Trusting God for a convention like no other. RCCG Annual Young Adults and Youth Convention 2019 is upon us. This year we will be dwelling on “His Power and Glory”
Senator Dino Melaye has rejected the appointment as the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Melaye reacted to this via his Twitter
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will not inflict additional hardship on citizens, rather it will keep seeking ways to ameliorate their sufferings and
The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has again urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste sorting at source by dropping all recyclable
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The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Wednesday declared that there was no evidence that INEC transmitted the results of the 2019 presidential election electronically to any server. Delivering judgement
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The Federal Government has debunked the report being circulated on the social media of a bomb explosion at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Saturday, calling the report
– The Awards holds on the 17th and 18th of January
– “Their work is more than impressive… it is inspiring,” – Reuben Abati
Wrapping up a whirlwind and eagerly followed tour around the country, the organizers of The Future Awards headed to the UK in a series of presentations to spread the word about Nigeria’s biggest youth event.
“We are extremely proud of ourselves. We never tire of stating that we are making history, doing something pacesetting in the history of any awards process in Nigeria.” said Emilia Asim-Ita, the Award’s PR Director, “The ultimate plan for the town, and the basic idea, is to go to all 36 states in the country, and engage as many Nigerian youth as possible, generate conversation about Nigeria taking this message of hope and change and inspiration and making sure that youth from every part are inter-connected with the idea that youths can change Nigeria in spite of the difficult environment. We, after all, are a testimony to that: if we could do these town halls as planned without one kobo of sponsorship, then you know, you just have to believe. ”
Damilare Onajole started playing with computers in late 2002. His first computer was a Pentium II, Windows ’98 runned computer, actually owned by his father for business. Engrossed by the awe the internet holds, he picked up his first HTML 3.2 lessons from www.w3schools.org
I had this interview with him recently. Enjoy it….
SN: Please tell us about yourself, your background and interests?
Damilare: I am Damilare Onajole, a self self-taught technopreneur currently studying Philosophy at Lagos State University. I started doing web development in 2003; it all started as a hobby, then became a business a few years later. Problem solving has always been my hobby, so I naturally fell into web applications development and internet businesses.
I had this interview (via email) with Francis Onwumere. He is a freelance web developer. You can also find this interview @ www.startupsnigeria.com
Enjoy the interview…
Francis said no matter the difficulty you are facing as a startup
“Start by having a plan. At least start and don’t let the difficulties woo you”
Francis: I’m a 25 year old freelance web developer and have been doing this professionally for close to four years now, mainly as a means of extra income while studying chemistry at University of Nigeria.
Originally it all started by chance. I had just finished secondary school in 2000 and while trying to gain admission into university, I came across this HTML book at one Akoka study centre in Lagos. Alongside my A-Level studies, I gradually began to explore the world of HTML and web design.
Fresh off massively successful tours of Benin, Abuja, and Enugu, The Future Awards 2009 hit in quick succession the cities of Kaduna and Calabar with its ground-breaking idea of town hall meetings.
The Kaduna town hall meeting held in the final week of October at the NAF Club, Kaduna, with more than a hundred young people from the state of Kaduna as well as neighboring northern states in attendance, including Jos, Zamfara, Abuja and Kogi.
“Interestingly enough,” reports Adebola Williams, the Awards operations director, who has been co-ordinating the tour, “a lot of the youths in the North, even more so than Enugu for example, knew extensively about The Future Awards, which is a basic rejection of all those assumptions that people in the North are either not attuned to the media or the internet. Many knew the website offhand! Those ones were so excited, they took the microphone and told other about the Awards and the inspiration they have gotten from the young people it celebrates – it was very encouraging to hear!”
The discussion at the town hall expectedly moved to the stereotypes and misconceptions about the North; speaking of the immense talent the region holds and the lack of opportunities. The youth spoke of the tendency to feel ‘inferior’ to youths from Lagos, but impressively enough, there was a firm refusal to blame anybody for this lack of opportunities. “It isn’t enough to have talent,” one of those who spoke, Henry Gyang, a recent graduate from Unimaid, said, “You also need to step out of your comfort zone and find opportunity. Once in a while opportunity might come knocking on your door yes, but most of the time you need to go look for it.” Read more
By Funmi Iyanda
This extraordinary morning, I sit in my hotel room in Johannesburg just crying silently. I am stranded in this city because the Nigerian airline cancelled its flight. I am not angry about the airline, I understand why this things happens in my nation. I had hoped to watch the American elections with friends at home but here I was all alone watching and absorbing in a very powerful way the nuances of this moment in history.
I had refused to be part of the sort of Obamamania that saw the fiasco of the Madam stock exchange led “Africa for Obama” fund raiser which culminated in her embarrassing boast about carrying an American green card. I was a Hilary supporter, won over by unfolding history but more importantly I am a supporter of true democracy and courage both of which Obama embodies and which the American people saw, supported and elected. It is truly a special country. Read more
– Stella Okoli (MON) joins the Board of Trustees
The central working committee for The Future Awards Season 4 has announced the usual extension of nominations. Nominations were announced to end for the 31st of October but have now been extended for two weeks – until the 14th of November 2008.
Whilst the Committee has acknowledged the receipt of thousands of nominations, this year’s extension is to further allow for a national spread in the list of nominees, especially since the national tour is still in progress. At the moment, the tour has taken the team to Abuja, Enugu, Benin and Calabar – left to go are Jos and Ile-Ife. There will also be town hall meetings in London and in South Africa.
As The Future Awards team fulfills its promise to crisscross the nation with the message of inspiration for young Nigerians from varying backgrounds, it has been a rollercoaster ride!
On the 22nd of October, the national tour moved to the ancient city of Benin in Edo State, where The Future Awards engaged with a crowd of over 1, 500 at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin. Hosted in conjunction with rave Benin TV show; Music Mix, CFI Benin chapter and Nigeria International, the meeting saw a presentation of the idea and took questions from the guests.
“Honestly,” said Onyebuchi Aihie, Mass Communication student of the university and one of the attendees, “I have heard about The Future Awards on television but I really didn’t know what it was about – you know all of these things that happen in Lagos are usually only for the famous ones; but I am so happy they came to Benin because so much is happening in Nigeria and the youth of this country need to come together and say: it cannot continue like this.”
Fresh off a highly successful Town Hall meeting in the city of Abuja, The Future.. Awards continues its much-anticipated national tour of the nation’s six geo-political zones, to take the message of the Awards to youths at the grassroots and to ensure that nominations and participation in the process comes from all over the country.
The next stop is the Benin Town Hall Meeting, which holds on Wednesday the 22nd of October at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin. It holds at 6pm. Read more
The much-talked-about National Tour for The Future Awards 2009 has kicked off! Following the spectacular launch of the Awards at a media and VIP event in Lagos, and the unveil of the “i am the future” campaign, the organizers are going around the country to sensitize youths from every corner and at the grassroots about nation building and the country’s future, as well as making sure that nominations for this year’s edition reflect even more the diversity and positive complexity of the Nigerian nation.
It would be recalled that The Future.. Awards broke new grounds last year when three of its major winners out of the 15 overall came from the North, and were young Nigerians not based in Lagos. Those winners were Abdulkareem Baba Aminu (Journalist of the Year), ‘Mak Kusare (Screen Producer of the Year) and Ali Nuhu (Actor of the Year).
The national roadshows will begin in Abuja and are billed to spread through Enugu, Ibadan, Lagos, Benin and Jos.
The Abuja Roadshow, which is billed as a ‘town hall meeting’ where attendees will be able to ask any and every question about the awards, is billed to hold on Wednesday, the 8th of October at Nu Rivaz, Adetokunbo Ademola Way, by Amigos Plaza, Wuse 2. The time is 5pm.
The event is held in conjunction with Chocolate City and Cocktails In & Out. Unlike other pre-events of The Future.. Awards, this will be open to the public, though confirmation must be made to 07028101959.
It will be recalled that nominations for The Future Awards 2009 opened at 12 midnight on the 1st of October and have been announced to close on the 31st of October 2008. Nominations are via the website www.thefuturenigeria.com.
The All Nigeria United Nations Students & Youth Association (ANUNSA) has launched her new website, www.anunsa.com
The All Nigeria United Nations Students’ & Youth Association (ANUNSA) was founded in October 1958 at the University of Ibadan and is the first registered and recognized United Nations Students and Youth Association in Nigeria. ANUNSA has its National Secretariat located in No 17 Kingsway road Ikoyi, Lagos and local chapters in various tertiary institutions of Higher learning comprising of Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Technology, Schools of Nursing and Hygiene etc.
Politics is becoming a game of unification where it is bringing people from different background, culture and tribe together under one umbrella. For the first time in the history of Kano State Polity, a non-indigene (an Igbo man and a Christian), is a member of the cabinet of a Muslim governor. Enjoy this very incisive interview by Emmanuel Gabari with the Special Adviser to His Excellency Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Executive Governor of Kano State.
PLS CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOUR OFFICE ENTAILS AND WHY THE CREATION OF IT?
Well, it is a new office, in the sense that His Excellency the governor created it in 2006 (the time I was appointed). He thought it wise to create this office because of the understanding that those who are not from Kano State should also have a sense of belonging. He has been striving to see how best he can reach out to these people, accommodate and given them a sense of security. So he created this office to mobilize people so they can be part of bringing development and progress to Kano State.
YOU ARE SERVING UNDER THE SECOND TERM TENURE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. TO WHAT EXTENT HAVE THE PEOPLE HERE BENEFITTED FROM YOUR OWN POSITION AS SA?