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Your Education Is To Unite The Country, Buhari Tells Corps Members

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Daura, Katsina State, challenged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to live up to expectation of the founding fathers by utilising their education and privilege of visiting different parts of the country to unite Nigerians.

Receiving the youth corps members at his country home in Daura during the Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration, alongside the President of Republic of Guinea, Prof. Alfa Conde, President Buhari said the primary focus of the NYSC is to expose graduates to the beauty and diversity of the country, and return to their states or any part of the country to share their experiences.

The President said they should always emphasize the common values of peaceful co-existence, kindness and hospitality that cut across all cultures and religion in Nigeria.

President Buhari said the entire nation depends on past and serving youth corps members to bridge the country, since they have the first-hand experience of living with different ethnic groups in various parts of the country, studying their cultures and traditions, and enjoying hospitality, which underpins every community in Nigeria. Read more

Election postponement- LASG review school calendar, resumes Monday 18 Feb 2019

The Lagos State Government has effected change in the School Calendar following the postponement of the scheduled election dates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Her Excellency, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule who made the decision public said all public and private schools should resume on Monday 18th February, 2019 as against Tuesday 19th February, contained in the earlier reviewed calendar.

She informed all the Lagos State School stakeholders and the general public that all schools in Lagos state are expected to close on Friday 22nd of February and resume on Monday 25th.

Adebule said the second leg of the break will be on Friday 8th March, 2019 and schools are expected to resume on Monday 11th March, 2019.

All public and private schools, school leaders and school associations are implored to take note and adhere strictly to the new School Calendar.

This measure is to ensure that the academic development and future of the pupils and students of the State are not compromised by the alteration of the election time table.

UNILAG Hosts Adeboye Lecture > Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The 5th Pastor E.A Adeboye annual birthday public lecture will hold on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the J-F Ade-Ajayi (main) Auditorium, University of Lagos from 12 noon.

The Lecture which will be delivered by Prof. Michael Omolewa, a former Permanent Delegate/Nigeria’s Ambassador to UNESCO has the topic; PEACE: The Global Quest.

The vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe will be the Chairman of the lecture which will be attended by distinguished personalities from all walks of life.

The lecture series began in 2015 and has had, as its past speakers, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Prof Oyewale Tomori, Pastor Femi Atoyebi and Prof. Jide Osuntokun.


New Book: Navigate: A prospection of Nigeria’s future to 2030 by Olumayowa Okediran

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What will you give to see what will happen in your life ten years? Perhaps, it can help you begin to review some of the decisions you are making today, so they may lead to your desired outcomes. One of man’s challenges is that he cannot see so far ahead to let him enjoy opportunities of the future while escaping the dangers that reside therein.

Imagine that you could actually predict the economic recession that hit Nigeria in 2016. Most especially the downfall of the naira against other currencies. Perhaps, you would have protected your financial interests and kept your money in more stable deposits that will enable you ride the wave of the economic crisis without your financial situation worsening. Perhaps you would have delayed some of your transactions, while hastening others.  To make this clearer, let us assume this is January 1965, just few years after Nigeria gained independence and a year before the country descended into a bloody ethnic war. Let us assume you, an Igbo man, were deciding whether to open a new branch of your booming company in Northern Nigeria and in another Eastern State. You consider numerous factors, but you clearly could not see the war coming. Because of this, situating your new branch in a new region looked very lucrative as you could claim the opportunities in a new market. You began to see signs that a conflict might be brewing only a few months later. However, at this time, you had already made significant investment that meant running home would amount to counting your losses.
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Gtbank backs Olubayode Olawunmi to break Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Read Aloud

Longest Marathon Read Aloud, Gtbank’s You Read Initiative Backs A Nigerian To Break Guinness World Record
As part of her initiative to rekindle the interest in reading, You Read Initiative, one of CSR programmes of GTBank launched in 2017 has given her support to a 40-year old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi who is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud.

Since 2008, Deepak Sharma Bajagain has held the world record in book reading after he read a total of 17 books in 113 hours and 15 minutes.
Now, Olubayode is taking a shot at breaking the world record by reading over 15 Nigerian published books in 120 hours over a period of 6 days at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, Lagos. Read more

Powered by GTBANK: Dusty Manuscripts? It’s time to publish your stories

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has launched the Dusty Manuscript Contest to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts. Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, the contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD initiative which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading.


The Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank initiatives geared towards promoting the appreciation of Art and supporting creative potential. In 2017 the Bank remodelled the old Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba into a state of the art learning and recreational facility that would give people in the community and beyond the opportunity to build capacity, gain exposure and connect with the world. The remodelled library has been the venue of regular book readings and art expositions organized under the YouREAD initiative.

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5 Activities Ideas for Kids in Winter Holiday


By Kevin Doyle

Children love the winter holiday. Actually, children love any kind of holiday! During the winter holiday, there may be days when your child cannot go play outside. This would usually be because of the weather.

You can take this time to give your child some activities which will encourage writing too. Fun activities will serve as a break from your child playing alone. It gives an experience different from playing with devices and educational toys.

Fortunately, there are many kinds of activities you can do to keep your child entertained. These activities are not only fun, but they’re beneficial too. You can even use them some of them to reinforce your child’s love of writing. Here are some enjoyable activities to try with your child:

1. Start a Winter Journal

As soon as the winter holiday begins, introduce this great activity to your child. You can either buy a journal or help your child make one. Also, purchase or create some fun embellishments and decorations. Allow your child to add them to the journal each time he makes an entry. This is a great way to encourage your child to write.

Each time your child participates in a fun activity during the winter break, let him fill in the journal. Sit with your child and ask him to talk about the activity.

If your child is old enough to write in the journal on his own, allow him too. Younger children need may help though, so help your child as much as you can with writing the journal.

Make this activity more fun by telling your child that each time he finishes an entry, he can dress up the page. Give your child the decorations and let him be as creative as he wants to be.

2. Make a Snowman Factory Read more

7 DAYS TO GO: @sobcaonline Platform Launch » September 4th, 2017 #SOBCAonline

What is SOBCA?

Yesterday when we announced our official countdown to the public unveiling of SOBCAonline, and having enjoyed a very tremendous support from friends and loved ones, several feedback was the question “WHAT IS SOBCA?”

It is an honour to be the face of emotional and mental healing. For almost a decade now, we have built capacity to provide resources and solutions to persons who are dealing with difficult personal problems.

We help men, women, children, teenagers, business persons and corporate organizations to resolve challenges including abuse, drugs, traumas, pains, losses, uncertainties that come with daily living and economic bottlenecks.

SOBCA stands for “Sam Obafemi Behavioural Change Academy”. This is the first regular institution in Africa where you can learn how to govern your emotions using tools of Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Fear Mastery, Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Agility, Core Behavioural Therapy and Mental Health First Aid. Read more

8 DAYS TO GO: @sobcaonline Platform Launch » September 4th, 2017 #SOBCAonline


In November 2010, I achieved certification in Life Coaching and followed it with another in Anger Management on October 8th, 2011. After this, I became certified in Emotional Intelligence in March 2012.

Ever since, I have worked with, through and for well more than 5,000 individuals (and in groups).

My work in several cities of Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Jos, Uyo, Taraba, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Port Harcourt, Niger, just to mention a few, has groomed me to understand THE NIGERIAN VERSION to behaviours and conduct.

That is why when we resumed formal academy courses in March 2016, majority of our content and illustrations were LOCAL. We have created local materials for local applications.


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The Mainland Teens/Youth Leadership & Career Conference *29th & 31st August 2017

The Mainland Teens/Youth Leadership & Career Conference is designed to help children & young people develop new attitudes, behaviours & choices.
Organised by A Fresh Start Initiative and Dayo Israel Intl in partnership with GLEEHD Foundation, Yaba Youth Congress, Able Abel Initiative and the Lagos State Youth Council

During the conference, over 1000 young Mainlanders will meet to sharpen their leadership skills to tackle global issues. An ideal opportunity for young leaders who wish to face challenges that will push their abilities to the next level. The conference will challenge the young participants to be influencers in their faith based institutions, schools, and communities.

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FG appeals to ASUU to shelve strike

The Federal Government has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike in the universities in the interest of the nation.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, in the Ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had on Monday declared an indefinite strike over Federal Government failure to keep to the 2009 agreement.

According to Ngige, there is an ongoing renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU by the Babalakin Committee.

“The Federal Government has set up the Babalakin Committee on 13th Feb. 2017, which is already addressing the issues raised by ASUU. Read more

Ezekwesili urges ASUU, FG to return to negotiating table

Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table.

Ezekwesili made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday.

She noted that no matter the disagreement; dialogue and negotiation were the best way to go, in the overall interest of the students and the nation.

The former minister said that urgent agreement by both parties would help to protect the current academic calendar. Read more

JAMB: 85,000 candidates get second chance for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed Saturday, July 1 to conduct supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 85,000 candidates.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, announced the date in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the examination, which is for candidates who registered late and those with related issues, will be spread across some Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres.

“Following an enlarged management meeting of the JAMB, the supplementary 2017 UTME has been fixed to hold on Saturday, July 1.

“No fewer than 85,000 candidates are scheduled to write the examination. Read more

Ambode unveils plans to construct 6,000 bed hostel in LASU

…As 36,540 students graduate from institution

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday revealed plans by his administration to build a 6000-bed hostel within the campus of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo in partnership with the private sector to improve on the learning experience in the institution.
Speaking at the 21st Convocation ceremony of LASU held at the university’s auditorium complex, Governor Ambode said government will continue to invest in infrastructure in tertiary institutions in the State including LASU to make them emerge as great citadels of learning and pride of all.

While commending the management and governing council of the institution for the professionalism with which the affairs of LASU had been piloted, Governor Ambode charged them to build on the ranking of the institution as the Best State University in Nigeria to become one of the best five universities in the country by 2020.
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