Winners of 2013 Ships & Ports Essay Competition Emerge

L-R: Representative of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr.Ignatius Nweke; past winner of the Ships & Ports Essay Annual National Essay Competition, Peter Okparaocha; winner of this year's essay competition, Christopher Okeke; and Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Communication Company; Mr. Bolaji Akinola, during the prize presentation ceremony held at UAC Training Centre, Apapa, recently.

Nigeria’s leading maritime media firm, Ships & Ports Communication Company, has announced the winners of the 7th edition of its Annual National Essay Competition.
Christopher Okeke, an employee of A-Kan Nigeria Limited; a maritime and transport logistics firm, went home with the Best Overall Essay prize worth N100,000 when he was announced  the winner.
Other winners include Esogwa Godwin who won the Sifax Group Prize for Creativity and Ola Idris Olasunmbo who won the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Prize for Best Researched Essay. Tobechukwu Emmanuel and Anthony Itodo Samuel both won the Comptroller Charles Edike Prize for Outstanding Essay.
Certificates, souvenirs and various cash prizes were presented by the organisers of the competition to the winners.

The Best Overall Essay prize winner, Okeke, who holds first and second degrees in maritime management, lamented the domination of the shipping sector by non-practitioners even as he decried the lack of professionalism in the sector.

A Woman’s Gift To Humanity! (Woman Daily™)

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Dr Adebunmi Odiakosa

   When Mrs Adebunmi Odiakosa, a medical doctor, decided on a charitable medical care for children with special needs, she thought that “Oh, I was going to do this for only five years.”
Today, over 40 years after her plan, Odiakosa still finds joy and fulfilment in a tasking humanitarian service she hopes to render for a life time.
Born and raised in the city of Lagos about 80 years ago, she hails from Epe-Tedo in Lagos State and got married to a Delta State indigene.
School life saw her through the CMS Girls School Lagos and St. Ann’s School Ibadan, where she completed her secondary school education in 1951.
Spending just  six months at the College of Arts and Education, Ibadan, which later became the University of Ife, she moved on to England. There, she did a one-year advanced –level education at the Sir John Cass College.
She continued her education at the University of Birmingham where she studied medicine, specialising in paediatrics and completed a one-year internship programme before returning to Nigeria.
Dr Odiakosa worked at the General Hospital, Lagos; the Massey Street Children Hospital; the Institute of Child Health, which was part of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital(LUTH) and the Somolu Health Centre.

Nike’s Roundtable Talk: Promoting Africa’s Art and Cultural Heritage

Mrs Nike Okundaye, Founder, Nike Art and Cultural Foundation(fourth from left, sitting) and her husband, in a group photograph with discussants and guests; Mrs Opral Benson( second left, sitting) and Former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders.

                                               Debby with Queen Ahneva Ahneva
The 2013 edition of the roundtable symposium organised by the Nike Art and Cultural Foundation held on Dec. 15 at the Nike Art Gallery.

The symposium, which was titled ‘Tradition and Communication in Modern Art’  had a team of discussants who had critical analysis of sub-themes which formed  parts of the major title of the discussion.

The discussion was initiated three years ago as a contribution of the Nike Art and Cultural Foundation to set agenda in the arts to highlight relevant issues that concern art development in Nigeria.  

In this regard, the sub-themes of the symposium took a critical look at issues under ‘Impact of Tradition and Communication on Society; ‘Conflicts in Western Religion and Tradition,’ and ‘Sustenance of Our Rich Heritage.’

The commentators included artist and art writer, Chuka Nnabuife, public affairs commentator and social critic, Dan Aloh and African heritage crusader, Queen Ahneva Ahneva, and it was moderated by Emmanuel Agozino.

They looked at issues that analysed the importance of marking the progress of art (  Nike’s art progress was  cited as an example) and  noted that it was necessary to follow works of art that express cultural history with something to leave with the people.

Queen Ahneva Ahneva  expressed a passion for African heritage through  fashion styles which  are original to Africa. She has been identified with the slogan ‘ When you wear your heritage, you wear your crown.’

Special Tribute To Madiba (A Poem)

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
I hear the people talk
They talk about a great African; Nelson Mandela
The women are often busy
But they are not too busy to talk about Madiba
I hear they love the great African leader for different reasons
Some love him for his selflessness
Others love him because he left no space for hate in his heart.
I hear the people talk
They talk from across nations of the world
They talk about the life and times of Madiba
They are often busy
But not too busy to flip through the pages of history books
Volumes of books with stories about the life and times of a great African
The same stories that flow with the same passion across nations of the world.
I hear the people say the curtains have been drawn
It is nightfall, they say and  Madiba  must get some rest
He has been through a long walk to freedom
He achieved a great feat as a great African leader
He fought relentlessly and loved totally
I hear many Africans are green with ‘good envy’ for South Africa
But wait, MADIBA completed his last journey on December 15, 2013! 
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”---  NELSON MANDELA.




MARAN Visits Atunda-Olu School For Children With Special Needs

President of MARAN, Mr Bolaji Akinola (in red tie) in a group photograph with  the students at Atunda-Olu School, Lagos, as part of  activities marking the association's 25th anniversary celebration.

Some of the  children at Atunda-Olu School, Lagos

As a remarkable part of its 25th anniversary activities, members of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) on December 11 visited the Atunda-Olu School for physically and mentally challenged children, located in Surulere, Lagos.

It was a moment of joy for the children and their wonderful care-givers; yet, it was one moment of strong emotions for the visitors who could only imagine the selfless sacrifice of the administrators and care-givers in order to keep the children going for each new day.

According to the school principal, Mrs Folashade Michael, the school was founded in 1968 by the Anglican Church.  Starting with just 10 children who basically had physical challenges due to polio, the population continued to grow as it presently has over 100 children.
         MARAN President, Mr Bolaji Akinola, receiving a certificate of appreciation from the school principal, Mrs Michael.

Night Of Classical Bliss At ETISALAT, MUSON Music Festival

Professor Ulf Klausenitzer on the violin, Manami Sano on the piano & Maestro Thomas Kanitz on the Cello

Ayo Bankole Jnr. on the grand piano & MaestroThomas Kanitz on the Cello
Strings and keys brought together classical music lovers at the MUSON Classical Concert on recently when Etisalat Nigeria sponsored the exclusive event, as part of MUSON Music Festival, held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
                                                              Ebi Atawodi & Brama Shagaya

                            Akintola Williams (OFR), Gboyega Banjo & Mathew Willsher

The 10-day annual Festival, which began on Oct. 17 also lit the Centre with jazz, drama and dance, coinciding with the Centre’s 30th anniversary on Oct. 25th.

Breath-taking performances were delivered by two guest artistes from Germany; Professor Ulf Klausenitzer on the violin and Ms. Manami Sano on the piano, who both performed alongside MUSON Artistic Director, Maestro Thomas Kanitz, on the Cello.

Olivet Bible Church Encourages Leadership, Youth Development

 Senior Pastor, Olivet Bible Church, Owen Nlekwuwa,

Owen Nlekwuwa  says building people is at the heart of true worship!

He is a senior pastor at the Olivet Bible Church in Festac Town, Lagos.  

Much as he loves the practice of architecture, a discipline in which he was trained, Nlekwuwa  believes that, “ the people must be built first before we worry about the physical structures.” But sure, as an architect, putting the worship tent in good shape never stops being his concern too!

In this regard, the Olivet Academy, initiated by him has been a life-transforming platform where people are groomed to become confident enough to start small businesses rather than wait for white-collar jobs that may never come.  “We have trained and encouraged the youths to plant a tree today (start a business) and nurture it.

Pastor Nlekwuwa’s  worries  are not far from the fact that in time past being  a college graduate guaranteed young people jobs. “Graduating from college is no longer a guarantee that you get a job and this is not what it used to be.”

For the purpose of a better future, Nlekwuwa advocates that every youth should be guided through a creative path even before graduation. He says, “The schooling period is actually a better time for the youth to learn the importance of owning a business before leaving the university.”

Considering the people-oriented structures that the Church has built over time, the pastor says there is so much to celebrate about at the church’s annual thanksgiving celebration which comes up on Dec. 8.

“We have seen so many victories and progress in lives of individuals. Indeed, hard grounds have been broken and we remain thankful to God.”

          He however wants churches under the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN)   to do more of people- centred  programmes. “Besides protecting the interest of Christians, CAN  should also encourage the Churches to take keen interest in developing people, especially the youth.”  

            According to the pastor, for 2014, the emphasis would be to encourage people to look beyond self and emphasised the need for proper management of issues in the middle-east. “Any mismanagement of issues in the middle-east will trigger off problems,” he said.

            He is however hopeful that continuous advocacy will help re-orientate young people concerning job creation and a sustained economic empowerment.

           “Entrepreneurship is the way to go and the youth will benefit from that orientation than dreaming of roaming the streets in endless search for jobs.”

           Know more about the Olivet Bible Church through the link here