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.

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.” But, that thought went beyond her initial plan.

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.

Remembering Peter Areh

By Krydz Ikwuemesi
Painter, art critic and ethno-aesthetician;
Associate Professor, University of Nigeria,

An artistic impression of Areh

To mark the third annual lecture in memory of Peter Dubem Areh on Nov. 23 by 11 am at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, humanist and modern Medici, will discusses the problems militating against the growth and development of art in Nigeria.

CCA Brings Kelani's Àsìkò On Stage

One of Kelani's works

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos will present a third solo exhibition by Kelani Abass, titled ‘Àsìkò: Evoking Personal Narratives and Collective History’ from October 26 to December 21.

The Power of Choice!

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Our choices in life help to shape us into what we are. These choices tell who we are and the things we hold high in value.

Cancer Care: Essential Things You Must Do To Your Breast

L-R: Breast Cancer Survivor, Omolare Cookey, her mother and her daughter at the Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria(CS-DON) Cancer Awareness Walk in Lagos recently.

W-TEC To Establish Technology Club For Girls

L-R; Executive Director, W-TEC, Oreoluwa Somolu,; Marketing and PR Manager, Intel, Mr Adim Isiakpona; Winner of IPad prize, Miss Oyinloluwa Adepiti and her mother, during the graduation ceremony of W-TEC  Technology Camp programme in Lagos on August 24, 2013.

A Roaming Pregnant Teenager Tells Her Story (WOMAN DAILY™)

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A pregnant teenager approached me yesterday evening as I hurried down the road on Ogunlana Drive. She appeared shy as she virtually covered her face with her right hand. But the pain in her eyes explained why she summed up the courage to talk to me. “Mummy, please I need your help,” she said.

Etisalat Nigeria, WAAW Foundation Reward School Girls for Innovation


L - R: Specialist, Products and Services Division, Etisalat Nigeria, Doubrapade Koroye; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education, St. Catherine University, Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Yellow Team and student of Airforce Secondary School, Adesola Adegeye, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project.

L - R: Doubrapade Koroye of Etisalat; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Blue Team and student of Princeton College, Joy Olufemi, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project .
Etisalat Nigeria supported the Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation on the occasion of its 2013 Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp for 30 high school girls aged between 13 and 17 years.

Titled ‘Robotics and Renewable Energy for Africa’, the workshop which took place on Aug. 03, at the Laureates College, Lagos,  was facilitated by some Nigerian and American women, and it allowed the girls to experience hands-on activities, tutorials and experiments.

The founder of WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, said the learning objective of the STEM camp was to ensure that girls thought of science and technology as tools that could help them solve real problems in their communities.

 “The focus is to encourage our girls to look around and use locally available materials for innovation”, she said.

The facilitators included a special education teacher from Honors Academy School in Texas, Ebele Agu; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith and Mechanical Engineer from St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Frances Van Sloun.

Odi Ogori Ba Uge: A Festival of Note

A representation of the Buffalo displayed in dances

 Odi Ogori Ba Uge is the biggest festival celebrated by Odi people of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
 Every year on July 27th, the community rolls out its drums for dances; its boats for regattas, and showcases several pageants to spice the festivities.

What You Need If Your Child Has Special Needs (Woman Daily™)

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Caring for a child with special needs can be very demanding, especially when the child cannot express himself/herself by speaking. However challenging the demand may be, it is important and necessary to be patient, be encouraged by loved ones and remain hopeful for the best for such child.

Not A Second Experiment With Me! (Woman Daily™)

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Following a friend’s advice, I settled for what she considered a light but nutritious meal of moin-moin (locally-made steamed bean cake) with stewed snail for a visitor I was expecting.

Etisalat Launches 'Mobile Assistant' For Improved Business Life

L-R): Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans; Director, Business Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada and Chief Finance Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Andrew Kemp, during the Etisalat Mobile Assistant Press Conference, held at Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, August 1st.

Etisalat Excite Customers With Mercedes Benz SUV, Cash Prizes, In Etisalat/Barcelona promo!

Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa (left) and Director, Retail Sales, Etisalat Nigeria, Charles Ogunwuyi (right) presenting a brand new Mercedes Benz SUV to the first monthly draw winner of the ongoing Etisalat/FC Barcelona Promo, Stephen Ubah from Imo State, during the first monthly prize presentations held at the Etisalat Nigeria office in Ikoyi on Thursday, 25th July, 2013

 Charles Ogunwuyi (left) and  Oluwole Rawa (right)  presenting the keys to a brand new Mercedes Benz SUV to the first monthly draw winner of the ongoing Etisalat/FC Barcelona Promo, Stephen Ubah from Imo State,  at the Etisalat Nigeria office in Ikoyi on Thursday, 25th July, 2013

Director, Retail Sales, Etisalat Nigeria, Charles Ogunwuyi (left) and Head, Events and Sponsorship, Etisalat Nigeria, Modupe Thani (right) presenting a N500,000 cheque to Fagbile Ibikunle,one of the five daily draw winners, in the ongoing Etisalat/FC Barcelona Promo,  during the first monthly prize presentations held at the Etisalat Nigeria office in Ikoyi on Thursday, 25th July, 2013

L - R: Head, Sales and Distribution, Oluwatosin Olulana; Head, Events and Sponsorship, Modupe Thani; Director, Consumer Segment, Oluwole Rawa and Director, Retail Sales, Charles Ogunwuyi, all of Etisalat Nigeria at the first monthly prize presentations of the ongoing Etisalat/FC Barcelona Promo, held at the Etisalat Nigeria office in Ikoyi on Thursday, 25th July, 2013.

Customers have started winning big in Etisalat/FC Barcelona Promotion which kicked off on June 17, 2013.
Amidst cheers and excitement, the fist lucky winner of a Mercedes Benz SUV in the monthly draw category, as well as five other winners of the daily draws for N500, 000 prize was presented with his prize on Thursday at the Etisalat office in Ikoyi Lagos.

The car winner, 26-year-old Ubah Steven, an auto mechanic who hails from Imo State, but lives and works in Nasarawa State, shared his experience of how he won.

“I became very interested in the Etisalat promo because they always treat their customers well. So I started making my entries until I got about 300 points.

“When I received the call that I have won, I was in shock. When I received the call a second time, I knew it was real but I was still shocked to be named the winner of the car,” he said.

On the daily draws category, five lucky winners including 78-year-old Ibikunle Fagbile, Dandy Odionye, Kingdom Olukutu, Edafe Yarhere and Chinakwe Nikki smiled home with a N500, 000 (five hundred thousand naira) cash prize each.

Speaking on the promo, the Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr Oluwole Rawa, said that the promo was meant to appreciate their customers as designed in three categories including; the daily draws, the monthly draws and a grand finale draw.

Rawa describes the 2013 promo as bigger than that of 2012 because 180 customers will win cash prizes against the 90 winners in 2012. And while Range Rovers were given to the car winners in 2012, three lucky winners will become proud owners of Mercedes Benz cars each in the 2013 on-going promo.

For the category that will take winners to Barcelona, Rawa says Etisalat is alive to its promise to have 10 lucky customers enjoy the trip prize.

``For this promo, 180 lucky customers will go home with N500, 000 each; and 10 other lucky customers will go to Barcelona, besides the winners of the cars.”

When Will Women Have Pastimes?


Sometime ago, a performance artist, Wura-Natasha, shared a little concern of hers with me about women not really having pastimes. I said to her that I did not totally agree with her little concern, because I thought women could create pastimes for themselves if they wanted to.


Late Prof Achebe

Literary Icon, Late Prof Chinua Achebe will be honoured posthumously by Moet and Chandon on July 18, 2013 at the Freedom Park Gallery on Broad Street, Lagos.

Joseph Eze: His Art And 'Slippers' Identity

Eze's  self-portrait titled 'Adam's Apple'
The beautiful thing about professionalism by artists is when they cave a distinct identity for themselves.  Prominently, Joseph Eze has created that niche for himself over the decade, working exuberantly with slippers of different shades of colours.

Chris Doghudje Gives World-Class Training On Client Service Skills Development

Mr Chris Doghudje, a former Chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and CEO, Zus Bureau Limited, Lagos, will on Thursday,  June 27, deliver lectures on client service skills enhancement at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos, by 9 am.

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Three Perspectives To Behold!

Exhibition Installation view by Jude Anogwih

The recent work ‘ No one belongs here more than you,’ put together by  three Nigerian artists, Nnenna Okore,  Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, was opened in an exhibition on June 15, at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos and would be on till September 14, 2013.

SYNC: Best Business Strategy,Google Nigeria says!

L-R;Titi Akinsanmi, Google Policy Manager; Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google Nigeria Country Manager;Omobola Johnson, Honorable Minister of Communication Technology; Sean Lefluer, Director ,Google Sub Saharan Africa, at the event.

Google’s Share Your Nigerian Content (SYNC) was a key highlight at its 3-day conference that brought together entrepreneurs, content developers and journalists on June 4. The crux of SYNC was aimed at enabling content creators embrace the power of the web to grow locally- relevant content online and drive monetization.

Etisalat Prize For Literature :Set To Promote Talented African Writers

L-R): Head, High Value Events & Sponsorship, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; Patron, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Dele Olojede; Chair of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Pumla Gqola and Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Press Conference, held at Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 The Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched in Lagos on June 5, to further boost African Literature and the publishing industry, promote young writers and foster value recognition.

Amazing World Of A Three-Year-Old Nigerian Child (A Photo Exhibition)

Onafujiri taking a photograph of one of his sisters

Master Onafujiri  Remet is just three years old, and come June 8, 2013, he will be exhibiting the best of his photography  collection to the world at Terra Kulture  on Victoria Island, Lagos.

RUN FOR THE CURE: A Charity Of Hope For Cancer Management

Mrs  Duke

The Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria (CS-DON), is bringing hope to people living with cancer through its ‘RUN FOR THE CURE’ programme, with the aim of giving all funds generated to the needy for cancer medication.

Considerations For Giving A Gift

People give gifts for different reasons; either to show love or appreciation. When people celebrate for different reasons too, they receive gifts. While some people don’t worry about the kinds of gifts they give or receive, others feel quite concerned about what they give out as gifts or what they receive.

The Wedding-List Treaty!

At the family meeting holding in Susan’s parents’ house, the elders had already given up on the issue of the day. But if every other person was tired, Susan’s father was not. He insisted on getting everything on the request-list met.

For Every Plan ‘A’ Get Ready A Plan ‘B’

My recent experience on a ‘short programme’ has further exposed me to the fact that we may not necessarily have things work out the way we desire them. It may just happen that after developing a good plan and putting a good work strategy in place to execute the plan, things still work in the opposite way.

Media or Biological Parenting?


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"Evaluate your parenting pattern and see if you or the media are responsible for bringing up your children.”

Be Teachable!


On this bright and beautiful Saturday morning, I woke up, but it was not at the usual time that I was used to on Saturdays.  The time was a few minutes after 7am and I was still feeling sleepy. I didn’t have anything in particular that demanded my attention, so I remained ‘blank’ seated on my bed with my pillow clung close to my bosom.

Fighting The Girl-Child-Battle ( Short Story)

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I have just been delivered of my fourth baby and she is a girl! She looks so beautiful and very much like her other three sisters. I love her just as I love her sisters, but I am searching for a place of joy in my heart.

What Is Difficult In Keeping To Time?

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Must there always be a problem with keeping to time especially in African societies? I grew up to hear and know that there is something called ‘African Time’, which simply translates to ‘lateness’ from as many guests as possible to a programme.

For those who indulge in the act of perpetual lateness to every occasion, the importance of the event does not matter; be it a wedding ceremony,  a dedication service or a business meeting. It is  so bad to the point that  some people  even go late  to their own wedding ceremony, thereby causing unnecessary tension with their act of indiscipline with proper time management.

At two different instances, a groom and a bride actually took away the glamour of their ‘D-Day’ by arriving the ceremony very late. Their excuses were not tenable because they did not manage their time properly, or did not consider that it was bad enough to keep the officiating ministers and the guests waiting, let alone their spouse.

In the case of the bride who went late to be joined to her groom, she wanted to look her very best and she was sure that her groom would wait for her. She assumed that if her groom could wait, every other person should too, but the Reverend Father started the Mass in her absence. Rightly, he said the Church was not under the bride’s authority and would not be subject to acts of indiscipline.

So many people have failed to keep to time for business meetings. They get terribly late for such appointments that they virtually run into the meeting, looking as horrible as their act of lateness. It gets more disturbing with the endless pleas for forgiveness and excuses for coming late.

When it began to look like people did not bother about what time they arrived at programmes, invites started bearing the caveat ‘African Time Not Allowed’.

While perpetual lateness to appointments is condemnable, these tips could help:

Agree on a reminder from a friend who is time-conscious; a call or a message in an hour earlier could help.

Conclude all preparations for the event on the previous day; this way, you will not be under pressure to meet up with time.

When you are not sure of the state of your vehicle, plan for an alternative means of transportation.

Determine never to use traffic situation as excuses for being late. You know your city (like Lagos), leave your home at least two hours to an event since no one enjoys being kept ‘on hold’.



Blessed To Be Raised By A Grandmother!

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My grandmother was a great woman. She was dogged and ensured that she achieved her goals.  She told me the story of how my mother passed on during my delivery and how my father disappeared when he learned that my mother could not make it after having the baby.

Adunni And Nefretiti Celebrates In Live Musical Performance

Adunni and Nefretiti Group at a performance in Freedom Park

In celebrating their seven years of establishment as an African entertainment and cultural group, Adunni and Nefretiti will be having a live performance at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, on April 12th and 13th.

Sunset for Literary Giant, Chinua Achebe


News of Professor Chinua Achebe’s death made the rounds yesterday in the electronic media. Aged 82, Achebe was reported to have passed away on Thursday March 21, at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

I-REP DOCU Film Feast Begins In Freedom Park, Lagos

The 2013 edition of the i-Represent International Documentary Film Festival (aka iREP Docu Film Feast) will take place between March 21-24, at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.



The first confab of Nigerian playwrights was held at the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife from 8th-10th March, 2013 at the Conference Centre.

Missing In Transit! (Fiction)


My best friend Idera turned 40 on Saturday, but the day passed by like any other day. All that she had planned for her 40th birthday five years ago was different from the reality on ground today.