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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nigerian artistes dominate MAMA 2014 nominations; Davido leads the pack

 Africa’s number one music authority, MTV Base has announced the nominees for this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards.  The announcement was made tonight, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at an impressive nominations party at The Sands in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year’s nominations prove that Nigerian music has fast taken over Africa. Out of fifteen different categories, Nigeria has been nominated in eleven categories and includes some of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry including Omotola Jalade, Chimamanda Adichie, 2Face, PSquare, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Flavour among many others.See more pictures after the cut Continue...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Omawumi moves into N100million Lekki home

According to reports the mother of one is the highest paid female entertainer in Nigeria, charging up to N5 Million naira per show!

According to an Encomium report, Omawumi has the most endorsement deals of any female performer, even Tiwa Savage!

ENCOMIUM Weekly’s findings revealed that Omawumi’s performance fee has risen from N3 million (as at September 2013) to N5 million, depending on the show.

Omawumi is missing from action at this year’s Nigerian Breweries sponsored Star Trek, the biggest music concert in Africa because of her relationship with another brand, Guinness. Sources close to her disclosed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that Omawumi performs, at least six times in a month.

Copa del Rey Final: Barcelona v Real Madrid [16/4/2014

Knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, the Catalan giants then proceeded to lose to Granada on Saturday and lose pace with Diego Simeone's side at the top of La Liga.

The Copa del Rey now represents Barcelona's best chance for significant silverware this season, but they will need to overcome their bitter rivals to claim victory.

Meanwhile, Madrid are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they will face Bayern Munich but are also playing catch-up on Atletico in the Spanish league. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photos: Saraki, Tambuwal, others donate blood for blast victims

More Nigerians including the Speaker of the House of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal, former Kwara state Governor Bukola Saraki and other government officials today visited the National Blood Transfer Service in Abuja to donate blood for victims of yesterday's bomb blast at Nyanya Motor Park. Saraki pictured left at NBTS today and Tambuwal pictured right donating blood. 
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Going underground! Couple transform 100-year-old concrete WATER TANK into £380-a-week holiday home (complete with wi-fi and Smart TV)

And before...: How the water tank looked when the couple first bought it 10 years ago
Transformation: Cambridge Lodge, which was a disused water tank, has opened as a holiday home
A disused concrete water tank dating back to 1909 has been transformed into a luxurious holiday home.
Jim and Lisa Hardy spent 10 years renovating Cambridge Lodge, which was covered in earth and only accessible through manholes in the roof.
The couple, who bought the property from Severn Trent Water, gave it a makeover – based on a sketch on the back of an envelope.
Transformation: Cambridge Lodge, which was a disused water tank, has opened as a holiday home
Transformation: Cambridge Lodge, which was a disused water tank, has opened as a holiday 
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Nigerians troop to Asokoro General Hospital to donate blood

The National Blood Transfusion Service, NBTS, in Asokoro has seen a large turnout of Nigerians coming to the Asokoro General Hospital to donate blood to save Nyanya blast victims. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bomb blast at Abuja bus station kills several people this morning

Oh dear. This is not good. Two blasts at Nyanya Motor Park on the outskirts of Abuja this morning April 14th has killed several people with many injured.

The blast occurred at the crowded bus station around 6.30am today during rush hour as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in central Abuja. Two buses full of people were struck. It is believed that one of the buses, which was parked overnight at the motor park, was loaded with the bomb that went off this morning.

The explosion occurred in a section of Nyanya park allocated to luxury buses. An eyewitness said he saw at least 50 bodies being removed from the scene..

Wizkid Becomes First Nigerian Artiste With 1 Million Twitter Followers


Nigerian award-winning singer, Ayo Balogun, a.k.a Wizkid has become the first Nigerian artiste to reach one million followers on popular social networking site, Twitter.
Currently with 1,001,047 followers as at writing this, the EME music label act beats other popular music artistes like D’banj (816k+ followers), Don Jazzy (719k+ followers), 2face Idibia (686k+ followers) and Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji (542k+ followers).

"Oscar is a liar, he shot my sister in a fit of rage': Reeva's sister says

In an exclusive interview with UK Daily Mail today, Reeva’s sister Simone (pictured left) says they are in no doubt that Pistorius is a liar.
"He is trying to convince the court that they were really close and that he cared for her. It’s not true. He is a disgusting liar. At the start of the trial, my heart stopped as he walked past, ignoring us. I like to think his heart stopped too. He knew we were there but he almost lost his balance and fell over when he saw us.
‘Then he sat in the dock, smirking. He killed my sister and yet he still seems to be enjoying his celebrity status. During the adjournments he marched around as if he was still a star while my mother and I just wanted to hide away. I don’t understand how anyone could commit that act – kill someone – and behave like that.’
 To find an outlet for their feelings, the Steenkamps plan to open a shelter in Reeva’s memory for women who are victims of domestic abuse. But before that, there are  three more weeks of the trial to endure. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fighter jets, special forces: Photos 'show Russian military buildup' near Ukraine

A satellite photo purportedly shows Russian Su-33
 NATO has released satellite photos that show the extent of Russia's military mobilization on its border with Ukraine -- including fighter jets, tanks, artillery and thousands of soldiers who are prepared to invade within 12 hours if called upon, say officials.

The photos appear to confirm Western leaders' fears that Russia may be preparing for a ground invasion of eastern Ukraine, despite NATO's call for Russia to withdraw its forces from the border.
What do the photos show?
The photos, which private satellite imaging firm DigitalGlobe says it took between March 22 and April 2, purportedly reveal dozens of Russian "fast jets," helicopters and infantry units that were not spotted in photos of the same areas last year.

Presh signs Nmulti million record deal that comes with 2 brand new cars

Presh of former music duo Kc Presh is now signed to Erik Manny Records. Erik Manny is owned by Mr Dilly, Chairman of Dilly Motors. Presh signed a multi million naira record deal with Erik Manny that comes with a a 2014 Prado Jeep and a 2013 Infiniti Qx 56 

The Trek Continues! 2Face, Bridget Kelly, MI, Tiwa Savage & More Electrify Star Music Trek 2014 in Makurdi

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Makurdi came alive as thousands of music fans trooped to IBB Square Makurdi to attend the second stage ofStar Music Trek 2014. They witnessed performances from artistes such as 2Face, M.I, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Timaya, Dammy Krane and other home grown talents.

The event, hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka, saw Tiwa Savage perform “Missing You“, her tribute to late singer Zara Gretti. Wande Coal also perfromed a snippet of his new single, ”Baby Hello“.
2Face also gave a sensational duet performance with international singer-song writer Bridget Kelly ofRoc Nation. They performed ”Let Somebody Love You”, off the music legend’s forthcoming album,Ascension.

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.
Heartbleed appears to be one of the biggest glitches in the Internet’s history, a flaw in the basic security of as many as two-thirds of the world’s websites. Its discovery and the creation of a fix by researchers five days ago prompted consumers to change their passwords, the Canadian government to suspend electronic tax filing and computer companies including Cisco Systems Inc. to Juniper Networks Inc. to provide patches for their systems. 

Nigeria Charges Late Dictator’s Son With Stealing N446 billion

Mohammed Abacha — the son of late former   Nigerian military dictator, General Sani Abacha — is facing fresh criminal lawsuit from the Federal Government for unlawfully taking possession of approximately N446.3bn stolen from government’s treasury between 1995 and 1998.

 The latest lawsuit follows a decision by the Nigerian Supreme Court in January ordering the Nigerian government to file fresh charges against the dictator’s son. Also, the US Government recently froze assets belonging to the late dictator through its kleptocracy initiative.
In the nine-count charge filed by private prosecutor, Daniel Enwelum upon a fiat dated  February 18th, 2014 by Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, the government accused Mohammed of “dishonestly receiving stolen property” and “voluntarily assisting in concealing money.”
This fresh charge substitutes an earlier 121-count filed against Mohammed and Atiku Bagudu — the late ruler’s ally. However, Bagudu was excluded from the fresh charge.
According to a new charge, dated March   24th, 2014, Mohammed hid £141,100,000 $384,353,000 in cash and travellers cheques.
Mohammed, in Count One, is alleged to have dishonestly received between August and December 1995 in Abuja, $36,480,000.00 made up of cash and travellers’ cheques — property of the Federal Government — believed to have been stolen.
In Count Two, he is alleged, between August and December 1995 in Abuja, to have voluntarily assisted in concealing $57,960,000.00 believed to have been stolen from the Federal Government.
In another count, he was accused of receiving $26,913,500.00 believed to have been stolen from the Federal Government, between October and December 1996.
He was also accused, within the same time, of voluntarily assisting in concealing $26,913,500.00 allegedly stolen from the Federal Government. Also in June 1997 in Abuja, he allegedly dishonestly received $10,000,000.00 believed to have been stolen from the Federal Government.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Over 99% of Egyptian Women Have Been Sexually Harassed – UN

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According to a 2013 United Nations report, 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment in some form.

In a recent article on CNN, some individuals involved in cases of sexual abuse offered some perspectives on what they felt incited these incidents. Authorities also shed some light on why the statistics of sexual harassment are so high.
For instance, last month, a group of male students at an Egyptian university groped a female student. The university’s dean, a male, blamed the incident on the female victim, citing her ”inappropriate attire” as the cause of the assault because she removed the black cloak she was wearing. However, it was discovered that the student’s attire was far from provocative – she was wearing black trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.
In response to the Dean’s statement, Habiba, also a victim of sexual harassment, said harassment has nothing to do with dress-sense.
”Even veiled girls get harassed all the time,” she said. “It’s a lack of ethics and culture more than anything.” Continue...

Security officials prevent jobless graduate from committing suicide

Sunday Omotayo, an unemployed graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Ekiti State University attempted to kill himself yesterday in Akwa Ibom Staate due to frustration, Punch Reports.

Omotayo who had gone to Akwa Ibom state to seek employment hoping that his services as a trained mechanical engineer would be needed having heard of the infrastructural development happening in the state, was greatly disappointed as he was not absorbed by any company in the state.

Frustrated by his inability to secure a job in the last ten years since he graduated from the university, Omotayo yesterday morning went to the Akwa Ibom State Prison Services asking prison officials to shoot him dead or put him in prison where he could rot and die. Continue...

Boko Haram bomb police station, bank, court in Jigawa state

 Boko Haram members yesterday April 9th bombed a police station, a bank and a Sharia Court in Gwaram Sabuwa, Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State killing at least 4 policemen, one civilian, with quite a number of others sustaining various degrees of injury.

According to eye witnesses, the men, who were about 20 in number and came in motorcycles and other vehicles, operated from 1am to 2am unhindered. They later told the villagers that they would be back again if they continue sending their children to school, operating football viewing centres and  accepting polio vaccines. Continue...

Joke Silva, Gen. Gowon, others honoured at Nigerian Centennial Gala and Award Night in London

Headlining a weeklong chain of events in London to celebrate the success of Nigeria over the past 100 years, GLEEHD Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Democracy Initiative, ROSTRA Consulting & Amandla Consulting hosted the cream de la cream of the Nigerian Public and Private sector at a Gala and Award Night to recognise the contribution of Eminent Nigerians and Nigeria’s Emerging Leaders on March 11, 2014 as Nigeria celebrates its Centenary.Continue..
The Gala Award Night honoured the contribution of Nigerian luminaries and other exceptional Nigerians at the Sheraton Park Lane Mayfair Hotel in London which had the participation of Commonwealth Leaders, British and Nigerian Political Leaders, Friends of Nigeria and Nigerians in Diaspora. 

Speaking at the Gala, Dayo Israel, GLEEHD Foundation’s Director for Africa said “Tonight we gather here to say thank you to those whose effort have contributed to the continuous growth and progress of our nation Nigeria in the last 100years, those who through thick and thin have sacrificed to ensure the dignity of our nation is upheld, and the emerging leaders of these generation who would be responsible for keeping the flame alive – as we celebrate, we inspire others to rise and play their part in rebuilding the Nigeria of our dream.

Akon Clocks 40 With A New House! The Senegalese-American star gifted himself with a rebranded new mansion

Akon is 40 and to mark his big day, the Senegalese-American artist reportedly brought down an old house and rebuilt it as a mansion for himself. What a birthday gift!
The singer and producer reportedly took a perfectly fine suburban home in the San Fernando Valley and demolished it before turning it into a dope new party palace.
Real estate sources say Akon burned just under $2 million for his new elegant 5-Bedroom contemporary home with glass walls and concrete floors.

The Lonely singer unveiled his masterpiece this week as part of throwing himself a huge 40th birthday bash

Google named most reputable company in world - despite criticism for tax dodging and snooping on web users

Best image: The online search giant was tied with Disney, according to a poll by the Reputation Institute

Google has been named as the most reputable company in the world – despite being heavily criticised for tax dodging and snooping on web users.
The online search giant was tied with Disney as the firm with the best image among consumers, according to a poll by the Reputation Institute.
The US company has been called ‘evil’ for lowering its UK tax bill by funnelling revenues through Ireland and out to tax shelter Bermuda.
Google has also faced the threat of criminal action from the UK’s privacy watchdog for harvesting electronic data while photographing homes for the Google Street View service.
Google’s unofficial motto is ‘Don’t be Evil’.

Internet users told to change ALL passwords in security alert over 'catastrophic' Heartbleed bug

LastPass Heartbleed Checker warns if a website may be at risk. It also reveals websites that aren't affected

As a result, personal information such as passwords and credit card details has been accessible.
Heartbleed, so called because it creates a ‘bleeding’ leak of security, is a flaw in OpenSSL, the software used by the majority of websites to keep data secure.
The programme works by encrypting data – such as emails, instant messages, bank details or passwords – making it look like nonsense to hackers.
When a line of communication is secure and information encrypted, the user sees a padlock on the page. When software is active, one computer may send a ‘heartbeat’ – a small packet of data – to check there is still another computer at the other end.
However, a flaw in the programming meant it was possible to trick the computer at the other end by sending it a packet of data that looked like one of these heartbeats. This made it possible for hackers to impersonate the website and steal the encryption keys, revealing the data being sent.

James Ibori may not return a dime of the money he stole as governor

The former Wickes cashier blew millions on luxury homes, a £12.6million private jet, fees at some of the UK's most expensive boarding schools for his children and exclusive hotels
A former Wickes cashier who became a Nigerian state governor and defrauded £157million of public funds to live a lavish lifestyle may not have to pay a single penny back.
James Ibori, 51, is said to have personally pocketed £50million of cash stolen from the west African nation’s oil-rich Delta State during his eight-year tenure.
The former £5,000-a-year Wickes cashier blew millions on luxury homes, a £12.6million private jet, fees at some of the UK’s most expensive boarding schools for his children, first-class travel and exclusive hotels.
He owned a £600,000 fleet of armoured Range Rovers, a £120,000 Bentley and a £340,000 Mercedes Maybach that was shipped direct to his £3.2million mansion in Johannesburg. continue...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Champions League: Manchester United take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

David Moyes: Man Utd manager meets Pep Guardiola again

Given United had been all-but written off ahead of the Old Trafford tie following a tumultuous first season under Moyes, the outgoing Premier League champions have given themselves a chance of reaching the semi-finals ahead of the return meeting.
Bayern remain strong favourites to take up a spot in the last four, but will be without last week's goalscorer Schweinsteiger through suspension, while Javi Martinez is also banned.

United head to Munich on the back of a thumping 4-0 win at Newcastle which cemented their away record as the best in the Premier League.
Five clean sheets have also been secured in their last six away games, with the only blip being the 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala awarded David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award

The Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday, April 8th, has been honoured with the prestigious David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award alongside Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Simao Jatene, Governor of the State of Para, Brazil in New York.
Okonjo-Iweala was joined by a list of high profile personalities such as the late Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Bill Gates, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, James Wolfenson etc, that have been honoured in the past.
The only other Nigerian who has previously received the award for her decades-long work of empowering women is Bisi Fayemi.

In Okonjo-Iweala’s case, she is being honoured for her uncommon courage and capacity to deliver on the economy and lead, in a very difficult environment.
Organised as part of the Synergos Institute University for a Night Series, the event brings together leaders from business, government and civil society to discuss innovative ways of addressing global problems.

The Imperatives Of Free, Fair, And Peaceful National Elections In Nigeria (2015) By Senator Babafemi Ojudu

Introduction: I thank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for inviting me today to participate in this important dialogue on the National Elections in Nigeria in 2015. It is encouraging that the international community is paying the necessary attention to the coming elections for many reasons. Nigeria’s electoral management system is broken. It needs to be repaired and reconstituted before the next round of elections. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Comission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has already promised to repair the system. We hope he is able to fulfill his promises this time. However, whether Jega fulfills his promises or not, the 2015 elections are critical for many reasons.

One, the coming elections are likely to determine the long term survival of democracy in Nigeria, as well as determine the trajectory of the country itself, as we know it today. Not since independence in 1960 have the challenges of the divisive north-south dichotomy being more sharply at stake in the lead up to national elections as they are now. Doubtless, Nigeria’s ethno-regional fault lines have always played a critical role in national elections since 1959. This was the experience in the First, Second, Third and the earlier elections in the current Fourth Republic. However, in the earlier experiences, these fault lines were not as sharply and dangerously polarizing among the political elites as they are now.
Two, the elections are also critical because this will be the first time since the First Republic collapsed that an opposition party would stand a great chance of defeating a ruling party in the national elections. Since the First Republic when the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA) severely tested the capacity of the ruling alliance to sustain itself in power, a situation that led to massive rigging, violent protests and eventually military coup and counter coup and ultimately the civil war, we have never witnessed a stronger imminence of “regime change” within a democratic context. I do not speak merely as a member of the opposition party, that is the All Progressives Congress (APC), I speak also as someone who spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor in some of the critical news organizations in Nigeria. Indeed, because the likelihood of the defeat of the current ruling party and the president who is likely to be the party’s flag-bearer feed into the ethno-regional fault lines that I alluded to earlier, the elections are doubly critical. The elections open up an opportunity for a new form of political ideology at the center of Nigeria’s federal system, something that has never happened since independence; but it also creates the potential for the mismanagement of the shaky foundations upon which the balance of forces, or in fact, the balance of terror, which has kept Nigeria from collapsing are based.
Three, if the two reasons I have just provided are mixed with the religious factor, the next round of national elections will even become more critical in determining the survival of democracy in Nigeria, as well as the survival of the country. If we end up with a Christian candidate for the ruling party, who is regarded, whether rightly or wrongly, as carrying the banner of Christ, and a Muslim candidate, who is also regarded, whether rightly or wrongly, of carrying the flag of the Prophet, then the stage will be set for an explosion that may be capable of consuming the country. In the context of the Boko Haram phenomenon, which is fast turning parts of the north-west of Nigeria into a pre-2001 tiny-Afghanistan, Nigeria cannot afford to have an election that polarizes the electorate along religious lines.
Four, the elections will be held against the backdrop of the resolutions of the on-going National Conference. This National Conference, let me hasten to add, is not unique. My party, the APC, refused to participate in it. We believe that it was conceived as a diversionary tactic by President Goodluck Jonathan. However, we cannot ignore the implications of the reality of the National Conference. The ethno-regional fault lines that I mentioned earlier are already evidence in the on-going National Conference. Despite the absence of democratic mandate for the Conference and the confusion of the president on how to actualize the decisions of the conference, the gridlock which was experienced in the first few weeks of the Conference are marked indications of the explosions waiting to happen. The north-south dichotomy which is so expressive in the statements by members of the conference, including even intimations of exit plans from Nigeria in case of disintegration, constitute clear evidence that the coming elections might also constitute a referendum on whether Nigeria should or will survive.
Against the background and scenarios that I have just discussed, what could and should be done to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria in 2015?

Before I make some suggestions, I think it is important to point to the specific booby-traps which, apart from the critical issues just raised, often endanger the possibility of free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria.

Friday, April 4, 2014


Peter Mbah was born on the 17th, March 1972

He started his primary education in 1978. He attended the Army Children School, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt where he obtained his 1st School Leaving Certificate in 1984. In the same year, he proceeded to Owode High School, Owode Egba, Ogun State and in 1990, he graduated with a Senior Secondary Certificate in Education (SSCE) (O’Levels).

An adventurous Mbah obtained a Certificate in German as Foreign Language from the VolkHoch Schule, Recklinghausen, Germany in 1992. Between 1997 and year 2000, he attended the University of East London, United Kingdom where he graduated as a lawyer (.L.L.B (Hons)) with a Second Class Upper Division. While at the School, Mbah was an outstanding President of the Student Law Society (1998-1999). During his tenure, the association won the Students Union’s prize and certificate of achievement for the “Most Productive Society of the Year”.


Counsel for the Federal Government of Nigeria in the suit against Governor Chimaroke Nnamani and others, Mr K.C. Uzozie has removed the name of Mr Peter Mbah and two others from suit number FHC/L /09C/207 admitting that the names were added in error and should not have been there in the first instance.

“Upon this Amended charge dated 11th day of December, 2007 coming before the court”, the court declared that “after hearing K.C. Uzozie Esquire for the complainant informing the court that they have an application pursuant to section 163 of the Criminal Procedure Act to Amend the charge and as per the amended charge Peter Mbah and two others be discharged” as they were not complicit in any of the alleged crime in the first place.
Peter Mbah, a foremost international Maritime Lawyer, educationist, and forthright public administrator was invited by the authorities by virtue of his position as the Commissioner for Finance in Enugu State during the Administration of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani from December 2004 to May 2007.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

'Nigeria's Mark Zuckerberg' puts tech into higher learning

In late 2012, Nigerian Gossy Ukanwoke launched <a href='' target='_blank'>Beni American University</a>, the West African country's first private online university.
Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality.
(CNN) -- At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.
The young entrepreneur is the founder of Beni American University (BAU), Nigeria's first private online university. Launched in late 2012, the school allows students to access their classes at any time of the day with any internet-enabled device.
"We are providing executive programs for graduates who are looking for employment and want to build up their resumes, or managers who want to climb up the hierarchy of their companies," says Ukanwoke, now 25.
'Nigeria's Mark Zuckerburg' builds own school
'African iTunes' targets mobile users
"We also have courses targeted at people who want to start their own business."
'Nigeria's Mark Zuckerberg'
Ukanwoke's idea to start BAU came from his previous online venture called Students Circle, an educational social networking site he'd launched while in university that allows learners to interact and access free resources from leading schools.
"When I created Students Circle in 2010," explains Ukanwoke, "I found out that ... many were looking for certificates, hoping that they could get something they could use to maybe find employment or get a promotion in the workplace.
"There was a need for a new institution to be created in Nigeria," adds Ukanwoke, who was once described by Forbes as "Nigeria's Mark Zuckerberg."
Now, some 18 months into his new business endeavor, Ukanwoke has hired 10 instructors and has about 200 students, with an average age of 26.
But the startup's journey so far has not been without challenges -- Nigerian laws require universities to have a physical campus so last year Ukanwoke went and bought land in the country's Benue State with the goal to build a private campus that could accommodate some 10,000 students.
Education is about teaching people how to make a living and teaching people how to live.
Gossy Ukanwoke, Beni American University
The project is expected to launch next year, but in the meantime the web courses are up and running -- a 12 week online program can cost between $100 and $300. Among the courses offered are corporate diplomacy, global marketing, leadership and management, digital journalism, project management and entrepreneurship and innovation, which is the university's most popular class.

5 Innovators Win $25,000 Each via the Google ‘Africa Connected’ Competition


In August 2013, Google launched a competition, calling creative people and innovators to share the stories of how the web has transformed their lives and the opportunities they have created. They received over 2,200 submissions from 35 countries.  6 months later, we’re pleased to announce that 5 winners have emerged.

The winners were picked by a panel of judges after a shortlist of public votes. The winners will go home with $25,000 each and they will have an opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over the next 6 months.
At the award ceremony in Nairobi,  the organizers had this to say about the incentive for the competition:
There are over 1 billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and currently 16% of them are online. With Africa Connected, we wanted to celebrate how the web is changing lives in Africa, and show how it is contributing to the socio-economic development of the continent. Selecting the shortlist was no easy task: each winner shares a unique perspective of how they have used the internet to solve a problem, earn a living, or create opportunities, not just for themselves, but also for others around them
 “Even though there are only five winners of the contest, there are many more powerful and inspiring stories out there. To start, there are 21 other inspiring success stories already hosted on the Africa Connected website; We encourage you to watch and learn from them”.
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Brazil Cracks Down on Child Prostitution for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil 2014 - Bella Naija
Brazil, the host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is making preparations for the big event which starts in June.

In addition to renovating and building new infrastructure such as stadiums and advanced telecommunication systems,  the country is also “renovating” its streets – by cracking down on child prostitution, CNN reports.
With the World Cup fast approaching, officials are worried that the problem of child prostitution may explode. An estimated 600,000 foreign visitors will be present in Brazil during the games, and over three million Brazilian fans will travel around the country. Thus, under-aged sex workers are likely to take advantage of the opportunity of making more money from this large pool of potential customers.