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The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth has honoured Fareedah Oyolola, a secondary school student at Greensprings School, Lagos, as one of the brightest students in the world.

This recognition is a result of her exceptional performance in the advanced School and College Ability Test (SCAT), which every student must undergo in order for the institution to determine their current academic abilities before admitting them into its talent search programme.

Sharing her experience about the test, Fareedah said: “The test was a multiple-choice aptitude test in verbal and quantitative reasoning, and I had to answer 100 questions within 44 minutes! At the end of the test, my score was in the 92nd percentile for verbal reasoning and 87th percentile for quantitative reasoning.

There’s no way I would have gotten these high scores with such a limited time window if not for the great work put in by my teachers, towards developing my comprehension abilities and mathematical reasoning skills. I am very grateful to them.” In a statement issued by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Executive Director; Virginia Roach, congratulated Fareedah and other outstanding students across the world.

She said, “We are thrilled to celebrate these students. In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond.”

Mrs Magdalene Okrikri, the secondary school principal at Greensprings Anthony campus, also expressed her satisfaction with Fareedah’s honour. She said, “This honour brings great joy to my heart. Fareedah’s achievement is a testament that our Thinking School programme is rewarding to our students, helping them to develop mentally and strengthening their cognitive abilities.”

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is an initiative of Johns Hopkins University committed to nurturing extraordinary young minds. Its 2020 – 2021 programme draws nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries. Fareedah and other honourees from other countries are expected to attend a summer programme in the United States or Hong Kong.

Source: Vanguard News


The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has been conferred with the title of Nne Gburugburu (Mother-General) by the Women’s Wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, in recognition of her outstanding works in the area of women development.

The plaque was presented to her during the group’s visit to the First Lady’s office in Ado-Ekit,i on Monday. Erelu Fayemi thanked the women for recognising her works and vowed to continue to support the group and other Igbo women in Ekiti State. The First Lady advocated for unity among all tribes, adding that everyone should see themselves first as Nigerians and not as Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba.

“I will always have a special relationship with the Igbo community and it started when I served in Imo State (now Abia State) as a Youth Corp member. I don’t know Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo, All I know is I’m a Nigerian,” she stressed.

The Chairperson of the Ohanaeze  Women’s Wing, Lady Patricia Ndubuisi explained that the title conferred on the First Lady was due to her contribution to women empowerment, fight against genital mutilation and the keep girls in school programme, among others. Lady Ndubuisi solicited the support of the First Lady on their development projects and the establishment of a skill acquisition centre for women and girls.

“We believe in your motherly role as we crown you ‘Mother General’ of Ohanaeze Ndigbo women’s Wing on account of your surpassing charitable contributions towards the development of humanity, especially in Ekiti State”, she added. The delegation which was led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Igbo Matters, Chief Nnamdi Iwuchukwu, also had in attendance the Senior Special Assistant (Political) to the First Lady, Mrs Oluremi Ajayi.


Credit : The Sun



Despite Isreal  contribution to many African countries in the areas of  modern technology and science especially in the field of agriculture , particularlity  in Irrigation, a major African country South Africa opposes her grant  of obsserve role in African Union.

DIRCO South Africa on Twitter: "South Africa objects to the African Union  Commission Decision to grant Israel Observer Status.… "



Indonesia's Foreign Ministry apologized Thursday for the manhandling of a Nigerian diplomat and announced it had launched a formal investigation of the incident. Nigeria earlier this week recalled its ambassador to Indonesia and summoned Indonesia's ambassador in Abuja for talks after a leaked video of Saturday's incident went viral on social media and prompted outrage.

The video shows three Indonesian immigration officials pinning the diplomat, whose name has not been released, into the back seat of a moving vehicle. One immigration official holds the diplomat's arm and another pushes on his head as the man screams “I can't breathe” and “my neck, my neck.” Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah told reporters that there had been multiple meetings with Nigerian officials since the incident, including discussions with the ambassador in Jakarta on Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets the incident on August 7th,” Faizasyah said. “This is an isolated incident, and is in no way related to the commitment of the Indonesian government in carrying out its obligations as host country or in accordance with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations.” He said that the incident had been investigated by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, which oversees immigration authorities, but did not give any details of the results and did not take any questions. Nigeria on Tuesday issued a statement expressing “outrage” over the incident, saying the government “condemns in the strongest terms what is, in effect, an egregious act of international delinquency."

The Nigerian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the Indonesian ambassador to “protest strongly,” and had recalled its ambassador to Indonesia for consultations, “including a review of bilateral relations.” It was not clear whether Ambassador Usman Ogah ever left Indonesia, however, as the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said he was present in person for the talks in Jakarta on Wednesday. According to Indonesian authorities, the diplomat was picked up by immigration officers after they received a tip about a group of foreign nationals whose residence permits had expired.

The diplomat was uncooperative and refused to turn over his documents when confronted in the lobby of an apartment building, so was taken into custody, according to Ibnu Chuldun, the head of the Jakarta branch of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, which handles immigration issues. In the car, the man was held down after he attacked immigration officials, Chuldun alleged in a statement following the incident.

Only after being questioned at the local immigration office did the man say he was a diplomat and produce his identity documents, he said. Chuldun said the incident was settled “amicably” the same day after the Nigerian ambassador personally came to the immigration office to intervene. “Both parties acknowledged that there had been a misunderstanding and agreed to make peace,” Chuldun said. The diplomatic moves from Nigeria that followed, however, suggest that the matter was not entirely resolved.



Abdulrahman Ibrahim repeatedly shouted "I can't breathe" as his head was forced against a car seat The Nigerian government has condemned an assault on one of its diplomats in Indonesia. Footage circulating on social media showed Abdulrahman Ibrahim, a consular officer based in Jakarta, being held down in a vehicle by several men. Between yells of protest, Mr Ibrahim repeated: "I can't breathe."

Those "manhandling" the diplomat were Indonesian immigration officials, Nigeria's foreign ministry said in a statement. One of the officials, who was wearing a face mask, put his hand on the diplomat's head and pushed it back against a seat. Later in the one-minute-and-30-second clip Mr Ibrahim was heard saying: "My neck, my neck." Mr Ibrahim had been detained on a street in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

FG summons Indonesian Envoy over assault on Nigerian diplomat - Newspot  NigeriaAnger as Nigerian diplomat manhandled in Indonesia - BBC News


Nigerian Government Reacts To Torture Of Diplomatic Officer By Indonesian  Police | Sahara ReportersNigerian Diplomat Brutalised, Manhandled In Indonesia (VIDEO) – Face of  MalawiNigerian Government Reacts To Torture Of Diplomatic Officer By Indonesian  Police | Sahara Reporters

Nigeria's foreign ministry sent a letter of protest to the Indonesian government saying the mistreatment Mr Ibrahim endured was "against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing diplomatic and consular relations between states".

Indonesia's envoy to Nigeria was also summoned on Monday over the incident and apologised on behalf of his government, the foreign ministry said. Immigration officials had also apologised to Nigeria's ambassador to Indonesia, it added. Meanwhile Nigeria's ambassador in Jakarta has been called home to give a full report to the government. The Nigerian authorities are saying they are now watching to see what further action Indonesia will take following the assault.



Security forces killed at least 115 people in southeast Nigeria this year and arbitrarily arrested or tortured scores of others, in response to violence from separatists agitating for autonomy, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

A Nigerian presidency spokesman declined to comment on the information set out in an Amnesty report. Police and army spokesmen did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The report cited eyewitness accounts of "excessive use of force, physical abuse, secret detentions, extortion ... and extrajudicial executions of suspects" in response to attacks and killings of security forces that the government blames on banned separatist group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network.

"The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of ruthless excessive force by Nigerian security forces in Imo, Anambra and Abia states," said Osai Ojigho, Country Director at Amnesty International. Some in the southeast have agitated for independence in the homeland of the Igbo ethnic group for years. An attempt to secede in 1967 sparked a three-year civil war that killed more than one million people.

This year, armed attackers have killed security operatives, razed police stations and attacked electoral offices in the southeast. In June, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned that those who promote secession faced a "rude shock", and that government would "treat them in the language they understand."

Twitter removed the post for violating its abusive behaviour policy. For many, it raised fears of a crackdown on rising violence in the southeast. Amnesty said it had documented at least 115 killings by security forces between March and June 2021, and 500 arrests after police and military raids. Relatives of some of those killed said they were not part of the militant groups, Amnesty said. It also documented two businessmen, Uguchi Unachukwu and Mathew Opara, killed in May with "no apparent justification."

Amnesty called for an "impartial and open" inquiry into the violence. Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB's current leader, was arrested abroad earlier this year and brought back to Nigeria to face 11 charges, including treason. (Reporting by Libby George, additional reporting by Felix Onuah in Abuja, Writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe, Editing by William Maclean)


Dr, Gbolahan O. Okubadejo was born in Brooklyn, New York with parents from Nigeria, Dr. Okubadejo completed his early schooling in Lagos, Nigeria and returned to Brooklyn for high school. He then completed undergraduate education at Brown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed by orthopaedic surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital. Dr. Okubadejo places a strong emphasis on communication with patients along with individualized patient care. He is readily available to see patients with office hours from Monday to Saturday.

During his training, Dr. Okubadejo was highly involved in the advancement of the practice of spine surgery through numerous research projects. He has presented at major spine conferences throughout the world, and has had his work published in various journals including the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Okubadejo was honored for his research endeavors upon completing residency by winning the Leonard Marmor Award presented to the resident with the best research project.

Dr. Okubadejo joined  The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
after completing his Spine Surgery Fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At UPMC, Dr. Okubadejo performed numerous spinal surgical procedures with a comprehensive experience in cervical, lumbar and thoracic surgery. Combined with his surgical experience at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, he is extremely adept in dealing with degenerative disease, deformity and all other pathology of the spine.



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