Miss Kebbi, Ugochi Ihezue has been crowned the 30th Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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.
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.
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.”
Miss Amity nominated by all the contestants; Miss Yobe!
Miss Photogenic award goes to Miss Anambra!
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
Second Runner-Up/Miss Tourism – Miss Plateau
First Runner-Up/MBGN Universe – Miss Sokoto
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 – Miss Kebbi!!
Miss Ugochi will be representing Nigeria at the Miss World Pageant holding in November in China
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE AT THE LAUNCH
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 partners. I 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.”
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.
Dignitaries including Service Chiefs, members of the National Assembly and members of the diplomatic corps are all on hand to grace the event.
There are many ways to encourage excellence in Intelligent students and since The HOW Foundation, a Non-Profit Organisation, with key focus on Malaria, Prostrate Cancer, Youth Leadership and Mentorship, believes education is a key to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, they chose to reward some students with gifts.
Sometime at the end of 2016, a call was made for students who had made excellent grades in their results, to send in their results so that they may receive a prize and on Tuesday, February 14th 2017, they did just that.
Ms Antonia Ally, Ojeaga Aidenomoehi, Gbegaje Danrome and their parents.
Two brilliant students of St Gregory’s College, Ojeaga Aidenomoehi and Gbegaje Danrome, were proud recipients of brand new laptops as a result of their excellence. They could barely contain their excitement and their parents were beaming with joy as well.
Apart from the parents and guardians of the two students, CEO of The HOW Foundation, Ms Antonia Ally presented the prizes with the support of motivational speaker, Mr Joshua Ajitena during the prize giving ceremony.
Ms Ally says “there is nothing like working hard towards a goal, whatever it is we want to give the children something to look forward to, motivation and reward go hand in hand, we motivate the children to be the best and we reward the best, we believe it’s the best way to keep kids encouraged”
The how Foundation is developing a strategic system where children with outstanding and consistent grades from public schools in Nigeria would be given an opportunity to apply for How foundation scholarships to top Nigerian and international Universities.
Mr Joshua Ajitena, Ojeaga Aidenomoehi, Gbegaje Danrome and Ms Antonia Ally
For more information on the HOW Foundation, please contact them on Twitter : @howfoundationng | Instagram @howfoundationng | Facebook – The HOW Foundation | Website – http://thehowfoundation.org/
Sometime in May of 2016, Lagos State, alongside Enugu State and hundreds of other cities around the world was nominated by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 100 Resilient Cities project. The project is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
The choice of Enugu was predicated on the transformation of the road network in the city under Sullivan Chime. This was in addition to numerous national and international recognitions that have been bestowed on Enugu state. The organizers of the network said that Enugu was chosen from nearly 350 applicants on the basis of its ability to “demonstrate a unique vision for resilience, a long-term commitment to cutting across levels of government and sectors of society, a special attention to the needs of the poor and vulnerable.”
The Foundation stressed that Enugu like other Network cities will serve as a model for other global cities that seek to build their own resilience.
Two days ago, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode received the Certificate of Admission of the State as one of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in the world.
According to him, it was a starting point and a positive partnership that would help the State address the challenges of urban planning, transport gridlock, environment and modern infrastructure.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode speaking while receiving the certificate at the event which took place at Renaissance Hotel, GRA Ikeja, Lagos said that this recognition was significant in showing the government’s efforts, coupled with that of relevant stakeholders, geared towards building and sustaining a globally competitive state is noticed and applauded on an international scale. “This is historic in the annals of the state,” he added.
The Governor said it was satisfying to see that in spite of the obstacles faced by the people of Lagos state in areas such as transportation, security, climate change, the surge of the Atlantic, flooding, unemployment, population density as well as pressure on physical and social infrastructure, growth of slums and a huge housing deficit, Lagos remained progressive, true to the spirit of excellence and resilience.
He said: “We acknowledge these challenges and needs; and now as a member of the 100 resilient Cities of the World, we have a platform to compare notes with cities who have similar experiences and create innovative and mitigating strategies.”
“Lagos is currently home to about 23 million inhabitants with an estimated 86 people moving into Lagos every hour. This creates challenges of managing a daily increase in human and vehicular movement,” he said.
Governor Ambode further said that resilience had always been part of the Lagos story, pointing that in spite of its small size geographically, its economic power and population size is staggering.
“We have initiated many interventions all over the State to shorten road travel time and we are in talks with the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) to introduce rail transportation in the Ikoyi-Lekki corridor. We have also engaged in massive road construction and opening-up of our rural communities, continuous clearance of drainages and the upgrade and construction of Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs). Our objective is to make every community in Lags economically liveable and stem rural-urban flight.
“The ocean surge is a huge challenge and the Lagos State Government in partnership with notable investors have invested in the development of Eko Atlantic City to not only contain the ocean surge but to deliver a new city which will be a future financial, commercial and tourism centre,” he said.
President of 100 Resilient Cities, Mr. Michael Berkowitz said out of the over thousands of entries received and a tedious selection process, Lagos was chosen for its “innovative leadership, infrastructural strides and influential status not just in Africa but in the world”.
This award reflects the sentiments of Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy, who only a while back reiterated that despite the recession Nigeria (Lagos) is still a great place to do business.
With this Resilience Award, it is believed that Lagos state has taken a giant stride in cementing its position as a global city of the future, attracting investment, bringing people from all over the world, and with it the blossoming of the hotel and hospitality industry which all players from hotel owners to tour guides would no doubt stand to benefit from.
Other renowned cities of the world invited to join the list in the 2014 edition include Athens, Barcelona, London, Paris, Boston, Chicago, Amman, Sydney and Singapore. 100-Resilient Cites was created by an initial $100 million commitment by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of their Centennial last year, recognizing the trends of urbanization and globalization that characterize this century.
The Nigerian Senate will today, hold a public hearing to enable citizen-participation in the approval of the N7.28 trillion proposed 2017 budget – presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last year.
Described as “a first-of-its-kind”, the convocation of the public hearing on the budget proposal was disclosed by the spokesperson for the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, in a statement late Thursday.
According to Mr. Abdullahi, the public hearing is aimed at allowing stakeholders and members of the public make contributions to the proposed legislation before passage by the National Assembly.
The Senate, like the House of Representatives, announced suspension of regular plenary sessions on January 26 to allow all committees “conduct adequate oversight” and convene budget defence sessions for ministries, departments and agencies to defend allocations proposed for them in the budget.
Both chambers are expected to return to regular plenary on February 21.
Monday’s public hearing, Mr. Abdullahi said, would push the budget defence a step further by allowing members of the public to weigh-in constructively on ways to improve the appropriation bill.
“This will be the first time something like this is happening,” Mr. Abdullahi said, adding that, “It’s a testament to the leadership and foresight of the Senate President, and the commitment of the 8th Senate as a whole to ensure that the budget is passed transparently — with adequate feedback from the general public.”
The spokesperson quoted Senate President Bukola Saraki as saying: “We will continue to create platforms such as these, that will allow the general public to play a role in what we do here.”
“Moving forward, the public can expect that we will continue this practice of having an open budget hearing where every-day Nigerians are primary contributors.”
While the Senate seeks public review of the 2017 budget, it has refused to provide details of its own budget.
Mr. Saraki, also the chairman of the National Assembly, has refused to honour repeated promises to Nigerians to publicly disclose the details of the lawmakers’ budget.
Mr. Saraki came to office in June 2015 promising accountability and transparency; but ever since, he has reneged on every promise to open the budget of the National Assembly to the public.
With N23.347 billion in 2003, the National Assembly’s budget now stands at about N115 billion, representing over 492 per cent rise in 13 years. Until 2016, the budget had often gone as high as N150 billion.
It is not immediately clear if heads of the MDAs who have been appearing before various committees will participate in Monday’s unique public hearing on the budget.
The Senate had in January passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, a precursor to consideration of annual budget.
Millions of people are fleeing their countries to Europe for various reasons. At the end of December 2016, a total number of 387,739 arrivals to Europe was recorded which is a decrease from the 1, 046,599 arrivals recorded in 2015.
Nigeria tops the list of countries migrating to other countries such as Italy and Greece.
Looking at cumulative arrivals, the number of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan decreased while that of countries like Nigeria and Eritrea increased.
In Greece, 2016 brought 176,906 arrivals compared to the 857,363 recorded in 2015, which is a 79% decrease. On the other hand, Italy saw a slight (16%) rise in numbers of arrivals, from 155,842 in 2015 to 181,436 in 2016.
Following the implementation of the EUTurkey agreement, migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan made up 68.5% of arrivals at the end of May. The number dropped to just 41% at the end of December, with an increasing share of arrivals being occupied by Nigerians (10%) and Eritreans (6%).
Greece received more migrants from Syria (45%), Afghanistan (23%) and Iraq (15%) while Italy received a much greater variety of nationalities, from Nigeria (20%), Eritrea (11%), the Gambia (6%) and other countries.
More so, arrivals to Hungary decreased by 95% due to the border regulations implemented on 5 July 2016.