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Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, left; Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and Vice President Namadi Sambo during the 28th National Qu’ranic Recitation Competition at Mallam Aminu Kano Triangle, Dutse yesterday.

Cabinet Shake-Up:

Ministers Panic, Intensify Lobby To Retain Posts By Samson Ezea OLLOWING the sack of the FPresident Chief of Staff to the and four ministers from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) this week, the remaining ministers have embarked on intensive lobby-


N894m House Contract Scam: Court Clears Bankole Of Complicity

ing to avoid being sacked, following hint that there may be another cabinet shake-up next week. A source told The Guardian that there will be another sack to pave way for the swapping of portfolios and swearing-in of new ministerial nominees recently screened by the Senate. “Some of the ministers are already reaching out to their state governors, powerful traditional rulers, clerics and close allies of the First Lady and the President, to see if they can intercede on their behalf. Some of the state gov-

ernors and allies of the President were in Aso Rock this week where they held private talks with the President on the matter. “In the same vein, some other persons are also busy lobbying and reaching out to the state governors, party chieftains and close allies of the President to see if they could be appointed ministers after the shake-up. “Many of them would be sacked. A few would be reassigned from their present ministries to others, while new people, especially core politicians, would be

appointed,” the source said. The source told The Guardian that more ministers, presidency officials, including a senior person from the Southeast zone, would be sacked soon and his position conceded to the Southwest. He said the reshuffle is part of President Jonathan’s plan to reposition his government and calm frayed nerves ahead of his declaration for next year’s presidential election. One of the PDP chieftains from the South-South who has been lobbying to be made minister, told The

Guardian that the way the President is dissolving the cabinet piece-meal is discouraging. He said: “Dissolving the cabinet at once will reduce this intense lobbying and clash of interests. The bit-by-bit shake-up is keeping people in suspense and will distract ministers from concentrating on their jobs.” Also, a state governor confirmed to The Guardian that there would be another cabinet shake-up next week before the swearing-in of the new ministerial nominees. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

‘Why Nigerians Are Dying From Cancers, Hypertension’ By Joseph Okoghenun AVE you ever wondered H why increasing number of Nigerians, even youths, are suffering from and dying of hypertension, diabetes, kidney diseases and cancers more than ever before? Medical scientists, including the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Akin Osibogun, have attributed the ugly scenario to wrong lifestyle among Nigerians. Osibogun, a public health physician, told The Guardian exclusively that lifestyle could determine one’s quality of life, adding that a great number of Nigerians were battling with challenges that come with urbanisation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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Amaechi Signs Rivers State Reserve Fund Amendment Bill Into Law From Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt IVERS State R Governor Chibuike chi has signed the Rivers State Reserve Fund Amendment Bill No. 1, 2014, into law to enable the state government access N30 billion out of the N53 billion saved so far to enable his administration complete ongoing projects. The money is part of the N1bilion mandatory saving introduced by Amaechi.  The governor stated this    when members of the Rivers State House of Assembly presented the bill for his assent at the Executive Council chambers of Government House in Port Harcourt. He said:   “The basic reason for the amendment is that the federal government is claiming that oil theft has affected our revenue and the allocation is dwindling seriously.  I want to add that cor-

ruption is also responsible. And because we have numerous projects to fund, I have been consulting with other Amae members of cabinet that there was the need to have access to that fund.   We will continue to save when the revenue improves, but for now, I think it is necessary that we take about N30 billion to fund our projects and also run government.” He said   he   had a debate with the State Assembly on the amendment but   he didn’t know that the need to utilize the money will crop up during his reign. Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd said the need to access the fund became necessary due to the daunting challenges affecting the Amaechi administration. “We are aware that you (Amaechi) wanted to put a stop to empty state treasury whenever there is transition of government, and critics

of this administration have argued that we have not saved any money. Now, in the law, we are told that bottlenecks will make it impossible to access these funds. But the law has specifically provided that the funds will only be accessed in situations of emergency.   And here, members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, in one of the meetings with you did advise that we unlock this money so that in the face of the daunting challenges that we have, we can access these funds. Nobody saves money when he is hungry.   We have bills to pay, we have daunting challenges.   We cannot

afford to save a whooping sum of N53 billion when there are bills to pay. The House of Assembly went into serious business to review the law to make it possible for your administration to access the funds, and that is exactly what we have done,” Lloyd said. The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the State House of Assembly for passing the Rivers State Reserve Fund Law Amendment Bill 2014. Rivers APC Interim Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, berated some critics, particularly the Rivers State PDP, for denouncing the

action of the lawmakers. “We are, however, not surprised by the position of Rivers PDP as made known by its Chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, through his media aide, Mr. Jerry Needam, as PDP has never wished the state any good. “These misguided critics forgot that our patriotic lawmakers adopted this step in order to save the lives of the teachers employed about five months ago without being paid, including some government agencies and some contractors that have deserted their sites because of lack fund from further hardship.

Some of these blind critics forgot so soon that it was Gov Amaechi that initiated this bill to serve as an intervention fund during an emergency situation in the state”, he said. Meanwhile, leaders of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State chapter and local branches of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, have commended Amaechi for his achievements. They, however, urged him to remain strong and expect divine victory for his political battles. PFN and CAN leaders spoke when they visited the governor and to pray for him at Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

2015: Why We Fixed Presidential Election First, By INEC Commissioner By Samson Ezea ONTRARY to insinuaC tions in some quarters that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) acted the script of the Presidency by fixing the Presidential/National Assembly elections first in its 2015 elections timetable, Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini told The Guardian yesterday that the commission’s decision is

Ministers Intensify Lobby To Retain Posts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Some of the ministers have reached out to me to speak on their behalf, but I have not done so because some of them have overstayed their welcome and were no longer helping matters in the government. “The President needs to assemble a new team made of up core politicians that will help reposition his government,” the governor said.

line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended. “Why do we politicize everything in this country? In 2011, we held National Assembly election first, followed by the presidential election and the rest. “Our decision to conduct both Presidential/National Assembly the same day in 2015 is to save costs and manpower. If we hold the two elections on different days, it will cost the Commission more money. The Commission is not acting anybody’s script but working within its constitutional powers. “In the 1964 general elections, federal election was first conducted, before the regional election. The Commission has the power to fix the 2015 election timetable the other way round, but there is nothing wrong with the timetable we released for the next general elections”, Igini said. On calls by some politicians that all elections should hold in one day, he said it is not possible because it means that the electorate will be issued with five ballot papers at the same time. “It will be very hectic, and there will be so many invalid votes’, he said. It would be recalled that the members of the major opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) including the governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwanso alleged that the Commission was influenced by the Presidency to fix the presidential election first in the 2015 elections timetable.

We can start all over again… these traders seem to be saying, as they pick remnants of their wares at the scene of an accident at Oji River Wonderful Market in Enugu after a trailer rammed into the market killing at least 12 persons… yesterday. PHOTO: LAWRENCE NJOKU

‘Why Nigerians Are Dying From Cancers, Hypertension’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Partly because of challenges with urbanisation, people are sleeping less. Sleeping pattern is also a question of lifestyle. If one wakes up by 4am but sleeps at 12 midnight, one is not getting enough rest. It is likely to predispose one to disease like hypertension, and one’s immune level would also be affected because one is not getting enough rest. “People do not eat fresh vegetables as result of urbanisation because fresh vegetables are available more in the rural areas. Therefore, they do not get some nutrients. Colon cancer is becoming a disease of concern for us in this environment because a lot of people are not taking in enough fruits and fresh vegetables to help the bowel move regularly so that there is no accumulation of carcinogenic chemicals in the gastrointestinal tract,” Osibogun said.

Former Senior Medical Consultant at the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and the Chief Medical Director, Oasis Children Hospital PortHarcourt, Dr. Appolous Josiah, said Nigerians, aside patronising quack health officials, are in the habit of engaging in self-medication and seeking alternative medicine with attendant complications in form of kidney diseases. Josiah lamented that some Nigerians work in hazardous environment without protective measures, a situation he said later backfires in form of severe non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The medical expert added that some Nigerians are in the habit of keeping multiple sexual partners, which could predispose them to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

“Multiple sexual partners, apart from exposing one to the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), will predispose one to cancers. Women who are in habit of keeping multiple sexual partners risk cancers of the cervix and vulvae, and men, in that order, risk cancer of the prostate and throat – for those involved in cunnilingus, or oral sex. The viruses, which are agents in these diseases, are sexually transmitted. Thus, while oral and anal sex may be very appealing to some people, even within marriages, it is fraught with health implications,” Josiah said. Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Francis Faduyile, said cancer has increased in Nigeria over the years because “we have changed our lifestyles.” He added that consuming too much salt and food seasonings could predispose one to hypertension and associated

complications. The Managing Director of Bask Nutrition and Herbs Ltd., Dr. Patience Ikeme Ogbuli , a seasoned nutritionist, recommended regular consumption of fresh vegetables, as a means of beating NCDs. “A simple step of doubling the five daily recommended vegetable intakes to 10, while staying within the recommended calorie level, will help to better nourish and protect the body against infections and diseases, reduce the risk of constipation and control obesity,” Ogbuli said. Immediate past President, Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) and Deputy Director/ Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu State, Dr. Chika Ndiokwelu, urged Nigerians to eat right and walk briskly at least for 30 minutes on a daily basis to maintain ideal body weight as a way of overcoming rising cases of NCDs.

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N894m House Contract Scam: Court Clears Bankole Of Complicity HE Federal High Court, T Abuja Division yesterday cleared former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole of any wrong doing in the alleged N894 million contract inflation during his tenure at the helm of the lower legislative chambers. Bankole was specifically arraigned on a 16-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations that he influenced the purchase of three

units of Mercedes Benz S-600 cars, two units of Range rover vehicles and 400 units of DSTV systems and other electronic gadgets without due process. But Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu while ruling on his no-case submission filed by his (Bankole) counsel, Wale Akoni (SAN) held that the prosecution did not establish a prima facie case against the exSpeaker. The judge also held that there was no shred of evidence

before him that Bankole was a member of the Tenders board or the chief accounting officer of House the of Representatives. “The Clark of the House in his evidence before the court affirmed that Bankole was not the chief accounting officer of the House of Representatives. What then can we say if the Clark of the House of Representatives says he was not the accounting officer? “The EFCC investigating team

also confirmed that Bankole was not a member of the Tender’s Board.” Besides, Justice Chukwu, who took over the trial of Bankole from Justice Donatus Okorowo who was transferred to the Taraba State Division of the court, said none of the witnesses against the former Speaker were members of the Procurement Board. It was also the position of the court that the former Speaker was not a shareholder in any of

the companies that benefited from the contracts or was he a signatory to the accounts of any of them. Bankole received the ruling of the court with smiles in his traditional white attire and was joined by well wishers who were in court to celebrate the ruling. The EFCC had filed a 16-count criminal charge against Bankole bordering on contract inflation to the tune of N894 million.

Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji in a handshake with the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) during the his pull out ceremony at Parade Ground, Mogadishu Cantonment in Asokoro, Abuja.

Stormy Court Session In Oyo Over N5.6 Pension Scam From Iyabo Lawal, Ibadan T was a stormy session yesterday at the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan as counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Gbolahan Latona, thwarted a fresh attempt to stall the trial of suspects in a N5.6 billion pension scam in the state. Although trial could not begin as scheduled, the lawyer refused to accept an Appeal Court process that would have triggered an argument on whether the court would start the prosecution or not. Mr. Richard Ogunwole (SAN), counsel to the former Head of Service and one of the accused persons, had served the court with an application for stay of proceedings pending the determination of appeal but could not serve the EFCC as the lawyerinsistedthatitshouldbe served on the address on the document. The senior lawyer had to formally raise the matter before the presiding judge, Mistura Bolaji-Yusuf, praying the court to prevail on the lawyer to accept the document on behalf of the commission. “I want to report this matter to your Lordship and I would like youtotellMr.Latonathathehas


to stop it. That is not the practice. We wanted to serve him a process this morning, but he refused to accept it. I personallywenttohimtoappealtohim; he also refused. I have paid for the service and the bailiff was here to serve, but he rejected the papers. I would like to address the court on the ground that I have served the court,” he said. But Latona, while responding, raised worries over what he

described as ‘practice of ambush in legal profession’. “There is procedure and that was what I told the learned silk. This matter is not between Mr. Latona and the accused persons. It is the Federal Republic of Nigeria versus the defendants. We have been extending handsoffriendship;thatiswhy we have been accepting the ones served us here. “I am there today; another person will be there tomorrow. I believe we should follow the

laid down procedure,” Mr. Latona said. Also addressing the court on the extra cost incurred in serving the Commission outside Ibadan, the EFCC lawyer said this was not restricted to the defendants’ lawyers. “We also come from Abuja or Lagos for this case. Every time we want to do anything here in respect of this matter we have to come to Ibadan,” he noted. Atapoint,thejudgehadtostop the argument to restore nor-

malcy. While calling for cooperation among parties to the matter,thejudgesaidthecourt cannot force a mode of service on any side. “I believe this court is well known to you all. As counsels and minister in the temple of justice, you have to find means of filing processes. None of us has any personal interest in this matter, that is why I think you should cooperate with yourselves to reach a compromise,” she said.

Trailer Kills 12 In Enugu Market From Lawrence Njoku, Enugu RAGEDY struck in Enugu yesT terday evening as a trailer carrying stones ran into a market, killing at least 12 persons. Also killed were some primary school students said to be returning from school. Scores of traders including motorcycle riders sustained various degrees of injuries over theincident,whichoccurredat the popular Oji River Wonderful market. The trailer, which was descending a hill from the Enugu end of the road, was said to have skidded off the road after a brake failure and rammed into various vehicles

and motorcycles. At least 10 motorcycles and four vehicles were damaged beyond repairs while several shops were also hit in the process. The Guardian, which visited the scene of the accident around 6pm, discovered that mostly affected were boutique, medicine stores and provision shops located along the area. The Police, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission and Civil Defense were busy removing the carcasses of the affected vehicles while attempting to recover some bodies from the debris when The Guardian visited.

It was learnt that those who sustained injuries were taken to the Oji River General Hospital for prompt medical attention. Chairman of the market, Mr. Augustine Mba described the development as “tragic”, stressing that it was “a dark day in the history of the market”. “This is sad. I was here in my shop when I heard the bang and rushed to discover that it was an accident, which has claimed many lives. There were Okada people, there were traders, and there were passers-by, among others. Goods destroyed here are worth several millions of naira. I don’t know the number of

persons that died but it is not below eight. This is not the first time this kind of incident is taking place here. Two years ago, we witnessed a similar incident where various traders were killed,” he said. The incident, according to him, happened around 3pm when business activities in the market had peaked. Chairman of the local government, Onyebuchi Jideofor, who mobilised to ensure that some lives were rescued from the incident, was spotted helping to clear the debris. He lamented the loss, which he blamed on the inability of some road users to adhere to laid down rules.

The 16-count charge reads in part: Count 1: That you, Dimeji Bankole and others now at large on or about the 28th of May, 2008, within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court, being Body of Principal officers of the House of Representatives responsible for the approval of contracts in the House of Representatives, with intent to defraud, did conspire amongst yourselves to inflate the cost of 400 units of 40-inch Samsung (LNS. 341) television sets by approving the purchase of the said item at the rate of N525,000.00 per unit, instead of the prevailing market price of N295,000.00 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58(4)(a) of the Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58(5) of the same Act. Count 2: That you, Dimeji Bankole and others now at large, sometime in 2008, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, being Body of Principal officers of the House of Representatives responsible for the approval of contracts in the House of Representatives, with intent to defraud, did inflate the cost of 400 units of 40-inch Samsung (LNS. 341) television sets from N295,000.00 per unit (being the prevailing market price) to N525,000.00 per unit and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58(4)(b) of the Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58(5) of the same Act.

Shekarau Urges Purposeful Leadership Amongst Politicians From Willie Etim, Yenagoa ORMER governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim FShekarau has warned that any political office holder that fails to impact positively on the lives of the people would receive God’s punishment. Speaking yesterday at a ceremony to mark Bayelsa GovernorSeriakeDickson’stwo years in office in Yenogoa, Shekarau warned politicians against embarking on infrastructural projects without proper welfare policies that would guarantee the economic empowerment of Nigerians. Shekarau, who rated Dickson highintheareaofrespecttorule of law, proper siting of peopleoriented projects, fiscal control and anti-corruption, said the performance of any administration would be measured on the ‘how’ and the ‘why’. He said: “If the ‘how’ and ‘why’ are not in accordance with God’s law and to the people’s benefit, God’s blessing will not be with you. “The transparency aspect of governance is in accordance with the law of God. The judgment of God on politicians will be placed on two pillars. It will bethatof‘why’and‘how’.Ifyour ‘why’ is not Godly and your ‘how’ is not in accordance with the dictates of God, God has no business with you and your end result may be hell fire.

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EFCC Docks GTBank Staff For Alleged Theft Of $480,000 By Lemmy Ughegbe HE Economic and T Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a staff of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB), Abdulrahman Muhammed at an Abuja High Court for allegedly stealing the sum of $480,000 belonging to Mc nelson  Medicals Limited, a company owned by Senator Uche nwole.  Upon his arraignment on a one count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust, to which he pleaded not guilty,  Muhammed was granted bail in the sum of n2 Million with two sureties  in like sum who must have reasonable means of livelihood and reside within the jurisdiction of the court. The one-count amended charge filed by the prosecution counsel, Jijah H. Bwala of the EFCC reads: “That you, Abdulrahman Muhammed [M], being a staff of Guarantee Trust Bank PLC, and an Account Officer of Account no: 0025147330, on or about the 20th day of October, 2011, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of $480.000 (Four Hundred and eighty Thousand USD)

belonging to Hon. Uche nwole (MD/CEO of Mc nelson Medicals Limited) and thereby committed an offence   punishable under section 311 and 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of nigeria [Abuja] 1990. Following the banker’s plea, his counsel, R.A. Sadiq moved an application for his bail in “liberal terms”, which was not opposed to by the prosecution counsel. Sadiq had specifically prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms stating that the accused has been on administrative bail of the EFCC since 2012 and had not defaulted in any of the conditions attached to his bail. In admitting to bail, Justice C. n. Orji held that she was satisfied that the accused would not do anything to abscond. In a letter of complaint addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC dated March 15th, 2012, counsel to the complainant, Chief Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAn) stated that on October 21, 2011, his client handed over one million United States Dollars inside the banking hall to Abdulrahman Muhammed the account officer in GTB Plc, for inflow into their company’s domiciliary account. The said accounting officer

Abdulrahman Mohammed instead of paying the money into the account told his client that he could not pay one million Dollars at once into the account and advised that he would bring in the bank bureau de change operators to separate the one million Dollars into various cur-

rencies. “Our client believed him and allowed him to take possession of the money. Consequently, various foreign currency deposits slips were issued to our client by the Abdulrahman, who was assigned to our client as an Account officer by Guaranty Trust Bank PLC.”

Witness Reveals How n1.9B Is Withdrawn In Shell Gas Project Scam From Abosede Musari, Abuja PROSECUTIOn witness and former manager of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Warri, Francis Onodingene on Friday told  Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, how n1.9 billion was withdrawn by suspects in a Shell GbaranUbie oil and Gas integrated Project in Bayelsa State. The accused are Chidi David Adabanya and Benneth Ezekiel-Hart, both ex-staff of Shell; Andrew Feyaikebena Ebakpa, Kwokwo Ebiki Bina, Bolouwenimo Kwokwo and Presley Ebakpa, (all officials of Bayelsa state). The others are companies belonging to the accused persons - Forstech Technical nigeria Limited, Gastroil Ventures Limited, Bikyiis Integrated Services


Limited, Fun-Ala nigeria Limited, Fambo Integrated Services Limited and Uzoma Ibe, an ally of Chidi Adabanya. A statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), read that Onodingene testified that through the influence of one Chidi Adabanya of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Warri, the accused persons reactivated the account of a company, Forstech Technical nigeria Limited’s and moved the sum of n1.9 billion into the account in three tranches. The former bank manager revealed that Adabanya introduced him to the 4th accused person, Uzoma Ibe, an account officer of the company to manage the account.  

Gowon Lists Conditions For Supporting Confab By Tunde Akinola ORMER Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has said he would only support the proposed national conference only on the condition that it would fashion out a practical way for peaceful co-exist among various ethnic groups within the nation. He also emphasised the need to address the problems young people face such as child trafficking and all the wrong things that people do to young children, saying education remained a useful tool in tackling poverty and social ills. This call was made in Lagos Thursday evening, during the 500 million naira fund-raising dinner for Damilola Taylor Foundation, which was hosted by the Deputy British High Commissioner. Addressing journalists, Gowon said getting together to chart a way forward for the country should be the only reason the national conference should hold and anything otherwise should be discouraged. Gowon who was the Father of the Day said: “Let the national conference get together nigerians if they want to talk in order to keep the country one united peaceful place for the people of the country. They should talk in the love of the country because as far as the country is concerned there is nothing that can


• Advocates Investment In Education To Tackle Child exploitation replace it. “When you go there thinking that if things do not go the way you want therefore the country should go to hell, I do not support that. I hope that is not the way they are going to talk but about the well-being of nigeria, how nigeria can stay together whereby we can love each other irrespective of the part of the country one comes from or the religion being practised,” he said. Gowon who lamented the danger being encountered by young people prescribed education as a way to alleviate poverty and make life worthwhile for them. “I can assure you that all my life I have been very much against anything that can harm any of our children; that is why during my time as the Head of State, I tried to provide for the future of our children. “In the area of education, for example, we introduced federal scholarship to all children and the Universal Basic Education (UBE) scheme, which we copied from what Chief Obafemi Awolowo did in the Western Region, but we applied ours to the whole country. That was really to start ensuring that we provide for the children because without that education we will not be able to go very far,” he said.

TheGuardian SUnDAY, February 16, 2014 InTERVIEW

Defections Without Scruples — How Lawful, How Harmful!

n 2015: Jonathan O should consult God and pray. He should also consider the laws and be disciplined enough — PETER JASPER AKInOLA, former Primate, Church of nigeria Anglican

OLITICIAnS are busy crisscrossing the stage aimlessly and with reckless abandon. Today, they are here and tomorrow, they are there. Like chamelons, they are changing colours with the sorrounding



environment. As the people look up to the judiciary to clean the stable and teach politicians appropriate behaviour, we take a look at all sides of the argument. Come with us!

The Leprosy Scourge ITH poor W funding and wrong health attitude, it is now clear why nigeria is yet to get the equations right on LEPROSY.

BUSInESS: Mortgage financing, a tortuous journey towards home ownership. IBRU: Some churches tie members’ ability to enjoy certain privileges to their financial obligations. In some ugly cases, churches refuse to partake in members’ funeral rites because they ‘owe’. Hear the clerics. The Guardian On Sunday is new, fresher, bolder; a delight to behold and more importantly, reader-friendly! Book a copy today.


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APC Membership Registration: Members Jostle For Control In Gombe From Ali Garba, Gombe S the All Progressives A Congress (APC) Gombe concluded its nationwide membership registration exercise on Wednesday, which its interim Chairman, Mohammed Magaji Doho has described as successful, leadership of the party has been factionalized following the displeasure of former CPC, ANPP and ACN members over the composition of the party executives in Gombe state. Addressing newsmen in Gombe, Member representing Gombe/Kwami/Funakaye Federal Constituency Honourable Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki complained that

some former members of the PDP who defected into the party led by Senator Danjuma Goje have now hijacked the affairs of APC, thus marginalizing the real members of the party. Honourable Mailantarki is therefore calling on the National Headquarters of the party to urgently look into the matter, to forestall anything that could jeopardize the wide acceptance the party is enjoying in the state especially as evidenced during the membership registration exercise. However, the Gombe state Interim Chairman of the APC, Magaji Doho said the allegation was not true; as due consultations were made and

every stakeholder was carried along adding that at the appropriate time, the state Interim Management Committee would respond. While expressing satisfaction with the way the exercise was conducted across the state, the Interim chairman praised the conducts of both the reg-

istration officials and the newly registered members. According to him, “The registration of our members in Gombe state was excellent. All the people assigned the responsibility of conducting the exercise have done their job very well. They deserve special commendation

because they have lived up to our expectation. I also commend the efforts of the people, our supporters, who turned out en-mass to register with our great party. APC intends to carry everybody along, to show the whole world how democratized we are.” He stated.

Almajiri Model Schools Established To Eradicate Illiteracy, Says Sambo From John Akubo, Dutse ICEPresident Arch Namadi Sambo has harped on the fact that the 100 Tsangaya/almajiri schools established across the country in the last two years being part of the transformation


agenda of President Jonathan is to eradicate illiteracy and promote educational development. Sambo who spoke while he declared opened the 28th Koranic Recitation Competition in Dutse yester-

day said the Government is committed to providing enabling environment for learning and academic excellence. He said it is aimed at fostering brotherhood and oneness among the Muslim Umar.

Ark Publishers Donate Books Worth N609,000 to AIFCE From Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri N their drive to ensure that digital world does not replace book publication, the management of Ark Publishers led by its chairman, Dr. Obidike Maduako, on Thursday, donated books on varied fields of human endeavour, worth N609,000, to the management of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri. According to Maduako, the first part of the exercise was the books donation, while the second part was the offer to train authors – lecturers with the zeal to improve their knowledge in the tertiary institution. Accompanied by a High Court Judge in Owerri, Florence Duruohaigwe, seasoned Professors Emeritus, Obioha and wife Oluchukwu Nwanna, among others, Maduako, told the Provost of the college, Dr. Blessing Ijioma that the motivation to donate the books was stirred by the inroads recorded by the institution in academic and infrastructural development in the past few years. The provost of the institution, who received the items, expressed happiness over the gesture, adding that she would present the books to the governing council and students through the library. In their speeches, Duruohaigwe, Nwanna among others, decried the erosion of standards in the higher institutions, saying that the digital world would not outweigh books storage in terms of reading, and urged academics to ginger and instill the culture of reading among students.


Bad spots on Iyana-Ejigbo junction, in Lagos still waiting for attention. PHOTO: DEBO OLADIMEJI

Drug Barons Abandon Heroin In Praying Rugs

Borno Death Toll Hits 62, More Residents Flee

By Ibe Uwaleke

From Njadvara Musa, HE District Head of Konduga, Zannah Masu Yale and authorities of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in Borno State yesterday said that the death toll in last Tuesday's attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen had risen from 53 to 62, following the deaths of the injured and retrieval of more bodies in the bush on Thursday morning. Over 2, 500 fleeing Konduga residents have also yesterday been resettled by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at two resettlement centres, with the distribu-


tion of more relief material and food items. Updating the death toll yesterday in Maiduguri, Masu told The Guardian that the Konduga Volunteer Group members retrieved five more bodies in the bush Thursday and buried them at the cemetery, according to Islamic rites in the evening. "After a two-hour search for more bodies in the bush yesterday, members of the volunteer group retrieved five bodies; and were buried at the cemetery. This represents a total of 62 people killed, including the four injured people that died at the UMTH yesterday in Maiduguri,"

said the District Head. On the fleeing residents, he said: "Most of my people had already fled when the attackers came calling, though a few of us, the agile men hid in nearby farmlands. The attackers surrounded Malari village and started shooting in the air but changed their mind when they realised that nobody was in the village. Luckily enough, they did not burn any property." He also said that following intelligence report, the villagers deserted their homes that led to the fleeing of many villagers from their houses. "When we heard of the attack, we informed relevant

U.S. Condemns Murders And Abductions In Borno State HE United States (US) has T condemned in the strongest terms the brutal attack on the town of Konduga, Borno State. In a press release by the US Embassy, Abuja yesterday, the United States government offered its sincere sympathy to the families of scores of murdered civilians and stu-

dents abducted from the Government Girls’ Senior Science Secondary School and Ashigar School of Business and Administrative Studies. It stated: “We are deeply concerned for the welfare of the young women currently being held against their will; we urge the government of Nigeria to investigate this

attack, ensure all abductees are safely returned to their families, and bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible. The United States remains committed to supporting the people of northern Nigeria in their struggle to stop the abhorrent actions of Boko Haram and associated terrorist groups.”

authorities and security measures were taken. Most of the people have returned to their homes in Malari village, located 10 kilometres west of destroyed Konduga town," he said. The Guardianalso learnt that after the fleeing of over 2, 500 residents, the insurgents, however, advanced towards the destroyed Konduga Township and hanged around the open stadium for half an hour, before they were pursued by

military troops towards Sambisa Forest. Confirming the incident yesterday in Maiduguri, spokesman of Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Squadron Leader Chris Erondu, said the ground and aerial operations is still ongoing to ascertain if there are any casualties. On casualties sustained in Konduga and Malari attacks, Erondu in a texted message said: "No details yet."

Global Shapers To Host Shape Africa 2014 HE Abuja Global Shapers T hub has been selected to host the ‘SHAPE Africa 2014’ during the upcoming World Economic Forum Africa Regional Meeting holding in May 2014. The approval came following the strong proposal put forward by Abuja Global Shapers and their level of preparedness to host the event. Speaking on the upcoming event, the Curator of the World Economic Forum Abuja Global Shapers, Joyce Awojoodu said, “We are glad

we got the approval. Across the Continent, the plethora of issues we are faced with are both evident and worrisome. The concerns of today will undoubtedly translate to tomorrow’s cataclysm if we don’t proffer BOLD solutions to rectify the dilemmas. The youth demographic is expanding thus providing an ample opportunity to utilize our energy and creativity to pave a way for the next set of African children to live in an Africa that we currently dream about”

USPECTED drug traffickSdoned ing syndicate has abanfive kilogrammes of high-grade heroin at the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The drug was hidden inside praying rugs imported from Pakistan. Narcotic officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), made the discovery during inward screening of cargoes on Qatar Airline flight. The agency also arrested a 29-year-old man, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna for ingesting nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes at the airport. NDLEA Airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the examination of the consignment was witnessed by other security agents. “The consignment was given 100 per cent physical examination in the presence of customs and other security agents. During the search, we found 35 sachets of brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin concealed inside praying rugs. A trader was also arrested for ingesting methamphetamine,” Hamza stated.


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NEWS Kwara South To Present Yoruba Agenda At Confab

Appeal Court Rejects Ladoja’s Plea

From Abiodun Fagbemi, Ilorin

By Joseph Onyekwere

EMBERS of Kwara South HE Court of Appeal, Lagos M Senatorial district yesterT division, yesterday refused day declared their desire to go the appeal filed by former to the National Conference with a common front on their identities as Yorubas. Under the aegis of Kwara South Mini National Conference Committee, the people who are mainly the Ibolos, Igbominas and Ekitis, said the identities being clamoured for would minimise tribal conflicts in the state. According to the spokesman of the group, Otunba Adebayo Daramola, at a press briefing, out of the three senatorial district in the state, only Kwara South does not operate the emirate system, as the people of the district are purely Yorubas who should be so identified for their prompt socio, political and economic development. Already, members of the district are expected to meet at Omu Aran at the weekend, where their positions would be harmonised ahead of the

Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, asking the court to quash the N4.7 billion money laundering charge instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ladoja, through his lawyer, Dr. Dapo Olanipekun from Chief

Wole Olanipekun (SAN) law firm, had filed the appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court, Lagos, which refused to quash the 10 counts of money laundering. The appellate court in its judgment delivered by Justice Sidi Bage disallowed the appeal and ordered the former governor to continue his trial at the lower court. Justice Bage in his lead judgment unanimously adopted by other two justices held that the

EFCC has power to prosecute under Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004. Besides, the court held that Section 7(2) of the EFCC Act also empowered the Commission to prosecute money-laundering offences. However, Ladoja through his counsel has vowed to challenge the judgment at the Supreme Court. The former governor had in his appeal argued that the proof of evidence accompanying the

charges instituted before the trial court failed to link him with the alleged crime, adding that it did not establish any prima facie case against him. Ladoja prayed the appellate court to reverse the ruling of the Federal High Court and quash the charges. The EFCC had in November 2008 arraigned Ladoja along with his former aide, Chief Waheed Akanbi, before Justice Ramat Mohammed, who was then serving at the Lagos

Division of the Federal High Court. The anti-graft agency alleged that the two men conspired to convert property and resources derived from an alleged illegal act, with the intention of concealing their illicit origin. The anti-graft agency also alleged that Ladoja used N42 million out of the proceeds to purchase an armoured Land Cruiser Jeep, and remitted about 600,000 pounds to one Bimpe Ladoja in London.

C & S Installs Ebahor As Baba Aladura HE Eternal Sacred Order of T the Cherubim and Seraphim will on February 22, ordain His Eminence, Dr. Michael Erebi Ebahor (JP, DD) as the Supreme Head and Baba Aladura of the Holy Order. Ebahor, who until his elevation was the Vice Baba Aladura of the church established by St Moses Orimolade Tunolase in 1925, would succeed Baba Aladura A. A. Akinde who joined the Saints Triumphant last year. A statement by the General Secretary of the church, Senior Superintendent Apostle Kola Odunsi (JP) also disclosed that Superintendent Apostle General David Ataize Ojo and Superintendent Apostle General Godwin Adedoyin Okulaja would be installed as Vice Baba Aladura of the Holy

National Secretary, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Victor Okwuosa; PSN President, Mr.Olumide Akintayo; Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai and PSN past President, Mr. Azubike Okwor, during a courtesy visit by PSN to Government House, Jalingo.

Imo Poly NASU Protests Over CONTISS From Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri ON- ACADEMIC staff of the N Imo Polytechnic, Umuagwo, yesterday crippled academic activities in the institution during their protest against what they called nonsensitivity in implementation of six welfare programmes by the Federal Government in polytechnics. The group under the aegis of Non- Academic Staff Union of

Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), led by Mr. Donates I. Ihejirika, presented a letter of protest to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyeson Wike, through the Deputy Rector, Academics, Dr. Paulinus Aju, for onward presentation to the rector of the institution, Rev. Fr. Wence Madu. The demands were listed as follows “to address the issue of exclusion of NASU from the membership of the needs

assessment committee of public Polytechnics, budgetary provision for the continued implementation of the Consolidated Salary Structure of Tertiary Institutions (CONTISS), renegotiation of the 2010 FGN/NASU agreement for polytechnics sector; inadequate funding of the polytechnics, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS)” among others. Receiving the letter, after a walk protest, Madu, represent-

ed by Aju, said the institution’s management would forward the letter to the minister as requested. Ihejirika said the protest is not against the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, and management of the institution. He said the national strike of members and which commenced on November 19, 2013, was still on course, adding the strike continues until all the issues were addressed.

Bafarawa’s Return To PDP Will Boost My Guber Ambition, Says Suleiman Ebahor

By Gowon Akpodonor

Firms Donate Cancer Equipment To LUTH

Sports Minister and FshipORMER one of the leading governoraspirants in Sokoto State,

By Joseph Okoghenun VICennaschools,Ikeja,Lagos A and Unilever Nigeria Plc have thrown their weight behind advocacy efforts by the Children Living With Cancer Foundation (CLWCF) in the fight against cancer. The two firms recently partnered with CLWCF to donate medical equipment worth millions of naira to the children cancer unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba. Avi Cenna Schools donated to the ward equipment, which includes oxygen panels, its distribution and pumps, while Unilever donated 6 pulse oxymeters, 14 infusion pumps, 180 bone marrow biopsy needles and 20 central lines.

Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, has said that the return of former governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has further boosted his chances of clinching the ticket in the coming election. Bafarawa, a presidential aspirant of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the parties that merged to form the APC, recently decamped with his large supporters to the PDP, a move Suleiman sees as good omen for his governorship ambition in 2015. The incumbent governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who has left the PDP to APC, was deputy governor to Bafawara for seven years under the aegis of ANPP. Speaking with The Guardianon phone from his base in Sokoto,

Suleiman said the ‘good people’ of Sokoto State were solidly behind him in his quest to occupy the governor seat next year, adding that with Bafarawa’s return to PDP, the coast is now clear. “I was very excited when our former governor (Bafarawa) and his supporters returned to the PDP. Even before his return to our great party, the people were

solidly behind me because they believe I have the interest of the people at heart.” Suleiman, a member of the traditional ruling family of the Sokoto Caliphate, was appointed Minister of Transport in April 2010, when President Goodluck Jonathan (then on acting capacity), announced his new cabinet.Suleiman later became Minister of Sports in July 2011

during a cabinet reshuffle. He left office in December 2011 when he decided to run in the PDP primaries for governorship of Sokoto State, but things didn’t work out well, as he and one other candidate, Senator Abubakar Gada boycotted the PDP governorship primary election sighting irregularities, thereby paving the way for Wamakko to emerge victorious.

EFCC To Reduce Private Solicitors From Abosede Musari, Abuja HE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated its resolve to reduce the number of private lawyers on its payroll following the increase in the number of convictions, which were obtained, by in-house lawyers. The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, made this announcement yesterday


at a press conference in Abuja. The conference marked his maiden interaction as Head of Media and Publicity at EFCC. He explained however that the commission is not dropping all private solicitors because some of them are senior advocates whose stature and experience are needed to match the weight of lawyers that certain defendants employ. Uwujaren put the number of

convictions in 2013 at 117 out of 533 cases filed in court, and noted the 99 per cent of the convictions were secured by lawyers from the legal and prosecution department of the EFCC. Uwujaren expressed optimism that challenges faced with the judiciary would be over following the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria that courts should handle corruption cases expeditiously.

NSE Urges FG To Involve Indigenous Engineers In Infrastructural Management From Joseph Wantu, Makurdi N engineering expert and A former registrar, Council for the Regulation of Engineers (COREN), Mr. Felix Atume, has urged the Federal Government to develop a framework to always incorporate indigenous engineers in the planning and management of the country’s infrastructures. Atume who is the incumbent chairman, Ethics and Business Integrity Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), gave the advice yesterday in an interview with The Guardian in Makurdi. He posited that such a policy would enhance a robust indigenous capacity that would ensure maintenance and sustainability of infrastructures even after expatriate engineers have left.

UKCollegeRollsOut MBA In Oil & Gas HE strategic importance of T oil and gas in the global economy has come into a sharper focus as Peacock College UK unveils its management programmes for 2014. The programmes, leading to M Sc and MBA degrees, are designed for company executives and government technocrats, who can participate online nd onsite.


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Conscience, Nurtured by Truth

Politics ‘We Have No Business Being Poor In This Country’ Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi told GODWIN IJEDIOGOR in Lagos that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), saying as a progressive, he has found soulmates in the All Progressive Congress (APC). He also dismissed insinuations that he has abandoned governance for politicking, insisting works are still ongoing on all projects initiated by his administration, despite the antics of his opponents. Congratulations on your recent victory at the Supreme Court. Was it something you expected? Well, it is by the grace of God. When we went to court, my supporters were panicking, but I told them not to worry. I told them what they were to worry about was whether I had offended God, not whether we will win or lose. I told them that if I had not offended God, we would win. Of course, they had no case. My lawyer told me that. My fear has never been whether I would win or lose; my fear has always been whether God is with me. Once I confirm that God is with me, the rest will fall into place, because God has a way of solving His problems. Has Celestine Omehia and his supporters accepted your olive branch? I don’t know, I have not seen them. Honestly, I don’t know. I just returned to the country, so I am yet to see any indication to that effect. People are beginning to say that it has been more of crises and you have been politicking and going from one place to another of late and that governance has taken flight in Rivers State in the absence of the governor. What is the situation? Do you still have time for governance? (Laughs) What is governance? Are the people thinking like that been to the construction sites and the contractors are not there? Those agitated should tell the federal government to release our money. Our revenue has come down from about N20 billion to N13 billion, and if our wage bill is N8.9 billion, you can imagine how much is left after that. So, they should tell the government to release our money (that is, the additional money that should accrue to each state from the alleged missing money). But I am always around! What we had was a situation where the former commissioner of Police was deliberately not controlling the insecurity in the state, because they invited back the same people, criminals we had chased away. Look at the All Progressive Congress (APC) membership registration that was disrupted. I hear one of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) people said APC is not popular in Rivers State, that we are not on ground and have no supporters. If we were not popular, then why are they fighting over people coming out to register in the party? If we are not popular, then nobody would go out and register, then they have no need to go and shoot anybody. Why are they shooting at people if we are not popular and have no supporters? Why are they killing people, if not just to be in power? What specific projects have you been able to execute during these crises? I think the question should be what projects we have been able to complete despite the crises. This is because we told the people that we are going to complete all projects this second term. We have completed more primary schools. We have invited a former President to come and commission 300 primary schools, starting with one, while others will follow. We have completed another set of 70 health centres, which will take us to 130, having completed 60 earlier.

We have constructed new roads across the state to ease movement. The problem is that once you complete a project, people don’t remember that it wasn’t like that before; they take it for granted. That is why I don’t commission projects. I only do so in a situation like this, where people are accusing you of not doing anything and you want to show the world that you have indeed done something. I met Rivers state with just three flyovers, but we have completed about five more, including the one across the East-West road, and are targeting more than that. We have done so much and we are continuing with our programmes in the education sector. And why did I choose education? These are intangible things. When Nigerians talk about leadership, they simply ask what roads have the leaders constructed, because those are what they see and praise government for. But look at what we have done in education. In terms of achievement, we have trained over 1000 graduates in the United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia, India, Singapore and Canada on scholarship. We have also trained over 50 medical doctors abroad, all now working under the state Ministry of Health today. Now, we have over 600 doctors in the employment of the state, compared to the 200 we met when we came to power, with most of them deployed to the rural areas. We have bought sea-going hospitals, with doctors and nurses on board, to take care of the riverine areas, where we may not have built health centres. These were indigent students from across the state offered scholarships to study abroad and later work in the state and contribute their quota to the good and wellbeing of the people. We have put some very brilliant children in private boarding secondary schools all over the country and when they finish, if I am still in government, we take them overseas to further their education. The intangible things, to me, are very important. Before the crises, we had taken care of security in the state and people were going to bed with their eyes closed. We have equally supplied the state with electricity, with 180 megawatts already running and another 180 megawatts under construction. I don’t work because I want to be recognised. A governor is like an engineer, who finds solutions to engineering problems to ease the challenges of society. So, how can anybody say governance has taken flight? In fact, it is security that has taken flight since the former Police commissioner took charge in the state, having meetings with people he shouldn’t. Is there any possibility of you returning to PDP? (Cuts in) No, no, no! That is foreclosed. After all, what am I returning to PDP for? We differ! From day one, you will see that I am different from most of the PDP governors. I am progressive and you cannot compare me to others who are not. So, why did it take you so long to realise this and join ‘the progressives?’ Well, I was elected on the platform of PDP and one had to show that though we might disagree ideologically, but we could manage the situation. But when you start managing yourself there, as a progressive, you know that it will explode one day, as has now happened. How can you stay in a party where $49.8 billion is taken for granted? In fact Nigerians still baffle me. The problem is not President Goodluck Jonathan or Governor Chibuike Amaechi; the problem is the people, Nigerians. This is a country where, whether it is $49.8 billion or $10 billion or any amount could be missing and all of us are silent and behaving like nothing is wrong. The simple reason there is so much crime in the north in particular is because of the level of poverty in the country. And we have no busi-

Amaechi ness being poor in this country, considering our natural endowments. The kind of money we make from oil should be enough to at least provide for majority of Nigerians. Let us look at it: $49.8 billion is about N8 trillion, which is Nigeria’s budget for three years. For God’s sake, and nobody is shouting about it? For sometime, I stopped talking, because it makes no sense. The problem about corruption is that once you let people steal and get away with it, others will follow. How acceptable is APC in Rivers State? If APC is not acceptable in Rivers, why is PDP jittery? Why are they shooting? Why are they stopping us from holding rallies? For the first time in a while, we now have two parties in Rivers State, unlike before, where one party- PDP- held sway. In fact, the struggle then was for PDP primaries. The moment you won the PDP primaries, it was like having won the election proper. PDP used to get over one million votes from Rivers State alone, will they get it this time (in next year’s election)? We will see! But there are already internal disagreements within APC in states across the country, including Rivers? Certainly, there would be some people who are sponsored by PDP in the party. What I tell people about APC in Rivers is that if me, as governor, appear not to be interested in what they are doing and who gets what or occupies what position, it should teach everybody a lesson that by March, there would election. Come to think of it: Why did the Plaintiffs go to the Federal High Court in Abuja? That will show that it is sponsored, because what these people do is that matters that can and should be handled at the state High Court in Rivers, they just add a federal agency to it and take it to Abuja. APC is not like PDP, where delegates vote for candidates. In APC, members vote for the candidates in all the elections. So, why are people so interested about the party structure, when the chairman has only one vote, unlike in PDP, where they give party structure some votes and whoever controls it corners those votes? So, what is the struggle over who controls the party structure for? What should the people of Rivers expect from your administration in the remaining part of

your tenure? We will complete the mono rail-project, which is still ongoing... But the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, alleged recently that work on it has been abandoned? These are people looking for public funds. They should defend their wealth. Let everybody defend his or wealth. Nigerians don’t ask their former leaders hard questions. For example, somebody was chairman of a local government council or Speaker of the state Assembly yesterday and today, you see he or she in a Rolls Royce and won’t ask how he or she got the money to buy it. Instead, they celebrate the person and he or she suddenly becomes a leader. What qualifies people to become a leader in Nigeria today is how much he or she has accumulated or amassed. Well, there are very few persons who are leading based on their merits, but Nigerians don’t recognise such people. Go to the site and route of the monorail project and see the amount of work done and if the contractors are not on site, working. The only thing remaining now is the final terminal. We have completed the two stations. They had almost completed the project, but because we want to increase the length of the monorail, we expanded the terminal from taking just two trains to six trains, where they will park at night. So, they had to redesign and other things. Besides, they have commenced building and once they finish doing that, the project will take off. The trains are already in Port Harcourt, the tracks have been fixed, and we have completed the two stations, remaining just the terminal, with contractors working. So, how can anybody say such a project has been abandoned? What becomes of Amaechi, politically, after May 29, 2015? It is something my wife, children and myself will sit down and discuss. Before, my children told me they were with me in whatever I wanted to do in politics. But my second son told me recently not again, that he would not want to go through this again. He has a point, so before I take any decision, my family will have to sit down and discuss it first.



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POLITICS A founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa recently left the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) citing injustice. Last Saturday, PDP stalwarts across the country, including President Goodluck Jonathan, were in Sokoto to welcome him and his supporters into the ruling party at a colourful rally, which residents say was unprecedented in the history of the ancient city. On the sidelines of the event, Bafarawa spoke with journalists on his grouse with the APC leadership, ongoing attempts to reform the PDP, the 2015 general elections and politics of the state, among other issues. The Guardian’s ONYEDIKA AGBEDO was there. T is being alleged that you left the APC, which Iwanted you helped to form, for PDP because you to control the structure of the party in the state while the leadership of the party preferred the incumbent governor as state leader. How would you react to that? You see, we are not quarreling with anybody in APC. All we are saying is let us follow the rules of the game. If you are playing a game and there is no rule to guide it, then there is a problem. And as a leader, I cannot just be dragging myself when I know that I am leading millions of people. If I know that things are not being done well and I continue to be dragging in the ship that I know will sink on us then there is a problem. Therefore, my people decided that we have to change and we changed. That is what is expected of a leader and that is why we joined the PDP. I only hearkened to the wish of my people. Do you have any regrets leaving the party you helped to form? Not at all! I have no regrets because I am fighting injustice and that is why I’m saying that I’m not in politics for the sake of my personal interest. I am in politics to advance the cause of my people and Nigerians positively. When my people saw that there is injustice in the APC, they decided that we should leave and join PDP. It was their decision and I cannot say no to their decision. That is why we found ourselves in the PDP. Therefore, I’m not regretting anything. Now, I have joined PDP and they have seen justice given to me. That’s all I’m looking for — equal treatment. So, I don’t have anything to quarrel about. Therefore, I am comfortable and I want to work for PDP. What do you think that APC has lost with your decamping to PDP? I don’t think I’m the right person to comment on what they have lost or not lost with our leaving for the PDP. As far as I am concerned, if I was of any value to them, I don’t think they can afford to lose me. But may be they did not know my value probably because I’m no more occupying the seat of governor where I can award contracts or release money to do whatever I’m asked to do. So, may be they felt that instead of going for me, they better go for a governor who has money to dish out. You talked about remodeling the PDP manifesto while addressing the crowd. Isn’t the call rather too early since you are just joining the party? Well, what I was trying to say is that the manifesto of the PDP was developed 16 years ago. I think that for the reformation of the PDP, we are supposed to look at the situations that Nigerians are yearning for and incorporate what is happening in the country now into what we had 16 years ago. For example, we now have security and poverty problems. These are becoming serious issues in the country that were not there 16 years ago. Therefore, such issues ought to be part of the party’s manifesto because manifesto is just a guideline for the executive governor or Mr. President on what he is going to do. What obtains currently is a situation where somebody is elected into office and he comes up with his own agenda. But the idea is for elective office holders to follow what is in the


Injustice Forced Me Out Of APC, Says Bafarawa manifesto of their party. So, when you compare what is in the manifesto of the PDP, which was written 16 years ago, to what is happening now, I think the manifesto needs to be reviewed. That’s what I was trying to say. You have been an opposition politician all your years. How comfortable do you think you will be in the PDP, which is the ruling party? Well, as I have said before, joining PDP is not my decision. It is the decision of my people. Sometime, somebody finds himself

in the opposition not because he wants to be in the opposition but because of the circumstances he found himself in. It could be that in the election your party failed to win and automatically you are part of the opposition. So, it is not by interest that somebody becomes part of the opposition. But s I have said, in joining PDP, we are looking for a change for the better. That will not stop me from bringing my own ideas and contributions towards the betterment of Nigeria. I think that now, it will be easier for me to do that. If I could not implement it in

I am in politics to advance the cause of my people positively. When my people saw that there is injustice in the APC, they decided that we should leave and join PDP. It was their decision and I cannot say no to their decision. That is why we found ourselves in the PDP. Now, I have joined PDP and they have seen justice given to me. That’s all I’m looking for.

the opposition, now that I’m a member of the ruling party, I think it will help me in pursuing the welfare of my people and Nigerians as a whole. As a prominent politician in the country, is there anything you are going to do to make sure that certain changes are brought to bear on the PDP that will make the party to be more people oriented? I think yes! I know that the present chairman of our party is energetic; he is a listener and also he can take advice. Therefore, whatever advice we can give him will not be for our personal interests but for the betterment of our party and country. Therefore, I believe that the present chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party would make PDP a new PDP. Apart from the new chairman of the party, are there other signs that you see which suggest that the PDP is ready to welcome the kind of ideas you are known for? Yes! The PDP is a national party. You can see that for the last 16 years I have been opposing the party. But when I decided with my people to join PDP, they automatically started giving us the same treatment like those that founded the party unlike other political parties that will meet the owner and take the party away and give it to a new member. So, when you sit down and compare the two, you can see that PDP is more national than any other political in the country. On the day I joined the PDP, I went to Abuja with my people to see the national chairman and he told us that we are all equal. And look at what has been happening since then — there have been signs of togetherness, unity and brotherliness. Look at the calibre of people that came to Sokoto to celebrate with my people and me and to accept us into the party. The president, vice president, senate president, national chairman and members of the NEC, serving governors, and even former chairmen of the party were all here to welcome us into the party. So, you can see the difference just within two weeks. What do you think are your chances in your state considering the fact that it is always difficult to dislodge an incumbent from power? You see, you never say that you have won until you win. When you are talking about incumbency, all it requires is awareness. It has been happening in so many places. It happened in Zamfara, Kano, Imo and even in Sokoto. So, it is not something that is new if it happens here. So, if people have awareness and they see that his candidate is better than our own candidate, they can decide and vote for him. Do you have a candidate in mind that will fly the flag of your party for the governorship position in your state? Yes! The candidate I have in mind is the one that the people want. Whoever my people decide that he is the best for the position, I will support that person. For me, I will never decide for the people who will be their candidate; I will leave it for the people to choose. There should be internal democracy. So, whoever emerges as the flag bearer of our party, I will give him my support. What is your take on the re-election ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan? I have no comment on that because I’m not him. But I have said, even during my speech at the rally, that if he wants to re-contest and the PDP gives him the ticket as the presidential candidate of the party, I will definitely work for him. In fact, whoever emerges as the flag bearer of our party, because I’m not the party, I will work for the person. What is your take on the rising tension in the country ahead of the 2015 election? As a Moslem, I don’t think I have much to say on that because I know what it takes to be a leader. I speak from my background as a Moslem because in the Quran, there is a verse which says that nobody gives power but God and He gives it to anybody he wishes and He can take it from anybody any time he wishes to take it. So, if I say that in 2015 something is going to happen, I’m doubting that and also going contrary to my religion because no matter what, nobody gives power but God. So, all the threats about what will happen in 2015 if certain things do not happen are just rubbish. To me, only God gives power. So, for us to start writing and shouting about 2015 is just a waste of time as God has already made His decision regarding 2015 and nobody can change it. So, whether you are a northerner or southerner, Christian or Moslem you cannot change it and I don’t want to speak further on that.


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Conscience, Nurtured by Truth

Arts&Culture with the monkeys and other animals often frolicking among the trees in their natural habitat. He would also erect a Bush Bar that would serve local Edo cuisines and local brew to give it a truly African flavor. For using his ancient palace as setting for one of the illustrious Obas of Bini, Oba Ovoranmwen Nogbaisi, titled Invasion 1897, Enogie Iyawe said Imasuen’s efforts are commendable and a good development. This is moreso as it dovetails into his plans to expose the tourism potentials of the structure to the world. It was also precisely why Imasuen chose to shoot his film at Enogie Obazagbon’s palace, a palace the deposed oba probably visited while he reigned over the vast kingdom. Also a Bini man, it’s Imasuen’s belief that the Edo culture is yet to receive the global acclaim it rightly deserves. He attributes the low patronage of Edo culture to poor management of a rich cultural patrimony by government and those saddled with such responsibility. As the last independent king in sub-Sahara Africa, the fall of Oba Ovoranmwen was the bridge to present-day Nigeria. Had the Binis The 198 year’s old Enogie Obazagbon’s palace and National Monument that was officially endorsed in 2011 showing cracks in the outer walls and pillars (inset – defeated the British, it invariably meant there Enogie Iyawe Eki, the Enogie of Obazagbon; to his left is the shrine hold just a few of the bronze heads and other artifacts Bini royalty made famous the world over) would have been no Nigeria. It’s in this light that Imasuen wants his film viewed, as it spotlights a great patrimony that is at the core of Nigeria’s existence. When the film opens in worldwide cinemas in October, Imasuen hopes that Invasion 1897 would help restore the glory of the Edo people and the antiquity value of such structures as the Enogie of Obazagbon’s palace. As a site that has survived for almost 200 years and now captured in an epic film of Invasion 1897 stature, the Enogie’s Obazagbon after five of his illustrious forebears tially a forest, into a resort that would give By Anote Ajeluorou palace would naturally generate interest from had taken their turns. The first Enogie, Iyawe has accommodation and other variety of entertain- the public with a view to experiencing and his nephew, Adolo, succeeding his brother, ment to guests. appreciating it as a historical marvel that it is OST of the ancient architecture in subOsemwende, who spared his life and gave him a Already, tourists, particularly foreign guests and also for its artistic significance as encapsuSahara Africa usually made of mud, easily dukedom to preside over; and it was from Adolo that visit the main Benin Museum at King’s lated in the film. falls prey to the elements and begins to crumble that Ovoranmwen succeeded as Oba in 1888, and Square, also visit his palace. Enogie Iyawe hopes In this light, Invasion 1897 is history couched in after a few years. As such there are not many which reign was brutally terminated in 1897. that these early converts would form the first high art, and the 198-year old Enogie buildings that stand as legacy to a glorious After a period 17 years’ interregnum, Oba Eweka set of tourists to taste from the haven he has Obazagbon’s palace is a fitting place for history African past. But the Binis of Edo State, especially II was allowed to mount the throne by the conceptualized. The chalets, according to and art to collide for the re-enactment of a once the royal and priestly stock, stand as a contrast British in 1914 and reigned till 1933 when he was Enogie Iyawe, would dovetail into the natural flourishing, glorious and proud kingdom! to this. The architecture of the ancient Binis succeeded by Oba Akenzua II and from whom trees and vegetation to give it idyllic ambience, stands as a testament to time, with their sturdy the current Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokplo, Oba walls that defy the elements in their monumen- Erediauwa I ascended the throne in 1979. tal but simple grandeur. So that when filmmaker, Lancelot Oduwa UT these are not the best of times for Enogie Imasuen, decided to shoot a film on a proud Eki Iyawe and his ancient palace, which was African monarch, unarguably the last independ- officially approved a National Monument in both Painting and the Literary the competition with the Lagos By Florence Utor ent African king, Oba Ovoranmwen Nogbaisi, 2011. With this significant move by the National Arts. State Government. Entries will who resisted the British incursion into African Commission for Monuments and Museums This year, the competition be mounted for viewing at the AGOS Black Heritage Festival affairs, titled Invasion 1897, he was raking up his- (NCMM), the ancient edifice ought to be receivin collaboration with Lagos begins with the literary section Gala event to mark the conclutory. When he chose to use Enogie Eki Iyawe’s ing a subvention for its upkeep and further State Ministry of Education has — a poem, essay or short story of sion of the festival. palace in Obazagbon in Ikpoba Okha Local An exhibition of the paintings expansion so as to attract tourists. unveiled the 3rd edition of 300 to 500 words on the above Government Area on the outskirts of Benin City , Being one of the few old palaces that the British Vision of the Child, with the theme. Those who scale from last year’s theme “The as setting for the embattled Ovoranmwen, invaders in 1897 did not raze down, the Enogie’s theme ‘The Rule of Law and The through will then be invited to Thousand Faces of Corruption” is Imasuen was merely re-enacting the history of a palace at Obazagbon still possesses rare and Law of Impunity’. Vision of the the festival’s base, Freedom Park set to tour selected sites in displaced monarch in a palace he probably visit- ancient Bini artworks that are hidden from pub- Child is a component of the (by Broad Street, Lagos) provid- Nigeria. The competition is open to ed and which was left untouched by the invad- lic eye. At the head of the enclosed courtyard of yearly Lagos Black Heritage ed with brushes, paint and easel Festival (LBHF) that focuses on and set to illustrate their liter- children between 9 to 12 years, ing British in their punitive expenditure of 1897. the palace where the Enogie still holds court is At the Enogie of Obazabgon’s palace is this the Enogie’s shrine partly hidden from view with the individual vision and artis- ary presentation in the comple- in any primary or secondary enduring architecture that stands visible and raffia palm fronds but from which bronze heads tic inclinations of children in mentary medium of Painting.” (public or private) schools in This is the premiere edition of Lagos State. lonesome in its shinny red mud earth and low- and other great artifacts can still be spied. Enogie Lagos State. Registration started on According to a statement what can be regarded as a minihanging zinc rooftop in gazebo-like fashion. Eki Iyawe said those are just a few of the huge from Festival Secretary, Ms Artistic Decathlon, tailored to the February 10 2014 and closes on With modern brick houses springing up all stock of ancient art works his ancestors gatharound, Enogie Eki Iyawe’s palace is something ered that are locked inside from public view. The Foluke Michael, the Festival capabilities of the child. The fes- March 14, 2014. The registration holds from April 14 - 21 on Lagos tival already envisages an even forms can be obtained online of a picturesque delight. Slightly modeled after others, he said, are publicly displayed during Island and Badagry. The 2014 more intensive contest, with a at www.lagosblackheritagefestithe sprawling Oba’s palace a few hundred Obazagbon festival once a year. edition of the Vision of the Child disciplinary repertory whose or at the festival’s metres from where it took root, Obazagbon’s The young Enogie is worried at government’s is designed as an interactive menu will change from edition office at Freedom Park (Old palace is like a magician’s conjuration from the neglect of the 198 years monument his forefadistant past. Within its walls, too, is part of thers left in his care. The outside walls and huge test to stretch youthful creativ- to edition, but that is in the Colonial Prison), 1 Hospital Road, by Broad Street, Lagos. ancient Benin history traceable to Oba’s royal pillars have begun to crack in places close to the ity even more than in previous future. For now, LBHF invites parents, Completed registration forms editions, which were also very palace just as it predates Oba Ovoranmwen foundation level from wear and tear from the Nogbaisi, who was infamously deposed in 1897 elements, which isn’t good for further longevity successful. Instead of the uni- schools and their teachers to can then be submitted to the disciplinary interpretation of the 2014 edition. Prizes will be same LBHF Secretariat at by the invading British imperialists. of this National Monument. There’s a need to the given theme, participants presented to the winners by Freedom Park. Registration fee It was Oba Osemwende, who in 1816 revoked strengthen and further protect the walls from the tradition prevalent at the time to execute his the whether. Already Enobie Iyawe is looking to will now express their vision in Diamond Bank – co-sponsors of is N500 (Five Hundred Naira). younger brother, Iyawe, who might nurse the 2016 when his ancestral homestead would be idea of plotting to overthrow him. Oba 200 years old to really roll out the drums and Osemwende was said to have asked his chiefs if celebrate. they would have their brothers killed for being But before then the Duke of Obazagbon is makmade chiefs. A stalemate ensued. The reigning ing a passionate appeal to the authorities that years. The keenly contested ferent offices include Chima Geraldine Akutu   oba then wisely sent his younger brother away the status of National Monument conferred on By Okereke (General Secretary), ILM director, Andy election held at Winnies Elielotote A. (Director of as Duke or Enogie to Obazagbon. That was how his palace be made real rather than the mere Hotel, Surulere, Lagos, saw Enogie Iyawe built the current palace that will be paper work it is at the moment. But since govAmenechi has been reAmenechi returning to Finance), Isaac, Ikechukwu 200 years old in 2016, and modeled after the ernment is slow in doing its part, he intends to elected President, Directors Kolawole (National Provost), royal palace from where he was sent to preside transform the monument from its current form Guild of Nigeria (DGN) by its office. Mike Isokhare (PRO) and Other executive members as Duke over the affairs of Obazagbon. to an attractive place for tourism. He is working members to run the affairs of Taiwo Oduala (Welfare who were re-elected into difEnogie Eki Iyawe is the sixth Enogie in office in hard to build the surrounding landmass, essen- the guild for the next two Officer).

Epic Film, Invasion 1897 Rekindles Tourism Potentials Of 198-year Old Benin Monument M


Vision of the Child Contest Heralds Lagos Festival


Amenechi Re-elected DGN President


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Hurghada Tourism spot in Egypt

Virgin Atlantic Pioneers Use Of Google Glass IRGIN Atlantic passengers will be the first air travellers to experience the benefits of pioneering Google Glass and Sony Smartwatch technology as they arrive at London Heathrow airport, in an innovative pilot scheme, which starts on Thursday.


Concierge staff in the airline’s Upper Class Wing will be using wearable technology to deliver the industry’s most high tech and personalised customer service yet. The cutting-edge technology is being introduced as Virgin Atlantic publishes the results of a major study of 10,000 airline passengers from across the world on the future of air

travel. The results show that as the number of people travelling by plane has sky-rocketed in recent decades, the experience has lessened. Virgin Atlantic is joining with passengers and calling on the industry to introduce more innovations and radical fresh thinking to meet sky-high consumer expectations. Virgin Atlantic, in collaboration with air transport IT specialist SITA, is the first in the industry to test how the latest wearable technology, including Google Glass, can best be used to enhance customers’ travel experiences and improve efficiency. From the minute Upper Class

passengers step out of their chauffeured limousine at Heathrow’s T3 and are greeted by name, Virgin Atlantic staff wearing the technology will start the check-in process. At the same time, staff will be able to update passengers on their latest flight information, weather and local events at their destination and translate any foreign language information. In future, the technology could also tell Virgin Atlantic staff their passengers’ dietary and refreshment preferences - anything that provides a better and more personalised service. During the six-week pilot, the

Abu Dhabi Welcomes Record Numbers in 2013 TOTAL of 2,806,283 guests 26,000 hotel rooms, a ten per achieve 3.1 million hotel guests A checked into Abu Dhabi’s cent increase on 2012,” said His in 2014, with a ten per cent year 150 hotels and hotel apart- Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin ments in 2013, up 18 per cent on 2012, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Abu Dhabi’s hotels have witnessed their best ever year and the outstanding result means the emirate has smashed its target of 2.5 million hotel guests in 2013. The UK remains Abu Dhabi’s second largest overseas market with 162,973 Britons checking into the emirate’s hotels last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2012. British guests accounted for 763,151 guest nights – an increase of 25 per cent year on year - with an average length of stay of 4.68 nights, again up seven percent on 2012. “This is a highly satisfying performance, particularly as we have seen 13 more hotels and hotel apartments open throughout 2013. “We now have just over

Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi. “As we have now achieved the original hotel guest targets set for 2014, we have reviewed our goals and are uplifting our sights by ten per cent. “We are now looking to

on year compounded growth in the near term.” The 2013 guest intake delivered close to 8.8 million guest nights, a 26 per cent increase on 2012, with total revenue reaching almost £902 million, up 18 per cent. Source: Travel News

benefits to consumers and the business will be evaluated ahead of a potential wider roll-out in the future. Virgin Atlantic’s new solution replaces an existing process for serving passengers traveling in the Upper Class Wing, the airline’s premium entrance at Heathrow dedicated to Upper Class passengers. Airline staffs are equipped with either Google Glass or a Sony SmartWatch 2, which is integrated to both a purposebuilt dispatch app built by SITA and the Virgin Atlantic passenger service system. The dispatch app manages all task allocation and concierge availability. It pushes individual passenger information directly to the assigned concierge’s smart glasses or watch just as the passenger arrives at the Upper Class Wing. Dave Bulman, director of IT, Virgin Atlantic, said: “While it’s fantastic that more people can now fly than ever before, the fact that air travel has become so accessible has led to some of the sheen being lost for many passengers.

“Our wearable technology pilot with SITA makes us the first in the industry to test how Google Glass and other wearable technology can improve the customer experience. “We are upholding Virgin Atlantic’s long tradition of shaking things up and putting innovation at the heart of the flying experience.” Virgin Atlantic continues to push the boundaries with other technological advancements with SITA, including testing iBeacon with its Upper Class passengers at Heathrow, a new low-powered Bluetooth transmitter that can notify nearby iOS Apple devices of nearby services, discounts and updates on their flight boarding schedules. In addition, Virgin Atlantic’s newly enhanced mobile site means passengers will be able to book flights, check in online and check their flight status on the move, while also having access to the vast range of information on the main website, including destination and airport guides as well as details of baggage allowances and much more. Source: Travel News

SA To Host Pan Africa Trade Show Ajibola Amzat OUTH AFRICA is set to hold Trade show titled Meetings Africa 2014. The South African National Convention Bureau Executive Manager, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said local and international buyers from South Africa and the rest of the continent would attend the meeting. “We are all set to deliver what we promise this industry: a world class business events trade exhibition show,” she said. Themed “Advancing Africa Together”, Meetings Africa 2014 will kick off with the annual BOND Day (Business Opportunity Networking Day) on Monday, 24 February. BOND Day is designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for the South African business events industry. Association representatives from across the African continent and member of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Africa Chapter will attend this session.


Calabar To Host First International Tourism EXPO From Anietie Akpan, Calabar ETERMINED to boost its tourism potentials, Calabar the Cross River State capital is set to host the first ever “Calabar International Tourism Expo” tagged “CITENIGERIA 2014”. The Projects Executive Director, CITENIGERIA Mr. Peter Ofuka said the state would unveil CITENIGERIA 2014 on the 27th March at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resorts Calabar.


He explained that the proposed unveiling is due to the overwhelming positive response that the state has received from exhibitors. According to Ofuka, the state is working with agencies in US, Australia, India, China, Germany, Canada, South Africa towards a successful exhibition. Apart from marketing the destination, the state would target premium that are strategic to Africa and the de-

velopment of tourism business. This will most certainly lead to an increased number of hotel occupancy”. He said the Expo would give all stakeholders sufficient time and insight to deliver on an exhibition, which is sure to be hauled as a game changer for tourism within Africa in the future. He stated that the CITENIGERIA 2014 “is Nigeria first ever international tourism expo developed to hold annually

in October at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resorts Calabar Cross River State located along the coastline of Nigeria. Beginning with 2014 edition on October 27th through 30th, 2014, while focusing on inbound and outbound travel to Africa and is expected to draw thousands of tourism and travel professionals from all over the world. “The exhibition will take the format of travel and trade ex-

hibition with conference element focusing on topical tourism, sustainability, conservation and other market related issues. Its showcases the widest variety Nigerian best tourism products and attracts international visitors and media from across the world. It will be positioned to be the largest marketing events on the Africa calendar and one of the top must – visit events of its kind on the global calendar.

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By Bayo Ogunmupe\ 08034673443 http:/

On The Path Of Winners

How To Regain Your Glory HATEVER life has taken from you, God can W restore to you more abundantly. He may not give you exactly what you want, but He will give you what is best. Even when you fall under His corrective hand through disobedience, if you repent, Jehovah will reinstate you to a place of glory. You say, ‘But what about the time I have wasted, the opportunities squandered?’ ‘Behold the Lord’s hands is not shortened, that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear!’ Isaiah 59:1. After wasting all that he had inherited, the Prodigal Son returned home, penniless and embarrassed. All he wanted was three square meals and a job in the servants’ quarters. But the moment he said forgive me, his father called for the best robe, the fattest cow, the newest shoes, and a ring of son-ship restoring him to his rightful place as a member of the family. Even under the crushing weight of the Draconian laws of the Old Testament, God said,; if a man steals an ox or sheep he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep, Exodus 22:1. Now if God would do that for those on the wrong side of the law, how much more will He do for those He has redeemed? So you can go to Jehovah with confidence, knowing He is a God of restoration. One day the Amalekites burned down King David’s hometown, taking its families captive. In that scene of devastation, David and his men wept their eyes out. But said to David, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all,’ 1 Samuel 30:8. That was how David got back all they had lost. Thus Yahweh is not only a God of restoration, He is also a God of abundance. God who created time can give you more of it. When God blesses you, it will not come from a rationed supply. Ever since Adam and Eve blew it in the Garden of Eden, God’s desire has been to restore to Homo Sapiens, all that we lost. So go to God today and let the restoration to glory again. Being justified gives you the right to stand before Allah and claim his best. So, believe for more gain that expected, because our God is a God of retorationå. ‘Your God will come with

Sarnoff recompense,’ Isaiah 35:4. What you give up in order to serve God is nothing compared to what you will get back, God can give you a hundred fold what you have sacrificed in order to serve Him. ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with restoration. He will come and save you,’ Isaiah 35: 3-4. God can give you back any losses in overflowing measure: And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and go to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on your heads. You shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow shall flee away. Stand on His promise: ‘And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose, it shall blossom abundantly,’ Isaiah 35: 1-2. Rejoice, the Almighty is a God of restoration, so your best days are ahead of you. Dr. Alexander Maclaren, the great Scottish preacher, attributed everything he knew to one habit: spending an hour each day alone with God. Sometimes he allowed others into his study, but they were never allowed to speak. God gave you your talent, but it is your

job to develop it. And it isn’t that complicated because your gift usually relates to something that excites you. Think about it. God made you. He put that desire into your heart. Knowing that helps you understand why the things you find rewarding involve your innate talents and abilities. It is natural for a dog to hunt. Coop him and it will lie around without enthusiasm. But it is going hunting, he comes alive. That is because God designed dogs that way. They have that passion inside them. And for humans, when we are doing what we know we are called to do, enthusiasm and excitement erupt in us. On the other hand, when you are doing something not natural, it is always a struggle. If you try, train, practice and push, you still cannot master the skill. Then you should recognize that it may not be your forte. Though we must persevere by learning hard things, but life should not be a constant struggle. When you are fulfilling your purpose, the most noticeable result is how rewarding it feels to stir up the gift of God in you by utilizing your natural talents. As they wrestled together, the angel of Jehovah asked Jacob, ‘What’s your name?’ Jacob answered, ‘Jacob.’ Then the angel said, ‘your name will no longer be Jacob, which means deceiver, but Israel, which means’ a prince with God,’ because you have struggled and overcome,’ Genesis 32:27. God forced Jacob to look at his true identity. He wrestled him into a revelation of who he was - not what others said he was. You are not who others say you are. You should determine who you are before God. You are more than your past and education, you are more than your circumstances. You are an overcomer. So dry your tears, square your shoulders and begin walking in your God-given identity, as the champion of Nigerian prosperity. Our champion this week is David Sarnoff, the American pioneer in the development of both radio and television broadcasting. Sarnoff was born in February 1891 at Minsk, Russia, as a boy he spent several years preparing for a career as a scholar of the Jewish Talmud. He emigrated

with his family to the United States in 1900. He settled first in Albany, then in New York City. While at school, he supported his family by vending newspapers and singing liturgy in a synagogue. In 1906, he left school to become a messenger in a telegraph company and with his first salary bought a telegraph instrument. He soon became proficient in Morse operations, thereby finding work as a radio operator for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company. After service at sea for several years Sarnoff became operator of the most powerful radio station in the world, created by John Wanamaker atop his Manhattan department store. There in April 1912, Sarnoff picked up the distress call from the sinking Titanic, he remained at his post for 72 hours receiving and passing on the news. Rewarded by the Marconi Company with rapid promotion, he became a director of the company and in 1916 first proposed a radio music box or commercially marketed radio receiver. This proposal took several years in gaining acceptance. But as the manager of Radio Corporation of America in 1921, he demonstrated the profitability of broadcasting during the boxing match of Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier (July 2, 1921), the broadcast created a sensation. Within three years the corporation sold more than eighty million dollar worth of radio sets. In 1926, Sarnoff formed the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). By then, Sarnoff had perceived the potential of television. In 1928 he launched NBC television and demonstrated the new medium. Its development was delayed by World War Two where Sarnoff served as a Brigadier, on the staff of General Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme Commander of Allied Forces. He became president of Radio Corporation of America in 1930, chairman of the board in 1947, retiring in 1970. He died in New York in December 1971. He was pioneer of radio and television broadcasting in the world.


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Fighting The Cancer Scourge In Nigeria By Debo Oladimeji HIS year’s World Cancer Day, which was T held last week, focused on Target Five of the New World Cancer Declaration: to reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer. According to global statistics, over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer every year, and 80,000 of them die (10 deaths every hour). That is why non-governmental organizations(NGOs) such as Breast Without Cancer (BWS) and Sebeccly Cancer Care, Lagos want all hands to be on deck to reduce the cancer scourge. One of the survivors of breast cancer, Mrs. Kudiratu Gbadamonsi, 52, disclosed that she discovered a lump in her breast about 29 years ago when she was breastfeeding her second child. Mrs. Gbadamosi, a trader, recalled: “I told one of my friends about it and she told me that if I go to the hospital, my breast will be removed; that I should go to those selling herbs to cure it instead.” That was how she went to Oyingbo market, Lagos to buy herbs to treat the ailment. She cooked the herbs and used them to wash her breast. “Three days after, my breast started peeling. I went to the hospital. The doctor detected a lump in my breast and removed it. He did not take the lump to the lab for test then,” she recalled. Gbadamonsi later recovered and travelled out to Senegal. Unfortunately, in 2008, she had a similar experience in that same breast. This time around, she went straight to the hospital in Lagos. “The lump was later removed in January 2009 and they took it to the lab. It was later discovered that it was breast cancer. The doctor said some unpleasant things to me and that they were going to remove my breast. I felt bad. I just went home and I started crying. My blood pressure went up. They later did the surgery.” She was later introduced to Sebeccly Cancer Care, Lagos, for financial support. Another survivor of breast cancer, Mrs. Oluwakemi Oyedile, a teacher, disclosed that cancer is a very painful ailment. “It can be tasking and it drains one’s pocket. I will say that it is not an ailment that is meant for poor people. In Nigeria, so many factors are not making it easy for cancer patients or survivors. We have only two radiotherapy machines in Lagos, one at Eko Hospital, the other at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). At LUTH, it costs about N200,000 for radiotherapy,” she said. To prevent people coming down with cervical cancer, BWS will be launching a nationwide, school-based cervical cancer vaccination awareness initiative which is intended to increase awareness of the Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) vaccine among school children aged nine to 15, in all the 36 states of Nigeria. The formal launch of this new initiative called Cervical Cancer Vaccination Awareness Initiative with the slogan: ‘Vaccinate Your Girl,’ will be held in Lagos on April 3, 2014. This laudable initiative aims at meeting Target Three and Four of the New World Cancer Declaration. Target Three aims to reduce exposure to cancer risk factors while Target Four is aimed at universal coverage of HPV. Speaking on the initiative, National Programme Coordinator of BWS, Ms Oluwafunmilola James said during a press briefing by BWS to mark the World Cancer Day 2014 in Lagos, that the initiative for vaccination to prevent cervical cancer actually

started off when she went with other experts for a conference on cancer in South Africa. “There was a heated argument in a session about cervical cancer. There was a representative from Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI). She talked about GAVI funding for HPV vaccination against cervical cancer. We were like we don’t have GAVI funding in Nigeria. If you are going to get HPV vaccine for your child, you are going to pay at least N18,000 in LUTH,” she said. It was discovered that Nigeria could not have access to GAVI funding due to the country’s failure to meet one of the prerequisites: 70% Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT) vaccine coverage. “Our national coverage was 43 per cent and GAVI was asking for 70 percent for us to be able to access their funding for HPV vaccine,” she said. One of the myths surrounding this HPV vaccination is that it will cause infertility. According to James, there is nothing like that. It is absolutely safe. Just like the vaccination against polio. Professor of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka and Founder and President of BWS, Prof. Ifeoma Okoye, affirmed that there is need to increase awareness about cancer. “Apart from the people that can afford the HPV vaccination, the majority of the population cannot afford it. We intend to talk to banks, churches, organization to sponsor people to be vaccinated. Both women and men can be vaccinated because men also have the HPV virus. It is a sexually transmitted virus. “The rate at which cancer is galloping in the low and middle income countries is just stupendous. But there are some preventive measures that can cut down the risk of having cancer by 40 percent,” she said. She recommended a change in lifestyles as one way to prevent cancer. “Eat healthy foods. If you are thirsty, drink water. Also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.” She is worried that Nigerians now eat all sorts of processed foods. “When I was in elementary school, they taught us shifting cultivation. We are no longer doing that. If you know the amount of money this country is spending on importing fertilizer, one will wonder! Then we spray our beans with insecticides. We should eat more of natural foods with less preservatives and additives,” she said. Okoye said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director in 2009 said that the main reason for the increasing cases of cancer in developing countries is the embracement of Western culture. “As you load up your child with sugar ,high energy foods, the risk of cancer in that particular individual continues to rise and peaks at adulthood,” she said. She cautioned parents against giving their children snacks, juices and noodles. “Some children eat noodles morning, afternoon and evening. But our mothers in those days insisted that their children should eat vegetables.” She is disturbed that school children are no longer doing enough exercise, saying that in the past, exercise was a comprehensive part of education. Okoye lamented that children are now glued to the television when they should be running around in their compound with their colleagues to exercise themselves. To her, it is not only smokers that are

Professor Okoye with other dignitaries at the event liable to lung cancer. “Some will say my child does not smoke. What about the environment he resides? Is it smoke free? Unfortunately, some people spend all their time in nightclubs. It is a double tragedy when you combine the two: smoking and alcohol.” Environmental pollution, she avers, is another serious risk factor for cancer, adding that there is also the danger of fumes from generators. “In every nook and corner of every establishment, generators are pumping fumes into the environment. Most of those cars on our roads, if it were abroad, they will never be given certificates of road worthiness.” She regretted that in Nigeria, there is no National Cancer Registry. “Recently I was on Channels TV and they were interested in knowing the cancer burden in Nigeria. I said that we are always apprehensive when it comes to that point. We don’t have a National Cancer Registry,” she said. The Professor of Radiology added that there is also an attitude of denial as far as cancer is concerned. “When doctors tell people that they have cancer, they say it is not my portion! People like to seek help elsewhere, they usually present their cases late for medical treatment.” She regretted that the highest contributory factor to the high mortality rate of cancer in low and middle income countries is late detection. She admitted that it is less expensive to treat breast cancer at early stage. “If you have a lump like a groundnut size, you pay like N20,000 for its removal. But if you do not do so at early stage, to remove the affected breast will cost about N200,000. They will then institute what is called radio-

A cancer victim

therapy. That will cost another N200,000. Then chemotherapy will cost you N150 to N350,000.” Okoye identified poor or inadequate infrastructure as another problem. “Our population is about 160 million people which is grossly underestimated. That means we should have160 radiotherapy units in our hospitals. We have 12 out of which we barely have three functioning. It is just to show you how poor the infrastructure that is in place to handle the treatment of cancer.” She advocated for the National Health Insurance Scheme to be available to all Nigerians, for everybody to have access to good health care. Okoye also bemoaned that some healthcare professionals have been contributing to late detection. “We need also to increase publicity and our awareness concerning cancer so that the patients that come to our hospitals will not always be diagnosed of typhoid or malaria when they have cancer.” The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos Chapter, Dr Francis Faduyile, a Clinical Pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), encouraged collaboration and coordination among all canceroriented NGOs and commended BWS on its efforts to increase awareness and uptake of the HPV vaccine. He also expressed NMA’s willingness to partner with the NGO to ensure proper implementation of the initiative. “It is in the interest of NMA to see that Nigerians are prevented from having cancer,” he said. Executive Secretary (consultant radiation oncologist) Sebeccly Cancer Care, Lagos, Dr. Omolola Salako said that the NGO is creating awareness and usually runs a free breast examination on cancer. “The NGO was set up to assist cancer patients. Cancer survivors are somehow low in the country right now. A lot of patients are presenting late in hospitals for so many reasons. Maybe, they cannot afford the treatment prescribed or they are not sure of the benefits of treatment,” she said. Salako said that the cost of treating cancer is high. “We have a lot of patients who need help on our list. In as much as we are raising funds, the demand outweighs our resources. Cost of care is one thing, the stage at which women present breast cancer shows that awareness of cancer is still low”. She added that breast cancer can be detected early. That is why, she said, it is recommended that women should do breast self examination once in a month. “And the clinical breast examination once a year. If a woman is above 45 years, let her go for mammogram.” She opined that cervical cancer is preventable and it is curable because it is a virus that causes it through sex.


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Conscience, Nurtured by Truth

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Hints On Overcoming Cigarette Smoking And Nicotine Addictions PART from cigarette smoking, which is Apresently considered to be one of the most dangerous and evil habits and crime against humanity, there are so many other things that one can become addicted or hooked on to, such as alcohol, drugs (including hard drugs- heroin, cocaine, LSD, marijuana), glue, caffeine, chocolate, sugar, foods and dieting. Also, many can become addicted to sex, gambling, shopping, exercises, sporting activities, work, pursuit of monetary matters, power, etc. Apart from the physical, health and social problems associated with nicotine addiction, when a craving for any transient earthly thing becomes a propensity or takes priority in a person’s life, or when a person sets anything earthly above God or feels that there is something earthly that he or she cannot part with or do without, such a thing becomes, to him or her, an idol or god to be worshipped. And a person, who allows his or her cravings for earthling things to become a propensity, commits the sin of idolatry. In fact, the Ten Commandments in the Bible warn against this. The First Commandment (Exodus 20:2-3) says: “I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other gods but me.” With the spiritual knowledge available to mankind today, it is now known that the “other gods” are not only the carved wooden idols, deities or the golden calves of the ancient times, but they also include our modern idols- money, wealth, power, earthly distinction and earthly pleasures that go with them, which completely enslave us today. Some gifted clairvoyants have seen and reported that at the time of passing away into the beyond through physical death, an addict takes with him/her into the beyond the unquenchable perpetual urge (which has at this time increased more than 10 folds) for these earthly things. Since he/she is no longer in the physical body that can permit him/her to enjoy these things, as he/she used to do while in flesh and blood, the “mad” urge to gratify his propensity will bind him to those on earth, who equally have such propensities. Through their inner enjoyments via such acts, he/she too satisfies his/her urge or cravings. With this binding, he/she becomes “earth bound,” and this may adversely retard his/her spiritual progress. Globally, millions of people are struggling with difficulty to quit cigarette smoking and nicotine dependency. This is because more than 90 per cent of these addictive habits are rooted not only in the physical body, but also in the victim’s psyche. There are many remedies that have been designed to help those who are desirous of over-

coming cigarette smoking, e.g. acupuncture, counseling, support groups, nicotine patches, gum, supplements, herbs, etc. Some of these may help in some cases, while in some others they may be unsuccessful. However, it is important to note that every human being is endowed with an innate ability to personally overcome or reverse any form of self-created aberration or evil. The first step towards a total liberation from an addiction is for the victim to become fully aware of the biological (physical), psychological and above all, spiritual implications of such addictions. The victim also needs to be aware of the immense damages the addictive behaviour might be causing others and how the addict may be burdening himself with enormous guilt each time he indulges in such behaviour. With these realisations, he/she may be filled with disgust about his/her cravings. Consequently, a strong wish may arise from deep within him/her, and in humility, he/she may cry out for help from above to enable him/her overcome the overwhelming propensity. If this volition is genuine, serious and intense, it may then form the suitable soil for the reception of the help that will mark the beginning of liberation for him or her. Overcoming addiction requires tremendous self-will. That is, a serious volition of the spirit, not just a mere mental wish or desire to overcome. The effort to conquer must be personal. That is, from deep within. Often, outside intervention or a professional help may be needed, but it must be from a person that carries within him/herself the ability that can be used to awaken in a patient the strong urge and need to make serious personal efforts to overcome. In addition, external remedies may assist greatly when the patient has already prepared the soil within him/herself. There are many herbs and home remedies that help in minimising the damages caused by smoking and those that reduce the craving for nicotine or cigarettes. Examples of such include: (i) Placing a grain or two of sea salt on the tongue helps to quench the urge to smoke. (ii) Drinking a solution made by mixing two spoons of fresh radish juice and pure honey will reduce the intense urge to smoke. (iii) Chewing fresh sugar cane has been found to reduce the craving for cigarette. (iv) Chewing a few cloves of garlic daily helps in reducing the craving for nicotine or breaks the smoking habits. (v) Chewing calamus root or licorice root daily

helps to break the intense urge to smoke. (vi) The most powerful herb that make smokers distaste cigarette is called Indian tobacco or lobelia, and taking this herb and smoking after or later induces repulsive vomiting. Other popular herbs that help in quitting smoking habits and cravings include ginger root, cayenne, Hops, Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, Hyssop, Korean Ginseng and Blue Vervain. Those who are addicted to smoking often claim that the habit temporarily calms their nerves and also helps them to get over inner tension and mild depression. Consequently, their bodies and brains constantly demand for external substances, like nicotine, to achieve these. Therefore, when they suddenly stop smoking, they often experience what is known as ‘withdrawal syndrome,’ which often manifest as anger, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, general body weakness and inability to move the bowels or constipation. From the above mentioned manifestations, it can be observed that nicotine withdrawal syndrome is like stress and, therefore, must be treated by supporting the nervous system with supplements like B-complex, Magnesium and Antioxidants (which may include vitamins C, A, E and minerals, such as zinc and selenium). Vitamin C is very important in helping the victim to overcome some of the withdrawal symptoms. Apart from the supplements mentioned above, herbs, like passionflower, wild oats, catnip, valerian root, chamomile, peppermint, etc are given as tea to help prevent the withdrawal syndrome and also calm the nerves. Tobacco smoke does not only pollute the blood of the smoker, but also causes loads of toxins to be deposited in the lungs, tissues, liver, etc, because these are short periods of systemic cleansing (or detoxification) that becomes imperative during the period of transition (i.e. from smoking to non-

smoking period). In natural medicine, three to seven day’s fruits or vegetable juices fasting is the quickest means of achieving rapid systemic or internal body, blood and liver cleansing from nicotine toxins. Fasting rests the liver and the entire digestive system and during the period, energy is conserved for the body’s self-internal cleansing and repairs. For the fasting, the following juices are recommended: Blood purifiers: stinging nettle, Echinacea, dandelion, marigold, bitter leaf, sage, bitters, aloe vera gel, etc. (ii) Liver strengthening herbs, such as Phyllanthus (stonebreaker), milk thistle, lungwort, etc. Other supportive therapies during the detoxification are the intake of plain water or diluted aloe vera gel or garlic enema, colonic irrigation therapy, etc. New studies in natural medicine are now revealing that apart from those that have some hereditary origins, most diseases and unwholesome manner of living, like addictions, are mainly due to wrong blood compositions, which in turn results from the wrong choice of what we eat, drink and apply to the body and by rightly changing the blood composition through the increased consumption wholesome alkaline-forming foods- the desire or the craving for cigarettes and alcohol will naturally disappear gradually. Therefore, coupled with a serious volition to kick out the evil habit of smoking from one’s life, correct and appropriate diet also plays important role in overcoming addiction. A wholesome and alkaline-forming diet may be sourced from the following: (1) Tree-ripen fruits, such as citrus fruits (oranges, lime, lemon, grape fruits and tangerines), water melon, bananas and avocado pear. (2) Vegetables as fluted pumpkins, spinach, green amaranth, dandelion, greens, beet greens, cabbage, kale, lettuce, cucumber, egg plant, okra, garlic, onions, potatoes, green pepper, carrot and beef root, red pepper, tomatoes, etc. (3) Seeds, like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. (4) Nuts, such as peanut, cashew nuts, walnut etc. (5) Unpolished grains as brown rice, millet, corn, wheat, oats, barley, etc. (6) Legumes, including different types of beans, soya beans and their products. (7) Poultry and other white meat like veal, lamb, etc. The intake of these proteins from animal sources must be balanced with the intake of plenty vegetables. Sourcing one’s diet from a variety of the food items mentioned above will furnish the body with vitamins, minerals micronutrients, fibers and other naturally-occurring substances, like photochemical, antioxidants, etc for those who have been chain smokers for a long time.

PetLife With Dr.Tunji Nasir URTHER to our exposition on the F requirement of CITES (The Cites, Endangered Species And You (2) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Animals and Plants), which is to regulate trade in a number of species of plants and animals, their parts and derivatives and any article made from them before they can be exported out of Nigeria, I think it is apt to give more insight into the law, so that you can appreciate what we are really talking about. What really are endangered species? Endangered species are wild animals (or not necessarily wild) and plant species that are threatened or potentially threatened with extinction due to unrestricted commercial exploitation and the destruction of their habitats. The names of these species appear in a control list that is updated every two years, detailing CITES species and divides them into categories according to the threats they are exposed to, which are referred to as appendices. Appendix I species are rare or endangered species and trade in

these species for primarily commercial purpose is strictly prohibited. As a result, species in this category must be accompanied by a CITES export permit issued by the exporting country, and a CITES import permit issued by the importing country. This category covers a lot of animals and plants species, including all lemur and apes, drill monkeys, giant panda, cheetah, leopards, the Asian elephant, rhinoceros, a lot of birds of prey, cranes, pheasants, parrots, all sea turtles, the royal python, some species of crocodiles and lizards. It is to be understood that it is only when these animals are to be exploited commercially that a crime is committed. Movement is not prevented, provided they are being moved from one sanctuary, having confirmed with the consent of both the exporting and the importing countries. My worry in this case is that CITES regulations are brazenly being abused and it appears to me as an international conspiracy; short of

saying it is a ring of conspirators, who are highly connected and well encumbered in a shell that is difficult to break. Of course, trouble looms and if eventually the brawl breaks, our earth’s resources and our future will feel the effects. Species belonging to Appendix II are neither rare nor endangered at

present, but could become so if trade is not regulated. Species in this group must be accompanied by a CITES export permit before entry to the importing country will be allowed. That is, the importing country may not be necessarily issuing an import-permit. Species here include the African Elephant, birds of paradise, winged butterflies, black corals, primates, cats, crocodiles (not mentioned in Appendix I). Species in Appendix III are not also endangered, just like the listing in Appendix II, but they are subject to special management within the listing country. Trading in this species is regulated within the listing country and the cooperation of other parties sought. For movement, species in Appendix III must be accompanied by an appropriate CITES export permit issued by the exporting country, if the trade is with the listing country

or by a certificated of origin or a reexport certificate, if the trade is with a country other than the listing country, as required by the Convention. From what has been enumerated above, it is clearly shown that CITES relies on a system of permits to regulate trade in wildlife and other endangered species. The system is operated by the CITES parties themselves, with the CITES Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland providing requisite assistance where required, like checking the authenticity of permits and alerting national and international agencies when breaches of the Convention seem likely to occur. The CITES export permits so issued, apart from controlling the levels of international trade in endangered species, also provide valuable information on the qualities of the different species legally traded each year, who exports them, who imports them and who re-exports them. In Nigeria, the office of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) handles CITES matters and also issues the permits, as required


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SOCIETY When Abayomi And Oluranti Took Their Conjugal Vow Recently, Mr. Abayomi Oderinde and former Miss Oluranti Osinubi were joined together in holy matrimony at the Methodist Church, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos. Below are some faces that graced the occasion.

Oluranti and Abayomi Oderinde cutting their wedding cake

Parent of the groom, Most Rev. Charles and Mrs. Margaret Oderinde, the couple, Parent of the bride, Mr. Ademola and Mrs. Wemimo Osinubi

Abayomi and his wife, Oluranti and the groom’s father, Most Rev. Charles Oderinde Mr. Olusegun Osinubi, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Jaiyeola, Lady Bonny Oseni Osinubi and Sir Biodun Osinubi

Former Chairman of Punch Newspapers, Ajibola Ogunsola (right) with his wife, Iyabo Ogunsola The Managing Director of the Guardian Newspapers, Emeka Izeze and his wife, Stella

Oluranti and Abayomi on the dance floor

Former Commissioner for Industry, Chief Mrs. Nike Akande (left), HRH Oba Abdul Rasak Adesina, the Ebumowe of Ago Iwoye, Ogun State (right) with Lekan Are and his wife Olabisi

Oluranti and Abayomi with the officiating ministers of Methodist Assembly

Pastor Segun Babatope, Emeka Izeze of the Guardian and former chairman of Punch Newspapers Ltd, PHOTOS: Charles Okolo Mr. Ajibola Ogunsola

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SOCIETY Sijuade And Odeyemi Sign The Dotted Lines By Laolu Adeyemi

The Solemnization of Holy Matrimony between Oluwaseyi daughter of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade and Olanrewaju, Son of Professor and Mrs. Olu Odeyemi took place last Saturday at the St Paul Anglican Church Ayegbaju, Ile-Ife, Osun State. Below are some faces that graced the occasion

Groom’s parent Prof. and Mrs. Olu Odeyemi; the Couple, officiating Minister, Bride’s parent, Oba Okunade Sijuade, the Ooni of Ife; the mother of the bride and other officiating ministers

Newly wedded Couple, Mr. and Mrs. Olanrewaju Odeyemi.

Father of the bride, Oba Okunade Sijuade Ooni of Ife and the Minister of State FCT representing the President, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide

Groom’s parent, Prof. and Mrs. Olu Odeyemi.

Chief Tony Anenih, the Alake of Egba land Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Olori Morisola Sijuade mother of the Bride.

Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Olanihun Ajayi.

Chief Earnest Shonekan and Chief Mrs. Bola Obasanjo.

Chief Gabriel Igbiniedion and his wife.


2015: What Manner Of Defections And Resignations? By Samson Ezea S Nigerians continue to watch the wave and A drama of the defections by politicians, especially the elected ones, from one political party to another ahead of next year’s general election, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) have commenced ‘massive resignation’ or been off-loaded from the government to also pursue their political ambition. It all started with the exit (resignation or sack) of the powerful Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, on Tuesday. Even when Oghiadomhe’s removal was linked to his alleged wrongdoings in the office that have painted the Presidency in bad light, the Presidency insisted that he resigned his position, saying it was in line with the President’s directive to his cabinet members wishing to contest for political offices to resign their appointments. But many wonder which political ambition Oghiadomhe will be pursuing in the immediate since the governorship election in his Edo State will be in 2016, except he is eyeing Edo North senatorial seat next year. As questions were being asked of what actually led to Oghiadomhe’s exit, four ministers were on Wednesday dropped for sundry reasons. They were Stella Oduah (Aviation), Godsday Orubebe (Niger Delta), Caleb Olubolade (Police Affairs) and Lawan Yarima Ngama (minister of State for Finance). For Oduah, it is an event long expected, as several efforts to save her job failed. Since assuming office after her role with the Neighbour-toNeighbour group to ensure Jonathan’s election in 2011, her tenure was dogged with a lot of controversies, largely due to the policies and reforms she introduced, which did not go down well with some stakeholders in the industry. But with the Presidency’s support, she went ahead to implement the policies, which have brought some remarkable changes in the industry.

She was on the bad side of the news following the alleged purchase of two bulletproof BMW cars by one of the aviation agencies, which irked many Nigerians. She was investigated and allegedly indicted by the House of Representatives. It is no secret that Olubolade intends to contest the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Olubolade was believed to be a close ally of the President, as their paths crossed during his days in the Nigerian Navy, especially when he was the military administrator of Bayelsa State. Orubebe’s tenure had been dogged with allegations of corrupt practices by some civil society organisations, which he has vehemently denied. Many, including his critics from the Niger Delta, said his tenure has not brought the much-needed change in the region, especially in the area of critical infrastructural development. He is said to be nursing governorship ambition in home state, Delta, next year and said to have the backing of his kinsman and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark. Ngama is also said to be eyeing the governorship of his home state, Zamfara, next year. It was gathered that with the cabinet shake up, other ministers have intensified lobby to retain their jobs, with some reaching out to their state governors to put in a word on their behalf. “Many of them would be sacked. A few would be re-assigned from their present ministries to another, while new people, especially core politicians, would be appointed,” a source said. The reliable source told The Guardian that more ministers, presidency officials, including a senior person from the Southeast zone, would be sacked soon and his position conceded to the Southwest, saying the reshuffle is part of Jonathan’s plan to reposition his government and calm frayed nerves ahead of his declaration for next year’s presidential election. In the same vein, the wave of defection from

Jonathan one party to another in the National Assembly has been that of different strokes for different folks. In the House of Representatives, members have been defecting from one political party to another at will and unhindered by the leadership. This has become a regular event in the House since the five PDP governors defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) at the peak of the intraparty crisis that rocked PDP last year. Even last Tuesday, five APC members defected to PDP amidst allegation by the APC leadership that they were induced with hard currency by the PDP leadership to do so, which PDP has since dismissed, describing APC as a party suffering diminishing returns. The House leadership has set up a committee to investigate the allegation, but many are doubtful of the outcome of the probe, considering events of the past. In the Senate, the defection move by Bukola Saraki and 10 others from PDP to APC continued to hit the wall following the refusal of the Senate leadership to read their letters on the excuse

that the matter is before the court. This was despite argument by the defecting senators that the matter in court is not on defection, but on the attempt to declare their seats vacant. It has been rumoured that Senate President David Mark had been under pressure to declare their seats vacant, but that finally came to the fore on Wednesday when Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang, under Order 14 of the Standing Rules, and relying on Section 68, Sub-section (1g) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, said the defectors, having dumped the party that brought them to the Senate, had automatically lost their membership, going by the constitutional provision. According to him, Section 68 (1g) of the constitution, as amended, states: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if being a person whose election was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected: Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.” However, just like on Tuesday when he ruled the defectors out of order on the grounds that the matter was still in court, Mark ruled Enang out of order for the same reason. He said: “You were in the chamber here yesterday and I did explain that the matter is in a court of competent jurisdiction. We all agreed that no reference should be made in a matter before a competent court of law. “My ruling is that I am not going to be different, because it is a constitutional matter.” For now, the movement back and forth might continue until next year’s election. But it is all politics of 2015 and not for the good of ordinary Nigerian!

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Loving Yourself Oyinkansola Talabi (Bodyworks) Valentine’s weekend, and love is in the IoneT’ However, should love only be in the air a month? I don’t think so. I believe in every day is a day “of” and “to” love every day. And to really give love to any one, you have to first love yourself. Loving yourself starts with loving every aspect of yourself and giving yourself the best that you can and treating yourself well and with respect. Like when you love others, you have to show them, so, if yourself, you should show it to yourself. One of the ways of showing your love for yourself is to take care of yourself. I’ve learnt to love myself, in and out. I’ve learnt to love my body, by MAKING the time to feed it with a wide variety of things that are good for it and working out as often as l can. Loving your body is about giving your body life. From the food you eat, to the books you read to the songs you listen to, to the thoughts you let dominate you. They all tell your body (and it’s creator) just how much you love it and this will show in how your body presents you to the world. Some of the ways l like to love myself are: Music: l love music, all sorts of music except reggae and rap work for me. Depending on my mood or how l want to feel, there is a song or beat that will take me there, help me relax and reconnect. Reading: Reading is an amazing escape and is fast becoming extinct. It helps my vocabulary, expands my creativity, imagination and teaches me about things, concepts, people, the world, life. I just read a Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love, and it took me to a world of

pure love, forgiveness and redemption. What are you reading? Massage: A massage is one of the most relaxing and not necessarily expensive things you can give to your body. The oils, the smells, the snoozing.... massages are an ancient method of stress relief. Great for clearing your mind, toning your muscles and skin. Working out: I just love a good workout. Sometimes when l feel like working out on my own, l skip rope for my cardio or have a Pilates moment. The sweat opens your pores, your energy levels are up, endorphins are released into your body so you are in a better mood and can handle anything. Right now, l’m into group classes. The camaraderie l feel working out with other ladies is just amazing, all of us working towards a goal – finish the class standing! A Shower / Bath: As simple as this is, it is so refreshingly refreshing. Taking a long shower or bath is a time you can just relax and let the water and the process of lathering your body wash away all your worries and stress. If the weather is hot, take a cold shower, if cold, take a hot one. Or better still, start with hot to relax your muscles, and open your pores and end with cold to close your pores. The main thing is to take your time, go slowly, pat (not rub) your body dry gently, lovingly. Sauna : Are also great for relaxing and opening up the pores, remove toxins from the body. So, if you have access to one, make sure you take advantage. Manicure and Pedicure: l am a lady after all and love getting my nails done either by myself or

professionally. For me it stress relief. I’ve been known to change my nail polish up to four times a week in high tension periods. Eating well: l love eating. However, l’ve learnt to cut certain things out of my diet – soft drinks, eat certain things in moderation – Pounded yam and native soup – and trained myself to love my vegetables and fruits. No, it didn’t come naturally to me but now it does and l love it. I’ve seen the difference to my skin, my hair, my mood, energy levels and health. Aim to have 2-3 snacks of fruits or veggies a day; a carrot here, agbalumo there( good for lowering high blood sugar) and include veggies ( salad, efo, stir fry, etc ) with almost every meal. Eat fruits in season and try new and different ones so you don’t get bored.

Detox: Clearing out the junk is always a good thing. Since we de-clutter our wardrobes and cupboards, we should regularly do the same with our insides. I sometimes go on a liquid juice diet where for three days l take only fresh juice and water or a fruit and veggie detox ( l haven’t been able to go past three days) and regularly, l cut out all meat for a few days. The idea is to let the system rest and rejuvenate. You’ll have more energy and feel lighter. Investigate which detox will work for you, choose the time carefully – a period when you can rest – weekends, holiday from work. And drink lots of water. Home spa: Another way l love my body is having spa moments at home. Usually after a work out and my pores are open, I cleanse my face, mix up some honey and Quaker oats and put it on my face. Sometimes l put a mud mask on it. I let this sit on my face for 15mins. The oats exfoliate my skin (removes dead skin) while the honey moisturizes, my face comes out smooth and bright. I then mix some baby oil or olive oil with a lot of salt and then use as a body scrub in the shower. My skin comes out soft and smooth and l am totally relaxed. There, you have all my secrets. Try out as many as you can if you don’t currently have any methods of your own. You can also share what works for you. Remember, you only have one life, one body, you can’t do it all without a fully rested and healthy body. You can only give what you have. If you have life, you can give it. If you have joy, you can give it. If you have love, you can give it, if you have relief from stress, you can provide solutions. Love your body and it will love you right back. wellnesscoach@theequilibriumcenter


Saturday, February 15, 2014


Conscience, Nurtured by Truth


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20 Things To Say To A Woman HERE are a lot of men out there who simT ply do not know how to say romantic things to a woman. And yet, women love to hear sweet nothings whispered in their ears. They love to listen to a guy telling them creative and romantic things during those intimate moments. Any man who can learn to speak the seductive language of sensual romance will be able to generate greater amounts of passion and appreciation from his woman. Although many men out there are not creative enough to say romantic things to their woman, fret not, there’s good news. With a bit of practice, any man can learn how to say romantic things to his woman. The art of speaking romantically is a fine one, and only the guys who take the time to master the language of romance will reap the rewards of their most valiant efforts. Here is a list of 20 romantic things to say to a woman that will help any guy to get started. 1.     “I don’t have a reason for loving you. Because if I had a reason for loving you…I’m afraid that I’d also have a reason for leaving you.” 2.      “You know, I think you’re my favorite person in the world.” (with a playful smile

while looking into her eyes) 3.     “I wish I could be with you forever, but that still wouldn’t be enough time to love you.” 4.      “This feels right.” (while embracing her tightly and romantically) 5.      “I miss you already.” (say something like this right after you’ve finished spending a romantic evening together) 6.      “Kiss me again.” (look deep into her eyes, pull her close, and demand it…in a sexy romantic way) 7.      “You’re amazing.” (right after intimacy, say this to her, but be sincere and kiss her shoulder or forehead) 8.      “I wouldn’t trade this night for the world.” 9.      “Relax, let me love you completely.” (this is an excellent romantic thing to say to create a sense of comfort and security as you get intimate with your woman) 10.  “She’s priceless, irreplaceable, and she’s mine.” (say this to someone else in reference to your woman, but say it when your woman is around to hear it) 11.  “This feels like a dream.” 12.  “I’ve never felt this way about anyone before.” 13.  “Wrap your arms around me.” 14.  “I’ve been thinking about you, and I

think I miss you.” (give her a random call and say this in a playful and romantic way) 15. “Talk to me, I’ve missed you.” (say this while holding her hands and lightly stroking it) 16.  “I love the way you taste.” 17.  “I’ve dreamed about this moment my whole life.” (pick a special moment with her to say this) 18.  “I’m yours.” 19.  “My life would be a prison without your love.” 20.  “You inspire me.” The most important thing to take away from this sample list of romantic things to say to a woman is that it should be in the moment and always fun, playful, and romantic. Depending on the moment, you can say romantic things that are sexy or sweet, but always be sincere with what you’re saying. Also, keep in mind that your woman is different from any other, and you should understand what her deepest romantic desires are. Say romantic things that are unique to her interests and passions. Tell her romantic things that make her feel sexy, desired, and more importantly, special.

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Relationship And Love Lessons For This Week: One night, a guy and a girl were driving home from the movies. The boy sensed there was something wrong because of the painful silence they shared between them that night. The girl then asked the boy to pull over because she wanted to talk. She told him that her feelings had changed and that it was time to move on. A silent tear slid down his cheek as he slowly reached into his pocket and passed her a folded note. At that moment, a drunk driver was speeding down that very same street. He swerved right into the driver’s seat, killing the boy. Miraculously, the girl survived. Remembering the note, she pulled it out and read it: “Without your love, I would die.” Mail stories/comments to


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‘My Husband Hides Things About His Family Away From Me’ DeAR Counselor,

noun 1. an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something. “he had developed an infatuation with the girl” synonyms:   passion for, love for, adoration of, desire for, fondness for, feeling for, regard for, devotion to, penchant for, preoccupation with, obsession with, fixation with, craze for, mania for, addiction to; fancy, passing fancy; informalcrush on, thing about, hang-up about; pash, puppy love, calf love; raremash “he was aware of his brother’s infatuation with Joan”.

My husband of five years has three children from previous marriages. earlier this year, he learned some disturbing information about his youngest child. He opted not to share the information with me so as not to violate her privacy. I found out about it a few weeks ago, and I am deeply hurt that I was excluded. I feel I have never been included as a true part of the family, and this is

True Confession just another example. He feels his explanation justifies his actions and that should be the end of it. I am concerned that he will keep other things from me he feels are none of my business in the future. I am not at all comfortable with this situation. Do you think I am overreacting? From Jenny.

Advice: DeAR Jenny: Yes, I do. Your husband decided not to discuss something with you that he felt would violate his daughter’s privacy. Much as you might like to, you can’t push your way into being accepted. If relationships are going to happen, they must evolve naturally. So calm down and stop personalizing this. It isn’t a threat to your marriage unless you make it so.

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By Judith how François Hollande’s partner Valérie IanKnOW Trierweiler must feel over the allegations he had affair, but they may emerge stronger. I know all about the “very strong emotional shock” felt by Valérie Trierweiler, hospitalised after discovering her partner, the French president, François Hollande, has been allegedly having an affair. Four years ago, I discovered that my husband of 15 years was having an affair. It was the biggest blow I’ve ever had in my adult life; but it’s interesting she compares it to being hit by a highspeed train, because no one would survive that. And what I’ve discovered – and I hope Trierweiler discovers this too – is that while the immediate upset is terrible to live through, its aftermath can make you stronger; and though I couldn’t say it turned my relationship around, it did give my husband and me a level of honesty that I think many couples don’t have. My moment of truth came out of nowhere. A relaxed, sunny afternoon with my children; an innocent misunderstanding about where to find some information my husband had left me; and

wham! There it was in my hand, a message of love she had sent him. And it was love, quite clearly; that was indisputable. This wasn’t a fling or a one-off or a later-regretted we-had-too-muchto-drink-and-ended-up-in-bed-together. This was a lover, in every sense of the word. In the moment I understood that, the ground beneath my feet fell away; and four years on, I know that it never will, and never can, be entirely solid underfoot again. What happened to me next was exactly what happened to Valérie Trierweiler last week. I felt utterly undermined; insecure in a way I had never felt insecure before. everything we had built up in our life, the investment we had put into our family, the plans we had for our future, the entire existence we had together, went in an instant from being the solid structure around me to a house of cards that might be about to tumble down, and that I had no idea whether I would be able to rebuild it alone. Worse – and this really was the worst of all – I felt like an outsider in my own marriage. It was clear that “she” was the person with whom my husband was actually having an intimate relation-

‘I Gave My Wife everything, But She Left Me With nothing’ By Bel Hen I met my wife, both she and I were divorced, and I W took her and her five-month-old baby boy into my home. We married four years later. My job (though incredibly stressful and which necessitated me commuting from north to South on a weekly basis), brought an affluent lifestyle. My wife was a housewife, her little boy called me Dad –  and I loved him as if he were my own. But, eventually, my workload made me tired and withdrawn, while she enjoyed a circle of new friends and slowly built a life without me. Sometimes I felt like a stranger in my own home. After eight years together, including four years of marriage, I decided that I could not go on travelling up and down the motorway, living out of suitcase during the week. So I asked my wife to move nearer to my work, thereby reducing my travelling. I felt that I needed to spend more time with her and our son, but she wouldn’t entertain it – and within weeks, had engaged a very expensive solicitor (whom I was to pay for) who wrote to me (at my hotel) asking for a divorce. When we got together, she had nothing. I helped sort out her credit card debt and her ex gave her just £50 a month as a token gesture. She had always said that we didn’t need a prenuptial agreement because she had too much respect for me to consider taking me to the cleaners if we split – and in any case, she assured me she loved me so much that this

would never happen. How stupid I was to believe her. I ended up having to give my house (worth £360, 000) to her, on the basis that her son was a ‘child of the family’. The other option was to pay ongoing maintenance for the next ten years as well as a substantial lump sum. So, after only four years of marriage, she got 85 per cent of my net worth. I ended up losing the house and nearly all my savings by the time I’d paid off the outstanding mortgage. I also lost about £15,000 in legal fees and bills, and had to move into rented accommodation, while she has my four-bedroom house in a lovely area. And just to rub salt into the wound, I’ve tried to keep in touch with the little boy I treated as my son but never hear back from him. She sent an email saying he never talks about me, doesn’t miss me and she doesn’t want him to have anything to do with me; she’s met a new man and tells me not to contact her or the little boy again. How, in a civilized society, is it possible for this to happen? I’ve tried to be balanced, but it is very difficult when I’ve been financially wiped out by a greedy and callous lady. I know nothing can change my situation but somehow, I find it helps to share the pain of my story. Having gone from having everything to nothing in the space of 12 months, I have learnt not to trust love – because it lies. Please warn other men.

ship. I was the appendage, the sideline; maybe I was even the joke. They, my husband and his lover, knew everything that was going on in my marriage; they had the 360-degree view. I only had partial vision; no wonder it was so difficult to imagine the road ahead. It was devastating but, of course, life had to go on. everyone knows about Hollande’s alleged infidelity, and only three of us knew about my husband’s; but I really don’t know which is worse. Of course, Trierweiler is having to deal with the publicness of betrayal, and that is desperately humiliating; but I had to deal with the privateness of it (as most people who go through this have to do) and it was desperately lonely. One thing you quickly grasp, when you are in this situation, is that you’re going to have to be very careful about who you tell, especially if there’s any hope that you will continue in your marriage. It’s not only that your friends will turn against your partner, it’s also that you won’t want them to have turned against him once you start trying to repair the relationship. And so you rely, very heavily, on a trusted few. To the rest of the world – and, crucially, to your children – you have to be as jolly as ever. I remember dragging myself out of bed in the morning and struggling to stay cheery as I made breakfast and waved them off to school, before coming home and collapsing in a heap on the hallway floor. My husband, meanwhile, was at his office, where everything was as it always was, and he could ignore our domestic meltdown. I, who had no job outside the home, was surrounded, all day long, by the very fabric his actions had threatened, and I remember how panicky it made me feel. I don’t know that I was quite ready to be hospitalized, but I can understand how it could make someone feel bad enough to need to be. Four years on, though, I’m glad I went through that time. Our marriage was what it was, and it is what it is; and finding out about my husband’s affair meant that I, too, could see our relationship in 360 degrees. He eventually ended the affair, and he and I stayed together; though things can never be the same, we have created a new normal. What I’m glad about is that there are (probably) no secrets, and that we’ve both had to acknowledge the things that weren’t working in our relationship. Solving them isn’t proving to be easy; but finding out about the affair at least meant I could begin to get to grips with the extent of the problems.



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What Makes You Happy? By Alita Joseph T may not be those material things that pursue that make you happy, as a couTake this belief that once a person’s basic needs are met, having more things does not make him happy. In other words, now that you have completed your house, every other thing you acquire may just be junk. They may raise you higher in other people’s point of view, but they have not added more value to your lives. Go for happiness instead; it will enrich your union. Invest In Your Life LOOK for things that leave a lasting memory. That choice car that you have your eyes on, as a Valentine gift may not be what you need at all. To be fair, it may adorn your car port nicely, so that any time you look at the techno-wonder, you satisfied. Smile. But are you truly happy with it? Do you really think it is worth it? Weigh it with the feeling a holiday for two would bring. Think of the relaxation that it would bring to your hectic life style. Consider the fun you will have when you travel. You are thinking of buying yet another car because you have become bored with your garage. Your new car will soon lose its appeal and you may think that another wonder-onwheels has to be acquired. But are you happy? Leave Your Phone Behind WHEN you are constantly on the phone, you do not have time to give each other. You are under pressure to stay connected with the outside world. Turn off your phone when you want time alone. You will connect more with your spouse and feel a part of each other. Switch off on V-Day. Appreciate What You Have THE grass is not always greener on the other sides. So, what if your relationship is going

By Kemi Amushan OMETIMES, we become single and lonely Sin and start to worry that no guy will ever fall love with us or maybe we are just coming out of a bad relationship or something and very worried about not finding another guy like the our ex ever again. These are thoughts that run through our minds every time we go through a terrible breakup of some sort. But the good news is that when you hit rock bottom, there is nowhere to go, but back UP! And on your way up, I suggest you read on just to make sure your next relationship will be ‘The One’ you have always wanted, and more. Being single is not actually a bad thing, but it could get very lonely at times. So, if you have been single for a while or if you just came off a bad relationship, then you might be worried about your future. You might be scared of the idea of living the rest of your life alone. Or you might be worried that no guy will ever fall in love with you. If you have ever felt this way before, then don’t worry. So have I. And so have thousands of other women around. So, do not feel you are alone. For a while now, I have been helping some of my female friends and others get their love lives into shape, even after the most devastating breakups. As a result, I personally know which love approaches work and which ones fail miserably. And today, I will be showing you the fastest, easiest and most powerful way to invite love, happiness, satisfaction, contentment, and security into your life. Some people would tell you to make drastic changes to your lifestyle- makeovers, therapy, vacations, etc, but this approach I am about to share with you entails making simple, everyday changes to your lifestyle, making you 10 times more attractive than ever before without having to change your special, unique personality. So, tell me, which approach would you rather take? Some ladies have complained of men not

through a rough patch now? It should not spell the end of your life together. Instead of calling it quits because you think that Johnny, who has been paying you more attention than your boyfriend would be a better match, try first to work on what you have. Look at what has caused this quarrel. Is it what can be settled? Decide Before You Leave Him INSTEAD of comparing yourself with your neighbour, because her husband “spoils her rotten with gifts,” think of what you have that makes your gift-soaked neighbour wish to be in your place. “Your independence, for example, which may not manifest in weekly gifts from your husband, but makes you feel on top of the world? You want more time with your partner, cut down on activities that rob you of the opportunity to enjoy time with your family. Plan at least one night a week when you have time alone with him. You do not have to make it obvious at the beginning. Come home early one evening and stage a romantic mood; scented candles- a partially dimmed setting. Wear a simple, but sexy evening gown, the table set for two. Admittedly, this may be too much for him to take in at the initial stage. He may wonder if he missed something or if there is special news. So, take it coolly. Greet him normally when he comes home, but make eye contact. After the first night, you do not have to explain that you will feel happier this way if he does not ask you. The next week, plan another activity that does not have to involve him. Let him find out from the children that Mummy has gone to play tennis. You Are Friends In Need WHEN you are not happy, the best person to turn to should be your better half. Discuss your problem with him. Is he the cause of your anger? Confront him immediately. Don’t let it accumulate, so that when it

What Men Look For In A Wife even noticing them. And I will tell you today that it all boils down to attraction. I am not just talking about physical attraction; I am also talking about that deep, personal, emotional attraction. Some call it “connection.” Others call it “chemistry.” But I call it ‘clicking’ or ‘wife potential,’ because in the end, whether or not a man will fall in love with you will depend on your “wife potential.” If you were single, you would better pay attention to what I am about to say. Whenever you meet a new guy for the first time, he unconsciously judges your “wife potential” during the first few minutes. And when he does not “feel that deep, emotional connection,” then and there, he immediately puts you in his “friend zone.” Instantly, making him notice and like you becomes 10 times harder. So, how do you make a guy see you as “wife material” on your very first meeting? And how do you get out of a guy’s “friend zone” and make him start seeing you as a possible lover? My answer to that is simple: It is not about what you do when you are in front of him; it is what you do before you even meet him. When you are single, lonely and at home, do you spend the day watching television, surfing

the Internet, eating junk food and feeling sorry for yourself? Or do you read about love, learn about dating and relationships, rehearse your lines when you meet a guy for the first time and practice carrying a conversation when you are on a date with him? You need to go back to my past newsletters and learn one or two things in being the kind of woman a man wants to spend the rest of his life with. Some of you might think practicing imaginary dates sounds really silly, but I want you to think again about doing so. The most successful ladies out there rehearse and practice a lot. We all don’t have it in us to act like that, so it takes a whole lot of practice. And it is not just

in dating, either; successful women rehearse and practice for their careers (acquiring and developing the skills needed to get a promotion) and families (spending time, going to church, etc to raise a happy family). Do you get the idea? You probably do the same kind of preparation for some areas of your life. So, why not think about it. What is more silly and stupid, “rehearsing” your future relationship or living the rest of your life alone, depressed and bitter? My thoughts exactly! So, ladies, brace yourselves and make that decision to be a successful woman who not only has control over her career and family, but also most importantly her love life. Don’t look for a short-term solution; get a long-term solution and be truly happy for the rest of your life. To the loving relationship we all deserve, good luck in love and life. Cheers!


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Mistakes Men Make In Marriage STARTED this series last week with Iriage. some mistakes women make in marToday, by popular demand from women, I want us to look at those things that are often times ignored by men but which are cankerworms eating down thriving and promising relationships. Becoming A King A good number of men automatically assert a leadership role in the marriage rather than work at an equal partnership. Many believe that nature has assigned the role of headship to a man. I thank God for those men who have conquered this ego and taken out time to really understand what it means to be the head. But to a typical Nigerian man, the woman must become a robot if she wants to stay married. In our contemporary world, however, with women becoming more educated and joining the workforce, this system of male dominance can ultimately build resentment into the marriage. It’s not that a man shouldn’t be the king, but there should be space for both individuals to discuss, compromise, and, in turn, impact on the family kingdom. Your wife must become your partner if things have to work out well. Hiding Financial Facts The person in control of money in a relationship has relatively more power than the one who doesn’t. Money is another opportunity for shared experience and women who feel cut off from knowing about the finances feel threatened and therefore less loved and connected. When women feel less love and connection, they, in turn, begin to withdraw their affections. For a woman to be happy in a marriage, she needs to feel safe, valued, and appreciated; she needs to feel like her husband trusts her with his heart and his bank account and if this is not the case, and there is a lack of

safety in the relationship to discuss matters openly, then there are deeper issues at play that warrant a discussion. You cannot claim to love a woman while hiding your bank details from her. I know that there are women who spend carelessly and wait for that little opportunity to carry your money to her relations. But I also know that there are very many good women who would be more useful and wiser when they know your worth. Women, naturally, are better managers. Why call her your wife when your younger brother is your next of kin? Is she your wife when you buy properties in your brother’s name? You believe that brother of yours loves you eh? You will know how much he hates you the very day you go down the grave. Selfishness In The Bedroom In the bedroom, men forget that their wives often need more than they do to get in the mood and the idea that men enjoy sex while women provide it is a common assumption. Why would a wife continue to want to be intimate with a partner who disregards her needs? The answer is simple – she wouldn’t. If you haven’t succeeded in getting your wife to open up and tell you anything in her mind, you are yet to become a husband. A conversation about sexual needs should be addressed outside the bedroom, at a time when both people are calm, relaxed and receptive to ideas. Don’t discuss this when it’s time for lovemaking. To a woman, sex is more than the penetration and banging. You must stop trusting in your macho and big sized penis because that may not matter to a woman who wants to be sexually satisfied. You must be making a mistake if you believe that your ex girlfriend liked it from the back and so every woman must like it from the back; it’s possible she wants it

IMAGE AND ETIQUETTE With Pamela N this episode, we Iportant will cover three imsenses; sight, smell and hearing. Within a few seconds of meeting, a person can judge your social position, educational level, economic level, level of class and your level of accomplishment. Within a few minutes of meeting, a person can draw conclusions about how humble we are, how dependable, how capable, how compassionate, how reliable, how approachable, how much confidence we have and even how intelligent we might be. Everyone agrees that these judgments can be very premature but that they are nonetheless drawn is a fact we cannot argue with. What is inside us is far more important than our outward appearances – yes, but it would be foolish to think that our outer image does not matter at all. These judgments are necessary for people to decide how far they want the meeting to go, how they want it to go and if at all they want a long term relationship with you. People perceive with their eyes, ears, nose, etc. So it is wise to take all these senses into consideration when you’re trying to make a good impression. If what one sees, hears, smells, feels, etc., is not pleasant to him or her, you aren’t going to make a good impression on the person. However, if a person finds you attractive, he or she will be more subject to your influence. A Sight For The Eyes A beautiful room, even on the pages of a

from the side. Many marriages are struggling in this regard and due to the kind of society we live in, women are seen as prostitutes once they complain about this. Your wife shouldn’t just be reading about orgasm; she must experience it continuously to be a happy woman. Don’t forget; orgasm helps keep her pelvic muscles in good shape, to your own benefit. Comparing Her To Your Mother And Elder Sister Wives are not mothers; husbands and wives should each be self-responsible. The truth is that no one will ever be like your mother or father and it is unrealistic to have this expectation of one another. And if you want her to become your mother, would you also allow her to do the controlling and nagging that mothers often do? Would you allow her to start treating you like a son instead of her husband? It hurts a woman when her husband begins to compare her with another woman. She must not cook the way your mother cooked because she wasn’t raised by your mother. It is important for both parties to know and express to each other how they feel most loved and nurtured, without expectations for having to be like the mother or father. lack Of Meaningful Communication Do you remember getting to know your wife when you were dating? When was the last time you just spent time talking with her, not to her.  Ask what her dreams are; where she would like to go on vacation; what good book she has read lately. A good number of Nigerian men talk to their wives, but never get to talk with them. That you wake up with her every morning isn’t a reason not to share her world with her. You only give out orders to your domestic staff and that is it. If she is not your domestic staff (even your do-

mestic staff wants to be talked with but please don’t talk with your female staff), when was the last time you had a heartto-heart talk with your wife? When was the last time you took her to a quiet place, away from the children just to have her pour out her heart to you? If you don’t do this, chances are she may start talking to someone else and that someone could become a threat to your marriage. Women love to talk and they enjoy it when their man succeeds in getting them to talk. Involving Family In Your Problems Families remember negatives no matter how many positives there are. Once you go to your family to discuss your wife, they will forever hold it against her. When you have issues with your wife, please learn to resolve it among yourselves or better still, get a professional counsellor involved. Never take your private matters to your parents or siblings. You will forget when it’s resolved, but they will never forget. Forgetting That You Are More Than Just Parents; You Are lovers Continue to date and fall in love. What has happened to those love poems you always wrote to her? What has happened to those vacation spots you took her to while you courted? Never allow the spark go off in your marriage. Rekindle it today. Every woman wants that man who will make her feel like a teenager all over again. You must get to the point where your woman becomes a teenager all over again. Please don’t make her to age before time. Even at old age, there should be fun in the home. lastly, this is funny but true. Your big stomach could be pushing her away. It is no longer a sign of wealth; it’s now a sign of sickness and careless lifestyle. C’mon, let the love come back to your home. Correct those mistakes and don’t forget: you need God more than every-

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First Impressions: Charming The Senses (Part 1) newspaper, is a treat for the eyes, don’t you agree? However, beauty isn’t the only treat for the eyes. Sometimes, beauty without cleanliness and neatness is a complete waste of time. The eyes love symmetry, it is effortless to follow and irresistible. The eyes also adore order and trim because they prevent mental confusion and lend a sense of direction. These qualities are necessary to have in a room and also in a person! If you are considered pretty or handsome and lack neatness or symmetry, it counts for nothing because the foundation of attraction is proper grooming. It is depressingly difficult to see the beauty of a room when the room is dirty and in disarray and this applies to people. So the first pre-requisite to charming the eyes is to present a clean and properly groomed image. On that basis, one can safely build upon. Without the conventional requirements of beauty, a person can be considered attractive when the prerequisite is in place but without, a person’s beauty is easily perceived as ugliness. A Scent For The Nose One of the things you think of when the Middle East comes to mind is their perfumes; they seem to have truly cultivated that part of their culture. However, you do not need to go as far as the Middle East (or an expensive perfume store) to smell exotic! A few tricks…no, basics, will help you to have an attractive scent Take a birth – Two a day is most ideal; one in the morning for that zesty freshness, and one before bedtime to wash the day away. Occasionally in-between baths as

circumstances dictate is always a good idea. I have known a few who thought wrong that a dab of perfume could mask missed showers. Sadly, some ladies and men have a suspicious pungent smell about them that gets real bad in the heat or in close quarters. Most times, this malady can be cured by good, simple and consistent hygiene. If you do not have a regularly hygiene schedule, please adopt one. It is very difficult for people to pull one aside and advice accordingly so if you haven’t been duly advised, it is no reason to think you are exempt from this law of nature. I’m afraid this cannot be stressed enough. If you aren’t fond of water – let’s put it plainly – if you aren’t fond of baths, make it interesting for yourself. Buy an array of bath items; a good sponge, different bath gels, a strong shower head, candles with woody scents or whatever tickles your fancy – anything that would help you in this area would be so worth it. Wash your clothes: no, it’s not okay to wear an attire two or three times before you wash. Your clothes have to be fresh to smell fresh. An effective and nice smelling detergent is ideal and if you’re so inclined, get a cloth softner. Wear a deodorant: An effective deodorant without the harsh chemical ingredients is all one can ask of you – it’s all a room full of people can ask! Do not forget to deodorize, it’s absence has been the silent reputation killer in many circles – be smart. A Melody For The Ears The ability to hold a tune isn’t the only way melody can be perceived from a person’s voice; a pleasant voice is moderately

pitched, the words are pronounced correctly and completely, the words appropriate and full of grace and the tone of voice carries with it a pleasant attitude and disposition. Call one of the major network call centres and the person behind the phone sounds physically and mentally stressed as well as emotionally inadequate. One can only imagine how they got there and worry about how their thought process is likely being transformed to something that can break a heart. Company management aside, speak to a lot of Nigerians on the phone and they sound curt and constantly at their wit’s end. Try smiling when you answer a call and watch how that affects both your disposition and the other persons. The same is true without the phone, light up your face with a smile that reaches the eye and hold eye contact while speaking. Some of the results you’ll get will sound like something short of a miracle! Image and Etiquette addresses general perceptions, societal norms and expectations and personal expressions with the goal to cultivate social graces, suavity and a dignified presence for interpersonal relationships. If you have questions on Image and Etiquette please send them to or SMS 08116706879 Pamela also covers Online Correspondence Courses, Workshops and Keynote speeches on Corporate Image and Etiquette. For online correspondence email courses with the title “Online Course (Saturday Guardian)” for our promotional price


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Hajiya Abdulwahab, Qualitative Health Care Service Crusader Hajiya Hadiza Abdulwahab is the Jigawa State Commissioner for Women Affairs. She is a woman who has the interest of women at heart, a passion that predates her assuming the role supervising the affairs of women at governmental level. She discusses her work in this capacity and how the state government’s efforts are bringing respite to women in the state and their families. From John Akubo, Dutse OR the Jigawa State Commissioner for Fhab,Women Affairs, Hajiya Hadiza Abdulwalong before she was appointed commissioner, her greatest challenge was how to uplift the living standards of rural Jigawa women. She believes that the negative indices as regards maternal mortality, poverty and dearth of infrastructure are things that affect women and children directly and these groups are more in population in the state. Based on this, she decided something drastic had to be done. Hence, her appointment as Commissioner in the Ministry of Women Affairs by Governor Sule Lamido in 2011 was a window of opportunity for her to actualize her dreams of touching the lives of women and children. She pointed out that the Safe Motherhood initiative introduced by Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS2) in collaboration with her ministry, was the vehicle through which many rural women in the state got lifelines. Sad stories abound in the state hitherto where two out of every 20 women die during childbirth as a result of complications because deliveries are mostly done at home with the assistance of untrained native midwives. The World Bank, at a time, classified the state as the poorest in Nigeria where majority of the women still deliver at home. Thus, the initiative came as succour to save other women from being part of the 2,000 maternal deaths arising from complications in every 100,000 live deliveries recorded in the state. According to her, safe motherhood was an initiative aimed at reducing the high maternal mortality rate. “It is related to two issues. One is safe motherhood in the hospitals. That is where qualified doctors and qualitative health care services as well as equipment for taking delivery are available together with the conducive environment for a woman to deliver and get all what she wants. “So, the safe motherhood programme has been anchored by the ministry in the state. It demands that communities go to hospitals or health facilities to access the services since most of the women would rather prefer to deliver at home. “We had to work hard and involve the Ministry of Health and the facilities to sensitize the communities to patronize the facilities. “That is why the Ministry of Women Affairs is identified as the key ministry that can play the role because we have the social welfare department and we have the women departments”, she said. Hajiya Abdulwahab added that they also established emergency maternal clinic at the community level. She noted that the maternal clinics are the volunteer clinics that come together and work as team to identify the danger signs in pregnancy and after delivery. “We give them thorough training and when they go back to their communities,

they continue to sensitize the community members so they can patronize hospitals. “The emergency maternal team consists of the traditional institution in the community, the youths, the women, the elders and religious leaders. So, these constitute the team.” She said the youths also regroup themselves as volunteers to donate blood to women in the community when the need arises. “The elders actually prevail on the men to allow their wives to go to hospitals and the women in the team also go from house to house to identify those that are pregnant and if any is pregnant, she is admonished to take her antenatal care seriously and that is the safe motherhood. “It will interest you to know before the Lamido administration, it covered only 36 communities but with the political will of the government, we are in 358 communities.” The initiative also made it possible for free transport scheme to be introduced by the ministry to assist women in hard-to-reach areas during emergencies. The commissioner indicated that the Partner-


ship for Transforming Health Systems Phase2 (PATHS 2) has been the key supporter. “PATHS1 actually started the SMID in the 36 communities. With the commitment of Lamido, funds were provided for the Ministry of Women Affairs and we are linked to the MDG and that is where you can see the difference. “PATHS2 also supported this intervention with technical knowhow. They trained the SMID team and the personnel of the ministry as well as the NURTW. Hajiya Abdulwahab was born on February 15, 1963, in Malamadori Local Government Area of Jigawa State. She had her primary education at Malam Madori Central Primary School and her secondary education was in Malam Madori. The co-education programme by the then Kano State Government led by Sani Bello, who recognized the need for at least one mixed secondary school, culminated in the transfer of all the females from the co-education schools to Dutse Teachers’ College, having made it co-education institution, and the commissioner fin-

ished her secondary education there. From there, she went to College of Agriculture, Samaru, Zaria, where she obtained a diploma in Home Economics and thereafter commenced her work with the Ministry of Agriculture in the old Kano State. She later went back to obtain her Higher National Diploma in Home Economics. She did her National Youth Service at Kano Girls’ Foundation Secondary School, after which she was posted to Danbatta as the zonal Home Economics coordinator. It was while in Danbata that Jigawa State was created and those who were Jigawa State indigenes were transferred to Dutse. She proceeded to Dutse and was made the head of Women in Agriculture, being the most senior female. She was in Jigawa Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (JARDA) for almost three years when the administration of Saminu Turaki, the immediate past governor, established a department under the Ministry for Women Affairs; and she was transferred to head it as Director for Women in Agriculture. She was there for one and half year when another Department was created: Women Cooperative in Agriculture, with head office in Gumel. She moved to Gumel to head the Cooperative Department, which was under the Ministry for Women Affairs. Later, the former governor, Saminu Turaki made her a Permanent Secretary. On her political career, she pointed out that Governor Lamido has been her mentor. “Though before then, I had been admiring his style of leadership. I was having a passion for his doggedness in terms of carrying everybody along. So he brought me into the political arena and he has continued to be my mentor.” She said he taught them how to practice politics by carrying everybody along. “So I have that respect for him, I look up to him as a father.” She described the governor a leader that is focused, intelligent, who has deep concern for the ordinary people. “He is always moved to see that whatever somebody wants to do is done properly. He is a person who doesn’t want injustice. Apart from his hard work, he is somebody who has plans for the state and for every Jigawa citizen.” “So we are lucky to have a governor in the person of Lamido because he does not tolerate idleness, laziness, or anything that will not improve Jigawa’s economic development. If you look at the indices in all areas of development before he came, they were all negative”. She said when Lamido wanted to be the governor earlier, God did not give it to him at that time until when he was fully prepared with all his plans at hand. “Before then, all indices in Jigawa were negative; high infant and maternal mortality rates. Even prior to 2007, the maternal mortality was too high that it could not be compared to that of any state. In every 1000 births, 180 women were dying. “Before he came on board, the headquarters of the ministries were distributed in different towns according to the five emirate councils which made government activities to be cumbersome. Now, all the ministries have been coordinated in one place and are at the state capital. “Today if I want or have something doing with any ministry, it is a matter of just walking out of my office to the ministry. And even if I want to see the Head of Service and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), I just do that without wasting time.” On her working relationship with the governor, she said: “Working with your mentor makes one to always want to do everything right. I always want him to be guiding me. You know, Governor Lamido is a team player, a monitor because whatever project you say you want to do, he will make sure that the project is done in a qualitative way. “My message is to the men because when they don’t give their wives support, they don’t have power to do anything. So, I am calling on men to continue giving just the support. And for my fellow women, they should try to be self-reliant in terms of their economic activities so that they can always complement their husbands. And those in politics should play it with decency so that more women can be considered.” She dedicates her achievements to her husband, Alhaji Babandi Sale, a permanent secretary. “He is my first pillar of support and backbone because every step all the way, he made sure I achieved all the successes. So I ap-



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Conscience, Nurtured by Truth



Though Fresh On The Turf, Tope Tedela Eyes AMVCA Big Prize By Shaibu Husseini HRISTOPHER Temitope Tedela or Tope C Tedela for short, is very lucky. Just a few movies in his creative pouch and just a few years as a professional actor, and the Ekiti Stateborn actor and broadcaster who has worked across various media is already dining with some of the best acting hands in the industry. The humble actor whose foray into professional acting began when he was cast as Julian in the popular television drama Edge of Paradise, is in contention for the award of the best actor in a drama at the African Movie Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) which be held in March. Tedela was nominated for his engaging performance as Lala in A Mile From Home, a movie believed to be ahead of its time. The actor has some industry heavyweights like Majid Michel and Hlomla Dandala to contend with in that category. Fans of the stage and screen actor who revealed in this interview that he is an avid guitarist and also enjoys reading, writing and playing the piano, say the Mass Communication graduate of the University of Lagos looks good to picking the crest. They argue that like most endeavours, it is usually not how long you have stayed on the turf, but sometimes it is how well. For them, Tedela whose screen credits include an appearance in the movie Torn, in James Omokwe’s Awakening, Jimi Odoumosu’s My Father’s House and in award winning television drama Super Story, deserves to win because he discharged his role as Lala equitably. Tedela shares their sentiments but adds that whether he wins the AMVCA for best actor or not, the nomination alone, is for him, enough confirmation that he is on the right track. Not long after you returned to the turf, you are on the nomination list of the AMVCA? What’s the secret? Well, I thank God for the recognition. I thank God that I am coming back in a big way after the break I took to complete my degree. I returned and have so far appeared in several productions, on screen and on stage. I also took some time out to be trained at Film Factory in Lagos under the leadership of Director ‘Mak Kusare and I have not stopped taking acting classes. So it was from school to the screen for you? Oh yes it was. But I started out on television, worked on a few movies, returned to face school and finally returned to the in-

dustry in 2011. Since then I have been working on television and movies. I just finished work on a film by Uncle Jimi Odumosu titled In My Father’s House, then there is Apostate and others that are either in production or post production. But I must say that I enjoyed working with Uncle Odumosu. He is so professional. Was it acting that you wanted to do all along? Yes. I have always been attracted to the arts. I used to read a lot and after reading I will find myself mimicking some of the characters the writer has created. I will even be reciting some of the lines. Then I joined my school debating and drama society and that started it for me. Right now, I play the guitar and piano

and I write songs. So it has just been artistic for me. I realized early enough that it was what I had flair for and wanted to do. Also, my father used to watch a lot Western films. That was from where people like Clint Eastwood inspired me. And back in Nigeria, I would do anything then to watch any movie by Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Francis Duru and that of the late J.T Tom West and a couple of other actors. Those were the people I watched growing up and I really admired them. So has it been a smooth sailing for you so far? It has not been smooth sailing even though I am just literarily begin-


CelebrityEXTRA ... Stephanie’s Last Visit To Ogoja To Care For VVF Patients TAR actress Stephanie doctors who successfully health and giving them an- who disclosed that she has Steam Linus Idahosa and her carried out repair surgeries other chance at living nor- wrapped up work on a movie from the Extended on 22 women and cared for mal lives. I am really glad I she produced to raise awareHands Foundation, a charity organization she founded to raise awareness on Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) and to care for VVF victims, recently spent some days in Ogoja, Cross River State, attending to the needs of 22 women living with VVF. With sponsorship by SNEPCo/NNPC and with the support of doctors and nurses at the General Hospital, Ogoja, the actress who holds the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) got a team of

the women for two weeks. “It’s a life-changing experience for me”, remarked the actress who spent time interacting with the women and also watched as the doctors performed the surgeries on the women. During an interactive session that preceded the surgery, the women revealed that they had been living with the conditions for several years. “There’s nothing like being in the theatre and seeing these doctors restoring these women back to

could be a part of this,” Stephanie said shortly before she led her foundation to donate surgical equipment and electrical supplies to the hospital. The presentation ceremony was witnessed by the Cross River State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Community Development, Barrister Patricia Endeley and the Director Health, Population and Nutrition Office USAID, Dr Nancy Lowenthal. A very sober Stephanie

ness on VVF titled Dry, assured CelebrityExtra at the end of the visit that the Extended Hands Foundation would continue its programmes of awareness creation and care given. “For some reasons, I am deeply moved by young girls and women suffering from this condition and would continue to do everything I can to help as many of them as possible. We will keep on spreading the word against child marriage and VVF”, she assured.

ning. It has been tough but like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. There are points I want to quit but I ask myself if I have done all that I can do to make it. I don’t think I can leave at any stage again. It has not been smooth I know, but it can only get better. A lot of structures need be put in place in the industry. Things may not be right but there is still a place called forward that we are all heading towards. Were you born and raised in Ekiti? No, I was born and raised in Lagos and grew up with my parents and siblings. I am the first of four boys. I also schooled in Lagos. My dad is my biggest mentor. I would say that my family encouraged me to pursue the arts and so far they have been supportive and they have been concerned about my career progression. I understand their fears, but it is just a matter of time before things will begin to gel. It’s not picking up all of the bills now, but it will definitely pick them up some day. Your AMVCA nomination would most definitely count as your most memorable moment as an actor, don’t you think so? Yes, it would and also when I got a call back to be on Jimi Odumosu’s set it was an open audition and of course, there will be so many people there because of the caliber of the director. So that one and when I got the AMVCA nomination. It was one of the biggest surprises of my life and career. I didn’t see it coming at all. What was surprising again was that I found that I was in the same category with Majid Michel and other very talented actors. It is huge I tell you. AMVCA has just popped me up and I thank God for that recognition. Whether I get the award or not, God, my parents and director and producer and the cast and crew of the movie will take the credit. For me, a nomination is as good as a win. What are your likes and dislikes? I like people who are down to earth. I dislike people who carry chips on their shoulders. I dislike people who think that they have to prove a point when there is no need for it. I like people who are kind and helpful. I don’t like people who are too judgmental or people who are so selfopinionated. As for food type, I would say that the six years I spent in boarding house has made me like drinking garri with sugar and milk and groundnut or garri with suya or garri with beans. Don’t laugh oo. It is what I like eating. As for career ambition, I hope to get to the very top and to perform with the best hands in the industry.

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Creating A Homely Office

ber, the greater the thickness. For instance, the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel will be. A kitchen sink that is around 18-20 gauge is preferred to a higher one. CTIVITIES like food preparation and washOther qualities of stainless steel sink include ing up keep the kitchen sink in constant brushed finishes and undercoating to deaden use. Though the sink is a necessary part of the sounds, nickel and chrome for durability. Nickel kitchen, it is more than just a utility item. It is helps in preventing corrosion while chrome made in different materials, shapes, sizes and enhances the finish. colour. Among the different types include Ceramic (glazed and unglazed) and acrylic sinks stainless steel, ceramic and cast iron sinks. work well when made part of seamless counterStainless steel varies in quality. The stainless tops. Find out about damage and staining from steel is measured in gauge. The gauge refers to manufacturer or sellers as these can vary with the thickness of the steel. The lower the num- each of the materials.

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By Ekwy P. Uzoanya EOPLE are spending P longer hours at work places than before that attention is being shifted to making the office truly look and feel like home. In some instances, the flexible working hours as demanded by some jobs makes it almost imperative to adjust to changing realities. Whereas homes today have to accommodate small home offices, so too offices will need to accommodate more work flexibility and relaxation spaces As a result, one can work in the office and rather than go home to take a little sleep, do it in the office. What this implies is that there should be some balancing in the choice of furniture and total decoration between the office and home. This arrangement requires a lot of organisation that brings compromise between elegance and functionality needed in a home office. It strives to strike for personal needs that revolve around residential and corporate. Making the room look home and office is done by a combination of concealment and camouflage. Some things needed for a different setting are kept out of view until they are needed. Another way to change the look of the place is in the use of some furniture with particular features such as adjustable chairs. Such chairs can be easily folded and put at a corner. Since this is a place that work is done, adequate lighting is critically important. Adjustable desktop lamps and task lighting that can create warmth and form pool of decoration light especially when using such a room at night is useful.

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FOOD&DRINKS By Chinelo Nwagbo


OST people eat food for the pleasure of it or to satisfy hunger without knowing that food is more than habit or psychological comfort. Food can be a natural medicine or poison for the body system. Some illness can be traced to poor nutritional habits. If we wish to maintain a healthy living and ideal weight, we must bear in mind a basic principal of eating right, which is eating nutritious and a balanced diet.  Shrimp Creole is a healthy, nutritious and tasty dish that is designed for a healthy living. This dish contains a high quality protein from shrimps, iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B12, D, C, E, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, zinc, copper soluble and insoluble fibre. It also supplies provitamin A (beta-carotene) from vegetables (onions, pepper and garlic), which nourish and prolong life. The high content of vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium in the dish makes it an ideal food for children for proper brain development and healthy bones. Another health benefit of Shrimp Creole is that it helps control the body weight because of its high fibre content. It is an ideal food for preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease due to high selenium, antioxidant vitamins (Vitamin A, C, E), potassium and Omega-3 fatty acid content of the dish. Recommendation Shrimp Creole is an ideal food for those that want to keep their body in good condition. Ingredients

Tasty And Nourishing Shrimp Creole Garlic, finely chopped 4 cloves 1 (well chopped) Green pepper To taste Salt Freshly ground ½ teaspoon (black pepper) Diced tomatoes (15 ounces) (undrained) 1 can ½ teaWorcestershire spoon ½ teaPaprika spoon Cumin ½ teaspoon


Jumbo shrimp (peeled and de-veined) 1 lb Butter 2 tablespoons Flour

2 tablespoons

Chopped onion

1 cup

Drink Wine Moderately By Ibukunoluwa Kayode INE is a relaxant for the palate and it leaves a lingering experience. This feature of wine makes it refreshment that lightens up the mood. Wine consumption keeps rising daily and new brands are also being launched to meet the needs and expectations its consumers. Over the years, researchers in many parts of the world keep finding new health benefits attached to wine in-take, from the white, red to the pink wine grapes. We have all heard that drinking wine has many benefits but has to be taken in moderation. According to a study published in the journal, BMC Medicine, those who drink moderate amounts two to seven glasses of wine a week, are likely to suffer from depression with a very low risk, due to the powerful substance found in wine grapes; the polyphenols and flavonoids. However, further findings suggest that wine consumption exceeding seven glasses a week could increase the risk of depression. No matter the type of wine you decide to indulge in – red, white or pink – always take caution in order to maintain a healthy balance of enjoyment.


Bay leaf Cayenne Scallions

1 to taste 4 (well chopped) Steamed rice Method of Preparation Make the roux by melting the butter in a large, heavy skil-

let over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture is the colour of peanut butter, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and green pepper and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the onions are transparent, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, worcestershire, paprika, cumin and cayenne. Add the bay leaf, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. Remove the bay leaf; raise the heat to medium and stir in the shrimp. Cook just long enough for the shrimp to turn pink and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat. Adjust the seasoning if needed and let stand for 2 minutes. Serve over steamed rice. E-mail:

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With Sereba Agiobu-Kemmer F asked, most people probably won’t know Iwhat what a bromeliad is. However, if you asked a pineapple is, majority would have no problem answering correctly. So what is the connection between the two? Simply, a pineapple is a bromeliad. Bromeliads are among the most spectacular ornamentals to grow as landscape and house plants, but they are also one of the most overlooked. There are over 3,000 species of bromeliads (and more are being discovered). It is one of the most colourful of all plant families in terms of both foliage and flower varieties Bromeliads come in an unbelievable variety of colors, some are nearly fluorescent, and many are unique among the plant kingdom. Even discounting their showy flower display, bromeliads are beautiful foliage plants, with strappy leaves in red, green, purple, maroon, orange, yellow, white banded, stripes,

Aechmea ‘Black Goddess’

Aechmea spp.

Airplant Tillandsia spp.

Exotic Tropicals: spots or other combinations. Foliage takes different shapes, from needle-thin to broad and flat, symmetrical to irregular, spiky to soft. Some varieties may have different colors on the tips and bottoms of the leaves. They are very adaptable, resilient easy to grow plants. Bromeliads are members of a plant family known as Bromeliaceae (bro-meh-lee-AH-Sayeye). The family of over 3,000 species in approximately 56 genera. The most well known bromeliad is the pineapple (ananas comosus). The family contains a wide range of plants including some un-pineapple like members such as Spanish moss (which is neither Spanish nor a moss). Other members resemble aloes or yuccas, while still others look like green, leafy grasses. There are several sub-families of bromeliads, they vary greatly in size, color, distribution, and ease of growth. Some are small enough to sit on a windowsill, others as tall as 30ft. The largest bromeliad is Puya raimondii which reaches 3-4 metres tall in vegetative growth, with flower spike 9-10 metres tall, and the smallest is Spanish moss ‘less than 2 ins tall’ Bromeliads are tough and long lived, and they will combine comfortably with other plants. Pineapples and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) are both kinds of bromeliads. But the ones most often seen in cultivation are epiphytic plants that grow naturally in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. Bromeliads are in Neotropical family which means they grow virtually exclusively in the New world. As a general rule, bromeliads will thrive in the same conditions as epithytic orchids. However, they are considerably more tolerant than orchids of fluctuations in temperature, drought and careless feeding. Most bromeliads are made up of a rosette of leaves and a wimpy root system at the end of a seemingly absent or very short stem. Bromeliads grow in different ways as epiphytes growing on other plants and trees; as terrestrial, growing on the ground; saxicolous, growing on rocks. Many bromeliads are able to store water in a structure formed by their tightly – over lapping leaf bases. The family is diversed enough to include the tank bromeliads; grey-leaved epiphyte Tillandsia species that gather water from the air from leaf structures called trichomes, in the form of scales or hairs which allow bromeliads to capture water in tropical rainforest; cloud forests, and help to reflect sunlight in desert environments. Some bromeliads have also developed an adaptation known as the tank habit, which involves them forming a tightly bound structure with their leaves that helps to capture water and nutrients in the absence of a well-developed root system. This capability to take their nutrition and moisture from the atmosphere has earned these bromeliads the name ‘’Air Plants.’’ Bromeliads also use crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis to create sugars. This adaptation allows bromeliads in hot or dry climates to open their stomates at night rather than during the day, which reduces water loss. Bromeliads are a Neotropical family which means they grow virtually exclusively in the New World, (tropics and sub-tropics). Most come from South America with the greatest number of species found in Brazil. They range from Chile, Argentina through Central America and the Carribbean reaching southeastern United States. A single species

(Pitcairhia feliciana) is found only in West Africa. Bromeliads altitude range is from sea level to over 14,000 feet. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats from hot, dry deserts to moist rainforests to cool mountainous regions. The bromeliad is like a small ecosystem in itself – animals such as tree frogs, snails, insect larvae, flat worms, tiny crabs and salamandas might spend their entire lives inside them. Some bromeliads are faintly scented, while others are heavily perfumed. The blooms from the species tillandsia cyanea resemble the smell of clove spice. The family Bromeliaceae is currently organized into three sub families: bromelioideae (32 gene 861 species) Tillandsioideae (9 genera 1227 species); Pitcairnioideae (16 genera, 1030 species). Growing Tips for Bromeliads Light: Different genera of bromeliads are tolerant of different levels of light. Some can withstand full tropical sun, while others will quickly scorch. Light depends on species –from deep shade to full sun. Temperature Bromeliads are tolerant of temperature variations, reasonable temperature from 35 F to 100 F. but remember that plants in hotter conditions need more. Ideally, bromeliads prefer temperature between 55 F and 80 F. they should not be exposed to temperatures under 40 F. Water Bromeliads are very tolerant of drought conditions. In normal house it is not necessary to keep the central cup filled with water, but this is an option. If the light levels, temperature and humidity are highly enough. If you centrally water your bromeliad, make sure to flush the central cup every so often to remove built-up salts. In general it is enough to water these plants through the soil weekly. Never let the plant rest in standing water. Potting soil Although they are epiphytic, bromeliads can grow in a fast draining potting soil. A potting medium may be organic inorganic (soiless), or a combination of the two. A mixture of 2/3 peat based soil mix and 1/3 sand is a goal idea. Bromeliads can also be grown mounted to boards and logs. These plants need to be watered more often and constantly throughout the year. Fertilizer Bromeliads are not heavy feeders. Use a liquid fertilizer at ½ or ¼ strength. If you use a slow release pellet fertilizer and water the central cup, a single pellet dropped in the cup will suffice for a season. Slow release pellets can be mixed into the soil compost. Propagating Bromeliads Bromeliads multiply by sending up off-sets, or pups. In a natural growth circle, a mature plant will send up a flower spike that includes small, sometimes insignificant flowers, surrounded by showy bracts (its really the bracts that people like in a bromeliad flowers). These flower bracts are often long-lasting sometimes for months. After the flower dies, the plants begin to die also, and over the next few months, will decline. With few exceptions bromeliads are monocarpic plants. This means that once they are done flowering the flowering rosette dies. However, the moth-

GARDENING er plant will send out one or several offsets or smaller pups at the base of the plant. These pups can be carefully cut off with sterile snipers and potted individually. Pups should only be potted up after they develop a few roots and begin to form a central cup characteristic to bromeliad. So life goes on. Some species are not monocarpic. Dyckias and Tillandsias are two notable exceptions. Why Grow Bromeliads? In general bromeliads are inexpensive, easy to grow, require little maintenance and reward the grower with brilliant, long lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. They come in a wide range of sizes from tiny miniatures to giants. They are relatively easy to grow indoors or outdoors. They have attractive forms and colors and an inflorescence can last for months. They produce consistently and rapidly. They suffer from few enemies; rot and fungus nearly always related to over watering or bad potting mix.

Dyckias brevifolia ‘yellow glow’

Echetic landscape; rock garden with bromeliads

For Arid climate, terrestrial puya alpestris

Guzmania spp.

Billbergia nutans ‘Queen’s Tears’

Bromeliad balansae ‘heart of flame’

Bromeliad garden

Landscaping with Bromeliads and white pea pebbles

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PAAR As A Veritable Tool For Customs Clearance Procedure By John Ofobike E live in an extremely fast-moving world where global trade is fundamental to economic growth and social development. A stable environment enables economies to reap plenty benefits which can impact positively on the general public or society and the only way people live. Customs organizations worldwide play an important role in ensuring that world trade meets regulatory requirements and conforms to national laws. Changes in the strategic landscape of customs’ operating environment and long-term growth in trade and travel volumes have no doubt affected the way customs administrations are managed and approach their tasks. New priorities of government, alongside emerging challenges at the border, have led many customs administrations to seek a more structured and systematic way to manage risk. Today, many of these administrations are required to address risk wherever it is found and increasingly as early in the supply chain as possible. The Nigeria Customs Service in response to finding answers to the numerous challenges confronting the importation and cargo clearance system, last year came up with an indigenous cargo clearance data base known as the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) which is the platform for generating Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), which came into effect on December 1, 2013, following the non-extension of the service providers’ contract by the Federal Government. PAAR as a risk management tool replaced the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) and is borne out of the service new order of innovation, change, trade facilitation, building better business relationship, transformation and free trade flow that is today the global trend. The dawning of a new regime is supposed to be about hope, but fear remains the dominant emotion among stakeholders at the ushering in of PAAR. This fear has however been allayed by the service performance in the first month of its been implemented. These initial fears by both stakeholders and even officers and other agencies of government have however turned into commendation. Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, recently, expressed satisfaction with the implementation of PAAR, adding that the takeover of the destination inspection by the Customs had been “the dream” of Nigerians. “So far the takeover seems to be relatively smooth,” she said. Similarly, President Manufacturers Association of Nigerian (MAN), Dr. Kola Jamodu commended the Customs for the level so far attained in the implementation of the PAAR scheme. He confirmed that the new policy allowed importers to carry out self-assessment and commended the Service for being proactive. “Since we are the users of destination inspection, I want to confirm that we were surprised at the level of competence of the Customs in handling of PAAR so far”. “The only area that requires a few fine-tuning, is the area of transition from Risk Assessment Report (RAR) to PAAR and the explanation we got from the Customs is quite satisfactory. “The delay at the ports in clearing goods had been taken care of and importers are now allowed to do a self-assessment in clearing their goods subject to post-audit,” he said. For the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), the NCS effort is a commendable move. The body expressed confidence in the ability of the service to ensure success of the PAAR scheme and operations of the scanning machines at the seaports. “The takeover of the DI and introduction of PAAR by the Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi is a commendable




move. As patriotic Nigerians, we support nessed a huge improvement in its revenue in government’s decision on the importation the month of December 2013 with the raking regime, and we will give the Nigeria of N85, 455,977,095 (N85.46 billion). Not only Customs Service unflinching support in that the revenue accrued to the Federal ensuring that it succeeds in this onerous Government was up, the government also task on it”. saved N4, 653,374,259 (N4.65billion) the one The Association of Nigerian Licensed per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Customs Agents (ANLCA) through its Scheme (CISS) which hitherto would have National President, Prince Olayiwola Shittu been paid to the service providers. declared the PAAR scheme as still the best The new cargo clearance regime is also option to facilitate trade through the receiving international acceptance and kudos nation’s ports. as sister West African countries are sending Shittu, while joining other industry stake- delegations to understudy it. holders in commending the NCS in respect With the first PAAR issued in just 58 minutes, of its 2013 performance, indicated the com- stakeholders have continued to express hope mitment of ANLCA towards ensuring the and optimism that the Nigeria Customs PAAR, the Service pet initiative, becomes a Service are up in the air, as the era of speedy, huge success. efficient and effective cargo clearance is here His words: “In spite of the hitches being with us. experienced in its implementation, which Risk Management has been one of the key were envisaged, but not to this magnitude, vehicles for customs administrations to better it is still the best option to facilitate trade meet the demands of the 21st century operatthrough our Nigerian ports. With the joint ing environment, which is seeing customs instrumentality of the Customs trade hub, administrations endeavouring to address risk the CET and explanatory notes, proper classi- wherever they are found. fication of imported items can be accurately The development and implementation of an established. intelligence-enabled risk management frame“And arising from such confirmation, no work like PAAR along with embedding a risk officer will claim superiority of knowledge, management culture within a customs organsince the result was generated from the ization, has enabled more effective decisionCustoms website. The only likely problem is making at all levels of the administration and establishing actual values of goods, which in relation to all areas of risk. the NCS is presently working at now, Suffice to say that with the Federal because of the corruption of the data base Government’s wise decision that aborted the handed over by the former destination service providers dominance of our import inspection service providers”. inspection regime, Nigeria was one of the 17 “PAAR is a game changer for Customs. countries of the 179 members of the World Aside simplifying the clearing processing by Customs Organization that were under the ensuring things are done professionally, it shackles and chains of the Destination has enhanced our revenue. We can see the Inspection agents. difference between what we generated dur- Again, these nations were all in the West and ing RAR regime and what we generated just Central Sub-Saharan Africa. within one month of PAAR. The Customs International trade as we all know is an high Command did a good job in PAAR. essential driver for economic prosperity, “Though there were initial hiccups in the securing the global trading system, demands take off of PAAR, the Comptroller-General the cooperation and collaboration between also acted promptly by sending six ACGs different parties that works best in the spirit (Assistant Comptroller-Generals) to the of partnership. Apapa and Tin Can Commands. One of such best examples of this partner“These ACGs helped with their presence as ship can be found between the Nigeria they again held several parleys with licensed Customs Service and the trading community. customs agents, terminal operators, key The CGC and his management team in this stakeholders that include bankers and also regard has continued to maintain cordial and officers and by the grace of God, the situarobust organizational best practice and busition was far better to the extent that we are ness environment that will enhance balance hitting N1billion plus in a day unlike previ- between trade facilitation, revenue generaous days, where we were having N400 mil- tion and security to the good of the nation lion to N500 million”, declared the Apapa and the trading community. Area Command Controller. This partnership, which is under the WCO In general, the Nigeria Customs Service wit- Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) pro-

gramme, that is being successfully implemented worldwide, enhances the security and facilitation of international supply chain and as well as promotes certainty and predictability in an increasing competitive global trading environment. The Service should aim for a reasonable and equitable balance between ensuring compliance, and minimizing disruption and cost to legitimate trade and the public. Through adoption of a holistic risk-based compliance management approach, optimal levels of both facilitation and control can be achieved. A key feature of this approach is to actively “steer” the client population towards voluntary compliance (low risk) leaving more scarce control resources to be deployed towards the high-risk end of the risk continuum. The future success of PAAR lies with the compliance level of officers, government agencies and the trading community. Increased automation and submission of honest, comprehensive information earlier in the supply chain, is the enabler the customs needs to improve risk assessment and deployment of targeted customs control concentration on the high-risk end of the risk continuum. Corresponding effective and efficient controls in turn give the service the opportunity to facilitate low-risk movements and promote government’s goals relating to the facilitation of trade. It also has shown that government is expected to receive more revenue from the non-oil sector as honest declaration and better compliance will yield more income to the government’s coffers. Okonjo-Iweala emphasised when she declared that the new policy of government is to enhance revenue generation and that the Customs is one of such agencies of government for revenue generation for the government. Finally, it is a known fact that in any policy implementation, there are always some teething problems, PAAR is no exception. Presently, the server infrastructure being provided by Webb Fontain to support cargo releases has been a source of serious concern to importers, agents and terminal operators as well as the trading community. This indeed is part of the expected challenges as it were with the early days of terminal operators, and even the telecommunication GSM providers. All that is needed at this early stage is patience. John Ofobike is former Chairman, ANCLA, Apapa Chapter.

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By Lukmon Oloyede HEN the Emperor Claudius-led Roman W Empire sentenced Valentine, a Catholic priest to death, in 269 AD for conducting secret weddings, they never dreamt that he would eventually be venerated as the grand patron of lovers globally within decades. The anniversary of Valentine’s death, February 14, is now remembered in so many countries across the world as St. Valentine’s Day. Presently, St. Valentine’s Day has grown to become a big business and shopping window. It is indeed regarded by many as the “second largest card sending holiday of the year,” after Christmas. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has evolved and expanded through aggressive marketing strategy, with men and women in the Western world scurrying to make holiday bookings or buy flowers and gifts for their loved ones. This love bug is not limited to Europe and America; Africans too have been struck. According to the 2013 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey presented by US-based Statistic Brain Research Institute, the average annual Valentine’s Day spending last year was around $13.19 billion while the number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged was valued at $180 million. Average number of roses produced for Valentine’s Day is $196 million; revenue of domestically cut flowers in the United States alone was given as $403 million, while annual revenue from jewelry stores for the period was $2.2 billion. With this huge commercial drive around this season, would proponents of protectionism be wrong if they continue to complain that a special day dedicated for charity has been hijacked by capitalists for financial gains? In Nigeria, the enthusiasm for Valentine is fast becoming a strategic avenue for brands to key in and attract customers. Most brands are

Valentine: Day Of Love Getting Dwarfed By Marketing Gimmicks capitalising on this romantic holiday to create their own special twist by strategically finding the right marketing ideas for their businesses. From cinemas to cake shops, hotels, resort centres, aviation sector, quick service restaurants (QSR) and more, brand owners have perfected the act of unleashing several marketing strategy through discount offer, campaigns and promotions to lure customers through this growing marketing window. Since this year’s Valentine Day falls on a Friday, fun-lovers, who are in a festive mood, have the whole weekend to enjoy. Within the drinks and beverage brand category, the Fayrouz brand, which positions itself as youthful and fun-loving, has continued to support ‘Love Like A Movie’ concert conceptualised by Nigerian R ‘n’ B singer, Dare Art Alade. The second edition of the concert, which will take place today, is, no doubt, created to leverage on this premium platform. Also, for a growing number of online retailers, Valentine’s Day is a key revenue driver. This is because a wide range of products is being purchased by consumers as Valentine’s gifts. Ranging from a standard gift selection of chocolates, roses and fine dining, brands will continue to expand their equity through various online marketing strategies. Hence, such online marketing platforms like Konga, Jumia, Buyology, Dealdey will benefit from the Valentine rave as more Nigerians will deploy the e-commerce industry to advantage. Most restaurants will also introduce various

marketing extras in a bid to cash in on the Valentine rave. Such simplistic consumer offers, such as ‘buy one entree and get the second free,’ is usually a strategy deployed to lure more customers into their Valentine nest for their profit. Already, Tastee Fried Chicken has introduced a ‘Love Gig’ package offering to its teeming customers thrilling experience. The hospitality and tourism sector is not left out of the strategic ploy to use Valentine’s Day to its advantage. For example, a top-class hotel, Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos, has presented an attractive package to encourage customers to celebrate the Valentine’s Day early. The hotel is offering guests, who stay at the hotel between February 13 and 17, discounted room rates and complimentary breakfast for two. For the aviation sector, the British Airways, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day has also announced plans to give travelers from Nigeria 14 per cent discount vouchers redeemable during subsequent travels. The initiative, which is touted as the first of its kind in Nigeria’s aviation industry, is, according to the company, aimed at making flying more fun and rewarding this valentine season. Some marketing communication practitioners and market analysts have submitted that though the Valentine season is increasingly becoming a window for brands to increase their sales, it still remains one that many brands in Nigeria are yet to efficiently utilise.

According to the Head of Marketing, Insight Communications, Mr. Franklin Ozekhome, “Valentine’s Day started off being a Christian celebration, with people putting themselves out for others and going out of their way to make others happy. Now, it is regarded as a mere marketing tool rather than a season of giving or love. It has been transformed from a purely religious highpoint into that of a retailer’s wet dream. “The concept behind Valentine’s Day has slowly, but surely, been transformed into a period of social engineering where the promotion of love related to all sorts of products are being offered with attractive deals, all to simply increase sales revenue.” When asked if Nigerian brands are taking effective advantage of the festival, the Marketing guru said: “I see Valentine’s Day as a veritable platform for marketers to give back to society. I’m yet to see a Nigerian brand fully leverage this platform the way it ought to be. Marketers need to weave their brands into the narrative of popular culture by creating emotional connections with people beyond the primary objective of increasing sales and/or running public relations for their corporate social responsibility effort.

Nigerian Breweries Extends Brand Profile With Star Lite temperature sensitive ice-cold

Tayo Oyedeji Is Media Perspectives’ New MD DVERTISING media plan- Nigeria’s top financial servic- HP, Visa, Virgin, Etisalat, assistant professor of Media A ning agency, Media es company with annual Guinness, Reckitt Benckiser, Management and Economics Perspectives, has announced at the University of Georgia, the appointment of Dr. Tayo Oyedeji as its Managing Director. Oyedeji will provide strategic leadership and oversee the day-to-day operations of the agency. He brings 16 years of corporate and academic work experience spanning media advertising, management consulting and financial services in Africa, Europe, and North America to his new position. Until his recent appointment, Oyedeji was the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer at Credit Direct Limited, one of

turnover in excess of N15 billion. He was responsible for managing the operations of about 1,500 employees in 50 branches across 24 states of the federation. Before his foray into financial services, Oyedeji was the Director of Business Development at MediaReach OMD where he pioneered the digital media business and was the head of the Etisalat account service team. He also worked in the media department of Ackermann McQueen, a full service agency in Oklahoma City, USA. He has worked for blue chip clients like MTN, Intel,

and GlaxoSmithKline. In addition, Oyedeji was an


USA for three years and is an accomplished media scholar whose research on branding and brand equity management has been published in reputable journals like the American Behavioural Scientists, The International Journal on Media Management, and The Journal of Media Business Studies. He holds a Ph.D in Media Management from the University of MissouriColumbia, USA, and an MBA in General Management from Oxford University, United Kingdom.

OREMOST brewer, Fintroduced Nigerian Breweries Plc, has icon, when it’s best to drink a new beer brand. Star Lite. The new brand, Star Lite, comes with unique features. Marketing Director, Walter Drenth, said: “Star Lite is a product of a very innovative and unique brewing technique, brewed with 100 per cent natural ingredients; the finest Malted Barley, high quality Hops, and the best quality water. The new offering is a clean, crisp and icecold refreshing lager beer. Star Lite is extra cold brewed and ice-cold filtered.” Star Lite debuts with Nigeria’s first beer temperature indicator, which changes colour when the beer is at the best cold temperature for drinking. It’s a smart beer which advises consumers through the

“When the icon turns blue, the beer is cold enough for you,” Drenth said, adding “Star Lite is a product of ice-cold brewing, with the filter set below zero degrees Celsius which is very unique. This makes it crisp and very clear. It is also kept under ice-cold conditions.” The new beer brand, a line extension of Star Lager, is brewed with 100 per cent natural ingredients. “Lite implies fewer calories,” said Drenth. He noted further that, “this beer is for modern and social gentlemen who like to stand out and lead an active lifestyle. It’s a cool innovation we at Nigerian Breweries are quite proud of and confident our consumers will appreciate.”

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BRANDNEWS Chivita’s New Ad Campaign Hits The Air Waves


BonluckBus Nigeria Begins Operation

HI Limited recently launched its new communication camENT on ensuring that C paign for Chivita Premium fruit juice. The television comB Nigerian travellers have mercial and radio jingles have already attracted interest in the option of luxury travelmarketing communication circles and among consumers, thus consolidating the perception of the brand as a trusted Nigerian brand of international standard. The thought-provoking television commercial, which has the duration of 45 seconds, urges consumers not to settle for less than the best. The radio jingle rhetorically asks consumers if they would settle for less than 100 per cent fruit juice and the response to the question is obviously negative. Their choice of 100 per cent content in their fruit juice is understandable, particularly when they know Chivita premium fruit juice offers no less, coupled with its availability and affordability. Chivita Premium 100 per cent fruit juice campaign has attracted the attention of communications experts for its adherence to the principles of great advertising. It has succeeded in converting thousands of fruit juice lovers to choose its 100 per cent fruit juice for its great taste and nutrition benefits. Expressing her view on the commercial, a banker and mother of four children, Mrs. Ogechi Eze, said “the new television commercial from Chivita Premium fruit juice is a brilliant effort,” adding that “a television commercial or radio jingle has to score high in two areas to be memorable: sheer entertainment value and thought-provoking ability.” For Rotimi Balogun, a company executive, “the radio jingle comes with some elements of news and credibility, a factor in great advertising.” Chivita Premium fruit juice beat the odds to become a major player in the juice market in Nigeria, winning loyal consumers across different age groups and taste with its variant offerings which include Apple, Orange, Pineapple and Orange -Mango and Orange-Pineapple through its great advertising. It has become the generic name for juices in the Nigerian market.

ling experience on road, BonluckBus Nigeria Limited has unveiled new Bonluck Buses and Coaches in Nigeria. The company, which commenced operation recently, is the sole regional sales and repair agents for the buses which are products from the stable of Jiangxi Kama Business Bus Company Limited of China. Speaking on the commencement of its operation in Nigeria, Regional Managing Director, BonluckBus Nigeria, Mr. Friday Sylvanus Yange, disclosed that Bonluck products have successfully passed Standard

Organisation of Nigeria Products Assessment Conformity Programme (SONCAP), Australia ADR Certification, US DOT Certification and EU ECE Certification. Bonluckbus, according to him, is the first bus and coach manufacturer in China, exporting in large quantities to developed countries, including the US and Australia, with its intellectual property and Chinese national brand. Yange added: “Our products include 12 major series, covering all models of six-meter to 15-meter high-end passenger vehicles for inter city transportation, urban passenger vehicles, road passen-

ger vehicles, motor homes, special vehicles and commercial vehicles. In addition to marketing of compressed natural gas (CNG) luxury passenger vehicle and urban passenger vehicle, hybrid power passenger vehicle and urban passenger vehicle using Zinc air fuel cell.” He also stated that the company has an international network of auto manufacturers and dealers. This, he noted, would “enable us to source and import vehicles of all types and specifications upon customer’s request, if such vehicles are not readily available.” He added that lead time for these imports ranges from as low as four weeks to three

months, depending on the vehicle. “We offer our corporate clients full package of services which includes full after-sales service support and repairs, one to two-year warranties, depending on the vehicle, genuine spare parts, fleet branding and financial options.” He reiterated that the operation in Nigeria and the African region will be specially for sales of buses and coaches because they are ardent and strong believers in innovation taking “pride in our various products and relationships, poised to become a preferred brand to our target market by providing efficient, durable, innovative products and services.”

Indomie To Sample Eight Million Consumers In 2014 O fewer than eight million consumers will, this year, have N the rare opportunity of being sampled with the varying flavours of Indomie Instant Noodles nationwide as part of Dufil Prima Foods’ efforts to continually ensure objective consumer feedback and satisfaction. This projection came about as a result of the company’s desire to surpass last year’s figure of five million sampled consumers. Speaking on this development, the Head of Marketing, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Manpreet Singh, affirmed that the company intends extending the sampling to the entire geo-political zones in the country namely: the North-Central, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-South and South-West. He further stated that the intent behind the sampling exercise is targeted at creating excitement and increasing the emotional connection between the brand and its consumers, as a way of encouraging a store experience in the home of consumers. “Sampling is a regular and continuous exercise that Dufil embarks on with the purpose of strengthening the existing bond between consumers and the brand. This serves as a feedback mechanism that affords consumers the opportunity to freely savour and experience the unique taste of Indomie Noodles, while also expressing their sincere opinion about the brand. In the long run, this will furnish us with valuable information towards making consumer-tailored adjustments to our products,” Singh said. Also speaking on the sampling exercise, the Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, ascertained that product sampling is an ideal way to continuously earn customer trust and loyalty while also sustaining existing ones who have maintained their brand loyalty over the years. “The importance of enabling our consumers sample the brand cannot be over-emphasised because sampling has been known to give consumers the actual experience of the product,” he said.

Etisalat Gives Valentine Treat with ‘Love like a Movie’ Concert ELECOMMUNICATIONS giant, Etisalat, is poised to connect T with and excite its customers this Valentine Season with its sponsorship of the much-anticipated ‘Love like a Movie 2’ concert slated for today at the Ocean View grounds, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. Speaking recently on Etisalat’s stand as a proud purveyor of quality music content, Director, Brands and Communication, Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, revealed that the concert is targeted at the young at heart. According to him, “music is one of the universal languages of mankind. Etisalat’s sponsorship of ‘Love like a Movie 2’ is our way of engaging our esteemed customers and connecting with them.” Riding on the success of last season’s ‘Love like a Movie Concert,’ Nigerian R&B star and host of the concert, Darey Art Alade, will be performing alongside international superstar, Kelly Rowland, and other renowned artistes. Pushing its previous success boundaries, the concert this year promises an array of acrobatics, choreography, 3D mapping, technology, nature and theatrical acts that will surely entertain its audience with a thrilling story of soulful love. Etisalat will also be hosting an after-party at Sip Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Chief Executive Officer, Diesel Tech Workshops Nigeria, Bongani Dube; Managing Director, BonluckBus Nigeria Limited, Friday Sylvanus Yange; and the Vehicle and Asset Finance Manager, StanbicIBTC Bank, Olukorede Arowojolu, at the introduction of BonluckBus in Lagos…recently.

Heineken Unveils The Odyssey TV Commercial EINEKEN recently made H history when it changed the way it delivers its Television Commercial (TVC) content as it unveiled its latest global ad campaign, ‘The Odyssey.’ The message diffused in the new TVC is that every man is legendary at something. The premium beer brand has cast non-actors in its TVC to play the central protagonists. Created by HEINEKEN with Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, the advert follows its recent ‘Legends’ platform which saw a series of ‘Men of the World’ who are pushed to discover their limits and overcome them. However, this is the first time that non-actors have been used in the campaign and given a stage, proving that every man has the ability to become legendary. Premiering in Lagos, Nigeria, from February 3, 2014, the ad follows the main character’s adventures aboard a cruise ship as he uses his wit, charm and skills to impress his fellow passengers. Covering everything from a limbo contest, to diving perfectly into a swimming pool, to dancing the

perfect conga, the advert gives real men a stage on which they can perform their skills. The advert features 20 nonactors who were cast in an open casting where their legendary skills were put to the test. The final 20 were picked for being masters at the skills

needed for the TVC; for example, diving, conga dancing and sliding down banisters. According to Walter Drenth, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries PLC, “Our Legends campaign is an entertaining homage to our drinkers and their legendary behaviours. We are convinced that many

of our drinkers out there have at least one legendary talent. They just need a chance to show it to the world. This is why Heineken decided to offer its next film, The Odyssey, as an opportunity for 20 young men to show us what they’ve got. And they are all legendary.”

IBM Opens Innovation Centre In Lagos BM has announced it is furItions ther expanding its operaacross Africa with the opening of an IBM Innovation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. The new facility is designed to accelerate innovation for Nigerian and West African business and IT skills. Using the centre, clients, IT partners, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics can now access enhanced cloud capabilities and extensive big data and analytics resources. Adoption of cloud technology in Africa has reached a tipping point and in Nigeria alone, cloud usage is expected to more than double to 80 per cent of businesses in the next year. In addition, the growing proliferation of

mobile phones and tablets is accelerating the opportunity to interpret data patterns to anticipate needs and deliver improved services. As the local demand for these types of technologies and skills increases, Africa is quickly moving to the centre of global attention as the last big emerging market of the current economic era. According to the IMF, Sub Saharan Africa is set to be the world’s second fastest growing region with projected economic growth of over six per cent this year. To take advantage of this explosive growth, the new centre will focus on providing solutions that use big data and analytics and cloud technologies to solve key local challenges such as

improving government services, digitising banking services and enhancing customer centricity in telecommunications. Clients will be able to participate in virtual and in-person training, test out new products, network with peers from around the world, and receive mentoring and guidance from IT and business experts. For example, the centre will provide clients hands-on access to cloud-based industry solutions, such as IBM Intelligent Operations designed to provide cities, governments and utilities with a central command centre for the use of predictive analytics to enhance efficiency and manage all their operations.


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SPECIAL REPORT ON MOST INSPIRING NIGERIANS F inspiration is the act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect, emotion and exalting the spirit then it would not be out place to say that Nigeria possesses a lot of personalities of inspiration whose feats and accomplishments have not only won them accolades and encomiums on both local and international stages but have also inspired a lot of minds.


"Integrity is not a conditional word, it doesn't blow on the wind or change with the weather. It is the inner image of yourself one if you look out there and you find a man who can't cheat, then you know he will never cheat" - John MacDonald

Nigeria is respected all over the world as a country blessed with abundant human and materials resources but one thing that stands her out the more in the comity on nations is the inspirational feats of her people in various fields of endeavour. These personalities are brilliant, Skillful, enterprising, resourceful, honest and resilient, their qualities are sterling enough to make the best out of Nigeria and place it high amongst nations. Not only that, they are leading lights and role models to the generation next. This special report is focused on showcasing Inspiring Nigerian Leaders who are making impact in different sectors and influencing success in others through their character and achievements.

ANY THING BUILT ON COMPROMISE WILL DANGLE E is a compassionate minister with H strong and anointed shoulders to bear the responsibilities of shepherding God’s people. The truth is that Reverend Moses Iloh has a practical approach to the word and God has been performing wonders and miracles in the lives of thousands of people around him. In the comity of true pastors and other well endowed men of God, Reverend Iloh stands tall in all ramifications, his passion to add value to people’s lives, win souls for Christ and help take people from failure to success is only emblematic of the Lord Jesus. In fact, his teachings, preaching and way of life portray him as a purposeful pastor who is bringing people closer to God. This wonderful man of God has shown that he is truly called. Born in 1930 at a mining village on the Plateau, young Moses was the second son of George and Martha Iloh, who were dedicated and upright Christians. Both parents worked in the British mines on the Plateau in Jos and Moses got the attitude of service to humanity from his late father, who was well paid but usually take his time out to attend to little children who had been infested with guinea worm every Saturday. “My father used to take bandages, cotton wool, forceps, and some carbolic, a table and chair. His mother on the other hand was a midwife, over a hundred babies were delivered in the Iloh’s home without charges, occasionally, and she was compelled to collect a bar of soup to wash her hands. He came from a family with so much interest in the poor. So much was responsible for his upbringing. His father was jovial and also strict, who will speak the truth irrespective of who is wrong. His father was the head of the church committee of St. Philips School” he informed. Prior to his call by God, reverend Iloh was an accomplished athlete and sportsman, he had in the 1950’s captained the Jos based Amatico football club owned by the amalgamated tin mine companies which incidentally was the Nigeria’s first professional football club. Iloh served as the national president of the Nigeria Cycling Federation for over 15 years and he is currently a member of Africa and World Cycling Federation in addition to being the Patron of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, NOC, after serving in the organization for over 20 years. As a labour union leader in the 1950’s, young Iloh was the President of the 40,000 strong member of the African Miner Union. He spearheaded the his-

REVEREND MOSES ILOH PRESIDING STEWARDS, SOUL WINNING CHAPEL toric Africa miners’ strike which almost disrupted the visit of the Queen of England to Nigeria in 1958 but resulted in tremendous improvement in the conditions of service of the miners. Speaking on where he derived his inspirations, the preacher, father, administrator and motivational speaker said “My parents, Nnamdi Azikwe, who fought selflessly for the independence of Nigeria and belived in the rule of law inspired me. In fact, Zik inspired me into politics and I was involved in so many political movements”. Commenting on the increase in corruption in spite of the increasing number of churches in the nation, the man of great value argued that “the problem with Nigeria today is neither Islam nor any other things; the problem is the church because the church itself is corrupt. The church is supposed to be an organism but what we have today is an organization where there is a lot of give me this, and give me that. The church is not to be of the world even if we are in the world, but the Nigerian churches are moving to be of the world. So unless the church is healed, Nigeria has no tomorrow” he emphasized On the influence of the bad

image of the country, he explained “anything built on compromise will always dangle. The foundation is an important factor. The Bible says build your house on a rock and it will stand, build on sand and it will fall. It also says that if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do. The independent state called Nigeria was built on compromise. Zik wanted an entity called Nigeria, he had Awolowo and others but the north were influenced by the British to succumb. This compromise went on until after the first coup. The intention of the coup was misinterpreted. It was the second coup that young Nigerian who had no political leadership experiences were appointed as Commissioners, Ministers and Advisers and they began to steal. The influence became so bad and that was how we got into this till date. We lost the originality, since the foundation was built on compromise. Nigerians always talk about two major religions, Islam and Christianity but I tell you, Nigeria has one major religion, Christianity is second, and Islam is second, the major religion is “CORRUPTION”. On Sunday the Christians will gather in churches, on Friday the Muslims will gather in the mosque. Monday through

Thursday, they will team up to steal, irrespective of tribe and ethnicity”. Asked about programmes put in place by Soul Winning Chapel to inspire the youths. The motivational speaker said “Annually, we throw our doors open to youth from other churches and all we tell them is Love God, obey Him, Worship Him in spirit and in truth. We also encourage our youths to attend any good programme out there and when they returned we ask them what they have learnt. We also plan having a youth centre for youth to be trained, so that they will not steal, so they can be youthful and gentlemen. He/ she will know the difference between life and lie”. He continued “there are physical and spiritual challenges here in the church, people tend to enjoy the musicals but when it is time to dish out the undiluted word of God, they don’t like it. Our major challenge is that we don’t compromise the word of God. Secondly, we discovered there are lots of poor, old and widows around us, we have to move close to them, talk to them, give them food, sometimes we give them small money to solve their personal problem that we are aware of. Then in December, we have a big one, we give them materials to sow, so that they can feel like Nigerian. We give those chicken parts, turkey parts, rice, condiments etc; they number about seven hundred because they invite their friends. We also have a kindergarten centre, we gather children who cannot go to normal school even public school. We give them free uniforms, one meal a day in school and free education but we cannot take more than 40 pupils a year. The programme is themed “Operation Hope”. The centre is called Hope Kindergarten Centre. We are also trying to work with the state government to teach some of these parents some vocational skills, so that they can look after their children. If we find a brilliant child and we discover that the parents couldn’t even afford to place him/her in the free education school. We find someone who can give a scholarship to that child”. Advising the Nigerian youths, the energetic preacher said” the only disease without cure is laziness. The youth should not be lazy. Nigeria is such a bad country now that the government deliberately keep the youth out of job, so that they can be used as thugs during elections. Youth should try to do something, youth should be organised and make a peaceful revolution, not a violent or bloody one. The churches and mosques should help in such a peaceful revolution”.


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THE CHURCH HAS DONE SO MUCH TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NATION PROPHET ISA EL-BUBA, PRESIDENT/GENERAL OVERSEER, EVANGELICAL BIBLE OUTREACH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL F a truth is the saying “when a virtuous O man is raised, he brings glory to his posterity and success to his associates.” Without any contradiction, Prophet Isa El-Buba is a virtuous man who has left indelible mark on the sand of time. In deed the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry International is a man who has been consistently bringing smiles to the faces of the erstwhile rejected and dejected and has restored their hope for a glorious tomorrow. A Kanuri man from Borno State,Prophet ElBuba’s Islamic background could not stop the divine call when Jesus decided to use him to restore lost souls many years ago, and his academic state has not deter him from achieving the mandate given to him by his creator. Speaking about his educational background, the man with a divine call from God said “this is the aspect of my life that is a mystery, since I got converted and before my conversion, I have not been opportuned to go to the university or any other college, I only attended seminary but I have a tremendous impact with the word of God, I have honourary degrees from different universities from around the world and am very knowledgeable in all fields of study, talk of sciences, arts and all that. I have been honoured by various universities around the world and also today, I’m being invited as a visiting lecturer. If I didn’t say it nobody will believe it”. Asked about his guiding principle, the man who has chosen to live for the service and enhancement of the life of his fellow human beings said: “There are basic principles, the first is to know that we exist but exist for somebody, we actually do not exist for ourselves. Never live for yourself because you don’t exist for yourself, whatever you do, do it for the benefit of others, by so doing God will certainly reward you. I was raised to understand that without discipline one cannot survive in life, so I was taught that to live a long, healthy and successful life, you have to be disciplined and live a decent life. I was also raised to know that

without focus or a purpose-driven life you cannot function in life. So these are the principles that guide my life and I grew with them because I was raised with it and I got these principles from my father”. On those who inspired him, the charistmatic teacher said “Jesus is my perfect role model because man can fail, man can disappoint you. Secondly, my parents, today they taught me some discipline, other people that inspired my life today are Billy Graham, Pastor E.A Adeboye, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, W.F Kumuyi, Bishop Francis and late Bishop Benson Idahosa. These seven people inspired me”. Prophet El-Buba is a man who believes in service to humanity instead of acquiring cars, houses, wives and other things of the world. In fact worthy of note is his contribution to the development and enhancement of orphans, less privileged Nigerians, and others whom he has touched through his ministry. Recently, the mission built about twenty-nine three bedroom, self-contained, rooms free of charge for residents of a local government area in Plateau State and is still desirous of doing more. In fact, he has devoted great attention to the plight of people around him because he believes government cannot do it alone. Asked if churches are doing enough to promote peace and unity in the nation, the gentle, disciplined and God-fearing prophet said, “Without the existence of the church the country would have been a forgotten nation. Without the church Nigeria wouldn’t have been because I can tell you millions of people that are praying, crying to God for this nation. I have travelled to virtually all nations on the planet. What has kept this country above other nations is the prayer of the nation. From the beginning you find people that have drifted away from God but God doesn’t look at the majority and the multitude, he always looks at the few people that love Him and kept their heart pure and I believe that is the reason redemption is coming into this nation. Even though we have problems these things are

happening as responses to the shaking of the foundation, what we are experiencing now is what has been bottled up for years and prayer of the saints is breaking them. This, however, is leading us to the glorious place Nigeria is to occupy in the comity of nations where this nation will be celebrated. So we can say categorically that the church is doing tremendously well today in terms of development, for instance, it brought education into this country. Secondly, the church is doing great in the transformation of peoples’ minds when they listen to the gospel, because the greatest thing that could happen to a man is his mental transformation. I will say the church has helped in terms of education, employment,

mental transformation, community development, infrastructural development, industries, in fact the church has done so much to help the government of the nation”. Sharing his view on the proposed national conference, the patriotic clergyman said “it is good, it’s just like a family turmoil, the first thing to do is to first call the families for a dialogue, not a dialogue to break the family. Nigeria will never break irrespective of what people think or do but then we need to sit down to define certain things. If we can give each portion what is due to them, developing the north, south, mid belt, south east and south west equally, then the issue will be solved”. He continued further, “Nigeria is established by God, Nigeria will never break because of the internal placement of Nigeria to the community of the world. It was God who brought us all together and He blessed all part of the country, so the North needs the South, the West needs the East and vice versa and that is the truth. We cannot do without each other. The strength of Nigeria is in our unity, differences and diversity. Instead of organizing national conference, organize a committee of people with clean values, not corrupt leaders who have been in the system for years who cannot proffer solutions to our problems. Nigeria still has honourable men of value”. Concerned about the roles being played by the Nigerian youth, the apostle of hardwork and honesty advised the Nigerian youth to prepare themselves for the realities of life. According to him “in time like this, what we need is reflection. First, why do I exist? Why am I born and when you are unable to define the purpose of your existence, abuse is inevitable. Secondly, I wouldn’t want the youth to believe that having money is all what life entails Jesus said “what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and loses his soul” I think the assurance of the youth is to be able to use their energy to develop themselves and release themselves for apprenticeship. Nigeria is for the youths”.


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TRUTH IS ALWAYS TRUTH IS name is synonymous withpatrotic service and his personality has become an endorsement of value. Born 8 march, 1956 in Ikom, cross river state, young victor was briefly at the university of Nigeria, Enugu campus before he proceeded to the university of Lagos, where he obtained the LL.B (Honour) degree in 1977 and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1978, making him a member of the famous “1978 set” which has produced the highest number of Supreme Court Justices and Senior Advocates of Nigeria. He also obtained the LL.M from the University of Calabar; he has various certificates from the Irish Development Institute, Shannon, Ireland, and from both Stanford and Harvard Universities in the United State of America.



In whatever he does, and wherever he goes, one virtue which he would never compromise is honour and dignity. The reason is that he believes anything worth doing at all is worth doing well and this has helped position him as a person who achieved success through best practices. Speaking on the impact of religion on. Nation building, the experienced public administrator and disciplined Senator said “religion is a personal thing but it shapes the values which affect our national life. Many people now go to churches and mosques just to be blessed, without doing what Jesus or Prophet Mohammed preaches through their lives. Today , rather than influencing the world positively, the churches and mosques are being affected by the vices in the world. However, I must say that religious leaders as bridge builders have helped to promote peace in Nigeria”.

He started his law practice as a junior in the Kanu Agabi Chamber and was there for 8 years before he decided to set up his own chamber. During his active years in practice, Senator Ndoma-Egba worked with both the old and young lawyers which has made him come to the conclusion that the rapid increase in the number of law students is what is affecting the quality of lawyers produced nowadays. In his words: “The legal profession is a very broad and versatile profession and the type of training given determines the quality. In Nigeria today, various Law faculties have been overstretched. In our days at the University of Lagos, our lecturers knew most of us by name because we were small compared to what we have there today. The population of graduating lawyers has increased tremendously; subsequently more of them go to the different Law Schools where training is now a bit distant due to the ratio of students to lecturers. Definitely, when you have a high number of students, you are likely to have a corresponding high number of those who do not meet the standards. This does not mean though that we do not have very outstanding young lawyers today”.

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He had extensively practised law in all supreme courts of record for several years. He was appointed the commissioner for works and transport of the old Cross River State which is now Akwa ibom and Cross River State at the age of 27, he served as Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority in the Third Republic, the astute law maker also chaired the boards of companies in the private sector with interest in banking, construction and manufacturing.

The man with reputation and integrity, who believes in inspiring the youths was leader of the Nigeria delegation and member of the association of Senators, Shooras and equivalent council in Africa, He is currently the leader of Nigeria Pan African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa and was also a delegate to the 50th General Assembly of the United Nations, the president of the first African legislative summit and has also served at one time as special Envoy of Mr. President.

Definitely, his achievements as a lawmaker have surpassed the expectations of the people in his constituency. On what inspired him to join the upper chamber, the outstanding Senator explained: “Mine was a call to service by my people, but my legat background and intelligence have been instrumental to my success as a senator. The Upper Chamber is part of the organ of government that makes laws and I believed I was very qualified as an experienced lawyer to represent my people. However, I must say that I was called upon by the former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke and the current Governor Liyel Imoke to represent my people”.

The accomplished lawyer and politician, Ndoma-Egba was elected into the senate in 2003 to represent cross river central and he is the only legal practitioner to have been elevated to Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in 2004, whilst in the National Assembly and outside the legal practise and academics. He was re elected to the senate in 2007 and 2011. Victor served as the Deputy Senate leader and currently the senate leader. He is credited with over 20 bills, some of which include, the freedom of information bill which now an act, legal aid council act, prison act, abolition of discrimination against women act, river basin development authority act, chartered auctioneers registration council act, elimination of violence in the society act to mention a few.

More than most Senators in the 7th Assembly, Senator Ndoma-Egba has contributed immensely to nation-building through the law-making process. The former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Branch and former President of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce has served in several committees of the Senate. These include: Upstream and Petroleum Resources, Information and

regions, thereafter 12 states, later 19 states, to 21 states and now we have 36 states. As the federating units increases, the bureaucracy level increased, inefficiency blossomed and this aided corruption. So, more than any other factor, the structural formation of Nigeria has contributed to our national problems” he explained.

Speaking on the philanthropic programmes he has put in place to inspire the youths, he said “Most of my programmes are youth focused. I have a scholarship programme for undergraduates, free computer training for youths, small scale entrepreneurship training and many more”

Speaking about his principles, the distinguish Senator and philanthropist said” my conscience is my guiding principle, I never argue with my conscience and secondly, truth because truth is truth, we should stand for the truth because no matter where you take the truth, it will still be truth. It is not sit-

uational, what is true must be true at all time”. On those that inspired him, the outstanding Senator with social conscience said “my parents are the people that inspired me, they are my role models. I took the political part of me from my mother and the professional part from my father. Also, religion has also taken a critical part because we live in a lawless and borderless world where we need a compass and for me; religion serves as that compass”. A Senator with exceptional ability, vision and love for the masses, Senator Victor’s legal background has proven vital for his interpretation of policies, bills, laws and the works of the Senate in general. He believes Nigeria is blessed with human and natural resources which many people believe is not reflecting on the level of development of the nation. However, the brilliant Senior Advocate of Nigeria posited that what drives a nation’s development is beyond the resources available to her. “At independence in 1960, Nigeria was at the same level with countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia and many believed it should have been better developed due to her huge resources. However, I must say this, just like I said during one of my paper presentation sometimes ago, that some of the above mentioned countries also witnessed years of military rule but they are now ahead of us economically despite this, so we should not continue to argue that the military government made us what we are. I think our problem is that unlike these countries, Nigeria continually multiply her federating units. In 1960, we had just three

Stating the reasons for his philanthropism, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, said “at a certain stage of my life while I was in secondary school, my father couldn’t pay the three pounds which was needed to pay my school fees which was during the civil war that saw so many people loss their possession but I was helped by one of my father’s friends. This was what influenced my decision to start the scholarship programme some years before I became a senator and I have also have another program which takes care of some other needs of my people. This is just a way to say thank you and to give to my people who believes so much in me and gives support to the society which helped me to be what I am today”. The distinguished Senate Leader has earned many accolades and awards for his contributions to the development of the nation and mankind in general. The Federal Government of Nigeria having appreciated him conferred on him the prestigious national awards of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Commander of the Niger (CON). Many of the recognitions he has enjoyed cannot be fully highlighted due to space constraint, but the fact remains that his lifetime achievements and contributions to the betterment of mankind is legendary. Commenting on what can be done to reduce the rate of unemployment among the youth, he said “we must increase efficiency, I said efficiency because corruption is the consequences of inefficiency, people didn’t choose to be corrupt but they see a situation and they took advantage of the situation for personal gain, Until there is efficiency on the part of the government unemployment cannot be curbed”. Advising Nigerians, he said “ Nigerians should be honest, hard working and diligent because there is no short cut to success. Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “nay” be “nay”. Also let us believe in our democracy because it is our only option”.

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Mimiko Scores AAUA Council, Management High Daniel Ananzia NDO STATE governor and visitor to Adekunle Ajasin University, AkungbaAkoko, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commended the Governing Council and management of the state university for the success recorded in the last years. He said his administration is satisfied with the achievements of the out-gone governing council and the incumbent management of the institution led by Prof. Femi Mimiko. Governor Mimiko, accompanied by top government func-


Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko, thanked the governor and the state government for their robust supports for the university. He said, “the number of projects that we have put in tionaries in the state, made the demic field.” place since the Governor The governor attributed the statement during an inspecOlusegun Mimiko-led governtion tour of the on-going five- huge academic success of the ment came into office is more storey Senate Building in the students to the merit-driven than all the projects we had in school, and after the opening admission policy of the universi- place in the first 10 years of the ceremony of the state’s three- ty. “Our goal is to build a 21st university. day mini national conference, century university and that is “I, therefore, on behalf of the why we are particularly glad held at the University guest university community, express that in the last five years, there my most sincere and deep house. He said, “On behalf of the peo- has not been ‘Vice Chancellor’s appreciation to the governor ple and government of Ondo list or Governor’s list’. Every and the Ondo State governState, let me put on record, our admission into this University ment for the support they have admiration for the way, council has been 100 per cent on merit. given to this university. We are and management of this uni- That is the foundation.” He committed to continue to delivversity, have run this place in added, “this administration er a university that is worthy of the last five years. We are very remains unequivocally commit- that name, a university that is ted to our dream of building a 21st century compliant,” he proud of your accomplishreal university,” he stated. ments, especially in the acasaid.   

Osun Muslim Students Call for Peace, As ABUAD Introduces New Course — ‘Social Justice’ By Daniel Anazia HIlE the government of State of Osun continues to search for peace which was recently threatened as a result of the reforms in the state’s education sector, the leadership of the Muslims Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Osun State Chapter, has directed all Muslim students in all the public secondary schools in the state to prevent breakdown of law and order by


upholding their religious belief in the face of intimidation. The directive came against the backdrop of crisis rocking some secondary schools in the state, especially the Baptist High School, Iwo over the use of hijab (veil) by female Muslim students in the school. Crisis had engulfed the secondary school following the appearance of some muslim students in different religious clothes that correlate with their faith. Speaking in Osogbo, the state

president/Amir of the associa- the university, Prof. Michael tion, Alhaji Bashir Olasunkanmi, Ajisafe, made this known at the urged all Muslim students to opening of its certificate proallow peace reign in the state. gramme in social justice. He He advised the students in pub- said the need to combat threats lic secondary schools in the to internal security of the counstate not to contravene the law. try could not be over-emphaMeanwhile, authorities of Afe sized. Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, “Today’s society is filled with (ABUAD) had said its newly friction, hostility and various introduced course, Social Justice forms of conflict, either Administration, is born out of between some states and the the security challenges in the Federal Government or country. between one man and the The Acting Vice Chancellor of state,” he said.

Guinness Nigeria Restates Commitment To Youth Development UINNESS NIGERIA PlC has restated its continued commitment to youth development in Nigeria. This was made known at the grand finale of the reality talent show, Nigeria’s Got Talent (NGT) Season 2, it co-sponsored through its Malta Guinness brand. Speaking before the show kicked off, Head of Marketing Communications, Guinness Nigeria, Mr. Femi Adelusi, said, “We are glad to support the Nigeria Got Talent because there is a synergy between the values of Malta Guinness and the show.” He added, “Back in 2012, Malta Guinness launched the Africa Rising Campaign. It is an initiative designed to inspire young talents across Africa to fuel their rise with the goodness, energy and vitality of Malta Guinness, which are evident in the uniqueness of the top 10 acts we are here to celebrate.” At the end of the show, which held in lagos, Robots for Christ emerged winner beating all comers to the coveted grand prize of N10 million. First runner up was instrumentalist and singer, Daniel Azuka, who thrilled the audience with his melodious renditions, while David Adekoya Aduragbemi, (the drummer boy) second runnerup, lightened up the studio venue located on Bamako Street with his dexterity on the drum set. Season One winner, Amarachi Uyanne, sent the audience into rendezvous that afternoon as she performed her break out song, Amarachi’s Dance. Other finalists include Laff Doctor, Korede Odukale, C.I.D



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ECLIPSE LIVE INTRODUCES YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE, THE DREAMS PROJECT CLIPSE LIVE has announced that ‘The Dreams Project’, its youth driven employment initiative will take effect from today. The project, which was borne out of the passion to empower the youth of Nigeria, with the primary aim of connecting them through the universal language of music. The project will open up career opportunities within the entertainment industry, placing a strong focus on ancillary roles as apposed to just artistry. The Dreams Project activity kicked off last month with a school visit to The Apostolic Grammar School where the team spoke to future ‘Dreamers’ about the importance of education. ‘Education is a powerful tool in terms of youth empowerment. The ability to articulate and voice out your opinion goes a long way in being heard’ said Chin Okeke, Eclipse Live founder. The Dreams Project will commence


with an open application process, which aims to attract top quality job seekers with a hunger and passion to succeed in the entertainment industry. Prospective candidates will be able to register online, after which a total of 150 candidates will be shortlisted to attend The Dreams work shop. The Dreams workshop is a one day seminar which provides attendees with the rare opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from renowned industry professionals who will be at hand to provide top tips and pointers on how to succeed in the industry. Break-out sessions will encourage participation in multiple sessions for candidates who are interested in more than one sector. Based on performance and career interest, candidates who are interested in gaining industry experience will be given the opportunity to transition unto the volunteer scheme with the

much anticipated Gidi Culture Festival; where a team of young and fun creatives will be at hand to serve as mentors. The Dreams Project promises to be a truly rewarding experience. Following a successful volunteer placement, top performers will be recommended for a three month internship with one of our institutional partners in the entertainment sector with the potential of a permanent role. So if you have always dreamt of working in the entertainment industry, this is just the opportunity to get involved. The opportunity to kickstart your career starts with a click, so visit to take the step towards a flourishing career! Everyone who attends the day work shop will receive a free ticket to attend the biggest beach festival of the year with a line up that boasts some of Nigeria’s hottest acts.

LASU CRISIS: Group Urges LASG, LSHA To Reverse Hike Fee The group made the plea in a six-point communique, signed by the group’s Coordinator, Mr. Hassan Soweto, and Mr. Sulaimon Adeyemi, Chairman, Save LASU Campaign Committee in Lagos. Prior to the hike by the state government, which pushed fees upwards to from N25,000 to N250, 000 per annum, DUCATION RIGHTS Campaign, a which is estimated to be 1000 percent non-governmental organisation increase. Following the hike and closure (NGO) on Tuesday urged Lagos of the school portal against 1, 292 stuState government and the State dents who were unable to register for House of Assembly to reverse the hike the semester, the students led by its in fees that is currently causing fuse in union leaders recently embarked on viothe state university — Lagos State lent protest as they were about comUniversity (LASU), Ojo. mencing the second semester examina-



tion. Properties worth millions in the campus including the Vice Chancellor’s official car and that of his personal assistant were damage in the aluta protest. The university authority, on January 24, ordered the indefinite closure of the school. According to the group, the fee hike, which came into effect in 2011, was antipoor, and had not led to any noticeable improvement in facilities and teaching infrastructure in the institution. Soweto, urged the state government to carry out the repairs of properties allegedly vandalised during the protest,,

Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition fee is very high. I am Uki Dare, C.E.O of Poise’ Graduate Finishing Academy, mother of two and wife of one. I will share with you lessons I have learnt from my experiences around transforming from a young lady with big dreams to a young C.E.O with massive goals. I won’t bore you with long prose and philosophical arguments I promise to be real and answer all your questions in just TWO WORDS.

an extra boost of confidence that he would rise far and fast in his chosen career. He did not find it funny when after months of searching for a job, he got employed as a casual staff in an engineering firm. He earns very little money but that was not the major problem. His major responsibility was to maintain the factory machines (a nice way of saying he should keep them clean and well oiled). He resented the fact that his job is way below his level of education, intelligence and experience. He wanted the opportunity to show what he was made of. One day he mustered the courage to speak to his boss about giving him more responsibility…

Q: How should you treat a task that you feel is beneath you?

If you were in Tunji’s shoes what would you like to hear from your boss? OPTION 1

Boss: “Tunji, that is a great idea.” I see you as someone who can step up to the plate, I will draft you into the Project Team that Esohe just set up, lets see how it goes from there.” Not with arrogance, pride or a feeling of entitleTunji: Thank you very much sir. ment; but with joy, humility and the dignity of Boss: I hope you know this is more responsibility and labor. more work? If your regular maintenance duty suffers Not for fame, praise or the jingle of money; but for because of this, I will yank you off that project immediyour future, your dreams and a life of fulfilment. ately. Tunji: Thank you sir, I won’t let you down I advocate that if you have anything to do, don’t OPTION 2 prepare to just do it, prepare to KILL IT. Not with a knife, a gun or explosive device; but with a sweaty brow from excellent preparation.

Killing it doesn’t mean, spoiling it, ignoring it or doing it anyhow. ‘Killing it’refers to doing things extremely well. Like the popular pidgin English saying “Finish Work!” Tunji had graduated from school with high hopes, his 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering gave him

Same Boss: “Tunji, I am very surprised that you can ask for more work because the job you have right now is something that even a driver can do and yet you cannot do it properly.” Tunji: “But Sir…” Boss: “Tunji, I expected so much more from you.”


Salisu, was on Monday arraigned at a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrate Court, Abuja for beating up a policeman. Salisu, who lives at 4, Olumo Rock, Amasco Plantation Estate, Galadimawa, was charged with joint criminal force and assault to a public servant. The prosecutor, Corporal Anigbo Paul, told the court the victim, Chijioke Jacob, a Corporal attached to Lugbe Police Station, lodged a report against the accused at the station on Sunday, February 9, at about Tunji: But that is the point sir, my job is very discourag- 23hrs GMT (9pm local time). He said, the accused on day, had ing. Boss: “Tunji, you are supposed to have a 2:1 right? God gone to the complainant’s house in company of three others now at help the education system of this country.” large to beat him up while he (Jacob) was dressed in uniform and they What am I trying to tell you? Give everything you attempted to take away his rifle, an do, all that you’ve got. Success is a lifestyle, not an action that contrives the provisions event.In everything you do, put in your absolute best. It doesn’t matter who sees, all that matters is of sections 79 and 267 of the Penal Code. that you decide to be a person of excellence and After arraignment, counsel to the that everything you touch will be done with excelaccused, Ikechukwu Nnaemeka, lence. applied to the court for bail accordAre you going to see your aunt to ask for a job? – ing to Section 341 of the Criminal Prepare as if you are going for an interview with Procedure Code (CPC), which the the Managing Director. Do you have a presentation to make to your class- prosecutor objected and prayed the mates? - Prepare as if you are to face the President. court not to grant the accused bail. Even when you are asked to throw away the trash, But the presiding Magistrate, Celestine Odo, in his ruling, howevthrow it away like no one else will. You are at an interview and you don’t like the look er, said the prosecutor failed to show the court how granting the accused of the company…Still give a killer performance. bail would jeopardise ongoing Please remember these words. investigation. The Magistrate, also, chastised If you have to do something, counsel to the accused for failing to state the contents of the section he If you are going to spend your time on it, cited in his argument, saying “a lawyer should be prepared before If you are going to apply your mind to it, coming to court.” He, however, granted the accused bail in the sum Even if your life doesn’t depend on it, of N100,000, with a surety in like sum, who must be resident within Don’t just do it… the jurisdiction of the court and KILL IT must be a public servant. Odo said the surety should present Do you need my opinion on anything? Write me at his or her office identity card and and your message might be chosen to appointment letter. feature in this column next week. He adjourned the matter to March 3.

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House of Assembly,” he added. He continued, “Many departments and programmes are now facing possible rationalisation and closure, with proceeds of the caution fee paid because of the few number of stuby the students. dents applying for them as a result of “We say no to victimisation of any the high fees. The sharp decline in student of the institution; payment student enrollment has also seriousof reparation and written and publi- ly threatened the jobs of both acacised apology letters from the unidemic and non-academic staff in the versity management and the Lagos university. Without reversing the State government, to the students,” fees, there is no guarantee that this he said. same crisis or something far higher “We begin active mobilisation of all than this will not occur in future,” LASU students, parents and memSoweto said. bers of the public to partner with civil society organisations, the university’s staff unions and trade unions, to Student Arraigned For redress the injustice contained in Beating A Policeman the resolutions of the Lagos State 22-year-old student, Ibrahim



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National Development Strategy NICHOLAS OKOYE, Founder EMPOWER NIGERIA Initiative,

Nicholas Okoye’s The Nine Pillars of National Development Pillar One: Government Policy (paper 6)

EDUCATION (Continued) Last week I talked about the Education sector as a major plank on the drive for National Development using one of my suggested nine pillars of development. In discussing Government Policy I have outlined a number of sectors where implementing the right policy can stimulate development even without heavy financial investment which our Politicians are most times reluctant to release, the education sector is one of those areas, where a great policy can make all the difference. Not just because our education is so important as it forms the bedrock of the future of our country but also because we are losing so much capital, investment and jobs to other countries who are educating our middle class children and in many cases keeping them back after the education to serve those other Nations. A key barrier to building a strong base for getting our people a quality education is the ability to finance the education and so I have described my discussion as EDUCATION FINANCE REFORM. Education Finance Reform: Any Politician who tells you that they are providing your children with free education or that free education is their campaign promise, please run in the opposite direction. That Politician or Political Party does not know what he or she is talking about and so should never be trusted with the management of an entire state or nation’s resources. For the record there is no such thing as a FREE education. It is a myth, and it has never existed and will never exist. And those that have tried to attain it in the past, have found out the very hard way that it is impossible to achieve a quality education that is Free. Why do I say this? Well for one thing good teachers will not teach for free, they must be paid a salary and that money must come from somewhere, the chemicals in the labs are not free, the furniture in the class rooms are not free, the chalk, the exercise books, the text books, the computers, internet connectivity, the pens, pencils, examinations materials, invigilators, school sports equipment, none of these items are free and will never be free. So how can anyone in his/her right mind talk of a FREE education? Education is not free and if in the unlikely event that you do find Free education somewhere then it is not worth the paper or the books the students are reading, as the quality will be poor, redundant and uncompetitive. The challenge is not to seek to make education free, as this is an impossible task and those who have tried it have all failed to achieve any substantial results. The key is to reform the financing of education so that we can have a high world class quality education based on funding that has been smartly or cleverly channeled to support public education that will benefit the poor and the middle class alike. Before I review my ideas for reforming the financing of education in Nigeria I would like to draw your attention to what is the practice in other countries. Anyone who has lived in the United States will tell you how they do not pay fees to educate their children in public schools from primary up to secondary school levels. Whereas the

quality of a public school education in the United States is of major concern to the Obama administration as standards have fallen far below most western countries, the source of the financing for education is my major reason for highlighting the United States. In the 50 states of the United States all property owners pay property taxes to the county (called Local Government in Nigeria) in which it is domiciled. This property tax is similar to the land rent we pay in Lagos. However in the United States all property taxes are directly tied to the funding of education in that particular county. So in rich neighborhoods where you have high property values and therefore high taxes are paid for the properties, you will find the most high quality public schools that can rival any private school anywhere in the world. On the other hand in a community that has only Government projects and little or no home owners or commercial buildings you will get very poor quality schools. The import of this example is that properties have been identified as the major source for funding education and so the taxes are not paid into the main tax pool but into a special fund, that is drawn upon by the mayor or the Governor to fund all the schools in the particular area in question. Even with this direct funding approach there are still many problems that need fixing and so due to the poor standards of education in the inner city neighborhoods the Carter school program was borne. The Charter schools were established to meet the falling standards of public schools by allowing strict and unusual administrative procedures to tackle teaching quality in an effort to get a public school to meet world class standards. The concept has become so successful that some of the charter Schools have waiting lists that last for years for children who cannot afford private schools but wish a high quality world class education. At the University level, all Universities both Private and Government owned charge fees. However students who cannot afford the fees are encouraged to apply for financial aid and student loans in order to meet the funding requirements of a university education. Financial Aid is therefore provided by the School authorities in some cases or the city, state or federal government in other cases. In addition a student loan body called SALLY MAE, provides student loans to anybody who can secure admission into a university but cannot afford the fees. SALLY MAE sometimes offers the loans directly or through banks or the school authorities. At the end of the day, the schools get the money they need to educate each student and the student gets the education they need to get ahead in life. Everybody wins, and you do not hear politicians talking about FREE education because they know is it a LIE, and it is not possible to achieve. Education must be funded and financed by someone or from somewhere and so it can never be free, And if you finance your so called free education from your current income as some of our Governors in Nigeria like to claim they are doing, then you will certainly run into a mismatch problem very soon. As it is not sustainable. What happens when the population of students that need to be educated, that need books, that need computers, that need teachers, exceeds the entire money in the State annual budget? What do you do then? At that time you will realize the stupidity of your policy and maybe you will start to rethink it but it will be too late then. As citizens will be used to getting things from you for free, and if you dare try to adjust it at that time you will have a riot and unrest on your hands. Or maybe you will pass on the problem to the next Governor and let him deal with it. Not a very good legacy for someone who calls himself a Leader.

IF I WERE PRESIDENT OR GOVERNOR New policy for financing Education (Education Finance Reform) I would direct that all future funding of education must come from the following sources A National Luxury Tax. We must place a 5% tax on all luxury items in Nigeria and these will include all luxury cars, jets, boats, bags, watches anything that is obviously considered a luxury item and is much more expensive than its peers. Since we Nigerians love to spend on luxury then lets tax ourselves and use the money to fund the education of our children, especially our poor children you need a hand up. I estimate that we could raise over N100 billion a year to fund education from this intervention. And it will continue to grow every year as Nigerians are not about to get rid of the Gucci, Louis Viton, Rolls Royce habit any time soon. A Liquor/ Alcohol tax. We drink and drink as if there is no tomorrow in Nigeria, I have mentioned in this column that Nigeria presently consumes more Champaign than any other country in the world with the exception of France where the drink is manufactured. So if you can’t beat them then let us join them, lets

place a special tax on alcohol consumption which will be directly tied to educating our children. Hundreds of Billions could be raised and distributed directly to public schools from this intervention. This tax could be extended to cigarettes, cigars and other forms of vices that are legal. Property tax. We need to implement this all over the country. Lagos has done a great job of taxing all properties in the State. However I don’t know whether the money that accrues to Lagos is directly tied to any special program or it goes into current income pool of the State. However most other states and Local governments in the country have not even attempted to look at property taxes. We need to design a national property tax scheme which will be applied to funding education at the local level. In the eastern part of Nigeria where I come from I have seen some of the most luxurious mansions, castles and palaces comparable to anything anywhere in the World, but sadly none of the 11 south east and south south states can boost of getting any significant revenue from property taxes. This must change and this reform can be tied directly to funding education for all our children for the foreseeable future.


Jason Njoku

minutes into our chat, I discovered an infectious enthusiasm and a passion for start-ups along with a strong work ethic and sheer resilience at the very heart of the man.

(Founder/CEO of IrokoTV, Iroko Partners, Spark)

In the beginning, what motivated you to become an entrepreneur; did you have any entrepreneurial influences while growing up? None at all actually. I can’t really point to anything which actually influenced me, I would say that I never wanted to be poor and I came from a relatively poor background. I’m the only person in my family ever to have gone to university so out of five siblings, only I went to university. I’ve always been someone who kind of wanted to chart my own course and I basically saw that everyone around me while I was growing up never actually went to university.

By Pamela Green EDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014, I sat down with one of Nigeria’s most prolific tech entrepreneurs to talk about life, IrokoTV and the vast internet business opportunities available in Nigeria. After being featured in Forbes Africa magazine at the age of 31 as one of a new age of young African millionaires, it seemed to the world that Jason Njoku had arrived... but the ambitious and fearless risk-taker confesses he’s just getting started. It was 10.30 am and the location was the enormous open-plan style office building serving as both the IrokoTV headquarters and home of Spark in Anthony Village. Jason informed me that the building was initially designed to be a warehouse and much to my surprise, it was crammed full of intelligent, hardworking young men and women who seemed genuinely happy to be engrossed in their daily work behind computer screens at their desks; only pausing briefly to look up and offer me a smile or friendly wave. Barely


What role do you think going to university played, in your choice of entrepreneurship as a career? I think it opened my eyes. Growing up, I think up until I went to university I actually only knew two other human beings who had actually gone to university so it was something which i always knew was a step in the right direction and it was the easiest way for me to break out of the mold which i was in. I was born and bred in London, I never really actually left London other than to come to Nigeria. So I left it at University which was the first



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Jason Njoku (Founder/CEO of IrokoTV, Iroko Partners, Spark)

By Nicholas Okoye CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41

GOLDEN RULES TO LIVE BY I would never forget one particular African Nations cup when the Super Eagles were not playing too well and the coach at that time was Amodu Shaibu, Nigerian coach of many years’ experience. He was asked by the International press how did he think his boys could win the tournament if they were not winning matches, the press said the world was watching the Eagles wobble and fumble. And his answer was that his team would wobble and fumble all the way to the finals and eventually win the tournament. That was it for me, I told myself, what an unserious coach, I stooped watching the Super Eagles after that and I only resumed watching the Eagles when Steven Keshi become their coach. How can anyone believe that success is achieved by wobbling and fumbling? You cannot get anywhere in life without a clear direction and a clear commitment to achieve outstanding results in whatever you are going after. NO ONE DRIFTS TO SUCCESS: Success is accomplishment that everyone seeks to attain, whether you are a footballer, a musician, an investment banker, a doctor, a lawyer whatever you are, the chances are that your plans for the future include achieving success in your chosen field. However you cannot get there without a clear commitment to succeed. You cannot depend on chance, miracles, or the efforts of other people to get you where you want to go. You must depend on yourself and you must make the right commitment, be prepared to make the right sacrifices and implement the right strategies and you will be on your way. You will not succeed by drifting, floating or waiting on chance. MOTIVATE YOURSELF: You have to be motivated to succeed. And if you do not have anyone around you that inspires you, or motivates you then you have to motivate yourself. You can do this by identifying what is your single most important purpose in Life. What do you really want? And write it down, and then use it as your motivation. Whenever things get tough and hard you remember that you are working towards a much larger goal so a little pain should be tolerated. BE SINCERE TO YOURSELF: The worst person to lie to is to lie to ones self. As ridiculous as this sounds people lie to themselves all the time. If you want the world to take you seriously you must be seen as a person of sincerity. Make sure you provide an honest product or service for which you will expect a fair return. Those people that sell fake products or do a poor job with their services will always be looking for more people to cheat, as those who they have cheated with their shoddy service or fake product will never come back. However the sincere entrepreneur that supplies a quality product or superior service will only need to look for customers for the first few months or maybe the first year. After which the customers will do all the selling by telling people what a great product you have or what a great service you provide. This goes also for employees, who try to cheat their employers with shoddy service or by reading magazines, playing on the internet during work hours or using the company car and time to go on private errands. You will never be a star performer and one day you will get caught and once that happens you can forget the reference you will hope to get from that employer. You will constantly be starting at fresh, as employers who fire you will never give you a good reference and hence always have to pretend as if you never worked there as you will try to keep the records of your working there off your resume.

time I really interacted with people who were just... different from me completely and it was the first time I’d actually met children of wealthy people. It was there that I realized that here was this whole complete world that existed which I never even knew existed. So I think definitely that for me, going to university was probably the most important thing I’ve ever done. I read Chemistry and I was quite good at it. One thing about me is if i don’t enjoy something, i just won’t do it. Chemistry is one of those things that you either understand it or you dont. Even if you went into the exam hall with a textbook and the internet you still could fail if you dont actually understand it. Why did i move to business? Well, I looked at the career paths in Chemistry, and I knew that if I became a pharmaceutical chemist or worked in the pharmaceutical or chemical industry, I knew I wouldn’t be poor, but I wouldn’t be where I felt that I wanted to be. How did the IrokoTV idea come to you? Iroko is my eleventh idea, I graduated in 2005, and before starting Iroko in 2010, I started ten different companies and they all failed. So in five years, i was where i didnt want to be, which is basically, broke. So i was literally broke for five years. When I started Iroko, I thought; this is interesting let me just play around with it. So what made you start a business around Nigerian movies? I was always interested in media business because of how they were built; a group of people with similar interests doing something. I’d built media businesses before and they hadn’t worked, I kind of started a magazine, started writing on my blog, and none of them had worked. When I left home, my mum used to be watching Soaps from the U.K, but when i moved back to live with my mum in 2009 she and all my aunts in their homes were watching Nollywood movies from VCDs they had bought in Nigeria. I moved back to London because I couldnt afford to pay my rent and I was living off people’s couches for like nine months from place to place. I could have stopped and got a job but i didnt want to because I knew that that would make me more unhappy than i was at that point in time. At the time, there was a D’Banj concert in London and I had never even heard of him. I was like who is this guy and why is everybody talking about him? I discovered that he was playing at the O2 in London and that was when I realized that there must be something to this business. Iroko didn’t actually start as a movie business, it started as a music business. At the time, I had no money but my best friend and roommate in college and now he’s my business partner, told me to get on a plane, go to Nigeria and do some background research. So, he basically gave me money to come to Lagos and that was the first time I’d really been to Lagos. Then I went to Alaba and it was when I got to Alaba I realized that the true potential for this business had not even been tapped into and I felt like I had just found a million dollars in the back of a taxi. When I saw that, I basically did whatever I could to cleanly, legally and profitably bring Nollywood online which is basically the same thing I’ve been doing for the last four years.

JASON NJOKU terms of how people’s perception, especially in Nigeria changed completely. Once Linda Ikeji put it on her blog, I got a thousand facebook friends that day. What is your greatest achievement so far at this point in your life? My son. Everything else... this all means nothing.

Give us a peek into the daily life of Jason Njoku I wake up and I basically sit here twelve, thirteen hours a day having meetings. We have an office in London, in Johannesburg What do you enjoy most about what you do? and New York so I actually run the business development teams I just enjoy getting up to go out there and try to win. I’m always in those offices. I run content and I run marketing so I talk to my looking for the enemy to try and vanquish. business development teams in London around now, by four, five o’clock I’ll talk to my business development teams in New How did it feel to be featured in Forbes Africa magazine in York and I’ll talk to Johannesburg and other locations as well. August 2012? Our content is acquired here so usually I have like producers or I think it was premature. At that time, I was getting married and musicians around because we have the Iroking music platform. no one cared. My wife is a Nollywood actress so we knew that the industry people were coming. As soon as that Forbes feature You have offices in some major world cities, how does that comcame up, her phone just wouldn’t stop ringing. We actually had pare to doing business here in Lagos, Nigeria? to get security to stop the people from coming to the wedding. Even then people who weren’t even invited found out what the It’s so much easier over there. Here, we obviously have this big aso-ebi colors were, they went to the market and bought aso-ebi power generation problem which we don’t have there. Plus the cost of infrastructure. and they just turned up for the wedding. So, it was funny in

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CEO/MD, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, Winners of Nigeria’s Got Talent (NGT) season 2, Robots for Christ, Head of Marketing Communication, Malta Guinness, Femi Adelusi and Group MD, Optima Media Group (OMG), Rotimi Pedro at the grand finale of the NGT 2 at the Dream Studios in Lagos at the weekend.

Cheers, Tears, As Robots For Christ Turns Millioniares Stories by Chuks Nwanne ITH their heads all bent down, the conw testants stood on the well-decorated stage with the show host Andre Blaize, waiting for the final result for the season two of the Nigeria’s Got Talent (NGT) reality show; all ten finalists were visibly tensed. Thouhg fans kept screaming and rooting for their favourite contestants, it was a tension soaked atmosphere in the Dreams Studio, Ikeja, Lagos. Notwithstanding, some families had few minutes to pray for their representatives in the contest; ten million naira is not a joke. At last, the hour came. Immediately a representative of Alexander Forbes handed over the result to Blaize, there was absolute silence in the room; everyone listened with rapt attention for the big announcement. But in what seems like an attempt by the host to raise tension a notch higher, he first announced the top three contestants, with dancers Robots for Christ, Daniel Azuka (AStrings) and 9-year-old drummer, David Aduragbemi Adekoya on the list. with that announcement, the hopes of the remaining seven finalists were dashed. To douse the atmosphere, comedian Bash was invited on stage. The fast rising humour merchant got guests reeling with laughter, as he beleted out jaw breaking jokes. From tribal jokes, to politics, societal issues... Bash went on and on, with seveal rounds of applause from the excited audience. If not for time, the young chap would have turned the event into a one-man show. Aside from Bash, last year’s winner of the NGT, Amarachi Uyanne, also got slot to thrill the gathering with her latest single, Dance. As soon as she mounted the elevated stage, alongside her three dancers, little Amarachi didn’t waste time to show those sparks of creativity that got her the big prize last year. However, there seems to be lots of improvements in her perfromance; she has advanced so musch, especially her stagecraft. Again, the three finalist were called back on stage for the final result. This time, a replica cheque of N10 million was on hand. without wasting time, Blaize simply scratched off the sealed portion and the cheque and the audience screamed ‘Robots for Christ!’ At that point, the room errupted in celebration. Before long, the stage was filled with people, all congratulating the winners. while the first runner-up, Daniel Azuka, appluded the dance group for clinching the top prize, 9year-old drummer, David Aduragbemi Adekoya broke down in tears. For more than

20 minutes, the brilliant drummer sobbed in disappointment, thouhg his mother was on hand to cosole her champion. As for the winners, Robots For Christ, it was like a dream. At first, they were confused, then tears rolled down their cheeks before they finally celebrated with friends and family members. After months of endless hard work and commitment, the 2-man dance group from Benson Idahosa University, were able to beat nine of the brightest and most unique acts in Nigeria in the race for the sum of N10 million. Aside from the big prize, the grand finale saw the finalists dazzle judges and viewers, in a final bid to win the keenly contested prize. But as it turned out, Robots for Christ got more votes from viewers and the judges. They will now join season1 winner Amarachi Uyanne as Airtel Ambassadors. “we can’t express how we feel right now. we are just over joyed and are sincerely grateful to Nigerians for believing in us and voting for us,” said the excited duo. “From their impressive costumes to their very well synchronized dance moves, the Robots for Christ were one act that always impressed us,” said Yibo Koko, one of the judges. Robots for Christ was declared the winner before the three celebrity judges, Dan Foster, Kate Henshaw and Yibo Koko and thousands of guests among which include the management and staff of Airtel Nigeria, the lead sponsor, management and staff of Optima Media Group, Malta Guinness and members of the media. As consolation prize, the remaining contestants got N100,000 each from the organisers. In his welcome address at the grand finale, the Chief executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, while congratulating the finalists for putting in their best, said the foremost telecoms operator shares in the dreams of the Nigerian youths hence the creation of worthwhile platforms such as the NGT to identify, nurture, reward and celebrate the talented. “As an innovative company, we value talent and will always go any distance to identify and celebrate talented Nigerians. we are extremely delighted to be associated with Nigerian talents because we are passionate about creating credible platforms that celebrate and reward innovation and originality. The Airtel brand is not just red, bold and jazzy but youthful, exciting, unique and full of fun,” he said The Airtel Chief executive also reiterated the commitment of the company to the brand vision of becoming the most loved

brand in the daily lives of Nigerians. His word, “we are committed to driving our brand vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians. As a company, we are passionate about building reputable platforms for the celebration of talented Nigerians, we will continue to support initiatives that will bring excitement and happiness to the door steps of all our stakeholders. we have been consistent in bringing laughter, pure joy, excitement and plenty of fun to the homes of Nigerians through our various platforms,” he said. Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director of Optima Media Group, Rotimi Pedro said the whole idea of the multi-talent reality is to create a platform that would help to discover talented individuals, put them on stage in the hope they would cut a career for them-

selves. He also revealed that Got Talent franchise has a global franchise currently in 53 countries, making it the most wide travelled and most watched by households. The NGT 2 train had successfully combed the nation for talents for months beginning with regional auditions in eight cities across the nation followed by theatre auditions in Lagos from which the top 40 were selected to participate in the semi-finals in groups of eight over a period of five weeks with two best acts from each group going through to the finals. The other finalists include Laff Doctor, David, Korede Odukale, Daniel ‘8 Strings’ Azuka, C.I.D Squad, D’ Flex, elevators NG, Praize Puppets and D Naturals. Nigeria’s Got Talent is sponsored by Airtel and is ably supported by Malta Guinness, Tetrazzinni, Soul Mate Hair Products and

Drums set to roll for Paul Okoye, Anita in Port Harcourt ew months after his twin Fheartthrob, brother, Peter wedded his Lola at a classy event in Lagos, Paul, the second half of P-Square, is set to seal his relationship with mother of his son, Anita Isama. Though the lovebirds had made their relationship public, especially during Peter’s wedding, the news of their traditional marriage started as a rumour, until publicist Bayo Adetu confirmed the date. “The plan for this traditional marriage has been going on for a while, but Paul and Anita needed to fix a perfect date, now we have it,” Adetu confirmed. The couple has picked March 22, 2014 for the traditional wedding ceremony, which will be staged at the Aztech Arcum events Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. Already, guests list is being compiled as attendance for the wedding is going to be strictly by invita-

tion. Meanwhile, there has be rumour that the twins plan to have their white wedding ceremony same time. Though no

Paul Okoye with family

date has been fixed for that, if the plan works out, the wedding will likely become the biggest celebrity marriage in the country.


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In Latest Collections, House Of Nwocha Set The Tone For Stories by Chuks Nwanne N what seems like a move to set the tone for what is to come in the New Year, one of Nigeria’s top fashion design label, House of Nwocha, is set to unveil it’s latest collections, White Rose and Red 13. Billed for February 23, 2014, at the Havilah Events Center, Oniru, Lagos, the event promises to be more than a fashion show, as it will also features performances from some of the best female artistes in the country such as Waje, ms.Jaie, Yemi Alade and others. While the red carpet session will start from 5pm, the main show will commence at 6pm. The White Rose collection is all about femininity, fun and prints. From the monochrome lush floral print, to the burgundy and white floral print, this collection is all about having fun in the sun in floral and


stripped prints. From the hand painted burgundy floral theme prints, high-waist dungarees and crop tops from the 90s, this collection is embellished to perfection, as the preppy party dresses and cut out day dresses. It is important to note that floral is a part of the House of Nwocha repertoire for summer looks. Judging from the cuts and colors of this collection, the fashion house is all about luxury living and clients whose lifestyle includes cocktails on a yacht. On the other side, RED 13 is described as a collection that signifies fire, blood, energy, war, danger, strength, determination and passion. House of Nwocha uses this color to describe sensuality, passion and evoke erotic feelings we have been known to associate with Red.

In The Spirit Of Valentine, to provide quality ItentNlocalantoeffort and international conits subscribers during this season of love, multiChoice, Nigeria’s leading provider of premium entertainment destination, has offered DStv subscribers an opportunity to enjoy three free movies on the Box Office package via the Explora from march 2014. Speaking on the customer loyalty experience tagged Box Office Valentine Special with DStv, General manager, marketing and Sales, multiChoice Nigeria, martin mabutho explained that for subscribers to enjoy the Box Office experience, all they need to do is to buy a DStv Explora decoder from February 4 to 28. “We’ve got more love to share with our subscribers this valentine season, and that is why we

are giving them this amazing customer experience,” he remarked. According to the Public Relations manager, multiChoice Nigeria, Caroline Oghuma, subscribers can seize the opportunity to get the DStv Explora and automatically win three movies in advance, absolutely free, which they can then enjoy when Box Office launches in march 2014. DStv Explora was launched last year, during the 20th anniversary celebration of multiChoice Nigeria. With the Explora, DStv subscribers will get a chance to watch 220 hours of personal recorded content, in addition to being able to ‘Catch Up’ with previously aired programmes.

M-Kaze Sings Change EEKS ago, rising singer m- presence, his career has span W over a decade since his debut Kaze released the Gamin 2006 with the album, Music bit-directed visual for his single titled Kupedelake. With the song gradually picking up on air and online, the emerging pop sensation from Port Harcourt is set to unleash a befitting follow-up track, Change. Change is a song that carries a message for Nigeria, Nigerians, Africans and indeed every other part of the world. In the tune, m-Kaze reminds that everyone can make a change in the society, through collective responsibility. Referred to as Psycho King by admirers, following his energetic stage


and M-Kaze. He has since dropped singles such as Psycho, U Be The One, U can Be Me, Do Good, Kpom Love Gi and Why E be Say featuring Duncan mighty. Notwithstanding, m-Kaze is a breath of fresh air for the Nigeria’s Afro pop scene. His easy flowing music style is a combo pack of hope and thoughtful rhymes. In 2009, m-Kaze bagged the award Artiste of the year and Best collaboration at the first edition of on Port-Harcourt music Award and He is signed to Ama Sound, a Lagos-based record.

A model poses with one of the new designs from House of Nkwocha

Apaye… A Tale Of Mother’s Love On Screen mOTHER’S love is something that no A one can explain; it is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain. It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may, for nothing can destroy it or take that love away. It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking and it never fails or falters, even when the heart is breaking. All these qualities of mothers were captured in Royal Arts Academy’s latest movies, Apaye; A Mother’s Love. A story of one woman’s quest to succeed against the odds, the movie is inspired by true events; the story of Elder Irene Yepayeye Uriah, born in the creeks of what is now Bayelsa State, who was left to fend for her six children. She struggled and toiled to provide for her family and to make sure they enjoyed a life that she never had. Against the odds, she became a woman of substance in a community that never believed any good could come from her. Starring stars such as Clarion Chukwurah in an unforgettable performance as the lead character, she is ably supported by talented actor Kanayo O.Kanayo, as well as Belinda Effah, mbong Amata, millicent Jack and others. Produced by Emem Isong and directed by Desmond Elliot, the screenplay was by Uduak Oguamanam, Kehinde Joseph and Vivian Chiji, while Joyce Orieko, Jephthah Yekorogha Robert and Faith Robert are the executive producers. Ahead of the formal premiere in Lagos, on march 7, at the Silverbird Gal-

leria, Apaye was recently screened for the media at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos. The press preview, which lasted for about 30 minutes, had in attendance some of the cast and crew of the movie, who had time to explain in details the essence of the movie project. However, from the few scenes shown, Apaye is surely a movie to see. The director, Desmond Elliot, is someone that has run the full gamut of the film industry. He started his professional career as a model before moving on to becoming an actor where he has acted in well over 100 movies. Ever evolving he has now veered into directing. His directorial effort

in Apaye: A Mother’s Love is simply amazing as he was able to successfully interpret a great story and turn it into an emotional masterpiece. “We spent a lot of time researching the story because we wanted to get the right information. Several times, we visited the village and spoke to people, who knew mama very well. In fact, even at the point of shooting the film, members of the community were fully involved; they know the story very well. Sometime, you see them saying to us, ‘no, that’s not it; mama would never do that…’ So, they were fully involved. I’m happy that we have the work done and we are looking forward to the premiere,” Elliot said. On her part, the producer Emem is an award-winning, producer in Nollywood. A Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Calabar, she has gone on to produce several award-winning movies. She set up Royal Arts Academy, a forefront media company to enable future actors, actresses, writers and directors, avail themselves the opportunity to receive valuable training in the industry. “When we were casting for the movie, we took time to look for people that fits into the personalities we were filming; it was never a ‘man know man’ thing. Shooting epic films could be very challenging, but we are lucky we had sponsors,” she said. Apaye; A Mother’s Love is Emem’s latest effort and another big budget movie that is set to raise the bar in film making in Nigeria.

Iyawo Mi… Timi Dakolo’s Gift To Lovers from the heart, and it’s a delight to share!” Timi Dakolo is an award winning R&B/Soul music artist born announced the release of his on January 20, 1981. He hails from new single Iyawo Mi, off his Bayelsa State, Nigeria and grew forthcoming album. up in the city of Port-Harcourt, Produced by the iconic Cobhams Asuquo, the song is a sort where he started his singing caof love letter delivered with the reer at age of 12, singing in his church choir. Following his trademark vocals that set emergence as West African Idol Dakolo apart; a first and only winner; he released traditional melody surhis debut album titled Beautiful rounded by horns. Obviously, this is another classic from an Noise in 2012, receiving great reviews for the work as well as artiste that is serious with his chart successes. Timi Dakolo recraft. “I have been excited to share leased another single after his debut album titled, Great Nation, this beauty of a song with my fans across the world,” Dakolo which many have described as said. “This also comes straight the new National Anthem of Nigeria. UST in time for the ValenJsoul tine’s Day weekend, Nigeria’s singer, Timi Dakolo, has


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Failure Or Stepping Stone: The Choice Is Yours Author Betty Ugona packed her things and was ready to go home. As she SherHE waited for her Dad to come and pick her up, she thought of life in secondary school. Yes, six years of hard work. What next. “Oh I am so happy to have finished my exams”, she muttered to herself. “For the next three months before the results come out, I am really going to enjoy myself,” she giggled. Having worked so hard and been rated among the best five (5) in her present class, Eucharia was so sure of passing her Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) and getting admission into one of the prestigious universities in the country. Eucharia was a good girl and committed to her studies. She was preparing to enjoy the three months holiday before the next academic session as a ‘jambite’ on campus. “Eucharia your dad is here”, said Felicia, her room mate. “I cannot believe that it is all over. Bye bye to secondary school life, bye bye to the prison yard”, Eucharia said as she picked her luggage and with the help of Felicia and her other friends that came along, she went to the car park to meet her dad. He hugged her and expressed his joy that the journey had come to an end. Eucharia was the last of his five children and he had hoped that this trip would be his last visit to secondary school boarding houses. Eucharia was received at home by friends and relations in their courtyard with a welcome party organized by her mum. Soon after the party, Eucharia could not wait to go to her salon, have her retouched and Brazilian hair fixed on it. She had waited years for this as the school only permitted natural hair which was not to grow beyond a certain length. Eucharia looked at her mirror and was happy about the new look she was wearing. “Oh what a beauty”, she said to herself as she left the salon. The holiday went so fast and by mid-June, the SSCE results were released. Everyone waited in anticipation for Eucharia to return home with good news about her result. Unfortunately, hers was among the ones withheld by the examination board. Eucharia was devastated. What must have happened? There was no case reported against her during the examination. Most of her mates had received their results and were getting ready to go to their respective universities. Eucharia became very frustrated. She wept and prayed that the result would be released. Then by August, her result, along with the three remaining candidates, were released and all she got was three credits. To make matters worse, she got D grade in her English Language and Mathematics courses. Her result was awful. Her parents, siblings and friends who appreciated her abilities tried to console her but to no avail. She prayed to wake up from what seemed a bad dream. However, after about two days, it eventually dawned on her that it was all real. Her parents, siblings and friends came up with several suggestions on the way forward. Which one would she choose? Go back to secondary school to retake the exam? Go to colleges of education, or polytechnics? Or stay at home and sit for GCE and NECO exams? The choice was left for her to make after all effort to persuade her to choose one from the available option failed. As Eucharia lay on her bed one fateful night just before secondary school resumed for the session, she thought about the whole issue. Was this a failure or a stepping stone to her vision? She got up and went to the mirror, she touched her hair, and wondered what would happen to her hair if she decided to go back to secondary school and repeat Senior Secondary School 3 (SSS3). Just for one year, she tried to encourage herself, one year and you are out with your full results and heading to your dream of studying Medicine. “I would not allow this set back to disrupt my journey to achieving my set goals. This is not a failure but a stepping stone,” she said to herself. The next morning, Eucharia went to the salon, had her artificial her removed, cut her hair to the school recommended length and was set to step on the stones to her dream. She chose to go back to secondary school and bear the momentary pain or shame as some may call it. She had focus on her dream to become a medical doctor. She did not want any failure to distract her from achieving her dream. How do see failure? A set back or a stepping stone? It is a matter of choice. How you choose to react to failure will ultimately determine the quality of life you will experience. If you decide to pursue any worthwhile goals, you will inevitably experience this thing called failure. Failure just means not getting the results you were looking for. To some people, it is no big deal, but to most of us, the experience can be devastating. So if failure is an unavoidable part of life, what then can be done to ensure your success de-

spite the setbacks you will be facing? You must therefore learn how to react to failure correctly, and this is a matter of choice. When you are faced with failures, what do you choose to magnify? Your set goals? Or its consequences? It Is your choice, your future, your life. In order to know how to react to failure, you must become aware of the three natural reactions to failure which are mostly dependent on peoples’ choices, character and values. Give UP This is the most common reaction. Why? It is the easiest to do. What many people will do when they are met with challenges and obstacles that cause them to fail in reaching their goals is to start making excuses and blaming circumstances and other people for the failure. Standing back up after you fall and continuing to press forward is difficult. Coming up with justifications as to why you failed is easy, and that is why most people choose this reaction. They cannot stand the fact that they are 100% responsible for their failures. They therefore will set more goals just to end up quitting over and over again. Persist This is the reaction we have all heard about. When the going gets tough, we must persist, we must keep going, and never give up. The problem with this reaction to failure is that you can put in a huge amount of energy but if you are doing the wrong things, your results are not going to change. Albert Einstein once said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” The fact is, even if you go out there, you give it all you’ve got and get up each and every time you’re knocked down, you can still fail to achieve your desired results if you’re doing the wrong things. If you react to failure in this fashion , you will either end up giving up out of exhaustion and discouragement or you will spend the rest of your life falling and getting back up but never achieving your goals. 3. Re-strategize Successful people believe failure is nothing but a feedback mechanism and a stepping stone. If you try something and it doesn’t work, choose to learn from it, and only then do you try again. You must be able not to only take action continuously, but also figure out what is working and what is not. Each time you fail, you will gain experience and the more experience you gain, the better you can strategize your next move and increase your chance of success. So how long do you re-strategize and keep taking a different approach? Until you succeed! This is the surest way to achieve any goal you set for yourself. Persistence is great, and you must persist for the right things. If you persist on the wrong things, you’ll keep persisting for the rest of your life. Choose to live a life of success by finding someone who was has already achieved the goal you want and ask them what they did in case you are running out of patience, then, do the same thing. Using someone else’s experience will save you the hassle of having to go through too many trials and errors. When you react to failure in this manner, your success will just be a matter of time. Eucharia went back to secondary school. She re-strategized and used the momentary failure as a stepping stone. Today, Eucharia is a consultant in one of the Teaching Hospitals in the country. The choices we make amidst immediate pain or sorrow, guarantee our future and life. Hence we must choose to do the right things no matter the discomfort. As candidates of right choices, we must set goals and standards that must start with our choice of spiritual enhancement. We must choose to be energized by a picture of a better tomorrow, doing on the outside what we picture on the inside. We must not forget the ultimate and be enslaved to the immediate.


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Yemi Sax


Corporate Support For Glo Evergreen Series

Sunny Ade

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best of Nigerian music and this is evident in causes in the markets in which we are active. Arik Air’s support for the Glo Evergreen Series, As a responsible corporate citizen, Arik Air is BVIOUSLY impressed with the response which debuted last September with ‘An proud to support initiatives in the arts, from guests who were part of the Evening with the Great Commander, Chief sports and education sectors, among othmaiden edition of the Glo Evergreen Series, Ebenezer Obey’. In this series, we are celebrat- ers,” adding that, “this is another laudable a live music concert created in honour of ing yet another great Nigerian Legend, the initiative by Globacom and Arik Air is again legendary Nigerian musicians for their King of World Beats, Juju Maestro and Master happy and proud to be part of this historic outstanding performances and contribu- Guitarist, King Sunny Ade (KSA),” Arik stateevent. This is yet another gathering of stars tions to the development and growth of ment read. from various fields of endeavour and it is an the nation’s music industry, telecommuniThe airline noted that, “we are dedicated to evening to cherish.” cations company Globacom, has conusing our expertise in air transport to supOn its part, Guinness expressed its comcluded plans for a follow up gig this port organisations pursuing worthwhile mitment to enriching the communities in month. Already, veteran musician King Sunny Ade has been unveiled as headliner for the groove, with hip-hop star D’Banj and Yemi Sax also on parade. According to a statement issued by Globacom, the second edition of the music project is dedicated to King Sunny Ade, the music maestro and legendary composer for his consistency in the past 50 years and contribution to the juju music genre. Billed for February 28, at the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, the evening will feature a blend of classic and contemporary music as the months back, the singer explained, “Yes, UST like yesterday, Branama Koko master D’ Banj and top saxophonist the restaurant was closed but it was Kitchen, the restaurant of Yemi Sax will spice up the show with the just for maintenance purposes. If you foremost female recording best of their recordings. visit the place, you will see some of artiste, Kefee is two. Located at However, Ade’s fans, who cut across the Mende, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos, the changes that have taken place young, industrialists, top administrators, there,’’ she said. the restaurant was opened on socialites and political aficionados are exKefee has been in the US since last year Jan. 5, which coincided with the pected as special guests at ‘strictly by invifor her course, but refused to disclose singer’s birthday. tation’ event. when exactly she would return but admitThough Kefee is currently in “This event is organised primarily to hothe United States, studying Pro- ted that she was almost rounding off her nour and reward Globacom’s high netprogramme. duction and Directing at the worth subscribers. It is our modest way of “I will be back soon,’’ she simply said Chicago Access Network TV, a saying thank you to them for their massive when quizzed. special celebration was resupport,” the organisers said. Kefee is one of the few very active and cently staged at the Branama Meanwhile, top companies, Guinness relevant Nigerian female music acts Kitchen as part of its second anNigeria and Arik Air, have thrown their with four albums to her name. niversary. Of course, the Kokoweights behind the quarterly gig that roko crooner registered her joy She broke into the industry in brings both the old and young artistes to2003 with her first album, at the event in a telephone gether on one stage. Explaining their reaBranama and the hit track of the chat. sons for partnering Glo on the project, same title. “I’m grateful to God for bringboth companies hinted on their resolve to A second album, Branama 2, foling us this far. I opened team up with the organisers to celebrate lowed in 2005, but it was her Branama Kitchen on my birththe legends and also contribute to the efthird album, A Piece of Me (2009), day two years ago, so I am also forts to revitalise Nigerian music. which had another hit, Kokoroko, celebrating my birthday and I “Globacom is a truly Nigerian telecomfeaturing Timaya, that reaffirmed thank God for all he has done munications company, so is Arik, a truly her position in the Nigerian for me,’’ she said. Nigerian Airline. We are very excited to be music industry. Her fourth Asked about the closure of part of the project from the inception. We album, which was released in the the restaurant some share the commitment to promote the 2013, is titled Chorus Leader.


which it operates, adding that it plays a leading role in the socio-economic development of its host communities. “We are very delighted to associate with leading telecommunication company, Globacom, on the Evergreen Series which celebrates our nation’s musical legends. We look forward to a memorable night as Juju Maestro, KSA, collaborates with the koko master D’ banj and saxphone specialist, Yemi Sax, to delight Nigerians,” the company added.

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‘We Need A Strong Structure In The Music Industry’ By Olushola Ricketts NTIL there is a proper U structure in the entertainment industry, it would be hard to curb piracy. This is the position of music promoter Ayodele Odunsi. The CEO of Gas Promotions, a brand that focuses on music promotions and business development, observed that, some organisations claim to represent the interest of artistes by collecting royalties on their behalf, but no data of how many times their materials were used and how much they should be paid. “Until transparency is restored, curbing piracy would only be an illusion,” he maintained. Odunsi blamed the situation on ignorance among practitioners, especially when it comes to signing business agreement. “We need to know that the industry is a very lucrative one that needs a lot of expertise and we should stop putting square peg in round hole.” Gas Promotions, according to him, focuses on rendering quality music promotions and business development services to organisations in Nigeria and beyond. He said the company was established to fill the vacuum created by poor content marketing and music promotions in the entertainment industry. “But our passion for music, branding, content marketing and promotions has brought us back to showbiz regardless of our cooperate sector experience. We have been doing this for almost a decade. We started out as Smooth Waves in 2005, but later changed to Gas Promotions and it was registered in 2010,” he noted For the graduate of microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, who has been in the business for the past 10 years, the industry is growing but still needs more sincerity, focus and dedicated people as against the increasing number of greedy practitioners. “What worries me the most is our social media with the copy and paste style of blogging. When you have more than 15 blogs with the same story without any editing, how do we get across productive information? “I read an article that in 2013 we had an Internet population of over 48 million people. If that was anything to go by, it means we have more Nigerians online than the entire population in Tanzania. The truth is that our bloggers use this market to promote gos-


sip. Every Blog cannot afford to focus on gossip and our youth/workforce should start thinking and be creative,” he lamented. On the international scene, he greatly admires R Kelly. “He knows how to remain relevant. Till tomorrow, his stage performance keeps you wondering why a famous act is still very energetic and dedicated to his passion. We have artists who are doing well in Nigeria too also.” One issue that disturbs Odunsi also is the invasion of quacks that call themselves promoters, lamenting that most of them have little or no knowledge of what the business is all about. He observed that promotions is very expensive, especially for up and coming entertainers in the country. “People pay through their noise to get their music out there. I think we need a better structure that will encourage the average Nigerian artistes.” Notwithstanding his strong connection in the music terrain, it has never crossed the mind of Odunsi to venture into mainstream entertainment either as a singer or a rapper someday, though music promotion probably runs in the family’s blood. His father, Ayodeji Odunsi who is a pharmacist by profession, promoted the likes of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kuti, Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek, Raskimono and others in the US. Despite his father’s strong influence in the business however, he got to know about his son’s brand two years ago. “I did not make it known to him because I wanted to build my brand outside his network. He was home recently and Tuface hosted us along side Tony Tetuila the same night Rumours Festac in Lagos was officially launched,” he recalled. Though Gas Promotions has successfully built a good network across Lagos, Ghana, South Africa, United Kingdom and United State of America, Odunsi still hopes they get to a stage where they build a very large network that sells everything and anything. To up and coming acts, Odunsi harped on originality. “Music requires a lot of work, so be ready to put all your best in it. Don’t try to get famous without a proper structure to support you and take your time to get good promoters that can promote your brand to a marketable level,” he said.

MC Okwadike returns with Laff d Laff was held last year in Festac Town, Lagos, attracted other E first came to limelight young comedians and entertainers, who gathered to give years ago when he featured in AY’s Open Mic Talent support to one of their own. Featuring comedian such as Show, a live comedy contest Solid AC and singer Radio for up coming comedians Man, who did the signature across the country. For his tune, the CD, aside from jokes, impressive performance, which caught the attention of deals on issues affecting the society including religion, the judges and audience, Chukwuemeka Odili, other- health care, marriage, fashion wise known as MC Okwadike, and others. “I’ve been working on this made it to the final stage of for a long time now, but I’m the competition. glad we have a product peoThough he didn’t win the ple can see. I thank God for top prize, Okwadibaba, as he’s fondly called, made no- the talent and we are ticeable impact with his still jokes, which are usually centered on real life situations. And with the exposure he got from the platform, it didn’t take long before he got his groove going. In a bid to show the other side of his creativity, he veered into acting, featuring in a number of soap opera’s in both English and Igbo language. Some of these works are currently showing on AfricaMagic channels. Going full circle, the Anambra State-born entertainer recently launched his comedy talk show tagged Laff d Laff. The official launch, which

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working on more projects,” MC Okwadike said. On why he decided to take on issues as against the usual style of making people laugh and forget their sorrows, the humour merchant explained, “I think it’s high time we started looking beyond just entertainment; we have to use entertainment as a platform to educate and inform the public. When you listen to the CD, you will see how we dealt with a wide range of issues affecting

us as a people; that’s the way to go.” In a country where social vices are on the rise, the comedian believes that artistes have a major role to play. “We can’t continue talking about popping Hennessey and champagne; we need to begin to think about how to better our society. Laff d Laff is a tool with which I intend to engage the people.” Marketed nationwide by Exodus Music, the talk show is expected to run in series. “This is just the first in the series. Already, we are working on the second edition, which will hit market soon.”

War Against Cancer… COSON Plans Charity Gig AvING agreed to partner CommitH tee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) in its effort to fight against cancer in Nigeria, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), seems to have perfected plans on how to make contributions towards the imitative. Information coming from COSON’s Ikeja office informed that the organisation is planning spectacular benefit concert in support of the campaign against cancer. Tagged Concert of Stars Against Cancer (COSAC), the gig is aimed at mobilising the entire Nigerian nation to fight the cancer epidemic killing an estimated 240 Nigerians every day, to a standstill. During the week, the leadership of CECP Nigeria held several meetings at COSON Headquarters with a team led by the COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, to design the benefit concert. The CECP team was led by the committee’s Executive Secretary, Abia Nzelu, a surgeon and specialist in cancer. Those involved in the planning of the concert include Efe Omorogbe, CEO of Now Muzik, singer Azeezat Allen, who has committed herself to promoting the cause of slowing down the spread of cancer in Nigeria and Chief Samuel Alabi, President, Hotel & Personal Services Employers Association (HOPESEA), whose organisation has already donated the use of the magnificent Expo Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites for the show. All the aforementioned were present at the recent flag off of the Big War Against Cancer, which took place at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. According to the organisers, Concert of Stars, which holds on Saturday, March 29, will bring together a galaxy of the country’s brightest stars, corpo-

rate titans and the biggest brands in the land that would join in the Big War Against Cancer in Nigeria. Meanwhile, efforts are intensified to bring 37 mobile cancer centers into Nigeria to ensure early detection of the disease and treatment across the nation; proceeds from the cancer would be channeled into the project. COSON and HOPESEA are partnering with CECP and the co-promoters including Institute of Directors (IoD), Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in the effort to acquire thirty-seven (37) Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs), one for each state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The MCCs will facilitate a nationwide cancer screening/treatment campaign so that every Nigerian can have a fighting chance in the battle against cancer. A mobile cancer centre is a clinic on wheels, in which screening, follow-up and several forms of treatment (including surgeries), can take place. It includes facilities for mammography, colonoscopy, colposcopy, cryotherapy, and sonology as well as laboratory and operating theatre. Already, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has created a unique short code for those who want to contribute to this effort. By texting “CANCER” or any other chosen word to ‘’44777”, a person can contribute N100/sms towards this cause. Interswitch Limited has also established a code - “777526” - for donations via ATM

or online at On the other hand, a team of the COSON Management, which was in Johannesburg to improve the sharing of collective management technology between Nigeria and South Africa, returned to the country over the weekend. The delegation which was made up of the society’s General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji and Head of DataTech, Mr. Isa Aruna visited Southern Africa Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) to build up on already existing relationships to explore the best ways in which African repertoire can be well documented and compensated. One of such is a Pan African shared solution known as the Pan African Repertoire Database, which is set up via the establishment of a common Pan African IT platform. The Pan African shared solution is targeted towards ensuring more efficient documentation and monitoring of the use of the repertoire belonging to African right holders. The project, which may have the participation of other key African societies such as Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS), and Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZIMURA) as pilots, is expected to redefine the operations of copyright collective management in Africa Speaking on the project, Mr. Chukwuji informed, “The Pan African Repertoire Database is a welcome development for African music collecting societies. It will go a long way in reducing the cost involved in managing individual databases and will also make it a lot easier to license African works used anywhere around the globe.”

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Lady In Red… Take a cue from these celebrities on how to sport the colour of passion, for that party-perfect look this Valentine’s season is in the air, as LtionOVE Valentine’s Day celebracontinues this weekend. It is a long weekend that affords lovers the opportunity to dine out, attend cocktails, and go to movies or some of the much-advertised Valentine gigs in town. For women who are yet to be connected, it’s also time to go on a night out with the girls. Whatever your personal style, one thing is certain: this is one day you’ll want to turn up the heat a bit more than usual in red, the colour of passion and glamour. Coming in different shades such as crimson, rose, ruby, scarlet, carnelian, sangria, maroon, burgundy, magenta and more, this bright hue makes your complexion glow, and gives you an excuse to wear your favorite red lipstick. The iconic colour of Valentine's Day is also flattering to nearly every complexion and hair colour. Whether you want to go formal in a long dress or you want to sport a short red lace dress, remember to pick a flattering style as you go shopping for a red frock. Also remember to keep the accessories simple so as not to overwhelm or subdue your red dress that you want to make a statement with. Monochromed accessories shouldn’t be too loud and colours such as navy blue, black, nude and gold are perfect palettes to go with your dress. You can take a cue from these women in their elegant and graceful dresses on how to steal your man’s heart in the red shade this Valentine’s season. Move over LBD, red dress wants to make a statement this weekend!

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Trends From New York Fashion Week The just-ended New York Fashion Week 2014 was an admixture of both futuristic and throwback trends. Here are some of the striking styles from the runways of the NYFW 2014 By Nike Sotade HE Mercedes Benz New York T Fashion Week is one of the “big four� fashion weeks in the world, along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. It normally kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, and is immediately followed by Fashion Weeks in London, Milan and Paris. First held in 1943, it was the first organized fashion week and has been introducing many gifted designers with their own brands to fashion industry, such as: Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Victoria Beckham and a host of others. Although New York fashion shows tend to be sportswear and everyday wear from both American and foreign designers, they always promised to be chic with designers unveiling their unique Spring/Summer collections. From massive knits to blasts from the past, with feathers and bright colours, in between, here are the most exciting trends recorded from the runways at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week 2014.


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6 Easy Tips for a Happy, Healthy Brain (Health & Fitness) Have you ever gone into the kitchen and can’t remember why? Or you can’t remember someone’s name while speaking to them? You may have missed an appointment because it slipped your mind. These kinds of memory lapses can happen at any age, but we tend to get more upset by them as we get older because we fear it’s only downhill from there. According to the Framingham Offspring Cohort Study, chronic health conditions such as diabetes and bad habits such as smoking accelerated brain shrinkage. Other bad habits can trigger brain changes, too. Poor diet and lack of exercise can contribute to cardiovascular disease that reduces blood flow to the brain. An unhealthy

lifestyle, in general, may increase our chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

This section deals with appropriate set of rules which are valid and allowable in English Language.

So, how can we stay sharp as we age? Here Understanding Subject Verb Agreement are six ways to help improve brain function: When discussing subject verb agreement, it’s helpful to remember that a singular Exercise your brain. Brain games and cer- subject takes a singular verb and a plural tain puzzles and brainteasers help create subject takes a plural verb. However, there new associations between different parts are a few exceptions to this rule. For Examof the brain, which keeps it sharp. Other ple: exercises that challenge the brain are things like doing normal activities with Continued From Last Week. your non-dominant hand like brushing Who, that, and which are singular or plural your teeth or combing your hair. according to the noun directly in front of Vary activities. Most of us here are already them. Typically, you should use a plural verb physically active, which is extremely imwith two or more subjects when they are portant for brain health, but consider connected by and. challenging your body – and brain – in a variety of ways from time to time. Mix up There and here are never considered to be subjects. In sentences beginning with exercise routines, do something you here or there, the subject follows the verb. haven’t done in a while whether it’s hiking or tossing a ball around. This variety is As well as and along with do not function the same as and. The phrase introduced as healthy for your brain as it is for your by as well as or along with modifies the body. earlier word, but does not compound the subjects. Eat brain food. We all know that a good, If a sentence includes modifiers between the clean diet will improve all areas of our health, but there are many studies and an subject and verb, this does not affect whether the verb is singular or plural. increasing amount of evidence that cerJust because a word ends in –s does not autain foods slow mental decline. Topping the list of brain-boosting food is any food tomatically make it plural. Consider the high in Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, word is as an example of this rule. A collective noun such as team or staff can which has been linked to a lower risk of dementia and improved focus and mem- be either singular or plural depending ory. And you were just taking your fish oil upon the rest of the sentence. to keep your joints from hurting. Clinic Try new things outside of the gym. Take up a language, an instrument, memorize *Last week, we made examples to explain poetry. Asking your brain to do some new the rules guiding some exceptions to the subject/verb agreement. tricks keeps it active and able to learn. Volunteer. Research shows that this can lower your stress levels and increase mental functioning. Volunteering adds to a person’s well-being and overall health. Not only does it feel good, but it promotes brain health by raising self esteem. Socialize. We are social animals and according to a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, we need a variety of brain stimulation, including social activity, to keep our minds sharp. This is especially true later in life, when aging takes its toll on memory and other complex neurological processes. Keeping our bodies fit is a great endeavour, but if our minds don’t stay sharp, how will we enjoy the benefits?

Anyone, everyone, someone, no one, and nobody always require singular verbs. Example: No one knows tomorrow. Neither and either require singular verbs even though they seem to be referring to two separate things. Example: Neither Tony nor Tim is around.

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Exercise could make you a better student. A study of Kansas elementary and middle school pupils found a link between physical fitness and better performance in mathematics and reading examinations. The study followed the fitness of 13,000 pupils two years ago. It is part of the Healthy Schools Project funded by the Kansas Health Foundation. The results found that pupils who met one of the fitness standards scored 51 percent above proficiency standards for mathematics. They scored 42 percent above proficiency standards for reading. For pupils who met the mark for all five fitness tests, scores jumped to 74 percent above the standard for reading. The increase was 70 percent for mathematics. NOTE: Why did the ancient Greeks advocate for “a sound mind in a sound body?” Did they have access to data like this report from Kansas?

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Cover Nigeria’s Time Bomb Of Unhealthy Lifestyle


Jonathan By Joseph Okoghenun OHNSON ADEYEMI, a 33-year old banker with Jmetaphor one of the new generation banks in Lagos, is a of how unhealthy the life of average Nigerian has become over the years. Although he works in Victoria Island, he lives in Ikorodu- distance of about a three- hour drive. The scenario, therefore, forces Adeyemi to wake up by 4:00am daily to beat the heavy, slowmoving traffic that often grinds that route daily. He would arrive his office not until 7:30 am or 8:00 am even though he often leaves home by 5:00am. His breakfast is either noodles mixed with eggs or soft drink eaten with bread and butter. He literarily forbids eating fruits and vegetables. Adeyemi’s launch is nothing short of the fast food he often buys from a fast food joint few kilometers from his office; he does not even walk there, but drives to get it. His return leg home seems to be tougher; he spends between four to five hours on the road in traffics on daily basis, a scenario that often sees him arriving home between 11pm and 12 midnight to his already sleeping family. He, therefore, sleeps less than five hours dailythree hours short of what experts recommend for healthy living. Exercise is no go area for Adeyemi. His pot-belly has become his public signature .There are no regular medical checkups for him. He swallows pain reliever drugs everyday to “stay fit”. “Since I was born, I have never been to a hospital” had become his popular mantra until the unusual happened. . But Adeyemi was recently diagnosed with virulent hypertension and diabetes after he slumps in his office. His life, doctors say, is hanging in the balance. Most Nigerians are Adeyemi in the making. Medical scientists said most Nigerians are being affected negatively by unhealthy and changing lifestyles. Experts, therefore, believe that Nigeria is only sitting on a keg of disaster waiting to happen in the form of non-communicable diseases (NCDs); the prediction has, however, started coming through, as NCDs have already started ravaging Nigeria in form of hypertension, diabetes, cancers, kidney diseases even among youths. Lifestyle is said to be unhealthy when people abuse food gluttonously, do not exercise at least 30 minutes per day in three days a week, but live sedentary lifestyles. Others form of unhealthy lifestyles are non-participation in regular medical check-ups, drugs abuse, sleeping less than eight hours per day, having multiple sexual partners, refusing to keeping a healthy environment, smoking cigarette or drinking alcohol excessively. Medical experts are dumbfounded that young Nigerians below the age of 40 are coming down with chronic hypertension, a condition

that has been attributed to unhealthy lifestyles. According to the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele “between a staggering 20,088,000 and 56,376,000 Nigerian citizens are hypertensive.” High blood pressure, or hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. It also contributes to renal disease and blindness. Some dietary factors have been attributed to hypertension, including increased salt intake, alcohol abuse and a decrease in fruit and vegetables consumption among others. Although the precise cause of cancers is yet to be ascertained, medical experts also pinpoint unhealthy lifestyle as possible factor why Nigerians are coming down and dying from different forms of cancers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while 100, 000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer every year, 80,000 die from it annually. The statistics reveals that 10 Nigerians die every hour of various types of cancers. Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), however, adds that out the WHO estimates, 30 Nigerian women die everyday from breast cancer alone, while 14 Nigerian men die from prostate cancer everyday. The effects of unhealthy lifestyles on diabetes and kidney diseases are not far-fetched; the effects do not look but stare Nigeria in the face. Sadly local hospitals are not well equipped to handle complications that often result from these lifestyle diseases. Nigeria, therefore, loses millions of dollars to medical tourism, aside from high mortality rates arising from effects of these wrong lifestyles. Wrong lifestyles are popular in Nigeria partly because of challenges of urbanisation. While many Nigerians in urban centres live sedentary lifestyles, the amount of physical exercise have been decreasing. In urban settings, public transportation has replaced the traditional pattern of walking long distances with equally unhealthy implications of obesity. Urban employment and advent of technology

have promoted far less physical labour than rural employment or other activities of daily living, such as chopping wood, carrying water, or tilling the fields, walking long distance to get household goods. In big cities, high crime levels prevent people from moving about freely. Even in poorest semi-urban Nigerian settings, inhabitants watch remote-controlled television more frequently for many hours than necessarily to the detriment of their health. Fast foods, a sudden fad in Nigeria, have replaced traditional foods in appreciable number of Nigerian homes. Sadly, these foods, experts said are often laden with high level of salt and saturated oil, which become “semi-solid” even at a room temperature. In the absence of proper regulation, the health of millions of Nigerians that rush to these joints for “meals” have been jeopardised. Various studies have shown that consumption of excessive salt may put one at risk for high blood pressure,stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, kidney disease among other deadly conditions. Similarly, canned food and drinks culture is gradually taking over the eating culture of Nigerians. If studies from the United States of America (USA) are anything to go by on the health effects of canned food on Americans, Nigeria may soon be battling with unhealthy effects of Bisphenol A (BPA)- a hormone-disrupting chemical sometimes found in the linings of soda, food, and baby formula cans, and in the makeup of some water and baby bottles. BPA has been linked to possible developmental problems in fetuses, infants, and children, and heart disease, diabetes, and liver problems in adults. Many Nigerians are in danger of cigarette smoking. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in 2012, estimated 4.5 million adult Nigerians smoke cigarette and exposes 27 million other Nigerians to deadly and harmful second smoke. According to a report this week by Centre for Disease Control and

For some Nigerians, it is a crime to sleep at least 8 hours at night, which have been recommended by scientists for healthy living. Rapid urbanization, noise pollution from workship centres and long hours spent on tedious traffic steal some peoples’ time for quality sleep. The effects have been disastrous: Heart disease, high blood pressure,stroke, diabetes, cancers among others are often the silent effects. But when they happen, most Nigerians, being religious in nature, blamed them on “witches” in their families and resort to spiritual help, instead of seeking medical help early enough. The result is a circle of absurd.

Prevention(CDC), smoking has the capacity to increase the risk for heart disease by 2 to 4 times; stroke by 2 to 4 times, hasting men developing lung cancer by 25 times and of women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times. Fumes from obiquitous generators have hindered Nigerians from living healthily. Because of irregular and erratic power supply, most Nigerian households now resort to self-help in providing electricity in form of generators. For some, the destructive element has ironically become a symbol of affluence. No wonder some have at least two generators for their use, alternating them whenever any of them is faulty. Some, not knowing the health implications of these deadly machines, often place them closed to living rooms while they are put on, with fumes and noise romancing them. Although there are scanty studies available, the results of generators in Nigeria have been disastrous. The deadly gas known as carbon monoxide, found in fumes from generators, have sucked lives out of hapless victims while asleep. In May last year, one Mrs. Chinyere Celestine and four of her children were found dead in their home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, from generator fumes. And several families have been reported wiped out by generator fumes. But Nigerians would not learn any lesson; not so soon. For some Nigerians, it is a crime to sleep at least 8 hours at night, which have been recommended by scientists for healthy living. Rapid urbanization, noise pollution from workship centres and long hours spent on tedious traffic steal some peoples’ time for quality sleep. The effects have been disastrous: Heart disease, high blood pressure,stroke, diabetes, cancers among others are often the silent effects. But when they happen, most Nigerians, being religious in nature, blamed them on “witches” in their families and resort to spiritual help, instead of seeking medical help early enough. The result is a circle of absurd. Nigerians abuse drugs a lot;self-medication is a popular culture in Nigeria. Pain relievers, cough remedies, laxatives, vitamins, tonics, antacids, antibiotics, anti-malaria drugs are some of the most abused drugs in Nigeria. Even herbal medicines are consumed by some Nigerians at will with the believe that anything natural do not have side effects. But medical scientists said such unhealthy practices have been responsible for outbreak of kidney diseases. The list of unhealthy lifestyles in Nigeria is endless. But medical scientists, including the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Akin Osibogun, agreed that the earlier Nigerians start making changes in their lifestyles, the earlier the nation might just be shield from oncoming health tsunami gliding towards the most populated


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‘Lifestyle Can Determine Whether One Is Healthy Or Not’ Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH),Prof.Akin Osibogun, a public health physician, is of the opinion that lifestyle could define the health status of individuals. Osibogun, who had served as Short Term Consultant and Temporary Adviser to several international agencies, including World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), added that health implications of not living healthy life has already started manifesting among Nigerians in form of hypertension, diabetes, cancers, obesity among others. By Joseph Okoghenun How important is lifestyle to healthy life? IFESTYLE is one of the major determinants of health. We normally talk about choice diseases. Choice diseases are diseases that occur as a result of the choices we made. I will give you an example. The number of sexual partners you have can affect your health, because it can increase the risk of your contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), gonorrhoea, syphilis among others. The choice you made can affect your health. Another is the decision to use or abuse alcohol. Alcohol can cause liver cirrhosis; it can damage the liver. Alcohol is not mandatorily required to live. So, it just by choice that you consume alcohol. And if one consumed it in excessive quantity, it could cause some damages to one’s liver. Another choice one could make is the choice to smoke cigarette; it is not compulsory that one must smoke. But some people choose to smoke. And tobacco has been associated with several diseases, prominent among which is cancer of the lung. Cancer of the bladder and coronary artery disease have also been associated with tobacco use. But you can see that the choices one made in terms of choice whether one smokes, abuses alcohol or one has multiple sexual partners affect one’s health. One other area we also make choice is the way we live-whether we live sedentarily or do not engage in physical exercise. If we do not engage in physical exercise, we also risk our health. Physical exercise has been shown to boost the immune system, aside improving the circulation of blood throughout the body. By boosting the immune level, it prevents several diseases, including cancers. So, physical exercise is good for ensuring cardiovascular fitness, and it is good for reducing the risks of certain cancers.But then whether you engage in physical exercise or not is also a question of choice and lifestyle. The other area is the kind of food one consumes. Some people like


anything fried food- food fried with cholesterol –rich oil. Again, if one consumed too much of fat, one could be clogging one’s blood vessels because the fat deposit in the blood supply system will then narrow the vessels so that one can be having conditions such coronary heart disease among others. Lifestyle is very important to health. People need to be informed and educated so that they will adopt pro-life lifestylethat involves eating in moderation so that one would not be obese. One could be obese because one is gluttonouseating without restrains. Obesity is a risk factor for several diseases like hypertension, diabetes among others. Lifestyle can determine whether one is healthy or not. Of course, there are also factors in the environment that can affect one’s health. How are Nigerians doing in terms of healthy lifestyle practices? Particularly in urban areas, people need to be further educated. Partly

because of challenges with urbanisation, people are sleeping less. Sleeping pattern is also a question of lifestyle. If one wakes up by 4:am but sleep at 12

home, but are glued to TV late into the night; all that is going to affect their health. There are challenges we are facing because of changing lifestyles due to urbanisation. Some people do not even cook at home; they just buy fast food and fried food along the road. I had earlier spoken about the risk in eating cholesterol-rich oil meals and the risk of taking in too much of fried food. Over-

Osibogun midnight- one is not getting enough rest. It is likely to predispose one to disease like hypertension, and one’s immune level would also be affected because one is not getting enough rest. Some people, particularly in urban areas as a result of urbanisation, close late at work, get

processed food items tend to be lower in nutrients. But because they can’t cook at home because they are always on the move, particularly in urban areas... all that will be increasing the risk for diseases. The other area, of course, is people do not eat fresh vegetables as result

We need to start encouraging people to walk for life. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes every day, that is good exercise. The tendency in many instances, particularly in urban areas, is that when people move from their homes, they want to take okada, tricycle or taxi. And when they get to the office, they sit down in one spot from morning till evening. So, there is no physical exercise. But we need to encourage people to devote some time to physical exercise. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes in a day, that would be good exercise- you would sweat, you would have improved blood circulation and strong immune system. It does not cost anything to walk briskly for 30 minutes. But if you can afford it, you can join some sport clubs-play tennis, table tennis, lawn tennis, squash, gulf or any exercise so that you can keep fit. We must provide information to people about their diets. People should reduce their salt intake because adding too much salt to your food can predispose you to hypertensive disease

of urbanisation because fresh vegetables are available more in the rural areas. Therefore, they do not get some nutrients. Some people don’t also take in enough fruits and fibres to help the digestive system to function optimally. Colon cancer is becoming a disease of concern for us in this environment, because a lot of people are not taking in enough roughages, fruits and fresh vegetables to help the bowel move regularly so that there is no accumulation of carcinogenic chemicals in the gastrointestinal tract. So, we need to educate our people, we need to make information available to them so that they will better protect their health. What would be the possible health implications of our present lifestyles for the larger population in the nearest future? The implication is that if we do not positively influence the changes in lifestyles, it is likely that the health conditions I mentioned would become more prevalent: Hypertensive diseases, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, obesity among others. Are we already seeing these? We are already seeing them even in younger generation, particularly in urban areas, because of changes in lifestyles. We need to start encouraging people to walk for life. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes every day, that is good exercise. The tendency in many instances, particularly in urban areas, is that when people move from their homes, they want to take okada, tricycle or taxi. And when they get to the office, they sit down in one spot from morning till evening. So, there is no physical exercise. But we need to encourage people to devote some time to physical exercise. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes in a day, that would be good exercise- you would sweat, you would have improved blood circulation and strong immune system. It does not cost anything to walk briskly for 30 minutes. But if you can afford it, you can join some sport clubs-play tennis, table tennis, lawn tennis, squash, gulf or any exercise so that you can keep fit. We must provide information to people about their diets. People should reduce their salt intake because adding too much salt to your food can predispose you to hypertensive disease. All these are questions of lifestyle.

‘Regular Consumption Of Canned Foods Can Cause Diabetes’ By Ajibola Amzat FTER work hour, it is common to see A commuters in major Nigerian cities reaching out for canned beverages from the roadside hawkers. Also at social gathering on weekends, Nigerians guzzle canned or bottled drinks one after the other. At Oshodi, Lagos for instance, hawkers are everywhere selling canned food and beverages to customers who are in a hurry to ‘kill’ the hunger or thirst. But how safe are canned food? The Associate Professor and Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr.

Olufemi Fasanmade, said canned food or drink could cause diabetes. According to him, canned food has a lot to do with diabetes because what is used in preserving them are either sugar or salt. With canned food or drink, “it is either plenty salt or plenty sugar. If you take sardine for instance, it is preserved with salt and plenty of oil, and oil is bad because it contains plenty of calories. Salt is bad because it makes your blood pressure go up.” He said the problem with canned food or drink is that they have a lot of chemicals. “The simplest of the chemical is salt, which is not good for the blood pressure. Also if you

take canned pineapple or canned beer, for instance, they contain plenty of sugar. And concentrated sugar is used as preservative,” he said. Fasanmade added that the correct way to manage diabetes is for the affected person to see a physician, as diabetes does not have cure. Diabetes, he said, is not something that patients can treat on his or her own; rather it is a condition that requires the attention of a doctor to treat. “At least you should have a first visit to the doctor who will assess the severity and examine whether there are complications.

The doctor will determine whether the patient would need tablet or injection or the combination of the two . There are some diabetic cases in which the sugar level is not very high, it may just be lifestyle changes such patient would require. Even though such patient goes to see a doctor, he or she would not be given any medication, because the sugar level is high though, can be controlled. Those ones, we just tell them: ‘Don’t eat this; don’t eat that; do some exercise; lose some weight and the sugar level will come to normal’”, the endocrinologist said.


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‘Majority Of Nigerians Do Not Eat Nutritionally Balanced Meals’ The Managing Director of Bask Nutrition and Herbs Ltd., Dr. Patience Ikeme Ogbuli-a seasoned nutritionist, offers insight into various questions bothering on the relationship between nutrition and wellbeing. By Ekwy P. Uzoanya Why emphasise nutrition in wellbeing? UNDAMENTAl to each individual’s needs is an adequate supply of essential nutrients to nourish body cells, provide energy for maximum work capacity and recreational activities, support mental functions, prevent and fight infections, and buffer the effects of daily stress. Today, we know that nutrients not only prevent deficiency symptoms but also promote good health and reduce the risks of many chronic metabolic and degenerative diseases. According to a German proverb, a man is what he eats. Science is showing that we are subject to the consequences of the essential nutrients we neglect in our diets. It is possible to obtain adequate amounts of health promoting nutrients from foods, if the food chain is favourable to the nutrients. A simple step of doubling the five daily recommended vegetable intakes to 10, while staying within the recommended calorie level, will help to better nourish and protect the body against infections and diseases, reduce the risk of constipation and control obesity. We must also pay attention to preparation and cooking methods of these fruits and vegetable. Most of our green vegetables are eaten cooked, wherein great amounts of the nutrients are destroyed or leached away in the preparatory processes. It is recommended that we enjoy our fruits and vegetables raw in order to obtain the nutritional values of these foods What kinds of food are good or harmful to the body? When it comes to classifying food as good or harmful, it can simply be put that foods, which nourish the body and support optimal functioning of the body systems are good. Nutrients from the foods we eat are basically classified into carbohydrates, proteins, fats,


Ogbuli vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates such as rice, yams, cassava, corn and plantains are energy giving foods. They provide the body with fuel to continue to perform its functions. Protein foods such as meat, fish, milk, different kinds of beans help provide essential compounds which the body uses to build muscles, maintain the body cells and support the production hormones, enzymes and other substances which the body uses to sustain life. Fats provide energy in high concentrations but are also necessary for support and protection of internal body organs. They even serve as carriers for some vitamins and help in lubrication. Vitamins and minerals support the body skeleton and act as catalysts. For example, they initiate and support many bodily functions, notably the life sustaining repetitive functions in the body. Vitamins and minerals are abundant in fruits, vegetables and milk. Harmful foods, on the other hand, supply more than the body can normally handle. This includes foods high in sugar, very high in starch and fat. Frequent and reasonable consumption of these foods disrupt the normal functioning of the body systems, resulting in acute or chronic poor health conditions. What is the role of lifestyle, for example, smoking, drinking of alcohol and certain beverages on human health?

A lifestyle of eating essential foods in moderation, getting adequate sleep and exercise promotes good health. However, the habit of smoking is very detrimental to health. The harmful effects of smoking include breathing problems, lung diseases, and cancer of the mouth, throat and lungs. The habit of drinking alcohol is damaging to the liver, which is the body’s powerhouse. The excess calories from alcohol result in accumulation of fat in the body, especially in the belly and cause the liver to be fatty. Of course, alcohol intoxication is known to cause many problems including loss of good judgment, depression, marital problems, poverty and even death. How does urban living affect what the people eat nowadays? Urban living can be good or bad depending on how it impacts income and the available living spaces. Urban living, for the low-income earners increases the risk of malnutrition because most of the income is usually devoted to rent, transportation and education. Working long hours and spending reasonable times commuting to and from work make it difficult for people to eat nutritionally balanced meals regularly. It is not surprising that food vendors supply approximately 60 per cent of daily energy intakes. Most people miss the important breakfast meal because of the rush to get to work on time. Even school children experience the same challenges. Truth be told, the majority of Nigerians do not eat nutritionally balanced meals, especially enough fruits and vegetables. Even the elite who have enough money for food do not pay serious attention to fruits and vegetables. What is the connection between nutrition and cancer, diabetes? yes, the incidences of cancer and diabetes are on the rise and have reached epidemic level in many parts of the world, including Nigeria. Here is the link. Obesity, being extremely overweight and or accumulation of body fat in excess of amounts which support good health, is a result of poor nutrition. Obesity can lead to diabetes by blunting the ability of the body cells to recognise insulin, the hormone that carries blood sugar to the storage sites. The pancreas, the organ which produces insulin, is then fooled because of high blood sugar to continuously produce insulin. The continued secretion of more insulin results in exhaustion of the

pancreas and other abnormalities resulting in diabetes. This type of diabetes is type II diabetes. The body grows or renews worn out cells through a process of cell division. When serious abnormal changes occur in the process of cell division, often resulting in rapid growth of cells, to the extent that the body cannot control the process any longer, this is what is described as cancer. For example, obesity having blunted the ability of the body cells to respond to insulin, creates a situation of high insulin level, the high levels of insulin can start a domino effect in the production of certain key hormones (including male and female sex hormones) and activities of body substances which can ultimately lead to cancer. On the positive side, some nutrients have been found not only to help nourish the body cells but also retard the onset of conditions in the body which cause cancer. These nutrients include considerable amounts of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, selenium, retinoids, essential fatty acids, isothiocyanates and allyl compounds and retaining sufficient level of these elements in the body. Health professionals should try to incorporate nutritional counseling and recommendation of balanced diets as prevention strategy to promote good health and prevent early onset of chronic condition such as diabetes and cancer. What is the daily value recommended value for the nutrients for one to be quite healthy? recommended dietary allowances (rDA) or reference daily intakes (rDI) of nutrients are the levels or the amounts of nutrients an individual would need to take on a daily basis in order to prevent dietary deficiencies of the reference nutrients and maintain good health. Different countries have their own rDAs or rDIs. Countries that have not established daily values often make use of ideas from other countries. For example, the United States of America recommends that not more than 20 to 25 per cent of daily energy should come from fat, 45 to 65 per cent from carbohydrates and 10 to 30 per cent from proteins. They also recommend five servings of fruits and vegetable daily. As a nutritionist, I would recommend doubling the servings of fruits and vegetables to 10, and combining fruits and vegetable with deep and varying colours.

‘Cancer Has Increased Because We Have Changed Our lifestyles’ Chairman Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter,Dr. Francis Faduyile, told DEBO OLADIMEJI that hypertension, diabetes and cancers are increasing in Nigeria because of wrong lifestyles. Why are Nigerians dying of diseases like cancer, kidney failure among other diseases? ENErAlly, we have two main types of illnesses that affect human beings. The first type is communicable diseases. That is the one that can be transmitted from one person to the other. Then we have what we called non communicable diseases (NCDs). Example of communicable diseases are cholera, malaria, typhoid among others. The non-communicable diseases are diseases that cannot be communicated from one person to the other. Example of that are hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure and cancer. Over the years, Nigeria has been battling with so many communicable diseases. It has been one of the major causes of deaths. But all over the world, we are having a greater


resurgence of non-communicable diseases. Diabetes, and hypertension especially, is generally known as a silent killer. It does not show until it is about to kill. The only way we can know it is when we go for regular blood pressure checks. It is important for every one of us to continue to check our blood pressure at least once in six month as we grow older. One of the things that can lead to hypertension is our lifestyles. Some people are living a sedentary life. We need to watch what we eat, our dietary habits. By the time we are becoming obese, we are likely to have hypertension. If you are taking in too much salt, if you are the type who is always running up and down, it is likely you will have hypertension. Same can be said of diabetes mellitus, it has a lot to do with our way of life. It could be also be due to genetic factor. Eating high-energy concentrated foods, living a sedentary life and not eating right can trigger diabetes mellitus. What about kidney failure? We are having a high resurgence of kidney failure in Nigeria. The reason why we are having is of many folds. One of the most important reasons is the indiscriminate use of drugs. We now use all sorts of drugs and chemicals. It is the kidney that

washes our blood to take off these chemicals. Sometimes the chemical knocks out the kidney. Unfortunately, people are not aware of the effect of those drugs they are taking in. Go to any bus stop, you see all sorts of roots. Even on the television you hear all sorts


of things about drugs. Apart from that, the way we treat some of the communicable illnesses like diarrhoea and typhoid fever, sometimes, might lead to a very low blood volume that may make the kidney not to have enough blood to work with. That can lead to acute renal failure. It is highly treatable. But many a time, once a patient has acute renal failure, they don’t go to orthodox hospitals. They go to all sorts of places where other chemical that can destroy the kidney are being used. Subsequently, those patients will come down with chronic renal failure. By and large, the major reason why we are having very high incidence of kidney failure is because of our indiscriminate use of drugs. Secondly, our poor treatment of illnesses that will have effect on the kidney. How do we prevent cancer? The developed countries have been able to control to a large extent communicable diseases. One of the major diseases that are killing them is cancer. Cancer has also increased in Nigeria because we have changed our lifestyles. Virtually, all types of cancer have been related to obesity. It is very unfortunately that Africans, Nigerians inclusive, had

taken to the way in which the white men live. We eat their foods and we perform their activities. That is making us not to eat our green fresh vegetables-things that are beneficial to our body. We are rather eating all sorts of junk foods. That one has trigger cancer. Cancer is now growing in alarming rate. There are some things that we have to do. The causes of cancer are majorly not known. Some of them may have familiar tendency though. Apart from the genetic factors, cancer can be caused by our way of life. A person who is a smoker is likely to have lung cancer. It has been proven that those who have had some viral infections of the lever, like hepatitis, may have cancer of the liver in subsequent years. It has been found out that some of our eating habits can lead to cancer of the colon. The unfortunate thing is that a person who smokes has less exposure to carcinogenic chemicals than a person who is staying beside him, because the smoke that burns out has more harmful chemicals. That is why it is good for you not to be a passive smoker. Even if you are not smoking and you are amidst friends that smoke, you are also liable to have cancer of the lungs


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COVER ‘Nigerians Are Not Very Healthy Because Of Unhealthy Lifestyle’ Immediate past President, Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) and Deputy Director/ Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu State, Dr. Chika Ndiokwelu, told LAWRENCE NJOKU how unhealthy lifestyle is affecting Nigerians. How healthy do Nigerians live? F you have to look at Nigeria as a country, you know that we have prevalence of severe protein malnutrition or acute malnutrition, especially among children. When you look at other diet-related diseases, you will know that there is a high prevalence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus.  We are seeing increasing cases of cancers and obesity, which is also a form of malnutrition. Over nutrition is also on the rise especially among children and adolescence,and the increasing presence of fast food joints is worsening the situation. But you realise that the productive workforce is increasingly resorting to consumption of food from fast food joints. But pastries, milk pies, cakes, ice-cream, fried chickens have their own problems. It is not just that they are fried- you are going to fry the food with fats. Moreover, most of those foods are high in sodium, because they add food seasonings that are also high in sodium, in addition to regular sodium (salt).So, it is a problem. Increasingly, a lot of people are living a sedentary life pattern. It goes this way, you come to work in the morning as a chief executive, you spend a lot of time treating mails, which does not take a lot of energy. In the market, women sit down in one place to selling. And if you watch a lot of them, they have added weight overtime, except for those who travel to the hinterlands.  These women sit to sell, sit to eat food and when they get home, sit to eat supper. They prepare their foods with less vegetable. So in general, Nigerians are not very


healthy because of unhealthy lifestyle, increasing consumption of fast foods, processed food, sedentary life style. That is why increasingly we are having diet-related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancers, arthritis among women. You see also that it has to do with weight-related factors. There is the need to go back to the way our forefathers lived; can we build energy expenditure into our lifestyle? Can we work, trek and reduce the idea of being in vehicles all the time? It makes me very happy when I get up in the morning and see a lot of people at Okpara Square trekking. You, however, realise that when they are not properly conscientise, lot of them buy soft drinks or beer from those selling coloured drinks to nullify all the energy expended, instead of going for water because they are dehydrated, Sudden death syndrome is a problem, especially among the awkward mobile. So, there is a need for Nigerians to look into their lifestyles and do something about them. Is it possible to change this wrong lifestyle in this era of proliferation of fast food joints? Government has a role to play because if it is in a developed country like USA, government comes up with laws. For instance, for schoolchildren, it starts from the kindergarten, as part of school meal programme. Those that serve easy meals and drinks, don't serve them to children. But what do we see in our country? We see people who sell sweetened coloured drinks are allowed to sell beside school compounds. Therefore, we have all sorts of lollipops and sweet drinks. USA has this kind of problem. But her government has come up with several laws stopping the sale of these drinks to children. Food labeling is very important. If you are going to sell meatpie, you must state the amount of calories in it, as well as the amount of protein and the amount of fats so that people can make informed decision. You must disclose the content of what you are selling. So, government should come up

with such laws like labeling to enable consumers know what he or she is taking in. NAFDAC, for instance, should look at food labeling, not just drugs. We need to incorporate a lot of vegetables in what we eat. Nigerians have to go back to the way we used to live - eat less oil, boil you food and reduce the idea of frying everything. In those days, people boil yams with vegetables. But now, young people want to eat fried yam with plain stew without vegetables. It is in the vegetables that you get some of the minerals. Nigeria is a blessed country; you don't have to do a lot of work for foods to germinate and grow. So, there is the need for food preservation so as to get enough for people to eat all round season.

There is a need for us to look at our eating pattern. Noodles should not be food we eat on daily basis. Legumes are very important because they help to regulate the way the body uses food. The type of starch in legumes like black beans and soya beans helps the body in moderating the way in which carbohydrate is converted in the system. When we take a lots of vegetables in our meals, it also delays the rate at which glucose gets into the body. In Abroad, you realise that they are now having a lot of programmes- nutritionists and dietitians are being employed in schools and industries- to plan diets properly to avoid some of these things because prevention is better than cure.


‘Oral And Anal Sex Have Health Implications’ Former Senior Medical Consultant at the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and the Chief Medical Director, Oasis Children Hospital Port-Harcourt, Dr. Appolous Josiah, told ANN GODWIN that Nigerians are coming down with different ailments because they do not live healthy lifestyle. How healthy do Nigerians live? N a general note Nigerians do not live a healthy lifestyle. The understanding of the constituents of locally available foodstuffs in Nigeria is poor. Thus, people just eat any food for the purpose of keeping hunger pangs away or because it is sweet. It is also because they grew up to see their parents eating such foods. The westernisation experience of our people has not helped matters, as the educated people in our society are trying to discredit local foods available in favour of refined foods eaten by people in the western clime, even when such foods are being discouraged because of reported health hazards. Nigerians do not know the limits and combination of these meals and so may they abuse them. This is why obesity is gradually becoming a major health issue in the family of the “newly-rich.” The health implication of obesity may not be very obvious until several years to come when the children would have become adults. Can unhealthy lifestyle lead to cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes? Unhealthy lifestyle can lead to several illnesses. Eating mainly refined foods with little fibre may predispose one to cancer of the intestines; smoking may predispose


one to ulcers, cancer of the intestines, lungs asthma, bronchitis; alcohol may damage the liver and predispose one to liver cancers; excessive alcohol and smoking are risk factors in diabetes, hypertension and poor sense of judgment in bargaining for safe sex, thus it is a predisposing factor for HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, use of alternative treatments for common ailments such as colds, malaria, “typhoid”, pile, fibroids, infertility, ulcers, hypertension, infections, has greatly increased the occurrence of end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis and kidney transplant. Indiscriminate use of herbs and Chinese herbal tea and remedies for any type of illness has destroyed many persons’ kidneys and liver. It is sad to see that everybody wants to take “nutritional supplements”, instead of taking well-established, well-researched and popular medications, because we believe that anything new is better than the old. Abuse of drugs such as pain relievers can damage kidneys and liver and can cause ulcers. The lifestyle of patronising quacks who parade themselves in cities and,especially in the rural areas , as “mobile-doctors” sent by government to treat people, has robbed many people of their resources and good health. It is made worse by these fraudsters who carry Chinese acupuncture equipment around to test individuals for every kind of illness by pressing a button. The preference of Nigerians to patronise anybody that sells medicine provided they don’t have to pay consultation fee to a doctor is a terrible disservice to the health of Nigerians. Party lifestyle, especially during weekends, predisposes one to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Long distance drivers who leave their wives behind and sleep along their travel routes risk HIV infection.

Furthermore, exposure to hazard in industrial settings has been a major source of disease-riddled old age. Many of our youths and able-bodied men go work as refuse disposal workers and bricklayers in huge construction sites, but do not use protective equipment, such as plastic hand-gloves and nose masks. Therefore, they may inhale a lots of cements and other chemicals in industries that damage their systems. And when they are old, they suffer from these long-term damages but they will blame it on evil attacks. Moreover, indiscriminate consumption of soft drinks, power drinks and fast foods have been long identified as high-risk trigger for diabetes for those who are genetically predisposed. The high-flying executive, who does not have time to cook normal meals but eat from one fast food to another or eat meals in hotels, runs a great risk of developing ulcers and diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle is an invitation for obesity and all the complications, sadly it is seen as a sign of “wealth.” when you are rich, you give up trekking, doing strenuous activities such as driving, swimming, exercising and house chores. There are a lot of things that technology can do for us no doubt. So, we leave out everything for technology to do, but we sit in one place and order everything. You don’t have to go shopping, just order it and it will arrive. People are no longer able to work any distance especially under the sun; they must enter a vehicle. Lack of exercise increases bad cholesterol in the body and predisposes one to hypertension, stroke, diabetes arthritis and early death. Look around you and see that old people are hardly fat people. Those who are fat are more likely to die young than slim ones. You doubt me? Do a census of very old people in your village. Any work, including road side trading in shops, bank work, sec-

retarial work among others that keeps one in a place predisposes one to a lot of cardiovascular and endocrine disorders that tend to reduce the quality and duration of life. Multiple sexual partners, apart from exposing one to the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), will predispose one to cancers. Women in habit of keeping multiple sexual partners risk cancers of the cervix and vulvae, and men in that order risk cancer of the prostate and throat –for those involved in cunnilingus, or oral sex. The viruses, which are agents in these diseases, are sexually transmitted. Thus, while oral and anal sex may be very appealing to some people, even within marriages, it is froth with health implications. Industrial chemicals that poor artisans play with in a bid to manufacture things to earn a living -such as solvents for plastics, components of electronic appliances and petroleum products- may have chemicals that can cause leukaemias and skin cancers. The Way forward? The way forward include massive health enlightenment on the implications of these adverse lifestyles on health and strict regulation on the use of both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Furthermore, sexuality education should be included in our school curriculum to arm youths with information on safe sexual behaviours. There should be ban on the advertisement of alternative medicines for disease conditions, including excluding practitioners from trade-fares. Sponsored research on the nutritional value of local foods and the possible risk of eating food excessively should be encouraged. There should be regulation of eateries to entrench the culture of using acceptable additives in their food. Nigerians should regular health check on lipid profile, body mass index (BMI), ECG, blood pressure and blood sugar tests.


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Change of Name ABIODUN: I, former Miss Okeowo Racheal Abiodun now wish to be known as Miss Okeowo Racheal Afolashade. All former documents remain valid. First Bank Plc and general public take note. ABOGUN: Formerly Mr. Francis Olatunji Abogun now Mr. Francis Olatunji Nicolas. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ABUH: Formerly Miss Charity Agbenu Abuh now Mrs. Charity Agbenu Onuh. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ABU: Formerly Abu Sefiatu Oshiolelu now Mrs Momoh Sefiatu Oshiolelu. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ADEBAYO: Formerly Miss Adetola Adebayo now Mrs Adetola Ibiwumi Ogunjimi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ADEJUMOKE: This is to Notify that I Miss Ayanwale Bilikis Adejumoke now Miss Ayanwale Bilkis Adejoke. All document in both name remain valid. Public note. ADEMOLA: Formerly Miss Aminat Anita Sunjuba Ademola Lateef now wish to be addressed as Mrs Anita Ibisiki Nimengoka. All former documents remain valid. General public note. ADENIYI: Formerly Miss Titilayo Ruth Adeniyi now Mrs Titilayo Ruth Edward. All former documents remain valid. General public note. ADEREMI: I, formerly Miss Aderemi Fehintola Adetohun now known as Mrs. Kelani Gafar Fehintola. Former documents remain valid. NYSC, general public take note. ADESANYA: I, formerly Miss Abiola Temitope Adesanya now Mrs. Abiola Temitope Omolade. All former documents remain valid. General public note. ADESEGUN: Former Miss Adesegun Adedoja Azeezat now wish to be known as Mrs. Amuda Adedoja Azeezat, Former documents remain valid. Public note. ADEYEMI: Formerly Mr. Adeyemi Mustapha Sulaiman now to be known and addressed as Adeyemi Sulaiman Babatunde Adeyanju. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ADEYINKA: Former Mrs Iyabo Omowunmi

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AKINLOYE: Formerly Miss Akinloye Comfort Tolulope now wish to be addressed as Mrs. Akinpelu Comfort Tolulope. Former documents remain valid. General public note. AKINOLA: Formerly Miss Fabusiba Rose Akinola now Mrs Ndubuisi Rose Nwali. Former documents remain valid. Public note. AKINREFE: Formerly Miss Akinrefe Oluwadolapo Aderoju now to be addressed as either Akin-Ayodeji Oluwadolapo Aderoju or Ayodeji Oluwadolapo Aderoju. Former documents remain valid. Public note. AKINRINMADE: Formerly Miss Rukiyat Abimbola Akinrinmade now Mrs. Rukiyat Abimbola Adeoba. Former documents remain valid. Public note. AKOJA: Formerly Akoja Abiola Mary now Mrs. Abayomi Abiola Mary Ajoka. Former documents remain valid. Public note. AKOJA: Formerly Akoja Omobolanle Jannet now Mrs. Ayanniyi Omobolanle J. Akoja. Former documents remain valid. Public note. AKPORE: Formerly Miss Maryjane Ujiro Akpore now wish to be addressed as Mrs Maryjane Ujiro Francis Okpaikwo. All former documents remain valid. General public note.

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CHIBUZOR: Formerly Miss Chibuzor Onyinye Vivian now Mrs. Okonkwo Onyinye Vivian. Former documents remain valid. Public note. CHIKADIBA: Formerly (Miss) Princess Onyinye Adaeze Chikadiba now (Miss) Princess Onyinye Adaeze Edochie. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

DAMSA: Formerly Miss Iveren Igo Damsa now Mrs. Iveren Igo Okogeri. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

DANJUMA: Formerly Miss Martha Bitrus Danjuma now to be known as Mrs. Martha Ndeyati Eyab. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. DARE: Formerly Dare Grace Bukky now Tijani Grace Bukky. Former documents remain valid. Public note.


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Change of Name DASI: I, formerly Miss Abosede Modupe Dasi now known as Mrs. Abosede Modupe Lawal Oluwalogbon. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. DECLARATION OF AGE: That I, Mr. Ogunseye Bolaji was born on the 1st February, 1952 and not 1st February 1954. Former documents remain valid. Public note. DISU: Former Disu Nohimot Oladotun now Mrs. Amoo Nohimot Oladotun. Former documents remain valid. Public note. DURODOLA: Former Miss Ganiyat Omolara Durodola now Mrs Ganiyat Omolara Yekeen. Former documents remain valid. Public note. DURU: Formerly Miss Adaobi Vivian Duru now Mrs. Adaobi Vivian Duru-Okechi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EBOKA: Former Mary Isioma Eboka now wish to be addressed as Mrs. Mary Isioma Inegbedion. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. EFFIONG ETIM: I, formerly Miss Titima Akon Effiong Etim now Mrs. Titima Akon Martins. All former documents remain valid . General Public take note. EGBELE: Formerly Miss Osezomon Ejemeh Egbele now Mrs. Osezomon Ejemeh Jael Adeyanju. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EGBINOLA: Formerly Miss Egbinola Grace Ololade now Mrs. Agbelese Grace Ololade. Foremr documents remain valid. Public note. EGBUACHOR: Formerly Miss Obioma Lilian Egbuachor now Mrs. Obioma Lilian Okoli. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EGESIMBA: Formerly Miss Egesimba Adaobi Olivia now Mrs. Okereke Adaobi Olivia. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EGUAOJE: Formerly Miss Eguaoje Ekpeju Jesusemen now Mrs. Esele-Ohimai Jesusemen. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EJIOFOR: Formerly Ejiofor Nwanneka Rita now Adama Nneka Rita. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EJIMMADU:


Miss Ejimmadu Florence now Mrs Ogugua Florence. Former documents remain valid. General public note. EKHAFIDON: Formerly Miss Ekhafidon Igbelaode Mary now Mrs. Momodu Igbelaode Mary. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EKUNDAYO: I, Ekundayo Abdullateef Yusuf is the same person as Yusuf Lateef Yahya. All documents remain valid. Lagos State Pension Commission and public note. ELEKWA: Formerly Miss Onyinye Carthy Elekwa, now Mrs Onyinye Carthy Nwandu. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ELENDU: Formerly Miss Elendu Stella Ijeoma now Mrs Stella Ijeoma Chukwuma Eluchie. Former documents valid. Public note. EMECHETE: I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Emechete Stephanie Chiamaka now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Imoh Stephanie Chiamaka. All former documents remain valid. American Embassy and general public note. ENDURANCE: Formerly Endurance Okolo now Wealth Okolo. Old documents valid. Public note. ESAN: Formerly Olaitan Esther Esan now Mrs. Olaitan Esther Owoeye. Former documents remain valid. General public note. ESIMIKE: Formerly Miss Nkechi Isioma Esimike, now Mrs Nkechi Isioma Imevbore. Former documents valid. Public note. ESONU: Formerly Miss Esonu Ada Joyce now Mrs Uchenwa Ada Joyce. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ESUMAI: I, formerly Miss Esumai Ozo Gloria Sandra now known as Mrs. Ebhonu Ozo Gloria Sandra. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. EZEANI: We Formerly Ezeani Ezekiel Ejikeme,Ezeani Eugenia Nkoli,Ezeani Echezona Chukwugozie,Ezeani Ifeoma Chizoba,Ezeani N n a m d i Izuchukwu,Ezeani C h i o m a Nkechinyere,Ezeani O l u c h u k w u Ifeyinwa,Ezeani E k e n e c h u k w u Ejikeme,Ezeani Okwudilichukwu Catherine now Ezechukwu E z e k i e l Ejikeme,Ezechukwu Eugenia Nkoli,Ezechukwu

Echezona Chukwugozie,Ezechukwu Ifeoma Chizoba,Ezechukwu N n a m d i Izuchukwu,Ezechukwu C h i o m a Nkechinyere,Ezechukwu O l u c h u k w u Ifeyinwa,Ezechukwu E k e n e c h u k w u Ejikeme,Ezechukwu Okwudilichukwu Catherine. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EZE: Formerly Miss Nkeiruka Eze now Mrs. Nkeiruka Ibeneme. All former documents and Accounts bearing Nkeiruka Eze remain valid. Public note. EZEH: Formerly Ezeh Okwuchukwu Davina now Ngwu Okwuchukwu Helen Davina. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EZEILO: Formerly Miss Victoria Nkechi Ezeilo now Mrs Atukpawu Victoria Nkechi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EZEKIEL: Formerly Miss Ezekiel Chisom Lilian now Mrs Egwu Chisom Lilian. Former documents remain valid. Public note. EZEMA: I, former Miss Ezema Chidiebere now wish to be addressed as Eke-Ugo Chidiebere. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. EZENWA: Formerly Miss Ifeoma Ezenwa now Mrs Ude Ifeoma. Former documents remain valid. NYSC, public note. EZEOGBULAFOR: I, formerly known as Miss Adaeze Emmanuela Ezeogbulafor now wish to be addressed as Mrs. Adaeze Emmanuela Nwabuko. All former documents remain valid. Public note. EZEUGWU: Formerly Miss Ezeugwu Angela Ogechukwu, now Mrs Ngwoke Angela Ogechukwu. Former documents valid. Public note. FAGBEMILE: I, formerly Miss Fagbemile Susannah Oluwaseyi now wish to be known as Mrs. Aina Susannah Oluwaseyi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. FALODE: Formerly Oluwakemi Foluke Falode now Mrs Uche Eleanya Oluwakemi Foluke. Former documents remain valid. Public note FASHUSI: Formerly Olubunmi Justina Fashusi now Mrs. Olubunmi Justina Idowu. All former documents remain

valid. Public note. IBE: Formerly Miss Ibe mercy Ogechi, now Mrs Njoku Mercy Ogechi . Former documents valid. Public note. IBE: I, Formerly Miss Ibe Chioma Cynthia, now Mrs Kemere Chioma Cynthia Joy. All Former documents remain valid. General public note. IBE: I formerly known and addressed as Miss Ibe Uchechi Comfort. Now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Umozurike Uchechi Precious. All former documents remain valid. Public note. IBEH: formerly Miss Ibeh Ifeyinwa Precious now Mrs Orhoro Ifeyinwa Precious. Former documents valid. NYSC, public note. IDOWU: I, Mr. Idowu Oluwaseun Oyindamola who is reffered to as Mr. Idowu Oluwaseun Iyindamola Okunuga in my appointment letter at the University of Lagos wish to be known and addressed as Mr. Idowu Oluwaseun Oyindamola Okutuga not Okunuga. All former documents remain valid. UNILAG and general public note. IDOWU: Formerly Miss Abimbola Olajumoke Idowu now Mrs. Abimbola Olajumoke DavidOrugun. Previous documents valid. Public note. IFERE: Formerly Miss Esther Ene Ifere now Mrs. Michael Esther Ene. Former documents valid. National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and public note. IGBEDION: Formerly Miss Igbedion Omorovbiye now Mrs. Olakanye Omorovbiye. Former documents remain valid. Public note. IKEBUDU: Formerly Miss Ikebudu Chioma Elizabeth now Mrs Enwerem Chioma Elizabeth. Former documents remain valid. Public note. IKONNE: I, Formerly Miss Ikonne Ngozi Joy, now Mrs Uche Ngozi Joy. All Former documents remain valid. General public note. IKUBUWAJE: Formerly Ikubuwaje Kehinde Akinson now Akindasa Kehinde Oluwatobi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ILOEJE: Formerly Miss Iloeje Uloma Geraldine, now Mrs Anichebe Uloma Geraldine. Former documents remain valid. Public note. INYE:



Nathaniel Irene Inye now wish to be adressed as Mrs Irene Francis Abatai. All former documents remain valid. General public note.

Obioma now Mrs. Edokobi Rosemary Obioma. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

INWANG: Formerly Inwang Matthew Akpan now Ediomo Matthew Akpan. Former documents valid. Public note.

JIMOH: Formerly Miss Jimoh Afsat Olayini now Mrs. Famakin Afsat Olayeni. All former documents remain valid. Public note.

IRABOR: I, Miss Blessing Omoh Irabor of No 14, Shoneye Street, Ikorodu, Lagos State now wish to be addressed as Mrs. Blessing Omoh Akpomudje with immediate effect. All previous documents with Aforementioned name remain valid. Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria Immigration Services, Passport Office, general public note.

JOLAOSO: Former Miss Olaseni Oluwaseyi now Mrs. Olaseni Oluwaseyi Kehinde. Former documents remain valid. Public note. JONNAH: Formerly Jonnah Edoka now Ruth Jonnah Ruth Edoka. Former documents remain valid. Public note. JOSEPH: I, Formerly Miss Joseph Uche Maureen, now Mrs Chidiebere Uche Maureen. All Former documents remain valid. General public note.

ISIAKA: Formerly Miss Wosilat Titilayo Isiaka now Mrs. Wosilat Titilayo Nurudeen. All documents remain valid. General public note. KALU: Formerly miss Juliet Ifenyinwa Kalu ISIRE: Formerly Miss Isire now mrs Juliet Ifenyinwa Ovie Queensly now Mrs. Juliet Ogbonna. Former Ovie Queensly Gibson- documents valid. C.S.C. Abakpoya. Former docu- Umuahia, Obingwa LGA., ments valid. Public note. Abia-Poly, Public note. ITSOSIME: Former Miss Itsosime Onoshoagbe Grace is now Mrs. Grace Onoshoagbe Ilevbaoje. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

KASALI: Formerly Miss Kasali Afusat Atinuke now Mrs Lawal Afusat Atinuke. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

IWOMI: I, formerly Mr. Iwomi Emeka Basil now known as Mr. Nwaham Obiadada Emeka. Former documents remain valid. General public take note.

KEHINDE: Formerly Mrs. Kehinde Omobola Shakirat now wish to be addressed as Mrs. Adamson Omobola Shakirat. All former documents still valid.

IWUCHUKWU: Formerly Fidelis Iwuchukwu now KEHINDE: Formerly Keto be addressed as Fidelis hinde Idris Olatunji now Ekechukwu. Public note Cole Idris Olatunji. All former documents reIWU: Formerly Miss Iwu main valid. General pubCynthia Nkechinyere, lic note. now Mrs Chukwuemeka Cynthia Nkechinyere. KOINYAN: Former Miss Former documents valid. Seiyefa Koinyan now Mrs. Seiyefa Owie. Former Public note. documents remain valid. Public take note. IZUNWANNE: Formerly Miss Ezigbo Miriam Izunwanne, now Mrs Ezigbo KUKU: Former Miss Kuku Kikelomo Miriam Ezeh. Former Morenikeji Mrs. Adewoye documents valid. Public now Morenikeji Kikelomo. note. Former documents reJAMES: Formerly Miss main valid. Public note. James Oluremi Bolajoko now Mrs. Awojinrin Formerly Oluremi Bolajoko. For- MABADEJE: mer documents remain Miss Adejoke Oluyemisi Mabadeje, now Mrs Adevalid. Public note. joke Oluyemisi Olajobi. JEGEDE: Formerly known Former documents valid. as Miss Jegede Olubunmi Public note. Mayowa now wish to be MARIA: Formerly Akinjeji addressed as Mrs. Alabi Ifeoluwa Maria now AkOlubunmi Mayowa. All injeji Mary Ifeoluwa. Forformer documents re- mer documents remain main valid. Public note. valid. UNN, FCE Abeokuta, general public JIBO: Formerly Miss Becky note. Mama Jibo now Mrs. Becky Mama Jibo Musa. MARTINS: Former Former documents re- Genevieve Omowunmi main valid. General pub- Martins now wish to be lic note. addressed as Mrs. Genevieve Omowunmi JIDEOFOR: Formerly Miss Ikazoboh. Former docuJideofor Rosemary ments remain valid. Gen-


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Change of Name eral public take note. MBACHU: Formerly Miss Mbachu Chinonyerem now Mrs. Chinonyerem Udoh. All former documents remain valid. Public note. MBAGWU: Formerly Miss Mbagwu Gift Onyinyechi Blessing now wish to be addressed as Mrs Chukwuma Gift O. Blessing Stephen. All former documents remain valid. General public note. MBAMA: Formerly Miss Mbama Evelyn Nwakaego now Mrs Igwe Evelyn Nwakaego. All former documents remain valid. Public note MOLEHIN: I, formerly Miss Molehin Christiana Titilayo now Mrs. Avoseh Christiana Titilayo. Public Note. MUFU-SHITTU: Formerly Mufu-Shitti Monsuratu Atinuke now to be addressed as Mrs. Esan Atinuke Abosede. Former documents remain valid. Public note. MWAGURU: Formerly Miss Ezinne Cynthia Nwaguru now Mrs Ezinne Cynthia Ubadire Nwachukwu. Former documents valid. Public note. NWONEYE: Formerly known as Awoneye Nkwoala Onyekachi Esther now known as Balogun Nkwoala Onyekachi Esther. Former documents valid. Public note. NDUKA: Formerly Miss Ijeoma Fanny Nduka now Mrs. Okpara Ijeoma Fanny. All former documents remain valid. Abia State Secondary Education Management Board, public note. NDUKA: Formerly Miss Adaobi Nwamaka Nduka now Mrs. Adaobi Nwamaka Nwadukwe. Former documents valid. Public note. NDUKWE: Formerly Ndukwe Ihechiluru Blessing now Ejike Ihechiluru Blessing. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

ments remain valid. Public note. NNAMCHI: Formerly Miss Nnamchi Eucharia Onyinye, now Mrs Nwodo Eucharia Onyinye. Former documents remain valid. Public note. NNANNA: formerly Miss Nnanna Ngozi Confidence now Mrs Osborn Ngozi Confidence. Former documents remain valid. Public take note. NNEBEDUM: Formerly Miss Nnebedum Anthonia Ifunanya now Mrs Okonkwo Anthonia Ifunanya. Former documents remain valid. Public note. NNONEYE: Formerly known as Awoneye Nkwoala Onyekachi Esther now known as Balogun Nkwoala Onyekachi Esther. Former documents valid. Public note. NWABUGWU: Formerly Miss Patience Nwabugwu Okorie now Mrs Favour Obinwanne Paul. Former documents valid. NYSC, Public note. NWANGUE: Formerly Miss Pamela Nwangue now addressed as Mrs. Pamela Iluobe. Former documents remain valid. Public note. NWANKWO: Formerly Miss Nwankwo Pleasure Ihuoma now Mrs. Ogbogu Pleasure Ihuoma. Former documents remain valid. Public note. NWAOGBO: I, formerly Miss Nwaogbo Ifeoma Ekwumefu now Mrs. Nwachukwu Ifeoma Love. All former documents remain valid. Abia State Universal Basic Education Board, public note. NWAOKETE: Formerly Miss Blessing Nwaokete, now Mrs Blessing Brisibi. Former documents valid. Public note. NWEGBU: I, formerly Miss Nwegbu Chinwe Joy now Mrs. Ekerendu Chinwe Joy. Former documents remain valid. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, general public take note.

NNAEDOZIE: Formerly Miss Nnaedozie Juliet Chioma, now Mrs Okafor Juliet Chioma. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

NWAZUOKE: Formerly Ngozi Maryann Nwazuoke now Mrs. Ngozi Maryann Nwazuoke-Elelegu. Former documents remain valid. General public note.

NNAJI: Formerly Miss Caroline Onyinyechi Nnaji now Mrs. Khadijat Onyinyechi Mohammad Sambo. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

OBASIDIKE: Formerly Obasidike Uchekukwu Moses now Uchechukwu Moses Osaro. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

NNAJI: Formerly Miss Nnaji Blessing Ngozi, now Mrs Nomeh Ada Eizabeth. Former docu-

OBASIDIKE: Formerly Obasidike Sarah Chidimma now Uchechukwu Sarah

Chidimma. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OBETTA: I, formerly known as Obakin Livinus Olufemi hereby wish to be known and addressed henceforth as Obetta Livinus. Former documents remain valid. Immigration and Passport Office, general public note. OBI: Formerly Miss Veronica Ifeoma Obi now Mrs. Veronica Ifeoma Nwaobi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OBIORAH: I, formerly Mrs. Rose Onwemmadu Obiorah now known as Mrs. Rose Onwemmadu Paul. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. OBIRAI: Formerly Miss Chinwe Obirai now Mrs. Chinwe Obirai-Etuokwu. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OCHE: Formerly Miss Oche Roseline Ogochukwu now Mrs Ezeano Roseline Ogochukwu. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OCHIABUTOR: Formerly Mrs Ochiabutor Grace Elewechi now Miss Uzoma Grace Elewechi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. ODHESA: Formerly Miss Justina Onorode Odhesa, Mrs Justina Onorode Okogun. Former documents valid. Public note. ODINAKA: I, formerly Miss Odinaka Nneka Clara now known as Mrs. Ngobili Nneka Clara. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. ODIASE: Former Miss Lawretta O. Odiase now Mrs. Lawretta Elvis Dominic. Former documents remain valid. Public take note. ODOMESE: Formerly Miss Gloria Odomese now Mrs. Gloria Atafoh. Former documents remain valid. Public note ODORO: Formerly Miss Odoro Joy Francis now Mrs. Oyewole Joy Frances. Previous documents valid. FCE(T) Akoka, public note. ODUNAIYA: Former Miss Tolulope Odunaiya now Mrs. Tolulope Adedeji. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OFOHA: I, Formerly Miss Ofoha Blessing Onyinyechinow, now Mrs Ezeanya Blessing Onyinyechi. All Former documents remain valid. General public note.

OFORGARAM: We the family formerly Oforgaram Chidera Maryuanney now Oforgaram-Edochie Chidera Maryuanney, Oforgaram Emmanuel Ikechukwu now Oforgaram-Edochie Emmanuel Ikechukwu, Oforgaram Chukwuemeka Onesimus now Oforgaram-Edochie Chukwuemeka Onesimus. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OGBO: Formerly Miss Ogbo Ogechukwu Doris, now Mrs Offiah Ogechukwu Doris. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OGBODO: Formerly Miss Ogbodo Chikamnele Juliet, now Mrs Onwuzuruike Chikamnele Juliet. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OGBONNA: Formerly Miss Justina Ejiuwanaka Ogbonna now Mrs. Justina Ejiuwanaka Onuora. Former documents remain valid. University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka, University of Ibadan, UBA, Stanbic IBTC Pension, FirstBank, Diamond Bank, general public note. OGHUVBU: Formerly Miss Oghuvbu Oghenevwede Excel, now Mrs Arinomor ExCEL Oghenevwede. Former documents valid. Public note. OGUNBEKUN: Formerly Ogunbekun Oluwafemi V. O and Amida Oluwatosin Ruth now to be addressed as Olubekun Oluwafemi V. O and Mrs. Olubekun Oluwatosin Ruth. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OGUNDADEGBE: Formerly Miss Oluwatoyin Olaitan Ogundadegbe now Mrs. Omotoriogun Oluwatoyin Olaitan. Former documents remain valid. K.P.M.G Professional Services & public note. OGUNKOYA: I, formerly Miss Ogunkoya Mojisola Adesewa now known as Mrs. Olayemi Mojisola Adesewa. Former documents remain valid. NYSC, general public note. OGUNSAKIN: Formerly Ogunsakin Wale Mascot now Olawale Mascot. All former documents remain valid. Public note. OGUNSEYE: We the family of Ogunseye now wish to change our family name to Oluwaseye. This change affects the following: Joseph Oluwasola, Daniel Olatunji, Segun John,

Olanrewaju Paul, Oluwaseun Peter, Olayinka James. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OGUNSINA: Formerly Inioluwa Elizabeth Ogunsina now Inioluwa Elizabeth PaulOluwasina. Former documents valid. Public note. OGUNSINA: Formerly Mrs. Ibilola Olayiwola Ibilola Ogunsina now Ibilola Olayiwola PaulOluwasina. Former documents valid. Public note. OGUNSINA: Formerly Tope Abiodun Ogunsina now Temitope Abiodun Paul-Oluwasina. Former documents valid. Public note. OGUOMA: Formerly Miss Oguoma Nkeiruka now Mrs Igwe Nkeiruka Maudlin. Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Public note. OHAMONYE: Formerly Miss Stephenia Onyinye Ohamonye now Mrs. Michael-Ikpa Stephania Onyinye. All former documents remain valid. Falma Organics Limited, National Open University of Nigeria, general public note. OHANUKA: Formerly Miss Ohanuka Veralyn Onyinyechi now Mrs Chimezie Veralyn Onyinyechi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OHERE: Formerly Miss Ohere Paulina Iyaji now Mrs. Massah Pauline Iyaji. All documents remain valid. Public take note. OJEFUA: Formerly Miss Winifred Ejebhen Ojefua now Mrs. Winifred Ejebhen Dipeolu. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OJO: Formerly Miss Ojo Christianah Oyelola Oluwabusayo now Mrs Omonitanayo Christianah Oyelola Oluwabusayo. Documents valid. Ogun State Ministry of Finance, public note. OKAFOR: I, formerly Miss Felista Chinyeaka Okafor now known as Mrs. Felista Chinyeaka Ekezie. All former documents remain valid. NYSC, general public take note. OKAFOR: Formerly Mr. Callistus Chinedum Okafor now Mr. Callistus Chinedum Okafor-Onyebuchi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OKALLA: formerly Miss Okalla Chioma Reginah now Mrs Gospel Chioma

Reginah. former documents valid. NYSC, public note. OKODESO: Formerly Miss Onoriode Okodeso now Mrs. Priscilla Onoriode Madue. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OKOROAFOR: Formerly Miss Stephanie Chinyere Okoroafor now Mrs. Anita Chinyere Mbanefo. All former documents remain valid. General public note. OKORO: Formerly Okoro Nnenna now Mrs. Ogbuehi Nnenna. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OKEKE: I, formerly Mr. Daniel Onyemaechi Okeke now known as Mr. Daniel Onyemaechi Valentine. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. OKOLI: I, formerly known as Okoli Chinwe Charles Okoli Chinwe Annasthecia now to be addressed as Mrs. Okonkwo Chinwe Annasthecia. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OKONKWO: Formerly Miss Marian Okwuchukwu Okonkwo now Mrs Marian Okwuchukwu LawsonHetcheli. Former documents remain valid. General Public take note. OKON: Formerly Mr. Okon Denis Okon now Mr. John Denis John. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OLADOKUN: Former Miss Agnes Tinuke Oladokun now to be known as Mrs. Agnes Tinuke Laleye. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OLADUNJOYE: Formerly Olusola Oladunjoye, now Solar Marvel. Former documents valid. Public note. OLADUNJOYE: Formerly Miss Oladunjoye Kemi now wish to be addressed as Mrs Omochi Kemi. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.  OLAGUNDOYE: Formerly Miss Bukola Serah Olagundoye, now Mrs Bukola Serah Tawede. Former documents valid. Public note. OLANREWAJU: Formerly Tosin Olanrewaju Mary now Mrs Ahmed Tosin Mary. Documents valid. Nursing & Midwifery Council Of Nigeria, public note. OLAYIWOLA: Formerly

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Change of Name Olayiwola Olabisi now Mrs. Adegbenro-Olayiwola Olabisi. Former documents valid. Public note.

lbukunoluwa Olarenwaju Daniel. Documents valid. Public note. OMOYEMI: Formerly Wahab Omoyemi Garuba now Wahab Garba Folarori. Former documents remain valid. Public note.

OLEMEFORO: Formerly Mrs. Olemeforo Happiness Oluchi now Mrs. Eugene Happiness Oluchi. Former documents reFormerly main valid. Public note. ONWUALU: Miss Onwualu Ifeyinwa OLEMEFORO: Formerly now Mrs. Ekwunife IfeyMr. Olemeforo Udoka inwa. Documents valid. Nelson now Mr. Eugene Public note. Udoka Nelson. Former documents valid. Public ONWUMERE: Formerly Pius Onwumere now note Chukwumere Okwudili OLOFIN: Former Miss Onyeka. Former docuOlofin Abike Victoria ments remain valid. Pubnow Mrs. Ogungbenro lic note. Abike Victoria. Former Fordocuments remain valid. ONWUANUMKPE: merly Miss Joy Chizoba Public note. Onwuanumkpe now Mrs OLOTU: Formerly Olotu Joy Chizoba Obodozie Opeyemi Busayo Korede James. Former docunow to be addressed as ments remain valid. PubMrs. Fasoyiro Opeyemi lic note. Busayo Korede. Former documents remain valid. ONYEIJE: Formerly Miss Onyeije Gift N. O. now Mrs Public note. Reuben Gift N. O. Former OLOWU: Formerly Miss documents valid. NYSC, Omotola Oluwatosin public note. Olowu now Mrs Omotola Hannah Adelegan For- ONYEKA: formerly miss mer Documents remain Onyeka Charity Onyinye now mrs Okafor Charity valid. Public note Onyinye. Former docuOLUA: Formerly Miss ments remain valid. PubOlua Eunice Chidinma lic note. now Mrs Henry Eunice Chidinma. Former docu- ONYENUMA: Formerly ments remain valid. Pub- Miss Maureen Chinenye Onyenuma now Mrs. lic note. Maureen Chinenye Henry-Ekeugo. Former OLUBIYI: Formerly Miss Ifedolapo Eniola Olubiyi documents remain valid. now Mrs Ifedolapo PKF Professional Service Eniola Adesanmi. Former and public note. documents remain valid. OPARA: I, Formerly Miss Public note. Opara Akunna Agatha, OLUDIPE: Formerly Miss now Mrs Egwunwoke Oludipe Adeshola Busola Akunna Agatha. All Fornow Mrs. Oluwanle mer documents remain Adeshola Busola. Former valid. Zenith Bank, gendocuments remain valid. eral public note. Public note. ORAKWUE: formerly MIss Orakwue Jennifer OLUMIDE: I, formerly known as Ibilola Chinyere now Mrs Emeh Iyadunni Olumide now Jennifer Chinyere. Forwish to be addressed as mer documents remain Mrs. Ibilola Iyadunni Ol- valid. Public note. ubode. All documents remain valid. Public take ORIS-ORIAKU: Formerly Mr. Nwabueze Oriaku note. now Mr. Nwabueze OrisOMIDIJI: Formerly Miss Oriaku. All former docuOmidiji Yetunde Ola- ments remain valid. G.T. jumoke now Mrs Ak- Bank Plc, public note. eredolu Yetunde Olajumoke. Former doc- ORJI: Formerly Miss Gooduments remain valid. luck Ukachi Orji now Mrs Goodluck Ukachi General public note. Okechukwu Mbagwu. OMIFE: Formerly Miss Former documents valid. Omife Grace Chinelo Public note. now Mrs Enemuoh Charles Grace Chinelo. OSAGIE: I, formerly Mr. Former documents re- Jude Ikponmwosa James main valid. Public note. Jude Ikponmwosa James. All former documents reOMOLERE: Formerly Mrs. main valid. Public note. Omolere Kikelomo now Miss Omolere OSAGIE: I, formerly Mrs. Oluwabukola Kikelomo. Ibironke Kimayo Osagie Former documents re- now Mrs. Ibironke Kimain valid. Public note. mayo Ola James. All former documents remain OMONITAN: Formerly valid. Public note. Omonitan lbukunoluwa Olarenwaju Daniel now OSIBAMOWO: I, formerly O m o n i t a n a y o Miss Efundola Aderemi

Osibamowo now wish to be called and addressed as Mrs. Efundola Aderemi Familade. Former documents remain valid. General public take note. OSONDU: I, formerly known as Miss Christiana Osondu now wish to be known as Mrs. Blessing Nkiru Samson. All former documents remain valid. Public note OSHODI: I Formerly, Miss OSHODI, Oyeyemi Rianat. Now Mrs. TIJANI, Oyeyemi Rianat. All former documents remains valid, Public Note. .

OTAFUWA: Formerly Olumuyiwa Ajibade Otafuwa now Damola Gbolade Onayemi. Former documents remain valid. Public note. TAIRU: Formerly Miss Tairu Oluwayemisi Oluwafunmilola now Mrs Haliru Oluwayemisi Oluwafunmilola. All former documents remain valid. Public note OTITOOLA: Formerly Mrs. Esther Obiajulu Otitoola now Mrs. Esther Obiajulu Odia. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OTOSIN: Formerly Miss Oreoluwa Joan Otosin now known as Mrs. Oreoluwa Joan Fadahunsi. All documents remain valid. Public note. OWOLABI: Formerly Miss Owolabi Titilayo Comfort now Mrs. Anaye Titilayo Comfort. Former documents remain valid. National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi and general public note. OWOLABI: Formerly Miss Owolabi Aminat Olabisi now Mrs Makinde Aminat Olabisi. Documents valid. Public note. OWOYEMI: Formerly Miss Owoyemi Oluwaseun Anike, now Mrs AlabiOmotayo Oluwaseun Anike. Former documents valid. Public note. OYEDE-TIJANI: I, Oyede-Tijani Omotayo Iyaboade Roseline is Tijani Omotayo Iyaboade Roseline. Documents valid. Ogun Tescom, public note. OYEDIRAN: Formerly Miss Hannah Toyin Oyediran now Mrs. Hannah Oluwatoyin Omeje. Former documents remain valid. Public note. OYINLOYE: Formerly Miss Oyinloye Folashade Bola now Mrs. Bammeke Folashade Bola. All former documents valid. Public note. OZIOKO: Formerly Miss Ozioko Glory Obumneke, now Mrs Agbo Glory Obumneke. Former documents remain valid.

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Florence Ibiyemi Adesanya (1929 - 2013) N one certain rainy morning, about some nine decades ago O (Monday, July 29, 1929), a certain girl-child was born! However, she was no ordinary girl-child, for she was born into the Christian family of the late Pa Dawodu and Madam Dorcas Onabanjo – a family of great pedigree, in a town also of great history – the Igbepa Quarters of the ancient town called Odogbolu. She was named Florence Ibiyemi ONABANJO and later better known as Madam Florence Ibiyemi ADESANYA. Mama was born as the last of a perfect ‘quartet’ of siblings (two males, two females), all now of blessed memory. Needless to say, all four grew up to serve the Lord their maker in varying capacities. The calm and cool ambience of the morning of her birth was the first harbinger of her peaceful and friendly nature. The second is her name – Florence; which she bore throughout her life, with enviable grace and dignity! Mama did not receive formal education in her earlier life as was the norm in those days (being a girl-child). Rather, she enrolled in ‘The Universal School of Life’ very early. She majored in Road Travels and Petty Trading, learning skills of personal discipline, resilience in industry, interpersonal relations and above all, utmost faith in the benevolence of God. During this earlier part of her sojourn here on earth, she had good tutelage under her dear Mum and co-travelling elder Sister Eunice. Their trading was based at Jebba town (now in Niger State of Nigeria), from where they traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria. Fate later moved Mama back to Lagos in the Agbo-Malu area, after the departure of her Mum and the marriage of her elder Sister. This ushered-in a more fortuitous era in her life’s journey. During this period, she became better acquainted with the extended families of General Adefowope and the Onagoruwas. At this mid-life phase, she picked up exquisite skills in knitting and embroidery (a skill mostly associated with the colonial white ladies). She also became vastly learned in Home Economics and Home Management, as well getting closer to God through regular fellowship and attendance at the Holy Flock of Christ Church. True to Mama’s character, she quickly learned to sing and joined the Church Choir! Her industry in knitting and embroidery was freely expressed in the numerous styles (French-Knots, Billion-Knots, Herringbone, Fish-Bone, Lazy-Daisy, etc) which she freely rendered on pillows cases, cots and crib covers, etc. Mama Florence never let God out of her sight and in 1952 was

Adesanya rewarded with holy matrimony to her heartthrob of same faith, George Folusho Adesanya. He was a son of Elder Sokoya Adesanya and Madam Mary Ajayi Adefowope. George was a Technician Civil Servant with the Marine Department of Nigerian Ports. The earlier stage of their union was not rosy, but being fully armed with mutual love, faith in God, personal discipline and great industry, they both surmounted the odds and produced great children, among whom is the energetic Pastor Samuel Adesanya, our great ‘Amazon’ Pastor Sade Olukoya, Segun Adesanya, Doyin Akanbi, Funke Arosoye and Jolade Adegbolahan. Mama’s nuclear family upon marriage relocated to No 24, Forsythe Street, Lagos, where she worshipped with her husband at Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Headquarters in Olowu Street, Ebute-Elefun in Lagos Island. She was actively involved in the Young Women Christian Association, YWCA, while her husband was involved with the Christ Army Band, both of the C.A.C. At this place, Mama lived the life of a typical Proverbs 31 Woman

of Virtue. True to her name Florence, she flourished in spite of adverse circumstances. Her uncommon passion, complete brokenness, steadfast love for God, courage, infectious joy, noble mien, unshakeable faith and detailed industry were all it took to sustain and keep her household together, even when faith separated her husband on scholarship to school abroad at the Perkins Institute of Rothesay, Glasgow, Scotland. Mama also spared the energy and courage to make up for her earlier loss in formal education, by taking to adult schooling at St Davids Adult Evening School Okesuna, Lagos. In 1964, Madam Florence moved to No.7 Mba Street Surulere, with her family. There she traded in Stationery and Groceries until 1994. Mama, being a woman of prayers, found it natural to be a part of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (M.F.M) vision, right from the onset. As a member, she quietly contributed her quota in support to her dear daughter and son-in-law’s ministry. Alas, every beginning must have an ending. So the fairy-tale, but real-life opera of Mama’s sojourn on earth came to an end on Thursday December 19, 2013, not with her on a sick bed, nor in an accident, but on her daughter’s laps, aboard an international flight back home! Now that Mama has gone ahead of us, we all should ask: what is her legacy? What would be her testimony? Mama left behind God-serving children who are making their impacts in spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Mama left behind scars of COURAGE! Mama left behind floods of love, affection and humility. Mama left testimonies of what prayer and faith-in-action can accomplish. Mama left for all her children, fond memories. A man of God, with benefit of hindsight, had this to say about Mama: “She had demonstrated through her lifestyle and behaviors, such spirit of peace and brokenness, which no man could have ever preached on any pulpit!” Now that (according to the English Poet, Lord Alfred Tennyson) “God’s finger touched her and she slept”, we the family “do not despair nor sorrow even as others which have no hope… 1 Thessalonica 4: 13.” Rather we believe as Lord John L. McCrery puts it, that: There is no death! The stars simply go down; To rise upon yon heavenly shores, And bright in heaven’s jeweled Crown, They shine for evermore! Surely, Mama must be there now! .The Adesanyas contributed this tribute.

Rebecca Nobiomoano Oviasu (1933-2013), A Tribute By Efosa Oviasu S the remains of Deaconess (Mrs.) Rebecca Nobiomoano Oviasu (nee Bazuaye), were interred on Friday February 7, this year, in Benin, the Edo State capital, it became obvious that her legacy would continue to be celebrated by her kinsmen and children. Deaconess Oviasu lived an exemplary life having spent exactly eight decades on earth. She was born on March 27, 1933, to Pa Ajayi Bazuaye, a highly accomplished Senior Customs Officer, and Madam Ekiomoado Ovbiogbe, a successful business woman, trading mainly in foreign merchandise along the Warri – Forcados axis in the Niger Delta region. Her birth was a rather traumatic one, partly due to advanced maternal age, and it was a miracle that she survived. After her delivery, all attention was initially focused on her mother, who developed severe post-delivery complications and it was several weeks later that her maternal auntie got to know that the baby survived. She was meticulously cared for by dutiful Reverend Sisters, even without access to her mother’s breast milk. It was, therefore, not surprising that as a child, she had so much love and affection showered on her by both parents, more so that she turned out to be the last and only surviving child of her mother. Her early education began in 1941 at the Catholic School,


Oviasu Forcados, where she passed through Infant Class 1 to Standard 111 in 1945. She moved on to African Church School, Forcados, where she completed

her Standard Six education and obtained the First Leaving School Certificate (FSLC), with enviable grades, in 1948.

Perhaps, the circumstances of her birth and the early nursing care she received as a baby must have stimulated her interest in Nursing and Midwifery. She moved over to Benin City with her mother in early 1950 to begin her Training in Midwifery, following a successful performance in a highly competitive Regional Examination. She completed her initial training successfully in 1951 to earn the then Grade 11 Certificate in Midwifery. Still desirous of advancing her proficiency in Midwifery, she went back to school in 1967 and successfully completed an upgrading Course that earned her Grade 1 Midwifery Certificate in 1968. The icing on the cake in her professional pursuit of excellence came up in 1979 when she was one of the few health professionals selected to be in the first set to take the University of Benin Teaching Hospital organised Diploma Course for Community Health Officers, which she completed successfully in 1980. Her working career in the Public Service spanned over three decades, mainly within Oredo Local Government Area, until her retirement in 1986 as an Assistant Chief Community Health Officer. In the course of her career in service, she took part in a number of innovative initiatives in health care delivery, including domiciliary Midwifery Service to parts of rural and urban areas in late 1960s. After her retirement from the Public Service, Mummy, until she passed on, continued to render good quality

health care services to the needy populace through Oviasu Maternity Home, which was founded in the early 1960s and later upgraded to the status of a Medical Centre in 1994. She will no doubt be particularly remembered for her special skills in successfully taking apparently difficult deliveries during her Midwifery career. Mummy Oviasu was an extremely generous woman who was ready to part with whatever she had on her just to put a smile on the face of the needy. Perhaps, that particular attribute earned her the title ‘Highest Donor!’ in certain family circles. Mummy Oviasu’s marital life began in early 1950 when she got married after a short courtship, to Humphrey Ehiobo Oviasu, who was then a young officer working in

the Colonial district office in Benin City. Though she was only in her late teens then, her upbringing had adequately prepared her to be an asset to her husband. She assisted her husband dutifully in ensuring that all the six children from that union were provided with the best possible education that propelled them to the subsequent enviable heights they have attained in life. There is no doubt that Mummy will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she positively impacted on, particularly the core family members, whom she loved dearly during her lifetime most especially her husband, Elder Humphrey Ehiobo Oviasu and her six children, 19 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Final Burial For Elegbede HE Final Burial rites of the T late Rev. John Olayiwola Ayoola Elegbede who recently passed on at 78 years have been announced. According to a statement by the family, there will be a wake keep at his residence, 8 Ayo Elegbede Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos at 6p.m on February 14, 2014. The funeral service holds the following day, February 15, at the same venue while reception follows after interment at Aguda Grammar School, Brown Road, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. The family thanksgiving holds on Sunday February 16

Elegbede at Glorious Life Gospel Church, 15 Ayo Elegbede Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos.


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Conscience, Nurtured by Truth

Sports C. O. D United has continued to change the face of football in Nigeria and their recent endorsement by Alder Consulting, a global ideas and branding firm, as the most effective and popular Nigerian football brand, has once again confirmed that the club is a model for others to follow. Having failed to move up to the Premier League last season, the Nigeria National League (NNL) side are making another shot at playing in the elite division. OLALEKAN OKUSAN writes on the plans by the management of the team to lead the revolution of club football administration in the country. OME of Nigeria’s finest players and coaches SUnited have attested to the commitment of COD to spearheading the transformation of the country’s club football with their quality welfare and administrative system. The recent rating of the club by Alder Consulting as the most effective and popular Nigerian football brand has again affirmed that the Lagos State FA Cup Champions yearly brings innovation to the country’s football management. The seven-year-old football club is currently working on their strategies for another push for promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) from the 2014 NNL season, which kicks off today. The ranking put together by renowned creative intelligence consultancy, Alder Consulting in its recently released 2014 Social Media Report has attested to the impact the club has made in the local league within the short period they have operated in Nigeria. The Alder 2014 Social Media Report, a yearly event, has grown to become Nigeria’ most definitive and respected report on how Nigerian brands are leveraging social media and its numerous platforms to form deeper and more meaningful bonds with their audiences and consumers. With this rating, it is another testament to the giant strides COD has made and continues to make on and off the pitch to bring sanity to football club management. “To be honest, it was not something we were expecting. We just figured out a while back that we needed to have a social media strategy in place to get closer to our fans and set to work so when we heard the news, we were pleasantly surprised,” the Chief Executive of the club, Shola Opaleye, told The Guardian in his office during the week. “We consider it something to be proud of as we go into the new season. There are many Nigerian football brands online and for us to be ranked the best is quite pleasing. It gives us fresh impetus as we prepare for a big, big season in the NNL. “We have said our goal is to gain promotion and we want to draw on our previous experiences to achieve that objective this time around. Getting news like this is a good boost, it shows us that people are watching us and are impressed by what we are doing and so we cannot relent or rest on our oars. “If anything, we have to get better and improve. We have an online megastore where you can purchase our replica jerseys and other memorabilia. We also have a twitter handle with thousands of followers, a facebook page, a Wikipedia page and our youtube channel, which is the first online channel by any club in Nigeria. “Our fans can watch highlights, interviews and special features about the club wherever they are in the world. Our website was adjudged the best football club website by Sports Brands, a highly reputable magazine published by Aikhoje Ojeikere. “We are now starting our instagram page to bring us even closer to our fans and share some intimate and behind the scene moments with them as well. We just want to continue to engage and inform our supporters as much as we can and technology is helping break down geographical barriers,” Opaleye added. Apart from being named the best Nigerian football brand on social media, COD United has been designated as a social media icon by the report, besides, a pan-African website, which was ranked higher than COD United in the ratings. Opaleye revealed that the club already enjoys

Mick Wild (second right) and the other COD United coaches brainstorming before a recent training session.

Nigeria’s Top Online Football Brand, C.O.D United, Guns For Elite Class some real benefits from its robust online presence. “Recently, we were visited by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) production team led by Jim O’Neill, a former chairman of Goldman Sachs. Apparently he had been hired by the BBC to develop a programme on the MINT countries, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, who are tipped to become global economic powers within the next 20 years. “They had come to interview Governor Babatunde Fashola, Aliko Dangote and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and our club to get a feel of the Nigerian economy and what powers and drives it. We were selected to highlight the strides so far made in Nigerian football, with yet untapped opportunities to bolster the Nigerian economy through the game. “O’Neill told us that he got to know about COD and its exploits online. He visited our website and social media pages before even contacting us to set up interviews and plan his visit to our training ground. That really opened our eyes to the opportunities that having a strong online presence can bring forth,” he added. The director attributed all the successes to the management of the club, which he said deserves credit for the exploits of the club. “The real credit should go to the visionaries of the club and those who continue to support it all the way. While we run the club, the real people who deserve credit are people who envisioned and continue to provide unbelievable support to us. When you have people who support you so much, you cannot but perform so that they can derive some joy and satisfaction from what they have done and are still doing for the club. “Pastor Idowu Iluyomade is the number one visionary and supporter of the club. The support he provides for us is unbelievable. He is COD United’s number one champion in every way, financially and spiritually. Anything we achieve is a reflection of his support, trust and belief in the club. “I always tell our players and staff that we are blessed. When God has blessed you with such support, you have no choice but to deliver constantly. Himself and our other champions have been the vessels God is using to help us make a difference and we are all very grateful to have them behind us.”

As part of the preparation for this season and to mark the seventh anniversary of the club, the logo of the club has been redesigned to reflect the progress they have made and the future they envisage. Explaining the rationale behind the new logo, the Executive Director of the club, Sola Aiyepeku, says a lion is fearless and aggressive, and that is the new attitude of the club. “Our nickname is the White Lions of Lagos and so with our new logo, we want to express the attributes of a lion, which is what we want our attitude on and off the pitch to be. We have been fearless and quite aggressive in the pursuit of our objectives but we want to step it up a notch. It is going to be a tough season because we have many top teams also battling for just two promotion tickets to the NPFL. But we are undaunted. We want to look at the challenges in the face with the firm belief that if we do what we need to do, we will prevail.” The club has also made a slight change in its jerseys, which Aiyepeku says is all about evolution. “We have used the white top, red short combination for seven years and we just thought we should do something slightly different. Our players love the new jerseys and so do our fans. Everyone is excited and so it has been a good decision,” Aiyepeku said. The club has appointed its former assistant coach and Lagos FA Cup winning head coach, Solomon Manasseh, as its new head coach following the exit of former Super Eagles captain and coach, Austin Eguavoen. Manasseh has presided over the pre-season programme, which has seen the club acquiring some new players as they prepare to challenge the likes of 3SC, Kwara United, ABS FC and others for a promotion ticket to the NPFL. In addition, the club’s Director of Football, Mick Wild,

has inked a new long-term deal. Mick, a former Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers youth coach, would now take full charge of the technical side of the team’s entire eight-team structure, something that Opaleye is very excited about. “Mick has great experience in bringing through young players. We are also very determined to build our players from within so it is a perfect fit. Having Mick with us for the next few years is great. He is very excited to be part of what we are doing here and wants to contribute to developing some of the great talents we have here. “We want to prepare our players for professional careers not just in Nigeria, but in Europe and so having them work with Mick will massively enhance that. Transiting from being a potential to being a top player is tricky and having Mick help us to bridge that divide is something we are very happy about. “Even our coaches too will benefit from his wealth of knowledge. He has conducted clinics all over the world for youth team coaches and even the Lagos FA sent coaches to take a seminar from him last year. We are confident that the fruits of this arrangement would soon become visible across our entire team structure,” he said. With a tough NNL season, a Lagos State FA Cup defence and many of its youth teams aiming to defend their titles, COD United say they are ready and prepared for the challenges ahead both on and off the pitch.

COD United’s 2013/2014 squad.

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European Round-off Fabregas ‘Flattered’ By Man United Bid

FA CUP: Will Mourinho Outfox Pellegrini Again? ANUEL Pellegrini must “He used Nemanja Matic in M reverse the course of his front and Willian behind past history and prove he is almost getting Toure in a pinnot “spooked” by nemesis Jose Mourinho, when Manchester City meet Chelsea in today’s FA Cup at Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini has won only once in nine meetings as Malaga and Manchester City boss against the man who succeeded him at Real Madrid. And Mourinho’s game plan as Chelsea completed the Premier League double over City with a 1-0 away win on 3 February was regarded as a tactical master class, which left Pellegrini outmaneuvered. City and Pellegrini have the opportunity to make amends for that first home league defeat this season by turning the tables on Mourinho and demonstrating the magnificent attacking football that has made them such a force at home. But former Chelsea winger and BBC Sport pundit, Pat Nevin, believes Pellegrini must overcome his past as well as the present when he confronts Mourinho once more. He said: “The only time Pellegrini didn’t play two strikers this season was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and his record against Mourinho is dreadful. Often he wasn’t with a strong team but I think he’s spooked by Mourinho. I think Mourinho has got the run on him tactically. “Mourinho has so many options but I can’t see him adapting it too much. For me the best move Mourinho made was to kill off the impact of Yaya Toure. Pellegrini and City need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

cer movement. I think he will do that again. “I would have thought James Milner might be an option for City this time and maybe Jack Rodwell if he is fit because that’s his natural position.” Pellegrini’s use of two strikers in the home game led to suggestions it left City outnumbered in midfield - and Nevin thinks it will take courage on the City manager’s part to repeat the ploy. Nevin said: “I don’t mind people who are brave enough to play two strikers but it would be very brave of him to do that and leave that midfield the way it was last time, because on many occasions it was four Chelsea players breaking on one or two from City. “I would not predict with total confidence how Jose will approach this because two people I never like to second guess are, or were, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose, because they think about it on a much deeper level than any of us do. “Don’t underestimate Manchester City, though, because they’re a fantastic side. But if you have Sergio Aguero out and the opposition manage to kill off Yaya Toure’s influence then they are a much lessened side.”

after the duo started playing together. The Welshman has always been vocal in his admiration for the 28-year-old and sealed a 100 million euro move to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer. The former Tottenham man says his respect for the Portuguese has only grown since he started lining up alongside his teammate. “He’s a great teammate and friend,” he is quoted as saying by Marca. “He always gives me a lot of advice and helps me a


Weep-not-my-dear-friend…..Samuel Eto’o of Chelsea seems to tell Yaya Toure after the Blues defied Manchester City’s scintillating home form with a superb 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium last week. They will meet again today in the English FA Cup.

Title Race Is Very Open, But Chelsea Has The Edge, Says Wenger RSENAL manager Arsene A Wenger has declared the Barclays Premier League title

Ronaldo Still My Idol, Says Bale EAL Madrid winger Gareth R Bale says that Cristiano Ronaldo remains his idol, even

ARCELONA midfielder B Cesc Fabregas says he was “flattered” by Manchester

lot. He was my idol before and is even more so now. Thanks to him, it’s been much easier for me. “We can be a great pair on the field.” Madrid is still in the hunt for three titles this season, having sealed a Copa del Rey final place in midweek and Bale wants to win every remaining game. “Of course, playing here is to do at the best club in the world, where you need to win titles and win every game,” he said. “We’re working hard in every competition. Hopefully we can win the Champions League. It’s wonderful to be able to win every game.”

is “Chelsea’s to lose” - but insisted anyone who claims they are not in the race does so out of fear of failure. Blues boss Jose Mourinho responded to comments from Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers about being a “Chihuahua that runs in between the horses’ legs” following their dramatic midweek win at Fulham, which cut the gap on the leaders down to four points, by insisting the Reds were in a “privileged position” because of not playing in the Champions League. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has also been drawn into mind games over swipes at his club’s spending power as the pressure at the top of the table intensifies. Wenger, though, does not intend to allow himself to be involved in anything else oth-

er than positive rhetoric about his team’s championship chances. Speaking ahead of today’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger said: “It (title race) is very open, only Chelsea can lose it because they are in front and all the other teams can win it.” Asked why every other manager says they are not contenders, Wenger responded: “It is (because of a) fear to fail.” Wenger maintains his only focus will be on making sure Arsenal can finish above their

rivals come May. “If you’re not in the race you cannot lose it, if you declare yourself not in the race you cannot lose it, simple as that,” he said. “I think just that our job is to be ambitious and to try to win, if we do not win to take full responsibility for that. That’s as simple as that and that’s how I see it. “I say yes we are in it, yes we will have a go for it, we will absolutely give everything to go for it and if we don’t do I will take responsibility for it, but I just see it like that.”

United’s interest last summer. The 26-year-old was the subject of two close-season bids from Old Trafford but chose to stay at the Nou Camp. “I do follow the Premier League a lot and it’s always flattering when a club like Manchester United talks very well about you and you can see they want you,” the Spaniard told Football Focus. “But I’m going through an amazing moment [at Barcelona] now.” The former Arsenal playmaker, who has won two European Championships and one World Cup with Spain, has been a regular this season for Barcelona, who currently lead La Liga on goal difference. “I’m playing every week and I feel very important to the team,” he said. “I’m very happy right now. “This season I have felt more like myself, with more freedom and more secure with the way I like to play. It’s not easy when you know you have to convince many fans how good you are and how good you can be for the team. “The manager [Gerardo Martino] has trusted me and given me what I needed. I’m probably going through my best spell here.” Fabregas said he regularly watched the Premier League on television. And he claims he has seen enough of some of England’s young players to suggest Roy Hodgson’s national side could have a bright future. “I have seen youngsters like Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck play and they have got talent,” he said. “That’s the thing England have been missing over the years - talent. They have got a great group of boys with amazing talent and they have to take advantage of that.”

Opportunity For Arsenal To Hit Back At Liverpool RSENE Wenger admits the A doubters have been waiting for Arsenal to fall apart since the season’s first kick their time duly arrived inside the space of 20 devastating minutes at Liverpool. Arsenal’s manager knew the questions heading his way as soon as he took his seat in a room inside Anfield just yards away from where he had spent a harrowing 90 minutes watching, make that suffering, as Liverpool crushed his side 5-1. The scoreline flattered the Gunners. What cannot be denied is that the Gunners delivered a whole truckload of evidence for those waiting to call time on their title aspirations. One of the fixtures to provide the sternest examination of which direction their season will take, is tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth round game, as they face Liverpool again before Champions League holders, Bayern Munich, arrive in London.

Wenger took his place amid Arsenal’s collective responsibility, especially in the opening phase of a game in which every foundation upon which he has built this campaign collapsed. His side’s previously reliable defence conceded two setpiece goals to Martin Skrtel inside 10 minutes. Possession,


so prized to Wenger, was conceded cheaply as Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge made it 4-0 after only 20 minutes. Can they recover from what hit them at Anfield as they face Liverpool again tomorrow? Wenger wisely admitted it was not talk but actions that would hit back at the detractors.

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SPORTS VIP Sportstravel, Rock Thompson Offer Fans World Cup Hospitality Package By Adeyinka Adedipe IGERIAN fans hoping to N watch the Super Eagles live at this year’s Brazil 2014 World Cup can do so without stress. Europe’s leading sports rights marketing agency, VIP Sportstravel in partnership with Rock Thompson Nigeria have designed travel packages for Nigerians. The Super Eagles will contend with Argentina, Bosnia, and Iran in Group F in Porto Alegre, Cuiaba and Curitiba respectively. Both outfits are coming together to give Nigerians exceptional VIP services in travel and hospitality for sporting events around the world starting with the FIFA World Cup Brazil for Sports enthusiast. Speaking at an event to unveil the package in Lagos, VIP Sportstravel’s Director Key Account Management and Africa, Maike Balzer said this is a unique chance to build corporate relationships and unlock lucrative business opportunities through a wide range of hospitality options in

the most exciting and exclusive settings, treating clients, consumers, friends and partners to a genuine lifetime experience. She said all the travel packages are tailor-made with open opportunities for clients’ requirements, adding, “our hospitality plan goes beyond just fights or hotel logistics, everything is an experience. She also said VIP Sportstravel is specialised in sport hospitality for all sporting competition all around the world. “Our 360 degree approach to logistics and VIP hospitality optimises both value added processes and the potential of the existing synergies, ensuring the organisation, implementation and reliability of exclusive VIP experiences are guaranteed.” According to VIP Sportstravel’s managing director, Christoph Breuer, the full service packages for Brazil 2014 World Cup would provide international and domestic flights in all classes, top class transportation, hotels and tours.

He said the tailor-made packages include: team specific package, team series package, opening match package, closing match package, exclusive package for brands. He stated that the packages are aimed at offering luxury services to corporate organisations that would create consumer promotions around the World Cup as loyalty reward for their consumers and for organisations whose high class officials would be in Brazil for the tournament. Rock Thompson boss, Idowu Thompson, while calling on Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by this package, promised fans an unforgettable experience in Brazil. VIP Sports Travel has also hosted successful hospitality programmes for FIFA Confederation Cup 2009, 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Managing Director VIP Sportstravel, Christoph Breuer, the director, Key Account Management and Africa, Maike Balzer and Rock Thompsons boss, Idowu Thompson at the unveiling of the hospitality package for the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup in Lagos.

Goal Feast In Delta Governor’s Cup By Gowon Akpodonor

As Competition Shifts To Ukwuani Zone

S expected, the boys are already being separated from the men just one week after the 2014 Delta Governor’s Cup Soccer competition kicked off across the state. In Aniocha South zone, where the intra local government matches started last Wednesday, it was goal galore in games involving Adaigbo Secondary School and Nshiagu College. The match played at Comprehensive College playground ended 4-1 in favour of Adaigbo. It was decided on penalties. The biggest score line of the day was recorded at OgwashiUku Stadium, where the defending champion, Comprehensive Secondary School thrashed Ashama Comprehensive High School 50. The Ogwashi-Uku warriors won the maiden edition at the Warri City Stadium last year by


beating Alegbo Secondary School Effurun 1-0 to cart home the N2 million cash prize and 30-seater bus. The match between Nshiage College and Ifite Mixed Secondary School ended 4-3 also on penalties at Abaunor Mixed Secondary School playground, just as Emo Eni Secondary School, Ellu defeated Emevour Mixed Secondary School 1-0 to move to the next stage of the competition. In Ughelli North Local Government Area, the game between Ehwere Grammar School, Agbarho and Ekruopia Secondary School, Orogun ended 4-3 in favour of Ekruopia, just as Afiesere Secondary School lost 2-5 to Eni Grammar School at Ogor Technical College playground. Attention will shift to Ukwuani Local Government Area next week, where Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will trade tackles with

Obinomba Mixed secondary school, just as Obiaruku Grammar School and Umuebu Secondary School will do battle at St. Georges Grammar School playground. Ebedei Secondary School and Umuaja Mixed Secondary School will fight for the ticket at Umutu Mixed secondary school playground. Mixed Secondary School, Akoku-Ebedei and Umutu Mixed Secondary School will play at Ebedei Secondary School, while Eziokpor Secondary School and Ezionum Secondary School will battle Umukwata Secondary School. The match between Amai Secondary School and Umukwata Secondary School will take place at St. George’s Grammar School, Obiaruku. The intra local stage of the Delta Governor’s Cup competition continues till next month.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Conscience, Nurtured by Truth

Club Owners Attack NNWL Over N.2M Compulsory Insurance Premium HE LMC has given clubs in T the Glo Nigeria Premier League two weeks grace to complete their registration for the 2013/2014 season, which will now kick off on the weekend of March 7 to 10. The competition was earlier billed to kick off on the weekend of February 21 to 23. Speaking after the League Management Committee’s (LMC) meeting in Abuja to appraise reports from stadium inspection teams, LMC Chairman, Nduka Irabor noted that some of the clubs are still grappling with peculiar constraints, including access to funding and validation of registration documentation. Irabor said “we have agreed to accommodate this popular request to extend the registration process period to enable the clubs tidy up their documents for certification.” He said the LMC resolved on a two-week delay for the kickoff following representations from clubs, which cited their peculiar nature of fund release by government, their principal sponsors and the observations made by the stadium inspection teams. “We have considered reports of the stadium facilities inspection teams and the need to allow the clubs two weeks period to correct observed deficiencies in their facilities, hence the league earlier scheduled to start on February 21 to 23 will now start on the weekend of March 7 through to March 10. “There will be no further extension after this period and the league will start with only clubs that meet the minimum requirements,” he declared. He said the LMC would, however, not certify any club that failed to comply with the recommended upgrades of the LMC Inspection team within the extension period granted. “Consistent with our assertion that the reform policies are not punitive but standard minimum conditions, the LMC is inclined to accept the appeal to allow the Clubs carry out necessary, mandatory and prescribed adjustments in their facilities with the overall objective to have our games played in peoplefriendly environments,” Irabor clarified. The LMC is insisting on some minimum facility requirements at grounds proposed by clubs to host league matches and some of these include properly furnished changing rooms, good egress and exit, safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, availability of water and electricity power, properly constructed technical bench and good playing surface amongst others.

Kano Pillars celebrating their success in the 2012/2013 Glo Premier League. The Sai Mesu Gida must beat AS Vita by at least 2-0 today to qualify for the next round of the CAF Champions League.

CAF Champions League

Gwar Prays For Enyimba, Pillars Battle AS Vita By Christian Okpara

IBI Gwar, whose two late S1 defeat goals aided Enyimba to a 3of Anges de Notse of Togo last week in Aba, is sure his team would survive whatever the Togolese team throw at them tomorrow in the return leg of their CAF Champions League round one fixture. But he says the ‘Peoples Elephant’ need divine help to surmount the antics of the hosts, who could employ foul means in the battle of Lome. Gwar has ben knocked out of the return leg by an ankle injury he copped in the first leg. His place would be manned by returning Homebased Eagles striker, Ifeanyi Ede, who missed the first leg. Speaking ahead of the tie,

Gwar said: “My heart is with the boys and I am sure they have the weapon to win the game in Lome. “I will be praying for them because as the match may not be on television, the Togolese may try funny things just to w i n . ” Aside, Gwar, Bala Mohammed will also miss the tie because of some issues with his international passport, but defender, Bright Esieme, is back in the team from the CHAN Eagles camp. Enyimba left for Togo yesterday with Abia State Sports Commissioner, David Chigbu, as the leader of delegation. While Enyimba is in Togo to defend their two-goal lead, Kano Pillars will today at the Sani Abacha Stadium fight to reverse their 1-3 deficit against

AS Vita of Congo. Pillars need to score at least tow unreplied goals to take the tie and with the return of their CHAN heroes, the task on paper looks an easy one. In the first leg in Kinshaha, Pillars played with 10 men from the 54th-minute following the dismissal of former junior international, Bello K o f o r m a t a Rabiu Ali and Shehu Abdullahi, who both missed

RSENE Wenger is a “specialA ist in failure”, according to Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea boss was responding to the Arsenal manager’s claim that other Premier League bosses are playing down their title chances because they “fear to

fail”. Chelsea hold a one-point lead over the Gunners at the top of the table. Mourinho said: “If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn’t fail many times. Eight years without sil-

500 Athletes To Burn Ijebu-Ode Track Today By Gowon Akpodonor

• Ogba, Nesiama, Taylor To Grace Occasion

HE Athletics Federation of T Nigeria’s (AFN) first competition of year, Ijebu-Ode

being expected before deadline for registration yesterday. Ali said that the high number of entries could be attributed to the success achieved by the AFN athletes last year at the youth, junior and senior levels. “Honestly, I am highly excited and impressed by the number of entries. For us to record this high number of entries for over-distance event is a clear indica-

Over Distance Races and Distance Relays, promises to be competitive and exciting, as the best of the nation’s home-based athletes have registered to participate in the one-day event. As at noon yesterday, over 500 athletes had registered for the event. AFN Technical Delegate Yusuf Ali revealed that more entries were still


lose a game, but I am very sure we will bounce back to win the return leg and qualify to next stage,” Umar told “The red card to Bello Musa affected us but have to look ahead now.” The win bonus for Pillars is $500-a-man, but with the heat on the team to perform, it would not be far-fetched if this were doubled for a big victory.

Wenger Is A ‘Specialist In Failure,’ Says Mourinho

tion that there will be higher number of entries when we start running the Golden League, where athletes will run their normal event,’’ he said. Ali also said the success by the likes of Blessing Okagbare and the warm reception they got from the good people of Nigeria and government has created more awareness about track and field, adding that parents are now encouraging their kids to partake in

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the first leg because they returned from the CHAN late to make the game, are back in the squad, just as Ezekiel Mba, who is also a member of Stephen Keshi’s home-based E a g l e s . Looking forward to a rewarding outing today, Kabiru Umar said the team have overcome the first leg defeat and are primed for success today. “Nobody is happy when you

the sports. Among those expected at the Ijebu-Ode Stadium today is AFN President, Evang. Solomon Ogba, whose company, Solid Works, is the official sponsor of the event. Also expected to cheer the athletes is the Chairman of AFN Technical Committee, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama as well as the recently appointed National Performance Director, Angie Taylor. “I hope to be there to see the performance of the athletes because this is our first propramme of the year,” Nesiama told The Guardian yesterday. The one-day event starts at 9am and ends by 5pm.

verware, that’s failure.” Under Wenger, Arsenal have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup. “He’s a specialist in failure,” continued Mourinho. “If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don’t come back.” The Portuguese manager, who won the Premier League twice in his first spell as Chelsea manager between 2004 and 2007, has won league titles in four countries, as well as the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan. This is not the first time Mourinho has criticised Wenger, the Blues boss having described the Frenchman as a “voyeur” in 2005 after his rival questioned Chelsea’s transfer policy. “He likes to watch other people,” said Mourinho in October 2005. “There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. “He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.” Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, said Mourinho had gone “over the top” with his latest remarks.

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