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LONG term strategic planning is giving the electronic commerce platform, Jumia a heads up against its competition that appears to be shedding weight due to recession. The company’s global chief executive officer (CEO), Jeremy Hodara admitted recently that the company may have not made enough gains in its five years of operating in Nigeria, but because of long term planning, the recession and Forex challenges did not in any way slow down its operations.

According to Hodara, “Nigeria is still where to be. The demand is still here despite the various economic challenges. Agreed, that the Nigerian economy has indeed been very tough in the last 18 months, which has thrown up lots of unpredictable behaviour from the consumers, but we are still ahead and instead of going down, we are recording increasing demands and we are expanding our offerings too.

Despite not being so profitable, we are still investing in the business in various forms. Jumia is a Nigerian company that will be here for another 100 years. We are on the long term. Nigeria is our biggest market. We are not in a hurry to make profit. It took Amazon about 25 years before they could become profitable. But we shall remain consistent, serving the Nigerian economy thoroughly.”

Meanwhile, Hodara also hinted that about 60 of the company’s 15000 vendors across the country would benefit in a soft loan scheme the company was putting in place to boost ecommerce in Nigeria. He disclosed that vendors that have distinguished themselves in terms of professionalism; trust and also have verifiable needs for the loan would be considered so that their businesses will continue to flourish.

He also used the opportunity to intimate on the company’s plans to extend the ‘Black Friday sales to one month instead of the usual two weeks the promotional sales last. He said this was to celebrate Nigerians who have also consistently patronised and kept the company running.

Hodara confessed that Nigeria remained the largest market among the 20 countries Jumia currently has its footprints in Africa. Jumia recorded over eight million customers, who patronized the platform during the ‘Black Friday’ last year, but this year, Jumia is planning to double the figures.


Lagos popular radio station, Radio Continental owned by Bola Tinubu has been renamed to Max Fm.

According to our source, the change will also reflect in the station’s content as it will henceforth become primarily, a music station.

To this end, the station will drop all its talk programs for music and news.

The changes, according to investigation ,came about as a result of the management ‘s belief that music draws traffic to a radio station more.

The change of name event is currently going at Balmoral Convention Centre, Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island, Lagos.

See more photos from the event below...

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Fashola urges Nigerians to embrace solar energy

 Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has advised Nigerians to embrace solar energy to reduce pressure on the national grid.

Fashola gave the advice in Lagos at a book launch.
The book titled “Solar Electricity Generation for off-grid communities in Nigeria”, was written by Mr Oladele Amoda, the Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).
Fashola advised Nigerians to invest in solar energy as solar energy remained energy for the future.
“Solar energy is very important to reach Nigerians living in various communities that are difficult to reach by the Disco.

“We are committed to incremental power and policies that will drive the power sector; Solar is one of the renewable energy,” he said.

The minister, however, allayed fears of Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) over the deployment of more solar power through mini-grids and other Federal Government initiatives aimed at improving service in the power sector.

He commended Amoda’s initiative in authoring a book that would address power sector challenges, adding that Amoda was outstanding.

He said that the book presentation was timely as power sector would start to witness dry session by next month

The minister said that power generation had increased from 2,600 megawatts to 7, 000 megawatts, while power wheeled out was gradually increasing to 7,000 megawatts.

Prof. Bart Nnaji, a former Minister of Power, commended Amoda for his painstaking research and knowledge input in a book that would address power sector challenges and proffered solutions
Nnaji, the Chairman of Geometric Power, said that Amoda had transformed the power sector under his watch as the managing director of Eko disco.

He said that renewable energy remained a major focus to power sector growth and development in rural communities in Nigeria.

He urged stakeholders in the power sector to support the minister in developing the sector to deliver desire results in the country.

“Eko Disco was the best performing Disco during the privatisation era, so, am not suprised that Amoda authored a book.

“Am not surprised to see an excellent managing director of Disco understood the prospects and challenges of the power sector,” he said.

Amoda said that the essence of the book was to create awareness on important alternative energy in Nigeria as Nigerians could not continue to depend on the use of fossil fuel that was given environmental issues.

He said that renewable energy also reduced incessant vandalism synonymous with conventional energy theft in the network.

Source> (NAN)

Burqas and niqabs banned in Canadian provinceFrom July 2018, women will not be allowed to wear burqas and niqabs in public in Quebec (Picture: 
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Quebec has just banned people from wearing burqas and niqabs in public.
The mainly French-speaking Canadian province has become the first in North America to implement such a law, as liberal PM Justin Trudeau avoided direct comment.

While the law doesn’t specify which face coverings are prohibited, the debate has largely focused on the niqab – the Islamic veil which covers everything but the eyes – and the less common burqa, which covers the whole face.

When it comes into effect on July 1, 2018, the law will affect public sector employees such as teachers, police officers, hospital and daycare workers.
Quebec is following in the footsteps of France, which passed a ban on veils, crosses and other religious symbols in 2004.

Burqas and niqabs banned in Canadian province
La Meute, a far-right, anti-immigration group, holds a rally in Quebec City (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters at the province’s National Assembly: ‘We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face.

‘We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that.’

The National Council of Muslims said it was extremely concerned about the law, and was looking into its legal options.
‘This legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms,’ executive director Ihsaan Gardee said.

The law reportedly allows for exemptions under certain circumstances, but does not provide details. Regulations setting out how the new law will be enforced are also yet to be released.

Burqas and niqabs banned in Canadian province
Justin Trudeau was confronted about the law in the federal parliament (Picture: Getty Images)
Asked in the federal parliament whether he would challenge the law, Trudeau said he would continue to ensure all Canadians are protected by the country’s charter of rights and freedoms, ‘while respecting the choices that different legislative assemblies can make’.

France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Austria and the German state of Bavaria have imposed restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places, with Denmark about to set its own ban.
In recent years, right-wing extremist groups have targeted Quebec’s Muslim community as part of a wider campaign against the accommodation of religious and cultural minorities in the province.

Islamophobic incidents have increased in Quebec in recent years. In January, six people were killed in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Following the attack, a French-Canadian university student was charged as the sole suspect.

George W Bush has quite literally come out of nowhere to have his say on Donald Trump — and his conclusion is less than flattering.
The former president voiced his concerns about today’s America in a powerful speech in New York City on Thursday.

He slammed a perceived increase in bullying and prejudice.
Bush said: ‘Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.

‘There are some signs that the intensity for the support of democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced the galvanizing moral clarity of the cold war.

George W Bush comes out of nowhere to insult Donald Trump
Bring this guy back (Picture: AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
‘Some have called this democratic deconsolidation. Really it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness.’
He added ‘our young people need positive role models — bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone’.
In a possible jibe to Trump, Bush said the only way we can provide civic values ‘is to first live up to them’.
Bush concluded: ‘No democracy pretends to be a tyranny. Most tyrannies pretend they are democracies. Democracy remains the definition of political legitimacy. That has not changed, and that will not change.’

Trump’s lack of soft touch and what many would brand narrow-minded views has driven a wedge between social and racial communites in America.

George W Bush comes out of nowhere to insult Donald Trump
He said the comments were never made (Picture: Getty Images)
His latest piece of bad PR was the phone call he made to a pregnant war widow in which he allegedly said her husband ‘knew what he signed up for’ is made up.
Trump denied making the comments to the Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Sgt. LA David Johnson, 25, who was one of the four US special forces soldiers killed in Niger.
The president tweeted in defense: ‘Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!’

Banks will soon crack down on customer’s accounts following new directives from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, on Bank Verification Number (BVN) operations and watch-list for the banking industry.

Records from the NIBSS show that there were about 45.85 million total bank accounts unlinked, but when compared with the active accounts the number dropped to 15.72 million unlinked to BVN as of February 2017.

The record further shows that as of October 8th, 2017, the total BVN issued were 30,511,506.

In a memo to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) obtained by Daily Trust  signed by Mr. Dipo Fatokun, Director Banking and Payment System, the apex bank warned banks and OFIs to ensure proper capturing of the BVN data and validate same before linkage with customers’ accounts; ensure all operated accounts are linked with the signatories’ BVN; and ensure customer’s names on the BVN database are the same in all of his/her accounts, across the banking industry.

Some intelligence reports observe recently that some banks have relaxed the BVN linkage of some customers, a situation that will allow fraudulent transactions in the banking system, a source in the banking industry told Daily Trust.

With the new circular, the apex regulator orders banks to report confirmed fraudulent individuals’ BVNs to NIBSS for update of the watch-list database; report the BVN of deceased customers to NIBSS for update on the BVN database; render returns to NIBSS for enlisting individuals involved in confirmed fraudulent activities, with the report signed by the chief audit executives.

The new regulation also states that CBN (Banking Supervision Department) shall be granted real-time online access to the watch-list database while the chief audit executive of the customer’s bank shall be notified, where a bank needs to watch-list a customer of another bank.

The chief audit executive of the customer’s bank, upon notification, shall investigate within one month and after confirmation of the fraudulent activity, watch-list the customer within two business days.

CBN also mandates NIBSS to ensure BVN data are stored within the shores of Nigeria and shall not be routed across borders without the consent of the CBN while users of the BVN information shall establish adequate security procedures to ensure the safety and security of its information and those of its clients, which shall include physical, logical, network and enterprise security.

Appropriate penalties shall apply to any bank that fails to enlist individuals confirmed to be involved in fraudulent activity, it said.

“Any other stakeholder who fails to perform its stipulated responsibilities shall be penalized by the CBN. A watch-listed individual shall not be allowed to enter into new relationship with any bank. A bank may choose not to continue business relationship with account holder on the watch-list.

“Where a bank chooses to continue an existing business relationship with holders of account on the watch-list, the account holder shall be prohibited from all e-channels, such as ATM, POS, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, including issuance of third-party cheques.

“A watch-listed customer shall not provide reference to another customer, neither shall he/she be allowed access to credit facility or guarantee credit facilities,” the new circular directed.

Obama wrote love letters to his ex-girlfriend - they've just gone publicBarack Obama wrote the letters while at Columbia University (Picture: Joe Wrinn/Harvard University/Corbis via Getty Images)

A young Barack Obama wrote romantic letters to his ex-girlfriend – and now they’re going public.
The nine handwritten letters were penned between 1982 and 1984, when Obama attended Columbia University.
The poetic love notes to then-girlfriend Alexandra McNeal are being made public to researchers through Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

The university has had the letters since 2014 but could only make them public now, officials said.
Researchers have described his writings as ‘lyrical and poetic’ and are going to use them to craft a picture of Obama the college student and recent graduate.

‘I must admit large dollops of envy for both groups, my American friends consuming their life in the comfortable mainstream, the foreign friends in the international business world,’ Obama wrote in the first letter, dated September 26, 1982.

Obama wrote love letters to his ex-girlfriend - they've just gone public
One of the love letters handwritten by Barack Obama (Picture: Ann Borden/Emory University via AP)
Obama wrote love letters to his ex-girlfriend - they've just gone public
Obama’s letters were described as ‘lyrical and poetic’ (Picture: Joe Wrinn/Harvard University/Corbis via Getty Images)
He added: ‘The only way to assuage my feelings of isolation are to absorb all the traditions, classes, make them mine, me theirs.’
In another, written in 1983, he croons: ‘I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings.

‘It seems we will ever want what we cannot have, that’s what binds us, that’s what keeps us apart.’
Rose Library director Rosemary Magee described the content of Obama’s letters as deep and thoughtful.
‘While intimate in a philosophical way, they reflect primarily a college student coming to terms with himself and others,’ she said.

‘In fact, they show the same kind of yearnings and issues that students everywhere encounter.
‘They will serve as sources of both inspiration and reassurance to people of all ages and backgrounds.’

School Principal goes to jail
A Prison in Nigeria
Lagos State has the highest number of prisoners in Nigeria, 7,396 out of the national total of 68,686.
The state, which is the commercial hub of Nigeria also leads in prisons congestion. It has a capacity for 3,927 prisoners, indicating that it is almost 100 per cent overfilled, a trend that President Muhammadu Buhari has called a national scandal.

According to a new data released by the National Bureau of Statistics today, Lagos is closely followed by Rivers and Kano States with 4,424 and 4,183 prison inmates population. Kano can conveniently accommodate just 2,116 prisoners.
Rivers has one of the worst prisoner congestion ratio as it can take only 1,354, compared to the 4,183 prisoners it accommodates at present.

Bayelsa and Ekiti states have the lowest numbers of prisoners, with 444 and 585 as at last year. Even then the two states also failed to buck the trend as their cells can accommodate only 200 and 400 prisoners.

NBS Prison Statistics for Lagos

The NBS Prison Statistics catalogued Prison Population by Total Detainees, Prison Capacity and Number of Un-sentenced Detainees by State and Year and Prison Inmate Population by Gender from 2011 to 2016.

The study showed a rise in prison population from 65,030 in 2015 to 68,686 last year.
It also showed a rise in over-population of the prisons. In 2015, the prisons capacity was 49,965. But the prisoners were 65,033. In 2016, the capacity rose to 50,803, as the inmates also increased to 68,686.

More revealing is the gender skewness of the population: There are far more men in prisons than women. While male inmates last year were 67,329, the women were 1,357.
The gender ratio in 2015 was similar, 63,668 to 1,357.

In terms of the beliefs of the inmates, there were more muslims kept in jail between 2015 and 2016, more than Christians.

NBS data shows that 59,940 Christians were incarcerated in the two year period, in contrast with 71,402 muslims. The number of traditionalists, atheists and others was

Read details of the NBS report here: NBS_PRISON_FULL_REPORT_2011_-_2016
On 6 October, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed concern over the state of the nation’s prisons, noting that it is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent.
He spoke when he hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent, ” he said.
He stressed the need to put in place urgent new measures to speedily decongest the prisons across the country.

He stated that the call had become imperative not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and boost the welfare of prisoners


It appears like the reports of vaccination of school children against monkeypox virus in the eastern part of the country - have done more harm than good in the nation following pandemonium in Maiduguri, Borno state capital. According to multiple reports, school activities were cut short earlier today after reports filtered into town that students were being injected with vaccines by a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Parents immediately stormed the schools and withdrew their children as panic spread from one school to the other.

According to reports, the parents are refusing their children/wards to be vaccinated by anyone over fear of the dreaded monkeypox virus.


New Zealand just elected its youngest prime minister in 150 yearsCongratulations Jacinda Ardern! (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand has just elected its youngest prime minister in 150 years.
New PM Jacinda Ardern, 37, hopes to take the country down a more liberal path after nine years of conservative rule.
Her party, the Labour Party, was victorious in the general election after the small New Zealand First party decided to back Ms Ardern.

She has already been compared to other charismatic centre-left young leaders, such as France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau.
New Zealanders have been waiting for a leader since the September 23 election after the voting ended without a clear winner.

New Zealand just elected its youngest prime minister in 150 years
At 37, Jacinda is the youngest PM for 150 years (Picture: AP)
Ardern has said she wants to lead a government that looks after the environment and the country’s most vulnerable people.

‘It is an absolute honour and a privilege,’ she said of her new role.
But NZF, the party with which the Labour Party is going into coalition, is nationalist and eclectic. Its leader Winston Peters wants to drastically cut immigration and stop foreigners from being able to buy farms.
NZF is expected to extract policy concessions and win some ministerial posts by joining the Labour coalition.

New Zealand just elected its youngest prime minister in 150 years
The election in September returned no clear winner (Picture: AP)
Peters said he gave Labour his backing because of his party’s view that capitalism needs to change.
‘Far too many New Zealanders have come to view today’s capitalism not as their friend but as their foe, and they are not all wrong,’ he said. ‘That is why we believe that capitalism must regain its responsible, human face.’

Under New Zealand’s proportional voting system, larger parties must typically form alliances with smaller parties to govern.
A government needs at least 61 seats to hold a majority in the 120-seat parliament. National won 56 seats, Labour won 46, New Zealand First won nine and the Green Party won eight.

A female Nigerian police officer has urged fellow citizens to stop criticizing security operatives who are defending the country. The lady identified as Miss Vivian said that Nigerians should be appreciative for their services unless they are ready to pick up guns to fight for the country themselves.

She said this while celebrating 6 years anniversary of her colleagues who graduated from the Nigerian police academy as she shared their photos to mark their achievements.

Below is what she wrote on Facebook;

And it's already late been busy all day... Unless You Are Willing To Pick A Gun And Defend Your Country.... I Suggest You Stop Criticizing Those Who Are!!!!! And Be Thankful For Our Services....

Happy 6 years anniversary to us... #Thegallantly211intake. Many more years to witness with many more achievement I pray....

The burial arrangements of former Chief of Army Staff, Late Lt. Gen. SVL Malu Rtd who died on the 9th of October has been announced by the Nigerian Army.

According to Brig Gen Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, the burial arrangements is as follows;

Friday 27th October 2017: Wkake Keep at Tse Adoor Compound, Tongov, Mbajima, Katsina-Ala LGA, Benue State.

Time: 5:00pm

Saturday 28th October 2017: Funeral Service and Interment at Tse Adoor Compound, Tongov, Mbajima, Katsina-Ala LGA, Benue State.

Time: 10:00am

Late Lt. Gen. SVL Malu Rtd was born on the 15th of January 1947, he served as the Chief of Army Staff between 1999-2001.

May his soul rest in peace.

UNICEF reunites South Sudan families
By Prudence ArobaniThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013.

UNICEF Country Representative Mahimbo Mdoe said in a press statement on Wednesday that keeping families together ensured protection of children.

“Keeping families together is the best way to ensure that children are protected, which is why the family tracing and reunification process for unaccompanied children is so important.
“Children rely on their family for a sense of stability, protection and support and that’s even more imperative in times of conflict,” Mdoe added.

He said the 5,000th child to be reunited with his family was a 17-year-old boy, who had fled Tombura in Western Equatoria and sought refuge in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal.
According to him, the boy was separated with his mother for almost four years.

He quoted the boy as sayiny: “I want to go back to school and someday help other children who are suffering like me”.

According to UNICEF, the boy’s mother said: “When I ate, I always thought about what my son could be eating. I only ate to stay alive but I never enjoyed it.
“I have been unhappy because I have been thinking about my son’s whereabouts. It was hard to forget him because I didn’t see him dead and bury him.”

Mdoe said reuniting separated children with their families is a challenging process in a country with virtually no infrastructure and no telephone reception in many areas.
He said staff often have to trek for hours to look for separated families.

According to him, family separation is considered one of the key drivers to psychosocial stress for internally displaced persons and other affected populations.
He added that the longer a child is separated from the family, the more difficult it is to locate them and the more at risk a child is to violence, economic and sexual exploitation, abuse and potential trafficking.

“The family tracing and reunification programme is one of the most effective child protection in emergencies interventions in South Sudan,” said Save the Children Country Director Deirdre Keogh.

Keogh said a total of 16,055 unaccompanied and separated children have been registered by the organisations involved in the family tracing and reunification programmes in South Sudan.
According to him, efforts continue to trace the families of the more than 10,000 children still separated from their family or caregivers.

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Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti continues to be a legend even 20 years after his demise.

The 2017 edition of the festival was a special edition as it marked the 20th year anniversary of Fela’s demise, and the Lagos State government commemorated the legend by erecting ‘The Liberation’ a statue of Fela at Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, Lagos.

To the surprise of several people, the statue erected was without a head and this raised a lot of suspiscion and comments from fans of the late Afrobeat legend.

Responding on behalf of the family, Fela’s daughter and social commentator, Yeni Kuti has justified the design of the monument, saying it was the expression of how the artist felt about the late legend.

She said: ‘Before people on social media will start to say the Fela has no head or it has no hand and so on, it is art and before you abuse us, let me answer quickly. It is art. How an artist feels is how he feels because if he had put a head and the head did not look like Fela, everybody will say the head did not look like Fela so now you cannot abuse the head because it is not even there.’

The visual artist who designed the effigy, Abolore Sobayo said the work was an expression of how he feels about the late Afrobeat legend, saying that it was designed to generate discussion about the emancipation of the people. While justifying the fact that the art work had no head, Sobayo said the design came out of extensive research on what Fela represented through his music, and how to use same to correct some of the things he complained about years ago that are still happening.

‘For me as an artist, art transcends beyond beauty or aesthetics. For me, art should generate discuss; art should ask question and art should provoke our thoughts. For me, the creation of the Liberation Statue is to represent the essence of Fela by using his costume. For me, I believe that this should serve as a conscious to our subconscious that twenty years after Fela’s demise, most of the things he talked about are still happening. For me, this work should come to us not just as a beautiful work, but it should come to us as something that will ginger us to look at the positivity in our lives; positivity in the values of his music; for us to start to emancipate our people positively. Going forward, I have been able to use symbolism as a medium to represent Fela through his costume and to represent his essence,’ Sobayo said.

Startimes Decoder Twitter handler might just have triggered the anger of Nigerians, after she gave some unprofessional savage responses to customer’s questions on Social media.

It all started when the account announced that their handler, Oluwaseun will be taking in questions:
“I am Oluwaseun (StarTimes Social Media Handler), feel free to ask me anything today. #STopenDay”

A twitter user identified as Isaacogieva decided to ask why the management decided to remove a station from airing:
“why did the management removed Get TV from the list of stations showing on star times.”.

And her response was; “Bros, na only Get TV u dey watch for our platform?”

Another user declared:
“Your subscribers are not here. They are busy watching Indian Soap.” ..

The handler replied: “Atleast they are busy doing something, what are you doing?”

Another user, Emmanuel Usoro queried;
“Your video quality is not too good. What is the plan to improve on it” ..

The handler replied: “Bros na antenna you dey use abi? Upgrade to dish"

Then the shade for TSTV came when a twitter user asked:
“Why can’t startimes give us Wifi like TSTV promised” ..

The handler response was: “We are a pay TV operator. We don’t run a cyber cafe nor make empty promises.”

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