada who announced the partnership recently in Port Harcourt, said the decision was informed by customers relentless demand to have these restaurants signed up on Jumia Food.

“We have been getting requests from our customers in Port Harcourt to include some of their favourite restaurants on our platform, and we couldn’t turn a deaf ear to their requests. We have built a solid business model in Lagos and we plan to consolidate our market position as Nigeria’s no. 1 food ordering platform by doing the same in Port Harcourt. We guarantee our customers first-class services they already know us for,” she added.

To meet up with the average delivery time of 45-minutes for same day delivery in Port Harcourt, Jumia Food has beefed up the delivery fleet by employing additional delivery agents, thereby creating employment opportunities for hundreds of youths in the city.

“We have ensured that we have enough agents to deliver orders to our customers by beefing up our fleet which meant hiring new hands within the city,” said Olamide.

With the launch of Jumia Food in Port Harcourt, residents in the city who have extremely busy schedules now have the opportunity to find restaurants that deliver to them in 4 simple steps: 1. Download the Jumia Food App 2. Enter your address 3. Browse hundreds of menus to find the food you like 4. Order your favourite dish and get it delivered within 45 minutes.



Nigeria’s World Cup jersey ranked best in the world

Super Eagles' World Cup jersies voted best in the world - FCNaija

Popular English news website, mirror.co.uk (The Mirror), has rated Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup kits the best among the 19 so far unveiled by the teams that are going to the mundial in Russia this summer.

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The news portal did a ranking of  the kits of all the 19 countries who have unveiled their World Cup kits and picked the Nigerian jersey as the best from the lot.“And while you’re there, pick up this glorious effort from Nigeria that comes out as a deserving No. 1,” reads the statement on the website.

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“It’s incredible, frankly, and is bound to turn us all into Super Eagles in the summer.”

The Super Eagles World Cup kits were unveiled in London by the manufacturer, Nike in London on Wednesday.

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Belgium’s jersey is ranked among the top 10

Some of the other countries that have unveiled their jerseys are hosts Russia, Nigeria group foes; Argentina and Croatia, as well as Belgium, England, Switzerland and Uruguay.

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The Three Lions of England are not left out too

View the full ratings here: or.co.uk/sport/football/news/world-cup-2018-kit-power-11986218#ICID=sharebar_whatsapp


Victor Moses penalty in Poland ensures Nigeria keep up winning ways

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WROCLAW, Poland, March 23 – Victor Moses penalty goal after 61 minutes Friday night handed Nigeria a big, confidence-boosting win over hosts Poland in a World Cup warm-up match in the western city of Wroclaw.

It was the first-ever meeting between the two countries, who are both bound for the World Cup in Russia in June.

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Moses dusted himself up to stroke the ball home from the spot after he was fouled on his way to goal by defender Marcin Kaminski.

The home team enjoyed more of the ball and even created the better chances especially in the first 45 minutes, but somehow Nigeria stood firm to record a confidence-boosting win.

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Poland had a strong claim for a goal just before halftime when a sweeping Grzegorz Krychowiak free-kick looked to have crossed the goal-line before being cleared by Leon Balogun but the linesman ruled that the ball had not gone in.

Nigeria’s teenage keeper Francis Uzoho made a key save early in the second half to deny Poland captain Robert Lewandowski.

The win for Nigeria keeps up their positive results since they qualified for the World Cup. In their last friendly, they beat Argentina 4-2 in a match played in Russia in November.

Poland face Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H at the finals, while Nigeria take on Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

5 reasons You Need To Get Your MasterCard-branded National ID Card

Earlier this week I got my National e-ID Card. The e-ID card is a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, deployed by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians 16 years and older.

Launched in 2014, this initiative is the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa https://iheanyiigboko.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/president-jonathan-unveils-national-electronic-id-card-says-it-will-boost-economic-growth/

Here are 5 reasons you need to enroll and get your National e-ID Card:


Using the card as a payment tool, Nigerians can deposit funds, receive social benefits,save, or engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments with the extra security assurance that biometric verification provides. They can also pay for goods and services and withdraw cash at millions of merchants and ATMS that accept MasterCard payment cards in Nigeria and in more than 210 countries and territories globally. MasterCard has unsurpassed merchant acceptance; no other brand is more widely accepted. The card also has the added safety and security benefits offered by the EMV Chip and Pin standard.

The National e-ID Card possess an invisible National Identification Number (NIN), a unique identifier for all in Nigeria. The NIN should be viewed the same way the Social Security Number is regarded in the United States, the National Insurance Number in the United Kingdom, or AADHAR number in India.  By law and along the entire lifecycle of individuals in Nigeria, everyone will have to present their NIN whenever they need to be identified for services such as passport issuance, banking services, land transactions, insurance services, pension, health insurance, payment of taxes, voter’s registration, consumer credits, and all government services.

The applets are designed to facilitate interactions of individuals with Government and with Institutions using the National e-ID Card to be able to assess wide range of services. The card is smart and trendy with relevant security features to forestall fraudulent activities.

The National e-ID Card creates an optimized common platform for Nigerian citizens to easily interact with the various government agencies. NIMC is working with several government agencies to integrate and harmonize all identity databases including the Driver’s License, Voter Registration, Health Insurance, Tax, SIM and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) into a single, shared services platform. The National e-ID Card will ensure an inclusive citizenship, more effective governance, and the creation of a cashless economy, all of which will stimulate economic growth, investment and trade.

The National Electronic Identity Card (e-ID card) is a chip based card with multiple functions. The card is a token given upon successful enrolment or registration into the National Identity System.

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The National e-ID Card is also a travel document and conforms to such standards as the ICAO just like the International Passport. This function on the Card provides future functionality for anyone who may wish to embark on cross border migration such as regional travel within West Africa and or other consenting Countries where a visa is not required.

To receive the National e-ID Card, Nigerians aged 16 and above need to register at one of the hundreds of NIMC enrollment centers nationwide. The enrollment process involves the recording of an individual’s demographic data and biometric data (capture of 10 fingerprints, facial picture and Iris) to authenticate the cardholder and ensure that there are no duplicates on the system. Upon registration, NIMC issues each Nigerian with a unique National Identification Number (NIN), followed by the National e-ID Card.