The Compassionate Governor: Ambode comes to the rescue of Nigerians Stranded In Russia

Promises To Pay For Their Return Flights

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has rescued some stranded Nigerian football fans held up in Moscow, Russia.

The fans numbering over fifty have found it difficult returning home because they didn’t have return air tickets ..

But succour came their way when Governor Ambode, who is on the Federal Government delegation to the country, met them at the airport .

This was confirmed in a post by one Nnamdi Odimegwu who witnessed the incident .

Nnamdi Odimegwu wrote :

“”Not a Political Campaign for him but just appreciating a good and kind gesture by one of our noble Politicians in Nigeria.

The story goes thus:

I had a pick up arrangement today at the airport in Moscow and had a rare privilege of meeting his excellency, the governor of Lagos State; the most populous and commercial Hub of Nigeria. I quickly introduced myself while I waited for my pick up arrangement to come out. We had a small chat and exchanged knowledge and wisdom while I waited.
He bade me farewell as his pick up arrangement had arrived.
After a few minutes, my pick up arrived as well so we set out to the car park.
As soon as we came out of the airport, I saw a crowd of over 50 Nigerians who had been stranded at the airport for almost 10-15 days now. And in their middle was this same man, His excellency , Governor Ambode. As soon as he sighted me, he quickly called my attention to assist.

It was a pathetic state and a lot of words both pleasant and unpleasant were being exchanged. (Not apportioning blames on anyone )

Then his Excellency did something that amazed me. He showed solidarity and quickly pledged to send all 50 Stranded Nigerians home and assigned me to oversea the transfers and procurement of new tickets to send them home.
As I type this, 19 out of this 50 are already on air to Lagos Nigeria, the remaining 31 are leaving this evening.
His excellency also fed them all as he gave them cash to eat while they waited for their tickets to fly home.
I am only writing this to express my gratitude to a man that has shown that not all politicians are the same.

I am well aware that NFF Officials and some other Senior Government or well to do Nigerians are aware of the situation on ground  but are yet to be of help.
Kindly help as much as you can.
Nigeria will only be built or destroyed by Nigerians.
The integrity of our Nation is at stake.
Follow this same example; If you have the well withal.

@akinwunmiambode Thank you sir


UBA Emerges Best Institution In Digital Banking In Africa  

Pan-African financial services group, United Bank for Africa Plc, has once again made an addition to its growing list of enviable laurels as it was named Africa’s best bank  in the Digital category at the prestigious Euromoney awards in London. 

This further lends credence to UBA’s dominance in the digital banking space. The Euromoney awards ceremony which was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 covers more than 20 global product categories, best-in-class awards and the best Banks in over 100 countries around the world, recognising institutions that have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and momentum in the markets in which they operate.

In selecting its recipients, Euro money’s principle is hinged both on quantitative and qualitative data to honor institutions that have brought the highest levels of service, innovation and expertise to their customers.

At the awards ceremony, UBA beat other nominees taking away the prize for best institution in Digital banking across Africa, an affirmation of its recent investment in cutting edge technology, one of which gave birth to Leo, the chat banker that has disrupted banking across Africa.

In a bid to be the undisputed leading financial services industry  in Africa in the area of innovation and technology, UBA has steadily included new and emerging trends to its range of solutions in-branches, across subsidiaries and on digital platforms. The emergence of LEO, has been a continuous directive to push the banking sector beyond financial services and to show that the bank truly comprehends the shift in operations and the movement of the global world with technology today.


The Euromoney award, which is a recognition of innovative products and services introduced by the bank in recent times and targeted towards meeting customer needs, comes on the heels of recent awards to UBA, including Finnacle Client Innovation Awards and Best Bank Awards won by five of its subsidiaries across Africa by The Bankers Magazine. UBA was also declared the best Bank in Africa in 2017.

Receiving the award at a well attended event in London, the Group Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, United Bank for Africa, Kennedy Uzoka, appreciated the organizer’s for the recognition, noting that UBA’s dedication to hard work and particular emphasis to offering quality services to customers are being acknowledged.

According to Uzoka, the award affirms the Bank’s strong management and un-matched commitment to service excellence.

He said: “This only goes to show that our resolve in continuing to deploy innovative solutions that place customers first, using cutting edge technology for their collective satisfaction and excellent banking experience is important to us. This recognition will further spur us to do more in meeting the needs of our customers with unrivalled services.”

Uzoka stated “for us at UBA, the award is quite an accomplishment, considering Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook and President Emmanuel Macron of France’s recent endorsement both of which centred around highlighting the distinguishing value of UBA’s leading digital opportunities”.

“Also, our recent launch of Leo in 15 African countries is evidence that UBA has on its agenda, the objective of digital creativity especially in service for our trusted customer base across the African continent.  This award reminds us as an institution not to relent in our pursuit of excellence and to continue to lead the new digital age in Africa, within the financial services industry’.

Clive Horwood, Euromoney Magazine’s Editor explained that:  “Despite fierce competition, one bank stood out in the last year for the inventiveness of its efforts in digital banking: United Bank for Africa. One of its signature launches in Nigeria was Leo, an e-chat service using artificial intelligence to help customers execute transactions on Facebook”.

“Recently, Mark Zuckerberg gave a nod to the service, during a talk at a recent developers’ conference – a sign of its recognition at the highest levels of digital technology. The bank also recently added retina and fingerprint recognition and technology to reduce business travel greenhouse emissions. If it fulfils its ambitious plans to partner with fintech companies, UBA could continue to lead African banks in the area of digitilisation. “Horwood noted.

UBA is one of Africa’s leading banks with operations in 20 African countries and in London and New York, with   presence in Paris.

Adjudged to be at the forefront of innovation and convenient banking, UBA is one of the first financial services institutions on the continent to deploy Finacle 10x, a new information technology platform that boosts its services and electronic banking channels.

Today, UBA provides banking services to more than 15 million customers globally, through diverse channels and over a thousand touch points.


Trump’s Alleged Lover, Stormy Daniels Arrested During Strip Club Show

Adult -film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels arrested in Columbus, Ohio
Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he became president, was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, her lawyer said early Thursday.

According to New York Times, Ms. Clifford, had been scheduled to appear at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in northeastern Columbus on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the club’s website.

She was arrested for allowing a customer to touch her “in a non sexual manner” while she was on stage, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter. He wrote that she was expected to be charged with a misdemeanor “for allowing ‘touching.’”

A man who answered the phone at Sirens early Thursday morning said, “We have no comment on that.” He declined to provide his name. The Columbus Police Department did not immediately return a phone call.

Since gaining nationwide prominence for her accusation against President Trump — and the $130,000 payment she received to originally keep quiet — Ms. Clifford has drawn crowds at strip clubs across the country, including in Greenville, S.C., Salem, Ore., and Des Moines, Iowa. They were mostly curiosities until her trip to Columbus.

Mr. Avenatti, an outspoken lawyer who has become a sharp critic of Mr. Trump, saw political machinations behind the arrest.

“This was a setup & politically motivated,” Mr. Avenatti wrote. “It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges.”

In Ohio, it is illegal for an employee who is “nude or seminude” at a sexually oriented business to be touched by a patron or to touch a patron, with the exception of an immediate family member. Depending on what body part is touched, the charge can be a first- or fourth-degree misdemeanor.

WhatsApp Introduces New Feature To Curb Fake News

WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.

The messaging application made the move public on Tuesday through its official blog following calls from various parts of the world, including India, to tackle the spread of fake news.

In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said, “Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you.

“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow,” WhatsApp said in a blog.

“It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.

“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone,” WhatsApp added.

Recently, while replying a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform, WhatsApp had said that it was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.

“This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages.

“Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else,” it had said.

In its blog, the instant messaging application added, “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.

“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”

The company had last month also announced “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.

Kylie Jenner, To Displace Zuckerberg As Youngest Billionaire

Kylie Jenner, makeup business mogul, reality star and influencer is becoming the youngest self-made billionaire ever, ahead of Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23, according to Forbes.

The youngest Jenner, who is on the cover of the August edition of the American business magazine, is on the ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Women’ list.

The ranking, which is in its fourth year, collates America’s most successful self-made women entrepreneurs and executives as measured by their net worth.

The 20 year old Kylie, who is the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters, is worth 900 million dollars and is tipped by Forbes to become the youngest billionaire in the world.

The new mother of Stormi Webster came into limelight from her appearances in her family’s television show ‘Keeping up with the Kadarshians’.

Speaking on Kylie’s rise, Forbes wrote, “Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23.”

Kylie joins other women including her sister Kim Kardashian, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, singers Beyonce and Taylor Swift who also made the list.

Describing Kylie’s business success, Forbes wrote on its website, “Jenner runs one of the hottest makeup companies ever.

“Kylie Cosmetics launched two years ago with a $29 “lip kit” consisting of a matching set of lipstick and lip liner.

“It has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since, including an estimated $330 million in 2017.

“Even using a conservative multiple, and applying our standard 20% discount, Forbes values her company, which has since added other cosmetics like eye shadow and concealer, at nearly $800 million. Jenner owns 100% of it.

“Add to that the millions she’s earned from TV programs and endorsing products like Puma shoes and PacSun clothing, and $60 million in estimated after-tax dividends she’s taken from her company, and she’s conservatively worth $900 million.”

Forbes, is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400), of the world’s top companies (the Forbes Global 2000), and The World’s Billionaires.

Buhari Mourns Nigerian Ambassador To Sao Tome, Queen Worlu

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday extolled the virtues of Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Queen Worlu who died on Monday.

The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu described the death of Worlu who he appointed in 2017 as a painful loss to the country.

He commiserated with the spouse and other family members as well as the government and people of Edo State over the diplomat’s death.

The order for the immediate evacuation of her body by the President had been carried out by the Nigerian Air Force, according to the statement.

“We pray to God to give her family the fortitude to bear this sad loss,” Buhari said.

BREAKING: Buhari’s Daughter, Zahra Delivers Baby Boy In Spain

Eighteen months after their wedding, Zahra Buhari and Ahmed Indimi have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

The ELITES exclusively gathered thatbZahra, the beautiful daughter of President Mohammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, was delivered of the baby at a highbrow hospital in Spain, earlier today.

Prrdictably, the news of the baby’s arrival, has thrown the Buhari and Indimi family into a joyous mood.

Season of Whirlwind Engagements: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are Engaged

Summer 2018 is apparently the summer of whirlwind engagements: Just a month after reportedly getting back together, Justin Bieber has reportedly proposed to Hailey Baldwin.

TMZ broke the news on Sunday afternoon, reporting that two eyewitnesses saw the whole thing go down at a resort in the Bahamas. “They say everyone was at a restaurant on the property doing salsa dancing when Justin’s security told everyone to put their phones away, because something special was about to happen,” writes TMZ. Apparently that’s when Justin popped the question.

Reinforcements back up the news, too: “A source with knowledge of the situation” also told TMZ that the two got engaged last night.

Of course, these two young things haven’t even confirmed they’re in a relationship yet, much less engaged—we’ve just seen them eating lunch in Miami and making out over all over Brooklyn. Ah, young love!

“With a telling caption: “@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!”

Confirmation from the engaged twosome will make this thing official, but until then, you know we’ll be looking for those ring pics.

Lagos, Nollywood and President Macron’s Special Birthday Gift, By Steve Ayorinde

Nollywood is on my mind and it’s for a heartwarming reason. This Made-in-Lagos industry caught the attention of the world last week in a very significant way. First, two of its illustrious stakeholders – Femi Odugbemi, cerebral filmmaker; arrowhead of IRep International Documentary Film Festival and the man that will drive Multichoice’s Talent Factory as well as star actor Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde were invited into the new set of cineastes from across the globe to join the Academy of Motion Picture Association as voting members. In other words, Femi and Omotola now have voting rights in determining which films and filmmakers now win the OSCARS. The invitation is a major accomplishment for these two professionals and for Nollywood as a home-grown industry. And it gladdens the heart that the first two considered worthy of this honour live and work in the home state of Nollywood and cinema in Nigeria. #lagostourism is proud of you.
Remarkably too, jusy few days after the good news from the United States, home of the Academy Awards, the French came to honour Nollywood In its homestead. And it wasn’t just an ordinary honour, the recognition for Nollywood as a super force came from the very top. President Emmanuel Macron of France joyfully turned his State Visit to Lagos to a cultural extravaganza that is still resonating all over the world, validating Lagos as the undeniable liberal home of the creative industry in Africa. President Macron chose the iconic New African Shrine as the venue of that historic night last Tuesday to celebrate African culture. He saw a mini exhibition of art works by Nigerian artists; curated by Tokini Peterside of Art-X. He was wowed by 11-year-old Kareem Waris’ painting prowess. He danced to Femi Kuti’s afrobeat and beat the talking drum with Ara (Thunder). He applauded the fashion parade from Lagos designers; granted a no-holds-barred interview; spoke gkowingly about Lagos even in pidgin and took selfies with practically everyone at the Shrine.
But he seemed to have reserved a special love for Nollywood!
He acted on the stage with screen icons like Chika Okpalla (Zebrudaya); Jide Kosoko; Joke Silva; Omotola; Rita Dominic; Ramsey Nouah; Yomi Fash-Lanso and Kemi Laala-Akindoju among others in a mock production set directed by Kunle Afolayan.
It was no ordinary show.
The President of one of the most powerful countries in the world and the home to the world’s biggest film festival acting in a Nollywood skit on a Lagos stage serves a special purpose. It’s an endorsement that is more than an offer of partnership. It’s an overture; a bright green light for a love story that is about to happen.
Monsieur Macron entertained questions from Afolayan and had a one-on-one with Mo Abudu. He brought Mauritanian-born Cannes film festival veteran, Abdulrahaman
Sisseko to interact with other Nollywood icons like Olu Jacobs, Tunde Kelani and Genevieve Nnaji who were also in the audience, ostensibly saying what Sisseko achieved with TIMBUKTU at Cannes and at French cinemas (or Ousmanne Sembeme with MOOLADAY) can indeed be achieved by say a Kelani; Odugbemi; Izu Ojukwu; Fred Amata; Lancelot Imasuen, Niyi Akinmolayan; Kenneth Gyan or Afolayan, who all are flying Nollywood’s directorial flag beautifully if the industry can get the politics and diplomacy components of the global audio-visual business right.
Yet, President Macron listened and nodded in agreement to the film school initiative from Chioma Ude, the brain behind African International Film Festival (AFRIF) whose partnership with Lyon, France-based CineFabrique will open another window of opportunity in film studies in Lagos. CineFabrique Lagos from next year promises young talents two years of study in Lagos and last year in France. Nollywood sure is going to another level.
Putting icing on the cake of this historic visit, Mr. Macron chose to announce the year-long African Cultural Season in France in the year 2020 in Lagos. He didn’t make that announcement in Dakar or Cotonou; all he did with those two important cities was to pick the godfather and godmother for the cultural season – Yossou Ndour and Angelique Kidjo – from there; and then brought them along to Lagos for the special announcement to be made. What President Macron was saying in essence was that the doors are now open; no more barriers and that the opportunities will be limitless for talented professionals and creative entrepreneurs with fresh ideas. The Shrine declaration was a message that Lagos and Nigeria must take its rightful place at the Year 2020 African Cultural Season in Paris.
For Nollywood, the journey of the last rennaisant 30 years – from celluloid big screen films; to ‘reversal’ movies; then to home videos and now to the digital new Nigerian Cinema that has returned the audience to the movie theatres is just about to enter a new phase; a new vista that is getting the world to take more than a passing interest in the ways that we have chosen to tell our stories on the big screen.
For sure, the keen interest that Lagos State has in this industry is adding to the new lease of life – in supporting productions; award ceremonies and festivals; in providing opportunities for stakeholders to share in the glory that Toronto International Film Festival bestowed on Lagos in 2016 as the City in Focus and at Cannes Film Festival where it has provided a Pavillion back to back for quality visibility for the industry; in appointing two key professionals into the Board of Council for Arts and Culture and in bringing on board the views of industry heads and stakeholders in preparing its Tourism Masterplan. A warm hand of friendship has been extended and it can only get better.
Undoubtedly, therefore, the other night at the African Shrine attests to the good vibes that Nollywood is getting from the City of its birth. That the Academy Awards and the French President are in open romance with the industry at this point simply means that the sky is not the limit.

Reflecting on all these, few hours to my special day, I couldn’t help but conclude that the special honour that President Macron has bestowed on the Shrine; Nollywood and the entertainment and culture sector; on Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, is indeed a birthday gift to yours truly.
Thank you Monsieur Macron; congrats Nollywood and the Lagos arts scene!

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Now World’s Third Richest Man

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the third richest man in the world, overtaking Warren Buffett on Bloomberg’s list of the world’s richest people.

Zuckerberg passed Buffett Friday as Facebook shares rose 2.4 percent, Bloomberg reported.

Above Zuckerberg were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, in the No. 1 spot, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

The daily rankings of the world’s 500 richest people listed in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index showed the top 3 remained the same Saturday.

Zuckerberg is now worth $81.6 billion, nearly $400 million more than Buffett, chairman of the Berkshire Hathaway investment group, rankings show.

Zuckerberg’s California-based social network business has more than 2 billion active monthly users.

The company’s stock has reached a record high despite ongoing scrutiny over its Cambridge Analytica data breach that leaked personal information of up to 87 million people, MarketWatch reported.

Zuckerberg has pledged to give away 99 percent of his Facebook stock away in his lifetime, his Bloomberg profile shows. Further, Zuckerberg has given $3.58 billion in stock sales away this year alone to a charity initiative he set up with his wife, Priscilla Chan, in 2015.

Buffett has donated about 290 million of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway to charities — an equivalent of about $50 billion.