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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The appointment of Dr. Dakuku Peterside the Rivers APC Flag-Bearer in the 2015 general elections as the new Director General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been hailed by the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which described it as well deserved. “Based on what we know about Dr. Peterside, we make bold to say that his appointment, on Thursday, as the new NIMASA DG is a case of putting a square peg in a square hole,” the party said in a statement issued Friday in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
 
 
It described Dr. Peterside as a tested and trusted reformist-minded Administrator who has all it takes to reform and transform NIMASA into the pride of Nigeria and Africa.
 
 
“Dr. Peterside comes well prepared for the task of breathing a new life into NIMASA. Apart from boasting a sound academic background that includes a degree in Business Administration (Management) and certificates in Leadership and Project Management, he holds a Doctorate degree in Organizational Management with research interest in Corporate Political Strategy.
 
 
Dr. Peterside is reputed as an authority in corporate strategy and business-government relations. He acquitted himself creditably in all his previous assignments, including as Commissioner for Works in Rivers State and a distinguished member of the Federal House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) during the Seventh Assembly.
 
 
He is a well-known champion of reform and strengthening of institutions as key to unlocking development potentials. Dr. Dakuku Peterside, a Legislator par excellence  has served at all levels of Government in Nigeria; Local, State and National and is fast establishing himself as a National reference speaker on oil and gas policy and legislation matters.
 
 
Dr. Peterside has been a most sought after resource person in international conference; he was a major speaker at the 2013 Middle East Downstream Week held in Abu Dhabi in May, 2013 and the 2013 World Refining and Petrochemical Technology Summit in Doha, Qatar, amongst many other speaking engagements around the globe. We have no doubt in our mind that he will excel on his new assignment as the NIMASA Director General,” Rivers APC said.
 
 
The party congratulated Dr. Peterside and assured him of its prayers for his success in his new duty post. It commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for the confidence reposed in Dr. Peterside as evidenced in his appointment as the helmsman of a strategic parastatal like NIMASA. 
 
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.
riversapcchange2015@gmail.com
 
*PHOTO CAPTION - RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI AND PRESIDENT BUHARI WITH DR DAKUKU PETERSIDE BEHIND.
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Ifeanyi Afuba reports ] – “The world is in a tragic state when salesmen do not believe in their products.” -Fulton Sheen. It is some ten months now since I lent my voice to other interventions asking you to relent in opposition to the Vatican’s appointment of Most Rev Peter Okpaleke as the Bishop of Ahiara Catholic Diocese. My letter of April 2015 published in both the mainstream and social media was directed at you the priests for the simple reason that you are considered the inspiration behind the revolt in the Diocese and secondly, for the fact that to whom much is given, much is expected. As I indicated in the aforementioned comment, your stance on the subject matter is something of a puzzle to some of us considering that you are far more educated on Church history and teachings than we, the laity. Your role in this saga is a riddle because you cannot be in doubt about the consequences of the ensuing course of events.
 
Mercifully, the size and scope of clerical activism has narrowed a bit. In late January, 2016, a delegation of Ahiara Diocesan priests and laity were in Awka to pay homage to Bishop Peter Okpaleke. The warm and touching interaction between His Lordship and the visiting faithful of the Diocese which was preceded with the holy Mass gave indications that better judgment had finally started prevailing on the matter. We salute the ranks of these priests who though in the minority have through their courageous witness revived the conscience of the Diocese.
 
But it seems certain to remain a long walk to the Promised Land. The impasse has continued because many of you, our beloved priests have not shifted from your position that the appointment of a bishop must be from the ranks of indigenous priests.
 
In making this demand, this absolute demand, rather than an appeal or application, you are practically trying to command the Church hierarchy. Pitting yourselves against the constituted authority of the Church cannot conceivably lead to the attainment of your objective. As you know so well, the mandate of the Church is not just constituted authority in the civil – political sense but sacred authority founded in the divine realm.
 
Now, you cannot run two parallel authorities in any serious organisation. You cannot have two captains in one ship. To expect a prophetic Church that has kept faith with its doctrines at huge political, economic and social cost for over two thousand years to suddenly renounce her Episcopal policy merely because it has not gone down well with some people is akin to attempting to reinvent the wheel. It would be a permissive Church that seeks to achieve political correctness in the mission of evangelisation.
 
Yes, the Church could and indeed continues to review many of its decisions when she finds cogent reasons for such retreat. This appraisal is neither the product of ultimatums nor does it take place in an unorganised and casual manner. Such review of Church policy or doctrine is often informed by the need to maintain consistency of the eternal truths in the face of new cultural phenomena. It could also be prompted by a need to rectify irregularities, errors or perceived oversight. The end purpose is justice and in upholding the cause of right, the Church’s integrity is underscored.
 
In contrast to the above, the demand for withdrawal of the Vatican’s approved Bishop of Ahiara Diocese seeks to undermine the authority of the Church’s leadership. We do not see in any way how the rejection of the Church’s authority can be legitimized without sparking off a scandal. A reversal of Bishop Peter Okpaleke’s appointment or any other appointment duly made by the appropriate authority; a reversal in the present circumstance would be induced and unhealthy to the system. Where would the Church be if its affairs were no longer to be guided by the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit but by the emotions of men? Does it occur to the nay sayers in Ahiara Diocese that if referendum was now to form the basis of progression and changes in the Catholic Church that many of them could lose their present positions? Should this democratization wave also extend to the faithful voting for possible reversal of priesthood ordination?
 
Every age presents its peculiar challenges to the Church of Christ. With the jet age has come a resurgence of neo paganism in such virulent form that even traditionally Catholic societies are in danger of flowing with the tide. Near nudity now passes off in the name of dress fashion all over the world with some insisting on the right of wearing revealing dresses to Church. The sport of gay marriage which started like a joke is now spreading like wild fire. For many in the so – called civilized world, life is simply about satisfaction of material want. It is therefore not surprising that the loss of the sense of sin is gaining momentum and poses one of the greatest dangers to human society in this epoch.
 
For the late reggae maestro, Bob Marley, the crisis of our times had predictable even if imprecise scenario in the sombre lyrics of ‘Natural Mystic’: Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why. There’s a natural mystique flowing through the air.
 
For us Christians, the only remedy to our troubled condition is a return to God’s ways with a humble and contrite heart. On the Ahiara bishopric, nothing is gained from the agitation for the clannish card. If there is anything our brothers, the erring priests have achieved by their active and or passive resistance, it is depressing their milieu. And it would be erroneous to assume that time would simply sort things out from here. To be sure, yes, the will of God will eventually prevail in the vindication of the Church. Yes, time heals wound as the cliché says but it is also true that untreated or improperly treated wound worsens with time.
 
We do not solve problems by running away from them or carrying on as if they did not exist. Something has to give to have normalcy restored. Nothing has changed in a situation in which some priests say they are not stopping Most Rev Peter Okpaleke from exercising the reins of office and at the same time these same priests are withholding the recognition due to him as bishop. Until the needful is done, a cloud of incredulity will continue to trail opposition to the Church’s decision. The unease in the Diocese is unhealthy. And the longer it lasts, the more difficult will be the process of lasting peace and reconciliation. Just as in the domestic family, when disagreement between husband and wife linger and positions harden, reunion on the pre – existing level is not easy to forge. And while the strained relation lasts, the children feel the tension.
 
The Church too is a family. And for over a millennium, it was one big, united family. Like his predecessors, Saint John Paul and Pope Benedict emeritus, Pope Francis has invested time in the promotion of inter – faith dialogues – a message he preaches as he visits mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. There is an important lesson for harmony in Ahiara Diocese in the context of continuing efforts at ecumenism.
 
Gazing on the militant Church, the wounded Christ beckons us to avail his mercy especially in this year of mercy. In the serenity of a Lenten encounter his timeless words ring home: I have a lasting covenant with Peter.
 
Afuba Ifeanyi ( Email: ifeanyiafuba@yahoo.com ) reports.

*Photo Caption – Most Rev. Peter Okpaleke

[ Masterweb Reports ] –  Oil prices are crashing again Tuesday after a short-lived spike on Monday. Crude oil fell by 1.19 percent by 7 a.m. GMT to around $37.50 a barrel, while Brent crude, the European benchmark, fell by 1.22% to hover just above $40 a barrel. If this price trend continues, it will eradicate the 3.5% gains that oil experienced on Monday.
 
 
Oil started to recover two weeks ago, with some analysts saying the commodity had finally bottomed out after a near-constant 18-month slide. Oil prices were in the triple digits in the summer of 2014 but are now about 60% lower because of a glut of oversupply by the OPEC cartel of oil-producing countries.
 
 
OPEC’s bid to push Western counterparts out of business seems to be working, with Juan Prada from Barclays writing in a note on Tuesday: “Data showed that active US oil rigs fell last week to the lowest level since December 2009. Sentiment was further supported by expectations of policy stimulus in China.”
 
 
But after initial concern that OPEC’s pledge to freeze its production wouldn’t make a difference — because of oil-rich countries such as Iran starting to pump huge amounts of oil — the oil price was given a boost by improving market sentiment.
 
 
OPEC also said it would be seeking a higher anchor price for oil. The slide in oil prices, however, supports some analysts’ view that the rally is and will be short-lived. Norbert Ruecker, the head of commodities research at the Swiss private bank Julius Baer, said this week that there would be no “long-term recovery” in the price of oil:
 
 
Shale’s cost deflation, Iran’s return, and Mexico’s market opening suggest that supplies remain ample for longer, overshadowing the industry’s investment cuts for the time being. Supply glut fears have taken a backseat as of late with the oil market’s focus shifting from pessimism over ample inventories to optimism over declining US production. We still believe that oil prices experience a short-term bounce but no long-term recovery but see further upside in the near term.
 
 
*Photo Caption – Oil barrels

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprised of individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; wish to declare as follows: Whereas section 14 (2)(b) of the Nigerian constitution expressly states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government” and whereas chapter 4 section 33 (1) of the Nigerian constitution states that “ every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in the execution of a sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria”. We note that the Nigerian government and her agents (army and police) have continued to breach these fundamental dictates of the constitution through the premeditated and unrelenting mass killing of unarmed civilians as again happened most recently in Aba, Abia state where scores of unarmed IPOB members were murdered in cold blood by members of the armed forces and police as they held prayers in a school premises and their bodies dumped in a burrow pit in Aba- PH road, Aba, Abia State.   
 

We submit, that the frequent and unpunished killing of unarmed civilians by the Buhari administration not only violates  the Nigerian constitution  under whose statutes the state is constituted; but also the United Nations charter, the African charter on human and people’s rights and all other conventions to which the Nigerian state is signatory to. We hold that the killing of unarmed civilians even in times of war constitute war crimes as established by the Geneva convention and crimes against humanity as established by the Rome statute. We note that while Nigeria is not even at war, such killings have continued unabated. We are persuaded to believe that the refusal of the Buhari administration to investigate and or punish the culprits implicated in the dastardly slaying of innocent civilians and other such heinous crimes against humanity establishes beyond all doubt the culpability of Nigeria and its security chiefs.
 

We therefore; pursuant to part 2 article 7 of the Rome statute of the international criminal court (ICC) have accordingly lodged our case against the Nigerian government for human rights violations/crimes against humanity in the ICC, to which an acknowledgement has been received (ref: OTP-CR-61/16), marking the beginning of the process.  At the same time we urge the members of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) to resist the urge to bear arms in self defence in the face of the onslaught and provocation of the security services as they recently declared. Having so far conducted themselves in a civilised, peaceful and democratic manner, in exercise of their fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression to which the world bears witness, it would be a surrender to the atavistic forces of darkness if they; at this stage begin to bear arms thus rendering them in the same category as Nigeria’s nihilistic security services.
 

We believe that the triumph of democracy and civilization in the 21st century can only be proved and sustained by demonstrating  how markedly different they are vis-à-vis  those who choose barbarity, suppression, bloodletting and nationhood at gun point rather than by dialogue, mutual consent and ultimately justice and equality. We therefore urge IPOB and indeed all non violent groups to remain on the moral high ground and eschew any urge to bear arms. 
 

We want to use this opportunity to express our immense appreciation and gratitude to Angela Rayner, a member of British parliament for her understanding of the plight of the protesters, and His Holiness, Pope Francis for his recent courageous speech condemning the clampdown and mass killing of Biafran protesters by the Nigerian government and encourage other religious and international leaders to speak out against the evil and tyranny playing out in Nigeria at this decisive moment.
 

Finally, we warn that alongside the legal course already instituted in the ICC, we shall doggedly continue to pursue all other possible channels of redress against the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Nigeria. This is so as to sufficiently establish that those who thrive on impunity and so primitively choose to trample on the rights of others will have no hiding place. 
 

Signed:
 
 
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
ezetochukwu@yahoo.com
Twitter: @MaaziEzeoke
+44 7748612933
 
 
Mr Lawrence Nwobu
 
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative   
lawrencenwobu@gmail.com
 
*Photo Caption - Igbo Ekunie logo

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] – Thandi Lujabe Rankoe, the first female Ambassador to head the South Africa’s mission in Tanzania and Mozambique, wants school children to take charge of an important part of their education. “Our kids are our greatest asset, they are resourceful and often know better than their teachers how to make use of new technologies and innovations to better their education”
 
 
Thandi Lujabe Rankoe is on a mission. She wants school children to take ownership of at least a part of their education. Because it is possible, she says, and because it is urgently needed.
 
 
Young people, Thandi says have a wealth of, energy, enthusiasm, creativity and focus they could bring to any learning situation. By tapping into this energy, we do not only improve on education delivery, but empower young people to take charge of their own life's, to define goals for their learning and provide opportunities for ongoing self-evaluation and reflection.
 
 
213,000 children failed their end of school examination for the 2015, out of a total of nearly 800,000.
 
 
According to Stellenbosch University's Professor Servaas van der Berg, out of the 1.2 million sevenyear-olds who enrolled in Grade 1 in 2002, slightly less than half went on to pass their schoolleaving exam, the matric, 11 years later.
 
 
Give school children more ownership of their education -
 
 
Thandi Lujabe Rankoe, once described by Nelson Mandela as "a quiet, unassuming though singleminded woman, who represents the best that any country can offer” may be retired from the world of diplomacy, but finds herself today at the forefront of education innovation. She is the ‘ambassador’ of talkUBUNTU, a first ever African-based social media learning environment developed for schools and designed to stimulate peer to peer education.
 
 
talkUBUNTU is a ‘Facebook for schools”, a learning platform where learners get together to “talk” about their future, their study- and career development, their special interests and all related to their personal- and social development. In old fashioned terms, talkUBUNTU is Life Orientation and Studyand Career Development, school subjects often referred to as soft sciences, but vital to the
development of our children.
 
 
International studies show that more than half off all students polled in schools in western countries say that they feel inefficiently prepared for the real world by the time that they leave schools, made wrong study- and/or career choices and are finding it difficult to find jobs. In South Africa statistics show a staggering 74% of under-24 year olds saying that they find it hard to find jobs.
 
 
A study in The Netherlands point to an annual loss of more than 5 billion euros to society, as a direct or indirect result of wrong study- and career choices. Life Orientation and Study- and Career Development are often undervalued but important areas in learning and a part of our education where learners can play a more active role in.
 
 
South Africa’s education challenges are not hampered by a lack of funding. In fact, South Africa spends more on education, some 6% of GDP, than any other African country. Yet in many global studies South African students are often ranked near the bottom, especially in math’s and science tests. The government has built more schools than ever since the advent of democracy, but quality teaching and a proper structured learning process is lacking.
 
 
talkUBUNTU is designed to fill the gap between learning and working and learning and the real world. Schools are invited to join the platform to enable and empower their students to explore the world and to discover for themselves, from a young age, what opportunities, challenges and dilemmas await them once they leave school.
 
 
To do so effectively talkUBUNTU has developed a first ever African-based social learning platform to enable schools across the continent to build their own learning enterprises by inviting the local business and industrial sector as well as civil society into the classroom. These learning enterprises or school-business- and school-civil society partnerships offer students a learning environment where they can discover, explore and interact with the real world.
 
 
The learning environment gives learners the tools to find and share information and knowledge about study- and career development and to work on projects, assignments and/or campaigns for personal- and social development. They talk about the challenges of HIV Aids, Teen Pregnancy, Drug Abuse, Racism. Poverty and all other subjects relevant to growing up and society in general.
 
 
Building learning enterprises with local businesses from all industrial sectors as well as with civil society bring a wealth of information to the classroom. An example is The Netherlands, where more than 200 thousand businesses are directly engaged with schools.
 
 
Life Orientation and Study- and Career development is a great area of education where learners, with their teacher in a supporting role, can take charge of their own learning and development. And a first step to give young people a greater role in education delivery. Technology gives us the tools to give content to the African philosophy that says that it takes a village to educate the child.
 
 
talkUBUNTU is a not for profit foundation. More than 50 schools in South Africa and the rest of Africa are taking part in the talkUBUNTU 2016 launch program, I Am Nelson Mandela.
 
 
For more information contact:
Johan Allers
Email: johan.allers@talkubuntu.com
Visit: http://www.talkubuntu.com/
Or: http://www.link2be.com/talk/use1.htm
 
 
*Photo Caption – talkUBUNTU image

[ Masterweb Reports: Ugochukwu Alaribe reports ] – The youth wing of the pan-Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has accused the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of prolonging the detention of its leader and Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by fighting individuals and groups working for his release.
 
 
National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who stated this in an interview with Vanguard in Aba, lamented that his group’s efforts in consulting with relevant stakeholders on Biafra, has been misconstrue by IPOB.
 
 
Isiguzoro said he had received threats while his group has been labeled saboteurs by those who are supposed to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure Kanu’s release from detention.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Okechukwu Isiguzoro

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - All is set for the debut of the African Basketball League as top International Basketballers who will be featured throughout the season have arrived Nigeria for the league which tips off on 5th of March 2016 at the Landmark event centre.
 
 
Four cities in West Africa will play host to a hundred and twenty games in the first season; Lagos, Abijan, Dakar and Libreville. Lagos Islanders, Lagos Warriors and Stallions are the participating Nigerian teams.
 
 
The other Africa clubs that will participate in the league are Dakar Rapids from Senegal, Abidjan Ramblers from the Cote d’Ivoire and Izobe Basketball Club from Libreville.
 
 
The first game will see the Stallions playing at home against Dakar Rapids of Senegal on Saturday March 5th , the game will commence by 6.30pm at Landmark Event Centre.
 
 
Some key players to look out for during the season are Mark Hill, Kelechi Anuna, Melvin Baker, Akintunde Moses, amongst others.
 
 
Mark Hill: At 5’11, Mark Hill is a quick silver point guard who has the ability to lead his team, while being able to score at will anytime. He has an excellent foot speed and agility which makes a very good penetrator who can finish in traffic. Mark was most notedly the league’s MVP in Finland for the 2014/2015 season before he joined the Lagos Islanders.
 
 
 
Kelechi Anuna: Kelechi is a point guard for the Stallions, having also played for the Nigerian National Team in the past and more recently for the Slovakia League. Born and bred in the USA, Kelechi played basketball for his college Middle Tennessee State University before he played professionally. He has played in Top leagues in Tunisia, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Venezula.
 
 
 
Melvin Baker: At an outstanding 6’7’ and 215 pounds, Melvin Baker is more than an able power forward, adept at blocking shooters who might be aiming for his team’s basket. He has played basketball across Europe, most noteably wining the championship in Helsinki Finland and winning the championship while averaging 17ppg and 8rpg.Melvin represents the Lagos Islanders.
 
 
Akintunde Moses: Akin is a versatile, physical and athletic player with tremendous athleticism and strength which make him a powerful lead on the court. He is an excellent mid-range and 3-point shooter. Akin represents the Stallions.
 
 
As more professional basketball players arrive in Nigeria for what can be described as one of the greatest and most remarkable events in Africa, we hold on to our seats in anticipation of The African Basketball League Season premier.
 
 
Tickets are available on www.ablafrica.com, Wakanow offices and Select Union Bank branches.
 
 
The ABL is proudly supported by TRACE, Union Bank, Wakanow, Cornerstone Insurance, Landmark, THE BEAT 99.9FM and ASKY Airline.
 
 
For Inquiries Contact:
Tonia Odili
Email: tonia@ablafrica.com
 
 
*Photo Caption - Kelechi Anuna-LEFT

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Chief Charles O. Okereke who always comes up with great hymns which he makes into anthems, has been inspired with what associates dub as one of the most powerful national hymns (anthems) of our time. Okereke has rehearsed and mastered the song and is preparing for its recording, launch and marketing. Contact Chief Okeeke by email at admin@nigeriamasterweb.com or by phone at +1 4148070329 (from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329) to be part of this project as a sponsor-to be included as one of those who rendered moral and financial support in making the project fruitful. Investors are also welcomed.
 
 
Chief Okereke is an accomplished composer of great songs including God Bless Africa (African Union Award Winning Anthem & Unofficial African Anthem); All Hail Biafra (Cry of A Biafran Child)-composed at the end of the Biafran war and Rise Up For Africa - Click for Okereke BBC London Interview on Rise Up For Africa as a befitting Black anthem.. His new song is predicted to do better than his past great compositions.
 
 
Chief Charles Okereke is publisher of two famous online media - Nigeria Masterweb and Africa Masterweb and recipient of several national and international awards including American Association of University Women (AAUW) Leadership Award; Ambassador for Peace-Universal Peace Federation (UPF); Award of Excellence-National Association of University Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS), Universty of Uyo chapter and Igbo Journalist of The Year 2015/2016. 
 
 
BELOW ARE SELECTED QUOTES BY CHIEF CHARLES O. OKEREKE
 
 
(1) - "The cross of grief and pain from predators and oppressors in disguise as leaders or liberators ceases with age, but the people live from age to age through generations. Eventually, the nation reverts to the people. Time on your side."
 
 
(2) - "Peace and justice are of prosperity, human rights and freedom. These are the main elements of humanism, which is not of tribe, race, group or section, but of God’s love and human conscience. Music and media guided by His Grace are vehicles of everlasting peace and justice."
 
 
(3) - "Let the guns implode, the wooden barrels decompose to fertilize a vibrant agriculture, and the metallic barrels and structures melted for industrialization. Let the ensuing abundance fill up the greedy and the rest of society for the complete healing of Africa."
 
 
(4) - Troubled path is not always from the devil. God may use thorns and people against you in blessing you towards his design for you on earth. You may be painfully poked, hated, ridiculed and isolated into the path set for the fulfillment of your destiny. People around you may be vehicles in the attainment of your destiny, so worship Him and let people say and do what they like.
 
*Photo Caption - Chief Charles O. Okereke

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy is perhaps best known as the creator of the “power pose.” As she described in her 2012 TED Talk, power-posing is about taking advantage of the body-mind connection: You adopt the body language of powerful people so that you feel and act more confident.

But power posing is just one path to a state of calm self-confidence that will help you succeed in challenging situations. That state, which Cuddy calls “presence,” is the subject of her new book by the same name.

Cuddy defines presence as being attuned to and able to express your full potential. When you’re present, you approach challenges without a sense of threat.

Whether you’re interviewing for a job or pitching your startup, people can tell right away if you’re present, and they judge you more positively when you are.



In an interview with Business Insider, Cuddy said there are three things people see when you’re present:

1. You believe your story

When you’re present, you demonstrate conviction and passion so that other people come to believe your story, too.
 
In the book, Cuddy describes a yet-unpublished study she conducted, in which participants went through mock interviews. For five minutes, they had to persuade the interviewer that they were the best person for the job, while being completely honest. All the while, the interviewer held a completely neutral expression.

Three independent pairs of judges watched videos of the interviews, looking for presence, believability, and hireability. Sure enough, the interviewees who were rated more present were also rated more believable and more hireable.

Cuddy writes: “Presence mattered to the judges because it signaled authenticity, believability, and genuineness; it told the judges that they could trust the person, that what they were observing was real.”

2. You’re confident without being arrogant

In the book, Cuddy quotes a venture capitalist describing what turns him off during an entrepreneur’s pitch: “They’re too high energy and aggressive, maybe a little pushy. It seems defensive, I don’t expect them to have all the answers. Actually, I don’t want them to have all the answers.”

Being open to feedback is key, Cuddy told Business Insider. The more you shut down other people and their perspectives, the less appealing you become. That’s because it can seem like you’re trying to cover up a sense of uncertainty.

“A truly confident person does not require arrogance, which is nothing more than a smoke screen for insecurity,” Cuddy writes. “A confident person can be present to others, hear their perspectives, and integrate those views in ways that create value for everyone.”

3. Your verbal and nonverbal communication is in sync

When we’re being inauthentic — or when we’re intentionally deceiving someone — Cuddy said our verbal and nonverbal communication is incongruent.

In the book, she explains that’s because you’re constantly trying to adjust what you’re saying and doing to create the impression you think others want to see.
 
On the other hand, when we’re present, our verbal and nonverbal behavior matches. People aren’t distracted trying to figure out why something feels “off,” and they’re more likely to put their trust in you.

Ultimately, if you’re confident in yourself, other people will be more likely to be confident in you, too. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the job or the investor’s money, but you’ll walk away knowing that you did the best you could — and the right opportunity for you is out there.
 
*Photo Caption - Amy Cuddy

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Onitsha: Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Intafact Beverages Limited, a subsidiary of SABMiller and producer of Hero lager has announced the launch of its Hero’s Foundation ‘KickStart’ initiative which is aimed at assisting budding entrepreneur in the South East to start up and expand their businesses through requisite training, mentorship and financial grants.
 
The KickStart programme is SAB Miller’s social corporate investment initiative (CSI) on poverty alleviation and sustainable enterprise development in areas where it operates by assisting young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years build enduring entrepreneurial skills.
 
General Manager, Intafact Beverages Limited Mr. Lukas Van-Deventer stated that the programme will help reduce youth unemployment and also improve the lives of youth in the South-East region by helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship.
 
In his words: “The Kickstart Bold-Step” programme is aimed at creating and developing a culture of entrepreneurship among our young people by promoting business skills, managerial awareness and material support through training, mentorship and provision of grants as start-up capital or expansion seed.”
 
“The major objective of this programme is to ensure that the teeming youth in the South East with bright business ideas to turn these ideas into reality and this will in turn reduce undergraduate unemployment by engaging them meaningfully through an entrepreneurship programme that will encourage them to bring their dreams to life” he further stated.
 
He said that with this initiative, SABMiller is investing in the future of the region where it operates by helping to build a prosperous young society adding that interested applicants will be able to get their forms from March 15, 2016 from www.herokickstartnigeria.org which is currently under construction or at the Intafact Beverage office in Ontisha and other designated points in and around the South-East region.
 
The Kickstart Bold-Step is the first of its kind in the South East and the second in Nigeria after Ilesha. It has also been implemented in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania. The programme will have eligible applicant present their original business ideas for a chance to get funding and business support for their start-ups or small businesses.
 
ABOUT SABMILLEER HERO’S FOUNDATION:
SAB Miller Hero’s Foundation, an initiative of Intafact Beverages Limited is aimed at assisting budding entrepreneurs in the South East region of Nigeria to bring their dreams to life. It is aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship and support youth-owned businesses with the intention of growing them into sustainable high impact suppliers. It will provide non-collateral seed loan capital with grant funding available for winners. The programme targets youth between the ages 18-35 years.
 

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*Photo Caption - L-R: Corporate Affairs Manager, Intafact Beverages Limited (IBL), Mr Chuma Umunna; Board Member, Hero's Foundation Prof. Stella Okunna; General Manager, Mr. Lukas Van-Deventer, And Company's Secretary, Mr Uche Ibekwe Jnr. at a Media Conference to announce the company's social corporate investment initiative tagged Hero's Foundation Kickstart Initiative at Intafact Beverages' office -Onitsha, Anambra State recently.