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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Confucius Institute, University of Lagos, Nigeria, celebrates Open Day

Ms Wang Yongjing
Tuesday 27th, September 2016, was a red letter day at the Confucius Institute, University of Lagos. According to the Chinese Director of the Institute, Ms. Wang Yongjing, it is a special day for the celebration of the life and time of the great philosopher Confucius who lived between (551-479BC). "Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher of Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history."

He is said

At Susan Hephzibah Atubobaraolo's 50th birthday bash at Lekki

 Few weeks back, July gal Susan Hephzibah Atubobaraolo had a bash to mark her 50th birthday.
A manager at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria, Susan spent that sunny Sunday afternoon with friends in a party affair.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

"The days of positive change has finally come," says Abia State Commissioner, Dr. Gabe Igboko

Abia State Commissioner of Environment and Solid Minerals Development Dr. Gabe Igboko has identified 'positive change as the matrix and solution that has started oiling the sudden growth in the solid minerals development sector in the state.'

Igboko said this while

My mom used to cry along while beating me -Sunday Bamgbose (Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology)

Sunday Bamgbose emerged from a humble home. According to him, he had every reason to miss it in life, but he held on to the teaching he received from his parents’ home back in Ibadan, Oyo State, in his early days. His friend who was also his neighbour had started taking Indian hemp while they were in primary school, but mom’s disciplinarian lifestyle, kept him in check. He aspired and became one of the senior managers in Coca-cola, a job that exposed him to lots of travels in and out of the country. There were temptations, he said, such that could have split him from his wife or made him to abandon his wife, so he developed a strategy!  He told us these and many more about his career and lifestyle, in this interview with PAUL UKPABIO.

The title ‘food technologists’ is not very common, tell us about yourself and who a food technologist is. 

I am the current Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Lagos chapter, the biggest chapter of the

Monday, 19 September 2016

At Last! Flamboyant Man of God, Bishop Tom Samson, reveals 'source of wealth'

Not a few tongues have been set wagging by the perceived flamboyant lifestyle of the founder of Christ Royal Family International Church, Bishop Tom Samson. But the controversial clergyman told PAUL UKPABIO that his seemingly exotic lifestyle is nothing less than he deserves after weathering the storms that life had brought his way. He also revealed the strange ways big money came his way twice while he was at the verge of throwing in the towel on his ministry.

We heard you share a testimony with your congregation that at a time in your life, it was difficult to raise enough money for food…

That is true. The beginning was tough. It was terrible, even to have three square meals a day. Even for my children to go to school, I could not afford common basic nursery school for them. Today, we have more than

He came to D.C. from Nigeria — and created his own African comic-book universe


By David Betancourt

Roye Okupe quit a web designing job to found comic book company YouNeek Studios. (Photo by Stephen Voss).

Roye Okupe didn’t read comic books growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Comic book shops weren’t around. Instead, Okupe was introduced to superheroes through Saturday morning cartoons such as “Transformers” and “X-Men.”
So when he set out to create his own Nigerian superhero, he thought animation was the way to go. That idea led Okupe on a journey that culminated in him debuting a new universe of African superheroes. Just not in the way he originally planned.

Okupe, now 31, arrived in the United States in 2002, attending George Washington University and earning a bachelors and master’s degree in computer science in 2007 and 2009. In between those degrees he took a class in animation at the Art Institute of Washington. After college, while working as a web developer for International Software Systems in Greenbelt, Md., Okupe was able to put together an eight-minute animated trailer featuring his first superhero creation, Wale Williams, a young, 20-something Nigerian who suits up in high-tech armor to become the African superhero E.X.O. (Endogenic Xoskeletal Ordnance).
Okupe shopped his trailer to distributors, television networks and investors for a year and got nowhere. One movie producer even told him that E.X.O. looked interesting, but he should think about changing the race of the character.
“That was a down period for me. I really had to dig into believing in myself that I could actually get this done,” Okupe told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “Hearing that from someone who was in the [entertainment] industry, I almost took it for the gospel. But if you have a dream, it’s your responsibility to make it happen and then people will join the bandwagon once you start to get some recognition.”
Okupe decided to take inspiration from another superhero medium: live-action movies. He was impressed with Marvel’s ability to satisfy both hardcore fans and the general public alike with its movies. But Okupe concentrated on the format so many movie superheroes originally came from: comic books.
Comics were much more affordable to produce. Okupe had never written a comic before, so he ruled out trying to take his ideas to mainstream comic companies. And when he didn’t hear back from “lower-tier” publishers, he decided to produce E.X.O. independently.

So in the summer of 2015, he cashed out his 401(k), resigned from his job and founded YouNeek Studios, the company that would debut his first comic book, “E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams.”
“E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams” was the first superhero to debut from Roye Okupe’s YouNeek Studios in 2015. (Courtesy of YouNeek Studios).

“It’s a very big change and a particularly scary one,” Okupe said of the moment he quit his job. “But I knew that to make the impact that I want to make in the comic book industry, I couldn’t do it with a 9-to-5.
I was working as a web developer and making good money. But this has always been a dream of mine and I always tell people if you have a dream, no one’s going to make it happen for you.”
Okupe recruited four artists in Nigeria to help him produce his first E.X.O. comic. Ayodele Elegba would edit his writing. Sunkanmi Akinboye would be his interior pages artist. Raphael Kazeem worked on coloring and Godwin Akpan did cover art. Not counting the two times a year he returns home to Nigeria, Okupe does all his communicating with his art team from his apartment in Rockville, Maryland. It was important for him to have a team that could capture the cultural essence of his homeland, as E.X.O.’s fictional city of Lagoon City takes inspiration from Lagos.
“[The artists] are there on a day to day basis. They can feel the vibe,” Okupe said. “I wanted people that were close to home but I also really wanted to prove that Nigerian/African artists as a whole can do stuff that’s comparable to what you would see in Marvel or DC and I think I’ve been able to accomplish that.”

Marvel of course, is home to perhaps the most famous African superhero of all, The Black Panther, who is a king ruling over a fictional African paradise (Wakanda). Okupe’s tales are also fictional but he aims for a more authentic African feel. The book features Nigerian colloquialisms (translated in captions), traditional clothing and monuments.
“The country of Nigeria and the continent as a whole, you always see war, famine, terrorism — we touch on those points,” Okupe said. “But I try to pump up as much positivity as I can, because I feel that’s lacking when it comes to Nigeria and Africa as a whole in the mainstream.”
The first E.X.O. comic debuted on Aug. 31, 2015, and a second will arrive Wednesday. Instead of publishing monthly like many comics, YouNeek Studios produces chapters as graphic novels, a format Okupe hopes gives potential new readers an easy jumping-on point without having to worry about catching up on back issues. In the future, Okupe hopes YouNeek Studios will publish two graphic novels a year.
Okupe worked with printing company Print Ninja to get his comics printed and into select comic book shops, but they can also be purchased digitally via the YouNeek Studios website, ComiXology, Amazon and Apple Books.
Okupe used personal savings and family support to fund YouNeek Studios. Two successful Kickstarter campaigns, which Okupe promoted via blogs and social media, helped cover the cost of printing. He puts “every dime” he makes from the comics back into YouNeek Studios and supports himself via freelance web design work.
“I haven’t been kicked out of my apartment yet,” Okupe joked. “So I guess I’m doing something right.”
Okupe is now ready to focus on expanding his YouNeek universe with new characters, including Fury, a female character introduced in the E.X.O. books, Malika, a warrior queen based in pre-colonial Africa, and Windmaker, a hero who the ability to control the wind.
Courtesy of YouNeek Studios

Creating superheroes is a thrill, but Okupe is most proud of the self-built, diverse fanbase that he hopes will stick around for more adventures.
“I’m having people in South America buy my books. People in Europe and Asia buy my books,” Okupe said. “So it’s not just African or African-Americans; it’s pretty much anybody who is interested in a great story.”
Culled from: The Washington Post 

Friday, 9 September 2016

A Father"s Joy: Pastor Wole Oladiyun's Son Graduates

Pastor was so happy, he prayed for son while cameras clicked on...
Congratulations from Paul Ukpabio's Blog
A parents' day of joy

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Gbenga Adeyinka's 'Laffmattazz,' moves to Abeokuta, Olumo Rock City, on Independence Day

Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st
 This year's Independence Day celebration moves to Olumo Rock City, Abeokuta, as the Grand Comedian of Nigeria, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st & Friends move Laffmattazz the famous comedy event to the city.

Billed to perform at the Independence Day Abeokuta comedy-entertainment show are, top artistes which includes, Mi, Alaga Ibile Reminisce, 9ice, Capital F.E.M.I, Small Doctor, Seriki, Ola Lakeside (Shanawole), African China and Pepenazi.

Comedians that will be in the house will include: Ali Baba, Okey Bakasi, Bash, Koffi, Mc Ajele, Peteru, Owen Gee, Still Ringing, Dr Smile, Helen Paul, Lepacious Bose, Mandy, Mc Abbey, Seyi Law, Omobaba No 1 and more.

Africa's Number one Dj Jimmy Jatt, will be on the wheel of steel while Nollywood Superstars: Mr Latin, Odunlade Adekola and Yomi Fash Lanso will grace the event.

Red Carpet will be taken care of by: Bodex. Venue is: Cultural Centre Kuto, Abeokuta.

Regular 3k VIP: 10k VVIP: 200k for a table of Six

Call; 08033065266 for platinum table reservation.

Tickets available @ Royale Mandarin Ibara GRA, Promo Towers Oke Ilewo, all spices Fast Food Outlets and all SKYE Bank branches

Time: 2-9pm. Don't forget it's an Independence Day, October 1st 2016, Laffmattazz is powered by Maltina-Sharing happiness. Event is Proudly supported by Ogun State Government.

Media partners are; AFRICA MAGIC & GOTV supported by OGBC, OGTV, ORISUN, Sweet 107.1 Fm and Rock City FM.
Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st

'Seminar on Blogging and Wealth creation through the Internet’ set to hold in Lagos

Revd. Sunday Folayan, President NiRA

Come October 8th, 2016, the internet community will converge at The Prince of Anthony Hotel, Anthony, Lagos, where knowledge about blogging on the internet for profit and how to create wealth through the internet, shall be imparted to participants, at a seminar scheduled to hold at that venue that day.

The President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Revd Sunday Folayan has been scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the event, while lectures planned for the day includes:

‘Domain name creation, the role of the government and regulation governing use of the internet’ to be delivered by, Mr. Adebunmi Akinbo: a member of the Executive Board, Nigeria Internet Registration Association.

Other topics are: ‘Website creation and hosting of blogs and other sites’ by Mr. Oloruntoba Obaniyi, CEO of Whogohost; ‘How to develop content for blogs and websites’ by Gbenga Dan Asabe, CEO ofasabeafrika.com, and ‘Blogging for profit for corporate organisations by Dr. Paul Ojeih, CEO of IRIS Medical Foundation.

There will also be a special address on personal development on ICT knowledge to be delivered by Multi-linguist writer and oil and gas investor Mr. Jamiu Abiola along with an address by Mr. Wang Washington, the Chairman of the Chinese Youth Association, Lagos. Time is 10am. Seminar fee: N5000.

The seminar is being put together by Paul Ukpabio’s Blog and supported by: NiRA, ABN-TV Houston, Texas, UBA Plc, Whogohost, IRIS Medical Foundation, and asabeafrika.com 

Governor Wike declares support for Operation Crocodile Smile

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (m), Deputy Governor, Dr Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai after the visit of General Buratai to Government House, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving a plaque of appreciation from the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

MONDAY PEACE ACCORD: Final Signing of Peace Agreement between Ezillo and Ezza- Ezillo people at Abakaliki Township Stadium

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Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi (2nd left); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh (left); Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole (3rd left); and Deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe 

Photo: Emma Anya

Dr. Gabriel Okara presents his new book to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson at Government House Yenagoa

Photo: Lucky Francis

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

NLNG yesterday paid a courtesy call on Minister of Information and Culture in Abuja

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Managing Director of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Mr. Tony Attah
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Ayo Adesugba, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Mr. Tony Attah, some directors of the Ministry and management staff of the NLNG

When President Mohammadu Buhari visited Osun State to celebrate Oyo at 25

R-L , Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi wife of Osun state Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola ; Deputy Governor of Osun State Chief Mrs Laoye TomoriOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola ; President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima at the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School Osun in celebration of Osun at 25 years anniversary on 1st Sept 2016
R-L, President  Muhammadu Buhari with Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi; Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima and Lagos State Governor. Akinwunmi Ambode

JAIZ Bank visits Kwara State Governor at Government House, Ilorin

L-R: Managing Director, JAIZ  Bank, Hassan Usman, Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, Chief of Staff, Government House, Ilorin, Alhaji Baba Abdulwahab and Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Banu during courtesy visit

I am excited about a number of things happening in NiRA, says Revd. Sunday Folayan

Revd. Sunday Folayan

NiRA President, Revd. Sunday Folayan recently declared that he is presently excited about a number of things happening in NIRA. According to him, one of such things that cause his excitement is the recent visit on Friday, 26th August 2016, of The Acting Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji to the NIRA Head Office in Lagos.  

Dr. Vincent Olatunji’s visit he said, coincided with the last day of  the AFRINIC/NIRA/ATCON/UI training on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) & Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). 

“I used the opportunity of the Ag. DG’s visit to draw his attention to NiRA’s Vision and Plans to advance the Domain Name Service ecosystem in Nigeria.” 

Also causing his excitement is the new plans for growth in NIRA Academy. “The Board of NIRA has made some appointments to deepen the activities of the NIRA Academy. Sikiru Shehu was appointed the Dean of the Academy. Mohammed Rudman will serve as Director of Studies, while the COO, Edith Udeagu was appointed Registrar of the Academy. They have already started their work. Apart from the AFRINIC INRM training, The NIRA Academy will mount a Track on Domain Name and Hosting at the forthcoming Nigeria Network Operators Group Training coming up in October 2016.”

“Secondly, NIRA’s plan to give back to the Nigerian Society, through the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation (NKF) that was setup in memory of our Pioneer President, to promote the DNS space in Nigeria. NKF will focus on Developing Entrepreneurs in the DNS space, as well as Child online protection, making the Internet safe for the Nigerian child.
“Thirdly, the need to get many more Nigerians to adopt and use the .ng platform for their presence on the Internet, the already established market of some gTLDs, together with the desire of Nigerians for foreign brands, the low level of awareness of the potentials and knowledge of the DNS industry have all combined to slow down the growth in .ng domain registrations.  We have tackled this with a reduction in price of the Second Level Domain which we believe would increase the number of registrations. Indeed .name.ng domains are as low as N500 now. It is easy to use, with any of the free webmail services like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo.“

Still excited, Revd Sunday Folayan said that, “I must appreciate the DG for his kind words on our plans and activities. I thereafter accompanied him to the Training hall, to declare closed the AFRINIC/UI/ATCON/NIRA Training workshop in Internet Numbers Resource Management. I sincerely thank AFRINIC, the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and University of Ibadan for partnering with us on training more Nigerian Network Engineers on INRM & IPv6."

Folayan added that, in the coming week, he shall be leading NIRA to visit a couple of high profile Internet Content generators in Nigeria, to further deepen the reach of the .ng brand.

He advised that “Nigerians should play a part in helping Nigeria exit this recession. Buying Nigerian products starts with a great Nigerian Domain name.” Nigerians, he said, should secure their name!”

Visit of Dr. Vincent Olatunji to the NIRA Head Office in Lagos.  

Monday, 5 September 2016

Tony Elumelu at Aso Rock, visits Wife of the President to contribute to the 'Get Involved Initiative' of Hajia Aishat Buhari

I have everything I need in my wife! And more time now to relax since I left public office - Yomi Awoniyi (Ex- Dep Gov Kogi State)

Architect Yomi Awoniyi with wife

By Paul Ukpabio

Ex Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Architect Yomi Awoniyi, may not be too happy about the loss of the governance of the state to an opposition political party, but he also realises that, it is not the end of the world. So the ever youthful looking third son of Chief Sunday Awoniyi, the late ebullient statesman and politician of note, is looking beyond politics and finding his feet and life outside government house.

In looks and carriage though, Yomi Awoniyi when he
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