NotTooYoungToRun bill: Youth Groups Hold National Day of Action Today

Over 50 youth groups in the country have concluded plans to hold a National Day of Action, in solidarity with Nigerian youths to ensure that the #NotTooYoungToRun is passed into law.

The initiative is geared towards engaging President Muhammadu Buhari on the age reduction bill and fulfill his promises to millions of Nigerian youth. The event would hold today, Wednesday, March 14 and kick-off at the popular unity fountain in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“The movement calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the constitutional amendment bill especially the age reduction bill as soon as the bills are transmitted to him for assent.
“We therefore, also urge the National Assembly to without further delay transmit the constitutional amendment bills to the president for assent. “The National Day of Action is designed to demonstrate that the large youth population is in support of the age reduction bill being considered as part of the constitution amendment process,” organisers of the event said at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, March 9.
They clarified that the National Day of Action is not a protest, but a peaceful citizen engagement with the president. “We hope to use the National Day of Action to emphasise the need for the constitution review process to be concluded speedily,” they said.


Nigerian Senate

The Senate on Wednesday adopted the conference committee report on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill. One of the recommendations is that the presidential election will be the last to be conducted in 2019.

Here are 9 things you need to know about the approved changes to Nigeria’s electoral act:

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The overarching objective of this new electoral act is to reduce human interference in the electoral process and minimize corruption. In this regard, the Electoral Act amendment mandates the immediate transmission of voting results from polling units to collation centers. This will help to give real-time results and updates and reduce the opportunity for rigging election significantly.

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This amendment provides a fair and more level playing ground for all contestants by mandating INEC to publish all voter registers 30 days before the election. This will end the manipulation of voter registers. In the case of missing names on the voter register, voters have 30 days to complain to INEC.



The Electoral Act amendment gives INEC powers to utilize full biometric accreditation of voters with smart card readers and/or other technological devices, as INEC may introduce for elections from time to time.

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The Electoral Act amendment ensures that political parties can no longer impose arbitrary qualification criteria on candidates. This will encourage younger voters to contest, promote competition in the process, and make elections more free and fair.



The Electoral Act amendment sets out a more rigorous process for the determination of candidates, as well as creates dispute resolution mechanisms that will allow those who are aggrieved to petition quickly.



The Electoral Act amendment sets out the maximum expenses that can be incurred by every politician who is seeking election, as well as designates the fees that aspirants will pay to political parties to purchase forms. This means that our elections will no longer be about money and politics, but about competence.

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The Electoral Act amendment ensures that the names of candidates must be submitted not earlier than 90 days before the election, and not later than 60 days before the election. Additionally, candidates can only be substituted not later than 30 days before the election. Additionally, in the case of resignations, the person who is resigning must do so physically (in-person) — and his/her resignation letter will be transmitted to INEC.
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The Electoral Act amendment specifies that in the case of a death occurring before an election, such election will be suspended for 21 days and a replacement will be done within 14 days (after new primaries) — the remaining the 7 days will be used for campaigning.



The new amendments will see to the death of imposition of candidates by parties. Under this new section the procedures imposed for nomination and holding of primaries will ensure that whoever emerges will only do so as a result of the decision of the members of the party not a few persons.

CHAN 2018: Nigeria face hosts Morocco in their first ever final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Sunday, February 4 take on the Atlas Lions of Morocco in their first ever final of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The Eagles booked their passage to the final with a 1 – 0 victory of Sudan in the semifinal of the CHAN.

Both countries had secured their places in the championship’s final with victories over Libya and Sudan, to indicate their level of strength. Morocco were 3-1 winners in their semi-final tie, thanks to a brace from Ayoub El Kaabi who continues to make scoring look easy after his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign. His second came in extra-time after the two sides were locked at 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.

The North Africans sealed a dominant performance when Walid El Karti scored a penalty kick to put the result beyond Libya and book their place in the final for the first time. They won Group A by a goal difference after two wins and a draw and have reached the final without defeat after wins over Namibia and Libya in the knockout rounds.
The Atlas Lions will therefore be counting on their seeming invincibility and home advantage to help them win their first-ever trophy against Nigeria in the final on Sunday.
They were last-minute replacement for Kenya whose preparations to host the tournament looked uninspiring, prompting the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to quickly look for new hosts. However, coach Jamal Sellami’s charges have not disappointed in spite of their late confirmation, and have displayed excellent footballing skills with great precision in all the five games played so far. They have scored 12 goals and conceded only two with Ayoub El Kaabi netting eight of those goals in the process.
After stopping Namibia, following a 2-0 victory, and spanking Libya 3-1 in the semi-finals, a first major trophy in more than three decades appears to be in sight for Morocco. But, they now face a stern test against a supercharged Super Eagles who are also gunning for their first title after three attempts.
Even before kick-off of Sunday’s battle, Nigeria have made history, as this is the first-time ever that Nigeria would reach the competition’s final. They have won bronze medals at the 2014 finals in South Africa. But their path was more difficult, overcoming a number of adversities to reach the final of the CHAN for the first time after beating Sudan 1-0 in Marrakech on Wednesday.
Gabriel Okechukwu’s first half strike made the difference in the semi-final against Sudan. The dynamics of the game changed in the second-half as Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off with both managers quickly tinkering with their squads in a number of tactical substitutions. But Nigeria held on to set up a final with the hosts. The West Africans have not been so proficient in front of goal, but still boast of a number of players who can find the back of the net. Okechukwu and Anthony Okpotu have been more than a handful with two goals each.
The Super Eagles topped Group B with seven points after two wins and a draw, reaching the final without tasting defeat after wins over Angola and Sudan in the knockout rounds. They have created a lot of chances at goal, failing however to convert about 80 percent of their opportunities. But they have not let in too many either, scoring five goals and conceding only one in five games played so far.
Coach Yusuf would however be ruing his inability to call upon first-team players such as Emeka Atuloma, Sunday Faleye and Emeka Ogbuh, all due to injuries. Also added to the list of the injured ones is goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was stretchered out injured barely 10 minutes into their semi-finals encounter against Sudan.
Nevertheless, with ex-junior international Oladele Ajiboye in fine form after a number of spectacular saves as a substitute for Ezenwa, it is hoped that Nigeria’s defence would be tight as ever. The coach will also be counting on the likes of Kalu Okogbue who deputised as skipper for the inspirational Ezenwa, Okechukwu, the energetic Dayo Ojo and, of course Okpotu.
Coach Yusuf believes hosts Morocco are beatable if only his team “do the right things” when they clash in the final on Sunday. “For the game against Morocco, every team is beatable. If we do the right things, why not! We can beat Morocco.”

Reward for the winner of the 2018 CHAN tournament is a whopping 1.25 million dollars as against the previous 750,000 dollars. Each player of the home-based Eagles is expected to earn about 20,000 dollars as the bonus and allowances should they win the 2018 CHAN in Morocco. This is enough inspiration for the Nigerian side to go all out for the match to be action-packed.

Google Celebrates Keshi with a Doodle


Former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been honoured by tech Giant Google with a doodle on what would have been his 56th birthday if he were to be alive.

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Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

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Keshi died in June 2016, less than seven months he lost his wife, Kate, to cancer.

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He won the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria as a player in 1994 and was the only Nigerian to have won the same tournament as a coach, a feat he achieved in South Africa in 2013. In the same year, he qualified the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, thereby becoming the first African coach to qualify two African countries for the World Cup finals.

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Before guiding the Super Eagles to a successful AFCON, Keshi was in charge of Mali and Togo, with whom he enjoyed a measure of success. He was the first coach to qualify lowly Togo to for the 2006 World Cup.

But he was sacked just before the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfiser after the tiny West African country dismal showing at the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

#MBGN At 30: Miss Kebbi, Ugochi Ihezue wins Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria 2017

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Miss Kebbi, Ugochi Ihezue has been crowned the 30th Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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From traditional wears to bikinis and to their gorgeous evening wears, in a keenly contested battle, 36 beauties strutted the runway like the Queen that they crave to be.

The outgoing Queen Miss Anyadike Unoaku poses with the MBGN 2017 contestants

This year’s edition had 37 beautiful ladies vying for the coveted MBGN crown and a chance to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant. They are mostly from the Southern part of the country representing all the states of the nation before Miss Delta pulled out for ‘personal’ reasons.

Ik Osakioduwa and Victoria Pepple  were the hosts of this prestigious event that combined glitz, glam, and of course beauty!

The theme for this year’s pageant is Gender Based Violence – The Plight of the Nigerian Woman.  The outgoing MBGN, Unoaku Anyadike made a passionate appeal to government at all levels to take the fight against gender based violence more seriously. Unoaku, in a very moving speech said, “It is sobering to realise that behind the closed doors of homes everywhere, in the place where women have the right to feel most safe, horrific abuse is a daily reality.” Unoaku, like many other campaigners before her, is shocked by the statistics which show that nearly 50 per cent of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 years or younger.”

Stunning renowned actress Stephanie Linus was one of the Judges of the MBGN 2017. The other Judges were Her Excellency Olufunsho Amosun, Producer of Banana Ghost Biola Alabi, Gozie Ochuba, Ogechukwu Ochaba

Miss Amity nominated by all the contestants; Miss Yobe!

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Miss Photogenic award goes to Miss Anambra!

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The award for the Model of the Year – Miss Kebbi


Miss Sokoto wins the Best Traditional Costume of the night


The Best Evening Wear award and the Fourth Runner-Up position – Miss Bayelsa

Third Runner-Up/Miss ECOWAS – Miss Oyo

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Second Runner-Up/Miss Tourism – Miss Plateau

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First Runner-Up/MBGN Universe – Miss Sokoto

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Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 – Miss Kebbi!!

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Miss Ugochi will be representing Nigeria at the Miss World Pageant holding in November in China

#TheAdventuresOfMuna Officially Launches Tomorrow

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Get ready for the launch of the #TheAdventuresOfMuna, a book designed to teach your kids safety tips through short stories authored by a seasoned safety personnel and advocate, Ugochi Obidiegwu, for your kids, wards and loved ones.


Ugochi Obidiegwu is the author of the “The Adventures Of Muna”. She owns The Safety Chic brand

Muna is your typical 7-year old African girl – happy, expressive and boisterous. Her day is filled with activities which have the potential to cause her harm, and so she needs a safety guide. Adventures of Muna is a collection of short stories about a typical day in Muna’s life and the safety habits she must learn in order to have an injury-free day. This kid-to-kid safety guide tackles various aspects of children safety, from preventing falls and handling strangers to surviving fires and using the roads safely. It passes the child safety message with simple language and familiar characters so that your child will both learn and remember.



This book launch will be one with a difference. Your purchase would ensure that an indigent child will also have access to the book. Therefore for every single book you buy, a child somewhere in Nigeria (Abia, Kaduna, Ekiti, Port Harcourt etc.) will get a book for free. Isn’t that “awemazing”?

Release Date: 16th September, 2017
Venue: Sahara Reporters, 13 Isaac John, Ikeja GRA
Time: 2pm prompt

Preview and purchase the Paperback format here…

And get the Kindle format here

South Africa launches hate crime unit with Nigeria

Early warning’ system established between two countries after spate of xenophobic attacks on migrants in South Africa.

South Africa says it will launch an “early warning” system with Nigeria to track and deter xenophobic attacks following a surge in violence in the rainbow nation.

South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the new monitor would “help prevent violence” against foreigners and their businesses as she met with Geoffrey Onyeama, her Nigerian counterpart on Monday.

Last month, more than 20 shops were targeted in Atteridgeville, 120km west of Pretoria, while in Rosettenville, an area south of the commercial capital Johannesburg, residents attacked at least 12 houses.

In response to the violence, the Nigerian government called for the African Union to step in and stop the “xenophobic attacks”, claiming 20 Nigerians were killed in South Africa last year.

South African authorities have declined to confirm the figure which may have been the result of other criminal activity, not just anti-immigrant violence.

Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters it was untrue that the attacks were specifically “targeting Nigerians”, adding citizens of other countries were also affected.

She said the monitor would meet every three months and would be made up of representatives from both countries including immigration officials, business associations, and civil society groups.

‘Mass attacks’

Onyeama said he had received assurances that Nigerians in South Africa would be able to live in peace and called for an end to “mass attacks”.

According to the Nigerian Union in South Africa, there are about 800,000 Nigerians in the country, many of them living in Johannesburg.

A protest march against “migrant crime” was held in Pretoria on February 24 and resulted in violent clashes between crowds of young South African men and migrants from elsewhere in Africa, including Nigerians and Somalis.

Attacks against foreigners and foreign-run businesses have erupted regularly in recent years in South Africa, fuelled by the country’s high unemployment and poverty levels.

President Jacob Zuma called for calm and restraint, saying that migrants should not be used as a scapegoat for the country’s widespread crime problem.

INEC fixes Nigeria presidential elections for February 2019

The last elections in March 2015 saw Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeat sitting president Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). IMAGE: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Nigeria’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in February 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced.

INEC said on Thursday the early release of the election timetable was “to allow for proper planning by the commission, political parties, security agencies, candidates and all stakeholders”.

Presidential and national assembly elections will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, while regional and local elections to elect new governors and local assembly members will be held two weeks later on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Nigeria’s constitution stipulates that elections must be held in the closing months of the president’s term, within a period not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before it officially ends.

The last elections in March 2015 saw Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress defeat sitting president Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party.

It was the first time in Nigerian political history that an opposition candidate had won at the ballot box against an incumbent head of state.

Buhari took office on May 29, 2015.

The vote was initially postponed from February 14, 2015 as the government said the military could not provide security at polling stations because of operations against Boko Haram insurgents.

The election passed off broadly without a hitch, despite a history of widespread voter fraud and election-linked violence that left hundreds dead across the country in previous polls.

Made In Aba Fair: 4th Edition Kicks off in Abuja

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The fourth edition of Made-in-Aba trade fair in Abuja kicked off on Monday 6th of March 2017 at the  Art & Craft village opposite Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The fair will hold from 6th-10th of March 2017. The fair which is organized to showcase locally manufactured goods in the country is an annual event put together by the made in Aba group and the small and medium enterprises development agency.

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The senate president, Bukola Saraki in his remark during the opening event, commended the effort of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for his commitment in hosting the trade fair.
Saraki assured that the National Assembly will continue to do everything within its powers to provide enabling environments for domestic  manufacturers and service providers to thrive
Here is his full remark;
It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair.

 “I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition. It is my hope that soon, Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will become internationally recognized and respected.

“Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government.

“This is precisely what we have done. With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives. We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts.

“Additionally, my Office, has launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.

Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made in Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity. 

On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure, financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain.

 “We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partnersI believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless.

God bless you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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He says the goods produced in Aba and by extension Nigeria are capable of competing with those produced anywhere in the world. Goods of various kinds including clothes, shoes, beads and other domestic product are in display.

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Dignitaries including Service Chiefs, members of the National Assembly and members of the diplomatic corps are all on hand to grace the event.