President Muhammadu Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results.
Today, 82 more #ChibokGirls were released.
After lengthy negotiations,our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.
The released #ChibokGirls are due to arrive in Abuja tomorrow Sunday May 7, and will be received by the President.
President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows: Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and local and international NGOs.
The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives.
The President has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at every stage of the negotiations/operation.
Senior Special Assistant to the President — Media and Publicity
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) figures in 2012, the top five killers in Africa were HIV/Aids, lower respiratory tract infections, diarrheal diseases, strokes, and Malaria. In my role as founder and president of Yeloto African Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization named for my own children, I have made raising awareness of the ills and needs of children in Africa a central aspect of the mission of my efforts. As I have shared before in both public and private arenas. When I reflect on what I have seen and continue to see day to day during my vacation’s and annual charity sojourn to Nigeria, it generates great sadness in my heart to see how our country’s most valuable resource, its children, are not all provided for in a manner that ensures their optimum development and success. What I find even more disheartening is reminiscent of a quote by entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who is quoted as saying, “The world’s most deadly disease is “hardening of the attitudes.” In too many arenas, from the average citizen to the highest echelons of government there is a sense of complacency about the needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our midst. Our children need us and they need us now. At the risk of sounding cliché, the truth remains; the children that we are passing by begging or hawking in the streets, or those that are dying as a result of preventable illnesses are our future. I know that something as conceptually simple as paradigm shift in thinking as well as the synergism of individuals that choose to function as change agents hold the key to turning the tide and changing the present narrative for our African children. Read more
As a part of its 2017 activities, YELOTO African Children Foundation awarded scholarships to the best male and female students from junior and senior categories on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 at the Mayflower School Ikenne, Ogun State Nigeria.
This is the second in the series.
The scholarships were awarded to 15 recipients and were presented with cheques.
YELOTO was represented by Idowu Olasunkanmi, the Director of Public Communication
I sat and spoke with the C.E.O of Yeloto African Children Foundation, Dr. Oluyemi Olawaiye, and was immediately taken by his strong sense of motivation to excel in his personal life and his equally passionate desire in supporting enterprising students. Read more
….host a panel discussion with key players in the entertainment, politics/governance, power, manufacturing/production and technology.
…airs live on Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 9am on the NTA Network.
On the 1st of January 2017 from 9am on the NTA Network, CAL returns with the T.V show, bigger and better. The show will host a panel discussion with key players in the following sectors: entertainment, politics/governance, power, manufacturing/production and technology.
The panellists will discuss the strides that have been made in advancing these sectors in Nigeria as well as mishaps and give their projections, hopes and suggestions for the future. The show intends to raise awareness on happenings in the society and also encourage everyday individuals to make little personal changes and continuous acts of kindness to help change lives.
In the words of Leyman Gbowee, ‘We must ignite the spirit of Ubuntu – I am what I am because of who we all are’.
The show will end in a New Year’s Day celebration with Change-A-Life’s beneficiaries to put a smile on the faces by providing them with gift items. Read more
Diarrhea is the condition of having at least three loose or liquid bowel movements each day. It can lasts for a few days with the most significant symptom been dehydration due to fluid loss. Parents should be aware that loose but non-watery stools in breast feeding babies does not necessarily constitute diarrhea.
It is most common in developing countries. Total deaths for diarrhea worldwide was about 1.26 million in 2013. In 2012, it was the second most common cause of deaths in children younger than five years of age. Frequent episodes of diarrhea can lead to malnutrition, stunted growths and poor intellectual development. Read more
It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The Director-General, Malam LAWAL Daura just finished briefing the President H.E MUHAMMADU Buhari.
The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue. Read more
Hollywood actress, director and producer Jennifer Aniston makes a return to the Emirates A380, and makes a new friend, in a new global digital and TV advertising campaign for the world’s best airline*.
Jennifer Aniston TV commercial | A380 | Emirates
The ad builds on the success of the first Emirates-Jennifer Aniston ad launched last year, a much talked-about campaign which quickly went viral.
In a similar vein to the first light-hearted TVC, the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress brings her distinctive personality, classic style, and a touch of humour, to showcase the A380. In the ad, Jennifer befriends Cooper, a feisty young boy who she finds playing in her Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin, while she was freshening up in the Shower Spa. The two strike up a conversation and build rapport, as they stroll through Emirates’ Business Class cabin and Onboard Lounge. Sitting on the stairs between the lower and upper decks of the aircraft, Cooper tells Jennifer about his aspirations to become a pilot – of ‘this plane’, pointing to his model Emirates A380 aircraft. In Economy Class, Cooper is finally reunited with his surprised parents where Jennifer chooses to remain and enjoy Emirates’ ice inflight entertainment system with Cooper. The ad ends with Cooper’s mother relaxing in Jennifer’s Private Suite, having exchanged places with the Hollywood star.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “A year ago, when we launched our first ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, we were overwhelmed by what a social phenomenon it became. The humour resonated with audiences around the world, and the ad was viewed by millions of people, generating thousands of conversations. Fans of both Emirates and Jennifer loved her effortless charm and humour, and enjoyed a story that deviated from traditional airline advertising.
“We were overrun with requests to see Jennifer again. She has an enduring, universal appeal that is at once sophisticated, but also down to earth – a great match for our brand. This new ad perfectly captures the fun, spontaneity and glamour of flying on Emirates, and we are confident audiences will find it as memorable as the first.”
The TVC was directed by industry veteran and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. The script and creative concept was a collaboration between Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team and produced in conjunction with the WPP Group.
…Leads first all men walk against women, girl child abuse
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday led an All Male Walk against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), vowing that his administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure that all perpetrators of such crimes are made to face the wrath of the law.
The walk, which proceeded from Ikeja under Bridge through Awolowo Way to Lagos House in Alausa, witnessed the participation of dignitaries from all walks of life, including members of the State Executive Council, members of the State House of Assembly, key government functionaries, entertainers, youths, artisans, workers, among others.
Addressing participants at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Ambode, decked in a black T-shirt and armed with a placard with the inscription ‘Stop Rape, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse’, said it was time for men to stand up and take the bull by the horn in tackling the menace of SGBV in the society, as recent research has shown that women are more prone to being victims of these crimes. Read more
Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to hold the 6th edition of its Annual Autism Conference. The two-day programme, which is free and open to the general public, will hold on the 20th and 21st of June, 2016 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Themed “Managing Autism: The Next Generation, Consideration and Resources”, the Autism Conference will feature specialists from Nigeria and the United States of America offering consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents. Other services include; Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy , Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Read more
Commemorating the Children’s Day celebration, Emirates airline is set to roll out a raft of fun activities for children at the Ikeja City Mall.
Slated to take place on May 27th and 28th from 12 Noon till 7pm on both days, the City Mall will be graced with an Emirates stand designed for children. Children can enjoy a host of exciting activities such as face painting with animal faces and Emirates activity books, coloring pencils and drawing pages. Kids can capture great memories while they get their picture clicked with Emirates Fly With Me Animals and dressed up as pilots and cabin crew. There are also lots of toys as giveaways
To inspire young travellers, Emirates offers a set of toys that serves as a companion for kids on board their flights. The toys come in three product lines, Travel Buddy – a cuddly toy with a plastic toggle allowing it to be hung in the car, on a pram or in the cot, Carry Buddy – dual purpose toy and blanket and Magnetic sketchers – unique characters to keep kids entertained, with drawing and easy erasing functionality. Read more
Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has extended its annual One-on-One consultation for children with Autism and other developmental difficulties to Ogun State. The five day programme, which is free and open to the general public, began on Monday 25th April,2016 at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Themed “Managing Autism: The Next Generation, Consideration and Resources”, the One-on-One consultation features specialists from Nigeria and the United States of America offering consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents. Other specialized consultation services include; Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Read more
Guaranty Trust Bank plc, in partnership with the Cycology Club, Patricks Speech and Languages Centre, The Centre for Children Development, Parents of children living with Autism and other non-governmental organizations, are organizing a walk and cycling campaign around the Lagos metropolis on Saturday, April 2, to mark the 2016 World Autism Awareness Day.
The Walk for Autism will kick off by 7am from Town Planning Way Bus-stop, Ilupeju while the Cycling for Autism initiative will take off at 6am from The Syrian Club, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi. The campaign will cover major routes in the Lagos metropolis such as the 3rdmainland bridge, Ikorodu road and the Lekki Expressway. Other stakeholders in the awareness campaign include, The Learning Place, the College of Medicine, Idi Araba. The participants include children living with Autism, their parents, families, friends and GTBank staff members.
The walk and cycling campaign will officially kick-startthe 6th edition of GTBank’s Annual Autism Programme, which is designed to provide support for children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by creating awareness of the disorder and invariably acceptance. ASD affects 1 in every 150 children around the world and is a lifelong developmental disability characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people. Read more