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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes TIME Magazine's Photo Cover, Listed Among 100 Most Influential People Globally



World-Economist, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a former Nigerian federal minister who hails from the Eastern region of the country. She has to her name, several global recognitions, and presently heads the World Trade Organisation, WTO. Ngozi has just been listed among 100 most influential people across the globe by the TIMES Magazine, including making the magazine's photo cover.




Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are the founders of Archewell wrote the below introduction  note for cover :


"
What will it take to vaccinate the world? Unity, cooperation—and leaders like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
As the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, a 164-member group of nations that oversees trade across the world, Okonjo-Iweala took on the role of director-general this March at a watershed moment for our global health and well-being. Make no mistake, her job affects every person, family and community.




As we face a constant barrage of vaccine misinformation, bureaucratic slowdowns across both government and industry, and the rise of variants that underscore the urgency of the situation, Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access. Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing. This is partly because, despite the challenges, she knows how to get things done—even between those who don’t always agree—and does so with grace and a smile that warms the coldest of rooms.



The fragility of our world right now cannot be overstated. Just over a quarter of the nearly 8 billion global population is fully vaccinated. Achieving vaccine equity is a global duty of compassion for one another. Our hope is that guided by strong leaders like Ngozi, we can get there soon. "




And Okonjo-Iweala thanked TIME for the selection and the royal couple for the introduction note : "Honored and privileged to be on the cover of Time Magazine and to be recognized as one of the World's Most Influential Leaders! Profound thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their kind words. All Glory to God! "

 

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

 


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.

 

 

 

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been a source of conflict between Addis Ababa and Egypt and Sudan since construction began




Ethiopia has started the second phase of filling the reservoir of its mega-dam on the upper Blue Nile, Egypt and Sudan said, raising tensions Tuesday ahead of an upcoming UN Security Council meeting on the divisive project. Both Cairo and Khartoum said they had been notified by Addis Ababa that the second phase of filling had begun at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Egypt's irrigation ministry late Monday expressed its "firm rejection of this unilateral measure" and Sudan's foreign ministry on Tuesday followed suit, labelling the move a "risk and imminent threat".






In Addis Ababa, the offices of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Irrigation Minister Seleshi Bekele did not respond to AFP's requests for comment. The huge dam, set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric project when completed, has sparked an almost decade-long diplomatic stand-off between Addis Ababa and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia says the project is essential to its development, but Cairo and Khartoum fear it could restrict their citizens' water access. Both governments have been urging Addis Ababa to sign a binding deal over the filling and the dam's operations, calling on the UN Security Council to take up the matter.


Ethiopia's Nile dam


- UNSC to meet -
Thursday's Security Council meeting was requested by Tunisia on behalf of Egypt and Sudan, a diplomatic source told AFP.
But France's ambassador to the UN said last week that the council itself can do little apart from bringing all the sides together and "encourage them to get back to the negotiations".




Tunisia has also submitted a draft resolution calling on Ethiopia to cease filling the reservoir, diplomatic sources said Tuesday. The text, obtained by AFP, calls on the three countries to resume negotiations and to finalise the details of an agreement on filling within six months. It urges the "three countries to refrain from making any statements, or taking any action that may jeopardize the negotiation process, and urges Ethiopia to refrain from continuing to unilaterally fill the GERD reservoir." No date has been set for the draft resolution vote and diplomatic sources have said it is unlikely it will be as early as Thursday's meeting. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in an earlier note to the UN that negotiations are at an impasse, and accused Ethiopia of adopting "a policy of intransigence that undermined our collective endeavours to reach an agreement."





Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Mariam al-Mahdi met in New York ahead of the Security Council talks and reiterated their "firm rejection" of Ethiopia's move, Cairo said. Relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa have been icy over the past decade, while tensions have also risen between Ethiopia and Sudan as the Tigray conflict has sent refugees fleeing across the border into Sudan.





- 'Existential threat' -
Addis Ababa had previously announced it would proceed to the second stage of filling in July, with or without a deal. Ethiopia argues that adding water to the reservoir, especially during the months of July and August which typically enjoy heavy rainfall, is a natural part of the construction process. Egypt, which depends on the Nile for about 97 percent of its irrigation and drinking water, sees the dam as an existential threat.Sudan hopes the project will regulate annual flooding but fears its own dams would be harmed without agreement on the Ethiopian operation.


Explained: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam | Middle East EyeEthiopia's President Abiy Ahmed, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are pictured left to right (AFP)



The 145-metre (475-foot) tall mega-dam, construction of which began in 2011, has a reservoir with a total capacity of 74 billion cubic metres (2.61 trillion cubic feet). Filling began last year, with Ethiopia announcing in July 2020 it had hit its target of 4.9 billion cubic metres -- enough to test the dam's first two turbines. The goal is to add more than double that volume this year.





- 'Unifying' factor for Ethiopians -
Reaching that target would be a political boon for Ethiopia's Abiy as he strains to end the brutal war in Tigray, said Costantinos Berhutesfa Costantinos, a public policy expert at Addis Ababa University. "This is a unifying factor for Ethiopians in the middle of so many ethnic conflicts you see here, and therefore it's important for the country and the leadership of the country to complete the dam in accordance with the schedule," Costantinos said. Last year, Sudan said the process had caused water shortages, including in the capital Khartoum -- a claim Ethiopia disputed.




Costantinos dismissed the notion that further reservoir-filling would be harmful. "If anything it will have a positive impact as it will prevent flooding in Sudan, and this water is going to be available to them. It is not going to be withheld permanently," he said.

 

 

For centuries, the Southeastern region of Nigeria has practiced what is known today as stakeholder capitalism — a construct that businesses must elevate the interests of communities, workers, consumers, and the environment alongside those of shareholders. The Igbos, the predominant ethnic group in the region, are known for the Igbo apprenticeship system (IAS), a communal enterprising framework where successful businesses develop others, and over time provide capital and give away their customers to the new businesses. The implication is that few businesses grow to become very dominant, since they keep relinquishing market share, and in doing so, they accomplish one thing: a largely equal community where everyone has opportunities, no matter how small.

 

 

The IAS has been recognized as the largest business incubator in the world as thousands of ventures are developed and established yearly through it. Innocent Chukwuma, the founder of Innoson Motors, the largest indigenous automobile manufacturing company by sales in Africa, is a product of IAS. So is Ifeanyi Ubah, the owner of one of the largest private fuel depots in Africa, Capital Oil & Gas, which has the biggest private oil jetty in Nigeria, an 18-ARM loading gantry, ocean-going vessels, a storage facility of over 200 million liters, and hundreds of distribution tankers. Cosmas Maduka, who controls Coscharis Group, a conglomerate with diverse interest in manufacturing, automobiles, and petrochemicals, also passed through the system. Unlike Ubah and Chukwuma, who finished primary education but dropped out at the secondary level, Maduka did not finish primary school. Until recently, that was typical; education has instead been the apprenticeship model, where an individual learns the mechanics of markets and business secrets under a master.

 

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A Nigerian Model for Stakeholder Capitalism


Precious Craig is graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in public health, with an emphasis in health promotion, and a minor in biochemistry. At the age of 3 she migrated from Lagos, Nigeria, to Phoenix. As a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, Craig has always valued the importance of education and is dedicated to serving others and giving back to her community.





During her time at UArizona, Craig served as a desk assistant at THINK TANK and as vice president of the Pre-Pharmacy Club. Additionally, she completed over 1,200 hours of community service as a youth academic specialist for Goodwill Metro. She worked closely with the METRO Goodwill Youth Program, which serves youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or working.





She also acted as a youth liaison for an applied practice research study called Project Slate. The aim of the study was to create stable lines of communication between youth and adults. Her undergraduate honors thesis is on opportunity youth and the influence of socioeconomic status.





Craig served as a preceptor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health  and has worked at the UArizona COVID-19 vaccine point of distribution as a pharmacy technician and dispensing runner, assisting in the preparation and distribution of vaccine. Additionally, she is a member of the United Way of Southern Arizona Youth Leadership Council, where she works on youth advocacy projects.




Craig found her passion through forming mentorships and serving as a role model to fellow students pursuing higher education. She has been honored with several awards, including the Wildcat Excellence Award, a NAACP Tucson Scholarship, Dean's List, Laura and Arch Brown Scholarship, Richard Garcia Memorial Scholarship, and Victoria Foundation/George Dean Scholarship.
After graduation, Craig will pursue a doctorate in pharmacy at UArizona.



credit - University of Arizona

 


Burna Boy,the Grammy award-winning singer has his single ‘Ye’ disc, been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


His Mother and Manager, Mrs Bose Ogulu disclose this on her IG handle @thenamix.
With this new feat added to his outstanding international achievement, ‘Ye’ becomes the fastest Nigerian song to be certified ‘Gold’ by RIAA.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Burnaboy’s song joins the growing list of Nigerian records to be Gold certified in the U.S.


The list includes ‘If’, and ‘Fall’, by Davido as well as ‘Come Closer’ by Wizkid have all previously achieved the massive feat. In the US, the RIAA awards certification is based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. A Gold record is a single or album that sells 500,000 units (records, tapes or compact discs).

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NAN reports that “Ye” was released on August 6, 2018, as the sixth single from his third studio album “Outside.” The song was produced by Nigerian record producer Phantom.
It peaked at number 26 and 31 on Billboard’s BillboardMainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and R&B/Hip-hop Airplay charts, respectively.



“Ye” won Song of the Year and Listener’s Choice at the 2019Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
It also won Song of the Year and was nominated for Best Pop Single and Best Recording of the Year at The Headies 2019. (NAN)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"At least six sculptures, potentially as many as 19, stolen during an 1897 massacre by British colonists in Africa have been sitting quietly in two Los Angeles art museum collections for the past half-century.  That status is likely to change. Pressure has been building for longer than a decade for the return of thousands of objects looted from the Royal Palace in Benin City, located in what is southern Nigeria. Repatriation of Benin art is as essential as restitution for art looted during the Holocaust, which this theft resembles. Britain’s invading imperial forces were after natural resources, especially the rubber and palm oil necessary for industrial expansion, when they targeted the palace. Mass murder at the seat of the Edo peoples’ nonindustrial African kingdom, together with the city’s virtual erasure, confiscation of its sacred relics and their triumphal display in Europe's museums, carried with it a symbolic assertion of the superiority of Queen Victoria’s white Christian realm.


Most attention has focused on demands for repatriation from major museums in London and Berlin, capitals of countries directly engaged in African colonization at the end of the 19th century. Germany’s Foreign Ministry is reported to have recently begun negotiations for the return to Nigeria of more than 250 Benin sculptures in state museums. (A formal agreement is expected by summer.) The British Museum has been more equivocal.  Sacred plaques, carved ivory tusks, royal body ornaments and other objects are in the collections of at least 161 global museums — two-thirds of them in Europe — in addition to an unknown number of private collections. But stolen Benin art has been scattered far and wide over the last 124 years.


The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., snared a record public price for a Benin sculpture in 2007 when it notoriously sold a deaccessioned bronze head at auction for $4.74 million. (The price was more than three times the high estimate.) The Sotheby’s catalog said it had been “owned by a member of the British Punitive Expedition, 1897-1932.”  At least 38 American museums house more than 120 examples. Some of the largest and most significant holdings are at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. By comparison, the number found in Los Angeles museums is modest. The relatively small quantity, however, makes ownership claims no less potentially illicit. The most imposing sculpture is a 17th-century metal plaque showing the figure of a royal courtier in high relief. It was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1974 in anticipation of its 10th anniversary.

The plaque, 19 inches high and 7.25 inches wide, is decorated with an incised pattern of quatrefoils that appear as stylized river leaves. The stippled pattern is associated with Olokun, a spirit the Edo believe resides in a palace beneath the sea and rules over water deities. Olokun signifies wealth.  The courtier stands frontally, feet planted firmly yet miraculously on thin air. He holds what appears to be an ekpokin — a circular gift box in which tribute payments were made to the oba, or king, and the oba made presents to courtiers. LACMA’s collection website identifies the plaque’s material as bronze, but it’s more likely to be a copper alloy such as brass. Copper is plentiful in Nigeria, as is zinc. Tin, necessary for bronze, is less common."

A figure of a person in relief on a block

A cast copper alloy Benin pendant with figures of three people in relief

A tusk with carvings all along its length

A closeup of intricate figurative interlace adorning a tusk

 

The Nigerian government  of Rivers State has awarded Burna Boy with the Distinguished Service Star  (DSSRS) award to honor him  for winning the August Grammy Award. Burna Boy won the "Best Global Music Album" Grammy for Twice as Tall album. The honour was reportedly conferred in his hometown of Port Harcourt this past weekend. This follows Burna Boy's astounding win at the 63rd Grammy Awards two weeks ago for his critically acclaimed album Twice As Tall. According to reports, the DSSRS is the state's second-highest distinction award and is given in recognition of exceptional service or performance in any field of human endeavour. In accepting the award from the Governor of Rivers State Wike, Burna Boy said:



"I have collected honours everywhere in the world, but it feels different when you get it from home. This is my most humble moment and I thank each and every one of you. I thank the best Governor I have ever experienced. I don't like politics and politicians but my Governor has shown me that there is hope for the youths and there is hope for us. This award is not only for me but for all of you and the future Burna Boys. I love you Port Harcourt, everywhere I go, I carry you with me''


Burna Boy homecoming: Damini Ogulu AKA "Burna Boy" Grammys homecoming  concert fotos from Port Harcourt - BBC News Pidgin

Burna Boy homecoming: Damini Ogulu AKA "Burna Boy" Grammys homecoming  concert fotos from Port Harcourt - BBC News Pidgin

Governor Wike criticized for spending millions on Burna Boy, others,  despite owing workers 5 years salaries - DNB Stories Africa

The milestone has since drawn congratulatory messages from colleagues and high-profile Nigerian politicians including President Muhammadu Buhari and World Trade Organisation director-general Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.


“Congratulations to Burna Boy on being conferred the 2021 Grammy, the world’s most prestigious musical awards,” Buhari said. “He has made notable contributions in the field of music which have brought glory to Nigerians at home and abroad. We are proud of his path-breaking achievements.”



“We are exporting so much of our creative arts abroad and this seems to be encouraged,” Okonjo-Iweala said about Burna Boy’s win.



“This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world,” Burna Boy said about his Grammy during his acceptance speech. “This should be a lesson to every African out there: no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it no matter where you’re from, because you’re a king.”

 

 

 

Credits

NOBANTU SHABANGU   OKAY AFRICA

Gabriel Myers Hansen  MUSIC AFRICA

Nigerian younger generation has demonstrated that they were not held hostage by the lethargic and intellectual deficits of the older generation by continuous reinvention of themselves.  They invented Nollywood  and are now in competition  with Hollywood and Bollywood. Then they reinvented Afro beat music and took off from where the great Fela stopped. Now Afro beats or Afro fusion have become a household music around the world. Africans are no more consumers of outside music but exporters of hip and cool tunes with Afro indigenous  touch.



Afripol’s Emeka Chiakwelu has dubbed them the “Energetic Generation” for with great momentum they have launched their talents and intellectual endowments in the global mainstream. They do not give excus to fail but pull temselves by any means necessary. They are comfortable in their African skin and are not intimidated by any historical propaganda and generational injustice.


Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy Twitter war finally settled - Vanguard News




There are many skillful and talented Nigerian Afro beat musicians including Davido, Phyno, Tekno etc .  But Burna Boy and Wizkids with their exceptional radiant and enriched melodies have won the Grammy Awards. The breakthrough in winning the prestigious awards buttress that Nigerian superstars are ready and willing to play on the global stage and triumph in the game.   



For their exceptional talents, energies and chutzpah, AFRIPOL has therefore highlighted their great achievements by honoring
Burna Boy and Wizkid as AFRIPOL PERSONS OF THE MONTH.

 

 

 

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