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.

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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,” but it did not turn out as she thought.

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.

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.

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