Apply for the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

Are you aged between 18 and 29 (your date of birth must fall between 1st January 1989 – 1st January 2000), a citizen of a Commonwealth country and working to improve the lives of others?
Then you are eligible to apply for the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.
 
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional young leaders aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth who are using their skills to transform lives. Winners receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.
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Remember him? In 2015, Kelvin Ogholi received the Queens Young Leaders Award, an award presented by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to Kelvin as one of the young visionaries impacting lives in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Passionate about economic development and empowerment kelvin Ogholi‘s boldest ambition is to see poverty reversed in the lives of Nigerians and Africans. To date, Kelvin has inspired the birth of numerous Start Ups within and outside Nigeria ranging from ICT to Agriculture.

These Five Technologies Will Define Our Lives In The Future

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There is no gainsaying that technology is now a major part of our life. Some of these techs are playing significant roles in our lives now- a good example of this is social media; others are for the future. These future techs will soon become widely available and if you are not prepared for it, you may find yourself out of the game because it will change a lot of things especially in the way you work.

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  1. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of things (IoT) is the ability of different devices to be able to communicate because they are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. They are usually regarded as connected devices or smart devices. This also includes Wearable technologies.

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2. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer technology that adopts headsets to produce realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. Virtual Reality has been around for awhile now but it only recently becomes widely available. The technology has changed the way people explore. A good example of this is Google Earth VR that allows users to fly over a city, stand on mountains and even go into space.

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3. Autonomous Vehicles

Google, Apple, Uber, Samsung, and other car production companies are investing billion of dollars in developing driverless or autonomous vehicles. Driverless cars are vehicles that do not require any human to drive it and does not need any fuel. A network of sensors has made this possible. There have been testing rides as well as several failures. But pretty soon, very few people will drive fueled SUVs.

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4. Augmented Reality

A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. It is widely used in the gaming world. Pokemon Go is a perfect example of Augmented Reality.

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5. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer system to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. Today, you find robots that serve as a receptionist, customer service and perform surgeries. In addition to this, you have voice assistant AIs like Siri, Alexa, or Cortana.

Coal City University set to advance coal research and entrepreneurial skills in Nigeria

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THE newly established Coal City University, CCU, Enugu, has vowed to live up to its name and stand out from the crowd through concerted energy research on the development and use of clean coal.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Malachy Okwueze made the disclosures at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the institution in Enugu.

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He said that the university would leverage on the abundant coal deposits in Enugu State, to develop a module on coal as an alternative source of power supply.
The VC also said that the institution would want its graduates to be ambassadors of change in the country with a view to becoming relevant globally.He said that entrepreneurial studies would be entrenched in all the courses offered in the institution and that the graduates would have no reason to fail the country.

“All our programmes are entrepreneurial oriented and our students are expected to spend between eight to 10 weeks in an identified enterprise during vacation,” he said.

The university prides itself as the cheapest private university in Nigeria, through highly subsidized school fees of N198, 000 per session inclusive of on-campus accommodation, and urged prospective students all over the world to avail themselves of the opportunity of learning in its serene campus with standard tutorial staff and state of the art equipment.

“One of the greatest challenges of private universities is affordability but at N198, 000 tuition fees; including hostel accommodation, we present to you the most affordable private university in the country,” he said.

The Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said that the institution was established to be a centre of excellence.

Nebo, a former Minister of Power, urged the matriculating students to pursue education that was consistent with the Coal City.

Also, the Chancellor of the institution, Chief Chinedu Ani, said that the establishment of the institution had been a long and tortuous journey.

Ani said that the journey started in 2004 when the president of the institution, the late Prof. Stan Ani, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, applied for the licence.

He said that the late priest was a promoter of adopting critical research in finding solutions to the myriad of challenges facing Africa.

The chancellor said that the institution was modelled after the aspirations of the priest.

Ani announced the institution of a prize for the overall best regular student as a means of promoting scholarship in the institution.

He said that the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate of not less than 4.5 at the end of the first session would be given full scholarship until graduation.

“This will be called the Chancellor Scholarship Award and I want you to seize this opportunity and aim at the best,” Ani said.

No fewer than 85 students participated in the matriculation ceremony.

FOUR INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ABEOKUTA

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Abeokuta, the state capital of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, is one of Nigeria’s most industrious cities. It’s a large city which lies below the Olumo Rock and is home to several caves. There are several interesting things about the bustling city.

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  1. Alake’s Palace

This palace is the home of the custodian of the culture and traditions of the Egba people, the Alake of Egba Land. It’s a unique and culturally rich destination that houses many statues, busts and figures that represent the deities, gods and different culturally relevant historical figures.

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Olumo Rock

This is one of the Abeokuta’s most popular attractions and one of Nigeria’s major tourist attractions.  The rock was used as a fortress for the Egba people during intertribal wars in the 19th century. The stairs of the rock are actually man-made and were carved into the rock by the Egba people to enable them climb the rock. On the journey to the top of the rock, you can see sights of carvings in the rock, cowrie-studded statues and the ancient abode of the priestesses who live in huts on the rock. On your back down, the beautiful sight of the Ogun river can be admired.

 

Abeokuta Museum

Yes Abeokuta indeed has a museum. The museum houses artifacts that tell of the town and its people’s ancient history. Lovers of archeology will find a lot to learn from this place as the museum is indeed a repository of the culture and tradition of the town and its people. The museum also houses the handcrafts and ancient weapons used by the early settlers of the town and its environs. It also displays the culture and heritage of the people in a revealing and educative way.

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Hilltop Golf Resort

This resort has a large, beautiful and technical golf course that has hosted a number of national golf tournaments. The resort is a relaxing leisure spot and a safe location with breathtaking scenery and a luscious green landscape. It’s a delightful sight. The resort has a prestigious and highly sought club, the Abeokuta Golf Club, which you would have to be a member of to enjoy the resort’s golfing facilities. The club is one of the most prestigious and highly sought clubs in Abeokuta.

 

Top Events To Attend These Long Eid Holidays

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It is Friday! And we are sure that many Nigerians are excited and they have already activated the holiday mood. You have Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday all to yourself. By the way, the holiday is for Muslim faithful to celebrate the end of Ramadan. There are so many events coming up in this period and we share some of the ones you can attend. Get out there and enjoy! For our followers of Islam, we should not forget or ditch the lessons learned from Ramadan!

iBeauty Eid-il-Fitr Family Funfair

iBeautyTV and Fun Factory are organising an Eid-il-Fitr Family Funfair for Muslims. This year’s edition will be hosted in 3 cities Lagos, Ibadan, and Abeokuta. It features entertainment, rides and slides, bouncing castles, kiddies swimming pool, exciting family competitions Including sack race, tug of war, gele and hijab tying contest, sausage eating, arms wrestling competition and the yummy Honeywell cooking competitions for moms.  The Lagos edition will take place at Fun Factory, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 on 26th June 2017 at 11 am. Regular tickets cost N1,500.

Quiloz Adventures June end of Ramadan special offer

If you love adventures and looking for a proper way to unwind these holidays, then you should go with Quiloz Adventures to explore tourists destinations including Ikogosi warm springs (Ekiti), Idanre Hills (Ondo) and Erin Ijesa Waterfalls (Osun). The tour will start on the 24th  and end on 27th June 2017. The ticket covers feeding, transportation, and accommodation (double occupancy). It cost 35,000 per person.

Akpororo Vs. Akpororo

Akpororo is a popular Nigerian comedian and if you want to be entertained by him and your other favourite comedians and acts, then do not miss Akpororo Vs. Akpororo from RORO House. It features Funke Akindele, AY, Seyi Law, Osama, Acapella, Kenny Blaq, Woli Arole, Adviser, Laff Doctor, Ovie, E Don Do, Kefas, and Xplicipt among others. It will be held at Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday, June 25th. It starts at 6 pm. 5,000 for regular tickets.

Itan (The Story)

Directed by Ayo Jaiyesimi, Itan (the Story) is staged by Thespian Family Theatre & Productions. Itan is based on cross-generational conflicts prevalent in our modern day world. It is an exciting and enthralling play that concocts both cultural and contemporary dance and music thus presenting a wonderful and thrilling rendition. It will be staged at Terra Kulture on 24th of June 2017 (Time: 3 pm & 6 pm ), 25th of June 2017 (Time: 3 pm & 6 pm ) and 26th of June 2017 (Time: 1pm, 4 pm & 7 pm ). Regular ticket is N5,000. So, if you love stage plays, then Itan is the place to be.

Unstable

This is another play that attempts to answer the question is it true that “Love bears its burden on Unstable Waters? Get answers at The Unstable stage play produced by MYL Nigeria Ltd Production. The play is written by Dickson Ekhaguere & Directed by Ben Tomoloju. It stars Ropo Ewenla, Tina Mba, Bassey Okon, Segun Dada, Olu Okekanye, Inna Erizia, Iquo Dianabasi Eke, William Ekpo and Friday Francis among others. It will be held at the Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Saturday 24th at 3 pm & 6 pm. Regular ticket is N5,000.

As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

Following a dramatic show of papal authority in Nigeria, with Pope Francis demanding that all the priests of Ahiara diocese write him a letter pledging their loyalty and promising to accept the bishop the pope has appointed, the matter seems far from resolved. Some priests seem willing to go along, while others are submitting a half-apology, and others are even calling for the pope’s resignation.

ROME – With the clock ticking on Pope Francis’s threat to suspend the priests of an entire Nigerian diocese, the matter seems far from resolved, with many clerics still insisting on revolting against a bishop appointed by Pope Benedict XVI back in 2012, even calling for the pontiff to resign, while others are supporting the pope’s strong stance.

On June 8, Pope Francis issued a seemingly unprecedented threat, giving the priests of the diocese of Ahiara a 30-day deadline: Either write to him promising “total obedience,” or face suspension.

The crisis began when Benedict appointed Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke to the diocese in southern Nigeria. He doesn’t belong to the majority Mbaise group, and as such, he’s been rejected by members of the clergy and the laity who want to see “one of their own” appointed to a position of leadership.

However, many local observers believe the conflict started much earlier, some going so far as to say the seed was planted when men who “should not have been ordained” became priests.

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“The situation in Ahiara is not unique to Ahiara. It is a situation you may find in any diocese where a few priests, who ought not to have been ordained in the first place, escaped detection at the seminaries,” said Doctor Mark Nwoga.

After becoming priests, he argued, these men become “disobedient to their bishops, materialistic and violent.”

Nwoga, a dentist and professor by profession, is one of the lay people on Mbaise who’s in favor of Okpaleke taking possession of the diocese of Ahiara. For him, the decision to support the bishop was an easy one: “I am one of the Catholic laity trying to live and practice our Catholic faith. My involvement with those welcoming and planning the installation of our bishop was a consequence of this basic reality.”

In the case of the Ahiara diocese, he said, the rejection of the papal appointment of Okpaleke was reportedly originated by three “politician” priests who “contaminated the hearts and minds of other priests and laity.”

The priests who’ve revolted claim the Vatican is discriminating against them, never creating a bishop among them despite the many vocations to the priesthood coming from the diocese.

When Francis announced that he expected for them to write a letter apologizing for their behavior and promising loyalty to the pontiff, including in the matter of episcopal appointments, they originally responded saying that the request was false.

They claimed it did not come from the pope but from those supporting the bishop, including Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, the national capital, who was appointed by Francis as administrator of the diocese in 2013 in an attempt to resolve the crisis.

When the Vatican posted the papal message on its website, they had no choice but to accept that it came from the pope. Since then, they’ve responded in various ways: there are those who are going to comply, those who are signing a letter promising obedience but rejecting Okpaleke, and those who are calling for Francis’s resignation.

Some have even called on Imo state governor, multimillionaire Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, to help them fend off Vatican sanctions. The politician confirmed this himself, through a press statement. When the crisis began, he had urged the rebelling priests to accept the papal mandate.

Since the crisis began, the diocese has been severely affected, beginning with the fact that for the past five years there have been no confirmations or ordinations, since both are reserved to the bishop.

Last week, Francis welcomed Onaiyekan, Okpaleke and several other priests and lay people who support the bishop in a Vatican meeting. However, Crux has learned that the side opposing the bishop was invited to select five representatives to take part in the same meeting, but ignored the pope’s invitation.

A letter which circulated via email and WhatsApp and which was sent to Crux, calls the invitation, extended through the papal representative in the country and Onaiyekan, a “‘nuclear assault’ like the one that ended the Second World War.” Written before the meeting with Francis, the letter calls the trip a “Trojan horse ride to Rome,” since at the time they believed the bishop was going to be installed in Ahiara from Rome.

Crux also obtained a draft letter that is being circulated among the priests in Ahiara, addressed to “Most Holy Father Pope Francis,” and titled “Apology.”

Written in a fill-in-the-blanks style, those who chose to use this letter will in fact, express their fidelity to the pope and the Church, apologize for rejecting the episcopal appointment, and promising to accept whomever he decides should be the bishop of Ahiara.

However, each of those who sign this draft version, will also send a warning to Francis: If he were to insist on the same bishop, “I plead in filial confidence and trust that in conscience, I may not willingly work well with him as my bishop in the diocese. Nevertheless, his personal safety in the diocese may be at stake.”

They argue that the scandal surrounding the appointment has created divisions in parishes, diocesan organizations and the presbytery, while “starving the diocese of sacraments for years.”

This, they say, has produced animosity, hatred, grief and tensions “among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.”

Crux has contacted several of the priests and laity who oppose Okpaleke, but attempts to get their reactions to Francis’s request have gone unanswered.

However, a statement signed by Chijike K Ndukwu, who’s been active on several on-line forums on this issue, calls for the pope’s resignation: “I really think that Pope Francis should resign as the successor of St Peter. The reason is that he failed to squarely fit into the position of Peter in this matter.”

Ndukwu writes that they would have a better chance to be heard by the head of the Italian mafia, accuses Francis of scattering the people of the diocese, and calls for the pope to apologize to the diocese as he recently did, in the name of the Church, for the role Catholics had in the Rwandan genocide.

Nwoga, on the other hand, defined the pope’s request as “good news,” welcomed “but long overdue.”

Answering to Crux’s questions via email, he said that this “firm declaration” had been expected three years ago, to help “nip the scandal to the people of God.”

Yet he doesn’t resent the fact that it took so long: “The church being wiser and more experienced preferred to exhaust all the charitable options. We now pray that those led astray during the crisis of disobedience would have a change of heart and return to the Catholic ways of obedience and love for our mother the Church.”

He believes the rebellion began with three priests, who slowly but steadily caused the uproar. As per his recollection, the original response by the diocese to Okpaleke was jubilant. The mood changed at the lobbying of the Association of Diocesan Priests who paid “nocturnal visits” to other priests, to convince them of their cause- having a local priest appointed as bishop.

The fact that Okpaleke is from another region is in keeping with a long-standing Vatican tradition, applied almost exclusively in Africa, to purposely appoint a bishop from another ethnic group or tribe to showcase the universality of the Church. For this reason, some observers believe that one way of solving the issue is to appoint a priest from the region as bishop in another diocese, or as an auxiliary in Ahiara.

It is unclear at this point how many of the estimated 130 priests in the diocese are going to comply with Francis’s request. Nwoga told Crux that some of them have “always been loyal to the Holy Father and his appointee.”

The rest, can be divided between a “small political lobby group of priests who are looking for loopholes in the directive, and determined to continue resisting,” and the majority of the priests in the opposition, who have “been victims of deception from the political group, and made to believe that an indigenous priest would be appointed only if they held out a little longer.”

In this latter group, Nwoga said, “there is progress.”

According to Church law expert Claudia Giampietro, the only similar recent precedent of what is going on in Ahiara happened in Sierra Leone in 2011. On that occasion, Benedict appointed a bishop to the diocese of Makeni, who was rejected for ethnic reasons.

The difference, however, is in that situation Francis didn’t threaten to suspend the priests of the diocese, but entrusted it to an Apostolic Administrator and eventually appointed another person.

Regarding the possibility of the pope going forth with his threat, Giampietro explained that it’s technically possible.

“The Roman Pontiff can suspend a priest a divinis, as he’s the Supreme Legislator and he can ask the priest for an explicit and personal adherence to his disposition in extraordinary cases,” the canon lawyer told Crux.

The suspension, which is a censure intended for the clergy, prohibits the celebration of the sacraments in public, unless it’s to attend to the needs of a faithful in danger of death.

However, Giampietro said, “If the priests defy the suspension and try to have independent authority, they are automatically excommunicated.”

 

SOURCE: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/06/19/clock-ticks-popes-ultimatum-nigeria-diocese-tumult/

Seven Ways Social Media Has Changed Customer Service

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The power of social media cannot be underestimated by any serious brand or organisation especially when it has to do with customer satisfaction and engagement. It has completely changed interaction with customers. So, how has social media revolutionised customer service?

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  1. Public and open interaction with customers

Today, customers can have public and open interaction with any brand whether they have complaints or not. There is nothing that is hidden anymore.

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2. Variety of options

Customers do not need to dial any number to reach customer service. With social media, they now have options to engage businesses. There is Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help resolve any issues. This is because many organisations now have social media presence.

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3. Ruin a brand’s reputation

If you want to destroy or ruin a brand’s reputation, you should take to social media. You can do this when such an organisation is unresponsive and refuse to take action on your complaints. A tweet will prompt them to act because they want to protect their image.

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4. Take advantage of influencers to build your brand

There are now social media influencers that can help you promote your brand or social media campaign. This can give you more traction and reach.

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5. Provide instant help to customers

This is the ultimate way social media has changed customer service. It has made it easier to provide instant and immediate assistance to customers. It is presently possible for brands to quickly respond to inquiries, questions and complaints.

6. Announce policy changes

News organisations now follow the social media accounts of brands so that they will get firsthand information and announcements. So, no organisation needs to go through newspapers or television to announce policy changes. You can share a post on social media and the media will pick it up.

7. Deal with different customers at the same time

With social media, you can deal with different customers at the same time. This is why social media is a department under Public Relations in some organisations.