Month: November 2014

I Feel On Top Of The World – Emem Eduok

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Super Eagles and Dolphins FC striker Emem Eduok says he is exited to have scored the first ever goal at the newly-opened Akwa-Ibom International Stadium, when the home-based Super Eagles hosted Ghana’s Black Meteors penultimate Friday at  the commissioning ceremony of the new ultra-modern stadium.

Eduok’s first-half strike saw the coach Daniel Amokachi-led side defeat a young Ghanaian team in the face of their president John Mohama, who was a special guest of honour at the occasion.

In a telephone interview on Naija Futbol, Eduok, who has plundered 20 goals in the 2014/2015 Nigerian Professional Football League season said he was delighted to have gotten the winner against Ghana.

“I feel so happy to have scored the goal in the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan and my governor, Governor Godswill Akpabio. I’m even happier that Nigeria won the game.”

When asked how he feels being a Super Eagles player, the Akwa-Ibom State born star said he was delighted at the prospect of teaming up with stars like John Mikel Obi, Vincent Enyeama and others.

“I’m happy to be in the same team as Enyeama and Mikel Obi, these are high calibre players that I learn a lot from.” He added that if given the opportunity, he’d do his best in helping to qualify Nigeria for 2015 Afcon.”

Recall that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi named Emem Eduok as part of his 25-man list of players that will prosecute the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations must-win qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa on the 15th and 19th of this month.

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Nigerian Music Industry Standstills For George Nathaniel

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George Nathaniel is a multi-talented Nigerian recording artist, musician and producer. He is renowned for singing and producing soundtracks that has earned him local and international acclaim in several award winning Nollywood movies. Some of his great musical fait accompli for movies includes tracks for Figurine, Desperate Housegirls, I’ll take my Chances, Apaye, Okon goes to School, Weekend Getaway, Mrs Somebody and the list goes on!

His vocal prowess has earned him collaborations with popular Nigerian Artists such as Phyno, JMartins, Waje, PaulPlay, Slam and several others.He has specifically worked on the mixing and mastering of various hit songs like Runtown’s hit song titled ‘Gallardo’ which has enjoyed great mass appeal,  Waje’s recent singles ‘I Wish’, ‘The way you love Me’, PSquare’s ‘MMS’, J-Martins’ first, second and third albums. George’s repertoire is endless!.

Beyond Singing and producing hit songs, George is also a master of key musical instruments like Guitar, Piano and others. This has enhanced his abilities towards producing great beats and sounds. He is set to release three (3) singles on Tuesday 11thNovember 2014. One of the songs called ‘Beautiful Girl’ an afro-Caribbean rhythm blend with a sassy spice of soul! This is a great easy to listen and cool to dance number! The second and third singles are club bangers titled ‘‘Ticket to love,” features J Martins  & Rap sensation Phyno…. ”Roll,” features R&B sensation SLAM.  The last two tracks have an urban rhythm with a unique beat that you just can’t sit still!.  Interestingly, all tracks are currently enjoying great audience for their mass appeal.  With a great personality and humble lifestyle, George is poised to redefine the Nigerian music!!!

IABC explores Globalisation and Digital Communication at 3rd CEO Breakfast Forum

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The International Association of Business Communicators has announced its 3rd CEO Breakfast Forum with a focus on globalisation and best practices in digital communication.

The November 13 CEO Breakfast Forum, according to a statement by IABC Nigeria chapter Director of Communication Samuel Iboroma, would feature two outstanding speakers from Nigeria and South Africa. It is billed to hold at Four Points By Sheraton, Oniru, VI, Lagos.

While Mr Richard Ikiebe, a media scholar of repute, would speak on “Globalisation and the imperative of ISO certification for communicators”, Dr Sean McCoy, a brand expert from South Africa, would tackle the topic, “Stand-out communication in the age of digital: an integrated approach.”

IABC Nigeria President Chido Nwakanma said, “As the year draws to an end, IABC Nigeria has brought together two leading thinkers to stimulate thought and set agenda for Marcomms in Nigeria and Africa in the coming year 2015. It is a careful blend of theory and praxis tackling cogent issues in the communication disciplines.”

Ikiebe is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Leadership in Journalism at the School of Media & Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. He is also the African representative member of the Global Communication Certification Council set up by the International Association of Business Communicators to prepare a syllabus and implement a certification scheme to ISO standard for the marketing communication profession.  Ikiebe teaches graduate and executive courses in Journalism, Journalism History and Media Leadership. He also leads a media study tour for Nigerian media executives to top media institutions in Britain and other European countries.

He has served as Special Adviser on Public Communication to former Vice President Augustus Aikohmu, Senior Policy Advisor to the former Minister of Information & Culture Prince Tony Momoh as well as Chief Executive of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce. He has rich and varied experience in the media, broadcast as well as print.  He has served on the boards of several companies including as Vice Chairman of Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc.  He is currently working on an ambitious three-volume multimedia book on 75 years of Nigerian journalism.

Dr Sean McCoy brings to bear his 30 years industry experience centred on business and brand strategy, key account management and business development. He was Managing Director of Enterprise IG Africa Middle East and founding member in 2003 of HKLM where he is currently Group Chief Executive.

He has worked on brand development and management with key accounts in South Africa, Africa/Indian Ocean Islands and United States. Sean McCoy has worked on key brands such as Cell C, Dimension Data, Eskom University of Pretoria (South Africa), Glo, Conoil, ETB, FCMB, (Nigeria) Stanbic Bank, MoneyGram (Regional), Coca Cola (USA), Royal Mirage Dubai Festival City, Southern Sun (Middle East),  and Investec.

The CEO Breakfast Forum is a thought-leadership and engagement platform of IABC Nigeria. It brings together communication professionals and business leaders to share thoughts and interact for enhanced leadership communication and stakeholder engagement.  ExxonMobil Corporation is sponsoring one of the session as part of its capacity building efforts to enhance professionalism in business, media and communication management in Nigeria.

Ekiti Deputy Gov to versee Education Ministry

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Eleka-OlusolaGovernor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has directed that his deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, should take charge and oversee the state’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. A government statement on Friday said the step was taken with a view to repositioning the education sector and regaining lost ground. The deputy governor, who is an associate professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, is expected to bring to bear, his vast experience as a lecturer of many decades in restoring the glory of education in the state. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Friday, said “ Governor Fayose noted that with the person of Dr. Olusola Eleka overseeing the education sector, Ekiti State was on the verge of making history again,” adding that “Ekiti State was on the eighth and seventh position in WAEC and NECO respectively when he left office in 2006.” The governor described his deputy as “an experienced and erudite scholar of many years who is capable of addressing the rot in the education sector and giving it a boost.” He added that, “with this additional responsibility, the deputy governor now superintends over issues bordering on education from the primary level to the tertiary level with all education related departments and agencies reporting to the deputy governor who in turn reports to the governor

AKWA IBOM StateDEBUNKS DEATH, STAMPEDE REPORTS AT STADIUM OPENING

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indexAkwa Ibom State government has debunked rumours of deaths and stampede during the opening ceremony of the ultra modern Ibom international stadium in Uyo.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, speaking on the news making the rounds in the social media that two deaths were recorded due to stampede, said it was complete falsehood, intended to discredit the very successful event that has attracted commendations from around the world.

According to him, “though there were cases of exhaustion and tiredness due to the massive crowd that turned out to part of the grand occasion, no death was recorded throughout the duration of the event that lasted for about seven hours.”

Mr. Umanah maintained that the robust medical team of over 100 specialists and ambulances on standby, effectively took care of the few cases of exhaustion and minor injuries that arose during the occasion.

The Commissioner who said that the 30,000 seats of stadium were filled by 4.00 p.m., explained that the excited crowd of Akwa Ibom people outside of the  stadium was successfully persuaded to leave the venue and be part of the ceremony through the various viewing centres provided in the state capital by the government or from their homes through the different television channels that beamed the event live.

He wondered why politicians who were bent on scoring cheap political goals will seek to diminish the success of the ceremony that had the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, and his counterparts from Ghana, Dr John Mahama and that of Cote D’ivoire, Dr Alassane Outtara, among other global dignitaries in attendance.

The Information Boss challenged those behind the false report to “produce the names and pictures of those they claimed died during the commissioning ceremony of the Ibom International Stadium.”

While advising the agents of falsehood and their media collaborators to desist from creating unnecessary panic among the citizenry, Mr. Umanah said the people of Akwa Ibom were already looking forward to the Nation’s Cup qulaifier encounter between the Super Eagle of Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, as well as the friendly encounter between Nigeria and Brazil, slated for early 2015.

TheGazelleNews Victory Colloquium for Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola

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L-R: Executive Editor, The News Magazine, Jamiu Yisa,  Mr. Kunle Ajibade  & Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Gazelle News, Mr. Musbau Rasak @TheGazelleNews Victory Colloquium for Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on Sunday 2nd, November - Eko Hotel & Suite, V/Island, Lagos
L-R: Executive Editor, The News Magazine, Jamiu Yisa, Mr. Kunle Ajibade & Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Gazelle News, Mr. Musbau Rasak at the TheGazelleNews Victory Colloquium for Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on Sunday 2nd, November – Eko Hotel & Suite, V/Island, Lagos

Airtel Insurance: First set of beneficiaries receive claims

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L-R, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Maurice Newa; Airtel Insurance beneficiary, Mr. Augustine Peters; Engagement Manager, MicroEnsure Ltd, Mrs. Olasumbo Odunlaja &  MD, Life & Retail, Cornerstone Insurance Plc., Mr. Tokunbo Bello, during the presenting of hospital claims to Airtel Insurance customers at Airtel HQ, Banana Island, Lagos recently.
L-R, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Maurice Newa; Airtel Insurance beneficiary, Mr. Augustine Peters; Engagement Manager, MicroEnsure Ltd, Mrs. Olasumbo Odunlaja & MD, Life & Retail, Cornerstone Insurance Plc., Mr. Tokunbo Bello, during the presenting of hospital claims to Airtel Insurance customers at Airtel HQ, Banana Island, Lagos recently.

The first set of Airtel customers to benefit from Airtel Insurance package have received hospitals claims through the insurance plan, a product which offers life and hospitalisation insurance with increasing benefits based on monthly airtime recharge.

The beneficiaries, Mr. Augustine Peters, Mr. Adeniji Owolabi and Mr. Ojo Aderogba, were at the headquarters of Airtel Nigeria, Banana Island, Ikoyi, recently to receive their claims.

Airtel Insurance was introduced some months ago by Airtel Nigeria in collaboration with MicroEnsure and Cornerstone Insurance Plc., with the aim of providing affordable insurance policy to Nigerians.