Friday, December 9, 2016

Nigerian Female Soccer Team Protest non-Payment of Allowances

Just after winning their 8th African title, the Super Falcons have staged a sit-in at a hotel in the capital city of Abuja. Players also say they have not received any bonuses for their wins. “We are tired of the lies and false promises from the Nigeria Football Federation-NFF,” one player told BBC Sport. READ MORE HERE




Monday, December 5, 2016

Lagos Jolts Compensation for fallen Police officers

The Lagos State Government Monday disclosed that it would pay the families of police officers, who die in the course of service to the state the sum of N10 million as death insurance.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Maduka named Auto Personality of the year 2016

The Nigeria Auto Journalists Association has presented the Auto Personality of the Year award 2016 to, Dr. Cosmas Maduka CON, President of Coscharis Motors, in recognition of his unrivaled commitment, dedication and investment towards driving the auto sector in Nigeria. According to the organizers, the award category celebrates auto dealership owners that have been “visible in virtually all segments of the motoring space in Nigeria”.
L-R: Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group; Prince Anofi Elegushi, Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State; Dr Cosmas Maduka, President, Coscharis Group; Frank Kintum, Chairman, Nigerian Auto Journalists Association at the 2016 Nigerian Auto Journalists Awards event where Dr Cosmas Maduka was honored as the Auto Personality of The Year, recently in Lagos.

In his remarks, Dr. Maduka stated, “This award is a testament to our commitment to continually grow the auto industry, provide value for money and bridge the automobile sphere with varieties of premium and low earn automobiles stated . “We see the evident challenge and impact of recession on the auto industry in Nigeria, but situations as this award, encourage us to rise above such threats and confirm my belief that this is the right place to be, it can never be worse than what it is”.
We won’t relent in our brand promise to deliver quality services but will continue to remain focused on strengthening our brand experiences and customer satisfaction, especially by providing customers with access to global best products and services.

About Coscharis Group
Dr Cosmas Maduka is the President / CEO of Coscharis Motors, a subsidiary of Coscharis Group with investments in Automobile, Technology, Foods & Beverages, Medicals, Agriculture and Car leasing in Nigeria. 

Coscharis Motors as one of Nigeria’s leading premium importer has the exclusive franchise for Rolls-Royce, BMW, MINI, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, MG and Joylong brands and also provides premium aftersales, financial and mobility services. As an indigenous company, Coscharis Motors operates over 9 sales and service networks in more than 8 states in the country.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election 2016 depends on you

As the polls opens in the 2016 general election, over 40 million Americans have already cast their ballots in 38 States across the country, however that is roughly about a third of the voting population. Many more people are going to cast their ballots today, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 and if you did not have the opportunity to vote earlier, this is your day.

You should definitely go and vote, this is the price we pay for living in a participatory democracy, your vote is your voice. You are not only electing a President and a Vice President, but your Senators, Congress Men and Women, your local and state representatives, but more importantly, there are several ballot initiatives that affects everyday life in communities all over this country. When you cast your ballot, you get to decide who is on your local school board, if pot should be legal in your state, etc.

USA Presidential candidates; Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton 

This election is different, even though it is equally as important as every other election. The candidates for the office of the President of the United States cannot be more different from each other. This year, the American people have a choice of electing a woman, who has spent her life working towards this moment, an imminently qualified woman; and a man who has never held a public office, a construction magnate who has spent the past 15 months insulting his way across America.

And if anyone is thinking that this is just talk and Trump would not be able to do all the things he’s said. Maybe Mexico won’t pay for the wall, but he can try and build it; even if congress were to stand in his way as they have President Obama’s, he can go around them. He can do more damage in a short time than we can all imagine. He has shown himself to have no knowledge or understanding of how government works, the separation of powers, and the limits of the office of the president. He has shown himself as someone who has no respect for anyone and anything, he is not going to be constrained by ideals, principles and precedents.

The Republican congressional leaders have shown themselves to be unprincipled-power hungry-partisans who lacks the back bone and courage to stand up to candidate Trump, they will not stand up to him or block his hideous agendas as President. In fact, most of them would support him enthusiastically, he has been able to stand because too many Republicans agree with him. They are better politician, therefore they do not give voice to their thoughts.

There are many people in the world who do not have the opportunity to vote and choose their political leaders, there are too many places where the votes of the citizens are not counted, and you have the privilege of being able to participate in a free and fair election. This is your chance to make a choice, this is the time to put partisanship aside and choose patriotism.

Too many people shed their blood and paid the ultimate price to get us to where we are as a country today, it would be a disservice to their sacrifice if we don’t make the right choice. We are all Americans first before being a Democrat, Republican etc., our duties are to the country not the party. 

After all is said and done, it only matters if you vote. So go out and make your voice heard, let us build a big beautiful wall of diverse voters between Trump and the Nuclear Codes. 

Yetunde Adu is a contributing editor to Trendy Africa Magazine and writes from Washington, DC. Email; info@trendyafrica.com 



Friday, November 4, 2016

Nigeria Slams citizens with unexplained wealth

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has signed an undertaking to return N480m to the Federal Government, The PUNCH has learnt. Obanikoro has also submitted his United States of America and Nigerian passports to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. In a related development, the EFCC has seized a filling station and a shopping complex from a man who described himself as a building engineer, Abdullahi Rilwan, for failing to explain where he got the money to buy the properties. The EFCC Act Section 71 (b) gives the commission the power to commence investigations into the property of any person if it appears to the EFCC that the person’s lifestyle and extent of properties are not justified by law.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Jersey based Videographer in apparent murder suicide

New Jersey based Nigerian videographer; Edward Aghahowa, has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after his Wife was found shot dead at their home. Friends of the couple have expressed shock, saying that the pair were both good people who may have had recent marital issues. Julie Matte made a living promoting and selling a wellness product. Edward Aghahowa founded and ran his own company; Stix Productions.
Edward Aghahowa


Edward and Julie Matte


source: patch.com 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Major cyber attack forces twitter, spotify, others offline

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks has forced hundreds of major websites from Amazon to Twitter offline across the globe - and WikiLeaks believes its supporters were responsible. It urged its backers to 'stop taking down the US internet', saying 'Mr Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing'.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dailymail features Rich Kids of Nigeria

Nigerian wealthy kids are showing the stuff they got on social media as documented by dailymail. View some of their lavish lifestyle on the link below;

VIEW HERE



Monday, September 19, 2016

10th annual DanceAfrica festival celebrates Culture and Heritage

Dallas, Texas - Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) and AT&T present the 10th Annual DanceAfrica Festival and Performance "In Celebration of our Heritage." The festivities include a Saturday parade and marketplace featuring fun for the entire family, with nightly dance performances in the Dallas Arts District, October 7-8, 2016. The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. New York based Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will feature as special guests.
Dr. Baba Chuck Davis photograph by Niesha Lanae Graves - NLG Photography
All five Dallas Black Dance Theatre performing companies will be on stage for nightly performances on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016, including DBDT, DBDT: Encore!, Allegro Performing Ensemble, Senior Performing Ensemble, and Junior Performing Ensemble. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts' World Ensemble will also perform.
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre photograph by Erin Baiano
The parade kicks off Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. at Dallas Black Dance Theatre located at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, Texas 75201. The parade will conclude at the Annette Strauss Square where the marketplace will be held. The parade will be led by the founder of DanceAfrica festivals across the country Dr. "Baba" Chuck Davis, followed by drummers, dancers from all five DBDT dance companies, special guest artists, and market place participants.


For DanceAfrica performance ticket information, October 7-8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., visit www.attpac.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Arik Air still profitable despite harsh operating terrain

A recession, combined with a shortage of dollars, high costs and scarce fuel supplies have created the perfect storm for the Nigerian Airline Industry. Major international airlines including United Airlines and Spanish carrier Iberia have halted operations in Africa’s most populous Nation. Arik Air recently temporarily halted operations for a day but have since resumed.

 Johnson Arumemi-Ikhide, chairman of Arik Group, told CNNMoney that the shutdown, which left hundreds of passengers stranded, came after the airline's insurance expired. The company had to scramble to get chartered planes for its passengers on Tuesday, and then scheduled additional flights on Wednesday to get operations back to normal. Arumemi-Ikhide dismissed reports that the company was experiencing financial difficulties.

"Arik is profitable. It's not as profitable as the hard work we put in, but we made around $6 million to $7 million [last year]. When you look at our assets, cash and everything, we are positive. The issue of bankruptcy doesn't come to mind at all."

But Arumemi-Ikhide said Nigeria's capital controls, which restrict the flow of U.S. dollars within the country, hurts airlines. Essentially, some sectors have easier, cheaper access to dollars than the airlines. This has forced Arik to buy dollars through unofficial channels at a higher exchange rate.
Profits in the notoriously tough airline industry are "thin" partly due to expensive fuel prices and scarce supplies, said Arumemi-Ikhide. 

Additionally, poor infrastructure is an issue: Many runways are in bad repair, and it can be difficult for passengers to reach airports in the evenings. "There's a need for the government to address some of the issues if they want the industry to survive," he said. "All the airlines are struggling."
Nonetheless, Arumemi-Ikhide said his company had a strong line of credit and was on track for an initial public offering in 15 months. 

Nigeria's oil-dependent economy has been struggling as oil prices have plunged, with GDP falling by more than 2% in the second quarter. This marked the second consecutive quarter of economic contraction, which put the country firmly in a recession.


Source: CNNMoney

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rhumba dance crooner; Mike Okri performs at 'A Taste of Nigeria' Festival

A Taste of Nigeria, an annual carnival showcasing diverse attributes of Nigeria, is set to hold on October 8, 2016, at the Airhog Stadium, 1600 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie, Texas between 12p to 8p. The 3rd edition presented by Arispop will feature famed Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based musician Mike Okri.

Upon releasing the chart-selling albums Rhumba Dance and Cracks, Okri won numerous awards including the Nigerian Music Awards, Fame Music Award, and the Pan-African Music Awards. Okri is one of a host of musical talents who will perform at A Taste of Nigeria. Others include DJ Freaky T and LaWale Victory and The Victorious Band. Other confirmed performers include Ify the Performer, Ndidi Ogbechie, Seye, and Double O Productions. Comedian Naijamericana (Don Manuel) and model and actress Mary Ekene will host the event.


A variety of family-friendly entertainment and activities will showcase the Nigerian culture. Vendors will present Nigerian art, food, and fashion. Spectators can enjoy a soccer game between Leones FC Football Team and Hope United Football Team. A fashion show spotlighting designs by MaE9 Styling and Design Studio, Dumbaka Fashions, and Shalewa Fashions will provide a splash of color to the festivities. Tickets: Adults 5, Children 3. Children 3 and under FREE.


For advanced tickets, visit; www.atasteofnigeria.com.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nigeria officially in recession

Africa's largest economy, Nigeria, has officially entered a recession following two consecutive quarters of contraction in the nation. GDP shrank by 2.06% in the second quarter of 2016, following on from a 0.36% shrinking in the first quarter of the year, according to data released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday. 

Those two consecutive quarters of economic shrinkage mean that the country is now in its first recession in more than 20 years. Recession in Nigeria may be an unwelcome development, but it is not unexpected. Earlier in the year, Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria warned that "recession was imminent".

The big driver of the slump in the Nigerian economy, which was one of Africa's great success stories until recently, has largely been the persistently low price of oil over the past two and a half years. Nigeria relies heavily on oil and is the largest producer of the commodity on the continent, producing roughly 2.4 million barrels per day. Given that oil's price has slumped from more than $100 per barrel in 2014 to roughly $48 now, it is perhaps unsurprising that the country has struggled for economic growth.

The International Monetary Fund has also warned on the state of the country's economy, forecasting that growth will shrink by 1.8% over the course of 2016.


Source: Financial Times reports

Monday, August 22, 2016

Boko Haram strikes again

Kano - Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday. Armed jihadists on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu at dawn on Saturday, firing on the residents as they were sleeping and looting and burning homes before fleeing into the bush with 13 women and children seized from the village.

"The Boko Haram attackers rode on four motorcycles, three on each, and opened fire on the village as residents slept," said Luka Damina, a resident of nearby Kautikeri village where Kubrrivu residents fled to safety following the attack. "They burnt down the whole village after looting food supplies and livestock and taking away women and children," Damina said.

Ayuba Alamson, a community elder in Chibok, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away, confirmed the attack, saying 13 people were abducted in the raid. "After killing 10 people and burning the entire village, the gunmen made away with 13 people, including seven women, five boys and a girl," Alamson said.

source: AFP 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ooni impacts lives of Widows

The communal war between the Ife and Modakeke people of Osun State, Nigeria left an indelible mark on the community. Most hit were Women who lost their husbands during the conflict thereby destabilizing the ability for family sustenance. To alleviate the problems and empower the widows, the Ooni of Ife His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) hasflagged off five licensed Cooperative societies as part of his Widows Empowerment Program initiated early this year.

The Monarch has deposited a sum of N2.5 million in Olofin Microfinance Bank, Ile-Ife as a take-off grant to enable widows have access to loans to fund their businesses. The monarch said he would also distribute between 50 to 100 bags of rice and some cows to the widows every month as part of his plans to banish hunger among the widows.


“The thought of empowering the widows struck me when I ascended the throne. Some widows came to me and present some gifts. Their kindness, in spite of their poor economic state touched me. I was surprised that they could still think of honouring me. When I informed my chiefs and some elders about my plan, they screamed and said to me that the widows were many but I made them understand that God is always in control.”  Ooni Said.

by Tosan Aduayi for Trendy Africa

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nigerian Pharmacist Shot in Texas

A Nigerian born practicing Pharmacist, Chris Ajayi (Pharm D) has been shot by a gunman who entered his Arlington Texas store and demanded for drugs. Sources revealed that the pharmacist was shot in the neck and stomach and is currently in intensive care after hours of surgery. Please pray for survival and healing.

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Houston Scandal

Three Nigerians have been busted in connection to a large-scale credit card scheme that allegedly used two southwest Houston businesses to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to court records, Shalewa Olayinka, 53, applied for and obtained 116 credit cards from eight different financial institutions in 12 other people's names. He would allegedly apply for the credit card using a victim's information and then steal the card out of his or her mailbox when the card arrived.

Financial crimes investigators say Olayinka had a Square card reader attached to his cell phone under the business name "Sleek Auto Sales" and would run the fraudulent credit cards in his southwest Houston apartment. The money was then deposited into his bank account.
He conspired with two local business owners, Christy Tifase who owns Lagos Island Café on Highway 6 South, a west African food restaurant and  Maxwell Ezenwa  whoowns Lace Warehouse and African Fashions on Bissonnet. They're accused of also running the credit cards for payments at their businesses.

Investigators say the operation stole more than $650,000.All three face a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony. When Eyewitness News went to Lagos Island Café, Tifase's daughter said she wasn't aware of the allegation against her mother. Tifase is expected to surrender. Olayinka remains in jail on a $30,000 bond. Ezenwa is out of jail on bond.


Source: abc13.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Religious sentiments send Nigeria into Reverse mode: scraps economically beneficial $10M Film Village

This decision really breaks my heart for a country that is unofficially in a recession and one that should be looking for all viable avenues to generate sustainable GDP and economic growth. This was the same reason that a Miss World Pageant was aborted in Abuja. What excuse does religions have to once upon a time allow grown Men to indulge in wedlock's with minors but would not allow youths to exploit their God given talents and potentials?

Nigeria just scraped a $10M film festival project billed for Kano after Muslim Clerics protested and argued that the project would encourage outsiders “to come and practice immorality and destroy our values.” The plans for the 50-acre site were unveiled in mid-July, with promoters describing their intention to build a world-class cinematic facility for Kano, the economic hub of northern Nigeria, and home to a vibrant Hausa-language film industry, known as Kannywood.


The proposed film village would boast facilities like a state-of-the-art sound stage, as well as a mix of recreational attractions, including a shopping mall, a sports stadium, and a hotel. Developers said the project would create thousands of jobs for the region. But the blueprint quickly met with a backlash from conservative clerics in the predominantly Muslim north.

Meanwhile, some ‘Kannywood’ players were beneficiaries of the N700M grant by previous administration to boost the entertainment industry. The investors should consider southern states for the much needed Film Village in Nigeria. What a comedy of errors. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Naija man arrested for $60M cybercrime

A Nigerian accused of scamming $60 million from companies around the world through fraudulent emails has been arrested after months of investigation, according to Interpol and Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fascinating Images of the Turks defending their Nation

The world has been embroiled with turmoil in the past few weeks. Terrorism, uprisings, and just recently a coup in Turkey that was met with loyal defiance by ordinary citizens as if to say; "Enough is Enough!"


VIEW LINK FOR MORE PHOTOS

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RCCG Pastor Murdered in Kubwa, Nigeria

A Minister with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deaconess Eunice Mojisola Olawale, was gruesomely murdered in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja on Saturday July, 9 at about 5a.m.


The Ooni: Dividends of his USA trip begins to manifold

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), on Tuesday 12th July 2016 at his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile-Ife signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a US based company 'SpringPort Technological Group' to build a Technology, Media City and Agriculture Incubation Hub in the town.
 
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) 
According to a release sgned by Moses Olafare, director of Media and Public Affairs, his huge investment came barely two weeks to the return of the Ooni from the USA where he had earlier visited to seek involvement of Africans in Diaspora in his peace and unity agenda and solicit their support for the continent on developmental projects in agriculture, tourism, infrastructure and youth development.


With the MoU, the technological hub worth $1.4bn in its first phase, is expected to facilitate massive employment of youths in Ile-Ife. After the MoU was signed, the start-up phase for master plan was to begin with investors in London and Asia.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Historic Wimbledon Win for Serena Williams

WIMBLEDON, England — In her pursuit of one of the most elusive records in tennis, the third time proved the charm for Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Saturday, beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ooni commiserates with Ghanaian President over Mothers death

The Ooni of Ife His Imperial Majesty Ooni  Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has expressed his heartfelt condolence to the President of Ghana His Excellency John Manama, His family and the entire good people of Ghana over the shocking death of the president's mother Mrs. Abiba Nnaba Mahama who died recent at the age of 85.
Speaking through his Director of Media and Public Affairs Comrade Moses Olafare on Tuesday in Washington DC, the African foremost king described the late mother of president Mahama as an extraordinary epitome of enviable womanhood that deserves to be always remembered as she lived a life of service, love, compassion, excellence and a pillar solidly behind her husband especially during the political trying times of the late 1960s who stopped at nothing to train her children to greater heights.

Ooni of Ife, Dr. Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II)

"Mr President, your late mother will surely be missed by everyone for she had lived a life of an epitome of a good wife and a loving mother who not only stood by her husband in the political dark period of 1960s but also laboured so hard to see you  and your siblings become successful in life. Your heart shall soon be filled with wonderful memories of your joyful times together as you celebrate a life well spent by your great mother.

May her gentle soul rest in the perfect peace of the Almighty God the king of kings". Ooni Ogunwusi said.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Grandson for Hillary Clinton

Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a baby boy; Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.  Chelsea tweeted the news on Saturday morning, writing that she and husband Marc Mevinsky were 'overwhelmed with gratitude and love' as they celebrated the birth of their son.




Bad mannered Nigerian Legislators barred from the USA

“Ten members of the Nigerian National Assembly recently travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on good governance. Troubling allegations emerged regarding the behaviour of three members of the delegation to the U.S. Government’s flagship professional exchange programme. 
“The U.S. Department of State and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs received reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel where the representatives stayed, alleging the representatives engaged in the following behaviour:
“Mohammed Garba Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex. While the housekeeper reported this to her management, this incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo. “Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested hotel parking attendants to assist them to solicit prostitutes.”

The members have since denied the allegation and have threatened legal actions to clear their names. On Thursday, the leadership of the House gave the nod to investigate the allegation. The US, on its part, quickly revoked the visas of the three members, indicating that they are temporarily barred from visiting that country.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

At least 50 dead in Orlando shooting Massacre

Law enforcement sources have identified the shooter who opened fire on the dance floor inside Pulse night club Orlando as US citizen Omar Mateen, 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida. He was wielding an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun. The gunman was born to Afghan parents.
At least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured in the shooting in the deadliest mass shooting in US history. A surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center said the death toll was likely to climb. An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism, adding that they are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf. The shooting took place just 4 miles from the earlier assassination of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, 22, who was shot dead at The Plaza Live on Friday.



Omar Mateen


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Protests trail appointment of OAU VC

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, are now protesting the appointment of Prof. Ayobami Salami as the new vice chancellor of the university. Salami is the deputy vice chancellor (academics) and his name was announced as successor of the outgoing VC, Prof. Bamitale Omole, on Monday evening.



Monday, June 6, 2016

Dangote’s Refinery will End Nigeria’s Fuel Crisis

On the outskirts of Lagos, Africa's richest man is building what he says is a solution to the country's fuel crisis: A massive, 650,000 barrel-per-day refinery that is designed to turn the country's crude oil into gasoline for hungry consumers.


Aliko Dangote, a concrete magnate who is worth an estimated $15 billion, said the refinery and petrochemical plant has the potential to satisfy Nigeria's daily requirement of 445,000 to 550,000 barrels of fuel, with spare capacity to export.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Nigerian Militants announce Missile Tests

A group of militant commanders have announced that they would commence the testing of six missiles in the Niger Delta for three days beginning from June 7. The Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF released the statement after a meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Onitsha named Worlds most polluted city

According to a recent World Health Organization-WHO report, Onitsha tops the list as the world’s most polluted city. This is based on measurement of small particulate matter concentration (PM10). A mega trading hub in southern Nigeria, Onitsha recorded 30 times more than the WHO's recommended levels of PM10.






Monday, May 30, 2016

Basketball players classmates paid for Mothers Flight ticket to attend Graduation

Felicia Ikpum kissed her only child goodbye four years ago, sending him off to America for a chance at a better life. Already 6-foot-7 at 14 years old, Michael Tertsea had an opportunity to receive an education and play basketball at a Catholic high school in Maryland. But it meant leaving his village in Nigeria where, for as long as he could remember, his mom was his whole world. He barely remembers his father, who abandoned them when he was about 5 years old.





Sunday, May 29, 2016

More Oil pipelines Blown up in Nigeria

Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half, militants and residents said.





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Angola overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s top Oil Producer

Attacks by militants in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region have cut oil production by 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to the country’s petroleum minister. Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said on Monday that the attacks had cut Nigeria’s oil production from an average of 2.2 million bpd to 1.4 million bpd. The dip means that Nigeria is temporarily no longer Africa’s biggest oil producer. Angola is currently producing 1.8 million bpd, while Nigeria was recorded as producing 1.69 million bpd, in an early May research.

Nigeria President Buhari
An offshore facility run by U.S. company Chevron, which produced 35,000 bpd, was shut down in May following an attack, while Shell has reportedly evacuated some of its staff from an oilfield in the region due to the increased risk of attack. A newly-formed group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers claimed responsibility for the Chevron attack and said, on its website, that its “major goal” is “to cripple the Nigerian economy’.

source: Times

Monday, May 16, 2016

Aluko sells USA home for $21.5M

Kola Aluko, controversial Nigerian oil tycoon, has sold his Bel-Air, Los Angeles mansion for $21.5 million, taking a $3 million loss after purchasing the sprawling residence in 2012 for $24.5 million. 

Aluko, 46, apparently sold the residence in an off-market transaction using a limited-liability company. An off-market sale in real estate refers to a property that is sold without any form of public advertising. Aluko is being investigated by Nigerian and European authorities for a series of money-laundering and fraud-related crimes.

Source: LA Times

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ISIS Nigerian Recruit Killed by Coalition Airstrike

Ibrahim Uwais, the son of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais, was killed yesterday near Aleppo, Syria as the United States battled members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in fierce airstrikes. Ibrahim Uwais, who secretly traveled to Syria in February 2015 to join ISIS, was one of the numerous Islamist terrorists who perished as the US military aircraft bombarded known ISIS camps near the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. He slipped from Turkey into Syria with his two Wives and children to join the fast growing army of volunteer ISIS fighters.
source: cable

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ivy League schools scramble for yet another Nigerian

We’ve heard and seen reports of African student’s exceling academically in American schools. Out of Atlanta comes yet another intriguing Nigerian youngster who is on track to set academic records. Olubunmi Fariyike, 17, of Cobb, County Georgia in Atlanta is the son of Nigerian immigrants Emmanuel and Fadeke Fariyike. Olubunmi attends Hillgrove High School in GA with a GPA of 4.672 aggregate and 2,230-out-of-2,400 SAT.

 He has received admission into 5 Ivy League schools and 11 other prestigious schools. His Ivy League schools include; Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Other schools include; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California, Harvey Mudd College, Washington University, Rice University, Northwestern, University of Georgia (foundation fellow) and Georgia Tech.

Olubunmi wants to study biomedical engineering for his first degree and then head to medical school with the intention of becoming a Neurosurgeon — and was exhilarated when he learned he now had an opportunity to study at the country’s top schools. Olubunmi is a self-motivated tenacious young man who puts his all in whatever he sets his mind on.


His parents, entire family, his community, former students of FGGC Sagamu are very proud of this young man and we all wish him the very best. Mrs. Fadeke Fariyike is an Alumni of FGGC Sagamu.

Tosan Aduayi is the founder of Trendy Africa Magazine and has been an active journalist since 1994