50th Birthday Celebration: Corporate Amazon, Mary Akpobome, Launches Purple Girls Foundation (PHOTOS)

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Corporate Amazon, Mary Udoh Bassey Akpobome clocked 50 last Tuesday, July 11, 2018. 

The accomplished banker is the wife of Ali Baba, veteran comedian and entertainment legend.

The event was celebrated with the launch of the Purple Girl Foundation at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

Present at the superlative event were members of her family, close friends and well-wishers from the entertainment and corporate divide of the entire country.

Here are some of the faces at the even

With $12.4 Billion Networth, Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

The President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has retained his position as the Africa’s richest man.

He has a $12.4 billion networth.

These figures were released on Forbes website on Tuesday.

The report showed that despite losing $1.7 billion in few months, Dangote has remained a strong brand, retaining his position as Africa’s richest man.

Also, listed by Forbes is the Chairman of Conoil and Globacom, Chief Mike Adenuga, whose networth is $4.4 billion.

Adenuga was said to have lost $1.1 billion within the period.

According to Forbes, the founder of Amazon.com Inc, Mr.Jeff Bezos is the richest man in modern history.

Bezos’s fortunes jumped from $112billion in March this year to $151.4 billion as at yesterday.

The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s net worth cracked $150 billion in New York on Monday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

That’s about $55 billion more than Microsoft Corp. co-founder, Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person.

Bezos, 54, also has topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms.

Tunde Kelani Honoured At Ecrans Noirs Film Festival (PHOTOS)

Legendary cinematographer, Tunde Kelani, has been awarded Ecran d’Honneur (Screen of Honour) at the Ecrans Noirs Film Festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The honour was presented to the 70-year-old on Friday, July 13.

An out of competition award, Ecran d’Honneur is given to a director, producer, actor or any African professional film for an entire career work.

Previous recipients of the award include Gaston Kabore, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Olu Jacobs and the late Idrissa Ouedraogo.

Speaking on the latest addition to his enviable award collection, Kelani said “I feel truly honoured and charge African Filmmakers, young and old, currently facing economic challenges to seize advantage of rapidly evolving digital technology to keep the flag of African Cinema flying.”

Organised by Black Screens, the festival aims to disseminate cinematographic creations of six countries in Central Africa (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Chad).

It is also intended as a space of reflection on the cinema and organises colloquiums, bringing together professionals, who debate on topics concerning the conditions of exercise and the evolution of this art on the African continent.

Source: Qed.ng

Get Rewarded With Your FirstBank Naira MasterCard

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced a promotional campaign to reward its customers for using their FirstBank Naira MasterCard for international transactions. The promo will run for four months, beginning in July 2018, through October, 2018.

The FirstBank Naira MasterCard variants include the Classic MasterCard Debit, Platinum MasterCard Debit, and the Expressions on Cards. These cards are denominated in Naira and issued in partnership with MasterCard Worldwide. The Cards are linked directly to customers’ Naira denominated current and/or savings accounts and offer a convenient alternative to the use of cash and cheques by giving direct access to funds in cardholders’ accounts across all channels such as ATM, POS and WEB.

FirstBank Naira MasterCard holders who transact on POS/WEB for values between $2,000 and $3,000 per month will get the Naira equivalent of 0.5% the value of the transactions credited back into their accounts, while Customers who transact on POS/WEB for values between $3,001 and $5,000 per month, will get the Naira equivalent of 1% the value of the transactions credited back into their accounts.

These cards can be used to pay for goods and services at over 29 million locations and Merchant outlets as well as withdraw cash from over 1.8 million ATMs worldwide. FirstBank employs the use of Chip & PIN technology to guard against unauthorized transactions on cards.

According to the Group Head, e-Business, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Chuma Ezirim, ”FirstBank is delighted to reward its customers who carry out their financial transactions in an easy, secure and  seamless way at any given time and anywhere during this summer period all around the world”.

Walk into any FirstBank branch today and pick up your Naira MasterCard to get rewarded.

 

Police Arrest 8 Boko Haram Kingpins Who Abducted 276 Chibok Schoolgirls, suicide bombers

Police detectives have arrested eight suspects that allegedly abducted 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok, in Borno state on 14th April 2014.
The police team led by super cop, Abba Kyari, during a brief in Maiduguri, also said that many suicide bombers and those that trained them were arrested.

Recall that Abba Kyari also led the team that arrested kidnap baron, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, alias Evans.

#MandelaDay: Top 10 Quotes of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, even in death still remains a source of inspiration and courage to millions around the globe.

He was South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and Anti-Apartheid icon who passed away on a Thursday at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95.

Today marks what would have been his 100th birthday and the world has come together to remember his numerous words of wisdom, etched in our memories.

To honor his legacy, here are top ten of his quotes that have inspired the world:

 

“It always seems impossible until it done.”

 

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

 

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands; that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language; that goes to his heart.”

 

“There is no such thing as part freedom.”

 

“It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.”

Nigeria’s National Carrier Name Is Nigerian Air

The name for the Nigerian national carrier is Nigerian Air.
The Minister of State, Aviation senator Hadi Sirika unveiled the name some few minutes ago at the Farnborough Airshow in London.
The airline will be formally launched on December 19, 2018. The logo and the colour is green and white.

PMB At ICC: Proud To Be Nigerian By Femi Adesina

I’ve seen him address the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Seen him speak at AU (African Union) summits. Seen him address the European Parliament at Salzburg, France. Watched him speak to the world a number of times at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). And on Tuesday, January 17, 2018, he stood ramrod straight to address the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands. It was a time one felt tremendously proud to be Nigerian.
I have been on the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to scores of countries round the world, I have seen how he is well respected by global leaders, and how that reverence rubs off on Nigeria. I tell you, despite all the challenges our country currently faces, we have a leader the world adulates. His honesty, integrity, transparency, love for his country, personal discipline, and many others, are stuff that fairy tales are made of.
At 9.35 a.m Tuesday, President Buhari was ushered into into the main hall of the ICC at The Hague. He stood ramrod straight, in a way that belies his age of 75. Before taking his seat, he bowed reverently to the 17 judges, resplendent in their blue robes and white mufflers. The judges were picked from all regions of the world, and four of them were Blacks. Out of those four, the President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, is Nigerian. All hail our own dear native land!
Judge Eboe-Osuji gave the opening remarks, which dwelt on the history of ICC, its successes, and how it could do a lot better in the immediate future. Turning 20 was a landmark, he stressed, and that was why the Nigerian leader had been invited to present a Keynote Address.
President Buhari was invited to the podium. Another bow, and those brisk strides again! A man they said had died, and been secretly buried this time last year. God is awesome.
That familiar voice came, and one never felt prouder to be Nigerian. The Fulani man, whom some people have tried (and still keep trying) to demonize, demean, and de-market, was addressing the world again. He was addressing a global audience, and people who mattered on this terra firma, were all ears, catching his every word. Again, really proud to be Nigerian.
What did the keynote speaker say? He first commended Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, saying Nigeria was proud of him. He then delved into the history of the ICC, saying it was inspired by the Nuremberg trials after World War 2, which held people accountable for crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes of genocide, and aggression. Such court, President Buhari noted, signposts hope for justice to many, and the world surely needs it.
A strong ICC, the keynote speaker added, is a catalyst for other justice efforts, expanding the reach of accountability. And then his prescriptions, going forward:
Let the court make room for hearing serious cases of corruption by state actors that severely compromise the development efforts of countries and throw citizens into greater poverty.
Also, the court could include cases of illicit financial flows where countries are complicit and obstruct repatriation of stolen assets.
“As AU Champion of Anti-corruption, these are issues dear to my heart,” President Buhari stressed.
Before concluding his address, the Nigerian President urged the ICC to avoid bias or political motivations in its dealings, and also challenged more states to accede to the Rome Statute, the 20th Anniversary of which was being marked.
He ended on a bright and cheery note. As Nigeria prepares for general elections next year, the process would be free and fair. There would be no repeat of the 2011 post-election riots and loss of lives, which led the ICC to commence preliminary investigations against Nigeria.
The applause was thunderous, as a man of integrity, Mai Gaskiya (the honest man) concluded his address. It was a day of glory for Nigeria, and all Nigerians of goodwill. Truly, a prophet often has more honour outside, than in his own country. But then, this prophet undoubtedly has honour everywhere.

.Adesina is Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

Google Fined $5bn For Breaching EU Competition Rules

The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record 4.3 billion euros (five billion dollars) for breaching EU competition rules with its Android operating system for smartphones and tablets.

The commission accused Google of hindering competition and reinforcing its dominant position among search engines by forcing manufacturers to pre-install its search engine and Chrome web browser on Android devices in order to use any of its licensed apps – such as the popular Google Play app store.

Android is the world’s most-used smartphone operating system and runs on about 80 per cent of mobile devices worldwide.

The open-source software is provided to manufacturers free of charge, while Google derives revenue from advertising displayed in its apps.

Google has rejected the EU’s accusations, arguing that its approach encourages competition.

Wednesday’s penalty will outstrip a previous record fine of 2.42 billion euros that the EU’s competition watchdog imposed on Google in 2017 for boosting its own shopping service in online search results.

These are the top two highest antitrust fines the commission has imposed on an individual company, followed by a 1.06-billion-dollar fine on chip manufacturer Intel in 2009.

Google has appealed the penalty issued for its Google Shopping service before the European Court of Justice and is likely to take legal action against Wednesday’s decision too.

The commission had given Google 90 days to end the illegal restrictions on mobile phone manufacturers and network operators

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said “At a minimum, Google has to stop and to not re-engage in any of the three types of practices,” the commission says, noting that equivalent measures are also prohibited.