Friday, October 17, 2014
Hennessy Artistry 2014 headliners, 2Face Idibia and Wizkid have landed in Accra, Ghana ahead of their first international concert happening tomorrow, October 18th.
The concert will hold at the Accra International Conference Centre and will also feature exciting performances from South African duo, Mafikizolo, MzVee, 4x4 and Edem.
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
There comes a time in the socio-political history of a people when to sit idly as things go bad becomes a sin of great consequence – some of us believe now is the time to unite, mobilise and stand against the perpetuation of one man’s stranglehold on Lagos. This emerging dynasty has held power since 1999 in a manner that defies political understanding – making Lagos the only state in the Southwest that has made its democratic freedom a ceremonial enthronement of the candidate approved by this small cabal led by one man who lives somewhere on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi.
To fight this oligarchy that has turned our Lagos into a plutocratic society where development is measured by strides in the most urbane areas requires an acceptable platform with proven structures separate from those of the party that has ruled Lagos since 1999. It also requires a man with a strong force of personality, charisma, proven leadership qualities, campaign organisational acumen and massive grassroots support.
There is only one party that can defeat the APC in Lagos with a combination of proven structures, federal might and the right candidate, there is only one man that can lead the party to this electoral goal with a combination of street credibility, political sagacity, intellectual grounding and a thorough knowledge of Lagos; that party is the PDP and this man is Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
From being Local Government Chairman in 1999 to being Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture then winning elections as a senator in 2003 and leading the PDP to its closest electoral charge since the unfortunate death of Engr. Funsho Williams, Obanikoro became an Ambassador and is now a Minister at the federal level. No candidate in PDP has his clout; no other can inspire change like he can. Since crossing from the Alliance for Democracy to the Peoples Democratic Party in December 2004, Obanikoro has never looked back but pressed on with undying loyalty to the party.
Our position is clear about the status of Lagos as primus inter pares among all states in Nigeria – Lagos thrives not because of one person or one cabal but because from the very first time the Portuguese set foot on the shores of Badagry Beach, trade became the driving force of the state. Commerce, enterprise, business – these are the ideas around which Lagos is built and this is what runs the state. If the concept of trade is what drives Lagos, then perhaps change will come from a group of business-minded individuals.
The KoroNation is a group of young and middle-aged individuals from the business world eager for change and fully persuaded that while many can deliver this change, only Senator Obanikoro backed by a united party can lead the charge. We have only one agenda: to work for Senator Musiliu Obanikoro to become the candidate of the PDP on November 29, 2014 and to work for the electoral victory of PDP in the gubernatorial election of February 28, 2014.
KoroNation is a wide alliance of dozens of people who recognise the harsh reality of our societal struggle for change and the truth of how elections are won, and lost. In the build up to the PDP gubernatorial primaries and the February elections, we intend to make our voice heard, our presence felt and our impact visible – online, but also on the streets. Our aim is to highlight the side of Obanikoro that not many see – his side as an urbane, humble, unassuming but determined leader.
If our collective goal is to defeat the political machinery of Senator Bola Tinubu that believes it has a prescient knowledge of the type of leader Lagos needs, our only hope to trigger this defeat is Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
If this is your goal too, please stand with us: follow @TheKoroNation, like us on facebook
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Thursday, October 2, 2014
The nominees’ list for Nigeria’s biggest and most innovative music-focused awards, The Headies has just been released and it features the biggest and best music acts at present in the country. The unveil, which premiered on HipTV today, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, was done along with a press briefing at HipTV office on Allen, Ikeja, Lagos with some of the nominees and media representatives in attendance. This year’s nomination is based on the year in review, July 2013 and June 2014 and some of the most active acts in the Nigerian music industry are featured on the list including 2Face Idibia, Davido, Mavins, Timi Dakolo, Sheyi Shay, Wizkid, Kcee. Phyno, Olamide and others. Some of the celebrity guests at the press briefing include Black Magic, KCee, Orezi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ruby and others. The awards ceremony will hold on October 25, 2014.
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The most anticipated track of the year is finally here!
The Legendary 2Face Idibia and StarBoy CEO, Wizkid have released their first ever collaboration “Dance Go (Eau de Vie)”.
The upbeat track premiered this morning on The Beat 99.9 FM and has an impressive house beat produced by buzzing producer, Sarz with Hennessy as the executive producer.
Over the years, Hennessy Artistry has featured some of the biggest collaborations in the Nigerian music industry
Past Hennessy Artistry headliners include D'banj, MI, Naeto C, Banky W, eLDee, Tiwa Savage, Shina Peters, Nneka, IcePrince among others
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Article below is written by a concerned Nigerian mum named Efe Farinre. It seems a lot of mums are against the resumption of primary and secondary schools on September 22nd despite the Minister of Health saying there's currently no single case of Ebola in Nigeria. Anyway read this mum's concern below and tell us what you think.
I just received a mail confirming that schools will re-open on Monday 22nd September, 2014. After reading it, I felt compelled to put on paper my thoughts since the announcement of same by the Federal Government. One thing that struck me is that I am yet to receive information about confirmed (not advised/suggested) nationwide measures that have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children from the Ebola virus upon resumption at school in two weeks." Continue...The reason for moving the resumption date forward by three weeks was given as “containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria”. How does that statement stand in view of the present situation in Port Harcourt?
I returned to Lagos from a week’s trip to Abuja on Friday 5th September, 2014. The first issue I had,which I mentioned to an airport official was that just before boarding the planes (in Lagos and Abuja), passengers (adults and children) are given a rub-down. The officials checking our bodies were wearing gloves. However, the same gloves were worn while touching a good number of people.
The officials were protected, but how about the passengers being touched with the gloves that had been used to touch many others? On arrival at the Abuja airport, the temperature of every passenger was taken before entry was granted into the Federal Capital Territory. Of concern is that on departure from Abuja, this was not the case. Worse still, Lagos State that had the index case of Ebola welcomed us without any precautionary measures of any kind. We simply picked up our bags and walked into the city. With instances where infected people have traveled from one state to another, we should be worried.
It is understandable that we want our children educated, but we need to be reminded that we can only educate the healthy and living. Ebola virus in Nigeria is an unprecedented occurrence that has to be handled as such. “Better safe than sorry” should be the motto here. So far, we have been blessed in the manner that no child has contacted the disease. Children play indiscriminately with one another.
A child of what age can be guaranteed to identify the symptoms of the Ebola and keep away from it? How many times do we have to remind our children not to put their hands in their mouths and cover their mouths when they yawn, cough or sneeze? How do we tell them not to play with their friends as they are used to or not to show concern if one of them gets hurt and is bleeding? How can we really be sure that our 3 to 16 year olds would be safe from Ebola in a place where we cannot control who they come in contact with; a place where they share toilets, eat and play with others. How about our babies at crèche who we can’t even attempt to explain this to and who cannot verbalize their day at “school”?
I am the typical “Nigerian Mum”….ensuring my kids are on top of their school work, home work and leisure activities. At this time, I must pause and realize that prevention is the only option here as there is no cure! If the children have to stay home a little longer while this epidemic is eradicated or contained NATIONWIDE then so be it. If this implies a shorter Christmas break this year or just four weeks of Summer break next year to make up for the lost education time, so be it.
One thing I am sure no parent wants to deal with is the anxiety if a child comes home with a fever. We all know that at school, children love to share all things with one another from the water in their bottles to the flu. Then again, which parents want to have to take their child to the hospital these days?
If the doctor in Port Harcourt could go to work for some days after being infected with Ebola then we should be more concerned. This was an educated person, in fact someone who knew the consequences of his actions more than most, but he still put others at risk. Worst of all, these were colleagues and patients who could not tell from his demeanor that he was sick. They trusted him and could never have imagined that he would expose them to a deadly virus.
To our leaders, I ask what control measures against Ebola have been put in place in ALL schools, particularly the government and state schools? I visited a private school in Abuja and before we could go in, our temperatures where taken. We should remember that even if private schools are well catered for, the children of our drivers, domestic helps and “junior staff” attend public schools.
How many infrared thermometers have been distributed across these schools in Nigeria? Who would be responsible for taking the temperature of EVERYONE going into ALL schools? Since a symptom of Ebola is sudden fever, how often would the temperatures of students need to be taken in the course of the day? What Ebola emergency responses have been set up by location of ALL schools in Nigeria? What awareness has been carried out in the villages and remote areas of the country, where we have schools too? How will adherence to control measures (if and when they are in place) against Ebola in Nigerian schools be monitored, by whom and how frequently? What steep penalties have been put in place for schools that default?
As a parent I want to see action and not hear words! In a country where a nurse can flee quarantine and a primary contact with the index case can evade detection, with both of them traveling across state lines, I demand action from government before our children are asked to return to school. It’s not enough to ask “Ministries of Education in the 36 states of Nigeria to appoint desk officers on Ebola before resumption or that they should ensure that at least two staff in each school (public and private) are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola, should in case there’s one or workers should embark on immediate sensitization of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools on preventive measures”, ALL STATE MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION and SCHOOLS (PUBLIC & PRIVATE) MUST be MANDATED and SUFFICENTLY EQUIPPED with ALL RESOURCES to ensure Ebola virus does not hit our children.
In Nigeria, it’s just schools that are closed. In some other African countries, communities are closed-in.
Now is the time to speak up, so that never happens to us. In my opinion, there are still too many unanswered questions and too many checks to be put in place before schools can resume. Parents, let’s preserve our lineage. Government, let’s preserve the future of Nigeria. Together, let’s preserve the lives of ALL Nigerian children.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Beyonce and Jay Z have been enjoying a vacation in the Mediterranean sunshine with their daughter and their mothers. They have moved from Italy and now they are in France aboard a super yacht in the French town of Antibes in the Côte d'Azur. See more photos after the cut...
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