Friday, 20 January 2017

Nwosu: Mirror of the national condition By Louis Odion, FNGE

Steve & Toyin Nwosu....What a mystery of life. Why the kidnapping cycle?

He may not be a card-carrying member of any political party, but Steve Nwosu would certainly qualify to be called the dream citizen Nigeria could wish for.
Though of Igbo parentage (Imo State), he grew up and schooled in Ilorin, Kwara State in North-Central. Perhaps the reason his Yoruba is as - if not more - fluent than his native Igbo language.

Endgame & Abacha's last disciple By Louis Odion, FNGE

Late General Sani Abacha, he mentored Gambia's Yayah Jammeh aka Sheikh, Professor, Alhaji & Herbal Doctor

Those skilled in psychoanalysis could not have missed the telltale hint. Newspaper images we saw of Yahya Jammeh receiving ECOWAS emissaries at the Banjul airport last Friday clearly depicted acute weight loss, accentuated by a distant look on his face.
Really, it would have been humanly impossible to be haunted at home and heckled from outside like Jammeh in the past seven weeks and remain unruffled.
An unconfirmed source even quoted him jokingly beseeching the leader of the august visitors, Nigeria's Muhamnadu Buhari, "Mr. President, please don't invade my country."

How Children & the Anglican Church Celebrated Bishop Adebiyi’s wife’s 1st Year Memorial in Lagos

The Children of Mama Caroline Adefiola Adebiyi at the First Year Memorial Service of their mum in Lagos on December 31st, 2016
Saturday December 31st of year 2016 was a busy day for many reasons. First, it was the last day of the year. Secondly, it was the last Saturday in December—the last month of the year when events happen simultaneously e.g. weddings, funerals and birthday celebrations. Lastly, it was the eve of the annual New Year day celebration.  The day was pregnant with so many activities.
However, the esteemed family of Bishop Peter Awelewa Adebiyi, a retired and first Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Lagos West, had the day to remember their sweet mother, Mama Caroline Adefiola Adebiyi who joined the saints exactly a year back. She died Thursday December 31st, 2015.

The book of Ecclesiastes 7:1 noted that “a good name is better than precious ointment. And the day of death than the day of one’s birth”. For the late Mama Caroline Adefiola Adebiyi, her name was not only known for goodness in her living days. Her departure from planet earth last year, came with instances where grace and honor prevailed.  For instance, she was alleged to have battled a serious ailment which shook her life for six years and which made foreign doctors conclude that she was going to die before her 70th birthday. But funny enough, she surpassed scientific verdict and lived extra seven years and seven months before God called her home. She celebrated her 70th birthday on Monday, April 6, 2015 in London and to the hearing of her London doctors who gave the death verdict on her. Her death on the last day of 2015 bared lot of testimonies and great revelations as she was said to have visited all friends and foes-alike couple of weeks to her death to mend fences with all in a manner never ever seen before. However, her first year memorial service was going to be a thanksgiving event as her family shared good memories of her 70 years of existence and 46 years of marriage.

I joined Thisday after my marriage collapsed in 1995—Ijeoma Nwogwugwu + How she became Nigeria’s Most Powerful Woman Editor

Ijeoma Nwogwugwu.....Nigeria's Most Powerful Woman Editor

Not many people know that the Editor of Thisday Newspaper is a woman, and a brilliant one for that matter. Only few people even know that she is one of the most respected journalist in the industry today.
Again, talk about one of the most versatile editors in Nigeria today and her name will pop up. Talk about an editor who is quite erudite and learned and her name will come up for mention too. This is because Ijeoma Nwogwugwu didn’t just spring up from nowhere to become Editor of one of the most influential newspapers in Nigeria overnight.
An intimidating CV…
She has paid her dues. If you check out her credentials, it is intimidating and formidable. She came into the media after having worked in the banking industy.  And after joining the business desk of Thisday over 20 years ago, she rose through the rank to the very top.
Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu a native of Obuzor, Asa in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, boast of a background that embraces the public and private sectors as a banker, financial analyst, business strategist, and a journalist.
Her public service experience covers a 4-years stint between 2001 and 2004 as a World Bank Consultant contracted to the Bureau of Public Enterprises, the Nigerian Government Agency responsible for the privatization and commercialization of state owned companies. In that period, she was designated Deputy Director /Transaction Adviser in the BPE responsible for the sale of the National Mint to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Daily Times of Nigeria PLC, restructuring and transfer of New Nigeria Newspaper to the 19 States of Northern Nigeria, and review and negotiation of the management contract of the National Hospital, Abuja, among other enterprises.
Ms. Nwogwugwu also worked on the Power and Oil & Gas Reform Teams of the BPE and the first attempt to sell the state owned telecoms firm, NITEL, in 2001
As the Transaction Adviser for the under listed government agencies, she sat on the boards of the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company, Daily Times of Nigeria Plc and the National Hospital, Abuja.
Her feats…
Before her elevation in June 2012 as the 2nd woman in over 100 years of journalism in Nigeria to the position of Editor/Divisional Director, Editorial of a mainstream newspaper, Ms. Nwogwugwu was the Paper’s Group Business Editor between 1999 and 2001 and had edited the Saturday and Sunday papers under the THISDAY stable from 2007 to June 2012. She has also penned the award winning column ‘Behind the Figures’ on the back page of THISDAY Newspaper for 16 years. In addition to her post as Editor, Ms. Nwogwugwu was elevated to the Board of THISDAY Newspaper as Group Executive Director in June 2016. Ms Nwogwugwu also currently sits on the Board of First Pension Custodian Nigeria Limited (FPCNL), a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and the second largest subsidiary under First Holdings PLC, as a Non-Executive Director.
She possesses a degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Housing finance from the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA. She has also attended several management and professional training programmes in Nigeria, Europe  and the United States.
Ms. Nwogwugwu is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigeria Guild of Editors. She is widely traveled and is an avid tennis player, music and literary enthusiast.
She has also come of age. She turned 50 a few weeks back and City People Magazine Publisher, Dr. SEYE KEHINDE who has known her for over 2 decades visited her last week Monday at her Ikoyi residence to talk about her experience as  Editor of THISDAY and the challenges facing Newspaper industry.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Asabeafrika unveils Lady Zainab, the Powerful Woman who controls Gambian President Yayah Jammeh

Lady Zainab Jammeh the First Lady of The Gambia (In the background is the picture of herself and her man, Yayah on wedding day)

In 48 hours from now or a bit longer than that, the fate of Gambia’s President, Sheikh Professor Alhaji (Dr.) Yahyah A.J. Jammeh will be determined by the Special African Union forces that will be unseating his government over his political stubbornness to gently leave power after 23 years. His 5th term attempt at power crashed like a badly piloted jet after the December 1, 2016 Presidential election in his country went in favor of his opposition, Mr. Adama Barrow. Jammeh initially accepted defeat and congratulated Adama Barrow but his instinct changed twelve hours later as he decided to remain in power, asking for a fresh election after labeling the earlier one a sham.
Since that debacle, the world and Africa have come in one voice to advice Jammeh to leave and let peace reign but he will not tolerate any diplomatic soft landing. Hence a need to flush him out this coming Friday, January 20 by the combines military team of countries under African Union.
However, on a very soft side, your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika went into archive to bring you the hidden story of Gambia’s first lady, Lady Zainab Jammeh which you have not read anywhere before. It is a story written in the best tradition of Prose by Basorun (Dr.) Dele Momodu who visited her some 17 years ago at the State House, Banjul. In this encounter, she shared the story of her love life with the leader of the water-rounded African country and how they met and fell in love. Enjoy the excerpts.

When one dies, it is better to live behind a book than wealth for children—Chief Joop Berkhout (OON) + Secret of Nigeria’s richest Oyinbo publisher

The GDA, Chief Berkhout and H.E. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who is one of Chief Berkhout's patron

Chief  Joop Berkhout (OON) is one of the few expatriates who have taken Nigeria as a second home after a long sojourn away from home. The Dutch born veteran publisher is the owner of the defunct Ibadan—Oyo State based Spectrum Books Ltd which is a leading book publisher in West Africa. The 87 years old founder of Safari Books Ltd which published the much controversial book “Accidental Public Servant” by former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and present Kaduna State (North Central Nigeria) Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai was  equally the publisher of elder statesman and fomer Nigerian President  and Commander in Chief, General Olusegun Obasanjo’s first book, “Nzeogwu” which detailed a bit of events and instances that led to Nigeria’s first military putsch.
 Chief Joop Berkhout who is the Okunborode of The Source (Ile-Ife) published former minister of science and technology, General Sam Momah’s famous book “Nigeria: Beyond Divorce” . This very energetic Dutch man who has taken Nigeria as his second home opened the door of his Ibadan based Safari Books office  to your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika sometimes ago and gave us a no-hold barred interview on his relationship with eminent Nigerians like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, late Chief MKO Abiola,  Oba Okunade Sijuade (Olubuse II) late Ooni of Ile-Ife, Malam Nasir El-Rufai and many other very important dignatories.
Chief Berkhout also defined his over 50 years friendship with General Obasanjo whom he descibed as a very compassionate leader. He spoke on his long stay in Nigeria and why he never remarried after his wife passed away couple of years ago. He didn’t forget to share the challenges of the publishing industry in Nigeria with Asabeafrika. Enjoy the excerpts.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

How I bought my 1st Multi-million Naira Lekki home---Dr. Ope Banwo + Story of the seminar that gave him his first jackpot

Dr. Ope Banwo, Lawyer, Pastor & IT Guru

“If I give you my word, I follow through with it. I don’t take nonsense; I could have a very brash personality because that is who I am. You don’t make things happen by being a nice guy.  I am not a nice guy; I hope you understand what I am saying?
Dr. Ope Banwo
With the aforementioned description of himself, I welcome you to the story of the life of Dr. Ope Banwo. He is famously addressed as “The Wealth Apostle” with the tag of an entrepreneur, attorney, author, motivational speaker and internet business consultant hanging on his clean image.  Dr. Banwo holds a Ph-D in law and has published several books on law, personnel development, internet marketing and Christian lifestyle. He is currently the CEO of American Internet Business School; Chairman, Afrinet business solutions and partner, Banwo and Igbokwe, LLC.
Sometimes ago I invited him to deliver a lecture titled “Blogging for Profit” at a leading Magazine firm where I contribute as an editor. The event which was strictly for staff and other media professionals recorded a huge success and few months later, many of the young guys who sat in the room with Dr. Banwo had gone to seek a new career in digital media. He later came for a second lecture but the room was half empty this time around. However, he shared some of the secrets of his life with your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika. The story which has remained unpublished for a long time is brought for your enjoyment today. Read why you need to be on the internet from the guru. Enjoy

Social media as new Boko Haram By Louis Odion, FNGE

Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina....Dazed that a blogger linked his name to a phony scheme.

It seemed a perfect copy. The "t" was nearly crossed, the "i" boldly dotted. The headline spoke directly to the burning issue of the day over which not a few Nigerians had understandably been losing sleep - the money-doubling scheme called MMM.
Before its shadowy promoters abruptly suspended their operation in November, thousands - if not millions - of Nigerians already had billions of naira trapped in the scheme whose attractions include a promise of phantasmagorical returns on investments within weeks.

Buhari & the RCN affair By Louis Odion, FNGE

General Buhari promising his Professor Osinbajo 'Walahi, nothing would happen to your church people, korei fa!

For once, President Buhari on Monday chose to act with a despatch and clarity rarely seen in his tenancy at Aso Rock in the last twenty months. The ink of the reports of the forced resignation of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, arguably the dean of Pentecostal district of the nation's Christian community, had barely dried before someone was made to lose his job in Abuja.
Not only was the voluble Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Jim Obaze, summarily given the boot, his controversial Corporate Governance Code has been suspended  as well.
Drawing from the FRCN Act of 2011, Obaze not only insisted that religious groups among other not-for-profit organizations registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act began to obey some of the rules of the regular market, but apparently crossed the red line by also attempting to impose age ceiling and tenure limit on clerics.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

5 things Nigerians must do to get out of recession this year—Gen. Sam Momah

General (Dr.) Sam Momah (CFR, Ph-D) former Minister of Science & Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

In this second part of our end of the year 2016 encounter with former Minister of Science & Technology, General Sam Momah (CFR) in Abuja, he revealed the 5 basic things Nigerians need to do in the New Year (2017) in order to escape the pang of hunger and social mystery. Momah, who unveiled his 8th book “Nigeria’s Break-Up: Great Consequences and Solutions” to the media is a soldier, author and engineer. He told Asabeafrika during a media briefing why Nigerians should stop thinking about oil. Enjoy the excerpts.

Breaking away from each other will not solve Nigeria’s problem—Gen. Sam Momah

General (Dr.) Sam Momah (CFR, Ph-D) former Minister of Science & Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria

General Sam Momah (CFR), a two time minister of Science and Technology can be described as a credible interventionist in the affairs of the nation whenever the ship of the state is facing rudderless challenges. Momah a soldier and gentle man has always intervened with books on nation building, technology and economic policies that can liberate the country from the pangs of mystery and poverty. The writer who just returned from a writing retreat with his 8th book “Nigeria’s Break-Up: Grave Consequences & Solutions” is a patriot who has held several appointments in the country including, Adjutant General of the Army, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, Council Member of the University of Jos and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Vice President, Third World Academy of Science with headquarters in Italy and the pioneer Director of the National War College, Abuja. General Momah spoke about the reason for writing his new book in a rare encounter with the media in the last week of December 2016 in Abuja, Federal Capital City of Nigeria.
Your Africa’s Number Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika was there to bring you opinions shared by the elder statesman, which he believes will give Nigerians a re-think about divisions and wars in the land.

Ex-Minister urges President Buhari to call Federal Inland Revenue boss to order

Genera Sam Momah, former Minister of Science & Technology

A call has gone to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to call the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, Mr. Tunde Fowler to order as some of the measures adopted by his field officers in effort to drive revenue for the government are not only uncivilized but highly unethical and anti-investor friendly.
 Making the call during the launching of his new book ‘Nigeria’s Break-Up: Grave Consequences and Solutions’ in Abuja at the tail end of year 2016, General Sam Momah a former minister of Science and Technology warned Mr. Fowler to mind the privacy and integrity of investors in the country as they are not criminals to be meted with public disgrace in the name of raking revenues for government.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Cele Pastor, Genesis, lacks the clout to bring Mike Murdock to Nigeria—Dr. Omololu Oladosu + Why Donald Trump won America’s election

Dr. Omololu Oladosu with Rev. Prophet (Dr.) MKO Tibetan

Dr. Omololu Oladosu is an internationally acclaimed  Bible Teacher, a renowned educationist, a chattered theologian, a professional counselor, a world crusader and one of the distinguished leaders of the Celestial Church of Christ worldwide. He is the first man to earn a doctorate of theology in the entire Celestial Church fold and till date he remains one of the formidable bridges between the Celestial Church of Christ and other denominations around the world.  Omololu a Professor of eschatology has conducted several researches on the birth and meaning of Celestial Church around the world. His Maranatha Institute with over ten campuses in Nigeria churn out about 2000 Bible & Leadership students every year and Omololu being one of the rare leaders of the charismatic arm of the Celestial Church is highly revered in both the Pentecostal and celestial family in Nigeria.
Recently, Dr. Omololu who is the visioner of Maranatha Pavilion Ministries International was given a global award for “Trans-formative Leadership” by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Last year, November 20th during the 21 year adult harvest/celebration of Celestial Church of Christ, Elisha Parish (Nigeria Cathedral) and indoctrination of Prophet Dr. Marcus Korede Oluwatosin Tibetan  (The Nostradamus)as a Reverend, Dr. Omololu was the Special Guest of Honor and his present illuminated the event. The very dynamic Bible teacher and faith bearer later opened up to your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika at the venue as he spoke on some recent happenings in the Celestial Church of Christ, the emergence of Donald Trump as the President of the United States of America among other very interesting issues. It is a rare encounter. Enjoy.

Why Pastor J.T. Kalejaiye cannot survive RCCG’s Adeboye—Prophet Tibetan + Shocking Revelations about Adeboye in his book

Prophet (Dr.) MKO Tibetan

Copies of Prophet MKO Tibetan's 2017 Prediction on display at the Event

Last Saturday, January 7th, Renowned Prophet and Nostradamus of our time, Reverend Prophet (Dr.) MKO Tibetan launched his New Year Prediction book. The event which took place inside his Nigerian Church premises had people from all walks of life including Chief (Mrs.)Jackie Kazeem, the Iyalode of Igbore kingdom, in Ogun State and Major General Sam Ovadje from Delta State among other guests from all spheres of the society.  The day which turned out to be the day Pastor E.A. Adeboye stepped down as the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and appointed Pastor John Obayemi as his successor and promoted himself as G.O. RCCG Worldwide gave this blog an opportunity to speak with the man of God on the trending issue. Prophet Tibetan who has given several prophecies on RCCG bore his mind on the entire issue and equally gave a prophetic insight of what is likely to follow up after this first episode of the change of guard.  Enjoy the excerpts

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Why Xmas and New Year Celebrations kill Nigerians

In a rare end of the year encounter with your Africa's Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika, gifted prophet and Man of God, Reverend Prophet (Dr.) Marcus Korede Oluwatosin Tibetan revealed the mysteries of the Christmas season and why many Christians should avoid celebrating the season. The Republic of Ireland based leader of Celestial Church of Christ, Elisha Parish (Home and Abroad) equally revealed the reason why many Nigerians keep repeating their life classes every New Year with nothing robbing on their status than poverty and continuation of a vicious regime of mystery. The Prophet said it is worrisome to note that many Christians don't understand the real meaning of a NEW YEAR. Fondly called The Nostradamus of Our Time, the man of God who will be releasing his 2017 Prediction book in Nigeria in this early week of January spoke on so many other issues connected with the celebration of Christmas and New Year that you will find very interesting. Sit and watch the video.

My Life as President Buhari's Spokesman by Femi Adesina

In a latest exclusive revelation to your Africa's Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika in inside his Aso Rock, Abuja office, President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity shares some of the interesting and unique things that makes his new job different from any other job he has held in his 3 decades of journalism and Media practice. The former Nigeria's Guild of Editor President shared the story of his work-life with us in this new video. Watch and share to all

How we survived fire accident @ Frieslandcampina—Ore Famurewa

Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Rahul Colaco; Corporate Affairs Director, Ore Famurewa and  Operations Director, Doyin Ashiru 
 during the company's celebration of four years without Loss Time Accident (LTA) last year at the company's premises in Lagos
On January 6, 2017, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC witnessed a fire outbreak in the condensed factory at its premises in Ogba Industrial Estate, Ikeja, Lagos State.

The fire was promptly put under control by the Lagos State Fire Service supported by FrieslandCampina WAMCO Safety Team and corporate neighbours.

Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Rahul Colaco; Corporate Affairs Director, Ore Famurewa; Operations Director, Doyin Ashiru and Human Resources Director, Tominiyi Oni during the company's celebration of four years without Loss Time Accident (LTA) recently at  the company's premises in Lagos

No casualties were recorded in the process as immediate action was taken to safeguard the lives of employees on duty by evacuating them. Only the conveyor area of the condensed factory was affected through a mass conveyor carrying empty cans to the filling room.
Corporate Affairs Director, Mrs. Ore Famurewa explained in a press statement issued on Friday: “The fire outbreak which occurred at around 1:10pm was contained by 1:55pm. The fire was caused by electrical malfunction in the conveyor section”.
“We commend our employees for showing high commitment and safety leadership in organizing themselves during the fire. In all this, FrieslandCampina WAMCO operations were not disrupted by the incident. As always, we ensure the safety and security of our employees as high priority”.
“We appreciate the Lagos State Fire Service, FCWAMCO Safety Team, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria fire team and nearby corporate organizations like Guinness Nigeria for their rapid response to curtail the fire outbreak.  We thank all our stakeholders for their show of concern,” Famurewa said.
Members of Staff of FrieslandCampina during a safety awareness campaign in Lagos on Tuesday, 13, December, 2016
As the leading producer of dairy products in Nigeria, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria is strongly poised to satisfy its teeming consumers. As a good corporate citizen, the company assures its stakeholders that it shall continue to manufacture at the highest standards to nourish Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition.

Member of staff believes in Zero accident level in the company