Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Unknown Nigeria

Brilliant Nigerian Student Shines at Graduate School in America

Mercy Ebuetse raised the Nigerian flag high during the Spring 2018 graduation ceremony of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) in America as she was actually designated to physically carry the Nigerian flag due to her brilliant performance as one of the graduates with the highest GPA (4.0). In a recent award ceremony, she received an award as the Outstanding Graduate Student: Ms. Engineering Technology Management and her scholarly performance earned her a graduate research grant from the graduate school. During her time as a student of WKU, Mercy worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in Engineering Technology Management and also served as an OSCE Graduate Student Representative (voting member) on the Graduate Council Board and she has been greatly commended for her outstanding performances which has further beamed a positive spotlight on students from Nigeria and especially her Alma Mater, Covenant University. She also worked with her professors on three scholarly papers...

Leamington brothers’ dream comes true after bringing traditional Nigerian drink to market

Two Leamington brothers have fulfilled a lifelong dream by bringing a drink they used to enjoy as children in Nigeria to the UK market. Mike and Garry Robinson have bottled and are commercially selling a drink known as ‘Ikoyi Chapmans’, a soft, fizzy drink made with citrus fruit and bitters. They grew up with their parents in Nigeria, where the drink was hand-mixed by locals. Mike and Garry would often drink it as children. The brothers moved back to the UK to board at Warwick School, but would often return to Nigeria during the school holidays and would have the drink again while they were there. Mike said: “After leaving school, Garry and I both became professional squash players but it has always been our dream to commercially produce this drink.” After their squash careers came to a close around five years ago, they decided to try and make their dream a reality. Mike said:...

22 Year Old Nigerian Becomes Councillor in the United Kingdom

Eastbrook ward in Dagenham now has a new Councillor in the person of Princess Elizabeth Bright, a 22 year old of Nigerian origin based in the United Kingdom who ran for election on the platform of the Labour party. Princess Elizabeth Bright became officially the youngest Labour Councillor representing Eastbrook Ward after the elections which took place on Thursday 3rd May 2018. Her mother, Councillor Afolasade Bright from the Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council was also re-elected. Princess Elizabeth after winning the election was stunned and over joyed with gratitude as she wrote the following: ''Today 4th May 2018, God did it – he turned my setback into a comeback. I WON – officially been elected as the youngest Labour Councillor in my borough representing the fantastic Eastbrook Ward at the tender age of 22 alongside 2 amazing people Mick McCarthy and Tony Ramsay. We have worked so hard in this election, with...

MDXI wins award for most connected Nigerian data centre

Premier data centre operator in West Africa, MDXI (a MainOne Company) won the most Connected Tier III Data Centre award at the Beacon of ICT Awards (BoICT), organized by the Nigerian Communications Week over the weekend. Dubbed West Africa’s Telehouse, due to its status as most connected data centre, with proven competence to interconnect OTTs and major network, content and financial providers as well as interconnections at multiple peering exchanges in Nigeria, Ghana, Amsterdam, and London, MDXI is West Africa’s largest full-scale data centre provider offering colocation, wholesale deployments, interconnection and cloud services. MDXI is currently expanding its data centre business into new territories across West Africa with a target to build new facilities in 3 new locations including Sagamu, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in addition to an ongoing expansion of its Lekki Data Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Tumisola Ladega Wins Prestigious Anne Tyrell Award 2018

Tumisola Ladega wins the highly sought after prestigious Anne Tyrell award, which comes with a £5,000 prize money. This award was set up in honor of fashion design mentor Anne Tyrell to support students in the second year of Creative Skillset Ticked fashion courses in a competition open to all second year fashion design undergraduates across the UK. The judging panel made up of several recognized fashion design backbones said it was very easy for them this year to reach a unanimous decision to pick Tumisola’s project as it stood out. This adds another feather to the cap of Nigerian born Tumisola Ladega a talented 19 year old in her second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design at the University of Westminster. Tumisola’s journey into fashion which has been quite eventful from a very tender age of 12 which has seen her designs from her brand TUMIILA grace several international platforms and catwalks across...

FUTA’s Esther Samuel is Best Female Mathematics Student in Nigeria

Esther Samuel, a 500 level student from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA has emerged the best female student of mathematics in Nigeria. She achieved this feat by winning the gold medal and amassing the most points among her female counterparts from other Universities across the country that participated in the Nigerian Universities Mathematics Quiz competition held in Abuja recently under the aegis of the National Mathematical Centre. Esther was not the only one that made FUTA proud, Ibrahim Oyewole and Dike Desmond, 500 level students, both won a gold medal each, while Adebowale Saheed also a 500 level student won a silver medal. Out of the over 32 higher institutions that participated in the competition, FUTA came 2nd overall best, with three gold medals and one silver medal. Congratulating the students, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said FUTA has once-again achieved another feat which has further established it as a centre...

Nigerian Bayode breaks Guinness record in ‘Longest Marathon Reading Aloud’

A Nigerian Olawunmi Bayode has set a new Guinness Record in the “Longest Marathon Reading Aloud” Category. Bayode, father of three kids, logged 120 hours at 15.30 today at the YouRead Library Yaba in Lagos, beating the previous record set by Nepali Deepak Sharma Bajagain. The latter had 113 hours 15 minutes in 2008. Another Nepalese, Tudikhel Ground tied the record. Bajagain’s book reading began on September 19 and ended on September 24, 2008. He recited 17 different books from 13 authors during his record attempt. Bayode began reading at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018 and ended it 15.30 on Saturday. He announced the record on his Facebook page, saying: “Hello everybody, something just happened right now! My name is Bayode Treasures Olubunmi(Olawunmi) – I have just finished reading aloud for 120 hours non-stop! I did it for the CULTURE!” . Bayode studied at Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and Comprehensive High School, Ketu in Lagos. “I have always...

Covenant Student Wins 2017 Future Africa Leaders Award Star Prize

A 500-Level student of Electrical and Information Engineering of Covenant University, Miss Naomi Ekpoki Onesenema, has won the highly coveted Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA) Star Prize for the year 2017. According to the organisers, Believers' Loveworld Incorporated, the social activist was meritoriously awarded FALA’s Star Prize for the year 2017 for her admirable and far-reaching feats locally and internationally, in helping at-risk youths. Leading up to the glorious night of December 31, 2017, organisers had screened the humanitarian efforts of 31 young and high impact individuals from 16 African countries, including Nigeria. Ten (10) of the 31 individuals, recognized for their laudable efforts from their localities and on to global platforms, were nominated and received the Future Africa Leaders Awards with the prize of $10,000 (ten thousand US dollars) each. Asides Covenant’s Naomi, the other Nigerian among the 10 awardees was Miss Juliet Amina Moses. In his remarks, founding President of Believers' Loveworld...

Focused Rise for Hyperloop Competition Winner , Oluwatobi Oyinlola

Oluwatobi Oyinlola is an international embedded systems engineer, inventor, IoT evangelist, and technology speaker with an extensive experience in embedded systems design, IoT, robotics and firmware engineering who presently lives in Nigeria. He is a dynamic personality who is passionate about building a young technology driven generation. Recently he has been working in the avionics sector with rLoop Incorporated , a company sharing the dream of realizing the fifth mode of transportation initiated by Elon Musk, called the 'Hyperloop' and Oluwatobi has been applying some of his experience in robotics and electronics systems to this project. Hyperloop is an alternative to short distance air travel, where the transportation system will be much faster than the rail networks and much cleaner than air travel. It all started in 2013 when Elon Musk released a white paper proposing the Hyperloop as the fifth mode of transportation. By launching a sealed pods inside a vacuum tube,...

TucciPolo Launches Men’s Handmade Luxury Shoe Collection On Indiegogo

In 2015, United States based Nigerian, Tochukwu Mbiamnozie, founded TucciPolo - Handcrafted Luxury Italian Leather Dress Shoes for Men, and the shoes has ever since enjoyed a significant amount of attention for its overall quality and beauty. Tochukwu believes that the luxury but cost-effective shoe should be in the hands of all consumers and as such he is focused on ensuring his brand becomes a household name in no distance time. Designer label TucciPolo is excited to launch its Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to further produce its high-end, handmade luxury shoe. The company's shoes help fill a unique market, one of designer, high-quality, dress shoes for men with larger than average feet. The Indiegogo campaign will help the company, with its fan and celebrity favorite shoes, to meet production goals and to increase overall access to the product. These award-winning shoes are a fashion-forward statement for anyone who dons...

Ubenwa, an application that detects asphyxia in babies created by Nigerian innovators

A Nigerian Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup company by the name Ubenwa is committed to ensuring that new born babies are saved from Birth Asphyxia. Birth Asphyxia is the medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn infant that lasts long enough during the birth process to cause physical harm, usually to the brain. According to the World Health Organization, Birth Asphyxia is one of the top 3 causes of infant mortality in the world, causing the death of about 1.2 million infants and severe life-long disabilities. Ubenwa is an Igbo word which means 'the cry of a child' and this startup company was founded by Charles Onu to help create an artificial intelligence system that analyses a baby’s crying to give warning signs of baby asphyxia. According to the founder, the detection of birth asphyxia takes only 10 seconds using the Ubenwa application and there has been a 95% accuracy achieved...

Thierry Henry Crowned King In Nigeria

Igwe Thierry Henry 1 is the new title for Arsenal's legend, Thierry Henry, who was crowned in Nigeria as the 'Igwe' of goals (Igwe is the Ibo word for King) . Arsenals huge following in Africa's most populous country made Igwe Thierry Henry a most beloved star back in his days at Arsenal. While on the pitch, Nigerian fans usually shouted 'Igwe' anytime Henry scored or made a significant move . Henry is in Nigeria to meet with his fans as well as with the winners of the Guinness “Be a Front Row Fan” promotion. He has so far enjoyed his stay and expressed his appreciation for the Nigerian hospitality. 40 year old Arsenal top goal scorer of all time and presently assistant manager to the Belgium National team, Igwe Thierry Henry, dressed in a traditional Igbo attire, was crowned at a Guinness organized event at the Landmark event centre in Lagos Nigeria...

Photos of Anambra State Based Lady Mechanic

What a man can do a woman can do better ... The photos below captures a lady mechanic by the name Ada Mike assembling tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep. She is indeed very proud of her occupation.    

Nigeria retains world no. 1 scrabble position

Nigeria has retained its number one ranking as best scrabble playing nation in the world for the second time running. Suleiman Gora, President, Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) disclosed this when he led the National scrabble team to pay a visit on Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports, following a successful outing at the World English Scrabble Players Association Championship (WESPAC) in Nairobi, Kenya. “We are making history for the second time. This is the first country in the world and the only Black Country to have won the championship back to back. “In Nairobi, we got 54 countries participating from all over the world and we had countries representation of 169 players. “In scrabble the top 15 positions are the ones that are considered for winning positions. Nigeria had five of her players in the top 15. “We went there as the World Champions in terms of country representation and on individual basis. “I...

Google honours Chinua Achebe

Google celebrates the Posthumous Birthday of great author, CHINUA ACHEBE on what would have been his 87th birthday. He was honored with a Google Doodle usually used by the tech-giant on its homepage in a temporal alteration to celebrate people, achievements, events and holidays. His first novel 'Things Fall Apart' which he wrote in his 20's is considered the most widely read book in modern African literature. According to Google, Achebe was honored to underscore his status as a figure of 20th century literature. ''One man took it upon himself to tell the world the story of Nigeria through the eyes of its own people. ''Chinua Achebe was the studious son of an evangelical priest. A student of English literature, he started writing in the 1950s, choosing English as his medium but weaving the storytelling tradition of the Igbo people into his books. ”His characters were insiders, everyday people such as the village chief...

Nigerian Bags Highest Medical Award in America

An Associate Professor of the School of Medicine of Emory University and Moore House School of Medicine, Atlanta Georgia USA, Dr. Isioma Okobah, bagged the 2017 prestigious fellow of the American Academy of Family Physician Award (Degree). The award is the highest honor ever bestowed on practicing physician in the United States of America who have distinguished themselves among colleagues and in their community by their contribution towards the development of family medicine. The degree is also conferred on physicians who excelled in the advancement of healthcare services to Americans and by their professional development through sound medical education and research. Over the years, Dr. Isioma Okobah has contributed immensely through her free medical care for the rural populace in her home state - Delta State Nigeria. She built a community hospital amongst many other initiatives of hers in the state. The award was conferred on her on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the...

How I made First Class, ICAN, ACCA in 4 Years

OLAJUWON Ezekiel, 21, graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.88 from the Landmark University Omu Aran Kwara State and same year became a certified member of both Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Thus, Ezekiel, a graduate of Accounting and Finance emerged the university’s valedictorian at the 2017 convocation. Olajuwon who hails from Osun State explains his road to academic success. He said when he was in secondary school, he found it difficult to choose between Commercial Class and Sciences. According to him, while his father preferred sciences because of his desire for him to become a medical doctor, Ezekiel had interest in business line. Though his father had flare for sciences, Ezekiel disclosed that he never forced him to read sciences, but encouraged him to do commercial course. Today, I’m grateful I did not regret that decision,’’ he said. Stressing...

Amina Yuguda wins BBC Award

Amina Yuguda , a journalist from northern Nigeria, has won the 2017 Komla Dumor Award. The Award was created in honor of a Ghanaian named Komla Dumor who was an excellent BBC World News presenter but died in the year 2014. Amina, a news presenter in Yobe state on local network Gotel Television, specializes on the Boko Haram insurgency in addition to many other meaningful and thought provoking reporting / news stories. According to the BBC World Service Group Director, Francesca Unsworth , Amina Yuguda deserves the award for possessing komla’s qualities towards journalism. “To find someone who possesses many of Komla’s qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited about working with Amina.” Amina becomes the second Nigerian to win this Award after the 2016 recipient - Didi Akinyelure.  Amina Yuguda will undergo a three-month placement at the BBC in London.  

Zimbabwean who loves Nigerian foods

Miss Jane Mareya, a 31-year-old Zimbabwean restaurant operator in Pretoria, says she sells only Nigerian foods because of her love for them. She told the News Agency of Nigeria in Pretoria on Sunday that she had been cooking Nigerian foods since 2013. She said: “I worked for a Nigerian food seller, who is late, for three years. “I started my own business and decided to cook Nigerian foods only. “Nigerian foods are natural, fresh and tasty.” According to her, she cooks jollof rice and egusi, okra, bitter leaf, vegetable and okazi soups, as well as beans, yam, plantain, moin-moin, pepper soup and fried rice. “I have customers from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo and Kenya. “My customers love the foods. I learned how to prepare them from my late employer. “ Nigerian delicacies are unbeatable,” she told News Agency of Nigeria. Mareya said that Nigeria was blessed with assorted foods. “I want to explore the possibility...

DF Nigerian Food Truck Wins New York Food Competition

The Vendy Awards is an annual street food competition created to determine the best street food vendors in New York City. The Vendy Awards celebrates the excellent food available on the streets of New York and the hard-working people who cooks it deliciously everyday and who are usually given little acclaim or even respect. The award this year went to DF Nigerian Food Truck owned and managed by Godshelter and Bisola Oluwalogbon assisted by their three lovely children who served jollof rice, suya, moi-moi,peppered goat stew, efo riro, and puff puff. Born in Ghana and grew up in Nigeria, Godshelter immigrated to the US in 2001 at the age of 25. While working various restaurant gigs, he started catering for members of his church, in East New York, Brooklyn. After ten years of catering, he started selling meals out of the back of his car outside the Nigerian embassy in midtown. Two...

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