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Driving Job Creation for Africa’s Youth: Mentor to Watch – Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center in New York.

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Uzodinma is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy and business. He is the author of three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about coming-of-age in Washington, D.C. His books have been mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times and Rolling Stone. ‘Uzodinma Iweala completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and he earned a medical degree at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.’

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Bangla New Year celebrated in Nigeria with colour & festivity

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The members of the diaspora, expatriate Bangalees of India and High Commission families took part.


DHAKA, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, April 17, 2019/ — Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria celebrated Bangla New Year-1426 on 14 April 2019 at the Chancery amid melodious music, spectacular dance, recitation and traditional cuisine depicting rich Bengalee culture and heritage.

Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan,ndc, High Commissioner exchanged New Year’s greetings with the guests. In his welcome remarks, he expressed hope that the New Year would bring in renewed happiness and prosperity in the lives of all Bangalees living in the country and abroad. While touching on the non-communal & secular tradition in the Bangalee culture, he mentioned that recent recognition of MangalShobhajatra by UNESCO as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ has added a new dimension to the celebration of Bangla New Year. Community members also spoke on the occasion. A video documentary on MangalShobhajatrawas screened.The discussion session was followed by a colourful cultural function which impressed the guests. The members of the diaspora, expatriate Bangalees of India and High Commission families took part.

The auditorium was beautifully decorated giving an aura of Bangalee culture with the use of sari, traditional motifs, articles and handicrafts of Bangladesh. A good number of guests including members of civil society and a large number of expatriate Bangalees from West Bengal, community members and Mission officials were present at the event.

The guests were served with traditional Bangalee cuisine which contained flavour of Bangalee food.

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Women better at hiding infidelities than men: Researchers

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Scientists in Australia have revealed that women can judge whether a man is likely to be unfaithful just by looking at his face but men are less able to spot a cheating woman, debunking the universality of the notion that one can’t hide one’s lying eyes.
The researchers at the University of Western Australia took a group of 1,500 people and showed them pictures of 189 Caucasian adults (101 men and 88 women), having first asked them if they had been unfaithful to their partners.
Respondents were then asked to rank these faces on a scale of one to 10, where one is “not at all likely to be unfaithful” and 10 is “extremely likely” to play the field.
The result, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, was that “both men and women were accurate in assessing men’s, but not women’s, likelihood to cheat and poach.”
The scientists wanted to examine not only whether men and women could spot potential infidelity in each other but also whether it was possible to detect a possible “poacher” of the same sex.
They cited research showing that 70 percent of people across more than 50 cultures report an attempt to poach someone else’s partner and 60 percent saying they were successful.
The results were “not as expected”, the scientists admitted. Men were able to spot potential poachers among other men but even when other women were judging, the female of the species was inscrutable.
“Taken together, both men and women showed above-chance accuracy for men’s faces but not women’s faces. Therefore, perceived unfaithfulness may indeed contain some kernel of truth in male faces,” the scientists wrote.
What makes women suspect men might sleep around?
According to the survey, it mainly boils down to perceived masculinity, although the researchers came up with another unexpected result, suggesting it’s not the best-looking men that play away the most.
“Surprisingly, even though more attractive men were rated as more unfaithful, they were less likely to engage in actual mate poaching,” the study said.
Despite the findings, one of the scientists involved in the report cautioned against jumping to conclusions on a first date.
Although men are marginally more likely to betray infidelity with their features, it is still difficult to spot possible cheats from one individual’s face, said Yong Zhi Foo.
“If we are to rely solely on our first impressions to detect cheaters/poachers, then we will make substantial errors,
our results must not be taken to mean that first impressions can be used in any everyday situations,” he added.

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star O-T Fagbenle Lands Lead Role Opposite Scarlett Johansson

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The Handmaid’s Tale star O-T Fagbenle has landed a lead role opposite Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s Black Widow.
He joins fellow stars Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour.

Most of the plot of the Cate Shortland-directed film is unknown besides that fact that it will be an origin story on Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) and how she went from a KGB spy assassin to a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an Avenger.
It is expected to premiere in either May or November of next year.
Fagbenle stars in season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, which returns for season 3 on June 5. Deadline first reported the news of his casting.
The next Marvel film, Avengers: Endgame, which stars Johansson, is in theaters later this month.

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Tamar Braxton says her family loves her new Nigerian boo

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Tamar Braxton’s relationship with her Nigerian boo seems to be going strong and the singer tells PEOPLE that her sometimes ornery family members love him so.
“They love him. He is really kinda hard to not love,” she said gushing. “He’s a great guy, comes from a great family. Has great morals. He loves my son to pieces.”

Braxton said she’s dating a Nigerian man who is in finance and he’s very much into her and hasn’t been caught up in the ugliness of social media because he doesn’t have any accounts.

“He’s not on social media. We just have a regular, amazing relationship,” she said.
As for her Braxton Family Values WeTV show, Braxton said her new beau won’t have much on-screen time because she still wants to keep the relationship close.

“You won’t see a whole lot. Only because I’m not really ready to divulge everything. It’s new. New,” She said adding emphasis. “I just kinda wanna keep it to myself as long as I can.”
Braxton who is still waiting for her divorce from Vincent Herbert, to be finalized is open to tying the knot again.
“If I was asked, I’d have to think about that,” she said when the hosts PEOPLE TV asked if she’d want to get married again.

Braxton joked saying marriage was “definitely not off the table with T’Challa,” referring to her boyfriend as the lead character in Black Panther.
Braxton said she plans to visit her boyfriend’s native land of Nigeria soon.
“I’m looking forward to going. It’s his mom birthday celebration and I think I might have some things to do.”
As for her new man’s ability to adjust to fame, Braxton said he rolls with it.

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Driving Job Creation for Africa’s Youth: Mentor to Watch- Ada Osakwe, CEO of Agrolay Ventures

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Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur and investor. She was also a lead in the launch of the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) that supported the rise of a new cadre of food-entrepreneurs in Nigeria through training, mentorship and financing. Ada is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. In 2016, she was Entrepreneur of the Year and featured on Choiseul 100 Africa list consecutively from 2016 to 2018. She received the ‘Achiever in Agriculture’ Award and was on the 2014 Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list. She is also a mentor on the Future Global Leaders Fellowship.

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Universal becomes first major to license Nigeria-based music streaming service, uduX

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Universal Music Group has inked a licensing agreement with Nigeria-based music streaming service uduX.
UMG is the first major music company to license its catalog to uduX, Nigeria’s first domestically launched music streaming service which offers users access to high-quality audio and HD music videos.

uduX is currently available via monthly subscription through Habari by GTBank, a leading platform for music, shopping and lifestyle content launched in November 2018.
The service will also be fully incorporated into the Nigerian music market as a stand-alone app in the coming months.
Under the terms of the agreement and effective immediately, uduX will distribute music from UMG’s world-renowned labels through its streaming service in Nigeria.
Users will now have access to UMG’s extensive catalog of both Nigerian and global recording artists including Eminem, Tekno, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Lady Zamar, Lil Wayne, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie, Wurld, J.Cole, Dr. Tumi, Nasty C, Hugh Masekela, Larry Gaaga, Tamia, Maroon 5, Aka & Anatii, TJAN, Jah Prayzah, Nonso Bassey, Mafikizolo, Cina Soul, Ella Mai,and Mr. Eazi.
Last year, UMG announced the launch of Universal Music Nigeria, a new division within Western Africa to provide artists with comprehensive opportunities throughout the region and to provide pan-African talent the best possible launch pad for wider international success.
UMG is accelerating the company’s focus on growing the entire African music ecosystem including recorded music, music publishing, production, live events, brand partnerships and merchandising efforts.

In making the announcement Chidi Okeke, Chief Executive Officer of Groove Platforms, who is responsible for the creation and development of uduX music, said: “We have created a new platform to bring value to the music ecosystem both here in Nigeria, and the wider world at large.
UduX music is excited to be working with Universal Music Group to help shape the future of digital music consumption in Africa and provide Nigerian music fans with access to their favorite artists from around the world.”

Ezegozie Eze Jr., General Manager, Universal Music Nigeria, added: “This partnership extends our reach and makes our artists’ music even more accessible to Nigerian music lovers.
“We are delighted to be the first global music company to partner with uduX and look forward to bringing the extraordinary creativity of our artists to as many Nigerian users as possible.”

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Expert’s Opinion: Genotype, Finance, Parental Influence Lead to Late Marriages

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A relationship expert and marriage counselor, Mrs Mope Ogunlusi has attributed late marriages in the country to issues of genotype compatibility, financial status and parental influence on who a child should marry.
Ogunlusi, who has been a counselor and matchmaker for 15 years, disclosed this on Saturday in Osogbo in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ogunlusi said: “a lot of Nigerians are still single and unmarried despite reaching the marriageable age bracket because they often times find it difficult to find the right partners.
“The act of searching for a partner with the right genotype and looking for a financially capable partner are creating problems for singles in selecting a partner and often times eliminating the feeling of love.
“Some times, people fall in love just to find out that their genotypes are not compatible and this often times lead to searching all over for a new partner, often times leading to frustration if the same incompatibility keeps re-occurring.”
According to her, a lot of Nigerian singles now have little or no time to socialise and search for a life partner because of the financial pressure they face on daily basis.
“The need for financial security and meeting daily needs has created a routine life style for a lot of people and finding time to socialise has become difficult because of the time invested in searching for daily needs,’’ she said.
In addition to the financial security challenges individuals face, she said some ladies and men were becoming choosy in selecting their partners based on his or her financial position and status.
She said the trend of looking for rich men or ladies to marry was creating a corrupt cycle that his eating deep into the fabric of marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God.
She added that some parents set standards for their children on who to marry which adds to the problem as some parents usually set “specification of the kind of man or woman their children can marry in terms of looks, tribe, ethnicity, educational qualification and finance’’.
She, however, said that matchmaking outfits were trying to help eliminate these problems created by social ills and nature by creating a platform for singles to meet and have their dream marriages come true.
She, however, said that matchmaking outfits were trying to help eliminate these problems created by social ills and nature by creating a platform for singles to meet and have their dream marriages come true. (NAN)

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How ‘Lionheart’ Revolutionizes The Depiction Of Africa And African Women On Film

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“Delectable Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, looks astonishingly gorgeous as she steps out in a lovely attire to celebrate the World International Women Day. Despite being 39, and also having a child, she still remains hot and appealing to the eyes.” This is how Nigerian journalist Valerie Oke of Information NG describes brilliant filmmaker and actress Genevieve Nnaji.


Information NG’s “appreciation post” wasn’t a celebration of her recent internationally successful directorial debut, Lionheart. Nnaji wasn’t acknowledged as a female trailblazer of African cinema or congratulated on the film she directed, produced, co-wrote, and starred in being acquired as the first Nigerian Netflix Original. Information NG reduced her talents to misogynistic commentary and critique.

Too frequently this is the rhetoric surrounding Nnaji.
Genevieve Nnaji began as a child actor on Nigerian soap operas and commercials. She parlayed her commercial success into a prominent film career, becoming a leading face of Nollywood. For many households across the world, Genevieve is a one-name icon. Her influence spans outside of film, with lucrative endorsement deals, clothing lines, recording albums, and charities. Consistently, media coverage sidelines these praiseworthy accomplishments.
She’s unmarried, reportedly a single-mother, and a conventionally attractive 39-year-old African woman who identifies as feminist and uses her platform to speak about issues impacting Nigerian women and African women at large–all of which contribute to her sensationalized coverage. African media desperately tries to understand her through the narrow confines they’ve set for African womanhood. Yet, it’s Nnaji’s ability to appeal to Nigerian trophy wife fantasies while inserting controversial questions about culture, gender and society that make her the perfect vessel to transform Nigerian cinema.
Enter: Lionheart. More than Nnaji’s directorial debut, it’s a window into the experiences of professional Nigerian women. Lionheart does what many Hollywood films refuse to do; it portrays Africa as a modern, metropolitan space and centers around an agency-having African woman. While Africans have never waited or depended on Hollywood for representation, Hollywood’s choice still has degrading repercussions. The African Narrative Project conducted a content analysis of some 700,000 hours of US television, news, entertainment, and 1.6 million tweets. The results of this analysis highlight an implicit Africa bias. Some of the findings included:
One-third (35%) of Africa mentions in scripted entertainment was about crime. Only 13% of entertainment storylines that mentioned Africa included an African character, and 80% of those roles were small. When Africans did appear, 46% of the characters spoke ten words or less. Only 31% of African characters were women.
If the minuscule presence of African women on U.S. screens coupled with the absence of their voices even when physically present wasn’t problematic enough, the U.S. entertainment industry is globalized. That means it’s ignorant and biased representations of Africa and Africans are exported and treated as valid by consumers.
Enter: Nollywood. Its popularity is a testament to Africa’s rejection of biased Western representations. It has transcended Nigeria to gain large followings in other African markets and inspired the creation of other niche homegrown film industries. African movie-goers are choosing Nollywood and the African: characters, storytelling, direction, and production it provides with every film. While Nollywood places African representation in African hands, those hands are usually male, and it’s evident. Nollywood fails at treating women as complex, self-sustaining entities outside of their male characters.
Nollywood films were notorious for their problematic female tropes. As Adébólá Ráyò writes in VICE, “Women were either long-suffering and much-oppressed—in Living in Bondage, the heroine’s husband sacrifices her life to Satan in exchange for the wealth he dreams of—or calculating operators whose only goals were to get rich and get husbands, like the Glamour Girls.” In an industry where the female characters range from ‘human sacrifice’ to ‘gold digger,’ Nnaji brought into fullness of being the Lionheart character of Adaeze.
In Lionheart, Adaeze is the successor to a transport company owned by her father in Southeastern Nigeria. She is a smart, businesswoman fighting to save her family’s business. While she has a brother, she is the one who holds her father’s respect and a position on the company’s board of directors. The film centers around her. Viewers get to watch her work with her uncle as a partner, not an object or liability. She navigates everything from sexism and sexual harassment to the sense of duty and obligation towards familial and tribal communities. She experiences many of the complexities that shape life for Nigerian women. She sways between Igbo and English in ways authentic to Southeastern Nigeria. She has romantic connections, but they are not the focus of her storyline. Her struggles do not revolve around securing a husband or having children.
While most Nigerian women are not heir to large transportation companies, nor maneuvering billion-naira mergers like the character Adaeze, the script is grounded in women’s real-life experiences.
The film also excels in the ways it avoids familiar tropes of African representation. Lionheart depicts tribalism in a subtle and nuanced manner. It focuses on how it can shape allegiances and relationships while avoiding sensationalized violent ethnic conflicts, the Biafran War, and Boko Haram. With this approach, Lionheart effectively showcases Igbo culture and its intersections with Nigeria at-large.
Thankfully, Nnaji is not alone in her focus on nuance and complex stories. She is part of the growing community of Nigerian female filmmakers in an era many are calling ‘New Nollywood.’ Nnaji along with Kemi Adetiba, Tope Oshin Ogun, and Jade Osiberu are transforming female representation and African storytelling through their the cinematography, direction and writing.
So much of the conversation surrounding Lionheart focuses on what its acquisition by Netflix as a Netflix Original means. Will Netflix increase the Nollywood films and series available, or better yet will they fund more Nigerian Netflix Originals? Its acquisition has overshadowed the significance of the film. Lionheart demonstrates how to make a film about Africa, centered on African women, without utilizing the tropes of genocide, child soldiers or colonization. The real question should be, how will Hollywood and Nollywood grow from her example?


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Dotun Adebayo on parenting: “It was all worth it”

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The journalist discusses his fatherly duties in this week’s column.

I WENT to my last ever parents’ evening last week. I didn’t even consider it was the final one until I got there and had to go from table to table to have a one-on-one, or rather two-on-one, with my daughter and her various teachers.
Until then, it hadn’t crossed my mind, which is surprising, that this was a milestone, the end of an era as far as my role as a father is concerned.
By the summer, my younger daughter will have passed her A-levels (no pressure, but there’s a reason it’s called “A” level) with the requisite grades and I will no longer be a number, I’ll be a free man. No more school runs, no more netball matches, no more parents’ evenings… no more.
And, particularly, no more teachers regarding you with a withering look of disdain as they tell you that your daughter’s predicted grade is less than the A* that you, your wife, your wife’s mother and your entire family expect her to get.
I don’t want to blow my own horn, but me and the missus have done a grand job on our daughters’ education and yet this teacher made me feel 10 inches tall… ’bout my daughter ain’t predicted to get to Oxford with flying colours. I’d like to see this lickle raas tell me that to my face, instead of staring out of the window on the other side of the room as he spoke to me.
Like it’s the parents’ fault that kids nowadays prefer Stormzy to Shakespeare and would rather read about the Kardashians’ exes than some virgin queen of England in history. I can’t even blow my own saxophone, but now that the schooling is nearly done I should be boggling like Chaka Demus & Pliers to Murder She Wrote.
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Not only that, me and the missus should be booking ourselves on one of those Caribbean cruises that is now all the rage with the black middle classes.
I should be eating lobster every morning for breakfast and having caviar for tea at The Savoy with all the available income we shall have with no more school fees to pay. Yes, school fees. I mean, I don’t mean to blow my own trombone, but we are not wealthy people. We simply decided long ago to work every hour God sends for our children.
As you done know already, our children need a little more love in life because of all the challenges they are going to face, whether they like it or not. And there’s not a damn thing you can do to protect them from that beyond educating them. If you are not willing to work 24/7 to give them the education you can’t afford, you have to face the consequences – a price I was unwilling to pay.
It’s not a sacrifice, it has been a pleasure. I have done no more than a father is supposed to. But just when I thought the hard bit was done, my wife tells me that I should cancel all plans for my retirement until my daughters have graduated from university, and for goodness knows how long after that, to ensure that they have achieved their full potential. As she points out, we’ve already invested so much time and energy, not to talk of money, on our daughters’ education that it would be madness not to see the entire parental commitment through.
She’s right, of course, about the time and energy. We had to fight to get them into the right nursery let alone the right school. This is where the journey begins, and unless you do your research, as my wife did, you will not know which nursery returns the largest number of prime ministers in your catchment area.
Be honest, would you prefer your child to go to the kindergarten Prince William sends his son to or to the kindergarten that the coward who shot up all those people at the mosques in New Zealand went to?
When I put it like that, you realise how important it is not to leave your children’s education to fate. Oh, and by the way, you’ll find that there’s a long queue to get into one of those two nurseries. Guess which one?
Talking of that gunman, you’ve got to hand it to the New Zealand authorities and the way they have made him look a complete loser. They must have searched the whole country to nd the biggest and tallest policemen to stand on either side of the shooter for his court appearance.
He was diminished so much that he just looked like a short fat white guy in the middle of two kiwi giants. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, they blurred out his face on the video footage so that the bloke doesn’t have the privilege to sneer on camera, let alone leer.
And, the greatest indignity of all, they made him wear nothing but a pillowcase. Or was it a rice sack? Even without seeing his face he looked like a complete waste of human space. I beg the authorities in New Zealand to force him to wear that pillowcase at every public appearance.
If for no other reason than to ensure that no other short fat white guys try to big themselves up with a racist terror attack. Talking of blowing their own trumpet, the public humiliation really works.
I mean, you don’t find any other idiots going on a plane with explosives in their backsides any more do you? Not since the underpants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdul-mutallab, blew up his own arse.

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China to Build Cultural Center in Anambra

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By Daniel Scott Ofoneme
China has indicated a strong interest to build a cultural center in Anambra State.
This was revealed during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zou Pingian on the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on Tuesday.
The proposed cultural center will accommodate a theater and other facilities that will facilitate a cultural exchange between Anambra and China.
In his remarks, the Chinese Envoy thanked the Governor for the warm reception given to him and his team and commended him for making Anambra an investor friendly environment for business and tourism.
He acknowledged that the Governor is working and commended the contributions of Anambra business men to the development of the Chinese business environment, stating that China had moved up 36 places in the global ranking for ease of doing business.
Ambassador Pingjian assured of the readiness of the Chinese Government to reciprocate the favour by ensuring that Anambra receives the necessary assistance it requires especially with regards to foreign direct investment from China, technological and cultural exchange and other bilateral relationships as the Chinese and the Anambra state Government share the same vision of creating a friendly business environment.
Responding to the Ambassador’s remarks, Governor Obiano welcomed the Chinese delegation to the State, describing the relationship between the State and the Chinese Government as cordial.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to the Umueri Airport City project in partnership with the Chinese company Sinoking Limited revealing that the state Government has agreed as part of negotiations to construct one of the double runways needed by the airport while the Chinese company put finishing touches to their plan.
He expressed regret that the seizure of the drone brought into the country by the Chinese aviation company for the aerial survey of the airport site by the Nigerian Customs Service had pegged progress on the project back by one whole year and expressed optimism that with its recent release, the Chinese would hasten up on the project to douse the anxiety that the delayed had created among the people.
Governor Obiano also informed the Chinese envoy that the state is partnering with different Chinese companies on different road and erosion projects and expressed hope that the technological and cultural exchange would bring more benefits to the State.
He informed the Ambassador that he had written the Chinese Consular General, requesting the Chinese Government to set up a consular office in the State as most of the visa applications made by Nigerians come from Ndi-Anambra, pointing out that the State and the Chinese Government would enjoy more robust relationship if a consular office were located in the state.
Governor Obiano further drew the attention of the Chinese delegation to the rising tourism industry of the State and called for more interest from the Chinese businesses in exploring the huge potentials of the sector.
Earlier in her opening remarks the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Arts,Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo had thanked the Chinese Ambassador for inviting the State officially to the Chinese New Year celebration 2019 in Abuja and for the numerous relationship ties enjoyed by the ministry, especially in the area of cultural exchange.

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Ada Osakwe, CEO of Agrolay Ventures

Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur and investor. She was also a lead in the launch of the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) that supported the rise of a new cadre of food-entrepreneurs in Nigeria through training, mentorship and financing. Ada is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

In 2016, she was Entrepreneur of the Year and featured on Choiseul 100 Africa list consecutively from 2016 to 2018. She received the ‘Achiever in Agriculture’ Award and was on the 2014 Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list. She is also a mentor on the Future Global Leaders Fellowship.

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Uzodinma Iweala : CEO of The Africa Center in New York.

Uzodinma is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy and business. He is the author of three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about coming-of-age in Washington, D.C. His books have been mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times and Rolling Stone. ‘Uzodinma Iweala completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and he earned a medical degree at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.’

 

 

ENTER NIGERIA Winning Sunday with The Young Netpreneur for the Week :Ken Nwadiogbu @kennwadio

 

Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
To Nwadiogbu, Art is indeed timeless, it is his solace and hiding place, a safe haven he has found to be devoid of restrictions, boxes and boundaries.

 


 

 

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