Five thousand African entrepreneurs, private and public sector leaders and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem convened in Lagos on Thursday, October 25, 2018 for the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum. The event which is the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs in the world, is a unique opportunity for bringing together young business talent, creating dynamic networks and transmitting the message to policymakers that a vibrant and responsible private sector will deliver economic transformation.
Now in its fourth year, the Forum marked the graduation of the 2018 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, following a rigorous nine-month period of training, mentorship and funding, which brought the total number of beneficiaries of the Programme to 4,470, with over 300,000 applications received to date.
One of the highlights was the unveiling of TEFConnect, a revolutionary digital community that brings together the complete entrepreneurshipecosystem across Africa and beyond, including entrepreneurs, investors and the broader business community on one platform, connecting them digitally with three vital elements for success – capital, market and business tools. Africa is riding a wave of rapid technological driven change in payment systems, education, agriculture and infrastructure and TEFConnect fulfills a critical role in linking entrepreneurs across the continent.
Commencing with a series of goodwill messages from key stakeholders in the investment, governmental and development communities, the event featured a pitching competition, panel discussions, as well as a vibrant interactive session between His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the entrepreneurs, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu. It also featured a session on the role of the private sector in the economic development of Africa with Dr. Awele Elumelu, TEF Trustee, Founder, Avon Medical and Gavi Champion for Immunisation in Africa; moderated by CNNMoney Africa Correspondent, Eleni Giokos. Parminder Vir, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation also unveiled the TEF Impact Documentary, featuring success stories of the Tony Elumeluu Entrepreneurs.
Tony Elumelu reiterated his commitment to championing Africa’s economic development by supporting and training a new generation of entrepreneurs, whose successes can transform the continent, delivering opportunity, job creation and social impact. ‘Africa’s future is in African hands’ he stated.
“Our Foundation and its unique approach of training, mentoring and funding has proven that entrepreneurship is the key to unlocking economic transformation of our continent. I believe so strongly that success can be democratized and if we can match ambition to opportunities, this extraordinary generation can achieve anything,” said Tony Elumelu. “With TEFConnect, we have created a tool, that provides a digital platform to host ideas, champion success and demonstrate Africans ability to use the most advanced technologies to take charge of their economic destinies.”
His Excellency, President Nana Akudo-Addo of Ghana underlined the importance of galvanizing the broad entrepreneurship eco-system, calling on public sector representatives to encourage, support and replicate the work of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in their respective regions.
Speaking on the importance of putting the right policies in place, President Nana Akufo-Addo said: “Nothing is changed or developed on its own. People must get up, speak, have discussions and change the dialogue”.
Since its inception, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has empowered African entrepreneurs across the continent with a $5,000 non-refundable seed grant, a bespoke training programme designed specifically for the African environment and access to a dedicated group of mentors, significantly contributing to economic growth, job creation and revenue generation
The Forum was attended by key players in the private and public sector including Governor, Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Mohammed Abdulahi Abubakar; President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nike Akande; Former Governor, Cross River State, HE Donald Duke and Former Governor of Anambra State, HE Peter Obi, among others.
Rilwan Akiolu, oba of Lagos, says Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will be justified if he is angry over the affairs of the state.
Tinubu had rejected the reelection bid of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, throwing his weight behind Jide Sanwo-Olu who eventually emerged the APC governorship candidate.
In an interview with PUNCH, Akiolu said he has asked Ambode to leave it (the primary election) to God.
He said no evil will befall Ambode.
“I know he’s a good person,” the oba said.
“No evil will befall him and God still has great plans for him (Ambode). When the breeze blows, we will all see what the chicken is hiding underneath.
“The truth is that if Bola Ahmed Tinubu is angry, he’s justified. No evil will befall the three of them. They know my stance on the issue and it’s not a secret.
“Better people should come into politics, because majority of them there are liars and that is the truth. As time goes on, we will continue to de-emphasise the import of money in our election.
“On the other hand, concerning Ambode, if you have charm but you don’t have the antidote or another charm that can counter it, then you don’t have anything. I won’t say more than that. May God help all of us.
“So, I didn’t talk because they are both my children and it will get better.”
Akiolu also have some word of advised for President Muhammadu Buhari to prevent former President Olusegun Obasanjo from “escaping” if he wins reelection in 2019.
“The moment he wins the election, he should close the border so that Obasanjo won’t escape,” the Oba said.
“Obasanjo should change his ways. An adage says that a deity that we try every possible thing to put in a place of honour that defies all such gestures would expose itself to ridicule at the end of the day.”
Many Nigerians have expressed outrage at President Buhari’s refusal to submit his educational certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, as required by law and his claim that the documents were with the military.
Buhari had in a sworn affidavit he submitted along with his forms to INEC on Friday, said all his credentials were with the Secretary to the Military Board.
Angered by the development, several Nigerians said,
A commenter with the pseudonym, Alex Writes on The Punch online, said, “Buhari, up till now, still makes this silly excuse? Haba! You have contested the Presidency in Nigeria five times without any documents.
“You are busy swearing affidavits up and down. This is a travesty, I must say. It makes no sense whatsoever. Is the military on mars or in this same Nigeria?
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, pondered over the President’s statement, saying, “Once again, Buhari has refused to submit his West African Examinations Council certificate to INEC. Once again, he says that it is with the military authorities.
“Even though he has been Commander in Chief for the last few years, he has been unable to retrieve them. May God save Nigeria from this man,” Fani-Kayode wrote.
Another Twitter user and United Nations fellow, Abang Mercy, knocked the President over his statement.
She asked, “This thing Buhari is doing and walking away with, one day we will all see it in much clearer terms. If INEC is demanding WAEC certificate, why can’t Buhari approach WAEC for a reissue? Why does he keep telling us this story about the military? It is the silliest narrative ever out there.”
A Facebook user, Pastor Oluwatosin Olunuga, asked if INEC would have tolerated other presidential candidates if they didn’t have WAEC certificates.
This is the silliest excuse by any living President. What has he been doing all these years, knowing he was going to need his certificates to contest?
“President Buhari is taking us for a ride and it is corruption. This President is corrupt if he can’t follow due process,” Jackson Ude, wrote.
Kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans on Friday narrated to an Ikeja high court how he was allegedly tortured by members of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Evans narrated his experience during the continuation of a trial-within-trial at an Ikeja High Court where he is facing trial on a two-count charge conspiracy and kidnapping.
He is trial before Justice Hakeem Oshodi alongside five other members of his gang.
Before Evans’ testimony a five minute 33-second video recording was played in the courtroom.
The video recording, showed Inspector Idowu Haruna, a member of the IGP Intelligence Response Team sitting beside Evans cautioning him and taking his statement.
Evans defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, however disputed the validity of the recording by claiming it was heavily edited.
Evans while being led in evidence by Ajanaku, described himself as a businessman dealing in haulage and ornaments and resident at No. 3, Fred Soyebode Street, Magodo Lagos.
In vivid detail, Evans described how he was tortured by police officers after his arrest.
“Insp Idowu Haruna (member of IGP Intelligence Response Team) took me to Abuja and brought me back to Lagos where I was at the Inspector General (IG) Guest House at Obalende, Lagos.
“Sunny the 2 I/C (second in command) to Abba Kyari, Mr Christian Ugu, Mr Phillip and other police officers working with them were there.
“Idowu Haruna brought about 25 sheets of paper and asked me to sign, that day, my mind told me not to sign because it might be my death warrant.
“Mr Phillip put his hand in his pocket and brought out a brown hospital card, he showed it to me and told me to sign it while saying that do you think that we are joking here, he said if anything happens to me here this card covers everything.
“Mr Phillip said the police will not be held responsible and before I knew Mr Christian slapped me and that was how they started beating me,” Evans told the court.
The alleged kidnap kingpin gave more details to the court how the police officers tortured him and made him witness executions in a bid to get him to admit to his crimes.
He said: “Mr Christian Ugu was smoking, he quenched the cigarette on my hand, My Lord look at my head where they beat me, My Lord look at my hand.
“They took me to the backyard of the I. G guesthouse, I sustained injuries on my head and body and Mr Phillip asked the policemen to walk on me and when I started bleeding, he said you think we are joking here.
“At the backyard, I saw some people that I was paraded with, they were wearing leg chains, some of them had bullet wounds on their legs and Mr Phillip ordered Idowu Haruna to bring a big brown cellotape, handkerchief and polybags.
“Idowu Haruna forced a handkerchief into the mouth of one of them, he used the cellotape to tightly tape his mouth and face and put a polybag over his head and cellotaped it and used another poly bag and cellotaped it for the second time and they left the man on the ground.
“The man on the ground was shaking, he pissed (urinated) on his body, he poo pooed (defecated) on his body and after a while he went quiet.
“Idowu Haruna went to the man and stepped on his body and he was unresponsive and he told me can you see I have travelled him.”
Evans told the court that fourpersons were executed in the same manner by the police officers in his presence.
“I was brought before them and I started begging, asking them what do they want me to do and they told me to co-operate with them and I said okay that I will do anything they wanted me to do.
“Phillip asked them to take me to the house and he asked if I knew the method of killing and I said no, they said that it is called ‘Saddam Hussein’.
“He said that there is no way an autopsy can predict the cause of death of the five people they had just killed and that those people have travelled.”
Evans said after witnessing the execution, the 25 sheets of paper were brought for him to sign by the police.
He recalled trembling with fear saying that Mr Sunny, the second in command to Mr Abba Kyari the Head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team asked Inspector Haruna to offer him a can of cold Fanta.
“When the Fanta was given to me, I drank it and after a few minutes they brought the 25 sheets of paper for me and I signed them.
“Some things were written on some of the sheets of paper while some were blank, that was how I was forced to sign the confessional statements,” Evans said.
On cross-examination by Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Evans confirmed his name and the names of his parents and denied knowing the officers before his arrest.
“I am 38-years-old, I was born on April 29, 1980, my mother’s name is Mrs Chinwe Onwuamadike and my father is Mr Stephen Onwuamadike.
“I did not know Inspector Haruna, Abba Kyari before my arrest. I am the one in the video, I was cautioned in the video but after the cautionary words, I was forced to sign.
“The story I told the court was never an afterthought, SARS killed more than 30 people in my presence, the killings took place at the IG guesthouse in Ikoyi.
“On the day I was arrested I was arrested in my house and I was taken to Ikeja SARS Station, journalists were there, they had beaten the hell out of me in my house, I was interviewed by the journalists on Sunday, a day after I was arrested on Saturday.
“When I was taken to the Station, there was a field, I was in a car while I was waiting for Abba Kyari to come.
“Abba Kyari when he came, told me to beg for forgiveness in my interview with journalists and also to inform the world I had cancer which I don’t have. The police killed one Felix Chinemeri in my presence,” he said.
While being re-examined by Ajanaku, his defense counsel, Evans said that he had not spoken to journalists before he made his alleged confessional statement to the police.
Earlier during proceedings, Insp Idowu Haruna was cross-examined by Ajanaku.
He told the court it took more than an hour to obtain Evans’ statement.
Haruna denied that Evans changed his clothes because of blood stains from torture before the video of Evans giving his confessional statement was made.
He denied editing the five minute and 33- second video of Evans giving his statement to the police.
“I never threatened to kill the first defendant (Evans) and I never created fear in him by killing people in his presence,” Haruna said.
Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
They were arraigned on August 30, 2017 on two counts of conspiracy.
Evans and co-defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the state.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the case until November 23 for continuation of defence in the trial-within-trial. (The Nation)
Determined to oust President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election, Senate President Bukola Saraki and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are leading a host of other chieftains of the opposition party in a meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The special strategy session, which started on Thursday in the Middle East city, is meant to put finishing touches to some of the PDP’s plans aimed at defeating Buhari at the next poll.
According to sources close to the meeting, Atiku is also using the forum to perfect his comprehensive policy document, detailing how he intends to improve Nigeria.
It was learnt that the PDP presidential candidate’s roadmap for Nigeria’s development would be unveiled to Nigerians in the next few weeks.
Investigation by The Punchrevealed that Atiku, who had been in Dubai earlier, was joined by Saraki, Secondus and a host of other PDP chieftains on Wednesday night.
It was also gathered that Atiku’s running mate and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, was also attending the meeting.
The Director-General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniel, who is a former Governor of Ogun State, is also present at the meeting, according to party stalwarts who spoke to The Punch under the condition of anonymity.
A top source in the PDP told The Punch that the meeting was important for the party to fine-tune its strategy ahead of electioneering.
“All of them, including Atiku, Saraki, Obi and Daniel are meeting in Dubai now; the essence is to strategise ahead of the campaign,” the source said.
According to INEC’s timetable and schedule of activities issued by the commission, campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on November 18, while campaigns for governorship and state assembly elections will start on December 1.
Confirming the meeting in Dubai, the spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Mr. Segun Sowunmi, said there was a need for Atiku to meet with critical stakeholders ahead of the presidential, governorship and other campaigns scheduled to begin soon.
He said they are determined to “change the present change.”
Two buildings allegedly owned by former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose have been sealed by agents of the state government.
The government said the twin duplexes were sealed for
The seal shutting down the buildings was signed by the Director of Urban and Regional Planning in the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Physical Development.
The document reads: “It was discovered during inspection by the Inspectorate staff of our Ministry that a residential building by you at GRA has no approved plan /permit for the site or bring same to our office to get certification for the erection.
“You are hereby ordered to suspend the use of the building premises until approved plan is submitted for clearance.”
Fayose has been accused by the opposition in the state of using his former position as governor to acquire choice properties in many parts of Ado-Ekiti.
In his response to the sealing of the buildings in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of vendetta and desperation.
Speaking through his media aide, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose denied ownership of the buildings in question urging the state government to provide evidence to prove his ownership of the property.
He said: “Governor Fayemi was only acting out of desperation, and vengeance over the 2014 shameful electoral defeat.
“The property in question does not belong to Fayose. Fayemi’s government should produce evidence linking the former government to the property.
“Fayose has said he was ready for probe and that he will appear in person before any panel set up by Fayemi. So, why the desperation?
“Our advice is that, Fayemi should place high premium on payment of the workers’ salary arrears since N30bn is already in his custody released by the Federal Government and not embarking on witch hunting or disparaging his predecessor. The money should not be used to fund the election petition filed against him.
“He should hurry up to do all he could for the benefit of common Ekiti people because time is not on his side.”
Whether you die while engaging in Sxual Immorality or you live and die later, just know that the cheapest way to destroy your Eternity in Hell is through reckless sx.
If your pastor has not told you clearly, I’m telling you now; sleeping with a woman who has been married to another man – (whether she’s separated or divorced, go and read Matthew chapter 19 verse 9) – will destroy your Life, the Lives of Your Children, Your Generations Unborn and Your Eternity. It is that bad! Try and learn to control your s*xual desires for your own good.
Another single mother has died in a hotel with a man…
A policeman, attached to Border Patrol Unit, Ilaro, Ogun State, Inspector Friday Ogbeifun, is currently undergoing investigation over the circumstances surrounding the death of his lover at a hotel in Igando, Lagos State.
It was learnt that the inspector and the woman identified simply as Esther, had checked in at the hotel on Dele Toye Street, Igando, on Monday around 8pm to have fun.
It was gathered that while they were in the facility, the woman, a mother of five, slumped and was rushed to the Igando General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead on arrival.
It was learnt that the deceased was a widow whose husband died about two years ago.
A credible source confided in The Punch that the corpse of the woman had been taken to the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy.
The source said Ogbeifun reported himself at the Igando Police Station from where he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
He said, “The policeman and the woman were lovers. The woman was a widow. He took her to the hotel on Monday and the woman slumped in the hotel room. What I did not know is whether they had s*x before she slumped.
“There was confusion in the hotel. Some workers assisted him to take the woman to the Igando General Hospital, but she did not make it. She was confirmed dead on arrival by a doctor. The inspector reported the case to the police by himself and some operatives visited the hotel.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the widow’s death, adding that the autopsy report was being awaited to ascertain the cause of death.
And if you are a widow or widower, get married if you need to. Fornication and Adultery destroys the soul in Eternity.
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His roles in television include Host of The Style Networks’ makeover series, “Style Her Famous” and as the inspired Creative Director/Judge on the CW Network reality series “America’s Next Top Model”.
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Date: Saturday, November 10th 2018.
Time: 3:45pm – 4:45 pm
Venue: Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Jay will be at the GTBank Fashion Weekend to speak on Discover You – In a world of social media and noise.
To register for his Masterclass click here.
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In 2017 Gucci partnered with Dapper Dan to reopen his atelier as well as release a Gucci-Dapper Dan collaboration exploring the design synergies between the designer and Gucci’s creative director.
Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue W Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN and Netflix. His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.
Date: Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
Time: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Dapper Dan will be at the GTBank Fashion Weekend to share his insights on Making A Fashion Statement.
To register for his Masterclass click here.