Monday, 30 November 2015

Photos: Buhari welcomed by French President to UN Climate Change Conference

President Buhari pictured above being welcomed by President Francoise Hollande of France to the Opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France today November 30th. More photos of other world leaders at the event after the cut...

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Muslim elites in the North laid the foundation for Boko Haram - Rev Kukah

“A hypocritical elite continues to believe that it can claim the benefits of democracy but use it only to consolidate its hold on power. This is what has laid the foundation for what is now Boko Haram. We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed of being Muslims. They preached Sharia Law but only for the poor. They preach a religion that encourages education, yet their own people are held in the bondage of ignorance. They came to power on the basis of a democratic society but they turned around and declared Sharia to generate a false consciousness among the poor that they want a theocracy. They did not wish to live by the same standards, so they decided to live their own Islam in the capitals of the world away from the prying eyes of their own people. Boko Haram began as a revolt against this mendacity, subterfuge and hypocrisy. Now, I hear Muslims in northern Nigeria hiding under the cover of the facts by saying: ‘These Boko Haram people are not Muslims. They do not represent us’. Well, first, they are your own children. You must take responsibility for what has made them what they are today and to the rest of society. They claim they have been inspired by the Quran and no other holy book. They say they want to build an Islamic state. So, they are Muslims. After all, from the debates of the Constituent Assemblies of 1979, 1988, and 1995 and beyond, did their fathers and grandfathers not stage walkouts, demanding Sharia Law? Was it not to tame them that President Ibrahim Babangida declared what he called ‘no-go areas’ in the debates about our constitution? “The promise to institute Sharia has become the most potent tool for political mobilisation and organisation. Till date, the tactics may have changed, but the essence has not. Rather than face the tough questions of how and why over 15 million children in the northern states are on the streets; how and why the northern states are falling behind on almost every index of development, the northern Muslim elite continues to live for just the moment, with no plans for tomorrow. Should we pretend that a society that allows the forced marriages of its young daughters could frown on the idea of a group kidnapping and forcing young girls into sexual slavery? Islam must have an honest look at the mirror and have an internal discussion.”he said
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Bonang Matheba & Darey Art Alade to host The Future Awards Africa 2015

The Central Working Committee for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2015 has announced the hosts of the ‎10th anniversary! They are Bonang Matheba,‎ South Africa’s favourite media personality, Bonang Methaba and award-winning artiste and music entrepreneur Dare Art-Alade.

The hosts represent the best of young Africans from across the continent, and will be presenting the 10th year celebrations of TFAA in grand style. Darey returns as a host after first hosting in 2009.

“I am excited to be coming to Nigeria for The Future Awards Africa," said Matheba, who is also the first international brand ambassador for Revlon. "This is an exceptional platform telling Africa's story in a unique, impactful way. Young
Africans see these nominees and winners and have been inspired over the past 10 years to to act right, to get involved and to live their dreams to the fullest."

Darey just released his 4th studio album #Naked, highlighting a career at the top of songwriting, performing, running a music label and hosting West Africa's most prestigious events.

“The Future Awards Africa is Africa’s biggest youth event because consistently for
10 years they have celebrated efforts of youths across the continent," Darey said.
"It's an honour to be a part of this landmark celebrations, and I am excited to be back on the TFAA stage!"

The Future Awards Africa 2015 - celebrating 10 years! - is presented by RED and UBA.

The award is held in partnership with the British High Commission, the Ford
Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission, Sterling Bank and The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The Future Awards Africa (official hashtag: #TFAA10) will hold on 6 December in Lagos, Nigeria at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event is strictly by invitation.

About The Future Awards Africa

The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.

It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa's growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.

Our projects include, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as 'The Nobel Prize for Young Africans'.

With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ford Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, The Canadian Embassy, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.

Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Senior Advisor at one of the world’s leading financial advisory and asset management firms, Lazard LTD, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.
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Photos: Pope Francis visits mosque in Central African Republic

Pope Francis this morning visited a mosque at the Central African Republic, the last country he will be visiting in Africa. Pope Francis met with Muslim leaders and Muslim faithfuls at the central Koudoukou mosque in the PK5 district, the last Muslim enclave in Bangui. He rode his motorcade with some Muslim leaders as he made his way to the mosque.

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters. Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself,” he said to his mostly-Muslim audience who were sitting on the floor, listening quietly.

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FFK comes for President Buhari over his failed promises

As the former minister shared on twitter this morning. More tweets after the cut...
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Photos: Prince Harry meets Desmond Tutu, confers the Queen's 'Companion of Honour' on him

British royal prince Harry has conferred the Queen's 'Companions of Honour' on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for his commitment to International Peace and Reconcilliation. Prince Harry who is in Cape Town as part of a four-day tour of South Africa, met with the 83yr old anti-apartheid icon today at his foundation's offices, where he presented the oval-shaped medallion to him.

Tutu on his part thanke the prince for his commitment to the fight against AIDS. The Archbishop now joins the list of other recipients such as David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking and Harold Pinter.

Source: Tutu Legacy
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T.B Joshua fails to honor court invite, case adjourned till Dec. 11th

The hearing on the suit against Synagogue Pastor, T.B Joshua and his engineers over the September 2014 church building collapse has been adjourned to December 11th by Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State High Court. The resumed hearing of the case was meant to take place this morning but T.B. Joshua and his engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun failed to appear in court.

Counsel to the Engineers, Oluwaseun Abimbola, told the court that they were absent because they were not served with court papers. Reacting to this position, the Lagos State's Attorney General, Adeniji Kazeem said no valid physical addresses were found for the contractors, which he said was reason that the Ministry of Justice could not locate or serve the court papers.

The presiding judge ordered that proper court notices be served to the engineers within 72 hours, and advised their counsel to inform them to take the court proceedings seriously as their trial is of a criminal case. 117 people, mostly Nigerians and South Africans, died in the Church building collapse.
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7 Female students die in Kano school dormitory fire incident

Seven female students have been confirmed dead after a fire engulfed their dormitory inside their boarding school in Jogana village, Kano yesterday night. Eyewitnesses say the fire started at about 9pm when most of the students had gone to bed.

As many as 25 of them sustained injury as they tried to flee the scene of the fire through the only two exits made available. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
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Photos: Former VP Atiku Abubakar visits Sheik Yahaya Jingir

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar arrived Jos, Plateau State on Saturday.On Sunday, November 29, he paid a visit to Sheikh Yahaya Jingir, Chairman Council of Ulama, JIBWIZ, in his residence in Jos. More photos after the cut...

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K. Michelle shows off curves in stunning new photos

Kimberly Michelle Pate aka K. Michelle shows off her sexy curves in new pics shared on Instagram. See more photos after the cut...

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Lagos State First Lady at the opening ceremony of LTV Christmas family funfair

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); cutting the tape to officially open the LTV Christmas family funfair tagged - Fun Unlimited, at the Blue Roof, LTV, Agindingbi, Ikeja, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. More photos after the cut...

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Photos: Buhari, Cameron discuss climate change & threat of global extremism at CHOGM

President Buhari joined other world leaders including UK's prime minister David Cameron to attend an anti-corruption side event at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where issues on climate change and the threat of global extremism were discussed.

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Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in elections for the first time

Saudi women began their first ever campaigns for public office on Sunday, in a step forward for women’s rights in the conservative kingdom’s slow reform process.
More than 900 women are standing in the December 12th municipal elections, which will also mark the first time women are allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia.

Ruled by King Salman, the oil-rich state has no elected legislature but has faced intense western scrutiny over its human rights record.
The country’s first municipal elections were held in 2005, followed by another vote in 2011, but in both cases only men were allowed to participate.
“We will vote for the women even though we don’t know anything about them,” Um Fawaz, a teacher in her 20s, said in Hafr al-Batin city. “It’s enough that they are women.”
 The absolute monarchy, which applies its strict interpretation of Islam, has faced widespread criticism for its lack of equal rights. Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are not allowed to drive. They must also cover themselves in black from head to toe in public and require permission from male family members to travel, work or marry.

The late King Abdullah introduced the elections in 2005 and said women would participate in this year’s vote. In 2013, he also appointed women to the Shura council, which advises the cabinet. Abdullah died in January and was succeeded by Salman, who stuck to the election timetable.

About 7,000 people are vying for seats on 284 municipal councils in the vote, the Saudi electoral commission said. Only about 131,000 women have signed up to vote, compared with more than 1.35 million men, out of a native Saudi population of almost 21 million.

Aside from transport problems, women say registration to vote was hindered by bureaucratic obstacles and a lack of awareness of the process and its significance.

There is also disappointment at the performance of local councils and their limited powers – restricted to streets, public gardens and rubbish disposal.

Although the voting age has been lowered to 18 from 21 and the proportion of elected council members has increased to two-thirds, winning a seat remains a challenge for women in an electorate where male voters vastly outnumber them.

Nassima al-Sadah, a candidate in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, said officials told her late on Saturday that her name had been removed from the list. “I don’t know why,” she told Agence France-Presse. Her campaign was on hold as she tried to obtain clarification.

Al-Sadah was planning to be a particularly active candidate, she said, with a social media onslaught supported by traditional banners and brochures, none of which would be allowed to carry her picture – a restriction that also applies to male candidates.

In Hafr al-Batin, in the east of the country, an official poster promoting the elections and containing a drawing of a man and a woman had been defaced, with the woman’s face slashed out.
Because of the kingdom’s strict separation of sexes – which applies to election facilities as it does elsewhere in public – candidates wishing to meet directly with voters will have to meet women one day and men the next, with a male spokesman addressing the men.

Saud al-Shammry, a 43-year-old Riyadh resident, said it was time for a new approach. “We strive for development and real change, free from tribal or family biases,” he said.

He said there was “a big possibility” he could vote for a woman, if her platform was convincing.

Ahmed, a government worker in Hafr al-Batin, saw no problem with having women candidates but said:
“Why not? They are just there to decorate the government anyway,” he said.

Source: Agence France-Presse
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Former President Jonathan, wife condole with Bayelsa businessman, Dr Eruani (photos)

President Jonathan and wife Patience, in company of a high powered delegation of High Chiefs of the Ogbia Kingdom today visited the Group President of Azikel Group, Dr Eruani Azibapu to condole with him and family on the passage of his father, His Royal Highness, Chief Allwell Eruani, Aguda the IX, the Obanema of Emadike in Bayelsa State who died at the age of 82 years.

President Jonathan described the late Chief Allwell Eruani as an accomplished person who had raised and mentored successful children across the state, including his son and celebrated entrepreneur of the Niger Delta extraction, Dr Azibapu Eruani who is the Group President of Azikel Group.

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