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Professor Chukwuma Soludo, erstwhile  Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN  said  that by 2050  Nigeria’s economy will be ahead of France and the United Kingdom, UK.  He made this prediction yesterday at an event organised  by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos to celebrate  the 241 independence anniversary of the United States of America,


Soludo in his own words:
"So  if we get our acts together especial economically, Nigeria will by 2050 be ahead of France and the UK in terms of economy. But the big question is if we can get our acts together to begin. This is a responsibility for all Nigerians.”’  


Soludo acknowledged that “no country comes fully made; every country is a product of continuous struggle by the citizens to make a more perfect union. What creates a good society, in fact institutions don’t just emerge from heaven, and institutions are products of struggle.


The next Nigeria must be everything that the first Nigeria has not been and that is trying to be, in a process of creating a more perfect and prosperous nation. And I will dare to say a more united country trying to forge a nation out of the disparate nationalities. This won’t be easy because it will require a lot of dialogue, contestations but I think where there’s a will, there will always be a way. We already have the human and natural resources. “



Emeka Chiakwelu at AFRIPOL, said "Soludo maybe rightly optimistic with his liberal assertions. But Nigeria must start with small and realistic dreams . First and foremost feed your people and provide them with livable amenities before going to the moon."

Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:29

Ben Affleck visits Congo


Just back home from a listening and learning trip throughout rural eastern Congo. Seven years ago, I founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a grant making and advocacy organization, focused on investing directly in the Congolese people. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to again return to Congo, seeing friends, visiting with longtime grantees, and some of our newest partners.


Hard to believe this was my tenth trip to such an amazing place, a country I have fallen in love with. During my week-long visit, I visited several coffee communities and many of our community-based partners in the field. I also saw the positive impact Starbucks' investment in the coffee sector is making to thousands of families along Lake Kivu.


Additionally, I spent an afternoon with women and girls, one as young as 7, who have survived horrific sexual violence. Thanks to the extraordinary work of our long-time grantee La Dynamique des Femmes Jurists, these brave women and girls are being provided judicial services to bring their cases to court, receive medical support and psychological counseling.



It was also stunning to trek into Virunga – the African continent’s very first National Park – to witness a family of Mountain Gorillas in the wild, alongside the inimitable Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode and the park’s valiant rangers. I am hopeful that they will continue to win the fight against the ongoing threats of oil exploration and violence towards the gorillas in this precious place.


Every time I visit, I leave even more inspired there will be a brighter and more peaceful future for the Congolese. The challenges are real, and the road is long, but the Congolese are the hardest working and most hopeful people I know. We often speak of heroes - I count these among the many. It’s the honor of a lifetime to support Congo. My heart will forever be there with them.



Ben Affleck, a Hollywood movie superstar is also the co-founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, ECI.  ECI is an advocacy think-tank with primary objective is to focus political will on comprehensive reform in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  security sector. An effective police force, military and judicial system that are sufficiently organized, resourced and trained, would provide the local and regional security upon which DRC’s other development challenges can be addressed

RESULTS ARE coming in from  British Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central election, which can reveal that Labour’s Chi Onwurah has been re-elected.


Chi Onwurah is a British of  Igbo Nigerian ancestry, who was initially  elected on the platform of the Labour Party in Newcastle Central seat in the year 2010. Just like Chuka Umunna, she is biracial with an Igbo- Nigerian father and English mother. Onwurah was born 12 April 1965  in Wallsend, Newcastle.

Here are the results in full.


Chi Onwurah (Lab) 24,071 (64.89%, +9.88%)
Steve Kyte (C) 9,134 (24.62%, +5.73%)
Nick Cott (LD) 1,812 (4.88%, -1.44%)
David Muat (UKIP) 1,482 (4.00%, -10.87%)
Peter Thomson (Green) 595 (1.60%, -3.31%)
Lab maj 14,937 (40.27%)
2.07% swing C to Lab
Electorate 55,571; Turnout 37,094 (66.75%, +9.29%)
2015: Lab maj 12,673 (36.12%) - Turnout 35,085 (57.46%) Onwurah (Lab) 19,301 (55.01%); Kitchen (C) 6,628 (18.89%); Thompson (UKIP) 5,214 (14.86%); Cott (LD) 2,218 (6.32%); Johnson (Green) 1,724 (4.91%)

Chi Onwurah is election Labour Party MP for Newcastle

About Chi Onwurah -  In her qwn word


I was born in Wallsend, grew up on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton and went to Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering in London. I have lived in many different cities around the world, without ever for a moment forgetting where I am from: Newcastle. My values and beliefs were formed in Newcastle based on the people I grew up with and my own experiences.



My family
My maternal grandfather was a sheet metal worker in the shipyards of the Tyne during the depression. My mother grew up in poverty in Garth Heads on the quayside. In the fifties she married my father, a Nigerian student at Newcastle Medical School. In 1965 I was born, whilst they were living in Long Benton where my father had a dental practise. I was still a baby when my father took us to live in Awka, Anambra State , Nigeria. .But two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it and, as described vividly in an Evening Chronicle article in 1968, my mother, my brother and sister and I returned as refugees to Newcastle, whilst my father stayed on in the Biafran army.
This early experience of the impact of war on ordinary families left me with a strong sense of my own good fortune in living in a peaceful parliamentary democracy where it is possible to bring about change without taking up the gun or the sword. I am not a pacifist, I believe that our country is worth defending and fighting for. But we do live in a democracy and, increasingly, there are international institutions at the European and global level to enable us to pursue and defend our legitimate interests through debate and discussion.



My education
I benefited from a comprehensive, inspirational and free education for which I will always be grateful. I attended Hillsview nursery, infants and junior schools. A good start in a good school is critical in determining a child’s experience of education and the opportunities that it can bring. At Hillsview I learnt to enjoy learning, and to think that anything was possible. My mother made sure I understood how lucky I was to be able to walk two hundred yards to a great school when some children had to walk for hours to share a classroom with a hundred others.



At 11 I went to Kenton Comprehensive School. I studied for my O and A levels, but also played for our netball and hockey teams, had my first taste of public speaking and learnt to play the saxophone moderately badly. My education enabled me to hold my own with people from every walk of life, and to earn my living doing something I love, engineering. I want every child in Newcastle to have that opportunity. When I was 17 I was elected Kenton School’s MP in a mock election.



My working life
Newcastle’s great industrial past was my inspiration to become an engineer and I enjoyed a fulfilling career in engineering after I graduated from Imperial College in 1987. I worked in hardware and software development, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of mainly private sector companies in a number of different countries – UK, France, US, Nigeria, Denmark..During this time I also studied for an MBA from Manchester Business School and gained Chartered Engineering status. As an engineer I specialised in building out infrastructure in new markets and standardising wholesale Ethernet access. My last role before entering parliament was as head of Telecoms Technology for Ofcom the Communications Regulator



My interests
I have always campaigned for the causes I believed in. As a student I campaigned against the Federation of Conservative Students at Imperial College. Later I was very active in the Anti Apartheid Movement, and spent many years on its National Executive, and that of its successor organisation, ACTSA. Anti apartheid was one of the most successful popular movements ever and undermines the claims of those that believe real people are never interested in politics. People are interested in the politics that matters to them. Before being selected as Labour’s candidate for Newcastle I was on the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School, reflecting my belief in educational opportunity at every stage in life and for every level of ability.
Outside of politics and work I enjoy music, reading and long walks in the countryside.

"Iam proud to be an Igbo"

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