October 2016

Nigeria's Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, attends the World Forum of Sports and Culture in Kyoto Japan alongside other world ministers of Education,Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 

The World Forum on Sport and Culture is a global gathering of cultural, sport, business, science and Technology in Japan and supported by the World Economic Forum.



Dalung with the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan Bello Kazaure





















"The entire concept of World Forum for Sports and culture revolves around reviewing the Olympic legacies in previous events especially Rio and planning for a better future.

"Tokyo 2020 is referred to as Cultural Olympiad which will introduce culture as a component of the games. In Tokyo, culture is appreciated as a major component of creating jobs and entertainment for social well being. The World Economic Forum has been included as an integral part of the IOC," Dalung explained on his Facebook page.


Super Eagles Technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has announced that he will no longer invite players he describes as “vacation players”.
“Some players have been invited for two matches namely; the Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania and the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola which the Super Eagles won 2-1 but were unable to pick first team shirt on both occasions and we cannot keep on inviting them. Now, we wish to invite fresh players to do what they could not do,” Rohr said.
No room for ‘vacation players’ in Eagles camp – Rohr
“The time is gone when a player comes for two matches, collects bonuses, allowances and ticket refund and does not measure up. You know we are building up a new team and the best way to do it is to use good players who are playing regularly for their teams and are ready to give us the desired result.
The Super Eagles will play the Desert Warriors of Algeria in November 12 in their second match of the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier, the match will take place in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The Canadian High Commisioner to Nigeria, Christopher Thornley, condemned child marriage at an event in Abuja.

The event organised by the High Commissioner and Child nor Brides campaign was tagged, 'Girls Voices: Speaking Out Against Child Marriage' where girls were inspired to return to school.



Survivor tells Children’s Parliament that girls should finish school before marriage












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The High Commissioner of Canada in Nigeria, Christopher Thornley, has announced that Canada would be investing $6.5 million in the funding of projects in support of development of the Girl-Child in Nigeria.
He said this at the opening of a photo narrative exhibition titled, ‘Girls Voices: Speaking Out Against Child Marriage’, held in partnership with Girls Not Brides, held in Abuja.

Thornley, who is the new head at the High Commission of Canada in Nigeria, said while the projects are making a difference, the root causes are entrenched and the prevalence widespread. He said ending child marriage will not happen without the leadership and political will of national governments.
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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright has revealed that the British Government will tackle the trade of modern slavery in Nigeria.




Speaking on Bronze FM Benin, the diplomat said in a tweet that, "Spoke about the scourge of Modern slavery in Nigeria and how the UK Government is helping to tackle the awful trade.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir has threatened to personally lead military operations against armed groups in central South Sudan if gunmen continue to attack civilians along a key road.
Kiir made the remarks on Thursday addin that, he would go to Yei River state to plan military operations if the gunmen do not stop shooting at civilians traveling on the Juba-Yei road.
South Sudan President threatens to personally run military if road attacks continue
Salva Kiir
“I will relocate to go and stay in Yei, and all the operations that will go out will go under my directives and my supervision.”
Kiir’s remarks followed the government and opposition forces in parts of Yei River state.
“The new slogan which people are now singing is that this army has become a tribal army,” he said. “Why is it composed of Dinka? But where will I get people from if the people of Equatoria [region] have refused to join the army and Riek Machar has rebelled with his Nuer people? So where will I get other nationalities from?”

The United States National Security Advisor, Susan E. Rice met with a group of Nigerian governors from the north and middle belt region to discuss issues pertaining to strategic significance to the United States and Nigeria. 

A statement on the US embassy in Nigeria website stated, "National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with a group of governors representing states in Nigeria’s north and middle belt to discuss issues of strategic significance to the United States and Nigeria. 

Ms. Rice with the governors. Credit: Twiter/Ambssador Rice
"They discussed the importance of strong and inclusive governance as the region works to confront security threats, including from Boko Haram—now known as ISIL's West Africa Province—and from clashes among ethnic, religious, and other groups in Nigeria. 

They also discussed how to strengthen collaboration on a faster and more effective response to the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria as well as the importance of meeting the needs of the internally displaced and their host-communities.

Finally, the group exchanged ideas for strengthening Nigeria’s economy and creating educational and employment opportunities for the millions of young people eager to contribute to the region's growth. Ambassador Rice underscored the United States' strong partnership with Nigeria at every level of government and deep and longstanding support for the Nigerian people.


South Africa will withdraw from the Hague-based International Criminal Court, media reports in Johannesburg said Friday, sparking rapid criticism from rights bodies. 

A document confirming the withdrawal plan, signed by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, was published by public broadcaster SABC’s United Nations correspondent. 

“Instrument of Withdrawal” letter said South Africa “found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts at times are incompatible with the interpretation given by the International Criminal Court”. 

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The decision follows a dispute last year when South Africa allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit the country for an African Union summit, despite him facing an arrest warrant from the ICC. South Africa said he had immunity as the head of a member state. 

The ICC wants Bashir arrested for alleged war crimes related to the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. South Africa’s proposed withdrawal “shows startling disregard for justice from a country long seen as a global leader on accountability for victims of the gravest crimes,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“It’s important both for South Africa and the region that this runaway train be slowed down and South Africa’s hard-won legacy of standing with victims of mass atrocities be restored.” – Bias against Africa? – Earlier this month Burundi said it would withdraw from the court, and Namibia and Kenya have also raised the possibility. Some African governments say the ICC has shown a post-colonial bias against the continent’s leaders.

The decision by South Africa not to arrest Bashir last year led to a wave of condemnation, which was met with a threat from Pretoria to withdraw from the court. 

The Sudanese leader has evaded arrest since his indictment in 2009 for alleged crimes in the Darfur conflict in which 300,000 people were killed and two million forced to flee their homes. 

This month, the ICC found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four aides guilty of bribing witnesses. The case at the court in The Hague was the first such corruption trial in its history. 

The ICC was set up in 2002 to try the world’s worst atrocities which national courts cannot handle, but has struggled with alleged witness interference and lack of government cooperation. Its chief prosecutor also recently sent a team to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to urge restraint after weeks of deadly unrest.

South Africa, which was due to hold a press conference in Pretoria on Friday about the court, would be the first country to withdraw from the ICC. The United States has signed the court’s founding treaty, but never ratified it.

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A fractured kneecap injury has pulled Moses Odubajo out of the EPL for six months, club officials have confirmed.

The 23-year-old Hull city wing-back is likely out of the ongoing 2016/17 league season.

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A statement by the club stated, "The Tigers can confirm they were dealt a disappointing injury blow yesterday when Moses Odubajo was ruled out for an estimated six months with a fractured patella. 

"Moses was assessed by surgeons in London yesterday who stated the player would be required to undergo more surgery to stabilise the fracture and this will be undertaken early next week."


Stability through reform Sweden has among the EU’s lowest levels of national debt, low and stable inflation and a healthy banking system. But this wasn’t always the case. 

The Swedish economy used to suffer from low growth and high inflation, and the Swedish krona was repeatedly devalued. Sweden was also hit by a deep financial crisis in the early 1990s.

Photo: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se
Banks became unstable and two were nationalised, unemployment rose rapidly, government spending got out of control, and so did Sweden’s national debt.

The road back to stability and success was not easy for Sweden. But by pursuing inventive and courageous reforms and sticking to them, Sweden has transformed its economy and stayed strong in the face of the new global recession.

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The European Union is deploying a mix of carrot and stick policies to halt the flow of African migrants into Europe. 

Apart from building a fortress Europe, the EU is planning to bribe African governments with aid package to help keep their people at home. It is also offering preferential trade treatment under what Brussels calls migration “compacts”. 

It is an idea proposed by Italy, the main disembarkation point for Africa migrants. It is initially aimed at Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia and Mali.

“We need to clean this up and have migration compacts with African countries in place before next spring,” a senior EU official said. 

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Now to the stick: The bloc is determined to send back everyone whose life is not under immediate threat at home. 

A Brussels summit on Thursday will endorse the pilot projects using the twin policy. “By the end of the year, we need to see results,” one senior EU diplomat said on Wednesday. 

Arrivals in Italy so far this year are nearly six percent higher than the same period of 2015. Italy received 154,000 migrants last year and this year’s figure will be similar or slightly higher. Italy is sheltering 165,000 asylum seekers, almost three times as many as in 2014.

The buildup has accelerated since Italy’s northern neighbours clamped down on border controls. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has told EU allies that Rome can cope for now but is worried about the future. 

EU officials want to put in place tougher measures to identify illegal migrants and fly them back to Africa before next year’s migration season, when thousands are expected to take to precarious boats from Libya. 

At their summit, European Union leaders will agree to use money and trade to force African countries to curb emigration, in a shift towards a more hard-nosed joint foreign policy. 

Behind the diplomatic language lies a threat of cutting development aid and restricting trade with those African countries that do not cooperate before the next migration season starts in the spring. 

But the new strategy of making aid to third countries conditional on their cooperation on migration is controversial. Aid agency Oxfam has urged EU leaders to abandon their drive to build a “Fortress Europe” and instead help those in need.

“The need for development aid and Europe’s obligation to alleviate poverty should not be about reducing mobility,” said Raphael Shilhav, Oxfam’s migration policy adviser in Brussels. 

“The reasons of displacement should be addressed through understanding the situation on the ground, seeking solutions to the conflicts that are driving displacement of people,” he said.

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The British Government has felicitated with the incoming Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa, the Government and people of Edo.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright delivered the message when he visited Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo in Benin on Wednesday.
Arkwright said he was in the state with his wife Tricia to witness the coronation of Eheneden as the new Oba of Benin as well as convey the greetings of the Queen of England to the crown prince.
He said he had been in the country for one year as the British High Commissioner but was in the state for the first time.
Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken of Uselu.
He expressed the interest of the British Government to foster a bilateral relationship with Edo.
He said his country was interested in what business British companies can venture into to curtail unemployment in the state and commended the achievements of outgoing Oshiomhole’s administration in the last eight years.

The United States Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the Eko International Film Festival, will showcase contemporary American films on October 21 and October 24.  
These documentaries by independent filmmakers uncover powerful stories of American youth overcoming social, cultural, business and inner growth challenges. 
The Showcase will be presented during the 7th edition of the Annual Eko International Film Festival in Lagos, starting at 9:00 a.m. at  Ozone Cinemas in Yaba on Friday, October 21, screening four American documentaries, and starting 9:00 a.m. at the Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island on Monday, October 24, screening two documentaries.  The screenings will also feature virtual dialogues with the American filmmakers.
“The American Film Showcase is a rare opportunity for all Nigerian film enthusiasts to watch great documentary films by independent American producers and directors, and hear from Nigerian and American film industry experts. The films insightfully portray diverse cultures in America, and they connect to common challenges for youth who yearn to achieve great things in the United States and Nigeria,” Public Affairs Officer Darcy Zotter said.
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The son of renowned Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed more than 20 years ago, has died in London.
Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, 47, passed away after suffering a stroke, his family say.
He was a journalist who became an adviser to three presidents.
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Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr 
The 1995 execution of his father by a military government for leading protests against environmental degradation caused by the oil industry sparked global outrage.
Saro-Wiwa Sr led the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop), which accused oil multinational Shell of destroying the environment in his home region of Ogoniland in south-eastern Nigeria.
His execution after a secret trial under Gen Sani Abacha led to Nigeria being suspended from the Commonwealth.

Secretary of State's Special Representative to Muslim Communities of the US department, Shaarik Zafar facilitates workshop on role of religious leaders in Nigeria.

Mr. Zafar met Governor Ganduje to discuss issues of mutual interest between the US and Nigeria on the things the religious leaders in Nigeria can do to combat corruption.

During a round-table meeting


Mr Shaarik with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido


Mr. Shaarik with Governor Ganduje of Kano State




Nigeria and Algeria are the first ever Africa regional offices of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
WIPO is the United Nations specialized Agency tasked with global intellectual Property Services, information and cooperation.
Brazil, Japan, Russia and Singapore host offices in the other regions.
A statement by Clement Aduku, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday in Abuja said the Nigerian office will serve the sub-Saharan countries.
The proposed office is to be domiciled in a wing of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) office complex in Maitama, Abuja.

He said the decision was taken at the just concluded 56th Series of WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland where it was adopted that the first external offices be established in Africa since the inception of the body in 1967.
The office would strengthen the creative and innovative industries in Nigeria and Africa by focusing attention on the promotion of innovation, creativity and intellectual property rights, he said.
“It will be immensely beneficial to our multi-dimensional and fast growing creative industry, such as Nollywood.
“It will enhance the drive to diversify the economy as well as spur innovation and research in science and technology.
“It will enhance the development of patent rights vis-à-vis activities in agriculture as well as the science and technology sectors.’’
The office would facilitate the enhancement of the level of awareness of Nigerians on the issue of intellectual property and enable people with talent to be justly rewarded for their efforts.
While African member states were at liberty to contest for the two external offices, at the end of the Intra-African election process, Nigeria with 33 votes and Algeria scoring 29 votes emerged victorious ahead of Kenya (12 votes), Egypt (7 votes), Morocco (7 votes) and Tunisia 92 votes).

The United States Consul General, Mr. John Bray welcomed the 2016 fellows of the Mandela Washington fellowship back to Nigeria at an event which held in Lagos on October 12.

This year edition was themed, "A force for positive change".

In his remarks he said, "It’s so important to pull together the talent we have across so many U.S. programs, and across so many years.  It’s important that you meet each other, that you share ideas, and that you feed off each other’s energy to accomplish great things.  You are all part of the alumni family of U.S. exchange programs. 



"I am proud to see even more energy this year, now that President Obama doubled the size of the Mandela Washington Fellowship to more than 1,000 Fellows from across the continent.  You can see it right here in this room with most of the 100 Fellows from Nigeria in 2016.  Not everyone could be here today, but we know they are here with us in spirit." 
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The birth house of Adolf Hitler will be demolished and a new one will be built, the Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announced on Monday, sighting a final decision on the problematic structure. 

Mr. Sobotka in a chat, made this revelation to Die Presse, adding that, it was following the recommendation of an expert commission, “The Hitler house will be demolished,” he said. 

Adolf Hilter's birth house
Hilter's birth house

"For years, the government has been mulling a solution for the empty house in the town of Braunau to stop neo- Nazis from visiting the early home of Germany’s former Nazi dictator. The government took a first step in July when it decided to seize the house from its private owner, since she had been unwilling to cooperate with authorities to put it to a new use that would have been in line with its historical significance." 

"However, the building’s foundation will remain intact, and the new house will be used by a charity or by a public authority," Sobotka said. 

The Hitler family lived there when he was birthed in 1889.

When 35-year-old Shafeeque Ahmad went to the three-week STOP program orientation in Atlanta, he knew he was probably the only one in the group of 177 from all over the world who had spent the majority of his school life studying in an Islamic school (madrassa).
Coming from a Muslim-dominated town in northern India, Shafeeque studied a predominantly religious curriculum including the Koran, Haddiths, Islamic law and other works till he was well into his late teens. For most of his youth and early working life, he stood out among his peers who chiefly studied in English schools in India with little or no exposure to religious teachings. "As I set foot in US for the first time for the training, I had my doubts whether I belonged there. But as soon as I got to meet others, I knew what was needed from me," he said.
 Shafeeque Ahmad (STOP Volunteer) and religious focal persons compiling a list of mosques and schools which promote polio vaccination
Shafeeque on the right
It was this very distinct upbringing that led CDC and UNICEF to approach Shafeeque to join as a STOP volunteer in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna to strengthen engagement with religious leaders. His background, degree in social work and experience of working in Africa uniquely qualified him for the task.
"What I am doing today is a culmination of my whole life’s experiences and it is immensely fulfilling," says Shafeeque. "As soon as I convey my salutations to religious leaders, arms and doors open for me to engage with them and harness their commitment to wipe out polio from Nigeria," he adds.
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Nigerian player, Isaac Success was named Man of the Match after an impressive at his first English Premier League start.

Success who played 89 minutes of the match gave the Middlesbrough defence a tough time in an outstanding performance.

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The had one attempt (on target)
5 duels (won 60%)
5 fouls won
6 times possession gained
4 dribbles attempted as quoted by Sky Sports Statto.

The three schools which won this year’s National Robotics Olympiad competition in Lagos on Saturday will be heading to India for the November World Robotics Olympiad. 

3 Lagos schools for November World Robotics Olympiad in India

The three schools are Imperial Gate, Lagos Island that won the Elementary Regular Category and Elementary Open Category.

The others are Model College, Meiran in the Junior Category and the Senior Category was won by Surrogate Achievers, a team of schools. They qualified for the Nov. 25 to Nov. 27 World Robotics Olympiad having score 85, 20 and 100 points respectively at the 2016 Nigeria Robotics Olympiad Qualifiers/Symposium, organised by Arc-Lights Foundation in Lagos.

The competition involves bringing abstract concepts to life with a fun, hands-on approach that really engages students, using LEGO bricks to turn numbers, words, and ideas into real models that can be touched, described, and innovated upon.

And by making the subjects tangible, they foster collaboration and encourage self-guided learning by creating enthusiasm and giving students the tools they need to overcome challenges.

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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari hosts four diplomats in Abuja.

The Diplomats that visited him at the Presidential villa presented him with letters of credence - the Ambassadors are from Tunisia, Sweden, Canada, and Germany.

Credence letter is, however, signed letters from an Ambassador's head of state addressed to the head of state of the country where he/she will serve.





A 26-YEAR-OLD Nigerian from Peckham has been appointed as London’s first Young People’s Laureate.
Caleb Femi, who won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and Genesis Poetry Slam in 2015, was given the prestigious role by a panel of arts bodies and individual judges, including The Roundhouse, the Poetry Society and Jacob Sam-La Rose.
The poet, teacher and photographer has been given the responsibility to raise the awareness of poetry in the capital, nationally and internationally.
The laureate will also support the development of aspiring poets and youths, through development initiatives such as Poetry Lab and raising issues that affect them in his prose.
Caleb Feni
The new laureate for London said of his new role: “I feel honoured and excited to be the First Young People’s Laureate for London.
“I want to maintain that awareness that anything is achievable. I also want to normalise poetry across all demographies.”
The Nigerian teacher arrived in London at the age of seven and grew up on the North Peckham Estate, where Damilola Taylor lived before his murder in 2000 at the age of 10. Femi believes his professional and social backgrounds will equip him to address the issues affecting young black men and women.
“Because of where I have lived and taught, a school in Tottenham, I became familiar with a high percentage of the pupils who were young black boys and girls. The result is that I’m aware of the platforms and issues that are relevant to them,” said Femi.
“I want to translate these issues into poetry, which I believe will make them more understandable.”
During his year-long residency, the laureate will work alongside Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, to develop a range of poetry opportunities and achieve his objectives.
Among the projects Femi will lead include The Young People’s Poetry Prize and The Young People’s PoetryLab – a development project which will involve working alongside poetry mentors and practitioners.
At the end of his tenure, the laureate will lead a development day, The Young People’s Poetry Salon, which will feature a showcase of the finest new young page and spoken word poetry talent in London.
The artist, who started writing what he refers to as “grime” at the age of 16, has advice for aspiring poets.
He said: “It’s important to read as much diverse poetry collections as possible – Indian, Caribbean and African. That will provide ideas as to where developing poets can fit in and how they can introduce something new.”
Commenting on Femi’s appointment, Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, said: “London is one of most exciting cities in the world for arts and culture, yet engagement among young people with what is on ‘offer’ remains
low, partly due to economic barriers and access.
“This is why London deserves a dynamic Young People’s Laureate, who will have a positive impact on our young people’s lives. Caleb Femi’s work is exciting, authentic, sophisticated and accessible. Most of all, he has a genuine desire to help young people discover their own voice in poetry.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed their determination in ensuring the release of detained Nigerian students going through maltreatment in Turkey.

The Ministry’s Spokesperson, Mr Clement Aduku, said this in a statement released to the press in Abuja.

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“The Ministry wishes to assure Nigerians that its leadership has ensured that adequate steps were taken here in Nigeria and in Turkey to uphold the well being of Nigerian students in Turkey.

“The Ambassador of Turkey in Nigeria was summoned to the Ministry on three separate occasions during which the request for the closure of Turkish Schools was flatly rejected.

“The Ministry also rejected the option of returning students to Nigeria to obtain fresh Visas to enable them continue in the schools to which they have been transferred,” he said.

“At this point virtually all the students have been released with the demand for fresh Visas dropped as to allow the students continue with their studies unhindered,” he said.

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