Ndidi Nwuneli, founder of Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, has advised Nigerians to key into the vast opportunities that abound in agriculture.
Nwuneli spoke during the weekend at “Exploit 2018,” a small and medium enterprise (SME) focused empowerment programme organised by Salem International Christian Center (SICC) in Lagos.
According to her, Nigerians tend to “box themselves in one corner” when it comes to agriculture, leaving the market for multinational companies to take over.
“When people think about agriculture they think about farming. Most of us should not go back to the farms. That is not your core competency,” she said.
“Agriculture is not just farming… agriculture is everything along the value chain- technology, financing. But the biggest value is around processing and value addition.
“For example, it is not worth it to just grow cassava and sell it. But if you make it into high-grade cassava starch, people will be banging down your door trying to get it.
“Cassava is now used to make beer, cereal and so many things. Even most of our pharmaceutical products are being made with high-grade cassava flour and yet when we think about cassava flour we think about garri.”
She said many multinational companies are “paying a premium” to come into the Nigerian market which according to her is “projected to hit 450 million by 2050” in terms of population.
“Every company is trying to come into Nigeria in a big way and they are paying a premium to enter and most of us are trying to leave,” she said.
“There is a disconnect somewhere. What can they see that we cannot see?
“We need to change our mindset because with agriculture it really is about everything associated with the clothes we wear which is usually cotton, to the food we eat to the bags and shoes we wear to the fabric on our furniture to the paint on our walls to the soap we use.
“So, there is so much opportunity in every nook and cranny of agriculture around inputs, around extension that we have not developed.”Read More
Davido says his upcoming single which will be released on April 30 will be the “biggest song in the country”.
He said the song, produced by Spyrochi, is called ‘Assurance’.
The singer who runs Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) made this known on Thursday during a joint interview with artistes signed to his label.
“I’m dropping a single on the 30th of April. It’s gonna be the biggest song in the country. It’s called ‘Assurance’,” he said on the Cool FM programme.
Davido alongside Yonda, Peruzzi, Fresh VDM, members of DMW, recently released a song titled ‘Aje’.
According to the singer, ‘Aje’ is the lead single of the collaboration album which will feature all the members of the label, including Dremo, Mayorkun, Idowest, DJ E-Cool, and Ichaba.
He said the DMW album will be out in June, describing it as a collaboration with Sony Music Africa. His own third studio album, Davido said, will be released in September.
The artiste signed to Sony/RCA spoke about his friendship with DJ E Cool, who he said he has known since the age of 11.
He said: “Me and E-Cool, we grew up in Atlanta together. You won’t believe when I was 11 running around in Atlanta, this guy used to block me from parties. He won’t allow me to enter.”
Davido also canvassed for votes for his artistes ahead of the 2018 Headies. Mayorkun is nominated in the next rated category while Peruzzi is up for rookie of the year.
“If I don’t win I’m okay. But I want to vote for my brothers, Mayorkun and Peruzzi. Vote for them, they deserve it,” he said.Read More
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called a fresh plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in compromised areas” to boost the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.
The party said part of the plot is to create the additional polling units in remote areas to facilitate the exercise.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said Nigerians know what to do at the appropriate time.
“We are aware of series of clandestine meetings between compromised officials of the commission and certain agents of the Presidency and APC, where the plot to sneak in the 30, 000 illegal polling units in some remote areas and through which they plan to allocate votes to President Buhari and the APC were perfected.
“Our investigation shows that this is part of the grand design by the commission under Professor Mahmood Yakubu to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Having realized that Nigerians have completely rejected them because of their manifold failures in governance, the Presidency and the APC are now employing all manners of dirty antics to create ways to rig the polls and foist President Buhari back on Nigerians.
“The PDP cautions INEC not to set the nation on fire by its overt conspiratory tendencies. Professor Yakubu should heed wise counsel and immediately perish the thoughts of using such polling units or dividing the nation along ethnic lines in the 2019 general elections, as such would be stiffly resisted.
“We invite INEC to note that every Nigerian has seen the handwriting on the wall regarding the general rejection of President Buhari and the APC well ahead of the elections. We all know where the tide is flowing and Nigerians are not ready to, and will never accept any results that do not reflect that reality.
“We urge Nigerians to remain vigilant and monitor all processes to ensure that INEC and the APC do not, at any point in the process, manipulate the 2019 general election and subvert the will of the people,” the statement read in part.Read More
By Maureen Solomon got us all glued to the TV screen in early 2000. She was the fine girl with sexy eyes and curvy hips, who at the time she was about to make the A-list, vanished from the scene. But not after she had made a lasting impression on her fans.
Entertainer recently visited the Lagos home of the beautiful and brainy actress where she revealed why she left the scene at the peak of her career.
It seems marriage has changed you. You look more beautiful, what is the secret?
Thank you, dear. First of all, it is God that has made me beautiful. I know and I am sure that it’s Him. Secondly, I don’t go out much. So, it’s peace of mind, nothing much and no secret really.
You’re one of the actresses that people loved to watch in those days. Your fans would like to know why you have been off the screen for so long?
It’s not so much silence because I want it to be so, but the fact that I am focused more on the family front, which I feel is more important. For all these years, I am grateful for the time that I have spent with my family, and continue to spend. I have devoted my time to my children for some time now. So, right now, I am coming back to work. My absence all these years has been because of my family.
There is this rumor that your husband stopped you from acting. Is there any atom of truth in that?
As a matter of fact, I got married in 2005 and I acted till 2011. The last time I did a movie was in 2011 and my husband never stopped me. So, I wonder why he would stop me in the middle of the way. My husband actually encourages my work, even in my going back now by the grace of God. It is still him that is pushing me and he will always spur me to do greater things, not just the normal thing we know of. So, he never stopped me, I stopped myself because I needed to dedicate more time to my children. My last house girl left as at the time I decided to stay home and I decided not to get another one. I practically had to become the house girl.
The last time you featured in a movie was 2011. What movie was that?
Yes, I did two movies in 2011. One was Uche Elendu’s movie. I co-produced her movie, ‘In Too Deep’. I think that was the last major film I did. The other one, I remember I traveled to Oba to shoot it. I can’t even remember the title. Those were the last movies I did before I stopped.
That’s seven years of silence. Don’t you think it’s too long?
It’s not too long. Funny enough, to some people, it is. When I look back to when I started in the industry till now, it seems like it was yesterday. Seven years for me is not a long time.
What would you say has changed in the industry between when you left and now?
Honestly speaking, some people might go crazy because of what I am trying to say. The only difference that I can see is the fact that, we can now go to the cinema. Our movies are now in the cinema, but as far as I am concerned, most of the storylines are still the same. It hasn’t changed which I would love so much for it to.
A few weeks ago, Rita Dominic made a comment that Nollywood producers rush to the cinemas to show low-quality movies, and some producers went for her head. Do you agree with her opinion?
That was why I said a lot of people would not like what I am going to say. If I should say my mind, a lot of people are going to go crazy. Nothing has changed in the industry; there is nothing different from the movies you watch in the cinema and the movies that they produce in Asaba. For me, it is just the better and quality tools being used.
What’s the way forward for quality movies?
My husband is my biggest critic. So, I will say that it is either the creative people are not being given enough opportunity or the leadership of Nollywood somehow lacks creativity. We need originality and creativity and I know that in Nigeria, we have an abundance of such people, but either that they don’t have the opportunities. Apart from creativity, we still need people in the area of sponsorship and people that will spur us to move forward. I know very well that we have a lot of creative people and a lot of original ideas but we lack the opportunity and help to get them out.
Talking about creativity, we have new crops of people in the industry now. Would you say that producers prefer to use these new crops of actors?
I can’t really say but I know that most of these new actors are good. But there are still some of them that need a lot of training. I have heard in some places that the old actors need to come back, as they don’t understand the new ones. I don’t know if that is a compliment or something else, I have heard people say that to me a lot. We don’t have places where new actors can actually go and train. And on the issue of them being preferred by the producers, I can’t really say, but I know it has always been a norm in the industry for producers to go for the person that the face will sell market more. So, if they think that the new faces sell market more, maybe that is why, but I know to a large extent that, producers don’t call people because they are very good.
Would you also attribute this to the fees they pay to the new ones compared to the old ones?
To be honest, I think there are some old ones that won’t mind whatever fees they are paying to the new ones. I know a whole lot of people would say there are no jobs, like the old ones will say there are no jobs coming their way. So, I don’t think it’s the fees but the faces that sell movies.
There is this rumour that people in the industry use devilish power or what they call ‘juju’ on others. Is that true?
Are you kidding me? I have no idea. Like you heard, I have also heard but my own prayer is that I don’t come across anybody that does that. But I wonder why they would have to do that, the industry is so large, it can contain everybody. So, why would they need those fetish and devilish things? Is it for more work? You can’t even be on three different locations at a time.
How did you come into the industry in the first place?
I have always wanted to act. In my nursery school days, the major programme I took part was dancing. Then from my primary to secondary school, there was no drama that I didn’t partake. My mom has always known that to be part of me. So, when I watched movies, I would be like, ‘mummy I want to act’ and she would always laugh. My mom was working with the Union Bank then and she always says that Pete Edochie was one of their customers. So, in my mind, I would say ‘will this woman ever introduce me to him?’ But I never knew how to tell her. Then, there was this day that everybody in my house traveled apart from my elder sister. I came back and she wasn’t at home, but someone told me where she went. I went there to collect the house key but when I got there, they were having an audition. They were asking some people to act this way and others that way. The person that was directing was Lancelot Odua Imasuen. And he said, ‘you this way’. I forgot the key that I went to collect and joined the queue. The next day, my sister came home and said that my name came out. And that was it; that was how I did my first movie, ‘Alternative’. From there, I continued. I started in the industry early enough, I got into the industry when I was 17 going on 18 and in December 2005, I got married.
How much were you paid for that movie?
N2,000 and I played six scenes, and it was a big deal for me. It was my second time to earn money. Before that time, I had worked as a receptionist somewhere; the manager chased me to my house, I think he wanted to woo me, and after that one month, I collected my N4,500 salary and ran away.
What’s the worst thing you have ever heard about yourself?
The only thing that I heard that brought me to tears was shortly after my first movie. It was a story in a newspaper. I can’t remember the exact title, something like ‘Maureen Solomon on the rumpus side’, that was when I was dating one of the actors. They said that a guy had a fight with a director over me. But there was no fight honestly. It was when we were doing ‘Wide Revenge’, where I had my first lead role. I was supposed to play the younger version of someone and my boyfriend at that time said no. It created small rancour but it wasn’t like a fight but the paper turned the story upside down. That was when my mom sat me down and advised me to use cuticle to cover my ears if I love my job.
To make a comeback, it has become a trend for actors to produce their own movies. What are you working on right now?
It’s actually not a bad idea. I am actually tilting towards that side. I have a lot of scripts but I am actually waiting for the right moment. As you can see, movie is not the only thing I do now, I have delved into other things as well. On acting, if I see a good script I will definitely take it. Funny enough, all these while that I have been at home, scripts came once in a while but it’s not what I wanted to do as a comeback. Come on, I have been out of the screen for a while, I mean if I am coming back, it should be something tight, even if it’s not my own movie, it should be something tight.
Talking about my own movie, definitely, but one place I am really looking at is directing. It has always been my passion but for some reasons, I ended up in front of the camera. Now, I think I am more balanced to chase that dream. I am not saying that I am not going to act but will do more of producing and directing.
What would you like to be remembered for in the industry?
I have seen a lot in the industry, most of the stories that we play for people to watch are actually our own lifestyles. I wanted to post something on Facebook the other day but I quickly wiped it off, because I know people would come for my head. I was watching a movie the other day and it dawned on me that we do these dramas every day but we don’t learn from them. We do movies about broken homes but we don’t learn from them, it is always our homes that are breaking. It doesn’t make sense. We tell the stories but we don’t learn from them. So, I believe and I am praying to God that my coming back to the industry is to change lives and not just looking for the money. If it is for the fame, I don’t think I can get more famous than I am now, I don’t know how famous I am anyway. My coming back to the industry is strictly to change lives, not just the people that are watching but also the people that I am working with. That is what I am hoping for because a whole lot of times, I don’t know if we are blind, we do things but we don’t look at ourselves.Read More
Iroko TV – How this internet business makes millions by bringing African movies to the world
Iroko TV has been aptly been described as the ‘Netflix of Africa’.
Iroko’s co-founder, Jason Njoku, got to realize how popular African movies had become while living in faraway London. Despite the growing worldwide demand for these movies, he could hardly find them on the internet.
His decision to jump on a plane to Nigeria and negotiate distribution deals with local movie producers has earned him a place in history and a lot of dollars in the bag. Today, his IrokoTV platform has more than 5,000 movies online and attracts more than 10 million views every month.
Our estimates put IrokoTV’s monthly revenues at over $350,000.
How did this unassuming guy pull this off?
Let’s find out…
Africa’s movie industry is taking the world by storm…
How does IrokoTV make money NollywoodAfrica’s movie industry is actually really huge. From its heartland in Nollywood (the nickname for Nigeria’s movie industry), over 2,000 movies are released every year.
Compared to Hollywood (USA) and Bollywood (India), Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world, in terms of volume of movies released per year.
Unfortunately, Nollywood makes the least money of all three global heavyweights.
Before Jason and his Iroko TV platform, Africa’s movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood, was unstructured, had a poor distribution network and was overrun by content pirates.
Despite a global demand for these movies, they were only available on physical Compact Discs (CDs) which severely limited their reach and viewing quality.
For decades, we all thought only Africans had a thirst and appetite for Nollywood movies. How wrong we were!
In fact, the largest chunk of traffic to Iroko’s platform comes from the USA, UK, India, the Caribbean and ‘down under’ Australia!
According to Jason,
“Nollywood is the world’s second largest movie industry in terms of output, making roughly 40 films per week, at an average cost of $40,000 per project. It is a global, cultural phenomenon, adored by millions in Nigeria, in Africa and across the Diaspora. It serves an audience thirsty for love, drama, intrigue, comedy, redemption, action and more.
The end product is unique: African stories, by African people, for Africans. And boy, do we have a lot of stories to tell…”
How Iroko TV got started…
In 2011, using YouTube, Google’s free video sharing platform, Jason launched NollywoodLove, the first major internet channel to offer full-length Nollywood movies.
In less than a year, the channel attracted more than one million views from over 200 countries around the world. With just a simple idea, a few hundred dollars, and a free internet platform, this young and near-broke Nigerian put original African content on the global map.
Since no one had seriously considered and taken on the internet as a reasonable channel for distribution, it was relatively easy and cheap for Jason to acquire online license rights from producers and marketers to distribute these popular movies.
He actually started with a couple of full-length movies which did very well and paid off handsomely. Knowing he was on to something really big, he bought more movie rights and gradually built an impressive catalogue of in-demand Nollywood movies.
Following this spectacular success with NollywoodLove, Jason attracted nearly $10 million from Tiger Global Management, a New York-based private equity firm which shared his vision for digitization of African content.
With this strong backing, IrokoTV was launched as a standalone and independent African movie-streaming website and attracted more than half a million views in only three months!
In July 2012, the business got an additional investment of $2m under a Swedish hedge fund-backed arrangement.
Within two short years, Jason got the attention of the international press and has been featured on Forbes, CNN, CNBC, BET and Techcrunch.
In 2012, Jason Njoku was voted by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of London’s top black men of power and has gone ahead to launch several other platforms including iRoking.com, a platform focused on providing African music to the world via the internet.
His company now has offices in Lagos, Johannesburg, London and New York.
In May 2013, Jason Njoku and Sabastian Gotter, both co-founders of Iroko TV, founded SPARK, a one million dollar angel investment outfit based in Lagos (Nigeria) and dedicated to funding and helping young tech and internet startups.
The firm has already provided seed capital (between $30 – 75K) to fifteen startup companies. The companies in its portfolio include online fashion and drug stores, an online social-based borrowing service and a photo stock website.
How does Iroko TV make money and how much does it make?
If you’re familiar with our How to make money online article, you would recall that offering things for free is one of the most powerful ways to make a website or blog succeed. And this is exactly what Jason did with Iroko TV.
He started out offering his movies for free. All a viewer had to do was complete a quick registration and Voila, you could watch a full-length African movie. This strategy paid off.
As at May 2013, Iroko TV had more than 500,000 subscribers from nearly everywhere on planet earth. To us, it’s not the size of his subscriber base that’s interesting. It’s how he has successfully converted it into money that’s amazing.
Let’s take a look at how Iroko TV is making money out of traffic to its website, and a thing or two you can learn from it…
The internet has long been lauded as a marketplace for the free exchange of ideas, but not in Tanzania, where it will now cost you $930 to license a blog.
As part of new online regulations, the government will certify all bloggers in the country and charge them an annual fee before they start any operations online. The new provisions also encompass online radio and television streaming services and affect online forums and social media users.
To be authorized as an online content provider, applicants are expected to fill a form detailing the estimated cost of investment, the number of directors and stakeholders in the platform, their share of capital, staff qualifications, expected dates of commencing operations, besides future growth plans.
But even after providing this documentation, authorities still reserve the right to revoke a permit if a site publishes content that “causes annoyance, threatens harm or evil, encourages or incites crimes” or jeopardizes “national security or public health and safety.” Officials could also force managers to remove “prohibited content” within 12 hours or face fines not less than five million shillings ($2,210) or a year in prison.
The sweeping regulation, dubbed the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2018, is set to give the government unfettered powers to police the web. When it was first proposed last year, observers and activists argued that some of the law’s definitions and wording were ambiguous, violated individual privacy, curtailed citizen’s right to free speech and expression, and went against the spirit of an open internet. Internet cafés are also expected to install surveillance cameras to record and archive activities inside their business premises.
The annual $930 fee would likely be exorbitant for an independent blogger in a country where the gross national income per capita is just $900.
The passing of the law is a culmination of president John Magufuli’s government’s clampdown on media outlets and social media use in the country. Since coming to power in 2015, Magufuli’s strict and controversial leadership style has earned him critics and the title of “the Bulldozer.” As a populist president, he has banned everything from the export of unprocessed minerals to the registration of foreign ships. He’s also banned pregnant girls from attending school. When citizens criticized him on social media platforms including WhatsApp, they were arraigned in court for insulting the president.
But even as he promised to bring about dramatic economic change, particularly in ending corruption, his administration has tightened its grip on both digital and traditional media spaces. Newspapers have been banned for reporting on misconduct in the mining sector, radio stations closed for broadcasting “seditious” material, and online platforms like Jamii Forums targeted for investigating government corruption.
All this happens even as Tanzania harbors ambitions of boosting its budding tech sector and competing with neighboring countries including Kenya. “The registration requirements and the fees are likely to be a heavy burden for most bloggers and small-sized outlets streaming content in Tanzania, thereby reducing diversity in the media space in the process,” Angela Quintal, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Africa program director, told Quartz.
According to this love guru, this is will ensure security and sanity for women in marriage.
Joro Olumofin says women should have an income of at least ₦150k before marriage, Joro Olumofin says.
The love doctor who thrives on Instagram with his relationships-and-marriage-centered platform believes that this is linked to the possible achievement of security and sanity in a marriage.
With a post on his Instagram page he says:
“If you're a single lady and you're not earning at least N150,000 a month you shouldn't be thinking about marriage yet. This is for your own security & sanity in marriage.
“Based on hundreds of emails I receive daily from posters. I've noticed a trend in behavior: Commitment before finances. Most ladies go into marriage with the hopes that the man will take care of everything."
Some even see marriage as their way out of responsibilities such as paying bills, etc.
"A lot of married women are unhappy in their homes but can't leave because they are not independent, some don't even have transport money to go back to their parent's house. Secure the bag first."
After reading this, what do you think about the relationship guru's advise, is it great or bad?
Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chair of the Econet Group, just made the 2018 FORBES list of African billionaires as Zimbabwe’s first billionaire.
FORBES estimates Masiyiwa’s net worth at $1.7 billion, ranking him 14th among Africa’s 23 billionaires.
Econet Group owns Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Media, and Econet Entreprises and Liquid Telecom Group.
Masiyiwa’s journey to building these businesses has not been without toils. FORBES notes that he “overcame protracted government opposition to launch mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in his country of birth in 1998”.
In essence, he was engaged in a 5-year court war with his former employer, the country’s only telecom business at the time, before being awarded a mobile telecoms license to operate the company that would later expand into a global empire.
On Masiyiwa’s wealth and assets, FORBES notes:
He owns just over 50% of the publicly-traded Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, which is one part of his larger Econet Group.
Masiyiwa also owns just over half of private company Liquid Telecom, which provides fiber optic and satellite services to telecom firms across Africa.
His other assets include stakes in mobile phone networks in Burundi and Lesotho, and investments in fintech and power distribution firms in Africa.
Masiyiwa is also a prolific philanthropist.
He founded the Higherlife Foundation together with his wife, Tsitsi. The foundation pays the school fees of some 40,000 orphaned or low-income students in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho.
The telecoms magnate is also at the helm of the Ambassador Andrew Young Scholarship, which enables African students to attend the Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
Masiyiwa was named one of Time Magazine Most Influential Person in 2002. In 2014, he was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. He is a friend to many world leaders, often spearheading conferences with the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Masiyiwa one of Africa’s most influential figures and a champion for technology and young people.Read More
ways to have mindblowing sex despite your partner's average size.
One of the most recurrent themes about love, sex and lovemaking is the idea that the bigger the man, the more pleasurable the experience will be. But in reality, apparently, your partner's size does not affect lovemaking.
According to vlogger Uwanma Odefa, having a small organ will be only a problem in the sack only if you allow it. And for the partners who this applies to, 5 ways to have mindblowing sex despite your partner's average size
Skill makes all the difference. Even if a man is average or below average, with skill and deftness and careful maneuvering, the sex can be just as mindblowing as anything you've ever had.
Depending on the sex positions, you can make the best of the sex even if your partner's organ is not all that.
Check out for sex positions that will make the experience more satisfying, as opposed to the ones that will make the shortcomings obvious.
While men with huge sizes only depend on their girth and size, a man with an average sexual organ does not have this luxury.
To compensate for this and still attain the same level of pleasure required, there will be a need for extras.
The use of the fingers, tongue, introduction of sex toys and all that gives an extra edge to the sex and that should cover up for what he lacks in size.
4. Emotional involvement
A woman who is really into you will likely overlook your size so far you can still find a way to regularly help her achieve orgasm.
So be invested in the relationship, her wellbeing and her emotional stability and your size won't really matter that much, provided that you foreplay and other tips mentioned here are on point.
written by Ayoola AdetayoRead More
Boyega said he is developing a few Nigerian stories and choosing one which makes sense budget-wise at an indie budget of $20-$25 million dollars.
John Boyega has told CNBC Africa that he is interested in shooting a 'low budget' movie from a Nigerian story with $20-$25million (N9billion).
The 'Detroit' actor wants to tell the Nigerian stories having reached a vantage position in the American movie industry.
British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega, stunned Nigerian movie lovers when he told CNBC Africa that he is interested in shooting a 'low budget' movie from a Nigerian story with $20-$25million (N9billion).
Boyega spoke to Power Lunch West Africa host, Onyi Sunday during the promotion his new movie “Pacific Rim.”
"We’re developing a few Nigerian stories and choosing one which makes sense budget-wise. We’re probably looking at an indie budget of $20-$25 million dollars."
With the highest Nigerian movie having a budget less than $500,000, the "Star Wars" actor might be starting a revolution that will create a marriage between the Nigerian movie industry and the American movie industry.
Boyega was revealed as Forbes' 10th highest grossing actor of 2017 after starring in more than six blockbusters that raked in millions of Dollars at the box office.
Did Boyega just hinted at working with Genevieve Nnaji?