A Female Friend Rescues R. Kelly From Prison

Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly has been released from jail after posting bail following multiple charges of criminal sexual abuse.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told USA TODAY that Kelly posted $100,000 , which is 10 percent of the $1 million bond set Saturday, after spending three days behind bars.

Court documents show his bail was paid by a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. She listed herself as a “friend” of Kelly.

On Monday afternoon, he was pictured with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg walking out of the Cook County Jail following his release.

The terms of Kelly’s release prohibits him from having any contact with females under the age of 18.

The release comes just hours after he pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He’s accused of sexually assaulting four women between 1998 and 2010 and his alleged victims include three who were aged between 13 and 17 at the time.

The singer’s next court date is March 22.

Adeola Olubamiji & Toyo Ajibolade Named Among L’Oréal Paris Women Of Worth Honorees

Two Nigerians made the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth (Canadian Edition) final list, released this month.

Toyo Ajibolade of Lady Ballers Camp, and Adeola Olubamiji of STEMHub Foundation are the women on the list which “honours extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities.”

Each of the 10 women will receive a $10,000 grant for her non-profit organization. Voting has commenced (till March 4th) for one of the women to be selected as the National Honouree and receive an additional $10,000 grant to further support her charitable work. See how to vote HERE.

About Toyo’s Lady Ballers Camp:

Two Nigerians made the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth (Canadian Edition) final list, released this month.

Toyo Ajibolade of Lady Ballers Camp, and Adeola Olubamiji of STEMHub Foundation are the women on the list which “honours extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities.”

Each of the 10 women will receive a $10,000 grant for her non-profit organization. Voting has commenced (till March 4th) for one of the women to be selected as the National Honouree and receive an additional $10,000 grant to further support her charitable work. See how to vote HERE.

About Toyo’s Lady Ballers Camp:

Lady Ballers Camp is a non-profit organization that develops girl-centered programs which encourage non-competitive physical, emotional, and educational development. Lady Ballers Camp operates within an anti-oppressive framework and is committed to social change. Through the organization, young women are encouraged to advocate for themselves and their communities. Since its inception, over 600 girls have participated in the camp and last year 90% of the campers attended free of charge. Lady Ballers Camp champions an unyielding belief that through teamwork, resilience, and opportunity, young women will have the courage to reach for and achieve their goals.

About Adeola’s STEMHub Foundation:

STEMHub’s innovative educational programs are creative, interactive, and provided at no financial cost to participants. The Foundation focuses on providing skill development services to females, visible minorities and underserved youth in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It also facilitates mentorship opportunities for university students and early career professionals to fuel ambitions and inspire excellence through career guidance and further development of a specialized skillset. In the past year, STEMhub has aided 1,000 youths in Canada and over 2,000 youth living in Africa, to secure admission and scholarship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate degrees. In partnership with the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, Frontlines Toronto, Restoration House Hamilton and many other organizations, STEMHub Foundation is providing girls and minority youths with STEM role models who offer STEM workshops as volunteers. One of the strategic partnerships with the Toronto Police Service enables StemHub Foundation to help with bridging the gap between the police and young minorities (especially black youths). Through Adeola’s leadership, the composition for STEMHub’s board of directors amplifies the foundations vision that all people should have the opportunity to pursue STEM careers and leadership roles, no matter where they get their start in life.

 

DSS Issues Disclaimer Warning The Public Against Dealing With Its Former DG, Lawal Daura

The Department of State Services has issued a disclaimer against its former director-general Lawal Daura who was sacked last year, after mounting a blockade of the National Assembly.

In a statement issued today by its spokesman Peter Afunanya, the secret service agency warned that “any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril”.

The service also debunked notions that Daura still remotely controlled its affairs.

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to insinuations and wide speculations that its former Director General, Alhaji Lawal Musa DAURA mni, still controls affairs at the Agency, long after his removal from Office.

While the Service debunks this false belief, it warns that any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril.

The Service will not tolerate acts of impersonation designed to undermine it and will decisively deal with person(s), no matter how highly placed, that may engage in such behaviour. The public should, therefore, note this and avoid circumstances under which unsuspecting persons may be deceived.

On the other hand, the DSS continues to recommit itself to the core values of professionalism, selflessness, vigilance and the rule of law that it has always been identified with”.

Daura was sacked on August 7, 2018 by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after sending hooded servicemen to block the National Assembly, an action that provoked national and international outrage. Daura, 65 years old, was appointed by President Buhari on July 2, 2015. President Buhari later appointed in September 2018, Yusuf Magaji Bichi as Daura’s replacement.

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba Cries Out That His Life Is In Danger Over His Disagreement With Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, on Sunday raised the alarm that his life is in danger following the withdrawal of his security details allegedly on the order of the state governor, Yahaya Bello.

Achuba made the allegation at a press briefing where he said he was shocked after returning from a trip to his village where he had gone for the Saturday’s scheduled elections to find the gate to his official residence empty without any of his security personnel.

He said, “I was surprised to see that all policemen attached to my house had been withdrawn. I then put a call across to the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, who also expressed shock and promised to give the matter an urgent attention. After about an hour, I called him again but he refused to pick my call. I sent a text message to him and up till now, he has not got back to me.”

The deputy governor called on the acting Inspector-General of Police to intervene so as to maintain law and order in the state.  He also called on the Federal Government to intervene in the affairs of Kogi State whose citizens, he claimed, had been subjected to hardship.

“When God gives you the privilege to rule a people, the people should not be taken for granted. You don’t have to use force for your policy to scale through if they are popular and people-oriented,” he said.  He said that the point of departure between himself and the governor was in the area of urging the government to do things according to the will of the people to which no one had been listening.

When contacted, the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said it was not the state governor’s responsibility to post security details to the deputy governor.

Nollywood Actress Yvonne Jegede Yanks Off Her Husband’s Name, Fawole From Her Instagram Bio

For a while now, there’s been rumours about crisis in the marriage of Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede and Kunle ‘Abounce’ Fawole.

It became obvious when she took their 3-month old son to church for dedication yesterday and her husband wasn’t present.

Now, the actress has taken it a step further by yanking off her husband surname “Fawole” from her Instagram bio, further raising questions about troubles in her two year marriage.

See the screenshot below…

Breaking: Nollywood actress,?Yvonne Jegede yanks off her husband surname "Fawole" from her Instagram bio

The Lessons Nigerians Must Learn From The Emerging Giant Of Africa, Rwanda As They Go To The Polls On February 16, 2019

 

The Country Rwanda fought its civil war that was regarded as one of the world’s worst genocides but 20 years later, that same people have come out strong, more united in love, unflinching in their loyalty to their country and purposeful in their collective resolve.

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Today, Rwanda is speedily emerging the New Giant of Africa not by rhetoric nor suspicious body language, chop I chop party politics, fictitious claims and statistics which do not reflect the reality on ground by Government officials; but by the singular vision and unwavering commitment of one man – the man at the center who is busy working round the clock getting everything right for his people.

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It is on record that while foreign investors are pulling out their resources from the Nigerian economy and closing down plants and offices with Nigeria recording the highest number of closed down businesses in Africa in 2017 with over 1,700 companies shut down, many investors are today jostling for a space in Rwanda.

In 2018, the internationally renowned automobile outfit, Volkswagen joined the league of new businesses in Rwanda as they opened their newest plant in the small east African country. Nigeria with a population of over 200 million people commands the biggest market  in Africa for smartphones yet it has no factory for the manufacture of even mobile phone accessories. However, under the leadership of Kagame at the center, Rwanda with less than 3 million population has concluded arrangement to commission a Smartphone Factory, the first in Africa.

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Under a purpose – oriented leadership, power cost has been cut down from $0.27 per kilowatt-hour to $0.11 for manufacturers. The East African news reports that the government has remain committed to subsidizing electricity cost to help manufacturers products remain competitive.

While some African countries are still stuck in self inflicted turmoil, African tech-darling, Rwanda, continues to make strides to propel its people into the future. On Wednesday June 13, 2018, Rwanda launched its National Research and Innovation Fund which will provide funding to competent, innovative papers in the areas of Science and Technology. The man at the center has by its programmes and policies obviously making his country a land of hope and dreams for its children and youth.

In 2018, Nigeria was declared as the worst place for a child to be born by the world’s richest man, Bill Gates before the Nigerian leader, President Mohammadu Buhari. Shortly after, Ventures Africa, an independent research publisher ranked Nigeria as the 7th Most Dangerous Countries in the world for Women and the Most Poverty stricken having overtaken India. As if that was not enough, another independent publisher declared Nigeria as the Poverty Headquarters in the world with over 87 million people living with abject poverty.

Recently, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics released its report putting Nigerian unemployment figure at 20.1 million people.

Perhaps, it is time for Nigerians to go to the Ant bulldozing its way into the league of great Elephants to learn wisdom!

The ant is always mindful of the future and works assiduously to gather and preserve for the unavoidable future. In Nigeria it has become a norm to squander and even destroy our God-given resources. After all, its our National Cake?? Every body is jostling for a piece. Our tomorrow is now, our paradise is here.

Senior govt officials choose to build expansive mansions for their little families in major cities and in foreign countries at the expense of providing quality Public Schools, well-equipped hospitals, and adequate electricity supply. Our Senior Government officials have become the largest medical tourists in the world’s history while millions of pregnant women and children die every day from malaria attack and lack of medical facilities in the rural and urban communities.

The garage of most senior govt officials has become an exhibition centers for the latest brands of automobiles manufactured in Europe, America and Asia, at the expense of good roads and rail lines.

Perhaps, it is time for Nigerians to go to the Ant bulldozing its way into the league of great Elephants to learn wisdom!!

After years of civil year, Rwanda sheath their swords and made a choice to reunite and build a common destiny. Then a leader, Paul Kagame, came on board bearing the vision for a New Rwanda that will be a land of Hope and Dream for the present and future generations of his people. A land where they will neither know or address each other by their ethnic nationality nor religious background, but rather embrace one another as simply “My Rwandan Brother, My Rwanda Sister.” A land where appointment into key positions is not lopsided, a land where merit is the Federal Character, a land devoid of suspicion and distrust.

24-Years after its bloody civil war, Rwanda’s economy is today adjudged the fastest growing economy in Africa expanding by 45.6 per cent from $5.77 Billion in 2010 to $8.4 Billion in 2016 with significant reduction in poverty according to Kabona Esiara.

Cutting edge technology is the way forward and the man at the center is not resting on his oars to ensure the citizens of his country develop along that line to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Rwanda is leading the way in alternative energy, computer – based education for its students and youths, top-class infrastructure and affordable social amenities.

As Nigerians go to the polls tomorrow to choose a leader who will drive their dream for the next four years, It is my humble submission that the lessons from the Ant bulldozing its way into the league of great Elephant will guide their hearts to the right box on the ballot paper!!!

 

Rwanda To Open First Smartphone Factory In Africa This Year

In a bid to solve the massive ICT and technology issues that the country is facing while also creating more jobs in the fast pace growing IT world, Rwanda is set to open its first smartphone factory making it the first in Africa to locally manufacture phones that will meet the demand of the African market.

The announcement was made by Paula Ingabire, Rwanda’s Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation at the East African country’s parliament Standing Committee on Education, Technology, Culture and Youth on February 7, 2019.

ICT Minister Paula Ingabire talks to MP’s as Innocent Muhizi, the chief executive of Rwanda Information Society Authority looks on. Credit – Sam Ngendahimana for The New Times

Speaking to the legislature, Minister Paula Ingabire explained that the deal is in partnership with Ugandan investor Ashish Thakkar who is already in talks with Rwanda’s authorities to set up his Pan-African technology company, MaraPhones under Mara Company and start production by April 2019 which will provide close to 20,000 jobs.

The Rwandan reports that, while addressing the house, Minister Paula Ingabire said “once the factory starts producing smartphones, people will be paying in instalments over a period of 24 months. We also have to work with telecommunication companies to seek ways of reducing prices on internet use, which will boost ICT penetration and digital services.”

The phones will be among the first devices to run Android Oreo, an OS optimized for apps like YouTube Go, Facebook Lite and Twitter Lite that are made for the African market

Uganda Investor and Business tycoon, Ashish Thakkar

The news comes in a few months after Ashish Thakkar announced in 2018 that his company would roll out the first phones for sale this year after setting up factories in Rwanda and South Africa at the Africa Investment Forum. Culled from Face2faceAfrica.com

Supreme Court Buries Rivers State APC Primaries For The 2019 General Elections

The Justice Aliyu Sanusi-led Supreme Court has struck out the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the judgment of a High Court in Rivers State which barred the APC from conducting any primaries in the state to nominate candidates to represent the party in the forth coming election.

Ruling on a preliminary objection raised by the respondents, Ibrahim Umah and 22 other aggrieved members of the APC, Justice Aliyu Sanusi, in a lead judgement, said there was substance in the objection raised by the respondent.

As it stands now, APC will not be fielding any candidate in all the elections to be held in Rivers state.

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart First Print, First Edition Sold For One Million Naira

Nigerian poet and author, Lola Shoneyin announced that an anonymous book collector has bought a first print, first edition of Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ for N1million.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives writer had on Sunday, February10th,  put the book, owned by her friend, up for sale.  Within few hours an anonymous buyer reportedly purchased it.

Things Fall Apart was published in 1958 by William Heinemann.