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Tears of Joy as Osodieme Equips 350 Skills Training Graduates for Business

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By Emeka Ozumba
It was tears of joys and encomiums for their benefactor as the Wife of the Governor of Anambra State of and founder the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) presented three hundred and fifty indigent women, widows and youths trained under CAFÉ Skills Acquisition and Skills Training programme with tools of trade and start-up capital on December 1, 2018. The impressive graduation ceremony of batch -5 CAFE trainees was held at the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia, Anambra State.
Empowerment tools for small scale business ventures presented free to the beneficiaries include sewing machines, baking tools, gas cooker with oven, hair dressing kits and dryers, soap making mould and scale weight measure and computer sets and repair kits amongst others. Each person equally received start-up capital of the sum of twenty thousand Naira and another two thousand Naira as transportation money back home.
The 350 graduands had previously undergone six weeks intensive training programme between Monday 4th June – Friday 13 July 2018 in various skills including Hairdressing, Tailoring & Fashion Design, Bakery & Confectionery, Soap making and Computer repairs.
Congratulating the beneficiaries, Osodieme said that it gives her immense pleasure to see smiles on the faces of the needy, adding that she felt fulfilled to have come thus far in helping mankind. Dr. (Mrs) Obiano tasked the beneficiaries to build on their new skills, equipment and start-up capital they received and ensure they make good use of the resources.
Said: ‘’ You have just received one sewing machine and other tools but I want each and every one of you to grow in the business and become employers of labour with many more equipment. That is my prayers for you. ‘’
The Member Representing Idemili North at the State House of Assembly, Mrs. Nkoli Mmegbuaneze, who witnessed the occasion, said the Governor’s Wife has set a lifetime standard through her immeasurable charity works.
The Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, commended the consistency and commitment of the wife of the governor over the years, in the areas of improving the fortunes of others. She noted that the empowerment programme which was made open for all residents of Anambra State has projected Osodieme’s sincere compassion for all persons irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations.
Commending Osodieme for the initiative, Transition Chairman of Anambra East, Chief Pius Ifeadi said that empowerment programme he witnessed will definitely make positive transformational impact on many families and thanked Osodieme for uplifting many persons. On his part, Transition Chairman Awka South Local Government Area, Sir Leo Nwuba, said that the empowerment programme is a great inspiration for many on how to create wealth for the needy and helpless and called on others to emulate Osodieme’s gesture.
Earlier Director, Mary Sumner Vocational Institute, Awka, where the beneficiaries had undergone the trainings, Lady Ngozi Ezomike, thanked Osodieme for funding an enduring partnership with the institution. She, noted that the outcome of the programme have added greatly to the institute’s underlining ideology of self-sufficiency and entrepreneurial independence.
On her part, Coordinators of the CAFE Skills Acquisition training, Mrs. Eyiuche Nwankwo, and Mrs Cee Ezii explained that the trainees were selected on the basis of Local Government Areas of resident to ensure even spread of beneficiaries.
A total of 4, 350 persons have so far been trained and empowered under CAFÉ Skills Acquisition training programme since inception in 2014.


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Pix1 (L-R): Wife of the Governor of Anambra State of and founder the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) presenting Certificate to Tailoring & Fashion Design graduate.
Pix2 (L-R): Wife of the Governor of Anambra State of and founder the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) addressing the CAFÉ graduands during the Empowerment.
Pix3: Hair dressing graduates admiring their work tools
Pix4: Some of the Bakery and Confectionery graduates admiring their Gas Cooker

 

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HILLS AND WILLS : Nigerian Twin authors of Dominik’s Diaries (Grandma: Desperate Measures) Making Waves Around The World

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It all started with writing and littering the house with pieces of papers which one never knew will travel around the globe someday. With great aspiration of becoming authors, these twin brothers somewhere in the United Kingdom one year ago, at the age of ten wrote and published their first book, Dominik’s Diaries; Grandma Desperate Measures, a highly educating book expressing the love between grandparents and their children through one of the most reputable and first class publishers in the world, AuthorHouse UK/USA. Hills and Wills Nwokedi were applauded all over the country for their great achievement and not long after, they were discovered by a famous social media expert Tonie Osegbo who publicised this great accomplishment all over social media and media houses across the globe.
As the book launch was still on, their great achievement and talent were also discovered by the football giant company, Liverpool Football Club through their charity campaign #i’vefound via Into University programme which Hills and Wills are regular attendees. As a result of which, these young authors are being celebrated all over the media in the UK today.
Dominik Diaries made it to five International Book Fairs this year, the London Book Fair, New York Rights Fair, Beijing International Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and Guadalajara Book Fair which made many traditional publisher all over the world desiring to buy the right. To crown it all, the book has made it to the New York Times Sunday Newspaper reviews. Congratulations for this great success because it is unusual for a first time authors to come this far. This book is currently being reviewed by Hollywood International film Corporation for the movie. The book is available on Amazon and other leading book shops and their website, www.hillswillsnwokedi.com
Today, Domink’s diaries celebrates its one year anniversary and we remain grateful to God who makes all things possible. And we say another humongous thank you to all those involved in making this dream a reality. #AuthorHouse UK. #Newyorktimes. #Combinedbookexhibit and #Liverpoolfootballclubfoundation. Also to everyone out there who has given a word of encouragement and prayers especially to big uncle Victor Nweke. God bless you all.
Dominik’s Diaries has programmes for the coming years and will like to get all their fans and grandmas involved. Watch out for this Youtube episodes and get involved.


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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said the country’s economy was in “bad shape”, the governor of a northwestern state told reporters on Friday after a meeting with governors from across the country.
Buhari will seek a second term in an election to be held in February in which the economy is likely to be a campaign issue. Africa’s top oil producer last year emerged from its first recession in 25 years, caused by low crude prices, but growth remains sluggish.
“Mr President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way forward,” Abdulaziz Yari, who chairs the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, told reporters when asked how Buhari answered requests for a bailout to some states.

“Mr President talked to us in the manner that we have a task ahead of us. So, we should tighten our belts and see how we can put the Nigerian economy in the right direction,” said Yari, who is Zamfara state governor. He spoke to journalists in the capital, Abuja.
The main opposition candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar has criticised Buhari’s handling of the economy and said that, if elected, he would aim to double the size of the economy to $900 billion by 2025.
Nigeria’s economy grew by 1.81 percent in the third quarter of this year, the statistics office said on Monday. And on Friday it said the inflation rate rose slightly in November to 11.28 percent compared with a year ago.

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Nigerian lawsuit-Lawyers for the Nigerian government said they had filed a $1.1bn lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal.

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– Lawyers for the Nigerian government said they had filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal.
The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and current Shell and Eni officials are on the bench.
“It is alleged that purchase monies purportedly paid to the Federal Republic of Nigeria were in fact immediately paid through to a company controlled by Dan Etete, formerly the Nigerian minister of petroleum, and used for, amongst other things, bribes and kickbacks,” the statement said.

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Nigeria’s economy grew 1.81 pct in Q3, driven by non-oil sector, stats office says

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Nigeria’s economy grew 1.81 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, pushed higher by the non-oil sector, the statistics office said on Monday.

The figures are a slight improvement from the previous quarter, when a slowdown in growth sparked fears that Africa’s biggest oil producer might enter recession for the second time in three years.

But a sluggish recovery since 2017 could bode poorly for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term in February 2019 elections and for whom economic rejuvenation has been a key pillar of policy.

The non-oil sector grew 2.32 percent in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, adding that information and communication services were the main driver of the expansion.
Oil production rose slightly to 1.94 million barrels per day (mbpd) in the period, from 1.84 mbpd in the previous quarter, yet the sector’s growth contracted 2.91 percent from the previous year when production was at 2.02 mbpd, the statistics office said.

 

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Ugandan crowned 2018 Miss World Africa

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Miss Uganda, Quiin Abenakyo was crowned Miss World Africa at the Miss World 2018 finals in Sanya city, China.
The world’s oldest running international beauty pageant, Miss World brings together beauty queens from all over the world.

By Saturday morning, Abenakyo had made the top 12 finalists in the competition. The other competitors were from Belarus, France, Scotland, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand and Thailand.
Born in eastern Uganda, the 22 year old is a graduate of business computing. She is the first Ugandan to win the Miss World Africa crown.

During the 2018 Miss Uganda competition, Abenakyo beat 21 other contestants to win the crown.
In the days leading to the final vote, Ugandans had been mobilising over social media to build support for Abenakyo.

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We Can’t Expect People Who Destroyed Our Past To Improve Our Future – YPP’s Getso

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The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Umma Getso, has warned that it will be a mistake to expect those who have governed Nigeria before to solve its problems.
She said this on Friday during the NEDG/BON Vice-Presidential Debate, which was held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
“To be candid, YPP is a party that is here to bring a new thing,” she said.
“It is a party that is founded with the new ideology to bring a new set of politicians because we cannot expect people who destroyed our past to come and improve our future tomorrow.”
According to her, her party will, among other things, focus on girl-child education if voted into power.
“I have a passion for the girl-child education and I spent the early part of my adulthood in the development of the common Nigerian,” she said.
Getso who briefly introduced herself as the daughter of a former Senator from Bauchi State stated that her background had equipped her to serve people well.
She explained that her belief that Nigeria would get better prompted her to join the race with YPP’s presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
While stressing that Nigerians were yearning for better leadership, Getso stated that the YPP was committed to creating that paradigm shift in leadership styles.
She added, “As a mother of three, I have been through the lowest level of Nigeria’s standard of living and I know how Nigerians are suffering. I know that there is no substantial thing from 1999 till date that a typical Nigerian will show today.”

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Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award

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Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The Liverpool and Egypt forward, who was the top choice from a five-man shortlist in an online vote of supporters, retains the prize he also won a year ago.
Salah finished ahead of Reds teammate Sadio Mane in the poll, as well as Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and Thomas Partey (Ghana).
The No.11 enjoyed one of the greatest debut seasons in Liverpool history, scoring 44 goals to help the club reach the Champions League final, and then represented his country at the World Cup.
And his form has continued into the current campaign; his winner against Napoli in Tuesday’s Champions League tie increased his tally for the season to 13 strikes.

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Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficits in 16 years of PDP rule, Osinbajo says

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficits in the 16 years of the Peoples Democraty Party’s (PDP) rule.
Prof. Osinbajo said this on Friday in Abuja at the 2019 Vice Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group in collaboration with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Civil Society Organisations.
The debate featured Ganiyu Galadima of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN); Khadija Abdullahi-Iya of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and incumbent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The other two were Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Umma Getso of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).
Vice President Osinbajo noted that corruption was the major cause of the country`s current challenges and must be tackled head-on.
He said the country`s Gross Domestic Product had consistently gone up under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration which he added was building the country`s infrastructure, especially the road and rail sector.
While acknowledging issues of poverty in the county, Osinbajo said the administration’s social investment programmes were put in place to address poverty in the country.
He said the administration was investing heavily in power distribution to address the problem of electricity supply in the country
Dr Peter Obi, PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, however said that job creation remained the key to address insecurity and other anti-social vices in the country.
He decried inequality, poverty and high crime rate in the country which he said was caused by unemployment.
Obi stressed that the country`s main problem remained its economy which he said was under the purview of the Vice President.
According to him, if his party is voted into office in 2019, he will do all it takes to set the country’s economy on the right footing.
“The vice president has a role to build the economy and make the country work, fighting corruption is not a policy,” he said.
Obi gave assurance that he would remain loyal to the President and Nigerians, adding that he had never had issues working with people.
Also speaking at the debate, Mrs Umma Getso, Young Progressives Party Vice Presidential Candidate said girl-child education and women empowerment was her priority.
According to Getso, subsidy in petroleum products was a scam and should be removed completely.
She emphasised the need to rebuild the country`s economy which she said is all encompassing, adding that her party would ensure constitutional restructuring and electricity redistribution.
Alliance for New Nigeria Vice Presidential Candidate, Khadijah Abudullahi-Iya said her party, if voted into office, would ensure transparency in government`s institutions, diversification of the economy and address issues surrounding petroleum subsidy.
She also said that her party had in place policies that would address unemployment, and encourage free trade to grow the economy.
Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria Vice Presidential Candidate said his party would work with technocrats to develop the country`s economy and make her the envy of other nations.
He said his party would privatise all government businesses to make them more productive.

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Fact checkers went to work Friday night to puncture some of the statistics quoted by Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party at the live TV debate at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
In arguing that petrol subsidy that he estimated to be a trillion naira a year was a waste, Obi said there are only two million vehicles in Nigeria.
Fact-checking revealed otherwise. According to National Bureau of Statistics(NBS), Nigeria has over 11.5million vehicles on the road, as at 2017.
Obi also claimed that intra-African trade is just a mere 9 per cent. He was proven wrong. Intra-African trade, according to Afreximbank Africa Trade Report 2018, is estimated at 15 per cent. In 2016, this was estimated at 18 per cent of its total exports and imports. IMF even gave an estimate of 20 per cent of the total trade volume of about one trillion dollars.
Obi was correct when he said oil exports still accounts for 80 per cent of Nigeria’s dollar revenue. However, oil contribution to GDP has dwindled to about 10 per cent, according to NBS.
But he was caught out when he claimed that his administration as governor of Anambra state was the first to buy up to 30,000 computers for schools. Twitterati said Governor Kayode Fayemi bought more in his first term in Ekiti State. He reportedly bought 48,000 Samsung laptops, 30,000 for students and 18,000 for teachers.
Despite the statistical goofs, Obi was praised by many PDP sympathisers for his performance during the debate.
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Linda Ikeji dumps baby daddy, then she gets lashed on Twitter

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Controversial blogger, Linda Ikeji triggered derision from fellow Nigerians on Twitter on Friday after she disclosed that she and her baby Daddy, Sholaye Jeremi have parted ways.
The 38 year old blogger had taken to her blog to give reasons why her relationship with her son’s father whom she met in Dec. 2015, didn’t work out as she had expected.
Instead of attracting sympathy, she was rebuked for her hypocrisy, of living the life of those she had criticised in the past, over issues such as pre-marital sex and single motherhood.
Ikeji, who welcomed her son, Jayce on Sept. 17 in Atlanta, Georgia, has had many Nigerians, before now, wondering the real story behind her and Jeremi.
In her `epistle,’ she shared the strength and shortcomings in her relationship with Jeremi which eventually ended after she got pregnant for their son.
” By mid-2017, we were both still single and we started seeing each other again quietly. There were times it was very intense and we talked about a future together, and there were times that I couldn’t figure out what exactly I was doing with this guy.
” We were not suited for each other. Totally different lifestyles and there was the problem of my fame so I walked away from this man a million times and he came after me a million and one times.
” No matter how much I pushed him away, he kept coming back to me, because I couldn’t find anyone else, I kept going back. Lol! So I was basically going back to my ex because I couldn’t find anyone else,” she said.
According to her, after she got pregnant everything became extremely weird between them.
“We went from talking about the pregnancy and being okay with it, to literally not talking to each other anymore.
“When I was about three months pregnant, he did come to see my parents and actually became very cool with my dad. They were literally exchanging WhatsApp messages every day.
“He later agreed to a traditional wedding which he didn’t follow through and then he switched. He began to treat me with so much hate and aggression that I and my family had to cut him off completely.
“To be honest if anybody had told me when we met three years ago, considering how deeply we cared for each other that I would fall pregnant two years later and he would completely turn his back on me for most part of my pregnancy, I never would have believed it but that’s what happened.
“I thought God sent him as my life partner but I guess he just used him as a vessel for my greatest blessing. Now his part in my story is over.This one is done and dusted,” she said.
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