Friday, 28 February 2014
BY JONAH NWOKPOKU
LAGOS—As the Federal Government honours 100 persons today with Centenary awards as part of Nigeria’s Centenary celebration, the families of late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti have rejected the post humous awards for both late Fawehinmi and Fela even as Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka also mulls rejecting the award.
Professor Soyinka is on the list alongside the likes of Professor Chinua Achebe, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, among others.
But Professor Soyinka said: “I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event.”
We won’t accept the award —Femi Kuti
Also, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said that the family would not accept any centenary award in his honour.
Femi who made the statement through a Twitter correspondence while stating that the family has not been officially informed about any centenary award for Fela, noted that the Federal Government should first apologise for killing his grandmother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and burning of Kalakuta Republic.
“We have not heard such but I can speak for myself, Federal Government should first apologise for the killing of our grandmother and the burning of Kalakuta,” he wrote.
Asked if the family would accept the award if the government apologised for the two wrongs mentioned, Femi said he doubts if the family would accept the award.
“Like I said we have not heard anything from the Federal Government. But I doubt if the family will accept the award.”
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is being honoured in the ‘Internationally Acclaimed Artistes, Literary Icons and Journalists’ category.
Likewise, the family of the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawheinmi has turned down his nomination for a centenary posthumous award.
The family cited the nomination of the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, for the same award, the unbridled killing of students by insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country and the incessant corruption reeking across the country, including the alleged missing of $20 billion from NNPC as reasons for rejecting the nomination.
According to the letter sent to the presidency via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, and signed by Mohammed Fawehinmi, for and on behalf of late Gani Fawehinmi family, the family said they acknowledged the receipt of the letter and commended the federal government for considering their father for the honour but cited the reasons above for turning down the offer.
The letter read in part, “We want to thank the Federal Government for considering our late father for this honour. However, for reasons stated here under, our family has decided it would be inexpedient to accept the award.
“Our late father was empathetic to the sufferings of our people, particularly students. In the last 72 hours, 43 innocent students were mowed down by the blood- thirsty Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, while 20 other girls were similarly abducted by this same band of terrorists. These girls are still in captivity while their fate is unknown. If our late father were to be alive, would he be wining and dining with all the glitterati at a Centenary celebration under these circumstances? Certainly no.”
“In the past few weeks, the polity has been assaulted with putrid odour of corruption with the alleged $20 billion missing in NNPC, a development that became the Archilles heel of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Governor of Central Bank. As an anti-corruption activist, if he were to be alive, our late father would have confronted the issue head-long and possibly gone to court. With the issue still raging, would our late father have accepted this award at this critical moment? Certainly no.”
The family explained that their late father always championed the unity of the country and would have opted for the money being spent on the celebration of the centenary to have been devoted to infrastructure development instead of deploying the fund to celebrating Nigeria’s centenary.
“Our late father was unrepentantly for the unity of Nigeria. However, with the level of profligacy in some of the events celebrating Nigeria’s Centenary, our late father would have preferred these multi-million Naira expenditures channeled to our decrepit Teaching hospitals, than unproductive razzmatazz that do not improve the socio-economic well being of our people.
“For these reasons, our family respectfully declines to receive the award about to be conferred on our late father by the government,” the family said.
The roll call
The list of the awardees includes Sir Samuel Manuwa, Professor John Edozien, Dr Moses Majekodunmi, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, Professor Latunde Odeku, Professor Nelson Oyesiku and Dr. Funmi Olopade. Others on the list include Professor Oyin Olurin, Professor Orishejolomi Thomas, Professor Bello Osagie, Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, Professor Ade Elebute, Dr Akinola Maja, Professor Femi Williams, Professor Ambrose Alli, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Professor Ishaya Audu, Professor Oladele Ajose and Professor Tola Adebonojo among others.
Other awardees are the British monarch and Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Fredrick Lugard, Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Ex-Military Heads of State and Civilian Presidents, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Literary such as Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Also to be awarded are Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga, Honourable Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, GCON, Sir Abubakar Sadiq III, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, amongst others.
The award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
At the ceremony, President Jonathan would be presenting awards in 13 categories to 100 distinguished personalities, either alive or dead, who eminently symbolise the tapestry of Nigeria’s first centenary.
Some of the categories include, contributors to the making of Nigeria, heroes of the struggle for Nigeria’s independence/pioneer political leaders, pioneers in professional callings/careers, promoters of democratic transition in Nigeria, internationally acclaimed artists, literary icons, journalists, and so on.
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Kehinde Oyebanjo, popularly known as KaySwitch, has confirmed that he will become a father later this year.
Encomium Magazine reports that the artist is expecting his first child with Liberian beauty queen Meenakshi Monica Subramani.
According to the report, the couple plan on tying the knot but haven't decided when.
"We'll get married one day, though I cannot disclose when now," KaySwitch told Encomium Magazine.
The couple have been together for a little more than a year.
When a man makes small cash and all he could think of is how to enjoy a hot session with a popular ashawo in a popular "joint" in town then you should know that something is wrong somewhere, seriously.
As you read this, a man, identified as Ogadinma Chukwu, has lost his life while "in the act" with a commercial séx worker at a popular brothel located on St. Michael’s Road, Aba, Abia State. Sources say the man, whom they alleged to be a regular visitor to the brothel, died while romping the prostitute.
It was gathered that immediately Mr Chukwu slumped and died, the prostitute contacted her colleagues and the manager of the brothel who moved his corpse to a sanitary lane at the back of the brothel...
As a result of the development, shop owners in the area quickly closed business for fear of police arrest.
Those who spoke anonymously on the development disclosed that staff of the brothel at 5pm brought out the corpse through their back door, dropped it at the sanitary lane and disappeared.
Sources say the man might have died of a cardiac arrest or exhaustion as white foam gushed out of his mouth.
Policemen from the Aba Central Police Station, who conducted a search at the scene, recovered an ATM card, a cheque book and cash of over N200,000 as well as a Man O’ War Association of Nigeria identity card, bearing the name, Ogadinma Chukwu.
Contacted, the Commander, Man O’ War Association, Aba, Uche Egbuziem, identified Ogadinma Chukwu as a former member of the association.
Africa is a fantastic place to launch a start-up…if you choose the right place to work. Every country has varying levels of governmental regulation, lending flexibility, and even reliability of power, so choosing a good spot for your start-up is half the battle.
Whether you want to launch a food business, a mobile tech company, or even a service-oriented brand, here are the 6 best places in Africa to work on your start-up>
More than any other city in Africa, Nairobi is on the move. With millions of permanent residents and one of the most permissible visa board for expats, Nairobi is a start-up founder’s dream and is lovingly referred to as the “Silicon Savannah”. It’s relatively inexpensive and there are dozens of incubators located within the city such as iLab and mLab East Africa. Internet access in Nairobi is very reliable and the city offers favorable tax setups for entrepreneurs.
2. Lagos, Nigeria
Start-up business owners will find more than one in-residence start-up community in Lagos, one of the most up-and-coming cities for African entrepreneurs. In Lagos it’s all about tech and in Africa, tech means “mobile.” There are almost 900 million mobile subscribers in Africa and the most profitable start-ups on the continent all have to do with mobile applications. Lagos is the hub of that mobile brainstorming.
3. Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Business [MEST] in Accra
This Ghana-based incubator is backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights like Etsy and Skype. MEST stands for “Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology” and actively trains young, local entrepreneurs in everything from code to marketing. Ghana is notoriously impoverished but MEST is slowly impacting change through it’s great ideas and forward-thinking minds.
4. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is younger than many other cities in Africa and it’s got some of the most reliable infrastructure in the country. Because of the relative risk involved with living in the city, the South African government offers dozens of incentives for budding entrepreneurs. Of all African cities, start-ups located in Cape Town have the most opportunities when it comes to exporting and international business.
The aforementioned iHub, headquartered in Nairobi, offers unparalleled resources to other out-of-luck start-ups. It’s massive building allows over 11,000 entrepreneurs to collaborate on everything from start-ups to office space and since its inception in 2010 over 50 companies have been founded within the iHub walls. Nairobi is a great city for start-ups, yes, but any business with a fighting chance to make it in Kenya is somehow involved with iHub.
It’s sometimes said that proximity breeds success and if that’s true, Uganda is the place to be. Home to one of Africa’s most exciting new brands, Mara Online, Uganda is one of the most well-connected, digital countries in the entire continent. Mara itself regularly contributes to local start-up efforts and its service (Africa’s answer to Skype) makes doing business here just plain easy.
It’s time to take a look at Africa. With dozens of cities that house over 10,000,000 people it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of Africa’s start-up culture and the potential countries here have to benefit from home-grown entrepreneurs.
When churches compel ladies who have been s**u*lly active for years to just abstain from the act over night it should be made clear that most of these ladies may just be pretending to be abstaining because of the man they want to get married to in church but they are busy getting "enough servicing" from other men.
This was the big mess that played out at a Redeemed Church branch last Saturday, 22nd February, 2014.
The Senate President's wife, Helen Mark, was to play hostess at the wedding. The bride, Cynthia worked for her and was said to be an orphan thus had become her adopted daughter. Guests got to the venue of the big wedding at about 9am but 2hrs later, neither the bride or the groom came out.
As guests started getting impatient, the groom came out, took the microphone and announced to the surprise of all guests present that he is no longer interested in the marriage...
It later turned out that the the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, that was supposed to wed them had conducted a pregnancy test for the lady 24hours before the day and the result turned out POSITIVE.
The BIG problem however is that the mam had never slépt with the lady. So, who got her pregnant? The lady on her own part insisted she was not pregnant and went to do her own pregnancy test in a different hospital and the result came out as NEGATIVE. Crazy drama in church.
Redeemed church called their doctor to do a second test and the test traced the thing and it was POSITIVE!
The church did several tests and all came out POSITIVE, but the lady is still insisting that she is not pregnant.
Could it be that she had terminated her "pregnancy" and did not know that the church's test could trace it?
The man insisted that he can't marry a woman who is pregnant for another man, and a liar. David Mark's wife and her people begged the man to forgive and marry her but he stood his ground. Never!
A source told that the man's main anger was that when they were dating she didn't allow him to go "far", meaning there was no special torching. She was trying to paint herself as a good girl before her man, so he can't go ahead and marry her since another man was enjoying what he was denied.
The lady cried but it didn't change anything. Some guests ate their rice others didn't. The man walked away!
Chris Kirubi defies expectations. At age 70, the Kenyan entrepreneur has built an empire spanning real estate, manufacturing and investments that ranks him as one of the wealthiest people in Africa. Which makes it all the more surprising that this businessman in a bespoke suit regularly does stints as a DJ at Nairobi radio station Capital FM – and has more than 13,000 followers on Twitter.
But the question is…where did he start??
Like many entrepreneurs he wasn’t handed down a pot of gold from the skies…No!!He built his business and brand through sheer hard work and out of the box thinking.
For many years, Kirubi worked as an administrator at Kenatco, a transport company owned by the Kenyan government. Then in the early 70s, he began building what would go on to become an empire. And this he did in the most creative of ways.
He developed a reputation for purchasing ramshackle houses and commercial properties in Nairobi with loans he obtained from financial institutions, refurbished them, and sold them at a profit. The proceeds he ingeniously disbursed into the building of some of the city’s finest business and residential edifices. Not long after, he was counting the cash. And a time surely, came when the cash became uncountable!
Today, Kirubi, an icon of the Kenyan property industry, is one of Africa’s richest. His mercurial entrepreneurial imprints have spanned such industries as real estate, manufacturing and investments. He holds the largest individual stake in Centum Investments, a private equity firm listed on the Nairobi and Uganda stock exchanges. (Centum is itself one of East Africa’s most coveted investment portfolios, holding significant stakes in Safaricom, the country’s foremost communications company; Coca-cola; and Kenyan Commercial Bank.) He is equally the largest individual shareholder in UAP, East Africa’s third largest insurance company.
In 1998, he bought Capital FM, a flagging local radio station where he later learnt the ropes of disc jockeying. “I didn’t just want to acquire the station solely for the financial dividends it was eventually going to give me; I wanted to love the business,” he would later tell a Forbes magazine interviewer. “I wanted to understand the business from the very basics. So, I approached the managers and told them that I wanted to host a rock radio show. I asked them to teach me how to become a Disc Jockey.”
Like with nearly every other cause he has pursued, his hosting of a weekly rock show has increased the station’s public rating. A once-floundering station now has the largest listenership based — over three million people — in the country.
Owning north of 40 commercial and residential properties in the Kenyan capital valued at $200m and other assets worth $100m, he occupies 31st place on the maiden Forbes’ list of Africa’s 40 richest people.
And he is loved, too — anyone who derives joy from the happiness of others would certainly be. Hear him talk to Forbes: “People say I am one of the richest people in Kenya, but that’s not my concern. I mean, they say I am a god of sorts, but I don’t agree … When I look around at my companies and see the number of people we have employed, it gives me joy. It is more satisfying than having all the money in the world.”
Here are 5 lessons we can learn from this amazing individual (in his own words) :
1)Recognize your life’s purpose…and build your life around it
“One of the ways I believe you can find meaning of your life is by creating a strategy that you can use through your journey. You need to keep the purpose of your life, front and center as you decide how to spend your time, talents and energy. Remember that without a purpose, life can be hollow.”
2)Have a positive attitude
“Visualize your past victories while visualizing and anticipating future victories. Planting the seeds of positive expectancy in your mind is the best way to reap.”
3)Appreciate your people
“One of the most important lessons that has made me be a better employer and businessman is pointing out people’s strengths. I have come to learn that the praise of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.
4)Research about your idea – thoroughly…
“If you understand an idea, you can express it so others can understand it. However, if you can’t explain it, you don’t really understand it; and you cannot invest in a business you don’t understand. So friends, do your research well and understand the idea or concept you want to execute before investing in it.”
5)Balance your personal and professional life
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day…but because I want to achieve my purpose and make a difference in society, I will stop focusing on the frightful things I see when I take my eyes off my goals and instead fix them there.
With billions of subscribers within the last decade, social media has risen to becoming the most popular media in today’s world offering users great interactivity, mostly with the aid of smartphones.
In the business circles, social media is driving a revolution. Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs have embraced it as an essential part today’s business strategy.
The Rwandan government is thus taking advantage of the huge potential being offered by social media by giving the country’s students, a huge platform through a private partnership to connect to the world’s knowledge economy.
It has teamed up with social media giant, Facebook, to design a pilot initiative aimed at offering all Rwandan students, free access to a collaborative online education experience.
Christened ‘SocialEDU’, students in Rwanda will receive free data plans for accessing free edX Massive Open Online Courses (edX MOOCs) from leading universities across the globe.
EdX offers interactive online classes and massive open online courses run by MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and other top universities on a range of topics including business, chemistry, computer science, economics, science, law, maths and a host of others.
Under the initiative Facebook is expected to create a special mobile application that would integrate into Facebook, with Nokia providing special affordable smartphones with improved Internet connectivity.
Telecom provider, Airtel, is expected to also offer a full-year free education data bundle for all participating students.
Reporting from the on-going Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, February 24, 2014, the biztechafrica.com quoted Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, as saying “The Government of Rwanda is excited to partner with Facebook to open up a world full of content and interaction to Rwandan students.”
In Ghana, they are regarded as hotcakes. Their complexion put them on a fairly higher pedestal, as they are the ones every guy or lady craves to date - the half-caste!
But ever thought that a time will come for half-caste babies to be bred in Ghana? Well, thanks to modern science, one can have a half-caste or mixed-race baby without necessarily having to marry or have sexual intercourse with a person of different race.
Following in the steps of artificial insemination, a novel venture to create a new society –‘Half-caste World’- on the African continent is bourgeoning in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The early morning traffic congestion in Accra and other major cities in Africa can be very irritating, to say the least.
There is usually an aggravated repeat of the traffic jam during the evening rush hour.
To manage the traffic congestion, several methods have been explored including expanding existing roads and creating alternative routes, the use of traffic lights and the help of traffic wardens, all in an effort to lessen the woes of commuters.
The latest addition to traffic control mechanisms in the continent is the robot traffic wardens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Two humanoid robots have been employed the in the Central African country as road safety workers, to control the flow of vehicles and help drivers and other road users.
They have special features, which enable them to work as normal human wardens, with the added advantage of not getting tired.
The robots were built by WITECH ONG, a local engineering firm in the DRC. Is Africa rising to the challenge of contributing to the technological revolution? Share your thoughts with us.
The Nigerian Football Federation today February 27th unveiled a brand new jersey our national team would use during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The jersey, which is lemon green, will be officially launched on March 5th when the Super Eagles meet Mexico in a pre-world cup friendly which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to the Head Marketing of the NFF, Adama Idris, the jersey was designed to suit the weather condition in Brazil.