Author of ' I know Why The Caged Bird Sings' Maya Angelou, Dies, Aged 86

Dr Maya Angelou   
                                                                     Source: AP

The AP today reports that Sen. Mark Pryor says Maya Angelou’s life was shaped by her childhood spent in the Arkansas town of Stamps and Arkansans will forever be grateful for her impact on the world.
Angelou, who moved back and forth between Stamps and San Francisco as a child, died Wednesday at the age of 86.
She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.
Pryor says Angelou’s time in Stamps helped shape her outlook on life as well as her future music, literature and poetry. He says Arkansas and the nation will be forever grateful for her “courage, talent, and impact on our world.”

Ogwashi-Ukwu Man With Memory Loss Goes Missing

The missing man, Azekwo

When Mr Emmanuel Azekwo, 56, left home at 9, Salvation Str., Powerline, Isheri-Idimu,  for the Living Faith Bible Church, Canaan Land, Otta, in a designated Church bus on Sunday, March 16, 2014, he definitely looked forward to receiving his healing after a period of illness, but as at now, he remains missing.

This development has kept both his Church and his family very worried, as no one could tell if he walked away shortly after the service started or if he followed a bus to another destination and missed his way.

An older sister to the missing man, Madam Veronica Azekwo, said that although he suffered some loss of memory after a stroke attack, he believed that seeking spiritual help would bring healing to him.

“After the stroke attack, my brother got better with treatment, but the doctor identified that he suffered some memory loss and he was being treated for that, which he was also responding to until the day he did not come back home,” she said.

Madam Azekwo said that when Emmanuel(AKA sacramento) did not return home later that evening of March 16, the family got worried and decided to check with his local parish of the Church.

She said that the bus driver, who took them to the Church, confirmed that he alighted from the bus with other people and went into the worship area like every other person.

The driver, however, could not tell if Azekwo came back with the bus because it was not mandatory for people to follow the same bus back to their pick up point, as they could follow any other bus.

Madam Azekwo said that while the Church prayed for her brother’s return, the family reported the case at the Idimu Police Station on March 19. They also reported him missing at the Sango police Station on March 20, since the Church is at Sango.

She said that they also reported to the Nigerian television Authority about the missing man on March 24. They had hoped that with the information on a national television, he could be identified easily by people who may have seen him.

The family has been in pains and going through nightmare since the father of five, who hails from Ogwashi-Ukwu in Delta State, went missing. His sister disclosed that while he took his medication, he did everything averagely well and that was why he could leave for Church.

She however expressed fear that since he had been without his medication since March 16, his memory condition may have gone worse.

The family appeal to loving Nigerians to look out for him and report to the nearest police station.

“I beg every kind-hearted person out there to please help us report to the nearest police station if you see any strange man wandering around your area. The Church has been praying for his return just as the police have been working too,” Madam Azekwo said.

Chibok Girls Must Live Their Dreams!

Source: The #bringbackourgirls campaign

The protests demanding the release of the abducted Chibok school girls entered a new phase at the end of 30 whole days!

I watched the vigil session on Channels Television last night as the crusaders kept the fire burning. People from all walks of life; of course, led by  human rights activities, people who have not only decided to speak, but who also  showed their faces  in this fight against man’s inhumanity to man!
Around the world, there had been several protests by different groups of people, Nigerian and other nationals alike.

Now is the time to begin to salute real heroes and heroines of this great nation. It is a big ‘thanks’ to Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, Femi Falana(SAN) and the numerous great minds who have given a voice to not just the Chibok parents alone, but  to the good people of Nigeria.

In the last 30 days and still counting, the over 200 innocent school girls were taken away against their will, with attempt to scuttle their dreams. No! These girls have beautiful dreams that must not die and that is what the crusade ‘#Bringbackourgirls’ has shown to the world.

The crusade has shown the true Nigeria that we have always looked forward to having; a Nigeria that stands for and supports humanity in its totality, not skewed by favour to tribe, religion or sex!

The Chibok abduction has elicited a world-wide concern. World leaders, great people like Mitchell Obama, artistes around the world, nations have condemned the insurgent’s action of abducting the school girls.  But the nation-wide protests have also proven to the world that there are great Nigerians who understand what a human society should actually be.

Government must do everything within its might, plus getting help from the international communities to ensure that the girls are taken out of the camp of the militants. The actions must not be delayed any further!
I continue to pray with the mothers of the affected girls and trust God Almighty who never attends to a situation late,  that the girls will come back home, well and alive to the warm and loving embrace of their families! #bringbackourgirls now and alive!!!

15 Girls Participate In W.TEC 2014 Girls In ICT Day Hackerthon

Participants showing off their certificates after the workshop organised by W.TEC

The girls, working in their groups

Fifteen talented young girls who had been participants at various technology  workshops and camps, took part in the 2014 Girls In ICT Day, organised  by the Women Technology Empowerment Centre –W.TEC, at the Learautes College Mafoluku Oshodi Lagos,.

What is Girls In ICT Day?
The International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in ITU  to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.
What is Girls in ICT Day event? 
These are events where young girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.  
An instructor sharing a point with the girls during the ICT workshop

Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are encouraged to organise Girls in ICT day events on 24 April 2014.
The ITU Secretary General invites all ITU Member States and Sector Members to organise events attracting as many girls and young women as possible.
Futher to this effect, W.TEC organised a Hackerthon to support this movement for participants of its various past workshops and camps to compete in groups to produce tech products of what they have been taught at their programmes.

 The program was set in a competitive format where the girls worked in groups to produce Blogs, Scratch video games, Mobile Application which they subsequently presented to the gathering after the program for which they rewarded with interesting gifts.

The 15 participants ages ranged from 11 – 16 of both private and public schools. The Tech products produced by the girls some were standard and presentable.

The W-TEC Hackerthon which was used to also test the capability of all that the girls had been   taught indicated that the girls have a good Tech future potential.