[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -Bijou Abiola is a successful Fashion Buyer who is known for bringing the best of apparel to retail stores in the USA. She has worked directly with several top brands and designers such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Miss Selfridge and BCBG. On the 12th and 13th of November, Bijou Abiola will be at the GTBank Fashion Weekend to discuss the myths and facts behind stocking internationally and how indigenous brands can break into the global scene.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Ndigbo and Nigerians from all works of life will gather at OHANAEZE NDIGBO SECRETARIATE , ENUGU on friday 4th November , 2016 to observe the posthumous birthday of the Igbo Icon and Nigerian Patriot late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who still symbolically live on in the mind of Ndigbo and many Nigerians.
The even will witness lectures, speeches and other side attractions. The IGBO INFORMATION NETWORK, IGBO UNITY FORUM , NIGERIA MASTER WEB, NDINNE IGBO , WILECC AND CENTRE FOR IGBO LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND HERITAGE ARE ORGANISING THE EVENT.
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*Photo Caption - Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
[ Masterweb reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has risen in stout defence of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, dismissing calls for his resignation led by the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following allegations by some recently arrested Judges that he tried to influence their rulings on some election petition cases.
Rivers APC in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt and signed by the State APC Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, insisted that Amaechi is clean and not guilty as charged. “We are convinced that God, who has always fought for Amaechi, will continue to save and strengthen him and will once again vindicate him,” the party said.
It lambasted both Rivers PDP, the National PDP and others who have joined in calling on Amaechi to resign and for his probe based on the allegations of attempted bribery levelled by some sponsored and drowning judges who were looking for a tool to stay afloat as not only vindictive, shameless, laughable, mischievous but exposure of a clique that is so desperate to expose and express their ignorance and evil plots against a man whom they see as the arrowhead that dislodged them from power at the centre. “These calls being championed by the PDP are just the latest manifestation of the party’s frustration and fight against Amaechi in retaliation for his role in dislodging the PDP Government at the centre during the 2015 presidential elections. These useless calls based on the unfounded and baseless attempted bribery allegations against the former Rivers State Governor and the Minister of Transportation confirms our fears and stand that the two discredited Justices made these allegations as part of a political strategy to destroy APC and run down the political fortunes of this rising star. PDP is only acting out its frustration over the key role that Amaechi played to end the corruption system engineered by the past PDP administration at the centre but let us assure the public that this plot has already failed before it was hatched because no sound Nigerian will buy this lame allegation that have no logical stand,” Rivers APC said.
The party recalled the failed plots by PDP to deny Amaechi the party's gubernatorial ticket he won convincingly in 2007 and the efforts PDP also made to ensure that Amaechi was neither screened nor appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Having failed to deny him the 2007 PDP gubernatorial ticket and to stop his appointment as a Minister, PDP is now sponsoring some unpatriotic, chronic corrupt and confused Judges to start mentioning Amaechi’s name in the hope that doing so will save them from paying for their heinous crime against the people of Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement said.
Continuing, Rivers APC said: “We wish to counsel the Justices already arrested for corruption to be men enough and face their trial accordingly and leave Amaechi alone. Amaechi’s only crime was that he played a yeoman’s role in the efforts to see to the emergence of the revered Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria who, imbued with God’s wisdom and strength, has launched an uncompromising war against those who looted our common patrimony who in retaliation are frustrating the economic recovery of our dear country by promoting insecurity in our country.
“We will like to reiterate unequivocally that Amaechi is not only clean but a tool to free Nigeria from the corruption imposed on us by those who hate our nation. He demonstrated his sagacity and prudence by saving a whopping sum of N134.4 billion (Using N168 to $1 as it was in 2014 when the contract was first signed under Jonathan's Administration) for the nation by negotiating downwards the planned 1,402km Calabar-Lagos Coastal Rail Project. “Rt. Hon. Amaechi has by this singular act demonstrated to the entire world that he is one of the Saints in the public service of our great nation.”
As much as we sympathise with PDP in its failed plot and wild chase to silence and intimidate Amaechi, let us remind them that Amaechi will never be cowed as fighting against him means fighting against God and failure will always be their portion but incase they have forgotten so soon, Chibuike means “God is all Powerful” and “Rotimi” an abridged version of “Oluwadurotimi” meaning “the Lord stands by me”, while Amaechi means “who knows tomorrow?” It is, however, in vain that these chronic looters and enemies of Nigeria are fighting against Amaechi as he is innocent of the charges against him and bound to triumph at the end of the day.
Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long Live President Muhammadu Buhari
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Dear African brothers, you people were exploited in the past, now you are free but neglecting your own African Brothers who are poor. No Obama can help you, You have to help your Fellow African brothers as they starving to death.
Presently 50 million African brothers are starving and the World does not care. In order to prevent starvation deaths in African Countries following measures should be taken.
They are :
- Demand from World Bank minimum 10 billion dollars annually , for African Food and Development Fund.
World bank instead of giving money to rich Asian countries, should focus on African countries like Somalia, Mali, Ethopia, Nigeria etc and all poor African Countries.
- Land banks for Agriculture should be established in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa etc .
Allot minimum 1 million Square Kilometers of land in African countries where there is fertile land and water is available, to grow Food Crops only.
These food grains produced should be annually or monthly given to those African countries where there is famine, draught or where people are starving to death.
- If you don’t want to grow food crops to feed your own brothers, then ok, purchase from USA, Australia, China food grains worth minimum 1 billion dollars annually to feed the starving Africans.
But better grow food grains in fertile lands of African Countries.
- Some African countries are Christians and Some are Muslims. You people were made slaves
Not because of your religion , but because of your colour.
So African Muslim and Christian brothers stay united and fight against poverty, hunger in all
- African countries should use World bank money to buy clothes for poor African Men, Women and Childrens.
- Purchase 500 borewell drilling vehicles and send them to those African countries where there is scarcity of water or water is polluted.
Drill borewell at the rate of 1 borewell minimum per population of 500 peoples.
500 borewell drilling machines would cost 50 million dollars .
- Construct domestic water drainages in all poor African countries for Sanitation so that there is no Cholera, Maleria etc. cases in African countries.
- Use World bank money to construct houses in all poor African countries.
If World Bank does not provides 10 Billion dollars to African Fund, then ask China to give same amount yearly , as China has invested heavily in African mineral resources. But don’t become slave of China or World bank , no. what Money China would give you is your right, since China is doing Mining activities in African countries.
I call upon all African Countries to immediately establish Africa Food and Development Fund with help from World Bank, to fight Famine, Draught, Starvation , Poverty etc in all African countries.
Dear African Brothers, nobody will fight for you, so you need to fight a peaceful war to get funds from World Bank and Invest same on Food grains, house constructions , Sanitation and Poverty eradication.
Kindly start this process Immediately without further delays, as presently minimum 50 million Africans are starving and waiting for your help.
Remain united, don’t fight in the name of religion, you are all brothers .
No more delays.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Caroline Rush has achieved remarkable success in promoting the British fashion industry, particularly through organizing the globally renowned London Fashion Week and the prestigious British Fashion Awards. In 2015, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of England for services to the British fashion industry. Caroline Rush will be at the GTBank Fashion Weekend to offer insights on how to successfully position a fashion brand.
GTBank Fashion Weekend is a consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building event that aims to promote enterprise within the fast growing Nigerian fashion industry. The event scheduled for 12th and 13th November 2016 seeks to not only create visibility and trade opportunities for indigenous businesses, but also facilitates learning workshops and encourage e-commerce as a sustainable avenue for driving growth. It will bring together the most promising, talented and recognised fashion designers, brands and retail enterprises from across Nigeria and abroad to showcase the latest trends and products to a large and diverse audience of consumers, press and industry enthusiasts.
Positioned as a consumer focused event, The GTBank Fashion Weekend will be a meeting place for all stakeholders within the fashion community and will present retail exhibitions, master classes and run way shows.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; are alarmed at the mounting heaps of refuse in Douglas road and other parts of Owerri metropolis. Not only does this constitute an eyesore, it also has grave health implications for residents of the city. We note that under the stewardship of Dr Sam Mbakwe, Owerri was voted the cleanest city in Nigeria. It’s therefore a failing of monumental proportions on the part of Governor Rochas Okorocha that a city noted for its cleanliness has under his watch become one of the filthiest cities in Nigeria; more so under a party and administration that promised change.
Making the rounds in the media is the narrative that Owerri filth was deliberately allowed to build up because the residents didn’t vote for Governor Okorocha. If such narratives are true, it can only mean that Governor Okorocha does not understand the meaning of democracy; has violated the oath of office he swore to and by implication is unfit to hold office as governor of Imo state. Also of note is the fact that mounting heaps of refuse on the streets of Owerri and elsewhere come on the heels of unpaid salaries and pensions in spite of being advanced a bailout by the federal government and very poor state of roads and other critical infrastructure across the state. We submit that there is no justification for Governor Okorocha and his cabinet members to be availed of their own salaries in addition to wasteful privileges while the ordinary workers and pensioners in Imo state are unconscionably owed salaries/pensions.
There is also no justification for the abysmal failure of governance in Imo state, when it has 27 local governments (the highest in the Southeast) all of which receive federal allocations in addition to being an oil producing state with further special allocations accruing. We recall in 2011 when Governor Okorocha ran for governor under the auspices of APGA against an incumbent governor who had the advantage of being from the ruling party. The masses stood behind him, risked life and limb in public stand-ins and protests to protect their votes. In the end, against overwhelming odds Okorocha became victorious on a groundswell of public support and mass action; making history as one of the first to defeat an incumbent governor in the fourth republic.
Ushered into power with a rare people’s mandate and by so doing, inadvertently became the poster boy for Nigeria’s democracy. Yet, years later Governor Okorocha seems to be bent on self-immolation. Increasingly gone astray, Okorocha has evidently abandoned his people’s mandate and joined the bandwagon of anti-people governance, reflected in unpaid salaries/pensions, heaps of refuse in Owerri the Imo state capital and elsewhere, and poor infrastructure across the state. We submit that this represents a monumental betrayal of the very essence of democracy and ultimately the sacrifices, goodwill and mass action that brought him to power. Owerri as well as Imo state deserves better. Once the cleanest city in Nigeria, Owerri must be returned to its pristine cleanliness while the state must look beyond Nigeria and strive to be a global model. For Governor Okorocha who has not hidden his ambition to lead Nigeria, it’s self-defeatist to fail at the governance of one state out of 36 and still somehow hope to make the argument to lead Nigeria.
At best, Okorocha should make Owerri and Imo state a rare model of development and good governance as a pointer to future aspirations. This we believe is still achievable, if he resolutely pursues it.
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative
*Photo Caption - Governor Rochas Okorocha
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - A group of Nigerian deportees from Libya have revealed harrowing details of their thwarted efforts to illegally travel to Europe. Fifty-two of the 154 who were deported from the North African country last Monday shared their sordid experiences publicly at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos State on Sunday 16th October where they had come to seek ‘refuge’.
According to Tracy Stephen, an Edo-State indigene, the treatment they endured in the course of their journey was nothing short of inhumane.
“My mother borrowed N280,000 to finance my travels,” the young hairdresser explained, surrounded by a bunch of other disheveled deportees, mainly female teenagers. “I deposited the money to the man that said he would take us abroad, although I never saw his face. He said I would be in Italy in two weeks.”
Tracy travelled from Edo State to Kano before being “packed like sardines” into the back of a Hilux van. “We were 48 in the van which was supposed to take only 8,” she recounted.
The subsequent three-day journey through the Sahara Desert was hellish. “We didn’t sleep nor eat or drink water,” she said, describing how dead bodies lay strewn across the desert floor, evidence that countless others attempting the same journey had woefully met their end.
Arriving in Sabha, Libya, Tracy reminisced on her first drink of water in more than 72 hours of the harsh sun. “The water was dirty but we didn’t have any choice. We drunk from the well before we discovered there was a dead body inside.”
Hidden under a makeshift ‘watermelon truck’, the journey continued until the group reached Tripoli where they were encamped for months along with hundreds of other illegal immigrants awaiting the dangerous sea crossing to Sicily. “We ate only once a day – scraps of food which only filled the palm of your hand.” Vulnerable girls were raped regularly at gun-point by their traffickers.
When her turn finally arrived, Tracy was horded onto a flimsy rubber dinghy. A boat meant for less than 40 swelled until 140 had boarded – young children and babies amidst the adults. “There was no life-jacket and none of us could swim,” she said.
Reaching Italian waters with no rescue boat in sight, the captain decided to retrace his steps back towards Libya when disaster struck. “Fuel ran out and we were in the middle of nowhere. No food. No water. Just the sea.”
One of the immigrants on board soon died. “We were afraid to throw the body out of the boat because it would attract sharks,” she said. After three days adrift, the make-shift boat was eventually sighted by the Libyan coast-guard.
“They arrested us all and sent us to prison for three months,” Tracy divulged. Through the facilitation of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), she was deported back to Nigeria last week.
“I wished I had not left my home and country,” she tearfully confessed. “These are the same clothes I have been wearing for the last seven months.”
Tracy’s experiences echoed countless more who recounted their tales including Osama Osifo, a 300-level University of Benin student, who said that he was kidnapped in Libya.
After several torture sessions with his older brother on the phone listening to the sound of his screams, a ransom of N250,000 was paid to secure his release. Whilst incarcerated, his elderly father died “because of the shock”.
“I thought Nigeria was hell when I was leaving this place,” Osama stated after he was eventually deported following several months of suffering in Libyan prison. “I now see it as Heaven.”
“At Lagos airport, the IOM provided two buses – one to take us to our State and one to take us to Synagogue,” the albino stated. He opted to come to the church.
Precious Chioma sold all her possessions and travelled with her two young boys to Libya. However, she soon resorted to drinking her own urine and feeding it to her sons to survive the harsh conditions she met after being captured under the ‘watermelon truck’.
At the church service, N10,000,000 ($33,000USD) was given out to the group on behalf of ‘Emmanuel TV Partners’, with each of the deportees receiving N150,000 ($500USD) alongside two bags of rice to “start their lives afresh”.
Pastor TB Joshua used the opportunity to advise youth. “It is where God wants you to make it that you will make it, not where you want to make it or where you admire,” he said.
He also advised people not to be deceived by the seemingly ‘flashy lifestyles’ of many who will be returning to their homeland during the festive season. "A decorated slave is not only a slave but a big fool. Be careful – appearance out there is deceptive. Warn your children!”
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a freelance citizen journalist.
*Photo Caption - Deportees pose for photo with their bags of rice at SCOAN.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Poverty can be wiped out or drastically reduced in Nigeria, but it will take the will by the government and Nigerians to end this malaise. We should not continue to wait for the West to do it for us. In the 60s, Dr. M. I. Okpara, the Premier of Old Eastern region made the region the fastest growing economy in the World through agriculture and industry. Malaysia came to the region and took oil palm seeds and today Malaysia is exporting palm oil and we do not even have enough for local consumption.
Awolowo made the West the cynosure in industrial and agricultural development from which the funds for scholarships and free education was available. Sir Ahmadu Bello made the old North the food basket of Africa. Why is it that with the trillions of naira all over the country we cannot feed ourselves.
The following steps should be explored.
1. Acquisition of relevant skills/apprenticeship/education.
2.Acquisition of business management and finance skills
3 Population control and management(NOT NOS OF CHILDREN BUT QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES)
4 Removal of Poverty mindset and laziness from our people
5 Wiping out corruption in the system
6 Exploring alternatives to oil viz Agriculture and Solid minerals.
We are also writing the following books with the titles shown below to assist in this poverty eradication war.
1 How to win the war against poverty
2.Nigeria; From Poverty to Prosperity; the steps
3 Overcoming the Poverty mindset
4. The poor man's burden
5. Beware Of Poverty and its effects
6 The Curse and Cost of Poverty in Nigeria
7 How Some Government policies lead to mass poverty and the way out
These books will be available at the Rallies in each zone of the country.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - As part of its efforts to continuously promote tourism in Nigeria and Africa in unique and creative ways that will lead to genuine development, a leading Nigerian tourism development and facility management company, Desigo has initiated a National Essay Competition tore-jig the orientation and stimulate the deep thinking of Nigerian youths towards tourism.
The national essay competition which is being launched under the Youth Tourism Connect initiative of the company is divided into two categories and opened to all Nigerian youths from the ages of 11 to 18 years and 19 to 35 years respectively.
Speaking on the initiative, the founder and the CEO of the company, Abigail Olagbaye said the competition is one of the ways Desigo has determined to arouse the interest of an average Nigerian youth in tourism development as well as engage them in tourism discourse.
“As a Nigerian girl growing up in Africa, I observed our environment, cultural and natural heritages as a people with diverse ethnicities and cultural divides and I concluded that though Africa has treaded a long tortuous path of history, we still hold in custody some of the world’s most outstanding tourism products in human history, unfortunately, much is not done to resourcefully promote these potentials and more importantly, the youths are not in any way connected to this development. Therefore, this essay competition comes as one of our many ways to stimulate their interest and ultimately raise awareness about the tourism industry in Nigeria.” She stated.
Meanwhile, the essay competition is in two categories, Junior- from age of 11 to 18 years and Senior- between the ages of 19 and 35 years respectively, while the junior ones will write on the topic-“citing major tourists attractions and products in your state discuss the role of internet/ ICT in developing tourism in Nigeria”, their senior counterpart will dwell on the topic- “citing major tourists attractions and products in your state discuss the comparative advantage of Nigeria’s tourism and how it can engineer economic boost for national development”.
The essay which should be between 500 – 1000 wordsis among others, expected to be original, analytical, intelligent and creative. It is going to be opened on October 31st and to close on December 9th this year. While the prizes include cash prizes, travels, internet-enabled iPad and other fascinating items.
Desigo Tourism Development and Facility Management Company originated as Desigo Nigeria was registered in 2005. The company later incorporated in December 2015 as a limited liability company to offer products and services in tourism development and facility.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Adesina Adetola reports ] - Some prominent brand strategists at this year’s Brand2Wealth Seminar organised by a notable Nigerian brand management company, USP, have stressed the importance of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in efforts that would take the country out of its current economic challenges. In a well attended event held at the MUSON centre, Lagos, on Thursday, the brand strategists who were led by the Chief Executive Officer of USP, Muyiwa Kayode, unanimously declared that SMEs are vital to the nation’s economic recovery at this crucial time.
In his opening remarks, Kayode stated that with good branding knowledge, SMEs can be developed to significantly contribute to the national economic growth. While branding itself, as a concept can build a great nation.
“Every recession creates business opportunities, it is now left for a brand to be well-positioned to identify and resourcefully make use of the available opportunities. And more so, branding lies at the root of every human success and some of the countries we aspire to emulate have successfully applied the laws of branding.” He said.
Speaking under the main theme of the seminar, “Brand Promotion for SMEs”, the keynote speaker of the day, the Chief Executive Officer of X3M Ideas Limited, Steve Babaeko said SMEs are the backbone of the advanced economics.
Giving some statistics to buttress his point, Babaeko positioned that SMEs constitute the most significant portion of every economy, therefore, if the sector is well positioned and supported with adequate branding it can lift the nation out of its current economic doldrums.
“According to US census bureau data, businesses with less than 20 workers made up 89.6% of US economy in 2012/13, also, 97% of all businesses in Nigeria employ less than 100 employees. With this, you can observe how important and significant SMEs are; it is obvious the sector represents the largest chunk of business establishments. Therefore if given adequate attention, the sector would do a lot in lifting the country out of its current economic challenges.” He said.
In the same vein, the Founder, Customer Attraction Academy, Anurika Azubike in her speech which was centred on “how to attract and keep more paying customers in your business-even in recession”, educated the participants on five business models that would keep their business going, even in difficult economic situation.
“Wallowing in the thinking of economic recession won’t get us anywhere. The best thing is to look at the opportunities therein to advance our businesses.” She advised.
Also in his presentation, National Sales Manager of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Folorunsho Alaran encouraged the participants to see effective marketing as a way to promote their businesses and brands.
“Just as the way we do at Emzor, we identified a need, and seized the opportunity through our mass market brand approach, I advise you to look beyond your present status and see opportunities available around you.” He said.
Meanwhile, a representative of the Bank of Industry at the event, Raymond Adenuga has urged SMEs owners to always see the bank as partner in progress and provide the bank with authentic information whenever they approach the bank for loan facility.
“Our major objective is to grow the economy, generate employment and take people out of employment by building genuine businesses. We are not out to frustrate anybody or business, so anyone approaching the bank should give us genuine information as required for easy and prompt access to any loan facility applied for.” He stated.
Brand2Wealth was established by USP in 2007 to empower SMEs with branding knowledge they need to build competitive businesses and develop strong product and service brands.
Adesina Adetola ( Email: email@example.com Phone: 081000420812 ) reports.
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