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A female student from Enugu state Ali Cynthia Chineche has passed her May/June 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with flying colours. The student set the record high after she made all A's in her nine subjects. Chineche’s teacher, Austin Chibulu , who was proud of his student’s achievement, took to Facebook to share her result to the world. In his post, Austin noted that he is very proud and happy to have taught a lady with great learning abilities and high intelligence. She attended  Shalom Academy Nsukka, Enugu State.




Emeka-Egbuna Chinecherem and Joyce Onubogu both from Anambra State scored the highest results in Nigeria.

The National Common Entrance Examination [NCEE] Board has published the Entrance Exam Cut-Off Mark of Each State for the 2017/18 session and results for examination 2017. The examinations are for prospective students for secondary school education.

The results would be available in all the State Ministries of Education nationwide as well as NECO zonal offices.A total of 80,421 candidates registered for the examination but only 77, 512 candidates sat for the examination.The minister said the general analysis of the result showed that the highest score was 189 out of 200 scored by two candidates.The candidates are Emeka-Egbuna Chinecherem and Joyce Onubogu both from Anambra State while the least score was 4 scored by eight candidates.Mr. Adamu said Queens College, Yaba Lagos was one of the colleges with highest subscription of 5524, while the least subscribed college was FGGC, Monguno Borno State, with only 21 candidates.

Cut-Off Marks For All 36 States Of The Federation

State                               Male                        Female
Abia                                  65                               65
Adamawa                         40                               40
Akwa-Ibom                       63                                63
Anambra                           66                                66
Bauchi                               18                                 182
Benue                                60                                60
Borno                                33                                33
Cross-Rivers                    54                                 54
Delta                                  65                                65
Edo                                    63                                 63
Enugu                               65                                65
Imo                                    66                                66
Jigawa                               37                                 37
Kaduna                             52                                52
Kano                                 34                                34
Katsina                             37                                 37
Kebbi                                35                                35
Kogi                                  61                                 61
Kwara                               62                                 62
Lagos                                65                                 65
Niger                                49                                 49
Ogun                               65                                 65
Ondo                               64                                 64
Osun                               64                                 64
Oyo                                 63                                  63
Plateau                           52                                 52
Rivers                             62                                  62
Sokoto                           15                                   7
Taraba                            19                                   19
Yobe                               20                                  20
FCT-Abuja                    57                                   57
Bayelsa                          51                                   51
Ebonyi                           60                                  60
Ekiti                               62                                  62
Gombe                          37                                  37
Nassarawa                   42                                 42
Zamfara                        14                                  12

Friday, 14 July 2017 21:44

Remembering Mallam Aminu Kano

Thirty four years ago, precisely on April17 1983, Nigeria lost one of her most illustrious sons, Mallam Aminu Kano. His demise marked the end of populist, principled and ideology-based politics. He was a consummate politician, a great scholar and teacher, an accomplished administrator, a champion for the emancipation of women, a nationalist, a patriot and above all, an activist who lived and died for social justice and the struggle for upliftment and enhancement of the fundamental rights of the common people (Talakawa).

Indeed, Prof Chinua Achebe wrote in his tribute that “Nigeria cannot be the same again because Aminu Kano lived here”.

When he was writing his letter of resignation from the services of the colonial government to go into full time politics, Mallam Aminu wrote:

‘’I have seen light in the far horizon. I intend to match into its full circle, either alone or with anyone who cares to come with me”. From then, he never looked back; he plunged into politics till he died in 1983. Unlike many typical politicians, Mallam Aminu did not join politics to acquire power by all means. He entered politics with a clear vision and well articulated mission.

Mallam Aminu’s first mission in politics was to fight external Colonial domination and achieve freedom for Nigeria. Malllam Aminu’s second mission was to fight internal oppression so that forced labour by the Emirs and subjugation by local oppressors are stopped. The subsequent local government reforms ensured that traditional rulers are removed from direct administration as they were removed from controlling the local courts, native police and the prisons. 

Those two objectives of joining politics were accomplished in his lifetime.
His third main mission in politics was the emancipation of women. Women in Northern Nigeria did not even have the right to vote during the first republic. They were not involved in National Development efforts and public affairs generally. The 1979 constitution guaranteed universal adult suffrage for all, regardless of sex, and Mallam Aminu was one of the architects of that constitution. Decades before the Beijing Declaration on Women, Mallam Aminu was already an advocate for women’s full emancipation to enable them actualize their full potentials.

One Emir in the north said that the main problem Mallam Aminu created for the traditional institution was that “he taught the common people how to say no”. He mobilized the people to know their rights and to stand up for these rights. Even in1978, during the talks for the formation of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), which subsequently became the ruling party, many people in the party were against the idea that was being mooted for the selection of Mallam Aminu as its Presidential candidate because they were of the view that Mallam Aminu may end up taking placard to protest against the government forgetting that he was the president! He eventually became the leader and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in the Second Republic.

Mallam Aminu Kano’s role models were Mahatma Gandhi of India, the architect of Satyagraha (non – violent resistance) and Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate in early 19th century. In fact, at his death, Mallam Aminu was described as the Mahatma Gandhi of Nigeria. In his method of mobilizing the people, he followed the typical Dan Fodio model: talk to the people in simple, clear language; refer to their history and culture; compose songs to convey precise messages; live, eat and cloth yourself in the same way as the ordinary people; be accessible to all, high and low, educated and illiterate; and above all be morally upright, honest, sincere and truthful to the cause of the people.

Together with Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Mallam Yahaya Gusau and Chief JS Tarka (all of blessed memories now) Mallam Aminu was in Gowon’s cabinet during the civil war, (1967-70). He was, in fact, in charge of war procurements, in addition to being Federal Commissioner (Minister) of Health and Communications at different times in that Government. Mallam Aminu did not collect any bribe from those lucrative contracts. A foreign company gave him a commission and some money in one of his trips as gratification for a contract they got. He promptly paid it into the federation account when he came back. Since then, only Mallam Nuhu Ribadu publicly did the same when he was given $15million by convicted former Delta governor James Ibori, paying it into the federal treasury.

In practicalizing what he preached about women emancipation, he chose Mrs. Odinamadu as his running mate for the Presidential election in 1983 under his party the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), the first Nigerian politician to give women such high visibility in public life.

He taught his wife how to ride bicycle. He taught some of his associates how to read and write in English. When he went to Sudan and saw how they integrated Islamic schools with modern education, he came and set up the first Islamiyya school model in Kano. His main concern throughout his life was how to get everyone educated and productive.

Mallam Aminu was really a visionary who was ahead of his time.
At the time of his death, he left behind only one house, which is now a research centre of Bayero University, Kano; one wife, Hajia Aishatu, who is still alive; one daughter, Hajiya Maryam; one radio, one TV and one farm land.

He had no account anywhere in the world; he left only a few naira under his pillow the day he died – a genuine democratic humanist who practiced what he preached.

Where are those pseudo – socialists who are the greatest looters of treasury now, who have chains of houses here and outside the shores of Nigeria, fleet of cars, and ownership of virtually everything in Nigeria and beyond?

Many people who have done nothing at all or not done anything near what Mallam Aminu did were given National honors. Many people, whose entire life on earth is less than the years Mallam Aminu spent in public service are now Commanders and Grand Commanders of the Federal Republic! And some of them even ended up in disgrace such as Tafa Balogun, Patricia Etteh, Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar etc and many will soon for cheating on the ordinary citizens. 

Here is a founding father of Nigeria who has not yet been given even the lowest National Honour, either alive or post- humorsly by any government since independence! But even if no government recognizes him except on streets and airports, Mallam Aminu Kano will continue to reside in the minds and hearts of true Nigerian Nationalists and African patriots.

Maijama'a Sule Tankarkar writes from Nigeria.




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Vernonia amygdalina are commonly called bitter leaf in English because of its bitter taste. The cooked leaves are a staple vegetable in soup and stews of various cultures throughout equatorial Africa especially amomg Igbos of Nigeria. *Bitter leaf is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Due to the presence of nutrients especially Beta Carotene,*

Local Name:       Onugbu (Igbo), Efo Ewuro (Yoruba), Shakwa shuwaka (Hausa), Etidot (Cross     River State of Nigeria)

Botanical Name:      Vernonia Amygdalina

The leaves are widely used as a remedy for fever and are known as quinine substitute in Nigeria.

The young leaves are used as an antihelmintic, antimalarial, laxative/purgative, enema, worm expeller and fertility inducer in subfertile women.

The juice is widely use in the treatment of emesis, nausea, diabetes, loss of appetite-induced ambrosia, dysentery and other gastrointestinal tract problems.

The juice have immunological effect on HIV infected patients. And it’s widely used in the management of HIV/AIDS. To demonstrate this fresh V. amygdalina leaves were collected within Nsukka area in Enugu State. The leaves were rinsed with distilled water. Two handful of cleaned fresh leaves were soaked in 200 mL water and squeezed gently by hand to a mixture. Clients were divided into four groups and each group was given different combination. They took the medication for four weeks. The immune effect was tested against marketed immune booster in some retroviral clients

The mean absolute CD4 count was increased in the client who took the extract or supplement. And the clients who took both the extract and supplement had a greater increase in the CD4 count. The increased CD4 was significant as compared with the control group (P<0.05). The skin rashes were also improved in the entire groups.

Regular intake of bitter leave can reduce your risk of chronic disease like breast cancer and type 2 diabetes

According to the February 2008 edition of the “Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management,” bitter leaf can reduce bad and total cholesterol. In an animal model, supplementation with bitter leaf extract reduced LDL cholesterol by 50 percent while also boosting “good” HDL cholesterol.

Bitter leaf is high in antioxidants and helps fight free radical damage to the body and repair dead tissues

Bitter leaf juice can also be used as remedies against, protozoal and bacterial infections.
Phytochemicals from the leaf, like saponins and alkaloids, terpenes, steroids, coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignans, xanthones, anthraquinones, edotides and sesquiterpenes helps in the treatment of cancer and chemoprevention

British Member of Parliament,  Chi (Chinyelu)  Onwurah,  has declared that she is not a Nigerian but British.  She made this declaration yesterday at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Literature ceremony. She was  was reacting on  Abike Dabiri Erewa’s  congratulatory message on her re-election;  Erewa is President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Nigerians in Diaspora.

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

Her ethnicity is Igbo , while the country of her Igbo father is Nigeria. She is a British citizen not Nigerian.

“After Chi was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1965, her family moved to Awka,Nigeria when she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Newcastle, whilst her father stayed on in the Biafran army.”

Despite Nigerian government eagerness  to claim Onwurah and her colleagues with  message of congratulations on  being elected,  She insisted  that she is British and not Nigerian.

She reminded Nigerian government :  "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."

Onwurah obtained her first degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and subsequently her MBA at Manchester Business School.

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