Month: March 2014

Jonathan, Pope Francis‎ discuss extensively on same-sex marriage

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President Goodluck Jonathan and‎ Pope Francis ‎yesterday held extensive discussion on Nigeria’s position on same-sex marriage law recently passed in the country.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Kennedy Opara, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday at the Holy Sea after President Jonathan’s audience with the Pope as well as his tour of the Vatican City.

Opara said the President used the opportunity to state Nigeria’s position on same sex-marriage while the Pope commended Jonathan’s effort in tackling the various challenges facing the country.

The Pilgrims from Anambra, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, were part of President Jonathan’s delegation to Vatican City in Rome, Italy but remained at the courtyard while the audience with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Also Nigerian residents in Italy were also in the Vatican City to join President Jonathan in the Papal audience.

President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy See was also an attempt to re-establish contact with the Holy See authorities because they have an important part to play in Nigeria’s affairs, according to the ‎Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Francis Okeke.

He also conclude his pilgrimage which he started in Israel, October last year.‎

The Ambassador ‎recalled that the Christian religion brought education to Nigeria over 100 years ago, and the Holy See played an important part with other Christian religions in supporting education in Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen after the Papal audience, the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, said Nigeria will benefit alot from President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy Sea.

According to him, Jonathan was the first sitting President to pay a visit to the Pope at the Vatican.

Akpabio said, “I think this is very good because I believe what Nigeria needs is spiritual rebirth and that is what the President is doing. He is not just doing physical transformation but wants to ensure we also have spiritual transformation, this is so that our children will turn away from vices that try to bring disrepute to Nigeria. I believe strongly that it is at a period like this that God made him a President of this country, to chart a new course for the future of Nigeria, so this visit will be of great benefits.

“Also the Vatican as you know is run as a country and so we have also entered into cooperative arrangements in terms of education and health care in Nigeria.

“At the end of the day you are going to have a lot of people coming from the Holy Sea to chart a new course in the education and health care sectors and by implication enhance the living standards of Nigerians. So I’m excited that we are bringing the Holy Sea to Nigeria and by implication bringing the catholic community which is also the largest in Nigeria closer to the federal government”. ‎

Benue State, Gabriel Suswam on his part said the benefits of the visits are two folds, “first the divine benefits that the President as the representative of the country has gone from the Pope himself and also the fact that there are other bilateral issues that the President also discussed with the Vatican. You know that the Vatican in the area of health and education are doing very well. So I believe that we have benefited both spiritually and also in the area of health and education.

“For some of us that are here, we have taken ‎a lot of blessings and gifts from the Pope that I believe will in turn impact positively on the country”, he said.

Suswam also said he in particular prayed against the incessant attacks from the Fulani herdsmen. “We are actually going through a phase in the country and we need a lot of prayers. Part of the prayers from Pope Francis was against the violence we are experiencing in Nigeria and I believe we will begin to see a lot of difference when we get back”.

Some of the notable personalities in the President’s delegation were his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Benue State Governor’s wife, Yemisi Suswam, former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, the wife of the Senate President Helen Mark, the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Publicity, Secretary, Olise Metuh, and the former Chief of Staff to the President Mike Oghiadomhe.

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Nigeria, Vatican partner in education, health

President Goodluck Jonathan and‎ Pope Francis ‎yesterday held extensive discussion on Nigeria’s position on same-sex marriage law recently passed in the country.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Kennedy Opara, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday at the Holy Sea after President Jonathan’s audience with the Pope as well as his tour of the Vatican City.

Opara said the President used the opportunity to state Nigeria’s position on same sex-marriage while the Pope commended Jonathan’s effort in tackling the various challenges facing the country.

The Pilgrims from Anambra, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, were part of President Jonathan’s delegation to Vatican City in Rome, Italy but remained at the courtyard while the audience with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Also Nigerian residents in Italy were also in the Vatican City to join President Jonathan in the Papal audience.

President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy See was also an attempt to re-establish contact with the Holy See authorities because they have an important part to play in Nigeria’s affairs, according to the ‎Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Francis Okeke.

He also conclude his pilgrimage which he started in Israel, October last year.‎

The Ambassador ‎recalled that the Christian religion brought education to Nigeria over 100 years ago, and the Holy See played an important part with other Christian religions in supporting education in Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen after the Papal audience, the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, said Nigeria will benefit alot from President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy Sea.

According to him, Jonathan was the first sitting President to pay a visit to the Pope at the Vatican.

Akpabio said, “I think this is very good because I believe what Nigeria needs is spiritual rebirth and that is what the President is doing. He is not just doing physical transformation but wants to ensure we also have spiritual transformation, this is so that our children will turn away from vices that try to bring disrepute to Nigeria. I believe strongly that it is at a period like this that God made him a President of this country, to chart a new course for the future of Nigeria, so this visit will be of great benefits.

“Also the Vatican as you know is run as a country and so we have also entered into cooperative arrangements in terms of education and health care in Nigeria.

“At the end of the day you are going to have a lot of people coming from the Holy Sea to chart a new course in the education and health care sectors and by implication enhance the living standards of Nigerians. So I’m excited that we are bringing the Holy Sea to Nigeria and by implication bringing the catholic community which is also the largest in Nigeria closer to the federal government”. ‎

Benue State, Gabriel Suswam on his part said the benefits of the visits are two folds, “first the divine benefits that the President as the representative of the country has gone from the Pope himself and also the fact that there are other bilateral issues that the President also discussed with the Vatican. You know that the Vatican in the area of health and education are doing very well. So I believe that we have benefited both spiritually and also in the area of health and education.

“For some of us that are here, we have taken ‎a lot of blessings and gifts from the Pope that I believe will in turn impact positively on the country”, he said.

Suswam also said he in particular prayed against the incessant attacks from the Fulani herdsmen. “We are actually going through a phase in the country and we need a lot of prayers. Part of the prayers from Pope Francis was against the violence we are experiencing in Nigeria and I believe we will begin to see a lot of difference when we get back”.

Some of the notable personalities in the President’s delegation were his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Benue State Governor’s wife, Yemisi Suswam, former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, the wife of the Senate President Helen Mark, the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Publicity, Secretary, Olise Metuh, and the former Chief of Staff to the President Mike Oghiadomhe.

Jonathan, Pope Francis‎ discuss extensively on same-sex marriage

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By: JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Vatican City‎, Rome

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria, Vatican partner in education, health

President Goodluck Jonathan and‎ Pope Francis ‎yesterday held extensive discussion on Nigeria’s position on same-sex marriage law recently passed in the country.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Kennedy Opara, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday at the Holy Sea after President Jonathan’s audience with the Pope as well as his tour of the Vatican City.

Opara said the President used the opportunity to state Nigeria’s position on same sex-marriage while the Pope commended Jonathan’s effort in tackling the various challenges facing the country.

The Pilgrims from Anambra, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, were part of President Jonathan’s delegation to Vatican City in Rome, Italy but remained at the courtyard while the audience with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Also Nigerian residents in Italy were also in the Vatican City to join President Jonathan in the Papal audience.

President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy See was also an attempt to re-establish contact with the Holy See authorities because they have an important part to play in Nigeria’s affairs, according to the ‎Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Francis Okeke.

He also conclude his pilgrimage which he started in Israel, October last year.‎

The Ambassador ‎recalled that the Christian religion brought education to Nigeria over 100 years ago, and the Holy See played an important part with other Christian religions in supporting education in Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen after the Papal audience, the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, said Nigeria will benefit alot from President Jonathan’s visit to the Holy Sea.

According to him, Jonathan was the first sitting President to pay a visit to the Pope at the Vatican.

Akpabio said, “I think this is very good because I believe what Nigeria needs is spiritual rebirth and that is what the President is doing. He is not just doing physical transformation but wants to ensure we also have spiritual transformation, this is so that our children will turn away from vices that try to bring disrepute to Nigeria. I believe strongly that it is at a period like this that God made him a President of this country, to chart a new course for the future of Nigeria, so this visit will be of great benefits.

“Also the Vatican as you know is run as a country and so we have also entered into cooperative arrangements in terms of education and health care in Nigeria.

“At the end of the day you are going to have a lot of people coming from the Holy Sea to chart a new course in the education and health care sectors and by implication enhance the living standards of Nigerians. So I’m excited that we are bringing the Holy Sea to Nigeria and by implication bringing the catholic community which is also the largest in Nigeria closer to the federal government”. ‎

Benue State, Gabriel Suswam on his part said the benefits of the visits are two folds, “first the divine benefits that the President as the representative of the country has gone from the Pope himself and also the fact that there are other bilateral issues that the President also discussed with the Vatican. You know that the Vatican in the area of health and education are doing very well. So I believe that we have benefited both spiritually and also in the area of health and education.

“For some of us that are here, we have taken ‎a lot of blessings and gifts from the Pope that I believe will in turn impact positively on the country”, he said.

Suswam also said he in particular prayed against the incessant attacks from the Fulani herdsmen. “We are actually going through a phase in the country and we need a lot of prayers. Part of the prayers from Pope Francis was against the violence we are experiencing in Nigeria and I believe we will begin to see a lot of difference when we get back”.

Some of the notable personalities in the President’s delegation were his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Benue State Governor’s wife, Yemisi Suswam, former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, the wife of the Senate President Helen Mark, the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Publicity, Secretary, Olise Metuh, and the former Chief of Staff to the President Mike Oghiadomhe.

Source: The Sun

Excitement as Star Trek 2014 Draws Nigh

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By Tersoo Achineku

From the time of King Sunny Ade, to the time of Fela, to the time of Tuface Idibia and until now, one thing has been certain, Nigeria was made for music. Despite our foot-balling, oil and other exploits, music has always been a point of note for the country, enjoyed by young and old and created by the talented. As such, to really propagate this beautiful medium of entertainment, a platform for dispersion is needed. And this platform, which for a few years now has been the only certain music circus which has taken up the responsibility of taking music to every corner of this music loving country, comes in the form of Star Trek.
Star Trek, Nigeria’s largest musical, has, since its inception in the year 2002, toured several semi urban areas across the country, taking Nigeria’s finest musical acts to fans. The eagerly awaited concert is known for its splendour and bliss as it serves as a platform for Nigeria’s favourite artistes to reach out to their fans all over the country and beyond, as well as an opportunity for the brand to reach out to music lovers all over the country.
The concert, whose focus it is to utilise Nigerian music as a medium for the Star brand to connect to its teeming fans across the country, would hold once again this year and its theme; My City Rocks, sums up the amount of excitement to be expected at the event. The concert would hold in 10 cities namely, Ado Ekiti, Benin, Markudi, Lagos, Onitsha Fegge, Orlu, Umuahia, Uyo,Ekwulobiaand Nsukka. Billed to perform at the show are 2face, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, M.I, Davido, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Timaya, Pasunma, Mr. Raw, Phyno, Olamide, KCee, Sean Tizzle and Naeto C.
With the buzz of the upcoming concerts still hard in the minds of Nigerians, it has to be said that this year’s Star Trek would most definitely turn out to be the greatest musical circus which would be talked about for a while to come.

Olisa Adibua & Tertius Strauss
Olisa Adibua & Tertius Strauss
Senior Strategy Manager, Tony Agenmomen & Corporate Media & Brand  Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah,
Tony Agennomen & Corporate Media & Brand Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah,
Ehi Braimah
Ehi Braimah
MTN Yhello Top Ten Countdown Presenter, Bolande Okhiria, Olori Supergal & Oyindamola Adelesi
MTN Yhello Top Ten Countdown Presenter, Bolande Okhiria, Olori Supergal & Oyindamola Adelesi
Jayne, Funsho Arogundade, Victor Akande & Osas
Jayne, Funsho Arogundade, Victor Akande & Osas
Jayne, Funsho Arogundade, Victor Akande & Osas
Jayne, Funsho Arogundade, Victor Akande & Osas

James Faulds, Jonathan Lang  &  kate Wilson
James Faulds, Jonathan Lang & kate Wilson
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DSC_0482

Head of Event, Coolfm, Ame Okwudi & Cj
Head of Event, Coolfm, Ame Okwudi & Cj

Head of Event, Coolfm, Ame Okwudi & Cj
Head of Event, Coolfm, Ame Okwudi & Cj
Yewande Apelehin  & Victor Njoku
Yewande Apelehin & Victor Njoku
Divine, Harriet, Belinda, kemi& Wande
Divine, Harriet, Belinda, kemi& Wande
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, May D , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, May D , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Gbenga Adeyinka & Laf up
Gbenga Adeyinka & Laf up
Sunmi & Bami
Sunmi & Bami
Hauwa , Luchi, Titi &  Kike
Hauwa , Luchi, Titi & Kike

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ARTIST SIGNING

Sean Tizzle
Sean Tizzle
Mr. Raw
Mr. Raw
Phyno
Phyno
Senior Brand Manager star,  Ita Bassey, Phyno,  Corporate Media & Brand PR  Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah & Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade
Senior Brand Manager star, Ita Bassey, Phyno, Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah & Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade
Naeto C
Naeto C
Senior Brand Manager star, Ita Bassey, Naeto C, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR  Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager star, Ita Bassey, Naeto C, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Dr. Sid
Dr. Sid
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, Dr. Sid, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, Dr. Sid, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Kcee
Kcee
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, Kcee, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, Kcee, Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Olamide
Olamide
M.I
M.I
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, M.I , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, M.I , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
May D
May D
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, May D , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, May D , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, 2Face , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah
Senior Brand Manager Star, Ita Bassey, 2Face , Brand Manager Star, Obabiyi Fagade & Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Edem Vindah

LASU GETS 4000 POUNDS BRITISH COUNCIL RESEARCH AWARD

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Lasu Campus
Lasu Campus

The British Council has recently awarded the Lagos State University (LASU), 4000 Pounds research grant through the Researchers’ Link Scheme to investigate the mechanism through which physical activities affects changes in the ageing of the brain.

According to Professor Benjamin Aribisala, a Professor of Computer Science in LASU, through whom the award was granted to LASU, the award will allow for collaboration between himself and Dr. Alan Gow of Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, to combine their expertise in Computer Science, Medical Image Analysis, Statistics, Epidemiology, Psychology and Cognitive Ageing to conduct the clinical research.

According to him, “The focus of this study is to examine how levels and changes in physical activities are associated with brain changes in older adults. This requires a multidisciplinary approach”.

“As we age, there is a general reduction in the volume of grey matter (the thinking cells of the brain), and the integrity of the white matter (the wiring that connects different brain regions) also declines. The extent to which these declines occur varies across individuals and is associated with cognitive ageing-decline in memory, speed of thinking and reasoning”, he added.

He concluded that researchers are therefore interested in identifying factors that might reduce or at least delay these deleterious changes in the human brain.

Speaking on the importance of the study, the Professor opined that it could reduce the costs of health services for the care of the elderly, and may also help identify intervention targets, so that older adults can continue to live and function independently.

The study is expected to commence in June, 2014 and be completed by March, 2015 with the result published in International Journals with high impact factor

FASHOLA FLAGS OFF 6TH LAGOS CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Tuesday flagged off the State’s 6th Climate Change Summit saying the only way to save the Planet Earth from the adverse consequences of Climate Change was to reverse the choices made by humanity which have resulted in the change.

Fashola, who spoke at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island venue of the three-day Summit, warned that the reversal of the choices was no longer a matter of the future but must commence immediately if the Planet must be saved from further devastation and exploitation.

He told the gathering of local and international participants including diplomats, local and international experts and resource persons as well as other stakeholders in the Environment that the choices lay firstly in the way humanity had multiplied in number over the years adding that there must be a slow-down.

“We are experiencing Climate Change only as a result of the choices we have made and it resides in us to unmake those choices and those choices lie first in the way that we have multiplied our numbers and, whether we like it or not, we must slow down because our numbers have grown more rapidly in the last 50 years than it has grown in all of the past civilizations”, the Governor said.

Noting that the Planet Earth has a population of seven billion people, the Governor declared, “We have suddenly become seven billion people on the Planet and increasingly heading towards being 10.5 billion people. If we are finding it so hard to look after seven billion people, it seems to me a simple logic to say let us slow down so that we can look after the ones we have”.

“You and I have to make those choices now by looking at our resources and asking ourselves how much can our resources support. Even when your resources can support what you have you can stop and ask yourself should I leave some so that my neighbour can share if he too can make the choices”, the Governor said.