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Growing up in a household with parents who found expression through food, Voke, Vona, Vese and Vome developed a deep love for food and experimenting with different recipes. This love for food has turned into Dvees, a business which pioneers West African fine dining and flavours through the creation of unique products, including their signature Chapman Drink.

Growing up in a household with parents who found expression through food, Voke, Vona, Vese and Vome developed a deep love for food and experimenting with different recipes. This love for food has turned into Dvees, a business which pioneers West African fine dining and flavours through the creation of unique products, including their signature Chapman Drink.


According to them; “Our love for food is our family heritage. We grew up with a dad who loves good food. We had numerous cooking and baking sessions with him, from making crab soup to homemade cakes. He always came home with food from the latest restaurant he discovered or the staples like suya from the family country club in Lagos; Ikoyi Club. While he encouraged the flare for the western twist, Mum made sure we knew how to throw it down in the kitchen African style. With her occasional and often spontaneously organised cooking lessons, we were well equipped to prepare authentic African dishes.”

Some of the products they’ve been able to create so far include drinks, condiments and tea. Out of ll their products, the Chapman Drink stands out and here’s why;

“We spent countless hours trying to recreate drinks we grow up knowing and loving. It’s been a long journey but we are finally here and excited to share them with you. We still remember the day we tried the winning Chapman recipe, it felt like we had won an Olympic gold medal. With shouts of joy and teary eyes, we celebrated, hi-fived and hugged each other. The recipe was finally here and we all approved.”
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In this interview, he spoke on the crisis bedeviled the incorporated Assemblies of God Nigeria. He said that the embattled Rev. Prof Paul Emeka remains the authentic and rightful General Superintendent of the church. Excerpts. What gave you the locus to talk on the Assemblies God Church Nigeria crisis? Firstly, being a rights activist, I have a radio programme where I advance the issues of civic responsibilities and human rights and that was how Reverend Prof. Paul Emeka called into the programme to make an enquires about his right.


I now sort an opportunity to have a conference with him so that I can enlighten him more properly order than the radio telephone line. It was when I met with him that I appreciated the gravamen of his right that was violated and he requested if I can assist him in any form not being a trained legal practitioner. I accepted to act as his attorney by being his agent to make representation because of his limited knowledge of the workings of the court and Nigerian constitution.


I accepted that responsibility and advised him that the Supreme Court struck out his suit on human right and therefore he needs to go to Federal high court to challenge their illegal action of his purported removal as a trustee of the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria and that he has to engage the services of a legal practitioner.


The fact in the issue is the matters of interpretations of the provisions of the incorporated trustees under Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), and whether the control and the management of such a body can be left for all comers to the effect that the letter with which some individuals that are not members of the board of trustee have no authority under the law and under CAMA to issue such letter.


 I have a strength of authority from the decision and the findings made by the learned juris Hon. Justice Ekekere-Ekun JSC in the decision by the Supreme Court reported in Paul Emeka against Chidi Okoroafor in NWLR part 1577 at page 410 of particular note is the finding by the juris Ekekere-Ekun that the main flank that Emeka should purse is the illegal nature of the constituted illegal body that authored the letter of the 6, March 2014 and the unconstitutional act of those individuals who have no iota of authority whatsoever, to have congregated themselves in the parish to now sit in judgement against the chairman of the board of trustees of the incorporated trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria. That is the platform which I told my principal that he has to go to court to challenge. That the fundamental right procedure he used in initiating his original action in persona was wrong.


What the Supreme Court said in that case, Prof. Emeka you came to this court with the wrong procedure that the trial high court of Enugu didn’t have jurisdiction to even hear your matter because the issue of service was not settled which is fundamental. The Supreme Court justices agreed with the finding of the Court of Appeal as far as service is concerned and the finding that Emeka’s issue ought to be squarely on the illegal nature of the congregation that issued a letter of 6th of March, 2014 and not fundamental rights. Moreso, the Supreme Court went to admonish Emeka’s lawyer who was suing an amorphous body for the enforcement of fundamental right and consequently the court struck out Emeka’s fundamental Right which he filed in the lower court – that means Emeka can go back to court if he so desires.


It was his appeal that was dismissed for lacking in merit. The substantive action that was brought to court was not heard by either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court because of the fundamental vice that service was improper. So Emeka has the constitution behind him to go back to court. How do you get to know the case Chidi Okoroafor filed at the Court of Appeal? On the 25th April 2018, I stumbled into a proceeding Chidi Okoroafor filed at the Court of Appeal and I described it as a divine intervention. A divine intervention because there was an appeal which I never knew about and that appeal stemmed from an injunction giving at the High Court of Enugu on 13th day of March 2014. That injunction was against Chidi Okoroafor, Rev. Dr. Vincent Alaje; Rev. Dr. Ejikeme Ejem, Rev. Dr. Godwin Amonwa, Rev. Dr. Johnson Odii & others and these were the principal actors that Emeka has brought to the Federal High Court, in suit No. FHC/EN/ CS/ 37/18. The important issue in this matter was that the action that was instituted by three main actors who were filing that action for the benefit of Emeka were Rev. Dr. Ekenedilichukwu Ofordile, Rev. Dr. Jere Onyemaechi, and Rev. Dr. Nathan Udeze. These were the people that approach the court by a write of summons.


It was not a fundamental right action neither was it an action in contract. Because these are the fundamental issues most people don’t understand and it is for the interest of the public to understand. It is an action not in fundamental right neither is it an action in contract. The claim of the parties of particular importance is the relief (e) in this proceeding I am talking about which was a suit No. E/82/2014. This action was instituted on 4th of March, 2014 and that relief was important because it was an injunction restraining the defendants in the lower court Chidi Okoroafor and Co, their agents, sponsors from removing the plaintiff’s Rev. Prof Paul Emeka from office as General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria either through impeachment, suspension or any other unlawful means whatsoever, except through an election organized by the General Council of Assemblies of God. That is the bases of the interim order of injunction in the presence of the parties, it became on notice because the defendants counsel were in court and the exact wording of the court was for all the parties to revert back to their respective positions as at 4th day of March 2014.

There is a difference in action in Persona and in Rem because a person who doesn’t understand the principal of law can tell you that Emeka’s name is not there as a party. The exception to the rules is in matters of contractual relationship when you cannot take advantage of any judgement that you are not a party in even if it was made for your benefit. This is elementary law. This action is not in Persona, it is in Rem. The injunction was to restrain the bodies of those who are lawless from taken any step in that subject matter involving the office of the GS of the Assemblies of God occupant by the legitimate occupant, Rev. Prof Paul Emeka from doing anything that will undermine the rule of law.

The honourable court haven made that decree in the presence of their lawyers, they were dissatisfied; they brought an application before that same court on 17th day of March knowing fully well that they have been banned by the order of the court but they wanted an escape route. The honourable court in a considered ruling dated the 27th day of Mach, 2014 dismissed their motion on notice where they were asking that court that it has no jurisdiction, that the action should be dismissed. It was on the basis of this two decisions against Chidi Okoroafor and his gang that they decided to go on appeal which is their right. The order made by the Honourable court was to last until the motion on notice was to heard, they were too much in a hurry, they didn’t want the motion on notice to be heard because they want to complete their criminality.
They filed two notices of appeal respectively at the Court of Appeal and to everybody’s amusement, they have filed their written addresses and brief exchanged by the parties. It is also a fact that one of the respondents who was the plaintiff at the lower court had opted out but as the case is constituted there is a respondent who is still alive and well and that respondent is Prof. Ekenedilichukwu Offordile. And what they were doing was to undermine the judicial process and Rulè of Law to hide a fundamental fact that as at the time they were sued, Rev Okoroafor was still sued as Assistant General Superintendent and that was the position as at the 4th day of March, 2014 but because of their criminal mind they took steps to approach the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with their illegal letter and made or induce them to change and remove Prof.

Paul Emeka the bonafide GS from his position as a trustee which enabled him as the general superintendent to be the chairman of the board of trustee who has all the capacity to take any decision on-behalf of the trustee. He is the only person that has a duty to protect the assets of the trusteeship. But unfortunately, was at the court of appeal when these matter was called up and I was able to obtain the certified true copies of processes they have filed in that court. They filed that processes in the court to liberate themselves from their illegalities unfortunately for them, the honourable justices of the Court of Appeal had in their own word told the counsel representing Okoroafor and his group in the presence of the counsel representing the Ekenedilichukwu Ofordile to the effect that the applicants’ notice of appeal was incompetent. It was in the same proceeding the counsel representing Okoroafor had now applied to court to enable him to go and amend the process.

So the critical issue is what is the position of Paul Emeka vis-à-vis the res before the Court of Appeal now. The position is that Okoroafor and his group are asking the Court of Appeal to set outside that order that have tired them down on the 4th of March, 2014. That is why they are in court, so for any uninformed lawyer to tell you that that action doesn’t contain the name of Prof Emeka is in fantail. It is only in contract that you can say that you cannot take advantage of judgement that is in your favour, otherwise the principles of lis pendens would be defeated. People think in vernacular. The action Nigerian Police have been taken against Paul Emeka and his group is because they were deceived by Chidi Okoroafor and co that they were the rightful occupant of the office and they can act on-behalf of the Assemblies. So as it stands today in the eyes of the law, the GS of the Assemblies of God as the order of the court presided over by Onovo J has not been set outside is Rev. Prof Paul Emeka.
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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 Iroko TV website is visited up to 10 million times every month by more than 500,000 unique visitors from over 100 countries. Huge does not begin to define how huge this traffic is in website terms!

How does IrokoTV make money 2To make money out of this huge traffic, Iroko TV has a number of advert units placed strategically across the site. These ads are of two types: Private placement ads and Pay-per-click (PPC) ads.

Private placement ads

The rates for Private placement ads are directly negotiated between Iroko TV and interested advertisers. When we checked the site (in May 2013), there were a couple of high profile advertisers under this ad type such as Sheraton Hotels, Phillips (the electronics giant), Star (a popular beer brand in Nigeria) and many others.

Given the wide geographical spread of its audience, it’s very likely that the website serves ads according to location. In this way, visitors will only be able to see adverts that are relevant to their geographical location.

Private placement ads can be a huge source of income for websites and blogs because they get to set their own rates. As a result, we are unable to estimate the amount of money Iroko TV may be making from this type of ads. However, we know they have some juicy deals with several top advertisers.

Pay-per-click (PPC) ads

Unlike private placement ads that pay a daily, monthly or weekly advert rate, Pay-per-click (PPC) adverts only make money when people click on them. With up to 10 million monthly page views on its website, we reasonably estimate that Iroko TV makes a killing from PPC ads.

With an estimated Click-through rate (CTR) of 5 percent, it is more than likely that PPC ads served on the website are clicked up to 500,000 times every month. For those of us who do not know, CTR is the estimated percentage of website views that lead to ad clicks.

Since its PPC ads are served by Google Adsense, our conservative estimate is that Iroko TV earns $0.30 for every single click. This conservatively infers that Iroko TV makes up to $150,000 monthly in PPC ad revenues alone.

Money maker #2 – Paid subscriptions

In three short years, Iroko TV has signed up roughly 500,000 subscribers from more than 200 countries. Although more than 80 percent of the movies on the website are free of charge, hot new movie releases can only be viewed only by these subscribers who are signed up to Iroko TV Plus, a paid service.

How does IrokoTV make money - subscriptionsFor an unbelievable flat fee of $5, subscribers have access to any movie of their choice for a whole month! Crazy! It’s no wonder why 500,000 subscribers (and counting) jumped on the offer. It’s great value for money and you can watch all the movies you want, when you want.

To sum this up, at the current size of the subscriber base, Iroko TV should be making an average of $2 million every month from subscriptions alone.

This figure is as staggering as it is unbelievable, but that’s what the facts say! However, we do not believe that all these subscripitons are renewed every month. Even at a 10 percent renewal rate, Iroko TV still smiles to the bank with $200,000 every month!

Putting it all together…
Adding up takings from adverts and paid subscriptions, we conservatively estimate monthly revenues of $350,000 minimum for IrokoTV.

Iroko TV’s success story is another mind-blowing experience that shows the power of starting small and having a big vision. He saw a problem in the African movie distribution space and made a committed move to fix it.

He remains fond of the small and humble beginnings of this internet business and attributes his success to firm determination, perseverance and hardwork. He often describes himself as the hardest worker you will ever meet.

Do you have a similar small idea that can change your country, Africa or the world? No matter how big and hairy it looks, it’s not impossible. What are you doing about it?


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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.


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Millions of women around the world use contraceptive pills as birth control but there are still unwanted pregnancies out there. To salvage the situation, men would also now have an option to take a drug that prevents pregnancy, thanks to a male contraceptive pill that is being developed towards that regard.


The drug, yet to be named will block sperms from leaving the penis during ejaculation, researchers at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences have said. The Melbourne scientists said the drug which increases libido is about to enter what could be the final stage of development. It would work by blocking two proteins that cause sperms to be released, according to the lead researcher Dr Sab Ventura.


“It just stops the contraction of the muscle which would normally be moving sperms along. So the sperms are fine, they haven’t been touched, they’re still completely normal, they just haven’t been moving at the right time,” he was quoted by news.com.au. He said if the final stage of development is successful, trials would then commence and the pill could be on the market within five years.


The development of a male contraceptive pill has over the years been affected by side-effects on fertility, birth defects and libido. But the Melbourne researchers say that early laboratory tests show the drug has no impact on libido and other concerns raised. According to Dr Ventura, he and his colleagues were “moving closer to developing a convenient, safe and effective, non-hormonal oral male contraceptive that can be readily reversed”.


“We aim to do this by developing a combination of two drugs that simultaneously block sperm transport rather than disrupt sperm development or maturation.”


“It’s pretty different. Most of the other ones that have been tried have been affecting hormones or genetics.”


For now, even though the Male Contraceptive Initiative has provided a $US150,000 grant for the scientists to move into the next phase of developing the drug, Dr Ventura said how quick the pill is developed and released would depend on more funding.


“The faster the money comes in, the faster it will happen,” he said.

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People in Chad are agitated over a shutdown of social media and messaging platforms including Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber and even news site the BBC.

Advocacy groups, including the organization Internet Without Borders (IWB), said as at March 28, users started reporting about a shutdown of those services amidst political tension in the Central African country.

The blackout comes after a two-week national conference recommended some constitutional reforms that could enable the president Idriss Deby to stay in power until 2033 when he will be 81.

The forum, made up of about 800 politicians, business leaders and traditional chiefs, was boycotted by the opposition.

Deby, the former rebel leader took power in a rebellion against President Hissène Habré in December 1990. He has since survived various rebellions against his rule and has won elections in 1996 and 2001. He removed presidential term limits and won 2006, 2011, and 2016 elections.

The government is yet to give specific reasons for blocking the social media platforms but advocacy groups say it could have been due to the sharing of videos of clashes within the president’s own clan on WhatsApp.

This is not the first time Chad has shut down the internet. It blocked internet use in January when civil society organisations protested against the government and in 2016 following contentious elections.
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People in Chad are agitated over a shutdown of social media and messaging platforms including Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber and even news site the BBC.


Advocacy groups, including the organization Internet Without Borders (IWB), said as at March 28, users started reporting about a shutdown of those services amidst political tension in the Central African country.


The blackout comes after a two-week national conference recommended some constitutional reforms that could enable the president Idriss Deby to stay in power until 2033 when he will be 81.


The forum, made up of about 800 politicians, business leaders and traditional chiefs, was boycotted by the opposition.


Deby, the former rebel leader took power in a rebellion against President Hissène Habré in December 1990. He has since survived various rebellions against his rule and has won elections in 1996 and 2001. He removed presidential term limits and won 2006, 2011, and 2016 elections.


The government is yet to give specific reasons for blocking the social media platforms but advocacy groups say it could have been due to the sharing of videos of clashes within the president’s own clan on WhatsApp.


This is not the first time Chad has shut down the internet. It blocked internet use in January when civil society organisations protested against the government and in 2016 following contentious elections.

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PORT, a London-based biannual is known as the ‘magazine for men’ but the editors thought to shake things up a bit, so they decided to feature a woman.


And the first woman to be on its cover is Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!


The 22nd issue, which has Chimamanda as its cover star talks about her extraordinary books, the complexity of recent gender movements and her next big project.


Talking about putting a woman on the cover for the first time ever, PORT editor, Dan Crowe said,


We launched as ‘the magazine for men’, and, while we’ve dropped that tagline (as it started to seem quite militant), we initially ran with accomplished men on the cover who we felt were under-considered by our youth-obsessed media. After we had established our brand and made this point, we chose to exercise more freedom.


We had wanted to feature the novelist Chimamanda Adichie for a while, but it took a long time to arrange. We’ll be featuring more woman and a younger guy (now that we’ve bucked the trend) from time to time in the future. But we will always have time for the iconic men associated with classic Port covers.