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Members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, have launched a fresh attack on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Some residents told Channels Television that the attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” which is behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian army.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, confirmed that there were heavy gunshots, adding that residents in the state scampered to their homes when they got wind of the attack, while those living close to Giwa Barracks ran in different directions to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Meanwhile, the Hausa Service of the BBC reports that an official of the Nigerian Army also confirmed the attack, adding that they are trying to repel the attack.

The Boko haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast, many of them women and children.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.
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Chichi Igbo took to her instagram page to write on why she stopped playing for the national female team:

"I really miss my girls but definitely not the bullshit, I hope the monkey dey work baboon dey chop business have changed cos our girls deserve much better, it's crazy how people can keep quite when we know nothing is right about the treatment those girls get, they are doing way better than the male team but what do they get? I don't fuss about Nigerians n their bullshit cos we've never gotten along from day 1 and I doubt that's ever gon change and I'm cool with that.

Nigeria is a country where people kiss ass and don't stand for their rights cos they are meant to believe they don't have one but here comes Chi-chi the no BS taker, I knew I wouldn't last on the national team cos I don't take bs from nobody and I smelled that immediately I walked in.

 I was the youngest on the team during my time but I knew and stood on my rights cos I knew nobody from the federation to threaten me of dropping me, (which is the reason most of the girls don't speak up and I can't say I blame them) I merited every call up so know I spoke up when shit wasn't right. It wasn't just about the money but the treatment, they'd train us like animals but deprive us of our rights, no respect whatsoever common now.

Things won't change until light is shone on what's really going on and I'm here with my torchlight   I fear no man but the most high.

 Here is your answer For those asking why I stopped reping the green white green jersey. You wouldn't know until you been there, it may be ok to most but a big NO for me cos I know my worth. Canada 2015 is just around the corner, I'm rooting for you girls all the way, go make us proud as always. May God continue to strengthen and protect y'all as you serve your country hole heartedly. Read More
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She Leads Africa (SLA),has  announced the launch of its 2015 SLA Pitch Competition. The annual program, which identifies young African women who have demonstrated exceptional commitment towards developing the continent’s entrepreneurial society,  applications have started and its ending June 30, 2015.

participants will be competing for a $15,000 cash prize, while the winner, apart from getting an exclusive meeting with top investors, will also undergo an intensive six weeks mentoring under seasoned financial and business development experts.

She Leads Africa was launched in 2014 by Yasmin Belo Osagie and Afua Osei to provide support for female entrepreneurs below the age of 35 in the continent and diaspora. “We decided to launch She Leads Afrcia because we saw a critical gap in the market- no one was investing in high growth female entrepreneurs,” says SLA co-founder Yasmin Belo-Osagie.

The program will reward exceptional women breaking the barriers of unequal and limited access to education, financing, opportunities, as well as constraining cultural stereotype in Africa. To ensure the full participation of females in Africa’s economic growth, SLA will also be training and mentoring the top ten finalists. They will also be featured in Forbes, Ventures Africa, Venture Burn and other international news outlets.

The maiden edition in 2014 had Cherae Robinson emerge winner. The founder and CEO of Rare Customs while speaking on the experience and exposure so far said that the competition literally changed her life and business. “I was able to hire my first employee with my winnings and I continue to receive support from the team nearly one year later.”

to apply: http://www.sheleadsafrica.org/#!sla-pitch-2015/co4

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Jemiriye was one of the finalists on the 2012/13 Nigerian Idol game show.

Recently she got this monumental gig to perform at the Philadelphia Phillies vs Miami Marlin’s game at the Citizens Bank Park Stadium, Philadelphia.

she captured the entire stadium with her voice singing the anthem, “Take me out to the Ballgame”

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Noble Igwe popularly called “Nobs” by his friends is a native of Umuomaku in Orumba South Local Government Arae of Anambra State. He was raised in Aba, Abia State, where his parents lives.

 Nobel Igwe is a graduate of Urban & Regional Planning from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also has a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management which he acquired from Pan Africa University.

Nobel Igwe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of 360 Group. The most popular in the 360 Group the 360nobs.com.

Noble Igwe is one of those individuals who translated their hobbies into a business, just like Linda Ikeji. Noble Igwe have always loved events and even while he was in a paid employment, he continued to juggle his job alongside event promotion and production. Noble worked as the Events and Sponsorship Coordinator for Virgin Nigeria. When he left Virgin Nigeria in the year 2008, he joined an advertising company, 141World Wide, He later worked briefly as Public Relations Officer for Mo Hits. He further moved out of Mo Hits to stage his Canopy with M.I., and from there to Banky W.

In 2009, Nobel Igwe started his own company, 360Nobs Limited. Today 360 Group is one of those going-concerns that is soaring high very fast. Read More
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“Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them,” according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Human trafficking is also identified as modern-day slavery, is driven by compulsion and exploitation. Physical force and violence often are part of the crime, but sometimes the oppression comes through psychological or emotional manipulation, insurmountable-debt, immigration or other legal threats, or blackmail.

Although the name suggests it, human trafficking doesn’t necessarily involve transporting victims. People can be trafficked on the same street they grew up on.

Excessive desire of money and luxurious life style drive slavery. Human trafficking increases because the risks involved for traffickers are low and the profits are high.

Human trafficking victims are robbed of their freedom and choice. Victims are left with lasting pains on their minds, such as the physical, mental, emotional, and financial scars follow them all the rest of their lives. It is a disheartening crime that occurs under the surface of everyday life. But it is also a crime that can be stopped with people being educated about the dangers involved and commit to using their abilities and interest to eradicate modern day slavery.

Is very painfully to see that fellow human are now being traded for the price of a laptop. We are face with the fear of the safety of our young ones because the next minute you turn your back, you may not know exactly what will happen to them.

It is well known that human trafficking is a secreted crime which can only be eradicated through information SHARING OF EXPERIENCES from the victims. Who suffered or feel the pain and wished they had known about its risk earlier enough. But they don’t want others to become victims as well. Also aspire to bring the issue of human trafficking to the barest minimum through public awareness programme in communities.

To educate the victims on the importance of sharing information, experiences, with young ones or communities will go a long way to educate them about the hidden truth about human trafficking and give tips of what the so-called helpers used to get people to follow them.

Reports has shown that teenagers between the ages of 11 and 15 are particularly at risk of  becoming victims of human trafficking for the reason that they are vulnerable target for the traffickers. Most of these victims are girls, but boys can be deceived as well.

Research has proved that 60% of human trafficking victims are recruited through persuasion and a false sense of friendship, relationship or love. It has also been determined or specified by that any child under or below the age of 18 who is involved in paid sex acts is defined as a victim of human trafficking.

Therefore, I feel that it is very important to educate the population that is most at-risk of becoming victims in hopes of preventing this crime from happening to our children and grandchildren. In addition, by educating boys, that means we can change attitudes that nurture trafficking rather than nurturing respect towards women. While there are fewer male victims, there are more male perpetrators so both girls and boys need to be educated.

The trafficking situation content ranges from being lured by a friend, through offers of love, protection or opportunities that seem too good to be true.

Finally, the ultimate hope is to have the EXPERIENCES of victims to be used as a prevention tool that can be copied across the county in order to educate all Nigerian youth-at-risk about the dangers and signs of human trafficking.

A big thanks to organisations like PRAWA and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), for their wonderful effort and hardwork in trying to create awareness in schools and remote communities in the country about the dangers of human trafficking.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, has said the Nigerian government will demand N84 million from South Africa to pay victims of xenophobic attacks.

the minister who stated this while briefing the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on his visit to South Africa on Today 28 april 2015 said the attacks were instigated by some chiefs to kill Nigerians in their country.

Wali said, “Total of Nigerians wounded or hospitalized is two, shops looted and damaged five, number of displaced Nigerian men is two, number of displaced women six, and number of displaced children eight.

“In terms of these attacks, our situation is minimal and luckily there are no fatalities and there is no serious injury.

“The assessment in terms of the compensation that we intend to now demand from South Africa when we have our next bi-national commission meeting in Abuja is N84 million.”

He also said Nigerians should be ready for evacuation in case the problem intensifies. Read More
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The Asian African Conference in Indonesia concluded Thursday with resolutions calling for independence for the Palestinian territories and a new order aimed at increasing the economic and political power of emerging nations. However, there seemed to be little in the way of concrete deals or agreements.

At the conclusion of the conference, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the agreed-upon declarations that he says will give the developing world or what he calls the “South, South nations,” more power and influence in the world.

He says thus our voice and our decision cannot be ignored by anyone. And in this conference we agree to reinvigorate the sprit of Bandung, the main struggle of South South, which is prosperity, solidarity and stability.

The Indonesian organizers wanted the Asian African Conference to establish a new coalition of developing countries based on the 1955 Bandung Conference. That gathering brought together 30 leaders from developing countries to oppose colonialism and the dominance of the Cold War super powers.

This time, 21 heads of state participated and over 100 countries from Asia, Africa and the Middle East sent delegations to the conference in Jakarta.

The delegates cited economic inequality and global terrorism as the greatest problems they face today. The conference-ending declaration calls for increasing direct trade and investment between developing nations to address the global economic imbalance.

China’s efforts stand out among the group, as Beijing pledged to reduce tariffs and increase development assistance, partly through its new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, seen as a rival to Western-backed institutions such as the World Bank.

Few concrete commitments

But there were few other concrete financial commitments or binding multilateral deals to facilitate development projects.
Many African delegates said they secured bilateral deals for increased trade and technical assistance from Asian countries that have experienced more rapid economic growth.

President Widodo said Indonesia also made a number of bilateral deals.

He says he participated in 15 bilateral meetings and in each meeting discussed agreements that were concrete and real. For instance, he says with China they agreed to boost trade to $150 billion and they also signed an agreement to build high speed rail from Jakarta to Bandung.

The Indonesian president criticized Western-led development institutions in a speech earlier this week that to many seemed to be a gesture of support for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Terrorism, human rights

The final declaration condemned terrorism and transnational crime, and endorsed the peaceful resolution of disputes. But no strategy was endorsed and no commitment made for any new unified action to combat this threat. And initial language calling for intelligence sharing was dropped in the final draft.

The declaration also underscored respect for human rights. However many of the participating countries including Iran, Zimbabwe, China, and Myanmar have been criticized for censorship of the media and suppressing democratic opposition.

A second declaration called for the establishment of an independent Palestine and pledged to provide capacity building assistance. To that end Indonesia agreed to work with Sweden to develop training and development programs to help Palestinians prepare for self-rule. Israel was not invited to participate in the conference. Read More
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The second-richest man in Nigeria, businessman Mike Adenuga makes most of his money in the mobile telecom and oil production industries, both on the investment and entrepreneurial side. With a net worth of $8 billion, Adenuga is the founder of one of Nigeria’s largest mobile phone networks and the oil exploration firm, Conoil Producing. He is 61 and credited with creating 6,080 jobs. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Mike Adenuga
Source: VenturesAfrica

He supports Nigerian athletes
After the Nigerian soccer team won the 2013 African Cup of Nations, Adenuga not only rewarded them with $1 million, but also gave the team’s coach $200,000 and offered to personally pay his salary when he considered leaving the league. Adenuga’s telecom company is a sponsor of the Nigerian premier league.
Source: Forbes.com

He has seven children The mogul has seven children from several different women, some of whom work for his telecom company. Adenuga is known for having a polygamous lifestyle.

Adenuga studied business administration at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Pace University in New York.
Source: Bornrich.com

He once drove a taxi
To earn some extra money during college, Adenuga drove a taxi and worked as a security guard at night. When he returned to Nigeria after earning his university degrees, he operated and worked in a small sawmill that he inherited from his father.
Source: Ventures-africa.com

He struggled to get his license His Global System for Mobile Communications License, that is. In 1999 Adenuga was issued a conditional license to operate Communications Investment Limited (CIL). Later the Nigerian government revoked the license and organized an auction for it. Four companies, including CIL, bid and won on the license and paid a $20 million deposit for the license. Unfortunately, CIL failed to pay the deposit on time, losing both the license and the deposit. Finally in 2002 Adenuga bid and won the license through his company Globacom Limited.

He first made a name for himself in construction While still in his early 20s, Adenuga used his relationships with military personnel to land high-earning government construction contracts. In the 1980s and 1990s Adenuga sought out construction contracts with various sectors of the military to “build a diverse portfolio” according to TheAfricanMillionaire.com. Some believe that these relationships helped perpetuate Adenuga’s wealth, a belief that Adenuga hasn’t confirmed. -

He founded a bank Adenuga is the founder of Equitorial Trust Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria. At one point the bank grew to have 100 branches before being bought out by Serling Bank Plc., a financial services provider.

He’s been arrested
In 2009, Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission detained Adenuga for money laundering. Following the event, Adenuga fled the country to live in London until he received a pardon. It’s suspected that Adenuga’s activities as a “political influence peddler” helped him get the pardon.
Source: Saharareporters.com

He has already purchased his grave
In 2013, Adenuga paid more than $1 million to secure his burial site. The site is in the modern Vaults and Garden Cemetery in Lagos, Nigeria, where many of the country’s affluent are buried.
Source: 247latestnewsupdate.com

He is philanthropic
In 2012 Adenuga donated around $3.4 million to the Bayelsa Flood Relief Fund. Governor Seriake Dickson made a personal visit to Adenuga to receive the donation. The Globacom founder’s check helped set up a post-flood management committee.
Source: Naijagists.com

He lives on Banana Island
Adenuga lives in an estate worth an estimated $5 million-plus on Banana Island in Nigeria. The property contains eight duplexes, two watch towers, a mosque, a church, a multipurpose hall, a helipad and a yacht deck.
Source: Africanspotlight.com

Ancestry
Adenuga is a descendant of a wealthy mid-19th-century trading family named Pariola. The Pariola family was successful in trading goods such as palm oil, stock fish, flour, and food products. Through the Pariola family, Adenuga is also related to royalty. The Adetona family, which has reigned over the ljebu Kingdom of Nigeria, also descends from the Pariolas
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