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Sterling Bank Plc has announced its full support for iCreateAfrica Skill Fest, Africa’s biggest vocational skills event to host the premier youth empowerment festival as part of its effort to deepen the process of skills acquisition and economic inclusion of young Africans across the continent.

The skills festival which is scheduled to hold this month aims to create an environment that encourages the phenomenal display of talents and skills by bringing the excitement and energy of a young emerging workforce alongside proactive organisations who understand that engaging the youth is the best strategy for addressing labour challenges on the continent.

Speaking on empowerment skills festival, Yemi Odubiyi, executive director, Corporate and Investment Banking at Sterling Bank, said, “Unlike any other vocational-based event, the iCreateAfrica Skills Fest will include a conference, exhibition and skills competition.

The skills competition would see the most talented technicians, artisans and innovators from more than 50 universities, polytechnics and vocational training centres in the country, showcasing their skills and competing for funding opportunities as well as exclusive internship programmes.
“In addition, there will be thought-provoking panel discussions on the current state and future of skills development across the continent by industry experts and top public service officials, while participating youths would be expected to demonstrate their skills in various fields, including bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, hairdressing, garment making, robotics, web and graphic design, software development, among others.”
According to the organisers, the iCreateAfrica exhibition would bring top manufacturers, employers, sponsors and clients face to face with the very best vocational experts, innovators and a pool of young creative minds doing phenomenal things on the continent.

The event is open and free to the public but only youths between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible to enter the skills competition, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs), multinationals and indigenous companies are expected to exhibit the quality and diversity of their products at the exhibition.

Other partners and sponsors of the event are Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Oxfam, GIZ, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Bon Hotel, Sound City, Trace T.v, Cachez, Creandolo and Federal Government of Nigeria Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

iCreateAfrica Skills Fest 2018, would expose young Nigerians and other participants from across Africa to the value and promise which the vocational sector holds as well as shed light on the indispensable role of vocational skills in the growth and evolution of the African economy.

With a focus on the youths and the upcoming generation, the visionary event will pioneer a new generation of credible, innovative and excellent vocational experts who would positively impact Nigeria and other African economies.




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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he would wholeheartedly support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to electoral victory in 2019.

He said: 
“I supported the Sokoto State Governor, Tambuwal, fully. I have no regrets for my support for Tambuwal.
“But the party has made a choice, and as a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar to victory in 2019. That is what is called party loyalty.”
The governor described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a hopeless party that has failed Nigeria, pointing out that all Nigerians must work diligently towards sacking the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“We must put our heads together to ensure that this bad government is sacked. We must ensure that this bad government goes in 2019.
“If this same government returns in 2019, then Nigerians are digging their graves. The suffering now will be a child’s play. That is why we must work for the good of our people,” he said.
He said after the special thanksgiving service that all Nigerians must head to the fields to work for the victory of the PDP in 2019.

The governor stated that the PDP would win in Rivers State despite the ‘evil machinations of the APC federal government’, adding that he would complete his mission in Rivers State through a resounding victory in 2019.

On the successful hosting of the national convention, Wike noted that he stood his ground because of the economy of Rivers State and the fact that the state remains the home of PDP since 1999.
“Rivers State has made PDP proud and we shall continue to make PDP proud. God lives in Rivers State,” he said.
Secondus, in his remarks, called on Nigerians to work towards taking back the country from the brink of destruction.

He said: 
“Let us take back our country from destruction. Everything about this country has collapsed.”
The party national chairman noted that after the national convention, the party leadership has been involved in fence-mending to bring all groups on the platform to work for the victory of the PDP in 2019.

He said Atiku is the best candidate to drive the country to growth and prosperity.

“APC will be finally buried in February 2019,” he said.

Secondus thanked the government and people of Rivers State for hosting the most successful convention in the history of Nigerian party politics.

He charged the security agencies and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work towards free and fair elections in 2019, saying the plot by the APC federal government to rig would be resisted.

In his sermon, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, said the PDP is right to thank God for the successful hosting of the national convention, noting that it is a platform for greater success.

Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, said despite the obstacles, God ensured that the national convention is the best ever.

The Thanksgiving Service attracted PDP faithful from the 23 local government areas of the state.


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If the verdict of Nigerian builders, quantity surveyors and civil engineers is anything to go by, then the emergence of the recently launched Dangote BlocMaster Cement is a long-awaited development; like a breath of fresh air.

Nigerian apex builders had given a unanimous approval after thorough due diligence and laboratory experiments to a product they now dub ‘The King of Cement’.

While not resting on its oars, Dangote Cement Plc has hit another landmark achievement in its research-based venture by rolling out a mouthwatering 42.5R brand that has left block-makers scrambling to place their orders, to showcase their immense satisfaction with the new product.

That the launch came barely a week after the unveiling of the All Purpose Flour by the Dangote Flour Mills, speaks volume of Dangote Group’s new research-based trajectory, pundits said.

“This is a new era. This is a new quality. This is a product of research,” the group managing director, Dangote Cement, Engr. Joseph Makoju, assured different stakeholders in the construction industry.

According to him, the new product is affordable and strong because of its rapid setting qualities, especially during raining season.

Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the innovative cement product is its capacity to attain 50 per cent strength after just 24 hours. Adding a scholarly flavour to the discourse, a renowned academic in the Bayero University Kano, Dr. Alhassan Dahiru, has also recommended the cement to Nigerians.

Dahiru, who is the chairman of Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Kano State Chapter and head of quantity surveying department, Bayero University Kano, said the new BlocMaster Cement can be used to construct bridges and bigger concrete structures requiring strong cement.

The innovative cement product had been adjudged outstanding, due to its rapid setting of about an hour, strength and top quality, by the country’s engineers, builders and block makers before it was rolled out recently in Kano.

Speaking at the official unveiling of the product, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, called on all Nigerians to patronise the new cement to help minimise the menace of building collapse in the country.

The governor, who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, also commended the Dangote Group, adding that it has always been supportive in all sectors of the economy.

Speaking, the group chief marketing officer, Dangote Cement, Oare Ojeikere, said the new cement product is multipurpose and very strong, urging Nigerians to adopt it for all construction purposes. He expressed happiness that hundreds of builders in Kano had used it before the launch.

The immediate past chairman, Nigeria Institute of Building and director, Consultancy Services, Science and Technical Schools Board, Kano State, Abdullahi Alhassan SanSan, also said he was elated because the new cement block would help address the issue of building collapse in the country.

Speaking also, manager, Magina Blocks Industries, Kano Nura Musa Yahayah, said he has used the cement block and can therefore recommend it to Nigerians.

Chairman, Kano State Concrete Block Makers and Allied Products Association, Alhaji Umar Faruk Musa, said the cement innovation would translate into more income for block makers immediately and in the long run for Nigeria. He commended Aliko Dangote for yet another giant stride; coming barely a week after a flour brand was unveiled by the same Group.

In his own submission, chairman, Trustee Committee for Association of Block Workers in Kano, Alhaji Salisu Aliyu, said lives would be saved and wastages would be prevented with the emergence of the BlocMaster, adding that the product was a welcome innovation.

Meanwhile, the secretary general of the Block Makers Association in Kano, Engr. Abdullahi Usman, has called on Nigerians from all walks of life to switch to the new cement product. He thanked Dangote Group, and indeed its president for the innovation, and asked God to continue to protect him, with sound health and long life.

Dangote Cement’s area sales manager, Mallam Muhammad Mustapha, said the new cement was a response to calls by builders, adding that it sets rapidly and it was affordable. Dangote Cement Plc is Africa’s top cement producer with a presence in about 18 African countries.

While the Dangote Group receives accolades and commendations from various quarters over the new product, construction engineers are upbeat that with Dangote’s ‘King of Cement’ the era of building collapse would soon be over in the country.

As at the end of 2017, the company operated an output of 46Mta of production and import capacity in a total of 10 countries spanning Africa, from Senegal to Ethiopia and down to South Africa. This impressive growth in production capacity has contributed significantly to boost the company’s revenue base.

Since inception, the Dangote Group has experienced phenomenal growth on account of the quality of its goods and services, its focus on cost leadership and efficiency of its human capital.

Dangote Cement is ready to pursue a wider vision which is to be a global leader in cement production, respected for the quality of its products and services and the way it conducts its business.

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When news of the sudden take-over of Skye Bank and its replacement with a bridge bank, Polaris Bank Limited, broke on Friday 21, September 2018, Nigerians reacted to the development with trepidation.

The announcement by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the effect that Skye Bank ceased to be, and Polaris Bank was born, not only jolted the banking community but even investors as a result of precedence going by the losses that customers, staff and shareholders of defunct Savannah Bank and Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria incurred.

In the past years, Skye Bank had been troubled due to serial corporate governance lapses and liquidity challenges under the previous, according to CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele. Among the challenges were insider trading, non-performing loans, non-compliance with the remission of government’s funds to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which attracted a stiff fine from the CBN, and a host of other infractions. It was the only bank known to have made a loss in 2015.

It came as no surprise, therefore,  when the CBN in collaboration with other regulators – Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC) and Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) – liquidated Skye Bank and established Polaris Bank in its stead. The new bank also automatically absorbed the assets, liabilities and obligations including customers and employees of the old bank.

Despite assurances of the safety of depositors’ funds and job security for employees of the former bank given by the regulators, a torrent of ill-informed media reports and commentaries about the regulatory action followed, thus heightening despair among stakeholders of the bank, especially customers of the bank.

A customer of the bank, Cynthia Eronmosele, said her initial fear was that her entire life savings in the old bank had gone down the ocean. Speaking with this reporter, she said that was the only account which she also uses for her business. She, however, got a relief when she got to her branch and found that her deposits were intact.
“I run a hair salon and this is the only account I’ve had and operated for the past seven years. When I heard the news of the takeover, I was afraid that all my money was gone. Now, I still have access to my funds and I have been operating my account without stress,” she said.
In line with regulatory requirements, newly- incorporated Polaris Bank, which acquired all assets and liabilities including staff and customers of defunct Skye Bank, was tasked with the responsibility of injecting new life into the entity and rebuilding customers’ confidence. It was also to stem looming job losses, meet customer obligations, entrench sound governance practices, curtail liquidity haemorrhage, improve performance and ensure a smooth sail moving forward.

Polaris Bank is also to continue the operations of the defunct bank and make it solvent in readiness for its acquisition by new equity investors by the set timeline of 2023.

While the mandate may appear daunting for Polaris Bank, to ensure its sound footing,  AMCON immediately recapitalised it with N786 billion. By this action, Polaris Bank became a nationalised, government-owned entity,  as opposed to publicly quoted status of its predecessor who’s equities were listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

To assume this role effectively and achieve the set objectives, Polaris Bank Limited was also incorporated as a legal entity authorised to offer banking and financial services with its registration number on CAC Register as RC 1525101.

Investment analysts have commended the regulators for the prompt rescue action on troubled Skye Bank. Dave Adeleye, an investment banker with over 20 years’ experience, believes that the bridge bank is on a sure footing, and the measures already put in place by the regulators are right steps in the right direction.
“The former Skye Bank had shown signs of not being totally healthy,  so it was no surprise when the CBN announced its liquidation and the establishment of Polaris Bank as the bridge bank. With the new structure coming in place, I am confident that it would be a smooth sail from here. I believe that the injection of funds into the new bank will ensure the safety of depositors’ funds and bring about a sense of confidence in the banking system,” he said.
The CBN had also announced the retention of the board and management team appointed by it in July 2016 to run the affairs of the new bank in the transition phase.

Led by the group managing director/CEO of the bank, Tokunbo Abiru, the management of Polaris Bank has pledged its commitment to deliver on its mandate to all stakeholders while appreciating its customers for their continued patronage, support and loyalty.

He added that the team would continue to consolidate on the success recorded from July 2016 when it successfully ensured the stability of the former bank in the wake of CBN’s earlier action that necessitated the appointment of the current board of directors chaired by highly-respected Alhaji Muhammad K. Ahmad and the management team under his leadership.

Abiru stated further that Polaris Bank is adequately capitalised and has the support of the regulators to succeed, adding that depositors can continue to transact business uninterrupted and are also encouraged to maintain their deposits and banking relationships with the bank without any apprehensions.
“You will recall that when the intervention was done in July 2016, there was a major run on the operation of Skye Bank, and part of what we have been able to do is to find a way to stabilise the bank.
“In the past few weeks, we have brought a sense of corporate governance to the operation of the bank, and we have also been able to recover loans owed by debtors substantially. As we speak, we have been able to recover over N100 billion; that is a significant achievement,” he stated.
CBN governor, Mr. Emefiele had attributed the regulatory action on Skye Bank to serial poor corporate governance issues in which N2.2 trillion worth of banking assets were lost coupled with the inability of shareholders to recapitalise the bank.

The regulators have expressed hope, however, that AMCON would be able to sell Polaris Bank to new equity investors before 2023, its sunset year; otherwise, its ownership will be transferred to CBN and Federal Ministry of Finance – both owners of AMCON.

And with the positive testimonials already manifesting just a few weeks after the September 21 regulatory action, confidence in the new bank is reportedly gaining ground faster than expected if past experiences were anything to go by. Of course, everyone is waiting on Tokunbo Abiru, who has been dubbed ‘the miracle-working banker’ to show his stuff again.

While the financial services sector and indeed the nation await the full evolution of the new Polaris Bank, the precedent set by the management and staff of the bank in winning depositors’ confidence speedily will go down in modern day history of the banking sector in Nigeria as a class act worth studying.




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One week after the deadline for party primary elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still grappling with issues arising from the governorship and legislative primary elections.

Following the expiration of the deadline for petitions and appeals on October 7, the party decided to deploy members of appeal committee headed by former Edo State Governor, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, to assist in reconciling aggrieved aspirants to ensure that they do not defect to another party.

Many aggrieved aspirants of the APC had stormed the party’s national secretariat to file their petitions with the hope that their complaints will be treated and possibly have the primary election results revisited.
“The appeal panel is not looking into any of the petitions because the timeframe for appeals arising from the primary elections had expired on October 7.
“The panel has been asked to study the petitions and try to reach out to the affected aspirants for possible reconciliation based on the merits of their complaints,” he said.
While inaugurating the committee, the party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said it had till Tuesday last week to complete its job as the party hopes to commence forwarding of names of its candidates to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as from next Wednesday.

The appeal committee which is headed by Osunbor also has Hon. Mike Ugwa (Secretary), Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, Bashorun Reuben Famnyibo and Alhaji Abdulrahman Adamu as members.

Speaking at the inauguration of the appeal panel, Oshiomhole expressed hope that they would be able to rise beyond sentiments to do justice to the assignment.
“I know you are going to face challenges, mainly from those who do not have facts to back their petitions and would want to cause distractions,” he said.
It was gathered that the party has received over 50 petitions protesting the outcome of the primary elections

When asked to comment on the work of the appeal committee, another member of NWC said they have concluded their assignment and is ready to submit its report on Monday.

The NWC member, who did not want his name mentioned, told our source on the telephone that the party intends to act on the recommendations going forward.


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ThisDay




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G-Worldwide singer Easy Jay starts off his campaign with slick visuals for ‘Orijo’.

This is the first music video by the gifted singer and songwriter. The video directed by Paul Gambit, features Easy Jay at the center of attention, as a bevy of beautiful women fawn over him.

The record, a fine blend of Afro-R&B is a showcase of Easy Jay’s sublime talents, and stands as a worthy entrance for the singer.
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Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, recently welcomed 10 startups to its Start Path programme at the Mastercard ‘Connecting Tomorrow’ Forum. The event, which held in Barcelona, Spain, is part of its efforts to drive the startup ecosystem.

Mastercard Start Path is the company’s global initiative to provide startups with the operational support and commercial access needed to scale. The programme brings together a global network of innovators, ranging from startups to banks and merchants, to shape the future of commerce in an agile and accelerated manner. Start Path evaluates roughly 1,600 applications per year and invites about 40 later-stage startups to participate each year.

Representing numerous countries including Nigeria, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Jordan, the UK and the US, the participating startups are developing innovative financial services technologies that exemplify a new level of innovation and convenience in customer experience. During the Mastercard Connecting Tomorrow Forum, the selected startups were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of more than 250 potential investors and partners.

Speaking on the forum, Gaurang Shah, Senior Vice-President, Product Management, Digital Payments and Labs, MEA, Mastercard said: “Startups are reimagining all touch points of the consumer lifecycle and we must harness their unique approach to addressing emerging challenges to our advantage. Through the Mastercard Start Path programme, we are able to combine our assets and expertise with the startup community’s out-of-the-box ideas and unconventional business models to shape the future of commerce together.”

The ideas presented by startups ranged from new approaches to enabling small merchants to accept payments and manage personal data and digital identities, to solutions that allow consumers to pay together for e-commerce transactions, as well as programmes that empower citizens to be in control of their financial obligations across multiple geographies.

Representing Nigeria is Lydia, a leading financial services platform to improve access to credit and finance across frontier and emerging markets starting with Nigeria. Launched in November 2016, businesses who are looking for $500 USD to $50,000 in working capital, are able to apply online or via their mobile phone and get a decision in 24 hours.  Lydia was co-founded by Tunde Kehinde and Ercin Eksin.

Other startups on the list are Agora Services (USA), Billpocket (Mexico), Extend (USA),  Jaib (Jordan), Meeco (Switzerland), Pay By Group (USA), Rewire (Israel), Silot (Singapore) and Simudyne (UK).


About Mastercard:

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  

Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

For additional artwork, visit the Mastercard Brand Center.
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Truecaller today announced the launch of its instant messaging (IM) platform ‘Truecaller Chat’. With the aim to make communication safer to prevent fake news from circulating, the IM platform will allow users to report links, ensuring that fake news is not circulated unchecked by users. 

With social media’s rapid adoption globally, the menace of fake news has been on the rise. Even the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in his Independence Day speech, advised that information spread via social media should be scrutinized.

Truecaller has helped erode spam calls faced by users through Caller ID and also strengthened SMS inboxes by filtering unwanted messages. As a step to curb the spread of erroneous information, Truecaller, with help from its community, has launched this service as a shield against viral messages sent on its instant messaging platform.

Users will be able to mark website links as spam if they suspect them to have incorrect information, which will then help chatters make a more informed decision about what information is false. With time, Truecaller also plans to apply machine learning and use the aggregated spam reports to predict any upcoming viral trends.

Additionally, ‘Truecaller Chat’ is bundled with interesting features such as, auto-switch between SMS and Chat, which will help users keep conversations in one place. Other features include full media support and more that will provide its users a polished and enjoyable experience.

Commenting on the launch, Rishit Jhunjhunwala, VP Product at Truecaller, said: “As a one-stop communication platform, our IM service will help our users connect and also collaborate to combat the issue of spam. We’re confident that this foundation stone will help build a strong spam-free community.”

By providing a messaging service with capabilities to tackle fake links, Truecaller is taking a big step towards curbing the problems caused by spam and false information going viral.


About Truecaller:

People use Truecaller to stay ahead. It helps them know who’s getting in touch, filter out unwanted calls and SMS, and focus on what really matters. The company provides a suite of unique services such as a dialer that offers caller ID, spam detection, messaging and more.

Truecaller’s mission is to build trust everywhere by making communication safe and efficient. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company was founded in 2009 by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.
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In its bid to step up the regulations on money laundering and tax evasion, the Buhari administration has released a new Executive Order number eight, tagged Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme (VOARS).

According to the President's top media aide, Garba Shehu, the new Executive Order (008) takes effect from Monday, October 8, 2018, the day it was signed by President Buhari.

By this order, Nigerian taxpayers who hold offshore assets and incomes are expected to, within a period of 12 months, declare voluntary those assets and pay taxes on them. When they do this, they should expect to derive certain specified benefits.

According to the order, 
“any taxpayer who truthfully and voluntarily complies with the conditions of the scheme, pays a one-time levy of 35 percent on the total offshore assets or pays all outstanding taxes, penalties and interest after forensic audit of their offshore assets and income shall obtain immunity from prosecution for tax offenses and offences related to offshore assets, among others.
“Equally, failure of any defaulting taxpayer to take advantage of this scheme shall, at the expiration of the scheme result in an investigation and enforcement procedures concerning offshore assets anywhere in the world pursuant to information now readily available through automatic exchange of information between Nigeria and foreign countries.”
In accordance with the new order, the Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will set up a VOARS in Switzerland for all categories of taxpayers who have defaulted in the declaration of their offshore assets, payment of taxes due and collectible subject to the fulfillment of the terms and conditions as stipulated in the order, or any other subsequent complementary regulations that follow.

To avoid the abuse of this process, the Federal Government makes clear that the 
“scheme is open to all persons, entities, and their intermediaries holding offshore assets and are in default of their tax obligations in any way, including those who are not already under investigation by law enforcement agencies in Nigeria or any other country and have not been charged with any crimes including theft of public funds or obtaining offshore assets through corrupt practices.”
In signing the order, President Buhari noted that under the Nigerian law, every citizen has the duty to declare his or her income and assets and pay taxes on them but regretted that this, in most instances, had not been the case.
“The sad reality is that efforts to recover these taxes from defaulters through litigation are often frustrated by the complications caused by the change in the character and nature of such assets, insufficient financial intelligence, long delays in courts, among several other reasons,” the President said.
President Buhari is optimistic that the new scheme will help to facilitate the expedient regularization of offshore assets connected to Nigeria and lead to 
“a new expanded tax base for the Federal Government, and also fund the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund in Switzerland.”
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Trending on the internet today is the pretty Igbo wife of PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is married to a beautiful Igbo lady, Jennifer Iwenjora, who was until their marriage, a reporter with the popular Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). 

Jenny as she is fondly called, who is a legal practitioner in private practice in the federal capital territory, Abuja, is said to be making underground moves for her hubby to actualized his presidential dream come next year.

Her marriage to Atiku, to some came as a shock, being an Igbo woman. But to another set of people, her choice was a fulfilment of who she is - bold, intelligent, fierce and a goal getter.

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Jenny is from the South-East but loves to be referred to as a Nigerian, with no tribe attached. The former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has totally married up to four wives and has 26 children. 

Okwa onye be'anyi.....Onye Onicha Ado!
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Campus Blockchain Hackathon introduced about 1000 Students to Blockchain Technology at Covenant University
Think of a world with little or no bureaucracy, one where your information is yours and you can get paid for doing everyday stuff. It seems too good to be true, but it is very possible with blockchain technology.

The blockchain is gradually taking over the world, and Nigeria needs to start building the capacity to work with and support this. In the same vein, the Nigeria Blockchain Alliance have organized the Campus Blockchain Hackathon, supported by Hebron Start-up Lab, EOS University Project, Kora Network, and LUNO, starting with the best campus in Nigeria, Covenant University.

From Left to Right: Ekereke Precious(ONO Volunteer), Mr Efosa Uwoghiren(Head of Hebron Start-up labs), Mr Chinedu(Markering head at Luno in Nigeira), Mrs Owenize Odia, Country Manager for Luno Nigeria, Kayode Babarinde (CDIN Fellow), Kaka Toritseju/Tojukaka (Founder of the EOS University Project)

Covenant University Campus Blockchain Hackathon is the first Blockchain Hackathon in Nigeria. Participants stand the chance to win N100,000 and other EOS based tokens by providing the best solutions to problems in Agriculture, Governance, and Financial Services. 

Participants also stand the chance to win a full-time internship at Kora Network open to the best 3 participants. All participants get to become the pioneer members of the upcoming Blockchain Incubation Hub in partnership with Hebron Start-up Lab.


Mr Chimezie Chuta, Founder of Blockchain Nigeria User Group
The events surrounding the Hackathon kicked off on October 3, 2018, with Blockchain Symposium at a Lecture Theater, and then a more profound lecture about blockchain at Hebron Start-up Lab, Covenant University.


Mrs Owenize Odia, Country Manager for Luno Nigeria
The Symposium Keynote was made by Mr. Chimeze Chuta, Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group. The Nigerian Lead for Luno Mrs Owen gave a presentation on the “basics of blockchain technology”.


Toritseju Kaka(Tojukaka) Co-founder of the EOS University Project
ONO Super Partner and Co-founder of the EOS University Project Kaka Toritseju(Tojukaka) gave a presentation on “the importance of decentralized applications”. He used ONO a decentralized social network based on EOS and Carmel.io a tech education platform also based on EOS as case studies.


Kayode Babarinde, Program Coordinator, Campus Blockchain Hackathon, and CDIN Fellow
During the Campus Blockchain Hackathon the students got training and mentorship from blockchain developers and on the grand finale which was day four, they pitch their MVPs before blockchain industry experts.


More photos from the event below


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The Nigerian singer SOLID WIZZY, fast-rising upcoming afro-pop dishes out this mid-tempo love song which will not only leave you singing along but rock you on the dance floor.

SOLID WIZZY is out with official single he calls “WAKE IN LOVE” which is written and performed by him to celebrate love.

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Naijavital Entertainment's Afrotrap artiste Youngralph Mcmiller on a mind blowing track that summarises his music life in 3 mins, just after bursting social media with his previous single KOMOLE Check out his newest single titled SUCCESS (Prod. by Dr Marvel).
 
Listen & Download “Youngralph Mcmiller -  Success” below:-
 
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N.P.N.g ENTERTAINMENT International Act JP Klin (a multitalented vocalist and songwriter) based in Spain just released a song titled MALAGA Feat the Lead Act of the Label BJB. 

Produced and Mixed by Under G. MALAGA is for the lovers of love songs and no doubt a heavy dance track for the fans for wrapping up the year 2018.

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Nigerian Singer, Songwriter and Multi Talented Music Artist Nwabuile Ogechi Cynthia popular known as Elceeva has her fans in for double delight treat as she release the audio to her latest single title DUROTIMI (wait for me), Produced and mastered by PRINX LOUIZ. 

DUROTIMI is an expression of love that will blow your mind. The Nigerian artist was born in January 12th, from Enugu state has much more to offer in the music industry and also keep you in suspends of her next hit, as we await video of her banging single.

DUROTIMI is available for download and streaming on all your favourite music stores worldwide.

You can follow Elceeva on her instagram platform - @ELCEEVADIVA to know her lifestyle and music.

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