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Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice-President and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi have  been nominated for the 2018 edition of the prestigious African Value Awards(AVA).

Amb.Daniel Obah, Chairman Planning Committee of AVA 2018, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.


According to him, other Nigerian nominees for the continental award, which will hold on Nov.17 in Abuja, include Nigerian Business mogul and Philanthropist, Prince Arthur Eze, Gesi Asamaowei and Hon. Davematics Ombugadu.


Obah said the names were among the list of nominees made available by Value Re-orientation and Developmental Initiative Africa (VARDIAFRICA), the organisers of the annual award.


He said the nominees would be honored, among other Africans drawn from different countries, for their outstanding leadership roles and selfless service in peace building, economic and youth development in Africa.


He noted that the award was based on recipients’ commitment to building African values, economic development, youth empowerment, community and Educational, development, humanitarian services and efforts at building peaceful coexistence.


“The award is for men and women from different spheres of human endeavors, who through innovation, hard work and exemplary leadership, ensure peace and development across the continent.”


“Prof. Osinbajo, as the Vice President of Nigeria is a tested and trusted leader who has shown commitment to the comprehensive change program of the Buhari administration, especially in the fight against corruption.


“He has always shown leadership values of character, strong will and commitment to peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, which is in consonant with what the AVA represents.


“He is a bridge builder and a symbol of loyalty and patriotism in the service of fatherland, “he said.


Obah explained that the Ooni of Ife would be honored with the “African Tradition Icon of the Year” award, for his commitment to preserving African culture and values with his exalted throne.


“He is a unifier and a true representative of African values and cultural heritage, who has attracted deeper respect to the traditional institutions in Nigeria and Africa at large.”


The planning committee chairperson said that since the initiative was non-political, it recognised service to humanity in which every capacity was the benchmark that earned the recipients nomination space.


“We believe that this recognition will always be the push for them to achieve more in their various fields in building a better society.”


“Service to humanity and making society a better place for everyone is the essence of leadership.


“Anyone who has notably used his office or profession to serve and touch society positively is a leader that needs to be recognized.”


He added that there were entrepreneurs and corporate bodies that were also listed on the honor roll for their contribution to the economic growth of the continent.


“The Heritage Bank, Stanel Group, CCECC, Spectranet, Ethiopian Air, and Airpeace, as well as the Nigeria’s FIRS will be recognized, among others.”


According to Obah, the 2018 edition of the award will also feature a dialogue on peace and security, climate change and youth empowerment in Africa.


He said that the event is scheduled to hold at Nigeria Air Force Conference Center in the Federal Capital Territory.



(NAN)

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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey lent her star power on Thursday to Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is vying to become the first female African-American governor in the United States, while saying she has no political aspirations of her own.


“I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd at a Cobb County town hall, citing Abrams’ stance on environmental protection, healthcare and gun control.


Winfrey, who said she is a registered independent, has long championed Democratic Party causes and some fans earlier this year tried to encourage her to run against Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.


“I don’t want to run, OK?” Winfrey told the crowd. “I’m not trying to test any waters, don’t want to go in those waters.”


Winfrey also is to appear alongside Abrams at a second town hall later on Thursday in DeKalb County.


Winfrey, 64, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before his 2008 White House run, and campaigned for the two-term president.


The contentious gubernatorial race between Abrams, a former leader in the state House of Representatives, and her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has been marred by accusations of voter suppression.


Last month, former voting rights advocacy groups sued Kemp, whose role makes him Georgia’s top election official, accusing the Republican of placing voter registrations on hold to boost his campaign.


Former U.S. President and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter asked Kemp to resign his position as Georgia’s secretary of state, saying his role in state government imperilled popular confidence in the election.


Trump is due in the state on Sunday for a rally supporting Republican candidates including Kemp


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A 96-year-old Indian woman has set a record by scoring 98 marks out of 100 in the literacy exam in southern state of Kerala, officials said.


The Kerala State literacy mission conducts equivalency examination in different grades for people who could not get proper schooling.


After the results were declared on Wednesday, Karthyayani Amma was felicitated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday.


Amma, who hails from Cheeped in Alapuzha district north of Kerala state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, has never attended any school. She is said to have been inspired by her daughter, who recently finished the literacy mission’s course, local media reported.


“I saw children studying and got inspired. I didn’t study when I should have but I am glad that I am getting the opportunity to do that now,” Amma said.


The literacy test is equivalent of exam for Class 4 and Amma said she looks forward to passing Class 10.


“After this, I want to learn computer too. In my free time I can use the computer, type on the computer,” the nonagenarian told reporters.


Amma was married at the age of 13.


According to local government officials, of the 43,330 students who sat for the exam, Amma was the oldest ever, in the state, to take a literacy test.


The literacy program tests reading, writing and basic mathematical skills. Officials said this year, 42,933 candidates passed the exam, taking the state closer to its aim of 100 percent literacy.


The photographs of Amma writing the exam went viral on social media and soon after her exam result came out people took to social networking sites to describe her as a source of inspiration and laud her dedication.


“I had tweeted about this 96-year-old Kerala student when she began her studies. Yesterday she passed her literacy exams! Congratulations Karthyayani Amma!” Congress lawmaker from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor tweeted.


Kerala was declared fully literate in 1991, which means attaining 90 percent literacy, as per the UNESCO norms.


As per India’s 2011 census, Kerala has around 1.8 million illiterate. To achieve the goal of 100 percent literacy, the local government initiated a scheme in January to eradicate illiteracy among marginalized communities across the state.

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 A former governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), dumping the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN).

Salisu Ahmed Barau, a former commissioner for information in the state, said Yuguda joined the APC to continue to contribute to the development of the state.

Barau claimed Yuguda has moved to APC with 500,000 of registered members of the Yuguda Alheri political movement

He explained that Yuguda did not leave the GPN due to any indifference but out of his volition and after due consultation with all his supporters across the country, adding that some of his supporters and former aides have remained in other political parties.

“Immediately he left office in 2015, Isa Yuguda announced his decision to leave the PDP. He set up different committees for consultations after which the decision was arrived at for him to join the GPN and even went ahead to contest under the party. When it was yet another time for him to leave, he consulted us and we decided to join the APC.”


Yuguda,a former banker, who was governor of Bauchi, first on the platform of ANPP and later on PDP platform, joined the Green Party last year and has been its major financier.

He ran on the platform of the Green Party for the Bauchi south senate seat, but came third in the election held in August.

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The topic of sexism in tech is very widely discussed — in fact, it has given rise to many movements and organizations working to solve that problem. But, not as widely discussed? The topic of classism in tech. And with over 100 million Nigerians living below the poverty line, it's certainly a big issue.


Makoko, a slum in Lagos, Nigeria, is known as the world's largest "floating slum". Rickety shanty houses stand on stilts in the polluted water. The men of Makoko are typically fishermen, while the women of Makoko are usually traders, selling the fish caught by the men.


That's where 17-year-old Sharon grew up, the 11th child in her family. For girls like Sharon from underprivileged communities, their future usually entails getting married, having kids and carrying on the same business that their mothers did.


But Girls Coding, a six-year-old initiative of Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s Pearl Africa Foundation, is trying to teach them more, and level the playing field. The program is free and it seeks to educate — and excite — girls about computer programming


Sharon attended Abisoye's classes; and on completion, recognizing that her family was underpaid and at a disadvantage with the middle-men who retailed their fish, created a website named Makoko Fresh to bridge the gap between her family’s products and willing consumers.
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The World Bank estimates that almost 1.6 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty and subsist on an average of $1.25 or less a day, and 29% of that number live in sub-Saharan Africa.


Nigeria, as at June 2018, overtook India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world, with 86.9 million Nigerians — about 50% of the country's estimated 180 million — living in extreme poverty.


But worse, according to the World Poverty Clock created by an Austria-based World Data Lab, in the past 4 months, 1.1 million Nigerians have slipped into extreme poverty, living on below $1.90 per day. This now brings the total number of Nigerians in extreme poverty to 88 million.


A problem that is more likely than not to multiply because, as we reported earlier in the year, Nigeria is still on course to become the world’s third largest country by 2050. And if history has taught us anything, it is that our problems are directly proportional to our number.

All major development institutions across the world predict that Nigeria will not attain the 2030 target for ending global poverty; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have reports that suggest West Africa, primarily, Nigeria will host 40% of the world’s poorest people by 2030. 

While countries like Ethiopia, Ghana and Mauritania are working to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet the United Nation's goals, Nigeria is clearly not as bothered. We have quite literally spent the past 30 years spreading poverty as widely as possible.
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The Kenyan government has announced its plan to develop mobile phones manufactured in the country.


The government, according to Kenya’s minister of information, communication and technology, Joe Mucheru, is putting aside one billion shillings ($10 million) to help local startups working in the mobile telephone software and hardware industry.


The move, he said, was aimed at bolstering manufacturing and making phones that are “suitable for our markets”, with the added benefit of driving the prices of phones down. The minister expressed concern at the fact that the country imports 50 million mobile phones every two years.


As it stands, technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Kenyan economy: almost 98% of the population has access to a mobile phone and mobile services like M-Pesa, operated by Safaricom, achieving almost nationwide penetration.


“Despite this, developing phones locally and making them attractive to consumers will be a difficult task. Chinese handset maker Transsion Holdings will also prove a serious challenge for any Kenyan brand: using its research centers in Kenya and Nigeria and factories in Ethiopia, the Shenzhen-based company produces phones in and for the continent, some as cheap as $10.


And as the company gears up to provide more features in affordable prices in the coming years, it is expected to drive both smartphone and feature phone uptake—proving that Kenya’s dream project will be easier said than done.”

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President Donald Trump’s legally dubious promises to end birthright citizenship have reignited debate in Congress, with some Republicans taking the opportunity to push legislation aimed at the long-standing guarantee of citizenship.

The chance of any proposal advancing beyond a talking point on Capitol Hill remains slim.


Under the historical interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, anyone born in the United States is a citizen, with limited exceptions. Children of undocumented immigrants in the country have long been granted citizenship under that interpretation, but the President and some Republicans on Capitol Hill want to end that.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that birthright citizenship “will be ended one way or the other.” Later in the day, he repeated his claim that he can eliminate birthright citizenship via executive order, although he said his preference would be for Congress to pass legislation.

“I believe you can have a simple vote in Congress,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House.

Then he said at a rally in Fort Myers, Florida, on Wednesday night that birthright citizenship has “created an entire industry of birth tourism, big business, where pregnant mothers travel to America to make their children instant American citizens.”

He called birthright citizenship a “crazy policy” that costs “billions of dollars a year,” though he provided no proof for his claims.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a critic-turned-ally of the President, said on Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation in line with Trump’s vow of executive action.


Also, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an immigration hardliner who has been rebuked by members of his own party for incendiary comments on immigration and diversity, seized on the President’s remarks to promote legislation he has previously introduced to end birthright citizenship as it currently exists.

It’s not likely that any legislation challenging birthright citizenship would pass out of Congress, in part because there’s no broad base of support on Capitol Hill in favor of doing so and any effort to challenge the policy would be highly divisive.

“At this point, it’s really a minority within the Republican Party that’s advocating for the end of birthright citizenship,” said Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.

“There have been bills that have been introduced since the early 1990s that would limit or end birthright citizenship, but they have never had enough support to pass even out of committee, much less out of Congress.”

Legal experts have thrown cold water on Trump’s assertion that he could end birthright citizenship via executive order, by arguing that it would take the successful passage of a constitutional amendment to do so — a very high hurdle to clear, since that would necessitate a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and the Senate and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Source: https://us.cnn.com/2018/11/01/politics/birthright-citizenship-congress-trump-steve-king-lindsey-graham/index.html

 

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Hundreds of Google employees and contractors in Asia staged brief midday walkouts on Thursday, with thousands more expected to follow at offices worldwide, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplace.


In a statement, the organizers called on Google parent Alphabet Inc to add an employee representative to its board of directors and internally share pay-equity data.


They also asked for changes to Google’s human resources practices intended to make bringing harassment claims a fairer process.


Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement that “employees have raised constructive ideas’’ and that the company was “taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.’’


The dissatisfaction among Alphabet’s 94,000 employees and tens of thousands more contractors has not noticeably affected company shares.


But employees expect Alphabet to face recruiting and retention challenges if their concerns go unaddressed.


The demonstrations follow a New York Times report that said Google in 2014 gave a 90 million dollars exit package to Andy Rubin after the then-senior vice president was accused of sexual harassment.


Rubin denied the allegation in the story, which he also said contained “wild exaggerations’’ about his compensation. Google did not dispute the report.


The report energized a months-long movement inside Google to increase diversity, improve treatment of women and minorities and ensure the company upholds its motto of “don’t be evil’’ as it expands.


Much of the organizing earlier this year was internal, including petition drives, brainstorming sessions with top executives and training from the workers’ rights group Coworker.org.


On Thursday, employees posted on social media about the walkout and were set to deliver speeches in public plazas.


Since its founding two decades ago, Google has been known around the world for its exceptional transparency with workers.


Executives’ goals and insights into corporate strategy have been accessible to any employee.


But organizers said Google executives, like leaders at other companies affected by the #metoo movement, have been slow to address some structural issues.


“While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between,” organizers stated.


They said Google must publicly report its sexual harassment statistics and end forced arbitration in harassment cases.


In addition, they asked that the chief diversity officer be able to directly advise the board.


(NAN)

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come down heavily on a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claiming he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure for HIV/AIDS.

WHO reaffirmed there is “no cure” for HIV, insisting that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections.

Dr Alex Gasaira, WHO’s representative in the country, explicitly stated that “there is no cure for HIV infection”.

According to media reports, the Zimbabwean cleric had notified his congregation in the capital, Harare, on Sunday of the “cure” for HIV and AIDS.

He also reportedly claimed that a healing plant had been revealed to him by God, sparking a media outcry.

The nation’s largest newspaper, the Harare Herald, reported that his claims were scientifically baseless and that the Zimbabwean Government was actively discouraging the purchase of unapproved medicines.

According UNAIDS statistics, Zimbabwe recorded some 30,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2016, with well over one million people living with HIV in the same year, .

“Those desperate for a cure should not abandon their ARV therapy,” the WHO official advised.

He explained that researchers working in the field had been advised to subject their treatments to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health for proper clinical trials and procedures.

“Until a cure is verified, effective ARV drugs can control HIV infections and help prevent transmission, so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy health, long and productive lives,” Gasasira added.

As of the end of 2017, 87 per cent of Zimbabweans living with HIV were aware of their status, and 74 per cent of them were receiving treatment, UNAIDS report stated.

UNAIDS says it is supporting Zimbabwe in its fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, starting with informing citizens of their status and working to suppress infection through treatment.

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