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Farewell July!

Is it 31st already? Waoh! so fast! no wonder this church outside my window won’t let me sleep (Night vigil thingy)  But before i welcome the new month officially, i have some wishes for you
As this new month of August 2013 begins,
May this month bring you satisfaction, peace and joy.
May all the desires of your heart be granted.
May this be the beginning of new things in your life.
Stay strong, be positive and fulfill your dreams
Happy new month friends!
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WITH much expectation, the world is waiting to see OkikiJesu Olawuyi grab a fitting place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many across the world want to see this happen. And what that means is that a Nigerian child is well on her way to making history once she scales the mountain of surgeries standing in her path of life.

OkikiJesu Olawuyi was born without a skull but not without a will to live. Bones from her hands are being obtained to construct a skull bone to help her live. Amazingly, she is winning this battle for  her life at John Hopkins University in the United States of America.

OkikiJesu Olawuyi was born without a skull

First grade surgeons

There, the best hands the world can assemble are with her every passing hour fighting a medical war to give life to a miracle child  who has announced to  the entire human community that she has something different to offer. First grade surgeons – irrespective of colour, race and tongue are tasking  their expertise to see that this wonder of the 21st century lives to tell her story and  reports say that they are doing a great job to save her.

OkikiJesu is getting moral and material support  from across the world to help her live. An avalanche of support is coming her way. Her parents are carrying the burden of pain and anguish with stoic patience. They are fighting to remedy a medical case they cannot tell how it all started. The child needs a lot more financial assistance to pull through, her father, Mr. Caleb Olawuyi, says. He disclosed that she needed an additional $500,000 to undergo the final operation that would enable her live a normal life. Experts say that is possible and they can achieve that. While appealing for generous support from government, corporate organizations and private individuals to help the baby live, Mr. Olawuyi, has equally urged government to set up funds to assist babies afflicted with critical ailments. Speaking straight from the heart, he noted that one needed to be close to a child in pains to know how it feels.

Since news of the child’s medical condition was disclosed, the world has been aghast. She was born on May 11, 2010 with a rare birth deformity which means over 50 per cent of her skull doesn’t exist. The world has not seen anything of this stuff as this medical condition has never been reported anywhere. The child’s condition is one that appears to have turned medicine on its head, having thrown up tremendous professional challenge to the human race. Now, the very best the world has known are fighting a crunchy battle to overcome this, leaving many – particularly those with hearts of stone- wondering if there is nothing they can offer to help. Continue reading

 

 

George Akinyemi Iwilade a.k.a afrika

Every July 10, students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State remember their  five  union leaders allegedly killed by cultists on the campus in 1999. Fourteen years after, the memories of the slain students still linger in their colleagues’ hearts. SIKIRU AKINOLA, KEMI BUSARI (400-Level Political Science), OLUWAFEMI OGUNJOBI (400-Level Language Arts) and OLUFUNMINIYI SALAWU (400-Level History) report.

Barely two months after the return of democracy in 1999, tragedy hit the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Five students were allegedly shot dead by members of Black Axe Confraternity, believed to have been sponsored from within the university.
George Akinyemi Iwilade, fondly called Afrika, 21-year old 400-Level Law student, who was then the General Secretary of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Eviano Ekeimu, 400-Level Medicine, Yemi Ajiteru, an extra year student, Babatunde Oke, 100-Level Philosophy, and Godfrey Ekpede, were killed in Blocks 5 and 8 of Awolowo Hall on July 10, 1999.
Fourteen years after, their blood has continued to water the flower of freedom on the campus.
The attack was carried out in the wee hours of the fateful day. The late George, it was gathered, had returned to his room 273, Block 8 in Awolowo Hall after a ceremony at Awo café around 4:15 am. Thirty minutes later, the assailants, led by a student from another university, struck, using machete to leave a deep cut on George’s head before shooting him in the forehead.
The second victim, Yemi, was asleep when he was shot in the stomach. He died instantly. The killing of other victims was no less gruesome as they were attacked on different locations of the campus before the assailants took to their heels.
The following day, the cultists were apprehended through the effort of an informant, a commercial driver, who drove them to a hotel at Ile-Ife after the attack. The cultists confessed to the crime and claimed their sponsor was an insider in the university.
The then Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wale Omole, was relieved of his appointment after a recommendation by a panel of enquiry headed by Prof Tunde Adeniran set up by the Federal Government.
On October 29, 2002, a state high court sitting in Iwo discharged the accused because the prosecutor could not prove their culpability beyond reasonable doubts.
The students were reportedly killed because of the anti-cultism crusade they championed on campus. Before their death, the victims publicly disgraced top nine members of the Black Axe confraternity in March 1999, who were arrested at the university quarters. The cultists’ colleagues from other campuses launched an attack on the students on July 10, which coincided with the Kegites Day.
On July 20, the remains of the slain students were interred at the university cemetery. Thousands of mourners including lecturers, parents, journalists, market women and students attended the funeral. A philanthropist donated coffins for the burial.
As a mark of honour, the victims are remembered every July 10.
In the absence of the Students Union, the Kegites’ Club in conjunction with Students’ Security Committee, Man O’ War and other students’ movements, held a rally to commemorate the murder of the students penultimate Wednesday.
At 7pm, the Anglo-Moz Car Park hosted the regular students, who did not go on semester break. Candidates, who came to write entrance examination, watch in awe as a procession of students moved round the campus amid drama and chanting of solidarity songs.
The remembrance kicked-off with melodious songs by the Kegites’ members. The Man O’ War cadets also thrilled the crowd with their paramilitary stunts around a bonfire.
The event took a different turn at 8:30pm during the candle-light procession. The students, who were initially lively, became moody as they moved from the Anglo-Moz car park to the Students’ Union Building (SUB), which they took as a symbol of resistance against cultism.
The crowd moved slowly through the school’s health centre to the stretch which connects Halls of Residence. Notable student-activists and personalities that graced the event included Hassan Taiwo, National Coordinator, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Oluwatobi Sofowora, a Botany graduate, Kingsley Ogunne, Wale Owolabi, Aderemi Ojekunle, President, Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ), OAU chapter. They all extolled the doggedness of the slain “comrades”, while urging their colleagues to keep the spirit alive.
“Afrika fought for a just cause before he was murdered. We should not take this sacrifice for a ride but be quick to point out injustice and always stand for what is right,” Oluwatobi urged the students.
Kingsley, a former Assistant General Secretary of the SUG, explained how Afrika went to classes as a Law student in native attires, ignoring the white and black legal uniform made compulsory for Law students.A former student, Oluwaloseyi Babaeko, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to re-open the case to ensure justice is done to the slain students.

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Why America Needs Nigeria

American has an abundance of capital; Nigeria has an abundance of human and natural resources. According to a statement by President Felipe of Mexico, “you need labor and capital to generate economic activity”

Therefore it makes sense for America to extend its huge capital to the people of Nigeria, because Nigeria’s 1 million barrels of oil sent to the U.S. daily helps create an economic engine that generates American capital. With American capital and knowhow, Nigeria can become a developed country and therefore will be able to afford more American made goods just like the people of South Korea and Western Europe.

However, when Obama became the president of the U.S., his first snob was to the people of Nigeria. The Nigerian 2007 election was believed to have been rigged by the Yar’Adua administration, so Obama decided to visit Ghana as his first outing to Africa.

Most Nigerians were conflicted about the snub. On the one hand, Nigerians, especially Nigerian Americans that voted overwhelmingly for Obama felt that it was embarrassing that the president picked Ghana over Nigeria, after all, Nigeria is often referred to as the giant of Africa. So how can you ignore the giant and be paying attention to the midget.

The Obama administration finally realized its folly, when they needed Nigeria’s help in securing their much sought after U.N. sanctions against Iran’s nuclear ambition.

So the U.S. moved to take advantage of late President Yar’Adua sickness to invite the acting president Goodluck Jonathan to the White house, and eventually create the so called Bi-national commission between the two countries.

The objectives  of this commission includes helping Nigeria to conduct credible elections, stamp out corruption in Nigeria, develop adequate energy sources for Nigeria, and provide help with solving the Niger Delta problems.

However, despite all these good intentions, it can seem to an outside observer that U.S.’s actions are mainly paying lip service to providing assistance to Nigeria in these areas.

For example, the U.S. meetings with Nigeria on energy seems to be placing emphasis on pushing Nigeria towards concentrating on developing only clean energy to power Nigeria’s economic activities. Even the U.S. with all its vast resources cannot afford or plan to depend on so called clean energy. More than half of U.S. power plants burn coal to generate power.  Nigeria has vast deposits of coal that we can tap cheaply to produce energy. We don’t have the technology or resources to devote to clean energy at the present time.

Also, the U.S. seems to have forgotten that our leaders signed away Nigeria’s gas fortunes with the Oil majors, (mostly U.S. owned) years ago.

Rather than develop Nigeria’s gas for domestic consumption, our gas is exported, and what cannot be exported is burned off because there is no incentive for the multinational oil companies to develop them for domestic, use.

At the conclusion of the U.S. Bi-national meeting on Energy in May 2010, the U. S. Dept of energy donated around $300,000 to Nigeria’s Regulatory commission’s  Power Holding Company of Nigeria, to help the commission develop policies that will accelerate Nigeria’s effort to generate electricity for its people. “$300,000” for a country of 150 million people who are staunchly pro American in everything they do?  In Addition, there are over 1 million Nigerians living in the U.S., paying taxes and contributing immensely to the economy of this great country, yet all the U.S. can do is give Nigeria a paltry $300,000.

The last time I visited the congressional gallery to watch the debates, in May 2010 while taking a break from the Bi-national commission meeting, the U.S. Congress was debating whether to approve a grant $200 million to Israel to buy more American made weapons to contain the threat Iran might pose in the future.  This does not include the other $4 billion grant we give to Israel and Egypt by law every year. Israel is our number one ally in the Middle East, and I support every effort to make sure that Israel’s security is not threatened. However, should we also continue to treat Nigeria, our 4th largest oil supplier like a step child?

Nigeria sends 1 million barrels of its crude oil to the U.S. every day. Even though Nigeria gets paid for the oil, they could sell the crude to the Chinese instead of the U.S.  Yet, the U.S.fails to realize that it is crucial for Nigeria as a country to remain vibrant, peaceful and stable.

However, you cannot build stability on an economy that has no adequate power, water, good roads, adequate security, and where the average citizen subsists on $2.0 per day.

A few years ago, the U.S. Intelligence agency predicted that Nigeria will become a failed state in less than 15 years. So if that were the case, what is our America doing about it?

After all, we have over 140,000 Americas citizens, in Iraq, close to 50,000 in Afghanistan, and another 50, 000 protecting the people of South Korea. Yet, Nigeria, the number four supplier of the fuel that keeps the economic engine humming, we don’t even have a single FBI agent stationed there to help them with a simple corruption investigation. We know Nigeria needs a minimum of 150,000 megawatts of power, yet we have not provided a single plan to help the people of Nigeria get adequate power.

We know all the coasts of Southern Nigeria have been polluted for 50 years by the same oil countries we would put in jail America for pollution, yet we turn a blind eye.

America has all the technology to create a financially stable Nigeria, that can demand more American exports, yet America chooses to ignore that. So what is our idea of friendship?

Granted, people think about friendship, while nations are mostly concerned about interest. It is in America’s best interest to guide Nigeria on the right part so that Nigeria can build an economic engine similar to the U.S.  There are 150 million Nigeria consumers out there, almost half of them under 25 years old, a future baby boom generation that can demand American products for the next 25 to 30 years.

So does it not make sense for America to create joint ventures with Nigerians to build American cars in Nigeria and create jobs for Nigerians?

Does it not make sense to send American home builders (who are suffering in the current recession) to use American technology to help Nigeria create a housing industry that can build the over one million homes that Nigerians need every year for the next 30 years? If Nigerians can build and finance 1 million homes per year with the help of Americans, is it not possible that the U.S. might sell 1 million G.E. Refrigerators made in  America and assembled in Nigeria, thereby creating jobs in both countries.

Since Nigeria needs 2 million agricultural tractors per year, does it not make sense for John Deer, an American company to create assembly and manufacturing plants in Nigeria to create jobs in Nigeria, increase the people’s standard of living and have a steady market for their tractors?

Based on these few examples, it would seem like a win win solution for both countries.  In fact it is more in the interest of the U.S. because if the U.S. Fails to take advantage of these opportunities, the chances are that, countries like China Will and are already filling the void. Therefore, as a friend, and an “ally” it is in the best interest of U.S. to help Nigeria develop as fast as possible instead of producing reports that seem to suggest that “Nigeria might become a failed state” If Nigeria becomes a failed state, it will definitely impact the U.S. and the world in more ways than we can think of now or in the future

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 Toyin Dawodu is the Managing partner of Capital Investment Group, a California based Diversified Investment Company focused on Infrastructure development in Africa.    Email:  toyin@capvestgroup.com

The views of any engineer about machines might just change with the new offerings Kelani Abass has been showing, at the Omenka Gallery in Ikoyi, Lagos. In his second solo exhibition titled “Man and Machine” Abass takes viewers on a roll through a new body of work that involves gears wheels, colours, print and stories told through machines. Kelani Abass, was born in 1979 and has been a full time studio artist since graduating from YABATECH in 2007. His works explore human figures and mythology, the best Painting student in 2007 at YABATECH has featured in about 16 group shows.

 

 Abass worked in his father’s printing press throughout his primary school and secondary school. He grew his creative side and worked the machines while at the press until he left for Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, in 2002 to study art.  “It is fascinating to observe the way machines operate as different parts, to achieve a common goal. This informs my thinking and ideas, and thus inspires my art in this direction. Most of my early works seem to fall within the Naturalistic figurative genre, they reflects socio-political and economic realities of the Nation, creating a platform for my new works, which evolves more metaphoric in nature” Abass says about his new works

 

 

Man and Machine, politics of Godfatherism

 

 

Man and machine (Politics of Godfatherism)

 

 

His  new paintings, drawings and sound installation are indeed a metaphor he uses to describe how machines make work easier. Some of the paintings and drawings are divided in series there is the “Man and machine series” were he lays emphasis on the way by which wheels, as singular units, propel movement in machines, all working together to achieve a common end result, and the “Illusion” series were the digital camera as a machine inspire these set of drawings Continue reading

This post was originally published on CNN.com on June 18, 2013.

President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa  is focused on the pressing issues of economic growth and investment, democratization, and the next generation of African leaders. Yet a central element for achieving those goals is missing from the list – advancing the health and empowerment of women and girls. The Obamas have an opportunity to make this trip historic by explicitly committing the United States to focus on women and girls as a key pathway to progress for Africa. But will they seize it?

The President and First Lady can speak powerfully to African and global audiences on these issues. On January 30, President Obama issued an unprecedented presidential memorandum on advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls globally, calling it “one of the greatest unmet challenges of our time.” For many who worried that the energy and commitment that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought to those issues might dissipate with her departure, this high-level statement was most welcome. Many have also wondered whether Michelle Obama herself might become a champion for global women’s issues in the second Obama term, building on her support for women and girls in the U.S. Continue reading

Eighteen year old Anna Ebiere Banner has emerged winner of this year’s Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria MBGN beauty pageant held Saturday, July 19 in Bayelsa state.

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Anna beat 31 other contestants to win the coveted crown organised annually by the Silverbird group.

Anna will represent Nigeria at the Miss World beauty pageant to be held September 28 in Indonisia

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Who will emerge as MBGN 2013?

Less than 12 hours to flag off the grand finale of the prestigious  Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria,MBGN pageant, the  atmosphere   is thick as the question  on the lips of everyone is who emerges the next MBGN queen today?

The grand finale, however,  is coming barely two weeks after 22-year old Abia State-born Ezinne Akudo was crowned Miss Nigeria in a keenly contested pageant that held at Eko Hotel and Suites,Lagos.

          

The MBGN pageant holds this evening at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. As usual, the atmosphere is charged as the 32 contestants are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to outshine one another  and clinch the coveted crown. Continue reading

African clothes are probably your best bet for the summer when temperatures are scathingly high and clothes feel uncomfortable next to the skin. Designed from natural fabric, African clothes do not feel wet and clammy next to the skin and allow the skin to breathe easily affording the body a natural cooling effect. The fabric used to make these types of attire is also absorbent and it therefore absorbs sweat leaving the body dry and comfortable.

African Attire Skirt

African Attire Skirt

African women skirt sets for example are made from linen or cotton. These materials are ideal especially for women because some women suffer from hot flushes in the summer. Natural fabric helps to control this. Besides this, the warm weather of summer often brings with it allergies that are heat related such as rashes and prickly sensations. African linen design clothes helps control this by keeping the body cool and temperatures controlled. Linen is an ideal fabric for people with sensitive skins.

African Attire gown

African Attire gown

The African women gown is another example of a 100% cotton fabric that is perfect for younger ladies and women as well including the plus women, they are light fabrics that are very breathable and allow air to circulate. These African clothing trendy gowns are perfect choice for evening parties and ball can also be used for dinner parties. They come in various bright colours and some are in combination.

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Fashion has two purposes, Comfort and Love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds. I present to you the Contestants for the “MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA”

I’d say these girls are symbols of true beauty!

The event comes up tomorrow 20th of July 2013 in Bayelsa, Nigeria. But do you know that there is one of these girls that i strongly feel should be the eventual winner? That is Miss Ondo!!! (Ademoluti Omoboyewa, Column 13). Apart from the fact that she’s a good friend and classmate, don’t you think she’s cute???? Well, let’s wait and see.

Whether she wins or not, I’ll have an interview with her, and she’ll share all her experiences while in Camp and “the road” to the main event.

Tomorrow is D-dayyy!!!

 

                

 

             

 

         

 

           

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