INEC releases Final Voters’ Register

Following the display of the Voter Register for claims and objections, between 6th to 12th of November, 2018, and the subsequent clean up of the Register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu presented the official Register of Voters to be used for the forthcoming General elections.

The presentation took place during INEC’s Quarterly Consultative Meeting with political parties at the INEC Annex, Abuja on Monday, 7th January, 2019. During the meeting, Prof. Yakubu also reiterated that Incident Forms have been abolished, dispelling speculations that INEC may use the forms during the elections.

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The total number of registered voters as contained in the Register is 84,004,084. Giving a breakdown of the figure by Geo-Political zones, the North Central zone has 13,366,070 voters representing 15.91%; the North West has 20,158,100 voters representing 24% while the North East has 11,289,293 representing 13.44% of the total number of registered voters. The South South has 12,841,279 voters representing 15.29%; the South East has 10,057,130 voters representing 11.97% and South West 16,292,212 representing 19.39% of the total number of registered voters.

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On the basis of gender, there are 44,405,439 male registered voters, representing 52.86% and 39,598,645 female registered voters representing 47.14% of the total number of voters.


I Am Ready to Debate President Buhari – Kingsley Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 general elections, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has said that he is ready to spar with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).

“I want to thank NEDG and BON for the invitation to debate ideas and how to fix Nigeria on January 19, 2019,” said Moghalu, a former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, who previously worked at the United Nations for 17 years. “Hopefully, the President or any of the other selected candidates will not dodge this very important debate because that will be a huge shame and a disservice to our dear nation.”

Moghalu added that he considers it an honour that his running mate, Umma Getso, was also invited for the vice presidential debate on Friday, December 14.

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“Getso and I are the best tag team for the job and Nigerians will find this out during the scheduled debates. The YPP is ready for this debate and I am ready to take on President Muhammadu Buhari,” Moghalu said.

“This is what I have always advocated. Candidates must earn every vote and a televised debate for the nation’s number one job is one sure way to earn those votes. The YPP made the cut from a long list of 91 political parties and 73 presidential candidates. That alone tells you how much ground we have covered since I declared I was running and how much impact we have made nationwide.

“No other presidential candidate has worked as hard as I have all year to earn the votes and confidence of Nigerians. On February 16, 2019, all of the efforts that the YPP has put in will be rewarded. The debate is just another step forward for us on our way to Aso Rock”, Moghalu said.

ELOY Awards 2018: Meet The Big Winners

The 2018 ELOY Awards Ceremony has come and gone, but the memories it has left will linger for a very long time. The 10th Anniversary for the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards held at Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly Intercontinental Hotel) on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Beautiful guests stormed the ELOY Awards black carpet looking gorgeous, as they followed through with the dress code for the evening; ‘Audaciously Iconic’.

There were performances by Issac Geralds, Kemi Ladipo (spoken word) and  Golden Curvy Models also did a catwalk showcasing designs by top plus size designer, JP Kouture.

The highlight of the evening was the HE4SHE Award which was a first-time category at the ELOY Awards. The award in this category was won by former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON (Wazirin Adamawa), a man who constantly advocates for women.

Mr Mustafa Chike-Obi representing former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON (Wazirin Adamawa) by accepting his Award.

This is also the first time a man has ever received an ELOY Award. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who was unavoidably absent, was ably represented by Mr Mustafa Chike-Obi, Executive Vice-Chairman of Alpha African Advisory Limited, who spoke about Alhaji Abubakar’s agenda for women which includes; protecting and promoting the rights of women and the girl-child in Nigeria and creating an enabling environment for Nigerian women to return to the path of wealth creation and gainful employment.

Ini Abimbola, a member of the ELOY Awards Committee spoke about the “Journey So Far” for the awards and congratulated this year’s recipients.

Titilayo Oshodi,  representative of Honourable Jide Sanwoolu, ( Member, Advisory Board of Exquisite Magazine since 2006) congratulated the ELOY Team and it’s founder Tewa Onasanya, who has year in, year out identified and honoured inspirational women in society. She spoke about Honourable Jide Sanwoolu’s plans to create a conducive environment for greater female participation in every facet of live in Lagos.

The evening ended with the announcement of the ELOY Foundation by Tewa Onasanya (ELOY Awards Founder). The ELOY Foundation is dedicated to empowering women by providing access to finance, mentors, training and more, thereby uplifting female entrepreneurs to continue to be the economic power house of Nigeria.

The Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Awards is executed by Exquisite Magazine, led by its publisher Tewa Onasanya, who is also the creator of ELOY Awards. The Awards has been consistently celebrating, empowering and motivating women since 2009.  The Awards recognise inspirational women who are doing great things in their various fields.


1. ACTRESS OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LUSH HAIR): Mercy Johnson Okojie, Seven & a half dates.

2. AUTHOR OF THE YEAR : Nina Iphechukwude Anyianuka (Disowned)

3. CHEF OF THE YEAR : Ronke Edoho (9jafoodie)

4. ELOY AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY /Lottana Ezeogu (Skills tribe)ICT :


6. ELOY AWARD FOR AGRICULTURE:  Ifeoluwa Ariyo (Forth worth Farms)

7. ON AIR PERSONALTY OF THE YEAR (RADIO): Ada Afoluwake Ogunkeye (Folu Storm, Smooth Fm, Lagos)

8. ELOY AWARD FOR EMPOWERMENT:  Mercy Makinde, (Amazing Amazon’s Initiative)

9. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Esther Ijewere (Women of Rubies)




13. ELOY HOSPITALITY AWARD: Nike Majekodunmi (Nuts about cakes)


15. ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Adedamola Ladejobi (Ask Damz)

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17. SCRIPT WRITER OF THE YEAR: Dami Elebe (Lagos with Love, Skinny Girl in transit)




President Buhari approves salary increase for Nigeria Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increase in the salary of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The President made the announcement during a meeting with security chiefs in Abuja on Monday.

According to a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) so as to ensure that its primacy in the internal security framework of the country is restored.

Buhari’s remarks were made in the State House during an interaction with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force who paid him a “Thank You” visit for his approval of the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment.

Garba noted the President’s regret that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime has led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.

The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes

His statement quoted President Buhari as follows: 

“From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military.

“I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.

“The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.

“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act.

“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North-East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country.”

Rest On Ikeogu Oke @Okesisi

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We are saddened by the death of renowned poet and winner of the N37m 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke.

He died in Abuja on Saturday at the age of 51.

Details of his death are, however, yet to be clear.

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Oke gained nationwide fame in 2017 when he won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for his book, The Heresiad.

He was presented with a cheque of $100,000 (N37m) by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited.

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His poems and other writings have appeared in journals, anthologies and other publications worldwide.

He has performed his poems at various fora in Nigeria, South Africa and the United States.

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.

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.