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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

These Young Africans Are Doing Great Things! Check Out the Forbes List of 30 Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in 2016


Simbarashe Mhuriro, Zimbabwean
Founder, OurSun Energy (Private) Ltd
31-year-old Simbarashe Mhuriro founded Oxygen Africa in 2009 as an investment advisory company to help facilitate foreign investors in Zimbabwe. In 2013, Oxygen Africa partnered with Swiss-based Meeco Group, a renewable energy company, to establish Oursun Energy Zimbabwe – a joint venture Independent Power Producer that specializes in the development, building, owning, and operating of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in Zimbabwe. OurSun Energy has raised $7 million and is currently developing two 5MW grid-connected solar plants in Zimbabwe.
Olatorera Oniru
Olatorera Oniru, 
Founder, Dress Me Outlet
Olatorera Oniru, 28, is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com – a Nigerian e-tailer of fashion products, health & beauty products and home-goods. Dressmeoutlet stocks more than 1,000 products from premium designers globally. Dressmeoutlet ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and the United States of America. The company now employs more than 20 full-time employees and has funding offers from notable investors including Nigerian investor Tony Elumelu.

Vanessa Zommi, Cameroonian
Vanessa Zommi
Founder, Emerald Moringa Tea
When her mother was diagnosed of diabetes, Zommi, 21, set out to find alternative treatments to keep her mother healthy. She soon discovered the medicinal moringa oleifera tree which grew in her region, and discovered that the moringa leaves could reduce blood sugar levels to treat diabetes among other medicinal qualities. She partnered with moringa farmers who supplied her with the leaves and processed the leaves into moringa tea which she put into tea bags. Emerald Moringa, the company she founded, sells this tea across Cameroon.

Photos: OccupyNass protesters continue their protest in front of National Assembly today

Data Saving ‘KairosWebTv’ Launches in Nigeria …Sets To Boost Entrepreneurship …Will Stream Rio2016 Live

From Left: Mr. Ejiro Eghagha, Managing Partner Mercury West Africa, Mr Onoriode Akpe, Chief Executive Officer of Red Sappire Limited, Mr. Celestine Achi, the CEO of Cihan Group and the founder of KairoswebTV and Ms. Ruth Opakunle, Head Marketing of Cihan Group

KairosWebTV, a next-generation premier online TV platform for emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups, news and insights, technology trends, edutainment, skits, events & online digital training, is set to transform the Nigeria’s online television space. 

The space is witnessing a big bang with the launch of www.kairosweb.TV, an innovative premier WebTV owned and run by CIHAN and focuses on motivating and inspiring viewers to success, featuring seven (7) channels with content partners from all over the world such as Fate Foundation, Real Success (SA), Nigerian Olympic Committee, The Winlos amongst others. 

Speaking at the media launch in Lagos on Tuesday, The Chief Executive Officer of CIHAN, Mr. Celestine Achi, a Digital PR Strategist and Social techpreneur, who is the founder of KairoswebTV said that KairosWebTv was designed to save cost for the viewers, adding that the era of reaping off on payTV viewers must be challenged through disruptive technologies.


Mr. Achi said that KairosWebTv has been configured to save users’ data, “which has been the reason some people are keeping off the online platforms like this. We want to restore confidence in the minds of digital natives, while providing enabling ground for the digital migrants to approach the power of the internet. Whether you are on 2G, 3G or 4G LTE, the experience will be such that videos should show seamlessly” 

The CIHAN CEO said that moving forward, the platform targets deepening local contents as part of measures to boost the digital migration through Nollywood contents. 

Speaking specifically on the Channels, he said, “The Entrepreneurship Channel focuses on motivating emerging entrepreneurs and startups. We are doing that through three key partnerships. Also, the NetNEWS Channel provides up to date news on entertainment, politics, business, Sports. However, we will even go deeper to give you news behind the news, which are usually the human angle stories. 

“KairosWebTv also recognizes the need to inspire creativity. That is why we have the Winlos Channel; in other words, using creative, inspiring and hilarious skits, sketches and dramatic illustrations to inspire its viewers on real life issues. The TechSavvy Channel delivers news and insights on the latest technology trends. 

Mr. Achi added that ‘E-Event” Channel will be exclusively for live streaming of events, products launch, conferences, among other, while the EduSense Channel, an edutainment channel will be utilized to inspiring pupils, students and undergraduates on core subjects. 

“Now, as a way of giving back to the society, we have a Digital PR Channel that offers masterclass training and courses in social media and Digital PR. Any organized that wants to be relevant, mediawise, in this digital disruption era, must have competencies in digital marketing and other kits. So, we want to train people FREE, through online channel. 

Also speaking, The Chief Executive Officer of Red Sappire Limited, Mr. Ono Akpe, said that as the online media partners to the Nigerian Olympics Committee (NOC) for Rio Olympics 2016, ‘TeamNaija’ channel is working with a media consortium for live streaming of the Olympic games. 

“We are already making headways with a lot of partnerships. For instance, we have a sports channel, which at the moment is called ‘TeamNaija’ which is brought to you in partnership with the Nigerian Olympics Committee. TeamNaija is dedicated to the advancement of sports in Nigeria and to the success of Nigeria at the forthcoming Olympics in RIO, Brazil. All activities to be streamed live”, Akpe. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fayose writes Chinese govt not to give loan to Nigeria

Fayose writes Chinese govt not to give loan to Nigeria
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has written to the Chinese government, seeking the stoppage of the $2 billion loan being sought by the federal government of Nigeria.
He wrote that “the government of China should be mindful of the fact that Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious affiliations are totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget.”
In the letter dated April 12, 2016, with reference number EK/GOV/28/10, addressed to President Xi Jinping of China and delivered by Chief of Staff to the governor, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo in Abuja on Thursday, through the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, Fayose said some of the projects for which the loan was being sought were not captured in the controversial 2016 budget, which has been sent to the President by the National Assembly for his assent.

Karim Benzema confirms he won't participate in Europe 2016 due to sex tape scandal

France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema won't participate in this summer's Euro 2016 tournament due to an ongoing investigation of a sex tape scandal involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema is being investigated for his part in an alleged plot with his friend to blackmail France team-mate, Valbuena. He posted on Twitter yesterday
“Unfortunately for me and for those who have always backed me and supported me, I will not be selected for our Euro in France...”
Then later through their official website French soccer federation informed Benzema that he would not be called up for this summer’s European Championship.

2 years anniversary of missing Chibok girls: BBOG members march to presidency (photos)


As part of activities to mark the 2nd year anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls, members of the advocacy group, Bring Back Our Girls, are presently staging a march to Aso Villa to meet with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. See more photos after the cut...

nside details of how Saraki’s trial is stalling 2016 Budget

Inside details of how Saraki’s trial is stalling 2016 Budget
Senators loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki are using the 2016 Budget row to negotiate a soft-landing for the former Kwara State Governor, who is facing trial for false declarations of assets at the Code for Conduct Tribunal (CCB).
Investigations by Ripples revealed that his loyalists under the aegis of Like Mind Senators met last night at his official residence to take serious positions on the controversy.
President Muhammadu Buhari had refused assent to the Budget after Ministers identified the document had been returned “highly mutilated”.
The President, who is on a week-long trip to China, it was learnt, was told by the Economic Team headed by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo not to sign the Budget presented by the National Assembly last Thursday.
Sources at the meeting last night informed that the Senators reasoned Saraki must be stopped from facing trial using the instrumentality of the Budget impasses.
“Truth is they realised the Senate President will surely be prosecuted and jailed. His legal team has run short of any more tricks to play.
“So, they have told him that only a political solution will be the way out. While the legal battles will continue, Saraki has been reliably informed he must resort to political weapons to stave off prosecution,”a source at the meeting confided.
Saraki, it was gathered, has identified the Budget impasse as his last chance to negotiate a soft landing, a position many of his loyalists share.
This is why, sources informed, the Senators have resorted to dragging the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, into the row to whip up sentiments and win support.
“You know Amaechi has many natural enemies. His kinsmen are angry he facilitated the victory of Buhari at the expense of Jonathan.

“The Pro-Saraki elements are using this sentiment to the maximum to ensure that it is seen as another ploy by Amaechi to play dirty politics,” the source added.
The meeting convened by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) resolved that the row must be a total stand-off until the Executive is pushed to the wall.
Once the patience of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is exhausted, Saraki supporters have been primed to step in and convince them the impasse will only be resolved if he is not disgraced.
“It is a very strategic ploy. You know for the first time many Nigerians are desperate for the Budget to be passed. Everything is at a standstill economically.
“The longer this (row) takes, the more Buhari will lose face and goodwill. It will keep setting Nigerians against him. This is something he has always feared.
“We are very aware and ready to latch in on this. Saraki must not be prosecuted. He is a victim of political manipulations. This government cannot disgrace him because he is the face of the National Assembly,” one of his loyalists confirmed to Ripples.
He added: “All we want is an assurance the SP will be saved. The President has to guarantee this. Until then, the Budget can as well wait because we will not allow political detractors to have a field day.”
This subtle blackmail is expected to give Buhari a run for his money, a development many strategists in Saraki’s camp are confident will work to full effect.
As the Senators stepped out of Saraki’s official residence last night, they beamed with smiles fully convinced they have plotted a major onslaught against the Presidency.
Should Buhari remain stubborn, the row will remain a long-drawn one with many subjected to many more weeks of desperate waiting.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 budget crisis confirms my position that Buhari is clueless, incompetent - Fayose

Read the press statement below...
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose has described the raging controversies between the Presidency and the National Assembly over the 2016 Budget as a confirmation of his position that President Buhari was clueless and incompetent, saying; “Nigerians should expect more blunders like this until they send Buhari back to Daura in 2019.”
The governor, who said it was now obvious that the President and his All Progressives Congress (APC) only wanted power desperately without the wherewithal to govern, added that; “I warned Nigerians of the consequences of electing an octogenarian as president and with the international embarrassment that this budget crisis has become, I have been vindicated.”
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Pubic Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said; “It is obvious that there is total disconnection between the President and his cabinet members as many of the ministers don’t even have access to him probably because the President spend most of his time resting as a result of his old age.”

He said; “The reality is that the President is challenged by age, exposure and ability. He did not read the budget proposal that he presented to the National Assembly and this should be a lesson for those who clamoured for a Buhari’s presidency that no man can give what he does not have.

“The question is; can a minister present supplementary budget to the National Assembly and can the National Assembly act on budget proposal submitted by a minister? “It is shameful that after blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for close to one year, the presidency is now blaming the National Assembly for its inability to prepare a common budget.”

The governor commended the National Assembly for exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the presidency, saying it was shameful that President Buhari and his men could blame the National Assembly for their incompetence.

He called on the National Assembly not to succumb to blackmail and intimidation from the Presidency, saying that the way and manner the Presidency was going about blackmailing and intimidating other arms of government, especially the judiciary should worry lovers of democracy and good governance in the country.

The governor, who declared that Nigeria will no longer be ruled by octogenarians, said; “Nigerians must have now come to terms that I warned them that Buhari is too old to govern a country like Nigeria.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Calabar-Lagos rail: FG defends Ameachi, insists project was captured in 2016 budget

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In what appears like a rebuttal to the National Assembly submission, Tuesday, that the Calabar-Lagos railway project was not captured in the 2016 budget, the federal government has insisted that the project was duly submitted and accepted by the National Assembly for approval. It will be recalled that there had been a bout of brickbats between the Executive and and the Legislature over former’s claims that the National Assembly in the course of parliamentary debates and scrutiny of the Appropriation Bill expunged the project. But in a statement by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. James Akpandem on Tuesday, the federal government insisted that the relevant committees of the parliament received the document.

FG borrows N600bn monthly to augment staff salaries, says SGF

http://media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2015/07/669x376xBuhari-Talking.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-oc3D1oH8T.jpg The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fg-borrows-n600bn-monthly-augment-staff-salaries-says-sgf/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fg-borrows-n600bn-monthly-augment-staff-salaries-says-sgf/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fg-borrows-n600bn-monthly-augment-staff-salaries-says-sgf/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fg-borrows-n600bn-monthly-augment-staff-salaries-says-sgf/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter



The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that its borrows internally over N600 billion on average each month to pay salaries of its workforce adding that with the way things are going many States may not be able to pay salaries in the next three to four months. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal made the disclosure Tuesday in Jos where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 63rd General Church Council meeting of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. He urged all faith-based organizations and traditional institutions to sensitize the citizenry on the need to exercise patience in the hardship that is currently being experienced by all as stressing that though this administration inherited a country that was robbed to the last coffers, it will be revived within a short time. The SGF lamented that the present administration inherited an ailing economy that must be nurtured for sometime before it stabilizes and assured citizens that with the desired cooperation, the country would come out of the slum and assume its rightful place as the most populous black nation.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/fg-borrows-n600bn-monthly-augment-staff-salaries-says-sgf/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Pop star joins Wizkid, others as Pepsi ambassador

Davido
 The excited singer today, April 12, 2016 penned a deal with the popular company and shared a photo on his Instagram page.
He wrote, "NEW DEAL ALERT!!! MY NEW PEPSI DEAL SWEETER THAN !!! 2 YEARS WITH THE BEST !! THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS BLESSINGS!!! @pepsi_naija !!!"

Africa's Richest Man Begins Construction Of New $1 Billion Cement Plant In Nigeria

Aliko Dangote
 Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer which is controlled by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, on Sunday began the construction of a new $1 billion cement factory in Okpella, Edo state, in Nigeria’s southern region.
According to a report by Leadership newspapers, the new 6 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) cement plant will be completed within 26 months and is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 45,000 indirect jobs for indigenes of Okpella.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dangote said that local cement manufacturers such as his company and BUA Group (which is owned by fellow billionaire Abdulsamad Rabiu), were saving Nigeria as much as $3 billion every year through cement import substitution. He also urged other investors to make additional investment in the sector as it would guarantee that local demands were met, while surpluses would be exported to earn Nigeria much needed foreign exchange.
Apart from the 6-mmtpa Okpella plant Dangote has started building, he is also currently constructing another 6-mmtpa plant in Itori, Ogun State. These news plants will increase Dangote Cement’s local production capacity to 41 mmtpa annually.
Dangote, 59, is Africa’s richest man with a current net worth of $17.3 billion according to the FORBES’ real-time billionaire scoreboard on Tuesday.

I collected Otedola’s $100,000 to expose him – Emenalo



The secretary to the then House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, ‎Mr. Boniface Emenalo, ‎said on Tuesday, that he collected $100,000 from billionaire businessman, Mr. Femi Otedola, in order to expose the oil magnate’s attempt to bribe the committee and its chairman, Mr. Farouk Lawan.
Emenalo was testifying before Justice Angela Otakula of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Lugbe, Abuja, as the first prosecution witness in Lawan’s ongoing trial for recieving bribe from Otedola in the discharge of the ad hoc committee’s duties in 2012.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission is prosecuting Lawan for allegedly “corruptly” collecting $500,000 out of the $3m bribe he requested from Otedola.

Video app to let Africans watch Nollywood movies free

The VysilHq Network, an African start-up, has released the BETA version of its Nollywood video streaming app “Video Moja.” According to the developers of the app it is expected to: “Change the way individuals stream Nollywood videos online.”

The app, which is currently in BETA, offers users – according to the company – the following:

– App is free
– Supports mobile and desktop versions
– Includes top African Nollywood categories in Action, Comedy, Drama, and Romance
– Clean navigation and an easy to use design
– Allows user to add movies to their favorite list
– Each video has a synopsys and information
– New movies are automaticall added every week
– Comes with an option for Wi-Fi Only Connection

The developers also revealed that the app will soon be adding more content from Ghana. To test out the Beta, at your own risk, on Android click here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fuel scarcity: Lagos Assembly urges Buhari to end hardship

President Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to proffer solution to the lingering fuel scarcity and its attendant hardship on citizens. The call followed a motion raised by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade and seconded by Mr Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, under matter of public urgent importance.
Agunbiade said a lot of workers were lamenting over gridlock caused by fuel queues. “In Lagos, every minute counts. Many workers now get queries for coming late to work. People now store petrol at homes. “Prices of goods and commodities are high, and fares have increased.

No going back on fuel subsidy removal – PPPRA

The Federal Government says it has not reversed its decision to remove subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol. In a statement released by the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Sotonye Iyoyo, the agency stated that contrary to media reports, what still exists is Price Modulation Policy, through which it considers and reviews pump price of PMS quarterly.